Our instructors are passionate and accomplished in their crafts, guiding seekers towards improved physical fitness, wholeness, acceptance and healing.
Anna is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). In addition to her 200-hour certification, she has trained with the Veterans Yoga Project, the Baptiste Institute, Yoga Activist, and JoAnn Lyons with the Piedmont Yoga Community to expand her knowledge. She is currently working on becoming certified at the 500-hour level.
Anna is passionate about both the physical and mental aspects of yoga, and how we can take our practice with us when we leave our mats. She hopes to offer students a practice that helps them live more authentically as themselves.
Barbara has been an active practitioner of asana and meditation for 16 years. She has been teaching yoga in Helena for 9 years and owned a popular $5 studio. Barbara loves to play with functional and natural movement within the framework of a flow yoga practice. Using biomechanic principles to challenge the traditional yoga “script”, she aims to create a sustainable, life long practice for herself and her students. Classes include gentle movement, flow, supported poses, and meditation. Be prepared for a challenging class, in body and mind, to uncover your movement behaviors.
Bruce Day is a licensed Nia Black Belt and Nia Move IT Instructor. After stepping into his first class at Dancing Lotus Center in 2009, he embraced a regular Nia practice. Bruce completed his Nia White Belt training in September 2010 and began teaching at Dancing Lotus Center the same year. He has taught regularly at DLC and Carroll College. Bruce says, “Nia changed the way I think about fitness and opened me to new ways of moving and body-mind awareness. Bruce enjoys teaching both classic Nia and Nia Move IT and giving others the chance to connect with the many healthful benefits of movement.
Through physical movement and awareness of breath, we can heal, break unhealthy habits and bring balance to our asymmetrical lives, bodies and minds. Caitlin’s classes are rooted in this deep-hearted belief with a touch of lila (lightness) to complement the deeper inquiry. Out of the studio, Caitlin is currently pursuing Yoga Therapy and also provides Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Yoga for Anxiety and Yoga for Depression as group series. Caitlin has practiced yoga for over ten years and is a RYT with a 200 hour certification from Flow Yoga Center. She completed the Street Yoga teaching certification in 2009, Yin Yoga certification in 2010, Thai Yoga Therapy certification in 2011, Reiki I and II, Restorative and Yoga Nidra trainings in 2013. She continues to happily follow her path of discovering yoga for mental health well-being.
Deb moved to Helena in October 2010 and discovered Dancing Lotus Center and Oula in January 2013. She hasn’t looked back. Never one for indoor activities, Deb couldn’t believe how hard she fell for Oula. While it’s an amazing workout, it was the people that kept her coming back. She soon found she wanted to deepen her connection with Oula and the Tribe, so she became a certified instructor in November 2016.
Deb is a fierce advocate for women’s and LGBTQ issues. She is on the board of The Friendship Center and volunteers many hours each year supporting causes she cares about.
When not volunteering or Oulaing, Deb spends her time hiking, camping, backpacking, or snowshoeing with her four-legged kids and her fabulous husband (who has often called himself an “Oula widow”). You can also find her enjoying a local beer at the Blackfoot or a glass of wine at The Hawthorn.
Co-Owner, Movement Therapy, Oula
Co-Owner, Movement Therapy, Oula
Jamie received her MA in Transpersonal Counseling with a Concentration in Grief, Loss and Trauma from Southwestern College in Santa Fe New Mexico. Jamie has worked as an outpatient therapist at community mental health centers in Bozeman and Helena for over 5 years and has been in private practice as a LCPC for 10 years. Jamie rediscovered her love of dance while in Santa Fe and has been teaching dance and movement therapy for over 10 years. Prior to getting her master’s degree, Jamie taught Creative Writing, English and Film to at-risk kids. Jamie is currently in private practice at DLC and teaches OULA Classes and Movement Therapy. “I have always been a dreamer, a dancer, a poet. My journey has been about remembering the symbolic language of old, the language of the psyche, the spirit, the soul. I have noticed that no matter what our circumstances are in the
Karen discovered Nia in 2006 when a serendipitous occurrence brought a Nia class to the studio next door to her daughter’s ballet class. She heard the joyful noises and knew she needed to be part of the fun. She has been moving, dancing, laughing, learning, and spreading the Joy of Movement ever since. In September 2015, Karen completed training to become a Nia Black Belt instructor. Karen’s passion is to help others fall in love with themselves through the gifts of the Nia Technique.
