A bevy of acrobats, silk-climbers, yogis, dancing girls, mischief-makers, dream-chasers, all here to facilitate your journey.
KATIE LEUTE - Owner, Yoga & Bellydance instructor
Katie Leute has spent a majority of her life studying various forms of expressive movement and dance, with 24 years of active dance experience and 17 years of yoga experience. She's an E-RYT 200 through the American Yoga Alliance, and is certified as an Aerial Yoga Instructor through the International Pole Sports Federation, an internationally recognized, non-profit governing body of suspension sports. She is also a certified Datura Style™ Practitioner, a format of dance created, taught, and codified by world renowned belly dance artist Rachel Brice. She believes that all intentional movement practices can both challenge and excite the mind and spirit, and that creating positive body experiences is imperative to health and wellness. She's a combat veteran and takes a trauma-sensitive approach to teaching, creating a non-threatening environment where self-empowerment is encouraged.
Katie is an artist, metalsmith, and fabricator, and makes things in her home, where she lives with her husband and son. She facilitates and produces dance, aerial, and performance arts events in the community, most notably Arcana (2014), Sama (2016) and the annually scheduled Coil Hafla (beginning 2017). Katie is a firm believer that radical acceptance leads to radical change; her mission is to create and support community, creating a safe space for people of all walks of like to come together, laugh more, grow stronger, and heal.
Mindy O'Brien - Aerial Instructor
Mindy has been practicing, performing and teaching aerial for over 5 years right here in Spokane, WA. She was hooked from her very first class, enamored with how it challenged both her mind and her body. and now her daredevil performances and love for exciting and powerful aerial moves has become a trademark style. She has trained and performed with Spokane Aerial and Performance Arts, Vertical Elements Entertainment, and of course with Coil Studio, at a number of local events and performances.
She believes that aerial can not only condition the body and strengthen the muscles, but help everyone gain confidence and overcome their fears and insecurities, revealing the powerful and playful individual in all of us.
SUSAN HALL - Yoga instructor
The practice allowed me the opportunity to take responsibility for my own life through heightened awareness, deep listening, and breath.
Yoga is a state of mind, a science and for me, a spiritual practice. I believe the true yogi brings their experience to the world in a loving way, hence ‘off the mat’ we reflect our true nature out into the world. I have been practicing yoga on and off the mat for over 15 years now. I am Yoga Alliance certified, RYT 400 from LiLananda Yoga Spokane, WA., and am passionate about sharing the deep traditions of yoga in its many forms. Throughout my life I have experienced many variations of healing work, which has opened my heart to what is possible through breath, bhanda, dhristi and movement. I have trained in various meditative techniques both classical and modern, such as sound synchronization and Nada Yoga.
I bring my love of singing to yoga as a devotional practice, Kundalini and Bhakti Yoga. By utilizing our own voice, the sounding sacred text, we can find inner balance and harmony for ourselves, the community and beyond.
I am honored to share the practice when the opportunity arises and hope the light that shines within will shine just a little brighter for the one and the whole.
Nicole Bucher - Aerial Instructor
MOSHA MORGAN - YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Mosha's journey and relationship with yoga begun way before Asana (postures) with his inherent yearning to understand and connect with life. Natural born seeker exploring the depths and wisdom of not just yoga, but Zen, Shamanism, Buddism, Taoism, Indigenous Natives, Quantum Physics, Acro Yoga and in more recent years a wide range of Martial Arts. He tends to collaborate and offer doses of each practice to cater to the present situation at hand. His practice with yoga began 7 years ago drawn to the spiritual aspects of expanding consciousness and connecting with the inner most self. His first training was a 200hr Vinyassa at Lila in 2013 laying a strong foundation for growth to come. Beginning to teach and share the practice then, Mosha continued the role as the student and made it back for a second training at Lila in 2014 for another 200hrs in Vinyassa. The integration and embodiment from these training's continues to unfold never expecting to quite “be there.” The elements of sharing practice you can expect from him are an earthy connected approach to gracefully pushing the limits physically and mentally , while honoring the breath as the priority for our presence. Influenced by a child like nature to dance and play his Vinyassa will be varying often with creative inspiration from international teachers and experiences from travels and studies. His wide range of interests in movement lead to his most recent training in March 2017 a 500hr elite mixed movement arts style called Budokon in Miami, Florida. Budokon, (The way of the warrior spirit), is a style incorporating yoga, martial arts, and calisthenics. Aimed at enhancing ones ability to express movement and power this training was a transformational chapter in Mosha's practice. Mixing up the traditional elements with the modern cutting edge solutions to growth enhancing expression. Still integrating, training, searching, hungry for continued growth you can anticipate new energy being delivered and offered to his classes. Never compromising the reason the practice begun there will always be a setting for self inquiry and relationship. Believing the best thing anyone can do for the global community is to truly know oneself. This is yoga.
CHRISTINE CRESSWELL - YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Christine’s evolution into yoga began sixteen years ago in Spokane, WA. She was moved by the intuitive, creative and dance like motion that the practice of vinyasa flow offered. Yoga offered her peace with her body and self on and off the mat, as well as some of the greatest healing she had experienced, especially in regards to depression. It lit up a part of her that she had forgotten or lost or never knew.
Over the past five years, through an aware, committed and consistent practice she became more curious about yoga. This spurred a journey to Thailand where she studied at Agama Yoga, a Tantric Yoga school, on the island of Koh Phangan. Upon her return, she embarked on a 200 hour teacher training program at Lila Yoga. She continued studying at Lila in 200 hour teacher trainings and is in the process of completing her 500 hour training where she also had the opportunity to be a lead trainer. Further studies include chair yoga, tai chi for arthritis, kids yoga, workshops with Shiva Rea, yoga studies with Tim Miller and a 40 hour teacher training certification with Bryan Kest, Power Yoga.
John Hernandez - Aerial Instructor
John Hernandez began his aerial training in the spring of 2007 at Portland, Oregon’s Do jump Physical Theater Company (now Echo Theater Company), starting on low static trapeze and transitioning to Rope. He holds a certification from Portland Community College in Fitness Technology, and trained, performed, and instructed at Night Flight Aerial. His talent/skills have been shown in Night Flight’s annual Halloween Shows: Fright Night, Portland’s Vampire Masquerade Ball, Portland’s Umbrella Festival, and Prismatic’s Debut show The Winter. John has spent most of his time developing his skills as an instructor, where he focuses on students establishing a good foundation and fundamental techniques, working on step by step progressions and confidence building.
courtney rowland - ATS® BELLYDANCE INSTRUCTOR
Courtney Rowland has studied American Tribal Style® belly dance for ten years, and is a certified Fat Chance Belly Dance® Sister Studio. After dancing as a founding member of Kamalah Tribal in Phoenix for 7 years, Courtney returned to her hometown of Spokane where she hopes to grow the ATS® community. Courtney’s fun and challenging teaching style focuses on elegant, lifted posture and the details of technique.
Courtney is a member of local ATS® performance troupe Cimmaron Tribal, based out of Spokane, WA.