200-ERYT, YACP, Health & Wellness Coach and owner of Thrive, Marci brings her education and life experience to her students. Marci's bachelor degree in psychology and masters degree in exercise science and health promotion give her a unique understanding of the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of yoga.
Marci has seen the benefits of yoga in her life both physically and mentally. She was able to use the practice of yoga and mindfulness to overcome and deal with an anxiety disorder that was taking the joy from her life.
Marci's passion is to empower other women both on and off the mat. She believes that woman are stronger than they often realize and loves helping others tap into their power through her teaching and coaching.
Marci especially loves working with students dealing with stress and anxiety, physical limitations and pain; to help them discover the tools they need to THRIVE!
Jordan shares his love for yoga with his students in every practice he guides. From the start of his journey in health he has made it his goal to understand others needs on a service level. Providing exceptional guidance through insight of self, and encouraging the vast potential in each individual. His teaching is always safe, but Jordan also knows that providing a playful practice brings balance to the mind and establishes connectivity to our true nature of community. Making life beautiful on AND off the mat! It's apparent that he is passionate about yoga and its cultivation of awareness woven throughout the body, naturally developing the capacity to grow and progress in practice. Jordan sequences guidance with the intention of creating space to enhance your breath, and expel toxicity stagnation of the body and mind while using lines of energy throughout for stability and strength. Vinyasa that is set with mindful movement is optimal in facilitating an introspective experience in your yoga.
Programs for runners, athletes, kids involved in sports, and injury rehabilitation and prevention have been developed by Jordan. He also provides guidance in one to one settings, group sessions, yoga at the park, bootcamps and donation based pop up classes. Off the mat he enjoys snowboarding for the fluidity of movement and awareness it creates, practicing inversions for quality of stillness within movement, studying yoga and bio-mechanics for better understanding of its modalities, traveling to learn from traditional and progressive forms of yoga, and exploring the great outdoors of Oregon for re-connecting to nature and its abundance of beauty.
A practitioner of 6 years, Jordan recieved his 500 hour TTC and continues his never ending journey through traveling to where yoga is rooted in culture. Shortly after receiving his first certification in Ashtanga/Iyengar, he studied yoga therapeutics, practices of breath based movement, pranayama, and meditation in Thailand. When Jordan is teaching he is present in body and mind, improves your quality of breath, movement, and balances ups and downs with lefts and rights!
Jana began her exploration of yoga over fifteen years ago, developing a more intentional dedicated personal practice during the past decade. Inspired by the power of yoga to relieve stress while strengthening the body and stilling the mind, Jana completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training at the Movement Center in Portland, Oregon in May 2010. Her life long passion for movement has also led her to study a variety of martial arts and dance.
At 15 years old, Jana discovered the beautiful ancient women's art of bellydance and undying love was immediately ignited. Jana began instructing bellydance classes in Portland in 2002, after seven years of practice and performance in Northern California. As a solo project, in 2006, Jana opened Ascend Gallery & Studio in N Portland. Taking a hiatus from teaching she became a new mother in 2008. After completing her teacher training in 2010, Jana began instructing yoga classes, loving the way that each practice is perfect when we authentically greet ourselves at the mat. Jana's second child was born in 2011. During this second pregnancy she embraced the joy of not only practicing but also instructing prenatal yoga.
Experience practicing and teaching yoga through two of her own pregnancies has vastly deepened Jana's appreciation of the benefits of yoga for pre and post partum mothers.
Jana currently resides in Oregon City with her family on their small farm, Earth & Sky Farm. She teaches seasonal class offerings on the farm in their rustic, converted barn loft space, Earth & Sky Studio.
Suzanne started on this path of yoga nearly 20 years ago at a class in a gym while in college. After trying many styles of yoga in a variety of places she found her early teacher at an Iyengar studio in San Diego. Within a few years she said to her husband, “I am going to teach yoga someday.” After driving long hours to and from Portland studios, she found Rachel Lundberg. Rachel shared her goal to teach teachers someday and Suzanne vowed to be in her first group of trainees. She completed her RYT-200 training in the inaugural cohort of the Lundberg Yoga Teacher Training Program.
