Instructors

Margi Clifford

Margi Clifford

Margi Clifford is a licensed professional counselor who integrates yoga, insight meditation and psychotherapeutic techniques to promote well-being in individuals and communities. A call to serve and insatiable curiosity have led her all over the world. She founded Yoga for Mental Health in 2006 and has since offered training opportunities to students and professionals and direct therapeutic care to individuals and groups in Alaska and around the world. Her passion for yoga and life is contagious and her beloved students, friends and family fuel that fire. Follow @yogamargi on Instagram for more from behind the scenes.

Jill Brekken

Jill Brekken

Jill is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, a Yoga and Meditation teacher and a CranioSacral Therapist. She is one of the owners of Ascension Physical Therapy. She has worked as a PTA in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy for over 20 years. She has worked with individuals with all types of physical dysfunction and pain and is passionate about helping people live life with greater ease. She has studied Yoga and Meditation for over 15 years and became a Yoga Teacher (RYT) in 2003.

She has worked to integrate Physical Therapy principles and yoga and meditation in order to effectively treat all levels and layers of the body.

Kristiann Maclean

Kristiann Maclean

Kristiann believes yoga should be accessible to everyone, through all stages of life. Using props to bring ease to each pose and each body, she brings a light, welcoming spirit to her classes and workshops. She enjoys working with people who don’t consider themselves "yoga types" and has worked with clients in hospitals, at workplaces, on retreats, in classrooms and with children, in addition to traditional studio classes. Her training began in 2007 and is alignment-based, and she credits Lynne Minton and Lonnie Chace with helping her find her path to yoga teaching.

Choron Ryan

Choron Ryan

Patty Bielawski

Patty Bielawski

Patty began yoga practice nearly 30 years ago and has been teaching since 2007. She has a deep love for the natural world and for yoga philosophy and infuses her teaching with themes from both. Drawn to yoga’s “other limbs”, she teaches workshops in Pranayama, Yoga utras, and Dharana; classes in Meditation and Asana in studio settings; and as an adjunct teacher in Teacher Training programs. Her classes inspire students to discover interweaving the various yoga practices and finding yoga in their lives outside the studio. A lifelong Alaskan, Patty teaches in Anchorage and Hope and the Mat-Su Valley. She also leads Sutra Study for Yoga Teachers. Patty thinks in Haiku and about yoga writes:

In Inspired Space
Intention Becomes Movement
Yoga the Poem

Lynne Minton

Lynne Minton

Lynne Minton has been a student of yoga since 1975. Her primary teachers have been BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Judith Lasater, Donald Moyer and Fr. Joe Pererira. She learned precision and discipline from the Iyengars, humor, inspiration and depth from Judith and Donald, and compassion for all from Fr. Joe. In 1982 she became a full time yoga instructor when she founded and became the director of Inner Dance Yoga Studio in Anchorage, Alaska for the next 26 years. From 1999-2010 Lynne founded and oversaw the Inner Dance Yoga Teacher Training Program from which over 150 graduates received their 200 hour RYT. In 2013 she developed, implemented, and taught a 300 hour Yoga Alliance certified program for advanced training of Yoga Instructors with graduating classes in Ohio and Alaska. Lynne loves to collaborate and continue to learn from other masters of their art. She continues to contribute to both 200 and 300 hour trainings in studios in Arizona and Alaska. Lynne believes that yoga is for everybody and is passionate about inspiring students to discover new abilities through the practice of all of the 8 limbs of yoga. Lynne particularly loves to incorporate the Yoga Sutras and functional anatomy into her classes. Her students have described her classes as inspiring, fun and deep.

Lonnie Chace

Lonnie Chace

Lonnie Chace started her Yoga practice with Lynne Minton in 1993. She noticed two things immediately from her first yoga experiences: her back did not hurt and she drove home more slowly. Her continued practice helped Lonnie deal with chronic back and knee problems. This personal experience informs Lonnie’s practice and teaching: she is careful with her body and extends great care to her students.
Her interests in yoga have focused on Prenatal and Gentle ,co-teaching 200- level teacher training at Inner Dance since 2002 and recently part of the 300 level teacher training at Spirit Path in Anchorage.
Lonnie grew up in New England and has lived in Alaska since 1979. She lives with her husband John, is retired after many years as a mechanical designer and enjoys a passion for gardening.

Nicholette Eley

Nicholette Eley

Nicholette Eley is an E-RYT, licensed massage therapist, and registered nurse. She came to yoga in 1999 to help heal some long standing running injuries. After several years of using yoga for her own therapy she turned to teaching. As she began her education in healthcare she always had the plan to use yoga to supplement the modalities she utilized. Currently her healthcare background covers women‘s health, oncology and lymphedema. Aside from teaching classes and workshops she also teaches in the patient care setting. One of her greatest loves of teaching is in helping people apply yoga to a medical construct in ways that fit people’s ages, bodies and lifestyles. Nicholette is now a labor and delivery nurse and has plans to go on to complete her masters to become a women’s health nurse practitioner with a special focus on managing pelvic pain and pathologies.

Xochitl Foster

Xochitl believes that when yoga is treated as a discipline it quickly becomes a way of life. All one needs is to find a style, a teacher, and a community with which they connect and they will find that the benefits to a regular practice are endless. She began practicing yoga in 2001 while living in Northern California. Xochitl had always been an active person, enjoying a wide range of physical activities. When she saw a yoga class in session at a local gym, she decided to give it a try. She figured she was young and healthy and therefore could do anything, but little did she know that that one class would be one of the most challenging and humbling experiences of her life. Xochitl committed herself to the class and treated it as a physical challenge. In the end, her greatest benefit arose from the calm it brought to her mind and body, which thankfully connected to her everyday life. After meeting her wonderful husband and moving to Anchorage in 2009, she had the opportunity to commit to deeper study of yoga. In May of 2012, she completed her 200 RYT program here in town at Inner Dance Yoga Studio. Since then she has dove head first into the broad and colorful yoga community here in Alaska.

Rebecca Love

Rebecca Love

Rebecca Love LPC CST is a Licensed Professional Counselor and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist in private practice. She is a lifelong Alaskan who is passionate about helping people connect with their most authentic selves and relationships, facilitating honest conversations, educating about healthy sexuality and choosing the rules that guide our lives intentionally. She believes that in order to address wellness fully we must engage with both the body and the mind.

Leigh Lubin

Leigh Lubin

Leigh Lubin, M.A.T., ERYT200, RYT500, has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She has a special gift for teaching people how to access their subtle bodies and find optimal alignment. Leigh has studied Iyengar, Anusara, Forrest, and Flow yoga. Leigh is committed to offering yoga that creates space and ease in ALL bodies and believes the inner expression of asana is more powerful than the exterior expression. She leads teacher trainings, workshops, private, and group classes. Expect anything from anatomy, to flow, to energy in her dynamic, enlightening, and alignment-based classes.
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Leigh Whitaker

Leigh Whitaker

Leigh Whitaker completed 200 hour teacher training with Margi and Margo in April of 2017. She has studied for many years with Lynne Minton and Allison Till. She is interested in yoga’s role in aging with ease, strength, balance and flexibility.