THE TULA TEAM

LOTSIE CASH

Lotsie owns Tula Movement Arts with her husband, Stephen Thompson. She was a professional ballet dancer for 10+ years primarily with companies in NYC and Boston as well as touring and freelancing gigs. She practiced yoga for many years while dancing and became a 200-hour certified yoga instructor with Frog Lotus Yoga in 2011. In 2013 she became a level 1 certified AcroYoga instructor and attended a 500-hour yoga teacher training. During this training, she completed modules in Yin yoga, Restorative yoga, Meridian Yoga and Yoga Therapy. She also became a birth doula through DONA International that year and has attended several births in Boston and NYC. Lotsie went on to study with Sarah Vosen and Sarah Yovovich of Sarahpeutics in 2014 where she participated in their 7-day 5-element Thai massage training. In June 2016 she became a certified YogaSlackers teacher. She completed the Aerial Yoga Mukti Yoga teacher training with Sandhi Ferreira in June 2017 followed by the Om Factory Aerial Yoga Teacher Training with Kevin Bigger in April 2018. Lotsie also graduated from the Yo Mama Prenatal Yoga teacher training with Kirsten Warner and Katie Wise in February 2018. She taught full-time as a yoga/acroyoga teacher in New York City for many years before relocating to Bend, Oregon with her husband in March 2016. Her teaching style is a combination of her movement practices and are thoughtful, playful, intelligent and flowy. Some of her main yoga style influences both in practice and in teaching include Vinyasa, Iyengar, Forrest and Kula yoga--she considers herself to be somewhat of a yoga mutt and believes that exploration and variety in movement are incredibly important. She is so excited to be bringing Tula Movement Arts to life in Bend.

STEPHEN THOMPSON

Stephen co-owns Tula Movement Arts with his wife, Lotsie Cash. He's the man behind the curtain, the muscle, the one who makes everything look good and function properl. Formally trained as a commercial airplane and helicopter pilot, Stephen has spent the past few years traveling the world, studying yoga, acroyoga, slacklining and competing professionally in adventure racing with his team Bend Racing and his teammates/fellow Tula teachers Jason and Chelsey Magness. He attended the Yogaslackers teacher training in June 2015, which is where Stephen and Lotsie first met. Together they formed the idea for Tula and together they are making it happen. He's an avid outdoors and movement lover and will be a huge part of Tula, particularly the Tula Outdoors program.

KRIYA PSOMAS

Kriya moved to Bend in 2016 after bouncing back and forth from Ashland to Portland. She has been doing aerial arts on and off for 7 years and her love for aerial silks lead her to the world of aerial yoga. She completed the Aerial Mukti Yoga training in 2017 and OmFactory’s Aerial Yoga training in 2018 and is excited to advance her knowledge even more with additional trainings in the future. Her personality shows through her teaching style which is bright, cheerful and energetic, and while still incorporating a yoga flow, her classes mainly revolve around aerial circus. 

Aside from teaching, Kriya has created a small business as a jeweler called AloBee Jewelry and you can find her work for sale at Tula. 

LINDSI KAY

Yoga. Hoop. Partner Acrobatics. Aerials. Dance. I love it all.

You can usually find me upside down! Whether on the earth, on a person, or in the air, it’s hard for me to keep my feet on the ground. I am unapologetically passionate…an outspoken, energetic, multi-tasking movement artist who currently specializes in a mixture of yoga, acrobatics, and dance.

You don’t have to be a performer or master yogi to reap emotional and physical benefits from the body awareness that is built through movement arts. The way that I teach makes it accessible for everyone…because everyone deserves to feel connected to their body.


I am also an avid blogger and lover of travel. To find out where or what I'm up to, connect with me on my website LindsiKay.com on Instagram @lindsikaycircus, or on Facebook at LindsiKay. I'm honored to be apart of the Tula Movement Arts staff and look forward to seeing you on the mat!

