Mudra is a haven in which folks actively unwind and rejuvenate through inspired yoga practice. The studio is a hip refuge where students engage with yoga in a fun, supportive, non-competitive and inclusive environment. At Mudra you’ll experience joyous, high quality yoga in a space where authenticity is highly prized and sustainability is a core function. Mudra exists to serve as your yoga home and the revitalizing bridge between whatever keeps you on your toes at school, work or home and the rest of your life practices.
HeatherStudio Owner & Yoga Instructor
Heather has practiced yoga in Eugene since 1995 and has learned from some of the best teachers in town. In 2007 she earned her RYT 200 certification and is now an Experienced RYT and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. She formulated the vision for Mudra while a full time working mom. She envisioned Mudra as a hip studio with shorter length classes that allow one to get an inspired yoga practice in and move along to the other great life practices off the mat. Heather firmly believes in the power of yoga to strengthen the body and mind, build resiliency, heal trauma, increase joy and to provide steadiness in a fast-paced world. Building a sense of community and belonging by practicing at a dedicated yoga studio heightens these benefits. She enjoys teaching a practice that combines fluid sequences, challenging postures and relaxation that leaves students feeling refreshed, motivated and balanced.
Aricha grew up in Eugene, Oregon, playing in dirt, her nose in a book, unafraid of the rain. Since her first yoga class at the age of 18, she found that practicing yoga opened dimensions for her that she hadnʼt even dreamed of; whatʼs more, she had found a union of grace and strength between body and mind after years of struggling with anorexia.
Aricha is a RYT 500 – having received formal yoga training at Yandara Yoga and completed 600 hours of yoga and natural health education at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, specializing in Yoga Nidra. She enjoys leading slow and relaxing classes – infusing classes with Kundalini, Yoga Nidra, and Restorative styles. As a teacher, Aricha yearns to nourish joy, vibrance and clarity in all whom she is blessed to have in her company.
Emily strongly believes that a yoga practice offers a path toward mental, physical, and emotional resilience. A growing love of yoga since youth led her to complete her first teacher training in Hyderabad, India, 2009 and to continue her study at Freedom Yoga in Eugene. Emily loves her own practice and believes it is an honor to guide group practices. She is dedicated to crafting practices that help the body flourish, and that focus on safe principles of alignment.
Glen has been teaching yoga for many years in Eugene and, in years past, he has been voted Best Yoga Teacher by the community in the Eugene Weekly. He was certified as a Sivananda Yoga Teacher in 1994, though his training began much earlier as his mother taught yoga and spirituality for over three decades. Glen’s devotion to yoga carries over into the way that he engages with students in his ever present, kind and thoughtful manner.
Lindsey discovered her love for yoga in 2010 and completed her 200 hour teacher training with the nationally renowned, Tiffany Cruikshank. Lindsey’s joyful instruction style combines alignment, anatomy and creative sequencing to inspire students to deepen their practice.
Louise began Ashtanga Yoga training in 2005 with Paul Dallagan in Thailand. Currently she enjoys combining the flow of ashtanga with a deeper awareness of alignment and use of props. She also specializes in gentle and prenatal yoga. She has worked in a variety of settings including yoga studios and a drug and alcohol detox center. Louise’s yoga practice has not only encouraged her to move into the unknown with optimism but has also kept her grounded through the changes of life, big and small. She enjoys sharing the yoga journey with her students!
Nikki began practicing yoga as a way to quiet her mind and connect with her inner Self. She believes in the simple beauty of unifying breath with movement, and using this tool to deepen the connection to both the energetic and physical universe. She enjoys helping students discover the advantages of all that yoga has to offer, improving the well-being of body, mind and spirit.
Shanti began her career as a yoga educator in 2007. She is a 500hr. E-RYT. She began her own practice as a child learning from her parents who were deeply influenced by the eastern philosophies of health and well being, Shanti has spent the last ten years strongly committed to sharing her understanding and experience of yoga with many people. The practice is her passion. Whether educating in a group setting, private lesson, or retreat, the transformative experience that yoga offers has inspired her over and over again both to educate and to practice.
In these modern times, Shanti has found the tools that are built into the yoga practice to be extremely effective in managing health mentally, physically, and emotionally. The joy of sharing her own experience of these benefits is what she draws on in each class she leads.
Shanti is dedicated to holding a space for people who are interested in exploring their own unique expression of yoga. Physically, she creates sequences that support the development of both strength and flexibility. Mentally, she weaves the dynamic breath practices that are fundamental in yoga to develop the ability to focus and calm the mind. Emotionally, it is her highest hope that anyone feels secure and confident in their personal practice.
Steph leads from a place of joy, good humor, strength and dedication. She was introduced to yoga in the early 2000s and started developing an integrated practice upon moving to Eugene in 2009. As a longtime Mudra student and RYT 200, Steph gravitates toward a more physical practice for grounding and to learn how to move in new ways. She teaches vinyasa and restorative yoga, and aims to bring a happy, down-to-earth vibe to the classes she teaches. Steph loves learning how yoga fits into every part of her life, and spends the better part of her days laughing, playing with her dog, staying active, and gardening. She is easy to laugh with and enjoys creating a welcoming space in which to share the practice.
Zoe earned her RYT 200 certification in Eugene after graduating from university. She has since taught in Oregon and at a retreat center in Hawaii. She is often amazed and filled with gratitude for the way her yoga practice has guided her and enjoys helping others on their yoga journeys. Zoe loves to share the practice by holding space for each student to move and breathe, quiet the mind, strengthen the body, and find a sense of peace. She has a depth of knowledge for teaching vinyasa and yin styles of yoga.
The StudioEugene, OR
The studio is a place of inspired retreat. Great effort has been made to make the space welcoming, well organized, beautiful and sustainable. Dressing rooms, mats, yoga props, and personal item storage is available for your convenience. We also have a small retail space where you can buy your own yoga equipment and clothing. In the aim to make the studio sustainable we’ve made many informed choices including: the practice floor is a beautiful bamboo that has no VOCs or formaldehyde and is made from a rapidly renewable resource; the paints used are low VOC; the carpet tiles in reception are made of recycled content and are themselves recyclable, and the studio uses eco-friendly cleaners. In December 2014, Mudra earned Bring Recycling’s RE:think certification for its sustainability efforts.