MOUNTAIN SOL YOGA TEACHERS
Matt Buonaguidi RYT Matt began practicing yoga in 2002. After many years of practicing Bikram Yoga he started to explore, study, and practice a variety of different yoga styles with teachers at the Yoga Center of Carmel. He did a 200 hour teacher training at the Yoga Center of Carmel in 2012 to deepen his personal practice. Additionally, Matt has taught for the California State Parks Junior Lifeguard program & Summer Adventure Program at Point Lobos State Reserve and also works as a massage therapist. Matt practices and teaches an integrative approach to yoga that includes a combination of meditation, pranayama breath work, and asanas. His primary yoga influences include Johanna Holloman (Anusara), Thomas Fortel (Integrative), and Tay Scott. Matt's teaching style is also influenced by the work of Eric Schiffman (Freedom Yoga/Moving into Stillness), Mark Whitwell, Brie Mathers & Katherine Stoddard (Restorative). Matt teaches Gentle Yoga, Yoga Fundamentals, and Restorative Yoga.
Cristina Calhoon RYT Cristina has been practicing yoga for 15 years and teaching yoga for 9 years. Cristina has explored various yoga styles throughout the years and attended workshops with Rodney Yee, Ana Forrest, John Friend, Tias Little, and David Swenson. She enjoys practicing all styles of yoga, but fell in love with the Ashtanga lineage and was certified by Tim Miller to teach 1st Series of Ashtanga Yoga in 2008. Cristina feels that yoga has enhanced her life in many ways and loves to share the beauty of the practice.
Linda Danner PhD Linda is a certified ELDOA and Myofascial Instructor and a continuing student in G.Voyer's Soma Training program. For more information about the ELDOA Method please visit www.eldoamethod.com.
Kira Gilmer RYT, RPYT Kira grew up in the Pacific Northwest and started practicing yoga in 2005 to help rejuvenate her body and spirit from a physically and mentally demanding career as a trauma critical care nurse. After a decade of nursing, she decided to pursue her passion for the study of yoga. Kira completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle, WA with teachers Anne Phyfe Palmer, Melina Meza, Chiara Guierri and Jenny Hayo. She furthered her vinyasa training with Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane and core vinyasa training with Sadie Sardini. After moving from Seattle to Taos, NM, she then specialized in prenatal/postnatal yoga at Tias Little's studio, Prajna, in Santa Fe, under Linda Spackman. Kira continued her prenatal training with Matrika Prenatal and obtained her certification for Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She is currently working towards completing her 500 hour RYT certification at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers. Her classes focus on breath, alignment, and sequencing to create a safe, sustainable practice for all stages of life. Kira loves nature, art, music and spends her free time with her son, husband, dogs and cats.
Jesse House RYT Jesse completed his yoga teacher training in Mysore, India at Aananda Yoga Indea. He brings Sanskrit chanting and energy into his uplifting classes! Learn more about him and his experience at http://yogahikemaster.com
Matt Jaroslawski (Flow Arts) Matt has been practicing the flow arts since the fall of 2013, inspired by the fire spinners at Burningman. His first flow arts passion was Poi and after spinning Poi for 3 years he wanted to expand his flow arts tool box and started spinning a Dragon staff in which he found his true passion. He describes his "flow time" as an active meditation in which he clears his mind of all distractions and enjoys the pure bliss of being in the present time and space. He describes it as a mind body connection similar to yoga but with a flair of personal creativity that opens up an entire world of style and showmanship when you feel comfortable to perform in front of an audience. Matt is addicted to the "flow" state of mind which he finds in many different activities including skiing, riding his dirt bike, rock climbing, hiking, and fishing.
