GENTLE/RESTORATIVE, LEVEL II,
Suki is a yogini who allows intuition and humor to lead the way into insightful, potent practice. She teaches asana as a powerful tool to unlock the gates of creative energy and enjoys assisting people with clearing pain, calming a hectic and fuzzy mind, and sourcing joy from the everyday. Her studies in yoga began as a child and continue to be refined and deepened. With focus in alignment, therapeutics, and generally feeling better, she has enjoyed a 200 hour Teacher-Training with Noah Mazé and Naime Jezzeny, Level II Teacher-Training and Advanced Therapeutics Training with John Friend, and lately is inspired to by the Yin Yoga practice. She is grateful to be one thread in the lineage tapestry of teachers and bows deeply to all teachers everywhere. She enjoys playing in the dirt. ERYT200.
LEVEL I/II, LEVEL II
As an Anusara Inspired E-RYT 200 yoga teacher, Genevieve Oswald loves to live her yoga. In 2006, many years after sustaining a serious break and subsequent fusion to her lumbar spine, Genevieve found the practice of yoga enabled her to regain much of the physical prowess she had previously deemed gone for good. Surprised to experience a newfound and extraordinarily spacious sense of physical well-being, self empowerment, and the life enhancing qualities gained through open hearted willingness to face life with courage and optimism no matter how it presents itself, led Genevieve to complete a 200 hour Anusara Teacher Training with Bea Doyle in 2009. Genevieve teaches two regular classes a week at Shree Yoga Taos that inspire open hearted willingness, mindfulness, presence, and the integration of one’s physical, mental, and emotional bodies to enhance self-awareness and improve the overall quality of one’s life. Because a happy life is one worth living.
Sonya Luz Hinton Costanza
YOGA FOR BACK CARE AND SCOLIOSIS
For Sonya, yoga is a way of life and a means towards interconnection with all living beings. By deepening the mind, body, breath connection through yoga asana and pranayama, we can depend our awareness and connection to the world around us, and live a more deeply integrated life in relationship with other cultures and species we share the planet with.
With gratitude and reverence to all of her teachers, and the lineage they uphold, she is honored to share her experience of yoga. Her first mentor, Jose Santos, of Taos, NM, encouraged her to start teaching in 1996. Her further studies led to Ashtanga yoga, which provided a strong foundation in the devotion and discipline the yogic path requires. Her two trips to India in 2000 and 2004, where she studied yoga asana and philosophy with Ashtanga’s founder, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sanskrit with Dr. M.A. Jayashree, instilled in her a deep respect for the culture and tradition from which yoga comes. Since 1999, Annie Pace, of Crestone, CO, one of Jois’s senior students, has provided much guidance and inspiration for Sonya, bridging the gap between traditional and westernized yoga.
In 1998 Sonya began her tutelage under Tias Little, of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM. Sonya has completed ten teacher training courses with Tias, continues her studies with Tias and Surya Little, and is on the path to becoming a Prajna Yoga teacher.
To manage her own asymmetries and help others, Sonya became certified to teach Yoga for Scoliosis in 2007 with Elise B. Miller, of Palo Alto, CA, a senior student of B. K. S. Iyengar. She has also completed Elise’s advanced training and has assisted her in six Yoga for Scoliosis teacher trainings at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, CA.
Sonya’s classes offer the student a safe place to heal, grow, explore, and most importantly, find contentment with exactly who we are right here and now. Self-inquiry and compassion are woven into each session. To learn more about group classes, private instruction, and her Peruvian Cultural Tour and Yoga Retreat visit www.sonyaluz.com.
