Source Yoga and our staff value
gratitude, respect, compassion, and trust.
You can expect your teachers to uphold these values in a professional manner, attending to your individual needs and offering guidance through skillful instruction. They bring many years of experience, training, and heart to their teaching.
Erin Joosse - owner, co-founder, and studio director
Through Source Yoga, Erin has found the expression of her life’s passion and mission. She began her exploration of mindfulness in high school when she experienced walking meditation in a class called “Eastern Thought.” Having a profound experience of feeling connected and whole, she began an earnest study of yoga and meditation that led her to her teaching path.
Certified to teach yoga in 2000, she began to teach full time, and began to explore yoga as a path to physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. She teaches mindful yoga, which is a yoga class which incorporates mindfulness practice and meditation. In Erin’s class, you will focus on alignment and breath, as well as awareness of your mind and emotions as you move through your yoga practice. In Mindful Yoga, each posture or each flow between postures becomes a meditation. It is a physical practice, but embodies the wholeness of your being.
Erin is a Certified teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the University of California at San Diego Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute. She teaches Mindful Yoga, Meditation, and MBSR. Erin creates the vision and direction of Source Yoga, mentors teachers, and oversees the yoga and mindfulness programming at the Source Yoga studios.
Shari Larson - studio managerShari came to yoga to deal with headaches and pain related to whiplash injuries sustained as a teenager. She found that yoga not only helped with the pain but also made her a much nicer and balanced person. She believes that if we connect with our bodies we can uncover what nourishes and sustains us so we can increase the longevity of our practices. All her classes honor individuality and the fact that there is no one way to do a posture. Her passion is slower practices that allow time to really explore the body and breath.
In addition to her RYT 200, Shari has completed over 200 hours of additional training in Yin Yoga and a 200hr Kundalini teacher training. There is always so much more to learn!!
You can also see Shari behind the desk in her role as studio manager where she is committed to supporting students and teachers so they can focus on what they love, YOGA!
Miranda Knox - Yoga Advisor
Miranda has been an on and off again Yoga Teacher since 2007. Clearly, there’s something to this practice. Teaching is sometimes her full time job, sometimes not, but it’s always the way she finds community. Her original teachers were in San Diego, CA where she used to live. Then, she traveled to Costa Rica to study yoga. She’s completed 200 hour trainings in Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and most recently began training in the Baptiste style in 2017. One of her favorite teachers is Katelin Gallagher who teaches Shamatha meditation from the Tibetan Buddhist lineage. Miranda’s style of teaching has come full circle from vinyasa to gentle yoga to an eclectic, accessible to most, flow yoga again. In class Miranda likes to bring humor, kindness, presence and the option for self study. Her intention is to offer a tool of healing to others. Outside of class Miranda is a Massage Therapist, Pilates Instructor, newlywed, and mom to a little girl and two dogs. She is also the Yoga Advisor for Source.
Alli is a yoga teacher and trainer passionate about empowering people to discover their own ability to find healing and connection from within. She was inspired by her background in Special Education, her Peace Corps service as a Heath Education Volunteer in Tanzania, and work with youth in foster care to integrate methodologies that promote and empower individualized healing and address harmful power dynamics.
She completed her 200 hr teacher training in Taoist Yoga and has completed her 300 hour advanced Teacher Training in Trauma Center-Trauma Sensitive Yoga – an evidence based methodology developed specifically for facilitating yoga with individuals who have experienced chronic abuse, neglect and treatment-resistant PTSD. She has been offering trainings in the States and internationally since 2010.
Alli has additional experience facilitating yoga with children with special needs, refugees, pre/postnatal/birth trauma, LGBTQ+ youth, and youth in residential treatment and foster care. In addition to yoga, Alli loves to travel, bake chocolate chips cookies, see live music, attempt to keep indoor plants alive, and spend time wit her family. You can find out more about Alli’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga Offerings with Safe Space Yoga Project here.
Allison fell in love with yoga when she realized that what is true for her on the mat is true for her in life. After 13 years of dedicated practice, she deepened her study of yoga by participating in an Anusara based two year long immersion and teacher training at Seattle Yoga Arts in Seattle, WA. In November 2013, she received her 200-hour Yoga Teaching Certificate and registered with Yoga Alliance.
Inspired by the beauty and grace in life’s rich connections, Allison’s class sequences are crafted around themes connecting asana, pranayama and meditation. Poses flow from one to the other allowing students to explore how practicing with healthy alignment can improve their physical, mental and spiritual experience on and off the mat. Allison is not only passionate about yoga, but also about teaching. She has taught English for over 15 years and feels there is nothing more fulfilling than teaching what you love. It is with overwhelming gratitude that she teaches yoga.
Bonnie LoghryWhen Bonnie attended her first yoga class, after years of increasing pain from scoliosis, she felt as if she had finally come home. A graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, Advanced Studies Teacher Training Program, she is also a certified Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher, and Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist.
Practicing yoga with a strong emphasis on alignment and breath work, she has been able to successfully manage her own chronic back pain and now focuses her teaching on helping others do the same.
