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!

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.

Becca

Becca began her yoga journey at sixteen years old when she practiced for the first time with a yoga dvd she found in her mom’s workout collection in the basement. She continued along her journey in classes at my gym and student rec center for 3 years before realizing she was absolutely called to teach. She received her RYT 200 from Front Range Community College in December of 2015 and has been teaching ever since. Becca is trained in Hatha and has experience teaching yin yoga as well. Yoga has shown her the way to becoming her most authentic self and that the journey to being her is a life long pursuit. It has taught her the most valuable techniques for navigating through life with presence, grace, and vulnerability. I hope that you leave my classes feeling more whole; mentally, physically, spiritually.

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, 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

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

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.

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.

Lorin

Lorin has been teaching a variety of group fitness classes for over a decade. She holds a Master’s Degree in Health & Exercise Science with a specialization in Nutrition from CSU. She has been veg/vegan for 18 years, is raising two little vegans and passionate about helping others achieve healthy lifestyles. Lorin is a former professional dancer and collegiate dance coach. She has conducted thousands of fitness assessments and spent the last two years conducting ergonomic evaluations for city employees. These experiences have inspired Lorin to formulate a class where she can draw upon her science background to provide safe and useful movements and her dance and coaching background to keep class creative, motivating and community-building. Come move with us!

Michele

During Michele’s four years of practicing yoga she has developed a passion for body strength, peace, and serenity which she finds within her practice of Yoga. She is a Colorado-based teacher who received her 200 hr certification through Kindness Yoga, learning under outstanding teachers such as Jen Hicks and Ginny Biddle. Michele’s main teaching style is Vinyasa Flow for all levels, but she specializes in working with beginners and athletes. Michele’s classes are created and motivated to help build strength and flexibility for the avid athletes such as rock climbers, runners, and weightlifters. She engages her students with mindfulness and acceptance, so they may grow their practice of open-mindedness for ultimate well-being. Currently, Michele studies psychology and applies her discipline and gift for consciousness through the practice of Vinyasa. After taking her class you will find your mind more relaxed, confident, and tapped into the present moment. All of Michele’s classes are donation-based and she contributes a portion of the proceedings to local Colorado charities.  Michele shares this gift of yoga with others so that kindness and mindfulness can spread through our Colorado yoga collective. “Love & Chi”

Tara

Tara was exposed to yoga at a young age, but really started to grow a consistent practice when she moved to NYC and needed an inner sanctuary from the hustle and grind of the city. As most spiritual awakenings go, a life upheaval was the catalyst for her to flee to India to receive her 200 hr Vinyasa/Hatha YTT at Vinyasa Yoga School in Rishikesh. She continued traveling and teaching through Thailand and Bali, connecting with yogis abroad and learning everything she could. As enchanting as SE Asia was,upon returning to the West, she felt incredibly disenchanted at the imbalance of cultures and the extreme difference in values. She spent a summer in the gorgeous Catskill mountains of Upstate New York before making one final move to Denver where she’s finally finding her feet. All she wants to do is share the medicine that is yoga-whether encouraging a self practice, inspiring liberation, or simply making someone feel good. Tara’s sequences are intelligently designed to efficiently awaken the neurology in the body to promote awareness and mindfulness. “Be gentle with your heart, and strengthen your mind”

Jorge

In 2009, Jorge was introduced to yoga the way many of us are, through technology! His first experience with yoga was actually a good ‘ol p90x DVD. After an injury, the only workout that felt right was yoga. It was so powerful and transformative. Upon finally recovering, Jorge started the workouts again, but yoga never left his mind. His curiosity led him to practicing in Bikram yoga classes in 2012, and eventually taking Yoga Teacher Training at Kindness in 2016.

Jorge now teaches fundamental yoga in both Hatha and Vinyasa styles. His classes consist of classical yogic themes, precise cueing, and dialogues that spark inner journeys. His dharma talk and instruction is also derived from the tales, myths, folklore and belief systems from India, the birthplace of Yoga and Yogic philosophy. If you want to dive back in time to an epoch when myths were current events and legend were fact, Jorge’s class is where you should start. Additionally, during the time spent in Jorge’s classes, you will be challenged to explore your anatomy and learn how to keep your body safe and injury-free while exploring at your own level of strength and flexibility.

* Bonus: He’s a bilingual instructor! (English & Spanish)