Erin Koehler RYT, AHE-C Erin first began practicing yoga in a university class over twenty years ago. She graduated in nursing and worked as a registered nurse in various disciplines including geriatrics, oncology, and cardio-thoracic intensive care. Years working in health care settings and some personal health challenges inspired her to get into a regular practice of yoga, where she happily found relief from chronic back pain. In continued studies and practice, she found great benefits from not only the physical postures (asanas), but also from the breath work (pranayama). During her 500 hours of yoga teacher training, she was exposed to Ayurveda, yoga's "sister science.” She loved this individualized style of medicine, aimed at providing balance and wellness primarily through food, herbs, and lifestyle practices. She is Certified as an Ayurvedic Health Educator and is currently in her Ayurvedic Health Practitioner internship.
Victoria McDowell RYT is a wild soul fueled by bringing a smile to every beautiful face she has the pleasure of meeting. She enjoys infusing a playful and energetic vibe into class, creating a judgment free zone that welcomes everyone to their mat with love and laughter. Her passion for yoga was ignited after being introduced to the practice for migraine relief. She soon discovered yoga brought so much growth and peace to her life, both physical and mental, which led her to obtaining Yoga and Pilates certificates. She trained under Amanda Kriebel DPT, E-RYT and Doris Lu-Anderson PhD, E-RYT at Mira Costa College San Elijo, CA earning her RYT 200 in Hatha and Vinyasa flow. Off the mat she enjoys dancing and singing the night away at concerts, learning new things, travel and adventure, paddle boarding, hiking and of course chasing waterfalls.
Cheryl Petersen (Meditation) Cheryl is a certified Ananda Meditation instructor, and high school counselor. She has been involved in personal and professional development in the counseling field for over 25 years. Cheryl has been practicing and studying meditation and Tai Chi since the summer of 2012. What started out as a means of stress reduction evolved into a new way of life; learning what it truly means to live in the moment (vs. the past or future, or the endless “in-box” at work), and finding peace and joy at home and in the work place. And, of course, greater health. Cheryl is now committed to teaching meditation and mindfulness as a second career. She is honored to be part of the Mountain Sol Yoga teaching staff, and to be facilitating Community Meditations. Those with experience are welcome, as well as beginners. Learning to quiet the “monkey” mind and still the body in an inward state of relaxation is a challenge but a skill that can be developed with regular practice & support. Bolsters, blankets, & chairs are available to ensure that everyone is comfortable while sitting for meditation; regardless of age, or physical limitations. If you have questions and/or are interested in a more formal Intro. to Meditation & Mindfulness class, please email Cheryl at ROLmeditation@gmail.com (Range of Light Meditation).
Lindsay McLaughlin Schneider RYT Lindsay started the practice of yoga 10 years ago after going through a major transition in her life. 2 years later she attended CorePower® Yoga Teacher Training in San Diego where she received her 200 RYT teaching Vinyasa. She currently continues her training toward her 700 RYT to become a Yoga Therapist specializing in Adaptive Yoga. In the Summer, she teaches Yoga in the Park at Mammoth Creek Park and Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga at June Lake. In her own practice she has studied Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Yin. Outside of the yoga room, Lindsay approaches life with mindfulness, awareness, love and joy, embracing every moment. By practicing and teaching yoga, she hopes to contribute to the growth and awareness of her students.
Derek Rieger RYT Derek started his yoga practice for a Women's and Gender Studies assignment while studying at Cal Poly, SLO in Fall 2012. After completing his 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Black Dog Yoga in Sherman Oaks, Derek moved up to live in Mammoth year-round. His other body practices include skiing, climbing, and acro yoga. He has been skiing for 20 seasons, teaching at Mammoth Mountain for 2 seasons, and is a certified PSIA Alpine Level 1 Instructor. He has also been climbing for 1 year and practicing acro for 2 years. Derek has found passion in both the healing arts and extreme sports, with the ultimate goal of becoming a licensed wilderness therapist.
