Teacher Spotlight: Rachelle Robin

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rachelle-robinPhoto by Dan Wilson of Tucson, Ariz.How do you define yoga?
Yoga means to unite, to draw all the pieces of ourselves into one harmonious whole. It is an opportunity to deepen our breath, to pause, to get in touch with our inner world and to live authentically.  

How did you begin yoga? What made the practice stick to you?
I began practicing yoga when I was fifteen years old. I was very physically active as a child and for some odd reason always thought I needed to be doing something.
It probably has everything to do with my dad, the one person who would question why I was sitting at home when I could be out doing something with friends. I started taking classes at La Camarilla Racquet, Fitness and Swim club in Scottsdale, AZ. That’s where I met my first yoga teacher, Dave Oliver.
When I first spoke to Dave, he had asked me if I was a yoga teacher. I said, “No.” He replied, “Well, I think you’d be great at it.”
That’s when the seed was planted. From that day forward, I knew I wanted to teach yoga. When I started my yoga practice, I noticed a deep sense of calmness as well as this feeling of, “I have been looking for this all my life.” My teachers along the way have been able to articulate things I have always sensed and resonated with. Yoga has helped me to slow down and relax, two skills I am still practicing to this day.

Teacher Spotlight: Ramon Reams

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ramon-reamsHow do you define yoga?
Yoga to me is unification, and I'm not just talking about mind, body and spirit with the connection of the breath, but unification with the heart of the people. I feel yoga is a place where one can have all different ages, cultures, races and, of course, people from all sizes and fitness levels, coming together in union, accepting one another and setting aside those differences.

Practicing yoga and traveling inward to find ourselves, we get a sense of support with others who are there for the same thing. This is why I love yoga - seeing the universal pull that it has amongst us.

How did you begin yoga and what made the practice stick to you?
I began yoga about five years ago. Before I made yoga a regular activity on the daily agenda, I was one of the skeptical and typical jocks who would not care to even take a class. I told people, and myself, that's nothing but stretching, it's for women and not for me.

Pilates Teacher Spotlight: Dawn King

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dawn-kingWhat was your first pilates experience?
My first Pilates experience was with my dear friend, Christy Allen. She and I were personal trainers at an exclusive club in Key Largo, FL, when Christy began her Pilates training with the legendary Romana Kryzanowska (student of Joseph and Clara Pilates) in New York City. I am proud to say I was one of Christy's very first clients. She now owns and operates three Pilates studios in the Florida Keys.

How long have you been teaching?
I began my Pilates certification course in 2005 and have been teaching consistently since then, so seven years.  

What is your certification/background?
I received my certification through PMA Certified Las Vegas Movement Arts, under the direction of Gracie Martinez. I am currently working on my Pilates Master Certification through The Pilates Center - Boulder.

Why do you do pilates? How has it changed you?
I started a consistent Pilates practice to complement my active lifestyle and as a means to rehabilitate an old sports injury. Its effects have been profound. I have managed to prevent having a complete knee reconstruction due to the focused stregthening exercises and protocol that I follow on the Pilates equipment. Plus, Pilates has given me a wonderful career where I get to work with and help people each and every day.

Teacher Spotlight: Bea Wilds

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BeaWilds1How do you define yoga?
My definition of yoga stems from Patanjali’s eight-limb path: yama, niyama, asana, pranyama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi. It is a deeply spiritual path that allows the practitioner to connect with the true Self. Asana, or the yoga postures we are so familiar with, are only one limb of yoga that helps us on our journey to connect with Self.

How did you begin yoga?
My yoga practice began with a search for a new form of aerobic exercise. My practice, like most beginners, was sporadic and leaned toward the physical aspect of the practice.  

What made the practice stick for you?
My practice began to truly take form after a deeply uprooting period in my life. This time, my search was for something more spiritual and for a method of grounding. This is where I learned the full power of yoga. My practice became a part of me. I live yoga now. It’s with me every moment of every day.

Teacher Spotlight: Arturo Sanchez

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artsanchezHow do you define yoga?
Yoga is a way of living my life and has less to do with a conceptual understanding. We can say that yoga comes from the word yoke or to unite the individual with the whole of existence, but it means nothing if we are not living it.

We must come to understand that words and their definitions are only pointers to the true essence of meaning. Take for example the word Love. It is often overused and watered down. The word is only a representation of something much greater than its definitions. It’s better to BE loving than just repeating the word; better to keep unity (yoga) at the forefront of one’s activities than to define what things are with words.

How did you begin yoga? What made the practice stick to you?
I began yoga at a crossroad of my life. I finished my military commitment in the Navy and was working to become an airline pilot. It was shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, and needless to say, there were no pilot jobs available. My dream was put on hold and I began to question my life.

I came across a yoga book with pictures of all the major postures and thought to myself how cool, I can do that. I started a practice at home before I ever went to a studio. The inner focus needed to do these postures gave me such a respite from this crazy world. I was hooked.

Teacher Spotlight: Andrea Cespedes

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andreacespedesHow do you define yoga?
Yoga is a loving way of understanding your relationship to the world

How did you begin yoga? What made the practice stick to you?
I began yoga from a fitness standpoint. When I started practicing, I’d been teaching group fitness (step, toning, stretch, cycle) and personal training for about 10 years. I was intrigued by yoga, but only from what it could provide physically. The practice stuck because it made me feel accepting of my body, rather than competitive with it.

What does your personal practice look like now?
I practice almost every day, most days for 45-60 minutes – but sometimes only 20 minutes. I do a mix of yin, Ashtanga, flow and restorative – depending on what I feel my body needs that day. I also meditate daily – perhaps five minutes, perhaps 20.

What and where do you teach?
I teach vinyasa flow at numerous locations: Lifetime Fitness (teaching faculty), 24 Hour Fitness and two corporate facilities. In October, look for me at Boulder Running Company every other Monday and at Balanced Rock Chiropractic. I also teach a yin class at Lifetime Fitness.

Teacher spotlight: Jan Burgie

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jan Burgee PROFILEHow do you define yoga?
I define yoga as a present you give yourself.
How did you begin yoga? What made the practice stick to you?
I attended my first yoga class in the spring of 2001 shortly after my Mom's death. I was in a dark place then and couldn't pray or find my way through the grief. During that first yoga class I was opened to the joy and peace available through the practice. For that one hour I didn't beat myself up. I have since considered yoga as the last gift from my Mom. I think it stuck with me because I needed it so desperately.
What does your personal practice look like now?
I teach eight asana classes a week so my personal practice is strictly meditation.
What, when and where do you teach?
I teach a slow flow style vinyasa. It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. I offer lots of modifications based on your current needs. I teach at Marmalade at Smokebrush from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Mondays and 8:45-9:45 a.m. Thursdays.
I teach 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at 24 Hour Fitness, 3650 Austin Bluffs Parkway.
I also teach 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 24 Hour Fitness, Broadmoor Sport, 1892 Southgate Road.