Jeff discovered yoga in 1986 in his hometown of Gunnison, CO. “I fell in love with the physical and spiritual intelligence of this practice.” Jeff has a diverse background in yoga including Iyengar, Vinyasa and Yin. All have led perfectly to his discovery of Kaiut Yoga, the method he currently teaches and practices. He has an appreciation for the reflective power of yoga as a healing mediation—an element that often finds its way into his classes. Jeff has found that with a curious, self-forgiving approach, yoga can heal almost anything.
Jeff is RYT 500 certified and holds two 200-hour teacher certifications, and one 300-hour certification. He heads up Yoga Loft’s Teacher Training. As a trained Rolfer, Jeff has a practical understanding of the body’s (often debilitating) patterns and how they can be received and reprogramed through yoga and meditation for greater comfort and joy. While Jeff has studied with a variety of Yoga teachers over the years, he is most inspired by Brazilian yoga pioneer, Francisco Kaiut. Along with his wife Dr. Lori Kemmet, Jeff is the proud owner of Yoga Loft in Boulder, Colorado.
I am a physiotherapist graduated from the College of Medical Sciences of Minas Gerais, Brazil. I have a post-graduate degree in Respiratory Physiotherapy as well as a specialization in Neurology in the Bobath Neurodevelopment Therapy. I worked a few years at the Intensive Care Unit and then I dedicated myself to the neurological rehabilitation of the adult hemiplegic patient. In order to advance my work with neurology, I qualified in Floor Pilates and Equipment in 2009/2010 at DeMarkondes, certified by Physical-mind Institute of New York.
In 2011, my body started showing signs that it needed more care. I had hernias in the lumbar, cervical and thoracic spine. I turned to yoga for help and discovered Kaiut Yoga in Curitiba, Brazil.
As soon as I entered the school, I was able to experience the first results. Besides the pain relief, my mind got calmer and I started to discover the surprising connection that yoga makes between body and mind. I learned how to face the pain and turn it into a precious lesson. By looking at pain in a more natural way, I was able to overcome it and trigger the healing process. I was so fascinated by this process that I wanted to understand deeply the method used at the school, so I signed up for the second teacher training course with Francisco, which I concluded in 2013, with 240 hours covering theory and practice.
Since then, Francisco invited me to work directly with him. I became part of the Kaiut yoga Team, all of whom are deeply committed to the ideals of the practice. I especially appreciate the attention and care given to every single student—from their first contact with the school as well as attending to their specific therapeutic need during the practice.
Nowadays, I feel very good with the classes that I teach at school as well as with my own personal practice. I can clearly see how the work with the body also unlocks psychological issues which helps us each find balance in life. And somehow, I am grateful for my pains because it was they who took me to yoga and made me a more forgiving person and also able to understand better the pain of each one who arrives at school.
Sreedevi Bringi, MSc, MS, MA
Long-term faculty in Yoga Studies, Hinduism and Sacred Sanskrit at Naropa University, Boulder. A native of India, Sreedevi has received formal training in the spiritual teachings of yoga, meditation, sacred Hindu/yogic texts and Sanskrit. She has been an invited guest faculty at the Kripalu Yoga Center, Hanuman Yoga Festival, Moksha Yoga Festival and at spiritual centers in India. Sreedevi leads spiritual study intensives and yogic meditation trainings nationwide. Sreedevi has developed and guides a certification program for Yoga Nidra teaching and practice based on the Bihar School of Yoga guidelines, rooted in traditional raja yoga/Tantric yoga, and also linked to contemporary work on neuroscience of healing, visualizations and therapeutic sound. More details on Sreedevi’s emerging range of offerings at ShaktiInstitute.com.
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.
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.
Hannah has a sincere passion for self expression, self-study, and intuitive movement. She attended her first yoga class in 2008 and never looked back. Initially, she was attracted to the physical challenge of Asana and only vaguely recognized the potential of the practice. Regardless, she fell in love with the connection of mind and body through the breath. In 2011, she took her first 200-hour Hatha Yoga teacher training with “Wise Living Yoga Academy” and began to teach full time in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This training focused on meditation, philosophy, and pranayama, with very little emphasis on Asana. Over the next few years, she attended a 200-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher training and then an additional 100-Hour Rocket Yoga Yoga teacher training with “It’s Yoga.” Following these trainings, she was asked to join the It’s Yoga team as an assistant to 200-hour trainings in Bali and Thailand. In 2015, Hannah relocated back to Boulder, Colorado.
