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Hansa

 

Hansa, LMT, E-RYT500, left the corporate world in 1988 and received her Yoga certification at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Continuing to study, she takes classes in Viniyoga, Vedic Chanting, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy, and other Yoga programs. Incorporating her B.S. degree in Behavioral Science, Hansa has been able to develop a keen insight into the collaboration of the Body, Mind, and Spirit. She has studied and integrated diverse body oriented therapies including Kripalu Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Therapeutic Body work, Body Reading, Health Education, Homeopathy, and Ministry to facilitate Spirit connection. She holds an advisory position for the International Association of Yoga Therapy and is a member and past president of both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Teachers of Colorado. She is on the Board and acts as the Executive Director for SANGA, an educational non-profit organization. Hansa is the owner of Gentle Touch Body Mind and Spirit Connection offering massage and yoga classes to the local community and is the owner of PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala offering teacher training programs to the yoga community. She is a Holistic Lifestyle Facilitator and her therapeutic work integrates Yoga Therapy and Massage.
Hansa is the Director of our Training Center and the heart of our School and Studio. She teaches many of the trainings in part or whole, including the Advanced PranaYoga Teacher Training Modules and the Yoga Therapy Training.

 


Patricia Hansen

 

Patricia M. Hansen, MA, E-CYT500, is a Yoga therapist, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Lifestyle Consultant, and both a National and International Yoga Teacher and Lecturer. Patricia started teaching at the local YMCA in 1967 and at the Jewish Community Center in 1969. She developed the first prenatal yoga classes in the early 1970’s. Patricia established the first academic yoga classes in America through Metropolitan State College and the University of Denver. She received her Master's in Religious Studies from the University of Denver and her certification as an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Lifestyle Consultant from the Ayurvedic Institute under the direction of Dr. Vasant Lad. Patricia is a past President and founding member of Unity in Yoga International and Yoga Teachers of Colorado; a founding member of National Ayurvedic and Medical Association and International Association of Yoga Therapy; a member of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico; an executive board member of International Yoga Studies; past President Emeritus of Yoga Alliance, co-founder and faculty member of the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda; faculty member of American Yoga College; and currently is sharing her Yoga knowledge and skills by serving on the Board of Sanga, a local non profit yoga educational organization while serving as a faculty member at Metropolitan State University and maintaining a private Yoga and Ayurvedic practice. Patricia has studied with Swami Satchidananda, Yogi Bhajan, Rama Jyoti Vernon and many other teachers; she integrates all of these teachings to offer a beautiful yoga experience.
Patricia teaches Ayurveda courses and many continuing education courses. She also contributes her years of experience and wisdom to the Yoga Therapy Training.

 

 

Yogacharya Dharmananda

 

 

Yogacharya Dharmananda, fondly known as Swamiji, is a preeminent scholar and teacher of the Science of Yoga, Hindu Philosophy, and Comparative Religion. As the former Director of the International Vishwaguru Yoga and Meditation Institute (Rishikesh, India), he has given these teachings to students from all over the world for more than 25 years. He is the direct disciple of the late Guru, Shri Vishwaguruji Maharaj. Swamiji's lectures - especially his mode of presentation with humor, stories and anecdotes - has earned him wide acclaim. See more information about Swamiji here.
You may contact him directly:
sdharmananda@yahoo.co.in

See his website here: http://www.swamidharmananda.com & see his Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/yogacharya.dharmananda

Swamiji's photo, courtesy of Valerie Meadows, Meadows Photography

   

 

 

Annalise Ozols

 

 


Anupama Vaidya

Annalise Ozols, RMT, Ayurved Vaidya Visharad is owner and practitioner at holistic.ly, LLC, a holistic health practice incorporating ayurvedic medicine, pancha karma therapies and therapeutic massage and bodywork.  Annalise graduated from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2002 with an Associate’s of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree in massage therapy and has worked in the Denver/Boulder area for more than 11 years.  She began studying Ayurveda and Pancha Karma therapy in 2006.  She received the ayurvedic Pancha Karma and Yogic Shat Kriya certificate from the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda (RMIYA) in 2006.  She graduated from the Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula in 2010 as Ayurved Vaidya Visharad (ayurvedic practitioner) and PK therapist and has partially completed the advanced ayurvedic program at Alandi.  She also served as Pancha Karma Director and practitioner for Alandi Ashram’s ayurveda clinic and taught Pancha Karma related classes for the Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula. Her greatest love is supporting others in their pursuit of better health through the power of massage and especially through the amazing transformations that occur during pancha karma cleansing.  When she is not doing this she is likely in the kitchen cooking food or medicine, aquaponics gardening, yoga-ing or skiing.  Visit http://holistic.ly/ for more information.

