Living wholeheartedly as co-founder of Earth Yoga Studio, author, teacher and mentor of yoga teachers around the world, Shannon is a spoken word artist, poet, sacred storyteller and TedX speaker.
Shannon infuses her bodies of work, practices, yoga trainings, webinars and speeches with a fullness of artful living and passion for life and experiences on and off the yoga mat. Her instruments of instruction and expression are detailed and clear, while woven through a seemingly fluid progression of imagery, poetry and truth. She encourages and supports the reader and practitioner to unlock the secrets held in the human heart, release stuck patterns that no longer serve, and attain new levels of integrated and expressive embodiment. She is described, by many who have experienced her, as “confidently vulnerable” and, as a result is one who inspires positive change in the lives of others. Off the mat, she loves to wake surf, run, and spend time galloping on horseback.
Shannon is a loving wife-to-be and a devoted mother. Based out of Boulder, Colorado from her home studio,Earth, Shannon globe trots to deliver transformative talks, workshops, trainings and retreats.
Expansively living as co-owner of Earth Yoga Studio, yogini, dancer, and life coach, Sarah inspires an interpersonal remembrance, a coming home to wholeness, that you are exactly as you are. She authentically teaches from a perspective that unifies movement and stillness practices, intuitive ritual, and a trust that the human spirit and body instinctively know how to harmonize. It is from this place that she and her community transform from almost there to “ALL IN.” Sarah’s private and group offerings can be sourced in Denver & Boulder, CO, as well as online at www.SarahSilvas.com.
Elise Edson (M.S., ERYT-200) has been learning and practicing yoga since 2003 and teaching since 2009. Her focus is to create empowering, healing experiences for her students that address the unique needs of each student. Her style is primarily Vinyasa flow, but she blends various teachings from Prana flow, Jivamukti, and Forrest yoga styles.
Elise first discovered yoga when she was diagnosed with stress-related IBS. Yoga helped her to heal her mind-gut connection, and her body and mind became calmer, healthier, and happier.
Students can expect an uplifting practice with creative & challenging asana sequences, transformative hands-on adjustments, and laughter!
Founder of Ganjasana, Cannabis Plant Medicine Yoga; views plants as guru, our ancient teachers, and guides individuals towards deepening their relationship with plant spirit through the practices of yoga, meditation and mindfulness. She offers tools from the Shipibo tribe Shaman lineage of Peru to support transformative
experiences, that honor the wisdom of the natural world. Certified Yoga Instructor and Mindfulness Educator,Rachael is a regenerative agricultural cannabis farmer, who actively researches Ayahuasca Psychedelic Therapy in the Amazon and leads permaculture, yoga and plant medicine programs to create positive changes for the health of our bodies, our families, our communities and our planet.
Jeanette is empowered by the practice of yoga to stay in the moment, welcome change and to manifest opportunities in life. As a physical therapist Jeanette expertly under-stands how physical alignment, muscle strength and flexibility affect our lives. Her classes and private sessions are deliberate and challenging with an eye to bolster an awareness of inner connections within sustainable postures. Students experience growth, a lingering stillness and energy in their practice that extends beyond the time on the mat. She continues to be fascinated by the complexity of the human body and motivated by her patients and students to learn. Her teachers Shannon Paige, Gina Caputo and Nancy Kate Rau inspire her to seek creativity, face adversity and fine-tune the details.
A devoted hatha practitioner for over 20 years, and a student of Sofia Diaz for over a decade, Angela guides a practice that is mindful of the physical, centered in breath and heart, and illuminates the spiritual depth that can be felt through the unfurling of the body. Her offering allows for a deeper dive into self-inquiry beyond the physical experience, creating a sweetly sacred space where practitioners can explore, excavate and release old patterning which occurs by simply having a human experience.
Angela offers healing yoga retreats in New Mexico, private and group classes in Colorado and is dedicating her life to serving all beings through the potent vehicle of yoga.
Ronda began her yoga journey with a need and a desire to balance her busy and active lifestyle. She discovered her yoga practice to be the center point to replenish, renew and reconnect on and off the mat. Her focus is to share the awareness that everybody can practice yoga regardless of experience, age, injury, or flexibility. She strives to provide a space that is welcoming, safe and empowering for students to experience the joy and wellbeing the gift of yoga can bring to their lives.
