Recognized as a 200-hour Certified Yoga Instructor by the Yoga Alliance, Erin completed her training with YogaWorks in New York and went on to manage a YogaWorks studio in Midtown Manhattan. While working for YogaWorks, she was also responsible for the New York Workshop Events Management, working closely with famous Yogis including, Mark Whitwell, Hala Khouri, and the NY Times deemed “Yoga King”, Vinnie Marino. Willing to take on all aspects of yoga, she learned the business side by managing the Manhattan studio, taught weekly Hatha classes at Sangha Yoga Shala, taught private yoga lessons, and volunteer taught for YogaBear, a national non-profit organization. Through her work with this organization, she was dedicated to providing cancer survivors with more opportunities for wellness and healing through the practice of yoga. Erin, always passionate about continuing her knowledge of yoga, has since completed a Yoga Education Certification course with Hala Khouri, allowing her to teach yoga to at-risk youth.
Since then, Erin has followed her yoga passion to Denver, CO. Erin teaches a breath-centered class with a combination of smart sequencing and precise alignment. She is inspired by teachers that bring their real voices and happiness into the classroom and likes to incorporate wit in her teachings.
Caity found Yoga after years of team sports and many hours at the gym. All it took was one class and she was hooked! It wasn’t long before Caity left a high stress job in the NYC fashion world and began her first teacher training. She has completed 500 hours of training though Yogaworks in NYC under the mentoring of renowned teacher Jenny Aurthur. Caity loves helping her student’s progress in their practice and finds her greatest happiness when they accomplish something they never believed they could! She has a passion for teaching tweens and kids and believes that Yoga can help children gain confidence and a positive understanding of themselves. Caity teachers an alignment based vinyasa class. She is extremely thankful to her teachers Jennifer Burch who caused her to fall in love with Yoga and Jenny Aurthur who influences everything she is as a teacher.
Abbey discovered yoga in 2002 and has long enjoyed the physical benefits of the practice. In wanting to broaden her personal understanding of the practice and gain the ability to share the experience with others, she pursued instructor training and received her 250-hour certification from Samadhi Center for Yoga in Denver in 2009. Through the guidance and support of a collection of talented teachers, she has found her purpose and passion in sharing yoga and the benefits if can offer anyone – emotionally, physically and mentally. Abbey is a also a certified Reiki Level II practitioner.
Yoga is a gift to my life and I am honored to be able to share this beautiful healing tradition with others. I enjoy centering my classes around a light playfulness with the intention of complete body awareness and stillness within the mind. Also, I offer much gratitude to my teachers and students ( who are often my teachers ) that I have met along my path.
Erin Martinez discovered her love of yoga while attending school at CU-Boulder. The healthy vibe of Boulder was contagious and she discovered the mind-body benefits that yoga offers. After building a regular practice for several years, Erin wanted to share yoga with others and signed up for teacher trainings through YogaFit. She loves YogaFit’s philosophy of “Yoga for Every Body,” which promotes making yoga affordable and accessible to the general population. She teaches a weekly classes to students and staff at Anschutz Medical Campus where she is also a Masters of Public Health student. Erin loves the idea of incorporating yoga into more public health programs. She lives near Coors Field with her husband and dog, Cielo.
Kiayan’s inspiration for learning and healing through yoga began in 2000 with a pulled hamstring and a VHS tape of “Yoga for Dummies with Sara Ivanhoe”. When she finally had the courage to step into a classroom full of other yogis she felt completely at home. From that moment forward her journey to learn more about yoga philosophy and practice blossomed. Kiayan has turned her practice into her life and work. She completed her first teacher training in 2007 and has made the transition to teaching full time. Kiayan believes that everybody should practice yoga, not because everybody needs to stand on their heads, but because everyone could benefit from a little more happiness and peace in their lives. Correct alignment is emphasized in Kiayan’s classes. She encourages students to care about the details of their practice, for the practical benefits of doing so, as well as an exercise in mindfulness. Kiayan is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and is greatly indebted to all of her teachers, especially Joan Hyman, Laura Miles and Annie Carpenter. Along with every student who appears to teach her to grow as a yoga instructor.
Annie entered the world of yoga while living in San Diego. After a month of vinyasa classes, she was hooked on the dance of asana flow and refreshing new skin she was left with after a good hot class. It wasn’t until a couple years into her practice that she finally discovered the magical relationship she had with her breath, and it was inevitably pranayama that floated her into teacher training. A physical practice finally merged with a spiritual journey, and Annie knew she wanted to forever share this love of life and yoga to anyone willing to accompany her. She later moved back to her home state of Colorado to enter the rooted yoga community that had grown so large in Denver, and has been here ever since.
Annie received her 200-hour certification at CorePower Yoga. She specializes in vinyasa flow with focus on alignment and breath. Aside from the studio, you’ll also find her teaching classes in the park and at a local senior center.
Sarah Griisser didn’t know that she needed yoga until she was already in it. A lifelong go-go-go, do-do-doer, it was hard for her to see that something was off balance until she paused and found herself tipped over. The solace of a daily devoted practice has taught Sarah how to slow down, be nicer, pay attention and breath deeper. Teaching yoga has not only allowed her to share this refreshment with others, but also to expand her own experiences through others. Sarah completed her 200 hour training through YogaWorks in Denver, CO with Alexandria Crow.
She enjoys making people laugh, sweat and doing headstands.
Growing up in Boulder, CO it’s really weird that it took Rachael so long to find yoga for herself (she’s also never been skiing or snowboarding so no yoga is really the tip of the weird iceberg). What inspired her to get on the mat was her mother’s 25 year practice and a 30-day yoga challenge right here at The Yoga Mat. She didn’t miss a single day and has been practicing ever since. She continues to discover new parallels between her life on and off the mat that create the possibility of true transformation both in the body and mind. She became 200-hour Certified YogaWorks instructor under the expert tutelage of Alex Crow and has been mentoring with her favorite teacher, Andrea Frazer since her certification.
Her classes are a challenging mix of alignment driven vinyasa and yin poses finished with a long, restorative savasana. Expect to sweat, laugh, breathe and unwind.