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’s first memory of practicing yoga was when she was a little girl and her Mom taught yoga to a few friends in their living room. Years later she re-discovered and fell in love with the practice, finding it a powerful transformative tool for creating balance, strength and peace within her life. Chandoline has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 14 years. She attended a 200 hour teacher training course in 2002 at the Sivananda Ashram in Northern California, an Ashtanga Teacher Training course with David Swenson, Kids Yoga Teacher Training with Young Warriors as well as many workshops over the years diving deeper into both Vinyasa and restorative practices. Chandoline has been a Massage Therapist for over 20 years, bringing deep understanding of the physical and emotional bodies to her classes and a powerful compassionate and empathetic energy to her students. She has a private Massage practice in the Boulder area where she lives with her husband and daughter.
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.
Amy has always been immensely curious about how alignment and breath allow her to access deeper states of embodiment in practice and in life. Yoga teaches her how to slow down, how to breathe in the most challenging of times, and to be patient when life is dealing a tricky hand. Amy teaches to grow, to learn, to hold space, to guide you in the direction that drives you. She invites you to explore what it means to live this life, presently and with purpose. She creates a space for you to tap into your inner knowing and feel empowered by your connection to self. Amy is a firm believer that you don’t need to be able to touch your toes to be a yogi, and hopes that even the subtlest of moments translate into a passionate desire to live your life to the fullest.
Amy signed up for her first sequence of trainings in 2012 at Corepower in Boulder and completed a Multi-Discipline 200-hour Hatha Yoga TT at the Yoga Pod in 2013. A lifelong student, Amy continues to deepen her education through mentorship and various workshops primarily focused on meditation, alignment, embodiment, and Eastern philosophy. She also teaches yoga at the Integral Center, and is in a 9 month training to be certified in an advanced interpersonal practice called Integral Circling. Amy values the multifaceted richness of life and all it has to offer, is fascinated by the human experience, and loves blending her teachings to offer dynamic, fulfilling classes.
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.
Brittany Woods, RYT 200. I first experienced the magic of yoga in Austin, Texas during 2009 and since then, I have been full of desire to share this ancient philosophy. I deeply enjoy all styles of yoga and thoroughly appreciate teachers of every background. I try to embody my own practice with sustainability, grace, and intention. Spending time on my mat allows me to witness how moving my breath through asana has trained my mind and body to stay more present in all my experiences. Yoga teaches me to seek adventure and to all-ways lead with an open heart. My highest excitement is to inspire others to move inside themselves, and to cultivate an inner process and spiritual connection that unfolds with the practice of yoga. I teach a variety of classes infused with creativity and focus on conscious alignment of the subtle body. I invite you to explore a new awareness, because through awareness, anything is possible!
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