Jay Gregory, PhD
Jay Gregory, PhD is a clinical psychologist and has been in private practice for over 20 years. He works with anxiety disorders, pain management and couples therapy. His previous work includes working at the Crisis Triage Center at the Portland Providence Medical Center as well as positions in the community mental health field.
He is an avid proponent of the value of integrating the tools of yoga therapy into mental health settings, including private practice.
He has co-facilitated the Professional Yoga Therapy Training for Mental Health Providers for since 2012, delivers lectures on the intersection of yoga and love, and co-facilitates weekend retreats that explore the dilemmas of the human journey: the biological imperative to survive and the spiritual imperative to thrive; the neurologically wired urge to connect as well as differentiate, and patterned habits of defending that threaten to crowd out our longing to experience undefended love and belonging.
Molly Hitchen was prompted to try yoga during a period of struggle in here life, a period where she felt stuck. At 28 years old, she
noticed her own breath for the first time. This feeling sparked her journey to developing a deep reservoir of resilience and the trusting
in her own heart. Her intention is to create space for others to do the same, both inside and outside of class.
Molly completed her 200-hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training at the DAYA Foundation with Sarahjoy Marsh, her most influential teacher. She also completed an 80-hour Power Yoga Teacher Training in Tulum, Mexico with Bryan Kest and has logged over 100 hours of study with Jules Mitchell, MS, Yoga Therapist and Biomechanist. Molly also holds two certifications in Fascial Stretch Therapy, through the Stretch to Win institute.
Molly started teaching yoga and mindfulness to marginalized populations 5 years ago at Bridgeway Recovery, an inpatient center that provides addiction recovery, mental health therapy and primary medical care. She recently also co-facilitated the DAYA Foundation's 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training in the Department of Corrections in which 12 male adults in custody were certified to teach yoga on the inside to the developmentally delayed population. She currently teaches public classes in Salem, Oregon in a yoga studio and in private gyms.
Lisa Klavans, RYT 200
Lisa started practicing yoga 15 years ago as a self-care tool while teaching special education. She quickly found it to be a secret gift that offered an opportunity to create work/life balance; a tool that can travel anywhere and be used in all environments. Lisa set off to use her background in education, social work, trauma informed care and interpersonal neuro-biology to make meaningful changes in the field of mental health. She is deeply committed to bringing yoga to vulnerable populations as a tool for mindfulness, breath, self-care and creating peace. She believes that coming to our mats helps us connect to each other, to understand ourselves in new and deeper ways, to change our habits and to translate that awareness into our everyday life. In 2014, Lisa completed DAYA Foundation’s 200 hour yoga and social justice training. She currently teaches yoga in a Psychiatric Crisis center.
Laura Martin, LCSW
Laura Martin, LCSW is a social worker with 20 years of clinical experience. She has been training in and teaching mindfulness-based modalities in mental health and healthcare since 2002, starting with DBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She is a certified MBSR teacher through the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School. She also practices deeply with the Zen Community of Oregon.
I was first introduced to yoga in 1999. At that time there were not a lot of guys practicing yoga in the west but I loved it. My mind was calmer and my body felt amazing. That first year my mornings consisted of AM Yoga with Rodney Yee. I found immediate benefits from a yoga practice and in time greater benefits from yoga philosophy. In 2002, during a difficult time, I decided to lean into my yoga practice and teach. I trained with Baron Baptiste and Rolf Gates and started teaching immediately. Contraction management by day, yoga teacher by night.
I am grateful to have taught at gyms, studios, corporations, addiction centers (Hazelden Betty Ford Clinic), recovery meetings, individually and recently in Oregon’s prison system helping to train inmates to become certified yoga teachers. My favorite teachers and mentors include Baron Baptiste, Rolf Gates, Rudy Mettia, Jules Mitchell and Sarahjoy Marsh. I’m currently enrolled in the 500hr Yoga Therapy Teacher Training at DAYA with Sarahjoy.
No matter the challenges life presets my yoga practice continues to be a faithful companion and guiding light.
Jessica Schaffer, Certified TRE™ Practitioner, Reiki Master, LMT (6700)
Jessica Schaffer, Certified TRE™ Practitioner, Reiki Master, LMT (6700) has been in private practice since 1998. She offers energy-based support for individuals seeking personal growth and transformation. Jessica celebrates the inherent wisdom that lies inside each of our hearts and bodies and believes that our individual paths of healing lead us back to this wholeness. She recognizes that healing is best facilitated by creating a safe environment where each person can be witnessed and held respectfully in his/her authentic experience. Her work and teaching are infused with a deep sense of empathy, compassion and integrity. And she feels honored to support others on their unique paths of personal growth and empowerment.
Geoff Sittler OTR/L, BCN
Geoff Sittler OTR/L, BCN: Geoff is an Occupational Therapist specializing in utilizing Mind-Body modalities with both individuals and groups. Previously, Geoff has worked for the Portland VA Medical Center and Central City Concern at their Old Town Clinic site with a focus on holistic interventions to address chronic pain and trauma. Certified in both Neurofeedback (BCIA) and Mind-Body Medicine (Center for Mind-Body Medicine), Geoff has practiced Mind-Body modalities personally since 2001 and has worked with all ages teaching these techniques in multiple settings including home health, primary care, K 8th grade, skilled nursing facilities and outpatient clinics. He has also presented these concepts at professional conferences, in-services and as part of the Pacific University Occupational Therapy program.
Christian Pankhurst is a world-leading authority on heart-centered communication and heart-intelligent relationships. He is the creator and founder of Heart IQ™, a revolutionary new language of the Heart designed to help individuals, couples, families and communities reconnect and heal at the deepest levels possible. This methodology utilizes "circle work" to create incredible results by leveraging the Heart IQ Amplified Field to accelerate awareness and inspired action. In 2009, Christian won the title of "Britain's Top Coach" in a landslide vote among 92 countries.
Michael Stirling, Teacher, Mystic, Performer
Michael Stirling is a disciple of the late master of Indian classical vocal music Pandit Pran Nath (1918–1996). After his Guru's passing he began study and practice with Nathji's senior American student, the renowned composer and performer Maestro Terry Riley. Michael has accompanied Pandit Pran Nath and Mr. Riley in classes and concerts in California, at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, at the dhargha of Sufi Hazarat Inayat Khan in New Delhi, at Diggi Palace in Jaipur, and elsewhere. He has also studied and preformed with the great Kirana vocalist Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan of Calcutta. Among many extraordinary performance opportunities, Michael has had the honor of singing at Shri Krishna Janmashtam Bhoomi, the temple at the birthplace of Lord Krishna in Mathura, India, and accompanying Ravi Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders, Brandee Younger,and others as part of the Portland Jazz Festival's Universal Consciousness event honoring the legacy of John and Alice Coltrane. He is currently on the faculty of Lewis & ClarkCollege teaching Hindustani classical vocal music, and also teaches through the Daya Foundation as well as offering private instruction. Michael has served on the Board of Directors of Kalakendra Society for the Performing Arts of India, Living Yoga, and Tarabuq Arts, which supports the Qawwali music ensemble Fanna Fi Allah. His recent recordings include Deva Loka (Mississippi Records / Bandcamp) and Aakash with Matt Carlson and Doug Theriault (Root Strata). Facebook: Michael Stirling: Cascadia Khyal