Salutations Studio offers high quality, affordable dance and yoga classes for the community. Founded by Esther Petrocine, Salutations Studio is a space for people of all abilities and movement experience to come feel the joy of being in their bodies! Salutations is a friendly greeting and a reference to the classic sequence of yoga poses, Sun Salutations. Opening toward the east, or the rising sun is symbolic of asking for blessings of grace and bliss. Come find yours in one of the many class offerings throughout the week, and seasonally varied!
My name is Esther Petrocine. I am a movement educator and creative instructor. I began my movement studies as a child, growing up as a dancer and an athlete in Laramie, Wyoming. I went on to earn a BS in Human Physiology and a minor in Dance from the University of Oregon.
Sharing my love for movement, I worked as a personal trainer and pursued modern dance performance opportunities in Portland. Due to chronic, debilitating pain as a result of car and bicycle accidents, I devoted much of my time to my yoga practice. Upon tapping into the healing qualities of yoga, both physically and spiritually, it felt important to me to deepen my practice and find ways to offer this ancient art to others. I pursued the yogafit teacher training as well as a STOTT Pilates instructor training and began offering these mind body classes to my gym community.
In 2008 I changed career paths, but continued my life as a student of yoga and dance. My work as a dancer evolved into teaching, choreographing, and putting on productions. In the midst of it all, I found my way back to teaching yoga when I met Alison Alstrom, a certified Anusara Yoga instructor. I completed a 200 hour teacher training program with her, learned the Universal Principles of Alignment, and taught in Portland before starting a family.
Growing up in a small town, I deeply valued having a dance teacher who provided great dance classes and creative space for students. That opportunity influenced and shaped who I am today. I hope to provide opportunities for the youth in Wallowa County to add dance to the already abundant resources we have here for expression through art and connecting to nature.
Yoga has been a deeply important aspect of my spiritual growth, supporting me through the trials of life, helping me to stay present on my journey and humble to the needs of my body. It has been a profound influence in overcoming chronic pain and staying connected to my heart. I am a forever student, learning from each person who opens to the possibilities that arise while on their mat. My aim is offer an inclusive space for each individual to come as they are, to deepen their relationship with Self, tap into their own inner wisdom, and to feel empowered through movement.
HANNA BRANDT: Growing up in McMinnville, Oregon, I studied ballet at Marchant Dance Academy. At sixteen, I headed to the east coast and attended Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where I discovered modern dance and participated in student and faculty choreography and experimental movement projects. Graduating from Occidental College in 2017 with a BA in history, my thesis focused on the lives of modern dancers Katherine Dunham and Martha Graham. At Occidental, I was also involved in the dance department and performed in work by Francisco Martinez and Heidi Duckler. Most recently, I spent the summer of 2017 in Berlin, Germany studying modern dance at Laborgras, Marameo, and Tanzfabrik Berlin. I aim to make dance accessible and inclusive for everyone.
MAGGIE CONLEY: I started yoga at age 48 to help rehab from a skiing accident. Fell in love with the practice and 8 years ago completed a 100 hour teaching certification course. I have taught Gentle Hatha yoga classes at the Senior Center in Wallowa. I look forward to working with you all and holding sacred space until Esther returns. (Maggie is also an incredibly dedicated yogi, increasing mobility in her should beyond what any doctor would have imagined. She is insanely giving of herself to her family and to her yoga community. We are BLESSED to have her!! – Esther)
JAMIE O”NEILL: Hi! I am a Wisconsin native with a love for movement, sunshine, and chocolate. I grew up outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and from a young age I quickly learned that the more active I was, the happier I was. I went to college at Georgetown University where I continued staying active through distance running and explored my interest in health and wellness by studying the US healthcare system. After college, I worked for a global health non-profit through which I lived in Rwanda and Sierra Leone (so much sunshine!). I began dabbling in yoga classes in college, and after several back injuries I began to practice yoga regularly, grateful for the relief it brought to my body. The more I practiced, the more I not only realized that my body was benefitting from yoga – I also felt greater mental clarity and emotional calm. Following a year of disaster relief work in Sierra Leone, I completed a 200 hour Hatha yoga training in Mazunte, Mexico, and I have since taught classes in Milwaukee, WI; Bennington, VT; and Tamarindo, Costa Rica. I am passionate about personal wellness – I hope to one day work as a medical doctor and to intertwine yoga into my medical practice. I moved to Wallowa County in the fall of 2017 with my fiance. I am thrilled to connect with the yoga community here and to share my practice with others, learning from every student and with every class.
TRISH ZENNIE: My yoga journey has been a crazy ride. It has tested all of my relationships including my own body and spirit . My yoga evolved when I experienced a loss that would take me to my knees in grief. In this pain was the discovery of Self which allowed me the choice of letting go of a lifetime of labels and beliefs. Yoga was my vehicle that allowed me to move forward. I have completed a 200 hr Yoga RYS; 500hr Thai yoga; over 1500 hr. massage therapy;500 hr esthetician; 150 hr Bowen therapist, and 25 years of experience. I also teach Mayan abdominal massage and studied Qi gong and Tai Chi with Master Deng Ming Dao.