Yoga V Team
Dannys classes are subtly intense with a progressive flow that allow the students to go deeper into their physical practice.
Danny Poulson has been teaching vinyasa styled yoga since 2009 and has been practicing hatha and vinyasa since 1999. Danny first discovered yoga while racing bicycles at Mesa-State College in 1999. He found that the amazing benefits were the perfect complement to a rigorous training schedule and fast-paced life.
Danny is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance after receiving his training from Yoga V in 2009.
Throughout the years, Danny has been influenced and inspired by Rodney Yee, Baron Baptiste, Tessa Canterbury and our wonderful yoga community. With a strong focus on breath, Danny’s classes will help to calm the mind while giving the physical body an intense and detoxifying workout.
When teaching yoga, Debra guides gentle movement paired with precise breath to soothe and quiet your mind, strengthen and stabilize your body, and touch your inner wisdom.
Debra fell in love with yoga after she experienced savasana for the first time in 1975. Since that time, she has had the opportunity to study with many gifted teachers including Yogarupa Rod Stryker, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Cate Stillman. Debra’s own experience of healing arthritis, burnout, and anxiety, inspires Debra to teach others how to do the same through the power of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda. Debra is a certified Para Yoga teacher and RYT 500. She is happy to share the wisdom of yoga and Ayurveda with you, so that you too can live a life of purpose, vibrant health, and joyful ease.
Elizabeth teaches with an emphasis on the breath and having compassion for the body. She loves to teach to kirtan and traditional Indian music.
Elizabeth has been teaching vinyasa style yoga for 3 yrs and has been practicing consistently for 9 yrs. Even after all these years, each time she steps onto her mat it is always a new discovery into the mind, body, and spirit.
Elizabeth’s practice has evolved over the years from a demanding physical asana practice to more of a devotional and seva (service) based practice as seen in traditional Bhakti and Jivamukti practices but it still includes the physical asana practice of vinyasa. She loves learning about all the different types of yoga practices out there and acknowledges each serves a purpose.
Elizabeth was inspired to take her yoga practice to a deeper level of understanding after recovering from numerous surgeries (neck, hip, and shoulder) and decided to do a teacher training.
Elizabeth’s first yoga teacher was Tess McInnis, whom she received her 200 RYT from in January 2014. Elizabeth is also a follower of the teachings of Annie Pace (Ashtanga Yoga), Saul David Raye (Bhakti Yoga), Sharon Gannon (Jivamukti Yoga), and Janet Stone (Bhakti Yoga).
Elizabeth completed a 30 hr Budakon yoga training with Cameron Shayne. She has completed numerous trainings on alignment and working with injuries with Jamie Elmer among many others. Elizabeth is also constantly seeking out workshops & training on yoga traditions, philosophy, and Sanskrit.
Elizabeth’s belief is that our yoga practice is simply preparation for meeting life’s greatest challenges with ease and grace. She believes that yoga is a vehicle for self-discovery and a journey that teaches us to connect with our breath and body. She challenges her students to practice from the heart and to tune into what the body is telling them. Yoga isn’t about perfection or touching your toes. Yoga is about embracing where you are and what you can do now and being present in this moment.
In Goose’s class, you will begin with intention and mindful breathing, connecting breath, mind, and body. She will not only challenge you physically, but will also challenge you to open your hearts and minds to possibility, growth, and the ability to find comfort in the not so comfortable.
Goose is a military veteran turned yogi! She has been practicing yoga for over 3 years now, and teaching for 2 years. She loves to teach any and all yoga, including Basics/All abilities Beginner Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Trauma Informed, and adaptive yoga.
Goose received my 200RYT Certificate through Life Power Yoga, and has received additional training through workshops including deep opening and alignment; as well as a trauma informed yoga workshop/training through Warriors for Healing, focusing on yoga for veterans.
Goose was influenced in part by her RYT instructors, but feels that she is influenced most by her students. She wants her students to believe in themselves and to know that they are enough. Life is made up of moments, lets embrace the best of them, and let go of the rest.
Jess classes are for everyone, regardless of ability or experience. While Jess may have a reputation for being loquacious, she likes to break away from this norm and create a space that gives guidance through the poses while still allowing for some quiet movement and stillness. The practice, be it a vinyasa flow or deep opening, will help you wind down or become energized, depending on what you need.
