Our Certified Primal Vinyasa Teachers are committed to sharing Primal Vinyasa's skills and drills as an accessible tool for everybody. Experience the natural, authentic wisdom of your body from a diverse range of empowering, curious and compassionate leaders from around the world.
Todd is co-owner of Yoga Union Community Wellness Center. He is a certified Anusara Inspired teacher who also holds certifications in Vinyasa Yoga and expertise in Restorative yoga.
Todd’s yoga practice was born from his quest for relief from chronic low back pain. Shortly after, he moved to Portland to drum in a rock band and was immediately delivered to the Yoga Union. Among the community he met his first real yoga teacher, Annie Adamson. Years later the two lovers were offered ownership of the very place where they met, Yoga Union, and together they took a leap of faith, becoming Yoga Union studio owners.
Todd is forever grateful for his mentorship with Sianna Sherman, whom he studied extensively with including immersions, teacher trainings 1, 2, and 3, and countless classes, workshops, and therapeutics sessions. Todd largely attributes his poetic styling and playful use of heart-language to Sianna’s artistic guidance.
As a yoga teacher and leader, Todd’s ambitions stem from his love for nature and movement, as well as his commitment to facilitating connection in community.
Winter Pemberton is the founder of Age Rebel, and co-owner of both Prema Health and Untamed Women Travel. Harnessing her own radical authenticity Winter combines a deep knowledge of the human body with conscious living practices to guide others towards utilizing lifestyle as medicine.
Winter is an inspirational badass. Creating Age Rebel from the deep desire to bring new definitions of female aging into public knowledge. Combining scientific research with an innate knowledge of the body, Age Rebel is increasing awareness of our unceasing vitality. Winter is working to remind us all that our value is not age based, and neither is our access to a healthy strong physical self.
Opening Prema Health, in Portland, Oregon, has allowed Winter to bring like minded practitioners together to create a truly holistic healing center. Prema is where Winter works hands on with clients through massage, personal training, and conscious living education. She will hold your hand and be your fearless guide as you walk down the path of healing.
Winter’s newest venture Untamed Women Travel is a reminder of the value of deep supportive connections between women, and the expansive nature of travel. Created with close friend Annie Adamson, Untamed Women Travel utilizes Winters genuinely excited nature, and gift of inspiration to bring fun and freedom to these playful adventures.
Academic background includes a B.S. in Exercise and Movement Sciences as well as licenses in Personal Training and Massage Therapy. Additionally Winter holds certifications as a Holistic Yoga TherapistTM, Primal Vinyasa Ambassador, and Holistic Pelvic CareTM practitioner.
Kelly Nie, E-RYT 500hr YACEP
Kelly Nie, Wellness Leader, Primal Vinaysa Certified and ACLN Life Coach is compassionate and bold. Her intention as a practitioner is to give you tools so you CAN steer yourself in the direction of your choosing.
I believe that change, freedom and movement go hand in hand. I see movement as one of the most accessible forms of healing for our bodies and minds. As I have developed a more compassionate connection to my body through Primal Vinyasa and functional movement, I have set my body free. Moving every day without pain is my new normal and it is because of this I have a deep bond to the practice and enjoy offering it to others. I first began my yoga practice in 2007 and since then have practiced and have become a 500hr RYT; I am continually inspired by the practice of Primal Vinyasa and enjoy teaching clients one on one and workshops of this study!
Pixie Lighthorse is a Primal Vinyasa certified teacher and lifelong devotee. In her forties, she realized that her body was getting left behind as she primarily pursued matters of thought and theory. Primal Vinyasa is the missing link, allowing her to balance and integrate the lessons she receives about the human spiritual condition. The principles of PV complement and strengthen her experience of being on earth while she supports others. Primal Vinyasa makes it possible for Pixie to imagine healing the healers and mothering the mothers for years to come.
Cherie Carr writes as Pixie Lighthorse to honor her indigenous ancestors of the Long Walk. As an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, she is the author of the Prayers of Honoring Series, Boundaries & Protection, andGoldmining the Shadows.
Lighthorse received her training in transformational shamanism between 2003-2012. She was born in California amidst farms, ranches, animals, and wildlife and holds a degree in fine art and literature. Feminine and earth-centered sensibilities are the cornerstone of her work.
Kate loves working with students of all ages and varying skill levels. Upon completion of Yoga Union’s 200hr teacher training program in 2011, she found her niche working with older beginners, Seniors, and students who desire a simple, easy-on-the-joints style of yoga. Kate utilizes many movements and skills she's acquired through the Primal Vinyasa teacher training at Yoga Union when she teaches weekly chair based yoga classes for students who benefit from the support of a chair, gentle vinyasa classes for those want to improve coordination and balance, and all levels vinyasa.
