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.
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.
Lisa Sadleir-Hart is a certified group fitness instructor through the American Council on Exercise, certified health education specialist and a spiritual director. She is also a certified Yasodhara Yoga Teacher and holistic yoga teacher. She completed the 3 month Yoga Development Course at the Yasodhara Ashram in Kootenay Bay, British Columbia in 2016 and teacher training programs in Hatha, Dream, Kundalini and Hidden Language yoga in 2017 and 2018. She has practiced yoga since 2002, taught gentle and restorative yoga classes since early 2007 and is committed to offering students holistic classes that meet them wherever they are on the mat. Lisa is also committed to sharing the Yasodhara teachings of Swami Sivananda Radha through satsang and Yasodhara yoga classes. She makes a pilgrimage to the ashram to continue her studies and offer selfless service most years.
Michele Friedman started practicing Hatha yoga from Diane Wilson in Portland Oregon in 1987. She studied for three years with Diane before moving to Sitka in 1990. When Michele moved to Sitka there were no yoga classes in the community; she has been sharing yoga in Sitka ever since. Michele’s classes are designed for students at all levels of experience. Breathing, stretching, strengthening and balance are incorporated into each class.
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!