TEACHERS

Kim Allcock

Kimberly Allcock, PhD, E-RYT 500, RPYT

Kimberly Allcock  has been a dedicated practitioner of Yoga since 2002, and has a deep love for this form of moving meditation. She completed her first yoga teacher training with Kim Orenstein at Yoga Loka in 2005, and has been teaching ever since. As a former scientist with a PhD in ecology she applies her rigorous research skills and love of learning to her lifelong study of yoga. Students describe her teaching as ‘skilled’, ‘knowledgeable’, ‘inviting’, ‘joyful’ and ‘fun’.  She delights in blending movement, mindfulness, philosophy, energetics and biomechanical understanding in practices that help you discover your own inner resources. She has thousands of hours of teaching experience and training, and holds E-RYT500, RPYT, and YACEP (continuing education provider) designations with the Yoga Alliance.

Read "An Interview with Kim"
Zoe Atcheson

Zoe Atcheson

Zoe is so thrilled to be teaching at Yoga Loka.  She has experienced first hand the magic of yoga and the power it has to transform lives.  Her true desire is to help people quiet the ego mind and live in a judgement free space in their heads and hearts. 

She has been practicing yoga since the year 2000, but mostly as a form of physical exercise.  Having suffered for years with varying degrees of anxiety and depression, it was not until completing her 200 hr. teacher training through Kimberlee Orenstein that it all clicked, and she found a more confident and authentic approach to living life.  A life where stress, worry and fear is no longer debilitating, and in its place one can find love, hope, kindness, generosity, freedom from judgement and a huge capacity for growth.   She is so excited to share this magic with others.

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Denise Barclay

Denise began teaching Yoga in 1998 and has completed a teacher training with Doug Swenson, and the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Kim Orenstein. She has been practicing Vipassana Meditation since 1995 and in May of 2012 finished the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training with Phillip Moffitt and Anne Cushman through Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

She is a wife and mother and brings her two loves, the philosophy of Yoga and Buddha Dharma, to her more than 14 years of teaching. In addition, what she brings to her life coaching is her own personal experience of 30 years in self-exploration, healing and mindfulness. You can learn more about Denise at www.denisebarclay.yoga.com.

"Read an Interview with Denise"
Shanai Belton

Shanai Belton, RYT

Reno-based yoga student & teacher, Shanai Belton, received her 200-RYT through the We Are One Flow Yoga Teacher Training in 2016. Since then she has maintained a constant practice and studentship. Shanai's style of teaching stems from Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow. She sequences her classes with an emphasis on synchronizing the breath through each asana and freedom to always modify the sequence as needed for your body. Shanai welcomes all levels of practitioners to her classes from the person that can hold a gorgeous handstand to the person that is still progressing to touching their toes. Shanai believes that each person's yoga practice is special and unique and that there is something everyone can learn from the practice of yoga. She is so grateful to have found the practice of yoga, it keeps her grounded and brings so much joy, peace and balance in her life. Her goal is to share the practice of yoga with the world so that YOU too can receive your unique benefits yoga has to offer.

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Sandy Bivens

Sandy Bivens

Sandy started her yoga story in 2002 as an expectant mother. She wanted a healthy pregnancy and birth, and felt yoga could help her stay active. She was surprised how the connection to the breath allowed her to relax, easing some of the effort of labor. Falling in love with her new family, Sandy resigned her WCSD teaching post, happily becoming of all things, a stay-at-home mom. She forgot about yoga.

Always an avid athlete, Sandy played, captained, and coached competitive basketball, volleyball and tennis. A lifetime of sports took its toll manifesting as recurring injury, weight gain and pain. This motivated Sandy to seek change. In January of 2010, she joined a gym which offered yoga classes. She started practicing. Her body and mind began to heal. Pounds and inches rendered, while pain receded. Calm confidence and sense of well-being slowly returned with consistency and kindness. She was transforming through yoga.

