Kimberly Allcock, PhD, E-RYT 500, RPYT
Denise Barclay, RYT
Chris Daniels, RYT
Jen Donovan, RYT
Mary Dugan, RYT
Jennifer Duval, RYT
David Funk, RYT
Heidi Gabelman, RYT
Jackie Gallagher, RYT
Phyllis Henderson, RYT
Amber Jesch, RYT
JJ Lee, M Ed, LADC
Iva Neveux, RYT
Kimberlee Orenstein, E-RYT 500
Denise Patterson, RYT
Meghan Ruiz, RYT
Chris Scally, RYT
Kimberly Allcock has been practicing vinyasa for over 12 years and has a deep love for this form of moving meditation. She is eager to share her practice with you! Students describe her teaching as ‘skilled’, ‘knowledgeable’, ‘inviting’, ‘joyful’ and ‘fun’. She delights in blending movement, mindfulness, philosophy and biomechanical understanding in practices that help you discover your own inner resources. She has almost 2500 hours of teaching experience and holds E-RYT500 and RPYT designations with the Yoga Alliance.Read "An Interview with Kim"
Nadya Bair, a certified Iyengar teacher, joined the Yoga Loka community in 2014. She completed the three-year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training program in Los Angeles in 2012 and studies regularly with senior teachers in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, including Manouso Manos. She has also done continuing education programs including yoga for pregnancy with Lois Steinberg. Her teaching is firm, compassionate and attentive. She tailors her classes to so that each student feels safe but also challenged to do more. Nadya has particular experience in dealing with hip, lower back, neck, and shoulder injuries. She is constantly working to interweave the physical and philosophical teachings of yoga into her home practice, daily life, and her teaching.
Read "Balancing Opposites" by Nadya Bair.
Denise began teaching Yoga in 1998 and has completed a teacher training with Doug Swenson, and the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Kim Orenstein. She has been practicing Vipassana Meditation since 1995 and in May of 2012 finished the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training with Phillip Moffitt and Anne Cushman through Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
She is a wife and mother and brings her two loves, the philosophy of Yoga and Buddha Dharma, to her more than 14 years of teaching. In addition, what she brings to her life coaching is her own personal experience of 30 years in self-exploration, healing and mindfulness. You can learn more about Denise at www.denisebarclay.yoga.com."Read an Interview with Denise"
Yoga saved my life. It was a gift given to me by my teacher and I now have a passion to pass that gift on to others.Three years ago I was in terrible shape. I was overweight, self-conscious about my body, and was heading down a terrible road that was compromising my health and general well being. I like to say yoga found me and transformed my life completely. I have lost a total of 75 pounds, changed my diet, and found happiness with my body and with self that I didn't think was possible. I have found a personal strength and fortitude, a deeper sense of peace and calmness in my life, and a greater appreciation for my health and wellness. I attribute my success to my regular practice of yoga. Through yoga I have become more embodied, my attitude toward life has changed, and my relationships with those around me have become more fulfilling and rewarding. I received my training through Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini at Maya Yoga Studio in beautiful Maui where I learned to make yoga a sustainable practice that one can follow their entire life. I love to create a safe and supportive environment while infusing humor to keep our practice light and bright.back to top
Back in 1999, Jen was looking for a healthy way to relieve stress, as well as an enjoyable way to develop her spirituality. Her answer was yoga, and she's been practicing it ever since. "I began this journey by taking Power, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa Yoga classes and soon found that I was in love with yoga."
