Our Certified Yoga Instructors
Owner, ERYT-500 & CYT
Debra is the owner/director of Urban Oasis Yoga & Wellness. She has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years. She took her initial 200 hour training in the Iyengar method in 2004 and continued to mentor with Matt Queen for 6 months based on this training. In 2005/2006 she took her second 200hr teacher training with Yoga Works were the emphasis was on Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga and became registered with Yoga Alliance. In 2013 she completed a 500 hour teacher training program through Ananda Seva Yoga & Meditation Center in California. This program emphasized Yoga Therapeutics, Meditation and Ayurveda.
Debra has worked with many experienced and knowledgeable doctors, yoga teachers and yoga therapists over the years such as Aadil Palkhivala, JD, CYT, AHS, Avadhutiika Ananda Deviika Ma Acharya, MSc, E-RYT 500, Jnani Chapman RN, Sarasvati Buhrman, PhD, RYT 500, Deborah Karish, ERYT, DC, MR and Antonio Sausys, MA, RYT. Today Debra is certified as an ERYT-500 & CYT.
With over 4300 hours of teaching experience, Debra created and launched her 200-hour teacher training program in 2013 that is based on the eight constituents of Patanjali’s Ashtanga-Yoga. This Hatha Yoga program honors the Iyengar method for learning yoga postures with a great emphasis on alignment, anatomy, and basic yoga therapeutics which she feels is necessary and foundational for a beginner teacher.
In addition to the passion she has for teaching, Debra has owned and operated her own business sense 2006 called Urban Oasis Yoga & Wellness. It is a full-service Integrative health and wellness facility offing Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Naturopathy, Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Massage and Yoga Therapy as well as 35 yoga and meditation classes a week taught in 11 different styles.
Diana discovered yoga more than 16 years ago. In 2007, she earned her 200 hour teaching certification through the Yoga Works program taught by Catherine Munro at the Yoga Tree in Seattle. In 2013 she earned her 500 hour certification through Taj Yoga in Seattle with Theresa Elliott and Kathryn Payne. The training strongly focused on alignment in asana, power of breath work, and anatomy. Currently Diana is registered with Yoga Alliance at the RYT-500 hour level.
Diana has been teaching at Urban Oasis for more than 6 years now and her classes include Yin/Restorative, which focus on passive holds in asana to open the body, calm the nervous system through breath work, and encourage the mind and body into deep stillness for contemplation and relaxation. She also developed a class called Yoga for Strength, which emphasizes healthy patterns of movement in the body, repetition of strengthening postures, and longer holds in order to increase strength and stability in the body and mind for better posture and function. All her classes are appropriate for all bodies as Diana believes that if you can breathe, you can practice yoga. She offers props, modifications, and rest periods to accommodate all levels of strength and flexibility. Her classes are supportive and nurturing. Come with the body you have today and discover the benefits of this ancient healing practice of Yoga.
BS, MBA, RYT-200
Emily completed her RYT 200 hour training with Deb Wolfe at Urban Oasis Yoga & Wellness. The program honors the Iyengar method for learning yoga with great emphasis on alignment, anatomy and basic yoga therapeutics. With this fundamental knowledge and a passion for working with teen athletes, Emily started a program with Skyline High School for teen athletes and runners. This program helps them develop overall flexibility, strength and balance, and to introduce them to the stress relieving benefits of yoga.
Prior to becoming a yoga teacher, Emily has been at home raising three children, now high school and college students, and previously worked as an engineer and product marketing manager in the medical device and electronics industry.
Evi Watson was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She has been practicing yoga since 2000. Evi began her yoga journey with Ashtanga yoga as a way to improve her core strength and flexibility for rock climbing. She moved to Seattle in 2004 and further evolved her yoga practice with a dedication to Vinyasa Flow. Evi is a registered RYT-200 yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. She received her training through Core Power Yoga in Seattle. In addition, she is a graduate of Baron Baptiste's Teacher Trainings, Level 1 & 2. Her classes are strongly influenced by the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Flow with an emphasis on alignment and breath, in a fun, challenging and relaxing environment. She has also completed workshops with Shiva Rea and Anna Forrest and continues her path as a student first, while sharing her passion for yoga from a place of love, lightness and authenticity. Evi's teaching philosophy is to practice yoga with an open heart and a light spirit with no limitations or judgements. "At its core, yoga has the sole goal of returning our minds to the state of innocence we were created with. While many people embark on their yoga journeys for the physical benefits, the real reward comes when we let go of our day-to-day drama, and remember who we are." - Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic.
