Shauna Hylenski, Founder & Teacher
The breath, the flow the sacred sound of the mantra OM deeply resonated with Shauna in her first yoga class in NYC’s Laughing Lotus Yoga Studio. At that moment she knew there was something more. Something beyond the thrill of the stage that drove her professional dance career and she was determined find out more. Shauna’s quest for the wisdom of the ancient art of yoga lead her from the beaches of Thailand to the Pagodas of Japan, all the way to the sacred Ashrams of Rishikesh in India. Every step of her journey led her closer to her true self. Shauna knew that teaching the traditions and wisdom of yoga would be the natural progression of her journey. Her calling as a teacher led her and her partner Bryan overseas in Japan and South Korea, where their beautiful daughter Hana was born and she graciously witnessed the transformative and healing powers of yoga. Shauna’s training is steeped in the traditions of alignment principles of Anusara and the sacred flow of Shiva Rae. She honors all of the teachers that have guided her and shared their wisdom along the way.
What can you expect from a class with Shauna? To feel grounded, calm well as invigorated and energized after a Flow, Deepen or Challenge class with Shauna. Her yin classes will bring you to a deep state of bliss and her Kids Yoga series classes will balance fun and focus for your little ones. Shauna expertly guides her students deep inside their own bodies and minds, where they will discover their own inner wisdom and true teacher, themselves.
Gina has been practicing yoga for about 15 years, but was inspired to connect her physical practice to more of the philosophical and spiritual elements of yoga during her time in Asia in 2010-2011. When she lived in Thailand she resided near a Buddhist temple. Hearing the monks perform their daily chants, walking through the temple grounds on her way to school, and sitting in front of images of the Buddha many times over, she was inspired to live a life more in line with Buddhist principles and a lifestyle of yoga. After she had been home in the U.S. for about a year and a half, she found a yoga community in Longmont, Colorado and pursued a Vinyasa yoga teacher-training program.
Since her program completion in 2013, Gina has been eager to share the practice of yoga with others and always seeks to find the yoga in her daily life – on and off the mat. She believes that the physical, emotional and spiritual gifts that yoga gives a person are limitless and continues to learn from this. Gina teaches yoga classes along the spectrum of restorative and gentle to powerful Vinyasa. You can look forward to an uplifting practice with Gina based in the fundamentals of yoga, but also an opportunity to quiet the mind and listen to the heart. When she’s not teaching yoga, you may find her skiing someplace in Summit County or Rocky Mountain National Park, rock climbing somewhere in Colorado, or playing competitive ultimate Frisbee.
Christine has been practicing yoga for over 12 years. Yoga is an integral part of her life, teaching her about herself as well as others and allowing the space and time to practice what I learn. Christine enjoys teaching to all levels and establishing a fun, trusting, loving environment in class. She has called Longmont her home for 11 years and loves the community and opportunities we are offered here. In Christine’s free time, she enjoys snowboarding and hiking with her husband, daughter and 3 dogs.
It was love at first pose for Juliet and her practice. She found it challenging, fun, relaxing, and was greatly ignited by all the beautiful poses she had seen other yogis doing. Juliet dove deep into her practice, and would sometimes go to class twice a day, 7 days a week; but it wasn’t until a trip to Thailand, that Juliet realized teaching was the path of yoga she was meant to take.
After signing up for a silent meditation retreat, the monk Juliet was studying under, asked if she would lead the rest of the students in a short 30 minute yoga practice. Even after explaining she was not a yoga teacher, the monk insisted. Unable to say no to this joyful, smiling monk, Juliet led the rest of the group into sun salutations and light stretching. After this impromptu class, Juliet was overwhelmed with the positive responses from the students. It was in that moment that Juliet discovered, teaching yoga was her calling.
Juliet received her 200 hour yoga certification in Longmont, CO, and has been teaching, sharing, practicing and loving every second of it ever since. With a deep appreciation for the discipline and dedication of ashtanga yoga, and the freedom and dance like movement of vinyasa style flows, Juliet will be sure to challenge her students to uncover their deepest expressions.. giving them the freedom to fully embrace what their bodies are wanting in each moment.