BE SHAKTI

Spiritually athletic in nature and practice, Be finds gratitude in movement, stillness, and transition. The Gemini in her is most clearly expressed through being an old soul, and yet maintaining a deep connection to her inner child. The balance of the two being currently explored as the sacred feminine: intuitive, loving, energetic, fierce, playful. She teaches sequencing that is traditional, spiritual and geometric -with boundaries of line and space that do not limit, but rather guide and show oneself - to oneself. Exposing one's strengths, as well as one's vulnerabilities. Freeing the spirit, igniting the soul.

 

Be graduated from NYU's Gallatin School with the concentration of Human Wellness, Addiction, and Culture Studies and completed her original 200 hour training in Todos Santos, Mexico at the Yandara Yoga Institute.

 

As an ERYT she has completed advanced trainings with Manju Pattahbi Jois in the Primary Series of Ashtanga, Hala Khouri in Teaching Yoga to At Risk Adults and Youth, Allison Eaton in Reiki Master Training, as well as through personal one-on-one mentorship with Lauren Imparato of I.AM.YOU.

Brooke Coletta

Brooke found her love of Yoga at a small San Diego studio in 2008. She was inspired to deepen into her practice and so she and her husband decided to move to Colorado in 2013 where she took her 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Loft in Boulder.  She immediately knew this was only the beginning of her path. After completing her first training, she jumped in head first taking the Unnata® Aerial Yoga Teacher Training with Michelle Dortignac; and then her 500 hour Advanced Teacher Training with Shannon Paige. 

Brooke understands Asana to be one aspect of the journey that Yoga is and can be.  Brooke uses oracle cards in her classes to help students create an intention and to dive deeper into their Yoga practice.  She likes to challenge her students to feel each posture and experience the fullness of their breath; for it is Brooke’s belief, that the breath creates the rhythm of ones practice. Brooke also frequently speaks about the Hindu deities and engages in their mythical and fun stories reminding students that they are a part of something larger.

 

“Stepping into a world of inspiration in her every spoken word, chant, and instruction, Brooke’s infectious uniqueness is a call to her students to live themselves authentically alive and courageously face forward to life’s myriad come-what-mays.”-Shannon Paige

Brooke is a lifelong student and her goal is to ignite whatever it is inside you that fuels your Yoga fire!

HANNAH HEILICHER

Choosing to follow her heart over our culture's 9-5 obsession, Hannah graduated with a couple business degrees from the University of Montana before heading to Costa Rica to study yoga under NYC based studio, Reflections Yoga. Her focus and training emphasizes slow flow movements to bring awareness and breath to proper alignment within poses. After completing her 200RYT in 2014, Hannah trained and taught in Missoula Montana, studying aerial silks, aerial yoga and circus arts. After moving to Bend in 2015, Hannah tried her hand at adulting, only to discover how much she missed sharing yoga with her community. She is proud to now be a certified AiREAL Yoga & Aerial Mukti Yoga teacher (2017) and is thrilled to be teaching both aerial and floor yoga to all skill levels in Bend OR.

TONI LARSON

Helping people feel better in their bodies, minds and spirit is an incredible career.  Yoga has changed her life and she’s excited that it can do the same for you.  All you need to do is be open to the possibilities. Everything else will fall into place.  What she loves about yoga is that anybody can do it. Now she’s not saying anybody can stand on their hands or wrap their leg around their head but everyone can get on their mat, move and breathe and receive the benefits of this ancient practice. Yoga to Toni is more than a workout.  It has changed the way she sees the world and the way she sees herself in it.

Nature moves Toni and touches her heart.  She practices yoga to stay grounded, happy, healthy, balanced and connected to Spirit.  This keeps her doing the things she loves most in life. All things rooted in love and gratitude, this is the recipe for life.  Her teaching provides a relaxed atmosphere. She is a believer in sustainable yoga and teaches with a very real and down to earth style. Recognizing that each person’s body, range of motion, strength and energy is different, she creates a unique and playful space so students can approach their practice with wisdom, courage and most importantly unconditional love. Toni has been teaching yoga for over 8 years, a Retreat Leader and Shamanic Mentor working with people one on one to guide them on their own healing path.

