Alderwood Mall

Carrie Hopperstad

Balance Yoga Studio and Fusion Hot Yoga

Carrie’s mission is to empower her students through the beautiful dance of vinyasa; to expect miracles through hard work and dedication to every aspect of the physical, mental and spiritual practice of yoga based in the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga method. The primary focus of her class is a compassionate engagement on the needs of each and every student regardless of limitations. From there, she cultivates an atmosphere that is challenging, approachable, and ultimately liberating. Drawing on her experience as a mother of three boys and a producer on a a fast-paced morning news show, she guides her students to find peace and presence on their mats and to bring it into their own lives. Her classes flow into an intense moving meditation that elevates students from the weight and stress of... Read the profile >>

Erica Shepherd

The Pilates Company of Woodinville

Erica Shepherd was drawn to Pilates during college while she was studying kinesiology and participating in various team and individual sports. She believed that it was the cross training and balance of strength and flexibility she achieved through Pilates that enhanced her athleticism and kept her injury free. A BASI Pilates Certified Instructor, PMA-CPT, and AFAA-certified teacher, she is the owner of an award-winning studio in Woodinville, WA called The Pilates Company. She specializes in injury recovery and post-surgery treatment, injury prevention for competitive athletes and postoperative rehabilitation for breast cancer survivors. She splits her time between her boutique studio and traveling around the United States and abroad as a Master Trainer for The Booty Barre Inc., teaching... Read the profile >>

Jason Willey

Fusion Hot Yoga

Jason is a native to the northwest. He was born in Bothell, grew up in Everett and has lived in the Mill Creek area for the last 11 years. Growing up, Jason was an avid athlete; playing football, basketball and running track. He endured many sports injuries over the years that eventually led him to hang up his cleats. Due to lack of activity, two ankle surgeries and entering a busy corporate world, Jason began to pack on the pounds. In 2004, Jason discovered the mix of Bikram yoga and Power yoga and his life was transformed. He was immediately drawn in by the intensity of the yoga classes, the detoxifying effect of the sweat, the connectedness to himself and his breath, and the discipline and focus that it brought back into his life. His ankle and shoulder injuries began to heal and he... Read the profile >>

Kate Towell

Laughing Buddha Yoga Studio

Kate first discovered yoga while in graduate school when between classes she rolled out her mat at the local YMCA. Since that time she explored many styles of yoga and studied with a number of great teachers. Her life and practice shifted tremendously in 2010 when she decided to become a yoga teacher. She gratefully landed at Laughing Buddha Yoga Studio in her search for a deeper connection to her practice, her Self, her community and the wisdom of yoga. In this transformative and healing space she discovered yoga's true power - the power of transformation. Kate teaches with a playful spirit and encourages students to find balance among the stillness, joyful exploration and challenge of meeting their edge. She inspires students to explore this path of self-discovery, realizing the... Read the profile >>