Siobhan Van Lanen has been in professional practice as Licensed Massage Therapist/Certified Yoga Instructor since 1998. For 15 years, she taught weekly group and private classes and workshops at WOW Fitness Center and in her Galactivate studio. With a background in ballet, modern dance, jazz and Oriental dance since childhood, Siobhan has completed dance programs in New York, Egypt, and Belgium and teaches dance fusion classes and workshops.
Siobhan holds a BA in Social Science from Portland State University. She is also an earth steward with a love of nature and animals. In 2018, she will begin her Masters Degree in Natural Resources through Virginia Tech University's Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability.
In 2013, Siobhan began instructing weekly multi-level classes in yoga and pilates at Timberhill Athletic Club in Corvallis, Oregon. In 2016, she began instructing weekly gentle Therapeutic Yoga at Oregon State University: College of Public Health and Human Sciences as part of the Faculty Staff Fitness Program. In 2017, she began instructing two 1 credit hour Physical Activities Courses (PAC) at Oregon State University; Relaxation 201 and Fitness Yoga 296. She enjoys teaching to a wide demographic and seeing the positive impacts of yoga in her students' over-all well-being.
Siobhan's teaching approach maintains a balance between the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga, providing information on anatomy and kinesiology as well as meditation, breath work, creative visualization, and positive affirmations. Offering a moderate amount of adjustments as needed to TAC students seeking corrections, Siobhan emphasizes modifications and precautions to poses to prevent injury. She enjoys empowering her clients and students towards optimal health and well-being, and encourages an intentional self-care regime.