I am absolutely so excited to be on this journey. Although, it has been a deep dive into self discovery I am truly blessed to be where I am. After going through a devastating tragedy I found myself lost and did not know where to turn. I looked deep into what I wanted and where I wanted to be in my life. Months later I found myself in yoga teacher training in Bali. My teacher training was life changing! I found my calling to reach out and help people going through life changes. I live in one of the most beautiful parts of Colorado and I have 3 dogs and 2 cats (I am still a Certified Veterinary Technologist). I travel as much as I can and have seen some of the most amazing places & met some of the most beautiful people. I am truly blessed.
I also have an integrative healing practice that I absolutely love! This practice allows me to reach out and help people on a deeper level, helping them heal their body, mind, & soul. I hope that you join me on this journey to discover the amazing, happy, and beautiful you that you are! Many Blessings, Alana
Rachel Segura RYT-200 Yoga Teacher Rachel grew up in the flatlands of the Texas Panhandle, but has been a child of the mountains since before she could walk. It was natural that she found yoga in Southwest Colorado, where the magic of the desert and the serenity of the mountains come together. She has practiced various different styles of yoga since 2013. Her intrigue into the philosophy and spirituality of yoga came as she encountered turmoil in personal relationships. That was when she discovered that the asana is only part of the journey - and not even the important part. As yoga has opened her mind, her heart and her soul to the possibilities of healing and forgiveness, she now desires to share that same message to others. Rachel has personally practiced Ashtanga yoga for five years. She received her 200 HR RYT from Wild Roots in the summer of 2019. She is a mother of two rambunctious children, a wanna-be world traveler, avid reader/writer and empath. When she isn't teaching in the studio, you can find her hiking, fishing, camping or making memories with her little lovelies.
Kit Connolly RYT-200 & Yoga Therapist, & Aerial Yoga My intentional journey of self discovery began in earnest in 2000 when I dabbled in competitive ballroom dance. Dance being a VERY expensive hobby, I quickly found my way to Tae Kwon Do, a more regimented kind of dance. Earning a black belt was, for me, an amazing feeling of accomplishment. After suffering a fairly serious shoulder injury I had to find a new outlet for my energy, YOGA was it. And not just any yoga, but Bikram, hot, hot, hot! As I became more experienced I sought out various styles of yoga and have taken bits and pieces from each style and teacher I have encountered along the way. While attending my first yoga class at a new studio on March 7, 2014 I suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. A life changing moment that forced me to look at my life and decide if I was truly on my path or just following along on a well worn path of everyone else’s making. Fast forward 2 years and I am now a 200 HR yoga therapist and the proud owner of Ms. Kitty’s Country Inn in Mancos, CO. I love connecting with people and helping them heal through breathe and body work.
Kayleen Lindsay 200 RYT & Aerial Yoga Teacher Hello! My name is Kayleen and I am a proud mother of three! I began my yoga journey when I was going to school to become an elementary teacher. When I was in school, I discovered that I was a disaster. When I began taking yoga, I realized that I was a beautiful disaster. My practice was what held me together when I was in school. I left to Alaska where I continued to practice a little more sporadically. I came back home to Colorado, got married, and started having babies. I wasn’t making time for myself until I met my dear friend and mentor Alana. She had opened the studio in Dolores and encouraged me to come take some of her classes. I fell in love with Aerial yoga and proceeded to get certified in 2016. The following year I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in the RYT 200. I am so very thankful to my husband and family in supporting me to be able to take some time every week to teach class. In my classes you can expect a safe, welcoming space to open up and be yourself. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nat Han
Lillian W Retired engineering geologist, CYT-200 In 2007, I found yoga to treat the negative physical and emotional impacts of a high-stress research-management job. In 2011, I retired from the Dept. of Defense and moved permanently to Dolores. My physical, mental, and spiritual health improved dramatically, and I became a yoga teacher in 2012. When I’m not teaching yoga, I’m an organist/pianist, a volunteer in Mesa Verde National Park, and an advocate for public lands. I teach yoga for the privilege of facilitating the practice and progress of others. I have seen incredible improvements in breath and balance, in flexibility and joy, of so many lovely people. Join me on this journey in floor-flow classes, where we can breathe and move and learn together.
Kristina Umberger RYT-200, Massage Therapist, & Reiki Master Kristina’s first passion is Okinawan Martial Arts. She came to find yoga as a supplement to her studies in the arts. She pulls knowledge from her martial arts into her yoga including dynamic stretching and strength exercises. As an artist, Kristina works with sacred geometry and mandalas. You will find that many of her classes contain some form of mandala expression flow and hints of pressure point in combination with energy lines and centers of the body. Kristina is a very passionate person and strives to bring empowerment and fun into her classes. She is also a Reiki Master and has previously studied personal training.