PsyD candidate, LMHCA, CDP, CHt, MA, MBA
As an Integrative Mind-Body Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, Life Coach, Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher, and iRest® Integrative Restorative Yoga Nidra Teacher, Isabel offers both Eastern and Western modalities to serve in reconnecting individuals, couples, families and groups through the integrative use of evidence-based psycho/hypnotherapy, coaching, and complimentary alternative medicine to help clients in their healing journey toward rediscovering wholeness and self-mastery in living a contented life, free of conflict and fear, through developing healthy relationships and interconnectedness with others and Self. As a doctoral-level psychology (PsyD) candidate, licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA), registered Hypnotherapist (CHt) and licensed Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP), Isabel has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology (MA), and Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in organizational management. Her Master's thesis focused on workplace stressors. She is also a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, and iRest® Integrative Restorative Yoga Nidra Teacher.
Janelle began her practice in London, England in 2008 at a Bikram Yoga Studio. She practiced only Bikram, until she made it back to the states for a short break and found a studio that offered Power Vinyasa. It was the first time in her life she had heard of a lot of the terms her teacher was talking about and also, the first time in a long time she felt nourished, not only physically but something sparked spiritually. A naturally curious disposition lead her to begin a 200 RYT course with one of her favorite teachers, Karen Cutrone. After, completing the training she immediately began teaching. After, teaching Power Vinyasa and Bikram's series for 2 years, she began her 500 hour training program, which she is currently pursuing at 8 Limbs in Seattle. She has completed training modules with Sarah Powers, Rod Stryker, Nicolai Bachman, and many more great teachers.
She has a passion for learning and sharing information that she finds thought-provoking, in this case, its yoga and what she continues to learn about the lifestyle.
Janelle's style of teaching focuses on the connection of your mind and your body, and encourages your bodies' natural healing process (mentally, physically, and spiritually). She hopes to help nurture the inner power of practitioners while smiling and having fun.
"The attitude of GRATITUDE is the highest yoga." -Yogi Bhajan
Jennifer originally came to Yoga in 1997 to decrease anxiety, reduce stress and work through injuries in her body. Through time and a consistent practice, she was able to heal her mind, body, and spirit. In 2009 Jennifer entered into a teacher training program in hopes of continuing to deepen her yoga practice. She studied in the Hatha Yoga tradition with Cloud Nine Yoga School in California. The teacher training experience transformed her relationship to Yoga and she came out of the program with a deep desire to help bring Yoga to others. This was the beginning of her journey as a teacher.
Over the years Jennifer has found that her passion she has a passion for teaching Beginners, Seniors and more Gentle and Restorative for Stress Reduction. In her class, you will use props, receive detailed instruction and modifications to best support your personal practice. Jennifer always encourages her students to listen to their inner wisdom and practice self-nurturing.
As a lifelong learner, Jennifer looks forward to growing, through practice and study, alongside her students and supportive yoga community. Jennifer is currently registered with Yoga Alliance at the RYT- 500 level, is a Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Educational Administration.
John Jessum has been teaching yoga on the Eastside for four years, having come from a martial arts background that spanned 35 years. The similarities between the two practices made for a smooth transition, with both arts leading towards a deepening understanding of who we are at core levels. Jess teaches a Baptiste based style of Power Yoga that is both challenging and fun, allowing those who attend his class to grow in both spirit mind and body. Beginner or advance, our journey to self begins one breath at a time as we learn to shut down externals in order to gain a fresh perspective and a soften perception of the world in which we live.
Julie began doing yoga in 2005 and fell in love with the way it made her feel. Not only was yoga a good physical challenge it helped to cultivate a sense of inner peace that she could take into her day to day living. Yoga helps quiet her busy mind and allows her to experience the simple joy of movement and play. Julie is certified by the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. She received her training from Deb Wolfe at Urban Oasis Yoga and Wellness. Julie is excited and grateful for the chance to be able to teach what she has learned and share her enthusiasm for yoga with her students. She hopes to create a safe and inviting space for others to come and share the journey of self-discovery with her.
Julie took her first yoga class in 1999 and knew right away that yoga would be a lifelong practice. She started teaching yoga in 2008. Julie trained in the YogaWorks method which blends the alignment focus of Iyengar style yoga with the dynamic movement focus of Ashtanga yoga. Julie’s classes offer careful instruction and sequences that build on a theme, such as standing poses, inversions or backbends. Having worked as a licensed, clinical social worker, health educator and massage therapist, teaching yoga is a natural fit for Julie. She has a lighthearted style, and she ultimately hopes to help her students manage physical aches and pains as well as mental “clutter” that gets in the way of living a full life. Julie lives in Sammamish with her husband and two boys. She is certified by the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level.
