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’s yoga journey was on and off for years after her first class in 1998, but became a consistent part of her life in 2018. In the midst of personal growth and change, yoga was a launching pad to the sort of life she wanted to live.

Betsy received her YTT 200 from Parallel 45 in Vancouver in the summer of 2020, and completed the Leadership Training of Y12SR (yoga of 12-step recovery) under Nikki Meyers. She is honored and grateful to hold space for all people touched by addiction.

She is a perpetual student of yoga, most recently adding a certification in SUP (stand up paddle board) yoga.

Betsy enjoys the life-altering and affirming guidance of her many teachers, sharing the hope and joy of yoga and all of the teachings it provides. Through yoga, she looks forward to her own continued growth, and yours!

Outside of yoga Betsy enjoys time with her husband Steve, daughter Nola, and sweet dog Trixie.

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.

Kelly Ponzi

Kelly Ponzi

Instructor

Kelly is a certified yoga therapist practicing yoga, including meditation, since 1986. Yoga is her passion, love, and life‘s work. As a teacher her goal is to be there to support you to identify, target, and take steps to be your personal best. Her intention is to help you to connect with the deep sense of serenity, centeredness, and equanimity that is the core of who you are: whole and healthy, so you are better equipped to meet life’s challenges.

She is E-RYT 500 certified and trained in the science of Yoga Therapy at the Ananda Seva Mission in Santa Rosa, California, and a level 1 iRest ®Yoga Nidra instructor. Kelly is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a founding board member of the Northwest Yoga Therapy Collaborative, the first in the United States and has partnered with a chiropractic doctor and an emergency room M.D. in Portland, integrating yoga therapy as a complementary healing modality in our modern western world.

Kelly is forever grateful all of the teachers in her life, especially Swami Chetanananda, whom she met in 1995 and continues to help her refine the fine art of meditation. Her heart-felt desire is to connect to the love inside of herself and from that place perhaps touch you to rediscover the place inside where you can take a breath and say, "Ah, I have a great life".

Kelsey Allan

Kelsey Allan

Studio Intern + 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.

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.