I hold a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Utah, and love the feeling of simply existing in nature. I was first inspired to practice Yoga regularly during an introductory class at Salt Lake Community College in 2002. Years later I went on to receive certification in hopes of sharing this wonderful art with others. I have always been and forever will be a student, learning with each new experience something I could not have known before. Yoga and mindful movement have led me to a journey filled with self-discovery and many blessings allowing a creative strength to emerge. Teaching and practicing Yoga has provided opportunities for threading deep connections and building relationships that I treasure. I believe Yoga gives us the chance to make our own path… to challenge our unique qualities and accept what is individual and true of ourselves.
Rebecca Lynn Cooper loves life and stuff! She has a desire to be her authentic self and experience the wide range of what the world has to give and what she has to offer back. This has led her to many passions and hobbies such as:Art! She’s an active oil painter. She won the Most Innovative and Creative award from Dixie State College, Utah. Having been raised around motorcycles Rebecca has owned her own cruiser motorcycle since she was seventeen. Her love of the outdoors brought her to rock climbing. In January 2012 she became sponsored with Mad Rock as a climbing athlete. But it was in St George, Utah where Rebecca was first introduced to yoga by an older sister while still in her young teens. “It was love at first movement, realizing that the body, my body, isn’t balanced with my head. But through intentional, conscious movement, my head, heart, and body can move as one, come into union and be yogic. When in union with oneself, true authentic expression can be found.” Rebecca has the belief that anybody’s authentic self can be found on the mat. Starting her personal work, Rebecca received a 500 hour certification from D’ana Baptiste in 2010 and a 200 hour certification from Peter Francyk and Erin Menut in 2012. She has done workshops with yoga masters such as Charlotte Bell, Mitchel Bleir, Mark White and others.
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Since my late teens, the pursuit of self-knowledge led me to explore various spiritual paths that included meditation, yogic and martial arts based practices. As my passion for yoga developed, I found that practicing and instructing yoga allowed me to draw from all my life experiences. I am a ‘yoga connoisseur’ of sorts, working with leading teachers all over the world seeking inspiration and ongoing learning. Living and loving mindfully, meditation, asana, and teaching yoga are all part of my personal yoga practice. Practice is the discovery and implementation of what feels good, what works, what is joyful, and what leads to a deeper and more meaningful experience of life (body, mind, and spirit). In the role of yoga instructor, the practice shifts to communicating and empirically learning what is most effective for others; it is a unique and enjoyable challenge to translate what I have learned in my own practice and find a way for it to be valuable for others. In many ways, teaching yoga is like practicing, because it is simply connecting with myself, with what feels true and authentic. Practicing with me is playful but focused, lighthearted but meaningful, creative but consistent, challenging but respectful of the body’s anatomy and messaging. I encourage introspection, to find your own practice, to explore your edge, to discover the strength of breath, and draw on the stillness of self-awareness to guide you to new depths of practice. Instructing yoga is like cooking an inspired balanced meal, infused with love, and shared with friends in a beautiful setting; each course prepares you for the next, building to the main dish, winding down with desert, and a relaxing sigh of contentment…
“I am in a deep love affair with rest! In fact, I have personally used a restorative yoga practice to assist in recovery from adrenal fatigue, back injuries, and other stresses. For me, yoga presents ongoing opportunities to discover and be my most authentic self; it is during those moments of sweet, grounded support that I am able to drop the armor that habitually keeps me ‘safe,’ but distanced from a full life. Because of this experience, I am committed to offering classes that will nourish the body, mind, and spirit through safe space, supported poses and inquiries that invite students to connect with their inner-awareness.”
Lizzy is a certified holistic health coach and recently completed a 500-hour yoga teacher certification from Avenues Yoga; she is grateful to have had the opportunity to study under many great teachers including Peter Francyk, Joshua Rosenthal, Charlotte Bell, Erin Menut, Erin Geesaman Rabke, and her four-legged friends, Milton and Shamrock. Join Lizzy Monday evenings for an exploration of your body and breath with ample doses of lovingkindess.