Incorporating her past experience as a dance teacher, Kate's yoga instructions are clear and easy to understand. Breath-based fluid movements are the hub of her personal yoga practice, and as a licensed massage therapist she draws upon a functional understanding of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology, safely adapting yoga postures for all ages and skill levels.
I have training in Vinyasa, Yoga for Seniors and I received my 200hr certification with at Heartsong Yoga in Beaverton. In 2017 I completed my 500hr certification in Holistic Yoga Therapeutics, with Annie Adamson at Yoga Union in Portland. I hold certifications of completion in Aerial Yoga, The Roll Model Method (self massage training with Jill Miller), and Primal Vinyasa.
Stability and strength are more important no as our culture has designed a life of ease, more sitting and less physical work. People have more injuries and pain from repetitive movement patterns and lack of movement than we should; and learning healthy everyday movement patterns can prevent and heal these injuries. I like to think of myself as a guide or third party to student’s healing. My hope is to help bring greater awareness into student’s everyday movements and postures to promote a sense of wholeness, live more fully, and be present and joyful.
My classes are intended to relieve, tension, trauma, and lack of stability; which can manifest as pain, inflammation, disease and mental dysfunctions. My work with clients can address pain, disease, injuries, imbalances, confidence, lack of stability, and muscle release. By looking at self massage, stretching, strength, breathing, daily routine, posture; we can uncover the secrets to healing, strength and peace. Time to be a human be-ing and not just a human doing!
Allison Duckworth, is a teacher of Yoga and Ayurveda based out of Portland, Oregon. She applies the ancient wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda to promote health and healing in modern-day lives. For Allison, Primal Vinyasa offers a unique opportunity for self-exploration and play. She believes these are critical pieces in order to remember our wholeness and live a healthy life. In her classes you will experience invigorating and nourishing flows catered to all levels.
Allison’s offerings align our actions to attune with and embody our higher self. Her intention is carried out through a diverse array of teachings, trainings, cleanse groups and retreats. She has led nine 200 hour yoga teacher training programs and three 300 hour programs. As a wellness advocate she facilitates biannual Ayurvedic cleanse groups. She has led local and international retreats. Allison offers public classes and individual sessions in person and remotely.
Abbie is a recent Primal Vinyasa Certified guide, enthusiast and integrator! She began practicing yoga in a gym setting in 2011 after experiencing deep depression from an accident resulting in a broken ankle, and subsequent surgeries. After several years of “drinking the yoga kool-aid” and quite literally re-learning how to move, walk, and run again, Abbie eventually received her 200-hour certification in Traditional Vinyasa Yoga in southern California in 2015.
During her time in training, Abbie studied as an interfaith seminarian and continually ran into connections between all of her passions; namely yoga, snowboarding, and spiritual care. She became convinced that movement, nature, and spirituality were intertwined. Without diverse and nutritious movement, her snowboarding practice and teaching were prone to injury. Without mindfulness and “care-full” listening to her students, yoga classes became self-centered and disjointed.
Abbie integrates playful, off-the-mat, and Primal-inspired movement into her Vinyasa and Hot Vinyasa classes. The Primal Vinyasa training has flipped her assumptions and repetitive teaching habits absolutely upside down… and for the better! You will find your own independence, creativity, and empowerment in her classes. Abbie invites you to play and move, and to truly make it YOUR yoga practice!
Yvette Lalonde is a body-centred counsellor in Vancouver, BC who works from a holistic perspective. She integrates a biopsychosocial lens and holds a deep understanding of the impact that complex and developmental trauma has on the physical, emotional, and spiritual body. She is trained in several movement practices including Primal Vinyasa and Movement for Trauma.
Yvette incorporates movement into her counselling practice as a way of helping clients regulate their nervous systems and awaken to their innate strengths: mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. She supports her clients and group participants in teaching the science of connection through relational movement practices and how their unique neurobiologies show up in relationships.
Gail Lordi, LMT, RYT
Gail has been a yogini with an adventurous spirit for nearly three decades. Gail fuses her insight as a massage therapist and practitioner of healing modalities with her career as a dedicated student and teacher of yoga. Her seasoned experience in the healing arts channels through her as a supportive energy in her yoga classes. She offers practical guidance of body mechanics and strives for creating balance of the body and mind with a true respect for diversity.
A worldly education of healing and yoga began for Gail at the Kripalu Center of Yoga and Health studying Hatha and Vinyasa. She completed yoga teacher training at the Aura Wellness Center graduating with high honors.
