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Following her graduation from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, Alexa was ready to pursue a new passion in life. After dedicating the past 15 years of her life towards competitive ice hockey, she decided to hang up her skates and shift gears from a life of competition to one of self-discovery. At first, Alexa was immediately attracted to the physical demands of yoga, however, it wasn’t too long into her exploration that she discovered yoga as a guide to improve her overall wellbeing. Alexa has since completed her RYT 500 through YogaWorks and the Colorado School of Yoga. She is now employed as the Studio Director at O2 Aspen where she teaches a variety of classes focused around Integrated Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. In her role as a yoga teacher, Alexa’s goal is to spark self-awareness in her students and cultivate an immersion of yoga on their mats and into their everyday lives. She creates space for self-discovery, manifestation of intentions, and a connection between mind and body. With her thoughtful nature, Alexa is able to craft classes rooted in gratitude that consist of a balance between powerful, strong sequences and deep, mindful releases.
HOMETOWN:Rocky Hill, CT
TEACHERS & MENTORS:Alicia Cheung, Oliver Reinsch, Evan Soroka & Gina Caputo
EXPERIENCE & CERTIFICATIONS
200-RYT Yoga Alliance Yoga Works 2015, 300- RYT Yoga Alliance Colorado School of Yoga 2019, Yoga Philosophy, History and Sacred Texts with Dr. Christa Schwind 2017, BS Education and Psychology.
Allison took her first yoga class when she was in college, at the urging of a physical therapist, after suffering a knee injury from running a marathon. But it wasn’t until several years later, when she moved to New York City to attend law school, that Allison fell in love with yoga. What was once just another workout, became much more – a source of calm, strength, and community. She earned her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Pure Yoga in New York and trained for several months after with Kiley Holliday. Allison’s vinyasa classes are alignment-focused and very flowy. During her yoga teacher training, Allison was introduced to yoga nidra—yogic sleep, and thus began her journey to understand meditation. Today, Allison teaches yoga nidra as well as mindfulness and metta (loving-kindness) meditation classes, both from the Buddhist tradition. Allison has taught yoga and meditation classes in studios in New York City and Colorado, and she also teaches for law firms, the New York City Bar Association, and public interest organizations.
HOMETOWN:Glen Ellyn, IL
TEACHERS & MENTORS:Kiley Holliday, Kay Kay Clivio, and Yogi Charu
BEFORE TEACHING:Allison is a civil rights and social justice litigator. She is also the founder of Estorie Agency, a communications agency that works with organizations and advocates who are making a positive social impact.
100-hour meditation certification through the Nalanda Institute and The Path, 2019; 20-hour meditation for healing, Pure Yoga, 2018; 35-hour yoga nidra, the Bhakti Center, 2015; 100-hour Pure Yoga mentorship program, 2015; 200-hour RYT Pure Yoga, 2014. Fordham University School of Law, JD, 2011 & BA/BS, Marquette University, 2006.
Alysia, an E-RYT 500, is a Colorado native with a passion for movement and flow. She fell in love with yoga and its physical practice in 2013. She deepened her own understanding and personal connection to her practice through Yoga trainings in Vinyasa, Rocket Ashtanga, Hatha, Yin, and Restorative. Alysia’s Vinyasa classes are fun, creative, and challenging. She playfully invites her students to try new things, such as transitions, arm balances and inversions in the hope of inspiring students to flow outside of their comfort zone with safe alignment. Join her on your mat to flow to an eclectic mix of downtempo electronic and soft instrumental music to find your Zen!
HOMETOWN:Colorado Springs, CO
TEACHERS & MENTORS:Stacey L’hommedieu, Patrick Montgomery, Carson Calhoun, Henry Winslow, Patrick Beach, Kino MacGregor, & Gina Caputo
200hr Power Vinyasa TT @
CorePower Yoga in 2015 • 300hr Advanced Hatha TT @ Kindness Yoga in 2017 • Level I Restorative Yoga @ Maitri Yoga in 2016 • Level I Yin Yoga @ Kindness Yoga in 2017 • 50 Hr Rocket Vinyasa TT w/Carson Calhoun 2019
Aisha, who was given the spiritual name Ma Abha Anand by her Guru based on her ability to create and share blissful light, first found yoga at O2 when she moved to Aspen as a snowboard bum in the early millennial shift. Yoga quickly became her tool for balancing an active mountain lifestyle. She took the leap towards teaching in 2016 by going to India and spending time in an Ashram where she immersed in all things Yoga and experienced profound transformational awakening. Albeit initially drawn in by the physical benefits of asana, which is still part of her every day practice, she now enjoys all the tools of yoga for achieving flow, for herself and her students.
