Here at Ignite we care deeply for your wellbeing in all its wild wonder.

We are honored to guide you through the ancient practice of yoga through the lens of Western psychology and philosophy.

We are sensitive to colonization, cultural appropriation, and, as two white women, the subtle and institutionalized issues that inherently arise with this work.  Our awareness of these factors encourages us to constantly examine ourselves and our offerings to make sure they are as authentic and inclusive as possible. As teachers and humans, we are committed to a constant process of inquiry and self-reflection so we might grow in our light and in our awareness of our own shadow.


Maria Williquette

Maria Williquette is a yoga teacher and psychotherapist who recently relocated to Portland from Seattle. She has been teaching yoga with an emphasis on using yoga therapeutically for 10 years and she frequently teaches workshops and retreats about using yoga as a tool for healing.

Although more days than not Maria can be found practicing and teaching yoga, she is also an avid gardener, reader, hiker, and world traveler. While traveling, Maria has studied yoga in places as diverse as Argentina, South Africa, India, and Nepal. She has completed two 200 hr yoga teacher trainings and is about to graduate with her 500 hour teacher training certificate. Maria holds a Master’s Degree in counseling psychology and has a private practice in Portland for counseling and coaching clients. It is Maria’s passion to combine the wisdom of yoga with the study of psychology to create a therapeutic and deeply healing yoga practice.

As a teacher, Maria embodies depth and connection; joy and creativity. She will certainly arrive to class with a smile and she delights in connecting with every student who attends class with her. Both on and off the mat, Maria looks to each moment of each day for opportunities to learn and to practice gratitude.


Julia B Canfield

Julia is a tender hearted artist who uses a wide variety of modalities to help others heal and process trauma. She weaves ritual, narrative, and body based awareness together to empower others through their suffering and into a richer, more balanced life.

She is an advocate and ally for those affected by sexual assault and abuse. She is specifically interested in gender equality, creating brave space for all folks to be vulnerable, soft, and sovereign.

She is E-RYT 200 and has studied yogic philosophy in depth for many years, including while at the University of Washington where she graduated with an interdisciplinary degree in Comparative History of Ideas.

Off the mat, Julia is an artist, photographer, and activist. She enjoys poetry, tarot cards, and creating altars everywhere she goes.