Stacy McDonald (spiritual name Mahan Jiwan) began practicing yoga in 2008, and received her RYT-200 Hatha certification and her 200 hour Kundalini (KRI) certification in 2015. Her interest in yoga’s effects on the brain recently led her to graduate Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Integrative Psychology.
Her infectious enthusiasm and dedication to fostering self-care instill a sense of vitality and nourishment in each of her classes.
Morgan Seibel has been practicing yoga for over a decade and has committed herself to sharing her burning passion of yoga with others. She is a Yoga Alliance-certified 200 hr teacher, a kids yoga teacher, and is furthering her education by pursing a 500 hr certification. Morgan’s classes build heat in the body, challenge students to find new edges, and most importantly teach her students to unite with their own voices and breath. Morgan believes from deep inside herself that together, we can make the world a better place, one OM at a time. She encourages her students to take the lessons of their yoga practices out into their everyday lives and interactions.
Alana Kazam, Holistic Health Coach/RYT200h, loves using yoga, essential oils, nutrition and reiki to help people like you elevate your health! In addition to yoga, Alana offers an enriching assortment of workshops to the Power of Om community around fermentation, natural medicine and emotional healing. Her yoga teaching is focused on supporting you in finding the optimal practice for your body in every pose and every space in your life. Trained by Denver’s own beloved Buffy Barfoot, she brings her passion for alignment and enlightenment to every class and she can’t wait to see you on your mat.
Alex Cantone is a former elementary school teacher who discovered yoga during a very stressful time in her life. Transformed by the healing powers of mindful movement and the breath, Alex decided to turn her love for the practice of yoga and healing into a full-time career. She created her business, Growing OM, to give children and families the gift of peace. She offers tools and strategies to help others develop self-regulation skills in hopes of giving individuals the confidence to carry with them a peaceful mind, strong body, and kind heart.
Now, Alex spreads her passion for helping others through private and group classes, events, and workshops. While she loves working with ALL children, Alex’s area of expertise is in special needs and parenting. She believes in creating an inclusive community where all diverse needs are not only accepted, but embraced.
Amanda Flott Kinsey came to yoga in 2004 by way of a Bikram hot yoga class. It wasn’t love at first sight, but it was life-changing, heart opening, and supremely healing. Since this beautiful awakening, Amanda completed several yoga trainings including, 200hr Vinyasa training with Kindness in Denver, CO. She is also a certified kids and families teacher, with experience guiding post-natal mamas. Playful music, big open hearts, and breathing are cornerstones to each practice, with a primary goal for students to feel peaceful, secure, and grounded on and off their mats afterward.
For Andrea Roberts, yoga provides a beautiful lens for the myriad of life’s experiences and tools for cultivating compassion and understanding. As a student of yoga for over 20 years, Andrea’s strength lies in providing a welcoming space for people to deepen their own experiences through the embodied practice of yoga. In addition to a 220hr certification, Andrea has training in Jyotish (Vedic astrology), prenatal and trauma informed yoga. Her classes integrate reflection with curiosity and playfulness. Besides teaching yoga, Andrea is a personal coach and student of dance. She enjoys volunteering at SCI Recovery Project, a recovery sanctuary for people with spinal cord and TBI injuries.
Andy Doyle initially began practicing yoga strictly for exercise and to relieve the physical impact of decades of cycling without stretching. That changed two years later when a confluence of the demands of constant travel as an IT professional and the challenges of pivotal personal events led Andy to examine his core. Realizing he worshiped the false deities of “doing” and “acquiring” rather than just being, Andy took his yoga practice to a new spiritual level, and so emerged the desire to guide others in their yogic journey. Students of his classes will experience relatable dharmas and occasional vivid guided meditations incorporated into the practice.