Ronda’s teaching foundation is Vinyasa Flow, she also loves to teach gentle, Yin and restorative styles pushing you to your edge in subtle way, encouraging her students to look within themselves to find their own wisdom and strength to guide them through their practice.
In Meghan’s classes you will be encouraged to experience pieces of your whole self, and learn how to harness your unique power for personal growth. Meghan focuses on establishing healthy movement patterns to replace old ones no longer of service, and hopes her students will leave her class having glimpsed the infinite well of themselves. Meghan is a yoga and Pilates instructor from Laramie, Wyoming, who overcame obesity in her early 20s and PTSD from time in the US Navy. She believes her purpose is to put her truest self forward in each moment. She is a nurturer of others and believes in the value of each person. She lives and acts in the world as a seed dreaming of and striving for the petals to blossom, slowly, one by one. You will find her in the wilds surrounding Boulder, Colorado.
Yoga gave Renee her life back after nothing else could. For over a decade, she suffered from autoimmune diseases, chronic pain, and all the “stuff” that comes with this diagnosis. Through yoga and Ayurveda, she targeted the root cause of disease instead of only treating the symptoms, and began to experience true healing.Renee studied yoga, Reiki, and meditation for nearly a year in India and Nepal, then returned to the US to train as a Yoga Therapist from an IAYT accredited school.
Renee empowers individuals in their self-healing and guides them on this journey in a supportive environment. She creates unique yoga practices for each individual, respecting the influences that emotion, personality, mind and lifestyle choices have on the physical body.
Jessica’s purpose is to empower people to see the greatness within themselves. Students get the opportunity to be vulnerable, unapologetic, and take every setback as a lesson of strength and ability during class. Jessica teaches students to balance emotions through asana and mindfulness, a practice applicable on and off the mat. She is described as a vibrant, loving, and passionate being, willing to use the power of her smile to make others feel at ease. Living in the world as a student eager to learn and a teacher ready to teach. You can find her at Earth Yoga teaching Earth Elements in Boulder, Colorado.
Blake discovered vinyasa style asana over five years ago at Om Time; prior to this zhe regarded yoga as something only touchy-feely types were into.
In grieving for zir grandmother zhe found yoga to be one of the only things that helped zir depression. The practice awoke a new kind of embodiment for zir and has been a major player in zir healing from old wounds.
Zhe generally teaches a flowy, meditative class, providing a space for students to listen to their bodies. Blake believes everyone should have the opportunity to attend yoga classes, and thus teaches both free community classes at Earth and Queer Yoga classes.
Gen Coulson - Social Media Manager
Genevieve is a Social Media Strategist residing in Boulder, CO. When she’s not working in social media she’s teaching kids yoga, & working to further her own yoga practice. A few of her favorite things include: anything goddess, precious stones, spicy chai, a good book, drinking from coconuts, soaking up the sun, and tropical trips to faraway beaches. From hashtags to Hanuman, and everything in between Genevieve works to live a fulfilled life, & hopes that her own non-traditional path will encourage others to follow their hearts as well.
Danny teaches Mindfulness, Yoga and Cultivating Emotional Balance as a way to develop the skills to live an authentic embodied life. He weaves essential teachings from various traditions, in a clear and comprehensive way to meet each student where they are. He is an embodied mindfulness coach and works one on one with students to develop a personalized practice.
He is a Basic Mindfulness facilitator, practicing 8+ years with Shinzen Young and 3 years full time at a Modern Monastery, The Center for Mindful Learning, with Soryu Forall. He has trained with Alan Wallace in Cultivating Emotional Balance, Shamatha, Vipassana and Dzogchen. He initially studied Yoga with Kathy McNames through the Yoga Vermont teacher training in 2008. He also completed the Anusara Yoga Immersion with Todd Norian and Ann Green and the Self Transformation Program at Swami Rama’s ashram in Rishikesh, India, integrating his knowledge of mindfulness with the physical practices of the energetic body.www.embodytrue.com
Kristina Cizmar is an advocate of Self-care via attention to our emotions and our own hearts. Her approach is based upon a body of work which indicates that emotions are important messages from our own subconscious Self – the heart of who we are. She believes emotions contain the vital energy which can help us to be present, as well as to adapt and move forward in our lives.
Kristina began her practice with a focus on shame, as she faced her own struggle to heal from childhood sexual abuse. She is the author of Trauma-Informed Meditation Exercises, and The Little Book of Shame: What shame really means, & how to shift from low self-esteem to empowering self-acceptance.