 

 

 


Anupama Vaidya, EE, MS
is a software engineer and a skilled Ayurvedic cook. She co-teaches with her husband, Dr. Vaidya. She teaches cooking classes on flavorful Indian cooking, gluten free cooking and most important, cooking ayurvedically for different doshas and for different seasons. She also teaches scrumptious recipes for prenatal and postnatal care. Besides the cooking classes, she co-teaches the courses on Ayurvedic medicines which include decoctions, compounding, making ayurvedic infusions, ayurvedic cough syrups, and ghee, etc. Her recipes are mouth-watering, easy to make, straightforward, and utterly delicious.

 

 

Bethann Bierer

 

 

 


Bharat Vaidya

 

 

 

Bethann Bierer, PhD, RYT, is a clinical and developmental psychologist, and a yoga and meditation teacher who has been in practice in the Denver area for over three decades. She teaches in the psychology departments at Metro State University and the University of Colorado Denver, supervises practitioners and students, and maintains a private practice specializing in mindfulness-based psychotherapy. She presents workshops about the integration of ancient wisdom with modern educational and therapeutic practices at local, national and international conferences, and has collaborated in the development and teaching of PranaYoga's comprehensive children's teacher training. Her approach to working with children involves an in-depth knowledge and utilization of developmental neuroscience findings as they support and facilitate age-appropriate integration of the developing person.
Bethann is an instructor for the Children’s Yoga Teacher Training and offers mindfulness-based workshops.

 

 

 

 

Bharat Vaidya, BAMS, MD is a skilled Ayurvedic physician who received his basic Ayurvedic medical training in Mumbai and received his medical degree in Belgium. He comes from an Ayurvedic family who was instrumental in the establishment of modern Ayurvedic universities in India.  He has practiced medicine in India, in Europe, and in the U.S., including obstetrics and gynecology.  He specializes in history of Ayurveda, pharmacology, gerontology, rejuvenation, somatic psychology and other branches of Ayurveda.

 

 

 

 

Heidi Nordlund

 

 

 

 

Heidi Nordlund is a qualified holistic health practitioner and spiritual facilitator who has been practicing for more than a decade. She was born and raised in Denmark and moved to the United States in 2002 to engage in an ongoing deepening learning and application of spiritual healing disciplines. Heidi has completed three certified Ayurvedic degrees: Advanced Ayurvedic Practitioner (Bhishakgwara) and Ayurvedic Practitioner (Ayurved Vaidya) from Alandi Ayurved Gurukula in Boulder, CO, as well as Ayurvedic Practitioner from the Rocky Mountain Institute for Yoga and Ayurveda. Heidi has completed advanced intensives in pulse reading, marma points, herbology and clinical assessment with Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, and is a Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) recognized at the Ayurvedic Doctor level of membership. In addition, Heidi is an Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula, Tibetan Cranial Practitioner, Yoga Therapist and Yoga Instructor. She earned her BA in Contemplative Psychology with focus on Health and Healing from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. The multifaceted developmental and healing modalities that Heidi offers are consistently effective in improving health and wellness, resulting in enhanced vitality and well-being.


 

 

 

Helgrid Randolph

 

 

 

Helgrid Randolph, MD is a native of Austria who now calls Colorado home. She is a certified Yoga teacher and Yoga therapist, and an Ayurvedic practitioner (NAMA certified). Helgrid is a licensed physician in her home country but does not hold a license in the United States. She received her medical degree from the University of Vienna, Austria. Her vision is to spread awareness of the great potential for Yoga and Ayurveda as a way of life for personal healthcare or in combination with allopathic medicine.
Helgrid offers Ayurvedic Consultations and she contributes lectures and practical applications to our Teacher Trainings.
Link here to see information on Ayurvedic Consultations with Helgrid.

 

 

Jeannie Faulkner

 

 

Jeannie Faulkner, M.Ed., CMT, AyT is a licensed massage therapist who has studied Ayurveda in both the United States and India. She holds a Master's degree in Cultural Studies in Education from Ohio University and received her Ayurveda Therapist certification at Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic and Research Center in Jaipur, India. She has recently completed her Naturopathy training at the Open International University of Alternative Medicine and offers continuing education classes and seminars as an approved continuing education provider through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She has a passion for teaching and is currently an associate professor at Hocking College in Ohio and maintains a massage and Ayurveda practice specializing in women's health.
She has helped to coordinate the Pancha Karma and Ayurveda Massage Training and Certification.

