OUR TEACHERS

Natasha Chaoua

Natasha Chaoua

Community Yoga (Wednesdays 7pm)

How has yoga and/or mindfulness impacted your life personally?

It continues to shape my daily routines, interactions and how I choose to communicate with the world around me.

Why are you passionate about the type of work that you do?

I need it personally and I also see that the communities I choose to serve and support need them too. I focus on Black, Indigenous, People Of Color, care providers in all spectrums of healthcare and those with disabilities.

What do you wish your students understood about you, or what you bring to your classes?

I’m a student also. I may be leading the classes but I look at those who attend as friends and we’re practicing together.

Who is your class for?

Classes are open to all. Sessions are gentle with slow intentional movements and breathing techniques. Props are encouraged throughout in both standing and seated practices for added support and stability.

Marco DiFerreira

Marco DiFerreira

Gentle Flow Yoga (Mondays at 5:30 pm) & Energy Flow Yoga (Tuesdays at 5:30 pm)

How has yoga and/or mindfulness impacted your life personally?

I was exposed to yoga and meditation when I was 13 years old. That changed my life forever. Yoga has helped me to live life more fully and to use the power of movement and breath and mindfulness towards physical and mental health!

Why are you passionate about the type of work that you do?

I feel like I can help people to get out of their heads into their bodies to create a holistic way of life. When I see the eyes and peaceful state of mind of my yogi students after classes, it gives me. The assurance that I am on the right path!

What do you wish your students understood about you, or what you bring to your classes?

I try to meet people where they are physically, mentally and spiritually. I bring my enthusiasm for life and yoga. I also bring a message of positivity, focusing on the philosophies of yoga, mindfulness and the power of presence.

Who is your class for?

My classes are for all levels. There will be physicality, but I try to keep it simple and fun. I like to remind people that yoga is not about competition, but A reminder that we all can do amazing things! I also tried to keep it simple. All we need is yoga mat, a bottle of water and maybe a towel. Yoga Blocks are optional, but very helpful, even to the most advanced Yogi! I ask people to keep an open mind and respect their body. Yoga is not about “no pain, no gain “, but an opportunity to challenge ourselves to be better than we were yesterday!

Lauren Luther

Lauren Luther

Gentle Flow Yoga (Mondays at 12 PM)

How has yoga and/or mindfulness impacted your life personally?

I found my first yoga class at a time of high anxiety and stress, when I needed to feel grounded in my body more than ever before. I fell in love with the physical practice of yoga first, and after graduating with a B.Sc in psychology, I decided to deepen my knowledge of yoga as well as somatic healing, so I enrolled in a trauma-informed teacher training program in Austin, TX. I soon realized the study and practice of yoga would be a lifelong pursuit on my personal road to wellness and has since committed to a daily practice.

Why are you passionate about the type of work that you do?

Practicing mindfulness has “shyfted” the way I interact with others. Whenever I’m in a connected state of awareness I’m able to pause before I react negatively. What a gift! I can then take the time to reconsider perceived slights, and with consistent practice I’m able avoid entering that uncomfortable state of fight-or-flight. I know that when my heart is peaceful I can uphold my vision of peace for the world.

What do you wish your students understood about you, or what you bring to your classes?

Students can expect a relaxed, beginner friendly approach to the yoga postures. Together we will set a group intention to gently open our hearts and minds by steadying the breath and welcoming embodied movement that requires no judgement or pressure to get it “right.”

Who are your classes for?

Everyone!

Sarah Henry

Sarah Henry

Yin Yoga (Tuesdays at 7 pm)

How has yoga and/or mindfulness impacted your life personally?

Yoga and mindfulness have made a tremendously positive impression on my life. For years, my overactive mind prevented me from ever truly enjoying the present moment, and it kept me awake at night, too. I suffered from crippling bouts of insomnia that sometimes lasted for weeks at a time. Ultimately, I was stuck in a toxic cycle of unhealthy thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, but didn’t have the stamina to do anything about it.

After suffering from a particularly intense bout of insomnia, I attended a Yin Yoga class for the first time and instantly fell in love. It probably sounds somewhat dramatic to say that yoga changed my life, but it truly has. Meditative yoga practices that combine gentle movement, intentional breathwork, and deep-tissue stretching can be quite healing in nature because they encourage a deeper mind-body connection. The more I practiced, the more I was able to release trauma that had manifested as pain and tension within my physical body, as well as the unhelpful thoughts and emotions that were keeping me awake at night.

My experience with Yin styles of yoga has been so transformative that I became certified to teach so that I can share my passion with others!

Why are you passionate about the type of work that you do?

I am passionate about teaching my students to slow down and to value rest because I firmly believe that exhaustion is a symptom of our toxic “grind culture.” Our society values a fast-paced, digital lifestyle, and most of us are constantly rushing from one thing to the next. I believe that rest should not be thought of as a luxury, but instead as a necessity for maintaining balance and realizing a healthier way of being.

What do you wish your students knew about you, or what you bring to your classes?

I strive to bring positive energy, warmth, and a sense of humor into my teachings. My goal is to create a healing and supportive space that allows my students to feel at ease so that they can fully relax into the experience.