At some point along the path, yoga became more than just a physical practice for Sandy. Her happiness became positively palpable. She desired to deepen then share her knowledge. She completed her RYT 200 hour training at Yoga Loka in 2016. Now, she's enjoying learning from a teacher perspective again. The numerous and often intrinsic nature of the benefits of yoga continue to amaze and amuse Sandy daily. She is truly grateful to have found this dynamic, loving, life empowering practice and community in yoga.  

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Stephen Burden teacher

Stephen Burden

My name is Stephen Burden.  I prefer to call myself a yoga guide rather than a yoga teacher because I believe, ultimately, we must teach ourselves through experience, experimentation and by listening to the divine teacher within each of us. I see my role in yoga class as one who provides guidance, insight, and suggestion through sharing the learnings of my yogic journey as a way to help you find the individual results suited to you.

I discovered yoga around 2002 when I was experiencing a debilitating back condition brought on by a shattered vertebra suffered during my teenage years.  The physical therapy and spinal epidurals I was receiving offered limited success in reducing my back pain.  When my doctor suggested I try yoga, a phone book search lead me to Yoga Loka!  I called up Kim O and signed-up for a private lesson. That first yoga session changed my life. My body felt much less pain and much more ease.  I also noticed that yoga practice was causing a change in my thinking as well.  I began to look inward.  I knew then that yoga would forever be a part of my life so I began pursuing yoga with passion.

It was after 10 years of regular yoga practice that I received my initial 200-hour teacher certification in Bali from Eoin Finn and began teaching yoga to others. Shortly after, to satisfy a desire to learn more about classical yoga and meditation, I received a second 200-hour certification from Mt. Madonna Center in classical ashtanga yoga.
Still seeking to expand my knowledge about yoga, I came to know about Mark Stephens, who is perhaps the most prolific yoga book author in the world.  Graduating from his 500-hour teacher training in Santa Cruz, CA I received an expert yoga teacher certification.

Accessibility, sustainability, and transformation is the philosophy of my teaching. I aim to deliver a yoga class that ensures accessibility to all levels, emphasizes sustainability in the poses and helping students feel and stay safe during the class.  Lastly, I aim to ensure that people attending my class realize transformation, at least to some extent, from the practice - whether they seek yoga that challenges them to their next edge or they simply want to find greater happiness in their body, mind, and breath. My classes tend to have elements of meditation and pranayama as well as playful sequencing of movement.

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Christopher Daniels

is a celebrated yoga instructor, actor, life guide, Reiki Master, Real Love wise person, and spiritual comedian. He received his yoga training in 2014 through master teachers, Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini, who blended their Ashtanga and Iyengar backgrounds to create Maya Yoga. Since then, Chris has taught over a thousand classes, in various styles and disciplines. Always, Christopher brings his sense of humor to the mat, recognizing that laughter is its own medicine, and that we shouldn't take ourselves, or our spiritual practice, too seriously. Currently enrolled in Sky Spirit Shaman's two-year accreditation program,which is a fusion of the Peruvian tradition and Native American Wisdom, Christopher incorporates a mixture of eastern and western practices, blending with one-on-one coaching, to create a unique and personalized experience for clients that addresses their needs on their physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual levels. Check out www.alchemistmovement.org for a full listing of healing services. 

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Kerry Dickinson

Kerry Teegen Dickinson

"The obstacles in life’s path ARE the path.” Yoga helped Kerry through a difficult, unexpected period in her life, and continues to guide her every day. She had a strong Pilates background for many years and then discovered yoga. She loves the spiritual, peaceful, meditative element yoga offers, along with the wonderful physical benefits.

Kerry enjoys teaching yoga to kids, teens and adults of all ages. She has an education background, a certification as a CYKT, Certified YogaKids Teacher, and is a RYT through YogaWorks.

She has worked with all ability kids; from ADHD to special needs to young athletes. She has also worked extensively with adults ages 50 plus. She teaches a gentle, fundamental Hatha style class and likes to add in restorative poses as well.

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Jen Donovan, RYT, RCYT, RPYT

Back in 1999, Jen was looking for a healthy way to relieve stress, as well as an enjoyable way to develop her spirituality. Her answer was yoga, and she's been practicing it ever since. "I began this journey by taking Power, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa Yoga classes and soon found that I was in love with yoga."