Angie Pol found yoga after she moved to Denver to attend graduate school, and while it began as a tool for stress management, she quickly began to feel the endless benefits of this practice. She believes yoga has the power to strengthen and heal on an emotional, spiritual, and physical level. It nourishes self-love, encourages gratitude and an appreciation of the present moment, and builds community, bonding people through their individual journeys and the shared human experience. Angie completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Kindness Yoga in Denver in 2017. She is excited to share the practice and philosophy of yoga with others, while continuing to learn and grow alongside her students.
Anne Mangiardi fell in love with yoga starting with her very first class in 1995, but did not feel called to teach until she began studying kundalini yoga. Anne completed the KRI Kundalini Yoga teacher training program in 2015. Anne strives to teach fun, challenging classes that showcase kundalini yoga’s ability to balance and enliven the nervous system. In addition to yoga, Anne is passionate about a wide variety of outdoor activities, including cross country skiing, rock climbing and hiking.
For Ashlee Robinson, yoga has become an integral part of everyday life, helping her grow mentally, physically, and spiritually. She’s completed a 200 hour certification program in the hot yoga Bikram method, 50 hours of Yin yoga teacher training with Bernie Clark, and 65 hours in Chinese medicine with Jo Phee. (She’s currently enrolled in a 300 hour teacher training course to further her education and be able to teach others.) Her passion is to teach others to grow mentally, physically and spiritually through the art of yoga, bringing the kind of positive change yoga has given her to other peoples’ lives as well.
Ashlyn Bugbee is a free spirit who believes yoga is magic. She sees yoga as medicine – a therapeutic tool to heal and grow physically, emotionally and spiritually. Ashlyn took her first yoga class when she was 16 years old and was immediately drawn to the connection she found with her body, mind and spirit. After a traumatic snowboard accident that shattered her arm, she has found a new proclaimed love for yoga with a deeper understanding of healing, safety and the power of meditation. Ashlyn’s classes are fun to flow and light-hearted, offering encouraging words, creative sequencing and tunes that get you moving in your own way. Ashlyn is known for her enthusiasm, dedication to her personal practice and love for connecting with her students.
Betsy Cochran has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. An avid distance runner, she first turned to yoga as a complimentary exercise and a means to stay limber and strong. At some point, something sparked and yoga became so much more than just the postures. Through yoga and the mind-body-breath connection, Betsy finds joy, grace, focus and enlightenment every day on her mat and off. Betsy became a RYT200 certified teacher in 2013 and completed her 500 hour certification through Kindness Yoga’s Teacher Training program in December 2017. Betsy brings enthusiasm and a peaceful energy to her classes and invites her students to explore the light and transformation that yoga offers and that they leave her class refreshed and renewed. Off the mat, Betsy loves to run, cook, travel, bike, read, knit, spend time with her family and friends and explore the light and energy that every day has to offer.
Brit Tucker’s discovery of the mind-body connection began during her childhood as a competitive gymnast. She later found yoga during college as a way to curb her ever-rising anxiety. Yoga was a reminder of how powerful the mind and body (and breath) truly are. After more than a decade of practicing, she delved into the world of teaching, completing her 200-hour teacher training with Kindness Yoga in 2015. With a personal practice rooted in Ashtanga and Hatha, her classes embody a moving meditation, layered with unique transitions, interesting playlists, and undertones of humor. You’ll leave her classes feeling clearer, stronger, and with a new perspective.
Caitlin Coleman received her Kundalini Certification in 2015, after years of a personal practice. Born in NYC, raised in Bend, OR. Her calm, placid and affirming demeanor provides each of her yogis a peaceful center of equanimity in which to find their own sense of being present and grounded. Caitlin is not only making the world a better place in her yoga practice, but also by providing Water Education.
Courtney Chandler wholeheartedly believes in the power of the creative and expressive arts, and the calming, healing and freeing qualities they bring to all in pursuit of personal growth. Having gone through a dark time in her life many years ago, she found the ability to overcome anxiety and depression through painting, drawing, and yoga. Practicing yoga helped her learn how to breath deeply, to find peace within body and mind. Empowerment and transformation are possible through yoga- and these are just a few of the OMazing benefits! As her love for yoga grew, Courtney wanted to spread the joy to others and completed her 200 hour certification in 2013. Focusing on deep breathing exercises and using inspiration as motivation for an expressive asana practice, Courtney encourages her students to grow strength in body and mind, and be inspired to have fun with each empowering yoga class. Namaste!.
