Growing up an athlete and adventurer, Alia has always been committed to the notion that anything is possible, which subsequently led her to be a challenge for her teachers and peers.
With the social freedom of college combined with the inherent challenge of collegiate academia for a day dreamer—Alia began down rocky path. That is, until she stepped into her first yoga class. The initial challenge of the physical postures appealed to her competitive nature and immediately calmed her anxious mind. Over the next few years she slowly found a bit of balance between socializing and school.
After college, Alia decided to take an adventure to Portland, Oregon where she got a job with lululemon athletica and dove into the eclectic offerings of the Portland yoga scene. She fell in love over and over again with every new style of yoga, realizing the power classes had offered her a lot of insight, but it was Yoga Nidra practice, in the Bhakti devotion that sparked a deeper understanding of the practice.
The combo of the freedom Alia felt in yoga and structure of the lululemon culture reignited the "anything is possible" mindset once again. She set the goal to completed a 200-hour teacher training with Tiffany Cruikshank. During the year long training, she began journaling and setting hefty goals. Alia's practice allowed her to keep on the path of intention, and meditation created space for new goals, ideas and ways of being.
She created a family out of strangers in Portland, and her practice led her to them. She moved back to Boulder in the summer of 2012 with the goal of opening a studio. She began teaching in the summer of 2013, quit her day job, and an incredible opportunity presented itself, in the way of partnering with vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda in opening a joint space focusing on a complimentary yoga offering for every lifestyle.
Alia has created Amana to be a community hub of support for the community, just as the yoga community has been her compass in finding her most passionate dreams.
She is committed to paying it forward, so please reach out, and she hopes to see you on your mat. XO
Yoga has had a profound effect in my life. It has been subtle as well as dramatic. Not only has it lead me to self discovery but it has helped me understand my body, my mind and how it responds to my practice or lack of. It is at these times I need my yoga the most—just rolling out the mat, taking a meditative seat, a few deep breaths (pranayama) and perhaps a down dog. That might be all that I can muster, but most of the time the intelligence of my body leads me to another pose and then another and before I know it I have created spaciousness in my body which has lead to freedom in the mind. Who would have thought?
It comes back to Einstein’s, and I loosely quote ‘you cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it.’ So I use my mind to get on the mat, then follow the wisdom of my body that leads me through a yoga practice. I take refuge in the sensations my body affords me and I encourage myself to explore. Sensation does not always come as ease in the body, rather it brings forth the truth of the moment, be it sadness, anger or pain. In yoga I open the doors to communicate with my body and it reveals its own story. It is not always happy, but it really appreciates the attention I give it especially when I feel uncomfortable and out of sorts. Through thoughtful contemplation in a a pose, like magic my body eases and I feel better, able to be inhabit my body rather than run away from it.
Chandoline has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 15 years. She fell in love with the practice after her first class, finding yoga as a powerful transformative tool for creating balance, strength and peace within her life. She attended a 200-hour teacher training course in 2002 at the Sivananda Ashram in Northern California, Ashtanga teacher training course with David Swenson, Kids Yoga teacher training with Young Warriors, Yoga Prison Project teacher training with James Fox and Yoga Nidra teacher training with Dr. Marc Halpern, as well as many workshops over the years diving deeper into both Vinyasa and restorative practices. Chandoline has served as the Aspen Snowmass Wayfarer Regional Manager for Wanderlust Yoga Festival last year, coordinating the volunteer and studio partner program. She is honored to be a Wanderlust ambassador again this year. Chandoline has been a Massage Therapist for over 22 years, bringing deep understanding of the physical and emotional bodies to her classes and provides powerfully compassionate and empathetic energy to her students. She lives in the Boulder area with her husband and daughter, where she teaches kids yoga, vinyasa and restorative yoga and has a private massage practice.
Yoga Therapist, E-RYT-200, RYT-500, Licensed Professional Counselor
Heather Menzie completed her 200 hour Teacher Training through Core Power Yoga in 2006 and her Yoga Therapy Teacher Training with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy in 2011, which involved studying Yoga for Grief, Recovery, Chronic Pain, Anxiety and Depression, Yoga Nidra, and Ayurveda. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Heather integrates Yoga Therapy into her private practice and believes in the integration these two healing modalities offer.