In addition to relieving stress, yoga has led Jen to change her lifestyle to include a healthier raw vegetarian diet, the use of natural homeopathic remedies, and an awareness of the power of one's thoughts, actions, and spoken words. "I am grateful to be able to share a practice that leads to enhanced physical strength, improved breathing, a pure internal body, a quieter mind, and an overall feeling of peacefulness." Jen is a registered teacher through the Yoga Alliance.

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Mary Dugan, RYT

Mary's personal practice began in 1995 with meditation, based on the method of her spiritual teacher, Sri Eknath Easwaran. Over the years, she started dabbling in asana (posture) practice, eventually studying with Yoga Loka Director Kim Orenstein and local teacher Sally Schuster, completing Kim's Teacher Training in 2003. Mary finds that meditation and the use of a mantra provide a spiritual foundation for each day. Asana practice builds on this foundation, developing not only stamina and strength, but also providing a release for the tension and frustration that daily life can bring. Yoga, in total, provides Mary a haven from her other professional life as an attorney. And yoga, she says, is teaching her, or trying to teach her, patience. "I don't have too much trouble being patient with others, but being patient with myself is another story." Mary loves teaching and the opportunity it brings to share her commitment to yoga with others. She also credits yoga, in all its forms, with enabling her to maintain a sense of balance in her life and juggling a professional career, four children, a husband and her yoga practice puts this to the test daily!

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Jennifer Duval

Jennifer Duvall

Jennifer Duvall practices yoga in her life moment-to-moment. Life is a classroom where all aspects of yoga can be practiced. She aims at teaching classes where you can bring that piece of union with your body, mind and spirit to the rest of your world. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Loka.

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Pam Everett

Pamela Everett, RYT

Pam Everett discovered the magic of yoga 17 years ago when a friend dragged her​ -​ a burned out, stressed out lawyer - to a class and promised to buy a month of dinners if she didn't like it. Needless to say, she was the one buying her friend endless meals to show her gratitude. She has been devoted to the practice since then but found an entirely new energy and depth when she joined Yoga Loka as a student in 2016 and after completing the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Kimberlee Orenstein in 2017. She's now a "recovering" lawyer who teaches at UNR and enjoys the year-round bounty of Northern Nevada nature. She has experienced first-hand how yoga transforms lives and loves to share this life-changing gift with others.

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David Funk

David began practicing yoga in 2000. His interest in yoga originally began as a way to improve his flexibility but he soon realized that the practice of yoga is a powerful and transformative way to live your life. David leads an active lifestyle, participating in activities such as cycling , running, snow boarding and long distance backpacking. Yoga helps him to remain strong and healthy while pursuing these passions. He has completed the 200 hour teacher training course with Kim Orenstein. David hopes, through his teaching, to share his love of yoga with others and to guide and inspire them on their journey.

"Read an Interview with David"

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Heidi Gabelman

Almost 20 years ago Heidi was curious about yoga and decided to give it a try. Originally, she wanted to practice yoga to increase strength and flexibility of the physical body. She immediately discovered that there was a lost more to this yoga stuff!!! Not only did yoga help her body, it helped her mind and brought happiness to her life. Yoga has and continues to take her on a journey of mindfulness on her yoga mat and out in the world.

In 2011 she completed teacher training with Kim Orenstein at Yoga Loka. She is grateful for and inspired by the amazing, loving people and the experiences that yoga has brought to her life. It is her hope that by sharing what she knows about yoga with others that they may, themselves, be able to experience the amazing benefits yoga has to offer.

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Phyllis Henderson, Ph.D., RYT

Phyllis started practicing yoga when she was 14 years-old.  After 30 years of teaching anatomy and physiology at the college level, she became seriously committed to yoga as a healing art and therapy.  She received her certification for teaching yoga under the direction of Kimberlee Orenstein and is a certified teacher of LifeForce Yoga for depression.  Her teaching style focuses on correct alignment, kinesiology, and the breath.  It is Phyllis' hope that she may assist others in discovering the transformational potential offered by the practice of yoga.