Jess started practicing yoga ten years ago in Oakland, California, out of mere curiosity. She found yoga to be very grounding, a feeling which she rarely experienced outside of being in nature, where unfortunately she could not always be as a busy full-time nutritionist in a cubicle. Since then she has always sought a way to practice however it fits into her life, from taking classes in her friend’s parents’ living room to organizing a class for staff at the health clinic at which she worked.
Jess no longer works in a cubicle, but yoga continues to complement her role as a nutritionist at CMU as well as her work in farming and other manual labor, sparing her from injury and giving her strength to do anything from pruning peach trees to pouring concrete. Perhaps most importantly, yoga helps tame Jess’ fiery side and gets her through the ebb and flow of life.
Julie teaches a style of yoga which focuses on alignment based mindful movement while creating a balance between grounding and uplifting energies. She began practicing yoga in 1998, 2 years after an accident which left her physically limited. Initially practicing yoga to regain movement she quickly realized the benefits extended well beyond the physical and into the psycho-emotional and energetic levels, and then she was hooked! The physical limitations melted away as her spirit lifted.
Julie received her 200 hour teaching certificate in 2013 at yoga V.Her thirst for knowledge led her to continue the journey and receive a Level One Yoga Therapy certificate from IYT and TIYT certificate (Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy) in 2015. She also is a certified SUP Yoga Instructor (Stand Up Paddle Board). She has a passion for the outdoors and adaptive sports and teaches adaptive yoga to people with disabilities. In her classes you can expect a grounded practice with a focus on balancing breath, strength, awareness and connection. “I have been blessed by many outstanding and impactful teachers, however my greatest teachers have been nature, life and my children.”
Julie Schmalz teaches mostly heated power vinyasa classes. When you come onto your mat in one of Julie’s classes you can expect for the time to fly by as you will be moving and creating heat through dynamic breath centered flows to some upbeat music. Julie teaches well rounded flow classes that guide students to build heat, lengthen and strengthen body and mind. In her own practice, she loves to not only become more mindful from verbal cues but also adjustments so you can expect that in the classes she teaches.
She has been practicing yoga since 2004 and just celebrated her seventh yogaversary as an instructor at Yoga:V. Julie came to yoga, as many do, to improve her physical health and was inspired to stick with the practice for everything else it added to her busy life as a mother of four, wife and full time educator. Yoga truly inspires Julie to be more mindful of her body and mind, on and off the mat. Julie graduated from her 200 hour teacher training in 2010 and has been teaching and continuing to learn and improve her practice and instruction ever since. Julie has been inspired by many teachers including Tiffany Cruickshank, Kathryn Budig and Sean Corne but her main inspiration is her daughter Mallory Hainey.
Kolles classes are challenging, yet filled with a sense of being light-hearted. She uses creative sequencing and excellent verbal cues to keep her students present and engaged.
Kolle Baca began her yoga journey and practice in the spring of 2006, and has been a certified instructor, teaching actively since August 2010. Kolle teaches all yoga styles offered in this studio, with her primary focus on Heated Vinyasa Flow. Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement,” and Vinyasa yoga is a series of poses that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling. Through challenging movement, flowing from one pose into another, students will enjoy an emphasis on the meditative quality of yoga by redirection of attention to the breath. This assists in re-establishing our natural state of “living-in-the-moment”. Kolle is a self-proclaimed “health nut” and has always maintained a healthy life style by eating clean, organic foods, and participating in different modes of exercise. When Kolle was in her early 40’s, she was waking up each morning with pinching back pain. She had surrendered to justifying this ache as a “getting-older” thing. Enter YOGA into the life and bam! Yoga not only helped to diminish the back pain, it also became clear that yoga was much, much more than just your average exercise regimen. Though Kolle’s body transformed physically in strength and flexibility in a very short period of time, it was through the practice of putting the attention on the breath that unlocked the experience of “calm” even in the midst of chaos. Her goal is to welcome students on the mat for physical, mental and spiritual healing and a little yoga fun!
Lindsay teaches a vinyasa flow inspired class integrated with words of inspiration and encouragement. Yoga had always been an activity familiar to Lindsay growing up, but more in the sense of exercise than an evolving personal practice. As time went on Lindsay observed her close friend’s (YV students/teachers) growth, transformation and love for the practice and after much encouragement, Lindsay began to attend as well. This was 4 years ago and since this time, Lindsay has experienced the transition of yoga as a “doing” to more of a “being.” This is what really intrigues and inspires her and ultimately led her to complete the YTT through yoga V.
