Our Instructors

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JULIET STILLMAN

Juliet Stillman started practicing yoga in New York City in the 1990s. After she moved to Crested Butte in 2001, she was soon lucky enough to live across the street from Monica Mesa who was teaching small, intimate classes in her home. Two wonderful relationships began for her, one with Monica and one with yoga. In 2007 she started teaching in Yoga for The Peaceful’s tiny studio when it first opened, a meditative, slow flow class on Sunday mornings, which she continues to teach today. In 2011 she earned her 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate through Inner Power Yoga. Besides asana, Juliet embodies a daily practice of deep gratitude and amazement for her many blessings, which include her loved ones, pets and the beauty of this amazing mountain town.

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MONICA MESA

Monica is a bhakti devotional yogini, senior teacher and trainer facilitating 200/300 Hour Prana Vinyasa Teacher Trainings in Shiva Rea’s Samudra Global School of Living Yoga. She is the creator of Yoga for the Peaceful Studios, Crested Butte Yoga Retreats, and Wisdom Women Yoga. Her classes are infused with sacred ritual, celebration and movement alchemy to honor all the rhythms of living, loving and serving life. She is proud of her Colombian roots and teaching bilingual teacher trainings and events in South America. Monica lives in Crested Butte, Colorado with her three sons, enjoys living the mountain lifestyle, surfing whenever she can, and is devoted to raising the collective vibration! Her teaching is also influenced by her studies in Ayurveda, Buddhism, and spreading the message of her Guru, Neem Karoli Baba; “Love everyone. Serve everyone. Remember God.”

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CARIN LOCKHART

Carin is a Colorado native that began her yogic journey over ten years ago. The beautiful, holistic pull of yoga drew her to complete her teacher training in 2011 and then to leave the corporate world to teach fulltime and pursue her advanced certification in 2013. Carin’s passion is creating a space for other yogis to deepen their practice with classes that integrate yogic teachings, nurturing physical poses and lots of loving energy. Teaching classes ranging from yoga basics, vinyasa flow, restorative, yoga nidra and senior chair yoga, Carin enjoys working with all kinds of yogis, finding their roads to discovery fuel her own. A new Crested Butte transplant, she is honored to join us here at Yoga for the Peaceful and is looking forward to both sharing and learning with the knowledgeable group of yogis here.

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THERESA SCHAUL

A native of Chicago, Theresa spent ten years practicing at London’s leading studio. There she completed a two year, 500 hour teacher training diploma accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance in 2016. Her family moved to Crested Butte for the incredible outdoor adventure lifestyle and tight-knit community. Her love of yoga is rooted in its transformative qualities and ability to create awareness for conscious living. She continually experiences profound effects on the mind, body and spirit from yoga practice. Theresa’s classes concentrate on breath and alignment and incorporate philosophy, anatomy, meditation, pranayama, mantra and restorative elements where appropriate. She brings a positive, playful energy and lightness to the practice. Her hope is to make yoga accessible to all and welcomes you on the journey. Theresa is eternally grateful to all her teachers and students..

Dana Hersch

DANA HERSH

Dana Hersh Don is a dedicated teacher in the fields of yoga, sound and energy. She discovered Kundalini yoga in 2010 while living in Argentina, and quickly fell in love with the practice. In 2015, Dana received certification as a Kundalini yoga instructor and has been teaching in Argentina and the U.S. since. She studied Restorative yoga in 2017, and in June of 2018 completed a 200-hour Prana Vinyasa teacher training. Dana is also an Aura Reading practitioner, flautist, singer, Kirtan leader, dancer, and passionate about inspiring others to lead empowered and abundant lives. Learn more about Dana at www.fieldofcolors.com.

Julie Reid

JULIE REID

Julie discovered yoga in 2002 in college and was deeply drawn to the practice. The connection between the movement of the body, the breath and the Divine within us all has been very powerful in her life both on and off the mat. On 2011 she received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification through Inner Power Yoga. Julie’s most influential teacher has been Brenda Flemming, whose teachings have given her a priceless foundation and great respect for the practice of yoga. Julie believes that the benefits of yoga are endless and is so grateful to be able to teach yoga basics at such an amazing studio!

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DINA FERRANTE

Dina has been a dedicated yoga teacher for over 15 years. Students are drawn to her classes because of her gentle style and unique way of guiding them through the process of gently releasing tension that’s been held deep within their bodies. Prior to moving to Crested Butte in 2011, Dina owned a yoga studio and coffee shop in Southern New England and endured more than her share of office jobs that lead nowhere. When the hectic pace of the northeast lifestyle began to impact the quality of their lives, Dina and her family moved to Crested Butte so they could enjoy life in healthy and simple ways. She now spends her time teaching yoga and using this sacred practice as the foundation for her life coaching practice, helping others create a life they love. 