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Felicia Kampf

Felicia Kampf

Felicia first fell in love with yoga as a teenager and has continued to find yoga beneficial in keeping her body, mind and spirit strong ever since. Through times of being both active and when facing health problems yoga has been her one constant that has helped her overcome every obstacle. She has a bachelor's degree in nutrition and is pursuing her master's in counseling at the University of Nevada, Reno. She studied under Kimberlee Orenstein at Yoga Loka for her Yoga Teacher Training and is continually expanding her knowledge through her own practice, teaching classes, and taking workshops. Her classes mesh many different styles of yoga to offer a class that is invigorating and refreshing. In teaching yoga she hopes to share the innumerable benefits it has to offer leaving students with a calm mind and happy body. Felicia is trained in and strives to create a trauma-sensitive environment for her classes and workshops at Yoga Loka.

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Jennifer Kimball

Jennifer Kimball, RYT

Jennifer has been practicing yoga informally for many years and has always loved the experience and dreamed of being an instructor. After completing a 200 level teacher certification with Rev. Dr. Kathaleen Midcalf, she started teaching in November of 2015. Jennifer loved teaching and learning so much she endeavored to continue her education at Yoga Loka completing another 200 hour level teaching certification with Kimberlee Orenstein.

Jennifer recognizes that people come to yoga for many reasons and is dedicated to creating a space so everyone can develop a relationship between the body, the mind, and the breath so that they may move through life with a calmness in their hearts.  Jennifer is immersed in yoga’s joyful journey, loves all aspects of her practice and is honored to impart everything she has learned as she continues on her own journey of the self.

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Mike Kitson

Mike Kitson

The physical practice is what originally drew me to yoga. As an entrepreneur since 1993, stress from employees and massive overhead led me to a meditation retreat at The Expanding Light in Nevada City, CA in 1999. At that retreat I had my first taste of yoga. The anxiety of wondering if I would embarrass myself was immediately stifled as the teacher opened class by saying, "this is your yoga, just start where you are". That simple statement allowed me to be okay with where I was at that moment and nearly 20 years later I am now teaching this amazing practice called yoga.

I received my 200 RYT through the amazing Angie Fraley at Yoga Pod Reno. During my teacher training I realized yoga is more than just a physical practice, it's a way of life. The benefits I receive from my practice is positively impacting daily life off the mat.

I love sports and have found yoga helps improve my flexibility and confidence. I use the simple or not so simple, act of conscious, controlled breathing all day. I'm excited to share my passion for yoga and if I can help my fellow humans find a way to calm the noise in their head, I will feel accomplished. I believe the teacher is also the student and I will continue to learn and grow with every person have the privilege to teach.

Although I practice more advanced poses, I plan to teach an all-levels Hatha flow class. For more advanced practitioners, I will offer variations on poses to help you continue to grow. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you.

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Erica LaFrenier

Erica LaFrenier

At the age of 22, Erica LaFrenier began a lifelong study into the healing modalities of Tai Chi and Qigong. More than 20 years later she has discovered that there is much more to learn! The journey into the innermost aspects of ones being is limitless, it's rewards life changing. Erica is a graduate of the Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School's 6 year program and teaches "Liu Dong's Methods." She has been instructing students in their own self-healing discoveries for over 13 years.
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JJ Lee

JJ Lee, M Ed, LADC

is best known as a presenter at world-renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, the largest residential yoga center in the United States. Widely recognized as an inspirational teacher, JJ uses her immense experience, limitless warmth, and a healthy dollop of humor to motivate groups and individuals in her workshops and programs. JJ's unique instructional yoga CD Coffee Breaks: Perfect Yoga for an Imperfect World will be available at all sessions. JJ can be reached for consultations or group events by phone at (775) 335-5625.

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Monica Limon, RYT500

Monica blends her love for the ancient healing system of Ayurveda, the dynamic energies of the doshas, the subtle energies of the chakras with the wisdom of yoga to calm the body, clear the mind and lighten the heart. Monica has been practicing yoga since 1999 and teaching since 2010 – she completed her 500 Hour Teacher Training Program with Kim Orenstein at Yoga Loka in Reno, NV.