In 2013, Molly embarked on her first journey to India. There, she began learning the yoga of slowing down, discovering the power & patience of watching the Universe unfold while completing her 500 RYT with Sampoorna Yoga India. She is happy to now call Boulder home as she pursues study of Ayurvedic medicine. Having led yoga hikes in the Sequoias, a spring break yoga camp for preschoolers, cultural exchange through yoga in Japan and chakra workshops in Iowa City, Molly facilitates a nurturing environment where students feel both supported and challenged to connect to their most authentic selves.
Scott Ostrom enlisted in the armed forces himself as a teenager. He is now a retired Recon Marine who served two tours in Iraq. The experiences of war left him with PTSD and, in working to heal himself from within, he discovered the practice of yoga. Scott's healing journey also led him to work with Veterans and folks with developmental disabilities at the Telluride Adaptive Ski Program, and as a fly fishing guide. He left one paradise (Colorado) for another, and visited the Big Island of Hawaii to study the body and mind connection of Yin practice under Aaron Reed. He now takes students on a dive into the exploration of Hatha yoga and teaches others about the experiences he went through and how it helps shape who they want to become. Students and friends describe Scott's teaching style as one with a deep and humorous understanding of the interconnectedness of all things.
Miranda has been a seeker of truth for the duration of her life, and a yogi for nearly as long. Her introduction to yoga was through a Nepalese mentor, who she met at age ten. From there, the path of yoga was her yellow brick road. On the way, she’s met a whole host of interesting characters, and studied under some of the world’s most incredible teachers in Costa Rica, India, Bali, and right here in Boulder, Colorado. Mirandadances daringly along the edges of many yoga traditions and lineages, from Ashtanga Vinyasa to Sri Vidya Tantra, inviting students to question every rule and experience the depth of the teachings for themselves.
Yoga is a practice for her which is creating that as a reality in everyday moments. Erica has a deep reverence for Life and union with Spirit. She is drawn to her mat again and again, discovering intimacy from within, feeling herself becoming more and more faith filled and unconditionally loving. Her classes are sure to be interwoven with inquiries for spiritual growth, creative asana sequencing and at her best, filled with child-like mentality and laughter.
Erica is enthused and honored to be amidst new and seasoned yogis as we commit to living from the heart. She is dedicated and delighted to hold space where miracles can transform our minds and asanas leverage our bodies for spiritual growth and blissful expression.
Angie Pagan - Graphic Designer
Angie grew up in the Westminster, Colorado area, and went to college at the University of Missouri, Columbia. There she studied Fine Art and International Studies, and is now working as a Graphic Designer in Boulder, Colorado. The design studio she works at focuses on brand identity, and a big passion of hers is to streamline brands to feel more cohesive and clear. She is very excited to combine her two passions, design and yoga, to help with creating great assets for Earth Yoga as well as be a part of a great community. Some other hobbies include rock climbing, trail running, and playing with her two dogs! I learned many things during my Teacher Training, and yet the most important part of yoga, the part that really changed everything for me, was learning that yoga is ultimately about loving oneself. Loving oneself, so much so, that we are able to share this love with others, from a deeper, more grounded and enlightened space. Yoga is healing journey. It is also multi-faceted. It allows for opening, flexibility, and grounding to occur in ALL of the dimensions: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
In my classes, it is my utmost priority to cultivate a safe, sacred space where loving kindness is the dominant theme. I always offer quotes from inspirational writers and leaders, as well as encourage the student to bring their own intention. I have also found that music is a key element to create a healing environment. It is my hope for each student to walk away feeling grounded, enough as they are, connected with their mind, body and spirit; and a sense of gratitude for each moment.
Stephanie is a dedicated student and graciously living yogini, teacher, and mentor. She teaches from the heart and calls on myths, shared experiences, the moon, the cosmos, the earth & its sacred elements as inspiration. Her classes are imbued with love, spontaneity, music, mantra and ritual. Stephanie invites students to find a sense of freedom in their body and mind through integrated & healthy movement patterns, empowerment of one’s self as their own healer & knower, and a deep connection to the earth & all sentient beings. Her devotion to her guru Neem Karoli Baba serves as a remembrance and guidepost for her classes; inviting students to experience each other not only individually, but also collectively as one on this journey through life.