Yoga Hour, Level I, Not Over The Hill, Studio Manager
Coming from a career as an Occupational Therapist, then dedicating her life for 20+ years to Zen Buddhism, Liz brings a strong background in anatomy, and a deep understanding of injuries, treatment, and prevention, and the foundation of a committed and consistent spiritual practice to her teaching. As a former champion equestrian, Liz’ repertoire of injuries inform her firm belief in the healing powers of yoga. Liz began her yoga practice in 1998, while living in a Zen Center in Salt Lake City. She saw how yoga could help with physical issues that arose in an intense meditation practice. (Only later did she learn that asana practice was developed to support a meditation practice!!) Upon moving to Taos, she practiced with Aura Garver for 8 years, appreciating her emphasis on safety and inclusion, and fell in love with vinyasa. She completed her 200 hour flow based teacher training at AuraFitness with Aura and Ashleigh Beyer in 2014, and her Senior Yoga certification at High Desert Yoga in June 2018. E-RYT-200. Since coming to Shree, she has mentored with Genevieve Oswald, finding the Anusara approach a way to balance the elements missing from a vinyasa practice. As a self described “recovering vinyasa teacher,” Liz brings the elements of flow to a class, infused with alignment and body mechanics, encouraging students to discover, and more deeply listen to, their inner wisdom. Her classes are playful, dynamic, and challenging, yet accessible. For many, a yoga class can be an emotional experience. Let’s make sure one of those emotions is joy.
Level I, Level I/II
Kari’s yoga path began as a physical practice to compliment an active lifestyle. Later explorations led to a fascination with the ‘so much more’ that yoga has to offer. It was the intrigue and misconceptions about yoga from family and friends that lead her to teach. Kari studied in Mysore, India under Yogacharya Barath Shetty – a disciple of B.K.S. Iyengar – in the IndeaYoga style, earning her teaching certificate in 2012. IndeaYoga combines Hatha, Ashtanga and Iyengar styles including elements of meditation, pranayama and Patanjali ‘s Yoga Sutras. Beyond her practice, Kari works for a non-profit organization focused on improving human and environmental health in the developing world. She is honored to be part of the Shree family.
MORNING YOGA, Slow Jams Level II
Originally from Mexico, City, Adi is a small town girl at heart, and she is happy to have landed in Taos! Enthusiasm to live your life is contagious around Adi. Her passion connects people to their own joyful potential, cultivating purpose, insight and self love, developing the seed of curiosity that empowers transformation creating sustainable change. Adi’s core offerings are based on Bhakti Yoga (yoga of service), making her community her focus to grow together. An E-RYT 200, Adi has been teaching yoga since 2008, after completion her 200 YTT at Green Mountain Yoga (now Maytri Yoga). She is certified in Adaptive Yoga from Samadhi Center for Yoga. She received her Kids Yoga For Young Warriors from Christan Bakken.
She is near completion of her certification in Neurosculpting with The Neurosculpting Institute. She is also certified in Vinyasa Yoga through Core Power.
Member of the Asana Connect Faculty YTT 200 -Since 2014
Member of the Yoga Alliance since 2008.
SLOW JAMS Level I/II
Hollie has practiced vinyasa and Ashtanga style yoga practices since 2003, and she received her 200-hour teacher training in vinyasa style yoga in 2010 at Corepower Yoga in Denver, CO. Some of her favorite teachers along the way have been Marley Vigdorth, Dakini Jaeger, and Tunde Borrego–all powerful teachers who combine deep body strengthening with a big emphasis on mindfulness, compassion towards oneself, and breath. Hollie loves all types of practice, and has a particular love for a good powerful flow sequence to move stale energy and tone the body. She has an almost 20 year history with Buddhist meditation as both student and teacher in the Tibetan tradition, and is a certified Mindfulness Instructor in that lineage. Her meditation experience influences her yoga by giving a strong emphasis to body awareness and breath, especially in restorative postures. Hollie was also a hospice chaplain for over 5 years, during which time she applied her yoga and meditation training to her work with the dying. Hollie has also been a teacher in various school settings since 2004–she has taught music, acting, and most particularly mathematics and physics to all different ages. She currently teaches mathematics at the University of New Mexico in Taos.
Roxy “The Yoga Gypsy” Sanchez
Yoga, the Unity between mind, body and Spirit, has become a way of Life for Rox-Anne. She was introduced to Yoga in 2010 at The University of New Mexico after a disabling shoulder injury that turned her life 180 degrees. After discovering that Yoga was not only working miracles for the body, it led her to a Divine infinite journey to self discovery and healing of mind and spirit. In 2016 she was led to deepen her practice and decided to apply for a opportunity to become a Yoga teacher with Cloud 9 Divine Angel Heal Yoga with her mentor Bri Winton in Santa Fe, NM (now located in Colorado Springs) where she received her RYT-200. She was trained in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Hot Yoga and runs her own Hot Yoga Studio in Penasco, NM.. She incorporates the Native New Mexican Culture in her classes and takes you on a journey through the elements of Taos. If you would like to learn more about Rox-Anne chat with her before or after class.
