Instructors

Becca Haydon

Becca Haydon

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.

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Sarah Cronick

Sarah Cronick

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.

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Courtney Love Tisch

Courtney Love

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.

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Sarah Hathaway

Sarah Hathaway

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.

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Jon Kolaska

Jon Kolaska

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.

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Steph Schwartz

Steph Schwartz

Steph discovered Ashtanga yoga in 1999, after she moved to Boulder and began training for ultra marathons. The mental challenges of the long hours on mountain trails went hand-in-hand with the mental challenges she faced on her yoga mat.  Steph realized she wanted to figure out a way to help people realize their awesomeness - without requiring them to run a 100 miler!

Steph completed a 200 hour teacher training with CorePower Yoga in 2006, Janet Stone's 80 hour vinyasa teacher training in 2009, and is actively involved in kirtan with guidance of her spiritual teacher Mike Cohen in 5-day intensives, workshops and kirtan coaching and performances in Boulder.

Steph's love for outdoor activities is reflected in her classes: fun, challenging, rhythmic, breath focus in alignment, heart and hip opening and you often enjoy the accompaniment of the harmonium.

When not in the yoga studio, you can find Steph running or hiking the trails with her dog Boogie Woogie, jumping out of airplanes, climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding, or being chased by monkeys in Asia.

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Kirsten Warner

Kirsten Warner

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.

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Satya Van Dyke

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.

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Katrina Kopeck

Katrina Kopeck

After years of balancing lacrosse, long distance running and the resulting injuries of both, Katrina found peace and recovery through Vinyasa, Yin and Hatha Yoga. Through patience and persistence her yoga practice evolved (through her tight hamstrings) into a deep, healing appreciation for the presence of yoga in her life. In 2011 she received her 200-hour RYT certification in her hometown of Chicago. Katrina’s practice and inspiration has grown with the help of many advanced teachers…she has also learned to love and accept her hamstrings.

Always a student of yoga, Katrina draws from her experiences as a former competitive athlete as well as her love for books and knowledge to create vinyasa classes that are playful, personal and welcoming to all backgrounds and abilities. Join Katrina for a practice that builds on safety, exploration, sweat, community and love

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Amanda Botur

Amanda Botur

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.

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Stacy Wagner

Stacy Wagner

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, Stacy has studied and taught Vinyasa for beginners, seniors, expectant moms, and students interested in advanced inversions. Stacy continues to study with Wendy Klein, Giselle Mari, David Swensen, David Kyle and other gifted teachers.

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 an athlete and personal trainer. Stacy lives in Boulder with her beloved husband Joel and their fuzzy, four-legged little boy Milo.

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Justine Johnson

Justine Johnson

Justine 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

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Aleah Sommers

Aleah Sommers

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

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Kelly Larson

Kelly Larson

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.

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Nikki Rogers

Nikki Rogers

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!

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Jeff Bailey

Jeff Bailey

For as long as I can remember, I have been determined to know my real self. Socrates said it best, “Know Thyself.” Even as a young boy, questions about the outer world paled compared to my deep desire to navigate my own internal landscape and answer this pervasive question, “who am I?” I have come to realize that getting the answer to this question gives real purpose to everything. To know thyself is the goal of a lifetime. It is also the (often hidden) higher goal of yoga.

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 www.thegift.org.

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