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.
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.
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.
Jeanette is empowered by the healing and calming nature of yoga to stay in the moment, welcome change and to manifest opportunities in life. As a physical therapist Jeanette expertly understands how physical alignment, muscle strength and flexibility affect our lives. She is certified in the Fishman Method to offer a specialty practice of yoga vs. osteoporosis to help students improve bone density and vitality. 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 Williams Rau inspire her to seek creativity, face adversity and fine-tune the details.
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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.
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.
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.
Athena Ray Sweeten
Athena Ray Sweeten is a yogini, dancer, and healer from Franklin County, Tennessee. She has been practicing yoga since 2006 and deeply enjoys seeing practitioners of all ages, skill levels, and abilities embrace the treasure of movement. Sweeten earned a Modern Dance Liberal Arts Degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she discovered her calling in the explorative nature of dance and movement. She began her teaching journey in 2016 at Kula Yoga Shala in Jupiter, Florida. After moving to Colorado later that year, Sweeten furthered her yoga education by completing a 100-hour Ganjasana yoga teacher training with founder Rachael Carlevale. Since then, she has hosted her own yoga & dance goddess gatherings and has been featured at CannaVenture events and Ganjasana ceremonies.
Kaci’s personal yoga practice was sparked by her religious studies background in college as an effort to partake in an unfamiliar spiritual practice. She started teaching yoga in 2012 after her practice helped her recover physically, emotionally, and spiritually from a debilitating back injury. Kaci has spent years since diving deeply into anatomy and physiology studies and building a strong corrective exercise background to assist in building neuromuscular awareness and overall balance. Her primary passion is helping others find their most authentic transformative experience through a variety of yogic practices not limited to asana (poses) while bringing awareness to the differences between “yoga” and “exercise.” After teaching in the Nashville, TN community for several years, Kaci relocated to Boulder, CO where she now resides with her significant other Drew Campbell of FC Boulder, and her dog Chief.
Dennis is a kriya yoga meditation practitioner, trumpet player, partner dancer, and tai chi practitioner. He is a ballroom dance champion, Army veteran, and an AmeriCorps Alumnus. Dennis’ instructions are kind, calm, and clear, emphasizing different aspects of balance in each posture. He gives people the space to dive deeper inside their bodies, being present with what is here, now. He has been described as a ‘very conscientious instructor’; resulting in joyful life changes. Off the cushion, he enjoys walking and bicycling in nature, partner/social dancing, playing trumpet, and the spontaneity each day brings. Dennis offers group and private sessions. He seeks peaceful meditation retreats for self-rejuvenation, when possible.
Annaleah brings wisdom and light heartedness into her teachings. As a yoga practitioner of over 12 years she brings depth to the practice through focused alignment, strong connection to breath, and a calm meditative presence. She completed her 200 hour yoga teaching certification through the Sivananda Ashram in 2014. In 2018 she completed her 300 hour training, Nectar and Grit, with Jeanie Manchester and Kirsten Warner. The two trainings have been complimentary opposites that have shaped Annaleah’s teachings. Her knowledge spans from Classical yoga to Tantric philosophy and she seamlessly merges the two within her classes. Through creative flow, Annaleah offers spaciousness in her classes for students to connect to their bodies and breath in order to unite with their inner truth which is a state of expansive calm, presence and bliss.
Michelle is a yoga teacher in Denver and Boulder, Colorado. Driven by her passion for the world of healing, she infuses her body of work with informative anatomical alignment, exploration of present-moment awareness, and deep inquiry into the emotions and the mind. With her background in contemplative psychology, somatic psychology, meditation and yogic philosophy from Naropa University, Michelle invites one on a journey home to the Self. Her instruments of guiding this journey is the weaving of safe and effective cuing, meditation and pranayama, the inclusion of myth and story, and the mindful coloring of music and sound. She encourages her students explore their edge while using one’s own intelligent discernment, and to trust in their internal process that is the guide toward healing---and to not forget to have fun while doing so! Michelle is described by many as warm, passionate, and grounding. Off the mat she enjoys exploring outdoors, rock climbing, and jammin’ out to some awesome tunes! You can find her teaching at Earth Yoga Boulder and climbing rocks at Earth Treks in Golden.
Carole Ly Sing Lao
Carole is a peaceful warrior whose classes focus on self-empowerment and fierce intention! She likes dogs (not just the down dogs), reading, silly comedy and fantasy shows where beasts and romance rhyme. She loves yoga because when all goes bonkers, it brings her back to life. Yoga is a philosophy, a practice of insight and mindfulness….it may come easy and not so easy. And we shall flow with it. Ultimately it brings physical and mental calm which allows more space to learn and blossom. Carole aims to give authenticity and accountability in her practice and teaching style. She believes growth lies in stumbling, falling, getting back up and doing it again. It’s a fun ride when everything is looked upon as yet another adventure! Her career as a massage therapist influences her approach to alignment and health and she incorporates hands-on adjustment to help connect body and mind. She is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT® 200 teacher who learned from many wonderful teachers whom she honors as her guides: James Morrison (her first teacher), Lisa Walford, Ganga White & Tracey Rich, Jimmy Barkan, Philip Christodoulou and Kelly Green
Kat was born an explorer and has painted a life of adventure, diving head first into foreign lands and braving her heart through some of life’s biggest teachers. Yoga came into her life more than a decade ago and was accepted as her true path at age 25 while mourning the sudden passing of her father. In 2014, she opened Yoga Room Cusco, a project that touched the lives of locals and expats for 3 years. Feeling complete with her work in Peru, she moved to Boulder to study massage therapy. Kat’s classes are creative combinations of inspiration and the heart felt transfer of wisdom from all of the Masters who have guided her way. Drawing from the magic of all schools, Kat is honored to meet fellow curious souls on their mat and together draw the breath into an intimate, profound and deep exploration of consciousness.
