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.
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
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.
Tarah Niccoli-Taylor has had a passion for movement and dance her whole life. She grew up in the Gunnison Valley and began her dance training at an early age. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Theatre Dance from the University of Northern Colorado and went on to dance professionally in Phoenix Arizona. She moved back to the Gunnison Valley in 2010, where she got married and started her family. With the chaos of motherhood, dance and movement became a second priority. In an effort to get healthy and find self-love, she discovered Buti Yoga and quickly realized the transformative nature of the practice and developed a deep passion for it. Shortly after starting, she traveled to Las Cruces New Mexico and got certified. Tarah is thrilled to share this practice and to build a Buti Tribe with the women of the Gunnison Valley.
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.
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.
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.
Dharma Punx Meditation
Tuesday, Thursday @ 7:15
info @: email@example.com
We will practice and explore the dharma (Buddhist philosophy), meditation skills, and create community at each sit. Any and all welcome. The approach to meditation practice we will be aligning with is roughly summed up in the following quote: “Ancient Buddhisttradition has used meditation to rebel against greed, hatred, and delusion. Buddha referred to his own path as patisotaogami, meaning “against the stream.” Meditation is the internal training as we go “against the stream” on our path toward transformation of the world around us. The spiritual revolution takes place both internally and externally, leading to ethical conduct on a personal level and in our engagement with the world. Freedom from suffering is the goal, creating positive change in the world is the outcome. “He (the Buddha) basically said that the true seeker was a rebel and that spiritual practice is the highest form of anti-establishment rebellion.” Noah Levine