Retreat Leaders


Something we all have in common is our love of warmth and growth. We feel passionately about bringing others together to experience all that every crevice of this life has to offer. We will forever be students, spreading and sharing our light with friends & family & friends who BECOME family.

Excited to share this part of our lives with you ALL!



Alexis Reale


Alexis is a lifelong dancer and multi-award winning professional bellydancer based in Portland, Oregon. Having danced since the age of three, Alexis has trained extensively in jazz, ballet, tap, aerial, and modern dance forms. Alexis began teaching dance 15 years ago and has since taught many disciplines to both adults and children. In 2017, Alexis won the Ambassador of Bellydance Competition in Seattle, Washington, and can be seen performing in many venues throughout the Portland area every weekend.

Having dedicated her life to dance, Alexis believes that dance is a universal form of self-expression and joy, and that anyone and everyone can participate in this art form. Alexis strives to both provide her students with a thorough understanding of the movement and culture of the dance while also encouraging students to explore their own self-expression.

Alexis graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a minor in dance, has received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification, and is currently working her way through the Suhaila Salimpour International School of Bellydance Certification Program. Alexis is also currently enrolled in Lesley University’s Master’s of Dance Therapy Program.


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Sanni Reale


Creativity, a key element in Sanni’s life that drove her to find deeper connection. Feeling like she was always just scratching the surface with out having the courage to go deeper, yoga was her missing piece. She found through teaching, she can help others to ground and grow without judgement. Her teaching focuses on the mind and body connection, as well as alignment, pranayama & apana.
“Surrendering to the pose is half the work, I teach my students that the moment your physical body wants to leave the pose; the mental, emotional & spiritual pose begins.”
Teaching has shifted for Sanni over the years, today she prioritizes her background in Hatha, Yin & her favorite, Vinyasa Yoga. When Sanni is not teaching you can find her managing Yoga Jaya, buying jewelry at Sunflower Natural Foods, eating all the ‘go macro’ bars & retreating home to work on her Macrame designs until 2 am.
Cassandra graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Recreation Management & Policy, with an Emphasis in Art. She received her Yoga Teacher Training Certification in 2014, along with a Reiki II Certification. She feels passionately about guiding others on the path of Yoga and will be assisting in teacher training’s in 2019. She plans to start her own 500 YTT journey in December 2020, both with the Abhyasa Institute


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Christina Alexa

Passionate about CONNECTION,
Christina has received several initiations by master teachers and healers of both the elemental/shamanic traditions as well as the yogic lineage and has been sharing these practices through teaching and healing work for over 20 years. A Keeper of the Sweat Lodge, Intuitive Healer, Yoga Instructor, Unnata Aerial Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master and Reiki Teacher Trainer in the Usui Tradition, Speaker, Writer and Group Facilitator – and most importantly a MOM – Christina dedicates her time to her beautiful son, to yoga and writing as well as to her yoga school, The Abhyasa Yoga Institute, for which she is the lead trainer.
Christina Alexa is certified at the 250 hour level in Amrit Yoga and at the 500 hour level within the disciplines of Integrated Yoga Levels I and II, Resonance Yoga and Movement. Christina also holds certification in a 5 year intensive Resonance Healing Therapy program, an immersion in healing and energy medicine, has studied Anatomy and Craniosacral work.
Christina offers Private Healing Sessions, Chakra Readings, Private Yoga, Yoga Teacher Trainings through the (RYS) Abhyasa Yoga Institute, Sweat Lodge and Fire Ceremonies, Reiki Trainings and Reiki Teacher Trainings, Mat and Aerial Yoga Classes and numerous workshops on a variety of topics.

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