Cynthia Land, LMP - Studio Founder and Co-director
Cynthia holds a teaching certificate from The Prana Yoga College (2002). She has also completed advanced teacher trainings with Rodney Yee (2002) and Rod Stryker (2010), but currently calls Tias Little her teacher. Cynthia is also a Yoga Therapist and a Licensed Massage Therapist with a focus on Thai Yoga Massage.
Cynthia encourages students to use breath to gracefully stretch and tune in to their bodies. She emphasizes use of core strength and alignment, helping students get an amazing workout without realizing it. Along with mindful pose-work, she uses a light-hearted sense of humor for overall stress relieving classes. Along with teaching at Expansions, she can also be found at Olympic College and the Haselwood Family YMCA.
Sarah Hamilton - Co-owner/Co-director
When Sarah graduated from college and moved to Seattle, she happened to take a class at Edmonds Community College. The class was focused on learning individual poses rather than flowing through the poses – a great introduction. She left the class feeling energized and full of life. However, it was not until a few years and a couple of life changes later that Sarah began a regular practice. She chose teaching as a way to spread the benefits and her love of this ancient practice to others who may not think yoga is for them. Sarah now focuses on the breath and on fitting poses to the individual not the individual to the pose. She practices and teaches with the belief that yoga is important but not serious!
Tessa Watson, RYT-200, RPYT
Tessa is a knowledgeable, dedicated, and passionate instructor trained in prenatal yoga at Devi Yoga for Women in Boulder, Colorado. She earned her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through 8 Limbs Yoga in Seattle, Washington, is a Yoga Tune Up® certified teacher, and holds a BA from Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado. She uses her knowledge of yoga to create a nurturing environment for her students. Tessa enjoys sharing movement and centering consciousness with moms-to-be as a path to greater awareness and community during the transformative year of birth. Tessa is a loving wife of a retired submariner, mother to two great children, and lifelong student.
Jolene Culbertson, ARNP, RYT-500
Jolene became a yoga enthusiast in the late 70’s but didn’t start teaching until four years ago when she discovered the urge to share the physical as well as emotional and spiritual practice with others. She completed her 200-hour teacher training with YogaFit and moved on to an additional 100 hours of training with Seattle Yoga Arts. In December 2018 she completed the 500-hour RYT certification with Seattle’s 8-Limbs. “My eventual goal is to offer yoga classes for those dealing with anxiety and depression.”
Sarah is a lifelong student of breath--where she finds deep healing and mystery--and her learning expresses itself in both her practice of yoga, and of poetry. She first came to yoga through a friend, who took her to a class guided by Ana Forrest, and has since been able to learn from some great teachers, including David Swenson, Dora Gyarmati, and Aubrey Heinemann. For Sarah, the blessing of each of her teachers connects to the work of breath, how breath coils around the essential--mind, body, spirit--and releases what’s no longer needed. Her teachers have also instilled in her that the fundamental and most important benefits of yoga happen not outwardly, in the pose, but inwardly.
Hallie first experienced yoga in a small, northern California studio around 2001 but did not begin a regular practice until she was in university. Her love for the combination of breath and movement as a healing practice lead her to eventually pursue a 200-hour teacher training at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga in San Diego, CA (June 2017). She strives to provide students with a space to experience moments of mindfulness through breath-work and deepening the mind/body connection. When not practicing yoga, Hallie can be found at music festivals, hiking or enjoying quiet time at home with her husband and kitty.