"Let's Begin" an article written by Monica on beginning yoga.

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Helen Marotta

Helen has been practicing yoga, tai-chi, and meditation for more than two decades. She completed the Yoga Loka Teacher Training with Kim Orenstein and is also a certified Reiki Master Teacher under Reiki Master Laura Bruno and an Emei Qigong Level 2 training under Grandmaster Fu Wei Zuong. Through Tai-chi (moving meditation), Reiki (energy healing), and yoga Helen practices walking softly and gently on this planet, being fully awake in each and every moment, and enjoying all she encounters as a student and as a teacher on this wonderful journey of life.

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LeeAnn Maynard

LeeAnn Maynard

I started practicing yoga over 20 years ago as a way to feel strong emotionally and physically while coping with anxiety and depression.

I worked with Viniyoga Yoga Therapist Lyn Banas (student of Gary Kraftskow) for 6 years and became a 500 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher with Kathleen Grace-Santor at Stress Management Center of Nevada. I have studied meditation with Khenpo Choying Rabjam Rinpoche through the Dzoghen Lineage and I am currently studying Mindfulness and Meditation with the beautiful Denise Barclay, a Dharma Zephyr Lay Leader and Yoga Teacher here at Yoga Loka.

I am passionate about teaching stress reduction techniques and wellness principles through the practice of yoga and meditation for a higher quality of life. My goal with Mindful Yoga Essentials is to bring students to a place where they can find and trust their inner teacher and to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable, supported and safe.

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Brad Meyer

Brad Meyer

Brad began studying martial arts 20 years ago and within the first few years was introduced to the healing and meditative arts of Tai Chi, Bagua and Qigong. After spending a few years working full time on a computer and experiencing the stress and tension that comes with that his focus began to shift to how these arts could help reduce stress and heal the body. For the last 12 years he has been focused on studying the system of Tai Chi, Bagua and Qigong that is taught by Bruce Frantzis and his students. In 2017 Brad was certified to teach Dragon & Tiger Qigong.

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Amber Molino, RYT

Amber's journey on the hatha yoga path began in 2002 when she took her first yoga class at UNR with Kim Orenstein. She was initially drawn to yoga purely as a form of physical exercise because she already followed another path that nurtured her mind and spirit. Amber was fortunate enough to have been raised an initiate of a branch of jñana yoga: Transcendental Meditation. She quickly discovered that this physical asana practice complemented her 15-year meditation practice perfectly. As she further embraced the yogic philosophy, she found it was one and the same as her TM background. As Amber began to expand her practice, incorporating more vigorous disciplines such as Power and Ashtanga, her love of movement and her need for a healthy lifestyle expanded as well. Admittedly, she was never the athletic type, but through her asana practice, she has found joy and fulfillment in other activities, including hiking, cycling, and skiing. While completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Kim Orenstein at Yoga Loka, she garnered a new passion for the science and mechanics of movement and the body that complements, however diametrically, her university education in the language arts. Her personal practice has evolved tremendously in a short while but she has never forgotten the gift her first class gave her: a love of precise movement coupled with challenging effort, a gift which she offers to all her students.

"Read an Interview with Amber"

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Kimberlee Orenstein, Founding Director, M.S., E-RYT 500

Kimberlee Orenstein, has been a student of yoga since 1993 and is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level. She is the Founding Director of Yoga Loka, Director of Advanced Study TeacherTraining, holds a Master's degree in Exercise Science and has 30+ years experience teaching. Kim's yoga practice began following a knee surgery that suspended her mountain bike racing and professional dancing. She teaches a style of yoga that developed through her many years of study with some of the most well respected western yoga masters of the Krishnamacharia tradition (Astanga, Iyengar and Viniyoga), Rod Stryker (Para Yoga), Lorna Benedict, Erich Shiffmann, Rod Stryker, Shiva Rea plus Forrest Yoga, Yin Yoga (Sarah Powers), Pilates, and Continuum Movement. She is also a certified Yoga of the Heart® instructor, a program that adapts yoga for people with heart disease, cancer and other debilitating disease. Currently Kimberlee's mentor and meditation teacher is Camille Maurine, a world authority on women's creativity and self-care. Kim's classes emphasize the linking of movement and breath and her intention in teaching yoga is to inspire people to discover how to move through life effectively and gracefully by learning to dissolve the disconnections to themselves and others. Her teaching expresses her love of movement and provides opportunities for people to explore themselves - in motion and in stillness.

