Anais teaches Hatha yoga, emphasizing the importance of the breath and practicing within the students’ individual capabilities. She encourages a meditative approach while providing a warm and safe environment for students to reflect inward. Her classes include a centering with pranayama, sun salutations, held postures and a satisfying well deserved savasana. You can expect to gain strength, flexibility, balance and a deeper connection with your true “Self” from her classes.
She started practicing yoga in the fall of 1999. Since that time she has studied hatha, ashtanga, anusara and kundalini styles of yoga. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at the Shambhava School of Yoga near Rollinsville, CO. Anais is a student in the Ashtanga tradition of Sri Baba Hari Dass and continues to further her studies at retreats with him. She firmly believes that we don’t “do” yoga, rather we “live” yoga every day.
Friends know me as one with endless energy, always wanting to get outside and just do it. I am a lover of life, travel and adventure. Teaching yoga is one way for me to share this passion with others.
Even as a child, I have always been drawn to nature, the environment and physical challenges. Throughout my life I have practiced many different sports and always seemed to turn back towards the ones that took an immense amount of focus and discipline. These sports, snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking and surfing were the most rewarding to me both physically and mentally. The deeper I dug into these activities, the more I came to the awareness that these activities take more than just power and strength, but a calm clear focused mind and a healthy balanced lifestyle. So that is why I started yoga more than 12 years ago. Today yoga is not only a culmination of breath and poses, but also a way I live my life.
Integrating my background in teaching different sports, my knowledge of the body thru massage training, and formal yoga training in Costa Rica my classes emphasize flexibility, strength and focus through a flowing asana sequence. My inspiration has come through years of practice with amazing teachers all over the world and diving into different kinds of yoga including Anusara, Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Kriya, and Ashtanga.
Inspire others, live every day fully, in your own truth, with intention and love.
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” – Seneca
Colin Carman took his Ph.D. in English Romantic Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2008 before becoming English faculty at Colorado Mountain College, also the institution at which he completed a yoga certification program in Ashtanga/Vinyasa yoga. He remains an active scholar and yoga instructor who manages a culture blog at colincarman.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2011 and majored in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in Art History. She started practicing yoga her freshman year, and practiced at a Baptiste studio regularly for 3 years. She completed her 220-hour teacher training in July 2011 in Asheville, NC at Asheville Yoga Center with Stephanie Keach. "I have a love of vinyasa flow as well as a growing interest in Anusara yoga. I also have a great love for arm balances." Elizabeth looks forward to teaching at META this winter season!
Other than yoga, Elizabeth loves to ski, run, and hike. She is also looking forward to trying new Colorado activities, such as skate skiing, snowboarding, and biking.
Emily teaches Hatha Yoga in the form of Restorative and Yoga Therapy focusing her practice on connecting the mind and body with the breath, adapting her lessons to meet the individual goals. She provides a class that is tailored to your needs whether it be to gain relief from chronic pain, facilitate injury recovery, improve flexibility, reduce stress,
improve well-being, ease depression, or simply retain you youthfulness and energy. She provides a warm and safe environment for students. Her classes include pranayama (breath work), gentle flow, holding postures until the breath becomes steady, guided imagery, and relaxation. Emily makes adjustments for each individual allowing Yoga to be comfortable for anyone practicing.
Emily started practicing yoga in the fall of 2004 back in Massachusetts. After facing many life changes and a family tragedy, yoga was the one thing that kept her moving on the right track and kept her hopes up. Since that time she has explored many styles of yoga, mainly practicing a Vinyasa flow. Having a graduate degree in Public Health and Community Development she went to Haiti on a Medical Mission and realized how beneficial Yoga could be to those people suffering from loss and emotional set backs. Therefore she chose to study Yoga Therapy, in hopes to have a positive impact and share her knowledge. She completed her 200 hour teacher training through Integrative Yoga Therapy at Radiant Wellness in Ponte Vedra, Florida and is certified with Yoga Alliance. She continues to emerge herself in workshops and is eager to learn more.
"Open yourself and life will be easier" ~ Buddha.
A certified yoga instructor, licensed massage therapist, and modern day mystic, Inanna brings the depth of wisdom traditions into her teachings.
