TEACHERS

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Kimberly Allcock, PhD, E-RYT 500, RPYT

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"
Abbi Armstrong

Abbi Armstrong, RYT 500, RPYT

Abbi completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at ISHTA Yoga in New York City, studying under Alan Finger and Sarah Platt-Finger. She then began a year and a half long journey towards her 500 hour certification through Donna Karan's Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program in New York. Finally, she received her 85 hour prenatal certification through Integral Yoga Institute in Manhattan. She has experience teaching everything from power Vinyasa classes, to yoga therapy. Abbi is a level one Reiki practitioner. She believes in the physical and mental healing power of yoga, and she incorporates Reiki, aromatherapy, and breath awareness and visualization work into each of her classes in order to heighten her students' experience. When she is not on the mat, she's playing with her two miniature dachshunds, Audrey and Olive.

Nadya Bair

is a certified Iyengar teacher. She completed the three-year Iyengar YogaTeacher Training program in Los Angeles in 2012 and continues her mentorship with Manouso Manos and Paul Cabanis. Her teaching is clear and detail oriented, aimed at helping each student feel the benecial eects 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. 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"
Mandy Colbert

Mandy Colbert, RPYT, RYT

 As a mother of three boys and one girl, I  know first hand that the practice of yoga is one of the most effective ways a woman can prepare for labor, birth & motherhood. I  completed my 200hr yoga teaching certification with Kim Orenstein in May 2004.   In January 2006 I successfully full-filled the requirements of the 45-hour Prenatal/Postnatal teacher training at Greenpath Yoga Studio in  San Francisco with Britt Fohrman.  I am also certified with ICEA as a Personal Trainer specializing in Prenatal & Postnatal exercise.  In Oct. of 2012 I completed a Kids Yoga Teacher Training with Mery V. Mares, RYT at Yoga Loka.  Also, I am currently an instructor at The Dailey Method Reno.  I believe in the powerful transformation of motherhood and the sacred connection between all women. Every birth is a rite of passage that opens a woman to her deep inner wisdom. My classes create a safe, supportive and informative environment for pregnant women, birth companions, new mamas and children. 

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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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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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Jennifer Duvall

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.

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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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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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Justin Hesselbart

I believe in the practice of yoga. That with practice, anyone, at any point in their life, can experience great benefits. Traditionally, yoga is a way to prepare the mind and body for meditation, which is then used to advance towards reaching Samadhi, an awakening of enlightenment. To me, yoga is a way to connect my breath, my body, and my mind in order to feel good and to be the best version of myself possible. Because I know what yoga does for me, I truly enjoy sharing the practice with others. Whether you have been practicing yoga for years or have never practiced before, I invite you to join me, let’s practice together.

Justin has been practicing yoga since 2005 and became Yoga Alliance International RYT-200 certified in 2015 and is teaching All Levels Hatha Yoga on Thursdays at 4 p.m. 

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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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Felicia Kampf

Felicia Kampf

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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Monica Limon, RYT500

Grab your mat and join Monica in restoring the natural state of balance and bliss in the mind and body while exploring the benefits of traditional yoga in our modern daily lives. Learn simple techniques to calm the body, clear the mind and lighten the heart through the practice of pranayama, mantras, mudras, asanas and meditation. Monica has been practicing yoga since 1999 and teaching since 2010 – she completed her 500 Hour Teacher Training Program with Kim Orenstein at Yoga Loka in Reno, NV.

"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. Read more about Katie at www.katielouvat.com

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Helen Marotta

Helen has been practicing yoga, tai-chi, and meditation for more than two decades. She completed the Yoga Loka Teacher Training with Kim Orenstein and is also a certified Reiki Master Teacher under Reiki Master Laura Bruno and an Emei Qigong Level 2 teacher under Grandmaster Fu Wei Zuong. 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, and enjoying all she encounters as a student and as a teacher on this wonderful journey of life.

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Kimberlee Orenstein, Founding Director, 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, Erich Shiffmann, Rod Stryker, 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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Michelle Roberts

Michelle Roberts

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.

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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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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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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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Andrea Welsch

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."

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