Through her studies and personal practice, Heather sees yoga as a rich practice of turning towards one’s physical sensations as well as emotions, and unpacking beliefs that may be hindering freedom. Her nourishing classes offer time to tune into what your body, mind, and heart need in the moment. Through mindfulness instruction, pranayama (conscious breathing), sankalpa (intention setting), gentle flow, and mudras (gestures of the hands), your practice will guide you into wholeness and connect you with your inner light and wisdom.
You can learn more about Heather here: http://www.lightquestcounseling.com/
Bailey’s classes incorporate her love of creative sequencing, subtle anatomy, and playfulness. Through yoga, she invites everyone to feel the embodiment of their lives and calm down the voices of the mind/ego. She believes yoga offers a space for us to practice and learn how to care for ourselves, those around us, and discover our unique and inherent inner light. She has had the joy of teaching to a wide range of individuals including differing ages, ability, religion, nationality, and yoga experience. She draws from a dance background as well as training in Vinyasa, Hatha, and Restorative styles of yoga, which are deepened by her experience in Ayurveda, meditation, adaptive yoga, and Body Mind Centering.
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.
Yoga has been a part of Liana's life since '96, when she experienced first hand how a dedicated daily practice can heal the physical body. Several years later, she gained an awareness of the mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga which inspired her to dive deeper into all eight limbs. She trained with Dhyana Yoga in 2005, and was certified in Ashtanga-based Vinyasa. Ever since, she has been studying various styles such as Dharma, Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, and Tantra, offering the wisdom of the practices and lifestyle to practitioners throughout the world. Depending on the class, she may teach a powerful or more chilled-out flow with a focus on structural & energetic alignment, spiritual intention, playfulness, and awareness of the breath-mind-body connection; or a restorative practice focusing on relaxing the mind and body, seeking ease and discerning the language of the body through the deeper breath.
Over the last eight years, Liana has had the honor to teach domestically and abroad, at festivals, retreats, events, studios, with private clients, and as a Lululemon ambassador. For several months in 2010, she had a unique experience of teaching yoga and fire arts in the Peruvian Amazon during a shamanic apprenticeship with an indigenous plant medicine. Upon returning to the US with a new and profound relationship with Nature, Ayurveda became a main focus in her life, which has recently led her to Boulder to work with VPK by Maharishi Ayurveda. Learn more about Liana on her website: www.lianacameris.com
David Telfer McConaghay begins with the understanding that a yoga teacher is first and foremost a yoga practitioner. His intention is to share with others the attitudes and techniques that have proven so profoundly beneficial to his own life. He has been enthusiastically practicing the integral yoga of the Sivananda lineage since 2009, earning their 500-hour advanced certification in August 2014. David is currently studying Ayurvedic medicine at Alandi Ashram in Boulder.
Cynthia St. Clair
Cynthia St.Clair has been studying yoga since 2002, when a semester-long college course reduced her stress and upped her bliss so much that she got hooked. For Cynthia, yoga is a process of deepening into more of who we are. She blends her Integral Yoga background with concepts from her work in somatic psychology to create a unique and holistic approach. Since completing her training at The Integral Yoga Institute of New York in 2006, Cynthia has shared the practice with many people of all ages and walks of life. She is certified in Prenatal Yoga and Yoga for Women, and has also taught Children’s Yoga. Cynthia believes in the deeply transformative power of this work and looks forward to offering her teaching at Amana Yoga.
Yoga and Angela have been dear friends for quite sometime—15 years to be exact. This ancient practice and teaching has seen her through the innocent and awkward stages of adolescence, and served as a guide when she traversed her way through the more competitive complexities of life as a collegiate athlete and marathon runner. Yoga has inspired dozens of miracles between Angela, her students, and classroom families in her ten-year career as a primary educator. During her pregnancy, yoga was one of Angela's dearest companions. Meditation, mantra, breath, and basic asana gifted Angela the ability to tap deeply into her body's wisdom. Yoga as a resource opened Angela up to the possibility of birthing her son in a healthy and holistic way, despite many unforeseen circumstances.
