Our Team of Teachers
Highly Trained and Experienced
Lead Teacher and Co-Owner
Tracey Garcia, M.Ed., ERYT-500, RPYT, RCYT, YACEP
Trained Trauma Informed Teacher
Tracey is a natural teacher who meets students where they are and supports them in both accepting modifications while continuing to challenge themselves. As an experienced teacher both in the classroom and the studio, she is uniquely poised to teach in such a way that all students can benefit from their yoga practice. She teachers beginners to advanced students to include children, adults, special needs and seniors. She strives to teach yoga in such a way that the practice is healthy and physically sustainable, allowing it to be a lifelong tool for growth, health and curiosity and expansion! With 20 years of teaching experience, she brings a great degree of knowledge to her classes.
As a lifelong learner herself, she is proud to have completed her Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Gina Caputo through the Colorado School of Yoga.
Tracey believes that your yoga practice can be your best tool remember your wholeness, connectivity and most true self, which allows you to be in more satisfying relationships and life your most authentic life!
Photo credit Teryn O'Brien Art and Movement
Danielle Tortorice, RYT-500
Trained Trauma Informed Teacher
Danielle discovered yoga in college when she signed up for a hatha yoga series to fulfill a physical education requirement. Danielle was hooked, and she welcomed the healing journey that yoga took her on.
In 2010, she committed to a daily, regular yoga practice. By 2014 she was ready to take her journey to a new level, and signed up for teacher training with Meg Galazra, owner of YogaOne studio, located in Cedarburg, WI. It was through teacher training that Danielle discovered a love for the dynamic movements of vinyasa flow, and an appreciation of the relaxing benefits of restorative yin yoga. In 2017 Danielle completed her advanced yoga teacher training with the fearless Gina Caputo, director of The Colorado School of Yoga. In 2018 she went on to take trauma informed training with Comeback Yoga and Warriors at Ease, both non profit organizations who serve the military population.
Currently, she is proud to offer yoga classes at Fort Carson army base.
Photo credit Rachel Garrison Photography
Marchelle Elliott, ERYT-200, RYT-500
Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Marchelle's fitness career began in 1992. She began teaching yoga in 2007 but her yoga practice did not commence until 2011.
Marchelle's approach to yoga teaching is light-hearted and fun. While having studied several styles of yoga, you will find that she is most connected to Vinyasa Yoga. From Gentle Yoga to Power Yoga, you will always leave her class feeling nurtured and grounded in the breath and movement of the class. She believes that yoga is for anybody and any body.
Marchelle is very passionate about healthy living inside and out. When she isn't teaching Yoga, you can find her teaching Indoor Cycling or enjoying home workouts. Outside of fitness, she is a proud mom of three beautiful, athletic children and adored wife of her retired Navy husband of more than 26 years.
Photo credit JCM Photography
Sarah Hogan, ERYT-200, RYT-500, YACEP
Trained Trauma Informed Teacher
Sarah stumbled upon yoga twenty five years ago. Once found, the practice became a passion and a way back to herself during seasons of challenge . She has spent time training and instructing in trauma-informed, restorative, vinyasa and neurogenic tremoring yoga practices. Sarah recently continued her learning journey, completing a 500 with Jason Crandell Yoga Method.
Sarah offers expertise, experience and centering to her classes. Her focus is on getting you to move from the big picture, to a more nuanced experience in your body, and to leave class with a well regulated nervous system. She is thrilled to share what she loves, emphasizing safe movement, gentle breath and patient attention. She endeavors to provide you the opportunity to identify truth in your body and to feel companioned in your practice.
Besides being a yogi, Sarah is a boy mom, dog trainer, naturalist, cinephile and pickleballer.
Amy Day, RYT-200
Trained Trauma Informed Teacher
Amy came to yoga to find relief from back pain in 2002. She has stayed with yoga because when she practices, she come home to herself. She has made yoga and somatic practices her life's work because she finds the intersection of breath, movement and meditation powerfully integrative and transformative. She feels honor and joy in practicing and journeying together!
She has been teaching gentle, trauma - informed yoga since 2010. Amy has taught playful preschoolers and mindful middle schoolers, chair yoga in retirement centers and breathwork with precious people well into their nineties, and every age and stage of life in between!
When she is not practicing or offering yoga, she has her nose in a book, is walking in the woods, or with her brilliant best friend and husband of 24 years and their three amazing sons!
Barre and Fitness Teacher
Iantha began teaching fitness classes 18 years ago. Her main goal at the time was creating athletic cross training classes to support obstacles racing. She realized flexibility and strength are two key foundations to racing, recovery and living a healthy lifestyle. She started teaching Barre to help with coordination, flexibility and core strength. There is so much joy in movement; Barre is a fun way to share it. She teaches an athletic Barre and loves that it targets specific muscle groups and enables all of us to be stronger versions of ourselves.
