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"Yoga means union.
Yoga is the union of the individual soul with the Universal Spirit.
To practice Yoga is to unite with the body and mind.
For the more practiced person it is also to unite the mind with intelligence;
and for the person with an even deeper practice
it is to unite the body, mind, and intelligence with the depth of the soul."

~BKS Iyengar

 Our Teachers & Our History

Specializing in Iyengar Yoga,

Open Spaces Yoga Center exists to...

Provide a nurturing environment for yoga practices
that foster overall health through steadiness

of body, mind and spirit.
Be a center of learning for a variety of

complementaryhealing and spiritual arts

and sciences that encourage greater self-awareness and an evolved consciousness.
Serve as a cultural center for emerging artists,

art and ideas.
Foster greater awareness of the interconnectedness
with all life including the planet.
Stimulate the expression of selfless service for the benefit of all beings.

Location: 476 W. White Mountain Blvd. #12, Lakeside, AZ 85929
Phone/Text: (928) 940-0996

Director:  Lauren Barnert-Hosie
Mailing address:  1740 East Owens, Show Low, AZ 85901




Rosie Gonzalez

began her in-depth training in 2003 at

Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, New Jersey. She’s a certified yoga instructor

and has been teaching 21 years in the greater Phoenix area and in Pinetop/Lakeside. 

She embraces the Vinyasa Style of teaching and includes Yin style at times. With an encouraging message and a music playlist from “mellow” to “energizing” she adeptly guides her students

according to their level of ability.

Seeing her students grow, heal and

go deeply into their yoga practice

is Rosie’s constant inspiration. 

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Melissa Graves

is a registered Yoga Instructor having received her initial teaching certification in Kriya Hatha Yoga in 2002 from The Yoga Connection in Tucson, AZ. Melissa went on in 2012 to receive her Masters level 500 hr. certification from Holy Yoga Ministries. Melissa has practiced and studied yoga for over twenty years. With a love of connecting breathe with movement into vinyasa flow, working to combine the elements of mind body and spirit into each class. Melissa is a practicing licensed Massage Therapist

in the Pinetop area.

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Ken Hosie (MA) 

is an accomplished artist, poet, and teacher of meditation with a unique blend of eastern and western traditions. His grounded, gentle guidance makes mindfulness practices accessible to beginners and experienced students alike. In addition to weekly public classes and private one-on- one sessions, Ken offers popular workshops including “Sound, Tone & Chant”, “Heart Sounds”, and “Meditation Through Ritual”.

Call (928) 940-0997 for the

next available class.


Claire-Dee Lim

 is a seasoned yoga practitioner with over 30 years of dedicated practice. She has a deep understanding of traditional yoga disciplines, mindfulness practices, and the intricate

mind-body connections.

Her yoga journey has been shaped by the teachings of master instructors in both the Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions, and

Buddhist meditation modalities.

Claire-Dee's love for movement extends beyond the yoga mat. From a young age, she was drawn to the world of dance, training and performing various styles such as jazz, hip hop, and salsa. 

She brings her passion for movement into her teaching as a yoga, dance, and certified fitness instructor. She is thrilled to be a part of the Open Space Yoga community.

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Pam Leibowitz

Practicing Yoga for over 20 years, Pam became 200 hour certified in 2010 through the YogaLife Institute in Exeter New Hampshire, which specializes in

Classical Hatha Yoga & Yoga philosophy.

She found her passion with Yin Yoga and has a 100 hour certification. Holding postures stimulates the energy within and

brings a calmness

to the body and mind, she says.

“Yoga is like ice cream, there are a number of different flavors (types of Yoga). You just have to find your favorite flavor…Yin is mine!”


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Lauren Barnert-Hosie

is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and a Certified Iyengar Yoga therapist. She received her Certificate of Psychomotor Therapy from New York Medical College and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Florida. With teaching experience spanning 27+ years,

Lauren is the owner and principal instructor at

Open Spaces Yoga Center. She co-directs the studio along with her husband

and Meditation Master, Ken Hosie.

Studying with the premier Senior Iyengar Yoga Teachers in the US, Lauren completed her 3 year Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics Course training.

Lauren individualizes practice for her students and employs yoga therapeutics in general classes where needed.  

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Lisa Gallinger Hughes

Lisa Gallinger Hughes has been teaching Forrest Yoga, a strengthener for core and Spirit, since 2017. She lives in Show Low full time and loves to share Forrest Yoga's endless benefits.

