Amanda Anspach, RYT-200
Amanda just moved to Wheat Ridge from the Bay Area, California. For 12 years, basketball was her main source of movement until a career ending knee injury in 2005. That same injury is what initially led her to yoga.
She did her first 200 hour training in 2012 in Rishikesh, India. Since then, her persistent wanderlust has landed her in nearly 20 countries studying, practicing, retreating, and teaching. In 2015, she also completed the SmartFLOW yoga training with renowned teacher, Annie Carpenter, who she continues to study with.
Amanda's classes are an invigorating blend of alignment and flow. Each class aims to teach students to move intelligently, to heighten self awareness, and most importantly, to increase the peace! Here is what one of her students had to say: "In class, Amanda embodies a unique blend of intensity and calmness, of discipline and relaxed playfulness--a sort of walking embodiment of sthira sukha.
Ana Balzar, RYT-200, LCSW
Ana believes that the journey to healing begins with achieving a sense of connection within ourselves, and that we innately have the tools we need to overcome our obstacles in life. However, sometimes we don’t know how to access our inner healer toolbox, or we get stuck and need guidance through our healing journeys. Ana combines evidence-based approaches and therapeutic yoga to guide her clients towards healing and embodying their authentic selves in every area of their lives.
Nikki Banks, RYT-200
Committed yoga teacher, student, life warrior and self-explorer, Nikki comes from the School of Embodied Poetics, aiming at healing dysfunctional movement patterns. She infuses her body of work with authenticity and love. She guides practitioners to find inner strength and self-acceptance thru challenging & integrative sequences, humor and compassion. She is described by many as a fierce and generous leader. Off the mat Nikki is a devoted wife, business owner and mother of dogs.
Allie Beckmann, RYT-200
For over a decade Allie has been studying and working in the creative and performing arts while simultaneously studying, practicing, and teaching yoga and meditation. She has travelled the country and the world; she is an explorer and a facilitator. Over the years Allie has realized that her mission in both the arts and in yoga are one and the same: to nurture and empower people toward the re-discovery of their most authentic Self, and in turn, to freely and confidently express that True Self. Her teaching style, whether gentle and meditative or a fiery flow, is based around awareness and alignment of the breath, body, mind, and spirit as well as curiosity and play. She teaches primarily in a Hatha/Vinyasa style influenced by her own practice in Anusara, Bhakti, and a bit of Tantra. Allie aims to creatively blend the science of the West with the philosophy of the East in an engaging and loving way that vibrates through the body and mind both on and off the mat. Wahey!
Susan Dalen, RYT-200
Susan began practicing yoga as an avenue to get fit and healthier. She quickly fell in love with the practice and discovered how important yoga was for her physical, emotional, and mental health. Through yoga, Susan has reinvented herself, and has a new life mission supporting others through all of life’s joys, difficulties, and inevitable struggles.
Along with her yoga teacher training from Asana Studio, in Arvada, Colorado, Susan is a certified Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. Through these experiences, Susan works to integrate the mind and body in order to find a renewed sense of health for the entire being, on and off the mat. She loves to teach and thrives on connecting with other yogis and the yoga community. No matter what type of class she is teaching, she emphasizes a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere where yogis can reconnect with themselves and their breath on their yoga mat. Yoga is a constant practice and Susan looks forward to helping yogis find a path that works for them and helps them find their best self.
Anthony Davis, RYT-200
This Colorado native has been an athlete all his life, and it wasn't long before Anthony noticed the profound impact that physical exercise and deep breathing has on the mind and nervous system. Yoga asana (postures) became a gateway to more meditative and philosophical aspects of yoga. While suffering through drug/alcohol addiction these aspects of practice were tested nearly to their breaking point as breath, focus, and non-attachment were the only way through the pains of withdrawal and healing.
Anthony has over 400 hours of training, and over 600 hours of public teaching experience. His first 200hr YTT in 2015 with Scott Anderson at Warrior Academy Yoga taught an unparalleled biomechanical foundation for the physical science of yoga. Graduating his second 200hr YTT from Samadhi Center for Yoga in Spring 2017, Anthony integrated a much subtler, meditative, and healing modality of practice and transmission. He has also studied with world class teachers like David Swenson, and Ana Forrest.
Erin Elston, RYT-200
Erin’s journey with yoga began in 2001 while trying to find methods for working through sports injuries. After becoming RYT200 certified in 2009 and exploring the many modalities of yoga Erin found the beauty in the subtle art of restorative yoga and now focuses on taking yogi’s on a renewing journey of their own.