TEACHERS & MENTORS:Guruji Dr. Omanand, Jules Mitchell, Dr. Vaishali Karambelkar, & Evan Soroka
BEFORE TEACHING:Ski Bum and Party Princess
RYT200, Certifications in Yoga Therapy, Yoga Biomechanics and Buddhi Yoga, & is currently studying for her RYT300 and C-IAYT.
Anna started practicing yoga while studying Biology at CU Boulder. It wasn’t until after she had kids that she decided to take her yoga to the next level and do a teacher training while living in Austin TX. Since completing her 200 hour teacher training Anna has continued to study with teachers in Austin and Los Angeles, like Gioconda Parker and Schuyler Grant. Anna believes that yoga is for everyone, that breath and movement nourish our bodies and minds in a healing way. Join Anna on your mat and expect a fun workout that will be both invigorating and grounding.
HOMETOWN:Fort Collins, CO
TEACHERS & MENTORS:Gioconda Parker and Schuyler Grant.
In 2000 while living in Australia, Courtney began practicing yoga to recover from a running injury. Amazed with the results she began experimenting with many styles including Astanga, Iyengar, Bikram, Synergy, Jivamutki and general Hatha, however she always came back to the Astanga for its strength, flow and lineage.
After leading daily yoga sessions to surfers in Spain, she decided to go for a teaching certificate and completed a 200 hr training in the Astanga style from Brian Cooper at Union Yoga in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2006. Since then, Courtney has traveled to India to study more of the traditional practices as well as completed additional trainings in Astanga Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Sculpt, Paddleboard Yoga, Vipassana Meditation, and is now working towards a Chromatic Yoga and 500hr certification with Matt Giordano.
Courtney’s classes follow the Astanga method by focusing on the connection of breath and movement. She loves showing students how yoga can enhance and complement their performance in many sports and other activities such as snowboarding, skiing, biking, hiking, partying.
TEACHERS & MENTORS:Brian Cooper, Kino McGregor, David Swenson, Matt Giordano, & Dharma Mittra
BEFORE TEACHING:International Corporate Lawyer
200hr yoga cert. (focus on Astanga) from Union Yoga/Brian Cooper, Edinburgh, Scotland
currently in 300hr YTT and Chromatic Teacher cert. with Matt Giordano (theyogimatt.com)
Has also attended courses and studied yoga in India, Thailand, Bali, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Zanzibar, Australia
Vipasana Meditation course in Bangkok, Thailand
Frequent participant in yearly Astanga Yoga Confluence, San Diego
Experience in yin, iyengar, kundalini, core power, jivamutki
Thug Yoga®️ Bawse
A practice that explores strength, balance and flexibility. Moving in an intelligent and thoughtful manner to explore the physical edge while connecting with breath.
David began practicing yoga shortly after he moved to Colorado in 2010. He quickly developed a connection with the practice, finding a way to explore strength, balance and flexibility. He completed his Colorado School of Yoga 200 hour teacher training with Julia Clarke and Gina Caputo in 2014. His practice and teaching are grounded in exploring and learning more about the physical, mental and emotional experience that is yoga. Every day discovering new ways to connect within the union of mind, body and breath. In class you can expect to find a deep breath connection, travel through thoughtful and creative sequences, and to flip your perspective as you go upside down and play with arm balances and inversions.