Who should take your class?

My class is accessible to all levels and body types. I recommend my class to anyone who is looking for a good stretch, a chance to reconnect with themselves, an opportunity to release physical and mental tension, or all of the above!

Alexis McClain

Alexis McClain

Slow Flow for the Soul (Sundays)

How has yoga and/or mindfulness impacted your life personally?

Yoga and mindfulness have really helped me to ground myself. I was running on empty for a long time and deciding to pursue my 200 Hr was one of the best things that I could have done for myself at that time. It has opened me up to other spaces and taught me to care for myself in a different way: to slow down, to listen to my inner self and to take care of me. I was coping in very unhealthy ways and when I changed that it allowed me space to find other ways to cope with this crazy life and yoga and mindfulness have been my cornerstone. I am a constant student and for that I am always grateful.

Why are you passionate about the type of work that you do?

I am all over the place to the outside eye, but everything that I do ties in together and at its most basic essence, as it’s centered around helping people be seen, be heard, and appreciated. My career at CU, my work in wellness, my community work all has that at its core. That drives me, and the different parts of my personality and my passion can be seen in each of these sectors and I can fully be that person, and I can show others that it is ok to be a multifaceted person. That it’s not “This OR That”; it’s I am “This AND That.” I am teaching myself to show up authentically so that others show up that way as well. That makes my soul sing!

What do you wish your students understood about you, or what you bring to your class?

I bring my love of music. I bring my jokes and ease. I bring that I am learning and will always be learning and that I love to share what I learn with others. I bring my fear and ego because I am human, and I bring my desire to help others find their peace, find their movement, and I do that with humor and grace.

Who should take your class?

Everyone!

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Poetry Workshops

How has mindfulness impacted your life personally?

Reading, writing and talking about poems always helps me build a bridge from my own life to the world around me. It helps me connect to the earth, to other people, to the divine, and to myself. Every day it saves me.

Why are you passionate about the type of work that you do?

I love what happens when people come together and share poems–it’s thrilling. Heart-fueling. Mind-leaping. Life-affirming. We open each other’s eyes and ears and awarenesses. We push and nourish each other.

Who are your classes for?

I welcome anyone who wonders what poetry might have to offer them–and even those who don’t. I welcome all levels of experience, from published poets to those who don’t know what a stanza is. There is never any preparation. Just need to show up.

Molly Woodhull

Molly Woodhull

Corporate Programs

How has yoga and/or mindfulness impacted your life personally?

Both meditation and yoga have really helped me find a sense of calm and groundedness within my everyday life. Before mindfulness meditation and yoga I found that I need to escape to the wilderness in order to feel calm. Now I know that sensation of calm and peace lives within me and I simply have to find my breath.

Why are you passionate about the type of work that you do?

I’m really passionate about providing people realistic ways to manage their every day lives. A lot of us have a lot going on. We feel overwhelmed, overworked, tired and stressed. If I can help just a few people learn that they have more power over their anxiety in their day to day life than they think they do I feel like I’ve made an impact. A lot of our lives ruminating about the past about the future and that makes us feel anxious, depressed, and unmotivated. So our breath can make a huge impact.

What do you wish your students understood about you, or what you bring to your classes?

A lot of people say they don’t know how to meditate or they can not make the mind stop. I get this but it’s not true. We are all meditators. I want to meet you where you are and find your meditation practice in your daily walks, in your workout regimen or when you make coffee in the morning. Bring mindfulness to the moments that you find joy in your every day life. I am all about accessibility to meditation, as we are all meditators!

Who is your class for?

All levels. Community and corporate.

Dee Yergo

Dee Yergo

Mindful Movement and Meditation (Wednesdays at 12 pm)

How has yoga and/or mindfulness impacted your life personally?

Yoga and meditation saved my life. I was widowed at a young age and struggled with depression and anxiety as I raised my sons for many years as an only-parent. During a particularly low-point, I met a Buddhist yoga teacher who offered to teach me meditation one-on-one. I remember one of the first things I noticed was I stopped losing my keys all the time. Then, meditation made me aware of my own inner dialogue and experience for the first time. Through that awareness, there was an opening to do deeper self-development and work on healing past trauma.

Why are you passionate about the type of work that you do?

I am a transformation junkie! When I realized the profound impact of yoga, meditation and eastern philosophy on my mental health I felt compelled to leave corporate America behind and build my livelihood around helping others. In addition to yoga and meditation, I am also a women’s empowerment coach. Being able to share the various practices that support my well-being is both my greatest joy and my life’s purpose.

What do you wish your students knew about you, or what you bring to your classes?

My classes offer a method to learn practical life tools via the practices of yoga, meditation, emotional release and free movement. You can also count on a healthy dose of classic wisdom from a variety of world traditions in each of my classes. The strength that you feel in a warrior pose can be applied to life’s challenges. The patience you cultivate on the mat or cushion, should show up when you are navigating your next traffic jam.

Who should take your class?

Anyone who desires more peace, happiness, wisdom, patience, healing, connection and empathy should take my class.
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