Liam Bowler – Like Yoga But Different
Hi, I’m Liam. I educate people about their bodies through one-on-one bodywork sessions and movement classes. (That said, I was a pretty clumsy kid, and still don’t particularly identify as being a gifted athlete.) My interest in movement and the body began in the martial arts, after my mom signed me up for a taekwondo class when I was 14, and deepened climbing high in the mountains for most of my 20’s. Now, this inquiry into how we as humans move—how we hold ourselves and how that shapes our lives—has really blown up for me. I love it, and really love teaching it, both group classes and one-on-one. On any given day, I might be playing with yoga, running, contact improvisation, dancing, lifting weights, or some style of movement meditation … or drinking hot cocoa and taking a nap. I live in Missoula, MT, and take regular trips to the Pacific Northwest and the SF Bay Area for work and play.
Nioni Broome – Zumba
I’m a California native who grew up in the in the LA area. My love for dance started when I was enrolled in my first dance class at four years old. Eventually I took my passion to competitive cheer, but found it to be too constricting for my Hip Hop style. While in high school I continued to hone my skills by joining the school’s street dance team, becoming the choreographer and working closely with the Song and cheerleading teams to bring more “flavor” to their routines. When I discovered Zumba about eight years ago, I began as a student, but soon felt the need to share my love of dance and fitness with others. I became a Licensed Zumba instructor in September 2011 and my mantra is “always have fun and dance like no one’s watching”! My main goal in life is to encourage others to “Join The Party!” so they can be fit and happy.
Molly Gasiewicz – Barre Fitness
A California native, Molly grew up taking ballet, jazz, and riding horses. By her teenage years, Molly was competing horses every other weekend up and down the California coast. Although her dancing was put on hold to be competitive in the equestrian world, Molly never lost her love of movement. What she developed at an early age was a love for an active lifestyle and the joy that comes from developing a community around her passion. After college, horses led Molly to the East Coast where she continued to compete and eventually landed her in Tennessee where her work took her out of the barn and into an office. Having to think about staying fit was never Molly’s strong suit, and more so simply working out in a gym opposed to being outside wasn’t necessarily appealing. Luckily, Molly was introduced to Barre Fitness in 2013 and immediately fell head-over-heels in love with the technique, the community, and the results she saw in her own fitness. She loved it so much, she jumped at the opportunity to become an instructor in 2015 and fell right into another calling: teaching. Molly absolutely loves to give back to her clients what she has gained from achieving her fitness goals with Barre, nothing inspires her more than providing an amazing workout to clients and allowing them one hour a day to simply focus on themselves. Family brought Molly back out West to Missoula, and she immediately searched out a new community with which she could immerse herself at the DDC. In addition to teaching Barre Fitness, Molly also is an Oula addict and is so excited to get back to her roots of dancing. Come see her at the Barre!
Kathryn Kelly – Oula, Oula Power and Barre Fitness
Kathryn Kelly grew up outside of Chicago enrolled in almost every activity you can imagine: gymnastics, ballet, jazz, Irish dance, piano, diving, tennis, soccer, volleyball, track, baseball, basketball, and field hockey to name a few. She moved to Missoula for college and been trying her best to never leave.
She loves the way Oula is an outlet for people to be silly and free themselves while getting lost in the music. Her favorite part about being an Oula instructor is meeting new people. She encourages everyone to smile especially when things get tough. Kathryn continues to improve her physical condition through many pursuits and believes that a sound body yields a sound mind. In order to be mentally sharp it is imperative to keep your body healthy, through fitness and proper nutrition.
Besides taking Oula classes every day, Kathryn plays tennis, loves rafting in the sun, alpine skiing, and biking around beautiful Missoula.
Jody Mosher – Nia
Nia brings me back home. I bring curiosity and compassion to my practice of Nia, to this body that moves me each day, and to this growing sense of community that comes as I learn from and offer movement experiences to others.
My first experience of Nia was in 2005 while in graduate school at the University of Montana. I was immediately drawn to the joy I felt in moving. The sensations of spaciousness and openheartedness kept me going back for more. When I pursued my White Belt teaching certification in early 2008, I was surprised by the emerging passion in me for movement and sharing the joy of movement with others. Now as a Blue Belt in Nia, I’m honored and delighted to hold the space for others to come home to their unique body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Looking forward to welcoming you to Nia class in Missoula.