Rob is a yogi, artist and licensed massage therapist. He serves as adjunct faculty and yoga program advisor at UNM-Taos, through the Holistic Health and Healing Arts department. Rob signed up for his first yoga class in 1996 as an art student at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. This initial experience had a profound effect on his life that still resonates. A dedicated student of yoga, Rob completed his 200-hour training in 2000 at The Chicago Yoga Center, through the guidance of his teacher Suddha Weixler. He has subsequently gone on to complete an additional 300-hour therapeutic yoga training through UNM-Taos. Rob draws inspiration from various Yoga systems such as Ashtanga, Anusara, Iyengar, and more recently Myofascial Yoga with Dr. Kirstie Segarra. He combines elements of these practices with his knowledge of yoga philosophy, functional anatomy, structural alignment, and breath work. This combination, designed to prevent injury and promote healing, invites the student to expand and explore a deeper mind-body connection in an uplifting and safe environment. Rob has taught in the Taos community since 2001.
MORNING YOGA, YOGA HOUR
Claire found her yoga practice 10 years ago in Los Angeles with Bryan Kest at Santa Monica Power Yoga. At the time she was studying dance in San Francisco, where she eventually graduated with her BA in Performing Arts & Social Justice from the University of San Francisco. Over the last decade, her journey of embodiment has led her to teach in various communities on the west coast, including dance studios, elementary schools, and county jails. Eventually her practice led her right into the heart of the teachings of Bhakti Yoga.
She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Govindas at Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, CA, which began a sacred journey of living in devotion to dharma. She also completed a 50-hour kirtan training with Govindas, which deepened her understanding of the Bhakti lineage through the art of sacred song & mantra. As a result, she shares a soul-centered Bhakti practice that is rooted in love, devotion, gratitude, and grace. Her background in dance provides her with a deep understanding of physical alignment that she brings into her classes, which combine unique physicality with sacred yogic teachings. She will often incorporate sacred mantra & live kirtan music into her classes, offering the sacred names as pathways to connect with our innate divinity.
Her practice is an offering of grace passed down to her by her teachers: Govindas, Radha Ma, Ram Dass, Bhagavan Das, Shyam Sundar Das, and Neem Karoli Baba. She has also been blessed to experience the ineffable teachings of Bryan Kest, Sianna Sherman, and Shiva Rea.
Committed to love as the way to transform and heal, her mission is to guide others into union with their own inner truth, through cultivating an intimate and reciprocal relationship with the Sacred, beginning with our own vessels.
Deep bow of gratitude to all the Masters who paved the path of Dharma before us… Jai Gurudev!
Liz has been teaching yoga since 2010 and practicing since 2003. She is most inspired to teach classes that have a deep element of flow as well as a structured focus on aligning the body. Yoga is a path to freedom and Liz hopes her classes will awaken in students new levels of freedom in the way that they move through their lives. Liz first studied children’s yoga and began teaching preschoolers in 2009. Then she went on to complete a 230-hour teacher training with Stephanie Keach at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2010. In 2012, Liz completed another 100 hours of training in the Anusara method with Bea Doyle at Bhava in Albuquerque. Liz taught varying styles of yoga at Shree from 2010-2015 including vinyasa, gentle-restorative, kid’s yoga, and prenatal. She is ecstatic to be back after taking some time off to go to graduate school and start a family. Liz continues to be a student and is always seeking to expand her own practice and teaching of yoga.
