Our Teachers


Erika Spellman

Erika fell in love with yoga 8 years ago when a friend asked her to join her at a hot yoga class in Seattle Washington.  It changed her life!  After teaching group exercise classes for 12 years, Erika's body began to suffer from the high impact and intensity of the workouts.  After that first hot yoga class, Erika was hooked and 1 year later embarked on her journey towards becoming a 200 RYT certified yoga teacher.  Erika has been teaching yoga since 2012 and believes that everyone and everyBODY should practice yoga.  Erika is passionate about the healing benefits of heated yoga and truly enjoys sharing her love of yoga with everyone.  As a yoga instructor it is her goal that every student in her class receive consistent high-quality instruction in a safe environment where ALL levels are welcome all the time. Erika believes that everyone needs a little time on their yoga mat to honor their bodies, their minds and their spirits...a little time to just BE!  When not at Agni Yoga Studio, Erika works as the College & Career Counselor at Liberty Bell High School and is the mother to 3 beautiful children, Morgan, Mackenzie and Montana.


Kaarin Starr

Kaarin is a Yogini. She deeply loves the art of yoga and feels her own daily practice and spiritual work is what drives her commitment as a teacher. She is passionate about Yogic philosophy, Kundalini yoga, Ayurveda, Hindu culture, mantra, meditation and pranayama. 

Yoga has been an integral part of Kaarin’s life since she was 16 years old. She was gifted the practice from a dear friend that thought she would benefit greatly from the spiritual and energetic connections to the body. Yoga instantly became a huge part of her life.

Kaarin got certified at the Arizona School of Integrated Studies in 1999. Since then has taught in San Diego, England, New Zealand, and the Methow Valley. Her classes are an eclectic mix of the various styles of yoga she has studied over the years including (Ashtanga, Sivananda, Iyengar, Anusara and Kundalini). Her most recent passion in yoga and philosophy is in the Kundalini tradition as taught by Yogi Bhujan. She integrates the ancient kryas, mantras and chakra energy meditations to balance out the physicality of the practice. She is devoted to her students and believes each and every one of them is a beacon of light and love. 

Kaarin has three spirited children and is married to the love of her life. She loves walks in nature and vacations by the ocean. She is grateful for the life she lives and gives thanks for people she shares this journey with, past and present. Sat Nam.


Lisa Shifler

Lisa teaches with unquenchable enthusiasm for life, love and healing. She blends playful humor with an authentic inquiry into the nature of being to help her students discover their own power, courage and beauty.

For Lisa, yoga has been a life-saver, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.   Over 20 years ago, she began practicing yoga to compliment weight lifting and running.   It wasn’t long before she realized many more benefits!   Yoga created a complete approach to strengthening her entire body and provided the mental release to calm the mind.   Yoga soon became a safe place to let go and explore her emotions, her spirituality and connect with others.  She has been teaching yoga since 2010.

Lisa encourages her students to explore all aspects of yoga.  She believes it is important to challenge her students and herself on and off the mat and find new paths to connect a deeper power within.  Lisa frequently invites her students to join her on the various activities she enjoys, such as hiking or snowshoeing around the area, singing Kirtan, and attending various workshops and traveling.

Over the past 6 years, Lisa has turned her passion towards bringing people together and help them focus on connecting the body, mind and spirit by hosting local affordable retreats.  In 2016 she expanded her reach and went abroad to Peru and Mexico.   Lisa’s belief is simple, build it and share it!  


Maureen Collins

Maureen's yoga journey began 20 years ago when recovering from her first knee surgery. Those first classes stoked a fire of curiosity that still burns today and has grown into a passion for teaching about the incredible connection between breath, body, and mind. As an anatomy nut, she loves teaching people about how their body works, believing that knowledge is power and can cultivate greater integrity. Her path to becoming a teacher began with a four-year program where she learned about our energetic body, the chakra system, and the importance of the objective observer. She only took a teacher training to deepen her understanding of her own practice and though she had not intended to teach, she was encouraged by a friend just to try it. That was 10 years ago. Now she is trained to teach vinyasa, yin, & kundalini yoga and is currently stoked about functional movement and the fascial system. For several years, she co-taught a retreat in Mexico called The Art of Letting Go. She considers herself a Tantric Yogi because of the tantric approach to seek spiritual understanding through all aspects of our human lives. Maureen uses her yogi skills in her work as a Client Advocate at Room One and volunteers her time teaching yoga at Liberty Bell High School.


Matt Draggoo

Matt’s initial interest in yoga was gaining personal flexibility so he took a community college class. Over the term of the quarter his flexibility improved as did his strength. His most surprising discovery was the mental stillness, peace, and tranquility he experienced; the calming of the waves of ongoing mental pressure and the weakness of the human condition, which, if allowed, ran rampant throughout his waking state. He was forever changed and was determined to live the rest of his life with and through the benefits of yoga. 

Matt earned yoga certification during the summer of 2016 in Samara, Costa Rica through a 200 RYT Alignment Based program. Prior to certification Matt spent two years in Community College working with college athletes as a student Athletic Trainer. Following Junior College Matt transferred to the Physical Therapy program at the University of Montana.  He was not satisfied with the limited scope of this program and in November 2017 graduated from the North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork. He is a Licensed and Certified Massage and Bodywork Therapist. 

Matt has an immense passion for the human body with an extensive background in kinesiology, body mechanics, anatomy, and physiology. One of his greatest passions in the proactive health field is assisting his clients move better throughout their lives. 

Matt is excited, humbled, and honored to be joining the remarkable Agni Family.


Crystal Elliot Perez

Crystal is grateful for the opportunity to bring her 20 years of yoga experience to the Agni Yoga community. She enjoys sharing the spiritual and physical benefits of vinyasa yoga with her students, emphasizing mind-body-breath connection and proper pose alignment. Continually moved by the ability of this practice to both inspire and challenge, Crystal believes yoga can unlock our potential to be our own best teachers, both on and off the mat.