Instructors

Christy Fisher, founder Phinney Ridge Yoga

Yoga Teacher Training Instructor Christy FisherChristy is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher at the professional level and has been a regular yoga practitioner for over 23 years. She is also a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, a dancer, choreographer, and brings over 37 years of training to her classes. She enjoys teaching people of all ages and backgrounds, specializing in adapting practices to meet individual needs. Her approach is gentle yet deep and always includes an emphasis on acceptance and mindfulness. Along with directing Phinney Ridge Yoga, she has been honored to teach for the National MS Society Washington State Chapter, Cancer Lifeline, and the Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Association.

“Christy continually amazes me with the wisdom of her teaching style. She empowers students to respect and listen to their bodies to guide them to connect to their own wisdom. Christy is a masterful teacher with a seemingly limitless and often subtle yoga vocabulary. In addition, she has a great sense of humor and a compassionate heart. I highly recommend studying with her.”

-Lynne Conrad Marvet, Co-Director, Nalanda West Study and Meditation Center

Laura Yon

laura-bioLaura holds a Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine, is a Registered Yoga Therapist and a Licensed Massage Practitioner who has taught throughout the U.S. and internationally since 1992. Laura teaches hatha yoga in the viniyoga tradition and has immense gratitude for the knowledge she received and the time she spent with her teacher, Trish O’Rielly, who passed away in 2001. Laura has also been a student and practitioner of Buddhism for 25 years and integrates mindfulness into all of her teaching.

By creating awareness in their bodies, breath, hearts and minds, Laura helps her students extend the effects of their practice well beyond their yoga mats. Combining her knowledge and experience, Laura is uniquely qualified to help people who have had an injury, chronic pain or a chronic illness.

Whether she’s teaching a group class, working one-on-one or doing a therapeutic massage, Laura has dedicated her life to helping others move with ease, breathe deeply and open their hearts.

“Laura is a master at offering therapeutic asana with gentle challenge and deeply gifted with guiding her students to a blissful state of inner quiet and union.”  -D.H.

“Laura, who has been my teacher since 2004, is a thoughtful and compassionate teacher with an extensive understanding of how the body works.  While she is dedicated and serious, she nevertheless brings joy and lightheartedness to the class.  She structures her classes to the individual needs of her students and gives options for students to modify poses so they can choose what feels best for their bodies.”  -K.F.

Julie Hsu

julie-bioJulie’s love for yoga began in 2003 when she discovered the asana (posture) practice of yoga. Overtime, she realized that yoga had much more to offer than just the physical benefits. As her personal practice grew, Julie wanted to be able to bring yoga to other people. She completed formal teacher training in the Pranakriya tradition with Yoganand Michael Carroll in 2008. Julie’s desire to continue to learn from Yoganand led her to complete advanced certification in 2011. Julie has been teaching yoga for over 6 years and she also completed a 300 hr training under Dr. David Frawley and is an Ayurvedic Life-Style Consultant.

Julie teaches a range of classes from very gentle to more vigorous, and always in a manner that allows introspection, true to the Pranakriya tradition. Pranayama and meditation, slow transitions from posture to posture, and adequate time in each posture give her classes a meditative quality. At the same time, Julie’s sense of humor and relaxed attitude create a laid-back environment in which to fully experience yoga.  To find out more about Pranakriya yoga go to the Class Descriptions page.  When Julie isn’t practicing or teaching yoga, she is enjoying every moment of her son’s childhood or working in her other role as a veterinarian.

Liziah Richards

liziah-bioLiziah is a mental health therapist and yoga instructor who has a purpose and passion to support people to heal their hearts and find more freedom, ease and joy in their lives. She integrates yoga and counseling to inspire emotional wellness and deepened connection with self and others.  Liziah has a private counseling practice in Seattle and teaches yoga classes and workshops.

“Liziah leads us through thoughtful asana practice. But yoga with Liziah is far more than that. Liziah’s teaching is infused with love – – for self, other, earth, life.
Without saying so directly, she invites us to connect to the light that is always available and often ignored. ” -Susan L.

