Practicing yoga will create a higher sense of awareness of the physical body, thought patterns of the mind and movement of energy as a means of discovering a truer sense of self. A student can practice to cross train for any sport, to rehabilitate or as a tool to open the mind to a deeper sense of peace.
Certified Yoga for Athletes Instructor by Argie Tang 2003
Completed Study of Anatomy for Yoga CMC 2003
Certified Power of Yoga for Healing by Charles and Lisa Matkin 2005
Certified Prana Shakti: The power and path of yoga by Rod Stryker 2012
Certified Tantra Shakti: Light on Self-mastery by Rod Stryker 2013
Certified Vinyasa Krama: Energetics of Sequencing by Rod Stryker
Our instructors include:
- LIBBY MAIO, Yoga Supervisor
"My love for nature and outdoor activities brought me to Vail in 2000. I enjoy all the benefits of living in the mountains and believe in compassion and love for all living things. I have been teaching yoga for over ten years in the Valley living in East Vail with my boyfriend and dog Daisy. I strive for a higher sense of self-awareness through the practice of meditation, non-judgment, love and gratitude."
- KAREN ANDERSON
"I have been teaching yoga since 1999. My classes combine the alignment-based ashtanga of Richard Freeman with the devotional vinyasa of yogi Sri Dharma Mittra. I draw from my experiences as a meditation instructor, massage therapist, and Pilates trainer. I'm a backpacker, telemarker, and travel addict. I teach with an open mind and a sense of humor."
- MARGEAUX CANDLIN
"I am a registered yoga teacher / registered nurse, and teach a vinyasa based yoga practice that focuses on maintaining healthy physical alignment and traditional yogic philosophies. My goal is to help others move with strength and grace in mind, body, and spirit. I am also passionate about being outdoors and enjoying the mountains."
- TARA GOKIE
After moving to Vail in 1999 to pursue her passion for skiing and the outdoors, Tara completely fell in love with the art, movement and breathe of yoga. She has been a local yoga teacher in the Vail Valley since 2003. With over 500 hours of Yoga Teacher trainings including Hot Yoga, Prana flow, Anjali Restorative, Vinyasa and Budokon yoga, she loves to spread her love of yoga to her students, Tara is a mother of two, a painter as well as an art teacher in the valley. She is a lover of chocolate, spiced chai, skiing and running.
- JAN LIVERGOOD
"I have lived in Vail for 33 years. I have my own practice of acupuncture and have been practicing for nearly 15 years. I have enjoyed yoga since 1994, starting in San Diego with a Richard Freeman master (Ashtanga). I enjoy anything outdoors, skiing, biking, golfing, hiking, and beach activities."
- TRACY LONG
Tracy is a YA 200-E, actively pursuing her 500 hour accreditation with Shannon Paige. Tracy is a caring, supportive and intuitive vinyasa-based teacher. She started practicing in 2000 to overcome injury and flexibility issues, and has been teaching since 2008. Tracy first trained with Mindy Arbuckle where she gained a deep respect for the ancient systems of yoga. Committed to her own growth, she spent several years studying with Baron Baptiste focusing on the power of transformation. Since 2012, Tracy has been blessed to be studying under Shannon Paige, who inspires her to be creative, thoughtful and entirely in love with the giving and receiving of the practice and teachings of yoga.
- LINDA OSTERBERG
"I have always been a very active person and from my first yoga class 20 plus years ago I was hooked. I was nearly obsessed with yoga as a physical practice. Yoga asana is so much fun and there is so much to learn. I practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa, Bikram Yoga, Power Yoga, Yin Yoga, and spent many years dedicated to Anusara Yoga. When you love something you naturally want to share it, right? I began to teach in the 90's and over the next 15 years I attended many teacher trainings. I realize now how long it takes to truly integrate what we learn. I am no longer tied to any particular style of yoga. I have gone back to the basics in my practice many times because of the demands of life, work or injury but always come back to it, deeper and stronger"
- GEORDY OGDEN
Geordy has been with Vail Cascade as a member for several years, enticed with the Cascade's childcare. He originally started Yoga to increase range of motion in his golf swing, and keep peace of mind on the golf course. Geordy's first class was with current yoga supervisor, Libby. While practicing in the Cascade studio Geordy was able to attend some informative workshops. Peter Sterios gave a deeper understanding of recovering from injury and the ability of yoga to facilitate a return to performance. Simon Park, and Andrei Ram gave him first glance of what Dharma Mittra was teaching on the east coast. Geordy will tell you that yoga helps with core stability that is necessary for high performance skiing and golf.