LEVEL I/II, LEVEL II
Phoebe is blessed to not remember a time when yoga was not a part of her life. As a child, she began by mimicking shapes in her body and exaggerating her breath while watching her mother, a yogi of 40+ years. Phoebe became a more serious practitioner in her late teens as she sought relief from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and GI issues. She attributes not only the physical practice, but also the emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga in helping her heal. While studying at CU Boulder, she frequented the Yoga Workshop taking classes with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor. After graduation, she traveled to Thailand to complete an Ashtanga Yoga teacher training in 2009 with Paul Dallaghan. To further her practice in Ashtanga she spent time in Mysore, India studying with Sharath and Saraswathi Jois, daughter and grandson to the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and Prem and Radha at the Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Center. With the desire to become a more skilled teacher, Phoebe completed an Anusara Yoga Immersion and teacher training during 2012-2013 with Robyn Smith and Patrick Harestad. As she approached her thirties, she got more serious about working with the subtle energies and meditation, which led her to complete a teacher training in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan 2017-2018 with Guru Jagat, Harijwan, Tej, Gurujas, and more. She enjoys teaching a range of styles and abilities. Her light-hearted teaching style emphasizes moving with the breath, raising your vibration, cultivating feelings of self-love and acceptance, and above all healing. For more visit phoebeelliottyoga.com
While traveling in India in 2010 to deepen her study of yoga, Phoebe happened upon the Santosh Puri Ashram where she learned the ancient art form of sacred geometry known as Yantra design. As an artist and yogi, this art form touched into and combined her deepest passions. Yantra design is an art form that utilizes geometric shapes in particular combination with color to create a visual vibration.
Phoebe splits her time between Taos, New Mexico and Mt. Desert Island, Maine. She teaches yoga retreats internationally that include yoga and the guided practice of yantra design. She is a certified herbalist and enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband, son, and two little doggies.
As a yoga instructor, Rachel’s focus is in prenatal and postpartum practice. Mama Yoga is more than simply asana poses. It is about a deep listening to one’s own body; a dance between effort and surrender and learning to soften. Rachel graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Holistic Health and the Healing Arts with a concentration in Integrative Massage Therapy and yoga teacher training. She has been a practitioner of yoga for over 20 years. Under the training of expert instructors, she has studied various yoga styles, including kundalini, vinyasa, hatha and ashtanga yoga. As a trained dancer, Rachel has strong foundations in movement and the mind-body connection. Mama Yoga can help with pain management during labor through connecting with the breath and harnessing the inner power of your voice. Some of its benefits are increased circulation and lymphatic flow, strengthening and toning of muscles and connective tissue, while instilling you with the confidence, focus, strength, peace and relaxation you will need for labor, delivery, and recovery. Rachel is the mother of 2, a birth doula, and prenatal/postpartum care provider.
MORNING YOGA, YOGA HOUR
Willow began physical asana practice at a community gym in Florida around age 12. This early connection to body and self was the seed that would grow to an interest in this ancient philosophy as a post school human. From 2015-2018 the world was Willow’s classroom as she traveled New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Denmark and Indonesia working on organic farms, hiking, and practicing and learning various styles of Yoga. After travels there was a spark of something deeper than the adventure: a need to expand and share wisdom. In 2018 she received her 200 hr certificate with a Baptise Affiliate studio in Dunedin, Fl. The training was centered on Hot Power Vinyasa style as well as Yin and Restorative. Eager beaver Willow set out to teach full time and in just over a year of teaching has gathered just under one thousand hours of teaching experience. “I have worked with injured and chronically ill, disabled, elderly and sensitive populations giving me a wide spectrum of experience. Being able to do the deepest expression of the pose doesn’t make you a better person. Attempting the physical posture with an open mind and willingness to experience something different will help us learn to move through life with ease.”
In August 2019 Willow completed her 300 hr certification with Bodhi Movement in Boulder, CO. Willow is SO inspired by the owner/operators of this establishment, Irene Papas and Sam Vetrano. This training was focused on philosophy and history of Yoga as well as expansive training in working with injury, functional range conditioning, animal flow and so much more! Her teaching style is intent on bringing students into their body in an effort to “still the chatter of the mind”, the goal of Yoga. Chitta Vritti Nirodha- in Sanskrit. “In my classes we use the postures, the movements and the physical experience to observe the fluctuations of the mind and ultimately cultivate a place of inner stillness so we can take the Yoga off the mat into the world. Yoga is wholistic path for mind, body and spirit. The philosophy and lineage of this tradition is an integral part of my teaching style.”
Rounding out our crew…
We are proud to offer an incredible team of trustworthy, well-trained, and inspiring substitutes. You will experience their teaching styles and presence when our regularly scheduled teachers are away or unable to make it to class, for whatever reason. We are confident that our subs uphold the standards of excellence, safety, and delight that we hold so dear at Shree. Please enjoy your experience, even if it is a surprise!