In addition to relieving stress, yoga has led Jen to change her lifestyle to include a healthier raw vegetarian diet, the use of natural homeopathic remedies, and an awareness of the power of one's thoughts, actions, and spoken words. "I am grateful to be able to share a practice that leads to enhanced physical strength, improved breathing, a pure internal body, a quieter mind, and an overall feeling of peacefulness." Jen is a registered teacher through the Yoga Alliance.back to top
Mary's personal practice began in 1995 with meditation, based on the method of her spiritual teacher, Sri Eknath Easwaran. Over the years, she started dabbling in asana (posture) practice, eventually studying with Yoga Loka Director Kim Orenstein and local teacher Sally Schuster, completing Kim's Teacher Training in 2003. Mary finds that meditation and the use of a mantra provide a spiritual foundation for each day. Asana practice builds on this foundation, developing not only stamina and strength, but also providing a release for the tension and frustration that daily life can bring. Yoga, in total, provides Mary a haven from her other professional life as an attorney. And yoga, she says, is teaching her, or trying to teach her, patience. "I don't have too much trouble being patient with others, but being patient with myself is another story." Mary loves teaching and the opportunity it brings to share her commitment to yoga with others. She also credits yoga, in all its forms, with enabling her to maintain a sense of balance in her life and juggling a professional career, four children, a husband and her yoga practice puts this to the test daily!back to top
Jennifer Duvall practices yoga in her life moment-to-moment. Life is a classroom where all aspects of yoga can be practiced. She aims at teaching classes where you can bring that piece of union with your body, mind and spirit to the rest of your world. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Loka.back to top
David began practicing yoga in 2000. His interest in yoga originally began as a way to improve his flexibility but he soon realized that the practice of yoga is a powerful and transformative way to live your life. David leads an active lifestyle, participating in activities such as cycling , running, snow boarding and long distance backpacking. Yoga helps him to remain strong and healthy while pursuing these passions. He has completed the 200 hour teacher training course with Kim Orenstein. David hopes, through his teaching, to share his love of yoga with others and to guide and inspire them on their journey."Read an Interview with David"
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Almost 20 years ago Heidi was curious about yoga and decided to give it a try. Originally, she wanted to practice yoga to increase strength and flexibility of the physical body. She immediately discovered that there was a lot more to this yoga stuff!!! Not only did yoga help her body, it helped her mind and brought happiness to her life. Yoga has and continues to take her on a journey of mindfulness on her yoga mat and out in the world.
In 2011 she completed teacher training with Kim Orenstein at Yoga Loka. She is grateful for and inspired by the amazing, loving people and the experiences that yoga has brought to her life. It is her hope that by sharing what she knows about yoga with others that they may, themselves, be able to experience the amazing benefits yoga has to offer.back to top
Looking for a spiritual path, Jackie looked to yoga to fill that void. She began her yoga practice in 1999 and completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Kim Orenstein in 2004. In 2009, Jackie began studying Camille Maurine’s Meditation Secrets for Women. “When I am committed to my yoga and meditation practice, my life is so much more manageable. Connecting the mind, body, and breath on a consistent basis leads to a sense of wholeness. That’s when I am my true, authentic self!” With an infusion of humor and grace, Jackie offers a lovely flowing class offering her students the opportunity to experience that connection to wholeness.
Jackie is a high school counselor and a marriage and family therapist. She loves to cook, run and spend time with her hubby and big orange tabby cat!
Phyllis started practicing yoga when she was 14 years-old. After 30 years of teaching anatomy and physiology at the college level, she became seriously committed to yoga as a healing art and therapy. She received her certification for teaching yoga under the direction of Kimberlee Orenstein and is a certified teacher of LifeForce Yoga for depression. Her teaching style focuses on correct alignment, kinesiology, and the breath. It is Phyllis' hope that she may assist others in discovering the transformational potential offered by the practice of yoga.back to top
Amber's journey on the hatha yoga path began in 2002 when she took her first yoga class at UNR with Kim Orenstein. She was initially drawn to yoga purely as a form of physical exercise because she already followed another path that nurtured her mind and spirit. Amber was fortunate enough to have been raised an initiate of a branch of jñana yoga: Transcendental Meditation. She quickly discovered that this physical asana practice complemented her 15-year meditation practice perfectly. As she further embraced the yogic philosophy, she found it was one and the same as her TM background. As Amber began to expand her practice, incorporating more vigorous disciplines such as Power and Ashtanga, her love of movement and her need for a healthy lifestyle expanded as well. Admittedly, she was never the athletic type, but through her asana practice, she has found joy and fulfillment in other activities, including hiking, cycling, and skiing. While completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Kim Orenstein at Yoga Loka, she garnered a new passion for the science and mechanics of movement and the body that complements, however diametrically, her university education in the language arts. Her personal practice has evolved tremendously in a short while but she has never forgotten the gift her first class gave her: a love of precise movement coupled with challenging effort, a gift which she offers to all her students."Read an Interview with Amber"
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Felicia first fell in love with yoga as a teenager and has continued to find yoga beneficial in keeping her body, mind and spirit strong ever since. Through times of being both active and when facing health problems yoga has been her one constant that has helped her overcome every obstacle. She has a bachelor's degree in nutrition and is pursuing her master's in counseling at the University of Nevada, Reno. She studied under Kimberlee Orenstein at Yoga Loka for her Yoga Teacher Training and is continually expanding her knowledge through her own practice, teaching classes, and taking workshops. Her classes mesh many different styles of yoga to offer a class that is invigorating and refreshing. In teaching yoga she hopes to share the innumerable benefits it has to offer leaving students with a calm mind and happy body.
