Yoga means, “To join.” I discovered this after my first yoga class in 1986 in my hometown of Gunnison, CO. I remember walking out of my first class feeling like I took my very first full breath! But more importantly, I knew that this ancient discipline held a key to my desire to know myself. The words became a personal koan: If yoga means, “to join” then what am I “separate” from? The answer to this question lies within each of us. It’s what makes yoga both practice and goal. Above all other questions, it is by far the most important question I have ever asked.
My teaching style is simply “yoga that joins.” My classes are healing. I have a strong background in Iyengar Yoga, which grounds my practice in safe, mindful alignment. But I also weave in my equally strong love for the flow and freedom of Vinyasa. I appreciate the reflective power of meditation, which often finds its way into my classes. I aim to inspire my students with the same insights that have been deeply empowering and healing for me. I have learned that with mindful application, yoga can heal almost anything. Yoga is a gift, and all true gifts must be shared. This is why I teach.
I hold two 200-hour teacher certifications and head up Yoga Loft's Yoga Teacher Training with Steph and Kirsten. As a trained Rolfer, I incorporate structural elements into my classes that have practical "off the mat" applications in life. I have studied with a variety of Yoga teachers over the years. I am co-owner of Yoga Loft in Boulder, Colorado and have an online spiritual self-study (based on my 24 years as a student of A Course in Miracles) called The Gift. You can also learn more about this and my first book: The Yoga Mind — The Yoga Sutras According to A Course in Miracles at jeffbaileyoneline.com.
Brianne was blessed to have been raised with yoga in her life from an early age in Rochester, NY. She delved deeper into the practice in 2009 as she sought to find inner peace and calm while earning her undergraduate degree as a music performance major. Fro Brianne, the benefits of yoga as a musician were hard to ignore. Yoga brought awareness to Brianne’s life as she struggled through the competitiveness and anxiety that comes with being a classical musician.
After an illuminating study-abroad-trip to India, Brianne decided to deepen her commitment to yoga in hopes of sharing her passion with musicians. While working specifically with musicians is a specialty of hers, she found this journey to be incredibly fulfilling and loves teaching yoga to anyone and everyone! Brianne completed her 200-hour teacher training at Yoga Loft shortly after her move to Boulder, Colorado in 2014. Through the study and practice of the ancient art of Kirtan, Brianne has found a way to combine her love for both yoga and music. She currently study’s with Mike Cohen and Steph Schwartz. Brianne lives in Boulder with her dog Bailey, and when off the mat she can be found hiking, running, or on the stage!
“The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” -BKS Iyengar
Amanda is a dynamic healer and teacher creating a space for people to find freedom and resonance in their bodies and lives. She is trained as a yoga instructor, musician, classical homeopath and acupuncturist. Amanda uses an integrative approach combining wisdom, knowledge, kindness, and her unique ability to connect with people’s essence to provide students a transformative healing experience. Amanda’s gentle use of sacred Kirtan in her practice invites a deeper level of devotion and healing to her unique approach.
Embracing several different schools and traditions, Amanda has studied Yoga in India and in the U.S. Her teaching style is similar to the Tantric school and the teachings of Shiva Rea, Chris Tomkins, Douglas Brooks, Sally Kempton and the idea of “living your yoga”. She has completed over 500 hours of teacher trainings mostly with her root teacher Shiva Rea but has been privileged to study with many other influential teachers, having her first introduction to yoga by Erich Schiffmann when she was 19.
Amanda approaches her work knowing that each body has it’s own unique vibration, which is then woven into all beings everywhere. Her gentle and loving guidance, passion for teaching and exploration of the human potential stirs the heart, whether through movement, sound, voice, or touch. She is a featured teacher on YogaToday, and hosts workshops and kirtans internationally. Despite all this, her most important work is being mama to three children, who continue to reveal to her the true meaning of living love.