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Debbie Pinjuv

Debbie Pinjuv

I have spent over 30 years as a student and practitioner of the healing arts, believing in the power of the mind-body connection to achieve health and wellness. When I was diagnosed with a fatal liver disease while finishing my graduate work as a Marriage and Family Therapist, it set me on a path focused on helping other patients as well as myself with holistic healing techniques. My post-graduate work included clinical hypnotherapy, reiki, breath therapy, along with traditional counseling. 

After living with progressive liver failure for seven years, I was given a second chance at life when a liver became available. Ten years after the transplant, I underwent two brain surgeries. While trying to recover from the injuries to my brain, I discovered the healing power of exercise and movement. During this time I discovered the ultimate exercise with the healing power of qigong and tai chi. I practiced Tai Chi’s Yang style long form two hours a day, every day for five years, studying under the guidance of Helen Marotta at Yoga Loka. 

When I discovered tai chi I felt like everything I had worked for and believed in came together in one magical moment. Tai Chi has become a way of life for me. It has helped heal some of my medical issues. It has brought a sense of love and connectedness to my world. I am excited and honored to share the unending wonder of tai chi with others! 

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Haideh Plock

Haideh Plock, DPT, RYT

Haideh’s personal practice extends over 20 years. Realizing the impact yoga has on her physical and mental health she decided to complete a 200 hour yoga teacher training. Haideh has also been a licensed physical therapist since 1993 and uses her knowledge of yoga with her patients and her knowledge of physical therapy in her yoga classes. Haideh’s expertise with anatomy and biomechanics can offer personalized instruction for those with physical limitations or injury. She incorporates pranayama and meditation in her classes and emphasizes the importance of form with asanas to help everyone realize the maximum potential that yoga can offer. 

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Michelle Roberts

Michelle Roberts

Michelle enrolled in her first yoga class 24 years ago and has been a yogi for the majority of her life. She completed a 200 hour Kundalini Research Institute credentialed teacher training program in kundalini yoga and a 200 hour teacher training with White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California. Michelle uses yoga to balance all aspects of her life. She states, "In addition to strengthening the physical body yoga is a vessel that allows me to connect with my breath and my true identity. Yoga is therapeutic and gives people tools to deal with challenges and stressors that are part of life." Unifying body and breath while quieting the mind is Michelle's goal when practicing and teaching yoga. She believes that connecting with the breath is one of the most fundamental aspects of yoga and beneficial in all aspects of our lives. Michelle's classes remind us to energize our bodies while simultaneously nurturing and respecting ourselves.

When not practicing yoga Michelle is caring for her daughter, hiking, camping, biking, travelling, and teaching anthropology. She has taken her own practice to remote villages in Malawi, Africa and Northern Laos and participated in classes in Thailand, Indonesia, India and elsewhere around the world. She says, "No matter where you go, yoga is always with you!" Michelle continues to educate herself on kundalini yoga, yogic asana practices and philosophies.

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Chris Scally

Chris Scally, M.A., RYT-500

Chris completed both the 200 and 500 hour teacher-training programs with Kim Orenstein and has been teaching for four years.  She enjoys practicing Ashtanga, vinyasa flow, and yin styles of yoga, and her classes combine vinyasa flow with an emphasis on the alignment principles of Anusara yoga.  A college professor for many years, Chris is delighted to now be combining her love of teaching with her love for yoga.  The change in Chris's life brought about by yoga recently inspired her daughter to become a yoga teacher also.

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Winifred Wilson

Winifred Wilson

Winifred is a yoga teacher, music executive, writer and blogger who is in awe of the journey of everyday life. She lives in Reno, Maui and on a Rock n Roll tour bus, but mainly relies on her own heart to feel at home. www.winifredwilson.com

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