Hannah views Yoga as a dance between the energetic and the physical. Yoga is a moving meditation, which can be applied to every moment of every day. Yoga has allowed Hannah to look for what connects us rather than to what divides us. Her goal for teaching yoga is to guide students as they move away from fear and self-doubt towards their authentic truth and toward the light that is who they truly are!
In addition to teaching yoga, Diane is a Certified Rolfer and Certified Physician Assistant practicing in Neuromuscular Medicine. Off the yoga mat, Diane loves to be active in her community, playing partner acrobatics, dancing, and moving through this incredible phenomenon called life.
Satya Gita Aune
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.
Angela Grace spends her time loving life as a yogini, shaman, and cleanse queen. Angela teaches yoga locally in Boulder as well as internationally. Her current labors of love include mentoring others to have optimally health and wellness and share that with their communities, local Boulder yoga programs, and yoga retreats in Bali and Costa Rica. With a background in yoga and fitness, Angela’s classes provide a powerful synergy of yogic wisdom and cutting edge strength and fitness principles that get you the results you are looking for. With a laser-focused vision for healing, Angela empowers others to heal challenging health conditions and injuries through her powerfully effective nutritional cleansing lifestyle system. A practitioner of Shamanic Energy Medicine, Angela assists others to stalk the truth, track trauma, clear energetic patterns and empower joy to emerge within sacred space and ignite fierce grace. If you find yourself saying “I’ve tried everything,” Angela assists you to step into your own power and experience success once and for all. A “wonder woman” advocate for others, Angela’s alter ego practices laughter as medicine and is well-known for her audacious laugh. Learn more about Angela at angelagrace.genbook.com
Becca Haydon is a wellness coach and educator who has lived, worked, and taught in various places throughout the world. Her life experience in classroom education, kinesiology, and vision therapy weaves its way into all she does. Inspired by the wisdom and penetrating experiences of Kundalini Yoga, Becca became a KRI certified yoga instructor in 2003. In 2015 she became certified in Yin Yoga and now has created a unique class to help improve eyesight through combined yogic and optometric methodology.
Becca infuses each class with a dynamic balance of playfulness and directed focus. Her classes offer the opportunity to improve health & fitness, move beyond self-imposed limitations, deepen self-understanding, and connect with innate inner wisdom. Becca works as a Vision Therapist under Dr. Jennifer Simonson at Boulder Valley Vision Therapy as well as an educator at Practical Wellness Plus. In addition to her ‘regular job’, Becca’s passion for yoga finds her joyfully teaching classes here at Yoga Loft.
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.
Courtney’s yoga practice began 15 years ago, when she was seeking rehabilitation and restoration within her active and busy lifestyle. A hyper-mobile yogi, she teaches a moderately paced flow-style class, carefully blending alignment to build mental and physical strength and expansion to create internal spaciousness. Courtney’s energy and enthusiasm are contagious and her classes are known to be playfully challenging, while typically building toward a peak posture. Courtney has completed over 500 hours of training through Nosara Yoga Institute, CorePower Yoga, Yo Mama Yoga, Yoga Pod and 90 Monkey’s. She is trained in Vinyasa, Self-Inquiry, Yoga Therapy, Yin and Pre-Natal Yoga, and has been a mentor for several local yoga teacher training programs. Courtney is an avid climber and enjoys trail running, hiking 14ers, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. She is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Hanuman Festival, held each summer locally in Boulder, Colorado.
Bri is passionate about creating a balanced and creative relationship in body, mind, and spirit. She discovered her love for yoga in 2010 when she began practicing at a small power yoga studio near her college campus. As her passion and practice grew, Bri completed her 200 Hour Vinyasa Teacher training through Mark Stephens at Santa Cruz Yoga in 2012. After a year teaching in California, Bri felt inspired to learn more about the body, and enrolled in Massage Therapy School in Costa Rica. After completing her 600 hour Massage Therapy program, she stayed in Costa Rica to manage a yoga studio where she taught vinyasa classes daily.
Bri’s passion and love of the outdoors, nature, and adventure has lead her to Colorado where she can be found hiking, biking, drinking kombucha, practicing yoga and acro yoga with her husband Blake, and exploring the world wildly!
Bri cultivates her knowledge to develop unique, creative, and challenging vinyasa flow classes that are accessible and fun for everyone. She is grateful to be able to share her passion for yoga while learning more as a teacher and student in every moment.