Ashley Sargent

ASHLEY SARGENT

Ashley began practicing yoga in earnest in the mid-90’s. She started teaching in 2007, and completed her 200-RYT in 2009 with a Senior Iyengar instructor. Ashley has a strong background in Iyengar yoga, hot yoga, and the Kaiut method, and is completing her 500-RYT this year. She has also studied ayurvedic yoga and thai yoga massage, and is Reiki (level 3) certified. She draws on these different methods when teaching, depending on what students’ needs are in her classes.

Stacey Donaldson

STACEY DONALDSON

Stacey is a dedicated Prana Vinyasa yoga practitioner, an artist and a mother of two young girls.  Her love of yoga developed after having her second child.  When she was able to fully dive into the practice and realize the amazing benefits it had on her health and lifestyle.  In 2015 she completed Shiva Rea’s 200 hour yoga teacher training in Prana Vinyasa Flow with her teacher Monica Mesa, in Crested Butte.  Stacey is a passionate and curious student of yoga and holistic healing.  She finds inspiration for her classes by following the changes of the seasons and the flow of the natural world.  Stacey is inspired by her family, friends, art, nature, music, big mountains, and the beach lifestyle she grew up in.

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JEN LAGGIS

Jen is a Certified Iyengar yoga instructor. She has been a student of Iyengar yoga for nearly 20 years and has been teaching regularly since 1999. She is passionate about the subject of yoga and enjoys the process of self study through the yoga asanas. Jen’s main inspiration is drawn from Senior Iyengar teacher Nancy Stechert of Hotchkiss, CO.

CHYNNA COLLINS

CHYNNA COLLINS

Chynna is an Oklahoma native that has been competitive and professionally dancing since age 3. After being diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and told she could never dance again- a physical therapist recommended she try yoga. And as they say, “it was love at first flight.” She spent 6 years practicing yoga extensively while teaching dance and fitness. While living in Los Angeles she was introduced to Ashtanga yoga and encouraged to obtain her 200 hour RYT from Rishikul Yogshala in Rishikesh, India. After traveling in India and soaking up as much knowledge as she could, she has made the permanent move to Crested Butte where she is so inspired to share and continue learning about this beautiful practice.

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MEEGAN HALEY

“Yoga is not an ancient myth buried in oblivion.  It is the most valuable inheritance of the present.  It is the essential need of today and the culture tomorrow.” – Swami Saraswati

Meegan began her yoga journey in 2001 and registered for her first teacher training in the Bikram style yoga in 2009.  In 2013, she traveled to India to pursue training in Hatha yoga principles and most recently returned from Indonesia where she trained with Noah Maze in alignment based practice with vinyasa elements.  Her classes are accessible to beginners and can be tailored to challenge intermediate students.  She enjoys designing sequences based on peak poses as well as theme based practices.   Join her in Crested Butte or the CB south location.

Lizzie Hartson

LIZZIE HARTSON

Lizzie took her first yoga class ten years ago as cross-training for dance; she was an avid ballet dancer throughout her teens and was on the dance team all four years in college. Yoga gradually shifted its way into the forefront of her life during her college years as she discovered and explored Ashtanga yoga. She graduated from Trinity University in 2016 with a degree in biology and earth science; when she isn’t on the mat, she is pursuing a career in public lands management.
Shortly after graduating college, Lizzie completed her 200-hour teacher training with Southtown Yoga Loft in San Antonio and discovered the joy of sharing her practice and passion with other students. She draws inspiration for her vivid verbal cues from her own practice of the Primary Series, which she considers to be a physical and mental experience of illuminating the dark places in the body, mind, and practice. That said, she enjoys exploring all styles of yoga; vinyasa, meditation, and mindfulness will always have a place in her practice and teaching as well.
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AMELIA KING

Amelia King was born and raised in charming Charleston, SC. She is a surfer girl at heart, but also has a strong connection with the humbling power of the mountains. She relocated to Crested Butte, CO after spending several years teaching English and traveling the world. Amelia is a perpetual student of yoga, and is continuously amazed at the transformative power of yoga. She credits finding yoga 10 years ago for being able to quiet the mind and make it through life’s challenges. Amelia was able to couple her love of yoga with teaching children by getting certified through Cosmic Kids Yoga to introduce children of all ages the benefits of yoga. She finds immense joy in teaching kids yoga at Yoga for the Peaceful in Crested Butte, local schools and privately.

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TAYLOR RANDOLL

Taylor began her yoga practice one short year ago but it has been a jam-packed year! Buti Yoga found her when she was struggling with her body image and finding a health and fitness balance that soothed her soul. Blending vinyasa, cardio intensive tribal dance, and deep core activation, Buti Yoga has become her soulmate workout! It presented her with freedom of expression through movement and the opportunity to find a spiritual connection to the Divine Feminine.

With over 10 years of dance experience and five years being a Certified Personal Trainer and Behavior Change Specialist, Taylor brings a deep understanding of movement patterns and using the mind-body connection to enhance the yoga practice of her students and ensure proper alignment in her classes. Taylor strives to teach every woman that joins her on their mat the power of their physical body as well as their spiritual one.

Taylor moved to Crested Butte from Missouri three years ago with her boyfriend where they adopted their coondog, Rusty. He is Taylor’s favorite adventure companion on long hikes and camping trips and snowshoe expeditions. But he’s not crazy about following her down the slopes or her loud hip-hop music!

