Instructors

Peggy Stevens and Pink

Along with her husband, Dave, Peggy is the Owner and Care Taker of RiversZen Ki-Hara & Yoga in Astoria Oregon.


After years of training with multiple Yoga instructors from San Diego to Seattle, Peggy now teaches a wide range of yoga and fitness classes. Her Certifications Include: Ki-Hara Master Trainer, Certified Posture Exercise Professional, Certified Yoga TuneUp® Instructor, Strala Yoga Guide

Retired CPA Peggy Stevens is truly an educator ... anyone who can teach Accounting 101 at a Community College and keep the class not only awake but enthused about their subject must be a master teacher!

All you need is a few minutes with her to see that Peggy is passionate about health and fitness and truly cares about her students and their well being. 

Self Love and Acceptance

Dave Stevens

My goal is to help you to become stronger, more flexible and pain free while moving and living with ease.

50 years of sports related injuries left me virtually crippled. The discovery of Ki-Hara "Resistance Stretching" literally saved my aching body. Strala Yoga and Strong Posture exercises were the keys to maintaining my new found health. I have a burning desire to share this "miracle" with anyone who desires a stronger, healthier body with less pain.

Co-Founder of RiversZen Studios in Oregon and Washington. Dave is a Certified Ki-Hara Master Trainer, Certified Posture Exercise Professional and Strala Yoga Guide.

Zenfit Team Trainer Kimberly Gibbs

Kim Gibbs

Kim is general manager of Riverszen and leads all of RiversZen's Yogilates classes with skill and expertise. If you want a great core workout in a room of supportive, like-minded people join her for Yogilates for sure!

Kim also offers private Stretching Sessions. In each session she will help you to discover exactly what you need for improvement in everything from athletic performance to healing of injuries. Then she will perform a Ki-Hara Resistance Stretch to help you achieve fast and lasting results. Lastly you'll leave with tools for self care that will keep you strong and flexible in between your sessions.

Wendy Hensley

Certified Yoga TuneUp® Instructor, Certified Ki-Hara Trainer, Personal Trainer and Aerobics Instructor. I have an extensive fitness background having taught everything from local senior aerobics, interval step aerobics, walking for all fitness levels and strength fitness classes.

I'll let one of my clients speak for me. A message From Renee Fruiht ... "I recommend Riverzen and Wendy highly! Her knowledge is extensive and she shares it freely. Its kind of exciting to see textbook photos of the place that hurts, and how those muscles and tendons connect to other places that need to be strengthened or stretched. She also shows me simple ways to continue these practices at home. Its pretty great to be in charge of my own healing.

Jamie Savva

Jamie Savva is new to the west coast and to RiversZen. Her family, husband and two daughters, excitedly travel the country due to his career in the Coast Guard. They enjoy discovering new places and have quickly fallen in love with Astoria and the community it holds.

Jamie received her 200-hour teaching certification in power yoga in 2015. Shortly after, she completed multiple 30-hour trainings in Advanced Teaching, Art of Assisting, and Yin Yoga, as well as specialized workshops in Trauma, Creative Sequencing, Arm Balancing, True North Alignment, Inversions, and AcroYoga. Jamie is always reading, exploring, and discovering more about yoga and the human body. She fell in love with the elements of physicality, intention, and community that yoga brought into her life, and is always working to share that with her classes. Above all else, Jamie truly believes that yoga is for everyBODY and that inclusion and celebration are the key building a powerful community of yogis.

Kelli Daffron

My teaching style is based in Sivananda, but I have a lot of experience teaching basic flow classes catered to elderly patrons.

Other styles in which I have experience include high-energy, power classes focused on younger crowds, and personal classes with many modifications for individuals with spinal injuries. I also love West African dance and would enjoy creating a class that incorporates a dance-like flow.

Kelli earned her 200 hour Sivananda Teacher Training accredited by the American Psychological Association, the Yoga Alliance, and the Association of Social Work Boards.

Pam Hickey

Pam has lived on the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington for 20 years. She has practiced Qi Gong for 30 years.

Pam has worked in large corporations and owned her own business.
At the age of 19 she was in an accident that resulted in a broken back and an 8 hour spinal surgery . Because of the accident and surgery, she understands the importance of stretching and the benefits that can be derived from it. She considers stretching one of the keys to living a
healthy and happy life.