Mary began her study of yoga in 1980 by jumping into a daily Astanga practice (before there were yoga mats…), and started teaching in 1981. Over the years she has studied in numerous styles and with many amazing teachers, and is grateful for them all. She is especially honored to be part of the Para Yoga lineage, which serves as an incredibly rich and endless resource for her practice and her teaching. Mary met Rod Stryker in 2004 and began studying with him in earnest in 2008. She is currently certified as a Level I Para Yoga teacher. Other influential teachers include Donna Farhi, Judith Lasater, Jenny Otto, and Richard Miller. Over the years, Mary has also studied extensively in Yoga Therapy; she works with students individually as well as in group classes to support their healing and empowerment.
Michele has been a student of Yoga for the past 6 years and completed her 200-hour teaching certification through Avenues Yoga in 2013. She has practiced with and taught students ranging in age from 18 to 80 and holds a deep appreciation for the unique changes and challenges we experience at different stages in life. Yoga invites movement, flexibility, strength and balance (both mentally and physically) as we navigate our life experience. When she’s not on her Yoga mat, you can find Michele in the garden, on the golf course or in a car dealership tolerating her husband’s never-ending infatuation with collecting classic cars.
Natalie Buchi Voros E-RYT 500
Natalie began practicing Yoga in 2001 and overtime became aware that by bringing deliberate choice and focused attention to her practice, she could use Yoga to examine resistances and heal wounds which had been limiting her physically and emotionally for years. Natalie has been studying and teaching Yoga since 2005, exploring many wonderful styles and techniques such as Anusara, Ashtanga Vinyasa, and Restorative Yoga. Throughout all of her different teacher trainings, which earned her the highest level of certification with the Yoga Alliance, Natalie also studied Kundalini Yoga from several senior teachers and received individual counseling from Gurucharan Singh Kahlsa, Director of the Kundalini Research Institute. She has since gone on to study Kalarippayat, an Indian martial art, where she spent 2 months in Kannur, India immersing herself in the practice. Natalie is one of the Directors of the Yoga Teacher Training program at The University of Utah and is enthusiastic about her role in providing training to those interested in becoming teachers or deepening their practice. Yoga is such a wonderful way to keep the mind and body in good working order but it also creates space to consider life more comprehensively, more expansively. Being a highly intuitive person and with the use of several modalities of healing and Yogic traditions, Natalie is able to create a practice that is uniquely transformative. For more information about Natalie and her practice, please visit www.mindfulandembodied.com
Paul has been practicing Yoga since childhood when his parents spent time living in a Siddha Yoga ashram. It was there that he learned the importance of community, and learned to recognize and relate to the best in everyone. A talented musician, Paul combines classical training in violin and guitar with deep learning in Native American flute, drumming and chanting. Don’t be surprised to catch a serenade during savasana! Paul continues to maintain a consistent and devoted Yoga practice, and he draws upon his personal experience of Yoga to construct a thoughtful, safe, and well-rounded class experience.
Peter Francyk has been a student of movement and meditation including dance, Yoga, vipassana and many others for over 20 years. He has danced professionally both with Repertory Dance Theatre of Salt Lake City and with Pilobolus of New York City. His unique teaching style is a fusion of classical eastern yogic and meditation principles and western anatomy and kinesiology, as well as his own personal e xperience with injury and understanding misalignments of the body.Peter has studied with TKV Desikachar, John Friend, Richard Freeman, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty, David Swenson, Rod Stryker, Sri K. Patabhi Jois, SN Goenka, Eiko & Koma, Diego Piñon, Cristina Mendoza Vidal, and many others. He is very grateful to his teachers and brings elements of their teachings to his students through the filter of his own daily practice.Peter is known for his grace, enthusiasm, kindness and ability to elucidate and penetrate deeply into yogic concepts and weave them throughout the practice. Peter has been a special guest instructor at Avenues and we are very honored to host him when he is in town. His next tentative visit is anticipated in fall of 2014. For more information about his programs around the world, send an email to Peterfrancyk2@gmail.com.
