Yoga & Fitness Staff

Leigh-Ann-Wolfe

Leigh Ann Wolfe Fitness Director, Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, VW Youth Climbing Team Fitness Coach

IG: @wolfeonthehill

Leigh Ann is a Pacific Northwest native who loves the outdoors and thrives in the mountains. She grew up playing team sports and have always been fascinated by health and fitness. It wasn’t until after overcoming her own health obstacles that she found a passion for helping others become healthier, stronger, and fitter versions of themselves. She loves giving people the tools to discover capabilities they never thought possible and to help them succeed on their paths of self-improvement. She blends tools and methodologies from various disciplines to develop a unique combination of stability, strength, agility, movement, flexibility, and conditioning to help people achieve their goals.
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As a mountain athlete, Leigh Ann trains hard in the gym and outside to increase durability, mental fitness, and to perform on the trails and in the mountains. She’s climbed several of North America’s tallest mountains and spends most weekends in Washington’s mountain ranges. She takes your health and fitness as seriously as she takes her own.
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5 Interesting Facts
1. Summited Denali in 2015 as part of a four-person all-female team, The Denali Girls, who were all recipients of the American Alpine Club’s Live Your Dream Grant.
2. Worked with and learned from amazing coaches at the first CrossFit affiliate in the world, CrossFit Seattle.
3. My dog Beatrix is my favorite hiking partner.
4. Member of Seattle Mountain Rescue (SMR).
5. My favorite exercises are those that test, challenge, and build mental and physical toughness.
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Certifications & Education
  • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) (pursuing)
  • Precision Nutrition Level 2 Certification
  • BioForce Certified Conditioning Coach
  • Dr. Stuart McGill & Brian Carroll’s The Gift of Injury Seminar: The Strength Athlete’s Guide to Recovering from Back Injury and Winning Again
  • Uphill Athlete Mountain Performance Workshop
  • Mountain Tactical Institute (MTI) Advanced Programming Seminar, Mountain & Military Athlete
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Coach
  • USA Weightlifting Sports and Performance Coach
  • Catalyst Athletics Olympic Weightlifting Seminar Level 1 with Greg Everett
  • CrossFit Trainer Certified: Level I (lapsed)
  • Olympic Lifting 101 Seminar with Erin Okenek
  • The Outlaw Way Training Camp: Science and Precision Series
  • Ido Portal’s Movement-X Seminar
  • Robb Wolf’s Paleolithic Solution Seminar
  • SafeSport Certified
  • AIARE Course Instructor
  • AIARE Level 1, Level 2, Avalanche Rescue Course, ITC Training, Pro1 Course (Feb 2019)
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) & CPR for Health Care Providers, 2018
  • Basic Alpine & Intermediate Alpine Climbing Courses, Alpine Ambassador – Squamish, BC (The Mountaineers)
  • B.A. in Urban Studies, Environmental Studies minor, University of Washington
  • Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysis & Modeling, University of Washington
Personal training availability
For current availability, please send an e-mail inquiry to LeighAnn@verticalworld.com. Generally, not available on weekends.

 

For personal training options and price information for Leigh Ann, please see Tier 3 rates.

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Andi Segur Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer, VW Youth Climbing Team Fitness Coach

IG: @everydaystrengthandmovement

Andi moved to the Pacific Northwest in September of 2014 after 9 years in the San Diego sunshine. After working to continue their career as a tax accountant in Seattle they decided it was time to follow their fitness and coaching dreams, and they haven’t looked back. Andi has always been passionate about fitness and the many benefits it offers including mental, physical and emotional wellness. Having followed their passion, they work to play a part in helping others be the best version of themselves.
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Through both personal injury and career development, Andi quickly realized the need and importance of mobility, flexibility, proper form, and core stabilization. This quickly became a passion and driving force behind their continued education and career. Andi works to ensure that athletes are benefiting from their fitness endeavors through full-body strength and conditioning.
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Andi’s health and fitness journey has since led them to Vertical World. Andi always does their best to keep themselves and those around them actively moving through life.
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5 Interesting Facts
1. My first major in college was Cellular and Molecular Biology
2. My guilty pleasure is HGTV
3. I volunteer for Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest
4. Fall is my favorite season and a huge reason I moved to the PNW
5. Reading is my favorite way to relax and wind down
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Certifications
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) - Pursing
  • Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms)
  • Functional Range Assessment Specialist (FRAs)
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • NASM Youth Exercise Specialist
  • SafeSport Trained
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CPR/First Aid Certified
  • B.S in Accountancy from San Diego State University
Personal Training Availability
Monday: 6am-4pm, 6pm-7pm
Tuesday: 8am-4pm
Wednesday: 6am-4pm, 6pm-7pm
Thursday: 8am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
Friday: 8am-11pm
Saturday 8am-9am

Sunday: Not available

For personal training options and price information for Andi, please see Tier 2 rates.

