Meet our friendly, compassionate and experienced teachers!

 

 

Kerry Madden, E-YRT

Kerry began her yoga practice in Chicago in 1999. She was blessed to have the opportunity to practice with some very inspirational local instructors that sparked her to make a life change. She became certified through YogaFit and obtained a Pilates mat certification through Movement Education. She also has a Radiant Child Certification through Shakta Kaur Kalsa. She has practiced through workshops with a multitude of masters such as Pattabhi Jois, David Life, Sharon Gannon, Baron Baptiste, Rodney Yee, Ana Forrest, Tommy Rosen, Alanna Kaivalya, Doug and David Swenson, John Friend, Cyndi Lee, Shiva Rea, Simon Park, Seane Corn, Scott Blossom, Tias Little, Tiffany Crukshank, MC Yogi, Amanda Giacomini, Janet Stone, Rusty Wells, and Beryl Bender Birch. She has found her practice and teaching to be influenced by Denver local greats, Denise Cook, Angelique DeSilva, Mike Matsamura, Richii Jai, Shannon Paige, and Indigo Stray. Kerry received a multi-disciplinary Yoga Alliance Certification through Inner Connections Yoga and Whole Life Center in 2003. She is a now a 200 HR E-YRT and assisted in the 200HR teacher training offered by Bhogah Yoga in 2010. Kerry completed her Yoga Gangster Certification 2013 to volunteer to work with youth at risk It is her sincere hope to share the gifts and blessings that yoga is sure to bring by helping to guide and remove the obstacles that prevent us from seeing our interconnectedness and highest Self.

Suzanne Swang RYT 500

Suzanne's practice started in 1985, with Lilias Folan on PBS television. It was magic, she got along better with her mom, was happier at school and performed better at sports. Being so grateful, she has been learning about the yoga practice ever since. She received her 200-hour yoga certification in 2001 at Kripalu and then her 500-hour yoga certification at Integrative Yoga Therapy with Joseph Le Page in 2005. She continued training and receiving certifications with Radiant Child Yoga with Shakta Kaur Khalsa, Pulling Down the Moon's Yoga for Fertility, as well as, an Ayurveda Immersion workshop, 30 hour Advanced Pranayama with Yoganand, a week long Anodea Judith Chakra workshop, and a 10 day Vipassana Silent Meditation retreat. She was blessed when finally she was able to live a dream come true and traveled to India on a spiritual pilgrimage with the Himalayan Institute. She teaches a variety of classes, including Hatha, Slow Flow Vinyasa, Restorative, Senior, Fibromyalgia and Arthritis classes, Kids and Family yoga, Pre and Post Natal and Partner classes. Love, truth, growth and change continue to inspire her each day, year after year, and she truly believes yoga can reunite you with You.

Allison Trainer, CYT

Allison\\\'s Yoga adventure came from unconventional beginnings in 1999. She started as the flexible, fat “kid” where students referred to her as ”roly-poly” because of her lack of balance in simple Asanas. That little nickname fueled her to purge the limiting phrase of “I can\\\'t” from her life. On the mat, she found that all the old rhetoric and negativity from her past was silenced and that every moment can be empowering. Within a few months she embarked on a 6-month Vinyasa/Pranyama teacher training and became the substitute teacher at the request of those very same students that had once called her \\\"roly-poly.\\\" Allison\\\'s expansive philosophy and teaching style is rooted in the culmination of the lessons learned over years from varied experiences. Countless hours of training with specialized teachers (Hatha, Iyengar, Children\\\'s, Partner) to nine years of Seva (selfless service for the good of the community) at the Hanuman Temple in Taos, have all offered priceless gems of knowledge. She brings \\\"an in the moment teaching style\\\" that allows her to work with each class as an individual. Full of life, Allison embraces helping students to overcome old boundaries while guiding them to live as their optimal self. Her capacity to meet & connect with all students (ranching from ages 4 to 89 as well as Addiction Rehabilitation Patience and Olympic Athletes) allows her to share her fun and passionate love for Yoga. This ability enables the building of community within all her classes and workshops.

Ashley Curran, RYT

Ashley has always been on the move. Born in Colorado, Ashley was a competitive figure skater for 10 years, a dancer, and an avid skier since the age of three. Ashley Curran has been teaching yoga since 2002. Ashley received her hatha yoga training through Denver Institute of Integrated Yoga. In 2010 Ashley took Matthew Sanford’s adaptive yoga level one training. This training really changed Ashley’s life. Ashley now teaches adaptive yoga and finds so much inspiration from her adaptive students. Ashley takes inspiration from many different styles of yoga. She has studied with many great teachers such as Rodney Yee, Seane Corne, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Tias Little, Judith Hansen Lasater, Ana Forrest, Matthew Sanford, and Richard Freeman. Her vinyasa class combines a good mix of pranayama, asana, and yoga philosophy with extra special attention on alignment. Ashley strives to guide her students to have their own spiritual experience with yoga. Ashley is the mother of two wonderful children, Caroline and Jack and finds herself practicing yoga off the mat everyday while raising her family.

