The 2017 Board is here to help serve you and the yoga community of Colorado better. The channels of communication are always open to member comment suggestion and recommendations.
Sandy Kline, President, CYT-500, is the current Yoga Teachers of Colorado President. Committed to YTOC, she has been on the Board in one capacity or another for over seven years and believes YTOC is a great way to connect with the yoga community. With a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston and retired as a police sergeant with the Houston Police Department, Sandy launched into a totally different path and second career as a yoga teacher. Along with teaching several classes a week, she teaches new yoga teachers a 265-hour curriculum, and studies with her teacher, Hansa Knox, each week.
Karen Lewis, Past President: Karen self-empowers people engaged in a wide array of unique life challenges and experiences. She works with people who experience life differently, motivated young adults, and individuals implementing change in their lifestyle and perspectives. Karen began personal pranayama and meditation practices during youth. She currently has thousands of hours’ training with nationally and internationally known yoga teacher trainers in a variety of traditions, with an emphasis in therapy and anatomical alignment. She first taught hatha yoga in 2004, expanding into teaching yogasana and mind-body practices at studios, an array of corporations, hospitals, and specialty wellness centers, later mentoring new and experienced yoga teachers, and lifestyle consultations for individual clients. Karen’s background includes social leadership: encompassing experiential teaching, teaching public seminars, and private, professional, and academic trainings in 4 countries. She received her undergraduate degrees shortly before accepting a research position in the Caribbean, then teaching at a college preparatory high school in east Europe. Her published materials range from scientific research to poetry.
Molly von Rosenberg, Treasurer: Molly completed her Yoga Teacher Training in December of 2016. She currently is offering a number of Yoga classes in the Denver metro area. Molly retired in 2013 from a long career in banking and sales. She began to really explore Yoga at that time and loved the way it helped her body and calmed the mind. When offered the opportunity to take Yoga Teacher Training, she knew right away that it was the perfect timing and the right teachers to help her deepen her knowledge of Yoga. Molly brings some good knowledge of basic financial principals to the YTOC team.
Suzi Cameron, Secretary: Suzi has been teaching yoga for about 5 years. She started her practice about 15 years ago as a way to better health. She fell in love with the community that she found. She also learned that yoga taught her gratefulness and acceptance, two lessons that she desperately needed to learn. Suzi found that her path lead her to working with older adults and guiding her students through a gentle practice. Once she received her 200 RYT, she went after her certification in Restorative yoga and just loves to watch faces release as they settle in to a propped and pampered pose. Suzi is also certified in Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi Fit, Moving for Better Balance and N Balance. She retired in January 2016 and has not looked back. She currently teaches 9 classes a week split between yoga and tai chi.
Michelle De Waele, Membership Manager: Michelle practices Yoga Therapy with Ayurveda Science support. She adapts yoga to the needs of people with specific or persistent health conditions. individually tailoring protocols to address health challenges, respecting the client’s level of physical ability and lifestyle. She uses a holistic approach & alternative treatment that help reduce symptoms, manage pain, restore balance, increase strength, improve emotional resiliency & expand personal awareness. Michelle adapts smooth yet powerful techniques such as movement, breath work, meditation and relaxation for her clients to explore and to connect with their true Self. Each session is a mindful practice grounded in postural alignment with a deep connection to the wisdom of the heart. Michelle is also a member of IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and is currently enrolled in her 4th year Yoga Therapy study program that adapts the application of ancient yoga to today’s health concept. She offers small group classes, and works privately with clients to help them manage their health conditions.
Allison Rissel, At-Large Member: Allison, 500-RYT, ACSM-HFS, NSCA-CPT, believes one good yoga teacher can change a life and create a community. She is passionate about building mindful communities. Although new to Colorado, Allison teaches at a variety of locations in Longmont where she combines her extensive anatomy & biomechanics training to teach a variety of clients including seniors, athletes, teens, and those suffering from chronic pain. Allison is excited to be part of the vibrant CO Yoga Community and hopes to spread yoga laughter and love throughout the state!
Sue Doty, Web Manager: Sue believes that yoga is for everyone. She believes stretching and toning muscles that are often neglected and so important to keeping us healthy, especially after a long day sitting behind a desk. She teaches classes that includes controlled movements and deep breathing relaxation improves range of motion and relaxes stiff muscles. She is passionate about the “moving practice” of Vinyasa Flow with focus on breath and movement… and creates meditation in motion! Sue focuses in Hatha, Vinyasa & Yin styles of yoga.
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