Meet our highly experienced yoga and fitness instructors. Read more about their backgrounds, training, and what they love about teaching!
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Expressing herself as a yoga teacher has been very rewarding to Ali. She studied in India, where she learned so much more than yoga and meditation, she learned how to make yoga a part of her everyday life and not just while on her mat. Incorporating yoga into the different roles of her life has been rewarding. Being an intuitive healer, a wife, a mother of 3, step mom of 4, and now Maji ( grandma) to a wonderful little boy, has made her more balanced and happy.
Ali has taught at Mindstream Yoga since its opening, and loves seeing it grow along with her own practice and the practice of her students. She loves being a member of this family, and truly appreciates being able to share a big part of herself through her teachings, workshops, clearings, and spiritual guidance.
Brooke’s love for yoga began in 2001 and since the moment of her first class, it has been a constant in her life. She has always been active and wanted to find something that balanced her lifestyle…yoga was the answer! She has found a true passion for yoga and continues to search for a deeper meaning to bring to her daily practice. Brooke received her 200 hour Kripalu Yoga certification during the summer of 2005 at Discovery Yoga in St. Augustine, Florida.
Celeste has been involved in some form of physical activity her entire life. She grew up dancing with ballet as her first love. She taught dance in college and there after, she has always been involved in some form of exercise. She has a always had a deep passion for health and wellness. She loves doing what she can to help her students strive to reach and achieve their health and fitness goals. She decided to get certified in doing something she already had been doing for years. She loves teaching Group Fitness classes and Personal Training and tries to take every opportunity to educate herself more as well as her clients.
Celeste has lived in many different places in the United States. She moved with her family to Northern Colorado in 2005 and loves living in Windsor. She is married with 3 children and when she is not teaching fitness class, she wears many different hats. She works fulltime as a mortgage lender and is a photographer.
Charis is a certified personal trainer who has many specialties including Pilates and Russian kettlebells. She strives for versatility in her training, combining the mentally and physically demanding high-intensity metabolic conditioning with the control of Pilates along with power-building weight training. Helping people take "can't" out of their vocabularies and realize the strength they have is Charis's true passion.
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.
Daniel was born and raised in Fort Collins. Daniel has over four years of consistent teaching experience and started practicing yoga in 2008 when he was 16 years old. While Daniel was still in his mid-teens, at the time, he had the opportunity to see how yoga influenced the developing mind and body. Daniel enforces that this act was the most transformative and influential journey he could have experienced. Having to start somewhere, Daniel began yoga for its obvious physical benefits but, ended up unlocking the door to a whole new world. The world of Yoga! Learning to align and use his body, unlock the potential of the breath, and inspire through Yoga's accepting and heartwarming philosophies, Daniel began to discover the meaning of yoga. This eye opening experience motivated him to wake up, be real, and embrace each moment to meet his highest potential. Once Daniel had made this discovery, he had found a deep sense of trust which allowed him to let go and relax. Yoga didn't only tone and heal Daniel's body, but influenced a healthier state of mind, unveiled unbound creativity, and revealed the true nature of the heart. While experiencing many level of growth in the vast realms of Yoga, Daniel decided to dive into the unknown and become a Yoga Instructor to share Yoga’s healing and beautiful practices. With many hours of different trainings Daniel will provide understandable alignment queues to safely align your body, deepen your understanding of the breath and shed light on Yoga's many practices and philosophies.
Danielle came to yoga looking for an activity that allowed the same sense of strength, balance, and endurance that her 15 years of competitive gymnastics experience fostered, but with more focus on the mind-body interaction. After trying various styles of yoga Danielle found that she identified most with the beauty and meditation of the flowing vinyasa style. She has been practicing for over 14 years and, prior to moving to Fort Collins in 2013, taught power vinyasa classes all over New England for the past 7 years. Danielle’s approach to teaching is to support the physical and mental yoga practice by creating flows that are always different, always challenging, and yet accessible for all levels of practitioners. Danielle’s scientific education (Ph.D. in Integrative Physiology) inspires a strong focus on safety and alignment in her classes, an emphasis also supported by her 200-hour YogaFit teacher training. Danielle uses yoga philosophy to balance her analytical mind, and strives to share that balance with her students. Every class is an opportunity to let go of expectation, judgment, and competition, and to re-connect with inner truth and wisdom.
