We have dedicated more than 18 years to providing exceptional experiences that touch the hearts of our students. We are proud to see our alumni making changes in this world in their own unique ways.
As eternal students and passionate creators, we are committed to educating ourselves and our facilitator team on the subjects of trauma informed yoga practices, social justice, LGBQTIA+, and approaches to differently abled beings to create a more inclusive yoga environment for all.
We are proud to offer our grant and scholarship programs to enable all students to embark on this journey.
We love what we do, it is a true honor to serve the School Yoga Institute family. As part of the School Yoga Institute alumni know that you are considered family we continue to strive each and everyday to make.
We are honored to serve you and continue to strive each and every day to make sure you know how important it’s to have you as part of our growing global family.
With beaming love and light,
MEET OUR TEAM
Co-Owner, Dream Maker, Gourmet Vegan Chef
Location: Medford, Oregon
Territory of the Takelma people
Keri is a modern mystical momma who grew up in Roseburg, Oregon. She spent her childhood in the wild, playing outside with her brothers, and becoming a lover of all things athletic. Upon graduating high school, she went on to Oregon State University where she met her beloved husband Jed Pennell and earned her masters degree in Exercise Science and pedagogy.
Keri and Jed quickly became well loved Health and Physical Education teachers in Point Arena, California. It was there that their first child Kalani was born. Keri instantly realized that her life passion was to be a mother! Since then, Keri has become a mother to 3 more children Phoenyx, Orion, and Lotus Jewel!!
Keri and Jed now travel the world, spreading the love and light of yoga through yoga teacher training courses! When they are not traveling, they make home base in Ashland, Oregon.
Keri is also a vegan chef, where she has cooked for many of School Yoga Institute’s Yoga Teacher Training courses, in Costa Rica, where they resided for many years. She finds her inspiration in home birth, vegan food creations, conscious living, nature walks with her family, and fermentation!! You can find Keri, Jed and their 4 beautiful children on a sports field or hiking trail, making yummy vegan treats together in their kitchen, or at a Yoga Teacher Training in Guatemala, Peru, Costa Rica, or Bali! Keri also takes pride in her New Perce heritage.
What’s your favorite yoga pose?
What’s your favorite quote?
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Development & Coordinator
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Unceded Territory of Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Trisha’s journey with SYI began in 2014 when she completed her 200 Hour YTTT in Peru! She was on a quest to find the tools to heal her body from a snowboarding accident that had turned into chronic pain.
School Yoga Institute gave her those tools along with a fresh perspective on life as she continued her path in the corporate world.
Working for multiple resorts in Canada and North America’s largest ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb, Trisha developed a love for positive leadership and the integration of wellness and mindfulness in the workplace.
She is certified with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and advocates for self-compassion and self-care. When she’s not in the mountains hiking and skiing, you can find her traveling with the school, cooking, practicing kundalini, and playing her guitar!
What’s your favorite pose?
Butterfly pose for at least five minutes :)
What’s your favorite quote?
As a bee seeks nectar from all kinds of flowers, seek teachings everywhere. - Tantra of Z'oquen.
Communications & Web Content Goddess
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Territory of the Hinóno'éí (Arapaho) people
Brooke Alexander is a Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher, a Transformational Group Facilitator, and an Integrative Health & Well-Being Coach.
She is a naturally gifted space holder who has committed her life to empowering others on their healing journey of heart, mind, body and soul.
Brooke completed her first 200-hour yoga teacher training with School Yoga Institute in Bali in 2017 and completed her 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Yoga Psychology with Ashley Turner. Over the years, she has invested in many hours of trauma-informed trainings, including yoga for addiction, anxiety, depression, and disordered eating.
She is currently enrolled in a year long graduate level program with Dr. Gabor Mate, studying powerful therapeutic approaches for healing trauma and understanding mental and physical illness.
Brooke works at a therapy center where she specializes in teaching yoga and mindfulness to teens and adults with eating disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and a variety of other mental health challenges. Additionally, as the co-founder of Becoming Mentorship, she facilitates healing, transformational, and empowering programs and retreats.
Brooke's mission in life is to remain in service of all beings by holding a space of unconditional love and strength for the entirety of each individual’s unique process and transformation. She feels honored to serve individuals as they uncover the radiant perfection of their true nature and step into their power.
Digital Marketing Innovator
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Juan found Yoga when he was going through a hard time in his life. He was studying and working way too hard and in turn was exhausted physically and emotionally.
One day he saw a little yoga studio and decided to take a class. It was weird, different, uncomfortable, but at the same time he felt good, relaxed, and happy.
Yoga wasn’t what he thought. It required concentration, strength, connection between mind and body. He definitely wasn’t prepared for that. So, he gave it a chance and signed in for a month.
A couple years later, he is completely convinced about the benefits of this practice. He has taken 2 Yoga teacher trainings: 200hr Yoga and Biomechanics YTT & the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Guatemala with the amazing School Yoga Institute. He also co-created a beautiful Yoga Studio in Quito, Ecuador. He now works on the SYI innovator team, managing marketing and website details.
What's your favorite pose?
Malasana. It keeps me grounded to my body, with the earth and the moment I’m in.
What's your favorite quote?
“In this life, let’s dance all night long, let’s cry with no fear, let’s hold on to our dreams and let’s sleep with clear conscience. Let’s enjoy life with cheekiness and laugh at ourselves, because the idea of being bitter is just too boring.
Let’s learn that life takes many twists and turns, that is too short, and that is up to us how we live it. Let’s enjoy the small details, celebrate the precious moments, congratulate others without envy and let’s fill our lives with smiles.
What inspires you in your practice?
My emotions. My body. The possibility to connect with myself on a deeper level.
Find him on Instagram @juankaguilera333