In 1985, Tias began practicing yoga in the Iyengar Yoga 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. To see Tias’ elective click here. Or for more information about Tias go to: www.pranjayoga.net
Matthew Sanford is an Iyengar yoga teacher, renowned public speaker, the award-winning author of Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, and paralyzed from the chest down. He is the founder of the non-profit Mind Body Solutions and a leading voice in the integrative health movement. He recently won the California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute of Health and Healing 2010 Pioneer of Integrative Medicine Award. (Previous winners include Deepok Chopra, Mehmet Oz, and Andrew Weil.) Matthew is also a pioneer in adapting yoga for people living with a wide variety of trauma, loss, and disability, including our wounded warrior population and veterans. Matthew’s classes are physically strenuous while also challenging students to explore beyond the physical execution of poses. To see Matthews elective click here. Or for more information about Matthew go to: www.matthewsanford.com and www.mindbodysolutions.org.
Surya Little’s path includes parallel studies in yoga and nutrition. In 1987, she began her spiritual healing while living in Brienz, Switzerland at the Hairakhandi Babaji Ashram. Surya traveled to the foothills of the Himalayas of North India to practice bhakti and karma yoga within the community of her spiritual teacher, Hairakhand Babaji. Inspired to study food and healing and yoga as a way of life, in 1989 Surya studied with Dr. Vasant Ladd at the Ayurveda Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She then moved to New York City in 1990 where she studied macrobiotic healing and later taught cooking classes at Gulliver’s Living and Learning Center (currently called Integrative Nutrition) run by Joshua Rosenthal and Marcie Zaroff. For more information about Surya go to: www.pranjayoga.net
Linda Spackman began teaching at Yoga Source when the studio opened in 2000. Her classes include general asana, prenatal/post partum, yoga sutra philosophy and chanting. With close attention to precise alignment and the use of props, Linda strives to impart her joy and underlying reverence for all aspects of yoga. Her classes are upbeat, lively, and embracing. Along with prenatal and postpartum, she specializes in yoga for all phases of a woman’s life. She conducts the Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Intensive, and co-teaches with Surya Little, the Yoga and Women’s Health Program for Prajna Yoga. Linda treasures the opportunity to study in the Iyengar tradition with Patricia Walden, and has done so since 2005. She began her yoga studies in this lineage in 1984 with Manouso Manos. She was a certified teacher from 2005 through 2010. Linda is also a dedicated student of Sonia Nelson, with whom she has studied the Yoga Sutras, the Inner Limbs of Yoga, and Vedic Chant since 2005. Sonia is a senior student of TKV Desikachar.
Elysabeth Williamson is an internationally recognized Yoga teacher and founder of Principle-Based Partner Yoga™. She is the author of ‘The Pleasures and Principles of Partner Yoga’ a seven year undertaking, and recently released ‘Partner Yoga Touch’, a state-of-the-art iPhone app, both award winning projects. Elysabeth has a particular gift for articulating and transmitting esoteric teachings in ways that are accessible and practical for everyone. Her primary passion is how to use Yoga as a tool to open the heart and cultivate healthy relationships. Elysabeth is deeply committed to sharing the transformative power of Partner Yoga through presenting international classes, workshops and Teacher Trainings. Elysabeth has had a lifelong connection with Yoga and experienced spontaneous, intuitive movement into yoga postures throughout her childhood. She began formal studies at the age of seventeen, including many diverse Yogic traditions such as Kripalu, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, Kundalini, Kriya, and Power Vinyasa Yoga. Certiﬁed as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Elysabeth incorporates a wide variety of healing modalities into her teaching including Thai Yoga massage, Cranial Sacral, Shiatsu and various meditation techniques. Elysabeth has been teaching Yoga for over 25 years and is accredited through Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500, experienced, registered, Yoga teacher. Elysabeth resides in Santa Barbara, CA and is the mother of two children. To see Elysabeth’s elective click here. Or for more information about Elysabeth go to: www.partneryoga.net
Aubrey Hackman is a certified Yoga instructor and founder of the Telluride Yoga Festival. With a strong devotion to the practice of Yoga, Aubrey has made it her life’s work to find authentic teachers and to bring that quality of instruction to others whether through her teaching or Yoga festivals. She’s motivated by altruist yoga practices and dedicates her work to making Yoga available to all levels. She has studied various forms of Yoga including Ashtanga, Jivamukti, therapeutic and Iyengar. To see Aubrey’s elective click here. Or click here to check out Aubrey’s website.
Terri Cooper lives in Miami and is the Founder of Yoga Gangsters, a non-profit that empowers youth in crisis through yoga. She offers weekly classes at her studio 305 Yoga & Outreach and is the Director of 305 University, Miami’s only karma yoga school. Terri writes, travels, dances, prays, loves & serves her community. She is a manifesting mofo and believes Connection is the Cure. Click here to see Terri’s workshop. Or click here to check out her website.
Hansa Eyrt-MT, ERYT500hr
Hansa is an ongoing student of Kripalu Yoga. Over the years, she has studied with many teachers who have offered insights and depths into the path of yoga. The blessings of all the wisdom holder offers her a unique, unfolding experience of yoga. She has developed the belief that the body is the silent communicator of the Spirit and use yoga, yoga cikitsa, ayurveda and massage to facilitate Spirit connection. She has taught in many locations and now has her own studio, the PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala in Denver. She teaches yoga classes, yoga teacher training programs and a Yoga Therapy Training. Hansa is a past president of Yoga Alliance and Yoga Teachers Of Colorado and served on the Board of Kripalu Center, Sanga, International Yoga College and is currently on the Standards Committee for International Association of Yoga Therapy.
