Andrea Thomas has been practicing yoga since 1990 and teaching since 1994. She originally learned yoga from Michele Friedman and went on to attend numerous workshops, training and advanced teacher training with a variety of teachers and styles. She is passionate about making yoga accessible to all Sitkans. Her eclectic approach is ever changing with newly discovered information and personal growth.
Born and raised in Sitka, Andy left the island after high school to study yoga and health sciences. She received her 200 hour yoga-teaching certificate from Amrita Sanctuary in Portland, Oregon in 2010 and became a registered Kids yoga teacher in 2011. Andy instructs from her own practice, experimenting, innovating and sharing what she has discovered along the yoga journey. She believes that yoga isn’t about executing a pose perfectly, or having the best balance. Yoga is taking a moment from your stressful, upbeat life and remembering you have a soul that needs tending to. Yoga is holding your own heart as tenderly as you would others. Andy is trained to work with people of all ages, shapes, sizes and levels of physical ability. She gravitates toward nurturing alignment-based and therapeutic classes for adults and designs her kids classes to inspire the body and quiet the mind. She is very excited to be home in Sitka once more and grateful to the Yoga Union to allow her a space to share.
Corrie Bosman has been studying and practicing yoga for more than 18 years. Her yoga practice is a fusion of styles including: Hatha, Kundalini, vinyasa flow and power yoga. She is an avid hiker, bicyclist and runner. As such her yoga practice tends to focus on releasing tension in the major muscle groups often stressed by these activities. When not on the yoga mat or out playing Corrie works as an attorney and professional mediator. Her yoga training, particularly in mind/body/breath connection helps her remain grounded and balanced as she encounters stressful situations in her daily work and life.
Kari Johnson E-RYT 200, RYT 500, HYT ™, YACEP
Kari grew up in a multicultural life as part of a non-traditional, ocean sailing family. From a young age she was immersed in the different ways that people around the world moved and lived in their natural environment.
This interest has taken many paths, but the favorite and never-ending love affair has been yoga! She loves the transformational qualities that yoga offers and its ability to meet us where we are. Her classes are sequenced in a balanced way that naturally moves your body into a deeper place by the end of the session. She teaches all levels and ages, so each class is unique.
Kari trained 300 hours in Anusara Yoga with Jonas Westring and also holds two 500-hour teaching certificates, one in Holistic Yoga Therapy ™ with Annie Adamson. Her certifications include Primal Vinyasa ™, Restorative Yoga and Senior Yoga from Duke University’s Integrated School. She is also a practicing Holistic Yoga Therapist™. She is grateful to all of her teachers and students for guiding her into the depths of all that yoga has to offer.
One of her true loves is to bring yoga to people who cannot get to a class, and has taught in a variety of settings from hospitals to addiction centers. Kari is a compassionate learner and is always seeking ways to help others. She works to keep a beginner’s mind and has a never-ending curiosity for all the paths that yoga takes her on. wildalaskayoga.com is a path she is currently on bringing new teachers and education to our island.
Lauren has been in Sitka since February 2017, and is so glad to be part of the yoga community in town. She received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in June 2017 from the Pamela Higley Yoga School in Tacoma, Washington. You can join her Thursday evenings for a Beginner’s Meditation and Flow class, or for the occasional Sunday morning Yin class.
Lisa Sadleir-Hart is a certified group fitness instructor through the American Council on Exercise, certified health education specialist and a spiritual director. She has practiced yoga since 2002 and taught gentle and restorative yoga classes since early 2007. She also facilitates retreats on spirituality with a focus on integrating the expressive arts and wisdom of the body into one’s spiritual journey.
Hi, I’m Sarah Joan Lawrie E-RYT 200, YACEP, and one of the founding members of Yoga Union.
I completed my yoga teacher training at High Desert Yoga in Albuquerque, NM and taught for 12 years before taking a 5-year break from teaching to have my babies. I use music in my classes and weave together imagery, visualization, self improvement, and the breath for a vigorous and thoughtful practice. I do offer adjustments and variations in classes.
The vinyasa class I offer is best for those with some foundational knowledge of yoga. The pace of the class assumes self-knowledge of physical limitations. In beginner classes you can expect a focus on anatomy, physiology and alignment. I also sub for instructors at Yoga Union, and strive to adjust my teaching to student ability and need.
I welcome you to explore and ask questions. I’ll see you on the mat!
Sue Conrad has been teaching yoga for 5 years and is 200RYT certified. She enjoys teaching Vinyasa, Gentle Yoga and Prenatal. For the past 10 years she has been working in the Fitness Industry as a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and activities that allow her to enjoy the outdoors. Her years of fitness experience combined with numerous certifications, allows her to teach different types of fitness classes including Tabata Boot Camp, Kickboxing, Spinning and Barre. Sue is passionate about helping people feel healthy in their bodies and successful in their everyday lives!