Meet the Instructors

Our teaching team will be composed of the very best 500 certified guest instructors to ensure the highest caliber of training. Each guest instructor will share their knowledge of a specialized aspect of the yoga practice during the weekend modules.

Lead Instructor All 300 Hour Sessions

Christen Bakken’s yoga journey began in 1998 in a ridiculously hot Bikram studio in a strip mall in Littleton, CO.  Looking for a sense of structure and security, yoga provided her with a home-base.  As Christen’s journey continued, she never lost sight of a yoga mat as a place to remember her purpose, to listen for higher wisdom, and to find a reason to play.  After completing her 500 hour teacher training with Rusty Wells her classes became infused with a sense of devotion and service and the yoga mat became a place of personal transformation and healing.  Now as a leader of 200, 300, and 500 hour teacher training programs and yoga teacher mentorships, Christen aims to hold space for yoga to do its work.  Her classes, workshops, and trainings are filled with laughter, song, celebration, and healing.  If you leave with a bead of sweat or a happy tear on your cheek and a sense that everything is going to be okay, yoga has done its work on you.

Module 5: The Ancient Practice: Philosophy, History, and Sacred Texts

Dr. Christa Schwind has been studying Eastern Religions since 1999. She holds a PhD in Religious Studies with a focus on the identity of American yoga. Her fascination with all things postural yoga began in 2003 and she loves learning about and sharing her passion for the physical and mental aspects of this tradition. Outside of the academic and yoga realm she also enjoys snowboarding, playing soccer, hiking, biking, dancing, and spending quality time with her family.

Module(s): Adaptive Yoga: Teaching for Physical Variations
Yoga and Fitness: Teaching Yoga with Weights and Yoga for the Athletic Body
Katy found yoga 10 years ago at her father’s insistence. It was not love at first pose. She says something deeper kept her returning to the sometimes painful reflection of her mat. Life just kept leading her back to yoga and the teaching of. Katy has been a steward of yoga for 8 years. She loves sharing this ancient wisdom and medicine with whomever will listen.

Module 10: Bhakti Yoga: The Yoga of Devotion & The Cultivation of Voice

I intend to play! Energetic vibrations of fun run deep in my veins. I own Lotus House of Yoga, vinyasa studios in Nebraska. The classes I lead are fun challenging and filled with love. My grandfather is Ashtanga and my sister is Rock & Roll. Gracefully tip toe along the fierce edge of your practice, expect sweat, love and OM. Music is integral to the asana classes I lead. My paly-lists are funky and always fresh, incorporating soul, hip-hop, folk and pop.

Mira Valeria
Module 4: Gross Body Anatomy:  Applying Anatomy, Reading Bodies, and Use of Props

Mira is a San Francisco-based Yoga instructor and the owner and director of Santa Fe Thrive, an indoor cycling and yoga studio in Santa Fe, NM. She has completed over 1000 hours of training under the guidance of her primary teachers, Jason Crandell and Rusty Wells, and as such her teaching is steeped in precision, mindfulness and Bhakti — the practice of love, surrender and service. She is a Yoga in Action leader for the non-profit organization Off the Mat, Into the World and is part of the 108 Asana Warrior Women Project. Always a student, she is continuously in search of her next training.

Mira‘s classes are rooted in gratitude – to Self, to others, and to all teachers, in whatever form they appear. Students can expect challenging sequences, lots of sweat and, hopefully, some laughter.

Module 6: Taking the Seat of a Teacher: Assists & the Personal Journey
Sara Rice began her yoga practice in a small community college classroom along with her mother and father at the age of seven. At the time, Sara found great joy in attempting to create pretzel shapes with her limbs- little did she know that she was beginning a practice that would carry her physically and spiritually for the next many years to come.

Though Vinyasa Yoga is Sara‘s teaching focus, Sara holds teaching certifications in Power Vinyasa Yoga, Hot Yoga, Restorative, Fusion and Yoga Sculpt formats. As a 10 year tenured teacher, Sara has led multiple 200 hour trainings as well as focused workshops for developing teachers.  With a background in Business Operations for a multi-unit yoga studio, Sara has a depth of knowledge with regard to both the practice and the business of yoga

As a dedicated yogi, Sara approaches both teaching and her personal practice with dedication, grace and humor. An former all American Lacrosse Athlete, Sara teaches first with an affinity for the physical, approaching her teaching from a place of strength through knowledge of anatomy and alignment to promote agility and prevent injury. Her practice and teaching are dedicated and intentional, and aim to meet each student with compassion, kindness and empowerment – regardless of their level and ability.

Module 7: Lunar Practices: Teaching Yin and Restorative Yoga
Sarah Wolfgram‘s grandfather taught that freedom without structure is chaos, but when you have roots and stability to ground your life, the possibilities for freedom become infinite. He was the first person to show her that my life isn’t “out there” but in fact, is right here, and Sarah uses that to guide her practice and her teaching.  She loves watching her students drop into the present moment, uncover their gifts and carve space in their lives for that which is most important to them.  Each of her classes offers a space to find the stillness and peace even in the most challenging situations. Join Sarah Wolfgram on the mat at the crossroads of grace and strength in both the ways you move and the stillness you find within.

Sheri Colasimo

Module 12: Miracles on the Mat: A Practice of Self-Awareness to Transforming Self & Inspiring Others

Sheri‘s physical yoga practice started in her early 20’s as just another way to get a workout. She liked the intensity of heated classes and the endurance needed to get through a practice. Slowly, she discovered her time on the mat offered so much more and has incorporated it into her daily living ever since.

She is a respected leader in the wellness industry with over 12 years of teaching experience. Her classes are a blend of her love of movement, passion for language and desire for each student to be touched, seen and understood. She brings her background as a business leader, life coach, mother and teacher to inspire each trainee to cultivate their own unique voice in the classroom. Her experience of having led over ten 200-hour Teacher Training Programs, advanced trainings and presenting at national yoga conferences and festivals has helped shape her personal facilitation style; one that is introspective and practical.

Steph Winsor

Module 2: Subtle Body Anatomy & Practices: chakras, pranayama, deep stretch & meditation

With an infectious giggle and a rocking sense of humor, she has a way of brightening a room. Steph’s vinyasa flow is inspired by beats and bliss; she weds power, passion and inner peace through fluid movements, strong sequences and deep releases. From her love of biology and soulful experiences her authentic voice floats between sharing bodily knowledge & encouraging intuitive experiences that let moving meditation come to life throughout class in the sweetest of ways. A ski addict + guide, yoga + spin instructor, optimist, entrepreneur, adventurer, music junkie, storyteller & soul sister.

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