Margi Clifford

Margi Clifford

Program Director, Lead Teacher

MS: Master of Science, Counseling Psychology
LPC-S: Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor
E-RYT 500: Experienced - Registered Yoga Teacher 500 level
C-IAYT: Certified - International Association of Yoga Therapists
YACEP: Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider

Margi Clifford is a teacher and psychotherapist based in Anchorage. She is guided by a compassionate heart and voracious curiosity.

Her students will tell you she is an “acutely aware and patient instructor” with “a gentle touch.” Her classes are “fun, lighthearted and encouraging” with a “sophisticated style.”

She is a lifelong student of science, spirituality and the arts and continues to pursue training with teachers and students around the world. She founded Yoga for Mental Health in 2006 and offers therapy, teacher training, retreats and classes in Anchorage and on-line.

Margi is an enthusiastic explorer, adventurer and athlete who finds inspiration in world travels, exotic foods, snow, surf, trails and mountains! Her husband Scott, flock of backyard chickens, sourdough baby and meditation practice keep her grounded. She is grateful for the opportunity to connect with you!

Maria Belozertseva

Maria Belozertseva

Program Manager

MS: Master of Science, Counseling Psychology
RYT 200: Registered Yoga Teacher 200 level

Maria is a pre-licensed mental health therapist, a yoga teacher, and Yoga for Mental Health’s Practice Manager. She holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Alaska Pacific University. Maria completed an Insight yoga teacher training program with Margi Clifford in 2018. She offers students and clients an authentic, respectful, non-judgmental teaching style. She seeks to help others (and herself) thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul. Maria says, “I will always be a student of the practice and am deeply grateful for all loving teachers in my life.”

Xochitl Foster

Xochitl Foster

E-RYT 500: Experienced - Registered Yoga Teacher 500 level
YACEP: Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider

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 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 committed herself to the practice 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 a deeper study of yoga. In May of 2012, she completed her 200 RYT at Inner Dance Yoga Studio, and in February 2018, her 300 RYT at Spirit Path Yoga and Wellness. Since then she has dove head first into the broad and colorful yoga community here in Alaska.

Kristiann Maclean

Kristiann Maclean

E-RYT 500: Experienced - Registered Yoga Teacher 500 level
YACEP: Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider

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 yoga master teachers Lynne Minton and Lonnie Chace with helping her find her path to yoga teaching.

Heidi Weiland

Heidi Weiland

RYT 200: Registered Yoga Teacher 200 level
Ayurvedic Health Counselor - Intern

Part educator, part medicine woman, part coach, Heidi’s role as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor is to see the big picture of her client’s health and provide the tools to get them where they want to be. Heidi’s been teaching yoga since 2016 and completed Ayurveda Health Counselor course studies in 2017. She is now in her 200hr internship.
Heidi likes to explore those parts of us that we tend to ignore completely, both as individuals and as a society. There is so much amazing knowledge contained in the ancient wisdom of yoga & Ayurveda that can help us manage the trials and tribulations of life and bring us closer to peace and happiness. Heidi’s goal is to support her clients wherever they are at on their own journey.

Jill Brekken

Jill Brekken

RYT 200 - Registered Yoga Teacher 200 level
PTA - Physical Therapist Assistant
CST- CranioSacral Therapist

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 nearly 25 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.

Stacia Thomas

Stacia Thomas

RYT 200: Registered Yoga Teacher 200 level
RN: Registered Nurse

Stacia graduated from nursing school in 2006 and found the career to be very rewarding but also very demanding. After some exploration, she found yoga to be the perfect practice to rebalance body, mind, and spirit. In 2017 Stacia decided to further her yoga practice and interest by completing an Insight yoga teacher training program with Margi Clifford. Since graduating from the yoga teacher training program in December 2018, she has enjoyed incorporating asana(physical) yoga practices with mindfulness meditation in her daily life and asa yoga teacher. You may also find her playing outside in the Alaska backcountry: skiing, hiking, and biking with her husband and doggy.

Allison Koos Fox

Allison Koos Fox

MA: Master of Arts, Contemplative Psychotherapy
RYT 200: Registered Yoga Teacher 200 level

Allison Koos Fox received her master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in 2011. She moved to Anchorage in the summer of 2012 and was delighted to find that it felt like her true home. She co-founded MotheringWellness in 2014, which has evolved into the Alaska Chapter of PostpartumSupport International. Serving as board co-chair, she is so proud of the work PSI is doing to advocate for Alaskan families. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2016 and loves offering classes and workshops as the opportunities arise. When she’s not camping or traveling with her partner and children, you can find her in her garden, fishing, playing her bass, or walking her dog Toutou.