Meet our highly experienced yoga and fitness instructors. Read more about their backgrounds, training, and what they love about teaching!
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Chrissy is a Colorado native who discovered yoga in 2008 after moving back to Denver after living in Portland, Oregon for 6 years. Chrissy tried different types of yoga while living in Portland but none of the styles really stuck with her. After trying "vinyasa power yoga" she was hooked. After having twins & a 3rd baby Chrissy was ready to find herself again & connect to her body. The typical gym workout wasn't working anymore, but Chrissy noticed change in her body only after 2-3 weeks of yoga. She was hooked solely on the physical aspect of yoga at first and then started to notice the mental and spiritual side as well. As a mom there wasn't any peace or quiet in her day- the yoga studio provided that sense of both connection to herself, quieting her mind and feeling good about her workout.
Chrissy earned her 200 hour power yoga training in June 2011, followed by multiple small trainings and workshops including her pre-natal certification in October 2012. She primarily teaches heated power vinyasa classes that are fun yet challenging incorporating both a flow and long holds. Her favorite things about teaching include playing fun upbeat music, alignment and inspirational themes to connect with her students.
Students will say Chrissy is a very authentic teacher - her flow, her jokes, calm voice and warmth make it a "Chrissy class."
Chrissy likes to grab inspiration and ideas from Yoga Journal magazine, "Journey Into Power" by Baron Baptiste, and various Tara Stiles & Kino MacGregor videos.
When she is not teaching yoga you will find her at the nearest coffee shop, taking a heated yoga class, spending time with her husband and 3 kids, or working at her day job as a mortgage loan originator.
A self-professed runner, Darla has enjoyed watching and participating in athletics her entire life. The introduction of yoga interested Darla if for no other reason than another form of physical activity. Almost immediately she realized the beauty of breath accompanied with movement and how the two naturally coexist within a yoga practice.
Darla earned her yoga teaching certification in December 2011 and has taught hundreds of classes since Mindstream opened on February 20, 2012. In January 2013, Darla earned E-RYT status. An esteem honored by recognizing one’s aptitude and capability to lead teacher-training programs. In October 2013, she completed the curriculum to earn her Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification, an achievement Darla strove to attain since she began her yoga journey.
The privilege to teach yoga not only opened Darla’s eyes to ingenuity, it allowed her to follow other artistic avenues. Darla had always considered herself more logical than creative. But once she comfortably sequenced and themed classes extemporaneously, she realized her gift for creativity went beyond yoga. With inspiration from her son, Maximillian, and encouragement from her husband, Jerry, she began to write fiction adventure stories. Darla’s first published book released in September 2014 and she anticipates many more to follow. Teaching yoga gave Darla the courage to follow a dream of being an author that she never before knew existed.
Gina took her first yoga class in 2012 and was instantly hooked after experiencing the transformation yoga had on her physically, emotionally, and spiritually. She followed her passion to share yoga and it's benefits with others and, in May of 2014, completed a 200 hour power vinyasa training through Mindstream Yoga. She is excited to continue learning and teaching more, through workshops, advanced trainings, and retreats.
A Chicago native who now calls Fort Collins home, she is the stay at home mother of 3 active kids. When not practicing yoga, she is outdoors enjoying the beauty of Colorado, biking, hiking and doing other outdoor activities.
Haley has lived in Fort Collins her whole life and is proud to be able to make her dream of becoming a yoga instructor happen in her home town. Haley received her 200 Level Yoga Certificate while attaining her degree of Associate of Applied Science in Holistic Health. Her passion for yoga and the holistic way began when she was pregnant with her daughter. She began taking her yoga practice seriously to help with discomfort and pain throughout the whole pregnancy. With personal success in many areas, Haley continued her education to learn as much about the mind, body and soul as a whole. Through this education, Haley found a deep passion to heal many parts of herself physically, mentally and emotionally. Yoga became a positive part of her daily life in order to maintain a balance. Through this personal growth, she found an aspiration to be able to help others start their own journey. Haley's passion for this way of life is expressed through her teaching to help people of all ages receive the benefits and balance that yoga can bring. Yoga has been such a beautiful part of her life and she hopes to bring that into each one of her classes.
Heather Gerard was introduced to yoga in 2010 and realized benefits she had never experienced running or going to the gym. Yoga offered a sense of calm, patience, and acceptance. With a desire to deepen her yoga practice, she pursued teacher training and received her certification in the spring of 2012; and is proud of this accomplishment. She constantly strives to find balance between being a full-time mother of two girls, teaching yoga, and practicing yoga. Heather is grateful to all the yoga teachers and students who continue to challenge and inspire her. Mindful of her personal struggles and growth each day, Heather uses her thoughts and experiences to also challenge and hopefully impact others. She is very motivated by the profound mental, spiritual, and physical transformation that yoga has to offer and hopes her students feel her passion, relate to her experiences, and are inspired to share yoga with others.
