Root Yoga Center is incredibly grateful to have some of the very best yoga instructors and teachers in Denver. Each individual has a unique background and style that make their lessons and classes distinct. We also have some instructional videos from our Teachers of the Month. Here they are!
Training: Kula Yoga Project was my home for six years in NYC. Schuyler Grant is my main squeeze, but I have trained with Alison West, David Regelin, Nevine Michaan, John Friend, Zhenja La Rosa, Elana Brower, Amy Ippoliti, and many more.
"Al Dente" (translated in English as to the teeth) is the term initially used to describe the firm and tender texture of pasta. Chefs use this term as instruction to avoid soggy or wet noodles, and to cook the pasta just to the point where it is slightly firm and yet tender to taste.
Over the years of practicing yoga, I have discerned that it is that "cooked just right feeling" that allows us to unfold, to open, and to live with a heightened awareness of our actions and it's direct effect to our family, friends, and micro-interactions.
The class I teach is the class I would want to take: Firm intentions, intelligent alignment, zested with a bit of creative juicy vinyasa to taste, and a side of pranayama please, of course pepper it with inversions and arm balances along the way. And make that for here, not to go, as I like to linger awhile in savasana.
-Breath is always first the postures always second. –
I strive to surrender any rigidness towards ONE way in my teaching, hoping the softer I get towards myself, the softer I will be with my loved ones. For more: www.yogawithangie.com
Training: 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training at 3 Om Yoga in Parker, Colorado, Foundation Course in Yoga Science for Wellness at the Morarji National Institute for Yoga in New Delhi, India, Ana Forrest Intensives, Reiki Master Healer and Teacher
Root Yoga is a light-filled cavity of bliss slightly levitating above Platte Street and nestled in a dimension where awesome yoga truly exists.
I was drawn to Root from the moment I first walked in. I liked the simplicity and openness of the space. Then I discovered the yoga at Root. It is excellent. The teaching staff really know their chaturangas. I feel honored to be a part of this thriving yoga community.
Putting my bare feet on the Earth. As a child my mother could never get me to wear shoes. I always hated them! In fact, I am pretty convinced that the reason I like yoga so much is because it is shoe free. Any activity without shoes is usually one that I would at least like to try. Strange but true.
The next big yoga challenge I am working on is completing a 500 hour certification. Beyond the physical, yoga also challenges me to embody what is true for me in the moment. Yoga challenges me to be more healthy. Yoga challenges me to love deeply, wholeheartedly and freely.
Training: Basic, Advanced and Continuing Education Teacher Training Intensives with Ana Forrest; Forrest Yoga Guardian; Ashtanga Teacher Training with David Swenson; Studies in Iyengar, Power, Vinyasa, Anusara and Jivamukti yoga; 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance.
Cheryl Deer, RYT 500, Forrest Yoga Guardian, has taught yoga since 1996. Cheryl’s classes and workshops are joyful and motivating, designed to leave you awakened and inspired. Expect to receive gentle yet powerful adjustments, connect to your core and engage in your practice in a way that brings greater presence, healing and transformation.
Cheryl’s teaching is deeply rooted in the Forrest Yoga philosophy; an approach designed to address the stresses and challenges of our daily lives and support our journey toward physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
In addition to teaching classes, privates, workshops and teacher trainings in Denver, Cheryl also spends time each year assisting her teacher Ana Forrest, creatrix of Forrest Yoga. She draws on her knowledge from Ana and her many years of experience to teach how to bring Spirit into life.
To visit Cheryl's personal website, go to www.CherylDeerYoga.com
Root Yoga inspires me to keep growing. Both as a teacher and a student. To be courageous.
This moment, and coming back to it. My yoga toolbox- super helpful in finding my way back to this moment- movement, breath, body awareness.
Yoga challenges me to be the most authentic version of myself. To look within myself and see all the aspects of me, the fear, the courage, the dark, the beautiful. To see myself honestly, and live with awareness.
Training: 200 hour Power Yoga Teacher Training at CorePower Yoga, 200 Hour Root Yoga Teacher Training
Root Yoga is my home away from home. Whether it's a student or another teacher there is always a familiar face there to greet me. The community has welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like we are all part of a big family.
My favorite way to get rooted is yoga! My yoga practice helps me to feel calm, centered and grounded. I can't live without it.
Root Yoga inspires me to be the best I can be, both on and off the yoga mat.
At Root I teach level 1/2 Vinyasa.