Kendi Thomas RYT Kendi grew up in Greencastle, Indiana and attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. There, she swam competitively and is a decorated road and track cyclist, winning both individual and team national titles throughout her collegiate career. Upon retirement of all competitive sports she naturally transitioned to yoga as a personal care system and fell in love with the physicality of the practice. In October of 2016 she spent two months on Kauai studying at Yoga Hanalei allowing her to expand her spiritual practice and cultivate personal growth through chanting, philosophy and anatomy. Her classes are designed to take her students beyond their self-imposed limitations with emphasis on alignment and step-by-step progressions. She also studies Sanskrit and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and is excited to share her knowledge and foster growth in the Mammoth yoga community.
Jenna Thompson RYT Jenna’s journey with yoga began in college where she instantly fell in love with a physical Power Yoga practice that lead to a deeper and continually evolving exploration of the mental and spiritual benefits of yoga. Her last few years as a yoga practitioner have been dedicated to exploring various styles of yoga to expand her practice and to further dive into the depth of modern yoga. Jenna completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification in the Spring of 2016 and is excited to be a part of the growing yoga community in Mammoth. In class she focuses on creating a welcoming environment where students can safely discover new layers to their personal practice.
Lia Webb (Aerial Silks) Lia Webb has been training in aerial arts, core strength and conditioning, choreography, performance arts, for over five years. She has trained in studios in Chicago, IL, San Francisco and Eureka, CA, and Tacoma WA. She enjoys teaching all ages and abilities, with attention to working within peoples various abilities, strengths, flexibility, and confidence. She has a vested interest in aerial arts and dance as methods for low impact core and strength training for folks with injuries, and of all levels of fitness, strength, age, and abilities. Aerial has helped her stay strong while working through an ankle injury that prevented her from doing yoga or running for years, yet through aerial she was able to learn and grow as an artist while building strength of other muscles and healing her ankle. She enjoys performing and collaborating on a variety of events including seasonal theme parties, weddings, birthdays, musical events, theater, burlesque, and any other feasible endeavors.
Lindsay Yanco RYT Lindsay spent her childhood and into her teens competing as a gymnast and ski racer. Transitioning from a competitive childhood, Lindsay attended her first yoga class. She found tranquility and solace stepping onto her mat. There was also a comfort in the fluidity of movement, calmness in mind, and happiness in soul! She has been practicing yoga for about 13 years and attended Samadhi Center for Yoga in Denver, Colorado achieving her 250-hour teacher training and 25-hour apprenticeship. She also studied Vipassana meditation while traveling in Australia. She now works as an EMT for Ski Patrol and is studying to be a nurse. Her hobbies include back country skiing, climbing, fly fishing, biking, travel, and adventuring with her dog.
Caitlin Wellwood (Aerial Silks) Caitlin moved to the Eastern Sierra four years ago, and has since loved all that these mountains and this community have to offer. Her journey with aerial silks began two years prior to her relocation. She enjoys the opportunity that it gives her to explore movement and dance, a passion that stems from her years as a rhythmic gymnast. In her free time, Caitlin loves to hike, disc golf, camp, backpack, snowboard, climb, and spend time with her husband.
Thea Zobel (Kids & Family Yoga) Thea was an elementary school teacher for the past 10 years in Southern California, and a pre-school teacher prior to that. In her classroom Thea created and implemented a Yoga Program in order to help her students better understand their body, personal space, to know when to use calming strategies, practice mindfulness, and to strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. Thea taught Yoga to students in kindergarten thru fifth grade weekly. She has a BA in Child Development and an MA in Human Development with a specialization in the Fine Arts and Special Education. She is trained in Crisis Intervention, Conscious Discipline, and classroom mindfulness. Thea began her personal journey with yoga during college, alongside dance and gymnastics. Thea grew up in San Marino, CA where she was a competitive gymnast and a gymnastics coach for many many years! She has since moved to Mammoth Lakes with her husband and dog. Thea loves to be outside snowboarding, hiking, camping, traveling, and enjoying all that nature has to offer.