As a massage therapist, she apprenticed for two years in Japan to study Shiatsu where she also earned her Level 1 Reiki attunement and practiced Zazen meditation.
She continued her studies in Thai Yoga and Massage and dove deeper into her Yoga practice.
In 2018, Gail began studying innovative movement approaches from Annie Adamson’s Primal Vinyasa ™ Trainings. This training inspired her to utilize these vital skills in her classes, with her clients and in everyday life.
Off the mat, Gail enjoys outdoor activities in all seasons and finds healing in nature. Gardening, singing, reading, playing music, dancing and spending time with loved ones are all ways she fuels and shares her thriving spirit.
Radomi is owner of Goodlife Yoga Center in Jonesville, MI. Her yoga journey began nearly 20 years ago and has inspired and shaped her life ever since. Radomi experienced first hand the life changing benefits of dedicated yoga practice and as been honored to work as a full time teacher and guide to others on this journey since 2010. She offers group classes, private coaching, workshops, and retreats. Forever a student she has completed 500 hours of training in tantric hatha yoga and many other trainings along the way, Primal Vinyasa certification being the most recent. Radomi finds great joy in the community that comes from owning a small town yoga studio. It is her belief that movement is life, and that through the simple act of coming together to move we create and reclaim connection; to ourselves, to others, and to source. Through this simple act we create magic.
Hello! I'm Nissa...
Sacred individualist. Free-range medicine woman. Seer. Huntress.
I'm a healer/guide and mama bear for the places and spaces I offer.
I'm big on the magic of AND. I'm big on imperfections and wounded-ness and broken-ness...because they are a part of wholeness. I believe there is medicine and poison in everything. I believe in ending all my stories in medicine.
I'm big on sacred sass and ugly truths. I am big on work ethic and owning your shit. I believe that the only constant in Life is change. I have learned pain won't kill you, but not turning that pain into power will kill the spirit.
I believe I am my own container of sacred space...and so are you. I use movement as a way to bring the medicine you make into the magic of your body. We are, after all animals too. Movement reminds us of what is true and centered in the great mystery of Self. Movement makes us embody our body and when we do that with our inner work...we evolve and rewild into wholeness.
Kari Johnson, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, HYT ™, YACEP
Kari grew up in a multicultural life as part of a non-traditional, ocean sailing family. From a young age she was immersed in the different ways that people around the world moved and lived in their natural environment.
This interest has taken many paths, but the favorite and never-ending love affair has been yoga! She loves the transformational qualities that yoga offers and its ability to meet us where we are. Her classes are sequenced in a balanced way that naturally moves your body into a deeper place by the end of the session. She teaches all levels and ages, so each class is unique.
Kari trained 300 hours in Anusara Yoga with Jonas Westring and also holds two 500-hour teaching certificates, one in Holistic Yoga Therapy ™ with Annie Adamson. Her certifications include Primal Vinyasa ™ primalvinyasayoga.com Restorative Yoga and Senior Yoga from Duke University’s Integrated School. She is a practicing Holistic Yoga Therapist ™, and is grateful to all of her teachers and students for guiding her into the depths that yoga has to offer.
One of her true loves is to bring yoga to people who cannot get to a class, and has taught in a variety of settings from hospitals to addiction centers. She works to keep a beginner’s mind and has a never-ending curiosity for all the paths that yoga takes her on. A path she currently is creating a yoga festival in Sitka, Alaska with a quest for bringing new teachers and education to her island. wildalaskayoga.com She teaches a scheduled class and offers pop up classes at yogaunionsitka.org, a longtime cooperative studio in Sitka, Alaska.
Rachel Stern began studying yoga at age 2, took a 20ish year break, and rediscovered the joys of a consistent yoga practice over the past 18 years. She received her 200-hour teacher certification in Interdisciplinary Yoga from the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, and completed a year long teaching apprenticeship at Amrita, in Portland, Oregon. She has been teaching both public and private classes for 14 years, and is thrilled to now be able to include Primal Vinyasa’s strength, function, and playfulness, into her unique yoga offerings for individuals and groups.
After 22 years of experience teaching dance, language, and yoga to children of all ages, Rachel combined her love of yoga, children’s literature, and storytelling to create Storytime Yoga for kids and their parents, which she teaches monthly at The Peoples Yoga.
In 2018, Rachel founded the Portland Jewish Yoga Collective in order to create an embodied spiritual offering for people of all affiliations, and a place for the community to gather. She also teaches Jewish themed yoga for Orthodox women, and for children of all ages. In both secular and religious settings, she supports students in developing their own personal practice.
