Teaching Staff

Lisa Cosmillo

E-RYT 500, leads our teacher trainings and teaches Hatha, restorative, vinyasa, and chair yoga classes.  She was inspired to teach yoga by her amazing teachers and her love of the practice. Lisa specializes in teaching yoga to people of all ages, sizes and abilities. Lisa is the studio's founder and lead trainer for the Firefly Yoga teacher training program.   ... click to read more

Ronny Pearsall

 

E200 - 500 RYT - assists in leading our teacher training program. He has held his 200-hour yoga certification from Firefly Yoga for almost 2 years and recently completed his 300-hour certification in Rishikesh, India. His methods draw influence from a background in ballet, modern yoga practice and classic Hatha. His philosophy as a yoga instructor is to be there as an usher to let people find their yoga and use it to create the change they want to see in their lives. And If we can all get some laughs along the way, that's okay too. Click here for more...

Eric Quinn

RYT 200 completed his Yoga teacher training with Firefly Yoga, Olympia, WA. Eric teaches a blend of adaptive Yoga including restorative, gentle, chair and basic Hatha Yoga. Students new to Yoga, returning students and those addressing specific needs will enjoy Eric’s classes. Eric also offers meditation classes. Eric began his yoga experience when coping with arthritis, degenerative disks and debilitating radial nerve pain. He found many benefits in the mind-body-breath awareness at Yoga’s core. Click to read more...

Sandra Kozlowski

RYT 200,  is one of the first full bodied yogis in our area, pioneering yoga for every body for over 12 years!  In that time, Sandra has introduced hundreds of people to their own body through the use of yoga, humor, meditation ,nurturing and breath work.  Sandra is  200 Level RHY Yoga Alliance certified , Curvy Yoga and Y12 SR ( Recovery Yoga) certified. Click here to read more...

Monte Arnold

Hi my name is Monte Arnold, I became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) in June of 2016 at Firefly yoga studio!! I had been practicing yoga for about a year prior to that. Yoga has completely transformed my life, I feel honored to be able to share and pass on the gift of yoga. My intent during the classes I teach is show the more gentle and relaxing side of yoga.... to read more click here.

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Martie Hammons

    Martie has a compassionate personality. She loves bringing joy and laughter to her practice. She teaches and alignment focused practice giving close attention for limitations and ailments. She teaches Hatha, Restorative, Gentle and Yin Yoga. Her main focus is to help people who suffer from Chronic Pain. Click here to read more...

Aly Long

has been practicing yoga for almost twenty years. She decided to deepen her practice in 2007 by traveling in India for four months. While in India Aly studied and traveled with her Guru Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi), also known as the hugging saint. Aly also studied yoga, meditation and thai massage while in India. After returning in 2008, Aly completed a 250-hour certified yoga teacher training in Tucson, Arizona. She received another 100 hour yoga training in Olympia, Washington. Click to read more...

Jordan Bell

RYT 200 has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology (Whitman College) and a Masters of Science degree in Wildlife Biology (Nicholls State University).  She enjoys playing bluegrass music, spending time with her kitties, and adventuring out-of-doors.  Jordan began practicing yoga in 2002.  In December 2015, she earned her teaching certification at the Firefly Yoga studio.  Click to read more...

Kat Eggers

Kat approaches yoga through the Kripalu Yoga tradition. Drawing from a background in both Tai Chi and yoga, her classes are a combination of movement and stillness. She welcomes students to get curious about how their bodies express each pose, and  encourages experimentation and exploration. Frequent moments of mindfulness in each class allow students to turn inward and cultivate inner knowing. Kat's hope is to facilitate a conversation between students and the innate wisdom of their own bodies.

 

Susan Kanzler

200 ryt has practiced Hatha and Vinyasa yoga for the past 25+ years, although she really fell in love with Kundalini yoga about 4 years ago and has made Kundalini her main practice. Susan found practicing Kundalini and an Ayurvedic lifestyle helps her to better manage stress and feel more joyful, graceful, and energetic.  Susan is eager to share Kundalini yoga with a larger community, so others may experience similar benefits. Click to read more...

Sri Ram

Sri Ram's classes are fed by a daily commitment to yogic practices on and off the mat. Having trained locally in Olympia with Nathan Hayes at Living Spirit Yoga he is grounded in the ability to listen intuitively to the body and instruct others in this ability. Following a call to deepen his practice he received further intensive training through the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organization in both Canada and India. Click to read more...

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Durga

Durga has lived a disciplined yogic life since the age of 22 when she was initiated into the Sivananda Lineage.  For 5 years she lived a life of austerity, worked, studied, and taught yoga in various Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta Centres & Ashrams worldwide. Durga’s classes are centered on the wisdom of the breath and its ability to open possibilities in the body beyond the physical and gently lead the mind into meditation. Click here to read more...

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Robin Myers

Robin Michelle is 26 years old and tall. Yoga has been a tool for her to calm her mind and body and grow closer to wisdom since middle school. She earned her yoga teacher training certificate in 2018. Robin identifies as a Daughter of God, Citizen of Heaven, established in Grace by the living Prince of Peace. One of many of her goals for this short life is to encourage human dignity and confidence within many. Hebrews 10:5 "Do not throw away your confidence for it will be richly rewarded to you." 