Now, as a Mother, Angela feels even more empowered and impassioned about sharing the healing and nourishing aspects of yoga with our community. She weaves together her life experiences with her more formal background as a RYT, Waldorf educator, student of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, and Birth Worker as a Postpartum Doula. Aligning her professional and personal life is a vision she holds close to her heart. Taking her practice off the mat and into the world has been the most rewarding element of yoga.
You can join Angela and her son for Baby & Me Yoga, or share your practice with her during a Yin or Vinyasa class. This spring she will also host a Women's Circle to create healing, support, and community around the birth experience. Until then, blessings on your journey.
Tucker Shelton has been studying yoga for eight years and teaching for seven. His style is lighthearted but deeply transformative. He holds 880RYT training hours in Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin, Restorative, Bhakti Vinyasa, Vini, Senior/Therapeutic, Children's, Pre/Postnatal, Vinyasa Krama, and Kaula Tantra Yoga forms. He has also studied 200 hours of Thai Yoga Massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand and two years of Sanskrit at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. He has taught and studied throughout the United States and around the world, from New Zealand to India to Mexico.
Tucker's teaching style is to guide students carefully and gracefully into their bodies, offering many levels of mental, physical, and spiritual practices according to the needs and openness of the individual. His specialization is in what he terms "Longevity Yoga," or teaching sequences that are safe and powerful for yogis/yoginis to practice sustainably for the rest of their lives. Tucker is a sensitive, kind, and playful guide for those on the yoga path. He imbues his classes with love and insight and seeks to improve the lives of those with whom he shares his gifts.
I began my yoga practice about 7 years ago while living in San Francisco. Over time and several moves across the country (SF to Boston to Boulder), I have tried many different styles of yoga, but feel most connected to vinyasa style classes. My flow practice has taken different shapes over time, but has always been heavily guided by intentional structure and alignment. I studied with Natasha Rizopoulos in the YogaWorks Method, which blends instruction from both Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga. As I have been teaching, I have worked to create intelligent sequencing that combines the heat of Ashtanga, the wisdom of Iyengar and the freedom of vinyasa.
Deb received her 200 hour certification in May 2007 from Jeannie Laslo in Winter Springs, FL and has an additional 500+ hours of continued education from some of the most heartfelt and influential teachers in yoga; Max Strom, Dinabandhu, Amrit Desai, Panditji Ramani Tigunait, Bhagavan Das, Krishna Das, and her teacher Yoganand. She is continuing her training in Advanced Teaching and Yoga Therapy through Pranakriya (a Kripalu based yoga) and continually uses The Yoga Sutras (the philosophy which the practice of yoga was built on) to guide her classes as well as her life.
Kate has practiced many styles of yoga over twenty five years including: classical Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Forrest, Ashtanga and Bikram. She completed Hot Yoga Teacher’s Training in December of 2008. She went on to train with Ana Forrest in October of 2009 which she considers one of the most pivotal experiences of her life. Ana Forrest reminded Kate of the healer she was meant to be, by providing a space for Kate to take a deep and honest look at the protective barriers that held her back in life, until that point. Kate’s great love of Forrest Yoga has significantly impacted her practice, life, and spirit and has taught her a greater understanding of the healing power of breath and movement within the physical, emotional and spiritual layers of the human body. The teaching Kate provides, will truly help you unlock your barriers that hold you back from walking a path of vibrancy in this life. Kate is a leading Forrest Yoga teacher and is truly honored to be able to bring her great passion for this art of healing to all that cross her path at all the studios she teaches at.
Rani has been teaching yoga for over 19 years and shares her passion and dedication for for connecting body, mind, heart and spirit! She brings warmth, knowledge, intuition, and curiosity supporting you to find your edge. Rani has studied many styles of yoga with a plethora of knowledgable teachers and systems since 1995. She weaves her classes in a way to help you find more openness, love and opening while enjoying the amazing path of yoga. She has her Masters in Transpersonal Psychology and is a Body-Centered therapist and long time bodyworker.
