Brenda Wong has always been a spiritual seeker. Circumstances in her life led her to the yoga mat for a powerful purpose. Brenda attended her first yoga class in 2004 and has never looked back. The following summer she completed a week-long Level 1 Teacher Training through Core Power Yoga. This training ignited her thirst for a deeper understanding of yoga, and in 2010 Brenda received her BA from Naropa University in Traditional Eastern Arts: Yoga Teacher Training and Religious Studies. Brenda has also taught classical ballet, tap and jazz dance for since 2002.
With dance as a first love, Brenda encourages students to experience their yoga body through the fluidity of movement. Her go-with-the-flow style encourages students to request favorite postures or ask for certain areas of focus which always creates a unique experience for each class. Set to music that inspires and moves the soul, her classes are flow-based with moderate pauses that encourages students to explore their personal depth in each posture. To Brenda the physical benefits of yoga practice are undeniable but what occurs under the surface is the heart of yoga. "I step onto the mat wanting to relieve some stress with a good stretch and I roll up the mat feeling a little closer to home. This is what brings me back to the mat day after day. I love to share the gift of yoga with all who are willing to step onto their mat and breathe. When she is not in the yoga or dance studio, you can find Brenda 'shredding' on her snowboard, hiking with her dogs, or playing the piano in her pajamas.
Caitlin Rose Kenney
Caitlin Rose has been practicing yoga since she was sixteen. Prior to dedicating herself to yoga, she spent 13 years performing classical ballet. Caitlin Rose has trained with yoga teachers in Bali, Australia, India and the U.S. and continues to study several lineages of yoga. When Caitlin Rose is not yoga-ing she is beekeeping, traveling, café hopping and collaborating on art + yoga projects.
Caitlin Rose creates a supportive atmosphere for all levels of practitioners and delivers classes that are satisfying physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. A gentle demeanor and attentive alignment cues mark her instruction. Caitlin Rose is known for infusing every class or training that she leads with a part of her spirit, offering a level of connection that goes beyond the studio walls. Her classes encourage the individual’s organic process of self-inquiry and support a range of experiences. She naturally intertwines the physical yoga practice and focus on the breath into broader human understanding. Her classes are almost always woven with music and may be themed from poetry, nature, day-to-day insight or cultural relevancies.
Courtney Love Tisch
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 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.
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.
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. After delving into Ashtanga for 7 years, Steph completed a 200 hour teacher training with CorePower Yoga in 2006, Janet Stone's 80 hour vinyasa teacher training in 2009, and a 5-day intensive and monthly kirtan practices with her Bhakti Yoga teacher Mike Cohen.
Steph's love for outdoor activities is reflected in her classes: fun, challenging, rhythmic, breath focused and alignment oriented. Her classes have evolved to include her love for Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of Kirtan (call and response chanting) in which she enjoy’s persoanlly accompanying the chant’s with the harmonium. Steph has truly tapped into the Bhakti of Yoga and has found a way to inspire and share this yoga of love and devotion. For Steph, Bhakti Yoga is a direct path to the heart, and transformation occurs by experiencing the vibrations (knowingly or unknowingly) through chanting mantra. To this day, the path of yoga has been the most challenging and the most rewarding piece of Steph's life. Each day is a humbling reminder to be of service, to commit to the growth of the students and self, and to arrive on the mat in each breath, moving forward on towards embodied acceptance and love."
When not in the yoga studio, you can find Steph on the trails with her husband Stephen and their dog Boogie Woogie, riding her snowboard or mountain bike, eating sushi, or being chased by monkeys in Asia.
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.
Genie first discovered the power of breath during a college elective yoga class. She felt peaceful, grounded and relaxed amidst all the flux and stress of college life. Yoga has been a thread of peace and centeredness from her initial discovery in college, through career, marriage, and into motherhood, raising two beautiful daughters. Yoga has also provided balance and healing from the push and drive of running, cycling and skiing. After years of personal practice and focus, Genie felt the call of service to share her passion and wisdom, to teach. In April 2010, she became 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified in vinyasa flow. Throughout her journey, she has been influenced by a number of gifted and inspiring teachers, including Nataraja Kallio, Ana Forrest, Jo Schaalman, Jason Bowman, Maty Ezraty and Jeanie Manchester. While flowing with awareness, focus is on the breath, alignment and a sense of curiosity. Genie's intent is to help students go inward, connect, and create space physically and metaphorically, deepening their practice, so they feel better inside their bodies on and off the mat. Shanti.
As a Boulder native, Matt took his first yoga class with Richard Freeman at age 14 and took up the practice in earnest at 17 in 2000. He began teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa and alignment-based flow classes in 2005 after he took the 200 hour intensive with Richard Freeman at the Yoga Workshop in Boulder. Matt has also taken Richard's advanced intensive and assisted him at workshops and Yoga Journal Conferences in Colorado and California. In addition to being inspired by Richard, Matt has been deeply influenced by his studies with Francisco Kaiut and Luciana Ross, Wendy Bramlett, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Ramanand Patel, Gabriella Giubilaro, Rodney Yee, and Matthew Sanford. His training also includes in-depth study of applied anatomy, ongoing textual and philosophical study, and long-term apprenticeship.
Matt’s classes are known for synthesizing eastern philosophical traditions in combination with metaphor and precise alignment instruction to create enlightening and engaging experiences. He encourages his students to explore their edges and guides them through the internal sensation cues that enable this vibrant work to be done safely and therapeutically. Matt is also a lifelong student of Environmental Science, Ornithology, and religion, and in 2008 he earned a master’s degree in Anthropology from Stanford University. When he’s not at the yoga studio, he likes to climb, travel, and birdwatch. He is also the owner of Human-Nature Photography, a company devoted to yoga portraiture, nature photography, and documenting the vital connections between humans and the environment.
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.
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
Aleah has practiced yoga in some form for as long as she can remember, and has been regularly practicing asana and investigating the rich yogic tradition since 2002. She has studied with a number of extraordinary teachers and practiced in a variety of settings, from Salt Lake City to New Zealand, Houston to India, Pennsylvania to Panama (while living and working as a Peace Corps volunteer), and of course, in Colorado where Aleah works as a water resources engineer. Aleah uses yoga as a potent tool to examine the experience of living. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her personal practice.
Aleah teaches a vinyasa practice focused on alignment from within. Her classes will take you deep into your asana practice as you move with the breath. Her goal is to have each student fully experience each asana from within, rather than simply placing your body and limbs in a predetermined shape. Aleah teaches to all kramas, or levels of complexity. Regardless of ability, students will be comfortably challenged in a meaningful way so they bring something from the practice and into their daily lives.
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!
Jeff discovered his first Iyengar yoga class in his hometown of Gunnison, CO in 1986. Although he has a more flowing style of yoga now, Iyengar Yoga gave him an appreciation for the physical and mental benefits that come with spending time in a pose and playing with the subtleties of each posture. He has a yoga certification through the Eldorado Ashram and a 200 hour yoga certification through Yoga Works. He has studied with a variety of teachers over the years which gives him a diverse understanding of yoga and an eclectic teaching style. At any level, his classes are flowing and dynamic while providing time and space to integrate what the body and mind learn through the movement of yoga. As a former Rolfer, Jeff incorporates structural elements into his classes that have practical "off the mat" applications in life. He has a particular ambition to apply yoga to everyday life… both physically and spiritually. For Jeff, yoga is both practice and Goal.
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