As a 2007 graduate of the Denver Institute of Yoga’s (DIY) 200 hr. program, she shares her passion of wholesome, healthy living, led by the Vedic teachings of Shri Baba Hari Dass and the staff at DIY, Sr. Ashtanga instructor Annie Pace, Shri B.K.S. Inyengar, Shri Mahavatar Babaji, & Sai Maa Devi Lakshimi.
Drawn to the healing and movements arts as a vehicle for personal discovery, Inanna's classes blend the core principles of Hatha yoga with the beneficial basics of practice. These include improved flexibility, develop core strength, better concentration, improved posture, cultivating awareness within proper alignment, ujjyai & pranayamic breathing techniques, and yoga as a powerful catalyst for opening the body, heart and soul.
Awaken a deeper sense of connection to yourself, your environment, and your essential true nature through the practice of Yoga. We welcome you. Namaste. www.harmonyhealthmassage.com
After growing up in Sun Valley, Idaho in a very athletic, “outdoorsy” family, my love for adventure and travel took me to Sydney, Australia where I discovered my passion for yoga. I have practiced various types of yoga over the past several years, and a move to New York City introduced me to the Barkan Method. I became certified in this variation of Hatha yoga which originated from a lineage in Calcutta, India. The Barkan Method is practiced in a heated room and integrates postures from many styles of Yoga. In addition to my passion for yoga, I have a great enthusiasm for nutrition and take a very holistic approach to life. Love the life you live and live the life you love.
They say yoga finds you when you need it most and that could not have been truer for Jenna. She moved to Colorado in search of adventure after college and stumbled upon a coupon for free yoga in Boulder. After a month, she was hooked. Having grown up in an athletic family, she was drawn to the intensity of power yoga. After studying International Politics, Culture and Religion at a Jesuit University, she found that she really enjoyed exploring her own spirituality. Yoga gave Jenna a place to explore all of these interests, and encouraged her to slow life down, just a little bit. After a ski season in Breckenridge, she returned to Boulder and completed her 200-hour teacher training at CorePower Yoga. Jenna has been lucky to be surrounded by amazing and inspiring people who encourage her to live her truth through yoga and through teaching. Her classes focus on building strength while maintaining softness and compassion, finding full and true expressions with strong roots in alignment, and, most importantly, having fun!
"There is a time and a place and a type of yoga for every stage in one's life, you just need to be open to it, listen and change with it." ~ Juli.
With a B.S Degree in the Exercise Sciences, Juli began her career as a fitness teacher and presenter in fitness/wellness education presenting nationally for NETA and ACE while managing several fitness and wellness programs.
Juli made the discovery of yoga in 1993 with her initial formal training at a University. She has since studied under many wonderful teachers and draws inspiration from all who she comes into contact with. She has really been able to blend her yoga studies with her physiology background. She often incorporates both a Yin style of holding poses and a Vinyasa style of moving with the breath, blending essential aspects of the Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Viniyoga traditions. Pranayama and meditation are always included in her practice and classes.
Juli proudly is able to read the energy of any room and with her light-hearted personality and with her approachable teaching style, is able to facilitate a deeper connection even for those who are least expecting it. Juli teaches all classes from prenatal to basic Hatha to rhythm vinyasa and is host to “Approachable Prenatal Yoga DVD with Juli Rathke” through Yoga Harvest. Juli is also a partner at www.r2-mediagroup.com
A lifelong athlete, Kandace Keefer is a teacher and a student of yoga originally from northeast Pennsylvania. Kandace discovered yoga eight years ago in hopes of relief from back pain due to acute scoliosis, she learned that yoga was more than just the physical asanas (poses). Her personal practice is rooted in Vinyasa, Bhakti, Yin and Ashtanga yoga styles. Kandace's classes are positive, challenging, fun, and meant to introduce beginners to breathing exercises and yoga's fundamental asanas, as well as challenge and motivate more experienced students. Her classes are meant to serve as an inspiring experience for students of all ages to connect to their bodies and develop their own unique practice.
