All of our instructors are certified, yet each instructor has a unique personality and style that shines through!
Alex Parmelee has lived in the Estes Park area since childhood, wandering the woods and breathing deep the clean mountain air. Practicing Yoga is a way of reinventing this body and responding to the challenges and changes in his life. While working as a paramedic for over 20 years, military service and completing a doctorate in medicine, he pursued a practice of Zen meditation and yoga at monasteries in the U.S. and Europe. Alex's aim in teaching is to connect flexibility, strength and balance to your daily life in a practice that adapts to difficulty within the framework of the greater human family. He currently teaches college courses, independently writes books and poetry, plays cello and develops therapeutic wellness programs that include movement.
Alicia Cossota moved to Estes Park from Southlake, Texas in 2012 with her husband, dog and two cats. In 2008, she received her RYA-500 certification through Sunstone Yoga in Dallas, Texas and certification through Holy Yoga in October 2017. She is currently enrolled in the Masters Program with Holy Yoga. Alicia says, “I became an instructor when I fell in love with how yoga made me feel and wanted to share that with others. My classes are faith based (non-denominational) that opens and closes with prayer, and scripture is used for the basis of each class.”
Brittany Wild found yoga in college as a young mom. She felt like she was losing touch with herself through the hectic life of being a college student and a young mother. She enrolled in an Iyengar class in college that inspired her to create a home practice with a Seane Corn yoga video and Iyengar’s book, Light on Yoga. Through the years Brittany continued her practice at home and by attending classes at various studios. She found that yoga brought her back home to herself and helped her with challenges in life. In summer of 2018, Brittany completed her 200-hour teacher certification with Kitty Moore at Sadhana West Yoga in Niwot, CO. In her classes, Brittany inspires you to take time to give love to yourself so that you can be of service to those that you love.
Caryn Ling has been teaching movement since 2008 when she was approached to start teaching a kickboxing class she had been attending. She enjoyed the motivation of working out with others and found she enjoyed teaching those classes just as much. She went on to teach strength training, bootcamp, and cycling. In 2010 she decided to pursue yoga as a way to round out both her body and her teaching skills. Caryn found that physical movement combined with the philosophy of yoga provided a deeper understanding of both the body and the mind. Ah! a balance of moving and thinking....she knew she was on to something. She went on for further training and completed her Registered Yoga Teacher program in 2012. Following this, Caryn participated in a 10 month mentorship in therapeutic yoga. Caryn continues to explore as many different kinds of movement and yoga as she can; adding hiking, hooping, and climbing to here hobbies in the last few years. Her classes draw inspiration from many places but her main influences are Hatha, Therapeutics, and Ashtanga. "Yoga for me comes down to balance: the balance of movement and stillness, the balance of doing and being, the balance of strength and flexibility. Yoga has taught me to value and appreciate what I can do now and get excited about what I have yet to learn. We never have to be done learning AND we can be content along the way."
Judy Ruby is a Hatha Yoga teacher, trained in the Dynamic Yoga Method at Jane's House of Well-Being in St. Charles, Missouri. She received her teaching certification in 2011 and taught classes there until recently moving to Estes Park. Judy believes that yoga is a powerful tool for self inquiry and growth, both physical and mental. As a teacher she guides students toward building strength, flexibility and balance in their bodies, while keeping the mind focused and relaxed. Her classes honor the unique needs and capabilities of each student present. Moving here has been a dream come true for Judy and her husband, as they love hiking and exploring the Rocky Mountains, and sharing her love for yoga makes it even better!
Katheryn Sehlke is an avid yoga practitioner who began teaching in 2014 after a growing desire developed over the years of her personal practice to share the wonderful benefits she was experiencing in her daily life. Her goal in teaching is to develop relationships with people in order to help them find a balance between their physical, mental, and spiritual health in a light-hearted manner. Her formal training is rooted in Vinyasa flow, with alignment principles and prop utilization from Iyengar yoga. She recently moved to Estes Park with her husband, John, and their two dogs, from San Antonio, Texas, where she taught yoga at The University of Texas at San Antonio and studied Art and Economics. When she’s not practicing, she is exploring the mountains with her family, or enjoying other forms of creative expression through art.