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JJ is best known as a presenter at world-renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, the largest residential yoga center in the United States. Widely recognized as an inspirational teacher, JJ uses her immense experience, limitless warmth, and a healthy dollop of humor to motivate groups and individuals in her workshops and programs. JJ’s unique instructional yoga CD Co_ee Breaks: Perfect Yoga for an Imperfect World will be available at both workshops. JJ can be reached for consultations or group events by phone at (775) 335-5625.
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Monica nurtures her yoga path by calming the body, clearing the mind and lightening the heart. She teaches yoga for all ages – encouraging us all to move our bodies, to breathe in life and to smile with calmness. She is a certified yoga teacher; she completed her 200 Hour Advanced Study/Teacher Training Program with Kim Orenstein and is currently working on her 500 hour Expanded Advanced Study/Teacher Training Program.
"Let's Begin" an article written by Monica on beginning yoga.
Katie Louvat has been teaching yoga for more than a decade. Her classes reflect her gentle and playful nature, her fascination with anatomy and alignment, and her dedication to a path of mindfulness. Inspired by both the Iyengar and Vini Yoga traditions, Katie's carefully sequenced classes fluctuate between movement, stillness, breath work and guided introspection. With warmth and attentiveness, Katie nurtures her students toward a deeper understanding of their bodies and an intimate, compassionate relationship with their inner selves. Her classes are appropriate for people of all ages, abilities and body types.
Katie is grateful for the guidance and wisdom she's received from all of her teachers. She apprenticed with Kim Orenstein at Yoga Loka in Reno, NV, completing her 200-hour teacher training in 2004. She is a graduate of Judith Lasater's "Relax and Renew" restorative yoga teacher training, and is currently studying under Ada Lusardi and the teaching staff at The Yoga Room in Berkeley, California.back to top
Whether it be tennis, golf, tai-chi or yoga Helen loves to teach and has been teaching since she was a teenager. She has been practicing yoga, tai-chi and meditation for the past 12 years and upon moving to Reno 2 years ago,she began teaching Tai-chi Long Form at Yoga Loka. Helen completed the Yoga Loka Teacher Training with Kim Orenstein and is also a certified Reiki Master Level Teacher under Reiki Master Laura Bruno. Through Tai-chi (moving meditation), Reiki (energy healing) and yoga Helen practices walking softly and gently on this planet, being fully awake in each and every moment, enjoying all she encounters as a student and as a teacher, on this wonderful journey of life.back to top
Iva started practicing yoga in her early twenties. When she began noticing the inner transformations yoga had brought to her life, she decided to expand her understanding of this ancient art and science of living. As a yoga instructor she enjoys encouraging students on their journey to consciousness, helping others improve their body awareness and posture, as well as quality of life through all that yoga has to offer. Her favorite styles are Yin, Iyengar, Hatha and Restorative yoga.back to top
In 1998 Justin sustained a serious sports injury which led him to exploring a path of self-healing and to becoming a health and fitness professional. Justin has been teaching health and fitness since 2000 working in health clubs and fitness studios providing wellness programs for people of all ages. He is a Certified Personal Trainer with National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is a Holistic Lifestyle Coach through the C.H.E.K. Institute He is also held certifications International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA) and Apex Fitness Group and Dot Fit.