Heather has lived in Fort Collins since 1985. She has both an Accounting degree and an MBA. Outside of the yoga studio Heather focuses on spending time with her family and friends, continuing her education on all facets of yoga, and preparing creative flows for her MainStream classes.
Julia has been in the health and fitness industry for over 10 years and guiding yoga students for 7 years. Julia is not only an RYT, she is a certified personal trainer, and group exercise instructor. With her plethora of certifications in yoga, personal training and group exercise, Julia has great diversity and knowledge. Julia’s passion for the health and wellness industry gives her a drive to help others find their authentic self, to discover they can do more than they thought, and inspire others to feel alive. She is dedicated to create movement, passion, and a newfound belief in self in each of her students. Yoga has claimed her; it has deepened her perspective, and has allowed her to find peace amongst the noise. Julia believes yoga is meant to help us seek alignment, truth, and it brings us back to our own self.
“With the ups and downs, accomplishments, falls, first times, heart aches, and everything else life throws at us, yoga is a place to find your own union, to be in your own heart beat, your own flow, and to surrender to what is.”- Julia Tompkins
Kristen primarily teaches Vinyasa yoga., although also trained in gentle, hot yoga (Bikram style), and yoga with weights. Kristen has come to appreciate and identify with Vinyasa in particular due to the connection of breath with movement of the body. Her strengths as an instructor include being able to teach a variety of asanas (poses) with in one class, offering different layers for different levels of practice and never making yoga appear intimidating. In her teaching process, she places emphasis on making yoga ones own and encouraging individuals to take their practice to a level in which they feel comfortable and safe, yet challenged.
Kristina discovered yoga during pregnancy in 2002. Yoga helped strengthen core muscles and provided relief from sciatica, muscle and joint stiffness. Kristina practiced yoga off and on until she returned to it fully in 2010 after her third baby was born when she needed a physical practice that was calming and centering. Yoga became a place of stillness, grounding and healing during a time of physical recovery. Intrigued to learn more about all aspects of yoga—physical, emotional and spiritual, Kristina pursued her teacher certification in May 2016 through Mindstream Yoga.
Kristina has taught dance fitness classes since 2007 and enjoys the balance of intense dance-cardio with centering yoga in her own practice. Kristina loves to create movement that feels good in the body. In becoming a teacher of yoga, Kristina hopes to create a space where others find a place of acceptance, calm and peace within.
Outside the studio, Kristina loves to dance, take yoga classes and create choreography as much as possible. She is a photographer and owner of Kristina Wood Photography and busy mother to three kids.
After years of spine and hip pain caused by various athletic pursuits, Lindsay discovered hot yoga in California during college and was stunned by the transformation in her body. Since then, she's maintained a love for the tranquility and challenge of a regular yoga practice, especially as a counter-balance to a demanding consulting/coaching career. Lindsay never imagined herself as a yoga teacher, but couldn't be more thankful for the experience of becoming one and how it has enriched her life. She enjoys the experience of connecting with people new to yoga and skeptical about its fit for them, and helping them to find an experience with yoga that keeps them coming back to the mat. She also loves working one-on-one with students seeking to apply yoga as medicine for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing and with teachers that want to deepen their understanding of how to apply principles of anatomy in their classes. Lindsay received her 200 Hour teaching certification in June 2011 and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She is working towards her 500 Hour teaching certification in Yoga Medicine with Tiffany Cruikshank, which she expects to complete in late 2016.
Toni took her first yoga class in 2004, but it wasn’t until 2007 when she was burned out from graduate school that Toni became hooked on yoga. She walked into a yoga class after a stressful week and realized that it was the perfect balancing and energizing complement to her daily life. She graciously attributes her yoga practice to completing her Master’s degree, following her gut as she made decisions about her career and, ultimately, becoming a yoga instructor. Toni completed her 200-hour teacher certification at CorePower Yoga and feels so fortunate to be a yoga teacher. She particularly enjoys the supportive community of teachers and students and appreciates the honor of sharing her students’ energy.
In addition to teaching yoga, Toni spends her time away from the studio working as an Academic Advisor for the College of Business at CSU where she supports students as they move through their academic careers. She loves the Colorado lifestyle, spending much of her free time hiking, skiing, climbing, and being with her husband, Dan, daughter Josie, and dog, Sunny.