Rebecca first discovered yoga in college and it quickly became a practice the she used to stay grounded and present in her studies. She started branching out and trying different styles of yoga including Bikram and Power Vinyasa. Rebecca fell in love the connection that the movement and breath brought to her and the confidence that yoga infused in her life. She completed her first teaching training at Be Luminous Yoga in Seattle in 2011, where she received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification. Since then Rebecca has completed Level One teacher training with Baron Baptiste, the Teacher Assisting program and Teacher Mentorship program with Lisa Black of Shakti Vinyasa Yoga and many other weekend trainings with Master teachers like Edward Clark and Rolf Gates. Rebecca infuses a sense of playfulness in her teaching that invites students of all levels to challenge themselves and discover their own power.
Being a lifelong athlete, Renee loves to run, mountain bike, hike and ski. She came to find herself on a yoga mat to prevent injury, but soon realized yoga empowered her with a mental awareness and clarity that she had never experienced before. After 10 years of practicing yoga, Renee felt the need to bring this transformative practice to others, so she became a yoga teacher. Renee is currently registered with Yoga Alliance at the ERYT-200 hour level but is currently earning her RYT-500 at Eight Limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle.
Renee is always seeking knowledge about yoga for herself and her students. She has completed much training such as is Shakti’s TAP program level 1 & 2 and TMP with Lisa Black, forty hour ‘Yoga Sutra Intensive’ teaching certification with Rod Stryker and is currently studying mindfulness at UCLA. She has also traveled extensively to work with her favorite teachers Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Dharma Mittra and Baron Baptiste who inspire her daily, on and off her mat.
Renee believes yoga is a moving meditation and you will find her classes fun, challenging and filled with guidance to help you reveal your inner power and true beauty that is with in us all. To learn more about Rene you can find her on Facebook at ‘Renee Meena Yoga’.
Robin's yoga journey began in May of 2000 when she took her first yoga class. A friend had been urging her to try yoga for years, but she resisted because of her active lifestyle and skepticism of the benefits of yoga versus her gym routine. That first class changed her perception of yoga and she found herself seeking more. Robin found incorporating breath with body movement allowed her to let go of the stresses of daily life. She learned how to apply the simply beauty she found on the mat to her life off of the mat.
Robin is very passionate about her yoga practice and the joy it brings to her life. As a result, she decided to become a yoga teacher to share her knowledge and passion. Robin received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification through Tiffany Cruikshank Yoga. In addition to Tiffany, she has studied with Edward Clark, Baron Baptiste, Richard Freeman and Gregor Singleton, to name a few. While her teaching focus is vinyasa yoga, she is contstantly exploring different styles, growing and evolving her own practice. She believes yoga is accessible to anyone willing to take the first step on their own personal yoga journey.
Tracy was drawn to movement from a very young age through gymnastics and dance. In 1996, after the birth of her son, she discovered Yoga. Throughout the years, she has explored different traditions. Exploration and reflection drove her as a student and ultimately led her to teach. Tracy is registered with Yoga Alliance. She earned her 200hr certificate through YogaWorks and her 500hr certificate under Iyengar certified instructors Theresa Elliott and Kathryn Payne at Pacific Yoga in Seattle.
In addition to her continued studies with Theresa Elliott, Tracy studies with Judith Lasater, and has assisted Judith in Canada and the United States. Tracy is a passionate yogini and teacher. She embodies the knowledge that Yoga is, above all else, a spiritual practice that extends well beyond asana and the mat. Tracy’s intention is to live and teach with great reverence, compassion, and mindfulness. She is infinitely grateful to all the wonderful teachers, ancient and modern, who have guided her journey along the way. She imparts this wisdom through her classes with an artful blend of alignment, movement, and stillness.
Lisa Shifler began practicing Yoga in the early 1980’s to alleviate pain from low-back injuries and sciatica and always looked at Yoga as a means to stretch and relax the body. Although she was impressed with the natural results she was looking for, Lisa found herself yearning for a more challenging practice. Early 2008, she found herself taking her first Hot Yoga Hatha class and immediately fell in love with the challenge and benefits from the heat and deep postures.
It wasn’t long before Lisa completed a 200 hour teacher training certification in Hot Hatha Bikram style Yoga, under the guidance of Ali Valdez and then followed up with another 200 hour certification in Power Vinyasa Hot Yoga training with Linda Burch.. Teaching full-time throughout the greater Seattle area, Lisa now enjoys helping others use Yoga to alleviate pain and achieve fitness goals.
Lisa’s Power and Hatha Yoga classes are a flow of breath-synchronized poses designed to build strength, flexibility and balance. It can be vigorous and challenging for experienced yogis, allowing them to build heat and stamina, yet for beginners or those who have injuries or excessive stiffness, modifications are offered. A non-competitive atmosphere is encouraged as well as an internal focus, making the class a meditation in motion.