Yoga V Team
Adriana (Adi) teaches vinyasa style yoga, with an emphasis on alignment and anatomy. Carefully thought out sequences allow for the body to be open and unfold throughout the class. She enjoys putting sequences together that prepare you for focal poses or have a theme such as detox, twists, backbends, hip openers, etc.
She has been teaching since 1996, allowing for a blend of many teaching styles from influential teachers such as: Ana Forrest, Sean Corn, Karthryn Budig and workshops with Baron Baptiste, Kino McKregor and many others over the years. Having been trained in 1995-96, she has a 200 E-RYT. Having taught many teacher trainings over the years, she launched Ashtangasana in 2014, which sells yoga teacher training curriculums around the country. Adi moved here from Chicago area in the spring of 2016 and is so thrilled to be in Grand Junction!
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.
Diana’s class is dynamic and includes complex sequencing. She challenges her students to synchronize breath and building strength though continuous movement. Diana ends her class with Yin-style yoga, long connective tissue stretches through passive yoga poses and meditative breathing for greater mobility and self-acceptance.
Diana has been teaching vinyasa and yin yoga for one year and practicing for eighteen. Diana was inspired by Kest yoga and traditional Ashtanga. She studied with Laura Trachtman and Beata Handler through LifePower Yoga in Houston, TX. Diana received her YT200 certificate in 2017.
Teaching Mantra: Breathe, Energy, Peace
Elise’s classes are great for beginners and the more advanced looking to refine the subtleties of their practice and explore the gentler more spiritual side of yoga. Breath, alignment, deep relaxation and becoming more grounded and embodied are themes in her classes.
Elise Cunningham has been teaching yoga since 2012 and after having a baby in 2016 discovered her love for Prenatal Yoga. She has been practicing for over half her life and grew up in yoga studios. Elise was inspired by her mother who is a 500 E-RYT and certified Yoga Therapist who specializes in working with PTSD in the Washington, D.C. area- where Elise is from. The power of yoga to transform and rewire the brain along with its overall accessibility regardless of physical limitations is what continues to inspire Elise today. Elise is an RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance after receiving her training in Shambhava yoga at Shoshoni ashram outside of Boulder in 2012. In 2017 she received her RPYT designation as a registered Prenatal Yoga teacher from Beloved Yoga in Virginia. She is also an active Birth Doula and Hypno-Doula in the Grand Junction area. She has a background in Yogic philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, Ayurveda, Transcendental Meditation (TM), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and has received a Trauma Informed Yoga teacher certification. She has her BA in Religious Studies with a focus on Eastern Thought from Virginia Commonwealth University which she received in 2015. While at VCU she founded a Mindfulness and Meditation student organization and explored all different types of meditation and yoga. Elise teaches yoga because of how it can meet people exactly where they are, regardless of what phase of life they are moving into or out of and it is that kind of accessibility that makes it such a powerful tool for everyone to live in a much calmer and more peaceful way.
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.
Emily’s classes are slower paced yet powerful and consist of well thought out sequences.
Emily has been practicing yoga for more than a decade, but in wasn’t until she found enso yoga in Montreal that she explored a consistent practice and confirmed her desire to share the gift of yoga with others.
Emily’s true home is by the ocean on the west coast, but after moving across North America she has found that yoga can help her stay grounded no matter where her new home is.
When Emily landed in Grand Junction she was thrilled to discover yoga V, which provided her the space to deepen her personal practice and inspired her to complete her 200 hour RYT in 2017.
Emily believes that yoga provides the opportunity to cultivate patience, compassion and balance in the body, mind and heart, allowing one to move through life with a little more ease. Emily’s classes provide a space to focus on breath, alignment, and intentional practice. She is grateful for the opportunity to share yoga with others, striving to meet students wherever they are, helping them to discover the gifts that yoga has to offer.
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.
Jack primarily focuses on the āsana (physical), the third limb of aṣṭāṅga (eight limbs of yoga), in his classes moving with the flow of prāṇa (breath) between gentle and challenging poses. He has a passion for the ancient yogic language of Sanskrit.
Jack is a devoted Yogi teaching creative Vinyasa Yoga with an emphasis on the subtle flow of energy. He is a RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance after receiving his training from Niki Fitzgerald in 2016. Jack has continued his training through Svādhyāya (self-study) and through a myriad of teachers including Manoj Chalam & Nicolai Bachman.
A seeker his whole life when Jack accidentally found Yoga all the dots began connecting and the stars aligned within. He quickly grew to love playing with the shapes he could create and experience. His passion has been to bring this joy to others shaking up old habits and putting into place a graceful flow of playful creativity. He’s always working on challenging creative flows! His classes offer a variety for beginners to more advanced students to experience their body and mind in new ways.
Lokāḥ Samastāḥ Sukhino Bhavantu
“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”
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 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.
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.
Mirella teaches Gentle Yoga which typically begins with a restorative pose. This gentle class includes dynamic movements—moving in and out of a pose several times before holding it. Gentle Yoga incorporates breath work and prepares you for a short meditation at the end of class.
Mirella began practicing yoga in 2000 and has been teaching Hatha Yoga for 14 years. The first teachers to influence her were teaching Anusara—Rita Knorr, Mitchel Bleier, Sianna Sherman and Tantric philosophy with Douglas Brooks. She became certified in Hatha and Prenatal yoga in 2004 in Chicago. When Mirella moved to Grand Junction, she taught Prenatal and Post Partum Yoga for three years in 2010. In 2013, she began studying Para Yoga with Rod Stryker and has been teaching in this style since 2014. Yogarupa, Rod Stryker, is her greatest influence and she continues to study with him to further her teaching ability and deepen her personal practice. Over the last four years her teaching style and yoga practice has evolved with a focus on pranayama, restorative yoga and meditation. Since deepening her study of Tantra with Rod Stryker, Mirella has a much clearer understanding—most of us are born completely aligned and as we get exposed to the variances of life we become detached from what makes us whole. Her goal is to help students re-weave their lives and become more aligned with their innate sense of purpose. She would like to share with you how connecting with our subconscious mind is most powerful in our everyday lives.
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.
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.
Shayna teaches Kids Yoga in a fun way of playing games, reading, telling stories, and dancing!
Shayna has been teaching Kids Yoga for a year now and has been practicing yoga for about 3 years. After completing kids yoga training with Kidding Around Yoga in October 2016 she saw the difference yoga made and wanted to pursue a higher training of yoga. She completed the 200 hour training with Tess in Spring of 2017 and is currently a RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance. Also has completed training in Massage Therapy and Reiki.
Veronica teaches a 60-minute class that focuses on holding poses before the flow, finding peace amidst the chaos, strength, resiliency, compassion and kindness. Her class is set to music (think indie singer-songwriter) and she wants you to leave better than when you arrived.
Veronica Harvey has been teaching vinyasa yoga for two years and practicing yoga for 15 years. She studied with Tess McInnis at Yoga V in Grand Junction, Colo., where she completed her 200-hour teacher training in the fall of 2015. Veronica continues to be inspired by Tess and fellow Yoga V instructors Amber Seaton and Kaylan Robinson.
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
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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.