Meet the teachers at Yoga for the Peaceful!
Monica is the founder and creative director of YOGA FOR THE PEACEFUL, a soulful green community yoga studio, as well as YOGA ROCKS THE BUTTE WINTER FESTIVAL
in Crested Butte, Colorado, She is an assistant, mentor, and teacher trainer in Shiva Rea's Samudra Global School for Living Yoga, is featured in her TV program, YOGA MOUNTAIN HIGH, and has three wonderful sons. She teaches Prana Flow Energetic Vinyasa, in which her classes are infused with music, poetry, and an element of spontaneity and joy. Her affectionate and motivational style of teaching is fueled by her studies in the law of attraction, oneness consciousness, and Buddhism. She is devoted to her guru; Neem Karoli Baba,
her teacher in the Buddhist tradition; Lama Tsultrim Allione
, and her Maha teacher; Shiva Rea
. She is proud of her Colombian roots and teaching bilingual teacher trainings and retreats there. Monica enjoys living the mountain lifestyle with her loved ones, surfing whenever she can, and is devoted to raising the collective vibration!
Juliet Stillman became inspired to be a serious yoga student under Monica Mesa's amazing teachings. Something about the fluid flows of vinyasa made her feel graceful and peaceful. In her class, 'Meditative Flow', she tries create a space that achieves these feelings for all. When Juliet isn't enjoying the beauty of Crested Butte or practicing yoga, she is playing with dogs at her business Oh Be Dogful Pet Ranch.
Brenda Flemming has studied with many Senior Iyengar Teachers over the past 27 years and gives most respect and appreciation to all the knowledge infused from the Iyengar Family of Pune, Manuoso Manos of San Francisco, and Gabriella Guibilaro of Florence, Italy. Their brilliance and authenticity has profoundly touched her soul transmitting it through her teachings.
Brenda shares the Philosophy, Science and Art of Patanjali Ancient Yoga through the Iyengar Tradition. She has also made a point of studying other traditions of yoga to allow for an increased understanding of working with students that come into class from other styles, relating to these students perspective as they enter into an Iyengar class.
Brenda has taught Iyengar Yoga at Western State College of Colorado going into her eightenth year offering college students this most important subject to be incorporated into their lives. She encourages students to tap into the capabilities of building up their nervous system and emotional health, open-mindedness through strengthening the spine and mind. Her classes set the stage for the yoga lifestyle of cultivated humanness Eco-minded consciousness, super hero, spiritual supported yoga family community, and vibrant sattvic living food nutrition is all part of the interaction with stepping into a class with Brenda. She will inspire you to a new level of humanness.
Brenda also teaches public classes in Gunnison, Colorado at 320 N. Main Street and in Salida, Colorado. She is available for privates, workshops and will gladly travel to warm climates in the the winter months to fill in and sub for teachers.
Brenda can be contacted at 719-207-2010. Learn more about Brenda at gunnisonschoolofyoga.com
Michelle grew up in San Diego, CA and was introduced to Iyengar Yoga when her mother was going through the Iyengar teacher training program. She was fortunate enough to start classes with some amazing teachers in the Iyengar lineage such as Mary Dunn, Manuoso Manos and Jo Zukovich. During her travels to Pune, India she studied under the tutelage of Mr. Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar. In January of 2009 Michelle moved with her family to New Zealand from Crested Butte. There she found and Iyengar studio and joined the teacher training program. It was in New Zealand that she passed two levels of certification. Currently, Michelle holds an Iyengar Introductory Level II certification. Michelle and her family are now happily back in Crested Butte where they can ski and her daughter is a member of the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team. Along with yoga, she weight trains, hikes, travels and is involved in the Crested Butte Community School PTA and Community for Restorative Practices here in Gunnison County.
Laura Mitchell is a natural healer that blends her work in Ortho Bionomy with her therapeutic yoga classes. Each class focuses on what the students request and props and adapting are part of every class. Gentle adjustments and heart opening poses are frequently experienced in class. Laura believes that everyone can benefit from yoga even if that is simply getting into one or two restorative poses. If you are afraid to try yoga this is the perfect class for you! Gentle and therapeutic with an emphasis on resetting the nervous system is my goal. I look forward to seeing you in class. Please visit my web site www.cborthobionomy.com or contact me directly at 970-596-9693
Dina is a former co-owner of Yogaspace in Brookfield, CT www.yogaspace-ct.com and Yoga Alliance certified through Devalila Yoga (“Divine Play” in Sanskrit) in Lambertville, NJ. Dina has combined her training and other studies with nationally recognized teachers to create her own unique style of teaching yoga; guiding students through the process of gently releasing tension held deep within the body. Her style is playful and free-flowing, invigorating and relaxing. Dina’s detailed instruction with careful attention on alignment and breath gives students the opportunity to become deeply connected with all aspects of themselves. Her philosophy is that after yoga practice you should not only feel better in your body, but better about your life.