Kandace received a Level I Yoga sports medicine certification through AAAI, (American Aerobics Association International) in 2008, Level II Yoga certification through AAAI in 2010, and a 100hr RYT under international instructor Pradeep Teotia in 2011. As a constant sponge for knowledge, she is looking into future yoga teacher training programs, classes and seminars. When not in the yoga studio, you can find Kandace around Summit County biking, jogging, hiking and sailing in the summer time and skiing, snow shoeing, in the winter, all while surrounded by her cherished friends and family, ever thankful for life's infinite blessings.
Kathleen first fell in love with yoga and pilates in 1998. After having 2 children, she became a certified pilates instructor in 2007 in Bethlehem, PA, her home town. Shortly after, she moved to Breckenridge where she teaches pilates & yogates at the Recreation Center. Kathleen loves combining stretching and breathing exercises with the strength exercises of pilates. To enhance Kathleen's classes she just completed her certification as a group fitness instructor.
Kathleen attended Springfield College in Massachusetts where she studied education and earned a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. She was a first and second grade teacher before becoming a group fitness instructor. Her passion for teaching to kids brought children's yoga onto her life as well. She earned her Children's Yoga Certification in 2010 and is now teaching yoga to children in the Summit School District, as well as the Breckenridge Recreation Center. She hopes to share kids yoga at META in the future as well. In her "free" time Kathleen enjoys skiing, hiking, trail running, swimming, and spending time with her family.
Lauren is an energetic catalyst for empowerment and change. Her warm and enthusiastic coaching style inspires participants to enjoy the journey of creating optimal health, fitness, and self-realization. Her yoga classes are athletic, authentic, and accessible to all levels. She offers modifications for "stiff" people and challenging poses for participants that want to explore their edge. Lauren aims to foster students' curiosity and motivation by offering a wealth of information on anatomy, philosophy, alignment, and science.
In addition to being a professional yoga instructor (E-RYT), she is a certified Group Fitness Instructor by ACE, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Personal Trainer by the NSCA and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She has over 20 years of full-time experience in the health and fitness industry teaching groups and coaching individuals in a variety of modalities. Lauren is grateful to be able to continue her studies with world renown teachers: Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Paul Chek and Peter Twist.
Leslie was introduced to Yoga in 1991 while on a Hut Trip. Although she put yoga on the back burner until 2005, Leslie knew it would always be a part of her life. Trained in Tai Qi and Qigong with the Mystic Warrior School of Integrative Arts, Leslie weaves in various disciplines into her teaching style. Recently graduating from the 200 Hr Axis Yoga Teacher Training Program through the Denver school of integrative Yoga, Leslie’s eduction includes classical Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hatha and Pranayama. As an outdoor educator for her company Babes in the Backcountry, Leslie stresses the importance of the mind body connection in all aspects of life. Each of her workshops kick off with a morning yoga practice to allow students to find balance and a centered place as they head out into the backcountry. Through Babes in the Backcountry and Meta Yoga Studios, Leslie organizes backcountry yoga retreats throughout the year.
In an effort to improve her lifestyle and escape the drudgery of the east coast, Melinda left Baltimore over 5 years ago and ended up in beautiful Breckenridge. She began practicing yoga in Maryland, mainly as a stretching accompaniment to running and climbing, but soon began experiencing further mental and physical benefits. The fluidity of vinyasa yoga has always been appealing to her, especially when practiced with conscious alignment, so she was naturally drawn to the 200 hour training at Om Time in Boulder under the guidance of Shannon Paige and Nancy Kate Williams. In Sanskrit, vinyasa means “to place in a special or meaningful way” so that all of her sequences are crafted intentionally and in such a way that the asanas evolve naturally throughout. Melinda has a restless, wandering heart and is most inspired while traveling, which she does at every opportunity with the dream of one day uniting these two passions.
Monica is a native Argentinean who moved to the United States in 1990 to attend Boston University. While at BU, she got a B.A. in Psychology and Masters in Education. Monica has been passionate about sports her whole life. Before and after college, she travelled the world while pursuing her goals as a competitive sailor. She competed in the 1996 Olympics. Following the Olympics, Monica moved to Summit County to teach skiing. She has also been teaching Yoga and Fitness Classes since then. She is passionate about sports and training and loves to help others achieve their goals. Monica has many certifications in Yoga, Fitness, Skiing, sailing and Personal training. She has been practicing yoga for a long time. She believes that Yoga is a great way to integrate body, mind and spirit. Yoga can also help you build strength, flexibility and balance.
