TEACHERS

Kim Allcock

Kimberly Allcock, PhD, E-RYT 500, RPYT

Kimberly Allcock  has been a dedicated practitioner of Yoga since 2002, and has a deep love for this form of moving meditation. She completed her first yoga teacher training with Kim Orenstein at Yoga Loka in 2005, and has been teaching ever since. As a former scientist with a PhD in ecology she applies her rigorous research skills and love of learning to her lifelong study of yoga. Students describe her teaching as ‘skilled’, ‘knowledgeable’, ‘inviting’, ‘joyful’ and ‘fun’.  She delights in blending movement, mindfulness, philosophy, energetics and biomechanical understanding in practices that help you discover your own inner resources. She has thousands of hours of teaching experience and training, and holds E-RYT500, RPYT, and YACEP (continuing education provider) designations with the Yoga Alliance.

Read "An Interview with Kim"
Zoe Atcheson

Zoe Atcheson

Zoe is so thrilled to be teaching at Yoga Loka. She has experienced first hand the magic of yoga and the power it has to transform lives. Her true desire is to help people quiet the ego mind and live in a judgement free space in their heads and hearts. 

She has been practicing yoga since the year 2000, but mostly as a form of physical exercise. Having suffered for years with varying degrees of anxiety and depression, it was not until completing her 200 hr. teacher training through Kimberlee Orenstein that it all clicked, and she found a more confident and authentic approach to living life. A life where stress, worry and fear is no longer debilitating, and in its place one can find love, hope, kindness, generosity, freedom from judgement and a huge capacity for growth. She is so excited to share this magic with others.

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Sandy Bivens

Sandy Bivens

Sandy started her yoga story in 2002 as an expectant mother. She wanted a healthy pregnancy and birth, and felt yoga could help her stay active. She was surprised how the connection to the breath allowed her to relax, easing some of the effort of labor. Falling in love with her new family, Sandy resigned her WCSD teaching post, happily becoming of all things, a stay-at-home mom. She forgot about yoga.

Always an avid athlete, Sandy played, captained, and coached competitive basketball, volleyball and tennis. A lifetime of sports took its toll manifesting as recurring injury, weight gain and pain. This motivated Sandy to seek change. In January of 2010, she joined a gym which offered yoga classes. She started practicing. Her body and mind began to heal. Pounds and inches rendered, while pain receded. Calm confidence and sense of well-being slowly returned with consistency and kindness. She was transforming through yoga.

At some point along the path, yoga became more than just a physical practice for Sandy. Her happiness became positively palpable. She desired to deepen then share her knowledge. She completed her RYT 200 hour training at Yoga Loka in 2016. Now, she's enjoying learning from a teacher perspective again. The numerous and often intrinsic nature of the benefits of yoga continue to amaze and amuse Sandy daily. She is truly grateful to have found this dynamic, loving, life empowering practice and community in yoga.  

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Kelly Campbell

Kelli Campbell

Kelli Campbell likes to share and teach the physical and alignment aspects of the asana practice and strongly believes that yoga is more about mindfulness and the breath than getting deep into a pose. She believes Yoga to be a wonderful anecdote to daily stress and especially more than ever during these trying and uncertain times we are now living. Yoga, she believes, can be a thread in uniting us back to ourselves and to each other.

Double majoring in Dance and Legal Studies Kelli went on to use both simultaneously calling it the balance between her practical and passionate sides. She taught dance to adults and children in Reno & worked for several law firms as a Legal Assistant and for Nevada Dance Theater as Rehearsal Mistress. She has also studied and taught Pilates (Polestar method) locally.
After practicing and studying yoga as a part of the Yoga Loka community for over ten years, Kelli completed her 200-hour Yoga Techer Training with Kim Orenstein. She credits many local teachers, Kim Allcock, Denise Barclay, Katie Louvat, Ada Lucardi in her expanded education of Chakras, Buddha Dharma and Anatomy. 

She hopes you'll join her.


