Kierstin found yoga when she realized she was holding her breath during times of stress. She made the conscious decision to breathe through all that life offered and stressful experiences became much more manageable. A few years later, she started the physical practice of asana and once again her life was changed. She was better able to make choices that served her, and also found an ease in her body she had never known. This is what she wants to share with you. She has been blessed to study directly with some of Denver’s leading teachers as well as nationally renowned instructors.
Kierstin aims to make her classes accessible to all skill levels and body types—flexible or inflexible. Her classes incorporate mindful movement and rhythmic breathing with options for modification and up level. Students will leave class feeling grounded, at peace and more aware of the body and the breath.
Yoga found Kim in 2006 in Portland, OR. A former professional ballet dancer, Kim was drawn to yoga’s therapeutic properties and she rediscovered her relationship with her body through yoga. Remaining a dedicated practitioner from her very first class, Kim received her first teaching certification in 2012. It was in this incredibly transformational and turbulent time that she finally “came home” and immersed herself in the devotional practice of Bhakti Yoga. Stepping into the role of a teacher allowed Kim the space to find her own unique voice not only in the yoga studio, but in all aspects of her life. Most recently, Kim has trained in adaptive yoga with Matthew Sanford. In addition to teaching yoga, Kim pledged herself to the 2013 Global Seva Challenge fundraiser for Off The Mat, Into The World. Currently, Kim is also the Festival Coordinator for Denver Chant Fest, brining the nation’s top Bhakti yoga teachers and kirtan artists to Denver.
Kim’s classes feature a creative vinyasa flow with an emphasis on safety and individual empowerment through Anuasara and Iyengar-inspired anatomical alignment. Continually infused with themes on spirituality and Bhakti, Kim is highly interested in using the physical practice as a gateway to a deeper connection with the subtle body. Kim is keenly aware of how yoga transforms the body and mind, opens the heart and soothes the spirit. She seeks to make the tremendous healing properties of yoga accessible to all those seeking and willing to do the work the path demands.
Kristine Whittle is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level
with Yoga Alliance and has been teaching yoga in the Denver area since 2003. Formerly a Certified Anusara Yoga instructor and continuously inspired by the benefits of detailed attention to postural alignment and balanced muscular action, she incorporates much of this methodology into her uniquely styled therapeutic and Restorative Yoga offerings. She is influenced heavily not only by her massage therapy training but by the somatic practices she has explored over her many years as a dancer including kinesiology, release techniques, Body-Mind Centering, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais, and Pilates. Kristine’s teaching style has been described as generous, well-informed, gentle, encouraging, and compassionate. She aims to strike a balance between precise instruction and space for her students to breathe into and deeply enjoy their practice. Kristine regularly offers Workshops, Teacher Trainings and Retreats throughout Colorado.
Brittany Belisle, a dedicated yoga practitioner for the past 12 years, attained her 200 hour certificate in Ashtanga Vinyasa with Paul Dallaghan at Yoga Thailand in 2009. This certification followed a five week intensive study with Sharrath at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore India.
Andrea Nozykowski is a 200-hour RYT and has been teaching yoga since 2001. She studied many years under a guru of the Patabi Jois lineage. Andrea strives to create a welcoming community while developing a space where everyone, from all levels, feels comfortable and confident in their practice. Her yoga philosophy is based on the theory that most ailments can be traced to a physical, spiritual or emotional imbalance, and that yoga creates balance and awakens a deeper physical, spiritual and emotional awareness. Andrea has taught in Chicago, San Diego and Boulder prior to moving to Denver.
Helios (pronounced HEE-lee-Ose) frequently has to explain his name. Yes, his parents really named him after the Greek sun god… no pressure, though! His parents taught him that his personal power was infinite, and that we are the masters of his own destiny, creating our own reality with our thoughts. He’s always been very physical and his parents were wise enough to involve him in sports and challenging mental work to channel his energy. They taughtHelios to meditate, concentrate, breathe and focus his energy and effort. Since then, he has enjoyed many disciplines, especially weight training, yoga and meditation. As an adult, he came to yoga for relief from the pain of a few serious car accidents, and the stress of years in a high pressure sales environment. It worked, and he went on to become certified as a personal trainer in 2010, and to complete a power yoga teacher training in 2011, and an additional teacher training that fall. For new and experienced yogis, Helios aims to help practitioners find their strength, peace and freedom through breath and playful movement.