Murray teaches from the heart. His classes incorporate detailed alignment instruction and are inspiring but playful. He aspires to support others in finding more ease in their life by discovering their unlimited potential. His classes are meant to bring students deeper into their own Hearts with self-acceptance, compassion, honesty and love. Murray has studied with many great teachers since 1972. Finding Anusara Yoga in 2002, dedicated many years to this teaching. He brings 2000+ hours of Alignment trainings and workshops and 500+ hours of Rajanaka Yoga Philosophy into his practice. Murray graciously gives thanks to all his teachers, especially Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, John Friend and Douglas Brooks.
Rachel Meisler draws upon generations of teachings in diverse disciplines to create yoga classes tailored to meet the needs of the students present. Influenced by the traditions of Iyengar, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Kundalini, Acro Yoga, and other distinct lineages, Rachel shares her love of movement and devotional ritual in an accessible manner for all levels.
A background in performance arts and dance underlies Rachel's passion for teaching, asasna practice, Nordic skiing, cycling, and trail running. After earning a B.A. in studio art and creative writing from Loyola University in Maryland, her love of the outdoors lured her west to the deserts and mountains of Tucson, Arizona, in 1994 to complete a master's degree in fine arts focused on poetry.
Rachel began her study and practice of yoga in 1997, and settled in Colorado in 1998. Colorado Mountain College, where she worked as communications faculty member since 2000, provided space to teach Slow Yoga classes. In January 2009, she studied with with Peter Sterios and Craig Perkins to gain Yoga Alliance certification through Yandara Yoga Institute of Baja, Mexico.
As a multi-media artist, freelance writer, and language instructor, Rachel opens her analytical and inventive minds into the studio to surrender the learning process through the body and spirit, making yoga yet another form of artistic expression.
Rebecka was born and raised a nature girl, in the forrests of Sweden,
but her passion for music led her to spend most of her grown years in
big cities like New York, Stockholm, and Los Angeles. Fortunately,
along the road, she found Yoga, which came to be her way of surviving
and maintaining her inner peace AND physical wellbeing in these new
Rebecka has also found Yoga to be helpful in her career as a singer
and vocal coach, both physically (linking breath and alignment), and
building up the inner confidence and calmness one needs to perform and
After practicing yoga for over 7 years, with various teachers and
forms (although mostly ashtanga, vinyasa, and Anusara) Rebecka finally
took on her teacher training at Reflections Yoga, spring 2012, and is
now a certified teacher.
“Yoga is a pathway to silence the mind long enough to just breathe” ~ Samaara. Drawing on the principles of Hatha yoga, Samaara created a style of yin and yang blending strength vinyasas against restorative poses. She received 200 hours of training at the Shambhava School of Yoga in Eldorado, CO, is a certified climbing instructor and massage therapist. She is a trained anatomist, encourages questions and welcomes special requests. Yoga began as strength training for climbing and later became her breath during cancer treatment. She also teaches Restorative Flow for Cancer Recovery at various cancer centers in Colorado. In her classes she often asks her students to form a circle, each sharing in the yoga practice. Samaara brings her passion for life to each class, often learning the most from her students. www.BasecampBodyworks.com
Originally from Lake Tahoe, California, Samaara also works as a massage therapist specializing in oncology massage and après ski relaxation. When not working, Samaara is out playing – tele skiing or climbing – except on the stormy wintery days when you’ll find her snuggled with an adventure novel by the fire!
Sara Jean Johnson
Yoga is my joy and delight. It brings me LIFE. I love sharing the gift
of yoga to anyone who wants to learn more. Growing in my own practice,
learning new things, understanding other things deeper -- this is what
I love about yoga! It is a never-ending journey.
I believe yoga is for EVERYone. My mission is to offer balanced and
inspiring classes to each student who enters the studio. I love
nothing more than watching a student have an experience in class--
whether physical, emotional, spiritual or a combo of these. I know
that it isn’t about me. It’s their journey. One that I feel honored
to be a small part of.