TEACHERS & MENTORS:Julia Clarke, Gina Caputo
BEFORE TEACHING:Snowboard, Mountain Bike, Stand Up Paddle
Colorado School of Yoga - Integrated Vinyasa - 200 hour RYT
Eliza began her yoga journey in 2010 in an effort to heal from her depression and anxiety. She fell in love with the yoga community and the culture of it all. It gave her a space to feel safe, held, seen and supported on her healing journey. The physical practice led her to connect with the deeper layers of a yoga practice and yoga lifestyle. She turns to her practice daily because it is her place of solace; where she can return to complete presence to connect to her most loving and true self. Her teachings are about deepening your relationship with self love and understanding. Her goal as a teacher is to always be very intentional when she creates sequences for classes and workshops. She enjoys facilitating deep transformative experiences for personal expansion and growth. She does this by moving slowly and mindfully so you're able to unify the actions of the body, breath and mind. Rooted in Integrated Hatha Vinyasa yoga, she emphasizes the union of opposites in her classes - integrating strength and flexibility in each posture to support balance in her student's lives. You can expect to move through an intentional flowy practice paired with melodic music that will lead you to a fun/playful and/or restorative/nourishing peak pose. She always offers modifications and loves to check in with each student individually to deepen a student/teacher relationship.
HOMETOWN:Mount Shasta, California
TEACHERS & MENTORS:Gina Caputo, Rod Stryker, Julia Clarke, Evan Soroka, Arielle Shipe
BEFORE TEACHING:College, Waitress and Traveling
200-RYT Yoga Alliance with Colorado School of Yoga, 2017
Nectar of the Moon: A Lunar Arts of Yoga Continuing Education with Gina Caputo, 2018
Tantra Yoga weekend continuing education with Tracee Stanley, 2019
Lotus of the Heart with Rod Stryker continuing education, 2020
Evan Soroka, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, is a certified yoga therapist and author of the critically acclaimed book Yoga Therapy for Diabetes. She is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal and Yoga Therapy Today Magazines and is a featured teacher on Yoga International. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Aspen, Evan has made O2 Aspen her home base for teaching since 2010, making her one of the valley’s most experienced guides. Her unique approach to yoga is inspired by life experience, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in her teens and multiple musculoskeletal issues throughout her life; Evan provides yoga as a health-providing tool, empowering well-being on all levels. Classes focus on a combination of intelligent movement, conscious breathwork, deep relaxation, and meditation.
TEACHERS & MENTORS:Gary Kraftsow, Gina Caputo, Tracee Stanley
BEFORE TEACHING:Student & world traveler
C-IAYT, Certified Yoga Therapist, International Association of Yoga Therapists •
Certified Yoga Therapist American Viniyoga Institute, E-RYT 500 American Viniyoga Institute •
Certified Parayoga Nidra Teacher •
Completed all Parayoga Master Trainings •
Extensive study in Ayurveda •
FRC - functional range conditioning in training
Jayne Gottlieb is a potent, fun, free-spirited and powerful community change agent. She is a long time yoga/meditation teacher, business owner and entrepreneur and 'IN-BODYment' coach who encourages personal growth, elevates physical and emotional health, and inspires fully alive living. Jayne is known for her vigorous, devotional and transformative classes as well as her ability to bring lightness and soul into life on and off the mat. She is a dedicated practitioner as well as the creator/founder of Aspen Shakti and The Body Practice™. She embodies what she teaches and leads/inspires students with the same drive and encouragement she gives herself. Joyful, intelligent, soulful and intense, Jayne draws on her ever evolving knowledge of the body, spiritual psychology, anatomy, kinesthesiology, yoga, priestess wisdom, ritual, and meditation to lead and craft her classes. She offers yoga and meditation as a way to approach our world with realistic reverence, gratitude, and possibility. Her classes are a masterful blend of breath, alignment and flow and she uses intelligent cues that have been developed over her 20-plus years of practicing and teaching to lead students and colleagues towards transformation and radiant health. In the yoga room, Jayne’s intention is to invite students to realize that personal growth is not only powerful and self-elevating, but also has the potential to be fun and integrated into everyday living. This is her recipe to create the ‘new you’, and to everyday live the best life ever.
Jayne Gottlieb has been Featured in:
The Purist MagazineAspen Peak Magazine -
‘The Most Powerful and Influential Women in Aspen
’Aspen/Snowmass Local Legend
Yoga Journal Magazine
Yoga Journal and Yoga International Online
TEACHERS & MENTORS:Jayne’s most influential teachers include Marco Rojas, Seane Corn, Kate Spear, Ashley Turner, The Ailey Extension, Broadway Dance, John Wineland, London Angel Winters, Stephanie Snyder, Rusty Wells, Peter Crone, Joe Dispenza and of course life itself. Each of these extraordinary forces have contributed immensely to the way Jayne guides class and their teachings are woven throughout everything Jayne does, says, is and shares.
