Freedom (Kevin Kimple) is Oregon’s only Level Two Authorized Ashtanga Teacher personally Authorized to teach by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Freedom graduated with Honors and a BA in Dance from U.C. Berkeley in ‘93. He spent the next six years living in New York City and touring extensively throughout the U.S.A. and Europe with the Martha Graham Ensemble, MOMIX, Bella Lewitzky and other notable dance troupes. In 1996 Freedom began studying yoga with David Life and Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti. He left dance touring in 1999 and moved to Boulder, Colorado to deepen his yoga studies under the tutelage of Ashtanga Master Richard Freeman. He studied with Richard for several years, including 5 months of teacher training intensives, and also taught at Richard’s school The Yoga Workshop. In December 2000 Freedom received a Black Belt in the ancient Chinese martial art Shao-Lin Kung Fu, after intensive studies under Senior Masters David and Sharon Soard (7th Degree Black Belts). Freedom is the co-author of a recently relased book titled The Eight Limbs of Yoga.
Priya studied yoga asana locally for fifteen years with Jean Nelson, Glen Tibbers and others before studying the Ashtanga system in depth with Kevin and Sarah in 2006. She also attended workshops with Tim Miller and Manju Jois. Priya is a holistic massage practitioner with 25 years experience and brings a wealth of anatomy and physiology knowledge to the yoga classes she instructs. Priya is a student of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, a renound bhakti scharya. Her Bhakti yoga practice includes chanting, meditation and studying the Bhagavad Gita and other Vedic literature. Priya is an avid gardener, hiker and interests include nutrition, healthy cooking, homeopathy and herbology.
Julie Whitmore lives in Eugene, Oregon, and has been a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance since 2005. She’s studied Ashtanga yoga with Kevin Kimple since 2007 and has taught at South Eugene High School, the Juvenile Justice Center, the Trauma Healing Center, and the Psychiatric Clinic at Sacred Heart hospital, as well as at Eugene School of Yoga. She particularly enjoys working with new students and people whose bodies tend to be more stiff than the stereotypical yogi.
"Yoga isn’t about postures." she says, "It’s about attaining enlightenment, and some people achieve enlightenment without ever stepping into a yoga studio."
"Most of us, are not going to reach an enlightened state any time soon, but we do need physical activity and tools to maintain health and balance in everyday life. Ashtanga yoga provides both. It combines graduated learning, rigorous exercise, consistent opportunities to practice, and is grounded in traditions handed down from revered teachers. Yoga has helped me become stronger and more flexible, mentally and physically. I love to share what I’ve learned, and learning what others share with me."