Katy has her dad to thank for being “dragged” to her first-ever hot yoga class. With an aching back and a broken heart, she remembers staggering through her first Bikram series, thinking it was the hardest thing she had ever volunteered for. She hated yoga and everyone there. But something intuitive kept her returning. Now, yoga is her passion and career. Baptiste-certified, Katy has also studied Forrest and Ashtanga yoga,
Katy credits yoga for fixing her scoliosis, weight loss of 40lbs and the courage to change and “clean up” her life.” She remembers gaining a purpose, a place to belong. She feels forever indebted to this ancient wisdom and medicine…and she wants to share it with anyone who will listen!
Elizabeth Van Genderen
Elizabeth began practicing yoga in 2000. She was especially drawn to Hot Yoga for the physical benefits that she felt complemented running. Two children and five marathons later, she received her Hot Yoga Certification from CorePower in the Spring of 2008. She is dedicated to teaching yoga since.
Elizabeth continues her education by attending yoga workshops and practicing wherever she goes – training in Mysore, India with Sharath and Saraswathi Jois; senior western teachers Tim Miller, Richard Freeman, and Annie Pace; and Bel and Emily Carpenter (Bikram). The treasures from practicing the Hot Yoga series continue to reveal themselves throughout her practice.
Elizabeth underwent knee surgeries on both of her knees in 2007, so she knows first-hand and speaks to the healing value of Hot Yoga, and the need for patience in our postures to ultimately allow for deeper openings. She credits her yoga practice as the discipline that enhances all aspects of her life.
Elizabeth creates an environment to appreciate postures on a breath-by-breath basis. She strives to bring more awareness to the breath and to specific alignment throughout the series which she finds serves us in and out of the asana room. Find classes with Elizabeth
Kelli came to yoga after injuring her hamstring during marathon training in 2003. A runner and triathlete, she initially found it difficult to slow down and appreciate all that yoga had to offer.
It wasn’t until she moved to Colorado in 2008 that she was introduced to hot yoga. The combination of the heat, humidity and challenging poses drew her in and she’s been an avid practitioner ever since. Calling it her secret weapon, she credits her yoga practice with the ability to stay injury-free in other sports.
Having recently completed the 200 hour teacher training, Kelli looks forward to sharing her passion for hot yoga with her students. “The finish line is just the beginning of a whole new race.” Find classes taught by Kelli.
Heidi came to yoga in 2005 while finishing her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine/Acupuncture. Having spent her childhood in a ballet studio and her adulthood training and competing horses, her interest in the mechanics of movement are lifelong. After completing her Master’s, that interest expanded to encompass the vast therapeutic benefits of mindful movement. Studying Buddhist and Yogic philosophy, practical and theoretical physics, and Eastern and Western approaches to health, she works to uncover and teach a broad and abiding truth. She understands yoga and healing to be a fluid thing and unique to each person’s immediate physical and emotional state. For that reason, she teaches and practices many different styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Restorative, and Yin Yoga. She has taught at all levels from Beginner to Advanced and worked individually with injury recovery, the elderly, and athletes including golfers, fighters, basketball players, cyclists, and runners.
As a licensed acupuncturist and freelance writer, Heidi brings a unique insight and a wry sense of humor to her classes. Creative, intelligent sequences with a strong emphasis on alignment and intention, her classes are challenging, yet accessible, and rooted in the science of biomechanics and the sheer joy of physical expression.
“Life is change; live the transitions”
Judith has always been passionate about teaching and living from a place of wellness.
She started hearing about yoga in 2006, after an invitation to a vinyasa class.
She had no idea what she was getting herself into, but after her “fragile attempt” at 90 minutes of unfamiliar poses, she truly knew that she had just experienced something wonderful and mystic at the same time, and that something in and of her body, mind, and soul had been forever changed!
Both her vinyasa yoga practice and life continue to expand and evolve, somehow all by divine accident. 3 years later, an injured upper arm led her to her first hot yoga class. It was there that Judith not only healed her arm, but she began healing her core, her heart, and body. In 2011, Judith took a leap of faith and completed her YA- 200 hour Hot Yoga Teacher certification.
She continues healing her lower back and self doubt with patience, self- awareness, and hot yoga modifications. Hot yoga continues to humble her in “such subtle and quiet ways.” Her hot yoga practice challenges her to expand her definition of self and inspires her to “give her best self” both on and off her mat. Judith pairs the hot yoga series with meaningful and beautiful music to create a unique and truly amazing experience as she guides her practitioners towards their own personal truth.
