Meet Your Teachers –
ELEVATE Your Yoga Career
TBD 2023 | Denver, CO
These were our teachers from our 2022 conference. This will give you a good idea of what you can expect in 2023!
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Founder of Marketing Yoga with Confidence
Amanda McKinney is a Marketing Coach whose passion is helping yoga teachers find the tools and the confidence within themselves to build a thriving yoga business. She does this through her podcast: Marketing Yoga with Confidence, online courses and membership. Learn more about Amanda at: https://www.
Amanda’s Class: Create Your Thriving Yoga Business
Amanda’s Pre-Conf Workshop: Scattered to Clarity: Get Clear On Your Yoga Business Goals
Founder of Inhale Thrive
Through yoga classes, teacher trainings, workshops, and online courses that blend movement, breath, meditation, and philosophical inquiry Ashley Zuberi helps students and yoga teachers build confidence and shift their mindsets to build healthier, wealthier, and more balanced lives and careers.
She is the founder of Inhale Thrive, an online yoga platform that offers yoga education through a membership, online courses, and teacher trainings. She writes extensively about yoga philosophy, the business of yoga, and integrating yoga into everyday life and is currently working on two books—a modern, thematic interpretation and teaching guide of the Yoga Sutra and a practical guide for busy women to redefine and create yoga practices that work anywhere, anytime. Ashley is a mama, military spouse, Ohio native, and has lived in 6 states in the past 8 years.
Ashley’s Class: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Practice
Founder of YogiApproved
Ashton August is the founder of wellness website YogiApproved.com as well as YA Classes, the top-rated online yoga and fitness platform where every class a member completes helps plant a food-producing tree.
As a motivational author and speaker, distinguished yoga instructor and wellness entrepreneur, she believes that cultivating empowering self-talk and a healthy mindset opens the door to living an abundantly fulfilling life! For the past decade, Ashton has offered live and virtual classes, events, and workshops and has had the privilege of reaching millions of students worldwide.
A Denver, Colorado native, Ashton now lives in sunny Tucson, Arizona with her husband and their two rescue dogs. Connect with her on social: @iamashtonaugust and visit her website to learn more: ashtonaugust.com
Ashton’s Class: Uplevel Your Online Yoga Teaching
Founder Yoga Teacher Conf
My passion and inspiration for helping yoga teachers is contagious and I harness this to inspire other yoga teachers to overcome self-doubt and burnout. I am dedicated to assisting yoga teachers to connect with their authenticity, enabling them to become powerful leaders of transformation in their yoga communities.
I became a yoga teacher in 2006. In addition to my master’s degree in exercise physiology, I have completed over 2,000 hours of formal yoga and yoga therapy trainings. I use my knowledge and experience to guide yoga teachers along their yoga teacher journey, supporting them through the mental, spiritual, and physical challenges that they face.
I am the co-founder of the North Dakota Yoga Conference, the 406 Yoga Conference and the Yoga Teacher Conf.
I’m an extroverted optimist, I use she/her pronouns and I love hiking, skiing, and connecting in nature with my husband, Sean.
Allison’s Class: Yoga Tools for Your Yoga Business
Ava Taylor, Founder of YAMA Talent, is a tenacious entrepreneur & avid yogi. Committed to running an ethics-based business, her personal mission is to be a Catalyst for Better Living, bringing the tools of wellness to communities of all kinds. Since 2010, Ava has pioneered the development of the booking, management, & consulting business in the yoga space, and is a sought-out media contributor known for having her finger on the pulse of this rapidly expanding industry. She’s the creator of The Catalyst: Online Business School for Yogis and the author of Your Yoga Business Catalyst by Human Kinetics, Spring 2022.
