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Mind/Body Instructors

Lori Batcheller

Lori teaches therapeutic and all levels drop-in yoga. She has been practicing yoga since 2000 and received her 500-hour Kripalu Yoga teacher certification in 2007 while working and studying at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health—the nation’s largest and most established center for yoga and holistic living.

Lori holds additional certifications in chair yoga, yoga for anxiety and depression, chakra yoga, and meridian yoga. Her classes focus on combining breath and movement and cultivating compassionate self-awareness.

Also a writer, licensed physical and massage therapist, and Reiki Master, Lori is committed to ongoing studies to bring mind/body/spirit to a state of optimal health and wellness.

Karen Dowling

Karen is a dedicated yoga practitioner. Wanting to develop her flexibility and maintain her health, she discovered yoga at an early age. She has been studying and practicing yoga asana and philosophy for more than 20 years. Karen began teaching yoga 20+ years ago at the request of friends.

Since then, she has become a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and a Certified Yoga Therapist.

"My classes offer radiant health, resilience and balance as well as a deeper understanding of and connection with your own body," Karen says.

In her classes, Karen unites the spiritual and philosophical aspects of yoga with the physical postures giving her students the full realm of the yoga experience. Her classes are fun, challenging, lighthearted and insightful. Karen's classes work with the basic asanas to develop strength along with flexibility.

CIYT - Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher since 1999 and C-IAYT - Certified Yoga Therapist since 2017

Mike Dye

Mike first began studying with Rocky Mountain Tai Chi Chuan in 2005. He took up the art as a mean of rehabilitation after a serious injury, and has found that more he studies the more there is to learn. He views Tai Chi as fundamentally a practice to cultivate awareness and strives to adhere to the fundamental principles of the art... Relax!

Mike is a senior student of Beth Rosenfeld and Lee Fife at Rocky Mountain Tai Chi Chuan. He believes in creating a welcoming, friendly, fun and safe environment for all students.

When not practicing Tai Chi, Mike enjoys being outdoors, hiking, backpacking and fishing and spending time with his friends and family. He continually endeavors to bring Tai Chi in to his everyday life.

Cassandra Field

Cassandra Field has been teaching yoga since 1997. She received her teacher certification in Seattle WA where she studied many different styles of yoga and developed her unique approach to teaching therapeutic yoga. Teaching yoga is her labor of love!

She brings her passion, knowledge, experience, creativity and sense of humor to her classes. Her approach is gentle, powerful fun and impactful. Cassandra specializes in helping others through the application of yoga to create, stimulate, and maintain an optimum state of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.

Cassandra empowers her students to progress toward greater health and freedom from dis-ease and or imbalance through holistic treatment of various kinds of psychological or somatic dysfunctions ranging from back problems to emotional distress. Cassandra’s therapeutic approach is based on an understanding of the human being as an integrated body-mind system, which can function optimally only when there is a state of dynamic balance.

Lisa Hanckel

Lisa Hanckel Lisa Joy Hanckel, C-IAYT, MSAc, LAc  is an internationally certified yoga therapist, experienced educator and a board-certified acupuncturist practicing in Boulder, Colorado. She began studying with world-renowned yoga teacher Richard Freeman in 1994 and his approach has deeply influenced her work.

In 2000, she was struck in an automobile accident and suffered bodily injuries as well as a traumatic brain injury. When she spoke to Richard about not being able to continue her practice, he advised her to "start from the palette" and trace sensation subtly throughout her body in order to heal. 

This intimate connection with mindful observation of the body forever changed her practice and prompted her work in yoga therapy. 8 1/2 years ago she met Francisco Kaiut when he first came to Boulder, CO. She has attended more than 200 classes with him as well as 400 hours of teacher trainings.

Kaiut Yoga integrates her work of settling the nervous system with movements that bring mobility and blood flow into the joints. She listens to each student's personal concerns and carefully observes, meeting them where they are- any condition, any age, any shape, any size- so they can surrender into practice with gentleness and intelligence. 

Gil Kelly

Gil was personally trained in the Feldenkrais Method® by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. He has been practicing Feldenkrais Functional Integration® and teaching Awareness Through Movement® since 1983. Gil has taught classes for the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation for 20 years.

He has helped thousands of people gain relief from pain and learn how to move with more ease and coordination. Gil is currently offering both private sessions and group classes for clients in Boulder and the surrounding areas.

Sheri Kessler

Sheri Kessler​M.S., Certified Pilates Instructor

Sheri was an English teacher when she first heard the word “Pilates” in 1988, but it wasn’t until years later when she was encouraged to actually experiment with this fascinating method of mind-body awareness. 

Sheri is a certified, classically-trained Pilates instructor and has been practicing since 2002, taking classes and workshops with several first generation teachers and many talented instructors along the way. She works with everyday people, clients from all paths of life and hopes to inspire each one to find something in the work that becomes their own.

Her caring nature and genuine love for the Pilates Method of Contrology creates a safe place to explore and challenge your potential.

Sheri works to integrate and improve posture, spinal flexibility, muscle strength, and connection to the core. Sometimes simply moving through our day can be difficult, but when we move from our center with the support of the breath and focused attention, it can be lot easier!

When not teaching or doing Pilates, she also practices yoga and rock climbs….both of which are complemented by the core work of Pilates.

