Christy Fisher, founder Phinney Ridge Yoga

Yoga Teacher Training Instructor Christy FisherChristy is a 500-Hour certified Kripalu Yoga teacher; Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT) and a practitioner of yoga for over 25 years. Christy also holds a long time interest in somatic awareness and has been fortunate to study with pioneers including Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Martha Myers, Martha Eddy and Peggy Hackney along with receiving certification from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (NYC). She has also studied the Franklin Method of Imagery with Christa Rypins.

Christy 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 taught 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 Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapy and an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance.  She is also 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 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.


Sara Dwyer

Sara is a certified yoga instructor at the 200-hour level, registered with Yoga Alliance, and graduate of Phinney Ridge Yoga’s own Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training. She is thrilled be teaching at Phinney Ridge Yoga, as well as Lifelong Recreation, an affiliate of Seattle Parks and Recreation.

A lifelong devotee of studying movement and dance, Sara is fascinated with the diversity of human anatomy and physical expression. It is Adaptive Yoga that has allowed Sara to heal from several sports related injuries, imparting a level of physical awareness that helps to promote a balanced and healthy lifestyle and joyful embodiment of the spirit. She hopes foster that seed of awareness within others through the sharing this profound practice.

Sara has a breadth of body knowledge that comes from years of experience that goes beyond most body practitioners and instructors. Combine this with her spirit and her full dedication to adaptive yoga practices and you have yourself someone that can guide you to exactly where you need to be, each time. I have been waiting a long time for someone who can guide me through yoga practice safely and with grace.” – B.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.

Veronica D’Orazio

Veronica began studying yoga in 1993 and began teaching in 2002, after completing her initial certification with Kathleen Hunt at Samadhi Yoga. Passionate about anatomy, alignment, and movement, Veronica enjoys studying dance, Feldenkrais Method and Structural Medicine principles, in addition to yoga. Her gentle classes emphasize interiority and intuition, and are characterized by deliberate, slow-flowing sequences interspersed with poetry, humor, and space for silent reflection. She considers yoga to be a very individual, personal practice, and strives for a spirit of inclusivity in her classes, an atmosphere where students feel safe and encouraged to find novelty, variation, and modifications within the sequences she offers. Veronica is also a florist and avid gardener. She enjoys exploring the parallels of form and pattern in humans and in nature. She has a master’s in English and is the author of two books, Fleurish and The Gardener’s Yoga, both published by Seattle’s own Sasquatch Press.