Co-Owner, Oula, Nia
Co-Owner, Oula, Nia
Kathryn was born and raised in Helena, MT. After graduating, she spent time in Washington and Oregon, but eventually moved back to her hometown, Helena. Kathryn discovered the Dancing Lotus Center shortly after returning to Helena, where she took her first Nia class. It was a breath of fresh air in the fitness world. Having grown up with dance, primarily classical ballet and jazz, she knew it was something that needed to be in her life on a regular basis and that she needed to share it with others. Kathryn completed her Nia white belt in 2010, and her OULA training in 2011. She has also completed her Nia Green Belt (October 2011) and Nia Blue Belt (April 2013). She teaches both Nia and OULA classes weekly. “I love to move! Dance is a total mind-body-spirit conditioning, which keeps us whole and in the present.”
LuAnn is passionate about helping others find wholeness. Stress, life challenges, emotional and physical pain can all get in the way of your health. In her psychotherapy practice she provides a safe place to explore and find that wholeness. She uses a variety of art mediums as well as guided meditations, journaling and EFT to facilitate healing and transformation for adult clients. LuAnn has lived most of her life in Helena, Montana. She attended MSU in Bozeman, MT, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She attended Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM and graduated with a Master’s degree in Art Therapy and a certification in Grief and Loss. She also holds a certification in EFT and is a licensed Spiritual Counselor through Center for Spiritual Living in Napa, California. Wherever you may find yourself in your current journey LuAnn would be honored to partner with you to facilitate deeper
Lynn is a student of yoga, martial arts and philosophy of mind. She is interested in exploring yoga with anyone who seeks to expand their understanding of life by looking within. She seeks to create the condition for yoga (a natural state) to emerge: body with mind, heart with action and breath with movement. Lynn has been in public service since her first job (30 years ago!), is currently enjoying a career as a dog and domestic care professional and ceaselessly strives to expand her personal capacity and value to this planet and all its’ inhabitants. She would be honored if you would join her for some rousing motion and deep relaxation.
Megan finished her 200 hour teacher training in 2017. After over a decade of dedicated practice, she found herself turning frequently towards yoga as a mode of healing, exploration, and insight which lead her to the teachers seat. With a geographically varied background in conservation, youth development, and emergency response, she enjoys working with diverse populations and learning from life experiences. Her classes focus on linking mindful movement with breath and provide space for students to build their own practice based on self reflection and discovery, utilizing the mat as a life laboratory. As an avid climber, runner and writer, she loves the offerings of the Helena area and is excited play an active role in the yoga community.
Micah was raised in Townsend, MT and after studying at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA decided to move back home to Helena and start her family. Micah is a stay at home mom and started taking OULA in January of 2015 after having her first son. Although new to OULA it was a calling right from the start. Having danced from a young age and being a cheerleader all through high school, finding a group fitness format that fed her passion for dance was truly heaven sent. After taking OULA classes for only a few months she became a certified OULA instructor in September of 2015. “After giving birth to my first child I felt completely disconnected from my body. I was sick throughout the pregnancy and felt weak and drained afterword. It took me a year to find OULA but when I did it completely changed my world. I
Sue Dostal is a new 200 hour RYT. She began her yoga practice 19 years ago to learn how to breathe, find peace, and enjoy the physical practice. Finally, teacher training called her heart and has exposed her to the many facets and benefits of yoga that she would love to share with you, through breath, meditation, philosophy, and asana.