 

Karin Bustamante

 

 

 

 

Kate Fotopoulos

 

 

Karin Bustamante E-RYT500 started practicing yoga by taking one yoga class a week. This led her to meditating and studying yoga for many years. The dramatic impact on her life outlook and physical well-being motivated her to share her experience and start teaching. She has a deep interest in meditation and feels yoga practice makes it possible to maintain a daily meditation practice. She actively shares her enthusiasm and great respect for yoga by creating an atmosphere of empowerment that provides students the space to explore and listen to the wisdom of their own body. In addition to her experience as a yoga teacher and her commitment to her continued education, Karin is a Certified iRest Teacher from the Integrative Restoration Institute and leads several Yoga Teacher Training's in the Denver area. She enjoys exploring a wide range of yogic topics that include yoga philosophy, meditation, yoga nidra, exploration of chakras, or in-depth posture study and chanting.
She
currently serves as a teacher in the 265-hour Contemplative Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program and offers workshops.

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Fotopoulos, CMT trained with Dr. John Douillard to learn the hands-on Ayurvedic therapies that have been passed down over thousands of years in India. She edited two of his books, Perfect Health for Kids and The Encyclopedia of Ayurvedic Massage. Since completing advanced training at the Ayurveda Retreat and Hospital in Coonoor, India, in 2007-08, Kate has been traveling around the US teaching Ayurvedic massage and offering classes on the principles of an Ayurvedic lifestyle. She also sees private clients and works in conjunction with Ayurvedic doctors to provide detoxification and rejuvenation therapies to their patients. She was formerly Interim Director and faculty member of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. Kate lives in Reno, Nevada, where she practices vibrational medicine, sound healing, and is deeply involved with the Native American medicine path.

 

Kerry Shamblin

 

 

 

Kerry Shamblin, Jyotishi, has been a student of Vedic sciences and culture since 1992. Beginning with an intensive foundational course taught by Yogacharya Dharmananda at his ashram in India, she continually pursues a deeper understanding of Vedic philosophy, yoga, mantra and Ayurveda while focusing on the lifelong study and practice of jyotish. She is a certified professional member of the Council for Vedic Astrology and continues her jyotish education under the teaching of Andrew Foss. Her delight is to join with other practitioners, teachers and clients in order to bring the various branches of Vedic wisdom to bear in helping people create health, joy and peace in their lives. Visit her website: www.planetaryinfluence.com.
She offers Vedic Astrology classes.
Link here to see information on Vedic Readings with Kerry.

 

 

 

Laura Doss

 

 

Lenore Mullin

 

 

 

Laura Doss, RYT500 began her exploration of yoga in 1999 while traveling in Thailand; six years later she completed her first teacher training with Yogi Hari of the Sivananda lineage.  Recognizing that she had only dipped a toe into the vast pool of knowledge yoga offers, she continued her studies at Swami Satchidananda's ashram in Yogaville, VA and took her first trip to India a year later, in 2006.  At PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, Laura has studied with Hansa Knox, Patricia Hansen and Karin Bustamante in the advanced teacher training modules, where she also received her 500-hour certification.
Laura's yoga practice is firmly rooted in the classical traditions of hatha, raja, bhakti, karma and Tantra yoga.  Her teaching style is influenced by the many great teachers who have guided her along yoga's path of continual learning, and her intention in teaching is to demystify yoga and its ancient techniques, holding the space for yoga to meet each student where they are.
She
is a teacher of our Yoga Training Programs.

 

 

 

Lenore M. Mullin BS, MS, PhD, physicist, educator, scientist, and NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow, now Emeritus Professor, completed her Ayurvedic training and certifications (Perfect Health Instructor and Ayurvedic Consultant) with Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon at Chopra University. She has practiced and taught Yoga since the early 70's. These credentials complement her deep understandings of physics, mathematics, and computer science, especially quantum physics, quantum computation, and quantum algorithms. Her practice, based on Ayurveda, incorporates all her experiences. By explaining how physics validates the wisdom of Ayurveda she believes, through metaphor with dynamical systems, signal processing, etc., she can motivate, educate, then coach the mindful awareness needed to obtain, maintain, and enjoy a life of health and happiness, implying a life where physical and emotional pain is minimized. When you think like a physicist you’ll understand that a mind-body connection can be viewed in similar ways in which we understand the fields of physics (e.g., electromagnetic fields, gravitational fields, etc.): the Chakras, Nadis, Marmas, etc. are sub-fields, heat is viewed as friction, toxins are viewed as altering a density function, etc.
Dr. Mullin is an Ayurvedic Nutrition and Life Style Consultant/Coach/Educator in Arlington and Alexandria, VA. She will be contributing to articles, lectures, and workshops in Denver during her travels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Eller Davis

 

 

 

MahaJyoti Glassman

 

 

 


Mary Ann Plocher

 

 

 

Lisa Eller Davis, E-RYT500 brings more than 30 years of experience in the healing arts to her students and clients. She began meditating at age 15, stepped onto a yoga mat for the first time at 18. Since then, Lisa has studied with masters in different spiritual traditions, fascinated by the intersections where they all come together. When Lisa recognized the call to teach, she embraced Yoga and Meditation Teacher Trainings, gaining more than 500 hours of Yoga Alliance certified instruction. She had a total knee replacement in 2008, which helps her appreciate the gifts of adapting poses for herself and others. Lisa teaches yoga and meditation classes for Kaiser Permanente; special classes for Seniors and private clients; community classes; and maintains a healing energy practice where she sees individual patients, many sent to her by their physicians.
Lisa is a teacher of our Yoga Training Programs.