Courtney Reese’s love for yoga blossomed at a time when she was looking for holistic ways to reduce stress. Prior to becoming a yoga instructor, she worked as a hospital Radiologic Technician in the states. The stresses of that occupation were often carried home with her until she discovered yoga as a relaxing outlet. Courtney was hesitant to try yoga fearing she couldn’t keep up, but soon realized that she didn’t need to because yoga is a practice for your mind and your body done at your own pace. Courtney’s goal as an instructor is to teach yoga in a way that is calming and available to all levels. Since she began teaching yoga, Courtney has developed a laid back style of teaching that is accessible to all levels. Join her to reset your body and mind, relax, stretch out, and show some love to yourself.
Courtney Throndson is a Denver native. She studied fine arts at Colorado State University and currently works for The Shane Company as a Jeweler. If she is not working or practicing yoga, she enjoys figure painting. She completed her yoga teacher training in 2012 and enjoys guiding various classes including vinyasa, meditation and belly dance.
Emily Weiss started practicing yoga in 2011 to calm and find an outlet during grad school. Since then, it has become an integral part of her exercise and spiritual routine. Coming from a background in community change and social work, Emily uses the power of the mind-body connection to bring us closer as a community. She believes in the power of the mind to heal, and has found that Yoga has brought her strength both inside and out. Her classes will focus on flow and alignment.
Jamie Kuttenkuler started yoga to complement training for half marathons and other running events. She found so many benefits from yoga that she quickly replaced running with a daily yoga practice. Jamie’s first love was hot yoga, and she completed her 60-hour Yoga Pod Hot Teacher Training & Immersion in December, 2015. She enjoyed teaching so much that she completed her 200-hour certification with Kindness in December, 2016. Jamie’s classes are alignment-focused and fun. She loves connecting with her students and encouraging them to breathe through a difficult pose. Jamie lives in downtown Denver with her husband and mini-schnauzer Madchen. When she’s not practicing yoga, you can find her reading, playing her bass guitar, or enjoying one of the many outdoor activities available in the area.
Jorge Michovich says, “I came to yoga through p90x in 2009. I got injured doing their extreme workouts and the only workout I could do while injured was yoga. This type of yoga workout was called yoga X, and through this DVD, I began discovering the power of yoga. I finally recovered and started the workouts again, but yoga never left my mind. My curiosity led me to take Bikram Yoga in 2012, and eventually Yoga Teacher Training in 2016.
I teach fundamental yoga in both hatha and vinyasa styles. My classes consist of classical themes, precise cueing, and dialogues. Instruction is derived from the tales, myths, folklore and belief systems of the Indian Subcontinent in Asia. My classes dive back in time to an epoch when myths were current events and legend was fact. Additionally, during the time spent doing yoga at one of my classes you will be challenged to explore your anatomy and learn how to keep you body safe and injury free while reaching amazing levels of strength and flexibility.”
Kaitlyn Kreitzman first began practicing yoga in High school, but it wasn’t until College that it became so important to her. Kaitlyn was instantly inspired on how yoga can benefit both the body and the mind. Throughout college, she received her 200RYT, and taught on her college campus, and at studios around the area in Fairfield Connecticut. After school, she wanted to expand her teaching and learn as much as she could to give her students the best possible class experience. She then received her 500RYT in New York. She draws her inspiration for her classes from her everyday life. Kaitlyn’s classes focus on alignment, breathwork, the chakras, meditation, and yoga philosophy. She loves to help others take what they learn on the mat and incorporate it into their daily lives.