For more about Dina and to learn about her Life and Wellness Coaching Practice visit her site at dinaferrantecoaching.com
Meaghan Young realized the benefits of yoga during her very first class at the age of 19. For the following fifteen years, she practiced and studied yoga in New York, Colorado, Virginia and California with her teachers, Angela Phillips, Monica Mesa, and Shiva Rea. Meaghan received her 200 hour teacher training In Hatha with Angela Phillips and 50 hours of training with Shiva Rea, certifying her in Pre/Post Natal and Yoga Trance Dance. She loves to travel to Yoga Journal Conferences and Bhakti Festival to practice and learn with loved as well as new teachers and to celebrate in the devotional spirit of kirtan. As a jeweler, Meaghan uses her love of yoga and the divine to create yoga jewelry that is carried in the Yoga for the Peaceful boutique, and can also be found at www.myomdesigns.com . Returning to her beloved home, Crested Butte, in 2012, Meaghan desired to share her studies and life experience with the people of her community. She aspires to receive her 200 hour teacher training in Prana Flow with Shiva Rea.
Eva is a practicing Massage Therapist. She studied at the Mountain Heart School of Transformational Bodywork. Her 850hr Certification includes 27hrs in Neuromuscular Therapy and 204hrs in Somatic MindBody Therapy (SMBT). SMBT allows a therapist to facilitate healing on a deep and lasting level, while maintaining a professional rapport with clients. SMBT practitioners help their clients be “on purpose” in life, transform traumatic experiences, understand the communication of their symptoms, realign with their own core values and release and reorient blocked energy in the body. These techniques are communicated in a safe and supportive environment.
Eva’s method focuses on “Re-Scripting” the way you experience your body through the use of a tool referred to as a Foam Roller. Her Foam Roller Massage, FRM, is a gentle approach to correcting the “body out of balance”. FRM can be used to compliment any type of bodywork you are currently utilizing, including both traditional massage and yoga. She also introduces the concept of “metaphoric work” as a method to explore how your body has come to be out of balance. “Body Metaphoric” is based on how the energy of life is manifested and expressed through the physical body.
Possible BENEFITS of FOAM ROLLING with Eva: Achieve a body that is more flexible, recover from a work out faster, improve Range of Motion, gain confidence in body posture, increased proprioception, body awareness and relaxation by decreasing muscle tension. Your body will appreciate the opportunity to hydrate facia, flush soft tissue, break through adhesions, breath deeply and lengthen into your most amazing you!
“Please join me and learn to show gratitude for all that your body does to protect you and all that it allows you to do.”-Eva Paul
Hannah is a Massachusetts native who was first introduced to yoga in 2006. She believes yoga and art are the most prolific tools for self-discovery and has traveled around the globe studying and teaching people about the power of yoga and artistic expression.
Hannah moved to Colorado in the Fall of 2007 and began a formal study of yoga and art as a student at Colorado College. She has worked in Guatemala (2009) and Kenya (2007) as an Artist in Residence teaching vinyasa, fiber arts and ceramics to elementary school children. In 2009, she studied yoga with Corepower Yoga in Colorado Springs earning her 200-hr vinyasa flow teacher training certification. In 2011, after graduating from Colorado College with degrees in English and Art History, Hannah moved to Denver and began working for Corepower Yoga.
Hannah is most inspired by the serenity of nature and recently moved to Crested Butte to escape the bustle of the city. Hannah is currently enrolled in Shiva Rea's 200-hr Prana Flow teacher training course at Yoga for the Peaceful as well as the Integrative Yoga Therapeutics course at the Kripalu Institute for Yoga and Health; in September, Hannah will earn her Prana Flow Teacher Training certification as well as her license to practice Yoga Therapy. Hannah is also excited to be the new Director of the Alpenglow Gallery in Mountaineer Square.
Amanda McDowell is a Colorado native coming to us from Golden, CO. She has taken classes in many different styles but yoga came alive for her during her class at WSCU in the Fall of 2004. Learning under Brenda Flemming she has gained a profound appreciation for the wisdom and vibrance BKS Iyengar has lent to this auspicious subject. She has studied with Brenda ever since and continued her education with the teacher training program in 2010 at the Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver under Craig Kurtz and Leslie Bradley. In addition to student teaching and teacher assisting Brenda in her beginner courses at WSCU, she has taught at Park Hill Yoga in Denver and at Singapore International School in Danang, Vietnam, where she offered children and adult beginner courses. She is excited to work with beginning students and those new to yoga as she will focus on the key concepts to form a firm balanced foundation for you to begin your unique yoga journey. Amanda is committed to nurturing growth - whether it’s in the garden, in the classroom or within your own body. She loves searching for the places within ourselves where we have room to lengthen, extend and release tension. Her intention is to manifest calm steady joy! Come play, explore and discover your potential with her. She teaches Yoga Basics on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am!