Kendra Ryan began practicing yoga in 1999 as a way to relax from her job in the Navy. She facilitated classes onboard ships for many years and then received her formal training at Salt Spring Center of Yoga in 2009. Afterward, she continued to teach aboard research ships and on a cross-continent bicycle trip. Kendra's classes focus on alignment principles and integrate the mental, physical, and breathing aspects of yoga. Her continued training focuses on yoga as one method of healing wounded warriors, Yoga for First Responders®, Calming Kids® and as a technique to use in pregnancy and labor. When not practicing, Kendra is in the mountains with her family.
Laurie Wood discovered Pilates through her College Dance Program at the University of South Florida while a student. The Pilates Reformer and Mat exercises helped her injuries and scoliosis so much that she went onto to train as a Certified Pilates Post-Rehab Practitioner with Polestar Pilates out of Miami. Laurie has worked with hundreds of clients over the years, dancers, athletes, and seniors, in pre- and post-rehab, and has owned two Pilates & Massage Studios. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Reiki Master, Energy Coach, Essential Oils Specialist, and a life-long Dancer and Choreographer, recently creating her own Boogie Shoes Dance Program for Ageless Adults. She has degrees in Modern Dance, Business Administration, and Metaphysical Science. Laurie is thrilled to become a part of the growing Estes Park Yoga & Wellness Community! http://www.lauriegracewood.com/default.html
Leslie Glover was trained in Shambhava Yoga and has been a resident of Estes Park since 2010. Before her endeavors as a yogi, she earned a B.S. in Human Development at Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary.
Leslie says that "For me, yoga is a spiritual practice. When I focus on my breath and settle into an asana (posture), I feel a sense of strength and empowerment. I hope to pass that experience along to all who practice with me."
Michael Mui Lewis began practicing meditation in 1992, Yoga in 1995, and Zen meditation specifically while living in South Korea in 2002. From 2003 to 2010, Mike lived residentially at Great Vow Zen Monastery, Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, and Great Mountain Zen Center, eventually being ordained as a Zen Priest under Gerry Shishin Wick, Roshi. Mike continues his Zen training with Roshi Wick and Roshi Ilia Shinko Perez at Maitreya Abbey in Berthoud, Colorado. Mike has an M.A. in Contemplative Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, works as a Spiritual Advisor and Detox Counselor in addiction treatment, and assists in teaching Buddhist Psychology courses at Naropa University. Mike also worked for Outward Bound for 14 years and as an internationally certified Mountain Guide. Learn more about Mike and Estes Park Zen at www.EstesParkZen.org.
Nancy Collinet graduated (November, 2015) from Full Circle Yoga in Longmont, CO with a 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate. After being a Sign Language Interpreter for almost 20 years she felt that it was time to learn more about yoga, which was always present in her life. Nancy enjoys learning about all things yoga, especially the therapeutic aspects such as relieving the everyday aches and pains associated with living a full life. She also enjoys learning how to properly align the joints to avoid injury and to strengthen the muscles correctly. Nancy has embraced how yoga brings patience with self and others, concentration when turning inward and reflecting on why we are all here on this beautiful Earth. Come join Nancy for some Vinyasa Yoga with a little Pilates thrown in for fun and upbeat music to enjoy together!
Rachel McWilliams began her journey with yoga in 2011 while looking for something to help with her anxiety. She was instantly hooked. Yoga had a calming effect on her mind and body, and gave her a sense of confidence unlike anything she had known before. Her love of yoga carried into the pregnancy and birth of her son in 2016. In fall 2017, she completed her Shambhava 200 HR Yoga Teacher Certification. Rachel lives in the mountains with her husband and son and is excited to share her love of yoga and its healing abilities with others.