Brent and Sheela’s class: Sound Soma
Charlie is an entrepreneur, mentor, community organizer, and healer. At the core of everything that she does is a passion for social justice and a mission to create spaces where people from marginalized groups can show up as their whole selves. Back in 2018, Charlie opened Haven Yoga Studio in Indianapolis, Indiana after years of practicing, working in studios, teaching, and experiencing the reality that, as a black person, she was unable to do her deep work in the spaces that were available to her. Charlie founded Haven to provide an accessible and affirming space where people can practice in community and safely deepen their wellness practice amongst others who care about their wellbeing. Charlie is a mentor for folx who are interested in digging deeper into their own practice and learning how to advocate for themselves in the wellness space, as well as a teacher for wellness leaders who are ready to learn how to be more supportive of different communities. She also works with organizations to offer coaching and facilitation around social justice, anti-racism, and healing justice with the use of wellness tools.
Charlie’s Class: Skill in Action
Charlie’s Pre-Conf Workshop: Skill in Action: Full Day Workshop
Founder of Yoga Goddess Academy
Crystal Gray, E-RYT 500, YACEP, is the creator of the Crystal Gray Yoga Method. She supports lightworkers, empaths, and spiritual seekers to find balance and create the life they dream of through yoga, meditation, and “all things woo” in her online membership and app.
She has led online yoga teacher trainings and courses for over 4 years and loves building community with students all over the world! Crystal has brought her soul-peeps together in-person on numerous retreats in places like Costa Rica and Peru and is the co-creator of the Yoga Teacher Conf – EMPOWER in Chicago.
When she’s not working in her yoga biz, you can find her strolling through the woods on her 20 acre organic farm with her daughter, husband, dog, and three cats or cooking up something fresh from the garden!
Crystal’s Class: Class Sequencing and Planning
Founder of the IPATH Method
“Passion is definitely contagious, and when I’m on my mat, I am free to be myself, and aspire to share it with others.” While teaching alignment based yoga practices, her curiosity and passion for knowledge led her to create IPATH®, sharing her experiences with others with injuries, failing posture and back pain. Denese Cavanaugh developed Integral Postural Alignment Techniques, aka IPATH®, from 27 years dedicated to practicing various yoga styles, from Ashtanga to Yin. Her philosophy suggests cultivating yoga is an optimal path to wellness that is accessible to anyone wanting to learn.
In 2009, while exploring release techniques, she successfully completed case-studies, for private and group classes, and in 2012 codified the ”self-adjusting” IPATH sequence, to empower students/clients/teachers to go beyond peripheral layers of stress to reveal pain solution, and musculoskeletal imbalances for overall well being.
She is humbled and grateful to her teachers for sharing their unbounded insight and generosity and honored to share that with others.
Yoga Teacher Trainer at Denver Yoga Underground
Derik first encountered yoga in 1991, just after High School, on an extended sojourn around the globe. While in India, he first met and became a student of Baba Hari Dass, a life long yogic adept, and master of raja, hatha, and karma yogas.
There, he studied yoga as a holistic system that included: asana, pranayama, meditation, bandha/mudra, fasting, periods of silence and early morning dips in the Ganges river. The trip introduced him to spiritual practice and set the tone for his adult life.
He went on to be a student of the Iyengar method for eight years; and a dedicated student of Richard Freeman, Tias Little and Rod Stryker; completing multiple yoga teacher training courses along the way.
In 2001 he became a full time yoga teacher, accumulating over 10,000 hours of experience instructing workshops, retreats, and YTTs. Additionally, he is a professor of yoga at Metro College, founder of Denver Yoga Underground.
Derik’s Class: The Five Vital Energies
Founder Ayurveda Mama
Farnosh was a long time student and teacher of yoga before turning to the sister science of Ayurveda and becoming a practitioner. In Ayurveda, she found the tools to heal herself from chronic pain and inflammation. What she learned on her own journey led her to a life guided by the principles of Ayurveda for herself and her family. She now works with clients one-one-one and leads workshops and classes on Ayurveda and yoga. She is the founder of Ayurveda Mama, an herbalized ghee company and serves on the board of COLORAMA, the Colorado Ayurvedic Medical Association.
