Instructors

Christy Fisher, founder Phinney Ridge Yoga

Christy 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 has 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 200 hour 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 500 hour advanced certification in 2011. Julie has been teaching yoga for over a decade 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.