Lauren has dedicated 15+ years of service to the nonprofit sector, serving as Executive Director, direct service provider, volunteer, and board member. She is honored to work alongside Living Yoga’s thriving community and is passionate about bringing the healing power of yoga to those who need it most. She earned her Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from PSU and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Denver.
Avery brings eight years of nonprofit management, event planning and fundraising experience to Living Yoga. She is a graduate of The Movement Center's 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program in Portland, Oregon and holds a BA in International Development Studies from The Ohio State University. Avery is honored and excited to be a part of the Living Yoga community and to contribute to Living Yoga’s transformational programs.
Melissent received her BS in Sociology from the University of Oregon and is working towards her Masters of Public Administration at Portland State University. She has most recently worked in the public sector and brings over a decade of experience in administrative and financial management to Living Yoga. A yoga practitioner since 1994, Melissent is honored to work with Living Yoga, making the practice of yoga accessible to broader communities and marginalized populations.
Ciera graduated from The University of Arizona with a BA in Political Science and minors in Spanish and Arabic. She is now working towards her Masters in Counseling at Portland State University. Holding a 200-hour YTT certificate and practicing yoga daily, Ciera is excited to contribute to Living Yoga's mission.
Chris started practicing yoga in 2011 and received her RYT- 200 hr in 2012 from The Movement Center in NE Portland.The Movement Center philosophy of “start where you are” has always resonated with her, and is a familiar phrase in her classes. The Volunteer Coordinator position at Living Yoga is a perfect way for Chris to combine her knack for organizing and love for teaching yoga and supporting volunteers. She is grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of Living Yoga’s healing mission.
Liz has been connected to Living Yoga since 2001. She started as one of the original volunteers and then became a part of the volunteer training team. She is a massage therapist and dedicated student of yoga. She combines her knowledge of anatomy and physiology with mindfulness and communication, mentoring yoga teachers individually and in groups. She creates safety, meets people where they are, and gently leads them to their growing edge.
Angelina has been teaching movement and healing arts since 2001. She holds a BA in Dance and Performance Choreography, is a certified Pilates instructor (2001) and a certified Forrest Yoga teacher (2007). Her style incorporates her love for anatomy and alignment, athletics, movement therapy, Chinese medicine, Vipassana meditation, Muy Thai kickboxing, Pilates, modern dance, Vinyasa, and Forrest Yoga.
Nancy was Living Yoga’s Volunteer Coordinator from 2008 through 2015, and a volunteer instructor since 2002. Nancy is a long time yoga practitioner and lifelong community activist, and is grateful to have the opportunity to contribute personally and professionally to Living Yoga’s mission.
Board of Directors
Sara is a recruiter at Google. She joined the board the fall of 2012 after teaching and volunteering for Living Yoga since January of 2009.
Sue Aicher, Ph.D
Sue is a neuroscientist and she works at Oregon Health & Science University. She is a volunteer teacher at Living Yoga and joined the board in December 2013.
Alan joined the Living Yoga board in 2015. He is a patent lawyer and brings his prior non-profit board expertise to support Living Yoga.
Leighann Franson, MPH
Leighann works at the crossroads of ideation, storytelling and advocacy to bring vision and voice to values-driven brands and nonprofits. A yoga teacher and trainer, and LY volunteer since 2007, she joined the board in 2015.
Karen is the Operations Coordinator for Procore Technologies. She joined the board in the fall of 2013 after volunteering since 2010. Karen is a longtime dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioner, has been the chair for the Gala for two years, and teaches at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.
Heidi is a labor and delivery nurse at OHSU. She is also teaches for Living Yoga at Donald E. Long Detention center for the girls unit.
Chris is a local Portland yoga instructor and owner of The Breathe Building, an Earth Advantage Certified commercial event space that is home to Yoga Union, Prema Health, and Fern Kitchen. He worked as a Child and Family Therapist in social service agencies and schools before becoming a yoga instructor. He joined the board in June of 2016.
Hilliary works in healthcare philanthropy at Legacy Health. Hilliary joined the board and became a volunteer yoga teacher for Living Yoga in 2016. She also brings her past experience in social work and yoga service to support Living Yoga.
Chip is Vice President of XML Solutions for SDL International. Chip joined the Living Yoga board in 2011, and before moving to Portland was board chairman of a non-profit organization that worked with at-risk youth using a combination of wilderness skills, yoga, and meditation in Oakland, CA.
Sherrie is an educational and organizational consultant. She has been an active volunteer with Living Yoga for four years, and was instrumental in starting a community garden at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.
Harry Dudley, Psy.D.
Harry is a forensic and clinical psychologist who has been a Living Yoga volunteer instructor since 2007.
Living Yoga Founder
Founder of Living Yoga and DAYA Foundation. Sarahjoy has a background in mental health, transpersonal counseling, art therapy and group dynamics. She specializes in yoga for rehab, yoga for addiction, and yoga for adaptive medical conditions.