TEACHERS

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Kimberly Allcock, PhD, RYT

Kim's passion is helping people discover the resources within themselves. She invites her students to dissolve their perceived limitations and to find themselves capable of more than they thought possible. Her classes integrate breath and body mindfulness, intelligent postural alignment, yoga philosophy and playful movement. Students describe her classes as 'skilled', 'knowledgeable', 'inviting', 'joyful' and 'fun'. Kim has practiced yoga for more than ten years and became a dedicated yoga instructor in 2005. She has more than 2000 hours of teaching experience. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology, is a registered 200-hour yoga teacher, has completed 500 hour yoga instructor training and is a certified Prenatal Yoga instructor.

Read "An Interview with Kim"

Nadya Bair

Nadya Bair, a certified Iyengar teacher at the Introductory II level, completed the three-year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training program in Los Angeles in 2012. Her main teachers are Manouso Manos and Paul Cabanis, with whom she continues to study and to assist whenever possible. Her teaching is clear and detail oriented, aimed at helping each student feel the beneficial effects of the asanas. She tailors her classes to accommodate anyone with physical or other limitations, while encouraging those who can do more to discover their untapped strength and potential. Nadya is constantly working to interweave the physical and philosophical teachings of yoga into her home practice, daily life, and her classes. When she is not practicing or teaching yoga, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Art History, or hiking the Sierras. Having moved to Reno from Los Angeles in 2013, she is excited and honored to bring Iyengar Yoga to Northern Nevada.

Read "Balancing Opposites" by Nadya Bair.

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Denise Barclay

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"

Chris Daniels

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.

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Amy DeLosa

Amy was drawn to yoga in 2008 and immediately noticed benefits to her overall well being. She continued exploring a variety of yoga styles and meditation and, in 2012 she graduated from the Sivanada Yoga Vedanta Center with her 200 hr teaching certificate. She's so grateful for the balance that yoga brings to her life and, loves to share the many joys of yoga with others. Her classes are relaxing and encouraging and incorporate linking breath to movement and mind body awareness.

She lives in Reno with her husband and pup and enjoys art, dancing, hula hooping, and fresh air.

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Jen Donovan, RYT, RCYT

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.

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Mary Dugan, RYT

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!

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David Funk

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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Heidi Gabelman

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.

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Jackie Gallagher

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!

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Emily Hammer

Emily Hammer has a B.A. in Music, and is a Vocal Release Therapist, Reiki practioner and singing coach. A classically trained singer, Emily is a reformed perfectionist when it comes to her own voice. She discovered toning and developed Vocal Release Therapy several years ago, and has used both practices in her personal life to heal and balance energy blockages, relieve muscle tension, express and release repressed emotions, as well access and gain amounts of personal power she never knew existed within.

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Phyllis Henderson, Ph.D., RYT

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.

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Amber Jesch, RYT

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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JJ Lee, M Ed, LADC

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 Limon, RYT

Monica nurtures her yoga path by practicing mindfulness, compassion and loving-kindness. She teaches yoga for kids, teens and adults – encouraging us all to move our bodies, to breathe in life and to sit with calmness. She is a certified kids & adult 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. Grab your mat and hop, jump or skip with me on your yoga path.

"Let's Begin" an article written by Monica on beginning yoga.

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Katie Louvat

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.

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Helen Marotta

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.

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Iva Neveux

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.

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Justin Nielsen

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.com

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Kimberlee Orenstein, M.S., E-RYT 500

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.

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Denise Patterson, RYT

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.

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Meghan Ruiz

Meghan Ruiz, RYT

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.

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Chris Scally, M.A., RYT-500

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.

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Chelsea Stieb-Brittenham

Chelsea Stieb-Brittenham

Chelsea was first introduced to yoga 12 years ago, by accompanying her dad to his classes at the gym.  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.  It wasn’t until about 5 years ago that she was reintroduced to yoga and began deepening her practice, on the mat as well as off.  Chelsea’s intense interest to yoga led her to enroll in Kim Orenstein’s Advanced Study Teacher Training in 2012.  Aside from teaching yoga, Chelsea is a first grade teacher, an animal advocate, and a lover of the outdoors. 

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Gary Steininger

Gary Steininger

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.

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Irene Tudor

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.

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Joe Wagner

Hello everyone and I am glad to be welcomed into a new place. I am Joe Wagner. I have studied the martial arts since I was a young child. I started with Win Chun Kung Fu, Chi Gong or Qigong, and Judo at the age of six. I than earned my first instructorship under the Choy Li Fut Kung Fu system and studied various amounts of Tai Chi. Shortly after earning my Martial arts instructorship and graduating High School I joined the United States Marine Corps.  Along with earning various ranks in the MCMAP (Marine Corps Martial Arts Program), I deployed twice to Afghanistan, Helmand providence and earned various awards including a Purple Heart.  After serving for four years I returned to my roots of martial arts and begin to study Jeet Kune Do as well as Judo. I also began a deep study of Yoga. I started with self study during my last year in the Marine Corps. I than began to study yoga at the Yoga Loka in January of 2012. After going through the advanced student program in 2013 I am now a 200 hour RYT and a martial arts practitioner.  I am finishing a degree in Nutrition, and will have my certifications in that soon as well. I cannot wait to meet and work with the new people that will be coming into my life.
Namaste

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Beth Ware

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.

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