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Katarina Wells

is an RYT 200. She completed her yoga teacher training with Firefly Yoga in March of 2018.  Katarina was introduced to yoga by her childhood pediatrician.  She discovered how much of a positive impact her practice had on life, both mentally and physically, as it helped her get through many difficult times.  After college, she realized she wanted to share her passion and practice with others.  She hopes to provide students with a space of peace and acceptance, and a class that leaves them feeling confident and empowered in their own bodies.

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Shelly Haas

Shelly Haas is a Transformational Life Coach and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Guided visualization meditation has been a great tool for stress relief and personal growth for both Shelly and the clients that she works with, which is why she loves sharing these workshops. The meditations provide full body relaxation, and specific topics of visualization for personal growth. The attendees of her workshops experience great stress relief, eye opening experiences, heart opening experiences, and clarity on their journey in life. Shelly possess a calming & comforting way about her and provides a safe & welcoming environment that puts her workshop attendees and clients at ease allowing them to be open, relax, and make wonderful shifts in their life. Shelly’s passion is supporting those she works with in creating happier, healthier, more balanced, & full lives.

Maggie Neuse

is a Buti yoga instructor. She has a loud and contagious laugh that draws you in, you just want to be around her. Her classes are packed with energy, laughs and love.

Maggie has been a Buti Yoga instructor since March 2016, just a few short months after she discovered this creative, dynamic practice.  She has previously taught dance fitness classes around Olympia and loves the fusion of yoga, tribal dance, and strengthening that Buti provides. Click to read more... 

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Kathy Swartout

Kathy has a passionate life-long practice of Yoga. And she wants everyone to experience the grace of yoga that brings poise and peace. Kathy has studied Zen Buddhism and meditation with Sri Chinmoy. Her focus is on making yoga accessible to all. She especially enjoys seeing mature yogis go beyond expectations. Kathy teaches Hatha and Gentle Yoga with an emphasis on alignment, strength, and flexibility in a light and relaxed atmosphere. Kathy completed the 200 – Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Firefly Yoga in Olympia, Washington in May 2017. Click to read more...

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Amanda Kalin

 

Amanda has always had a passion for working with babies and families, and the healing arts. Inspired by the birth of her own child and her college coursework, she began to pursue the path of a birth professional upon graduating Evergreen in 2015. As a Birth and Postpartum Doula, and as a mother herself, Amanda has gained deep insight into the physical and emotional needs of birthing bodies. She teaches prenatal and postpartum yoga to support the physiological and spiritual changes women experience during this transformation, and to hold space for community and connection with others in the same life-stage.

Julia Cereghino

Julia took her first yoga class 18 years ago as a freshman at Washington State University.  It was love at first downward dog!  Since then she has practiced many genres of yoga, always coming back to Vinyasa. The fluid body movements always felt right and blended perfectly with her dance background. Julia spent 15 years after college in Seattle where she worked in the Apparel Industry, spending the last 7 as an apparel designer for a local golf company.  A move home to Olympia brought Julia to Buti Yoga.  Click to read more...
 

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Stephanie Abraham

200 ryt - recently moved to Olympia from Portland, OR and is already in love with the place. She feels blessed to have started her yoga practice as early as high school. She instantly loved it and realized the possibility of becoming a teacher only a couple years ago. After leaving Portland and receiving her teaching certificate, she has started this new chapter in Olympia and looks forward to connecting with new people and embarking on many more northwest adventures. Click to read more...

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Aaryn Smith

Aaryn is an RYT-200 registered yoga instructor with yoga alliance. She attended a liberal arts college in Santa Barbara, CA, where she majored in computer science with an emphasis in graphic design. After college she focused her efforts on product development, and marketing. Exploring an interest in organic cosmetics she developed a product that she marketed and sold locally in Washington state.

After transitioning to Florida,  she recognized a yearning to deepen her understanding of the physical and spiritual healing powers of yoga and decided to further it's integration into her life by sharing her practice with others. Click to read more

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Matt McCracken

 My name is Matt. I have been practicing yoga on and off for the last several years.  I became more serious about my practice in the last year, and recently achieved my RYT -200 so I could incorporate more yoga into my life. I truly believe in the full spectrum of benefits that the practice of yoga offers.  I believe in it so much I feel like I have to share it with my beloved humans!  When I'm not doing yoga I am on an ambulance whisking people away to the hospital. Yoga for me is freedom. It offers me a space to get in touch and check in with myself and to let go of anything that has been troubling me. It's my happy place. 

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Alejandra Tibaudin

 

Ale is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Method Practitioner. She started her professional training in 2013 and graduated in 2016, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From the first Feldenkrais lesson she experienced 14 years ago, to now finding herself teaching and sharing the benefits of the Feldenkrais Method classes, Alejandra is still discovering more and more layers of this method and how we can all use movement as a tool towards a better quality of life. 

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Sam Kaviar

200- RYT  - completed his yoga teacher training in Spring 2018 with Great Heart Yoga. Sam’s classes are alignment-based yoga and inspired by nature, science, and spiritual themes. Sam is in awe of the beauty and intricacy of the natural world. Sam has attended a Tantric yoga and meditation course in Chang Mai, Thailand and has been influenced by Anusara yoga, a tantric yoga style. Sam has a background as a wildlife biologist and ecologist and is an Evergreen grad and Fulbright scholar. He is the owner of Kayak Nisqually: Puget Sound Adventures, a sea kayak eco-tourism company based in Thurston County. He has been influenced by many spiritual traditions and identifies as a secular Jew and Buddhist. Sam believes in the inherent beauty and dignity of his yoga students.