Bonnie has a Master’s degree in public health and is an active a member of the Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices Group of the American Public Health Association. She brings enthusiasm, a sense of exploration, and a healthy dose of humor to all her classes.
Christine HillsSri Krishnamacharya has said that there is an ocean which lies between atha and iti; the first and last syllables in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Within this ocean there is no haste; simply a natural unfolding unique to each individual. The traditional teachings of yoga—this ancient art and science that is just as relevant in our lives today as when it first began—is the inspiration for Christine’s personal practice and the reason she continues to share yoga with others.
Christine received her 200-hour certification from Pacific Yoga Teacher Training in 2003. She is continually grateful for the ability to share what she has gathered from her teachers (and teachers’ teachers….), passing along the lessons of yoga to students of all ages and stages on their own unique path.
Erica has practiced yoga since 2010 and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification with Pamela Higley at Samdhana Karana Yoga. She has also completed the Yoga Behind Bars training and volunteered at Remann Hall, teaching yoga and meditation to youth.
With yoga, she has found a melding of the best things in her life: spirit, athleticism, sweat, breath, laughter, community, and rhythm. Her goal as an instructor is to offer a space to explore, allowing others to become curious about what they are capable of as they leave a little stronger, a little softer and a lot more balanced.
Julia Nathe received her RYT 200 teacher certification from Three Trees Yoga in 2014. She has been teaching kid’s yoga around the South Sound since 2014, recently creating and leading a Girls Empowerment Series at Source Yoga in 2017. Julia has been working with children for 10 years. She has worked with the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, YMCA, Source Yoga Family Program and more. She has a passion for working with children and creating safe and sacred space for all children to blossom and grow.
Kate FontanaKate has practiced yoga since 2002 and became a certified teacher in 2009. She has trained with Ananda Yoga and Seattle Yoga Arts.
Yoga has helped Kate show up for life. She enjoys teaching those who are new to or think that they “can’t do” yoga, and loves to provide the quiet space for each individual to hear their inner wisdom. She also loves music, and you’ll often hear her chant!
Her yoga teaching has been humbling, joyful, and filled with immeasurable growth, for which she is unspeakably grateful. She is influenced and inspired by all people who work to transform experiences of pain and oppression into gifts of love and service.
Kelly ValenzuelaKelly Valenzuela became a certified yoga teacher in 2000 through Mount Madonna Institute in Watsonville, CA and a certified Viniyoga teacher through Whole Life Yoga in Seattle, WA in 2012. A self-proclaimed Viniyoga “convert”, Kelly transformed her practice and teaching approach when Viniyoga helped her heal her own chronic injuries and she saw the benefits it could offer her students. In addition to being a long time student of yoga, Kelly has also studied meditation in the Yoga, Buddhist and MBSR traditions and weaves these teachings into her asana classes. Kelly believes yoga and mindfulness provide a beautiful pathway to connect with our bodies, quiet our minds and live in greater alignment with our hearts.
Lori FerryLori’s yoga journey began just a few years ago and she continues to be beyond amazed by the abundance of study available to anyone who has the passion & courage to explore all that yoga has to offer. She feels very blessed to guide as a 200RYT Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master. Her passions towards Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga as well as Energy Healing work flows intuitively in her daily life and loves to share this passion with others during her classes. She continues her journey in yoga therapy training, Trauma Release Exercise, MBSR and other healing modalities. With her own daughter as a military veteran she has deep compassion for supporting our Community-in-Service and feels very privileged to guide individuals on their own journey towards vitality and joy. Lori joyfully invites you to explore your curiosity in yoga, and is always open to hear your own heart song. “Thank you for allowing me to be your Guide… the light within me bows & salutes the light within you”
Megan HoltMegan’s curiosity of movement and function brought her to her first yoga class in college. After a long pause she came back to yoga in 2008 while pregnant with her second child and has been a Source Yoga community member ever since.
With a background in competitive swimming and martial arts she is frequently amazed at how challenging yet relaxing and restorative yoga can be. “Yoga can be so humbling and at the same time so reassuring and self-affirming.”
A recent graduate of Source Yoga’s very first Mindfulness-Based Yoga Teacher Training 200 hour program, she has also participated in Source Yoga’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program. She is a firm believer in the benefits of regular meditation and quiet contemplation.
Megan’s wish for her students is to feel more at home in their bodies. Her classes focus on alignment with breath and meeting students where they are right now, in this moment, wherever that may be. She is grateful for the opportunity to engage with the Source Yoga community in a whole new way and looks forward to a lifelong journey of learning through yoga.
Melissa CotterMelissa sees yoga as an opportunity to step away from noise and clutter of life to return our pure and honest selves. Here, in our practice we pause, turn in, strengthen in body and spirit and connect with community. After years of practice, Melissa completed the YOGAMAZÉ Teacher Training in 2015. She is RYT 200 and Yoga Alliance Certified. Melissa’s enjoys teaching dynamic, alignment based flow classes that both honor and challenge the body, mind and spirit. A classically trained vocalist, Melissa loves to incorporate music, breath and chant to bring depth to her classes.