Farnosh’s Class: Going Beyond the Dosha Quiz in Ayurveda
Hansa Knox Johnson
Yoga Therapy Trainer and Owner PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala
Hansa is an ongoing student of Kripalu Yoga. Over the years, she has studied with many other teachers who have offered insights and depths into the path of yoga. Hansa developed the belief that the body is the silent communicator of the Spirit. She utilizes yoga, yoga cikitsā, āyurveda, massage and homeopathy as venues to facilitate Spirit connection. She has taught in many locations including universities, hospitals, churches and at other studios, yoga training programs and yoga centers. She has her own studio, PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala in Denver, where she teaches yoga classes, yoga teacher training programs and a yoga therapy training program. Hansa has served as past president of Yoga Alliance, Yoga Teachers of Colorado, served on the Board of Kripalu Center and American Yoga College. She served on the Standards and Accreditation Committees for the International Association of Yoga Therapy and currently serves on their Board. Learn more about Hansa at http://www.pyamandala.com.
Yoga Nidrā Teacher Trainer
Jeremy’s interest in mind and body began with martial arts and meditation and was his doorway into yoga in 1993, beginning his formal study in 1998. In 2006 he received his 200hr teaching certification in Nasik, India in Classical Yoga and in 2013 his 500hr certification with Rod Stryker’s school of ParaYoga. With certification and/or formal training in the Bihar, Himalayan, iRest and Amrit Methods of Yoga Nidra, and based in Denver CO, he teaches locally and internationally for classes, workshops/immersions and in multiple 200 and 300hr teacher-training programs as an E-RYT 500 and YACEP. He is also a reiki master in the Mikao Usui Tradition, and a label DJ for France’s Ultimae Records. In the form of a contemplative and grounding style of yoga, his classes and teachings seek to embody the ancient lineage of yoga as a deeply transformational and holistic spiritual practice. Learn more about Jeremy at https://jeremywolfyoga.com/.
Jeremy’s Class: Yoga Nidrā
John Cottrell, Ph.D. is a yoga instructor and certified yoga therapist in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He has been teaching yoga since 2000. John is originally from Oakland, California earning his Master of Science and Ph.D. from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Also, California. His clinical practice led him to child and adolescent psychotherapy, drug and alcohol treatment, psychological and neuropsychological testing, and group/couples therapy. John continues his devotion to sharing health and well being through his business, mbody, from which he offers private and group yoga classes, yoga therapy, workshops, retreats, written yoga articles, and a men’s yoga clothing line. Learn more about John at www.mbody.org
John’s Class: How To Create A Vinyasa Yoga Class
Founder Connected Warriors and Bodymind Recalibration
Judy Weaver is a yoga therapist and a yoga teacher-of-teachers with over 30 years of experience and is the founder of Connected Warriors and Bodymind Recalibration. Judy is known for her expertise in the world of post-traumatic-growth. She has developed evidence based Trauma-Conscious Yoga protocols based on the understanding that trauma is held in the cells of the body and mind. She refined this practice with Bodymind Recalibration – a practice that builds cognitive and somatic bodymind relationships. Judy was a member of Yoga Alliance Standard Review, Advisory Board and is a member of IAYT’s Competency Evaluation team, a best-selling author and a significant contributor to books and university studies. Judy serves on the board of directors for South Florida Social Entrepreneurs, regional chapter of Social Enterprise Alliance, a national membership organization who are catalysts for social enterprise and as a voice for more sustainable social impact. She lives in South Florida with her husband and their two Maine Coon cats.