Sarah CronickGrowing up in Anchorage, Alaska has allowed me to be an explorer of the wild since I was a kid. My spirit has always been curious, energetic, passionate, and a little wild at times. Yoga allows me to let my spirit shine regardless of what I am experiencing- on or off the mat. I am deeply grateful to have been practicing and studying yoga for over ten years in places like Thailand, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, and Colorado. I have received certifications in Ashtanga, Maya, Forrest, Yoga Nidra and Thai massage. My intention in teaching is to provide a safe and nourishing environment for students to explore their mind, bodies and spirit in a way that gives them greater awareness, possibility, peace and joy.
Sarah Hathaway has been practicing yoga since 2002 and teaching since 2007. As a dancer, she was instantly drawn to the fluidity of Ashtanga yoga and the focused alignment of Iyengar yoga. Sarah has studied extensively with Richard Freeman and senior Iyengar teacher Faeq Biria.
Sarah brings to the practice an experience of the subtle body, awakening each student to the their own personal potential for transformation. Weaving a deep understanding of yogic philosophy with asana, her classes offer breath and alignment awareness. She is deeply grateful to her teachers and hopes to share their sacred insights.
Becca Haydon is a wellness coach and educator who has lived, worked, traveled and taught in various places throughout the world. Her life experience in classroom education, kinesiology and other holistic modalities weaves its way into all that she does. For over 10 years, she has been inspired by the wisdom and penetrating experiences of Kundalini Yoga. Becca began her journey with this form of yoga after her first class brought her back to the same bliss and connection she had experienced after 6 weeks in silence during a 3-month retreat in Guatemala. She was hooked—in the best possible way!
In 2003, Becca became a KRI certified instructor in both Kundalini Yoga and Pre-Natal Yoga. She infuses each class with a dynamic balance of playfulness and directed focus. Her classes offer the opportunity to move beyond self-imposed limitations, deepen self-understanding, and connect with innate inner wisdom. Becca also creates Soul Blueprints—charts based on a system of yogic numerology—which offer insights into the soul’s journey which can provide practical tools for maintaining balance in life.
Richii Jai is a Colorado native and a true yoga enthusiast. He has been studying yoga asana and the 8 Limbs of yoga (Raja Yoga), sharing what he discovers with his students. Richii Jai practices yoga daily, in the studio, at home, and randomly in the isles at the supermarket. He has written Yoga Teacher Trainings, Advanced Yoga Workshops, and coached groups of Yogis in Training. His favorite Yoga though is Nada, singing, and the observance of how to alter his environment through sound vibration. Richii Jai has taught more than 6,000 asana classes in Colorado, meeting many like minded folks, and sharing this ancient experience of yoga and self discovery, enlightenment! Richii Jai pays full attention to his students, using anatomical knowledge, alignment methods, and understanding the unique expression each person is living, he encourages the students to be honest, free, and explore their postures. Richii Jai is currently developing videos for bicycle athletes who want to use yoga for boosting and restoring their minds and bodies.
Justine JohnsonJustine was introduced to yoga in the summer of 2003. She fell in love with the vinyasa practice and decided she wanted to share it with others. In May of 2008, Justine completed the 200 hour CorePower Yoga Teacher Training. Justine aims to create challenging classes that emphasize breath, flow, and finding compassion for oneself. Outside of yoga, Justine enjoys working as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant and spending time with family and friends.
“People will forget what you did, they will forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou.
Jon's path to yoga began at age 13 when he started dance classes, everything from Ballet and Jazz to Tap and, yes, even Disco; all of which helped establish his sense of body awareness. Jon is a Licensed Acupuncture Physician and is Forrest Yoga Mentor & Guardian in training. He has worked extensively with Ana Forrest, the creatrix of Forrest Yoga. Incorporating her knowledge of Native American Medicine with his experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jon’s classes are both challenging and healing. The room is warmed to 80-85 degrees to induce the body’s heat.
Jon places significant emphasis on breath awareness and core strengthening exercises and while there is a progressive flow to the class, poses are held longer periods of time. Forest Yoga unites mind, body and spirit through the culmination of strength, flexibility and muscle control.