Kelli Gould, RYT-200
Kelli believes that yoga strengthens the body, calms the mind and awakens the soul. Her own soul was “awakened” in 2006 in the Thousand Islands, NY, where she discovered that yoga was more than just another form of exercise. It became a way of life. Incorporating Live Acoustic Music into her flow brings an added dimension to her class and is immensely popular with her students. Kelli delights in teaching all levels of students, from the first-timer to the advanced practitioner, and absolutely insists on having fun both on and off her mat! “People are stronger than they think they are. Inspiring students to challenge themselves both on and off their mat is the greatest gift I can offer.”
Meghan Hennessy, RYT-200
Meghan Hennessy has been practicing yoga on for the last 11 years. Her love and passion for yoga blossomed 4 years ago after she attended a yoga retreat in Costa Rica where for the first time she felt the healing aspects of a consistent yoga and meditation practice. As a licensed clinical social worker, she immediately wanted to bring these aspects to the lives of others. Her teaching style combines meditation and pranayama with movement to encourage flexibility, strength and mindfulness. She aims to lead classes that are supportive, inspiring, and accessible to all students.
Jes Kimak, LCSW, RYT-200
Jessica’s first experience with yoga was an MTV yoga DVD back in high school. She took some time to fall into a deeper practice but when she did it helped cure a back injury she developed in college. She brings her love for neuroscience into every class combining science and the “spiritual stuff” in beautiful ways that brings students walking away from class feeling more connected to their body, mind and spirit. She has training in Kids yoga through Young Warriors and Trauma Informed Yoga through Street Yoga. She loves teaching yoga to all ages as a tool to connect to the mind in deeper ways.
Alexi Neal, RYT 200
When I was 12 years old, my mom and I started practicing yoga in our living room, with DVD's of Rodney Yee. Yoga quickly became an addiction! Even through my teenage and college years, I always came back to yoga to reconnect with myself and challenge both my body and mind so overcome any obstacle.
I was certified to teach in 2012, and since then I have developed a mindful vinyasa style, that calls on students to embrace their body wisdom and connect to the deeper parts of themselves that we spend too much time shoving away. Yoga can be challenging and it can be sweet; it can be a comfort and it can take us out of our comfort zone. I encourage students to call on the energy they need from the practice, every time they show up on the mat.
I believe that yoga is lifelong learning practice. I continue to grow through my education in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, and from the many amazing teachers in the Denver area.
When I am not teaching I love to hike, practice yoga as much as possible, play with my kitties and read just about anything.
Emily Powers, Owner, RYT-500, E-RYT 200, POUND Pro®
Emily has been practicing yoga for over 16 years, taking her first class in high school. She taught her first class at 18, and became an RYT-200 in 2010, completing her teacher training at Asana Studio under Jenn Stewart.
In 2011, Emily took a 100-hr Anusara Immersion with Amy Ippoliti, and in 2014 she completed a Yoga Nidra teacher training with Jeremy Wolf. She graduated from the 500-hr Yoga Alliance approved teacher training in 2015 at Samadhi Center for Yoga & Meditation studying under Beth Sanchez, Hansa Knox, Cheryl Deer, Jeremy Wolf, and many others.
In every class she teaches, she offers laughter, safety, challenge, and joy. Yoga is so much more than just a sequence of poses, and Emily's goal as a teacher is to help each student find inspiration to pursue their own practice. She's taught yoga to beginners since 2010, and loves welcoming EVERYone to the mat.
Jenn Stewart, E-RYT, RPYT
Born and raised in Colorado, Jenn has been teaching Yoga since 2006 and practicing since 1998. Falling in love with an alignment focused practice, the amazing flow of a vinyasa practice & the spirituality of Bhakti yoga, Jenn has developed a style that combines all with the ultimate goal of always finding the best in her students. Each class will have a different theme and focus so that students of all levels can find their divine centers and soar from their hearts. Jenn challenges her students to learn about their bodies and understand that there are no limitations just different expressions of poses. Her active flow and alignment classes will move with intensity and grace but still hold true to the roots of alignment. Jenn also teaches prenatal and postnatal yoga, toddler yoga and has been blessed to have written and been director for two 200 hour Yoga alliance certified teacher training programs in the Denver area. Jenn’s mantra has always been simple, “Teach and learn with the heart!”
Nikki Sutton, RYT-200
Nikki first stepped onto the yoga mat in 2004 and fell quickly in love with the practice. Inspired to help others to realize the joy, gratitude, and self-awareness yoga helped her find, she has studied under various yoga teachers and taught at locations since 2007, both in the Washington, D.C. area and here in her home state of Colorado. In addition to being a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), Nikki also practices Thai Yoga Massage, an integrative form of bodywork that fosters wellness of one’s whole being.