Nancy McKay

Nancy McKay is certified through The Pilates Center of Boulder (1996). She loves sharing the joy of Pilates. Nancy has taught Pilates in a variety of settings including PT clinics, Wellness and athletic centers, and Pilates studios. In addition, Nancy is a physical therapy assistant and massage therapist.

Arianna Stout

Certifications: The Pilates Center Boulder, Boulder College of Massage Therapy

Arianna has been teaching Pilates for the last twenty years and loves the mobility, alignment and strength the practice brings to her clientele. She has practiced all over the states, in Europe and has happily taught for the City of Boulder for several seasons now. Arianna is a movement teacher, massage therapist, professional dancer, and mother who loves photography and outdoor adventure.

Joan Tomek

Joan came to teaching exercise through a lifelong love of movement and her desire to share it with others. She has been certified to teach group exercise since 1999 and has been teaching Pilates since 2002. She was first trained to teach Pilates by City of Boulder instructor Michael Miller, and then completed the Pilates Center Intermediate Plus Teacher Training Program in 2017. She is certified through the Pilates Method Alliance.

Joan likes to teach by demonstration as well as description and feels that it is essential that exercise be enjoyable as well as correct. Joan's classes are fairly laid back, although she emphasizes doing movement as well as possible within the limitations of one's own body. She believes that to do less is a waste of effort of both student and instructor. She is also an AFAA certified Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Fitness Trainer.

Joan is originally from Kansas City, Missouri. She has also lived in Ohio where she attended Oberlin College and earned a B.A. in art. She moved to Colorado in 1991. Her other loves are her garden, anything outdoors, her husband and 4 cats.

Tom Weiser

Have you ever been in a stressful situation and felt your body tighten up? Have you ever had that experience of tension and realized, “Wait a second, I don’t need to do tense up like this!” and then relaxed your body? That ability to relax in the face of stress is what I am most interested in cultivating in myself, and what I try to teach my students. This relaxation is not just physical relaxation; it’s also mental relaxation. It’s not “checking out” of a situation; it’s relaxing into the situation and meeting it in a way that’s fully alive. My goal for myself and for my students is to be able to meet any situation in a way that’s open, relaxed and energized.

I didn’t start out with that goal. When I was younger, I assumed that relaxation was something that you did after work, if you had time. Achievement was paramount, relaxation secondary and if the cost was physical and mental discomfort, well, that just seemed like the price you had to pay. This attitude propelled me through my undergraduate degree at Harvard University and a graduate degree at City College of New York. It followed me into the field of computer programming and resulted in a reasonable amount of career success and a great amount of back pain and mental distress. It was only after back surgery that I admitted to myself that my life strategy was faulty.

I began to study t’ai chi and to come face to face with my own tension and rigidity. Little by little I learned that relaxed movement was much more pleasant than tense movement, and that it was more efficient, too! I began to study meditation and Alexander Technique, and realized that relaxation had to include mind as well as body. As I studied and practiced, my body and mind became more fluid, and my back pain receded and then disappeared.

I completed my training in Alexander Technique in 2007, moved to Boulder and began teaching here. I took a Master’s degree in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism at Naropa University and was also certified as a Mindfulness Instructor there.  Now I teach t’ai chi and meditation at Naropa and I teach Alexander Technique and t’ai chi at the Boulder Rec Centers as well as privately. I sing with a jazz trio and lead vocal improvisation. I hike, garden and cook.

The practice of engaged relaxation that I’ve cultivated through t’ai chi, meditation, and Alexander Technique has helped me develop a full, interesting life in which I continue to grow. My aim in teaching is to help my students learn to meet stress with relaxation so that they can fully enjoy their own lives.

Erin Williams

Erin first started practicing yoga in 1998 to deal with the stresses of a high profile corporate job. Loving the psychological and physical benefits she trained to become a teacher under Aadil Pakhivala, (one of a few masters in the world personally trained by B.K.S. Iyengar).

She is a licensed massage therapist, certified in shiatsu and therapeutic massage, a certified herbalist, and a certified Nutritionist with a master’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University. Erin loves to teach the basics of Hatha Yoga focusing on proper form and alignment to ensure a strong base and to prevent injury.

Sue Young

Sue Young ​Sue Young found Kaiut Yoga because she needed to heal her body. Facing a recommendation for a third knee surgery, Sue began her Kaiut practice to alleviate joint stiffness and immobility that had become severe. Sue’s time as a world class ultra-endurance triathlete built an intimate understanding of the body. When trauma and illness left her weakened, she began to rebuild her body — and her mind — through this life-changing practice.

Sue’s yoga classes are gentle, providing a regenerative environment for students facing limitations. Sue has practiced yoga for over 25 years, began practicing Kaiut in 2016, and has trained intensively with the founder of the this form of yoga, Francisco Kaiut. Sue’s background as an athlete and Fortune 500 tech executive, as well as a mother and world traveler, helps her empathize with the students who now rely on her classes for their own healing journey. 

Wendy Zerin

Wendy Zerin, MD has been practicing yoga since 1989. She has been studying with Francisco Kaiut since 2014 and is a certified level one Kaiut Yoga instructor. Drawing on her background as physician and teacher of Insight Meditation, Wendy brings an unusual depth of understanding of mind, body and spirit to her yoga teaching.

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