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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sara 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 Sara 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.
Growing up, Allison’s father introduced her to Kundalini yoga in their backyard in Florida. In 2005 she traveled to Anandpur Sahib, India to complete the KRI Kundalini Yoga teacher training program. Allison sees yoga as a toolbox for accessing and sustaining abundant energy and inner peace. Her classes are designed to awaken the power of breath and the inner stillness that follows mind-body connection. When not teaching yoga, Allison is a Certified Rolfer at Highlands Wellness Center and teaches meditation to expecting mothers at Belly Bliss in Cherry Creek.
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. Alya is an Anusara Inspired teacher and is also Certified in Bikram’s and Corepower yoga. 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 be part of an expanding Wellness program in Mustique. Her classes, keep you engaged, on your toes and are thoughtfully planned for all levels.
“Ancora Imparo “ – I am still learning Michael Angelo said that at 78, and that is how I try to approach my yoga and especially my life. I believe in curiosity with each movement, each person is unique and he/she has a history in their bones. Just as there is no “perfect pose” I encourage people to explore the possibilities within their ability at any given moment. The breath is our most vital connection to life, emphasizing the attention to the breath before the pose allows each person to feel deeply connected to the mind/body but also to others. Becoming a Certified Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor in 2009 at the Chopra Center in California opened up a whole new world for me personally, but it was becoming a yoga instructor that allowed me to incorporate both worlds. Bringing awareness and attention to the flowing centering practices of Qi Gong and Yin/Yang I feel this only enhances our ultimate experience of inner expansion on and off the mat. Samadhi was the first studio I attended after moving to Denver in 2005, I have loved the atmosphere ever since.
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.
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 wellbeing.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 years of experience to teach how to bring Spirit into life.
Madhuri has trained with Richard Freeman and Shri K Pattabhi Jois since 1986. In 1990, she started her studies wirh John Friend, embracing his principles of structural and spiritual alignment. Madhuri is considered one of Johns top students, travels extensively with John and teaches workshops thoughout the United States and Abroad.
Please see her website: www.muddyoga.com for more information.
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
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).
As a Professional Modern Dancer and Licensed Massage Therapist, Kristine has found the rich practice of Yoga to be a natural extension of her love of movement and the healing arts. She harbors a deep passion for health and healing and has worked at holistic day spas, organic vegetable farms, whole foods markets, yoga studios, and presently from her dedicated in-home healing space in the Highlands neighborhood of NW Denver. For the past decade she has studied Anusara Yoga, inspired by the profoundly therapeutic benefits of its detailed attention to postural alignment and balanced muscular action. As a Certified Anusara Yoga instructor, she incorporates this methodology into her uniquely styled Restorative Yoga classes and therapeutic offerings. She is also 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. She currently offers Restorative Yoga Classes, Workshops, and Teacher Trainings at Vital Yoga and is thrilled to join the Samadhi Yoga community.
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
Initially drawn to yoga for the physical benefits, Robin soon discovered the calming and spiritual aspects of daily practice. Asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation and chanting have provided her with techniques for stress reduction, and an opportunity to deepen her spiritual practice.
As a life long learner, Robin began her teacher training program the year before she retired from Jeffco schools. She received her Yoga
Teacher Certificate from Prana Yoga and Ayurveda Mandala Training Center in Denver in 2007. Robin is a Registered Yoga Teacher, belongs to Yoga Alliance and to YTOC (Yoga Teachers of Colorado).
Robin creates a space that allows everyone to explore their body, mind and spirit in a safe, nurturing, yet fun way. She loves sharing the joy of yoga with others.
Robin was an elementary school teacher for 12 years and a school psychologist for 18 years.
Robin is a Colorado native and is currently living in the Highlands in Denver with her husband, Vern.
Leah’s classes are enthusiastic, safe, authentic and spicy. In the words of internationally renowned yoga instructor Sianna Sherman, “Leah is full of heart and she is the absolute embodiment of flowing Grace in the currents of her heart. She is sincere, honest, dedicated and willing to transform her vulnerabilities into a vessel of pure gold. Leah has a great working knowledge of the Universal Principles of Alignment and a very palpable connection with the students heart to heart.”
Leah’s been teaching yoga in Denver since 2005. She’s studied Vinyasa Flow, Classical Ashtanga, Yoga Ed. for youth and was formally trained certified in the Ansuara® method of Yoga in 2011. While she no longer affiliates with any particular yoga style, she draws from all her teachers as well as her experience and heart when she teaches.
Shannon is a certified Power, Hot, Jivamukti Yoga, and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor, Reiki Master, Psychosomatic Therapist, and Raw Food Educator. She believes in the interconnectedness between all BE-ings and all things and is passionate about participating in and supporting her community towards physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.
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.
A Certified Anusara Yoga teacher, Julieta Claire has been practicing Anusara for ten years. Julieta leads heart centered, playful, and inspiring group classes that incorporate detailed alignment instruction into a fluid asana practice balanced with meditation and relaxation. Julieta enjoys instructing all levels of students, from beginners to the most advanced practitioners.