Beth Gurupriya Sanchez
Alicia DeCristofaro is your guide, instructor, and friend through this class. Alicia is a doula of 12 years. She has completed 2 1/2 years studying with a home birth midwife in Denver and Parker, she is a massage therapist since 1991, prenatal yoga instructor since 2002, she is certified in Nutrition Therapy, Prenatal Massage, and she is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love.
Alya was originally drawn to the yoga for its wisdom and its ability to help maintain her body and soul under a rigorous performing schedule. She began as a professional dancer dancing with many greats like the Jose Limon Co. She is a movement analyst and past faculty at the Laban Inst. of Movement Analysis in NYC. Alya is a myofacial bodyworker CTT and is faculty for the teacher training in this modality too. An experienced teacher of dance, choreography and movement analysis to dance companies and universities all over the world, Alya soon made the seamless shift to teaching yoga. Alya has been teaching for over 30 years, whose life’s purpose has been to discover ways to create more life, joy, energy and expression in and through the body. For the past 8 years Alya has been a student of Rod Stryker, Parayoga;, completing all 9 of his teacher trainings. She is deeply influenced by the alignment principles of Anusara Yoga, the steadiness of a consistent practice, the wisdom of a traditional lineageand the playfulness of vinyasa and dance. Currently living in Carbondale, Colorado Alya was the General Manager for Vital Yoga Cherry Creek and steered the conversion and expansion to the Kindness Yoga Centers; co- creating special events, teacher training along with leading her own retreats internationally. Taking a sabbatical from administration, Alya is thrilled to be back in the studio teaching classes and to have been part of an expanding Wellness program in Mustique. Her classes, keep you engaged, on your toes and are thoughtfully planned for all levels.
Patrick Montgomery, RYT 500, offers an unyielding belief that the best of all possibilities is within. He has taught workshops, immersions and public classes in Boulder, Sydney and Bali.He is a former certified Anusara® teacher and has studied extensively with Ashtanga and Iyengar teachers. He is also a meditator and philosophy student and weaves these aspects into class.His teaching style is precise, poetic and poignant at times. His smart sequences lead to a lot of success in the postures. He encourages each student to learn skills that will help them progress in their practice and shift on a personal level. He is known to assign homework!Patrick lives his life like an art project.
Australian born and raised Brad Hay has taught Tantric Yoga and Meditation for over 14 years. He was the founder/owner of Shiva Yoga studio in Crested Butte Colorado and also teaches workshops, retreats and trainings internationally. His students highly regard him as a very knowledgeable, intuitive and powerful teacher with great patience and compassion. He invokes both practical wisdom and a deeper understanding of the energetics of life and Tantric Hatha Yoga. His vast experience of life and teaching make his methods potently effective to people of all backgrounds.
Brad is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and completed studies at the California College of Ayurveda in 2010. He holds a Certificate IV level of teaching and an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance since 2003. Brad continues to practice and study with his mentor of 7 years Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga in the Tantric lineage of Sri Vidya.
Visit Brads website at www.pranicdoctor.com
Katherine M. Coleman
Kate is an E-RYT with over 400 hours of training, a Keiser Cycling Coach, and holds a degree as a Master Nutrition Therapist specializing in food allergies, digestive and thyroid disorders, and adjunctive autoimmune care. Additionally, Kate’s company, Biophilia (www.EatStretchLoveLife.com), hosts Yoga, Nutrition, and Backpacking Retreats throughout Colorado and the Southwest (featured in Backpacker Magazine). The cultivation of Biophilia stemmed from Kate’s own struggle with her health and finding that her experiences and connections with the natural world gave her new perspective on her daily existence. Her intention is to provide individuals with the opportunity to explore and enjoy the vibrant world within and around us. Check out her website for already organized adventure retreats or connect with Kate to create a custom-designed retreat to meet your vision. Retreats are offered year round, all you have to do is arrive! Read more about Kate and her services on her website, and call today to schedule a 15 minute FREE consultation (303-578-2378).