Certified in Vinyasa Yoga since 2010 with Red Stone Yoga, Bend OR.  I teach Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Gentle Yoga and Soma Movement.  I’ve trained with Rolfe Gates; Liz Heffernan, Soma Institue; Peggy Profant, Om Shala. In 2017 I completed my 300 hour with Dolly Kaupp, Founder of Sacred Awakenings for my Shamanic Yoga Teacher Training.

HANNAH MARCINIAK

Hännah felt a pull towards yoga long before she finally built up the courage to step into her first class in 2001. The deepening self-connection, mental clarity, sense of vitality, and profound self-trust it began to reveal continue to inspire her in her practice to this day. Originally starting with a disciplined, alignment-focused Iyengar practice, Hännah discovered Ashtanga in 2006 and fell in love with this vigorous yet deeply meditative daily practice linking breath to movement in a progressively challenging sequence of poses. Generating strong internal heat and focused on turning the attention inward, Ashtanga Vinyasa is known for its ability to purify, heal, and balance. She delights in the depth of wisdom embedded in this practice, and the growth, nourishment, and insight it continues to bring. 

 

Drawn to share what has been such a transformational practice for her, Hännah has trained with numerous senior Ashtanga teachers, including Nancy Gilgoff and Tim Miller (among Pattabhi Jois' earliest Western practitioners), as well as in Mysore, India with Guruji's daughter, Saraswati Jois, and his grandson, Sharath Jois. She is a dedicated practitioner of this method and continues her studies with Nancy Gilgoff in Maui, or wherever she can be found around the world. Hännah has been teaching Ashtanga since 2010, and is continuously inspired by her students and the transformations she witnesses in them. She brings strength, grace, and a talent for seeing and supporting students where they are in their journeys. Hännah owns and runs her own evening Mysore Ashtanga program, Mountain Light Ashtanga, with Tuesday & Thursday classes and private sessions hosted at Yoga Indigo in downtown Bend  (www.mountainlightashtanga.com).

 

An avid rock climber, skier, mountain biker, nature-lover, mother, musician, linguist, scholar, and seeker of deeper truths, Hännah is grateful to live in and contribute to this special place and community. 

DAYNA TAUS

Dayna Taus moved to Bend in 2008 from Kailua, Hawaii.  She is a mom who loves spending time with her 2 daughters and husband. Dayna came to yoga with a background in gymnastics and a Masters degree in Sports Psychology. She is a competitive athlete striving to balance her life while practicing yoga, skiing, playing tennis, hiking, cooking and being with her community.  Dayna fell in love with yoga in 1995. She began to study Iyengar yoga, which quickly led to Ashtanga. She now enjoys a regular practice of Ashtanga. She took Teacher’s Training in 1997 at Yoga Works in Santa Monica, CA.  Dayna studied under Chuck Miller, Maty Ezrati and Eddie Modestini. She has since taught many different styles of yoga over the past 22 years.  Dayna has a tremendous amount of gratitude for all of her teachers. She loves to work with beginners and she focuses on keeping her students safe.  When Dayna is not on her mat she is a practicing Therapist and College Counselor. 

JENNIFER ABRAHAMS

My first foray into practicing yoga occurred in my bedroom to a cassette tape and booklet in 1998! I soon afterwards attended a live class and knew yoga was a wonderful means to express movement in the body and remain limber. There was much more as I soon discovered that yoga filled spiritual life in a way which I hadn’t expected. Ever since then I have enjoyed being a voracious student of all things yoga from anatomy and alignment through to the philosophy of non-dual Tantra as well as Sanskrit and Spirituality.