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.
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.
Jill found a passion for yoga over 17 years ago and completed her first 200hr training in 2008 and has been honored to teach her passion ever since. She has gone on to advance her training in prenatal, restorative and in particular, yin yoga. She has completed level 1 and 2 yin with one of the founders of yin yoga, Paul Grilley, concentrating on the connective tissue, joint systems and meridians of the body. Having a fascination with the anatomy has contributed to helping people understand how their body works with any style of yoga. She embraces that we are all different and how we align ourselves in a posture is unique to each individual. To make yoga accessible to everyone, every age, shape, size, and ability is the true gift of yoga and what she aspires to reflect in her teaching.
Joanna has been a Massage Therapist for 10 years and started doing yoga to help with the pain in her wrists. She started to do yoga 4 times a week and fell in love with how it made her feel. It gave her the flexibility, range of motion, and strength that she needed to save her career and body. She fell in love with it so deeply that she wanted to teach others. Through her journey of teaching she found a few goals that she wants her students to take with them in their yoga practice and in their everyday life. She wants to create a free and safe atmosphere. A place were you can drop everything and leave it outside of your mind, and your body for at least a hour to truly just focus on you.
She wants her students to get rid of the word CAN'T. Throughout her teaching this is the word that she hears the most from new students, and she always says, "is it that you can't or you just don't know how". She takes the time to break it down and encourage exploration to find the flow or pose within your body. She believes that if you make it your own, you'll be more proud of your achievement and growth and understanding of how you flow.
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. After undergoing major injury and surgery herself , Kristen has used the power of yoga to help heal and rehabilitate. 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.
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. 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 2015.
Nicole is a Colorado Native and has been enjoying various activities all her life. The addition of yoga to Nicole’s life has brought many benefits including stress reduction, increased flexibility, balance and strength inside and out. After several years of taking yoga she decided to pursue becoming a teacher herself. In the spring of 2013 she received her 200 hour certification from Mindstream Yoga. To continue her learning adventure, Nicole became certified in children’s yoga in spring of 2014, in order to teach children the joys and benefits yoga has to offer.
Her passion is health, wellness and helping the community improve their overall wellbeing in every way possible. Nicole enjoys teaching yoga to both children and adults and loves watching others find their niche in their personal practice. Along with teaching yoga Nicole’s energetic personality and exercise background allow her to lead a challenging full body workout in CrossStream. Nicole encourages athletes and yoga enthusiasts to try various classes and teachers in order to challenge the mind and body and experience all that Mindstream has to offer.
When not at Mindstream Yoga Nicole spends her time running, cooking, spending time with her husband and children, being outdoors and reading a good book.
Sasha took her first yoga class in 1996; however did not truly see the depth and potential of a yoga practice until years later. Her journey got even deeper and gained more meaning during her yoga teacher training in 2010. She has enjoyed reflecting on the evolution of her yoga practice and is constantly looking to learn more personally and to give more to her students. Her mantra is “balance, balance, balance” and she wants to share her inspiration to find balance in her student’s lives through yoga. This is the yin-yang of life!
She has a lifelong passion for all things active and enjoys sharing both her energy and calming nature with her students. She considers yoga to be accessible to everyone, regardless of age or flexibility and strongly believes in yoga’s mental, spiritual and physical health benefits.
Her teaching style focuses on alignment, synchronization of movement and breath, creative flowing, self-acceptance, and having fun. Sasha’s other passions include running, traveling, photography, cooking, dancing, snow skiing and her family, which includes her husband and two entertaining and charming little boys.
Sasha and her family are new to Fort Collins – she is enthusiastic to explore this town, make it home and is grateful to be a part of the Mindstream family.
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.