Training: 200 hour Forrest Yoga Foundation Training, Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program, Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training 2011
Growing up I was encouraged to find what gives me life. Yoga gives me life. It gives me community, breath, asana and meditation, and fills my life with joy, laughter, love and many other things. But most important to my life is my spirit, and yoga connects me to my spirit. When I am embodying my spirit, I am full of life. My union is yoga, life and spirit. My devotion as a teacher is to use the gifts yoga brings me to help my students find what gives them life. I have been inspired by many teachers along my yogic journey. My inspiration comes to me from my core teachers and my students. Ana Forrest gave me the tools I need to live my dharma and help others find their own. Regina Zwilling gave me my determination and presence to be there for others. Cheryl Deer daily gives me my inversions and encourages my ability to love. My students motivate me to grow as a teacher and also as a student. I teach Forrest yoga, because I love the abs.
Training: Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training, July 2012, Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training, April 2013
Yoga challenges a lot in me. It’s on the rough edge of the pose where I find I can do the most work on myself. I find that in my life my comfort zone has been very elastic. the more time I spend near the edge, the more it expands, and the more time I spend away from it, the more my comfort zone tends to collapse. I use yoga to become stronger in those moments of life that challenge me, and strive to remain in the moment, focused, and passionate at all times.
What keeps me rooted is a daily practice. What keeps me rooted is a daily practice. I came to yoga with a lot of injuries after having fought in Iraq and Afghanistan with the US Marine Corps. I've learned a lot from my yoga practice: how pain and trauma is locked in the body, and how to get it to move.
I like to challenge myself, period. Right now, my biggest challenge is skydiving. To be conscious of my body movement in the sky, to let go and just fly has been a real learning experience. Moving past the fear has allowed me to see that I’m capable of much more than I thought I was, and I am enjoying being a beginner at this stage in my development as a skydiver—120 jumps and counting!
At Root Yoga Center, I teach Forrest Yoga, sequencing the poses I find most powerful for healing, strength building, and mental discipline.
Nicole Maurrae Landrus
Training: 200 hour Forrest Yoga Foundation Training
Breathe...if you acknowledge your breath, feed it magic, and wash it through your body you can make it through anything. Yoga came into my life when my spirit and body needed it most. Yoga saved me. Finding my mat brought me hope, pure happiness, strength and acceptance. Yoga has grounded me and helped me find balance in life and teach me how to handle real life with a positive and bright attitude. It has helped me connect to my spirit, my authentic self. Stepping on to my mat now brings me positive challenges, inspiration and a desire to shine.
I feel fortunate to have such amazing teachers and loving community around me, to support me, while I breathe through my transformation and begin to step into my wiser self. Laruen Turnage and Kate Mulheron have been my biggest inspiration. Their sparkle, love for yoga and spirit brighten my life and challenge me to be a better person everyday. I feel blessed to have such wonderful women in my life and honored to be a family member at Root Yoga Center, where I teach ground level Forrest classes...come join me!
Training: 200 hour Forrest Yoga Foundation Training
Root Yoga inspires me to challenge myself, to stand in my commitments and to connect with my community. Many lovely and kind people grace my life because of this space and this family. I am supported in many ways and honored to be participant to such a vibrant and enlivening practice.
I like to challenge myself by going upside down, seeing new perspectives and experimenting. I love the ‘aha’ moment when we, as students, connect with our own physical bodies. Conscious adjustments and strength built from the inside out creates a confidence that supports us, even off the mat. My desire to explore movement goes way off the edges of my mat.
Some of the things that keep me rooted:
Earth. Beauty in nature. Movement. Trees. Yoga! Body mechanics. Swimming. Good food. Biking. Mentors. Snowboarding. My friends. Community. Amazing Bodyworkers. Twists keep me rooted. Horse stance. Root keeps me Rooted.
Training: CorePower Yoga 200HR 2011, CorePower Pre/Post Natal Yoga 2011, CorePower Extension 2012, Restorative/Yin Yoga 2012, Biomechanic Sequencing w/ Kathleen Sand 2013.
Root Yoga is community. Being rooted implies surrounded by earth, and earth is firm but forgiving. In the Root community you feel supported on all sides; firm and forgiving.
Slow flow. Long holds are my favorite way to strip my mind down and come back to who I am and what my practice is about. Big, huge, breath and enough intensity to calm my mind.