Judy’s Class: The Bridge Between…
Since completing her first 200hr teacher training in 2016, it has been Kiley’s mission to share the practice of yoga with the world in any way she can, knowing that it is an access point to empowerment in people’s lives. Within 6 months of completing her first training, Kiley moved from NYC to Denver, to support the birth and evolution of BIG Power Yoga as a founding teacher and Community Director. Since then, she has completed over 1,000 hours of yoga trainings, and during her time in Denver, Kiley taught over 1,300 yoga classes; grew the community base that to upwards of 7,000; designed and led numerous teacher trainings and personal development programs; and led a team of 30+ people in creating a resilient yoga business model.
In September of 2021, Kiley moved from Denver to Venice, CA, where she now resides. Just before leaving the studio in CO, Kiley was introduced to the team at Momence, and she saw an opportunity to continue her mission of sharing yoga with the world. Now, as Head of Customer Success for Momence, Kiley is able to support the development of a technology that expands the capacity of how and where the practice and teachings of yoga can spread to. She is passionate about ensuring that the Momence platform works impeccably, so that the teachers and studio owners using it can focus on doing what they’re best at. Kiley is still teaching private yoga and coaching 1:1, and is excited to begin teaching group classes again in the near future.
Kiley’s Class: Social Justice Pricing in Yoga
After earning her degree in college, Lauren moved around living in a van and riding bicycles. After a deeply vulnerable heart break, she felt her heart being pulled towards India. Lauren went on a life-changing spiritual quest at the age of 25, which led her to a 200-hour Yoga Alliance training in the heartland of India, where her vigilant Guru reminded her of her essence. She felt the energy there and found out that she connected deeply with Reiki.
She continued on with an RYT-500 through Yoga Alliance, with a focus on Kundalini energy. Being that music connects human souls together, Lauren has been teaching Harmonium and Mantra chanting to yoga instructors via zoom since early 2020.
Her goal on this earth is to bring that Divine energy from India to each of her students.
Lauren’s Class: Embody Mantras though Chanting
Lauren Kay Roberts
Lauren Roberts (she/her) is a coach, facilitator, writer, and podcaster connecting high-integrity people with their power to create a just world. She fuels social change by coaching progressive politicians and community leaders; facilitating groups on change-making leadership; writing conscious content for paradigm-shifting individuals and organizations; and speaking on a range of topics, including her experience with trauma recovery and the messy work of being a white, cisgender co-conspirator for social justice. Lauren spent several years working in public policy, communications, and fundraising for Democrats on Capitol Hill and the campaign trail before pivoting to social change work in 2016. In 2013, she trained as a trauma-informed yoga teacher with Yoga District and has been mentored by Michelle Cassandra Johnson as a Skill in Action facilitator since 2020. Lauren is currently based in Denver, Colorado on Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and Ute land.
Lauren’s Class: Skill in Action
Lauren’s Pre-Conf Workshop: Skill in Action: Full Day Workshop
Founder Anatomy Bites
Libby Hinsley, PT, DPT, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, is a Doctor of Physical Therapist and a Certified Yoga Therapist. She has been teaching yoga for over 16 years and training yoga instructors for 10 years. Her yoga practice and teaching is most influenced by the tradition of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar. Her interest in therapeutic yoga led her to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy which she completed in 2011. She trains yoga teachers in a variety of topic areas including anatomy, hypermobility, chronic pain, and working with special populations. She maintains a private Physical Therapy practice, where she integrates Yoga-based practices and Manual Therapy in her treatments. She specializes in the treatment of Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders and Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, yoga-related injury, and chronic pain. In addition to these aspects of her work, she offers a monthly membership program for yoga teachers called Anatomy Bites – an embodied, relevant, and fun way for yoga teachers to learn anatomy. Learn more at www.AnatomyBites.com and
Libby’s Class: Yoga for Bendy People
Owner of the Yoga Teacher Resource