In 2002 Justin was hit by a drunk driver on an auto accident reinjuring his body. He spent the next two years doing physical therapy and other western medicine and was not seeing the result he was hoping for. For Justin, this meant further study and as a result a new way of life emerged.
Justin started participation in Native American Ceremonies with a Lakota Sun Dance Chief including Sweat Lodges (Inipi), Vision Quests (Hanblecheya) The Spirit Dance (Ghost Dance) and Sun Dance. He also started training in the Chinese healing arts Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Meditation. In 2006 Justin became a Wu Dang 26th generation Long Men lineage holder student and disciple of Master Yun Xiang Tseng (Master Chen), who is a 14th generation Wu Dang Zhang San Feng Taoist Priest. Justin is as also a student with Master Zong Xue Chao (Master Bing) a disciple of the 15th generation of Wu Dang San Feng Kung Fu. During this time Justin lived with Master Bing trained extensively with both masters 6 days a week 4 to 6 hours a day for 15 months in the Taoist Healing Arts of Wu Dang Mountain Internal Alchemy, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and the principles of moving and still meditation.
Through this journey Justin healed his body and has a unique approach and gift working with people to improve the quality of life. www.fourdirectionshealingarts.comback to top
Kimberlee Orenstein, has been a student of yoga since 1993 and is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level. She is the Founding Director of Yoga Loka, Director of Advanced Study TeacherTraining, holds a Master's degree in Exercise Science and has 30+ years experience teaching. Kim's yoga practice began following a knee surgery that suspended her mountain bike racing and professional dancing. She teaches a style of yoga that developed through her many years of study with some of the most well respected western yoga masters of the Krishnamacharia tradition (Astanga, Iyengar and Viniyoga), Lorna Benedict, Shiva Rea plus Forrest Yoga, Yin Yoga (Sarah Powers), Pilates, and Continuum Movement. She is also a certified Yoga of the Heart® instructor, a program that adapts yoga for people with heart disease, cancer and other debilitating disease. Currently Kimberlee's mentor and meditation teacher is Camille Maurine, a world authority on women's creativity and self-care. Kim's classes emphasize the linking of movement and breath and her intention in teaching yoga is to inspire people to discover how to move through life effectively and gracefully by learning to dissolve the disconnections to themselves and others. Her teaching expresses her love of movement and provides opportunities for people to explore themselves - in motion and in stillness.back to top
Denise took her first yoga class in 1997 and has been a student of yoga ever since. She completed Anusara Immersion in May 2010 and the 200 hour teacher training program with Kim Orenstein in May 2011. She is very interested in alignment based styles such as Iyengar and Anusara, but frequently can be found enjoying (and teaching) a relaxing and restorative Yin practice. Denise believes that yoga is a powerful tool for achieving both physical and mental well-being and wants to share it with students of all abilities.back to top
Michelle enrolled in her first yoga class 23 years ago and has been a yogini for the majority of her life. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California. Michelle uses yoga to balance all aspects of her life. She states, “In addition to strengthening the physical body yoga is a vessel that allows me to connect with my breath and my true identity. Yoga is therapeutic and gives people tools to deal with challenges and stressors that are part of life.” Unifying body and breath while quieting the mind is Michelle’s goal when practicing and teaching yoga. She believes that connecting with the breath is one of the most fundamental aspects of yoga and beneficial in all aspects of our lives. Michelle’s classes remind us to energize our bodies while simultaneously nurturing and respecting ourselves.
When not practicing yoga Michelle is caring for her daughter, hiking, camping, biking, travelling, and teaching anthropology. She has taken her own practice to remote villages in Malawi, Africa and Northern Laos and participated in classes in Thailand, Indonesia, India and elsewhere around the world. She says, “No matter where you go, yoga is always with you!” Michelle continues to educate herself on yogic asana practices and philosophies. She is currently undergoing a 200 hour teacher training in kundalini yoga.
