Teachers

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Studio Be’s Instructors bring diverse backgrounds in Yoga, bodywork, healing arts and spiritual practice into their teaching, providing a rich spectrum of daily classes in a range of yoga styles and levels.

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De West, Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT

De West is the co-owner of Studio Be Yoga and the founder of Therapeutic Yoga Practice With De. The Therapeutic Yoga Practice is a movement practice that allows people of all ages and abilities to experience a positive, relaxed and transforming experience in both body and mind.

She has been enjoying the benefits of a devoted yoga practice since 1992. After teaching many intensive athletic-style practices, she discovered that her students seemed to get even more benefits from a quieter, deeply internal and therapeutic yoga practice.

Precision, creative sequencing and deep understanding of anatomy contribute to De’s passion for helping students create more peace, freedom in their bodies. Students leave De’s classes rejuvenated, grounded and infused with a sense of personal and physical empowerment.

De is a leader in the Boulder, Colorado yoga community. Her over 25 years of teaching combines alignment principles and therapeutic yoga. Her years of work with Osteopathic doctors allow her to apply yoga to many different people and conditions.

De’s Website

     
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Michelle Anderson

MS, BCST, discovered her life-changing love of yoga in 1991, and has been teaching and deepening her studies since 2002. She is a scientist, yoga instructor and yoga therapist, writer, and cranial sacral therapist.

Michelle teaches co-creative, sequence and anatomical – based yoga classes in both therapeutic and dynamic movement developed from her years of study with some of the world’s most respected teachers, including Richard Freeman, Matt Sanford, Francisco Kaiut, Wendy Bramlett, Erich Schiffman, Manouso Manos, and Scott Zamurut. The result is something greater and more delightful than the sum of its parts, and students feel engaged on deep levels beyond just the physical. Michelle is a masterful teacher, creating a relational field in the room where every person feels personally met and can safely engage in their process. 

Michelle also cultivates a devotional feeling inspired by her time spent in India with Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, where her intense interest in Sanskrit, chant, and Vedic studies began. Michelle is known for her love of chanting and kirtan, ecstatic dance, a deep awareness of energetic healing modalities, and for her work in adaptive yoga for people with disabilities, spinal cord and brain injuries. She is creating many exciting extensions of her practice, including co-ownership and expansion of Studio Be Yoga, LLC, several writing and video projects, teacher training development, and ever-expanding magical gardens!
Michelle’s Web Site  www.biodynamicyoga.net

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Shelly Darnutzer, CYT, Mindfulness Instructor

Shelly is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Life Coach and Mindfulness Meditation Leader in Boulder, CO.  She has taught yoga since 2000 in various styles including Hatha, Vinyasa, Therapeutic and Restorative Yoga.  Shelly is an ordained leader in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing and the founder of the Brilliant Moon Women’s Sangha, a Buddhist practice community in Boulder.

A student of Thich Nhat Hanh’s work since 1994, Shelly infuses her classes with mindfulness practices, compassion, and ease. Her seamless style of working simultaneously with the body, mind, and spirit, while attuning with the cycles of nature, creates inspiring classes and an integrative healing experience.

     
 

Feldenkrais Teachers: Kim Hansen, Tres Hofmeister, Kristen Mylander and Matt Zepelin

 In these group classes a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner verbally guides you through a sequence of movements as a way to cultivate awareness. These investigations allow you to discover habits, develop new options and to attend to your wellbeing. Moving with efficiency rather than effort makes daily life easier. Improvements in balance, breathing and coordination are often accompanied by increased clarity of thinking and emotional ease.
 
Our rotating schedule weaves in influences from our unique backgrounds of dance, meditation, art, aikido and childhood development. To learn more about our monthly schedule visit: semiorganized.com/atm

 

     
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Yuki Tsuji-Hoening  LMT & RTT,

Yuki is a yoga instructor and a Thai massage therapist. She is a founder of Karuna Health. Born and raised in Japan for 18 years, her life philosophy is to be simple, intuitive, and dynamic in her work, study and play. She has been a student of yoga since 2000. She pursued her teacher training with Iyengar Yoga senior teacher, Nancy Stechert, in Hotchikiss CO. She continues to study with experienced teachers. She is intrigued by the subtleties of yoga that aligns and connects body and mind.

