Anne Devismes, PhD, E-RYT200-RYT500
Owner and director of Terra Yoga, YACEP
Anne took her first steps on her yoga path in April 2005 in Columbus, Ohio. After a few months of alignment-based classes, Anne started to explore Vinyasa and Ashtanga. Shortly after moving to Trondheim in 2008, Anne felt that yoga had to become a bigger part of her life and decided to become a full-time yoga teacher. In 2010, she went back to Columbus to study with Laurel Hodory. She graduated from a 200-hour Yoga Alliance program in Ashtanga and Hatha/Vinyasa at the end of that year. She started teaching Vinyasa and Ashtanga classes during the summer of 2010.
Anne has run a yoga center in Trondheim since 2012, and she has founded Terra Yoga in 2016. She is teaching an average of 10 weekly classes, including corporate classes, and various workshops and master classes. She is also an assistant in the Atman Yoga School 200hr teacher training and teaches anatomy among other topics in this program.
But foremost, she is a student of yoga. She graduated from Noah Mazé's 300-hr teacher training in october 2017.
Anne is grateful to share with others the insights, peace, and happiness that she has found through yoga. Her hope is to help and inspire her students to find their own true goodness and embrace the beauty of life. Playing and being challenged on the mat is one of the most powerful ways to face challenges off the mat and live a happy, conscious, and fulfilling life. Yoga poses are not goals in themselves but are tools that help us explore our human nature and gain a deeper understanding of our patterns and of who we are. Anne considers her role as a yoga teacher as that of an educator rather than that of an entertainer.
Anne was born and raised in France and has a PhD in nuclear physics. Besides practicing and teaching yoga, meditating , paddling, and enjoying the outdoors, she works as a freelance science editor.
Elin-Kristin has been an athlete in orienteering and handball until she becamesick in 2010, and the professional commitment ceased. Suddenly, her identity as an athlete disappeared. A new journey to get to know her body as something else than a competitive tool begun; not surprinsingly, yoga soon found its way into her life. For Elin-Kristin, yoga is a place where she can be still and free from any competitive aspects and explore her body and mind with a greater depth than she has ever experienced in any other physical practices. She took her first yoga class while she as studying in Bergen in 2010. After that, she has taken several courses and classes before she decided to commit even more deeply to the yogic path. Elin-Kristin graduated from the Atman Yoga School YTT 200 in 2018. Because she is a former athlete, one can expect strong flowing classes which bring sweat, challenges, and most importantly, playfulness. Her classes emphasize endurance and the balance between strength and flexibility.
Elin-Kristin’s occupation is clinical psychologist, working with addicts on a daily-basis. During her studies, she recognized how the western way of thinking had several limitations in understanding human nature and mental-health issues. In response, she went into research and studied the positive effects of yoga on mental health and well being. She has held several lectures on the topic. Now,she wants to bring yoga to people, especially to promote good mental health.
Elinor was on holiday in Thailand in 2013 when she really discovered yoga. Her life had always been active, but her experiences in South-East Asia taught her that yoga could be much, much more than just physical poses on a mat. She quickly developed a regular practice, which turned out to be life-changing. She left her career as an artist in London to pursue yoga and travel and felt a growing urgency to share the many benefits of yoga with others. So, she started teaching one weekly yoga class in Trondheim in 2014 and immediately knew that she wanted to learn as much as she could and share as much as she could.
She completed her 200hr teacher training in Pokhara, Nepal in 2015 and has been teaching since then. In 2016. she returned to Thailand, where she first fell in love with yoga. During her time there she taught private and public classes and managed a small yoga studio.
In 2016, she also completed her 35hr Fly High Yoga teacher training in Bali, Indonesia.
Elinor believes in looking for balance, whether on the mat or in our daily lives. Her philosophy is that yoga is for everyone, and this is reflected in her teaching style. Her classes are playful, and she aims to create a relaxed atmosphere where people can go deeper within their own practice.
Kristine Oftedal Iversen, RYT200
Kristine was introduced to yoga in the early 2000’s, but her yoga journey first started in 2010. During a particularly stressful exam period, her friend brought her along for a class at university. Kristine promptly fell asleep in supta baddha konasana, sleeping her way through class. This was the moment she realized that yoga meets you where you are – and if you surrender to it, it will provide you with exactly what you need at that moment in time. Needless to say, yoga has held a very special place in Kristine’s heart ever since.