Meghan first stepped on the mat in 2001 during a summer course in college. She instantly knew that yoga would be a part of her life one way or another for the rest of her life. She
loves yoga's ability to help one lovingly move inward, addressing physical, mental, and spiritual needs as well as revealing the heart's desire. M eghan delved deeply into yoga and eventually went through a teacher training in 2009. She gravitates towards a vinyasa-style flow, focusing on the breath and alignment to expand awareness throughout the body and mind. She is grateful to the practice, which is a life-long journey, and especially to all the teachers in her life.
Chris completed both the 200 and 500 hour teacher-training programs with Kim Orenstein and has been teaching for four years. She enjoys practicing Ashtanga, vinyasa flow, and yin styles of yoga, and her classes combine vinyasa flow with an emphasis on the alignment principles of Anusara yoga. A college professor for many years, Chris is delighted to now be combining her love of teaching with her love for yoga. The change in Chris’s life brought about by yoga recently inspired her daughter to become a yoga teacher also.back to top
Chelsea was first introduced to yoga over a decade ago. Initially practicing yoga served as part of her fitness routine. Chelsea pursued her interest in anatomy, health and kinesiology while working as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor during college. In 2009, she was reintroduced to yoga and began deepening her practice, on the mat as well as off. Chelsea completed her 200 hour Advanced Teacher Training in 2013 with the esteemed Kim Orenstein. She most recently completed the first half of the 85 hour prenatal teacher training from Reno’s most well known prenatal teachers, Kim Allcock and Mandy Colbert. With her first baby due in July, Chelsea is knowledgeable and compassionate with modifications and accommodations prenatal students require for a healthy yoga practice. Aside from teaching yoga, Chelsea is a second grade teacher, an animal advocate, and a lover of the outdoors.back to top
Gary, and his Family, has long time roots in the Reno area, and he has personally lived and traveled throughout Nevada, and the U.S. An accomplished student in a variety of Martial Arts; including, Tae Kwon Do, Kodokan Judo, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, he brings culmination of knowledge to his Tai Chi practice. Gary has always tried to foster the spirit of a teacher, and his greatest wish is to lead by example into the soft and gentle way which is Tai Chi.back to top
At age 21, Irene's first influence regarding physical fitness was Jack LaLanne,-- yes, Jack LaLanne and his dog. He coaxed television viewers to get out of their chairs and get up on their feet and somehow or other, the simplicity of those words worked. He inspired a love of exercise that has lasted for years. At age 40, Irene took an Iyengar yoga class for the first time and knew immediately that yoga would also become a part of her life. At age 60, Irene completed the 200 hour teacher training at Yoka Loka; seeing others experience yoga for the first time is a great joy and great reward.back to top
Beth began her journey with yoga in 2003 where she was introduced to the practice by her college philosophy teacher. From her earliest foundations in yoga, the concept that the benefits and joys of yoga should be accessible to all has resonated truth to her. Inspired to share her love of yoga with others, Beth completed Kim Orenstein's 200 hour yoga teacher training program in 2013. Her classes are a celebration of the variety of hearts, minds and bodies in attendance, as she tailors each practice to meet the needs of the students and offers variations to suit all levels. Her teaching style focuses on breath and alignment while weaving together the energetic nature of vinyasa inspired movement paired with the strengthening opening of more static hatha poses in a playful yet mindful way in order to lay the foundation for healing from within.back to top
Andrea Welsch has been a devoted and inspired student of yoga for 13 years, and an instructor for 6. She completed her advanced studies/ teacher training at The Yoga Loft in San Francisco that integrated a mixture of the Iyengar and Vinyasa lineages. Her strongest yogic influences have been senior teacher's Tony Briggs and Anne Saliou, both are direct students of B.K.S Iyengar. Her personal practice has been guided, deepened and sharpened by the insights and brilliance of these great being.
Andrea breathes life and reverie into her classes, and weaves together elements of anatomy, physiology, therapeutics, and joy. She brings solid yoga philosophies and keen intuition in a strong and playful way. She believes "yoga has the profound ability to balance and nourish every being open to the medicine implicit in the
practice and inside themselves."