Kimberly Braun, Minister, M.A., Meditation Coach, Reiki Master, Catalyst, Activator, Guide
Kimberly has been devoted to meditation from the age of 5, with over ten of her years spent as a monastic nun. Her Masters in theology was completed in 2001 in Washington D.C., and is concentrated upon the adult spiritual journey. She is a retreat and workshop facilitator, meditation faculty at the renowned Omega Institute, and fellow seeker on the path to living freely. She has three CDs, an APP and soon to be available book about her time as a nun, Love Calls. Kimberly is now available for private sessions. Stay in touch by visiting: www.kimberlybraun.com.
Carrie has been a licensed massage therapist and Reiki practitioner for 10 years.
She is a graduate of the Samadhi Center for Yoga YTT Program. Her background is
painted with art and dance. She has always been drawn to anything creative and
filled with movement, so it was inevitable that she would fall in love with yoga.
In her classes, she hopes to inspire students to explore their boundaries while honoring
their minds, bodies, and spirits. She uses her knowledge of the body and alignment
principles to offer subtle adjustments with an emphasis on safety and assisting energetic
flow. Carrie encourages students to express joy and playful grace in their yoga practice,
to take it off the mat, live it, be it and share it.
Michelle Lee blends her professional training as a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist with her training as a Vinyasa yoga instructor to create a healing and transformational experience for her yoga students. Michelle completed her 200 hour teacher training with renowned teacher trainers Shannon Paige and Chris Muchow and has continued her education by soaking up the brilliant offerings of yogis and tantric philosophers like Shiva Rea, Douglas Brooks, Chris Tompkins and Ana Forrest. Weaving yoga asana, neuropsychology and music, Michelle’s classes invite you to flow into the deep internal landscape of how your body holds emotion while keeping things light hearted and down to earth. Michelle teaches yoga throughout the Front Range and sees Yoga Psychotherapy clients in her Denver based private practice.
Crystals background as a caregiver for 20 years, fuels her passion to adapt yoga therapy and assist with the healing process. Yoga is universal light and it is for everyone, a profound healing tool to understand the flow of energy and it’s subtleties. As co-founder of The Chanda Plan, Crystal works with a variety of clients to maintain wellness, promote balance, and improve the quality of life. She has been practicing for 15 years, various styles, and teaching for 12. The last 9 years have involved heavy therapeutics working closely with Matthew Sanford, Madhuri Martin and John Friend, master teachers in biomechanics and Yoga Therapy. Crystals class reflects a playful healing mixture of Hatha yoga, adaptive to all levels of practice. exploring the deep alignment of muscular integration and universal principles of energy in achieving a light balanced spine. Weaving these principles, her studies, integrative medicine, healing arts, love and wonder into a supportive web to deepen your practice & relationship to life.
Saraphina is a mom, clothing designer and graduate of the Samadhi Yoga Teacher Training program. She has the exceptional ability to touch hearts while strengthening and opening bodies in a way that gives every student the freedom to be all that they are. Her wonderful sense of humor and loving compassion make it easy for any student to find space within themselves to deepen and grow in a flowing and fun environment!! Her innate wisdom helps guide the body, mind and soul through not only a powerful practice on the mat, but through an awakened life as well.We are delighted to have Saraphina as an esteemed member of our teaching team for the Samadhi Yoga Teacher Training program. Discover your True Self through her loving and compassionate guidance in meditation.
Matthew teaches with sincerity and reverence, guiding students toward a deeper sense of stillness, calm, and confidence. Matthew strives to align himself, and his students, with the traditional orientation of yoga–stability of the physical body, awakening of the pranic body, and equanimity of the mental/emotional body. His classes combine practical yogic techniques of pranayama, asana, mantra, and meditation with classical yogic philosophy and contemplation.
Matthew believes that although we live in a world of constant fluctuation, with utmost faith and practice, stability is not only possible, but is our true abiding nature.
By becoming more aware of the present moment, we become more capable of not only choosing the trajectory of our life, but changing it altogether. This is not a promise, but an experience that is happening right now. Yoga is the systematic removal of limitations, for the purpose of experiencing our Soul’s full potential.
