We are a community of yoga practitioners who come together for morning practice in the tradition of K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Within our group are beginners and life-long yogis sharing the same space and energy in class. We welcome women and men, old and young, in all life circumstances. We are open to a broad spectrum of intelligent yoga wellness skillfully applied to individuals’ needs.

For more info about our teachers, please see bios below:

Peter Bertero

Peter practices and teaches Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Pattabhi Jois of Mysore (India), where he has been a student from 2004 and an authorized teacher since 2010. Peter is a lifelong spiritual seeker, mountain athlete, and meditation enthusiast.

Peter’s unique and intuitive teaching style comes from many years of self-practice, extensive periods of practice among dedicated students at the now famous A.Y.R.I., and more than a decade of daily teaching in the Mysore room. It aims to be authentic, informed, and practical.

Peter has a deep passion for bringing yoga to people who need personal instruction, to people in need of psychological and emotional support, and to those drawn to spiritual life.


Julie Southwell


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 started 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 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 continues her devotion and interest in 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

bio-daynaDayna 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.