To bring therapeutic and compassionate yoga to the community through union of the mind, body, and spirit, balancing anatomy and alignment with play and exploration in a sacred environment.
I have practiced yoga personally for 30 years, studying under various teachers for approximately ten years with the intent to teach. It was in 2013 when I completed my first 200-hour Yoga Alliance approved course through HeartSong Wellness in Beaverton, Oregon which included modules in yoga therapy. In 2014, I was asked back to complete the 200-hour training at HeartSong as the Program Assistant, on the other side of the mat assisting in teaching in the Teacher Training Program. It was there I fell in love with the style of yoga therapy through Hatha Yoga. I then pursued the 300-hour Yoga Therapy teacher training with Daya Foundation in Portland and have completed Part 1 of that training. I continue my growth in this area as a journey to becoming a Yoga Therapist. I have been teaching yoga since 2010 working in various facilities and settings to include Clatsop Community College, fitness centers, through local studios, and working with the local hospital. It has been my joy and my life’s work to bring the element of how one can better support the body and joints through movement of yoga, to apply principals of mindfulness and breath on and off the mat, and to make nervous system changes for healthier lifestyles. I currently teach an Adaptive Yoga Class for Cancer and Chronic Illness through Columbia Memorial Hospital and have been doing this for the last couple of years.
I have dabbled in yoga over the years but never stayed with it consistently. A few years ago as a big milestone birthday was approaching I was becoming more and more aware of stiffness, lack of flexibility and knots in my shoulders that would not go away. So I signed up for a yoga class with Sally Anderson, just one day a week to start and I loved it. I couldn’t believe that within a few months the knots in my shoulder were gone and my posture was improved. Then I added another class and slowly released my overly tight quads. I cannot believe how much more freely I am moving. I’ve been taking three classes a week for a couple of years now and the improvements in my body are amazing. Sally is the best instructor! She is so encouraging and supportive and knowledgeable. And the studio space she has created just warms my heart every time I step into the space.
I always thought I was lazy and not at all disciplined as I could never seem to stick with much on any kind of exercise. I am a Realtor and went to interview for a listing but the lady said she made a mistake on time and was rushing off to a yoga class because she liked the instructor so much. Aha! I’ll go to one class and win her listing…she didn’t show but to my greatest surprise I left there feeling so at ease. Sally said I had a body built for yoga…that seed of encouragement was all it took for me to blossom. It’s been nearly a year, I am dedicated to being good to myself and my time on a 24 x 68 inch square of foam is my release from tension, my place to honor myself and my spot to just be me.
I can’t say enough about the changes this beautiful, encouraging down-to-earth woman has made in my life and I am forever grateful for her giving me back to me.
Sally Anderson has been my yoga instructor for over 5 years and counting. In over 50 years of doing yoga, she is one of the best teachers I have had. I have benefitted so much from her approach to therapeutic yoga, and credit her with helping me heal from injuries and maintain a high quality of physical health and stamina. Sally approaches yoga keeping in mind its ancient roots and practices while adapting to the diversity of the community she shares her gifts and talents with.
I found Sally at a very low point in my life. I had been extremely ill for a couple of years and depressed because I had no energy. I don’t remember what spurred me on to try Sally’s class but it was a Godsend. Sally is such a gentle yet powerful instructor that always seems to know exactly what her yogis need! She is very clear in teaching and demonstrating as well as explaining what muscles, tendons ect. are being directly affected. Strengthening and enhancing flexibility are just part of the wonderful experience of Sally’s classes. The other huge benefit is the mental sense of well being that stays with you all day!!! My health has returned to better than ever before and I will always go to Sally’s class when ever my time allows. If you are contemplating yoga, Sally is the girl for you.
Thank you so much Sally for sharing your amazing talent and shining your beautiful light on all of us.