Yoga has been a place to come home to and Suz is amazed to have finally come to the place to begin sharing it as a teacher. She is a dedicated student of alignment-based asana that seeks to connect the mind to the body and respectfully ease the body toward the balanced range of motion it was designed for. She doesn’t believe you should shove your body toward what you think it should do but that you should hold its hand and supportively guide its journeys toward healthier places.
An Oregonian by choice and the mother of a 5 year old native, Suzanne and her husband, Marty, fled the state below about 10 years ago and landed in Oregon City 9 years ago. She has been seeking her community and is happy to notice it expanding all around her. She reports that her new 10-15 year goal is to sew all her own clothes. In her free time she gardens, kayaks, camps, dances, and hoops with her family and is reportedly learning to sew…
"Yoga has changed my life. I had to look deep inside, breath and have patience to hear my inner self. I am more than my physical appearance, as yoga is more than just movement of the body" Annie
Annie believes whole body health and wellness is an ever evolving journey.
Her journey has lead her back to yoga after an 8 year detour, but her love for helping people and guiding them on their path towards health and wellness has been strong. Annie has been in the fitness industry for 6 years, she is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer with a special certification in Fitness Nutrition.
Annie has run 2 Marathons, 15 Half-Marathons and numerous trail and relay races, including Hood to Coast every year since 2007. In June 2015, Annie became Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher after completing her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Lundburg Yoga. She studied alignment based yoga under Rachel Lundburg, in the style of BKS Iyengar.
Annie loves traveling with her family, Kauai is her favorite place; running with her husband Jeff, he is much faster, but great support; watching her two kids, Gavin and Chloe, play Lacrosse; cooking homemade healthy food for her family; playing with her dog Khaleesi; and curling up with a good book.
With a passion for Pilates, Stacy is centered and balanced between family and fitness. She has been blessed with her high school sweetheart Corey and their two beautiful children. She was born and raised in Oregon City and currently lives on a 5 acre farm in Beavercreek. Cooking, crafting, and gardening are a few of her hobbies. She has worked for Starbucks for 14 years and has 10 years of Pilates instructor experience. Originally certified through Fitour, has since trained at Imagodei Pilates Studio to gain further knowledge and precise technique. She is knowledgeable in Classical and Contemporary Mat Pilates. Her teaching style is calm, fluid, and low impact with a blend of stretch and strength. Stacy loves to embark on new challenges and meet new friends. Stacy encourages fitness for all ages and is excited to be a part of your healthy lifestyle.
Jaime was born and bred in the Pacific Northwest. A lifelong explorer, she has travelled and lived in England, New Zealand, Denmark and Spain where she studied Literature, Languages, Theatre, Film and Social Sciences. Yoga entered the scene 11 years ago via Bikram Yoga but her true love is Hatha. Jaime trained with Rachel Lundberg’s Alignment Based Yoga and is particularly interested in Yoga as a holistic path to achieving enlightenment. In addition to Yoga, Jaime teaches Language Arts at Heartlife Imagineering Home School Co-op, is working on her 4th book and her first music album. She currently resides in Milwaukie with her Danish husband Tobias and her 2 year old Espen.
While working as a massage therapist, I came to rely on yoga to keep my own body both comfortable and functional. The potential for physical, mental and emotional transformation through yoga are incredible; I knew I wanted to share this amazing practice with others. I initially trained in Hatha Yoga, then yoga nidra and yoga for managing depression and anxiety. Presently, I am completing 300 hours of advanced training. My classes tend to focus on proper alignment and serving each student's individual needs. I look forward to seeing you in class!
Kenzie was introduced to yoga in 2001. As a former athlete, yoga helped her to increase flexibility and range of motion in tight areas of her body. After a hiatus, she found herself back on her mat after becoming a first-time mom, this time seeking mental calm paired with an invigorating physical practice. She was inspired by the benefits produced by her yoga practice which lead her to enroll in the Thrive Yoga teacher training with Allison Duckworth. During this time, she discovered her passion and authenticity for teaching and practicing vinyasa flow. Her special interests include Vinyasa Flow, Power Vinyasa, Yin, Flexibility/Range of Motion and Yoga for Athletes.