Josie Morgan

Josie Morgan has been teaching Pilates in California and Oregon for over ten years. She received her comprehensive certification on all mat and equipment exercises from Ellie Herman Studios in San Francisco in 2006 after two years of student teaching. A lifelong student of dance and movement, Josie believes that Pilates is for everyone!

 

She enjoys working with beginners as well as more advanced practitioners. Josie believes that a strong foundation is essential for a safe Pilates practice. She is a passionate advocate for the method created by Joseph Pilates and will provide instruction based on his philosophy. At the same time, she likes to add variations to her mat classes and make sure that people are having fun and staying motivated!

Peter von Payens

Peter is a talented instructor who brings his years as a personal trainer and martial arts instructor to the yoga mat. He often shares his vast knowledge of the human body and the wisdom he has discovered through martial arts to help his students understand proper alignment, physiology and mind set.

 

Peter's classes not only provide instruction but give you an incredible workout. He offers everything from the "No-Sweat" Lunch Time Yoga to the intense workout of Power, Strength and Stamina. Beginners and advanced students alike appreciate Peter's approach and leave his classes feeling stronger and renewed!

 

In Peter's own words: "My basic philosophy is Balance in all things. That was the reason I took up Yoga to balance my fitness out. As for qualifications, well I've been working in the fitness arena for some time now. I started as a swimmer, then swim instructor, Martial Artist, Personal trainer, and now Yoga instructor. I have certifications, but I don't believe that those make a good instructor. I feel that experience, knowledge, and passion make a good instructor."

Deborah Steffen

When Deborah was 17 she took a workshop with Sri Swami Satchidananda, the founder of Intergral Yoga and received “shaktipat”. This was a life changing event for her. Her past, other than her high-tech career, includes teaching Martha Graham style modern dance while at the Hartford Ballet Academy. Movement of any kind has always been a driving force in her life.


She continued on with studies in Iyengar yoga. When she moved to San Diego she was introduced to meditation and chanting at Siddha Yoga. At Mind Body College she studied massage, energy healing, hypnotherapy and counseling to get her 1000 hour Holistic Health Practitioner license and had a private practice in San Diego.


After moving to Oregon, she became a certified yoga instructor through CorePower Yoga in Portland, and is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance. She attended workshops and conferences regularly with yogis such as Ravi Singh, Shiva Rai, Anna Forest, Ramaswami, Desikachar, and more.


She studied with Deepak Chopra and is a certified Perfect Health instructor teaching Ayurveda and practices that create health and balance. She had her own yoga studio for many years in Oregon. She co-organized and taught Body Mind weekend workshops with other healing professionals. After moving to Idaho she taught Kundalini yoga in Sandpoint as well as hatha yoga prior to moving to Astoria in April, 2017.

Shanna Gillette

Shanna “Light” began practicing yoga and meditation 17 years ago at the beginning of a long journey back to health and happiness after a serious car accident and as a way to heal childhood abuse.

Truly exemplifying her favorite quote from Kahlil Gibran, “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain,’ she adds, “The journey to wellness is a constantly evolving process where we learn to nurture body and mind beginning with the heart; To truly understand that the most important step to long-lasting good health and harmony isn’t necessarily about sweating our way to perfect abs or contorting our bodies into painful positions. It starts within. It’s about self-acceptance, self-forgiveness, and self-love. It’s about learning to accept and respect ourselves wherever we may be.

Through the physicality of yoga, we tune into a deeper more expansive space beyond the trivial day to day. We learn that it’s ok to nurture ourselves and to ALLOW our spirits to be happy.”

Shanna’s classes will help to guide you back to yourself, to tune into your breath and still the mind through gentle stretches, gorgeous soundscapes, and guided meditation. All skill levels are welcome.

Shanna received her yoga teacher’s certification at Bryan Kest’s world renowned studio in Santa Monica, CA

Donna Quinn

You probably know Donna from the Pier Cannery Hotel or her weekly radio show on KMUN. What you probably did not know is that she is a trained Qigong practitioner and we're thrilled that she is part of the RiversZen Staff!!!!