Anique walked into Yoga Mountain Shadows and was magnetically drawn to yoga on day one. She dove headfirst into the practice and began teacher training at the same time she began learning yoga! Anique developed her teaching style at the same time she cultivated her own practice; she deeply identifies with individuals who are coming to the mat for the first time wanting to try something new, and are unfamiliar with the foreign language that is yoga. She has a passion for helping students take the first step on their yoga journey and giving them the tools to make the practice a journey of learning, improving, and growing with each practice.
A true Colorado Springs native, Elsbeth completed her RYT200hr at LifePower Yoga Teacher Training in 2015, specializing in vinyasa classes. She has also received her Masters in Public Affairs from CU Denver, and an undergraduate degree from Marquette University. Her love and practice of yoga has been constant for more than a decade, and she enjoys finding various ways to incorporate the philosophy into everyday life. Elsbeth's classes are vinyasa based, focusing on pairing breath and movement while creating fun flows that get the most out of your practice. She loves that YMS is a place for anyone and everyone to come their mat and share the practice of yoga.
I have taught at Yoga Mountain Shadows in Colorado Springs since 2016 offering Vinyasa classes as well as Yin, Yoga Nidra and Restorative Classes with Sound Therapy. I also teach yoga at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where athletes are finding benefits of yoga when added to their training regime. In addition to teaching students at the studio, I developed the curriculum and am the lead trainer for the RYT 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at YMS that has earned high ranking reviews through Yoga Alliance. I am extensively trained in anatomy and physiology and licensed in Colorado as a LMMT since 2004 specializing in TPT (trigger point) and posture analysis. I also am certified in Healing Touch Therapy and merited in Sound Therapy modalities. My in-depth training of physiology, kinesiology, and anatomy are the greatest assets I bring into my practice where I use an intuitive approach to guide others through their practice of yoga and meditation to effectively meet their goals. I also offer workshops, retreats, private and corporate sessions where my Native American heritage and spiritual practices shine through all my classes where we all become one in spirit.
LMMT, CNMT, RYT200, YACEP
I have always loved exercising and pushing my limits. I began practicing Yoga 30 years ago and have been passionate about it ever since. I used to only run and lift weights, but when I added Yoga, I found I became much more peaceful and centered. I also learned that I really could "take my Yoga off the mat" and apply it to my life. About 12 years ago, I became certified through YogaFit (200 RYT), and then retrained (300 RYT) with Aura Wellness a few years later.
I practice every morning before taking a hike with my husband and dogs, go to work (I am a high school English teacher), and then enjoy teaching Yoga throughout the week. I also attend Yoga classes whenever I can at Yoga Mountain Shadows---we have an amazing group of instructors! I can attribute so many positive things in my life to my lifelong commitment to Yoga.
Kim discovered yoga in 2007 as a mom of two babies searching for a physical outlet that also brought peace and connection. It wasn’t long before she noticed how calm and energized she felt, and has been practicing yoga consistently ever since. In 2017, Kim completed a 200-hour Teacher Training at Yoga Mountain Shadows and jumped into teaching classes, eager to share her passion and knowledge with others. As a teacher, Kim grounds students in an ongoing awareness of breath while guiding them through poses with clear directions and modeling. Kim’s approach to yoga is to provide a creative physical workout that students of all levels can easily modify. When not teaching or practicing yoga, you can find Kim camping, hiking, running, backpacking, and paddle boarding all over Colorado
Hi I’m Jen. I have been teaching yoga for 5 years. I have an ERYT 200 certification through yoga alliance. I’ve done additional training in yin and adaptive yoga. I believe yoga is for everyone no matter your fitness level or experience. I enjoy the challenge of the guiding a class that is accessible for everyone. I also love hiking, jogging, walking, weight lifting, baking, and cooking. I have 4 kids who I raise with my husband. Can’t wait to have you in my class.
Ms. Gretchen Bliss is excited to bring her 30 years of yoga practice into her teaching at Yoga Mountain Shadows. She currently works at Pikes Peak Community College as the Cybersecurity Director. Ms. Bliss has a Bachelor’s degree in Russian Language, Literature and History (University of Colorado Boulder) and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA-University of Colorado Springs) and is a certified yoga and meditation teacher. She received her 200 hour certification from Lifetime Fitness in 2014 and has taught yoga and meditation at numerous fitness, studio, and senior facilities. She continues her personal yoga education by attending numerous on line and workshop classes as often as possible. She worked for the Department of Defense all over the United States and the world, gaining expertise in government and world affairs and the intricacies of people and ways to effectively deal with stress. These experiences enhanced her love of peace and the inward focus of yoga practice. Her immersion in different cultures created a genuine respect and appreciation for other traditions and people. Ms. Bliss enjoys time with her family. Her husband is a retired Canadian fighter pilot and is now a program manager for a major defense contractor in town. Her son is an avid reader, good student, gymnast, yogi, hockey player, bassoon and piano player and all around renaissance man. For fun they play games with family, hike, fish, camp, travel and attend classical concerts and opera.
I started my yoga practice in 2015 and practiced everyday, if not in a class, at home. The progress I made in just a few years astonished me. I call yoga my “Fountain of Youth”. I feel at least 15-20 years younger now. I have a real passion for Yoga and want to share its “Fountain of Youth” with as many people as I can.
Bailey is a Colorado Native and has been coming to Yoga Mountain Shadows for her personal practice for two years. She recently decided to take the next step in her practice by going through Yoga Mountain Shadows YTT program. Her favorite type of yoga to practice and teach is anything involving vinyasa, and she loves to create flows that get you moving all around the mat. When she is not doing yoga, Bailey enjoys rock climbing, hiking, snowboarding, sewing, and gardening with her chickens.
My name is Erica Valenzuela. I teach Yin and Vinyasa at Mountain Shadows Yoga. I have completed the 200-hour Integrated Yoga Path Teacher Training approved by Yoga Alliance comprised of comprehensive instruction in asana, pranayama, meditation and practice teaching. I decided to teach in order to share my love and passion of yoga with others. I challenge my students to grow physically and spiritually, allowing them a new beginning every time they come to the mat.
Chawesa (Goi) Thienprasert
Yoga became a part of Goi's life in 2006 when she first attended a corporate yoga studio in Bangkok, Thailand, where she was born and grew up. Early in her practice, self-care was her priority in attending yoga. But later on, Goi found yoga to be more of a meditative path in her daily life. She has found that yoga helps her build length, strength, and a peaceful space in her heart and mind — along with an awareness of the importance of remaining in the present and being grateful in life. The inner peace that yoga gives her after each class helps her to be more ready to give of herself and care for others when the time arises. Yoga teaches her to see and respect differences in each person, and to resist comparison, competition, and judgement. All of this has led to yoga becoming Goi’s true passion in life. Goi followed her passion in yoga by becoming a certified teacher through the 200-hour teacher training in the US in 2016, a year after she and her family permanently moved to the US from Thailand. Goi continued her education in teaching yoga in different modules, yin, hot yoga and restorative respectively. Here in Colorado Springs, Goi has also followed another of her passions, her love of working with children, by becoming a preschool teacher. When she has extra time, Goi loves to spend it with her husband and daughter, practice yoga, go hiking, read, watch American comedy series, and cook Thai food for her family. Yoga is a life long journey for Goi, and presently she enjoys practicing with various teachers so she can bring that knowledge and experience to share with other practitioners in her classes.