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Our Teachers

Discover more about our diverse and wonderful teachers.

Jean Massimo
Andrea Skelly
Bonnie Dike
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Diana Bonyhadi
Elena Grigorieva
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Jamie Monte
Julie Gall
Julie Hsu
Julie Hsu
Kris Jensen
Robin Rothenberg
Sarah Jordan
Starr Sanborn
Susie Aarts
Starr Sanborn
Yvonne Hall

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Jean Massimo, Owner/Manager

As the owner of Village Green Yoga, Jean wears many hats at the studio and is available to answer any questions you might have. Her classes are challenging but are designed to expand your awareness, strength and capabilities through dedicated practice. Come ready to work, laugh and be amazed. Our studio is a labor of love and a dedication to our students past, present and future.

Over the last decade Jean has studied all over the United States with many gifted instructors. She has studied Asana, Philosophy, and Therapeutic work and is always looking for further study and amazed by the power of good yoga.

In addition to yogic studies, Jean has also studied with Paul Muller Ortega – one of the leading Meditation instructors in the Tantric tradition. Her meditation practice is an ongoing source of support and safety.

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Andrea Skelly PhD, MPH

Stress management and self-discovery have become the primary focus of Andrea’s teaching. By guiding students through the basic aspects of Yoga practice while focusing on proper alignment, they discover healthy ways of reducing stress and enhancing well-being. Focusing on principles of proper alignment and breath, students work safely and get the most out of their Yoga practice. Dr. Skelly’s personal experience and PhD dissertation work on stress, coping and connections between the mind and disease, have informed her convictions on the value of Yoga and the meditative practice of Yoga Nidra. Andrea weaves key aspects of Yogic philosophy to create heart-centered classes for her students.

Dr. Skelly enjoys helping people find innovative solutions to meet life’s challenges and thrive.Andrea offers specialized workshops in self-hypnosis, Hawaiian stress reduction techniques and iRest Yoga Nidra as well as individually tailored sessions. iRest Yoga Nidra is a research-based transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry that: releases negative emotions and thought patterns, calms the nervous system and develops a deep capacity to meet any and all circumstances one may encounter in life. Research on iRest Yoga Nidra has shown that it effectively reduces PTS, depression, anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain.

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Bonnie Dike

Bonnie (Certified Yoga Instructor, E-RYT) has been practicing yoga for 14 years and teaching for 10. She trained under Catherine Munro at Yoga Tree in Fremont and participated in teacher-training classes with Aadil Palkhivala. She taught at Terra Yoga for many years and regards Carina Terra as her mentor. She has taught yoga to many high school athletes, including the Liberty High School Football Team. The experience of natural homebirths led her to teach Prenatal, Mama/Baby, and Mama/Toddler classes. Bonnie teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Nidra, and Restorative styles of yoga. She studies and embraces yoga’s beautiful sister science, Ayurveda, and is pleased to offer seasonal workshops.

Grateful for the opportunity to serve as a Board member for Yoga Behind Bars, she is also blessed to bring yoga classes to maximum-security incarcerated teens at Echo Glen Children’s Center.

Off the mat, Bonnie enjoys hiking, boating, and making music with her husband, 11 children, and grandchildren. She is a professional cellist, chamber musician, and recently retired Children’s Director at the Academy of Music Northwest. Over the years she has taught Music, Art History, Shakespeare, Penmanship, Etiquette, and other classical subjects, including yoga, to tots through teens at her children’s supplementary homeschool center.

Bonnie’s teaching style is calm and encouraging. She takes joy in sharing the compassion, gratitude, and realization of abundant blessings that yoga engenders.

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Bahtya

I am so excited to share my love for this dance with others in my community by offering classes that study the exquisite grace and technique of Middle Eastern dance.  It’s a wonderful way to get moving and supplement a healthy lifestyle.

For the past 10 years I have studied Bellydance under various Seattle Instructors including, Aleili, Zulaika, and Saqra, also attending intensive dance workshops at the Emerald Sanctuary dance retreats for advanced skills and training technique. I also have the privilege of being a member of North Bend’s Veils of the Nile dance troupe and have written numerous choreographies for our group.

