Instructors

Maria Bliss, Owner

Maria Bliss, Owner

Maria’s journey to yoga has been a lifelong evolution. Her childhood love of movement brought her through careers as a professional ballet dancer, dance teacher, and fitness instructor. Along the way, she began practicing yoga and ultimately decided that was her calling. As owner of Yogabliss, Maria has created a peaceful and energizing atmosphere for the community, offering a wide variety of yoga classes and workshops. She invites students to find balance in their bodies, minds, and spirits ultimately promoting a healthier, more authentic way of existing in this world. Maria’s passions are brought together with Vinyasa style yoga. She teaches using elements of spirituality, beautifully integrated into the graceful flowing movement and meditation of yoga.

Her teaching blends a strong asana practice with inspirational readings and dialogues, inviting students into a space of calm presence both on the mat and as they leave the studio. Maria believes that our essential nature is goodness, using humor and encouragement she “nudges” each student to step forward on their own path toward wholeness and personal growth.Maria has completed Power Vinyasa Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste and Lisa Black, and also trained in the Teaching Assistant Program (TAP) at Shakti Vinyasa Yoga. She has completed Level 1 Iyengar teacher training with Aadil Palkhivala and a variety of teacher trainings with both Shiva Rea and Seane Corn. Maria believes the key to being an effective teacher is to remain a lifelong student of yoga. She brings the benefits and blessings of her daily study to her students, sharing the journey toward becoming healthier, stronger, more content and compassionate beings-truly waking up to recognize the abundance of our lives.


Pat Kilwine

For Pat Kilwine much of her joy in teaching lies in guiding students towards finding their unique expression of yoga such that it supports the strength, flexibility and vitality in their body.  She loves dynamic movement and teaches in a thoughtful manner, encouraging students to have some fun and leave class feeling relaxed and revitalized.

Pat has been a yoga teacher for five years and began her journey into yoga almost 20 years ago She has since studied a variety of yogic traditions, including alignment-based Iyengar, breath-inspired Ashtanga, and the strength-building flow of Baptiste Power and the quieting power of meditation.  She is an RYT instructor as recognized by Yoga Alliance and has trained and taught alignment-based and therapeutic yoga. 


Sherah Brisbois

Sherah’s first yoga experience started in a class in college. In 2006, she started taking Bikram Yoga for mental release from seasonal depression.  As she developed her practice, she noticed that her life and relationships began to feel richer and more solid.  Feeding her new passion and practice, she set out to explore more aspects of Yoga and began taking Power Vinyasa classes. She instantly found comfort and enjoyment on her mat in these classes.  Flowing in a room with community brought peace and serenity to her life.

Sherah completed her 200 Hour Power Vinyasa training in the fall of 2008 at Corepower Yoga of Minneapolis.  Becoming certified brought so much joy to her life yet she came to a point of needing to find herself again and discover the foundations of her practice and desire to teach.  This journey led her to her mentorship with Nora Bryns in 2010 in Minneapolis before making the trek across the country to Seattle in 2011. She began teaching Power Vinyasa classes at Yogabliss in 2012 and is continuing to learn and grow under the guidance of Yogabliss owner, Maria Bliss.  Sherah’s experience with yoga is strongly based in community and thus she has a desire to pass that on to her students.  She enjoys connecting with her students before and after class and encouraging community amongst them.  “We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, but a small group of determined people can change the course of history.” -Sonia Johnson


Catherine De Marin

Catherine De Marin

Catherine’s first yoga experience was a prenatal class she attended to support her prenatal massage clients. She was amazed by the commitment of the mothers-to-be, profoundly moved by the awareness of breath, body, mind and baby. Her love of this practice inspired her to teach prenatal classes, soon expanding that teaching to the broader population. Catherine began studying yoga with Robin Rothenburg in 1999 at the Yoga Barn in Issaquah. She is a Certified Viniyoga Instructor, an Integrative Yoga Therapist, a Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher and a Licensed Massage Therapist. She teaches from her vast knowledge and experience of working with the body-mind connection. She is a gifted teacher, able to elicit beautiful practices from her students, allowing them the freedom to move in practice as they are able. She teaches with kindness and compassion, utilizing personalized modifications to aid her students through class.


Jen Ernst

Jen Ernst

Jen fell in love with Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga when she moved to Seattle in 2006.  As a natural athlete, she first began to practice this style for the physical challenge but what hooked her was the intense feeling of being alive, encouraging her to explore adventures on the mat and beyond.  The vigorous yet accessible practice of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga has allowed her to transform herself from the inside out- igniting strength, radiance and authenticity on her mat and in her daily life.  In her classes, Jen brings lightness and laughter to create a supportive space for each student to identify and remove barriers to expand to their fullest potential physically and mentally! 
She has completed Level 1 and 2 teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste and is actively pursuing Baptiste Power Vinyasa certification.  Locally, Jen recieves ongoing training with Master Baptiste Teacher Lisa Black, completing the SHAKTI Teacher Training, Teacher Assistant Program (TAP), Advanced Teacher Assisting Programs and Teacher Mentorship. 
As an associate Yoga Life Coach, Jen finds much gratitude empowering clients to heal, feel and ultimately wake up from debilitating or limiting lifestyles.  She believes that people already have everything they need, it’s her job to shine light on that and together co-create actions steps to discovering joy, happiness & overall greatness!


Carley Ewert

Carley Ewert

Carley’s path to yoga began in 2002 with the desire to develop presence and self expression through movement. As a massage therapist and constant student of vinyasa flow she creates a safe and varied flow. Carley has completed CorePower’s 200 hour Teacher Training, Shakti’s Teacher Assisting Program (TAP), and regularly attends weekend workshops with visiting master teachers such as Shiva Rea, Simon Park, and Jason Crandell. Her classes are energetic and encouraging as she utilizes the elements of breath, core, balance, and postural alignment to find inner strength.


Regan Pasko

Regan Pasko

Regan’s teaching style simply cannot be labeled. He takes what he learns from all his teachers and brings it to his students in a simplistic, almost mechanical way. He builds his students up through each individual class, as well as through their entire lifelong practice, to reach beyond their expectations, allowing them find themselves somewhere new and amazing. Through his training and engineering background Regan’s teaching results in a very hands-on approach breaking down the asana, flow and physical adjustments to their most basic foundation.

Through the growth in his practice Regan found that accomplishments on the mat can lead to exciting and new things in life, giving oneself newfound confidence and personal respect. Therefore he teaches with a belief that anyone can achieve, urging everyone to try something new and simply do it now.


Amy Swanson

Amy Swanson

Amy grew up studying ballet and modern dance, loving the creative expression and movement. She became a fitness instructor and taught in Charlotte, N.C. for 14 years. After moving to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, she sought a physical outlet that would add greater depth to her life. She found her way to the Yoga community, was attracted to the flow and deeply touched by the encouragement to let go of the daily stress and chatter that impedes personal growth. As a lifelong student herself, Amy observes the way her students practice and shares the gifts and blessings of yoga with them. Amy completed the Level One Teacher Training with Maria Bliss and Level I Core Power Training. She has been influenced by and is deeply grateful to her teachers Maria Bliss, Kai Trinh, and Auryel van Gemert. She gives thanks to the many students she has taught over the years who bring their hearts and bodies to class, looking for expression, physical release and a place to explore their edge.