Lindsay has been greatly influenced and supported by Sheri, Kaylan, Tess and Rhiannon, their teaching styles, talents and insights.
As an instructor, Lindsay is committed to bring vulnerability, healing and passion to her students.
Lori’s classes are vinyasa in style and she loves to explore the poses with mindful breath and transition, moving from one pose to another in a variety of ways. She tries to keep her classes fresh, fun, challenging and even a little funky.
Lori also teaches Gentle Flow, where she enjoys slowing the practice down and helping students find the freedom and bliss in simple movements.
Lori started practicing yoga in 2000 in the gym setting. She then went on to explore other yoga studios and various styles of yoga. She found yoga V in 2008, where she received her RYT 200.
Lori has attended over 50 hours in continued ed courses on Injury Prevention, Anatomy, Yoga Philosophy, Sanskrit, etc. Her favorite teachers and influences are the students and her fellow teachers at yoga V. Learning is an exciting and continual process and she feels blessed to be a part of the yoga V Community.
Lori has been physically active for many years. She spent over 20 years as a runner and working out at the gym. Yoga brought an aspect of balance, tuning into an awareness of the body and mind that requires breath as the connection between the two.
Lori hopes her students leave class feeling energized, strong, light and open in their bodies as well as in their minds.
Lori Raper teaches a fusion of Anusara and Vinyasa style yoga, which makes her style of teaching geared toward alignment and opening to Grace while encouraging flowing with the breath.In her class you can expect to be challenged within your physical ability and be given verbal and physical cues to help you to deepen your practice. She has been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2001. She has over 500 hours of teacher training including two level one trainings and a yoga therapy training with her Guru, Anthony Bogart, and a therapy training with Douglas Brooks. Lori loves to learn more about yoga and different styles and frequently attends trainings and workshops in order to bring new knowledge back to her classes
Mathews classes are typically slower in pace as alignment and breath awareness is emphasized.
Mathew McRobbie is a Colorado native and has been practicing and teaching Hatha yoga for two years. Being drawn not only to the physical asana practice but also the philosophical side of the practice Mathew decided to attend the Shambhava Yoga 200 hour training in 2015. Shambhava yoga is deeply rooted through a lineage of teachers with their emphasis on meditation and the subtler side of yoga. His teacher training experience transformed not only his yoga practice, but his approach to every aspect of life.
Since becoming 200hr certified with the Yoga Alliance, he has taken Level Two trainings in vinyasa, arm balancing and inversions.
While growing as a student and a teacher, Mathew has incorporated both hatha and vinyasa flow into his practices and he feels that both bring challenges that open us up for growth both physically and mentally. Through the use of breath and internal awareness, the student will begin to shift into a state of being that is focused on the present moment while continuously working to surrender the processes of the thinking mind which lives in the past and future.
His goal is to offer an experience that is nurturing and from the heart. He hopes to share the opportunity to transform, deepen and increase the level of peace and joy in one’s life. His overall approach emphasizes gentle unfolding and growth over time, without expectation on certain levels of achievement.
Mimi Donnelly Renner began yoga as a journey, seeking a way to manage chronic shoulder pain. It has brought her strength, flexibility and balance both on the mat and in her life. Her Iyengar yoga practice over the years brought her to complete the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with the Academy of Yoga with Monica Cullinane in 2016. She continues to study with her longtime teachers who have greatly influenced her practice of gentle yoga.
Her teaching style incorporates the knowledge and wisdom through her experience both as a student and teacher. She assists individuals with learning and understanding the fundamentals of yoga both as a physical and mental practice. Her goal is for individuals to leave her class feeling energized, refreshed and balanced as they leave their mats.
Monica’s classes are both gentle and spiritual in nature.
Monica is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher & Trainer with Yoga Alliance & Iyengar Yoga certified. She has practiced yoga for 2 decades and has taught since 2001 in Grand Junction and New York.
In 1998, Monica traveled to India to study with BKS Iyengar, Geeta, and Prashant Iyengar. She has studied at the International Iyengar Institutes in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Florence, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Los Angeles, Denver, and New York.
In 2000, she completed 6-1/2 weeks training in Australia. In 2001, after attending the Yoga Odyssey with Geeta Iyengar in Pasadena, CA, she came to Grand Junction for teacher training where she earned her 200-hour certificate.
Her teaching style is a distillation of her intensive studies, where she imparts to her students the wisdom gained through course work, practice and dedication.