Kate Dedlow is a yoga practitioner of 14 years, an art teacher for 4 years, and became a yoga teacher in 2016. Her focus in yoga is alignment focused Vinyasa, Yin yoga and Yoga Nidra. She is continually impressed by inspirational effects of yoga and the high potential for transformation in a yoga practice. It has the power to teach us about ourselves. The breath, emotional progress, edges, and triumphs on the mat parallel our worlds off the mat. Kate hopes to inspire these things in her students through creative flows, bringing her voice and creativity to each pose.
Kate hopes to hold space for students to triumph past whatever they are working through with their practice and inspire them to continue to delve into their yoga practice. Kate brings her background in the creative arts and her love for travel to her classes, which gives space for individual growth for her students.
When not teaching or practicing yoga, Kate can be found on a trip somewhere, hiking in the mountains or in her art studio. Kate graduated with her BFA in 2012 from Pratt Institute and received her Yoga Alliance 200-RYT certification in 2016 from Kindness Yoga in Denver, CO.
Kate Edelstein loves the mysteries and magic inherent in the shared human experience. Her passion for exploration and her innate knowing of divine, universal connectedness led her to yoga. She graduated from the 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training with Axis Yoga Trainings (Denver, CO) in June 2016. In her yoga classes Kate loves to share a space of gratitude for the unmatched present moment. She loves to observe the changes that evolve within us as we further our Yogic journeys, and she is a firsthand beneficiary of the mental and physical effects of Yoga practice. Yoga classes with Kate offer deep acceptance of all things! She’s excited to rejoice in presence with you in class!
Kate Kelly completed her 200 hr Classical Hatha Yoga certification in 2012 with Harmony Yoga. She enjoys teaching Gentle Hatha Yoga in a small group, neighborhood setting where every student feels welcome. Her teaching style is to design classes where students leave with that “yoga goodness” feeling — renewed, refreshed, peaceful. After growing up and attending college in Illinois, Kate has been a resident of Park Hill for over 15 years. She has a career in the Consumer Products Goods industry, is a mother to 3 tween / teens that attend neighborhood schools, and has been married to her husband Ben for 20 years. In addition to yoga, Kate enjoys skiing, cheering on her kids in various sports, and therapeutic “walk and talks” with best girlfriends in the neighborhood.
Keely Yang took her first yoga class in 2010 while attending university in Boulder and immediately fell in love with the practice, feeling how it could open up the body and relieve stress like she had never experienced before. Although she was first hooked by the physical benefits that yoga offers, she learned over time that it’s when we bring our practice off the mats and into the world that the transformation truly begins to occur in all aspects of our lives, leading to more mindful, compassionate thoughts and actions. With a background of 200-hour Ashtanga YTT in India and a 200-hour Vinyasa YTT in Costa Rica, Keely continues to share her knowledge and love for the practice in hopes of igniting the same change in people’s lives that yoga has given her. Her classes focus on proper alignment, dynamic sequencing, as well as ways to bring your yoga practice into your everyday life.
Kelsey Brennan grew up in a small, mountain town in Idaho. She has always been a fitness enthusiast, growing up as a dancer, soccer player, tennis player, and snowboarder. She went to college in northern California where she studied Exercise Science/Health Promotion, as well as Interdisciplinary Dance Studies. She moved to Colorado to study therapeutic massage at the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado in 2015. She now works in the Denver area as a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Massage Therapist.
Over the last two years Kelsey has reestablished her love for yoga. She grew up in the yoga studio with her mother, but came back to her practice after moving to Denver. She received her 200 Hour Teacher Training Certification through Denver local yoga company, Kindness Yoga. Kelsey brings life to her classes in hopes of showing her students how yoga can help to create fulfillment and joy in their lives. Throughout her classes Kelsey talks about daily life and how yoga can help you transition through tough times and learn to live in the moment.
