Anna Otoupal

Anna Otoupal

Instructor

Anna has been a nurse for over twenty years and has been teaching yoga for just over five. She completed a yoga teacher training program at Karma Yoga in Clackamas, Oregon. After spending many years as a yoga student, Anna wanted to take her practice to a higher level. She has enjoyed the tranquility and strength of practicing yoga and has found a deeper meaning to the practice through teaching. Anna is very grateful to all teachers who have contributed to her process and she looks forward to sharing what she has learned with other students.

Betsy Bouffard

Betsy Bouffard

Instructor + Studio Manager

Betsy is a perpetual student of yoga and received her YTT 200 from Parallel 45 in Vancouver in the summer of 2020. Since then she has completed the Leadership Training of Y12SR (yoga of 12-step recovery) under Nikki Myers in January 2021, her certification in SUP (stand up paddle board yoga) in August 2021, a yin certification in March 2021, her YTT 300 from Yoga Renew in September 2022, and is currently doing her second YTT 200 with Mojave Yoga Collective here at Heights. She is honored and grateful to hold space for all people touched by addiction.

Emily Klepper

Emily Klepper

Instructor

Emily Klepper (she/her), 200hr RYT, began her yoga journey in 2015 shortly after her daughter was born. Emily loves the way yoga combines movement, self-care, and spiritual development into one holistic practice. She finds yoga helps her slowly grow stronger, more gentle with herself, and more aware of her perceptions that guide her point of view.

Emily completed her first 200 hour teacher training with NOW Yoga in Portland, Oregon. With a desire to learn more, she completed her second 200 hour RYT program with My Vinyasa Practice based in Austin, Texas. Emily will continue to explore the tradition and wisdom of yoga through her own practice, studies, classes, and teacher trainings.

In a class with Emily, you can expect to slow down, check in with yourself, move your body, gently build strength, and hopefully leave feeling calm and content. Emily strives to hold space for students to safely explore asana and feel like their yoga practice is valid no matter what it looks like. She likes to offer options for each shape so that everyone can find something that feels good in their practice.

When Emily is not practicing yoga or teaching, she enjoys being with her family and pets, playing in her garden, and spending time in nature.

Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor

Instructor

Emily is a yoga teacher and international retreat leader with over a decade of teaching experience. Shortly after getting a degree in Psychology from San Diego State University, Emily completed her first 200 Hour vinyasa yoga certification. She found that the connection between mind and body wellbeing was what interested her most. Since then she has continued to deepen her studies with a 500 hour Prana Flow training, a 200 hour Hatha training, and master immersion courses.

Emily spends her day-to-day teaching private and public classes in Portland, Oregon. She also offers a variety of workshops and retreats throughout the year. You can learn more about Emily at emilytayloryoga.com

Haley Finnegan

Haley Finnegan

Instructor

Haley began practicing yoga in high school after an injury ended her athletic activities as a pole vaulter and cheerleader. Naturally overactive and anxious, yoga (particularly Vinyasa) provided an outlet for Haley’s energy and has helped her find deeper spirituality and inner calm.

Through creative flows and mindful movement, Haley encourages her students to find their own personal edges, listen to their bodies, and find both agency and self-compassion on their mats. Offering her students a challenge, no matter their level, Haley is ready to cheer you on and crack a joke or two (because life shouldn’t be too serious, and neither should yoga!)

When not teaching in the studio, at the park, or on a stand-up paddleboard, Haley leads transformational retreats and programs that combine yoga, meditation, and outdoor adventure where she guides others to seek their peak. You can learn more at tadasanaadventures.com.

Kelsey Allan

Kelsey Allan

Instructor

Kelsey grew up in metro Detroit, Michigan and spent four years living in Las Vegas, Nevada before moving to the beautiful PNW in March of 2021. Kelsey attended her first yoga class in 2011 when her friends invited her to a candlelight yin at a local yoga studio. At the time, she was struggling with the death of her father and yoga provided an outlet for healing, community, and growth. She fell in love with the physical challenges, loud music, and breath to movement flows.

After many years of consistently practicing and exploring the physical and philosophical sides of yoga, she felt drawn to become certified and share the healing powers of yoga with as many people as she could. This decision led her to Parallel 45 in Vancouver, WA where she completed her 200 hour YTT in December of 2021. Her passion is leading creative and fun vinyasa flows that allow students to tune in and let go of any fears or situations holding them back. Her hope is that her students leave class feeling a little bit lighter and a little bit stronger, taking what they learned on the mat out into the world.

Kelsey currently works in food systems and community health and is certified in plant-based nutrition. When she isn’t on her mat you can find her in the kitchen, on the trail, or playing with her three dogs.

Marybeth Stephens

Marybeth Stephens

Instructor

Marybeth fell in love with yoga in 2017 when she was seeking a new way to build strength and better cope with a fast paced job / the stresses of everyday life. She has been committed to a strong practice ever since.

She has had the privilege and pleasure to belong to three studios in Vancouver which has given her exposure to many teachers and styles of yoga. She is always up for checking out a new studio near and far and loves seeking out opportunities to learn new skills, styles and methods.

She received her YTT 200 from Parallel 45 in Vancouver in spring 2022 and is excited to share her practice with the community. Vinyasa is her passion.

When she is not working or on her mat, Marybeth can be found spending quality time with her family and friends. She loves discovering all the PNW has to offer, including getting out in nature to walk, hike and SUP.

Nicki Taylor

Nicki Taylor

Instructor

Nicki has been in love with movement of the body since she was a young girl. She was a ballet and Jazz dancer as a kid and dancing actually became her full time career. Nicki started her yoga journey in 2004 when she was recovering from a dance injury and could not perform. Her mom suggested she try a yoga class and the rest is history. She used the yoga as her rehabilitation and has never looked back. She instantly fell in love with the effects of the practice and noticed the positive benefits not only physically, but yogic philosophy became her lifestyle. Nicki’s yoga background includes Annie Carpenters Smart Flow, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Restorative and more. Nicki is certified in Trauma recovery yoga as well as Pilates and Bootcamp. With over 1,000 hours of training experience, and over 5,000 hours of teaching experience, she and her yoga partner Kelsey Sellman now lead 200 RYT trainings with their school The Mojave Yoga Collective. When Nicki is not doing yoga, she dives deeper into meditation, reading, journaling, and is in love with self study or “self work”. She attends 10 day vipassana retreats, and loves to continue to learn. Something you might not know about Nicki is that she completed her first 200 RYT training with her mom and her brother. Some of her influences are Alan Watts, Abraham Hicks, Eckhart Tolle, Paul Selig and for a good laugh JP sears.