Julie Southwell has been authorized to teach ashtanga yoga by Manju Pattabhi Jois, and is a long time student and teacher in the tradition as pioneered and taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. She is the director of the Bend Ashtanga Yoga School in Bend, Oregon at The Yoga Lab.
Julie started practicing ashtanga yoga in 1995 (hatha yoga in 1988), as a centering tool for her international xc ski-racing career. The yoga had a profound influence on many levels. She started sharing the method in 1998 after a mentorship with her first teacher in Fairbanks, AK, Teri Viereck and she has been teaching ashtanga yoga consistently ever since.
In 2004, she began regular trips to Mysore, India to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and family, and continues to study in-depth with his son Manju Pattabhi Jois after meeting him in Mysore in 2004. She has hosted Manju in her city of Bend, OR for workshops and teacher trainings, and continues her devotion to the Jois method of teaching and practicing yoga in the individual-based, “Mysore style”.
Julie has also practiced regularly, including teacher trainings, with senior teachers David Garrigues (since 2002), and Nancy Gilgoff (since 2012).
In addition to her experience practicing and teaching ashtanga yoga, she has a B.S. in Kinesiology from University of Colorado, and has been a licensed massage therapist since 1995. She is a professional musician, a violinist, in classical, folk, jazz, sound healing & bluegrass genres, with a particular interest in India’s classical music, as well as sanskrit chanting and the singing of kirtan & bhajans. Julie’s unique blend of skills and talents combine with a light-hearted and loving attitude towards the practice, her students and the teaching of yoga & all things.
Dayna Taus moved to Bend in 2008 from Kailua, Hawaii. She is a mom who loves spending time with her 2 daughters and husband. Dayna came to yoga with a background in gymnastics and a Masters degree in Sports Psychology. She is a competitive athlete striving to balance her life while practicing yoga, skiing, kayaking, hiking, cooking and being with her community. Dayna fell in love with yoga in 1995. She began to study Iyengar yoga, which quickly led to Ashtanga. She now enjoys a regular practice of Ashtanga. She took Teacher’s Training in 1997 at Yoga Works in Santa Monica, CA. Dayna studied under Chuck Miller, Maty Ezrati and Eddie Modestini. She has since taught many different styles of yoga over the past 19 years. Dayna has a tremendous amount of gratitude for all of her teachers. She loves to work with beginners and she focuses on keeping her students safe. When Dayna is not on her mat she is a practicing Yoga Therapist; using asanas to help with ailments such as anxiety and depression.
Hännah has been practicing yoga since 2002. After exploring a variety of yoga styles, Hännah found her home in Ashtanga yoga in 2007 and has been teaching since 2010. Her primary teachers are Nancy Gilgoff and Sharath R. Jois, though she has also studied intensively with Tim Miller, Beata Skrzypacz, Anne Finstadt, Devorah Sacks, and Chad Herst.
Hännah has travelled to Mysore, India to practice at the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Research Institute, has completed Nancy Gilgoff’s primary and second series adjustment clinics, and has received close and loving mentorship from Beata Skrypacz, Anne Finstadt, Devorah Sacks, and Chad Herst, whom she has had the privilege to assist over the course of numerous years. She has also taken Tim Miller’s primary series teacher training and adjustment clinics with Lino Miele, Christine Hoar, and David Garrigues.
Hännah continues to be awed, humbled, and inspired by the transformational nature of this practice, and delights in sharing it with others. A (very) recent transplant to Bend, she is thrilled to be joining this community.