Alex fell into her passion for yoga at 15 years old, when she and her mother attended their first Bikram class in Evergreen, CO. Needless to say, she’s been hooked ever since, taking her practice with her through her college career at the University of Montana, and into her travels and work abroad.
It wasn’t until a move to the surf/yogi town of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, however, that she fell in love with teaching and Vinyasa.
A perfect complement to her busy mind, surf and work schedule, Alex began flowing and teaching friends on the beach and home. Upon returning to the U.S. Alex knew it was time to make the dive and officially join the teaching world, attaining her certification in March 2011.
An avid Hot Yoga, Vinyasa & Forrest Yoga practitioner, Alex uses her time on the mat to stay grounded and present, no matter what the day brings. She builds her classes to help her students find balance, melt into their bodies and smile.
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Nancy discovered yoga ten years ago when a friend brought her along to a Bikram class.
In that first class, the teacher predicted that yoga would change Nancy’s life. This turned out to be very true! Through her yoga practice, Nancy discovered her own personal power, peace with her body, and a love for time on the mat.
As a yoga teacher, Nancy shares this passion and excitement with all students. She completed two 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certified trainings and Level 1 with Baron Baptiste, and hopes to train with Ana Forrest in the near future.
When not practicing yoga, Nancy works in the non-profit world and can be found on her road bike in the mountains.
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Mary Lynn Darcy
An avid reader, gardener and competitive bridge player, Mary Lynn takes to yoga for serenity. Yoga allows her to combine the many disciplines she loves: artistic form, exercise, meditation and teaching.
Growing up, Mary Lynn studied ballet from 3 years old until high school, when she developed an interest in art. She eventually majored in art and pursued an MBA with the idea of going into Art Administration; instead, she rushed forward into the world of big business.
A number of years ago Mary Lynn decided to develop interests from her background that she didn’t have time to fully pursue. Yoga has been most fulfilling because there is both an inner and outward beauty to the practice – a creative expression – of the union of physical, mental and spiritual – while promoting health. Mary Lynn teaches yoga to express herself and help others.
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Beside practicing yoga for 15 years, Liz is also a dedicated runner – completing eight marathons, including the Boston Marathon. Liz also enjoys tennis, gardening, reading, traveling, skiing, going to concerts and movies, and cooking.
Liz grew up in North Carolina. She majored in business at the University of NC, Chapel Hill, and subsequently worked for 10 years in the technology field with Accenture Business Consulting. After having children – two girls, ages 7 and 11, Liz became involved with community organizations including The Colorado Children’s Campaign, Central City Opera, The Denver Art Museum, and the Garland Country Day School.
Through a national program, Girls on the Run, Liz coaches young-adult girls with fitness as a way to build self-esteem. Her most loyal training buddy is her 13 year-old Brittany Spaniel.
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Joy was first introduced to her yogic journey in college some 15 years ago. She fell in love with Iyengar yoga, reading B.K.S Iyengar, practicing proper alignment and exploring the yin side of her practice. During this time, yoga was her meditation, relaxation and great balance to her outdoor lifestyle, which primarily consisted of traveling, bouldering, and hiking.
Joy’s practice took a bit of a hiatus after becoming a wife and a mama of two spirited boys, but she was re-introduced to her relationship with the mat via vinyasa-style yoga! This was exactly what she needed – a way to really get a work out – full bang-for-her-buck, while knowing that the benefits from her practice were still coming from an inwardly journey.
Two years ago, Joy decided to deepen her own practice on the mat and beyond by becoming certified in Vinyasa Yoga. She is very much a lover of blending meditation and movement, while also challenging her students to truly come out of their heads and into their bodies so they can gracefully take themselves beyond their limits.
Joy brings a light, open and playful approach to each yogi’s asana practice! Find classes taught by Joy
Originally from Montana, Eve started practicing hot yoga 12 years ago at the first Bikram studio in Missoula. When she moved to Los Angles to work in the entertainment industry as a television producer, she took her yoga practice with her! Eve found that hot yoga really helped balance the stressful demands of work/life and, at the same time, get an amazing workout. Eve moved back to the Rocky Mountains two years ago and started the company Rowve Yoga Bags with her mother. Their mission is to provide a bag that could easily transport wet yoga clothes home. Eve enjoys hiking, backpacking and getting to a hot studio to practice or teach yoga. Find classes taught by Eve