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Kathryn 2014Kathryn Payne, Co-Founder, Co-Director, ERYT-500 Kathryn Payne has taught yoga for over 25 years and considers mentoring those who want to learn and teach yoga a joy and priority in her life. Kathryn uses eight vital principles* and methodical sequencing in her classes to elevate an awareness of alignment, breath and subtle energy.  Her classes are unhurried and she encourages students to find their way by watching “from the inside”.  She teaches Tuesday mornings to intermediate students at 9:30 AM and to those with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s at 11:15 AM. Additionally her class offerings can be found on the Series page where she likes to offer advanced asana, pranayama and meditation classes.

Kathryn has studied with the Iyengars in India and is certified by the legendary Dona Holleman to teacher her methods according to “Dancing the Body of Light”, now a classic yoga text. She is also a certified Vijnana teacher and continues her yoga studies Orit Sen-Gupta, the founder of Vijnana yoga. Her greatest understanding of yoga’s depth and unparalleled wisdom comes through her study of Sanskrit with master teacher Vyaas Houston.  In 2000, Kathryn started teaching Sanskrit through the American Sanskrit Institute and conducts study groups on a regular basis.

Kathryn is a Founder and Director of Pacific Yoga Teacher Training in Seattle in which she, along with Theresa Elliott,  has trained yoga teachers since 1996.
(*Eight vital principles include meditative mind, relaxation of the body, intent, rooting, centering, bodyscape, breathing and elongating).  

Elizabeth FreemanElizabeth Freeman, Co-Founder, Co-Director, RYT-500
Elizabeth started practicing yoga in 1986 and began teaching in 1997. Her teaching is rooted in the Iyengar tradition and is especially influenced by her studies starting in 1998 with Kathryn Payne and Theresa Elliott. She believes that the practice of yoga offers a peace of mind that opens the door to healthy, joyful, and robust living in our everyday lives. She is fascinated by the sciences including, interpersonal neurobiology, psychology, and quantum physics (she received her BS in Mathematics from the University of Washington in 1983), and how modern research dovetails with the ancient teachings of yoga. She has a specific interest in yoga’s potential for heightening awareness and connectedness in the body and mind to promote good health and healing, as well as its potential for helping us cope with physical and psychological challenges. In her classes Elizabeth emphasizes technique and encourages students to trust their innate abilities and intuition to refine their posture and breath. She believes the benefits of yoga reach beyond the classroom and into our work-a-day world where they are available to anyone willing to give yoga a try.

She teaches classes at Island Yoga Center and, in addition, offers customized private sessions for individuals or small groups. Contact her at elf@paradoxa.com or call (206) 854-5631.

JamesJames Culbertson, E-RYT-200
James began exploring Jnana yoga in 1990, Hatha yoga in 1995, and expanded his practice to Raja yoga in 1999. James completed the Samadhi Yoga Teacher Training with Kathleen Hunt and Steve Davis in 2003, and has been deeply influenced by teachers Angela Farmer, Victor van Kooten, Andre Lappa, Melanie Farmer, Eve Nyman, and the teachings of Nisargadatta Maharaj. His practice aims at giving attention to asana, flow, and breath, in order to energize the body, soften the heart, and settle the mind. Contact him at albion@speakeasy.net



Nicole GreyNicole Grey, RYT-200
Nicole has been teaching yoga since 2002. In 2010 she completed a 200-hour teacher training through Tiffany Cruikshank in Portland and is currently working her way through the advanced 500-hour teacher training program. With a background in dance, her evolution to yoga was a natural shift. Nicole considers yoga her primary spiritual practice. She specializes in vinyasa flow, prenatal and postnatal yoga, fertility yoga, yoga therapeutics, and Yin Yoga. When she is not teaching yoga, she is honored to be mommy to two amazing girls, as well as teach childbirth preparation classes. Nicole believes in the power of personal transformation through the practice of yoga, and she feels strongly this practice is accessible to all who seek it. Nicole is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 level. www.nicolegreyyoga.com

Irene TokarIrene Tokar, E-RYT 500, is fascinated with the way yoga helps us unravel and reintegrate our patterns of thinking, moving, and being.  She completed her teacher training at Pacific Yoga in 2004, and continued her training in the Anusara tradition with Denise Benitez.  She is very drawn to therapeutic applications of yoga, and has studied yoga therapy for body and mind with Doug Keller and Sarahjoy Marsh.  Irene is also a licensed massage therapist and craniosacral therapist.  You may visit her website at www.cadenzabodywork.com. E-mail: irene@cadenzabodywork.com,  or call 206-455-5426.

Deborah KingDeborah King

I have been teaching yoga since 2001, and I am a lifelong practitioner, having grown up with a mother who taught yoga and creative movement, and who passed on to me her kinesthetic way of being in and understanding the world.As I began to train professionally as an actor when I was a teenager, and later at The Theatre School at DePaul University, my study of yoga deepened too.

I have studied under a wealth of remarkable teachers in many eclectic traditions including the Iyengar, Viniyoga, Ashtanga, Anusara, Vijnana, and Integrative Yoga Therapy traditions.

I began teaching while pregnant with my first child. I received my certification from Eight Limbs Yoga in Chicago in 2003 under the guidance of Per Erez, Miguel Latronica, and Carla Douros, and went on to assist in the following trainings, as well as presenting modules on prenatal and postnatal yoga. My work with pregnancy and following pregnancy spiraled into to a fascination with the therapeutic applications of yoga and this led me to apprentice with Iyengar teacher Gabriel Halpern for two and half years and to begin my own private practice, often adjusting the practice for therapeutic needs.Now in Seattle, I teach full time both publicly and privately. I am fortunate to teach a large span of approaches to a wonderfully diverse spectrum of students: everything from Vinyasa classes to alignment-based hatha, to Gentle and Restorative classes and classes adapted for the needs of specific conditions. My passion is discovering the unique practice for each person.

I use my extensive understanding of alignment in an experiential way to guide my students to explore the story and the process of their body system, uncovering, unwinding and also celebrating the asymmetries that make us human.

Currently, I am pursuing my IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) certification as a yoga therapist at the 800-hour level through Integrative Yoga Therapy at Kripalu, so that I may continue to expand my passion and understanding of the healing potential of yoga and my ability to make the practice accessible to all. My website:https://www.deborahkingyoga.com

Anne Neely, RYT-200,  believes showing up for yoga class and practicing doesn’t “make perfect” but is perfect! She hopes that her students will have such a feel-good experience with her light-hearted approach that they will be intrigued to learn more about the various life-enriching tools yoga has to offer. Anne recently earned her RYT-200 from Island Yoga Center and is delighted to begin teaching! She is a life-long learner and has taken yoga workshops with other well-known teachers such as Mark Whitwell and Doug Keller. In addition to visiting yoga studios wherever her travels take her, Anne loves to hang out with her miniature schnauzer, Liesl, and this summer they have set a goal of walking the entire circumference of Vashon via beach walks!
DavidSeborer[1]David Seborer, RYT-200, LMP.  David has been teaching for 20 of the 30 plus years he has been practicing.  He has been inspired by and studied with many great teachers, particularly Marie Svoboda, Ana Forrest, Sarah Powers, Angela Farmer, Victor van Kooten, and Donna Farhi.  He is passionately interested in the deep healing that can occur through a yoga and somatic based meditation practice, especially resolving traumas buried in the muscles. He is particularly skillful in helping students become present in their bodies, discovering their chronic blockages, and gently working through them with compassionate awareness and breath.  Contact him at davidseb@live.com