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
Lisa Eaton-Holz Thai Massage, RYT-200 Yoga Teacher, Reiki As a student and graduate of Denver Integrative Massage School in Colorado, Lisa began practicing Thai yoga massage (nuad boran) over 6 years ago. Her background in movement + psychology came together with a more recent infatuation with all-things-natural-health and she was instantly attracted to this beautiful healing art. Over two trips to Thailand, she was able to experience this form of bodywork in various settings and study with Pichest Boonthume, who is considered one of a few (remaining) living masters. In the Thai tradition, massage is the physical embodiment of metta – the Buddhist concept that is often translated as LovingKindness. Lisa practices with this intention and strives to create a sacred space in which the client can engage with his/her innate ability to balance and heal. Working with both the physical and energetic aspects of a person, her work deeply supports health in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual experiences of those who receive it.
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 & Reiki 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 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 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.
Nikolle Embree RYT-200 & Professional Dancer Nikolle started her journey in Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Jazz at the age of 4 in Durango, Colorado. She continued practicing this art until the age of 18, when she became a Certified Professional Ballroom Instructor specializing in American Smooth, Latin (Rhythm), Swing, and Country. She eventually competed professionally in various national dance competitions.
As her love for teaching grew she found that many students turn to dance as a method of healing, a form of movement meditation, or an escape from stressful situations. She decided to learn the healing technique of Reiki and incorporate this into what she would like to offer her students should they desire an additional form of relaxation or healing method.
Her newest found love has been for yoga, and all of its many benefits. This has been a great path to incorporate her passion for dance and her desire for helping people, to all come together in one practice.
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