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Nikki Collier, MS, co-owner

In 2001, while finishing up my undergraduate degree in Biology, I wandered into my first yoga class, mostly out of curiosity. I came and went for a while, but after graduating with my bachelor’s degree I let go of yoga. I worked for years as an EMT, but wasn’t entirely satisfied. I wanted to help people before their health became emergent. I took on a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach certification, and added a Fitness Yoga endorsement. I taught yoga in gyms, a Parks & Rec multipurpose building, people’s homes, and on an outdoor tennis court. People liked it as a part of their fitness routine, but I knew I was barely scratching the surface of yoga. It was much later, in 2011, that my husband and I suffered a tremendous and traumatic loss. I didn’t know what to do, and none of my training had prepared me to maneuver this. I searched and searched how to overcome anxiety, grief, and a very deep anger. Everything I read told me to try yoga. It was about that time that I showed up in a Chakra workshop at Yoga Loka, and I truly believe that I left a piece of my heart there. I attended the very next 200-hour teacher training offered at Yoga Loka, and then returned for as many workshops as possible. I fell deeply in love with ancient yoga wisdom, Ayurveda, and the true tradition of yoga. I knew immediately, and from the gut of my own experience, that my greatest love would be in offering Trauma sensitive/aware classes, and a weekend workshop on teaching trauma informed yoga with Hannah Bias solidified that. In 2016, I finished graduate school with a master’s degree in Secondary Science Education from UNR, but I also had recently delivered my fourth baby. I pondered the stay at home mom role, but it seemed like the perfect time to really immerse myself in teaching what I had been privately practicing for so long. With VERY much help from my husband, I opened Shanti Yoga in Fallon in 2017, and my biggest motivation has come from watching people walk out my door a little bit lighter than when they entered. As I finish up my 500 hour teacher training with Michelle Young, I have considered branching out. In absolute divine timing, Kim Orenstein made the decision to “rehome” Yoga Loka. I knew that this is important, and moving forward in a partnership with Kim will mean everything in terms of my experience, my teaching, and my own path to a little more grace. It is my intention to keep Yoga Loka just what it is… a soul home to many, a genuine place to explore all the deeply personal aspects of your practice, a playful and risk free, stress free, easy place to grow. I hope to always offer each student a happy, well loved, and enthusiastic teacher.


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Jen Donovan, RYT, RCYT, RPYT

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 lost 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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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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Tosca Keppler

Tosca Keppler

I discovered yoga as the answer to becoming the healthiest person I could possibly be, maturing mentally while keeping young physically. I completed my first teacher training at the Yoga Pearl in Sparks, Nevada which propelled me into a love of eastern philosophy and physical functionality and another teacher training in Cork, Ireland with a focus on Ashtanga. I developed my Hatha yoga path and dove deeper into the philosophy of yoga and meditation in India and Nepal. Most recently I've completed Yin Yoga training with Josh Summers in Switzerland and Boston. I've endeavored to balance western science (gaining my Bachelors & licensure in Nutrition and Masters in Health Promotion) with eastern spirituality. I'm a seeker of knowledge and continue to learn about my passions, rejoicing in the opportunity to share this knowledge so that others too can be empowered to be their healthiest selves.

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Erica LaFrenier

Erica LaFrenier

At the age of 22, Erica LaFrenier began a lifelong study into the healing modalities of Tai Chi and Qigong. More than 20 years later she has discovered that there is much more to learn! The journey into the innermost aspects of ones being is limitless, it's rewards life changing. Erica is a graduate of the Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School's 6 year program and teaches "Liu Dong's Methods." She has been instructing students in their own self-healing discoveries for over 13 years.
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Monica Limon, RYT500

Monica blends her love for the ancient healing system of Ayurveda, the dynamic energies of the doshas, the subtle energies of the chakras with the wisdom of yoga to calm the body, clear the mind and lighten the heart. 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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LeeAnn Maynard

LeeAnn Maynard, E-RYT 500, YACEP

I started practicing yoga over 20 years ago as a way to feel strong emotionally and physically while coping with anxiety and depression.