Cella Simon

cella simon 1Cella first trained as a yoga teacher in 1996. Her experience with yoga began a life-long dedication to the study of meditation, mindfulness and wellness. Yoga has helped her to connect to the innate wisdom we each embody and a 20 year practice of meditation led her to understand the effectiveness of using energy and consciousness for healing. More recently, Cella completed her second 200-hour yoga teacher training at Phinney Ridge Yoga.

Cella teaches adaptive yoga at a contemplative pace and invites students into a deeper experience of self-knowing. In her love of micro-movements and attention to detail she sees endless potential for students to play with movement, trust themselves, and to adjust their practice accordingly. She’s a passionate advocate of self-care, a home practice, and living a balanced life.

In addition to teaching yoga, Cella is grateful for the opportunity to do meaningful work as a health and wellness coach and within her private practice offering reflexology, massage, and pranic healing. Cella has a Masters degree in Organizational Psychology and a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education.

Suzanne Stephens

SDSC_8512uzanne M. Stephens is a 500 hour certified yoga instructor who brings over 13 years of yoga and mindfulness practice to her classes. She is proud to be a referred yoga instructor by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater NW Chapter.  Suzanne’s yoga classes utilize restorative breath and gentle, meditative movement as a means of empowering individuals to create a practice that best serves you – the Practitioner. In each class, she beautifully weaves lessons of loving-kindness and mindfulness to address the fluctuating needs of daily life. She empowers by teaching you how to meet yourself where you are and how to adapt your own practice, to work more gentle or strong, to create greater balance and ease as you need it most.

Suzanne continues to train and enrich her teachings as well as her personal yoga practice. She is an artist photographer who enjoys cloud watching, baseball and thinks Shaun of the Dead is one of the greatest movies of all time.

“Suzanne is a yoga teacher of great ability and sensitivity, alert to the needs of each individual in the class. Her depth of knowledge as well as her keen intuition serve her students well and I feel very fortunate to have been able to practice with her. Her compassion and sense of humor are also great assets which make every session an empowering experience.” – C.S.

Jennifer Haywood

jennifer_editJennifer started with movement arts as a teenager and pursued a dance career for many years. She reconnected with yoga 20 years ago when she was expecting a child and could no longer take a strenuous contemporary dance class. Her dancing and yoga practice perfectly complemented each other and she never looked back. A graduate of the 200 hour training with Phinney Ridge Yoga, Jennifer has been teaching yoga for 8 years to adults and children. Her training has focused on adapting practices for students of all abilities. Borrowing from her years of experience with dance and choreography, Jennifer leads students in graceful transitions from pose to pose. She is interested in guiding students to become more aware of their connection to their bodies and through the practice of yoga, to find more joy and ease in themselves.

“With her dance and yoga experience, Jennifer teaches with extensive knowledge of the body. I have gained flexibility and strength from her class, as well as a state of complete relaxation.” -J.C.

Janet Novinger

Yoga has been a significant part of Janet’s healing from two head injury accidents. She founded and directs the Wallingford Yoga and Wellness Program, which has been offering yoga to people living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) for the past 8 years. This experience of yoga’s power to improve physical balance, emotional well-being and mental clarity led Janet to take the Phinney Yoga Teacher’s Training in 2015 – 2016. She has been teaching the weekly yoga class for TBI survivors and their friends and family since September 2016.

Janet has 25 years of experience as an organizational development consultant, teaching wellness, communication and leadership classes for organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest, coaching managers and supervisors, and helping businesses move towards more productive and healthy relationships and behaviors. She facilitates support groups and teaches facilitation skills to other support group leaders. In every setting, whether a yoga studio or business meeting room, Janet is led by her deep desire to walk beside others as they learn, grow and change.

Julia Fay

Julia has been a student of Viniyoga since 2005, a lineage that focuses on improving chronic pain and connecting with the power of the breath in asana. Her personal interest in health and wellness soon became a life long journey, taking her to the door of many teachers as she explored yoga, meditation, chant, Sanskrit, and energy work. Julia completed her 500 hour teacher training in 2009 and has done over 400 hours of continued study in chant, meditation, and yoga. Wanting to know more about what creates health in the body, she recently completed a 3 year Graduate program in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology at Bastyr University. One of her greatest joys is assisting others in finding their path towards health and vibrancy.