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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 mobility 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.”
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Kaylan’s classes are challenging, creative, and guided by the breathe and intentional music.
Her gentle nature energizes students and gives space to challenge your physical, mental, and emotional boundaries while staying true to your body – both on and off the mat!
Kaylan Robinson has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. She is a RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance after receiving her training from Tess McInnis at yoga:Vinyassa in 2014. She is influenced and inspired by her fellow instructors, good music, and any yogis on their mats doing the work!
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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.
Amber enjoys teaching creative sequences in a classic-style Power Yoga class with fun transitions and super sweet jams.
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.
Amber completed her 200-hr RYT training program at yoga V in 2015. She 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.
Cameron is an outdoor enthusiast. She loves rock climbing, trail running, mountain biking, and anything that brings her outside. Cameron has been practicing yoga for five years and is 200HR RYT. She believes that practicing yoga is important because, not only is yoga empowering, but it helps the mind and body achieve inner strength and resilience needed to conquer each day.
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.
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 since 2015. 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.
Gracie teaches Hatha yoga with an emphasis on Deep Stretch. She has been practicing yoga since 2003 and completed her RYT 200 with Yoga V in spring of 2019. She has an M.A. in Coaching Sports Performance from Western Michigan University, with several years of coaching experience in running and mountain biking.
As an athlete, she has spent a lot of time in a Physical Therapist’s office recovering and rehabbing injuries. As a result, her style of yoga is focused on finding peace with your body– accepting where it is right now, centering yourself for growth, and working towards greater flexibility, strength and wholeness.
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.
Jess completed her 200-hour RYT training in 2016 at Rooted Gypsy Farms under Niki Fitzgerald with the desire to deepen her practice and knowledge of yoga. She also wanted to be able to share yoga and its many benefits with others.
Jess finds yoga to be good for the body, mind, and yes, the heart. She encourages you to show up to class whether you are feeling happy, sad, confident, discouraged, energetic, tired, motivated, or frustrated.
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.
Karen was both and raised in California, a beach girl at heart. In 2009, the mountains of Colorado were calling and she and her husband and 2 kids moved to Grand Junction.
Karen started practicing yoga in 1998 while pregnant with her 1st child to help ease lower back pain. She has been an active student ever since.
In 2017, she decided to join the Yoga V family and take the 200 YTT training to become a yoga instructor.
She loves teaching Beginner Flow, Slow Flow and gentle style classes the most. She feels the balance, strength and flexibility that yoga offers is essential at any age.
She loves combining new music and sequences to share with her classes and feels very grateful to be able to share her passion for yoga with others.
Kate began a regular yoga practice in 2004 while attending college in Portland, OR. Yoga has been a constant in her life since then and has had a significant physical, spiritual and emotional impact. As an avid mountain biker, rock climber, and general busy body, yoga has taught her to slow down and to be present in the moment. In pursuit of deepening her practice and sharing the practice with others she completed her RYT 200 training through Yoga:V in the spring of 2019. Her classes are generally a heated vinyassa style flow that are focused on alignment and the body/breath connection while being challenging and engaging.
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!
Lisa came to yoga in 2016, in search of a better way and a respite from the stress and dissatisfaction of the corporate world. At the end of Savasana during her first class, she could feel a shift. She continued to deepen her practice, not knowing it would be an integral part in healing grief after experiencing a personal tragedy.
In November of 2018, Lisa completed the YTT 200 hour certification with Yoga Beyond the Poses, under the guidance of Demi Garner, Sarah Hutchinson and Debra Weller. These teachers continue to inspire and support Lisa as she continues her yoga path.
Lisa feels passionately about sharing the benefits of yoga and helping others cultivate awareness, calm and gratitude through the practice. Lisa knows that by connecting with the breath and moving the body, we can quiet the mind and create joy in any season of life.
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.
Lyndsey is from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She grew up on lakes in the summers and skiing/snowboarding in the winters. She moved to Seattle at 18 and found Bikram Yoga just around the corner from her West Seattle apartment. She didn’t really connect with the yoga; but kept going. After her third class she was hooked!
She has taught ballroom dancing and latin dances hold a special place in her heart. You’ll notice a lot of her playlists have a “dancier” sound to them. She loves choreography and flow classes seem to channel that part of self expression that she craves. Yoga has helped her heal and grow so much!
“I just love having a platform to help encourage people and lift them up emotionally, physically and spiritually.”
Matt’s journey to yoga began as a physical discipline and quickly transformed to a spiritual lifestyle practice connecting mind, body, and spirit. His transformation through yoga motivated him to share the gifts of yoga with others and pursue teaching. He received his RYT 200 from Yoga V in 2019 and is currently pursuing a 300-hour advanced teacher training with Shannon Paige. Matt’s classes are focused on quieting the mind and connecting with the breath. Matt encourages his students to have fun and be free on their mats, continuing to explore all the possibilities yoga has to offer.Matt enjoys teaching to ambient and calming music that provides students an opportunity to connect with their breath, linking asanas, and further deepening their meditation. Matt teaches a power Vinyasa flow style and seeks creative ways to weave in various styles of yoga into his sequences. Above all else, he strives to teach at a level that welcomes all yogis to their mats, regardless of experience. Matt is influenced by many teachers who have guided him along his yogic path including Sabrina Suazo, Kaylan Robinson, Tess McGinnis, and Shannon Paige.When Matt is not teaching or practicing, you can find him hanging out with his dog, family and friends. Matt is deeply passionate about new learning, music, reading, spending time in nature and volunteering his free time at the local animal shelter.