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.
In 1985, Tias began practicing yoga in the Iyengar method. In 1989, he went to Mysore South India to study Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for six months with K. Pattabhi Jois. He returned to Mysore in 1995 completing primary, intermediate and half of the advanced series of Ashtanga Yoga. Since 1992, Tias has been a long time student of Buddhist practice studying Vipassana meditation and Zen (Upaya Zen Center and Roshi Joan Halifax). He began studying Dzogchen and Mahamudra within Tibetan Buddhism in 2003 under the guidance of Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Tias currently is a student of koan study in the Rinzai school of Zen practice studying with Roshi Joan Sutherland. In 2000, Tias and his wife, Surya, founded and directed the Yoga Source studio in Santa Fe. They sold the studio in 2006, and currently they both continue to offer public classes there. Tias is author of two books: The Thread of Breath and Meditations on a Dewdrop.
Sarah is a certified Ashtanga yoga instructor. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in October of 2008, at It’s Yoga under Larry Schultz. Followed by a 50 hour Rocket Training with David Kyle. Being moved by the strength and power behind Ashtanga, her classes incorporate an upbeat, fun and energetic Ashatanga based flow. Sarah strives to lead a class in which individuals of all levels and yoga backgrounds feel comfortable and able to develop their own personal practice.Having a certificate in Ayurvedic yoga massage Sarah works with students to find space within each asana (pose); along with working with the breath as the foundation of the practice. Sharing her personal practice through teaching has been one of the most rewarding activities she has taken part in and she hopes she can inspire others as her teachers have inspired her.With Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Human Development, Sarah places great value on the mind and body connection. She believes that yoga is her personal means of finding balance within her own life and attempts to assist others in finding this through her teaching.
Kelly Larson, MA, PhDc, CYT, is passionate about delivering experiences that change people’s lives. As the director of the Center for the Study of Yoga and Health and founder of the Power Yin Yoga tradition, she is an acclaimed Yoga and meditation teacher, speaker, and scholar. Kelly has been featured nationally and internationally in major publications such as Martha Stewart’s Whole Living and quoted in leading publications including Yoga Journal.
Kelly is known for creating unique experiences that go far beyond traditional Yoga, and grounding her work with academic rigor. She has been teaching Yoga and meditation for over 15 years and travels the world to teach workshops and lead retreats, as well as to deliver premium private Yoga sessions. For more information, visit www.kellylarsonyoga.com
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
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.
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.
Beth Gurupriya Sanchez
Foremost in her aspiration is to serve students in a way that supports the experience of transformation from stress and suffering to deep well-being and insight. Beth’s classes are deeply inspired by her primary teachers, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn, and Ayurveda Practitioner and Teacher, Alakananda Ma. She received her yoga teacher training certificate in 2000 from the Iyengar-inspired Shoshoni yoga center and her teaching style has been described as mindful vinyasa with a poetic touch. While she provides a format for the countless benefits of physical exercise, she prefers to offer a work-in rather than a work-out. She invites all people seeking meditative depth in their yoga practice and in their daily lives.
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.
Wendy Correa, LMT, ERYT 200, RPYT (registered prenatal yoga teacher)
Wendy has been teaching yoga since 1998 and has taught hatha, vinyasa, hot yoga, prenatal, mommy and baby, kids, gentle/yin, yoga on the ball, and yoga nidra. She also spent a year teaching prenatal yoga and breastfeeding to homeless pregnant women.
As a licensed massage therapist and yoga educator she is passionate about anatomy and learning new modalities and continually maintains her studies. She has advanced certificates in Ashiatsu, Pre/Postnatal, Hot Stone, Arvigo Mayan Abdominal, Infant Massage and Reike.
Since 2001 Wendy has taught classes and workshops including yoga, childbirth education, breastfeeding, infant parenting, CPR, “Comfort Measures for Labor”, Infant Massage, Samadhi’s YTT classes and her 2 day Pre/Postnatal Yoga Teacher Trainings.
Wendy’s prenatal yoga classes have been featured in the Tampa Tribune, Denver Post and on local news in Tampa, FL.
Wendy’s articles: “Eco Mama-Why Breastfeeding is Best for Babies and the Environment” and “Caretakers of Homebirth” can be found in Mothering Magazine archives.
She can be reached at 303-335-7086 or email@example.com. Check out her website: www.mind-body-sole.com
Elise Fabricant has been practicing yoga since 1993 and sharing her love of it by teaching since 2002. Her friendly, down-to-earth approach to teaching has helped make it accessible to hundreds of people of all ages and abilities. It is her aim as a yoga teacher to encourage her students to become body-aware, to establish a relationship with their breath, and to develop a compassionate and joyful attitude towards themselves and the world around them. Elise teaches many styles of yoga, including Yin, Power Fusion, Slow Hatha and Prenatal. www.halfmoondenver.com