Outside of the studio, she is an animal (dogs, cat and snake oh my!) mom, wife, engineer and obstacle racer. Summer is her favorite time of the year in Colorado. She loves the long days and warm night to spend time outdoors.
Tina Huelle, RYT-200
Tina discovered yoga seven years ago after attending a class taught by Tracey Garcia. She went on to earn her yoga teacher certification through the Colorado School of Yoga and is trained in Integrated Vinyasa.
She believes that yoga is a practice for everyone, and she enjoys crafting thoughtful and playful classes that leave students feeling rejuvenated and reconnected to their most authentic selves. Tina’s approach to teaching is free-spirited and fun!
Off the mat, Tina is a busy mom of four. You can find her running, hiking, or on her stand-up paddle board in her free time.
Yoga Teacher, Nutrition Specialist
Abby Housefield, RYT-200
As an avid runner, Abby started practicing yoga over 9 years ago for injury prevention and cross training but quickly discovered yoga was much more than just stretching. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the practice and the “whole being” transformation that came with it. Abby is trained in Integrative Vinyasa and loves to teach intelligently design sequences that invite your mind and body to explore new ideas and possibilities while building strength, flexibility and mobility. Abby’s heart for each of her classes is to hold space for you to recalibrate, refresh and discover your strength, confidence and clarity.
Off the mat, Abby’s hippie soul shine bright with her love for gardening, kombucha making and homeschooling.
Missy Romero, ERYT-200, RYT-500
Missy has focused her teaching on helping her students through physical and emotional trauma, while encouraging them to seek their highest selves through honoring their bodies as they are. She believes the yoga journey is one that is mind, body and soul, one can’t exist without the other.
Her classes aim to honor the ancient roots of yoga, connecting with the subtle body with inclusivity, safety, and offer healing and fun. She also loves offering sound baths with bowls, tuning forks, gongs and chimes, and meditation, often bringing in these elements into her classes, and maybe a reggae song or two.
She is a full time dog mom to three Shih Tzu mixes and a whole bunch of plants.
Penelope Persson, RYT-500
Penelope's yoga and meditation journey started over 20 years ago with self practice. In 2017 she went to Thailand to take her first Yin yoga course and has been dedicated to learn more about yoga every day and she has been teaching with joy and compassion since her first course.
Penelope's mission here in life is to inspire and guide people like you, to find their way to living a more balanced life.
In Penelope's teaching of yoga and meditation there is created space for you, to discover your inner voice and truth, so that you can soften your breath, open and deepen your practice. She teaches both yoga and meditation from her heart and she wishes to share the wisdom she has learned throughout her own journey, for you to take home.
Bobae Barnes, RYT-500
Bobae is a yoga teacher and practitioner.
She was born and grew up in South Korea. She was always very energetic and anxious as a teenager, however she learned how to relax at her first Yoga class in college. Ever since her first shoulder roll with breath and the deep relaxation, her life was planned around Yoga practices. She felt healed each time she took her yoga classes. In 2017 her first inversion experience made her decide to become a Yoga teacher.
She has been trained through 500 Yoga Teacher Training and Aerial Yoga Teacher Training. She hopes her students feel relaxed and healed with her classes.
She is an artist, lover of nature, and business owner with a mission to rescue animals.
Shauna Nahorniak, RYT-200
Shauna has been flirting with a Yoga practice since the early 2000’s. She loved the physical and mental aspects of yoga but, due to countless military moves, found it difficult to maintain a consistent practice. Moving to Falcon in 2012, she continued her search for a home for yoga.
After taking a yoga class at JAKs Brewhouse with Tracey Garcia, she knew she had found the style of yoga that fed her soul. Wanting, to deepen her knowledge of yoga, she completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training offered by Tracey Garcia through Colorado School of Yoga in June of 2020. She has also recently completed additional training in restorative yoga.
Shauna believes that yoga is for everyone and EVERYONE can benefit from yoga. She has encouraged her husband and three children to develop yoga practices of their own. She enjoys crafting classes that focus on building strength while bringing awareness to the stress relieving qualities of breath work. Off of the mat, Shauna enjoys kettlebells, pilates, working in her yard and reading.
Lisa King, RYT-200
Lisa King is a native to Colorado Springs minus 8 years that she lived in Las Vegas, Nevada. She came to know yoga in 2011 and completed her 200 hour YTT certification in 2020 . Since discovering yoga It has brought much intentionality, peace, and growth to many facets of her life -physically, mentally, and emotionally.