I live in Breckenridge with my husband Jonathan and our dog Nyah. We
feel so blessed to live in such beauty! Hope to see you in the studio
Sarah's yoga journey truly began in the spring of 2002 on a trip to Mexico, where the power of asana and meditation led her down a path from which she would never look back. Sarah completed here 200 RYT in the fall of 2006 with Yoga Arts in Byron Bay, Australia under the guidance of her teacher Louisa Sears. Her studies focused on the principles of Ashtanga yoga, and the teachings of Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois. From these teachings she has developed her own style of vinyasa flow which incorporates many different schools of yoga including Asthanga, Iyengar and Hatha yoga. Sarah's classes invite you to discover the sacred body and breath connection by inviting the power of vinyasa flow coupled with the balancing nature of pranayamic rhythms, and meditation. Above all, she hopes for her students to recognize the practice of yoga as a chance for personal development, and inner-growth not only on the mat, but off the mat as well.
Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi....may there be peace in the hearts, minds, and souls of all beings.
"Susan teaches an Integral Yoga style class that combines physical postures, deep relaxation, breathing techniques and meditation to promote self awareness, health and mental clarity. Each student is encouraged to discover and practice at his/her own level of strength, flexibility and endurance. Postures are held to deepen the experience, with relaxation and guided instruction throughout. Susan became a student and practioner of yoga in 1998, when she started attending meditation and philosophy talks at the Integral Yoga Centre in Gibraltar. A student of Nalanie Chellaram, she was trained as a hatha yoga and raja yoga teacher in 2002. Through yoga, she found direction on how to enjoy a life filled with love and kindness. Ever the student, her practice has evolved through different life experiences and yoga continues to provide guidance in her life. "
Tracy Van Anderson
I started teaching group fitness classes in the mid 80's. I explored all styles of fitness which led me to Yoga in 2000. I taught my first Yoga class in 2001 and earned my YOGAFIT certification in 2009. I love the practice of Yoga guiding students through stretches and poses that stimulate, strengthen and relax the body and mind. Hopefully everyone leaves with a feeling like a spa treatment.
I've always lived surrounded by nature, as a child on the big island of Hawaii, the redwoods near Santa Cruz California as a teenager, and now in Breckenridge, where the magnificence of nature is apparent as you look out at thousands of acres of pristine mountains, trees, and valleys.
Two years ago I started practicing yoga and Qi Gong, and became fascinated with the results. I cultivated life giving breath and felt in control of my health and state of mind. I studied Qi Gong with Lee Holden, learning how to move my body with relaxation, and clearing my energy system of stagnation. I have over 700 hours of training in massage, specializing in Thai massage, which has been described as "Lazy Man's Yoga". I will complete a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Axis Yoga by December 2011. I love to share the healing potential of these techniques, teaching people how to take better care of their body, to reduce stress, prevent disease, and experience vitality in body and mind.
An amazing woman and teacher once told me that I am a “soul on vacation”. I think this is pretty much accurate.
I began practicing and fell in love with yoga in the spring of 1995. My journey began as a Bikram Yoga student, which I continued to practice for many years. After moving to San Diego in 1998, I began practicing Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, and Iyengar yoga as well as exploring the many benefits of pranayama & meditation. I started to notice many changes happening within myself, not only physically but mentally and spiritually as well. Yoga was changing my life & all I wanted to do was learn more about this amazing lifestyle and philosophy. I then completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified program focusing on Power Vinyasa Yoga in San Diego. This experience is what inspired me to become a teacher.
For the past 6 years of my life I have been traveling the world to learn more about myself, more from other incredible teacher’s and to live the life of a “yogi.” I have integrated the teachings and various traditions I have learned and experienced along the way into my own classes to make the practice & understanding of “living yoga” accessible to all. I am so blessed to have taught classes and retreats in San Diego, Guam, Thailand, Morocco, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and now Breckenridge!
These experiences have truly brought to my life a positively serene consciousness that I intend to expand & spread to others! I like to encourage my students to flow with their breath, open their heart, live in the present moment, relax the mind, and smile. I truly love teaching, seeing the transformations my students experience and hope to inspire others through-out my life long journey.