 

 

 

 

MahaJyoti Glassman, E-RYT500, began her yoga journey in 1976 in the Ananda Marga tradition.  She continues to further her understanding by studying with teachers from the US and abroad.  For over 24 years, she has served as the director of one of the few yoga based preschools in the US. In addition to her involvement and participation with the PranaYoga children's yoga training, she facilitates yoga teacher trainings at local, national, and international locations. MJ enjoys sharing yoga living skills with children, teens, and adults of all ages and abilities. Through the integration of creativity, intellect, inner listening, and service to the creation; a greater personal fulfillment and harmony with others emerges. Everything begins with the children who are the hope of the world.
MahaJyoti is an instructor for the Children’s Yoga Teacher Training.

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Ann Plocher, E-RYT500, feels lucky to call Yoga a part of her life since 1994. Studying with various teachers, she was called to take a teacher training in 2005 hoping to help her grandson who was struggling with an autism spectrum disorder. After she began teaching, she realized the profound way that yoga impacts people’s lives and wanted to share the tools of yoga with anyone that would listen. She and her husband, Bruce, owned Rishi’s Crossing yoga Studio for almost 7 years.  Knowing that she had only scratched the surface with her 200 hour training, she was led to Hansa and PranaYoga where she earned her 500 hours. She loves to watch students open their bodies, their minds and their hearts with this amazing practice.
Mary Ann is an instructor for the Yoga Training Programs.

Renay Oshop

 

 

 

Renay Oshop, Jyotishi, specializes in Ayurveda and Astrology, namely Ayurvedic Astrology. She was first introduced to the concept by Dr. Lad and since has learned to unite the power of Ayurveda with the predictive powers of Vedic Astrology. She has also studied at the Vedic Vidya Institute with Hart, deepening her knowledge, particularly of psychology. Renay has also united everything with a deeper immersion into the classics of the subject through Sanjay Rath’s courses. Renay Oshop has read thousands of astrological charts a year for over 10 years. At age 21, she was on faculty at the University of Colorado Health Sciences in Denver. She currently teaches Sanskrit and Vedic Astrology at Alandi Ashram, and has taught at Boulder Valley School District and Metropolitan State College of Denver. As one of the few dozen astrologers in the United States who are also adequately trained in Ayurveda, Renay can help you integrate mind, body, and Self to realize your aims in life.
She has helped to coordinate the Foundations of Jyotisha Training.
Link here to see information on Vedic Readings with Renay.

 

 

 

 

Sandy Kline

 

 

 

Vince Austin

 

Sandy Kline, E-RYT200, RYT500, has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston and is a retired police sergeant with the Houston Police Department.  She has taken yoga on as a second career, training at Prana Yoga in Denver under Karin Bustamante and Hansa Knox.  Sandy is passionate about yoga and the wonderful benefits it brings to the body, the mind, and the soul, and is dedicated to bringing these joys to others, having an awareness of how it helped during her police career.  Along with teaching regular Kripalu-style hatha yoga classes, Sandy also delights in teaching Yoga Nidra, face yoga, and prenatal yoga classes, along with past life exploration workshops.
Sandy currently serves as a teacher for the Yoga Training Programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vince Austin, RYT, started practicing yoga in 2003 with breath-focused meditation and transitioning into Japa Mantra. Seeking methods to sit comfortably in meditation, Vince discovered that an ongoing asana practice not only reduced the discomfort in sitting but also eliminated the aches and pains normally associated with modern life. Vince started his physical practice in 2008 with Dana Huskey and practiced with Dr. Dennie Dorall for several years. Finding that the practice not only relieved pain but also initiated a paradigm shift that made life in general, more pleasant and less stressful, Vince sought an organized method to share the incredible gift of Yoga. Vince found PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala to be the perfect place to learn techniques for teaching and sharing this great tradition. Vince completed the 265 hour Contemplative Yoga Teacher Training at Prana Yoga under Laura Kathka's and Hansa's mentorship.
He is a Teaching Assistant in the Contemplative Yoga Teacher Training.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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