She is a mom of two sons, one daughter and two dogs. She loves to read, cook, hike, spend quality time with loved ones, and soaking up sunshine any chance she can get!
Lisa’s philosophy as a yoga teacher is to encourage her students to honor wherever they are in their yoga practice. She feels passionate about inviting her students to come to their mat just as they are in the here and now .
“I want to help empower all of my students to feel strong, centered, and graceful in their body, mind, and spirit - no matter where they are in their practice “
Ashley Fredericks, CYT-200
Trained Trauma Informed Teacher
Ashley's passion for movement brought her to this practice. Ashley is a Licensed Social Worker trained in trauma-informed yoga and incorporates elements of psycho education, introspection and shedding layers that no longer serve. What you might experience in a class with Ashley is a vinyasa styled class featuring pranayama, philosophy, mindfulness and opportunities to grow in many areas of the practice.
Katie Derbeck, RYT-200, CPT
Katie is a 6 year ACE Certified Personal Trainer and a 200 hour, Colorado based yoga teacher. In her offered practices she encourages exploration on the mat, encompasses the five major spinal movements and meets her students on their journey. No matter where you are at on your yoga voyage, Katie supports the YOU right now. Yoga allows for self acceptance, enhances peace in the mind and body and encourages COMMUNITY.
Heather Fleck, CYT-200
Heather was introduced to yoga seventeen years ago because it was recommended to her by her doctor to help control the pain from scoliosis and a degenerative disc disease. SheI had no idea where it would eventually take her. Yoga helped Heather heal her mind/body connection.
She completed her advanced yoga teacher training in Colorado Springs and has been teaching for the last five years. She is passionate about education, alignment, and building connecting relationships with her students.
When Heather is not teaching yoga, or being a single mom of a tenacious 16 year old boy, she is enjoying the outdoors, hiking, camping, and backpacking!
Andrea Borghi, RYT-500, Reiki Master
Andrea is a skilled, passionate yoga instructor with many years of experience. Going through difficult times he found in yoga a mirror to his pain and channeled the benefits of this ancient practice to learn more about himself and keep a healthy lifestyle.
His experience in Thailand and Burma was only the beginning of a voyage leading to meditation and self-discovery. Andrea says: “Yoga is for everyone, there is no body type for yoga, we are all yogi “
Andrea’s classes radiate energy and passion. He is passionate about yoga and the beneficial effects on body and mind. In his practice, Andrea offers everyone the opportunity to learn about our own body’s strengths and areas of improvement and leverage them with a safe, restorative, and holistic approach.Through movement and breathing yoga teaches self-love, self-healing, and knowledge of yourself.
Andrea has a RYT 300 Certification with emphasis on Yoga Nidra, Myofascial Release, Pre and Post Natal Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Athletes, LSD (Long Slow Deep Hips) as taught by Paul Greely.
Andrea loves his dogs and together they walk and do yoga in the beautiful nature Colorado has to offer. Just like playing an instrument, yoga teaches you to be present in the moment. “I hope that my students experience the joy that this practice gives to me. Get in touch with me if you’re new to yoga or want to find out.” Andrea Borghi
Jenna Happe, RYT-500
Jenna first got into yoga when she was 15 years old. Then, her intent for practicing yoga asana was to grow her self confidence. Jenna’s interest then expanded into the philosophy of yoga and meditation. She became very interested in the desire of people of all cultures to understand the nature of human existence and how to cope with suffering that comes with life. She found that yoga and mindfulness practices contained intelligent tools that can help one build resilience and move through life with more ease. Her curiosity inspired her to complete a 200 hour teacher training under the Namah Shivaya School of Yoga and 300 hour with the Dallas Yoga Center.
Additionally, on the journey to obtaining her degree in neuroscience, she took a deep dive into the neuroscience of trauma. She had a strong desire to learn more about trauma and its connection to yoga. Because of this, she joined the Prison Yoga Project as a student and learned how to more consciously approach a yoga classroom and enhance her yoga teachers toolbox. Currently, Jenna is a student in the UCCS Clinical Psychology graduate program with an emphasis on the study of trauma.
Jenna’s intention to teach is to continue passing down the tools of yoga and mindfulness to those in her class in a way that is accessible and motivating. Through yoga, Jenna hopes to be a guide that can help others transform their relationship with their own minds and bodies so that they can leave their mat with more courage in their life and compassion for themselves.
Interested in joining our team? We are often looking for experienced teachers particularly those who are interested in subbing.
Please plan on joining us for at least two classes before reaching out to teach with us. We prefer that prospective team members to have a feel for our classes and community first!