I have been on a self-lead path of discovery since my early twenties and to this day am always reading and self-reflecting as I aspire and endeavor to live life through the lens of non-dual Tantra. What I find most valuable about the practice is the ability to heal, transform and develop in every realm of existence be it mental, emotional, physical and spiritual and more. I Completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training in June of 2012. And a 300 hr yoga teacher training certificate was completed in January of 2017.

To me the most enjoyable and meaningful aspects of teaching yoga is the experience of assisting and facilitating people to feel better in their bodies, minds and spirits.

jess curto

My journey with yoga began on a surf trip to Bali in 2011 and has since transformed my life and who I am as a person. For many years I suffered from a lower back injury that prevented me from doing the activities I enjoy. I had tried numerous physical therapists and chiropractors, but nothing seemed to heal the injury. Upon my arrival to Bali, my back injury flared up and I was left bed ridden in agony. As an avid surfer, I was devastated. Fortunately, I happened to be staying with a yogi who introduced me to natural medicine and yoga. My practice began with pranayama and meditation, which in combination with Chinese medicine, healed my back. Within two weeks, I was back on my feet and back in the water. When I returned home, I began practicing yoga at a studio and continued my self practice. Yoga quickly became an integral part of my life and I began to realize that yoga was healing me on a deeper level, beyond merely the physical body. In 2014, I decided to expand my knowledge of yoga and completed my 200 hour yoga teacher certification through Yoga School Institute at The Mystical Yoga Farm in Lago Atitlan, Guatemala. Since then I have had the opportunity to teach yoga to adults and children abroad and in the US. In 2016 and 2017, I completed my certifications in Reiki I and II with Dave Bonessi of White Fire Reiki in New York.

 

When I look back at the person I was prior to practicing yoga, it's almost like looking at someone else's life. I don't love that person any less, but it is easy to see how yoga healed me and made me whole once again. Personally, yoga is much more that the asanas (physical practice) for me. It is a way of moving through life, through myself, and closer to spirit. I can't begin to express my gratitude for what it has and continues to teach me. I am honored and excited to hold space for my students to learn, heal, and grow at Tula Movement Arts!

ANNA HAAR

Anna moved to Bend in 2016 from Minnesota. She brings with her years of experience teaching various yoga styles. A long time Ashtanga practitioner and dancer,  she finally decided to become a certified yoga teacher at The Yoga Center of Minneapolis. She also completed Ashtanga teacher training with David Swenson. 

As a dancer, Anna loves to bring the beauty of movement into her yoga classes, finding that perfect balance between strength and flexibility. 

Growing up in Latvia, Anna traveled the world extensively before moving to the US. When she is not practicing yoga,  you can find her hiking with her dog, mountain biking, or watching her three kids play soccer. 

Anna loves to help students grow in their individual practices, helping them get stronger and more confident in their bodies with each class.  

BONNIE WALKER

Bonnie has been practicing yoga since 1999 and began teaching yoga in 2013. She has been an active Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) since October 2016 and teaches alignment-based, Iyengar Yoga classes for all levels of students, from beginner to advanced. Bonnie currently studies with Tonya Garreaud at Jewel Yoga in Portland, Oregon as often as she can make it over the mountain pass!

TIN BINDI

Tin is an AcroYoga teacher at Tula Movement Arts. She is also a wilderness guide and has degrees in Ecology, Sustainability, and Outdoor Leadership. Kristin is an environmentalist at heart and loves helping people to feel more connected to the planet, themselves, and others. Tin taught in Uganda through the Africa Yoga Project to women at a safe home, in schools, and for the general public. She fell in love with AcroYoga in 2014 and has been traveling the world ever since taking workshops, attending AcroYoga festivals and teaching. Kristin has completed over a thousand hours of yoga teacher trainings in Ashtanga inspired Vinyasa, Hatha, Yoga Therapy, Kids Yoga, AcroYoga, and Family AcroYoga. She participated in over 100 hours of Thai Massage trainings while she was in Thailand and also became a certified level 1 Reiki practitioner. Tin is a veteran of the US Army and is the ambassador of VETOGA Oregon. Before being introduced to yoga Tin practiced Tai Chi and Qigong. She loves playing with blending different movement practices to create fun, restorative, organic flows.