Kendra Potter – Yoga
Kendra began practicing yoga in 1999 and teaching in 2005. She has been influenced and inspired by each class she’s attended, whether its as a student or a teacher. Her fascination with yoga began with the revelation that one could move while in prayer, and has continued through the joyous articulation of the body’s strength in more challenging shapes and its capacity to release when we feel supported and safe. Yoga has made her a nicer person, and she continues to work toward meeting the Self through sharing the practice. She is also a reiki practitioner, a birth doula, and an actor.
Since she found yoga here in Missoula while attending class at the University, Kendra’s practice has met her everywhere along her journey . She deepened into a tantric vinyasa training while she lived in Los Angeles, where she studied with her honored teachers Tracee Stanley and Everett Newell, as well as Shiva Rea, John Friend, Gurmukh, and Amma. She then moved to New York where she discovered the joy of adapting her practice with the waxing and waning of the moon, and the various phases of life. She studied restorative yoga, prenatal yoga, classical hatha yoga with its sustained asanas, all the while continuing to develop her strong vinyasa flow. It was in NY that she learned women’s practices, and had the opportunity to practice prenatal yoga during her own pregnancy and watch as her highest self took over during the sacred home birth of her daughter Sukha Belle.
Through deep listening and contemplation, she and her husband Tyler realized it was time to come home to Missoula, to raise their daughter among family, friends, and mountains. And it is truly her honor to have the opportunity to share yoga with her students.
200 hour tantric vinyasa at Divine Motion Yoga, CA with Tracee Stanley and Everett Newell, 2005
200 hour vinyasa at Greenhouse Holistic Yoga, NY, with Summer Quashie, Leigh Evans, Paul Manza, and Ira Macner, 2009
100 hour Sacred Shape Prenatal Yoga, NY, with Summer Quashie, Sarah Kay, and James Bae, 2010
What to expect in Kendra’s Class:
Students in Kendra’s classes often find themselves focusing on the journey between asanas as they move through sun salutations and standing poses, being reminded to smile and breathe. Then a long stretch, a twist, heart opening, and inversions bring them into a sweet and well deserved savasana, often incorporating a guided relaxation. She aims to keep it simple, yet finds the challenge within that simplicity. Her classes are always strong, though the strength we use may be found through deep relaxation one day, a good vigorous flow the next, depending on the needs of the students in the room. In any given class we may chant, we will probably laugh, we may sigh, we may sit in silence, but we will always observe and honor what we find.
Amanda Taylor – Oula
Originally from Wyoming, Amanda is passionate about leading an active lifestyle. While growing
up, she participated in jazz and hip hop dance. For her, movement and exercise are incredible outlets
for stress and emotions. Dancing more than any other form of movement expresses feelings, and in her
life, that self expression is the most satisfying part of dancing. Although she is an introvert by nature,
dancing brings out a completely different side of her. That is why she loves Oula. Oula is not about
technical dancing. It’s about letting everything go on the floor and leaving class with nothing left but the
relief of expressing a spectrum of emotions all in a one hour class. There is so much positive energy in
an Oula class, and she is excited about making Oula a positive experience for everyone.
She also enjoys swimming, jogging, cycling, hiking, and spending as much time as possible by rivers,
lakes, and her very favorite place…the beach. Amanda received her MA in Sociology with an emphasis
in Inequality and Social Justice in May 2011. By day, she is a case manager for the state of Montana
and works with disadvantaged parents to help them obtain employment and gain work skills. Before
work, during her lunch break and after work she enjoys as much Oula, outdoor activities, friend time and
laughs as much as possible.
Amanda is grateful for the opportunity to teach at the Downtown Dance Collective, as it is one
of her favorite places to be and where she feels at home. The Oula community and support from the
Downtown Dance Collective helped her to become a confident teacher and person on and off the dance
Patricia Thorton – Dance Fitness
Patricia Thornton is a certified Group Fitness, Cycling, Pilates and Silver Sneakers instructor. She has over 20 years of experience teaching Gentle Dance Fitness, Zumba, Gentle Strength and Conditioning, Aerobics, Step, Body Sculpting, Pilates, Spin, Cardiac Therapy and Silver Sneakers. Patricia loves being active, she enjoys, X-country and Alpine skiing, Hiking, Canoeing, biking, Paddle-boarding and Dancing.
1991 – 1998 Nautilus – Las Vegas, Nevada, Aerobics Instructor
1998 – 2005 24 hour Fitness, YMCA and Golds Gym, Bay Area, S.F.
2005 – 2008 YMCA , Missoula
2005 – 2008 The MAC, Missoula
2005 – 2016 The Women’s Club, Missoula, Mt