Yoga practice deepens the intimacy of my relationship with life, source, and community. We can use it to enhance any experience or learning opportunity, to move through life with more presence and connection. To fall more in love with ourselves.
I turned to a yoga practice when I realized that I was holding all my fear as tension in my body. I fall in love with yoga more every day as it grounds me, keeps my heart open, and allows me to hold space for myself in this busy world. I love to hold the space for students to dig deeper into their own self discovery. I believe that when people are deeply rooted to the foundations of their own bodies, and connected to their source energy, they can be free in their hearts to manifest anything they truly desire. My classes are tailored to the needs of the students each time we come to the mat together, and are designed to support the energy of the group through curious experimentation, playful strength building, deep breathing, deep stretching, and joyous fun.
Annie is an experienced yoga and movement instructor, as well as a botanist and science educator. She is passionate about infusing her daily life with movement, and shaping the environment around her to encourage play and vitality. Annie has been fortunate to be able to work outdoors, and has learned to move through natural environments with ease, grace, and efficiency. For fun, she loves to hike, camp, and travel with her family and friends. Her mission is to help students be confident and capable as they move throughout their lives and explore the natural world.
Annie began practicing yoga in college as a complement to ballet and modern dance, and developed a home practice when she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. She is from Portland, Oregon, where completed her teacher trainings (200 hour Alignment Based Vinyasa, Primal Vinyasa, and Next Generation Yoga for Kids) at the Yoga Union Community Wellness Center. You can follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube @annielawrenceyoga.
Amanda Blain is a traveling writer, storyteller, and teacher enamored by the contrasting conditions of life itself. This love, combined with over 2,200 hours of training in yogic psychology, energetics, and movement, informs her deeply skilled delivery of experiential education and training programs throughout the world.
I see that it is within the steady sensing and feeling of contrast that people meet the rawest aspects of themselves. In this space, we can observe our actions and reactions, we can unveil our avoidance and defense mechanisms, and we can illuminate our unconscious behaviors. Once we can feel and sense these aspects, now we have entered the realm of conscious choice. Now we get to meet and embody our liberated selves – beyond the veil.
Research shows that about 95-98% of human perceptions and behaviors stem from subconscious fear. Through Self-Study and Primal Vinyasa™, I assist the devoted and the courageous who wish to flip that script, to live by the valiant embrace of the unpredictability and contrast of life itself.
Alice was first introduced to Yoga as a way to decompress from the fast-paced nature of studying in London. She soon recognised how the practice was an opportunity to re-connect entirely, counter daily habit patterns and open up to new perspectives. Fascinated by this process, she has explored many different forms of Yoga since she was 18, and has been teaching Yoga since 2015. She holds classes, workshops and retreats in the UK and abroad.
Climbing trees since she could walk, Alice has always been active, up for an adventure and deeply appreciative of nature; this is also what initially sparked her curiosity with Primal Vinyasa. As a certified teacher, she enjoys weaving these layers of evolutionary & functional movement development into her classes. She loves the self-inquiry that Yoga offers and shares the practice as a foundation to support others in their own journeys; to reconnect, find steadiness and thrive.
In 2019, Alice founded the Earth Living Festival, which bought together holistic practices, creativity and sustainability. Her academic background in English and Drama has led her into project managing events with non-profit organization, Outrider Anthems, and writing content/blogs/short biographies.
Victoria Koopman is a Primal Vinyasa Certified Instructor and yoga teacher out of Portland, Oregon. Victoria intertwines the healing modalities of traditional yoga with Primal Vinyasa to lead healing within her community of students at Yoga Union.
As a new instructor, Victoria approaches yoga with excitement and vigor. She is inspired deeply by the teachings and wisdom found within the yoga community, ancient yogic texts, as well as anatomy and functional movement, driving her to continually study deeply to further her knowledge regularly. Victoria hopes to teach students new skills to use while on their mats and outside the yoga studio. Victoria believes in an inner wisdom inherent in our physical bodies and aims to bring this innate wisdom back to life.
Jessica LaFalce PTA, RYT, Certified BodyRoller, Certified Primal Vinyasa
Jessica LaFalce is a Physical Therapist Assistant in Sarasota, FL with over a decade of experience as well as continuing education in myofascial release. After training in MFR and experiencing first hand an emotional release when working on her own chronic hip pain; Jessica realized there was a missing link in the traditional treatment of her patients, and the integration of a body, mind and heart centered approach was crucial for long term health and recovery.