In late 2014, Kristine started a committed practice as a way to recover from a car accident, taking classes at studios and gyms, attending workshops, and maintaining a steady home practice. After a while, she had a yearning not only to learn more about yoga but to also find a community of likeminded people. So, in the summer of 2016, she dove wholeheartedly into her YTT200 at the Atman Yoga School. Initially a journey she started mainly to deepen her own practice, she discovered a passion for teaching and a genuine wish to share yoga.
By day Kristine works with social media, communication, and campaign development for an organization in Trondheim. By night she teaches yoga, talks about yoga, and reads about yoga.
Kristine is always happy to talk to you about yoga – all the 8 limbs, tea or book suggestions, and will love you forever if you show her a picture of a funny cat or dog.
Jessica Dittmar Walvåg
Jessica started in the fitness industry at a young age with college athletics. What began as a hobby developed into a passion for motivating others to adopt healthier lifestyles.
She received her Master's Degree of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at The Ohio State University and holds training certifications from both USA and Norway.
She began training Pilates after suffering several back injuries and continues to be amazed at how Joseph Pilates' series of exercises has healed her back and given her a new, pain-free, and more functional body.
When teaching, her focus is on intelligent training, quality over quantity, and the unison of mind and body working together. She truly believes that combining mindful, efficient, and effective movement with fun is the best way to take care of one’s body.
Pia Lise Selnes, RYT200
Pia Lise has been doing yoga regularly for about 15 years. First, her yoga practice was in addition to dance, steps, and other activities, but eventually yoga became a higher priority for her. She has a versatile background as a practitioner and instructor in more areas than yoga, and she has 20 credits in training instruction from the Norwegian Sports Academy.
In 2006, she attended a course to become a yoga instructor at 3T, and she has worked as an instructor for several years. In spring 2017, she completed her 200-hour training, certified through the Atman Yoga School and the Yoga Alliance.
Pia Lise is fond of playful and challenging yoga classes where she is encouraged to try things she cannot do yet. She has been working with ashtanga yoga for several years, but today, she prefers vinyasa yoga and enjoys nice flows and fun combinations that are less demanding for the body and more rewarding mentally.
In addition to yoga, Pia Lise spends a lot of time paddling and practicing rolls with her kayak. These are activities rooted in old Greenlandic fishing communities, and you could think that this is a long way from yoga. But all over the world, yoga is now recognized as an important practice among rolling enthusiasts.
Viktoria Havas, PhD, RYT200
Viktória first started with yoga in 2005 when, because of an injury, she was unable to practice martial arts and other physical activities for a while. A few years later, she re-discovered yoga as a good complementary discipline to develop flexibility, strength, and breathing skills.
From 2012 onwards, she built up a regular practice and deepened her understanding of yoga movement, anatomy, and philosophy. In 2018, she completed a 200-hour vinyasa and vedic studies yoga teacher training at the Atman Yoga School in Trondheim.
Her objective is to offer fun and sweaty yoga practices where one can build up strength and flexibility in body and mind and to create a nurturing space where everyone can face challenges and can freely develop.
Besides teaching and practicing yoga and martial arts, Viktória has studied psychology and neurosciences and had obtained her PhD in cognitive neurosciences in 2015.
Yvonne had her very first meeting with yoga in 2000 when she was pregnant with her first child. After being stressed and having problems with high blood pressure, the doctor recommended yoga.
After many years practicing mostly breathing techniques, the real dive into philosophy, asana, and history started in 2010.
In 2016, she quit her job as a hairdresser after becoming sick and went to Greece to take her 200-hr teacher training with the Transformational Yoga school.
After working almost full-time for one year as a yoga teacher at 3T, she decided to take her additional 300-hr training in 2017.
Her education includes a lot of philosophy, Ashtanga, yin yoga, yoga nidra, yoga theraphy, restorative yoga, ayurveda, and Transformational Hatha.
Although she loves vinyasa, closest to her heart is still yin yoga with its healing powers both for the physical body, for the spirit, and for the soul. The tools it gives to control the mind and to be present and aware really amazes her.
Yvonne considers herself an eternal student and really feels that the tools yoga gives is the answer to it all.