Tracey Riley has been dancing since the age of six, studying classical ballet, contemporary, and jazz. Tracey has been teaching dance since 2003. She became a certified OULA instructor in March of 2013 and a while later received certification as an OULA-power instructor teaching classes at Dancing Lotus Center, as well as Queen City Ballet. Tracey enjoys the variety of styles offered in OULA and the community feeling which OULA inspires. Through OULA Tracey hopes to provide all her students with the same passion and beauty that dance has given her.
Tracy Joy Maphies
Tracy has been in love with dancing all her life. Naturally, when she found Nia, she was hooked. Tracy took her White Belt in 2010 and her Blue Belt in 2013. She started teaching kids Nia in 2011 and classic Nia in 2012. "I love Nia and want to share it with everybody!!" Tracy grew up in Helena and graduated from the University of Montana in 1996. She taught pre-school at Helena Community School for three years. It was during her time at HCS that she discovered her love of teaching.Tracy is thrilled to be teaching Nia and excited to share the joy of movement with you.
Tyler Setlock, RD made the journey from Colorado to Montana a little over two years ago and has been a Helenian ever since. He holds a 200-hour certification in power yoga which he attained in while pursuing education in the field of nutrition. He presently practices in the field of health as both a Registered Dietitian and a yogi. Though spreading knowledge of good health and wellbeing is no small task, teaching yoga to all those willing has been a joy. It is his goal to continue to foster and share a sense of balance and contentment both on and off the mat.
For the better part of 20 years, Bushilla has worked to hone his skills as a climber and outdoor enthusiast. For the past 10 years, he has worked at getting others excited about climbing and life-long love of the outdoors.
As a member of the Helena Recreation Foundation, Bushilla was instrumental in bringing the 11-foot tall outdoor climbing boulder to Centennial Park in 2013. For the past several years, Bushilla has coached a local climbing team called the Thunder Chickens — mostly from a gym constructed in Bushilla’s garage and then shifting to Stonetree Climbing Center.
Marilyn is a licensed Nia teacher, published author, documentarian, writing coach, national activist, and recent cancer survivor. Her business, Life Stories, helps families and individuals record their stories on video, in a unique keepsake book, or as a written memoir. She is the director of the documentary film, “From Selma to Stonewall: Are we there yet?” She has a BBA and a Master of Divinity. She completed her White Belt in 2007 about a year after she was first introduced to Nia. “I never thought I would be taking a dance class let alone teaching one, but Nia was the first fitness class in which I couldn’t stop smiling and laughing. There is also a depth to Nia that has taught me how to embody physical sensations and translate them into emotional and spiritual awareness. During my bout with cancer, I drew on these lessons of flexibility, agility, mobility, stability,
Doula, Childbirth Educator, Photographer
Doula, Childbirth Educator, Photographer
Sheri is a former nurse with over 20 years experience including obstetrics. After being a stay at home mom for a few years until her children were in school, she certified as a birth doula through Doulas of North America (DONA) in 2013. She has been working as a birth doula, childbirth educator and birth/newborn photographer since then. Her passion is informed and empowering choices in childbirth with the understanding that pregnancy and birth being a normal physiological process are unique to each individual and each birth. Recently, Sheri completed a lactation course which now allows her to provide breastfeeding support. Sheri's objective in providing these services is to minimize the fear in childbirth so that birth memories will be precious. Along with her husband and two children, Sheri moved to Helena from Alaska in 2016. When she is not witnessing the miracle of birth, Sheri can be found gardening,
Spiritual Life Coach
Spiritual Life Coach
Barb’s passion is mercy. Helping people apply a merciful framework as they learn more about themselves is one of her strengths. She’s raised a daughter as a single Mom, experienced trauma, surgeries, life threatening illnesses, stressful jobs in private and public sectors and even understands groups that have possible cult like systems. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Relations from Westminster College and moved to the Bay Area of California for 10 years where she studied breath and body work, while working in the private sector managing construction. She’s also worked in adult probation and parole and intensive case management for people with severe mental illnesses. Barb’s lived in Helena for 22 years with an interruption to live in Boulder Colorado for a year, studying meditation. She also has trained in “Hakomi”, an approach emphasizing mindfulness during sessions and includes the body as well as the unconscious systems during
Dr. Liz Cavin
Dr. Liz Cavin is a naturopath who listens and specializes in women’s healthcare. You can expect exceptional help with hormonal issues, thyroid imbalances, insomnia, hypertension, digestive issues, anxiety and conditions unique to being a woman. Dr. Liz uses a multi layered approach employing herbal medicine, vitamins, labs and dietary advice to treat ailments and help you achieve balanced health. She loves assisting you with managing stress and creating a lifestyle that promotes health for you and your family. Prior to becoming a doctor, Liz Cavin studied clinical botanical medicine and practiced massage therapy for many years. She takes her naturopathic oath, "doctor as teacher" to heart and really enjoys teaching a variety of classes.