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MARGARET LOPERFIDO

As a full time Landscape Architect and business owner, mother of two and wife, Margaret looks to her yoga practice to help find strength, balance, peace and a quiet space in her often hectic life. Margaret stepped into her first yoga class over 18 years ago and fell in love with the practice at once. She completed her 200 hour Teacher Training in Shiva Rea’s Prana Vinyasa yoga in 2013. Margaret’s style of teaching incorporates vinyasa flow with attention to alignment. She provides instruction to challenge each student mentally and physically while incorporating a sense of levity and humor as a reminder to not take ourselves too seriously. Her hope is that each student will walk out of her class feeling a bit more connected to the earth, to each other and to their own quiet space within.

Cara Stampfle

CARA STAMPFLE

Cara grew up in Boulder, CO and was first introduced to yoga as teen. In 2014 Cara traveled to India to explore yoga’s traditional roots and certify through the Himalayan Yoga Institute with Ganga Devi. Since then she has taught in New Zealand, Australia, Cambodia, Nepal and Colorado. Exploration, growth and maintaining a sense of curiosity are central parts of her practice. She loves to teach children’s yoga. Cara’s slow flow classes begin gently and allow for breath then evolve into a full flow. They are strong yet also relaxing. Her restorative classes focus on creating a space to deepen one’s practice and counterbalance stress.

Amber Baumann

AMBER BAUMANN

Amber is a Colorado native who came to this mountain paradise valley 6 years ago to attend WSCU in Gunnison. She found yoga her sophomore year of college and fell in love with the practice after noticing its healing effects on her debilitating back pain. When she learned of its powerful healing in her mind and soul as well, she changed her major to Psychology so she could research and understand it better. In 2018, 2 years after graduating Western, she made the move from “Gunni” to Crested Butte and took Shiva Rea’s 200 hr Prana Vinyasa teacher training with Monica Mesa Dasi. Her favorite thing to do is anything that takes her outside, whether it be snowboarding, hiking, fishing, boating, etc. In her practice, she draws inspiration from nature, fellow humans, and the intelligence within. Her goal is to help people realize what they are capable of and instill love and compassion, for yourself and for others.

~ Choose to do good. Choose to be good. ~

Caroline McLean

CAROLINE MACLEAN

Caroline teaches Meditation, Contemplative Photography, Kundalini Yoga and learning to be happy, healthy and holy! Her contemplative journey began in 1995. First with sitting meditation and working with the mind. In 2005, she studied qigong- working with energy. In 2009, she picked up her camera and began to walk and heal in nature. In her most recent evolution/trauma, i surrendered to the practices of Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She is a certified level I Kundalini and Super Health yoga instructor. She teaches workshops and leads meditation classes. She sees her practices as SEVA – service to others. These practices are life sustaining, maintaining and enlightening. Our life journeys are wild, stormy, delightful and fast! Lucky for her, she intuitively knew that “not being good enough” was not okay and that a self-improvement regime was not the path. The path for Caroline is self- love/self-acceptance 100% ! She says lucky, because she is alive and living her truth! These practices have given her the courage, strength, endurance, health and wellness to face multiple heart wrenching challenges and losses. Meditation, qigong and yoga are wellness coping tools for living in today’s fast-paced, hectic, self-indulgent, western lifestyle. Caroline teaches skills to help people connect to their birth-rite: ” I am beautiful, bountiful and blissful” repeat after me. Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche, Pema Chodron, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Suzuki Roshi, Mingtong Gu, Damaris Jarboux, John Daido Loori, Minor White, Sukhraj Kaur Gipple and Yogi Bhajan are teachers who have and who continue to inspire her journey of wellness and love.

Wahe Guru “Gratitude to the One who takes you from darkness of ignorance to light of knowledge”!

Emily Crohare

EMILY CROHARE

Emily has her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, and the wonders and potential of the human body continue to spark her intrigue, passion, and life path. She has an extensive background in human performance research, and specializes in restoring optimal health through natural movement. Emily loves big mountain snowboarding, barefoot trail running, ALL adrenaline-spiking sports, and juicy natural movement. She recently completed her Prana Vinyasa 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Monica Mesa Dasi, and plans to explore the use of yoga to empower, heal, and radiate light into the world.

Travis Olsen

TRAVIS OLSEN

Travis left the entrepreneurial life in 2013 in search of what he considered life’s ultimate pursuit – happiness. Since then, he’s traveled the world and studied under enlightened Buddhist lamas, taken medicine with a Peruvian shaman, explored his past with Western therapists, and trained as a yoga teacher from a Himalayan Master. He’s taught in Costa Rica, Colombia, India, and the USA. In classes, Travis shares his life experiences while blending Himalayan yoga and Tibetan Buddhism, guiding people to reconnect with their inner teacher. He welcomes people of all fitness levels and beliefs.

Travis thanks his main teachers: Lama Mark Webber, Tarchin Hearn, and Guru Vishvketu.