Meet our Feel Good Teachers!
My yoga journey began in 1969 when I started practicing Hatha Yoga from a book written by a Direct American Disciple of Yogananda, the famous author of the classic, “Autobiography of a Yogi”. In 1972 I lived in Yogananda’s Ashram in Encinitas, CA for one year where I practiced Hatha Yoga and Meditation, as well as learned how to incorporate Raja Yoga into my life. I got deeply involved in my software engineering career in the 1980′s, 1990′s, and early 2000′s, so I did not have a consistent Exercise/Hatha practice. In 2005 I again took up Hatha Yoga because I was having several physical issues and I also needed to de-stress from my intense professional career. I immediately started getting good results with Hatha Yoga once again. In 2008, I began practicing the classic Hot Yoga sequence of twenty-six postures and liked it so much that I became a certified teacher. I then branched out to learn yet other styles of yoga and received certifications in Vinyasa and Hot Yoga/Hot Power Fusion. Raja Yoga has helped me in all ways regarding diet, work, and especially helping me maintain a greater calmness and happiness whatever I do. I love to teach in order to share the wonders of Yoga and health with everyone.
My yoga practice was born out of my love of movement; I’ve enjoyed dancing since I was a child and have run more miles than I can count – from Pacific Northwest trails to the Mt. Kilimanjaro marathon. My yoga journey began about four years ago in a Bikram studio in Portland where I discovered the physical challenge of the 26 pose sequence. I have since expanded my practice and developed a love for the flow of vinyasa. My practice has enlightened me to the unique complexities and capabilities of my own body and has helped me to develop mental clarity and focus. Through yoga I have found strength of body and spirit, which motivated me to complete teacher training with Core Power Yoga. I feel that the practice of yoga is empowering, an opportunity to embrace and seek awareness of one’s body and soul.
My name is Dell Taylor. I grew up performing and practicing dance and acrobatics, as well as developing cardio, strength, and flexibility routines. I became captivated with the practice of yoga after my divorce. I’d injured my back in a car wreck and had some painful alignment issues, a loss of flexibility after having a baby and carrying a toddler around with all the gear. I was living in physical and emotional pain and decided I couldn’t live that way anymore. I began practicing yoga and soon after feeling the physical and emotional healing that comes from a disciplined practice. The effects were so noticeable and continue to be so, that I became compelled to share this gift with others.
I am certified to teach the Hot Yoga sequence with 26 postures, as well as Power Vinyasa. I enjoy challenging and encouraging students in class and bringing attention and awareness to the mind/body connection by emphasizing breath and alignment in postures and transitions. My back ground in Biology and the Arts contribute to my passion for the beauty and awe of the human body.
My teaching is truly inspired by my students. I am fueled by the loving exchange of positive light and growth between student and teacher…I continue to deepen my personal practice and enjoy the many layers of self exploration that yoga has encouraged me to peel through. I look forward to seeing you on your mat.
I started teaching when I first completed my Bikram Teacher Training in 1995. In 1999 I moved to Kauai and opened Bikram Yoga Kauai, the first Bikram Yoga studio on the island. After 10 years of running the studio, which was so amazing in many ways, I returned to my roots in Portland and started teaching again at The Feel Good World in 2011. I am happy to have gone full-circle and enjoy the community here.I started doing Bikram Yoga in 1995, which then branched out into many other styles of yoga; Ashtanga, Power vinyasa, Anusara, Forrest yoga and Yin. Currently I teach Hot Yoga, Vinyasa and Yin. I love Yoga, whether it is Bikram, Power or Yin. For me it is about connection, focus and breath. I am in full gratitude for this practice, for the studio and for my spirit!