Outside of yoga, you can find Juliet making elixirs and playing with crystals, hiking the beautiful Colorado terrain, trying to play guitar, delving deep into poetry, and hanging out with her two crazy kids.
“Keep walking, though there is no place to get to. Don’t try to see through the distances, that’s not for human beings. Move within, but don’t move the way fear makes you move.”
Amanda has been involved with yoga for fourteen years becoming a teacher in 2008. She is well versed in many styles of yoga. Being certified in Thai Yoga and personal training Amanda tries to incorporate these into instruction. Training with Yoga-Fit in 2008 for her 200-HR certification she started an awesome journey and hasn’t looked back.
Amanda loves laughing and brings a smile to every class. Yoga is a outlet which allows her spread laughter, love, peace and happiness to others. During any class expect to hear energetic flows with music to move your body and count on hands on assists throughout class.
In her free time Amanda spends many days above Longmont skydiving, working on her climbing, hiking, running with her incredible wonder dog Kevin and creating new adventures with her amazing partner in crime Andrew!
Jessa is an E-RYT, PRYT yoga teacher and a birth photographer, but first and foremost she is a woman and mother passionate about life. It was a thirst for a deeper understanding in her own practice that brought Jessa to her first Hatha yoga teacher training in 2007. She began teaching prenatal yoga after her daughter was born. Her experience of empowerment during pregnancy inspired her to share the powerful tools yoga provides for self discovery and empowerment with other new Mamas.
Today she lives with her family in Longmont Colorado. Her classes are a gentle flow with a strong focus on breath, alignment and compassionate movement. She loves being outside with her two energetic kids, biking, cooking, creating and moving her body. As a photographer, she loves to tell stories through photographs; to capture the authentic emotion within family relationships and experiences. She is honored by every opportunity to share in a woman’s birth journey. The interweaving of yoga, wellness, birth and photography in a way that serves women and families is her passion and delight.
Rachel is first and foremost a dedicated student of Yoga; she has been practicing yoga for 17 years, and teaching for 4 years. Rachel holds a 200 Hour-RYT certification with Yoga Alliance. While she is working towards furthering her certification level, she is attending as many yoga trainings as she can squeeze into her schedule. Since completing her training in February of 2014 she has continued her Svadhyaya (Self Study through Yoga) with: iRest Teacher Certification, Yoga Fit “Yoga for Trauma”, Warriors at Ease teacher Certified. As you might notice from the courses she has taken, her passion is helping Veterans heal through Yoga and Meditation. Rachel is a disabled Veteran herself, and yoga and meditation have helped her heal. So her desire is to show others that yoga can be for everyone and adapted to fit everybody.
Rachel returned from her month in India with Global Yoga Shala, with a true passion for teaching Yoga. This journey started In Germany, then to Anchorage, Alaska, and has now brought her to Longmont, Co where she recently graduated from the Rolf Institute. Having now a much better grasp on anatomy and modifications for limitations we all have in our body. Her teaching style encourages students to find their own practice and pace. She is a believer that the physical movements may bring you to Yoga, but the real work begins when you begin to question what is Yoga?
Matt first tried yoga over a decade ago when he joined a gym as a New Year’s resolution with his roommates. At first, it was just a way to assist with rock climbing recovery, but he quickly fell in love with the newfound flexibility, the transformative power of the practice, and the scented towels in savasana. Since then, he has trained in anusara, hatha, vinyasa, yin, and restorative yoga styles and continues to learn, thinking of himself as a student first. When he’s not in the yoga studio, Matt enjoys hiking, climbing, running, and riding his motorcycle around Colorado’s beautiful mountains. He looks forward to making you sweat in a vinyasa class or trying to put you to sleep in yin- either way, he’s excited to grow with this community.
As a lifelong student of yoga, Sarah’s practice began when her Papa introduced her to mindful breath work, gratitude and Nidra as a child and grew into a love for the asanas that pair so nicely with the intentional breath. Sarah is certified in Vinyasa Flow, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Meditation and Reiki. She leads her classes with a compassionate heart and mindful tone. Her hope is that her students leave feeling better than when they walked in and that they carry with them a renewed sense of confidence, ease and gratitude.
“Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid. Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has power, magic and genius in it. Begin it now.” -Papa John