Mary Susan Stults
Mary Susan teaches a knowledgable, dynamic, sustainable, and compassionate, alignment-based practice that weaves and blends together the traditions of Ashtanga and Iyengar. Many describe her energy as contagious, finding her nurturing, wise, grounded, and patient style of teaching to be welcoming and supportive. She infuses her Yoga, Meditation, SUP, and SUP Yoga classes, workshops, and world-wide retreats with her grounded yet light-hearted nature. For Mary, being a student of the practice of yoga is as important as being a teacher. When she is not working and teaching herself you can often find her in a teacher training or yoga intensive with her forever teacher, Maty Ezraty with whom she has completed over 500+ hours of formal training. She hopes to help others delve into what it means to live well physically, mentally, and spiritually, by exploring and developing their own yoga practice, and translating the joy, strength, confidence, mindfulness, balance, and grace that we find on the mat, into our lives off the mat!
Kate teaches vinyasa, gentle, and restorative yoga. She aims to create an inspired setting for students to deepen their connection to their own body, explore movement, and exercise their muscles of awareness. Using a blend of precision and flow in her classes, she is passionate about creating space for students to build on their strengths and adapt poses to each unique mind and body.
Kate’s first steps on the mat were led by a running injury in 2004. She dove deeper into yoga while searching for an activity to help her balance the intensity and deskwork of graduate school and her environmental policy work in Washington, DC. After a neck, shoulder, and wrist injury put a pause on her vinyasa practice, Kate began to pursue a variety of yoga traditions, from Forrest to restorative yoga as well as movement practices such as the Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais. She earned her RYT-200 from Nosara Yoga Institute in 2015 and recently returned to Nosara to complete a training in “Self Awakening Yoga Therapeutics.” Kate has also studied with Tias Little in Santa Fe.
Off the mat, Kate works as a facilitator, educator, and consultant on tropical forestry conservation and climate change. She can be found exploring Boulder County’s open spaces and beyond.
Alexis Greenberger, a Pittsburgh native, moved to Boulder in November 2015 to pursue her passions of teaching and dance. A professional ballet dancer since 2008, Lexi discovered yoga as a form of cross-training and injury prevention. She eventually completed 500 hours of training under Tanya Siejhi, founder of Healsci, in Sarasota, Florida. Lexi is also a certified BodyRolling instructor, incorporating balls and rollers as a form of myofascial release and self-massage to compliment yoga postures. Her intention is to help others free themselves from muscle pain to achieve a life-long practice.
Kylie Mikuta is a Lifestyle Curator and the owner of True Bliss Living (www.TrueBlissLiving.com) which offers both products and services to bring true bliss into your life. As a Lifestyle Curator she guides and coaches her clients to create a blueprint to help design and curate the life they desire. She holds certifications in Holistic Health Coaching, Emotional Eating & Behavior Coaching, Detox and Detox Cooking, Himalayan Singing Bowl Healing, Reiki, Gabby Bernstein’s Spirit Junkie, Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, and Lifestyle Meditation. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband of 19 years and their two teenage children.
Sasha B. Cohen
Sasha, a former tennis professional on the WTA Tour, has been practicing and studying yoga/meditation for 14 years. Her enduring passion for holistic intelligence and commitment to a healthy physical/emotional/energetic body, was the impetus for her journey. Some personal transitions were profoundly healed on her mat, allowing this pivotal experience to align her next path.
"My life has been transcended by this deeply connected and nourishing practice and to share this experience with others in the role of a teacher, is the greatest gift I could receive," says Sasha. "Yoga is an amazing and important vehicle towards satya (truth) and freedom, and it is our immense responsibility to guide students towards their highest and most authentic selves through patience, compassion and unconditional love.”
Sasha received her Vinyasa, Sculpt and Yin certifications through Core Power Yoga in Boulder, CO in 2009. In addition, she completed Seane Corn’s Vinyasa teacher training in 2013 and continues to be a passionate ambassador for Off the Mat Into the World, studying with Seane many times a year. To complement her offerings, Sasha is a certified lifestyle/wellness coach, working with groups and individuals since 2002. She resonates fully with the collaboration of the coach/client relationship and the significant forms in which this work empowers students to align yogic priniciples with manifesting their dreams.
When not teaching yoga, coaching clients or participating in non profit work, you will find Sasha enjoying the hiking/biking/snowshoeing trails of Boulder and international travel. In addition to seva, Sasha is composing her first novel.