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.
Amy DelaTerre, MA, is a Kripalu-certified yoga instructor, specializing in prenatal and postpartum yoga, children’s yoga, and Hatha yoga for women. Amy has been sharing yoga with children and adults of all ages for almost twenty years, in a wide variety of settings, from yoga studios and recreation centers to preschools, elementary schools, libraries and homeschool enrichment programs. Amy earned an MA in Environmental Leadership and Contemplative Education from Naropa University, and worked for many years as a preschool and kindergarten teacher, before having her own two sons. Yoga and meditation practice proved to be such an invaluable resource during her pregnancies and the hectic early years of parenting two little boys, that she was inspired to create a yoga program, Wee Bee Yoga, for pregnant women, children and families, to offer yoga and mindfulness practices to mothers, along with their babies and young children. Amy taught her Wee Bee Yoga classes for three years while living in midcoast Maine. She and her family returned to Colorado a few years ago, and now live in Longmont, where Amy home-schools, gardens, hikes, teaches classes on the use of herbs and essential oils for health and wellbeing, and makes bath and body products for her company, Of the Earth Botanicals. Amy is also working on a Children’s Yoga Teachers’ Manual, which she hopes to publish someday soon.
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.
Liz has a degree in hospitality management, and has been working as an event & wedding planner since 1999. Over these years an avid yoga practice has helped her find a sense of calm from the busy stressful days. After suffering a leg injury while snowboarding found yoga was also an amazing way to heal the body. Our bodies have the ability to heal when we fuel them with good nutrition and allow our breath to deepen & our minds to slow down. Practicing prenatal yoga through her pregnancy found it also was a great way to connect with her baby. Health of her mind & body have always been very important to her and decided after having her son to embrace her passions and share it with others. Liz completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Samadhi in Denver, a 36 -hour prenatal/ postnatal teacher training with De West, 100- hours Anjali restorative training with Shannon Paige, Kids training through Radiant beginnings, and most recently a certification in Yoga Nidra. She also is certified as a health coach and has a passion for helping others in Planning4health. She has a love for the outdoors and nature, enjoys snowboarding, hiking, SUP, & gardening.
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.”
Keri is passionate about teaching inspired yoga classes that combine aspects of meditation, breath and sound healing as well as a balance of grounding and opening poses. Keri supports her students with being helpful with props and adjustments and using clear cues to guide transitions in and out of postures. Practicing yoga with Keri offers opportunities for students to stay in their bodies and with their breath and release everyday tensions and stress. Building relationships with her students and creating an inclusive community is very important to Keri, and her warm, calm presence allows her to hold a space for students to join with their truest nature and draw awareness to the present moment.
In a studio above a small pizza restaurant in Baltimore, MD, Keri discovered the gift of yoga, and since then, it’s become an integral part of her life’s path. She’s traveled across the United States, to Northern India, Iceland and beyond to learn and grow as a student and teacher. Keri completed an alignment-based teacher training in Boulder, CO, a prenatal and yin certification. She’s currently enrolled in a 300-hour training with Janet Stone Yoga where she’s going deeper into sequencing intuitively and yoga philosophy. Both tender- and wild-hearted, Keri looks to nature as inspiration and solace from the crazy journey of life as a mama of two, LGBTQIA+ advocate, yoga instructor, and writer.
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.
Haley completed her 200hr YTT in Boulder, CO. Her goal as a yoga instructor is to guide students on their journey of movement, strengthening, deepening mind/body connection and breath work; to give permission to slow down and create space on and off the mat, as other teachers have done for her. She has a strong foundation in Vinyasa and slow-flow classes. Outside of yoga, haley is an avid climber and birth doula. Free time will find her on a rock face or in the woods with her husband, son, and very squirrelly dog.
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
Whether through science, the sacred or self-expression, Emily has always been guided by an insatiable curiosity about the nature of the cosmos. What started as a childhood love of the observable world evolved into a passion for the natural sciences. Her scientific seeking culminated in a master’s program in Geology, where her faith in science was shattered by a series of profound synchronicities.
Suddenly awakened to a paradigm beyond what science could yet explain, Emily left academia in 2007 to follow the mystery. Again guided by synchronicity, she found herself working in a series of seemingly unrelated fields –from wilderness therapy and addiction intervention to graphic/web design and brand development and later to soul craft and the ceremonial arts.
Despite their apparent disjointedness, each of these passions and professions, in their own way, softened her focus from the strictly scientific, literal, mental lens of her youth to the symbolic, liminal, mythic language of the Sacred.
Emily began facilitating sacred, transformational group experiences in 2012 and soon observed that her unique background was an asset. She was able to see and synthesize ideas in perspective-shifting yet grounded ways. For Emily, ceremony has become an everyday way of metabolizing and making meaning of her life.
In 2016, when invited to train with Awaken the Dance founder, Hannah Kinderlerher, Emily immediately recognized Hannah’s particular blend of movement and music as ceremony of the very best kind–one devoted entirely to embodiment, evolution and enjoyment! In facilitating Awaken the Dance, Emily has found a long-sought-after means of merging many passions and she thrives on empowering her fellow dancers to live into more vibrant, inspired and embodied expressions of themselves.