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.
Marina´s Yoga practice began in 2008 in Austria when she was rehabilitating a running injury and seeking balance within her busy workdays as a Physical and Craniosacral therapist. Marina fell in love with the wisdom Yoga offers, and after moving to the U.S., she completed her Vinyasa teacher training at Yoga Loft and later obtained her Yin, and Prenatal yoga certification.
Marina knows how important it is to be grounded and centered and uses the yoga practice as a way to accomplish those virtues. Her classes focus on the balance between strengthening, stretching, and relaxation. Besides focusing on alignment, students will find the space to explore Yoga as a form of moving meditation and discover their own, unique expression of their practice. Most of all, it´s important for her to connect body, mind, and spirit and to encourage people to transfer their Yoga from the mat into their daily life.
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!
Aleah practices yoga to cultivate clarity and strength, balance and awareness – that sense of fully being, making space, and accessing stillness, even in the midst of all the doing and turbulence. Drawing on her consistently progressing personal practice (since 2003), she teaches from simple to complex yoga with a focus on the subtle details and full embodiment, finding ease and curiosity in the context of challenge.
Aleah has been in Boulder since 2012, after practicing and studying with several influential teachers along the way from Utah to Texas, New Zealand, India, Pennsylvania, and Panama (where she lived as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in a remote indigenous village, practicing yoga every night by candlelight in her bamboo hut). She is also a PhD candidate at the University of Colorado in civil engineering, with research modeling water drainage beneath glaciers and ice sheets, and spends quality chunks of time in the mountains – running trails, skiing bumps and trees, backpacking, and simply being. For more details and to get in touch, please visit AleahSommers.com
When Suzanne found yoga, it was love at first class. Her intro to yoga was an advanced class and she struggled though most of it, but then felt incredible afterwards. She was hooked and kept coming back every day, for years.
After 9 years of practice, her exploration continues to deepen, plateau and then deepen again. For Suzanne, yoga is a practice that is constantly revealing layers of profound insight while also peeling open layers of delusion and neurosis.
“Yoga makes me feel extraordinary and humbled at the same time. Every day is different, but I have found refuge in discovering compassionate awareness. Stepping into the role of the witness in my practice enables me to more fully embody and integrate this whole human experience. As a teacher, I aim to hold that same space of open exploration for my students.”
Elan discovered yoga in 2010 and completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in 2012. Elan often prefers balancing on her hands to standing on her feet and has learned through the yoga practice that you can do absolutely anything you set your mind to with equal parts patience and determination. With a background in Vinyasa yoga and a love for going upside down, she encourages playfulness and laughter in class. Elan uses the yoga practice as a vessel for students to step outside of their comfort zone and challenge themselves. Elan reminds students that there is always the option to choose ease, gratitude, and joy no matter the circumstance. She is grateful to be able to share her passion of yoga and to create a space of possibility for students to grow both on and off their mat.
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.
Brittany first experienced the magic of yoga in Austin, Texas during 2009.
Brittany teaches vinyasa flow, yin, restorative, and aerial yoga. Her classes are creative and on focus conscious physical and mental alignment. She includes themes that strengthen mind-body connection and place emphasis on the psychosomatic responses and processes of our bodies on & off our mats.
Always seeking movement & sensation, Brittany enjoys dancing, thai massage, and aerial arts. Passionate about working with her hands, she crafts lotions, candles, soaps & more in the coziness of her home. Yoga has lead Brittany to beautiful Boulder where she lives in joy with her husband, Dan.
While new to Yoga Loft and also new to Boulder, Bhakti has been practicing Yoga Asana for nearly thirty years. She has been a full time teacher for over a decade and has spent the last eleven years teaching in Chicago, IL running her own studio. Finding Yoga Loft has been like finding her new Boulder Yoga home and she hopes to help invite you to make it yours too! Her teaching is informed by her backgrounds in Iyengar and Shambhava Yoga, as well as her dedicated Meditation practice and certification to teach Pilates. She is an E-RYT 500, Pilates Mat Instructor, and registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT). Her classes range from very challenging to extra nurturing as she specializes in adapting to include the needs of every student in the room within the specific format of the class. She is lighthearted, down to earth, and loves getting to know her students unique challenges and aspirations. She is sincerely grateful for the opportunity to support each individual along their Yogic path.