Melissa PazMelissa finds that her yoga practice is a constant unfolding and cultivation of patience, compassion, acceptance, and self-reflection. It provides her the sacred in everyday life and the ability to settle into whatever arises. She believes that through commitment, willingness, and inner wisdom we can all come to know ourselves as graceful, empowered beings living life to its fullest.
Melissa is co-founder of Source Yoga, and has been teaching since 2001, and teaches a fluid hatha yoga class focused on body awareness and the breath as way to stay present. You will discover on your mat, the sacred and the playful to find freedom and connection to your inner wisdom, and leave her classes feeling nourished, relaxed, and grateful.
She has a BA in Modern Dance and is certified in both Ananda yoga, a gentle spiritual practice, and in 2008 received additional certification from Pacific Yoga in Seattle, WA with instructors, Theresa Elliott, and Kathryn Payne. She is both a Certified Health Coach and a Mastery Transformation Coach and works with both private clients and groups and leads workshops for purpose driven women seeking a healthy relationship with their money, work, and family so that they can live their desired lifestyle and serve from a place of wholeness and ease. Melissa is deeply grateful to be a mother of two young boys, a wife to a supportive husband and enjoys dancing her heart out whether in a Zumba class, her living room or on a stage.
Nicole Reed taught in Pre-K and Elementary Education for 10 years before becoming a stay at home mom 6 years ago. She began practicing Yoga in 2010 to recover from running injuries, and then discovered restorative yoga and mindfulness meditation in 2014 once she became a mom of 2, and found these slower practices brought centering and calmness to her life.
Nicole is thankful for the guidance she received from Source Yoga where she recently graduated from the Mindfulness Based Yoga Teacher Training. She is specifically interested in helping others (especially families!) learn how to access their capacity for calming themselves through Yoga and Mindfulness Practices and practicing mindfulness in nature through Mindful Nature Walks.
Nikki Naab-LevyNikki Naab-Levy is a Pilates teacher and massage therapist with 10+ years’ experience helping people who struggle with injury, get fit with less pain. Her clients have included professional athletes, grandmothers in their 90’s and everyone in between.
Her fitness wisdom has been featured in the Seattle Times, Men’s Fitness, and Girls Gone Strong. When she’s not teaching a sneaky hard Pilates workout, you can find her hiking with her corgi, podcasting, and chain-drinking cups of coffee.
Sona BuchananSona was born in Australia to Indian parents and moved to the US at age 5. Her home life emphasized the deeper philosophical teachings and practices of yoga, but it wasn’t until 2004 that she began a regular yoga practice to balance the vigor of being a college dancer. After years of achieving and striving, yoga offered an invitation to slow down, become present, and align with the flow of divine intelligence.
Sona gratefully attained her RYT-200 teaching certification in 2009 and is currently working towards her RYT-500. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with over 1,500 hours of teaching experience. She is certified in Thai Yoga Bodywork and the trauma-focused Yoga Warrior method. Sona also holds a dual B.A. from New York University in Psychology and Anthropology. Concurrently, Sona’s passion for the healing arts guided her to Thai Yoga and Qi Healing over a decade ago. In 2014 she crafted a blend of these complimentary modalities named Integrative Thai Yoga. Sona currently offers Integrative Thai Yoga in private sessions, workshops, and Community Bodywork clinics.
Her yoga classes range from challenging, playful and dynamic to fluid and restorative but ultimately weave together exploration and self-study. Sona’s teaching practice is about holding space and encouraging people to a deeper knowing and acceptance of all parts of themselves and in doing so, guiding them to a higher capacity for love in the world.
Tabitha MattsonAfter 2 previous tries with yoga in my teens and twenties, 3rd time was a charm when I came back to yoga in 2008. This time I came to yoga looking for a different way to relieve and manage stress. What I remember so distinctly from my first class is how quiet my mind was and how wonderful my body felt. Since then I’ve been hooked! My fascination with and respect for the tradition of yoga has only grown. It has given me a different way of approaching myself and life. In January 2014, I completed my 200 hour teacher training with Three Trees Yoga. My classes combine a focus of proper alignment and breath awareness to train the mind to be present; while not forgetting the joy and fun that goes along with a well-rounded yoga practice. I encourage students to listen to and honor their bodies. My hope is to help students experience the peace that can seem so elusive and empower them to bring what they learn on the mat into their daily lives.
Tiffany SpeirTiffany Speir is a dancer and musician who fell in love with yoga in 2004.
She has been teaching yoga for 14 years and is certified by the Yoga Alliance at the 200-E-RYT/500 RYT level. Tiffany studies with Stephanie Adams and Adi Vajra of Jaya Yoga, and teaches technique focused on empowering individualized practice that lets students maximize their physical potential while minimizing risk of injury. In addition to asana flow, Tiffany incorporates breath technique and yoga nidra into practices to provide a well-rounded experience that helps increase self-awareness and self-acceptance. Namaste.