Matthew is proud to have received his 200 hour YTC from Samadhi Yoga Center.
It has been a tremendous honor and joy for me to share this sacred yoga experience with others. I remember the first time I ever attended a yoga class. It felt as though I had finally come home after much searching. And since then, I have been blessed with many profound and divine experiences of body and soul. It is my goal to share that with you through yoga.While I have studied with many teachers, my greatest teacher is the one inside. That is the teacher I hope to help awaken in each of you; your own inner Guru. I invite you on an adventure to your true self; a space where there are no limits placed on you by a hardened heart or a confined mind. Step and even leap into the unknown, a space where you will experience yourself as pure light, love, power and peace.
Mitsuyuki “Mike” Ninomiya has made mind-body discipline his life for over 30 years… having taught martial arts and meditation internationally to people ages two to ninety-four years old! A retired four-time world martial arts champion, Mike was drawn to the energetic and therapeutic aspects of yin yoga. ”As a teacher my aim is to establish a strong connection in heart so that our inner light is spread radiantly.” His classes are vibrant, uplifting and in the moment. Mike is also involved in West African drum/dance and the national chess circuit. He also enjoys surfing and creating art.
Every movement is an outer manifestation of the body’s inner grace; precise alignment lifts the body, mind and spirit, unifies them, and opens us to unique and boundless potential. An avid student of Hatha yoga since childhood, Hadley teaches to serve as a bridge for others to cross into their innate body-wisdom. A practitioner of physical theatre, acrobatics, ecstatic dance and North Indian Tantra, she is dedicated to integrating the limit-pushing practices found in an acting class with the spirit-fulfilling practices of yoga. Hadley is certified with YogaWorks and Yogiños Yoga for Youth, and teaches an inviting, challenging, all-levels blend of stillness, philosophy and curiosity. Prepare to get inquisitive and dive into your gifts.
Since childhood, he has pursued the growth and development of both mind and body in what started with a deep interest in the martial arts. After reaching a second degree black belt in Taekwondo, he went on to teach as an assistant and many years later found Capoeira where he trained and taught with the American Capoeira Association in Boulder/Denver, Colorado. His interest in the development of the self, led him to meditation, further opening the doors to yoga and healing. He began his study of various forms of yoga in 1998, later receiving his teaching certification in Nasik, India in classical yoga (the original 8-limb ashtanga practice as outlined by Patanjali). He is also a Reiki Master in the Mikao Usui tradition. His yoga and meditation classes seek to incorporate the holistic practice of yoga illuminating the transcendental element of yoga’s deeply spiritual origin. His time off the mat is usually spent immersed in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains or in his musical passions of djing/producing ethnic-electronic music and the exploration of trance-dance as a method for healing, expression, and self-realization.
Christine’s relationship with yoga is about story….through words, embodiment and heart. Our physical bodies can talk in aches and pains about where we’ve been, and our mental selves are chatterboxes about where we want to go. The heart can hardly get a word in edgewise. Through yoga, this great practice of union, we can get them all moving the same way…telling the same story, expressing our truest selves in the present moment. Christine feels spoiled by the amazing teachers in Denver, CO sharing their Anusara experience, and continues to study the principles of aligment amongst other lineages. She welcomes beginners and those who say, “I can’t do yoga, because I’m not flexible.” Her mantra is function over form, but fun comes first. Christine is crazy about her pooch, Crosby. She’s also madly in love with writing, dance, food, music, and nature.
Expect movement, music, and creating your own relationship with the best story ever told….yours.
For 30 years Santosh has woven Eastern teachings into the fabric of his life experience. A yoga practitioner for 16 years and a skillful former student of martial arts has influenced his teaching to view the artistry of yoga as an ancient ritual of body, mind, and spirit. Yoga profoundly inspires our relationship with our own heart and supports us to confront the real, the truth of life’s essences. Through this expansive yet unified lens we integrate the whole of yoga’s Eastern roots into the true meanings of its timeless teachings.