Caitlin has been applying her love of helping people through her work as a yoga teacher, fitness instructor and esthetician over the last decade. The first time she took a yoga class she knew she wanted to teach and pursued her training wholeheartedly. As a teacher she takes a whole body approach to exercise yoga and skin care by helping her clients feel beautiful from the inside out. Caitlin arrived in Portland two years ago to continue her education at Portland State University in the field of health and exercise science where she recently graduated with a BS in Physical Activity/Exercise Science. Over the last ten years as a yoga instructor Caitlin has continued her education to learn a variety of techniques and practices. She teaches several styles but her love and passion is teaching Power Vinyasa.
When Caitlin isn’t in the studio she is enjoying her other passions as an outdoor enthusiast and true adventure seeker. She spends her spare time rock climbing, hiking, snowboarding and enjoying everything the great outdoors has to offer!
My personal interest in the practice of yoga began quite unexpectedly. I was suffering from running injuries a few years ago and looking for a substitute for running that, to be honest, I didn’t believe existed. I could not have been more surprised to complete my first hot vinyasa class here in Portland and experience such total body rejuvenation at a high level of physical exertion. One class and I was an instant convert.
In 2011 I completed my 200 hour certification through Portland’s CorePower Yoga teacher training program. I then completed CorePower’s teacher training extensions program and began my career as an instructor. Since then, guiding students through the practice of yoga has become my absolute pleasure. What I hope for every class is to provide that same supportive and challenging instruction that first enticed me to come back to my mat, day after day after day.
I was introduced to the Nia technique many years ago and was hooked from the start. I find the combination of music and movement in to be the perfect fitness practice for maintaining happiness and health. Practicing Nia has reawakened the joy and energy I once felt as a child and has helped me embrace the miracle of living in this incredible gift of the body. I am a licensed and certified Nia Blue Belt instructor, and I have been teaching at the Feel Good World since August of 2011. I love this activity with all of my heart, and I am thrilled and honored to help others make this fantastic discovery.
I have had a long and joyful journey with yoga both as a student and as a teacher. I have been practicing for over 10 years and teaching since 2007. I obtained my 200 hour certificate in 2006, which laid the foundation for my living, practicing and teaching of yoga. I later pursed my 500 hour teacher training with Shiva Rea. It took me two years to complete this next phase of training. This transformational experience broadened my understanding of yoga to include the embodiment of yoga, energetic alignment, the Krishnamacharia lineage, ayurveda, and tantra. These teachings have been priceless to my evolution as a student and teacher of yoga, as well as all the other books, students, and teachers from which I have learned over the years. Teaching yoga has been the most rewarding career that I have pursued. I have taught various styles and levels of classes. I strive to create a fun and comfortable space for students to explore their potential. I will guide students to explore and strengthen their body, mind and spirit. It is my goal to empower each student to have an authentic and embodied experience.
Roxanne Thomas, RYT, believes in the healing power of yoga. She believes that we all begin wherever we are and through yoga the rest will follow. Each time we step onto the mat is a new opportunity to connect deeply with our true self and divine creativity. Striving to help bring a strong awareness of the body to her students, Roxanne feels that yoga should not feel exclusive, but meet every practitioner exactly where they are. Her classes are geared toward bringing back the joy of movement in a safe yet challenging environment.
“My goal is that at the end of class, students will feel rejuvenated, balanced and relaxed.”
Having studied in the traditional hatha manner, Roxanne teaches gentle to intermediate level classes, yin and restorative as well as yoga for breast cancer healers. She is registered with Yoga Alliance and is a certified Street Yoga instructor.
When not teaching, Roxanne enjoys sharing yoga with incarcerated youth at Mac Laren Youth Correctional Facility, volunteering for Street Yoga and for Project Pooch. She also like to play with movement through Zumba, Nia and ballroom dance.
Stasia Bliss has been practicing and teaching both yoga and meditation for over a decade. She has studied in the United States and in India styles such as: Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Yoga Nidra, and the most recent Devi Satva alchemical yoga. Yoga has transformed the way Stasia lives and moves and has her being. She has integrated her practices into a way of life and teaches from a place of mindfulness and creativity – blending styles as they fit the students needs and the universal vibration currently expressing. Stasia is honored to share one of her life passions with those who sit with her in presence.