Instructors

Alison Wesley

Alison Wesley, yoga teacher, Working with Yoga, office yoga in Portland, Franklin Method Educator

Owner of Working with Yoga, E-500RYT, Certified Yoga Therapist and Franklin Method Educator


I love sharing Yoga with others. I love learning about why we are the way we are and I am forever fascinated by movement of every kind.

I actually began practicing Yoga seriously while working in an office many years ago...I was so grateful to have Yoga at work and in 2007 I received my first 200-hour training from Prananda Yoga and soon after, started my company, Working with Yoga, offering on-site Yoga to corporate offices in Portland. 

Since then, I've continued with a Yoga Therapy Certification and two 500-hour programs (Ananda Seva & the Bhaktishop), and trained with Doug Keller and Olga Kabel. 

In 2013, after three herniated discs, I happened to turn to a page in Eric Franklin's book "Dynamic Alignment" and it changed my life, sending me to enroll in the Franklin Method training where I studied the bone rhythms of the body using imagery and movement. I now can't help but incorporate Franklin Method into my ongoing Yoga classes and private Yoga therapy sessions as well. Whether it is learning anatomy or studying the Yoga Sutras, I'm interested in all that teaches us to dig deeper...to uncover and understand our patterns, both physical and mental. Only once we see how we've been functioning can we make a change. I strive to offer thoughtful, supportive, light-hearted classes with enough space for students to turn inward and learn more about themselves. 

Lauren Insalata

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Movement should feel good. For me, yoga is an extension of the most basic joy of moving my body. Yoga has helped me build a better relationship with my body and my breath. When I feel stressed, I can practice a breathing technique or move through a sequence and come back into the present moment. Yoga doesn't have to be complicated and you certainly don't need to be flexible. It can be as simple as noticing, right now, that you are breathing. I teach students to notice what a pose feels like from the inside, rather than worrying about what a pose looks like from the outside. To create a well-rounded practice, I incorporate non-yoga movements of strength training, natural movement, and The Franklin Method into my classes. I graduated from Yoga Teacher Training at The Bhaktishop in Portland, OR in 2016 and am enrolled in their 300-hour continuing education program. 

Erin Nova

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Erin Nova is from from Lafayette, Louisiana, and lives and works in Northeast Portland and beyond. Erin is a yoga instructor, personal trainer, and specialist in women’s fitness, balance, and flexibility. Coming from a track running background, she turned to yoga in college when she broke her leg running. She loves teaching and training in groups or one-on-one, focusing on how breathing deeply and well can change the way you feel and live. Erin believes that if you can breathe and move, you can do yoga!  

Bece Kidder

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Bece Mariah Kidder was born and raised in Ellensburg, Washington, although she has been living in Portland for nearly 20 years now and considers it her home. She has been a dedicated yoga practitioner for six years now. She has a background in Tai Chi and has been practicing various martial arts for the past 10 years and likes to incorporate the practice of body energy awareness into her yoga practice. She has a dedicated yoga practice. Along with her terrestrial yoga practice, she discovered aerial yoga a few years ago and fell in love with it.
Bece has 200 hours of yoga teacher training, 65 hours of aerial yoga training, and is beginning the process of getting another 300 hours of yoga teacher training, which will include 60 more hours of aerial yoga training!
Her classes encourage exploration, playfulness and laughter in a safe environment while adding muscle toning and gentle stretching for full body awareness and workout. 

Tina Oliva

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Tina Oliva is originally from Los Angeles where she found yoga through power yoga classes.  Upon her move to Oregon in 2005, she continued her power yoga classes and teaching until she became certified in Yin Yoga.  This practice is the exact opposite of everything she had been familiar with until that point.  She was able to truly distill postures down and see just how deep one can get into the muscles and joints.

Upon that certification, she went on to get certified in yoga therapy to help clients through injuries.  Tina also began teaching regular foam rolling workshops at her home studio and in specialized clubs throughout the greater Portland area.  Continuing her education, she became a Certified Personal Trainer in 2012 and completed a certification in Les Mills CXWORX, a functional core training program to strengthen her clients. 

Melt Method, a neurofascial release technique, became the cornerstone in her ambition to give each client a new tool in self care.  Tina is certified in the Melt Method Hand and Foot treatment and foam roller.  Several years ago she also developed a "Balance and Fall Prevention" class she teaches in her studio and at special events.

Tina is fascinated with the human body and continues to add depth to her knowledge including in early 2019:  Exercise for Parkinsons and Silver and Fit Signature Series.  Her classes engage every part of the body to strengthen, lengthen and increase balance and mental focu

Emily Rae

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Emily is a yoga teacher originally from the Detroit, MI area that offers alignment-based, accessible yet challenging yoga classes. She considers herself a forever student and continues to further her training through immersions and individual study. When Emily isn't teaching yoga, she's working as a registered dietitian to smash diet culture and encourage clients to develop sustainable healthy habits. She hopes for students to leave her class feeling empowered in their own bodies and minds.

Yoga Alliance (200 hr. RYT); Citizen Yoga, MI

Bhaktishop, Prenatal Teacher Training (85 hr.) 

Michigan State University, Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics