Teacher Bios

Kelsey

Kelsey Bednar has been practicing yoga since her teens and eventually went on to get her RYT 200 through a studio in the Chicago area, where she is originally The Wellness Stop from. Kelsey enjoys practicing all styles of yoga but loves to teach gentler Vinyasa Flow classes that also incorporate elements of Restorative yoga. Kelsey views herself as a perpetual student and at any given time you can find her studying and sharing more about Yogic Philosophy, Ayurveda, Astrology, and general Health and Wellness through her website, The Wellness Stop. She is passionate about yoga as a means to connect with our highest selves and those around us. She is excited to teach at RiNo Yoga Social and share her practice with all of the awesome yogis in the RYS community!

Annie

Annie (aka Kundalini Yogini Goddess) received her 200 HR YTT certificate in Rishikesh, India, the Yoga capital of the world. She has practiced and studied in Los Angeles, Boston and Denver, and has deepened her love of Yoga through her appreciation of its’ philosophy and ancient tantric roots. She loves to teach and share this sacred wisdom. Whether you are looking for spiritual guidance or ways to be more in tune with your body physically, she makes her lessons easy to digest and inspiring for every person. Her all-levels Hatha classes typically move at a slower pace where she encourages students to work on alignment. She believes yoga trains the mind to find equanimity in all circumstances, both on and off the mat. Annie is the Writer and Founder of Cosmic Kundalini, a bi-monthly newsletter with tips on yoga, meditation, and how to navigate each full and new moon.
Styles:Hatha yoga, yoga nidra, meditation (alternating each week)

Hannah

Her middle name is Joy for a reason! She is passionate about inspiring students to unleash to their fullest potential and understand their self-healing abilities. With moments of uninterrupted flows, with simple directions and reflective questioning she intends to connect you to your truest self and deepest knowing through your body. She will encourage and support you through this catalyst towards self exploration and transformation. Hannah Joy earned her 200hr certification through LifePower Yoga and has since become a certified kickboxing instructor and obtained a NASM Personal Training Certification and Fitness Nutritionist Certification. With an extensive background in fitness and wellness, Hannah Joy strives towards helping clients maintain optimal wellness and finding their inner strength through yoga, exercise, and healthy lifestyle practices.

Marisa

Marisa Faye is a champion of self-empowerment and self-awareness.

As a recovering perfectionist, Marisa has found home in her body and mind through movement both on and off her yoga mat. She is a registered yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance), certified group fitness instructor (ACE), holds a Master’s in public health, and studies nutritional therapy. As a full-time hustler, Marisa demonstrates a mix of passion and persistence as she works by day developing educational trainings for health professionals and by night delivering workshops, retreats and classes on mindfulness, yoga, body awareness and nutrition. Marisa believes you can be healthy at any age, stage of life, or size and seeks to share this message with everyone who crosses her path. In her own words: “I believe in movement for everyBODY, healthy food for everyBODY, and a healthy mind for everyBODY.

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.

Natalie

Natalie is a teacher of exploration, listening, movement and spiritual practice. Natalie’s classes are alignment and vinyassa based—you can expect to thread together steady holds, and slow-fluid flows, get curious about your breath, and make connections between mind, body and spirit. Raised in the creative, fast-paced energy of New York City, Natalie began practicing yoga in high school as a way to find grounding and quietude in the city. She has since lived as a yoga teacher in Arkansas, a ski instructor in Breckenridge and an educator in Jerusalem. She is grateful to have settled in Denver, surrounded by the mountains, culture, yoga and welcoming communities.

Rebecca

Rebecca’s teaching style merges strength with flexibility, and incorporates a touch of laughter. This style of practice encourages her students to enjoy the present moment, and focus on the task at hand, practicing yoga! Rebecca’s largest focus is combating the physical and mental stresses we put on our bodies each day. You can find her teaching vinyasa, yin, and restorative, or a combination of the three. She is currently a 200-RYT and received her certification from Kindness in Denver. Currently, you can find her teaching Dead Head Flow (vinyasa to the music of the Grateful Dead) on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month, and the 2nd & 4th Sundays are experimental vinyasa, yin, or restorative classes, found on her Facebook page. Her Motto: Let the Yoga do the work!

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 some yoga 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, & find peace of mind on your mat in our community studio, RiNo Yoga Social!

*  Recent Update: Arynn is working to realize her full potential as a teacher. To do so, she is currently a 500-hour RYT student enrolled in 90Monkeys training, lead by the gifted & passionate Amy Ippoliti!  “There is divine beauty in learning…. to learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps.” ―Elie Wiesel

Pardees

Pardees Goshtasb RYT-200 — My yoga journey began in 2009 and has brought with it an ever evolving sense of tranquility, bliss, and awareness. After diving deep into this powerful practice, I felt called to share its gifts and began teaching family and friends from my home in Buffalo, NY. In 2014, my wandering spirit led me to Rishikesh, India where I studied to receive my RYT-200 certification.
I call myself an artist and have a deep love for all things that nourish the soul, expand the heart, and challenge the mind. I have found that seeing the interconnectedness of all things leads to a peaceful spirit, so I truly enjoy incorporating all things art into my teaching style. Poetry, music, aromatherapy, healing touch, dance. Whether you’re in the mood to break a sweat and really challenge yourself, unwind and recharge, or focus on a specific area, I can offer exactly what you need.

For me, yoga is so much more than exercise. It is a chance to reconnect with our deepest self through presence, breath, movement and stillness. By shedding light on our darkness, we create space to heal and transform. Give yourself the gift of yoga and tap in to your own brilliance. I am that which merges with you.

Liz

Liz is a Colorado-based yoga teacher who earned her RYT 200 in Thailand and further studied yoga in India. She teach Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra. Set to carefully curated playlists and topped with soothing meditations, Liz’s classes allow students to unplug, recharge, and connect with their innermost selves. Liz loves to create an entire yoga experience where students get lost in the fluid rhythm of their breath and dynamic movement of their bodies.
After practicing yoga for a decade and working as an attorney in California, Liz decided to ditch law and pursue teaching yoga instead. She realized life’s too short to do something that doesn’t make you happy, and that dreams are worth going for. So she packed her bags, went abroad, and immersed herself in all things yoga before returning back to her home state of Colorado to plant some roots and grow her yogi tribe. For Liz, nothing brings more joy than being able to share the gift of yoga and to create a positive impact on and off the mat.
Liz teaches the Friday Night Flow at 5:30pm, an energizing Vinyasa class; and facilitates Savasana Sunday at 8pm, a relaxing Yoga Nidra class. All her classes are donation based.

Billy

Billy uses yoga as a vehicle for growth, reflection, and spiritual awakening. His practice provides a space for these shifts and transformations to take place, and the results inspire. At once a philosopher, a jester, and a provocateur, Billy’s regimen has been known to radically alter human perspectives.
His method demands that students ask difficult questions of themselves, and the accompanying physical demands are just as strenuous. But by combining vigorous asana poses with his own candor, vulnerability, and sense of humor, Billy has created a style of yoga that is utterly unique. Some classes will have you laughing and shaking your “money maker,” but others will have you in tears because of Billy’s dharma. Billy’s inspiration may come from – well, just about anywhere.

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Kimmy

Kimmy, RYT 200, is known for sharing her smile with all those she meets. She teaches with authenticity and always creates a welcoming and loving environment in all her Vinyasa yoga classes. She expresses the importance of living one’s truth and encourages this through her yoga teachings. She likes to incorporate meditations in her yoga, because she believes that meditating can help encourage growth of the physical and spiritual self. Kimmy is currently pursuing her RYT 500 at Samadhi Yoga, in Denver, to deepen her own practice. “Yoga means union. That is, you begin to experience the existence as yourself” ~Sadhguru