Join us and let’s dance!

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Chitrangda Sethi

Chitrangda (or ‘Chitra’ as she is commonly known as) has been practicing Yoga for 15+ years. Originally from India, Chitra was introduced to Yoga by her family and has perfected her craft by working with various teachers along the way. Chitra is RYT-200 certified from the Center for Yoga in Seattle with special focus in Iyengar and Hatha principles.

Her Yoga style is around finding balance – between posture & breadth, between body & mind. Chitra is an expert at modifying common Yoga mudras to work across all strength levels. Her teaching style is calm and encouraging, with classes designed for individual’s needs, goals and health concerns.

Chitra is also a certified health coach with her training in dietetics, nutrition and holistic health management. She is also a meditation practitioner and holds special workshops focused on everything from breathing techniques to mindfulness.

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Diana Bonyhadi

Diana began her yogic journey in 1995. Her style reflects her commitment to wholeness, through strength, flexibility and self-awareness. Her classes draw upon the wisdom and teachings of the Hatha, Iyengar, Ayurvedic and Vinyasa flow yoga traditions.

Diana has studied with many exceptional teachers including Theresa Elliott, Kathryn Payne, Kelly Rush, Doug Keller, Aadil Palkhivala, andRodney Yee. She has been deeply moved by the teachings and wisdom of Judith Lassiter, and continues her studies of the Sanskrit sutras of Pantanjali. Diana is certified at the 200 hour level with Yoga Alliance, a nationally recognized yoga certification organization.

Diana is a dedicated practitioner and compassionate teacher. She brings her love of life and bright spirit to teaching, encouraging her students to reach, relax, and laugh as they explore the infinite possibilities of yoga. Working with students to personalize their practice to address specific health concerns is one of Diana’s particular areas of interest.

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Emily Tidball, RYT-200

I have always loved walking, hiking, biking and skiing, and incorporated yoga into my routine about nine years ago to enhance my flexibility. Much of the yoga I practiced was power vinyasa. I enjoyed the physical challenge of this fast-paced practice, but when I was introduced to Alignment Yoga three years ago, the precision of movement and anatomical basis for poses resonated with me. In 2014 I completed my 200 hour training in Alignment-Based Yoga, and began teaching teen athletes, beginners’ alignment yoga, and yin yoga. I enjoy weaving meditation and breathing practices into my classes and hope to empower students to deepen their practice through an understanding of anatomy and alignment.

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Gloria Harris

Gloria has been practicing yoga since 2000 and has recently completed her 200 hour RYT certification at Discover Yoga. She began practicing yoga to improve flexibility and low back issues, and realized over time, that yoga was so much more. It’s now an integral part of her life, and has helped her navigate life’s journey with more acceptance and compassion. Recently retired from corporate life, she is now enjoys sharing the benefits of yoga with others and is pursuing her 500 hour RYT certification. Gloria also enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, gardening, walking/hiking, knitting, cooking and eating!

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Jamie Monte

Jamie completed the teacher training program at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle. She is also a certified prenatal instructor through the Seattle Holistic Center with Colette Crawford. She is incredibly inspired by yogini mothers to be and passionate about sharing the numerous benefits yoga can offer throughout pregnancy, birth and motherhood. The practice of yoga helps us find strength, confidence, and freedom in our minds and bodies as well as a little peace and calm as we journey through life. Her classes are filled with light-hearted energy using breath awareness to calm and focus the mind as well as uplift the body. She encourages students to find sthira and sukha (steady alertness and ease) as they travel through the moving meditation of the yoga practice.

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Julie Gall

Julie took her first yoga class in 1999 and knew right away that yoga would be a lifelong practice. She started teaching in 2008. Julie trained with YogaWorks, a program that blends the alignment focus of Iyengar yoga with the dynamic movement of Ashtanga yoga. Julie’s classes offer careful instruction and modifications to make postures accessible for all students. Having worked as a licensed, clinical social worker, health educator and massage therapist, teaching yoga is a natural fit for Julie. She has a lighthearted style, and she ultimately hopes to help her students manage physical aches and pains as well as mental “clutter” that get in the way of living a full life. Julie lives in Sammamish with her husband and two boys. She is certified by the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level.