Kelly Larson, MA, PhDc, CYT, is passionate about delivering life changing experiences. 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.
Courtney's yoga practice began in 2002 in San Francisco, when she was seeking rehabilitation and restoration within her active and busy lifestyle. Courtney completed 300 hours of training in 2011 at Nosara Yoga Institute in Nosara, Costa Rica. She has also completed a Prenatal Yoga Training at Yo Mama Yoga and Power Yoga at CorePower Yoga.
A former dancer and an avid runner, Courtney teaches a flow-style, moderately paced class that carefully blends alignment with expansion in the postures as she realizes every body is physically different from one another, even day to day. Courtney's energy and enthusiasm are contagious and her classes are known to be playfully challenging, while typically building toward a peak posture. A hyper-mobile yogi, she invites alignment and freedom of expression into her classes, compassionately allowing each student to find and dance their own yoga. Courtney lives in Boulder with her home-brewing husband and dog Porter; she enjoys running, hiking, reading, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Sarah took her first yoga class in 2002 shortly after the birth of her first child. The powerful combination of breath and movement helped her adjust to her new life as a mother and she has been coming back to her mat ever since to replenish, restore and challenge herself. Inspired to share the many gifts yoga brings her on and off the mat, she completed a 200-hour teacher training in 2014 at the Yoga Loft in Boulder, CO. Sarah aims to guide students through an accessible asana practice that enlivens mind and body, offers opportunity to be playful but leaves plenty of space for rejuvenating rest.
Nikki discovered Ashtanga yoga in 1999 and was immediately drawn into the physical nature of the practice. After practicing consistently for 5 years, she completed Richard Freeman's 200 hour teacher training and then went on to complete numerous other teacher trainings through CorePower Yoga, including Power, Hot and Yin. Nikki also is a classically certified Pilates Instructor with over 15 years experience.
With her background rooted in ballet and modern dance, Nikki teaches a flow-style, moderately paced class that always revolved around the correct alignment of the postures. She pays close attention to the breath and focus, and typically builds her classes to a challenging yet safe peak posture. She likes to keep her classes fun and light-hearted, and allows each student to work to their appropriate edge. Nikki also has her Masters Degree in Holistic Nutrition, and when she's not teaching, you will find her spending time with her family, hiking, cooking and learning more about yoga!
Steph SchwartzSteph loves to connect with her students from the perspective of 'we're all in this together.' Her classes are creative, fun and challenging, and focus on breath, concise cueing and hands-on adjustments. She opens and closes each class with accessible, heart-opening chants. Steph hopes to continue to bring people together and build a strong sense of community and connection through yoga and Kirtan.
Off the mat you will find the ever-adventurous Steph leading Kirtan events, on the trails with her dog Boogie Woogie, mountain biking, or jumping out of airplanes!.
Aleah practices yoga to cultivate clarity and well-being by focusing on the subtle details and the overall experience within our bodies. Inspired by her own practice that has defined the way she moves through and connects with the world, she teaches from basic to complex yoga, with rigorous attention to alignment and full embodiment of each shape.
After living as a Peace Corps volunteer in an indigenous community in Panama and working as a water resources engineer, she is now also pursuing a PhD in glacier and ice sheet modeling as a parallel and complementary path to her yoga career. Learn more about Aleah at AleahSommers.com
Teaching yoga is one of the most challenging, expressive, and yet most rewarding aspects of my life. With a background in gymnastics, I was originally drawn to yoga for its physical benefits--increased flexibility, strength, and lung capacity--but the more I practiced the more I discovered about myself. Asana (the physical posturing) was just a foot in the door to a much greater understanding of my body and mind.