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Quinn Brasel Personal Trainer 

Quinn is a Seattle native who grew up going on rainy “character building” hikes in the Pacific Northwest. It wasn’t until she was a student at Western Washington University that she realized there was a way to combine her love of movement and the outdoors, through a B.A in Outdoor Recreation and Sport Psychology. Since then she has worked in a variety of roles within the outdoor industry, from wilderness therapy in remote Utah to working as part of the team at local guiding company Mountain Madness. Through these experiences she has witnessed firsthand how a solid fitness foundation and training awareness can take outdoor adventures to the next level while keeping your body injury-free
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5 Interesting Facts 
1. I worked as an au pair in Sweden after graduating from college.
2. I can quote “Stepbrothers” verbatim.
3. Aretha Franklin, Lana del Rey, and Blanco White are playing on repeat right now.
4. My dog, Freyja is named after the norse goddess of love and war.
5. I am an expert at sneaking vegetables into homemade desserts.
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Certifications & Education
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
B.A. in Recreation and Sport Psychology, Western Washington University
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Personal training availability

Limited availability. Please email seattle-fitness@verticalworld.com for current availability.

For personal training options and price information for Quinn, please see Tier 2 rates.

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amanda

Amanda Mitchell Yoga Instructor

I teach Hatha Yoga – During my classes, I lead you through a slow and detailed exploration and understanding of your unique body, how it moves, how to breathe…and hopefully, how to laugh.

I started practicing yoga consistently in 2012, and became a teacher in 2013.

5 Interesting Facts
1. My roller derby career lasted for two years. They called me One Tuff Mitch.
2. I speak fluent French.
3. There are 14 piercings (or 17 extra holes) in my body, and every one of them has a cool story.
4. I have successfully climbed a rock wall exactly one time as an adult. (And, I failed climbing a rock wall exactly once as a child.)
5. Ferrets are one of my favorite things! (to be sung to the Sound of Music tune)

 

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Kat

Kat Ochabova Yoga Instructor

Kat first tried yoga in 2010, she was curious what all the fuss was about. She instantly and unexpectedly fell in love with both the physical and mindful aspects of yoga, and was surprised how much her practice helped her to live a richer, simpler and more meaningful life. She wanted to deepen her practice and share the healing benefits of yoga with others, so she completed her 200-hr teacher training certification in 2013.

Kat has since then taught at many different spaces and yoga studios. In 2014, she opened up her own yoga studio in Edmonds (Satya Yoga). She ran the business and taught there for over two years. She ultimately realized that it was most fulfilling to focus on her students through her teaching.

Kat’s goal in her yoga classes is to offer a fun and accessible experience to everyone. She loves challenging her students, but it’s most important to her that anyone can find a welcome spot in her classes. She hopes that her students can take at least one learning from their yoga practice and fit it elsewhere into their lives. She loves climbing mountains and being outside, and is so excited to combine that with her love of healing with yoga.

5 Interesting Facts
1. I climbed Mt. Rainier in the summer of 2015.
2. I was born in Slovakia and emigrated here with my family when I was 6 years old.
3. I’m a graphic designer and have spent most of my career in marketing at REI.
4. I love to write.
5. I’m obsessed with being in the mountains! No place else I’d rather be.

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Suzanne Zitzer
 Yoga Instructor

Suzanne is a compassionate and dedicated teacher and student of yoga who cultivates a deep respect and love for the planet, its people and all living beings. She first encountered yoga at the age of 14 and sensed that there was something deep and powerful about the practice. After practicing asana for many years, she decided to dive deeper into the teachings of yoga and its sister science, Ayurveda, and completed her 200-hour training through Synergy Yoga School in June of 2017. Her classes  move at a slow and steady pace, with plenty of flowing and linking breath with movement, but also some longer holds of poses. Her teaching is both precise and fluid, encouraging students to listen to their bodies, explore their limits and soften into each moment. In each class, Suzanne’s aim is to help students re-center themselves and find more ease in life, to discover the deep well of peace, calm, and wisdom within.