Santosh integrates the universal rhythms of yoga’s ceremonies and creates classes that support personal wellness, energetic healing, physical challenge, and a place for peaceful reflection. The student is then carefully invited into this universal flow of personal transformation, sustainable inner peace, and conscious growth. His class are fun, challenging, and thoughtful learning experiences. The profile of Santosh’s yoga experience is vast, actually incomparable in its own way and remarkably unique. He is registered as an E-RYT 500 and has been a teacher trainer for over 10 years. Come and join us in this radically fantastic current, the universal rhythm of all experiences of the physical world, subtle energies, and transcendent illuminations.
5 Words to Describe Heather’s Classes
Connected, Accessible, Deep, Playful, Inspiring
A student, teacher, seeker and voyager of yoga for more than a decade, Heather Lindemann, E-RYT, is passionate about living in the light of yoga. She has studied and practiced with a tribe of other brilliant teachers including Sean Corn, Shiva Rea, Judith Hansen Lasater, Shannon Paige, Alanna Kaivayla and Jivamukti Yoga founders Sharon Gannon and David Life. Yoga is her passion. Her teaching is rooted in the belief that the practice of yoga can benefit anyone who is open and willing to practice and dive deep. Heather is an Off The Mat Into the World activist and trainer and teaches a wide variety of yoga modalities including restorative, gentle yoga, vinyasa flow (all levels), align and flow, Yoga Nidra and fundamentals. Heather believes that yoga and light and shadow are intrinsically linked. With practice, patience, breath and willingness, yoga can show us the lessons of the shadow and bring light into any body, into any life. From that light burns a deeper connection to all living beings – that connection is love.
There are many paths to enlightenment. Yoga is one of the paths Jordan has chosen. Physically, yoga has improved his skills at snowboarding, break dancing and other physical activities, while preventing injury. Mentally, the art of yoga has introduced him to meditation and mindfulness. Spiritually, yoga has given Jordan a stronger connection to his authentic self, the Spirit of Life and Divinity. He is honored to share this knowledge with you.His mission is to empower and guide others to deeper body-awareness and understanding of their Temple (body). The human body has a beautiful and innate ability to heal itself. We can learn how to activate that healing process through yoga and taking responsibility for our health. All modalities of therapeutic healing movements are incorporated into his classes, giving you the greatest benefit to heal in whatever way is necessary for your body. In addition to yoga instruction, Jordan is also a personal fitness trainer and nutrition specialist.
Cheryl Deer, RYT 500, Forrest Yoga Guardian, has taught yoga since 1996. Cheryl’s classes and workshops are joyful and motivating, designed to leave you awakened and inspired. Expect to receive gentle yet powerful adjustments, connect to your core and engage in your practice in a way that brings greater presence, healing and transformation.
Cheryl’s teaching is deeply rooted in the Forrest Yoga philosophy; an approach designed to address the stresses and challenges of our daily lives and support our journey toward physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
In addition to teaching classes, privates, workshops and teacher trainings in Denver, Cheryl also spends time each year assisting her teacher Ana Forrest, creatrix of Forrest Yoga. She draws on her knowledge from Ana and her many ears of experience to teach how to bring Spirit into Life.
“I want to be present and pure enough to reflect to my students their own light so that they can be as touched and rejoiced by it as I am. I believe the truths and peace we find on our mats have an instant effect on the whole world!!!”
Sahaja Devi (Tracey Lanham)
Sahaja Devi, Tracey Erin Lanham, believes that all of us have the capacity to experience union in our everyday lives. She is deeply passionate about guiding students to experience the pulse of the universe, and to understand that pulse as the path to union. Each class is a confirmation that we are not separate from the universal heartbeat. Rather, we are part of it. She is also deeply interested in exploring the spaces between- the transitions and the connections. These places that are neither here nor there teach us that this practice, and indeed this life, is not a series of separate and disconnected events, but rather a continuous, unbroken thread.
Tracey’s Sanskrit name, Sahaja Devi, was given by her beloved teacher, Aditi Devi. Sahaja means innate and spontaneous and describes the spark of bliss that is the ember in the very center of each and every one of us. This bliss is our birth-right and our true nature and Sahaja’s classes reflect that important teaching.
