Andrea Larreta is from Los Angeles, California. She received her early classical training with dancers formerly of Ballet West, American Ballet Theater, and Basel Ballet. She attended the Idyllwild Arts academy and graduated with honors, spending her summers training with Gelsey Kirkland. Andrea went on to study on scholarship at SMU, attending the Paul Taylor School and Martha Graham School over the summers before graduating with a BFA, Cum Laude, in Dance. In 2006, Andrea moved to Seattle. In Seattle she appeared in works by Deb Wolf, Rainbow Fletcher, Zoe Scofield, and Lauren Edson, among others. Andrea danced with Coriolis Dance Collective for 6 years, during which time the Seattle Times called her a, "diminutive dynamo," (2012) and her choreography, "the most succinct and dynamic in the show," (2013). Andrea has been in Portland since 2015, and has worked in dance and film, including The Portland Opera, Imago Theatre, TransformOtion, Polaris Dance Theater, Wild Rumpus Jazz Dance Company, and Lyrik Dance Company, as well as commercials for the American Music Awards, Goodwill Industries, and Swinomish Casino. While her yoga journey started in high school with some VHS tapes, she didn't start practicing regularly until she joined Urban Yoga Spa in Seattle in 2012. After practicing almost daily for several years, she received her 200 hour RYT certification from CorePower Yoga in 2016. Andrea's class emphasizes linking breath with movement and encourages students to make choices in their flow that best serve their needs.
Known in intimate yoga circles as ”The Cardi B of Yoga”. Cookie is one of those evangelical looney tunes who sincerely believes the cliche that “Yoga saved their life.” As someone who has made a career of never fitting in Cookie strives to create spaces that allow people to feel like they belong. You can follow her wellness journey on Instagram @basic.blaec.girl
Our first Om Thrive fundraising event was amazing, inspiring, and a success! I deeply appreciate the support for our mission to make regular and sustained yoga practice accessible to domestic violence/abuse survivors to promote healing and empowerment.
We raised $240 for our program funds. This money will be used to buy bolsters, blocks and blankets for our shelter participants. I cannot thank you enough for your generosity!
Welcome Eve Parker, yoga instructor and mental health specialist to the Om Thrive family!
Embodied practices like yoga and meditation have been repeatedly scientifically proven to be effective at supporting mental health and helping people heal from daily stress to severe and complex trauma. As a mental health therapist, Eve brings 7 years experience in the mental health field to her yoga and mindfulness teaching and is dedicated to bridging the gap between therapies for mind and body to treat mental illness, addictions, and trauma from a holistic standpoint.
Eve enjoys teaching energetic and mindfully-sequenced vinyasa flow, detail-oriented and anatomy-based hatha, and deeply grounding yin practices. She weaves in themes from modern Western psychology, neuroscience, ancient Eastern philosophy, and applications for taking lessons learned on the mat into the rest of life to create a well-rounded practice to nourish mind, body, and spirit.
Eve values cultivating a safe, trauma-informed space in which consent is paramount, making classes accessible to each student's individual anatomy through empowering students to learn and listen to their bodies and through creative use of props and cues.
I'm so excited to welcome Heather Day to the Om Thrive family. She will be teaching shelter yoga on Saturday mornings. Read her bio below.
Heather came to the physical practice of yoga through athleticism and a fondness for Sanskrit and Ganesh, but stuck with yoga because of the inner transformation that she had not anticipated. She believes the practice of yoga through asana practice is a continuous unfolding of the higher self.
Heather believes that when we live in such a wild and unpredictable world, coming to the mat, whether it be in silence or in chant, sivasana or vinyasa, is of utmost importance to sacred balance and self reflection, as all change starts within, and radiates out into the world. She firmly believes in the science and self discovery of yoga changing neurochemistry to reduce anxiety, depression, addiction, and PTSD, as well as increase immunity, and heal maladaptive responses and patterns in our everyday lives, not to mention the strengthening and toning of the physical body.
Heather believes what happens on the mat translates into real life changes, and wants to share that gift with anyone with an open heart and mind. She received her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Karma yoga with Allison Duckworth, with a focus on vinyasa and hatha, completed in June 2017. Her classes tend to be a faster, sweaty mix, with upbeat, sometimes tribal music, humor, and spiritual teachings. Heather has a BA in psychology, and has been a social worker for several years, as well as extra education in holistic nutrition, herbalism, astrology, and environmental science. Heather lives in Portland with her partner and 2 kids, and enjoys cooking, photography, hiking the PNW, and nature, just about as much as yoga. Namaste
Hello hello om thrive supporters! I had the best and most eye opening experience yesterday after taking a hot Vinyasa class at Pure 8 Hot Yoga in Beaverton. I was invited by the beautiful, bubbly Ouma, Pure 8's owner and I can say I am so happy to have met this woman! I huffed, puffed and sweated through Jamie's hot Vinyasa class and by the end of it's awesomeness I realized something - I need to start branching out and visiting as many studios in the Portland Metro Area as possible. How can I give advice to my fellow survivors if I don't actually take the classes that are available? That being said, I am launching my Yoga for Survival tour. PORTLAND YOGA STUDIOS: don't be surprised if you see me pop up in your classes! I'm coming for you! Get at me on Instagram @omthrivepdx or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a class that I just cannot miss and I'll be there. See you soon!
So as this baby grows we are starting to make new friends in the community. I'm still working full time until I can run this nonprofit exclusively, so until then I'm a weekend warrior! I am so grateful that studios are willing to meet with me on weekends to brainstrom, plan, and dream.
Avery from Living Yoga was gracious enough to meet with me over pizza and start planning some pretty cool ideas. More news coming soon!