5 Interesting Facts
1. I am a cat whisperer. Any time I come across a neighborhood cat, I usually succeed in coaxing it over for a few pets.
2. I have a tattoo of a dragon on my back. No, it was not inspired by the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo book/movie.
3. I love vegetables and probably eat more of them than most people.
4. I talk in my sleep and sometimes yell and wake myself up.
5. Berlin is my favorite city and I lived there for five months in college.
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Mei Ling Ellis Yoga Instructor

Mei Ling sees yoga as a powerful tool to help calm the body and mind, which can provide clarity and reduce stress–something that is often needed in today’s fast paced world. She believes in the inherent strengths and skills in all students, and appreciates the uniqueness of every ability, body, and culture. Mei Ling’s teaching style is grounding, and supports students to move mindfully between the push and pull of life by honoring themselves and deepening the connection to their inner voice. In addition to teaching yoga, Mei Ling is also an applied researcher, clinician, and rock climber.

5 Interesting Facts
1. Challenging situations are her best teachers.
2. She has been known to eat everything with chopsticks.
3. Huge coffee lover.
4. She ran out of pages in her passport by age ten.
5. She despises shoes and would live in slippers if she could.

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Stephanie-Kardos

Stephanie Kardos Yoga Instructor

My teaching style includes slow movement and meditation. The poses are set from the ground up and are rooted in anatomy and form. Slow flow and lots of stretching poses are weaved throughout class and body awareness, increasing strength and focus/concentration are the core concepts.

Has been practicing yoga 18 years, teaching yoga since 2013.

5 Interesting Facts
1. I lived in London, England.
2. I also work as a Massage Therapist.
3. I am currently learning Tibetan.
4. I love being outside, hiking, climbing and camping.
5. I own my own business.

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Samira

Samira Qayyam Yoga and Fitness Instructor

Samira’s passion for fitness began in Colorado, where she is from. The landscape beacons you to conquer it as best you can, it encourages you to walk, climb, jump, slide, ride. It’s out of this rugged landscape that her love of all things fitness arose after she realized that the cross training she’d been doing had prepared her to climb mountains, raft rivers, or canyoneering. Samira believes the true beauty of fitness is that it serves as a faucet to other areas of your life. The physical challenge prepares the body for anything, and mentally it toughens you to strive harder in all areas of life. Samira has been teaching yoga for over 7 years, but over her career has trained in ballet barre, strength and conditioning, and gymnastics. You can expect to get a unique workout with Samira, that will be sure to leave you remembering it a few days afterward.

5 Interesting Facts
1. It is my bucket list to visit all the US National Parks, since setting this goal 4 years ago I have visited 49.
2. And I am seriously nerdy about it ^. Ask me anything about any park and I could probably tell you extensively about it.
3. I am an avid rock collector, I have the most amazing collection of raw rocks you’ll find anywhere.
4. Since moving to Washington a year ago my favorite activity is somehow being on or in the water. I’m obsessed with the water sports culture here!
5. I am an interior designer by trade, and pretty well obsessed with architecture and design.

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Shumit Vatsal Yoga Instructor

I was introduced to yoga by my father in India and during a time when there was no cost to learn and practice yoga. I formally got certified as a Yoga Siromani “Jewel on a crown of yoga” at the International Sivananda yoga ashram in India.

Yoga in its holistic form is proper breathing, proper exercise, positive thinking or meditation, proper diet and proper rest. I only teach what been taught and supplement the teachings with my own life experiences. Selfless service is the highest form of yoga and evenness of mind in any life situation is one of the results of daily practice.

5 Interesting Facts
1. I manage projects for the Department of Natural Resources, King County for a living.
2. I really enjoy cooking good Indian food.
3. I play Afro Cuban music on a Ashiko.
4. Favorite book – “A Fine Balance” – Rohinton Mistry.
5. Favorite place in the world is Kauai.

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Kathy Gorohoff Yoga Instructor

Kathy has been practicing yoga since 2003, after her first daughter was born. Yoga was a gentle way to move after pregnancy. While she continued to practice, she discovered that yoga was much more than moving for an hour, it was a way to connect to the breath and mind. Once her second daughter was born, yoga was an opportunity for her to relax, connect with Self and find her center. Yoga continues to help Kathy stay grounded and is a wonderful compliment to her love of running and hiking. Kathy offers a straightforward approach to yoga that is accessible to all students. Her goal is to help people tune into their body and their breath so that they can learn how to be present on and off the mat. Kathy has been teaching yoga since 2017, she received her 200-hour Registered Yoga Training (RYT) through Synergy Yoga School with a focus on Vinyasa flow yoga, yoga philosophy and Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga.

5 Interesting Facts

1. I spent 9 months traveling around the US and Canada in a truck and camper with my husband, while homeschooling our 2 daughters.
2. My Australian Shepherd is my favorite walking, hiking and running partner.
3. I get the hiccups when I eat spicy food.
4. My favorite places to be are in the mountains skiing and hiking or on the beach.
5. Other than being outside, my favorite past times are reading, knitting and cooking.