BEFORE TEACHING:Jayne directed/choreographed and produced over 45 musicals for children and adults throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Jayne is so proud to share that Jayne Gottlieb Productions inspired and trained much of the valley's youth to find professional success nationally in the world of theatre.
Over 10,000 hours of teaching
Certified Buddhi Yoga™
Headliner Yoga On The Mountain Festival
Lead yoga teacher and facilitator at the Wanderlust Festival
Aspen Yoga School - Lead Educator & Curriculum Design
Speaker & Panelist w/ Aspen Strong & Lead with Love
Founder / Creator of The Body Practice™
As a transformational coach with a background in holistic health, mind-body nutrition, eating psychology, and personal development I believe that the outer changes we desire in our lives must be accompanied by an inner shift that comes with commitment to consistent heart-centered practice on and off the mat. In my flow classes you can look forward to rejuvenating and fluid sequences that leave you feeling anchored in a deeper sense of your self and more in tune with your inner landscape.
TEACHERS & MENTORS:Jessica Lazar, Shiva Rea, Shawn Parell, Marc David
BEFORE TEACHING:Research Assistant, Washington, DC based think tank
15 years of personal practice,
200hr Flow Yoga Center, Washington, DC,
300hr Prana Flow Yoga Teacher Training,
The Samudra School of Living Yoga,
Chakra Vinyasa Teacher Training,
Rasa Vinyasa Teacher Training,
Soma Vinyasa Teacher Training,
Elemental Vinyasa Teacher Training,
RYT 500 Yoga Alliance,
Certified Health and Eating Psychology Coach
Kristen began her career with health and fitness while in college (1994) and discovered her passion for group fitness and personal training. She competed in several fitness/bikini competitions in her early 20s. While Kristen learned a lot of training techniques and how to diet to look good, she also learned what she do not want in her life...deprivation, low-self esteem, overtraining injuries, and health issues. She looked good on the outside, but was most definitely not healthy. Her shifted gears and she began practicing yoga (2001) and eating a plant-based diet. Kristen began teaching Power Vinyasa yoga soon after, then became a certified holistic health coach. It was just what she needed physically and spiritually to be what she now knows as healthy inside and out. Her life's work is to share this passion for health and wellness with her students and clients.
TEACHERS & MENTORS:Baron Baptiste, Patricia Moreno, Deepak Chopra, Dr.Gregor, & Kris Carr.
BEFORE TEACHING:Kristen was 18 years old when she taught her first group fitness class, she's now 45, and can't remember a time when teaching wasn't part of her life! In high school, she wasn't athletic but leaned towards theatre, dance, music, and ran track for exercise.
AFAA, ACE certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer. BAPTISTE power yoga training level 1&2. IIN certified health coach. Multiple indoor cycling certs (Keiser, Reebok, Real Ryder) Les Mills BODY PUMP certified.
Nicky practices feeling the power of each pose and the depth of her breath - she was a college athlete and have always enjoyed exercise, sports, and the feedback of strength, capability, and energy her body provided when correctly engaged. Her classes tend to reflect what she enjoys about the practice - they are athletic with a solid warm up, long holds, and peak poses that are taught in an approachable way, always giving alternatives and options for advancement. Students definitely build heat progressively through class, a healthy sweat develops midway and, by the end, are meant to feel balanced, even and mentally and physically strong.
TEACHERS & MENTORS:General practitioners who are true to themselves, accepting of all their limitations and open to correction (changing what they can and accepting what they can't in not. Not just in their yoga practice but in life in general). This is something Nicky strives for in her practice.
BEFORE TEACHING:College athlete (track) and worked at a powerlifting gym as a side gig for 10 years. Always loved investigating the human body and how to better strengthen and heal it and found yoga helped to do that plus move that discipline to the mind.
Yoga Works 200 hr
Empowered self-healing through embodied self-awareness. Known for her sense of humor and invitational, inquisitive approach, Michelle creates an environment that facilitates self-exploration and deep listening, encouraging all to embody the power of choice on and off the mat. Michelle began practicing asana and meditation in an attempt to alleviate symptoms of autoimmune disease and work-related stress. She takes a deep interest in the therapeutic healing opportunities yoga can provide. Her teachings and personal practice are grounded in an unwavering foundation of love for self and others.