Ellen Sevigny Pierce
Ellen has been working in educational and therapeutic settings for the last ten years. In the teacher role, she has a unique ability to open a space of loving-kindness that helps students draw out direct access to their unique creativity and self expression. Ellen's background includes a Master's in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa, 700 hours of Yoga Therapy at Children's Hospital in Colorado, and 500 hours of Interdisciplinary Yoga from the Nosara Yoga Institute. Ellen grew up in Bar Harbor ME. She has lived in Boulder since 2009. Ellen loves to sing and share her voice with others so expect to hear her sing subtle healing tones in your yoga class.
My yoga journey has evolved into something that is similar to a chemical addiction, but without the chemicals. My body craves yoga. It craves the feel of the poses, the pull on my muscles, and the stability of the connection. When I first started teaching, it was not because of a lofty goal of inspiring others to join me. I started teaching because I had spent way too much time and money to let it go to waste on just me. I also knew that if I didn’t start immediately, I would lose my nerve and put it on the back burner indefinitely. So I dove in head first. I guess somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew that it could potentially become a career, but if I had thought about it like that, I never would have started! Teaching yoga was probably one of the scariest things I have ever done. It took me way, way out of my comfort zone. I had to memorize everything. Even to this day, I still get a little nervous, but I’ve learned to just take it one minute at a time. That is the only way I get through any of my classes. If I try to project about it, I start to worry about it, and that takes me right out of the present moment. I am always guided by the energy of the room and the students that are filling it. I like to create a class as I go, and I am very inspired by the music which is why I spend. A lot of time creating playlists that will activate my students into their own bodies. It is a combination of the music and the students that creates the flow of the class. My goal is to translate it into poses that feel good to the body. I want to inspire my students to fall in love with the feeling of yoga transforming the energy within them. As a teacher, I strive to be my most down to earth and vulnerable self. I like to create a mood of joy and laughter and not taking ourselves too seriously. Some of these poses are really hard, but that is part of the journey. The joy that my students express when they finally get it, when they finally feel the pose, the way it is supposed to feel, and they have the strength and the focus to stay there is the best part of being a yoga teacher. It’s not about doing a pose perfectly. It is about FEELING it perfectly.
In 2013, while traveling alone through Mexico, Lily stumbled upon a yoga training center. Ever since, yoga has been a constant companion through life’s many twists and turns. She loves the space yoga provides for healthy movement, increased self-awareness and community. She is passionate about sharing the physical asana practice with her students while exploring how lessons from yoga can enhance other areas of our lives. She has studied with a variety of yoga teachers in the United States, Mexico and India. She holds a Master of Science in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore and works as a public health professional when not on the yoga mat. Lily moved to Colorado from Baltimore in 2017 and is reveling in all the mountains and sunshine.
An adventurer, a traveler, a creator; it was not until Helena found meditation and yoga that she found herself again. She lives in service to this beautiful lifestyle that saved her physical and mental health. Yoga has sparked her creativity, inspiration, and her passion for life. She wants to promote healing and wellness in everyone she meets. She followed her wanderlust and set forth on a journey to India. There she completed an intensive Sattva Yoga 200 hour YTT in Rishikesh, India, the Yoga Capital of the world. She studied the ancient traditions in the foothills of the Himalayas learning hatha vinyasa flow, tantra kundalini, pranayama, meditation, kriyas, laya, and Himalayan traditions. This comprehensive study was followed by teaching at the Sattva studio on the banks of the Ganga in Rishikesh, India. She also studied Reiki and sound healing while gaining experience empowering others. She honors where each student is on their journey and enjoys an all encompassing practice both on and off the yoga mat.
Mimi began sharing her yoga practice with her students in 2010 and could not imagine her life path any other way. She received her 200 hour certification in the tradition of Tantric Hatha yoga and later discovered her love of Ashtanga during a Rocket Vinyasa teacher training. This sparked a drive to travel to Mysore, India, the epicenter of Ashtanga where she studied under the guidance of BNS Iyengar, Vijay Kumar and Saraswati Jois. During her trips she was strongly influenced by her time with Professor M.A Jayashree and M.A. Narasimhan who instilled in her the love of chanting through sruti parampara. Students can expect a practice that emphasizes breath and energetic awareness, tailored to the season, time of day and energy of the space. Her classes range from grounding introspection to more dynamic, heated flows. Off the mat, Mimi performs and teaches with Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance. She credits the magic of yoga for keeping her body safe and balanced for the rigors of dancing through the air.
Kasey Smith is a transformational women’s coach and yoga teacher. Kasey empowers women by helping them create a clear action plan to manifest their biggest visions without spending time feeling stuck so that they can live life on their own terms. She teaches dynamic and nourishing styles of yoga to strengthen, honor, and energize her students. You can expect a fun, soul reviving class with her. Students say they love her encouragement and soulful vibe. Using a holistic approach, she incorporates yoga philosophy in her classes and coaching sessions. Off the mat she loves reading, hiking, music, snuggling with her daughter, traveling the world, a good red wine, herbal tea, cacao, delicious food, green juice, plants, kombucha, really cool hats, and having deep meaningful conversations.