Rebecca teaches Expressive Yoga, Booty Camp and Sacred Dance Fusion. A world-class choreographer, Rebecca’s teaching is characterized by graceful, expressive flows, challenging yet graceful combinations, and plenty of bubbly enthusiasm. In addition to her Yoga expertise, Rebecca also teaches Pole Dancing at Studio Soiree and is an award-winning pole choreographer. ~
Sammy has been studying yoga and eastern philosophy since he was 12 years old and has grown up around practicing yoga and meditation. He has studied such schools as Iyengar, Hatha, Kundalini, Ashtanga Vinyasa and Raja Yoga. Sammy recently spent six months living in Mysore India where he studied Ashtanga Yoga under R. Sharath Jois the grandson of Sri K. Patabbi Jois and is happy to be part of a direct lineage that is traceable to T. Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga, also known as the man who helped bring it out of the caves and make it more accessible to the public. He has also studied under other senior teachers such as Richard Freeman, Richard Miller, and John Friend, Mukunda Styles, and Peter Francyk just to name a few. Sammy has completed a Yoga Therapy course in northern California at the Ananda Seva Ashram and continues to study Ayurveda, alignment, anatomy and both eastern and western philosophy. Sammy is a 500 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor with emphasis in Yoga Therapy and continues to practice daily. Click here to see a video of Sammy doing Surya Namaskar A.
A professional Modern Dancer for ten years, Shanna Sheline cultivated a passion for teaching. Currently, Shanna teaches Yogalates (a dynamic integration of Yoga and Pilates) at Avenues Yoga. Shanna holds an M.A. in Dance from Case Western Reserve University, the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training from Kripalu Yoga Center and Pilates Mat certification from Power Pilates. Shanna is also a certified Thai Yoga Massage practitioner through Lotus Palm School. Although Shanna turned to Yoga, Pilates and massage in order to become a better dancer, she found that it enhances all other aspects of her life. Sincerely dedicated to integrated practice, Shanna provides a comprehensive experience to her students. She creates a supportive environment that reflects her enthusiasm for the practice and fosters continual improvement and self inquiry.
Staci credits loved ones, nature, mistakes, accomplishments, traveling, illness, recovery, humility, art, mindfulness and the ever beautiful ability to accept as her truest teachers. Throughout the last 16 years, yoga has presented itself in many different forms- asana (Ashtanga, Anusara, Kundalini, Acro yoga, Iyengar, restorative and most currently, Yin), Bhakti and meditation. Staci is blessed to have studied with amazing teachers throughout her travels to Thailand, India, Costa Rica and Guatemala, all of whom helped to nourish the way she incorporates movement and spiritual transformation. Staci believes all people can practice yoga, regardless of age, sex, disability or physical limitations, and delights in each experience that is presented to her as a teacher. Outside of teaching Sunday evening’s Yin/Yang class at Avenues Yoga, she teaches the RYT 200 hour teacher training program at Salt Lake Community College. Staci has lived in SLC for 6 years with her husband, 2 children, Golden Retriever, and Gecko.
“I have practiced yoga off and on for most of my life. It wasn’t until the past few years that I realized the true physical, emotional, and mental benefits of yoga as I felt symptoms of severe depression lift with regular yoga practice. I teache yoga with heartfelt passion, emphasizing the truth that each individual is perfect as they are, and that yoga is a catalyst for feeling better as a whole. Each time I teach a class it feels like I’m giving a gift. I want to share this gift of yoga with everyone, especially with those who are interested in finding a path of peace and healing in their life.” Trixee holds a 200 hour yoga teacher certification studying under Master Teacher Peter Francyk and is currently studying the Japanese healing art, Jin Shin Jyutsu, which she often incorporates in her classes.