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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
Elena Grigorieva
Helen Kenworthy
Jamie Monte
Julie Hsu
Kris Jensen
Melissa Maganas
Robin Rothenberg
Starr Sanborn
Tiffany Serell
Tracy Ladyman
Tressa James
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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Carrie Schmitt

Carrie Schmitt is a yoga instructor, visual artist and author. She leads art and spirituality retreats that fuse her favorite passions: sensual movement, yoga, creativity, spirituality, storytelling, and ritual. She began practicing yoga several years ago as a way to heal from a life-threatening allergy to heat that developed in 2009. Carrie incorporates elements of Vinyasa flow, Kundalini, Forrest, Vini, and sensual movement and dance from Qoya teachings. Creating community, known as sangha, is also an important dynamic she likes to create in class. Carrie believes movement is medicine, and yoga helps us reconnect with our true Self. Carrie takes a lighthearted and playful approach to yoga, life and art and encourages here students to do the same.

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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 completed both her 200 and 500 hour RYT certifications in Viniyoga from Discover Yoga and Essential Yoga Therapy, respectively. In addition, she completed the Essential Yoga Therapy Low Back Program and the Buteyko Breathing Instructor Certification. 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, helping 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. Gloria also enjoys spending time with family and friends, grandparenting, traveling, reading, gardening, walking/hiking, knitting, cooking and eating!

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Helen Kenworthy

Helen is a keen runner, loves staying active and when she found yoga it was the movement that first drew her in. Originally focused on power vinyasa and asana her practice has grown to incorporate many other aspects of yoga as she has learnt and experienced its benefits. In her classes she aims to combine a mindful practice with building both strength and flexibility. She has practiced since 2011 and completed the teacher training with Jean Massimo here at Village Green Yoga.

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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 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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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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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 has always been 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. With a dedicated practice of Asana, Meditation and Pranayama over the past 10 years, she continues to learn and grow so she can even better serve herself and students.

She pursued her path of Health and Wellness as a Certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2014, then received her 200-RYT specializing in the Viniyoga tradition in 2015 and is currently pursuing her 500-RYT. Since completing her certifications, she has started her own business Simply Balanced Health, LLC.

She offers private Yoga sessions, individual Health Coaching as well as teaching group classes focusing on stress relief, balance and mindfulness. Off the mat she enjoys other forms of exercise, exploring the PNW with her husband and cooking fun & healthy recipes.

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Tracy Ladyman

I have had a passion for movement since I was very young. Throughout my life, gymnastics, dance, and other athletics have brought me great joy, strength, and healing. My curiosity for yoga began in 1996 after the birth of my son. Physical movement is what first drew me in, but it is the internal movement of connecting with myself and the Infinite that has kept the practice of yoga alive in me after all these years.

My classes focus on connecting with ourselves and our inherent wisdom through listening and honoring the intelligence of one’s whole being, movement mechanics, anatomy, and breath. I like to take an investigative approach to my practice as well as in teaching with an emphasis on quality (reflecting on and nurturing one’s whole-being practice) over a practice unexamined and rote. I believe being inquisitive on our mats complements being inquisitive off our mats and supports our journey of remembering and connecting with our true Self. Connection cultivates empathy for ourselves and all beings – when connection is present the heart is soft.

I earned my 200hr TT certificate through YogaWorks, a program that blends the Iyengar and Ashtanga methods. My 500hr TT certificate was earned at Pacific Yoga in Seattle, an alignment and technique based program that included a deep focus on philosophy and the spiritual practice of yoga. Over the years, I have been inspired by many teachers and students both near and far. I study primarily with Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT. I am certified by Judith as a Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga teacher and assist her in the U.S. and Canada when my schedule permits. In addition to teaching Yoga, I enjoy supporting Village Green Yoga as Studio Manager. I live outside Seattle near the foothills of the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

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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.

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