Our Teachers

 
 

Annie Jacob

Annie Jacob is a Certified Anusara® Teacher, E-RYT500, YACEP, an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, 5 Rhythms® Space Holder and the owner of The YogaTonic since 2006. Initiated into the Sri Vidya Lineage, she continues to work with her Teacher Rod Stryker and pursue her Certification in Para® Yoga as well as continue her education in Ayurveda.  Annie shines in the area of helping her students overcome injury and pain in the physical body with her in-depth knowledge of alignment as well as supporting students through subtle body awareness to find a state of mental and emotional balance through breath practices, meditation and other yogic techniques. The tools of yoga have helped her personally navigate difficult life experiences, gain appreciation for her body and life and help her grow spiritually. In turn, she enjoys holding space for others to move through a process of self discovery and healing as they connect to their authentic nature and the source of power and peace within. Annie opened the YogaTonic in 2006 with a vision to build a Community Based Studio. She teaches public classes, private yoga instruction, teacher training and offers workshops and retreats. Annie’s classes are supportive, fun and enlivening. As a business owner, mother and artist, Annie draws from her personal life to help students find balance, creativity and possibility both on and off their mats.

 

 
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MINDY CANDEE

Mindy has been practicing Yoga for over 30 years and teaching Yoga since 2001. She holds an Advanced Instructor Certification from the Yoga Institute of Houston, and has studied Yoga with Lex Gillan, Stan Hafner and Johanna Sullivan, among others. A life-long interest in health and wellness, have lead her to a 25-year career in Massage Therapy and Certification in the Rolf Method of Structural Integration. She is passionate about teaching Classical Hatha Yoga in the Viniyoga tradition, passed down by T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar. Therapeutic and adaptive to the needs of each individual student, Viniyoga focuses on the health and safety of the spine and joint system, while emphasizing awareness of the breath with each movement of the body. Blending Viniyoga with a strong knowledge of anatomy and her background in Structural Integration allow Mindy to meet each student where they are today in their own personal Yoga journey. In addition to classes, she also offers private Yoga instruction. Mindy believes that the practice of Yoga can allow each of us to access a deep and personal sense of health and wellbeing.

 

 
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Haily Trevisiol

Haily is a ERYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP and Health Coach. She will help you flourish in your yoga practice using alignment based direction, movement and laughter. She uses her artistic background to plan fun, fresh classes that will challenge, inspire, nourish and help to spark your own creative flame. As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Haily strives to give her students a yoga practice built for sustainability and longevity, so you can keep practicing for a lifetime! Her teaching resonates as an experience beyond the edges of the yoga mat and into your world, encouraging you to find your own balance, be your best self, and follow your dreams. Haily teaches vinyasa flow, alignment, Ayurveda and restorative yoga. When she's not teaching yoga or working with clients, you can find her designing jewelry or hiking in the mountains with her dog!

 

 
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Kate McMahon

Wellness and health has been a lifetime pursuit for Kate McMahon. She completed her first degree in Exercise Science and Wellness from Bastyr University in 2005. She continued her schooling obtaining her degree in Nursing in 2009. Kate has work for the past 10 years at St. Anthony Hospital in Neuro – Truma ICU. Kate found Yoga in high school and has been an avid practitioner exploring Anusara, Hatha, Iyengar, and Vinyasa. She completed her 200 hour yoga training with Yoga Medicine in 2017. Kate combines her love of science and yoga to help enhance the mental, spiritual and physical effects of the practice.

 

 
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Dr. Katie Goroncy PT, DPT, LMT, PYT-C

Katie graduated with her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Gannon University in Erie, PA. Since this time, she has had clinical, volunteer, and teaching experience both abroad and in the states, in a variety of different settings including: outpatient orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, pediatrics, acute hospital care, home health care, and yoga retreat/wellness centers.  Katie began pursuing continued education in Eastern Healing modalities, including therapeutic yoga after witnessing the benefits her yoga practice brought to her own life. She began her therapeutic yoga journey in Victoria, British Columbia where she studied with Nikki Manzie at Pacific Rim College. Currently, Katie is studying and training with Ginger Garner, founder of the Professional Yoga Therapy (PYT) method: a post-graduate certification program in medical therapeutic yoga. PYT is an evidence-based training for health care professionals to use yoga in an integrative biopsychosocial model of assessment. (https://proyogatherapy.org/) With continued interest in fusing Eastern and Western techniques into her therapy practice, Katie has also studied Thai Yoga Massage, a system of unique and ancient bodywork developed in Thailand with extensive roots in the Indian healing arts, Yoga and Ayurveda. Wishing to share her knowledge and love for the art of healing, Katie also teaches anatomy and biomechanics classes and workshops, fusing her varied background of physical therapy, Yoga, Ayurveda, and Thai massage.  Katie’s intention is to encourage and assist patients, clients, and students to bring  more awareness to their physical, mental, energetic, and spiritual beings.  Integrating both Western and Eastern techniques, she hopes to empower one’s ability to improve their overall health, wellness, and happiness to live his/her unique and individual life to the fullest.