Monica is also a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach, a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC, and is trained in all the different dietary theories, eastern and western nutrition, modern health issues, personal growth and development, and health counseling. Monica is also certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. With a private practice in Grand Junction since February 2010 called “Integrative Wellness Today” she works with clients in person, and over the phone or the internet, she also offers wellness workshops for corporations.
A loving mother of two children, she teaches health, nutrition, and yoga to fulfill her passion for helping people to live a healthier and happier life.
She is currently working on a project now with Anodea Judith, Ph.D., world-renowned author and educator on the psychology of the chakra system to bring it forth into the world.
Nykole’s restorative yoga class delivers what you’d expect with lengthy and supported poses working through breath and awareness. Nykole always adds an element of interest by continually asking you to PLAY with the subtle and dynamic interplay between engagement and surrender because aliveness takes both. As a spiritual teacher and holistic coach Nykole is an astrology student of Beatrex Quntanna, who’s coined Sky Powered Yoga. It’s a simplistic moving meditation system rooted in wisdom about the moon’s cycles. Nykole loves to embellish it, helping to make each student feel met with what they most need in this very moment-on earth, under the moon.
Nykole Coombs, RYT, LMT, is an engaging and experienced 200-hour certified Yoga Teacher. For twenty-three years she’s a practicing yogini and clearly remembers getting hooked in the headstand, during a restorative class provided through college, her freshman year. Her yoga practice keeps her sane as a mamma of boys, three and five years old, as well as keeps her vital as a bodyworker, specializing in Cranial Sacral Therapy and Thai Yoga Massage, since 2000. In all that she does, Nykole is passionate about the study and form of awareness and how it leads to embodied empowerment. A Sociology and Women’s studies graduate of CU Boulder, Nykole is back to her Colorado roots after being immersed in San Diego’s yoga culture for seventeen years. Nykole’s favorite teachers touch her beyond the confines of style as she is drawn to clear, compassionate and creative leaders-and facilitates in the like. Nykole enjoys a challenging Astanga flow class as much as a slow and steady Iyengar practice. With inspiring Anusara mentors, Nykole finds its practice to a beautiful balance of strengthening and opening and uses it to keep her heart open and light. Nykole views Anusara as the blending of Astanga and Iyengar and settled into a Grand Junction based training program that honored this model, through the Academy of Yoga, with Monica Cullinane, Her favorite was the four hours of each weekend dedicated to an Iyengar form of restorative yoga. As a bodyworker Nykole works with hundreds of athletes, many yogis like herself, who despite a committed practice have suffered longstanding physical pains, often originating within a yoga practice. Nykole understands therapeutic fundamentals and the need for a restorative yoga practice to compliment vinyasa yoga and optimize the possibilities of healing through physical alignment and subtle energetic connectedness.
Students can expect a slow start to their class, focusing on breathing and setting intentions quickly heating up and moving into quicker power style yoga by mid-way through the class, with creative current day music selections. Rhia cues her students through a variety of poses and offer modifications for all levels of students, providing a safe and compassionate environment to practice yoga. All of the cues offered are simply an invitation with the belief that the student know what is best for their body if they are willing to listed and tap into their own body’s needs. Class will end with an inspirational quote to carry out into the world.
Rhia has been teaching with Yoga V for just over three years and have been practicing for over 12 years. She originally got into yoga for the physical benefits and quickly found the meditative and introspective benefits to outweigh the physical. Yoga V has provided me with a safe and encouraging community to further my practice and share my knowledge and experience with others. Rhia stumbled across yoga in college at the Mesa State College, in the form of intermural Hatha classes and practiced as well as taught for years through the college. After graduating she was turned on to Yoga V by a close friend and quickly fell in love with the Vinyassa style. After her pregnancy yoga was the only thing that really boosted her weight loss as well as provided a form of interpersonal therapy.
Rhia obtained her 200 hour yoga certification through Yoga Vinyassa in 2015. Her biggest influences have been Baron Baptise and her instructing teacher Tessa. Yoga is her therapy and Rhia strives to offer a safe and compassionate environment for yogis of all levels to practice and deepen their assanas with the opportunity of finding inner peace.
Sarah teaches a gentle restorative styled class. She also teaches monthly Yoga Nidra classes.
Sarah Hutchinson R.N. RYT 500, AYS, believes that “Yoga is more than the poses.”
