Though the process of becoming a yoga teacher involves memorizing sanskrit and learning the roots and traditions of yoga, the best teachers manage to insert their own personality and teaching style into their classes. So when Michelle Ann Thielen founded Northwest Yoga Academy, she designed a teacher training that aims to help budding instructors find that sweet spot between honoring the long tradition of yoga and empowering teachers to develop their own teaching style. The school's instructors lead students through the 200- and 500-hour certification courses, as well as shorter workshops that focus on building solid foundations for a deeper yoga practice. But no matter the training, Michelle and her team work to make sure students find wholeness in mind, body, soul, and spirit.
Kristina Pressley is a 12-year Air Force veteran on a mission to prove how gaining physical fitness can change your life. A certified personal trainer, she also teaches boot camp-style small group classes to clients at all stages of their fitness journeys. Though every workout she leads is different, her moves work by combining cardio and strength training to help students burn calories while building muscle. Clients who see Kristina for personal training get even more personal attention, with one-on-one sessions in which she helps them stay motivated to lose weight or legally change their middle name to Jumping Jack.
Vision Quest Sport and Fitness promotes a five-pronged approach to fitness, covering cardiovascular, progressive resistance, proper diet, supplementation, and personal training. Like any decent clock factory, the clubs are open 24 hours a day, and each keeps its own schedule primed with group classes such as boxing, yoga, spinning, and hip-hop fitness. Body Sculpt sessions fashion forms with weights and bands, and Total Body Conditioning uses lighter weights and higher repetitions to create lean, mean muscle mass.
Members take part in complimentary wellness seminars from fitness experts to fine-tune their bodies, and teams of affiliated massage therapists, chiropractors, and nutrition gurus save skeletons and muscles from harmful injury.
Clear your mind. Focus. For the next 60 minutes, nothing else matters. That's the state of mind yoga instructor Jessie Blayden achieves before each of her classes, and she helps her students instill a similar sense of clarity. Jessie practices ashtanga yoga, starting her students off with basic poses and then guiding them through more advanced routines. The instructor employs her therapeutic expertise as well. She can make recommendations for addressing back pain, minor injuries, or other issues related to the body.
One of the largest cosmetology schools in the northwest, Gene Juarez Academy instructs students to skillfully style hair under the watchful eye of licensed and experienced instructors. While making their way through the program, students perfect their skills on the bustling salon floor by snipping, coloring, and styling tresses. Guests not only receive these services at a discounted rate, but also get a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process via the instructor’s running commentary.