Meet the Owner

Ailis Vann (CYT, RYT, LMT)

My yoga practice began over 15 years ago, and has become more and more of a part of my daily life over the years. The more I practiced the more I realized that I wanted more from yoga, and decided to become a certified yoga teacher. I received my training and certification through Blue Mountains Wellness Studio and graduated in June 2011.  We opened MSYC in September 2012 and we have been blown away by the amount of support this community has given us.  Countless friendships have been made through MSYC and I am so grateful for the space we have all created.

Yoga has helped me become a better person by teaching me self discipline, patience, understanding, and tolerance. It taught me to love myself no matter what obstacles my body has to deal with.  It has also helped me with other activities in my life, such as hiking, biking, and gardening. I highly value the community we have created through the yoga studio, and I encourage anyone and everyone to practice yoga with us at Midnight Sun.

I teach yoga because I love helping people help themselves. I try to create a fun and positive environment for the classes I teach, and my goal is to have students feel better, more relaxed, and at peace when they leave class. Seeing the transformation in students before, during, and after a class makes me happy and satisfied. I believe that if everyone in the world practiced yoga the world would be much more at peace.

Meet the Teachers


annieIn late spring of 2010, I wandered into a dance studio in downtown Missoula, MT. I had finally plucked up the courage to try out this new class I had heard about- Oula. I was nervous, having never taken any sort of dance or group fitness class before, but from the very first movements of the opening song, I knew I was hooked. It was love at first dance! After that, I went to Oula at least 4 times a week. I could not get enough of the joy, exhilaration, and release that I felt in class.

When I moved to Portland, OR, I pined for Oula. I finally decided that I HAD to have it back in my life and the way to do that was to become an instructor. I flew back to Montana, went through instructor training, and became certified in Feb 2013. Now, I am so incredibly excited to share my love of Oula with my hometown of Palmer. When I’m not shakin’ my goove thang, I love to be outside as much as possible by hiking, kayaking, and backpacking.  I am also new to the world of running and am training for my first half marathon.

Dori (CYT, LMT)

doriDori McDannold has been teaching Yoga since 2001. Dori is certified by the Nosara Institute Interdisciplinary Yoga Program at 200 hr. level, and the 200 hr. level Inner Dance Iyengar Yoga Teacher program. Dori brings to her classes an active flowing style of vinyasa, humor, openness, and a sense of wonder and discovery toward alignment of the body, mind, and spirit. Dori is also as certified Massage Therapist through the Heartwood Institute. She specializes therapeutic work utilizing a blend of Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, and also offers Full Body Swedish that relaxes and rejuvenates the whole being.


 Theresa (CYT, RYT)

Howdy!  I’m Theresa, and I believe that if you can breathe, you can do yoga!  My specialty is Hatha Yoga, and in my classes I focus on alignment and modifications to make class accessible for all kinds of people.  I hope that if you take a class from me you will not only find it a pleasant challenge, but also a fun time filled with lots of laughter.

I started my yoga journey 15 years ago, following knee surgery and picking up a yoga for beginners vhs tape. Years of practice motivated me to receive my 200 hour Hatha yoga teaching certification from Yoga Yoga in Austin, Texas, my hometown. In 2012, the Texas heat finally melted my brain, and I decided to live it up in the mountains.  I moved to Alaska and have since been having an amazing time exploring and learning about our wonderful state. I hope to see you in studio, whether it be in my class or another of MSYC’s talented teachers, and that you share in my passion for yoga.  Namaste!


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