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Maureen (Mo)  Lord

She has been teaching for 25 years. She began practicing yoga in 1993. Yoga has been such a gift giving her strength physically, mentally and spiritually. She completed her first Bikram teacher training in 1999 with Cintra Brown. She volunteered to cancer patients at the Wellness Community Center in Phoenix, AZ. from 1999 - 2003. That experience inspired her to continue her yoga journey to improve her teaching skills. This unique study of yoga provided the acquired knowledge to implement modifications necessary for each student while meeting their needs to achieve their goals. She completed her 2nd teacher training “Yoga for Athletes Fitness System” in Vail, Colorado with Argie Liberos in 2001. She had the privilege to teach yoga to high school, college and professional athletes as well. Her passion for yoga shines with her nurturing approach to her students. Yoga has been a tremendous gift that she loves to share with others.

Lily Tista

has taught yoga locally for 28 years with an intuitive and energetic style attracting long time students. In 2013 she began her formal training (800+ hours) toward Iyengar certification at the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco and continued that training under Senior Teacher, Carolyn Belko from 2014-2016 in Encinitas, CA. She received her Iyengar Certification in 2016. Lily brings a solid knowledge of yoga to the community through her committed practice of the systematic Iyengar method emphasizing alignment, safety, and breath. Lily has a Yoga Therapy certification with

IAYT (International Assoc. of Yoga Therapists).

In January 2001, Darla Austerman, Kimberly (Johnson) Washburn, and Lauren Barnert-Hosie  merged their considerable intellectual and professional resources to create Open Spaces Yoga Center, LLC.

That Year they launched their endeavor by opening in a 600 square foot studio in Wagon Wheel, AZ. Two years later, with encouragement and support from Mosty Donahue at Spa Estique, they pulled up stakes and moved to a far more spacious 1502 square foot space in the Ponderosa Plaza, Lakeside (right on highway 260), where the business continues to thrive to this day.

Life's changes, redirection of professional focus, and family needs brought the most recent transformation to this business entity. Lauren assumed the reigns of the organization, with Darla and her husband moving to Washington State and Kimberly expanding her nurse practitioner women's health practice in Show Low. (Kimberly and husband, Steve Washburn have opened "Yoga Caliente" -  in The Gym in Pinetop where she and others teach "hot yoga"). This change in ownership was conducted with the greatest of equanimity and compassion of all concerned and represented the highest understandings of the root of yoga....compassion, humility, loving kindness, and selfless service.

The yoga center was completely renovated at the end of 2011 when the "yoga wall mural" designed and executed by Ken Hosie was created (the only one of it's kind in the world).
Open Spaces has continued to expand it's offerings to the general public with an emphasis in Iyengar yoga, and depending on the season, other styles of yoga are offered to suit every individual's need. After 3 years of intensive yoga therapeutics study, Lauren has begun offering (2017) Yoga Therapy Classes for those with health issues that require therapeutic interventions.
Lauren is an IAYT (International Assoc. of Yoga Therapists) certified instructor.

Meditation is an integral part of yoga practices and has been led by Master teacher Ken Hosie spanning many years at OSYC on Sunday mornings. Sound, Tone & Chant, (a 7 week intensive practice to explore the indepth relationship between creating vocal sound and creating community) has been offered several times.  OSYC has yearly hosted intuitive sound healer Patricia Hurley (Santa Cruz, CA) here to offer transformative private sessions to those in the White Mountains.
With our commitment to serve the community, Open Spaces  has hosted tours of Tibetan Buddhist Monks, who have given teachings, pujas, offered Tibetan Herbal healings, House blessings, divinations and created sand mandalas due to the generosity of local individuals.   OSYC also regularly hosts special workshops, programs, performing artist events and public talks.

Open Spaces Yoga Center is fully equipped and offers all levels of practice to accommodate the broadest possible needs of the young and old, the infirm, the sports-minded, healthful-living enthusiasts and those in search of evolved spiritual practices through yoga  and meditation.  
Without the devotion to yoga of our many fine instructors, OSYC wouldn't have attracted and maintained the diverse and dedicated students, who over the years have made Yoga a regular part of their lives.  To our students we are forever grateful for bringing themselves to the path of yoga. To the OSYC staff and students we extend our deepest heartfelt thanks for ensuring that yoga thrives in the White Mountains.


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