Mado Hesselink, C-IAYT & E-RYT 500, helps yoga teachers integrate their heart-centered mission with practical business & teaching strategies so that they can make both a living AND an impact. On her podcast “The Yoga Teacher Resource”, Mado draws from 17 years of teaching experience to share relevant stories, practical tips, and down-to-earth advice. Through her online courses and memberships, she supports yoga teachers to share the benefits of yoga with the world in ways that are evidence based and in alignment with the yoga tradition. A passionate and dedicated student for life, Mado’s yoga teachers come primarily from the Krishnamacharya lineage of hatha yoga. Her study of human anatomy, experience as a parent, and personal sadhana also influence her approach to teaching. Learn more about Mado at www.TeachingYoga.net
Mado’s Class: How to Teach Philosophy in an Asana Class
My name is Maggie Lightner and I’m an Advanced Yoga Educator and Teacher based in Denver, Colorado. I was lucky enough to discover yoga at the age of 14 while playing competitive club soccer. Although I originally fell in love with yoga for its physical benefits, over time the deeper practices of yoga began to broaden the experience of my faith and spirituality. Today, as a teacher, I aim to help my students reconnect to the truth that they are a multidimensional being: body, mind and spirit. My classes aim to promote a synergistic relationship between ancient yogic wisdom, pranayama and modern postural practices to promote balance and healing for the whole being. A mantra I aim to live by is “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” I look forward to caring for and supporting you on and off your mat! Learn more about me at https://www.drishtiholistichealth.com
Maggie’s Class: Inner Quest and Guide Sessions
Melanie Salvatore - August
Author of Yoga to Support Immunity: Mind, Body Breathing Guide to Whole Health
Melanie is a veteran Yoga/Meditation Teacher Trainer, Reiki Master and author of the #1 New Release in Preventative Medicine: Yoga to Support Immunity: Mind, Body Breathing Guide to Whole Health (Mango Press June 2021).
She was born in Pittsburgh, PA of an Italian-American family. Her voice is warm, inclusive, practical and filled with joy for life. In her early years, she was classically trained as an actor and worked as a comedy/theatre writer-producer and teacher. Now, a mother of 3 boys, she creates offerings that cultivate joy, personal growth and freedom elevating everyday challenges, humor and spirit into one.
She is the founder of the Fierce Kindness Organization, and author of Fierce Kindness, Be a Positive Force For Change (Yellow Pear Press 2017); Kitchen Yoga: Simple Home Practices to Transform Mind, Body & Life. (Yellow Pear Press 2015)
You can join her on her MelWell Classroom and on the acclaimed YogaWorks-at-Home platform. Learn more at melaniesalvatoreaugust.com.
Melanie’s Class: Yoga to Support Immunity
Teacher Trainer, Author, Instructional Designer
Rachel helps yoga teachers and studios around the world create transformational educational experiences so that they can share their passion, thrive in their business, and inspire more people to practice yoga. She combines her practical experience as a teacher and trainer (almost two decades) with her academic expertise (MSci in Instructional Systems and Learning Technology) to help you develop quality in-person and online educational programs that your students will love. She has contributed to Yoga International and the Huffington Post, authored five books, and exuberantly shares her knowledge through her coaching, YouTube channel, online courses, and free online classes. Find her at rachelyoga.com or on social media at rachelscottyoga.
Rachel’s Class: How to Create an Online Course
Yoga has been with me since childhood. I am deeply grateful to have been born in India, grown up in a Hindu family, and studied a wide range of philosophies of Dharma. This exposure gave me first-hand spiritual experience that has percolated into myriad forms of personal practice today. My primary practice is Jnana Yoga, the Yoga of Self-Knowledge, which teaches the unity of Consciousness as the Absolute. Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of Devotion, has been a major support to me, helping bridge the heart’s raw yearning and unconditional love into one. The practice of Tantra, the path of the Goddess, has brought profound depth to my Sadhana (spiritual practice) by revealing the presence of Shakti (Divine Feminine) in the subtle body. Additionally, my passion for Ayurveda and interest in psychotherapy have added a wonderful healing dimension to my practice. All this collided more recently with Asana, leading to a beautiful integration and refinement in the body. I also strive to approach Yoga from a decolonial lens which not only includes contemporary social justice perspectives but encompasses a larger Dharma based understanding to deconstruct asymmetric power dynamics between East and West that have deeply and negatively affected the roots of Yoga. I bring an emic (insider’s) perspective and critique the appropriative extraction, dilution and commodification process that Yoga has undergone in the West. I lovingly offer the fruits of my study, meditation and Sadhana to the community in the spirit of Satsang, which means ‘coming together to share in Truth’.
