Elsbeth Micklewright


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. As Studio Director, Elsbeth loves that YMS is a place for anyone and everyone to come to their mat and share the practice of yoga. 



Kim Wilson


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.


Erica Valenzuela


Erica teaches Yin and Vinyasa at Yoga Mountain Shadows. She has completed the 200-hour Integrated Yoga Path Teacher Training approved by Yoga Alliance comprised of comprehensive instruction in asana, pranayama, meditation and practice teaching. Erica decided to teach in order to share her love and passion of yoga with others. She challenges her students to grow physically and spiritually, allowing them a new beginning every time they come to the mat.


Rachel Ribich


After personally practicing yoga and meditation regularly for five years, Rachel chose to immerse herself in the timeless teachings of a present-day yoga practice at Shoshoni Shambavanada in Rollinsville, CO. Receiving her 200HR Yoga Teacher Certification launched Rachel on a path of sharing her passion for developing a deep connection to the Inner Self while helping spread consciousness, love and light. Beginning with a strong foundation in body awareness, Rachel enjoys guiding students to move deeper, exploring their individual experience of yoga. She uses her intuition to guide each class and leverages her positive nature to inspire others to grow their practice on and off the mat. Rachel’s asana, meditation and pranayama practices will leave you feeling balanced and connected to the body, mind and spirit. 


Tammy Briody


Tammy began her yoga practice in 2015 and finds time to practice everyday, if not in a class, then at home. The progress she has made in just a few years has astonished her! She calls yoga her “Fountain of Youth” because she feels at least 15-20 years younger since finding a steady yoga practice. Tammy has a real passion for Yoga and wants to share its “Fountain of Youth” with as many people as she can. 


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. 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. 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.


Elizabeth Kahn-Lanning


Elizabeth has always loved exercising and pushing her limits. She began practicing Yoga over 30 years ago and has been passionate about it ever since. Thirteen years ago,  Elizabeth became certified through YogaFit (200 RYT), and then retrained (300 RYT) with Aura Wellness a few years later.

She practices yoga every morning before taking a hike with her husband and dogs and going to work (She is a high school English teacher). She enjoys teaching Yoga throughout the week and can attribute so many positive things in her life because of her lifelong commitment to Yoga. 


Jenifer Nelson


Jen has been teaching yoga for over 5 years. She has an ERYT 200 certification through the yoga alliance. She has also completed additional training in yin and adaptive yoga. Jenifer believes yoga is for everyone no matter your fitness level or experience. She enjoys the challenge of guiding a class that is accessible for everyone. Jenifer also loves hiking, jogging, walking, weight lifting, baking, and cooking. She has 4 kids who she raises with her husband here in Colorado Springs.


Bailey Gearhart


Bailey is a Colorado Native and has been coming to Yoga Mountain Shadows for her personal practice for several 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.


Anique Herbst


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.


Nicole Jackson


Nicole has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years! She and her husband opened KineoFit in 2013 which she continues to operate. Nicole found yoga in 2014 after a traumatic experience and fell in love with Yin in particular. In 2018 she received her 200RYT through Yoga Mountain Shadows.  She is passionate about human movement, breath, mindfulness, and women's health.  Adding yoga into her routine has helped manage her 3 kids, 4 fur babies, and owning/operating a business. When not teaching her favorite things to do are hike, camp, and paddle board. Her vinyassa classes usually have a stretchy-feel good intro accompanied by a fun flow that incorporates balance work and good music. She is an all around people person and is looking forward to meeting you! 


Andi Salazar


Andi began her yogic journey in 2012. She lived close to a yoga studio and felt it calling to her for about a year. After FINALLY talking herself into going to a class, she began to notice an internal and external shift. It wasn’t a consistent practice at first but she has always found her way back on the mat remembering the amazing benefits that it has to offer the mind, body and spirit. In 2019 she decided to sign up for Yoga Teacher Training to deepen her practice and to keep her mind busy after losing her sweet doggie of 10 years, not thinking she would ever want to teach a live class. However, she fell in love with teaching! In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, children and of course Super Nintendo. In Andi’s class you can expect to match breath with movement and lots of balances to focus the mind, challenge the body and improve strength and flexibility! Come check it out even if you’re a little shy.