Evie Eversole RYT- 200 Teacher Originally from Texas and a beach girl at heart, Evie is falling quickly in love with the mountains of southwest Colorado. As a former high school Spanish teacher and coach, she’s enjoying being able to explore a less traditional classroom that involves moving the body and calming the mind. If she’s not taking care of her 2 year old blondie boy, you can find her in the sunshine boarding, biking, or climbing with her husband and dogs. She also enjoys photography, pottery and making music in her free time. Yoga for her was originally just for days when she had a break from college soccer, and she never really saw it as anything more than deep stretching to enhance her game. However, as life threw obstacles her way, she found yoga to be hugely helpful because it offered support for her body, mind and even lifestyle. She is excited to share that support with anyone else looking to begin or deepen their yogic journey.
Jaide Glenn RYT 200 & Aerial Yoga Teacher Jaide is a Colorado native who grew up catching toads for fun. She owns a small business in Cortez, Elevated Esthetics LLC, where she practices esthetic treatments (customized skin services, waxing, expert brow shaping, eyelash extensions and lifts), permanent makeup procedures and integrated massage therapy. Her love for yoga came after a love for CrossFit and weight lifting. She believes pairing yoga with weight lifting gives optimum results for athletes. She’s also a huge dog lover, having three giant dogs, and a beer snob!
Sadie Lewis RYT 200 & SUPs Yoga Teacher My journey with yoga began when I was a freshman in college at Colorado State University in 2012. I was initially drawn to yoga because it required physical strength, flexibility, and balance. I continued practicing yoga because it helped me discover my inner strength, flexibility, and balance. I continued practicing yoga sporadically after college when I frequently moved between Colorado and Catalina Island, CA. In 2018, I experienced some health challenges that eventually lead me back to yoga and drove me to pursue my YRT 200hr training with Alana Connelly in Dolores, Co. Since becoming certified, I have found so much joy in finding my own personal expression and helping others find their own expression through movement and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga.
Stephanie Guttenplan KRI - 200 ~ Yoga Teacher, & Artist I found yoga after I hit a bottom emotionally, physically and spiritually in 2012. I choose to pick myself up, choose life and walk through the fire of recovery. Yoga became my physical medicine as I learned how to live a sober life. I was close to signing up for teacher trainings plenty of times, but something always held me back, until I went to my first Kundalini Class in 2018. I knew by the end of that class that I would become a teacher, for Kundalini had a beautiful combination of spirit, movement, creativity and awareness to it. Outside the studio, I wear plenty of hats in my life: An artist, a coach as well as a facilitator. My art includes a self-produced tarot deck, fine art mixed media pieces, photography, graphic design, poetry and book making. As a coach and facilitator, I work with people to have their own journey of transformation - as I work with them in the contexts of manifestation, emotional intelligence, embodiment, relationship and leadership.
I am overwhelmed with gratitude to be able to offer Kundalini to the studio, for it is rarely available around here and underrated. To speak from my own experience: Kundalini elevates my vibration, heightens my intuition, expands my creativity, deepens my connection with spirit and brings a whole new level of mindfulness into my life.
Eliza Gass RYT-200 & Registered Dietician Eliza pursued yoga because of the joy and contentment it has brought to her personally. She loves sharing this magic with others in class; join her in vinyasa flow floor yoga classes. Eliza is also familiar with other aspects of health, she is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a masters degree in human nutrition and is a certified personal trainer. Ask her about 1:1 nutrition counseling and training sessions. Eliza is a native to the SW Colorado region and is thrilled to be practicing in the area, in her spare time you can find her on mountain tops or sliding down the slopes.
Kailee Last RYT-200 & Equestrian Trainer Kailee is a Colorado native, wife, dog mom, and life long horse woman, and sees many benefits to Equestrian‘s practicing yoga, including improving balance, strength, and endurance, and a calmer, more centered mindset. I enjoy practicing yoga on my mat and with my animals. I am a firm believer Yoga can be beneficial to anyone, from Equestrian‘s to other athletes, to those who are not as active, but are looking to incorporate more movement into their lives and to feel better. I lead you through a gentle warm up, a vigorous heat building sequence, and finally a relaxing cool down to recharge release and relax, focusing on breath, proper alignment, increasing flexibility and strength, improving balance and carrying the good energy created on the mat, into the world and everyday life.
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