To augment this gap, she received her 500 hr RYT and a certification in Body Rolling from Healsci yoga school where there was a strong emphasis on anatomy, alignment and the intricate web of the myofascial system. "Prior to Primal Vinaysa, my approach to treating my patients and teaching my students was one of compassion but with a lens of needing to find what's wrong and fix it. Completing this training has come with it a responsibility: to remind myself, my patients and students that they are already whole, and to integrate that wholeness with intuitive movement for a home coming to their bodies and a remembering of their innate ability to self regulate and heal."
It has been my vision and passion to fully integrate yoga with PT and PT with yoga and with my Primal Vinyasa certification, I finally have the tools to bridge the gap between the two; uniting East and West, and harmonizing modern healthcare. " Jessica currently offers Primal Vinyasa inspired public classes and private sessions as well as CEUs and workshops.
For her most recent offerings follow her on FB: jessicalafalceyoga and on Instagram @jessica_lafalce
Carol Vallat is a Pilates Yoga teacher, an adaptive bodywork facilitator and foot reflexologist in Switzerland. Who considers the body has a network of neuro myofascial connections and host people to connect and clean those meridians through movement and massage. Carol is proud of being the first certified teacher Primal Vinyasa in Switzerland. She invites you to share enjoyable movement that stimulate your senses, your brain. To build a strength body conscious of what is not necessary to hold. A free and resilient body.
Hilde Kaiser lives in Evanston, IL and teaches movement classes and leads women's circles in the Chicago area. A true Gemini, she is fascinated by the infinite possibilities for creating and offering classes that feed the mind as well as the body. She has been teaching Nia, a holistic dance movement class, since 2015 and facilitating circles in one form or another since 1999. She feels that Nia and Primal Vinyasa are very complementary, and is looking forward to how the relationship between these two movement practices unfolds in her teaching.
A recovering academic, her career path has felt meandering at times. She has been everything from a breastfeeding counselor to a writing group facilitator. She studied earth medicine with Pixie Lighthorse for several years, completing all four cycles of earth medicine school. She is a practicing poet who has learned the hard way that we have to get out of our heads and into our bodies, and so she brings poetic language into her movement classes, and body awareness into her women's circles. She is passionate about expanding her clients' creative practices as well as their body confidence. She believes that art is made with the body. She is happiest when she subverts assumptions by combining modalities in unexpected places, such as bringing a full moon dance ritual to a medical gym and a literature-based women's circle to an art studio.
Emily is a yoga and holistic movement teacher in Sacramento, California. She offers regular yoga classes, prenatal yoga, private sessions, and women+’s circles in Northern California.
Weaving together practices from yoga, functional movement, poetry, and sound, each experience with her is created with deep intention and spirit. Emily believes yoga is a way of life, which lead her to become a Primal Vinyasa™ teacher. She has also completed Uma Dinsmore Tuli’s Well Women (Womb Yoga) Therapy certification and is trained in Mama Tree Prenatal with Jane Austin. As a deeply inquisitive and curious being, Emily’s Primal Vinyasa™ practice and training helps her focus her offerings, create meaningful connections in community, and find clarity in her yoga and movement endeavors.
A forever student and dedicated teacher, Emily is here to host spaces and create experiences for you to be your whole self one breath, one moment at a time.
Amy took her first hot yoga class at Yoga Union in 2004, and this community has been an anchor for her ever since. She completed her first 200 hour teacher training with Annie Adamson in 2007 and extends much gratitude to Annie for her heartfelt teachings and continued guidance on the path. Amy also completed over 300 hours of teacher training with Shiva Rea and is a certified Prana Flow instructor.
Over the past few years, Amy has fallen in love with yoga all over again, this time through Primal Vinyasa. She completed the Level 1 and Level 2 Primal Vinyasa trainings, and after taking a sabbatical from teaching yoga, Amy is back as a certified Primal Vinyasa teacher. Amy relishes the playfulness and diverse movement that Primal Vinyasa offers.
In her life off the mat, Amy is a professor of Communication Studies at Clark College. Amy has a Master’s Degree in Communication and enjoys helping people find their voice. When not teaching, Amy can be found playing with her son and husband or curled up reading a book with her beloved dog Lulu.
Erin has been teaching yoga for over 11 years across the state of Utah. She loves yoga for what it allows her to do off her mat: to fully live life! She is an outdoor enthusiast and loves traveling in her camper van, mountain biking, hiking, paddleboarding, skiing and anything else that gets her outside with her husband, daughter and two puppies.
She has studied and taught Anusara Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Power Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama and most recently, Primal Vinyasa. Her classes are a reflection of what she enjoys most about yoga: exploring our own experiences through breathe, movement and curiosity.