Mimi Donnelly Renner began yoga as a simple thought to try something new and different. It has brought strength, flexibility and balance both on the mat and in life. Over the years her Iyengar yoga practice brought her to complete the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training from 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 as a physical and mental practice. The simple idea has become a main force in life to build a strong body, flexible in thought within a caring, balanced community.
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.
A little about me!
I’m a 200hr-RYT who enjoys nothing more than taking my yoga and fitness off the mat and into the outdoors. I’ve climbed 53 of Colorado’s 58 peaks over 14,000 feet and my goal is to climb them all in my lifetime. I enjoy hiking so much that I’ve combined it with yoga to offer adventure retreats under my business name – Yogi Magee Expeditions. I’m also an avid blogger and lover of photography and my guilty pleasure is a nice porter. My passion is motivating others to lead a healthier more adventurous lifestyle! “Training for life” is my motto and I infuse it to each class I teach. A successful class for me is when my students are left covered in sweat, smiling, and feeling stronger than when they walked in the door. I welcome all levels to my classes and can tailor any workout to any body and having taught up until 37 weeks pregnant I specialize in helping pregnant women maintain a healthy active lifestyle while expecting. When I’m not climbing, hiking, skiing, paddleboarding or teaching yoga you can find me spending time with my husband, daughter and dog or flying the friendly skies as a flight attendant. Visit me in the studio and stay in touch at yogimagee.com!
Trained in power vinyasa yoga, Nora’s flow classes tend to blend solar (higher intensity) and lunar (more restorative) elements throughout the practice, with as much focus on stillness as with movement.
Nora has been practicing yoga since 2009 and teaching since 2019. She is a RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance after receiving training from Yoga V Studio in 2018. In addition to the wonderful and inspiring teachers at Yoga V, she has also been influenced by Jamie Elmer and Shannon Paige.
Nora is committed to yoga being accessible to all and is especially welcoming of people who, like her, have experienced body insecurity or doubt about being able to “do” yoga. In class you can expect her to hold a safe space to “be” and explore, often reminding students that this is your time, your mat and your practice—leaving expectations and comparison at the door. While it’s likely you’ll be strengthened on many levels, she hopes most that you leave class feeling cared for and seen.
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.
Sara teaches a vinyasa style class focusing on proper alignment, linking breath to movement, and finding your edge. Although the emphasis of her practice is power flow, she always incorporates deeper stretching and relaxation throughout her class. After practicing yoga for 7 years, she decided she wanted to deepen her practice and begin teaching.
In 2019, she received her RYT 200 from Yoga V and gained inspiration from her instructors and fellow classmates. As an avid rock climber and outdoor enthusiast, Sara believes yoga is a vital component to keeping the body and mind strong, healthy, and happy through all the various endeavors of life!
Sara has been practicing yoga on and off for the past 18 years but really fell in love with her practice while taking prenatal yoga with her first born in 2012. After prenatal she discovered Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Kundalini while living in a town outside of Mexico City. She has always felt a real connection to the vinyasa flow style classes leading her to take a teacher training at yoga V in early 2019. She is an RYT 200 through Yoga Alliance. Sara teaches heated vinyasa power flow. She enjoys putting a lot of thought and time into her flows and playlists to create more than just a yoga class for her students. She hopes her students will enjoy her classes, take the time to breath and grow in their individual practices. Sara is native to Colorado having lived in Denver, Grand Junction and Fort Collins all of her childhood and young adult life. After college she moved to Mexico and stayed for 15 years! She recently moved back to Grand Junction with her husband and two children to be closer to family. Sara is very thankful to have found the yoga V community! You can follow her on Instagram @saritalayogi
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.
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.
Susie graduated from the yoga V RYT 200 hour Teacher Training program in October 2017.
Although she is new to teaching she has been practicing at yoga V under Tess McInnis Canterbury since 2009.
She decided to become a yoga instructor to share her passion for the practice and help people stay healthy active and flexible as they age.
Having been in health care for over 35 years she knows how important it is to adopt a healthy life style on and off our mats.
Her influences have been a number of instructors at yoga V and other dedicated yogis that bring the same passion to their practice as they do to life.
Susie truly believes that with an open mind and heart, we can learn from everyone we come in contact with.
Tess teaches vinyassa flow classes that focus on finding growth through proper alignment, linking breath to movement, being mindful, and having a little fun! She has been practicing yoga since 2001 and has taught over 2,500 hours since receiving her RYT 200 hour certification in 2006. She has continued her education in everything from anatomy and injury prevention to yoga philosophy and language. Her teaching stems from the influence of Christina Sell, Jamie Elmer, Tiffany Cruikshank, Dice Iida-Klein, and Baron Baptiste.
Growing up, Tess was always playing sports and took to running to help burn energy and feel fit. However, something was missing that she couldn’t quite put her finger on until she took her first class at Baron Baptiste’s studio in Cambridge, MA. It was there that she found her bliss. Not only was she lengthening her muscles, and getting a solid workout physically, but the magic of yoga was changing her life on an emotional/spiritual level as well. It touched upon an aspect of her life that nothing else had. She completely absorbed herself into the practice as a student for 4 years before feeling ready to begin learning to teach others. Since then, she’s enjoyed not only sharing the gift of yoga, but being a witness to her own journey in the practice. Her goal is to meet her students where they are in their journeys. To provide them an experience on their mat that they can take with them into their day-to-day lives, giving them a sense of strength, peace, and freedom.