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 enrolled in the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute at UC San Diego, and is a Qualified teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). 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 manager
Shari 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 150 hours of training in Yin Yoga and is currently enrolled in 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!
Christine Hills, yoga advisor
Sri 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.
Mary Chen-JohnsonOn and off the mat, Mary’s devotion to yoga means strength, balance, and flexibility as a continually emerging path, rather than a set goal. Creativity in yoga sequences, sometimes with added dance elements, is one reflection of that philosophy. Acknowledging each practice as new, accepting changes as renewals, cultivating gratitude and service: these are other elements. Practicing yoga since 2002, undergoing teacher training in Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2006, and teaching as a RYT-200 since 2007, Mary has been guided by teachers including Joseph Le Page, Lilian Le Page, Ellen Shaffer, Joyce Anue, and Michelle Dortignac. She has specialized training in Unnata Aerial Yoga ®; Pranayama, Mudras, and Pranic Healing; and Therapeutic Applications of Yoga Asasnas. She continues to attend additional training when she can.
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.
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”
As the daughter of a yoga teacher, Lindsay dabbled in elements of yoga until finding her own Vinyasa practice in 2008. Since then, she has deepened both her Vinyasa and Ashtanga practice with her teachers, including Sara Doyle, Frank Mauro, Suzanne Faulkner, and Troy Lucero. In April 2012, Lindsay completed the 200-hour OM Yoga (NYC) Teacher Training at Blue Point Yoga in Durham, North Carolina. She has also completed workshops with David Swenson, Cyndi Lee, and David Nichtern.
Lindsay teaches Vinyasa classes that are physically challenging, energetic, and grounding. She strives to foster the curiosity and confidence of her students through the exploration of backbends, arm balances, and inversions. Lindsay appreciates the centering, holistic benefits that yoga can bring both on and off the mat, and strives to guide her students to understand their own bodies and practice.
Liza Higbee Robinson
Liza’s yoga practice began when she was 19 years old, a college student and long distance runner looking for a counter-activity to help her body with recovery and healing processes. In yoga, she has experienced that, and so much more. As a beginner, Liza found yoga to be very difficult, often uncomfortable and even painful; yet, she appreciated the ways that yoga challenged her, not just her physical strength and flexibility, but also her mental focus and her emotional response cycle. Yoga gradually transformed Liza from being a person with severe perceived limitations and finite comfort zones to one willing to go out on a limb and move through discomfort in order to learn more about herself, grow and open up. Liza views yoga as a constant unfolding and remembering of who we are, inviting us to peel through and shed layers of insecurity, doubt, shame and fear that we’ve accumulated during our lives. She believes yoga is a healing art, requiring us to show up for ourselves and to be real with ourselves.
In 2013, while living in Spain, she began her first yoga teacher training, only to leave prematurely to move home and support her dad as he fought terminal illness. She sought out a second teacher training upon her homecoming, and ended up joining one of her very first yoga teachers, Melissa Longfellow in her Power Vinyasa teacher training in Bellingham, WA. Since completing that training, Liza has taught over 1,000 hours of yoga right here Tacoma, WA, her hometown. Her teaching is informed by Power Vinyasa, Rishikesh Hatha and Anusara Yoga traditions and methodologies, among others. Her classes are originally crafted, energizing, full-body explorations. She aims to get you into your body and aware of your breath, with a mind that is untethered to past and future moments, and open and curious about who you are and what you are capable of right now. She encourages her students to practice from a place of self-honoring at all times.
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.
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.
Julia NatheJulia Nathe received her 200 Hour Yoga teaching certification from Three Trees Yoga in 2014. She is a trained dancer in Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary and is excited to be exploring and teaching yoga and movement to kids. She has enthusiastically taught kid’s yoga under the guidance and mentorship of Source Yoga family yoga teacher Angie McLaughlin, worked at the Morgan Family YMCA in their summer day camp as an art director, and enjoys working at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. She is thrilled to be teaching kids at Source Yoga.
Melissa 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.
Tiffany Speir is a dancer and musician who fell in love with yoga in 2004. She has been teaching yoga for 12 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.