Teachers at awake BOULDER Yoga Studio
Check out the yoga teachers currently offering classes at awake BOULDER during our soft launch! We plan to add additional teachers and class times in the Fall. Please let us know if there is a particular class you would like for us to add to our schedule! We are also still looking to connect with prospective teachers and subs.
Amanda Vanstone (Flow)
Amanda has been practicing yoga on and off for most of her life starting when she was 14. It wasn’t until after she graduated university that she really found yoga. Or, as she like to say, yoga found her. It came to her at a crossroads in life and she grabbed on. Her daily practice helped her through many difficulties and has taught her skills to pursue positivity in life.
Amanda studied with Katherine Moore and received her RYT 200 from Sadhana West in 2016. As well as her 15 hour restorative teacher training with Jennie Rindler. She is also a certified personal trainer with NASM. Amanda believes that yoga is a practice for the mind. And that attention to movement, the body, and breath is what allows us to explore internally. She teaches a slow, balanced flow – saturated in stretching, feeling, and observing. While still “feeling the burn,” her mischievous attitude coming out.
She believes yoga is a practice both on and off the mat. It is to be cultivated and carried out through daily life. Her intention is to spread positivity through laughter and kindness, encouraging the elimination of negativity. One of her many mottos is, “we do not laugh because we are happy, we are happy because we laugh.”
When she is not teaching, you will find her travelling (born and raised in Canada, as well as lived in Hong Kong), skiing, swimming, or practicing Kung Fu.
Beth Mongold (Subtle Flow)
Beth is a passionate explorer of the mind-body-spirit connection. She has been teaching yoga for adults and teens since 2001, and her work has gone through many incarnations. Most recently, through her studies at Luminous Awareness Institute, her teaching has evolved to include sensitive awareness of the fields of energy that we all emanate/ inhabit. When an individual consciousness learns to connect to more subtle fields of awareness-bliss, that being can be affected all the way through the most dense of physical fibers–and vice versa. In this way, the practice of yoga becomes both healing and awakening in nature.
Beth is the owner of Body Elemental, an energy medicine practice that serves individuals and groups. Beth has studied in the lines of Hatha Yoga, the streams of Shakta Tantra, and various forms of Buddhism. Her teachers include Paul Dallaghan, Aditi Devi, Sreedevi Devi Bringhi, Anna-Lisa Adelberg and Lorraine DeLear.
Danielle Ouellette (Vinyasa Flow)
Like so many others, yoga found me when I needed it most. I’d spent years developing a career in advertising and marketing . Where 17 hour days were assumed and daily happy hours came with the job. Panic attacks and crippling anxiety became my new normal. I wasn’t sleeping, I was sick and felt stuck in a life I knew wasn’t my own.
And then I tried my first yoga class…I hated it. Too hard, too hot and too much self reflection.
Thankfully, something pulled me back, and through the sweat, tears, laughter and frustration I cultivated a better way of living. The slow work of yoga has helped me feel better in my body, ease my anxiety and has led me to the path of discovering my true self and my life’s work. Yoga reminds us – we can breathe through anything.
My classes come with challenging sequences, dynamic music and a healthy dose of sweat. Many of us need to move, breathe and feel our hearts beating to get into the spaces between our thoughts. My goal is to leave students feeling refreshed and cleared-headed. And for them to in the end feel better – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.
Jennie Rindler (Feel-Good Vinyasa)
Jennie Rindler, MSW, E-RYT, is a yoga teacher, registered psychotherapist, reiki master, and dedicated student of her own personal transformation through connection with self and others. She focuses on creating a safe and comfortable environment, and hopes her students leave class feeling relaxed, strengthened, connected to self, and empowered to take their yoga off the mat and into their lives!
Julia Woods (Vinyasa Flow)
Julia believes that yoga and creative movement are the purest form of human expression. As a lifelong dancer and choreographer, she stepped into yoga at a very young age and became immediately inspired by the healing and nurturing qualities of the practice.
Julia moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of 18 to pursue studies in Dance at Loyola Marymount University. It was during this time where she became fully immersed in the magic of yoga, frequently attending community classes at Santa Monica Power Yoga. Electrified by the authenticity, intentionality, and playfulness of West Cost yoga, she went on to pursue her 200-RYT Holistic Yoga Flow Teacher Training with Travis Eliot and Lauren Eckstrom in 2013. Since then, teaching yoga has brought her some of the most immense joy ever imaginable.
Believing that the true practice of yoga begins off the mat, Julia is committed to social and environmental justice in our world. She works for an environmental nonprofit that funds human rights and grassroots activism primarily in the Global South, and in the past has worked for nonprofits focusing on areas including education reform and renewable energy. In her spare time she loves to rock climb, hike, camp, travel, and spend time adventuring with loved ones.
Mel Gilles (Hatha)
Mel teaches traditional Hatha Yoga from the lineage of Chandra Om and Dharma Mittra. Fourteen years ago, she was chronically ill and bedridden for almost a year when her mother gave her some yoga dvds (MTV Power Yoga!). Mel began to study Ashtanga, along with Chinese Medicine, physical therapy, acupuncture, ayurveda, and energy healing. Her body was her teacher.
In 2005, she began to study at the North Carolina School of Yoga with Chandra Om. After three years of intensive study and severe disability, she recovered from her illnesses with Chandra’s guidance. Through the postures, chanting, pranayama, meditation, raw yogic diet, karma yoga (service) and the Science of Yoga. She has received thousands of hours of training, with 100 hours in Iyengar yoga from Triad Yoga. And both her 200 and 500 hour Advanced Training from Chandra Om, several times over. Since then, she has taught hundreds of students from all walks of life in over a decade of teaching and practicing.
Mel loves to teach beginners, knowing personally what it is to start from square one; her advanced classes lead the way to lesser known postures, but only through deep humility and knowing one’s limits. Her classes are inclusive, meditative and devotional in nature, as well as physically challenging. She knows from experience that we all have access to all we need to know. If we are only willing to go inside and listen. When not teaching yoga, she serves the community as Eco-Cycle’s Zero Waste Specialist. She has dedicated her life to four commitments: service, community, creativity, and spirituality; most everything she does involves all four! She loves deserts, dancing, her partner, Christine, and the yoga.
Michael Wang (Tai Chi and Qigong)
Michael has been a student of Chinese martial and healing arts for nearly 20 years and has been teaching qigong, tai chi and kung fu in Colorado since 2007. His martial arts training led him to explore various healing modalities, including acupuncture, massage and herbs. They are two sides of the same coin in the Chinese framework for health and wellness. Michael’s offerings through awake BOULDER have a focus on health and healing, energy management, and inviting more presence into our lives. Click here to learn more about his school Boulder Kung Fu.
Shawn Rybacki (Mindful Movement)
Shawn teaches Hatha Yoga from the lineage of the Himalayan Institute founded by Swami Rama. She found her way to Yoga by seeking healing from chronic illness and trauma. Her background includes extensive studies of Shambhala Buddhist meditation and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Shawn is a 500 HR-certified Reiki Master, and is passionate about incorporating Reiki into her classes. Also a graduate student at Naropa University, studying Mindfulness-Based Counseling Psychology, she believes emotional wellness is paramount to the Yoga experience. Each of her classes emphasizes exploration of the mind-body connection. Shawn hopes to create a nurturing environment where her students feel safe to show up exactly as they are!