BARB DERSCH

Barb fell in love with yoga immediately after her first experience in a led class. "I was in the middle of a difficult time in my life and it was as if someone opened a window and let in light and love. I had finally found a home for my heart and my passion in life." That passion only grew from there and led her to receive a 200 Hr. RYT certification in 2013 from the Heart of the Cascades yoga teacher training. Right away leading yoga classes felt natural and enjoyable, so Barb quickly gained teaching hours by leading an average of ten classes a week. She teaches a variety of formats including Vinyasa, Restorative Flow, Restorative, Yin, Vin/Yin and Guided Meditation. Her personal teaching style is varied as well. You will never experience the same class twice with Barb. Her approach is compassionate, fluid, ever-evolving, at once sensitive to the moment and students needs, yet challenging. Barb believes yoga is life changing and loves to help others to heal and grow.

Barb's second passion in life is a love of books. She holds a BA in English and had planned to teach English when she decided to teach yoga instead. She often incorporates inspiring readings and likes to weave a theme into physical practice. Born and raised in the mid-west, Barb moved to Bend in 2000 because she loves being outdoors and takes any opportunity to get out in our gorgeous mountains and desert. A mother of two beautiful boys, she enjoys camping and hiking with her family, and gardening. She is also accomplished violinist and self-taught pianist.

Barb is excited to be a part of the Tula community and see her practice and teaching continue to evolve.

KELLEE BLANCHARD

Kellee grew up dancing and tumbling in Eugene, OR.  She began teaching as an assistant at age 13 and fell in love. Upon graduating from the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon in 1997 with a major in Spanish and a minor in dance, she immediately opened her first dance studio. After a few years, Kellee took a break from teaching to study at the University of Hawaii's graduate program in dance education. In 2005 Kellee opened Calliope Dance Studio in San Francisco, California. She directed the program and taught most of the classes until she and her husband felt the pull to return to Oregon. Calliope, however, is still going strong and Kellee returns each year to manage backstage at the annual recitals. In 2010 Kellee started Moving Joyfully in Oregon and published a book with the same title.  She specializes in ages 2-6 delighting in the magic and wonder of that age group and fostering the imagination and creativity that is so alive in the little ones. In addition to teaching young children, Kellee began to work more with children who are not typically developing. Kellee lead Sensory Story Time at the Eugene Public Library and taught DanceAbility classes for teens. She also works with teachers showing them how to include movement in the classroom.  Kellee has taught in Colombia, Panama, and India but always comes back to her roots in Oregon. There is nothing Kellee enjoys more than dancing with children. 

LAURA PURDY

Laura is a K.R.I. certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She completed her 550 hour year long teacher's training in 2003 with teachers Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa and Nirbhe Kaur Khalsa from the Khalsa Healing Arts & Yoga Center of Yardley, PA. Laura has a dedicated Kundalini Yoga practice and teaches workshops as well as group & private classes her in Bend, Oregon. With great reverence Laura loves the healing vibrations of the Gong and she incorporates it into her yoga teachings and offers Gong Therapy sessions. 

DANA JOHNSON

Dana is a long time resident of 20 years in beautiful Bend, Oregon.  Mama, yogi and midwife, Dana draws on her experience in these life teachings and brings it to her yoga classes. A 200-RYT, Dana is passionate about supporting women during their profound transformation into motherhood and is excited to offer her service as a prenatal yoga teacher.  

 

She pulls from her 14 years of pregnancy, birth and postpartum education and experience. Each woman comes with her own power, difficulties,  triumphs, relationships and grace. This is what she loves most about teaching prenatal yoga.  