Sahaja began practicing yoga in 2000 and is an E-RYT 200, RYT 500. After studying with Erica Kaufman, the founder of Lila yoga, she became a certified yoga teacher in 2005. Since 2005, she has been influenced by and studied with many amazing teachers, including Shannon Paige, Alana Kaivalya, Karen Lerner, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea and Aditi Devi. Sahaja is also an Off the Mat, Into the World facilitator.
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As a practicing pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital Colorado, and a medical researcher, Mandy has long been drawn to the mystical power of the mind-body connection. She first discovered yoga at the age of 41 and quickly became captivated by the meditative quality of the Ashtanga yoga system, and the quiet strength of Power Yoga, practicing both of these styles regularly for the last 3 years. After moving to Denver in 2012 she discovered Rocket Yoga and has since also added this to her list of favorites for it’s fun and dynamic movements. She graduated from the Axis Yoga 200 hour teacher-training program in 2013 and is excited to now be able to use her combined knowledge of medicine and yoga to better people’s lives and health. Mandy strives to make her classes fun, dynamic, and energetic, while maintaining a grounding foundation of breath meditation linked with movement. Her goal is to help students tap into the quiet power of their own unique inner strength so that the lessons learned on the yoga mat can be applied to other areas of their lives.
“I had been wanting to try Yoga for the past few years, but was always intimidated.….to my surprise, taking my first Yoga class with Mandy was an amazing experience and the least bit intimidating!” Steven L
‘Mandy’s expert knowledge of yoga and physical dexterity really motivated me to push for a higher level of yoga fitness.” Anna F
Buffy Barfoot is a yoga teacher dedicated to the physical and spiritual threads of yoga. She is committed to bringing out the personal strength, courage and trust in herself and her students through practice. After achieving certification in Anusara Yoga, Buffy chose to evolve her teaching in a new direction. Buffy considers herself to be always learning and refining, and her daily practice is the richest fuel for her teaching. She uncovers more each day that inspires her to share the gifts of yoga, providing entryways kinesthetically through the body, philosophically through the mind, and devotionally through the heart. She binds herself to the belief that yoga can create more vibrancy in all the parts of us, from the inside out. Buffy’s classes marry clear alignment direction with strength building, flow, and breath work provide a well rounded class. She also employs the southern tradition of storytelling to make complex yogic teachings more accessible to her students. Her classes are playful, challenging and provide the opportunity to dig down for more shine. www.buffybarfoot.com
Daniel, an actual Denver Native, has embraced Yoga as both a lifestyle and as a profession. His experience with counseling, personal training, & sports psychology provides a solid foundation for infusing yoga into the consciousness and physical vessels of anyone’s daily lifestyle. He has personally experienced and witnessed in countless others, how this 8-limbed practice has the power to realign attitudes, restore health, and rejuvenate souls. Daniel’s teaching methodology is succinct, informative, and accessible to all levels of yoga practitioners. He understands that incorporating a solid asana practice with mindful nutrition, other types of exercise, and positive thinking are the cornerstones of the foundations of a healthy mindset. Classes with Daniel will incorporate elements of kinesthetic development and yogic principles into the asana practice; with the essence of deep relaxation, enlightenment, and self-exploration.
His classes will allow you to appreciate how your own yoga practice is unique and personal, how your alignment and attitude facilitate bringing those positive components of your self into action on the yoga mat, and into the rest of your lives.
MA Psychology, University of Sydney, AUS, 1995
ERYT-200, RYT-200 Yoga Alliance
Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor, Kirstin Harper, also known as Asiana, studied at the Ayurvedic Institute and the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics, in Albuquerque, where she received her certifications. Specialties include Ayurvedic Lifestyle consulting and Natural Therapeutics. Recent travels throughout India, Thailand, and SE Asia afforded opportunities to study Thai massage and gain a deeper understanding of the technology available to us through meditation and yoga. Along with facilitating Yoga classes in the Evergreen, Golden and Denver areas, Asiana offers integrated bodywork treatments specializing in Core Synchronism, Polarity, Therapeutic and Thai massage. She has also been trained in modalities such as Swedish, Shiatsu, Reiki, and Prenatal. Through the ever-changing sensations of existence and the power of nature and spirit, Asiana is honored to be a part of this journey and facilitate harmony and integration in these bodies.