Teacher Bios

Steffi

As a self-proclaimed outsider to yoga and now ten years in — this practice alone has led to the most transformative growth and personal development I could have ever imagined.

Yoga has helped to cultivate a more mindful approach to my every day and has served as a reliable source of strength through even the most difficult times.

Earning 200-hr RYT certification in Southeast Asia last summer, I studied under yoga instructors and swamis from all over, exploring the spectrum of styles from Ashtanga to Iyengar, Kundalini to Vinyasa. From this a world’s view on yoga philosophy & teaching style was developed.

Inspired most by breath-to-movement connectivity, my classes are gentle, vinyasa-based and rooted in the idea that the personal practice of yoga is a resource that should be made accessible to EVERY curious body. Expect to be welcomed whole-heartedly regardless of level or background and to leave feeling challenged, maybe even changed.

Off the mat, you can find me runsetting the city and mountains of Colorado, photographing the days away, plotting my next big adventure abroad and leading karma yoga weekly with the residents of The Delores Project.

Liz Layne

Liz Layne is a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 and Leadership Coach based in Denver, CO. She teaches many styles of Yoga in the Denver area, including Yin, Vinyasa, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra. With a focus on the mind, body, and breath connection, Liz guides wellness-curious adults as they explore the practice of yoga + meditation to create balance and harmony within the many aspects of their lives. Liz’s classes are open to all bodies, any level of experience, and new yogis are welcomed!

Yoga found Liz in 2004. As she began practicing Yoga regularly, Liz quickly realized that there was a connection between how often she made it to the mat, and how often she showed up authentically in life, as her best self. If you ask Liz, she describes this feeling as if “a light was shining into every corner of my being.” Through practice Liz began to understand the power of healing available within the union of mind, body, and breath.

As a teacher, Liz is grateful for her Yoga practice and the ability to share the gift of Yoga. In her words, “Yoga continues to teach me that with simple and intentional actions performed regularly, we have the power and opportunity to shine light into all of the dark spaces. This is Yoga practice. And how fortunate we are that we can return to our practice each day, both on and off the mat. If you ask me, Yoga saves lives.”

Visit her website for more: www.lizlayne.yoga

Kimmy

Kimmy loves to share her smile with all those she meets. She moved from the Bay Area, in California in 2000, thinking she’d be here for a year, and 18 years later, calls Colorado her home. She has always loved anything with movement, like hiking, surfing, and teaching fitness classes, but around 2013, she started feeling a calling to go deeper in her spiritual practice.  In 2015, she received her RYT 200, and is currently in the process of her 300 RYT. She believes that teaching must come from the heart, with authenticity and truth. She always creates a welcoming and loving environment in all her classes and expresses the importance of living one’s purpose. She likes to incorporate meditations in her yoga, because she’s learned, through her own practice, that meditating can help encourage growth of the physical and spiritual self.  Kimmy is also a Buti instructor as well as fitness instructor.  She loves seeing her students evolve and connect with the divine, that lives within us all. Catch her Buti Yoga classes on Saturdays at 10:30am as well as her moon ceremonies during different times of the month. “Yoga means union. That is, you begin to experience the existence as yourself” ~Sadhguru

Arynn

Arynn, Director of RiNo Yoga Social & trauma-informed RYT, is on a mission: a mission to share the joy of yoga! Originally, yoga introduced itself to her in 2009 while she was a contemporary dancer. After transforming herself from an overstressed dancer into a human who could finally experience peace & healing, she began her unapologetic love affair with yoga. By early 2012, she was living in sunny Arizona and training to receive her yoga certification. In 2016, she then became a trauma-informed instructor and settled in Colorado. Nowadays, yoga is one of her daily cravings! Fresh, fun, contemplative, soulful, & sweaty Yoga is what she shares. Vinyasa is her main jam & her private class specialty is in trauma-informed yoga for anxiety, stress alleviation, and PTSD symptom management. In an overstimulating, stress-filled world, Arynn believes everybody deserves yoga, in some form, in their life. Her current clients describe her as having a uniquely therapeutic voice that is helpful for restorative visualizations and getting yogis into their flow state. Arynn would love to welcome you, at any level of experience, to come play with yoga, breathe deeply, practice yogic yamas, & find peace of mind on your mat in our community studio, RiNo Yoga Social!

Isabel

Isabel is a writer, teacher and professional healer. Her brand, Purejoojoo, is the result of over 25 years of Understanding. Since the age of 17, she couldn’t understand why people made her think she needed to be anyone other than who she is. And as she continued to experienced Life, she began to understand the only difference between when she was feeling depressed and alone and when she was feeling full of confidence and joy was a thought. Which is how she learned how to heal her thoughts by understanding the Power of the Mind and the Breath. Which is how Purejoojoo came to be. Purejoojoo is the Understanding of Who You Are. Not who think you think you should be. Because your mind and your breath can be for you too. And this is what Isabel teaches you how to do. So you can live the life you have always wanted for you too. So you can live your life being comfortable and confident being you. Come experience a Purejoojoo Session for you too!

