I am a Colorado native who grew up playing in the great outdoors. I fell in love with yoga and meditation upon my visit to the Shoshoni Yoga Ashram in the mountains above Boulder in Colorado. It was at that time I realized the profound benefits of both yoga and meditation in helping me deal with the stress of daily life. I returned to Shoshoni to get my yoga teacher certification. The best part of yoga has been the opportunity to share and grow with a community that have a deep passion and commitment to transition, shifting from a mindset that brings insight into the awareness mind and continually works to surrender the processes of the thinking mind.
My teaching is deeply rooted in the Shambhava Yoga philosophy, an approach that is from the heart and is designed to naturally and gently address the stresses and challenges of your daily lives and to support a journey toward physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. My classes and workshops are joyful and motivating, designed to leave you invigorated and inspired, both mentally and physically.
My journey to Western Colorado focused on my seasonal work as a whitewater raft guide. Seeking more than seasonal work, I found my true calling as a teacher first in middle school, then followed by twenty-three years (and counting) at R-5 High School, the alternative high school in District 51.
The stresses and demands of such work nurtured my study of yoga. My wife, Kim Last, and I initiated our study of yoga with Monica Cullinane at the Academy of Yoga. Following the 200 Hour RYT certification, we completed our 500 Hour study. Now I focus on the fundamentals of a sound yoga practice in the Iyengar tradition, keeping alignment and the use of props as ways for practitioners to open and release while challenging perceived limitations.
My mission is to provide the benefits for all who wish to explore yoga, ensuring that they are guided safely with supports that match what their bodies require. Gentle yet challenging, focused and aligned, a yoga practice is for all human beings. I invite you to join in.
Jack is a devoted yogi teaching creative Vinyasa Yoga with an emphasis on the subtle flow of energy. He is a RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance after receiving his training from Niki Fitzgerald in 2016. He primarily focuses on the asana (physical), the third limb of astanga (eight limbs of yoga), in his classes moving with the flow of prana (breath) between gentle and challenging poses. He has a passion for the ancient yoga language of Sanskrit.
A seeker his whole life when Jack accidentally found Yoga all the dots began connecting and the stars aligned within. He quickly grew to love playing with the shapes he could create and experience. His passion has been to bring this joy to others shaking up old habits and putting into place a graceful flow of playful creativity. His classes offer a variety for beginners to more advanced students to experience their body and mind in new ways.
"May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness an to that freedom for all."
Christens fitness and movement background includes 27 years of experience in yoga, Pilates, dance and other methods of movement. She has been an instructor for over 15 years. In 1994 she moved to the Grand Valley from the Santa Fe area of Northern New Mexico. Christen is a registered member of the Yoga Alliance with the designation of E-RYT 200. She is a student of the Iyengar method, classical Hatha and Kundalini yoga styles.
In 2003, Christen obtained her Pilates certification and has found it to be a wonderful compliment to her yoga background. In May of 2010, she completed her Level I certification in the BioSomatic method of movement. This method is a neuromuscular reeducation used to release the deep held patterns of tension in the body.
Christens unique style of teaching combines movements from the traditional schools of yoga, Pilates and BioSomatic foundational movement. This approach helps the student release chronically held tension patterns, create structural balance, gain core strength and spinal stability, increase flexibility, strength and overall well-being.
Christen hopes that her students will experience increased awareness, understanding and freedom in their musculoskeletal systems as they participate in the various classes, workshops, and private training that she offers.
Sarah began practicing yoga in 2004 as a method to relieve stress, and started teaching yoga in 2014 to help others to balance stress and reconnect. Her yoga classes draw from her own life experience using physical postures and breath to find calm and resilience. She offers a safe space to explore strength, vulnerability, and balance.
Sarah received her RYT-200 certification in 2014 and has continued her education in yoga teacher trainings and workshops with teachers from around the state and across the country. She is a lifelong student and enjoys learning and sharing knowledge.
In addition to practicing and teaching yoga, Sarah enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, and birdwatching. Sarah brings her love of nature into her yoga classes, from the grounding connection with the earth below to the expansiveness of the sky above. Sarah teaches hatha, vinyasa, and restorative yoga. Her classes may include guided visualizations, mudra (sacred hand gestures), mantra (repetition of sacred phrases), and pranayama (breathing techniques) to help students reach deeper into the mind-body connection.
Sarah was first called to yoga to relieve stress from daily life, and she uses her experience to benefit students. Sarah’s hope is that students will experience a return to balance within themselves, reconnect with nature and the community, and leave class feeling joyful and refreshed.
Serenity’s teaching style incorporates dynamic movement with the breath to open the body and put the mind at ease. After practicing Anusara and Tantric yoga for 20 years, she became a RYT 200 in December of 2018. As a public school counselor and certified addictions counselor, she knows how powerful yoga asana, meditation, and pranayama can be in healing the body and the mind. Serenity loves restorative and gentle yoga but can flow through a rigorous Vinyasa class, especially on a cold winter day! She loves to share her passion for yoga with others as we all journey down the path to discover our best selves!