Meet the OWNERS OF 'OHANA YOGA
My name is Sarah Allen and my yoga journey goes a little different from most. In the summer of 2016, I was approached by three powerful women about a business idea, that soon would become the opening of 'Ohana Yoga. I was ecstatic to be asked to be a partner and couldn't wait to pair my massage business of 7 years along side the art of yoga. This all made sense, putting all of my years of knowledge of natural healing and growing it further. I couldn't wait!
That fall, 'Ohana yoga opened our doors, and that November I ventured to Bali, Indonesia for my 200 hr Registered Yoga Training. Mind you, I had only done yoga a handful of times, but I couldn't wait to dive deep into the practice of yoga, as the art of natural healing has always been my passion.
After the third day of training, I realized I had no idea what I had gotten myself into and contemplated leaving my yoga training. Our teachers kept telling me to trust the process, so I did, and I'm sure happy I did too. That three weeks was an amazing journey. I was astonished with what I had learned and who I had become. I learned much more about myself and my surroundings. I had found a greater balance than I thought I already had.
I am still on a journey, aren't we all? We always learn and grow, so if you say "I can't do yoga" or "yoga isn't for me", trust me, I get it. I was once there myself. Here's the thing though, YOGA is for YOU! It's for EVERYONE. Trust yourself and the journey it brings you on.
Oh I betcha you'd like to hear a few things about me!... I'm a West Salem native. I graduated from WS High in 2004. I received my associates degree in applied science in the program of massage therapy in 2011. I run my massage business Body Balance Massage and Wellness in conjunction with 'Ohana Yoga studio. My family is everything, my number ones. Hobbies I enjoy are golf, horseback riding, travel, hiking & just about anything that involves family and adventure. If you want to get to know me more, well...meet me on the mat;)
Yoga, Travel & Puppies. My life summed up in 3 words :)
As a co-founder of 'Ohana Yoga, I dreamed of a place where a community could come together to focus on health, mindfulness, and connecting to each other in a welcoming and fun space.
My teacher training took me away to Bali, Indonesia for 200 hours of intense mindful, spiritual, and technical immersion. Yoga has been a life changing practice for me, as I continually strive to live in the present moment while expanding my experiences and connections with those I meet throughout this journey of life. The practice of intentionally living and coming back to the present moment through breath is something I practice on and off the mat, and something I hope to guide my students with as well.
My passion for dogs lead me to my career as a Pet Spa owner, and I hope to be able to rescue all the homeless dogs in the world someday:) Dream big, right?! The yogi lessons that we can learn from dogs is illustrated by their energy, their ability to truly live in the present moment, and love unconditionally. These are lessonsI get to witness first-hand each day, and I am eternally grateful for this life I get to live!
My name is Sierra Kliscz. I have two beautiful daughters at home who have all of my heart .I have a love for the outdoors hiking, fishing, boating, wakeboarding, kayaking and camping.I dabble in many different hobbies including, archery, fire staff and hooping. I have a strong passion for music, self taught piano and guitar player, which enables me to have instrumental back up for my true passion of singing and composing.
I am very excited to begin a new journey with Ohana and share my love and passion for yoga with like-minded individuals. I am a 200 hour certified yoga instructor. I have worked with numerous great venues in the local area.
I have experience with Hot Yoga, Paddleboard Yoga, Kids Yoga, Beach Yoga, Acro Yoga as well offering private lessons. I teach a vinyasa flow, incooperating principles from power and hatha yoga. I fell in love with the practice during a dark time in my life. I was so humbled with my experience and results, it led me to spend my life sharing the benefits of yoga with others.
Whatever one's reason may be for stepping onto the mat I hope to lead, through my experiences, a path to self fulfillment and enlightened consciousness. Being the best version of one's self is the most effective way to change the world. Look forward to meeting everyone! Namaste!
My name is Karla Olson. Here is my story.....
Once upon a time, there was a little girl, who came from a family with good intentions, realistic obstacles, and lots of living life on life's term issues. I, Karla, was no exception to this rule. I developed a severe eating disorder, bulimia, as well as became a dual diagnosed alcoholic, before my high school graduation in May of 1999. I'd love to say that's when I saw the light, yet that's not my truth. Truth is, I became even more immersed in self-loathing and self-destruction, until I finally became and plead guilty to a felony charge and 2nd dui conviction in 2006.
I do not say these things to scare you, to have people feel sorry for me or to sensationaliz my story. They are simply that, a piece of my story... who I was, where I was headed, and where I am now.
I came to yoga on a "dare" from a therapist, who challenged me to stop running from my problems... my email, to this date is still Kolsonrunning@gmail.com and on most days it still has relevancy.
See, I was scared of life, so I hated everyone and everything, including and most of all myself. Through yoga, recovery and 12 step work, counselors, justice sanctions, probation, community service, marriage, divorce, cancer, the birth of 3 sons, being a mom, graduation from college and running my first marathon at 29, I learned I can't stop life from happening and I sure as heck can't run from it.
So... I accepted the yoga challenge from my counselor and I went to my first class, 6-ish years ago.. hated, and counted, every second. However, I knew it was the hardest thing I'd ever done in my life, and I knew that if someone was going to teach recovering addicts and alcoholics in this area that a new way was possible, I'd push through my uncomfortability.
I got group fitness instructor, wellness coach, personal trainer, yoga and spin instructor specialty certified within 18 months.
I don't know if yoga saved my life, if god did, recovery, yoga class members and teachers, or chance. What I do know is that my life has forever been put on an altered path because of my choice to persue yoga.
I am grateful where I was spiteful. I am accepting where I was fighting, and I choose love instead of hate to heal, and I've chosen to live life instead of survive it.
All are always welcome on this journey with me and I with you.
My life and yoga mantra are, for now, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Ghandi