Wendy Fox is a licensed massage therapist and movement teacher. She received her initial massage certification through The Institute for Psycho-Structural Balancing in 1987. She has traveled widely to further her study of the body, including time at the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China. She has also performed and taught dance in the U.S., Russia, and Ukraine (ballet, modern, choreography, Contact Improvisation, and a class she created called "The Writing Body") . Her primary Qi Gong studies have been with Andrew Claur from the Chi Nei Tsang Center of Milwaukee, Phyllis Lefohn of MountainSpirit Qigong in Helena, and Lee Holden, the international Qi Gong teacher and acupuncturist based in Santa Cruz. She is currently completing Lee Holden's Qi Gong Certification program.
Julielynne stands in the possibility that she can save the world by re-igniting your passion and fire to re-discover and BE your Soul's Purpose, and BE the magnificent Light and Love you truly are! The idea being that if we all authentically live the Light we are, the world would be filled with love and unity. JourneyDance™ opens the door to your true self and your Soul's memory that “who you are is Enough.” Julielynne considers it her highest honor to have witnessed and supported many transformations while facilitating JourneyDance™, Soul Coaching™, and Chakra Balancing and Healing workshops and retreats in Virginia, Maryland, California and Montana during the past 10 years. She loves COLOR and uses all the vibrational aspects of color to set time, beautiful space, and colorful, sensory-based, mystical experiences that awaken and inspire your Soul's purpose, ignite your spirit, and move you to reclaim wholeness. Julielynne is
Kim Erica Schleicher
Kim is a 500 hour Registered teacher with Yoga Alliance and has been practicing Yoga most of her life. Her desire to teach Yoga was inspired by the transformative potential she found as a student and she continues to embrace both the simplicity and mystery of the practice. Kim completed the Yoga of Awareness for Cancer Program through the Duke University Medical Center, an evidence based yoga program for cancer. She recently finished her 700-hour Therapeutic Yoga Training with the Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School.
Certified Advanced Rolfer™ and Educator
Certified Advanced Rolfer™ and Educator
Lisa received her Rolfing® Structural Integration training at the Rolf Institute and has been in practice in Helena since 1998. Lisa draws from her studies, teachings, and practices of Rolfing® Structural Integration, Rolf® Movement Integration, Iyengar yoga, dance, and mindfulness to create her classes and her workshop series “Movement Intelligence”. Lisa is a guest instructor at the Rolf Institute in Boulder Colorado and is a substitute teacher for local yoga classes. She’s very excited to be part of the Dancing Lotus Tribe and to share with you her latest explorations and interests in the world of movement, wellness and vitality.
Certified Meditation Teacher
Certified Meditation Teacher
Justin Whitaker, Ph.D. is a Certified Meditation Teacher with a doctorate in Buddhist Ethics from the University of London. He is a Helena native who has lived and taught in Missoula, England, India, and China. Dr. Whitaker first discovered meditation in 2000, when he was studying philosophy and religions at the University of Montana-Missoula. He has taught meditation in various contexts since 2003 and has been offering mindfulness courses in Helena since the spring of 2016.