Kristin Poulton MA, 200 RYT, loves practicing yoga on and off her yoga mat. She began practicing at an early age after being introduced to yoga through a dance instructor. While in graduate school, she fell in love with the moving meditation of Hot Yoga. This brought her years later to Core Power where she received 200 hours of yoga teacher training and an additional 45 hours of training in Hot Power Fusion. She continues her journey practicing and studying working towards her additional 300 hours of teacher training at the Samadhi Center for Yoga. Her classes are filled with love, light, and laughter. You leave her classes with a glowing light and a sense of self empowerment and gratefulness that you carry out into your daily life.
Mark Gregory’s passion for yoga sprouted while living in the San Francisco Bay area in 2014 and then blossomed last year when he attended a life-changing 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Kauai, Hawaii. He brings that spirit of Aloha through a peaceful and calming presence during his classes which combine Vinyasa and Kundalini.
Mark is Trilingual, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and holds an International MBA. He recently moved to Colorado in order to be closer to family, promote conscious consumption, and kick-start his new organic herbal skin care line. Mark believes in the power of community, loves traveling the world, and hopes to inspire others to organically grow their own food.
Mary Lynn Hankins started practicing yoga in 2011 to help her with her chronic pain of scoliosis and to help with her performance as a lacrosse player at the University. After seeing and feeling all of the physical benefits yoga offered her, the spiritual side of yoga naturally followed. As a college graduate with a background in Exercise Science, Holistic Medicine, Massage Therapy and her current studies in Physical Therapy; Mary Lynn’s main focus is on restoring and rejuvenating our mind and bodies from daily stressors. She believes that the mind, body, and spirit are all directly connected and likes to incorporate them all within each practice.
Meghan Forse took to yoga naturally as an extension of the body and movement awareness developed during extensive dance training in her youth. However, it was her seeking yoga’s mental and emotional therapeutic benefits that called her back to the mat time and time again. The desire to provide others with the same opportunity for internal transformation while on the mat—and the occasional epiphany—was the catalyst to Meghan’s receiving 200hr Yoga Alliance certification through Denver’s Kindness Yoga in 2015. She encourages each student to meet their body where it is at, while simultaneously exploring its edge. Offering compassion, acceptance and encouragement to all who are “seeking” with a little humor stirred in for good measure. Currently teaching studio classes and taking new students for private sessions.
Molly Green brings 15 years of acupuncture and bodywork practice, 12 years of regular meditation practice, and a lifetime of playful curiosity about moving the body, to her yoga teaching. Her yoga journey began in 2006. Molly offers unwavering presence, humor, and precise instruction where people can explore not only the benefits of syncing up breath with movement, but also the experience of surrendering to a practice that reveals one’s true luminosity. She believes that when we start to experience the immediate and long term benefits of regular yoga practice, our entire life transforms into the greatest miracle that it is meant to be!
Monique Meadows is a yoga instructor, herbalist, and student of environment and film. She has danced in the enchanting realms of herbalism and yoga for most of her life. Growing up intertwined in the cultures of the U.S. and Southern Germany has been a rich cultural guide for Monique to draw upon indigenous plants and traditional remedies. She has traveled extensively and draws upon indigenous wisdom of the planet and herbalism from regions like Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Through this knowledge, yoga and holistic healing are integrated to ensure deep healing and activation in every class. She values both the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga and believes a balance between the two is essential. Monique creates a playful, spiritual, light, and supportive environment for students of all levels. With conscious attention to both body and breath and a strong emphasis on awareness, she guides students towards their inner beings. An eternal student, she is excited to share and help weave the vibrant threads of her knowledge and your own unique knowledge to formulate the beautiful fabric of free movement, connection, self-care, and self-love nourished at Elevate Yoga.
Natalie Tafoya discovered the magic of yoga in 2008 after devoting the majority of her life to multiple sports, most notably soccer. She became hooked when she discovered that yoga was not just a physical practice, but a practice that involved and nourished all aspects of her humanness: physical, mental, emotional, and mystical. Through her ongoing personal practice and study of yoga, she develops new ways of approaching, processing, healing and growing from each life experience, which naturally becomes both the anchor and source of inspiration as she guides others with a hope that they too can discover the treasures that lie within the practice of yoga and themselves. Natalie completed her 200-hour yoga instructor training at Samadhi Center for Yoga and is Yoga Alliance certified.