In her classes, Kenzie strives to link breath with movement as a form meditation in motion. She brings all types of music in from hip-hop and R&B to Singer/Songwriter and everything in-between. She believes that through music, we can experience authentic self reflection, introspection and meditation. Her flows are creative pulling in elements of Pilates, barre and dynamic strength conditioning. Just as in her personal practice she teaches a class that is both invigorating but also one that helps promote mental calm. She seeks to give students the opportunity to find their own space and get lost in the music and flow.
Kenzie’s interests are as eclectic as her playlist ranging from interval classes and nutrition to gardening, drinking tasty coffee, traveling, fashion and design. A life-long learner, she runs a construction company with her husband and has Bachelors Degrees in history, Spanish and accounting. She lives on 2 acres with her husband and spends her days chasing her very busy five, three and one-year-old boys. You can expect Kenzie to share fun facts, sweat and her infectious smile throughout class. Kenzie is 200-RYT certified through Yoga Alliance and is currently working on her 500-RYT certification.
Megan experienced her first yoga class in college and was amazed at how her physical body was challenged yet her constantly busy mind found stillness. Yoga took on a deeper meaning during her pregnancies and her prenatal classes were near and dear. After a few years' hiatus and a car accident that left her with neurological challenges, she discovered the dynamic relationship between yoga and the brain and returned to her yoga mat. Not long after she joined Thrive's very first teacher training with Allison Duckworth and Marci Jory, where she was introduced to yoga as a philosophy and way of life.
In addition to completing her 200 hour training, she has also received trauma-sensitive training with Yoga Warriors, teaching yoga for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) through the LoveYourBrain Foundation, and is currently completing her 500 RYT with Allison Duckworth at Karma Yoga.
Megan teaches with creativity, warmth, and intention. She uses her knowledge of neuroscience, alignment, and breathwork to equip her students to find their own well of inner strength and calm while improving mind/body integration and awareness. Teaching Prenatal Yoga at Thrive brings her a special joy and she provides a safe space of connection and discovery for her students as they walk the transformational path of motherhood.
Erin Pavan Simran Walsh
Yogi Bhajan said, “An attitude of gratitude brings great things.” Indeed Erin is very grateful to have earned her Kundalini Yoga teacher certification and be able to share this knowledge with others. She has been practicing Kundalini yoga for twelve years and knows the power of this technology in reducing stress, coping with trauma as well as increasing mental and physical flexibility. An experienced classroom teacher by trade, Erin is able to help students of all ability levels make modifications to suit their needs and provides explanation in practical, accessible terms.
Brian first started his yoga practice after several people recommended yoga to help with chronic lower back pain. He quickly discovered the mental and spiritual benefits of yoga too. Feeling centered and grounded during his practice is what keeps him coming back to his mat.
Brian completed his 200 hour Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training program at Thrive Yoga and Wellness, with a focus on Vinyasa. He is proud to be part of the Thrive tribe and call Thrive his home.
Whether instructing classes or taking a class for himself, Brian enjoys helping other students discover the capabilities of their physical and spiritual body. Watching students discover the power of connecting breath to movement and how they apply it to their daily life of the mat is inspirational.
As an instructor Brian enjoys continually learning how to be a better student himself. His true love is Vinyasa and helping other work through creative flows. His classes are accessible to students at all levels. Teaching others reminds him that yoga is a journey and we are continually evolving.
Brian looks forward to sharing his love of yoga with each of his students. And, offer a welcoming, safe environment for each student to continue their journey.
Kayla Huitt began yoga with her mom throughout her adolescents. Yoga became a place of compassion, awareness and community for her. This introduction to yoga aided in Kayla's decision to obtain her 200 hour teaching certificate in Spring of 2017.
Kayla achieved her teaching certificate at Thrive Yoga and Wellness studio in Oregon City, Oregon, led by Marci Jory and Jordan Castellanos. The program was highly informative, full of anatomy, breath work, alignment, prop use, and much more.
Kayla’s yoga teaching is focused on the same place of compassion and awareness that led her to yoga, and now that is educated through Thrive Yoga and Wellness. She is also informed by art and rock climbing, which adds visual cues and a focus on strength and endurance to her practices.