Aside from my yoga practice, I’m also a long distance trail runner. In yoga, we have the opportunity to come to the same postures over and over and see what we can do differently, maybe how we can go deeper or further than we’ve been before. In distance running, because it’s a continuous flow, instead of poses it’s mental states that you come to over and over. Our minds set limits and create expectations that do not exist, it is the most beautiful challenge to shed and shatter them.
Training: Corepower Hot Yoga & Hot Power Fusion Teacher Training Program, 200 Hr Certification
What yoga challenges in me..is to seek the quiet, calm, serene strength that is within me. Life is chaotic and minds whir. Stepping onto my mat to practice or to teach allow me to slough off all that noise and just be me, to love and embrace what's inside of me.
What keeps me rooted...is staying in touch with my practice regularly or hitting the trail regularly to run or ride. The rhythm of the body and breath is incredible and allows me to center and find surety within.
At Root, I teach Vinyasa Flow.
Training: Root Yoga Teacher Training, 200 Hr Certification
When I discovered my yoga practice at Root it quickly became my home away from home. I’m still excited to be part of a community of dedicated, open and present yogis. The acceptance that I found at Root reminds me my dog Lucy.
I love my dog. She keeps me rooted and reminds me to go outside every single day. No moment is wasted on judgement, doubt, angst, or anger. Having such a powerful example of unconditional love and acceptance inspires me to get on my mat.
I like to chase what inspires me. One week it might be a challenging pose and the next a concept from the yoga sutras. Whatever else is going on yoga challenges me to stick with the moment and to live up to Lucy’s amazing example.
Training: E-RYT 200 Hour - I originally trained with my local studio in Palo Alto, CA under a senior Iyengar and Hatha yoga teacher. They gave me the foundations for my teaching and with whom I received my original 200-hour certification. I have also completed a second 200-hour teacher training with Dharma Mittra. However, the real inspiration for my sequencing and flow is heavily influenced by Shiva Rea and Shannon Paige Schneider. It is through their influence I was inspired to be a more intentional and mindful flow teacher.
I challenge myself by not settling for the status quo. I look for opportunities to grow, shift, and evolve. In my yoga practice, I teach poses I am not comfortable with in my own body and commit to learning poses that take me out of my comfort level.
Nature and movement keeps me rooted. Hiking in Eldorado Canyon, mountain biking, driving along Pacific Highway 1, my yoga practice, five deep breaths, camping, or skiing.
Yoga challenges me to be conscious and mindful. My body is prone to easy injury in the connective tissue. I have to move with great intention in order to continue the practice I love. I want to be upside down when I am 80.
I teach Vinyasa Flow at Root.
Training: 200 Hours from Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, Anusara Immersion and 8 Drops Tantra Training
My favorite way to get rooted is to close my eyes and take a deep breath. I also love spreading my bare feet into the grass.
My daily practices keep me rooted; morning meditations, teaching and practicing yoga, eating mindfully and thinking positively. Creating my life intentionally everyday has me staying grounded, humbled in joy.
Yoga challenges me to stay present, centered and inspired. The daily pace of modern life can be so hectic, but when I practice yoga, I get to slow down, breathe deep and connect with my highest self. I love the way yoga inspires me to be the best me I can be.
I teach Vinyasa classes at Root, Mondays 7pm All Levels & Fridays 4 pm Beginners
Training: 200 Hour Root Integrative Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga challenges me to find the balance, between effort and ease, perseverance and surrender, work and play, the city and the mountains (which I love equally). This challenge is both physical, discovering the capabilities and limits of my own body, and mentally, balancing a diversity of personal aspirations with the flow of life.
My favorite way to get rooted is cooking colorful meals at home with friends, biking with my dog Mason around our city neighborhood and observing the change in the urban fabric, and my rolling out my mat, taking time to tune out all the chaos; to really ground down through my sit bones and just breath.
What Root Yoga inspires in me is a sense of community and a supported environment to continue to grow. In my yoga practice I am constantly evolving and seeking, with blissful moments of complete content and surprise.
In teaching I aspire bring to each class strength and dedication through passion for the practice, compassion for the body and release of the mind.
Root Yoga Center
Root Yoga Center offers the Denver community a variety of yoga classes, instruction & yoga workshops for beginner to advanced yogis. Our goal is to help people cultivate awareness and connection through yoga, and a balanced lifestyle – thus our moto is “Feeling is Living!”. Please join us at the yoga studio for one of our healthy lifestyle events, like our fall and spring nutrition programs, forrest yoga events, art events, outdoor classes and more! We now offer yoga teacher training. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. Namaste!