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Julie Hsu

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.

Julie’s love for yoga began in 2003 when she discovered the asana (posture) portion 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 began teaching at a Kripalu studio in Missouri where she taught for 2 years before moving to Pennsylvania. She then completed a formal teacher training program 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 (500 hr level) in 2011. She also completed a 300 hr training under Dr. David Frawley and is an Ayurvedic Life-Style Consultant.

Pranakriya yoga emphasizes pranayama (breath work) and the meditative aspect of asana (posture) practice. Pranakriya teachers are trained to teach anything from a gentle class to a more physically demanding class, always in a meditative manner.

Julie leads her classes 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.

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Kerri White

Kerri began her yoga journey in 1997 when her mother decided she was “too stressed out” and signed her up for a yoga class. Kerri fell in love with the openness it brought to her body and the peacefulness it brought to her mind.

She received her 500-hour certification in 2001 from YabYum Yoga in Northern Virginia. In 2009, she received her 200-hour certification, and began her 300-hour certification with Shiva Rea at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She has studied with Paul Grilley, Pierre Couvillion, Ana Forrest, Pat Pao, James Bailey, Dr. Ray Long, Doug Keller, Judith Hanson Lasater and Tom Myers. Through her studies with these teachers and others, Kerri has offered classes in Prana Flow Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Gentle Yoga Fitness for Seniors, Kid’s Yoga, Teen Yoga, Pre-/Post-Natal Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi.

When not teaching yoga, you can usually find Kerri outside gardening, volunteering at her daughter’s school or doing cross stitch.

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Kris Jensen

Kris Jensen first discovered yoga in 1991 as an Iyengar student in Texas and became a certified teacher in 2000 through The Yoga Barn’s teacher training program. After 30 years of studying ballet, she was captivated by yoga’s philosophy of treating the body with respect. Her compassionate and enthusiastic nature helps her students to feel comfortable in her classes regardless of their abilities. Her spirit encourages a feeling of community as she hopes to share her yoga experience and inspire others to continue on the lifelong journey of Yoga.

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Robin Rothenberg

Robin Rothenberg is an internationally respected yoga therapist, running accredited training programs for teachers and therapists. She was certified in the Iyengar method through 1996, when she received certification in the Viniyoga tradition with Gary Kraftsow of American Viniyoga Institute. She completed her Therapist Training with AVI in 2000. She has also been influenced by Nischala Joy Devi in the study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and Richard Miller in the use of i-Rest, or Yoga Nidra as a healing modality.

Robin developed Living Yoga Radio, a talk show explicitly targeting the teachings and practices of yoga with interviews with some of the yoga’s most celebrated teachers. Robin sits on the Accreditation Committee for the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) as well as the Advisory Council. She has presented on lower back pain at SYTAR (Symposium for Yoga Therapy and Research) and on anxiety at NAMA (National Ayurvedic & Medical Association). She is a presenter for YogaHUB Virtual World Conference and has produced webinars for Yoga U-online.

Robin’s journey into yoga began with her own chronic health issues, ranging from auto-immune dysfunction to acute low back and neck pain. Yoga has always been central to her healing regime through the years, and now in her fifties Robin has established a level of health and well-being she could never imagined as a young adult. It is her ‘dharma’ and passion to share the wealth of knowledge and blessed teachings that have been passed down to her from the yoga lineage.

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Sarah Jordan, MPH, 200-RYT, PRYT

Sarah teaches asana and pranayama as practices for lifelong physical and mental health. Her intention is to help students create and cultivate their own practice in a calm and nurturing space. Her asana classes integrate strength, flow, and mindfulness to promote self-awareness in mind and body.

She is especially passionate about working with expectant and new mothers to cultivate practices that nurture and support them through the transformations of pregnancy and early parenthood. In addition to teaching yoga, Sarah is a birth doula and childbirth educator for Happy Baby Birth Services (www.happybabyseattle.com).