Cherryl Leone, E-RYT

Cherryl has been a passionate student of yoga for 20 years. Her greatest desire is to empower her students, through yoga, to attain greater vitality and health. She has honed her practice and her teaching under the training of many gifted and inspiring teachers, including BKS Iyengar, John Friend, TKV Desikachar, Tias Little, Rodney Yee, Dr. Vasant Lad, Joseph Le Page, and Patricia Walden. She has trained in numerous yoga styles over the years to broaden her perspective in teaching. Today she is strongly influenced by Anusara Yoga, and is an Anusara-Inspired Teacher. For four years, she treated patients, referred to her by doctors, using yoga as therapy. She often integrates yoga therapy into her classes to enable students to better understand their own bodies and improve their health and vitality. She received her 1000-hour certification through the Integrative Yoga Therapy School. She has designed and taught three 200-hour yoga teacher trainings.

Robin Secher

Robin has practiced yoga for the last 30+ years. She became certified in 2003 to teach Hatha Yoga. It is her love for the gentle strengthening of the inner and outer body that led her to her studies. She has completed Levels 1 and 2 Teacher Training at the Shambhava School of Yoga at the Eldorado Mountain Yoga Ashram and looks forward to sharing her love and knowledge of Hatha Yoga from the Heart with new and not so new students. Robin continues her education, attending workshops and conferences throughout the year.

She is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and continues her education at Eldorado and its sister Ashram, Shoshoni. Recently, Robin began her Anusara studies and has completed the series of 3 Immersions with Amy Appoliti has taken several workshops with Desiree Raumbaugh.

Robin is also certified to teach Meditation from the Heart, a practice to relieve stress, promote relaxation and surrender to dissolve tensions.

Robin currently teaches Yoga and Pilates at Yoga studios, Spas, Health Clubs, Colleges and homes. She also goes onsite, teaching Yoga and Meditation at corporations. Robin also teaches private and semi-private classes.

Emmi Nidel

Emmi is a Colorado native, born in the 70's, raised by fun loving, open-minded hippies. Meditation was introduced to her at an early age. Her grandma took up yoga long before it was trendy. Being receptive to new and esoteric ideas is natural to her. However, she prefers a practical, applicable, and even humorous approach to spirituality. She found yoga about 15 years ago and, like so many others, was taken by the overall openness experienced after learning the basics. Since then, she has studied with many Iyengar teachers, so her focus is on alignment and holding postures. She also whole-heartedly enjoys flowing through vinyasa sequences. Her yoga teacher training took her practice to a deeper level, with emphasis on Ayurveda, meditation, yogic philosophy and lifestyle. Amidst the busy-ness of life, she strives for balance and solidarity; she is happy to share the serenity and strength, which yoga brings, on and off the mat.

Marrisa Ross

Marissa began practicing yoga via DVDs at home. After about a month her passion grew and led her to start practicing regularly at a gym, then, finally to a studio. Nothing had sparked such a desire or love like yoga did for Marissa, which is why she became a yoga teacher. The asanas were her first exposure to yoga, however, she sought out the other seven limbs and works to incorporate all into her daily life. Marissa values an emphasis on the breath and body mechanics, as they are the necessary foundation to have an advanced asana practice. Incorporating yogic philosophies via intentions and themes can be observed in all of her flows bringing the other limbs of yoga into the physical practice. Trained in the Shambhava tradition of yoga, Marissa holds a 200 hour certificate with an emphasis on asana, meditation, pranayama, yoga philosophy and anatomy.

Indigo Stray Conger, E-RYT

Indigo returned home to Colorado in 2010 after studying and teaching yoga in NYC and San Francisco since 1999. She led her first classes at Burning Man in the dust of the Black Rock desert and looks forward to returning her practice to the earth whenever she can. Indigo holds deep gratitude for the many teachers she has trained under, including Dana Flynn, Jasmine Tarkeshi, David Life, Sharon Gannon, Cyndi Lee, and Judith Hanson Lasater. Indigo believes in honoring the quieter side of the practice through gentle and restorative yoga as well as engaging in the dance and flow of vinyasa. Her vinyasa classes are vigorous and inventive, inviting practitioners to dance at their edge and rest as they need. Indigo has been training teachers with Laughing Lotus San Francisco and Judith Hanson Lasater since 2006. She also co-designed and directed the teacher-training program at Free Soul Yoga, Denver, with Richii Jai. Indigo is an experienced body worker, and a somatic psychotherapist. Find out more about Indigo at www.indigostray.com.

