MOUNTAIN SOL YOGA TEACHERS
Lex Brode Lex found yoga through the Eastern Sierras about 3 years ago, and decided to cultivate that flow within her daily life. She completed her 200 hr training in Prana Vinyasa Flow from her wonderful teachers, Shiva Rea and Kelley Doyle. Lex tries to integrate the natural elements of the Eastern Sierras within every class she teaches. She has devoted her practice to connecting through mind, body, and spirit, and loves to see her class go through the same transformation using asanas, breath movement and embodiment within the flow of a Prana Vinyasa Yoga class.
Matt Buonaguidi 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.
Alwyne Butler Alwyne studied ballet and dance throughout middle and high school, eventually graduating college with a minor in dance. Before going to college in AZ, Alwyne took a year off and went to Thailand for a 3-month yoga immersion program. She left Ko Phagnan with a 350 hour Chakra yoga certification in 2005. Since then she has avidly studied a variety of yoga styles and integrated body movement into her daily life. This last winter she studied Prana Vinyasa Flow and eared a 200 hour certification in a life changing teacher training spanning 6 months. She currently teaches gentle yoga, prana vinyasa, and vinyasa flow. Alwyne believes yoga encompasses much more than simple exercises and hopes to share the clarity and intuitive intelligence that can be rediscovered in everyone through breath, intention, and community.
Cristina Calhoon 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 and 2nd 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.
Morgan Chambers Morgan recently moved to Mammoth in November 2015 from Durango, CO for the world class access to rock climbing, skiing, and hot springs. She specializes in teaching yoga for balancing active lifestyles. When out of the yoga studio you can typically find her on a rock, on the slopes, in the woods, or spinning around with her hula hoop. Morgan started her yoga journey in fall of 2009 in her sweet southern hometown of Asheville, NC. She completed an intensive 400-hour work trade ambassadorship and a 200 hour yoga teacher training with the Wilmington Yoga Center in 2012 in Kunga yoga with primary focuses on vinyasa, alignment based, restorative, and ayurvedic studies. After leaving her college town of Wilmington, NC, she ventured out west to work for the Great Basin Institute, an environmental nonprofit based out of Reno, NV and fabulous Las Vegas, NV. Throughout her experiences, yoga has led her to ground, connect, and purify her connection with the Earth. Morgan is continuously inspired by the rhythmic flow found within yoga and her classes are often times movement based. She is also a passionate flow and fire artist with skills in contact staff, poi, and hula hoop. Come practice yoga with Morgan to surrender to the flow!
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 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 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.
Dru Erin Dru is a yoga living, animal loving, creative, flowing through the undiscovered liquid of what we humans call life. Aspiring to inspire, working to help my fellow souls find their own inner light and peace. 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher: Marianne Wells Bachelor of Fine Arts Professional Fashion & Lifestyle Photography: Brooks Institute
Jesse House 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
Erin Koehler 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 Victoria 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).
Shelby Pracht Shelby started gymnastics at the age of three. She trained for 15 years and competed as a level 10, representing her home state of Alabama at the Eastern National Championships. She coached gymnastics for 6 years as well, working with all levels from toddlers up to level 10s. After moving to the Sierra, she began training hand balancing and acro yoga. She loves taking her gymnastics skills into standing partner acrobatics and her coaching skills into helping yogis and acro yogis perfect their inversions
Lindsay McLaughlin Schneider 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 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.
Sara Sektnan Sara is a registered yoga instructor and horse yoga instructor. Sara completed her teacher training in Rishikesh, India with a focus on traditional hatha philosophy. By focusing on alignment and the physicality of an asana sequence, she combines the traditional hatha philosophy with the inspiration and silliness of Kathryn Budig’s teaching style. Sara believes that all life is yoga and practices every day with every breath. Her passion is taking yoga off of the mat and into nature and life; most importantly onto her horse. She is one of the first to instruct yoga on horseback, a meditative and truly connecting practice. It begins on the ground by simply breathing and feeling union with these intuitive creatures. This practice ranges from brushing, breathing, listening and simple asanas in the riding position to advanced postures (arm balances, etc). This allows her to tune in and connect to nature, the horse and herself. Sara teaches this from this place of kindness and connection. She is inspired by yoga to be playful and loving which translates into other areas of her life. Sara is also a representative for Teeki yoga pants which is active-wear made out of recycled plastic water bottles. Sara has traveled to events and festivals across the country, sharing yoga, peace pants and learning from the diversity of people from all walks of life. Her experiences have taught her to believe in the good things coming and to adapt and be in the moment. Her classes are a hatha-based, vinyasa flow infused with a playful, positive and creative approach encouraging smiles and self-love. Connect with her on the mat and in life via social media, ig @yoga.horse, facebook Sara Sektnan.
Kristen Shelburg (Aerial Silks)