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 diverse background in yoga including Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin and most recently, Kaiut Yoga. He has a deep appreciation for the reflective power of meditation which often finds its way into his classes. Jeff has found that with a mindful approach, yoga can heal almost anything.
Jeff holds two 200-hour teacher certifications and heads up Yoga Loft's Teacher Training. 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.
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.
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 fiancé 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.
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.!
Chris has been a student and teacher of martial arts, calisthenics and yoga for almost eight years. His primary goal is to help students access skills they would otherwise think unavailable to them and show how progressive and consistent discipline can yield amazing results over time. Chris is also an aspiring counselor and always makes an effort to meet people where they are at and acknowledge them in an authentic way.
Shareef's journey into yoga began at age 6. Elements of his Shaolin Kung-Fu practice combined with an interest in the human body contributes to the fluid growth of his practice. Shareef values both the Eastern and Western perspectives.
In 2010, Shareef moved to Boulder, Colorado from London, England. He was seeking a new pace of life, one with less stress and more joy within himself and those around him. After meeting Jon Kolaska in 2013, Shareef immersed himself in a new path of physical yoga practice, namely Forrest Yoga.
Shareef is a Baron Baptiste 200-Hour Certified teacher. He has developed an intimate relationship with the practice of Vinyasa Yoga. Combined with a background in Martial Arts and Meditation, he aspires to bring the best of his practices to all that he teaches.
Shareef is an American Council Exercise Certified Personal Trainer. Shareef is an avid cyclist and logs about 200 miles a week.
“Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” - Anthony Bourdain
Born and raised in Colorado, I was fortunate to have the great outdoors as my own personal playground. With a professional IronMan triathlete as a mother, exercise came as a second nature for me. I began racing triathlons at a very young age and took up yoga as a cross training exercise. Yoga was love at first class and became so much more than a cross training program. Yoga became an outlet for my mind and it helped keep my body injury free.
My passion for yoga and exercise is hard to contain, so I don't. I love this practice and it shines through from the corners of my smile. My ultimate goal is to bring the same health and radiance I feel, to each of my students. When I'm not teaching, I'm running, mountain biking, or attending CU Boulder studying philosophy. I hope I can bring joy and healthy "soreness" to each and every one of my students!
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
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, 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.
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.
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 heightened awareness – in the body, in the mind, in everything we experience – that sense of fully being and making space, even in the midst of all the doing. Inspired by her personal practice (since 2003) that defines the way she carries herself and connects with the world, she teaches from simple to complex yoga with a focus on the subtle details and full embodiment of each shape.
After practicing and studying yoga in all sorts of places, including Utah, Texas, New Zealand, India, Pennsylvania, and Panama (where she lived in a remote indigenous village for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer), Aleah has been teaching yoga in Boulder since 2012. She is also currently a graduate student at the University of Colorado working on a PhD in civil engineering, with research on glaciers and ice sheets, and spends quality chunks of time in the mountains, running trails, skiing bumps and trees, backpacking, and simply being. Learn more about Aleah at 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.