Yoga has been a grounding force in her life over the last 20 years and was her healing passage through anxiety. In 2010, Dana dove deeper into her yoga practice through Anusara Immersions 1-3 and continued on to graduate from Vinyasa and Hatha 200 hour ytt and 300 hour YTT. Presently Dana is enrolled in Rasa Yoga Online Teacher Training with Sianna Sherman. 

 

Having focus on body mechanics, alignment and breath, this class will bring you deeper awareness and strength in your body, while leaving feeling relaxed and nurtured. The community that is created in this class will expand your Mama Tribe for a life time. Join the tribe today!

BUDDY THOMAS

I have been involved in arts and entertainment for over 14 years, and have been teaching some of these passions for over 5 years. I'm a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor (200-hour), a Yogaslacker, and co-owner of Slackrobats (@slackrobats). I have a strong interest in balance, movement, and expression that I love to share in various ways.


I really enjoy teaching slacklining and AcroYoga to people of all ages. I also love stilt-walking, performing with poi and staff, playing and making life sized giant bubbles, dancing, juggling, drawing, painting, playing around on the guitar and the list goes on. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to explore these passions, and share many of them with people around the world. I have performed at Oregon Country Fair, Balloons Over Bend, Tower Theater, Bend Earth Day parade, and many other various events over the years.

I love and enjoy nature and being active. Mountain biking, hiking, snow boarding, and floating the river are just a few of the amazing things I love about living here in Bend.

Another passion of mine is working with youth. I have taught circus camps at different elementary schools around Bend, volunteered and worked full time at the Boys & Girls Club of Central Oregon, and have worked at many kids craft booths at different festivals. Children's smiles are healing and a blessing for all those who look upon them

AVAILABLE FOR SLACKLINE PRIVATE ONE ON ONE & SMALL GROUP SESSIONS.

KATIE PINTO

Katie aka Pinto likes to think of learning as a side effect of having fun and strives to bring that light heartedness to the mat and into the studio to make students of all levels feel comfortable.  Pinto specializes in hula hoop dance and yoga fusion, but especially enjoys a good restorative yoga session. 

 

Before finding a home in Bend, Pinto toured the country with her hula hoops, teaching at schools, libraries, and retreats. Her teaching and performing style has been influenced by the people in these various regions over the years. Her core Yoga Teacher and Thai Yoga Therapy trainings were completed at White Lotus in Santa Barbara, CA,  her Restorative Yoga Teacher Training at JoyYOGA in Arlington, MA, and Aerial Yoga through the OM Factory trainings at TULA right here in OR. Pinto studied dance and music at the college level in Wisconsin, and she completed various Hula Hoop teacher trainings in Massachusetts, New York, and Texas. 

CACEY THOMAS

Cacey is a Bend native. She's crazy about the Central Oregon lifestyle and enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and most of all acro yoga. She stumbled upon acro five years ago and finally feels she has found her place in the world. After spending most of her life feeling disconnected from her body, she was able to reconnect with it through the joyful playfulness that acro brings. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Energy Systems Engineering and uses acro and climbing to unwind after a long day at school. Both sports have changed her life in every way and she loves to share them with others. If you see her outside of Tula, don't be shy! You'll probably end up upside down and on her feet, because in her mind, everywhere is a playground. 

YOGA, AERIAL YOGA, ACROYOGA, FITNESS, PRENATAL, mom & baby, KIDS & FAMILY CLASSES, INDOOR SLACKLINE, DANCE, CHILDCARE, TODDLER PLAY, BIRTHDAY PARTIES, BODYWORK & MORE!

 

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2797 NW Clearwater drive

 suite 100 & 500

bend, oregon

541.322.6887

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Tula Movement Arts LLC

2797 NW Clearwater Drive Suite 100 & 500

541.322.6887