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Instructors

Barb Oviatt

Barb has been working in the fitness industry and has studied Taekwondo for over 30 years.

 

Over the past 15 years her focus has turned to mind body fitness and nutrition. As a nutritional coach, she helps her clients better their health from the inside out.

 

She has trained extensively in Baptiste power vinyasa yoga practice.

 

Barb was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. She lived in Missoula and Las Vegas but for the last 19 years has called Liberty Lake home with her husband and 3 amazing kids.

Kristen Wade

A self-confessed nerd, Kristen has been a spiritual seeker since childhood; studying yoga, Buddhism, and natural healing for over twenty years.

 

She has extensive training in the Anusara method, with a dedicated studentship to Amy Ippoliti. She is trained in prenatal yoga, yoga therapy, Reiki level II, and as a DONA Doula.

 

Her instruction aims to foster a seeking spirit intent on balancing physical expression and playfulness to develop inner wisdom. With a focus on alignment, a spiritual connection, and therapeutic attention, her classes are regarded as being challenging and lighthearted.

 

Kristen is a mother of three sweet, mischievous children and an exuberant, hairy dog. Her aim is to keep them moderately well fed, somewhat clean, and exceptionally happy.

Natalie Gauvin

Natalie is an business owner a cook an artist a dancer a mother of two amazing boys and yes, a yogini.  

 

Natalie owns The Well Coffee House in Liberty Lake and balances being a full time mother with full time business ownership.

 

She also takes the time to share her love of yoga with The Mat Community and continues to grow her own practice and spirit for healthy living.

Jan Long

Profile coming soon!

Mary Naccarato

Mary is a middle school counselor and a mother to three wonderful boys.

 

Her yoga journey started in 2010, and when she began to feel the transformation it was having in her life, she felt inspired to share the gift of yoga with others.

 

Mary believes that the mind, body, and soul connection is a sacred one; one that should be nurtured and inspired.

 

Keeping this thought as a forefront in her mind, she teaches her classes from the heart, creating an uplifting and safe environment for people to explore with their own bodies.

Scott Brownlee

Scott started practicing yoga with his son because he thought it would be valuable to his son’s high school wrestling. (It was, he went on to win the state championship.)

 

Scott has been steadily practicing yoga ever since. When the opportunity arose to take a yoga certification training, he enrolled to deepen his own practice. The experience made him want to share with others what yoga has meant in/for his own life.

After years of working in the film and television industry with clients including Disney and Marvel, Scott finds time in his busy schedule as an adjunct professor of Film Post Production at two institutions to teach yoga at The Mat and at the Airway Heights prison.

Christi Van Amberg​

Christi was introduced to Yoga in high school the ‘80’s from a very eccentric hippie Home Ec teacher , from that moment on she daily used those few poses to help with sleep and stress which is why part of her mission is to share yoga tools with teens!

 

 She finished 8 weeks of Bikram Teacher training before realizing that she was very pregnant. Three Boys and a lot of life later, she was physically and mentally ready to finish her teacher training at at Mellow Monkey Studio in Spokane and has been ecstatically teaching at the Mat ever since.

 

She believes Yoga helped her through a rough start as a kid, helped with stress during a crazy LA career and has helped keep autoimmune illness at bay. She firmly believes that yoga is for EVERY body and loves to share the yoga glow with everyone she can. She is over the moon to be a part of the welcoming and diverse Mat Community.