Alex

Alex leads her students towards stronger bodies and softer hearts through detailed and deep cues, intelligent sequencing, and a focus on actions and drills that will have you lighting up hard-to-fire muscles. Her enthusiasm for alignment and biomechanics is infectious. If you’ve never been excited about a thighbone before, beware: you might be upon walking out of her class! In her class, you can expect strong, detailed holds, deep melts, and the delicious feeling of more overall strength and suppleness in your body. Alex views this practice not just as medicine for the body, but as a mechanism to align more deeply with heart and spirit.

Brittany

Brittany is a teacher of subtlety. Her classes threads breath, detail, and focused mind through steady holds and slow, fluid flows. Britt’s love of metaphor and visualization create pathways into a meditation on the depth available in each experience. You can expect to explore new movement, inspire curiosity, and leave your mat feeling grounded and centered. Britt believes that the practice of yoga can awaken us to the choice we have in each moment and that inside of these moments, there exists endless possibility to create.

Naomi

Naomi is a RYT-200 and the Founder of Black Bear Yoga LLC. She is a Denver native who is passionate about making yoga more accessible to diverse communities and more specifically communities of color. She specializes in Vinyasa Trap Yoga as well as Restorative R&B classes. Through her own experiences as a yogi, she has found it hard to find an environment that she feels culturally connected to through her yoga practice, which has helped mold the vision she has today. Her mission is to support other individuals on their own yoga journeys regardless of their level of experience. Denver’s Black Yogi Bear is here to change the face of yoga for people of color in Denver, CO. She spends her time working with students and exposing them to yoga at an early age in hopes of building up our future yogi leaders. She has a strong support team, which includes her family, friends and community members who are always cheering her on as she continues to take steps towards accomplishing her personal and professional goals.

Samantha

Samantha, originally from near Philadelphia, has been a practicing RN for over 10 years, with enhanced education as a Cannabis Nurse.

She has helped and saved more people than she can count over the years as an RN, and wouldn’t trade any of it. However, as Samantha says, “When you work in the healthcare system this long, you start to see the broken pieces, and how the broken pieces create a broken system. This isn’t healthcare. It’s sick care.” Samantha is ready to begin the transition from “sick care” to wellness, and share her knowledge of yoga, pranayama, meditation, and cannabis with the RYS community. Samantha recently traveled to Bali, Indonesia and obtained her Yoga Alliance 200 RYT. Formally trained in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Samantha creates unique flows that will leave you feeling refreshed and reconnected.

Samantha’s regular classes will focus on a Vinyasa style opening-connecting breath to movement, and ending with restorative yin-connecting mind to body. During the yin portion, Apothecanna CBD lotions will be utilized during optional hands-on adjustments. As a Cannabis Nurse, Samantha has a unique understanding of the relationship of CBD to the human body, and loves to share her knowledge!

Come unwind Monday’s at 7:00pm!

Drewsilla

Drewsilla completed her 200 Yoga Teacher Training in March of 2019, having studied at Kindness Yoga in Denver, under the loving guidance of Jen Capps and Jordan Smiley. Having found yoga in 2012 during a crippling depression, this practice has completely changed – and continues to change – her life, especially as a witchy, queer, nonbinary, transgender woman. Drewsilla believes that a regular yoga practice is complete magick, and is here to share that transformative magick with the world at large.  A trauma-informed teacher, she creates safer spaces for others to explore healing and embodiment in their own right.  Her work has inspired many to begin taking their space in this world. Check her out on social media, or email her at giraffe.magick@gmail.com any questions! #GiraffeMagick #TakeUpYourSpace

Alexi

Alexi Neal is a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Certified Yoga Teacher, and Reiki Master that offers a unique path to transformation through profound awareness, acceptance and individual wisdom. These tools, engaged through our bodies in our physical practice, help to regulate the nervous system, grounding and harmonizing the discordant forces that often leave us feeling anxious and exhausted. She has applied this methodology to working with trauma survivors, anxiety and overwhelming stress in both individual and group settings. Her hobbies include crafting, hiking, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and reading -usually 3 books at a time! Visit her website here: nealcounselingandyoga.com

Erin

I am Erin and I work with sound, vibrations and frequencies in order to achieve body/mind liberation and energetic reintegration to balance our systems and create a sense of well-being. I offer space to shift into altered states where we are more easily able to interact with and understand our subtle energy bodies. When we come together, we create a intricate supportive, expansive field of coherent expression that allows each of us to tap into dimensions, energies, and abilities that would otherwise be more difficult to access. By doing so, we are training our systems to embody new frequencies which carry the potential to enhance our lives and shift the collective as we know it. It is my pleasure to tap into these frequencies and bring them forward to be received by you through sound.