I worked with Viniyoga Yoga Therapist Lyn Banas (student of Gary Kraftskow) for 6 years and became a 500 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher with Kathleen Grace-Santor at Stress Management Center of Nevada. I have studied meditation with Khenpo Choying Rabjam Rinpoche through the Dzoghen Lineage and I am currently studying Mindfulness and Meditation with the beautiful Denise Barclay, a Dharma Zephyr Lay Leader and Yoga Teacher here at Yoga Loka.

I am passionate about teaching stress reduction techniques and wellness principles through the practice of yoga and meditation for a higher quality of life. My goal with Mindful Yoga Essentials is to bring students to a place where they can find and trust their inner teacher and to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable, supported and safe.

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Brad Meyer

Brad Meyer

Brad began studying martial arts 20 years ago and within the first few years was introduced to the healing and meditative arts of Tai Chi, Bagua and Qigong. After spending a few years working full time on a computer and experiencing the stress and tension that comes with that his focus began to shift to how these arts could help reduce stress and heal the body. For the last 12 years he has been focused on studying the system of Tai Chi, Bagua and Qigong that is taught by Bruce Frantzis and his students. In 2017 Brad was certified to teach Dragon & Tiger Qigong.

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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), Rod Stryker (Para Yoga), 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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Ginger Peppard Yoga Teacher

Ginger Peppard

Ginger Peppard started her exploration of yoga 18+ years ago as a student of Kimberlee Orenstein’s while enrolled in a yoga class at the University of Nevada - Reno. Ginger graduated from UNR in 2005 with a B.S. in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences with an emphasis in cultural ecology and a minor in chemistry and has worked in the environmental sciences/consulting field since graduating. She recently completed her RYT 200-Hr Teachers certification through Yoga Loka, has studied meditation and women’s energy at the Reno Psychic Institute and has facilitated self-esteem and personal/professional development programs for women. While Ginger enjoys many activities (traveling, cooking & baking, reading, kayaking, trying to get her dog to follow basic commands, and hiking), yoga has been the constant in her life since she first discovered it in college. Ginger's focus is on gentle hatha-style yoga that focus on proper alignment and stability and yin/restorative yoga and truly believes that yoga is for every-BODY.

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Julie Simpson

Julie Simpson

Julie began her path with yoga over 20 years ago when she was looking for a way to alleviate back pain and honor her body after a lifetime of professional dancing and teaching ballet. She began to integrate more yoga poses and breathwork with her ballet students and saw what a difference it was making mentally and physically for them. Along with teaching and choreographing for over 20 years, Julie is an ACE Personal Trainer since 2008, and has a Bachelors degree in English Literature. She is on the board for the NV Building Hope Foundation where she has volunteered and traveled to the Amazon to help teach dance and movement to the children of the Ayacucho Village of Peru. She received her 200 hour teaching credential in 2017 with Meg McCracken and currently she is studying ParaYoga with Rod Stryker, melding asana, pranayama, visualization, meditation, and mantra.

“For me, yoga is a constant learning of life lessons. There is always more to learn, more to contemplate and more to understand. It is ever-evolving and never stays stagnant. My hope is to create fluidity between breath movement, like a dance with your own soul creating a rhythm of bringing our own practice to the next level (toward Samadhi).”

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Ria Tajbl yoga teacher

Ria Tajbl

Ria is a self-proclaimed 'lifelong learner'. She enjoys practicing yoga at home, outdoors and on the trail during hikes. Nature is healing and an inspiration; food is delicious and is medicine. Yoga is all this and more. The concept of Sthira and Sukha was an "Aha!" moment for her. As described in Pantajali's Yoga Sutras, essential qualities of yoga are Sthira, to be conscious, alert, present and stable, and Sukha, to be relaxed, comfortable and at ease. Learning that the breath leads and the movement follows has changed the way she practices and guides the way she teaches. A firm believer that yoga is for everybody, Ria hopes to provide space for those who want to practice and grow. She is extremely grateful to have found Yoga Loka Reno where she completed and was transformed during her 200 hour teacher training with Kimberlee Orenstein. The yoga community is a welcoming place to find wonderful friends, and your true self. Ria has a BS in Health Education and a minor in Holistic Health and is an Ace certified Health Coach.

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