AY Flow 1


This class is taught by:

Melanie Lombard

Before I tried yoga, I thought I wasn't the right kind of person for it. I was a broke, chain-smoking artist, who was slightly cynical and disconnected from my body. A good friend finally talked me into going to a donation class when I lived in San Francisco. It was a huge class, and it seemed like everyone was there. There were all kinds of dispositions, body types, and skill levels - I loved it . I kept practicing because it felt so good afterwards (now it feels good during). I could breathe deeply for what seemed like the first time. I discovered that there is no "kind of person" who does yoga. Yoga can be for anyone. Still, I wondered if I would become perfect - perhaps an enlightened being, or an underwear model- but what has actually happened is much better. After many years of breathing, stretching, sweating, and paying attention, yoga has helped me experience equanimity and acceptance. I feel more grounded in my body and alive. I hope to share that experience in my classes.

Bonnie Easley-Appleyard

Throughout my life I have dreamt big, living in Florida and Hawaii training and caring for dolphins and sea lions. I continued to dream big in Alaska doing sea otter, beluga whale, and polar bear research. Then one day I tried yoga and my dreams grew even bigger. I was hooked on feeling completely refreshed and rejuvenated both mentally and physically. I decided I wanted to expand my knowledge in this unfamiliar world and signed up for a 200-hr yoga teacher training at Anchorage Yoga. Throughout my teaching I have explored intellegent creative sequencing making each class unique. Helping students understand their own bodies through both challenging and restorative poses. I’m still in awe when I see the constant growth of flexibility, strength, and stability I see within students and in myself. I carry my yoga practice throughout my daily life and continue to dream big in the dreams of the known and unknown.

David Westlake

It's hard to believe sometimes that this is my life.  Teaching yoga, celebrating a cycle class, and sharing interesting ideas with all of you...wow!  I get to do this everyday.  For me, the awe that I feel about where I am and what I do is a testimony to yoga at it's deepest core.  It has led me on a path to places  that exist beyond my wildest dreams.  Yes! If you listen to it's call, yoga will take you on the most wildly authentic journey you will ever go out upon.  It's out there! As an instructor, my most sincere hope is that you might start to see (even if just a small glimpse) of your authentic path glistening before you in one of my classes.  Namaste! 

Kerry Wilson

Slowing down takes effort. After a lifetime of curiosity and exploring Alaska, Kerry’s continuing to find balance between strength and flexibility, push and pull, and control and let-go. Kerry's 16-year yoga practice has helped her with that journey. In 2012, Kerry completed Anchorage Yoga’s 200-Hour Teacher Training. She continues to practice daily so she can do the things she loves: snowboarding, biking, hiking, running, and keeping up with her two boys.

Kerry's deep Alaska Native roots keep her here. The mountains and oceans bear many family stories. The valleys are deeply significant to her understanding of the world and her personal identity. However, she can do without Alaska's long nights. Yoga makes her feel better, it brings the sunshine back.

As someone who loves learning new things, the dancer in her loves to teach creative, intelligent sequences.

Natalie Huffman

Natalie dove head first into the world of yoga in 2010. She immediately felt a spark of love for the practice, her body felt incredible and her mind felt calm. She studied with many amazing teachers and decided to go deeper and learn what yoga was really all about. In 2012, she took Anchorage Yoga's teacher training. After the training, she began teaching but continued learning. She has since gone to massage therapy school, trained with multiple teachers for Ashiatsu massage, and mentored with an authorized ashtanga teacher. She continues a daily practice and loves to share yoga and massage with others.

Christa Koos

Christa's journey into yoga began over a decade ago in Chicago. Her passion for mountain biking drew her to Colorado and it was in the sunshine of Rocky Mountains, that she deepened her physical practice and earned a B.S. in Biology, emphasizing Human Physiology. Christa was so intrigued by the human body and the amazing capability of yoga to heal our bodies, that she enrolled in a 200 hour teacher training at Core Power in Fort Collins, Colorado. Here her passion was rewarded and her knowledge of yoga increased exponentially. She blossomed under the tutelage of experts including Dr. Katy Poole and Channing Grivas. Set to fun and uplifting music, you can expect to be inspired and challenged in Christa's classes as she guides you safely and joyfully through your practice!

Jess Young

Jess is a scientist, certified yoga instructor, AASI Level II snowboard instructor, and unapologetic fan of terriers with short legs. Her background is an alignment-based vinyasa with a focus on anatomy, biomechanics, and the traditional practice of yoga. She uses this to in her classes to create a calm, accessible approach to both the yin and yang practice. In the world she finds the yogic connection in fresh lines down a mountain, a walk in the woods, paddling through the water… She continues to be inspired by Tiffany Cruikshank, Kathryn Budig, Giselle Mari, the local yoga community, and the big, wide world around her.

(level 1/2) This vinyasa (or flow) style class has an emphasis on alignment and creative in nature. Our flow classes are inventive and thoughtfully sequenced. Rooted in the foundation of Ashtanga you will experience sun salutations, standing & seated postures, back bending and inversions – guided by a slow and steady breath. *Newer students receive extra support and attention in our level 1/2 classes.

Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Oct 19 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Melanie Lombard
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Fri Oct 19 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Easley-Appleyard
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Sat Oct 20 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with David Westlake
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Sun Oct 21 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Kerry Wilson
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Mon Oct 22 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Natalie Huffman
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Mon Oct 22 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Christa Koos
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Wed Oct 24 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Christa Koos
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Fri Oct 26 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Jess Young
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Fri Oct 26 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Easley-Appleyard
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Sat Oct 27 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with David Westlake
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Sun Oct 28 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Kerry Wilson
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Mon Oct 29 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Natalie Huffman
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Mon Oct 29 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Christa Koos
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Wed Oct 31 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Christa Koos
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Fri Nov 02 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Melanie Lombard
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Fri Nov 02 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Christa Koos
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Sat Nov 03 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with David Westlake
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Sun Nov 04 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Kerry Wilson
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Mon Nov 05 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Natalie Huffman
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Mon Nov 05 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Christa Koos
    at Anchorage Yoga