Donna

Donna ERYT 200, RYT 500

Donna found Yoga by a flip of a coin. She had to take a physical education class as a requirement for the nursing school she had attended. Her choices were Tia Chi and Hatha Yoga. She had no idea what either class would be like so she decided to flip a coin. Heads yoga and tails Tia Chi….and the coin landed on heads. She studied Hatha Yoga for an entire semester and learned the history and health benefits of yoga She also discovered the magic of yoga when she practiced. In 2011 Donna decided to become a Yoga Instructor to share this magic with others. She believes that in order to love and care for others, you must take care and love yourself first. This is why she has continued to practice Yoga for more than 20 years.

Donna has been an RN since 1998. She has seen people who have greatly improved their lives by eating the right foods, exercise and decreasing the stress in their lives. In other words….practicing self-love. Donna believes that you can find self-love in yoga classes and she strives to guide her students to find their voice and their own inner beauty. In yang like society where their is so much competition, Donna has discovered the importance of slowing down and taking the time to care for yourself. In her class you can find the sense of stillness, calm, peace and joy. Donna loves to teach but more importantly she loves to learn. Donna will always be a lifelong student in Yoga and her nursing career. She shares the health benefits of yoga in her classes. She will discuss the Yin and the Yang and how it relates to the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system. In her class you can discover the balance that your mind, body and soul desires. Donna is also a writer who enjoys stories and poetry that she shares with her students.

Outside of Yoga and Nursing, Donna loves to run, sing, dance, write, read and ride her bike. She also loves to take long road trips with her family.

Crista

Crista practices yoga & meditation to improve flexibility & posture, for increased energy and vitality, to breathe easier, and to become more mindful. After 15+ years of practicing, Crista decided to take the journey to become a yoga teacher, she attended Danyasa Yoga Arts in the Costa Rican jungle and practiced under her long-time idol, Sofia Thom and several other teachers.

While honoring the wisdom of traditional yoga practices, Crista will empower you to explore the wisdom of your own body, mind, and spirit as you awaken your graceful warrior and claim your purpose in her classes.

When she’s not on the mat, you can find Crista hiking, reading, studying aromatherapy, gardening, petting alpacas, or watering her houseplants. To learn more about Crista, you can checkout her website.

Misha

Misha is from Russia, but grew up in Colorado. His teacher training was completed under the direction of a Johnny Kest program at LifePower Yoga. Misha is trained in asana, pranayama, and meditation and had many amazing mentors at LifePower. He practices and is open to all styles of yoga, but is rooted in Ashtanga.

Yoga found Misha shortly after he graduated high school. He felt lost and without purpose for a time. Yoga became his safe place for self-acceptance. Through his practice, he realized that the first key to happiness is gratitude. Misha shines his light on the world by sharing yoga, wellness rituals, and gaining other inspirations during his dedicated yoga practice every single morning. On a personal level, Misha practices a plant-based diet and loves to share the comfort and joy of cooking with his friends and family. Misha is obsessed with nearly every genre of music, enjoys hiking and traveling, and the mountains have an immensely strong pull for him.

Come practice under the guidance of this sweet Ashtangi soul on Sundays at RiNo Yoga Social and visit his website for self-care, recipes, and rituals:
planetselfcare.com.

Cat

Cat McElveen is 500 hour Yoga Alliance certified in Sattva Yoga, an integrated whole yoga of Himalayan Kundalini practices. This transformational practice of meditation, breathwork, yoga, and Kundalini changed the course of her life after already practicing and loving yoga since college. For years, Cat struggled with generalized anxiety. She felt trapped by her fears and unable to make decisions. Eventually, she got to a point of utter exhaustion with her constantly analyzing, fearful mind. She wanted freedom. She wanted to feel powerful. She had no idea her studies in India would lead her to this freedom. Having studied yoga for many years, she embarked to Sattva Yoga in India for a yoga teacher training, and ended up learning the ancient breathwork and meditation practices she teaches today. She attributes this incredible integrated practice to transforming her life to one of joy, excitement, and potential. It has helped her heal from chronic anxiety and heal her nervous system. It is now her passion to share Sattva Yoga with others, and help others overcome the limitations of the mind.

Cat’s integrated Himalayan Kundalini classes are a mix of breathwork, meditation, and easy flows. You can expect going deep, calming the body and mind, and working with your energy in a new way. Then move that energy around with gentle asana and stretching. Catherine teaches breathwork, meditation, and yoga throughout the US , abroad, and online. She offers private meditation coaching as well as group workshops and Sattva Yoga Journeys, an integrated and fun 2 hours of breath, meditation, yoga, and dance. Her mission is to make mental freedom accessible to anyone. She currently teaches studio classes in Denver, Colorado. www.catmcelveen.com