Transformative Teacher Ravi Singh has 45 yrs. experience. He is Co-Founder of Yoga Unify, a new paradigm for yoga. He is Author (with Ana Brett) of The Kundalini Yoga Book – Life in the Vast Lane.
Ravi’s approach is powerful, inspiring, moving, and soulful. His classes have been called life-changing and life-saving. In a very down-to-earth way, Ravi inspires students to access their inner vitality to shine, prosper, and excel in every area of their lives.
Ravi’s Class: Yoga Pharmacopeia
Rebecca Sebastian is a long-time yoga teacher, 10- year yoga therapist, co-founder of a yoga non-profit, she owns an accessible and inclusivity-focused yoga studio in Davenport, Iowa, and is the host of the podcast Working In Yoga. She is a passionate writer on yoga and participates and loves all things yoga and the yoga industry. She believes that through writing and communication we can all lift each other up and share what lights us up with the world.
Rebecca’s Class: Leadership For Yoga Studios
Reggie is a 500 hour certified yoga teacher and the founder/Chief Serving Officer of Active Peace Yoga. Adopting a disciplined yogic has saved his life and he is committed to sharing these practices to help others. His wellness journey was born of curiosity; forged in adversity due to a toxic employment situation; and has become a lesson in surrender to the miracles that exist in commitment to personal peace and wellbeing as a foundation, rather than an afterthought. He has studied with leading teachers as well as with many teachers along the way, never forgetting that to be an effective teacher, one must never lose the heart of a student. Reggie’s dharma sits at the intersection of bringing more peace and balance to activists, guiding the wellness community toward being more engaged, concerned citizens and enhancing the well-being of all walks of life. Achieving this balance is how we catalyze transformative change in our society, which we are desperately in need of at this moment.
R.R. Shakti, Ph.D. invites you to be a Soul Artist. Weaving World Mythology with mind/body practice, she guides you home to your deepest wisdom.
Shakti has studied holistic approaches to wellness for over 20 years. She holds a PhD in Mythology and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a certified Yoga Therapist, licensed Massage Therapist, and Ayurvedic Consultant. She infuses esoteric teachings with real-life meaning to facilitate embodied ritual that is both mystical and practical. Her teachings call for radical authenticity and deep human connection to activate an awakening of one’s inner power. In her dynamic workshops, Shakti combines ecological awareness, soul stories, and mind/body integration to offer an inspired message of peace and personal empowerment.
Among her greatest inspirations, Shakti counts Sreedevi Bringi, Marion Woodman, and Pema Chödrön.
R.R. Shakti’s Class: Weapons & Boons
Shannon Crow (she/her) is a yoga teacher, trainer and host of The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast. She is passionate about helping yoga teachers to specialize so that they can stand out with their unique yoga offerings. Shannon is the founder of Pelvic Health Professionals and a Mom to her three best teachers.
Shannon’s Class: Yoga for Pelvic Health
Shannon’s Pre-Conf Workshop: Scattered to Clarity: Get Clear on Your Yoga Business Goals
Sid & Liz McNairy
Sid and Liz McNairy are a powerhouse couple that have been impacting lives all over the world. Being around them you will feel the peace and love like a warm hug.
Liz is a school counselor and certified yoga teacher. Sid is an international best selling author of six books. Their first book together “The Search for the Perfect Wave,” is due to release soon. Their vast experiences will help you elevate your life around yoga, relationships, and more. Get ready to be inspired to live your best life ever.