 

 
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EMILY MOODY

Emily found her way to yoga while studying fine arts in college. She was particularly inspired by the body in movement, and this interest was what eventually led to her to a Vinyasa Yoga teacher training with Stephanie Keach in 2009. Emily has taught periodically over the years while continuing to deepen her wisdom in movement and the healing arts. She is a Certified Rolfer, Massage Therapist, Cranial Sacral Therapist, and Soul Art Guide. Her bodywork background provides a unique perspective on alignment, while gifting her students with an intuitive touch in class. Her continued Soul Art training brings a creative flare to her yoga classes, reminding us all of our own unique wisdom, intuition, healing, and creative potential. Her personal yoga practice and teaching is not only influenced by all of these powerful trainings, but also by the traditions of Forrest Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Kung Fu, Ninjitsu, as well as Native American spirituality. Emily encourages a joyous and mindful exploration of both body and Soul in her classes, meeting her students at their edge to facilitate continued growth and transformation in their yoga practice and on their life journey. Her intention is to approach her classes with immense compassion, presence, listening, and inspiration so that she can support each person’s unique journey and profound inner wisdom.

 

 
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Kat Jahnigen

About 500 years BCE, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus is quoted with saying “change is the only constant in life.” Far away, about the same time, the Buddha is believed to have said something similar: “Nothing is forever except change.” But Kat Jahnigen believes that the exception to that rule might be yoga. After practicing yoga for over half her life, she’s continuously amazed at how her practice has conformed to every change, every life stage, every mood, every season. Yoga is constant because it’s changeable. It’s responsive. It offers endless discoveries and ways to reach those discoveries. Kat has been practicing yoga for 25 years. And the most important thing she’s learned is how much more she has to learn! In 2010 she completed a 285 hour yoga teacher training with an emphasis on Hatha yoga, and in 2015 she undertook a 200 hour teacher training in Alignment-Based Vinyasa. In 2013, Kat chose to amputate her leg. After an accident 4 years before had shattered her ankle, she had undergone 14 surgeries (plus her first yoga teacher training!). While she could perform a fairly impressive one-legged Sun Salutation, one of the blessings of her injury was that it forced her to learn about the countless elements of yoga that are not dependent on the physical body. In a life focused on doing, she finally started to learn about being.  The following year, she spent a week studying with Matthew Sanford, a pioneer in Adaptive Yoga, completing Opening Yoga Level I and II training for yoga teachers. Since that time, she’s taught both adaptive yoga and traditional yoga classes and workshops at various studios in Colorado and Belize – in between having two incredible kids.   

 

 
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Tamara witcher

Tamara Witcher is an Anusara Elements™ Teacher, a 200 RYT through the Yoga Alliance. She was drawn to Yoga and Meditation as a source of solace through some challenging life experiences and her personal practice continues to encourage her to grow in all aspects of her life. She lives in Salida with her husband and her two dogs and looks forward to sharing the practice with you!

 

 
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Stephanie Helm

Stephanie has enjoyed physical activities and has been an athlete her entire life. This naturally drew her to yoga. The physical practice intertwined with the spiritual practice is what motivated her to make yoga an integral part of her daily life. Stephanie completed the Iyengar teacher training in 2011 at the Academy of Yoga in Grand Junction, CO. During that time her 2 children were born. This gave her the opportunity to cultivate a dedicated home practice. She completed the 200 hour meditation teacher training in December 2017 through The Veda Center.  She is a teacher at heart and taught elementary and middle school students on the western slope for 7 years. Her passion in teaching yoga is to encourage others to turn inward and strive to feel their best.

 

 
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Priti Chanda Klco

Chanda is a Colorado native, devoted seeker, adventurer and explorer. The practice of yoga as integration is the wellspring of inspiration at the center of her life. This year she celebrates 5 years teaching at The YogaTonic and 14 years of study under the direct guidance of Yogi Amrit Desai, one of the last great living yogis of our time; and his daughter, Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, PhD. She is trained in the Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Quantum Breath Meditation and Body Psychology (Yoga Therapy), as well as certified in Thai Yoga Therapy and Marma Chikitsa (Ayurvedic vital energy point balancing), and is a long-time student of Ayurveda. She continues to work closely with Yogi Desai and enjoys a full-time practice of embodying and sharing yogic knowledge. She offers individual sessions, classes, workshops, retreats as well as certification trainings on behalf of Amrit Yoga Institute. Priti Chanda’s offerings at The YogaTonic are designed to empower you with yogic tools, teachings and techniques to realize your fullest expression in every area of your life.

 

 
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Sara Foster

Sara moved to Salida from Flagstaff, AZ where she received her degree in physical therapy. She previously taught and studied in Northern Idaho where she earned her Anusara-Inspired Training in 2012, a style whose principles even informs her PT practice because of its universal value in healing the body. She also has a strong background in Iyengar Yoga, which taught her the joy of props as tools to bring yoga to all ages and abilities, including students with injuries, people with Parkinson's Disease, and post-surgical patients. She has been practicing yoga for 14 years now because she sees in her personal practice and teaching that yoga reminds us all of the benefits of movement, helps us regain lost motion, and reconnect with what is important in our busy lives. She believes yoga can guide us to find the peace among the chaos and so often teaches class at slower, mindful pace with warm up and sequencing designed to open up new possibilities in the body and heart. She is thrilled to be part of a studio that also values creating community, since we go much farther down our personal path when we practice alongside others seeking the same peace.