Yuki’s classes are filled with some fun movements, partner work, and detailed and precise instruction on alignment. Her sequencing allows students to drop deeper with intelligence and gentleness. Her passion and curiosity for healing arts brings her to the focus of therapeutics and restorative yoga. Yuki is also a certified AcroYoga (Yoga, Acrobatics and Thai Massage combined) teacher who loves to build a playful community. When not practicing yoga, Yuki enjoys being active outdoors; rock/ice climbing, hiking, Nordic skiing, backcountry skiing and playing in the park with friends.
Yuki’s Website and
Facebook Page and
Acro Yoga Facebook Page

     
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Makaan Burt

Makaan is a yoga teacher and therapist who has combined many yoga forms and teaches a refreshing new one called Nature Stone Yoga. This form allows the student to drop deep into their own mind-body experience. Makaan has studied yoga for 35 years, including on his two trips to India. He studied intensively with Richard Freeman (8 yrs) and Mukunda Stiles(4 yrs): from whom he was certified in structural yoga therapy. He has completed many solo wilderness yoga retreats. He has healed his own maladies including conditions of back pain, torn ligaments, whiplash and scoliosis. Makaan offers ayurvedic massage, yoga privates and teaches workshops in postural walking therapy, hot stone yoga, back care, knee care, anatomy study, scoliosis, and yogalates training. 

Makaan’s website

     
 

Teri Jacobson, MA CYI

Teri has been working as a therapist for kids and teens since 2001. She has been a student of Yoga since 2002 and in 2012 she began incorporating Yoga in her private practice and offering classes to kids of all ages.

Teri’s classes are fun and interactive and she has a unique ability to connect with her students easily and with humor. This allows them to relax into their Yoga flow, breathing, connecting and loving themselves so they can be the change in their world.

When not teaching or practicing Yoga, Teri enjoys walking with her dog, gardening, knitting, painting and reading real books.

Teri’s Website

 

   

 

 

Heather MacDonald, Wild Insight Yoga & Qigong 

Heather is passionate about reunification with our natural world and its wild and organic ways, she firmly believes true health and healing can be found when we reconnect and return to harmony with nature.  Heather’s mission is to inspire, guide and nurture her students to explore and connect with the beauty of nature within and around us through the practice of yoga and qigong.  Heather’s knowledge of anatomy and alignment as well as the subtle energy body and the movements of prana/qi, provide a safe, structured environment where one can dive deeper into their practice and their own personal journey to self-healing.  Heather enjoys creatively weaving together challenging, holistic, alignment focused practices while humbly striving to hold a safe, supportive environment where her students may be empowered to cultivate self-awareness, return to harmony with the natural flow of life and discover the countless healing benefits of yoga and qigong for themselves.  

Heather discovered yoga in her college years, finding it a great antidote to daily stress, as well as the anxiety and depression she had been living with for years.  In 2009, when her life seemed to be unraveling at the seams, Heather dove into a devoted daily practice which began to change her life dramatically.  She found relief from the chronic pain caused by her scoliosis and found improvement in many other health related issues.  It was through the practice of yoga that Heather took refuge as her life turned upside down.  “Yoga helped me find myself, love myself and become my authentic self, I can’t imagine my life without it now.”  Heather is inspired to continue to step onto her mat day in and day out to keep her body and mind healthy and happy and to continue to grow and evolve spiritually. “Yoga has taught me how to navigate the ups and downs of life, how to live consciously rather than reactively and how to listen to my body and truly care for myself.”  

Heather completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Boulder Colorado at the Yoga Pod in 2012 and went on to study at the Colorado School of Yoga, completing her 300 hour training in 2016.  In 2017, Heather trained with Kate Mulheron, Kelly Kessen and Trudy Welty of Earth Ways Yoga.  Heather has also studied Qigong and Energy-Body Healing with Damaris Jarboux at The Center Place in Boulder, Colorado.  Heather teaches Qigong meditation, practices energy-body work and often infuses her knowledge of the energy body into her Vinyasa, Yin and Gentle yoga classes.  Heather’s vision is for all of humanity to live consciously from heart center, the place where heaven and earth meet within the human heart, helping to create a community rich in health, support, connection and love.