Between Sid and Liz is over 75,000 of training teachers and inspiring others. You will be moved as you “Awaken Your Spirit,” like never before.
Sid & Liz’s Class: Awaken Your Spirit
Sheela & Brent’s Class: Sound Soma
Owner Shri School of Yoga
Shauna is the owner of Shri Studios in Longmont and manages and teaches in the Powered by Shri Yoga program at Longmont Climbing Collective.
She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching all ages and skill levels for 8 years. She was initially drawn to yoga as a supplement for her dance technique classes in NYC.
Shauna quickly realized there was more going on in her practice than the physical experience, which motivated her to learn more. The basis for her training has been in the Anusara Yoga system and has been greatly influenced by her experiences in AcroYoga and she has recently completed her Aerial Yoga Teacher training.
What can you expect from a class with Shauna? To feel grounded and calm. Shauna expertly guides her students deep inside their own bodies and minds, where they will discover their own inner wisdom and true teacher, themselves.
Learn more at https://www.longmontclimbingcollective.com/.
Shauna’s Class: Journey Through the Koshas
Owner Root to Rise Yogis
Sheri Fisher received her M.A. in Transpersonal (Spiritual) Psychology from Atlantic University and her B.S. in Business from Colorado State University. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2010 and has been practicing, teaching and studying yoga since. Sheri is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT® 200, RYT 500 and a YACEP, completed her Budokon Yoga Certification, and has completed numerous yoga classes, trainings and workshops. As an intuitive life coach, she helps people, individually and in groups, to create their best lives. Sheri’s upcoming book, Standing Room Only: How To Be THAT Yoga Teacher, helps new yoga teachers bridge the gap between their 200-hour YTT and teaching exceptional classes. Fisher is an experienced presenter of many yoga and life coaching workshops including multiple yoga topics (arthritis, YTT, meditation, alignment, using intuition), and specializes in teaching The Five Pillars of Powerful Teaching to yoga teachers and fitness instructors. Learn more at http://RootToRiseYogis.com.
Sheri’s Class: Intuitive Yoga Teaching
Owner of Transitions Yoga, Transitions Yoga at Balancing Goat & Transitions School of Yoga
Sigrid began her yoga journey in 2001 after being recruited by friends who were trying to gather enough people to get a class started. Barely able to touch her toes and never really “exercising” before, she took the bait and joined. Little did she know how Yoga would change the course of her life.
After teaching at various studios and fitness centers across the country since 2007, she opened Transitions Yoga in 2015. Starting her own studio created opportunities to expand her teaching and mentoring of students and teachers. The small 6 person studio has since expanded to a new space, added a regional 200 hour Teacher Training, retreats, and an additional aerial-based studio at Transitions Yoga at Balancing Goat in February 2020.
Sigrid’s mission is to encourage others to be the best version of themselves, to dream a little bigger and make you laugh with one of her terrible jokes. She believes that as business owners we are stronger together. If COVID taught us anything, it’s that we need to learn to collaborate, be creative when thinking about how business runs and that business as usual is unusual during challenging times.
And in case you’re wondering, Sigrid can now touch her toes, completed her first Ironman and survived a heart attack.
Owner of Transitions Yoga, Transitions Yoga at Balancing Goat & Transitions School of Yoga.
Sigrid is teaching the Creating a Yoga Studio Experience Based on The 8 Limbs
Owner SirenaNow, Astrology Yoga Teacher Trainer
Sirena Dudgeon, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP, engages in yoga practice that goes beyond the mat as she raises two young children with her husband in CO. She connects deeply with her students, encouraging that they embrace their own practice for where they are in their own journey, on and off the mat. She motivates her students to study the “Self” and shares her passion for Astrology, building it into her classes as themes. Students leave her class feeling supported, inspired, and understood. Sirena holds workshops on Astrology for Yoga Teachers and Practitioners to help yoga teachers and students deeply connect with the natural cycles and energies of the universe for teaching and practicing yoga. A co-founder of Yoga in the Church, she conducts spiritual workshops exploring themes in yoga and Christianity, publishing a book in Spring 2022. Every person’s yoga path is different, and Sirena encourages this self-discovery through compassion, kindness, understanding, and love. Learn more at http://www.sirenanow.com.