I started practicing yoga in high school. I completed my teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2011, and taught in Tennessee before moving to Boulder. I pursued additional training in the Anusara lineage from Desiree Rumbaugh, Christina Sell, John Friend, Noah Mazé, and Patrick Montgomery. My classes combine healthy, intelligent alignment with kind, playful challenge. I like to integrate various styles in the classroom, making use of any “tool” that helps us achieve our goals.
I aim to create a safe, effective, yet challenging practice, but ultimately you are your best guide. Yoga should meet you where you are in your body and life. Personally, I strive to practice yoga every moment of my life, both on and off the mat. It has been a tough yet deeply rewarding mission. I am a graduate student at Southwest Acupuncture College. I enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, and soccer. I’m thrilled to be part of the Yoga Loft community. Come play and learn with me!
Blake teaches Sunday's at 11:00am starting Sunday, January 11th
Satya Van Dyke
Satya is a devoted practitioner and teacher of yoga. Over her 20 years of practice she has explored many of the various forms of yoga, including Jivamukti, Integral, Ashtanga, Standing Wave, Forrest, and Anusara. She began her yoga path first studying, and then teaching at Jivamukti In New York. Satya later moved to Harbin Hot Springs, CA where she began creating and implementing a yoga program for the well known retreat center. During this time she also founded her own teaching style called Anahatha Yoga. She has been teaching and developing this form for 18 years, as well as training and certifying others in the approach. Anahatha Yoga utilizes physical postures and alignment to open energetic dimensions and pathways in the body. Preparing the body in this way opens the student's awareness to more subtle dimensions of being in an embodied way.
In addition to yoga, Satya has studied and performed as a professional dancer and is a licensed body worker skilled in a variety of modalities. She has a passion for personal growth and has been a part of the Diamond Approach School for the last 10 years. Hiking, painting, and playing guitar nourish her soul.
Satya is inspired by the yoga teachers around her. Teaching is a creative expression for her because each class offers a unique and spontaneous exchange between students and herself. She loves the integration of self-realization, spiritual teaching, and a physical workout. In short Satya offers heart, health, and well being to all.
Stacy's yoga journey ignited with Bikram in 1999 and blossomed with a Yoga Alliance certified 200-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training at It's Yoga San Francisco under the leadership of Larry Schultz in 2008. Since that time, she has taught all levels of Vinyasa, specializing in beginners and helping students with injuries find pain-free, personalized practices. As an E-RYT, she has logged more than 1500 hours of continuing education with with Richard Freeman, Giselle Mari, David Swensen, David Kyle and other gifted teachers. And she recently had the humbling honor to teach "Yoga for Runners" at Yoga Journal LIVE.
Stacy's goal is to make yoga accessible to all ages, all body types and all practitioners from the dabbler to the devout by including her experience as a 2x Ironman triathlete, personal trainer and human-in-progress. A Boulder County foster parent, she now lives in South Boulder near Yoga Loft with her beloved husband Joel and our fuzzy, four-legged first-born baby boy Milo. To learn more, visit www.stacygwagner.com.
As a busy mother of two, Kirsten knows all too well how sometimes the reality of everyday life can leave us feeling depleted, isolated and uninspired. She has found that through the practice of yoga, we can reconnect with an authentic feeling of radiant aliveness. Rather than practicing to get flexible or perfect a pose, we come to our mats to awaken our hearts and align with source. By getting in touch with who we are beneath the stories of our lives, we uncover our innate vitality, happiness, inner strength and capacity for love. To that end, Kirsten continually encourages students to compassionately explore their edges physically, mentally and emotionally in a container that is supportive, non-competitive and fun.
Kirsten is an E-RYT 500 instructor with over 20 years of training in several styles of yoga. Her continually evolving approach to yoga is a poetic balance between a seamless flow, detailed attention to alignment and an overall sense of being washed in grace. Kirsten's teaching is strongly influenced by her in depth training in Anusara yoga as well as the many years she spent studying under the guidance of Sofia Diaz. Her classes gracefully hold the paradox of being a sanctuary for restoration, renewal and inspiration while simultaneously being an alchemical cauldron for radical transformation.