Fitness Instructors

  • Kathleen Brooks

    Yoga Instructor

    Kathleen was born in Oakland, California and moved to a small town in Oregon when she was 11 years old. After having had enough of small town life, she moved to Portland, Oregon where she studied dance at Portland State University. After college Kathleen continued northward and moved to Seattle in 1990, during the height of the grunge movement. Needless to say, it was an incredibly exciting time to live in Seattle!

    Kathleen spends a lot of time doing yoga, but she also enjoys hiking, skiing, and she’s recently gotten into rock climbing! She loves being outdoors because she always feels renewed after spending time in nature. Kathleen is a certified 200 YTT Yoga Instructor. She’s also trained in nonviolent communication. Her passion in teaching yoga is based around breaking down challenging poses to make them accessible to all students through thoughtful sequencing and precise cues. She hopes to see you in one of her classes!

  • Erica Chang

    Yoga Instructor

    Erica has practiced yoga since 2010 and recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification with Pamela Higley at Samdhana Karana Yoga. She has also completed the Yoga Behind Bars training and volunteers at Remann Hall, teaching yoga and meditation to youth.

    With yoga, she has found a melding of the best things in her life: spirit, athleticism, sweat, breath, laughter, community, and rhythm. Her goal as an instructor is to offer a space to explore, allowing others to become curious about what they are capable of as they leave a little stronger, a little softer and a lot more balanced.

    Erica Offers Private Yoga Instruction!

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  • Mary Chen-Johnson

    Yoga Instructor

    Mary's devotion to yoga rests in part on the giving nature of it. That is, the more yoga is practiced, the more gifts it bestows. Her focus is on yoga as a map to wellness: the physical practice of building strength, flexibility, and balance may also translate into a metaphor for everyday life. This is also her focus in teaching. She enjoys creativity in yoga sequences--sometimes incorporating dance elements that provide similar benefits--and a relaxed class atmosphere in which laughter is encouraged.

    Practicing yoga since 2002 and undergoing teacher training through Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2006, Mary has been guided by teachers including Joseph Le Page, Lilian Le Page, Ellen Shaffer, and Joyce Anue and continues to attend additional training when she can. She is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    Yoga Teacher Training - Integrative Yoga Therapy, E-Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hours, Unnata Aerial Yoga, Pranayama, Mudras, Pranic Healing, Therapeutic Applications of Yoga Asanas

    Mary Offers Private Yoga Instruction!

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  • Elena Cheung

    Yoga Instructor

    Elena is a yoga teacher, pizza lover and self-proclaimed master of Dutch Blitz (sweet Amish card game). A yoga teacher since 2015, she brings her keen awareness and curiosity to her clients through precise, intentional classes that move slow but burn deep.

    Since her initial training, Elena has studied anatomy and biomechanics of yoga under teachers such as Tiffany Cruikshank, Richelle Ricard, Jules Mitchell, and others, in an attempt to understand the intricate beauty of the human body.

    Officially, Elena is a Yoga Medicine Certified Therapeutic Specialist (RYT-500) & Pain-Free Performance Specialist who uses a wide range of modalities including yoga postures, functional movement, myofascial release, resistance stretching, breathing and meditation to help her clients achieve their performance goals with a focus on injury prevention/recovery.

    When not doing yoga things, Elena enjoys playing video games, snuggling with her tiny dog, and spending time in nature.

  • Samitha Hendrickson

    Strength Yoga
    Yoga Instructor

    I fell in love with climbing during my college years up in Bellingham, WA. I have been climbing off and on ever since that 1st day climbing outside over the water with friends. The best parts of climbing are not only the workout and fitness, but also getting to know others and building friendships. I enjoy sharing this hobby with friends and family and bringing a new experience to them.

    When I am not climbing in the gym you can find me teaching yoga, painting, hiking, working with kids, and traveling. I love to be outside whether it is a walk to the water, running on trails, or rock climbing with friends. If you see me in the gym feel free to come on over and chat or climb with me. I love meeting new people at the gym! I hope to see you on the rock wall!

  • Heidi Krotzer

    Yoga Instructor

    Heidi received a 500 hour certifications at Pacific Yoga Teacher Training and is well-versed in alignment-based vinyasa, pranayama, philosophy, anatomy and Sanskrit. She never stops learning and continues her education with her mentors as often as humanly possible.

    Heidi's classes focus on understanding the "why" of yoga. She believes that "effort for effort's sake" isn't necessary to find comfort and ease in a posture, once we know how to get there. Learning functional movement, while maintaining the integrity of the asana is the key to growth on the yoga mat. Learning to adapt and change the patterning in the body is the key to healing from past or current injuries to the mind, body and spirit. It is pretty common to find laughter and student engagement in her classes--how else do we learn?

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    E-RYT500, YACEP

    Heidi Offers Private Yoga Instruction!

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  • Lyra Pierotti

    Guide Wilderness Medicine InstituteAmerican Mountain Guide Association National Strength and Conditioning Association

    Lyra enjoyed her first view of the mountains on long hikes in the Sierra Nevada, perched atop the shoulders of the tuba player from the Tahoe Summer Music Festival—back when she was still lighter than a tuba. In college, a year studying geology in the French Alps is what steered her toward a career in mountain guiding. Lyra has guided expeditions to several of the Seven Summits, including Denali, Mount Elbrus, and Aconcagua, as well as steep rock climbs in Yosemite Valley, alpine routes in the North Cascades, long rock climbs in the desert southwest, and athletic ascents in the High Sierra.

    In addition to guiding, Lyra has applied her skill set to industry and education. She has worked in technical field support for scientists in Antarctica, and as a member of the Joint Antarctic Search and Rescue Team. She has worked as an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, teaching mountaineering skills to high school girls as part of the Inspiring Girls Expeditions program, a non-profit field science education program.

    On rest days, Lyra works as a freelance writer and Review Editor for OutdoorGearLab. When not traveling and climbing, Lyra lives on a farm on an island in the Puget Sound, her favorite home base for her annual migration patterns, where ocean sports and good food help her stay healthy and balanced.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    AMGA Rock Guide
    AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide
    AIARE L1 Avalanche Course Leader
    AIARE Pro 2 Avalanche Forecaster
    Wilderness First Responder
    Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

    Lyra Offers Personal Training!

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  • Allison Stephens

    Strength Instructor

    Allison Stephens has been a fitness instructor since 1998. She's taught many types of classes including indoor cycling, kickboxing, step aerobics, and outdoor boot camp. At Edgeworks, her cycling class is focused on building endurance, strength, and power that easily translates to outdoor cycling as well as many other adventures - including rock climbing!

    When she's not on her bicycle, Allison can be found playing the park with her 4-year old daughter, walking her dogs, or tossing a frisbee.

  • Hel Stocksill

    Yoga Instructor

    Hel is a full-time yoga instructor who's journey started with regular exercise at the gym for coping with anxiety. On a trip to Portland in 2018 she tried Yoga Sculpt was hooked with her first class. She found out the grounding presence of breath and contemplation on each pose in yoga was more than just a workout; she discovered it was a tool for living mindfully. Join Hel on a trip through the rabbit hole and bring your tea to class!

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    200 HR Hatha Vinyasa with OpenUp
    50 HR Yin with Bernie Clark
    50 HR Sculpt with Corepower
    200 HR Vinyasa with MazéMethod