Jeff discovered yoga in 1986 in his hometown of Gunnison, CO. "I remember walking out of my first class feeling as if I had taken my first full breath! I fell in love with the physical and spiritual inteligence of this practice." Jeff has a strong background in Iyengar Yoga which, along with Vinyasa flow, grounds his practice in functinoal alignment. He also has a deep appreciation for the reflective power of meditation which often finds its way into his classes. Jeff has found that with mindful application, yoga can heal almost anything.
Jeff holds two 200-hour teacher certifications and heads up Yoga Loft's Teacher Training with Steph Schwartz. As a trained Rolfer, he weaves structural elements into his classes that have practical "off the mat" applications in life. He has studied with a variety of Yoga teachers over the years. Along with Nikki Rogers and his wife Lori, Jeff is co-owner of Yoga Loft here in Boulder, Colorado.
Malcolm’s journey into yoga started in early 2003 at Yoga on Chocolate with Sharon Wells in Hershey, PA. His practice grew along with her studio’s many changes. His yoga practice began after being diagnosed with a heart condition. Yoga became his medicine of choice. It reduced stress and helped him discover a more peaceful and centered sense of self. After graduating from Drexel in 2010, he followed his love for helping others and set out on a path to become a yoga teacher. Malcolm studied in Hawaii under the tutelage of Baron Baptiste and later in October 2012, Malcolm had the good fortune to practice with Baron Baptiste and 25 other master yogis for MTV’s Made. He practiced with Derek Frazier (son of the late Smokin’ Joe Frazier) and helped him grow and resolve his father’s death. The episode aired on MTV in December of the same year.
Malcolm gained his yoga alliance 200-hour RYT in the spring of 2014. A most inspirational highlight was teaching yoga at an all-day Kirtan event with Gurunam Singh. Malcolm has a 20 hours training in Thai Yoga Massage under The Vedic Conservatory, where learned the deeper art of assisting asana practice. Malcom’s mission? To continue to grow and heal through yoga—to help others grow and heal through their own yoga practice and life.
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.
Tunde (Toon-da) has a passion for play and connection. Through yoga, dance, and other forms of body expression she finds a deep connection to Essence and Spirit. Her love for travel and adventure has shaped and influenced her in countless ways. Ultimately, Tunde finds her life-purpose through service to her community and family. She began teaching yoga in 2005. Her diverse background has been influenced by Baron Baptiste, Saul David Raye, Anna Forrest, Simon Park, Shiva Raye, Bryon Kest, Seane Corn, Brock and Krista Kayhill, Tracy Hagwood, and a number of other inspirational teachers. She has facilitated over 16 yoga teacher training programs. Tunde’s Vinyasa style of yoga combines elements of strength, flow, focus and play. Her naturally joyful and playful outlook on life always finds its way onto her mat and into the classroom. Be ready to go upside down. Her love for inversions is a recurring theme!
Tunde’s struggle with body image and weight bring a healing element to her practice. It is a perspective that includes self acceptance as well as a desire to push beyond perceived limits. “I used to be afraid of inversions. I thought only men could do arm balances. I have proven to myself that hurdles like this can be overcome. It's incredible how loud the inner voice of fear can be, and yet most the time the noise is false! Yoga constantly saves me. I am truly addicted to it, and hope to be for the rest of my life.”
Whether you are looking for a good physical work out, or a break from mental chatter, Tunde’s classes will inspire you. The blend of strength and play will leave you energized and ready for your day.
Growing 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.
When Joey rolled out a yoga mat for the first time, he was depressed and nursing a blown hamstring and an inflamed shoulder. After eight weeks of consistent practice under the eye of some wonderful teachers, he found himself with a peaceful mind, a fully cooperating hamstring, and able to reach above his head.
Since that time, Joey has studied rigorously with the intent of deepening his own practice and refining his offerings as a teacher. He completed his first 200-hour training with master teacher Ellen De Jonge in power vinyasa and the principles of classical yoga. While continuing to explore the teachings of his grand-teacher, Para Yoga founder Rod Stryker, Joey met Boulder icon Amy Ippoliti and her senior student, Tara Michelle. Under their skillful guidance, his knowledge of detailed alignment and yoga philosophy continues to grow. Joey has also studied advanced anatomy and kinesiology and trained in Western and Hawaiian bodywork as well as Reiki, weaving these disciplines into his teachings.
Joey’s emphasis as an instructor is facilitating the embodiment of yoga’s vast spiritual wisdom through the use of skillful physical practice and a light-hearted approach. Intelligent sequencing interwoven with meditative movement and alignment work are the key features of Joey’s classes.
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.
Laura's roots extend from her heart to the ground. She exists to deepen our connection with the earth and focuses on the sacredness of everything. She enjoys plants, community, family, chanting, and bicycles.
Laura has trained in several yogic lineages during her travels across the U.S., including a 200 hour Viniyoga certification and 500 hour training under River Cummings (direct student of T.K.V Desikachar and Gary Kraftsow), as well as a significant immersion in Hatha Yoga under a multitude of other teachers. And in Boulder, CO, she received a 200 hour certification in Vinyasa Yoga under Kirsten Warner, Steph Schwartz, and Jeff Bailey. She is centered in a firm understanding of Ayurvedic practices as mentored by David Crow and Jai Dev Singh, and has translated these teachings into a lunar cycle-based essential oil distillation project called Rootfoot. Innately curious, she is continually deepening her knowledge in Tantric philosophy, and expanding her knowledge of plants, aromatherapy, and the modalities of yoga. All of these influences are infused in Laura’s practice, and it is impossible to interact with her without being affected by elements of these understandings.
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.
Megan found her passion for yoga just over six years ago. Initially inspired by the presence and body awareness that yoga teaches, her practice has now embraced yogic philosophy as a means of personal transformation as well. After graduating from CU Boulder with a degree in psychology, Megan worked for several years as a professional research assistant in the neuroscience department at CU. With a passion for research and asking important questions, Megan aims to promote yoga and its contemplative nature as a science itself.
Originally from Boulder, Megan loves all things outdoors including rock climbing, hiking, camping, and practicing yoga in nature. Her other interests include photography, eating ethnic food, and live music. In class, Megan offers a centering and grounding practice aimed towards body awareness and intentional breathing. She believes that it's only by attempting to understand our physical experience that we can begin to tap into our higher selves.
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
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.