Nikki Cline began practicing yoga in 2009 as part of a well rounded exercise program. While she expected to change physically, she was not anticipating the immense emotional, mental, and spiritual transformation that would fuel her personal passion for yoga as well as her desire to teach. After shedding 80 lbs. and experiencing the joy, peace, and healing that yoga brought to her life, she became a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified yoga instructor at the Shambhava School of yoga at the Shoshoni Ashram. Nikki is currently furthering her yoga education in Kindness Yoga’s 500 hour yoga teacher training program. Nikki’s classes combine her fun and playful personality with the transformative elements of yoga so that each student leaves class feeling authentic, aware, and alive.
Noelle Eichholtz was first introduced to yoga through a community center class during mother-daughter bonding time back in 1996. From the first pranyama she was hooked. Introduced to classical style yoga taught from a classically trained yogini from India the theme has continued. From taking classes at community centers, gyms, videos at home in her living room, outside in a park, and on to yoga studios, her love of the deep profound essence of yoga has brought her to share her love and passion for the practice. Her main focus on styles that bring the student into quiet stillness and calms the chaos of the mind. By merging the physical body and the spirit essence of ourselves and bringing them into balance Noelle hopes to bring about a peaceful acceptance of our true nature. In 2013 she graduated from Samadhi Center for yoga and meditation with her 200 hr teacher training and is currently working expanding on her Yoga Nidra and Yin teacher trainings and teaching children to encourage the world to bring calm to the chaos.
Polina Rikoun is dedicated to life-long learning and teaching, and has worked in higher education for many years. She was led to yoga and meditation by her desire to relieve work-related stress for herself and others, and to help her students function at peak capacity in the demanding university setting. She trained at the Amrit Yoga Institute in Florida and Well Heart Yoga School in Maine, where she discovered that the true power of yoga went far beyond her boldest hopes. Her classes explore yoga as a harmonious, mutually supportive interplay of polarities, encouraging students to balance movement and stillness, effort and relaxation, passionate commitment and light-hearted play—on the mat and beyond.
Rasika Gopi devi dasi was born and raised in The Netherlands and started practicing yoga at the age of 16. After a serious car accident she sustained severe spinal injuries and now found herself taking refuge in her yoga practice. She began to approach yoga asana, pranayama and meditation from a therapeutic perspective and found profound healing in these practices, which fired up her curiosity to learn more. In 2014 she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Mary Bastien and Jennifer Reuter at Open Space Yoga and has been teaching ever since. Rasika also completed her 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training in Encinitas, California, and studied under teachers such as Richard Miller (iRest yoga nidra), Brian Dorfmann, Leslie Kaminoff, Nischala Joy Devi and Monique Lonner. Rasika also took a Yoga of Recovery training with Durga Leela, which focuses on treating addictions and addictive behavior with yoga and Ayurveda. Other studies include a restorative teacher training with Chanti Tacorante-Perez, a 200 hour teacher training at Veda yoga in LA under Kumi Yogini and Yoga for Mood Management with Rose Kress. Rasika continues to study with her teachers and is passionate about sharing her love for yoga. She holds a meditative space for students to find their full potential and deep inner healing.
Sophie Dila believes that life has infinite possibilities, and she invites her students to explore all the edges and beyond. Both grounding and uplifting, Sophie’s vinyasa classes blend movement and breath, challenge and restoration, direction and creativity… This is your adventure! You are encouraged to approach the practice as a mindful moving meditation, drawing you closer to the undeniable strengths of your unique self. Sophie completed her 200-hour teacher training at Kindness Collective in 2015 and an Ashtanga Intensive at the Yoga Workshop in early 2016, and she is grateful for the many wonderful teachers she has studied with along the way.
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