Lauren Johnson

When Lauren started practicing yoga in 2008, she expected a good workout. After only a few classes she began to realize there was a lot more to yoga. In 2013 she completed a 200-hour teacher and therapeutics training with Buffy Barfoot. Over the intervening years, she has been a dedicated student of a variety of yoga styles, including Vinyasa, Anusara, Forrest, Ashtanga and Yin. Through consistent practice she learned the strength, transformation, and healing that yoga brings. As a teacher she seeks to empower students to find their way to physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Ketna Shah, E-RYT 500

Ketna is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200: E- RYT 500) and a member of IAYT as a certified yoga therapist. She is a certified Ayurvedic Nutritionist. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching and healing people for eight years. Her style of yoga emphasizes combining breath and gentle movement (Breath Yoga).She follows a holistic approach to yoga therapy which emphasizes healing via restoring of balance based on six factors – exercise (in form of Asana) – breathing techniques (in the form of Pranayama) – meditation – balanced diet – environment – lifestyle. She has helped clients with back pain, structural problems, weight problems, high blood pressure, asthma, Diabetes, constipation, menstrual problems, depression, anxiety and more. Ketna’s teachers are A.G.Mohan and Indra Mohan (www.svastha.com), both students of the legendary Shri T.Krishnamacharaya. This is the classical yoga that was taught by the great guru Shri T. Krishnamacharya who reflected in his teachings the timeless wisdom of the ancient seers while at the same time applying it to the modern conditions. The Mohans have an ability to adapt and transmit the knowledge and legacy of Shri T. Krishnamacharya in an undiluted and authentic form. They have created systems, practices, and sequences that allow one to extract the benefits of yoga in a safe and effective manner while minimizing the chance of both short- and long-term injuries.

Robin Thorpe E-RYT

It was the summer of 2000, when a friend took Robin Thorpe to her first yoga class at Jivamukti in New York City and she was immediately hooked. Robin began teaching in 2004 and is certified at the 500-hour level through Alison West\\\'s Yoga Union Teacher Trainings. Robin is primarily influenced by Krisnamacharya\\\'s students’ teachings. She weaves Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Viniyoga through her classes in an attempt to guide yoga practices that are best suited for each of her students. Robin enjoys being part of yoga teacher-training programs. For the bi-annual Yoga Union Teacher Training she was the primary assistant from 2006-2008, and taught the Fundamentals of Restorative Yoga section from 2007-2011. Robin is also interested in yoga therapy, a branch of the yoga tree that specifically focuses on how yoga practice can safely and effectively address physical conditions, imbalances, and ill health. In 2007, she was an inaugural teacher at Yoga Union Center for Backcare and Scoliosis in Manhattan. She continues yoga therapy studies with Dr. Ganesh Mohan through the Svastha Yoga Therapy Program. Robin is deeply grateful to many wonderful teachers, including Alison West, Indra and A.G. Mohan , Richard Freeman, Barbara Verrochi, Deborah Wolk, Amy Matthews, Genny Kapuler, Bobby Clennell, Judith Hanson Lasater, Elise Browning Miller, and Dr. Ganesh Mohan. With joy she returns to her native, Colorado and is happy to join the Yama Yoga community and continue sharing the wisdom of the yogic tradition. Find out more about Robin at www.robinthorpe.com

​​​Siana Raj Nidham

Siana Raj Nidhan began her journey in yoga 7 years ago. She started devoting time and energy in the development of her practice and began to rely on yoga not only for the physical benefits, but also for the growth she was experiencing mentally and emotionally. Because of these positive effects, she decided to further engage in her passion and attended teacher training in Boulder. She took her 200 hour in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan with Gurmuck Kaur Kalsa of Golden Bridge Yoga. She has learned from and been inspired by teachers such as Seane Corne, Dharma Mittra, Rod Stryker and Jason Crandell. After she began teaching, she realized the importance of not only a daily practice but always continuing the study of yoga. Her intention is to make the inner light of all, shine brighter by discovering and cultivating a yoga practice.

Sharyn Greenberg, BA, HHP, RYT

Sharyn draws inspiration from the constant energy flow of her surroundings--by adventure, travel, movement, varied cultures and natural living. She\'s been studying healing arts modalities since 2004 and is immensely grateful for the opportunity to work as a Yoga Instructor, Holistic Health Practitioner, Massage Therapist, and culinary adventurer. Sharyn, RYT-500, studied with San Diego\'s Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts, and her classes maintain a strong focus on Ayurvedic Principles and the body-mind-breath connection. They are a dynamic force: positive, fun and upbeat, yet meditative and accessible for all levels. As a Southern California native, Sharyn holds a special place in her heart for the oceans of the West Coast, yet she\'s happily relocated to Colorado to let the magic of the mountains wash over her as she pursues a Masters Degree in Public Health.

Sharyn encourages others to embrace their inner teacher and to embody experiences to the fullest because, “twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain