I moved to Crested Butte in 1999 having no idea I would return for so many winters and now finally summers too! The first love of my life was dance. Growing-up I study tap, jazz, ballet, and modern dance. In high school I performed in the theater, with a traveling dance company and was on the high school varsity competing dance line. While at University, I managed to fit in African and Ballroom dance classes and auditioned dance performances. Dance was always a foundation for joy and deep connection in my life. After college I gratefully fell into yoga. I have since, explored deep connection and presence through yoga, meditation, NIA, and yoga trace dance. I have been a yoga and mediation practitioner since 1994. I earned both my 200hr yoga teacher certification (in 2009) and my 500hr advance teacher certification (in 2014) from the Sivananda Ashram. I have returned every year to the Sivananda Ashram to study the philosophy and practical application of Raja Yoga (Ashtanga 8-limbs of yoga) and Bhakti Yoga. These studies have included an in-depth look at the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. I am well established in Zen Meditation and have spent 4-5 months per year for the last four years living and practicing full time at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center.
Yoga has been a part of my life for over 15 years. Around the time I began my studies in massage therapy and holistic health, I came to the understanding that my entire yoga practice could be as simple as aligning my spine and taking a few deep breaths. I slowly began to dive deeper into my yogic path. The first time I did kirtan, the practice of chanting sacred, ancient mantras with music, I entered a profound state of tranquillity. With the newfound realization that my practice could be singing ancient mantras of love, gratitude and joy, I was inspired to take my studies to a higher level. I immersed myself in the teachings brought to the west by Ram Dass and several other amazing yogis and today I am honored and humbled to be able to share these ancient teachings.
Yoga is many things to many people but often defined as the union of the self with the One Divine Universal Consciousness. From the teachings of Yoga come many practices designed to bring the practitioner into the present moment, into a place of infinite love and abundance, where life exists.
My intention is to provide soulful, heart-focused, breath-centered transmissions of these sacred teachings through traditional Yogic practices including pranayama (breath), asana (posture), dhyana (meditation) and mantra, as well as drawing from practices of other ancient cultures, to help practitioners clear their minds, connect with their hearts and realize that we are all cells in the same body...we are all One Love.
Thank you to all of my teachers, especially Ram Dass, Krishna Das, Govin Das, Saul David Raye, Monica Mesa and Kristi Murrin.
About 18 years ago, recovering from a marathon run, I happened into a yoga class near Philadelphia. It was a powerful, hot, vinyasa style class taught by Baron Baptiste. I was profoundly moved by the intensity of the practice and the deep release felt in the heat of the room. From that day on I was hooked and continued to practice and experiment with different styles of yoga. I found routine practice not only changed me physically, but generated an inner calm and balance that carried over into all aspects of my life.
In 2015 I decided to take my practice to the next level. I spent two weeks in Sedona, Arizona with the Baptiste Institute and completed my 200 hour teacher certification. I learned so much and look forward to continuing this journey of knowledge and discovery.
My classes are vinyasa style, in a heated room and are open to all levels. We will focus on foundation, flow and breath while building strength, stability and flexibility.
Originally from Philadelphia, I have been living here with my husband and two children since 2006, enjoying the nature, community and life-style of this beautiful valley.
Jessica's first yoga experience was a course at Ohio State University. It was Hatha yoga. Among many things learned, how to breathe correctly changed her life and she became very interested in yoga.
Jessica's studies of yoga include Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, and Kundalini.
Jessica has received her 200 hr yoga teacher training with Yoga World Reach/Inner Power Yoga. The curriculum covered anatomy, asanas, pranayama, meditation, mantras, history, Sanskrit, Spanda theory, pre-natal yoga, and Ayurvedic medicine.
Jessica's studies are also in Therapeutic Massage, Zen Shiatsu, and Ashiatsu. Jessica is a 1999 graduate of East-West College of Healing Arts, Portland,OR. Jessica has maintained Shiatsu Massage, her business in CB for 15 years.
Jessica teaches an Ashtanga based Vinyasa, and Kundalini. For Jessica it's about enjoying your yoga practice, and learning the life skills that have been handed down for centuries to combine body, mind & spirit to maintain peace, and be blissful.
Yoga is the journey to self-discovery; it is an endless process of finding out who we are and then allowing our gifts to shine through. I am an avid skier, rock climber and mountain biker and the foundation of my training is yoga. Not only does it give me a faster recovery time but also better balance, agility and focus to accomplish the task at hand. Yoga is a tool that is complimentary to anyone at any stage in life. Being present and understanding ourselves is what keeps us evolving, moving and becoming who we truly want to be; so come flow with me. More information at www.katiedark.com
My mother is my original yoga influence, and my first introduction to yoga as a child. While she practiced in the matt, I was drawn to the contemplative practices and began meditation practice at a ripe 13 years old (more about my meditation background in the next section). Though I continued different meditation practices, my path was that of a dancer, until my body crashed in my late 20s, and I found myself in Iyengar yoga classes at the behest of my mom. The matt practice dovetailed nicely with my movement meditation practice, and I was enthusiastically was off and running. My first training was in ’97 through the Nosara Institute, and my first years of teaching mentorship were through the Harvard Square Yoga Center in Cambridge, Ma. I eventually landed at the Kripalu Center to deepen my studies and practice, living there for a year, primarily working with Michael Carrol and Stephen Cope, among others. At Kripalu, I met Donna Farhi, Erich Schiffman And Rod Stryker, (and many many others) all of whom I eventually studied and trained with extensively over the next 10+ years. During this time, I earned a masters degree in somatics and consciousness studies from Lesley University. I also moved to Key West, Fl., where I taught for most of my 30s, eventually co-leading a basic yoga teacher training with Green Tara Yoga. By the end of this period of my life, I began to delve deeper into my meditation practice, eventually teaching within the Buddhist tradition. Currently, after 30 plus years of study and teaching, I offer classes and private session drawing from all the above influences (and many more not mentioned), encouraging a light-hearted approach to the deeper practices.
Offerings: How much freedom can you handle? There is value in simply chilling out and feeling good. There is also more … why stop at good feels when you can have freedom? When is it best to expand into freedom, and when is it better to just CTFO?
Let’s explore what is possible:
The forces that move the cosmos are no different from those which move the human soul. Lama Anagarika Govinda
I came to Kundalini Yoga through the back door. I am a nature lover, an athlete, a teacher, a field biologist, a mother, an artist and now yoga instructor. I have lived in Boulder, Colorado for 32 years and have been a second homeowner in Crested Butte for 12. My husband and I have been practicing Buddhists for 22 years and I have spent time studying and practicing Reiki, Qigong, EMDR, Brainspotting, Anusara yoga and Contemplative Nature Photography. In 2013, my neighbor invited me to go to Peru on a yoga retreat with Sukhraj, a local yoga instructor and prior to our trip, I began attending her 9 AM class – Kundalini Yoga. WOW!
In kundalini yoga, I am learning to remember who I am. I am learning how to operate, respect and nourish my divine vehicle and energy being. I am remembering that I am made of stardust and like a snowflake, I am unique. Through this precise and ancient technology, I am learning how to tone and heal my body, sharpen my mind and elevate my spirit. In May 2015, after 3 family suicides, I made a commitment to myself to fully surrender to this one practice – Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
Kundalini yoga is a householder’s practice. It is not a religion. It is fast, effective and designed for everyone regardless of age and physical abilities. In Kundalini yoga, we move our bodies with our eyes closed. We breath and move energy. We activate our glands, frontal cortex and relax fully. We chant out loud to vibrate with the cosmos. We are no different than what we experience in nature. We are nature and most of us have forgotten. Kundalini yoga brings people home to the divinity within, to joy, hope, possibility and to all things workable. Kundalini yoga works on the mind, body and spirit to make people happy, healthy and holy. I invite you to come experience Kundalini yoga. Give it a go, give it 3 tries and see if it’s for you! Sat Nam (truth is how I am).
Kristi started studying yoga in 1993 when an acupuncturist in Crested Butte recommended it for her back pain. For the next 12 years, Iyengar Yoga helped her maintain a healthy back and allowed her to continue seeking adventure in the outdoors with strength and body awareness.
She graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology in 1999 and became a math and science high school teacher for 12 years.
She also has a strong background in Alternative Healing Arts. In conjunction with her Bachelor of Arts at CU, Kristi also graduated from the Homeopathy School International and received her regional certification as a CHom, Certified Homeopathic Consultant.
During her career in teaching, Kristi participated in a traveling school program for high school age professional kayakers. She taught math and science to groups of up to twelve students and traveled around the globe kayaking world-renowned whitewater destinations such as the Zambezi in Africa, the Yangtze in China and the Futalefu of Chile.
Her most recent studies have been focused on the ancient teachings of Ayurveda, and is now working on her 500hr certification in Ayuryoga® and Yoga Therapy Licensure with Maria Garre and Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic institute in Albuquerque New Mexico. Ayurveda teaches the art of living in harmony with the five elements in nature.
Kristi is a full time resident of Crested Butte and has a Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Yoga practice available for private consultations. Her contact number is (970)596-7337 to schedule an appointment.
Travis Hamel Olsen
While attending school at the University of Montana over 30 years ago I stumbled into yoga. I needed to add an elective to my schedule and could not find a Tia Chia class. Needless to say I became impassioned with my yoga practice.
Twenty some years back yogi friends encouraged me to join them at an early Yoga Journal Conference in Estes Park. There I met and trained with Patricia Walden, Judith Lasater, Angela Farmer, Victor van Kooten, Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, Ellis Browning Miller, Erich Schiffmann, Anthony Bogart. Each of them inspired a deep love of yoga, to live in my body, mind & heart.
Here I am these many years later sharing my love & committment of this mindful centering lifestyle. Being in touch with the teacher within.
Within the next few months I will be attending a certification training, "The Healing of The Heart" with Nischala Joy Devi a gentle restorative yoga focusing on serious illnesses.
I continue to study with as many yoga traditions as well as different teachers at every opportunity.
I have discovered emense joy in yoga and Yogis I teach because I wish to share my love and offer a variety of themes mentioned below:
Set a safe kind & loving environment for students to learn & stretch themselves.
Joy, enthusiastic, humorous - be in touch with the teacher within.
It’s a practice of poses centered around resting.
It is the use of props to support the body in positions of comfort and ease to facilitate health and relaxation.
What is Restorative Yoga
Three things that Judith finds pervasive in our society: anxiety, anger, and depression. She believes that a lot of that stems from the fact that we completely reject the reality of loss. We are an under-grieved society and that comes from our fear of our feelings.
There is something spiritually profound about being still and watching your mind.
Lying on the floor and letting go, everyday for 20 minutes, is life-changing.
It has profound benefits and it’s so simple
A Spanish proverb says, “How beautiful to do nothing and then rest afterwards.”
Emphasis put on being, not doing
Margaret Mead said, “Don’t forget you’re special, just like everyone else.”
May we live like the lotus, at home in the muddy water.
I started my journey into healthy living when I was eighteen. I graduated from massage school in 2010 and have constantly taken classes striving for more knowledge since. In May of 2015 I decided to start a new path into yoga. I attended an immersion training with Hari Om school in Costa Rica. I was surprised by the improvement in my body, and watching the growth of others during the training as well. My style has morphed into a slow meditative yet powerful vinyasa flow. I enjoy working specifically with alignments due to my massage influence. I'm excited to have this opportunity to share my love for yoga with others.