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.
Anne Hart-ERYT 200hr, RYT 500hr
Anne has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching since 2000. She has earned her 500 hour certification from Tias Little/Prajna Yoga and has been honored to assist Tias for over 10 years. Anne has also assisted Thomas Myers (“Anatomy Trains”) & Todd Garcia in a 5-day Fascial Dissection Course. Anne creatively teaches anatomy using slide shows to depict anatomical structures which also appear in animals, art and architecture. Following her presentations, she guides students through an asana practice focusing on those same structures experientially. She ignites passion for the complexity of the human body.
Beth Sanchez-ERYT 200hr
Beth’s classes are deeply inspired by her primary teachers, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn, and Ayurveda Master Practitioner, Alakananda Ma. She is also deeply influenced by the teachings of Richard Freeman, and Adyashanti. Beth has been teaching Yoga since 2000 and Ayurveda since 2005 and Vegetarian Cooking Classes since 2010. Her aspiration is to help students access their own awakened nature using powerful tools available through Yoga, Ayurveda, and Mindfulness. Check out her offerings at www.bethsanchez.
Having an interest in the mind/body relationship since an early age, Jeremy practiced martial arts before finding yoga. It was through the practice of yoga nidra and meditation back in 1993 that led him to explore asana, bhakti, and the Eight Limbs. In 2006 he earned his yoga teaching certificate in the Classical Eight Limbs at Yoga Vidya Dham in Naasik, India. Jeremy is also a Reiki Master and sees all of his practices as various methods for bringing himself and others back into the most natural state of being.
Cheryl Deer-ERYT 200hr, RYT 500hr
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.
Lisa Wimberger is the founder of the Neurosculpting® Institute. She holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Stonybrook, NY and a Foundations Certification in NeuroLeadership. She is the author of NEW BELIEFS, NEW BRAIN: Free Yourself from Stress and Fear. Lisa is a neuroplastician running a private healing and psychic practice teaching clients who suffer from stress disorders. Lisa began her meditation practice at age 12. Hit by lightning at age 15, and clinically dead on multiple occasions, Lisa uses her traumatic experience as a vehicle for transformation. Lisa studied Ascension training for four years with Ishaya monks. She completed four years of psychic awareness training, applying the tools of the Berkeley Psychic Institute. Lisa is the Founder of the Trance Personnel Consulting Group and Ripple Effect, LLC. She has created and facilitated leadership trainings for executive teams in Fortune 500 companies, the Colorado Department of Health Care and worked individually with international management. She has created and facilitated Emotional Survival programs for Colorado Law Enforcement Agencies and peer counsel groups. Lisa writes for the Elephant Journal, CopsAlive and partners with the Law Enforcement Survival Institute. Additionally, Lisa’s services are sought on a national level by individuals in law enforcement looking to find a new way to navigate through their stress patterns. Lisa is a public speaker, and has addressed audiences ranging from corporate leaders to FBI and Secret Service. Lisa is a member of the National Center for Crisis Management and ILEETA (International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association). Her mission to share practical and powerful stress management techniques to those in need caused Lisa to develop her Neurosculpting® programs combining neuroscience principles with mindfulness and energetic modalities.
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.
Mike is the co-founder and co-owner of Pranava Yoga Center in Colorado Springs with his lovely wife Charlotte. Mike, also known as Saddhu Om, who studies directly with Dharma Mittra as well as many other yogi greats, teaches a fun Raja yoga class for seasoned practitioners. Expect to experience smiles, laughter, friendship, some crazy yoga poses, photos being taken and a whole lot of LOVE!! It is obvious that Mike lives his yoga and we are very fortunate to have him share it with us.
Katherine M. Coleman began her journey into wellness in 2004, while attaining her B.A. in English Literature and Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. Before she knew it, Kate had become a steadfast yogini, practicing both yin and yang styles. Influenced by Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, Baron Baptiste, and others, Kate completed her 200 hour certification at the Cincinnati Yoga School in 2008, and has since been blessed to volunteer for Yoga Bear, a national 501 (c)3 that connects cancer survivors with yoga studios.
In 2011, she became a Master Nutrition Therapist at the Nutrition Therapy Institute of Denver, specializing in digestive disorders, food allergies, and autoimmune conditions. Kate is dedicated to helping individuals find joy in developing balance through yoga, meditation, and nutritional wisdom. She believes that a happy heart and an open mind are tantamount to healthy meridian and organ systems.
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Annie Freedon | Program Visionary & Director
It has been Annie’s lifelong desire to serve others and improve the planet we inhabit. Annie (with the help of many others along the way) created Samadhi almost eleven years ago to fulfill this dharma. It is through our joined vision that we have created this outstanding program that consistently transforms lives for the better.
Establishing a strong yoga teacher training program in Denver is an important step to awakening the masses to our own glorious truth. It is Annie’s heartfelt wish that many will not only learn about how to teach profound and transformational yoga classes, but will also discover a deep and powerful awakening in themselves. This, she believes has the power to positively and radically transform the world.