HOMETOWN:Syracuse, New York
TEACHERS & MENTORS:Joseph Le Page, Ame Wren, Kevin Courtney
BEFORE TEACHING:Communication designer, UX researcher, Professor
200 hour Boston Yoga School; Connected Warriors Trauma Conscious Training. Current student of the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy
As a teacher I hope to create a space for others to share the way my practice has made me feel: supported, nurtured, challenged, empowered, confident and strong.
TEACHERS & MENTORS:Gina Caputo, Evan Soroka, Connie Borho
BEFORE TEACHING:Production and Apparel Product Development
RYT-200 Yoga Alliance Colorado School of Yoga,
Pilates Reformer Stott,
In 2011, Morgan moved to Aspen, first tried Bikram yoga, and fell in love with the practice of being present with and in her body. This was the beginning of a life-changing journey for Morgan, morphing into a lifestyle off the mat. Focusing on mindful movement, while demonstrating awareness, balance, strength, and flexibility are the essential skills Morgan aims to practice on the mat, to cultivate these tools for everyday life. Morgan teaches a power Vinyasa flow class, focused on strength, core muscles, arm balances, and pushing one’s limits to develop growth and accomplishment to take into life off of the mat. Her classes are full of energy, sweat, and fun, loud music. Morgan’s love for wellness, including body, mind, and spirit, is demonstrated in everything that she does. Morgan is also the Social Emotional Learning Coordinator at Aspen Country Day School. Morgan loves sharing yoga, meditation, and mindfulness with the students at her school.
TEACHERS & MENTORS:Sarah Newitt, Brené Brown, Rick Hanson, Jack Kornfield, Bryan Kest, Marlon McGann
BEFORE TEACHING:Currently the Social Emotional Learning Coordinator and Middle School Counselor at Aspen Country Day School. Previous taught French and Culinary Arts at Aspen High School.
200-RYT Yoga Alliance - Vinyasa Flow, Pilates Apprenticeship with SSN Pilates, Yoga, Movement, M.A. School Counseling from Adams State University, B.A. Secondary Education/French from Clemson University
Shannon came to the practice of yoga when in dire need of some self-care as a brand new school teacher in Boston, MA right out of college in 2006. She found Back Bay Yoga Studio and when it comes to practicing, hasn't looked back. As a Health and Physical Education teacher, with an educational background in Exercise Science, the asana (posture) and vinyasa practice hooked her. The movement, the flow, the structure and alignment made her naturally feel confident with her strength and mobility, and it was fun! What kept her, with its rewarding challenges, and eventually drove her to sign up for her first teacher training, was the philosophy, the guidance.. the Eight Limbed Path. Ashtanga/the eight limbed path, as a more complete practice in and outside of a yoga studio, was an anchor and guide for life that Shannon had needed and continues to study and practice today. She is a lifelong student and lover of learning, more than a teacher, but as a teacher she strives to inspire this love of learning and to inspire students to practice Svadhyaya (self-study). Her teaching works to inspire curiosity for her students about their own thoughts, words and actions, to teach compassion and observation without judgment towards self and others, and to help students grow their relationship with the world around them, all on and off the mat with their practice. She teaches a strong asana class, using intelligent (and fun!) sequencing, informed by Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, with a solid focus on alignment not to make students' practices or poses perfect, but to hone the skills of mindfulness and attention training through asana practice.
TEACHERS & MENTORS:Caitlyn Visconte, Raghunath, Seane Corn, Larissa Hall Carlson, & Ame Wren
BEFORE TEACHING:Can't remember ever not being a teacher :) But before teaching YOGA.. PE, Health, strength and conditioning coach, gymnastics, softball, alpine and golf coach, holistic health coach, personal trainer, spin instructor, aerobics instructor... the list goes on!!!
200-hr RYT Back Bay Yoga, Om Births Prenatal Yoga Training, Back Bay Yoga Restorative Yoga Training, Childlight Yoga Certified, Radiant Child Yoga Certified, Ayurveda 101 with Larissa Hall Carlson and John Douillard, Kripalu Yoga in Schools Training/Assistant Trainer, Yoga School On The Mountain (Aspen High School) 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Lead Trainer (RYS)