Sirena’s Class: Astrology for Yoga Teachers: Moon Phases
Sirena’s Pre-Conf Workshop: Astrology for Yoga Teachers: The Sun & Natal Charts
Founder of Move Through Yoga
Stefanie Gross started Move Through Yoga in 2008 as a way for her high school English students to minimize stress. Move Through Yoga, 501C3, became a “wait list only” elective to 50 students from all athletic, academic, and socio-economic backgrounds every semester for 5 years straight at a local high school in Florida. Once she moved to Colorado in 2017, Move Through Yoga became something even bigger. Now, using her advanced degrees and certifications in Instructional Design, Adapted Physical Education, and Positive Behavioral Intervention Systems, Stefanie designs standards aligned curricula for students with special needs, and trains educators and yoga teachers how to meet the needs of diverse learners and bodies. Move Through Yoga has signed with two top school districts in the Denver Metro Area, and together with their amazing staff, Move Through Yoga has been implemented in 17 high schools thus far, and by the end of 2023 in 16 middle schools.
I started my first yoga class in college as an extra credit class with my friend and loved it. I then took my first training in Minneapolis with YogaFit and started teaching at Cross-Fit gyms. I traveled west after college and did another intensive training with Jaya Yoga for their anatomical and fundamental movement-based practices. Wanting to continue along this path and feeling there was so much more to explore, I completed another training in Minneapolis with Devanadi and than progressed through to a Yoga Therapy program with Yoga North.
My passion is making creative sequences that blend together and move into a flowing meditation. Holding space for functional movement is what I want for students, so they can tune in to their own creative side and find their yoga path. With this life experience, I want to inspire connection, healing, and wholeness, where people are gathered to breathe, sweat, move, and achieve more than just a physical workout. Yoga is all about the balance between strength and flexibility, holding and releasing; with music and syncing of people as a community that creates a whole new experience, you can’t get anywhere else.
Stephanie’s class: Function Over Form: Re-evaluating the Yoga Shapes
Owner - Sattva Yoga
Theresa taught Language Arts, theatre, and PE for 29 years and retired in 2014. After retiring, she realized her new teaching path would be as a yoga instructor. Theresa is an E-RYT-500 and YACEP, receiving her first 200 and 300 hour certifications through Soul Tree in Lafayette and her second 200-hour and 300-hour yoga certifications through 90 Monkeys in Boulder. Theresa is also a certified group fitness instructor. She recently opened her own yoga studio in Frederick called Sattva Yoga.
Theresa teaches alignment based yoga for longevity and firmly believes yoga doesn’t have to be serious (and actually can be quite fun) to be beneficial to the mind, body, and spirit.
Theresa’s Class: Hands on “Enhancements”
Co-owner of Charlotte Family Yoga; CPA
Vicie is a grateful giver, encourager, lifelong learner, world traveler, and lover of Jesus and craft coffee! Her hobbies include practicing and teaching yoga (especially Yin Yoga!), hiking, reading or listening to audio books, traveling, and living life to the fullest! Her mantra is “friendships are intentional” and loves to cultivate friendships through divine connections. She is a full-time yoga teacher and co-owner of Charlotte Family Yoga. Her mission, along with that of the studio, is to love, serve and support others!
Outside of yoga, Vicie holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Accounting degrees at Auburn University and Samford University, respectfully, and holds certifications as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Project Management Professional (PMP). Vicie uses her education and certifications to run her CPA firm, Vicie L. Moran, CPA, PLLC.