Christen Allsop  
Claire Mittelstet  
JoSea Orris  
Star Weitman  


Class Location:

    251 N. Hemlock, 2nd Floor
    Cannon Beach, OR 97110
    above White Bird Gallery

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We have Staff Teachers who teach regular weekly Group Yoga Classes, Visiting Teachers who teach periodic Specialty Yoga Classes, and Guest Teachers who teach Guest Teacher Workshops. You are sure to find a teacher who sparks your practice.

Staff Yoga Teachers

Christen Allsop
Christen has been teaching yoga since 2002. Her approach to yoga is a blended one that is influenced by understanding yoga as an art and a science. Her primary teacher is Alan Finger, ISHTA Yoga (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra & Ayurveda). And she continues to study with Aadil Palkhivala, Julie Gudmestad and many others. Her teaching style is diligent about technique and alignment; inspired by beauty and grace; and warmed by humor and lightheartedness. She is the owner of Cannon Beach Yoga Arts, and Founder and Director of the Cannon Beach Yoga Festival.

Shelley Behrman
Shelley is a native Oregonian celebrating over 30 years of commitment to health and mind/body fitness. Her comprehensive approach to wellness includes her dedication to the practice of yoga and to the mindful care of quality nourishment for the body and soul.  She has over 15 years teaching experience in cardio/resistance/strength training with a focus on breathing, alignment and safety.  

Her devotion to the art of Yoga has been steady since 2010 and she’s practiced under Christen Allsop’s guidance since 2013.

Claire Mittelstet
Claire Mittelstet has been involved with yoga since 2005 when she took her first class after years of being intrigued, but intimidated. With a lifetime of various athletic pursuits (horse riding, swimming, soft ball, etc.), the activity of yoga made sense...and brought forward many of the injuries from previous sports. It was working through these injuries that truly opened Claire to yoga, in its many manifestations. It was the nurturing "push from the nest" by mentor and teacher Christen Allsop that led her to obtain her teacher's certification from the White Lotus Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA. in 2011. In the years since, she has taught at least three days a week at Cannon Beach Yoga Arts and has completed certification in Thai Yoga Therapy(TM), also through WLF (2012). She infuses her classes with knowledge gleaned from her education in body work, anatomy, physiology and kinesiology (graduated East West College of the Healing Arts, Portland, OR. 2000), to provide a safe learning environment for students of all abilities.

Specialty Teachers

Kathleen Bell, Meditation
Kathleen’s 40 years of nursing experience have focused on Maternal–Child nursing, Nurse-Midwifery, nursing and consumer education, integrative women’s health care and meditation. She is certified by the American Holistic Nurses Association as an Advanced Holistic Nurse and by the Center for Meditation Science to teach meditation, and is currently a member of the National Center for Meditation Science Certification Board of Directors. Now a retired Assistant Professor of Nursing and an experienced public speaker, Kathleen regularly teaches and presents on meditation and holistic healing. She also consults independently under the business name of Northern Light: Illuminating the Path to Wholeness.

Kelly Ponzi, Integrated Restorative (iRest) Yoga Nidra

Kelly is a certified yoga therapist practicing yoga, including meditation since 1986.  Yoga is her passion, love and life’s work.  Her intention is to support students to identify, target and take steps to be their personal best.  And to connect with the deep sense of serenity, centeredness and equanimity that is at their core: whole and healthy, and better equipped to meet life’s challenges.  Kelly is a registered instructor with the Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 500; trained in the science of Yoga Therapy at the Ananda Seva Mission in Santa Rosa, California; and trained by Richard Miller, founder of Integrative Restoration as a level 1 iRest® Yoga Nidra instructor.  Kelly is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and together with 7 fellow Portland yoga therapists is a founding board member of the Northwest Yoga Therapy Collaborative – the first of it’s kind in the United States.  She has partnered with a chiropractic doctor and an emergency room doctor to integrate yoga therapy as a complementary healing modality in our modern western world.  Kelly has great gratitude for all of the teachers in her life, especially, Swami Chetanananda, whom she met in 1995 and continues work with to refine the fine art of meditation.  Kelly lives in his Ashram, in Portland, Oregon.

Healers & Therapists

Star Weitman, Gemstone Therapist

Star Weitman, Founder and Lead Consultant of StarConserve LLC has many credentials and interests. StarConserve now focuses its core competencies in the sensitive areas of restoration of water and natural resources, by applying ancient principles of Geomancy and Earth energy wisdom to ensure site health and optimal energy flow. In addition to her extensive construction experience, Star brings passion, integrity, and a diverse knowledge of Earth Energy Medicine, including Gemstone Energy Medicine, Reiki, and Environmental Feng Shui as a catalyst supporting individuals and groups on their personal healing journeys.

Guest Yoga Teachers

Ericka Antoinette
Ericka Anntionette is a Yoga Alliance registered Yoga Instructor with countless hours of studying and training.  She is forever a student that has practiced and gained inspiration from some amazing instructors over the past dozen years along her traveling path.   She is currently studying Yoga Medicine with Tiffany Cruikshank working towards her 500 hour certification.  "Yoga is my medicine."

She is a firm believer that mindful movement heals and creates a deeper connection to one's true self in all areas of our lives.  You can expect her classes to be a physical Vinyasa style with a therapeutic twist.  She also teach SUP Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Myofascial Release and Restorative Yoga.

Erin Beattie & Laura Prudhomme
Loving Fiercely is the culmination of our collective histories in dance, movements arts, yoga, and bodywork. We draw from these experiences to facilitate explorations of the body and to assist students in cultivating deep body awareness through asana. Laura leads a heart centered practice, sequencing a safe yet playful class with a strong emphasis on breath and ease of movement. Beattie works hands on with each student individually to help them find their optimal alignment. The symbiotic energy, vision and friendship of this union provides a fully supported, sensory experience that enable students to personalize the practice of yoga to meet their individual needs.  For more information, visit the website:  LovingFiercely.com.

Nicole Riviere
Originally from the Oregon Coast, Nicole moved to Los Angeles in 1997 to pursue a career as a professional dancer.  She took her first yoga class in 1999, and over the years, she began to feel that yoga was much more than physical and the benefits of focus, softness, flexibility and strength provided tools for life.  In 2007, she went to Rising Lotus Yoga in Sherman Oaks, CA, where she met her teachers, Claire Hartley and Daniel Stewart.  Here the yoga practice became a spiritual practice, a transformative practice and she's been a devout yogi ever since.  She completed her RYT 200 hour certification at Rising Lotus Yoga in 2009 and began teaching.  In 2011, Nicole studied with Maty Ezraty and fell in love with Maty's emphasis on alignment as a means to find focus, healing and strength.  Then in 2012, while stepping away from her 13 year dance career, Nicole found her teacher and mentor, Annie Carpenter.  And completed her second teacher training and a mentorship for her 300/500 Hour Teacher Training with Annie.

Kristen Rubis
The support and guidance that Kristen offers through Sacred Awakenings is founded in 17 years of study in the healing arts and in her own personal journey of wellness and inner peace.  Through yoga, therapeutic massage, labor support, reiki, birth advocacy, developmental movement therapies and sound healing her practice brings together a unique blend of services in the healing arts.

Kristen's yoga certification was achieved through Radiant Health Yoga in 2004 and she is registered through The Yoga Alliance.  She also has further training in developmental movement therapies through The HANDLE Institute and Brain Gym.  Kristen's yoga classes provide an opportunity to create a union between body and breath that brings peace and contentment to the mind and spirit. Sound acutonics and aromatherapy accompany her classes, creating a more holistic experience.