Sarah combines an academic background in human anatomy and public health with training in Eastern and Western philosophy. After 15 years of personal practice, Sarah completed 200-RYT and Prenatal Yoga teacher training at 8 Limbs Yoga Center, and is currently pursuing a 500 hour certification. In her free time, she loves to hike, camp, and travel with her family and volunteers for local gardening and social justice organizations. Whenever possible, she sneaks time to read – mostly when her kindergartener is sleeping!

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Susie Aarts

Susie’s goal is to provide a safe, joyful yoga practice by uniting the body and mind to achieve the fullness of life energy or prana. She believes a new state of peace, joy and energy are available to all who practice yoga. She was trained in the foundational Iyengar principles of her teachers Theresa Elliot and Kathryn Payne to follow the authentic philosophy of the yoga sutras, pranayama, alignment and safety for the student. She has also trained and practiced in Power Vinyasa. She completed her 200 hr certified teacher training at Pacific Yoga Spring 2012 and is registered with the Yoga Alliance.

When she is not on the mat, you will find Susie up in the mountains hiking and skiing. She has been teaching skiing to adults and children in the Pacific Northwest for over 15-years.

Susie’s personal belief is that yoga is one of the most enlightening and empowering ways to honor yourself and find peace. She is committed to deepening her yoga practice and to helping others learn to build a healthier, more peaceful and contented lifestyle through yoga.

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Starr Sanborn

Starr has been studying Viniyoga with Robin Rothenberg for over five years. She has completed her 200 hour training and will be graduating with her 500 hour RYT in August 2015.
Starr’s journey to yoga began with private therapeutic sessions for chronic pain. As she continued to work both privately and in group therapeutic classes, she was impacted by the power of yoga for both body and mind.
It was yoga that gave her hope for herself and others who suffer from chronic pain and illness. It is with compassion that she offers therapeutic and gentle yoga classes which focus on breath, alignment, and self-awareness. She also has a background in music and enjoys using music and sound in her classes.

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Tiffany Serell

Tiffany Serell was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She was always intrigued by living a healthy lifestyle. After being diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression she decided to take hold of her life and make a change. She has been practicing Yoga on and off for over 10 years – Asana, Meditation and Pranayama. She graduated with her Associates Degree from Bellevue College and continued her path of Health and Wellness as a Certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2014 and received her 200-RYT in 2015 from Discover Yoga in Redmond, WA. Since completing her certification influenced by the Viniyoga tradition she has started her own business Simply Balanced Health, LLC. She has been offering individual Health Coaching sessions as well as teaching private and level I-II classes focusing on stress relief, balance and mindfulness. Off the mat she enjoys spending time with her playful puppy Oliver, a 1 ½ year old Shiba Inu, her friends, family and loving husband.

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Yvonne Hall

Yvonne was first introduced to yoga in the early 1990’s and “dabbled” with it and meditation off and on for many years. As she developed an awareness and appreciation for the developing peace and ease in both her body and mind, she was drawn to work more deeply with her practice.

She completed Advanced Studies and Certification (500 hour RYT) with Robin Rothenberg in the Viniyoga tradition. She has studied Effortless Mind Meditation with Ajayan Borys. Locally, she studies regularly with both Kris Jenson and Diana Bonyhadi. She has studied with the yoga and meditation instructors and staff of Rancho La Puerta at annual practice retreats each year since 2005.

Yoga and meditation have brought equanimity and joy to Yvonne’s life, providing healthy, restorative balance to her work as a financial planner. She finds happiness in helping students have a positive experience in their bodies and on their mats so that they can carry this space with them into their daily lives.

Up Coming Events and Workshops

All Our Classes are Just Yoga No Heat

Yoga Foundations The perfect entry class for those new to yoga is now every Monday evening at 7pm. Details and sign up.

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Gong Bath Meditation Join us on a transformative journey of healing and deep relaxation as we bathe every cell of the body in therapeutic sound and vibration. Saturday, June 10th at 3pm. Sign up.

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Yoga for Anxiety and Depression Join Tiffany Serell and Candace Roberts for this workshop that will help you take the experience of yoga to a new healing level. You will move through a guided Yoga practice specifically designed for stress and anxiety restoring balance and inner stillness. Saturday, May 6th at 1:30pm. Sign up.