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Instructors by Class

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Yoga Instructors

Holiday Johnson

For 30 years, Holiday has taught yoga as a life-long process of self-discovery. Holiday's primary yoga influences include Angela Farmer, BKS Iyengar, and Thich Nhat Hanh and her teaching embraces the full range of yoga systems. She has studied and taught extensively in the United States and internationally, and is responsible for developing the first intensive teacher training class in the Portland area, setting standards here for the certification of yoga instructors. Holiday continues to offer workshops for the private and business sectors in addition to her classes and workshops.

Holiday taught yoga at Portland State University for 20 years. In 1992, she created Standing On Your Own Two Feet ™, a non-profit yoga program for teens designed to develop fitness and self-esteem. Her student-focused teaching style supports responsiveness and courage from her students. "Yoga is an opportunity for us to come together and meet the finest qualities of who we are," she says.

Holiday is a mother of three daughters and a grandmother of eight beautiful grandchildren. She is an avid gardener and hiker, spending most of her weekends nurturing her organic apple orchard in Parkdale, OR. Holiday and her husband Donald love to share delicious, healthy foods and the company of others, frequently hosting dinners for friends and family both in their Parkdale and Portland homes.

Holiday is a student of Thich Nhat Hanh, the Zen Buddhist monk, poet, and peace activist. For more information, visit www.holidaysyogacenter.com.

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Sharon Hanson

Sharon has been a dedicated yogini since 1991 and has been teaching for 10 years. Her background includes teacher certification from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedenta Centre, and completion of teacher training with Ana Forrest of California and world-renowned teachers Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten.

Sharon designs her classes to honor each student and the group as a whole by drawing upon her experience and knowledge of yoga, which is deeply rooted in the Raja tradition—the Eightfold Path. She skillfully choreographs her classes with postures to develop core strength, flexibility, and purification for the muscles, skeleton, and visceral body. She incorporates breath work to facilitate purification and energy and also advocates focus and intention to create discipline of the mind, leading to change and empowerment.

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Martial Arts Instructors

Donald Polevacik

Kajukenpo

Don is classically trained in the martial arts and has been teaching for over 25 years. He is excited to share his passion for empowering people through a movement-based forum, and his teaching style allows people to work at their own pace in a supportive community environment. Additionally, Don has worked as a mental health therapist in the Hawthorne area for over 10 years, specializing in children, adolescents, and family, and is a triathlete who pursues swimming, biking, and running with inspirational fervor.

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Qigong Instructor

Eva Hosseinion, L.Ac., MSOM, MD

Eva graduated from the classical Chinese medicine program at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland. However, her path to becoming a practitioner of Chinese medicine began in the Czech Republic, where she graduated from medical school. During post-graduate training in family medicine in the Portland area, she developed an interest in alternative approaches to health and healing.

Eva offers expertise in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and qigong. She is enthusiastic about treating a variety of conditions, such as mental and emotional imbalances, stress-related conditions, and insomnia; pain conditions including headaches, nerve pain, and musculoskeletal pain; women's health issues, including symptoms of menopause, PMS, and painful menses; digestive issues; respiratory issues such as colds, asthma, and allergies; and cardiovascular issues such as hypertension and palpitations. She has a particular interest in treating children and trained in shonishin, a Japanese system of acupuncture developed specifically for pediatric patients, where no needles need puncture the skin.

Eva's training in classical Chinese medicine allows her to take advantage of herbal formulas described in the founding texts of Chinese medicine. In her experience—and that of her teachers, Heiner Fruehauf, Haosheng Zhang, and Arnaud Versluys—using these safe and powerful herbal formulas facilitates the treatment of a wide spectrum of diseases.

Eva also integrates the medical applications of qigong into her practice. She studied the therapeutic applications of tendon and meridian strengthening qigong, known as Jinjing gong, with local teachers as well as with the lineage holder of this tradition, Master Wang Qingyu in the Jiashan monastery in Hunan, China. In fact, Eva wrote her dissertation on the clinical applications of qigong. She is very excited about the opportunity to teach patients how to heal themselves with custom-tailored qigong prescriptions and with regular qigong classes at Hawthorne Wellness Center.

Eva enjoys spending time in the nature with her husband, Shahram, and her German Shepherd, Max. She also finds tranquility playing gu qin, an ancient Chinese stringed instrument.

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