Body Reflects – Massage and Yoga in Seattle

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head shotCarlie Bae LMP, RYT (MA00022371)

The seeds for Carlie’s passion for health were planted as a child growing up on a small farm in Fall City Washington. No matter how many sports she tried, Carlie was never a natural athlete.  She suffered from struggle and injury on the slopes, on the field, and in day to day activity.  It was not until she found Yoga that fitness became accessible.  This was the key to unlocking a navigable path on her personal quest for Balance in all parts of life.

She achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition from Bastyr University where she also discovered the wonder of physical medicine. In partnership with Bastyr she received her certification to practice massage from Brenneke School of Massage in 2005, and has continued to study different techniques ever since. Modalities she has studies and integrated into her practice include myofascial release, Thai massage, Lomi Lomi, pregnancy,  therapeutic cupping, and manual ligament therapy.  She began sharing her approaches to yoga for health and fitness in private and group settings in 2012. In her free time she loves to play with really heavy weights, snowboard, hike,garden, cook and spend time with her beautiful family and menagerie of urban farm animals.


Claudia Saunders

I was introduced to yoga in 2002 as a means to help heal my body. Growing up I was active in competitive athletics, ranging from gymnastics to Olympic-style weightlifting, molding me early on to strive, push and compare. As a university student I continued using those methods to carry me through my degree program and on to a demanding career in commercial interior design.

Gradually, yoga changed from being something on the list of tasks to accomplish in the day, to my greatest pleasure, giving me guidance and balance. Driven by a desire to deepen my personal practice I began my 200hr yoga teacher-training in Tempe AZ in 2010. While still juggling multiple responsibilities, it was a difficult path to learn the art of joyful surrender and to find the freedom hidden in letting things organically unfold. This concept of sukha-sthira became my biggest challenge and teacher, guiding me daily both on and off the mat.

I continue to evolve along with my practice, seeking advanced trainings, workshops and continuing education. I find inspiration in the world around me, having traveled extensively through Latin America, Europe and Asia; as well as having a deep personal spiritual practice. With these passions as my guide, I structure my classes with rigorous yet gentle asanas inviting each student to explore body, breath, spirit and emotion.


Katy Tabb

Katy discovered the transformative power of yoga practice while working as a professional dancer in New York City. Initially Katy tried yoga as an alternative cross-training method to support her rigorous dance life and has come to find that not only has it transformed her body, but also her overall well-being. Yoga has helped Katy to cultivate strength and peace in her daily life as well as had profound rehabilitative power through her various dance injuries. Katy completed her 200 hour YogaWorks training under the tutelage of Catherine Munro and Irene Alexander Tokar at The Yoga Tree in Fremont. She is passionate about sharing the intimate connection between breath, body, and mind on the path to physical and mental wellness with her students.

maryMary Rodgers

Mary attended Massage Therapy School at Cortiva Institute in Seattle,WA. As a Licensed Massaged Therapist, Mary combines her love for anatomy and physiology with her passion for the healing arts in order to assist her clients in relaxing from the stresses of daily activity and recovering from injury or muscle strain. In addition to massage therapy, Mary is also a Yoga Instructor. She completed a Kripalu Yoga 200-hr teacher training in West Palm Beach, FL where she began teaching in 2012. She has also completed training through the Connected Warrior program to teach yoga to active and retired military, a population that she is committed to supporting. Through Kripalu Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, and Yin Yoga, Mary helps her students develop compassionate self-awareness by combining mindful movement with powerful breath work.

PJS HeadshotMichelle Befus

Michelle was drawn to movement from a young age, leading to a career as a professional ballet dancer. When shifting her vocational focus to grow in corporate management, she discovered yoga as an outlet from the daily stress and demands of her work. Now, her passion for yoga and teaching is evident in the lighthearted, enthusiastic approach she brings to every class.

Combining alignment instruction with vinyasa (flow) transitions, Michelle’s classes focus on presence, awareness and a strong attention to detail. She creates a down to earth, non-intimidating environment for her students, using the physical body as a vehicle to draw attention to the present moment. As an educator of yoga, Michelle is committed to teaching mindful movement, breath awareness and the practice of accessing ease in mind and body everyday.

Michelle received her 200 hour teaching certification with YogaWorks, and her 500 hour advanced certification with Pacific Yoga. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as a Continuing Education Provider. Besides group and private classes, Michelle offers workshops, retreats and continuing education across the Pacific Northwest.

marichiana 2 prepDeborah King

Deborah has been teaching since 2001 and is a lifelong practitioner of yoga, having grown up with a mother who taught yoga and creative movement. Her study deepened as she intensified her study of the theatrical arts as a teenager, and when she came to The Theatre School of DePaul University, she discovered the Iyengar tradition. She has studied in many eclectic traditions with many wonderful teachers, and with her first pregnancy, began teaching herself. She received her certification from Eight Limbs Yoga in Chicago, under Per Erez, Miguel Latronica, and Carla Douros, and went on to assist in the Teacher training for 2 years, as well as being the prenatal and postnatal presenter. She taught beginning, advanced, continuing, prenatal, postnatal, and childrens’ yoga, and apprenticed for 2 1/2 years with Gabriel Halpern at Yoga Circle in Chicago in therapeutic yoga in the Iyengar tradition. In Seattle, she studies Vijnana yoga with Kathryn Payne. After some years off with her exquisite children, she returned to teaching in Seattle at the beginning of 2013. Also a professional actress, she has been seen in Seattle at ACT and Seattle Children’s Theatre, and many theatres in Chicago, as well as several films. Her classes emphasize the internal experience of alignment, the use of intent to explore the body’s story, and the practice of yoga as both process and celebration. Deborah is currently enrolled in Integrative Yoga Therapy’s Advanced certification program through IAYT.
Britta JonesBritta Jones

I first fell in love yoga when I noticed the balance it brought to me in life. For years, my mat continued to pull me back to it and I finally came to see that the physical practice had the power to connect me to the qualities and gifts that I most treasure in life – compassion, love and joy. Today, I practice yoga as part of my daily life to experience these gifts and to continue to learn discipline and inspire creativity. I love to bring joy and humor to my classes, and see yoga as an amazing space for people to build community. I believe yoga is for everyone: every body, every age and every background, and I am passionate about the practice’s ability to transform people into the brightest versions of themselves. I truly believe yoga can make a deep impact in individual lives and in the world.