The challenges of our accelerated pace of life are beautifully met by yoga. Living with balanced energy, grace and skill are hallmarks of the yoga Sarah teaches. The movement of the body in yoga is most enlivened when supported by the breath. As body and breath move, the mind is calmed and steadied. The result is deep vitality, balance and ease. As a registered nurse of more than 30 years, Sarah is skilled in helping you thrive with Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science. Ayurveda is a time-tested system of healing, and Sarah has found it to be a perfect compliment to Western medicine. Ayurveda is hard to say, but easy to do! As an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, Sarah can teach you simple ways to nurture yourself to greater health.
Our busy minds can drive us crazy. Worry and confusion weaken our memory and impact sleep, relationships and productivity. Learning to rest deeply, releasing tension and experiencing new energy is one of Sarah’s offerings through Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra.
Meditation, that elusive practice that creates deep insight and peace, is part of yoga beyond the poses. Our minds are complex and can turn against us causing anxiety, depression and distraction from what really matters. Sarah learned meditation from her teacher, Rod Stryker, one of the world’s best-known meditation teachers. After years of “flunking” meditation, Sarah had almost given up when she met Rod. He taught her to meditate, and now Sarah loves to teach others the simple dance of the breath and mind that lead to a calm, steady and invigorated state inviting deep joy to life.
Sarah often describes yoga is the ancient science of the regulation of the nervous system. If your nervous system is frayed, worn out or imbalanced, the yoga Sarah teaches may be a perfect fit for you
Find out more at www.yogawisdomwellness.com
Sarah’s yoga journey started when a friend invited her to a class at yoga:Vinyassa in 2009 and she hasn’t looked back since. She received her certification through yoga:Vinyassa in 2011, and continues to absorb as much knowledge as she can whenever possible. Her classes are generally an uptempo flow and focus on strengthening the body, while also embracing the mental benefits of practicing yoga.
Sarah’s goal is to help anyone looking for a more fit lifestyle to understand yoga as an integral part of that process. While she firmly believes that practicing yoga on its own is powerful, she also sees it as a strong complement to a healthy diet, and other forms of physical activity.
Sparky’s classes are concise and challenging, always keeping you present on your mat.
Sparky Moir Sears teaches classical Hatha yoga, with an emphasis on connecting the mind, body, and breath through alignment-based and creatively-sequenced flows.
Sparky has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and has been teaching since 2010. She received her RYT 500 Yoga Alliance certification at the Mount Madonna Center in March, 2012, where she studied under Baba Hari Dass and taught at the center’s yoga teacher training program.
Inspired by Vinyasa flow teachers and with a background in dance, her knowledge of the human body and imaginative sequencing provide for a safe yet challenging yoga practice.
Sparky skillfully blends asana with pranayama, meditation, and mindfulness to guide you as you rediscover the spirit and grace present within us all.
Amber moved from her hometown of Overland Park, KS, to Grand Junction in 2009, where she started practicing hot yoga for the first time at yoga V. It was not love at first “sweat”; however, the challenge kept her coming back. Finding mental, physical and spiritual rewards, her practice became a priority. Initially, she was simply looking to sustain and support a physically fit lifestyle – something to compliment her weekly cardio and strength-training program. But in 2012, she suffered a life-altering, traumatic event.
She moved from Grand Junction to Denver to focus on repairing, rebuilding and nurturing her two children and herself. She returned to Grand Junction a year later, and what she discovered after several months of consistent practice isn’t anything she could have predicted. Yoga became a remedial process — a spiritual, inward mission of healing and an outward desire to serve. After completing the 200-hr RYT training program at yoga:V in 2015, she enjoys teaching creative sequences in a classic-style Power Yoga class with fun transitions and super sweet jams.
Amber is constantly curious about and eager to learn other disciplines of yoga, but the Vinyasa style – linking breath with movement — is where she feels most inspired. She is influenced by highly devoted teachers like: Jamie Elmer, Baron Baptiste, Tessa McInnis Canterbury, Annie Carpenter and numerous practitioners who show up on their mat with sincerity and dedication. Today, Amber seeks to share the knowledge and depth of yoga with students of all ages and abilities. She is currently developing a program with District 51 to incorporate yoga into the elementary physical education curriculum and has taught over 800 kids throughout various elementary schools in Grand Junction. She incorporates a playful, balanced, thoughtful blend of both pranayama and asana into her classes, and is committed to being a life-long student of meditation and injury-free movement.