- BRONSON KILLPACK
"I cannot describe fully what this opportunity to teach Yoga means to me, but do believe I can show you through the passion and love that I will bring to each and every class I lead. I have lived in the Vail Valley since 2007. It is home to me and every day I feel that I am living my dream! My formal introduction to Yoga started in December of 2011, just 5-months after a very serious head injury from a skateboard accident. It nearly took my life. I spent the first few weeks after the accident in an induced coma. I remember coming out of the coma. There was this light; not the light of the hospital room but a deeper light of understanding, of direction, of comfort, of knowing. Sometimes, it's the bumps in life that help one refocus on what is important. One of the outcomes of the accident was that I connected with Yoga! It's really, more than that...it was a coming together of many experiences of my life. That light I saw coming out of the coma is still with me today.
- CHELSEA WINTERS
"I was first introduced to yoga about 12 years ago and have been practicing since. A long time vegetarian with a passion for the outdoors, it was a natural fit. An active person, initially drawn to the physical practice, the movement of the asanas and the strengthening aspect. In lieu of an aerobics class or elliptical machine, this became my workout. As I did more yoga and my practice deepened, I soon became aware of the mental and spiritual changes that yoga was having on me. How my whole attitude and outlook could shift from a single yoga class. Yoga has taught me many life lessons. It has taught me presence and breath and has made me more aware of my natural surroundings. It has taught me to pause and appreciate the little things, and how truly small we are in this big world. A chance to pause and remind myself to be present. Over a year ago, I received my yoga teacher certification at Yandara Yoga Institute- this one choice has changed my life.
- ELENA GORGEOUSES
Elena is one of many who accidentally ended up in Vail. Vail was a stopping point after college at CU Boulder. She didn't think she'd ever move back when she left Vail and returned to her "Sweet home Chicago" for social work school. That was 25 years, a husband, two kids, a variety of pets, a counseling practice, and more than a few yoga teacher trainings ago. She's been here ever since. "I feel a strong kinship with these craggy mountains. This landscape and all it offers is a part of me in a deep way. I can't believe my good fortune, being able to live here and raise our children in this environment. This is home". Elena has studied with many master teachers in both the Buddhist and yogic traditions. "Teaching yoga for me is about creating a relaxed space so participants can explore their bodies and minds and what it means to be human. There's real power that comes from engaging the direct experience of body and mind that yoga and meditation offers."
- LINDSEA STOWE
Lindsea Stowe's yogic path began on the beaches of Florida and culminated in the mountains of Vail. Moving to the valley allowed Lindsea's passion for yoga to grow as she was introduced to a variety of styles of yoga. Here, she found Karen Anderson as mentor for both yoga asana and meditation. She was drawn to a traditional style of yoga that allowed her to slow down and explore the breath and depth of the poses. Her formal training under Karen, with influences from Richard Freeman and Dharma Mittra, helped focus Lindsea's inquiry into the unity of the universe and possibilities of the body. As a new teacher she has a growing interest in therapeutics and the healing power of yoga. She is constantly growing her home practice and understanding of the yogic traditions with playful ambition.
- NICOLA FARRER
- LEE ASHLEY
Lee Ashley first took the Anjali Restorative teacher training in 2012 and then completed the 200 hour Integrated Vinyasa Yoga teacher training in 2013. Vail has been home for Lee since 1993 where he enjoys all that the mountains have to offer, including hiking, rafting, skiing and kayaking. His own yoga practice motivated him to return to school, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Wellness and Alternative Medicine with special focus on Ayurveda, Reiki and Homeopahy.
Nicole has been practicing yoga for more than half her life and finally took the plunge and completed the Integrated Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 at the Vail Vitality Center, studying under Gina Caputo and Julia Clarke. In her experience, yoga has helped her dissuade negative self-talk and improve her self-confidence while consistently finding the playful in everything. Her classes showcase her experience as a professional ski instructor, a childhood in dance and an infectious energy all her own.