Damon found yoga as an exploration of being. He focuses on movement as a means of establishing connectivity and balance within ones’ self and the world, emphasizing the importance of compassionate self-care as the foundation of happiness. His asana practice is fluid and deep with peaks of balance and intensity. Casual comfort and space for being safe and reflective.
Damon brings his experience as a musician and artist in to his teaching, creating sound spaces and environment designed to transcend common experience. Creating space for love to grow within the mind and body, Damon ask his students to defer to the essential joy that is human nature to drive the practice of yoga. Channeling challenge and ease in balance to cultivate poise under stress and a wealth of compassion.
Damon achieved his education and certification through Thrive Yoga and Wellness, Oregon City, and his teachers Marcy Jory and Jordan Castellanos. Incorporating lessons in alignment, anatomy, prop use, and yogic tradition Damon’s practice is rooted in the power of the old and the precision of the new.
Amanda discovered yoga 4+ years ago desperate for help with her chronic pain. Little did she know it would be a path to emotional healing as well. She became a hard core believer in this beautiful practice, became a teacher last year at Thrive Yoga school and retired her wedding florist business of 18 years.
Her heart is, and always have been, for women who are hurting from past trauma and/or abuse. She seeks to empower and help lead them through healing and to prove that every BODY can do yoga, no matter your size!
She is also passionate about essential oils and incorporates them in each class!
In addition to having her 200-hour teaching credential, Amanda is certified in Christian style yoga, where Faith meets yoga in a perfect balance.
Chelsae (Chel-say) Thompson dove into her practice in 2012 when she was on a quest to live a clean life from from drugs. Her goal was to walk through life healed of past trauma and come out balanced and whole.
Chelsae is a 500RYT with Yoga Alliance. She creates a peaceful, safe atmosphere where all are welcome. Her students can move through their practice relaxed. She offers balanced, lyrical flows that offer a deep stretch. These classes combine alignment with breath and movement that allow students to more easily practice a moving meditation. Her passion is to serve others. One of Chelsae's favorite quotes are words from Ghandi: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Deena was first introduced to yoga in her local gym and Kids Yoga VHS videos she enjoyed with her young daughter back in the 90’s. She is an Army vet and previous government employee who decided on a change of career later in life. Before becoming a yoga instructor, she dove deep into her own personal yoga practice and was inspired to teach by her intuitive calling to help others to find peace and relaxation. She found that practicing yoga regularly filled a void within her and believes that “everyone” has the potential to set their intentions to be that of well-being and purpose.
Deena completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training program at Thrive Yoga and Wellness, with a focus on Vinyasa and a specialty area of certification for Yoga Warriors (Yoga for Vets & First Responders with PTSD and TBI). Recently Deena expanded her yoga knowledge and become certified in Yoga Nidra (Conscious Relaxation) and Chair Yoga. Her classes are at times, thought provoking and challenging yet focused and compassionate. Whether Deena is teaching or learning, she is continually inspired by the power of yoga and all its gifts.
Deena is a mother of two wonderful daughters, wife to a first responder and a playmate and friend to her goofy Weimaraner dog human. Deena also enjoys photography as her “other job” and is currently diving into and experimenting with low light yoga photography, portrait, wedding and event photography.
Amy Pereira was first introduced to the benefits of yoga in grade school at a studio where she studied ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance. Since those formidable years, yoga has always been part of her life but it wasn't until decades later, while living in India and Nepal, that she began to more deeply comprehend the meaning of yoga and its many limbs.
After decades of self-study, meditation and exploration of the various aspects of yoga, Amy heeded the call to deepen her practice and complete her 200-RYT, under the instruction of Marci Jory and Jordan Castellanos at Thrive Yoga & Wellness.
Amy sees yoga as a key factor in the overall wellness equation. She considers it a pleasure and honor to share the transformative power that yogic breath-work and asana can have upon our digestive, musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and overall mental and physical wellbeing. Amy believes that all life is sacred, and is passionate about the health of the environment and it's inhabitants. She loves sharing yoga’s beauty and benefits with those of diverse cultures and background, and looks forward to warmly welcoming you to class!