About Our Teachers
“I was directed to this studio by a retired physician; a serious student and teacher of yoga. This studio is as careful as they should be with their student’s. Before each class (there’s a question from the instructor to each student: “How are you today?” The class is then directed by the results of everyone’s issues, pains, comfort, etc. and we all get a great session.” – Tracy M.
Chris Dormaier, M.S., CYT, ERYT 500 is Director of SoundYoga and a Certified Teacher Trainer in the tradition of Krishnamacharya. She also holds a diploma from the American Viniyoga Institute as a yoga therapist. Chris continues her studies with Sonia Nelson in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As a yoga therapist Chris applies yoga principles in developing yoga practices that support and meet the needs of individuals who strive for better health and a happier, well-balanced lifestyle. Chris has helped many people with arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, heart conditions, MS, and other health concerns find yoga practices to maintain and improve their health.
Cheryl Sjoblom is a Certified Yoga Teacher in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and is registered through the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level. A teacher at Sound Yoga since 2000, she believes the healing benefits of yoga are available for everyone at any stage of the physical, mental and spiritual journey.
Karie Bloxton, RYT 500, GCFP, draws on 500 hours training in the Krishnamacharya tradition as well as 800 hours in the Feldenkrais Method to create a space where students can safely explore all the possibilities and joys of movement. Her yoga classes are crafted to leave you relaxed, yet engaged, with a greater feeling of ease in your body. Her passion is helping yoga students learn to inhabit their body, be playful and most of all, move. Karie is a Certified Yoga Teacher in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.
Shelly Aaron, beat breast cancer in 1995, but that battle resulted in her gaining weight and leaving her with an aching back and pained knees. Today Shelly is a yoga teacher, certified personal trainer, nutrition coach, and a licensed massage practitioner. With 16 years of experience she understands the unique challenges and roadblocks of transforming one’s health and fitness goals. Her passion and unique style motivates and inspires her clients to take charge of their lives once and for all.
Virginia Wise has studied Vedic chant with Sonia Nelson, a longtime student of TKV Desikachar, for more than 10 years and yoga with her and other teachers for more than 30 years. Vedic chant has been an important addition to her personal practice, a source of strength and stability through challenging times. She wants to offer others the opportunity to discover its gifts for themselves.
Julie Fournier started studying Yoga in Nepal before completing her 200h Yoga teacher training at the Samarya Center in Seattle in 2013. Julie wishes to inspire students to connect with their own experiences in a simple and mindful way and to open the practice of Yoga to everyone. She started working with specialized populations (MS, spinal cord injuries) in 2013 and trained at Mind Body Solutions in Minnesota on adapting Yoga for disability. Julie is keen to explore how Yoga can help empowering people living with disability, trauma, illness and aging. She just completed her training to become a certified Yoga for Amputee Instructor. Julie currently offers all levels and gentle classes at various locations in the Seattle area as well as adaptive Yoga and private tuition for people with reduced mobility.
Maria Mannisto, ERYT 200, is passionate about the powerful combination of yoga and sound. Having chosen in 2003 to make a career out of her lifelong love of singing, she discovered yoga a few years later and quickly incorporated it into her daily life as an essential counterpart to her voice work. In 2013, she completed the 200 hour teacher training program at Samadhi Yoga under the guidance of Kathleen Hunt and Steve Davis. Maria’s classes combine asana, pranayama, meditation, and mantra, with a goal of clearing the way for the recognition and authentic expression of the true self.