Inspired by the benefits of yoga in her own practice, Ashli completed her 200 hr YTT in 2006 in Denver, Colorado and has since completed various trainings and workshops in restorative yoga, guided meditation, and advanced vinyasa. Her classes cater to every skill level creating a supportive and compassionate environment for all abilities. Proper alignment and marrying breath with movement are two components she enthusiastically emphasizes in her flows. Ashli encourages students to apply what they learn on their mat into their outside lives as her yoga practice has made a valuable impact on her physically, mentally, and spiritually. Also a Certified Health & Well-being Coach, she specializes in pregnancy health coaching and believes that yoga is a beautiful way to prepare expecting mothers for labor and delivery and enhance the womb environment. Enjoy one of her centering and creative classes on Sunday evenings.
Bridget Howley – student teacher
Bridget Howley is a long time student of yoga and passionate about presenting yoga accurately and authentically. After practicing and teaching Vinyasa for many years she eventually found Iyengar Yoga to be the missing piece in her journey. Now back in the seat of the student, she studies with the Iyengar Center of Boise and under teachers who were guided by BKS Iyengar himself. As a teacher she hopes to bring an element of strength and effort balanced with ease to each of her classes. She believes these elements are the key to releasing tension and interruption in the body and therefore in the mind as well. Bridget is one of our student teachers and is working towards her Iyengar Yoga certification.
“My Body is my temple and asanas are my prayers.” – Guruji (BKS Iyengar)
Carolyn Sauer – CIYT
Carolyn began her study of Iyengar yoga in 1989 and recently received her Iyengar Yoga certification. Carolyn has been teaching yoga for nine years. Her passion is restorative yoga, pranayama and studying the effects of yoga on the nervous system. She has taught workshops at the Milton Erickson Conferences for Brief Psychotherapy with Kathryn and Ernest Rossi. Carolyn’s primary teachers include Ben Thomas, Wally Eastburn, Janet MacLeod and Birgit Reimer. Carolyn recently retired from a 35-year clinical psychology practice in California. In addition to yoga, she enjoys hiking, painting, fly fishing, playing the English Horn and oboe, and spending time with her husband, golden retriever and two sons.
Carrie Nutt – CIYT
Welcome Carrie to our studio! Carrie is a Junior I Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT). She completed the Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program in LA under the mentorship of Gloria Goldberg and Marla Apt and she also studies with Anna Delury. Her love affair with yoga started twenty years ago when she lived in New York creating theatre. Through the practice of yoga, Carrie carved out a path to better health and greater freedom, and in doing so, her life has been transformed. It is this experience that Carrie strives to share and inspire in all of her students. Carrie is a published, produced playwright with a Masters in Playwriting from Rutgers, where she taught Screenwriting.
Cathy Leamy – student teacher
Cathy’s yoga practice started with Camille Thom at the downtown YMCA as she was looking to build a stronger core at the age of 50 so she could play ice hockey. She soon found that yoga offered more than just building core strength; it offered her mental clarity and emotional stability. She found that this clarity and stability was available to her throughout the day as long as she made it to yoga class. After a suggestion to check out Iyengar Yoga, she has been a student since 2008. She has studied with several senior teachers and looks forward to sharing with her students her passion for yoga and the joy it has brought her. She has been teaching for a year and enjoys bringing her students back to themselves via the precision, alignment and breath work of Iyengar Yoga. When Cathy is not studying yoga, she enjoys flat water paddling, playing with her dogs, hiking and hanging with her family. Cathy is one of our student teachers and is working towards her Iyengar Yoga certification.
Cheryl is a 500RYT who has been teaching for a little over 2 years but has been practicing yoga since she was 15. Her teaching interests include Power Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Yoga Nidra. She also is the creator of Snake River Malas and enjoys teaching people how to create their own malas, and teaching the history and meaning behind malas. Cheryl loves learning all she can to help her students gain knowledge and tools to utilize on and off their mats.
Her other interests include reading, hanging out with her family, her 2 chihuahuas, exploring the outdoors, going on motorcycle rides with her guy, and she is currently earning her Trike certification.
Corrine (she/her) is a queer-identifying Boisean who has called Boise home since kindergarten. She has been teaching yoga since completing her first 200 hour training at the Wise Living Yoga Academy ashram in Thailand in 2013. Corrine has over 500 hours of training in diverse teaching modalities and styles including; Vinyasa, Classical Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Self-Awareness, Meditation, and more. In Corrine’s classes you can expect to be asked to tune in to your body and move in a way that feels correct for you. She spends her time moving about the room so she can connect energetically with each person. She uses these connections to guide the practice intuitively. Her intuition combined with her knowledge of anatomy and sequencing makes each class unique, providing the space for you to experience your own energetic and body sovereignty.
Don Gura – CIYT
Don, an Intermediate Jr. II Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, started his study of yoga in the late 1980s and became devoted to Iyengar yoga in the 1990s. Don has studied with the Iyengars in Pune, India as well as with many senior Iyengar yoga teachers throughout the United States. Don is devoted to yoga and uses practice, precision, alignment, compassion and humor to pass on his understanding of Iyengar yoga. His students often come away with the knowledge, clarity and focus they need to practice differently.
Heather has over fifteen years of teaching experience leading classes that are dynamic, creative journeys that evolve with the changing needs of life. Rooted with strong functional anatomy, she infuses her classes with the power of the breath and a deep awareness of the physical body, building krama sequences that lead to a strong, centered practice. Heather is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher through the World Renowned Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. As an accredited Interdisciplinary Yoga Instructor™ she draws her teaching style from roots in Ashtanga, Iyengar and Kripalu foundations. She is also a certified Pranassage® Practitioner. Professional development and ongoing training include Advanced Training at the Nosara Yoga Institute, Prana Vinyasa and Flow Teacher Training with Shiva Rea and Ashtanga Teacher Training with Manju Jois.
As an ERYT Instructor through the Yoga Alliance, Heather has over 1000+ teaching hours and 500+ instructional hours. She conducts teacher training and workshops as a Yoga Educator. In addition, Heather has been an innovator in bringing yoga into schools and educational settings. As a Yoga Ed™ trained instructor, she conducts professional development programs for teachers and educators and has implemented several school wide yoga and wellness programs. Heather is honored to have been deeply influenced by her teachers Don & Amba Stapleton and the continual inspiration she finds in her students, and fellow teachers.
Holle McRae completed her yoga teacher training in 2017 which spurred further learning in the field of Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, completing her Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification in 2018 and advanced teacher training in 2019 and Children’s/Teen’s Yoga Certification with a trauma informed focus in 2020. Sharing her love of mind, body and spirit practices, she teaches to a broad range of students helping others feel comfortable and confident in their individual bodies and abilities. Her teaching style helps others draw on internal strengths, develop self awareness and embrace the present moment to find peace and contentment. “Yoga is not a work-out; but a work-in,….so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.” -Rolf Gates
James Burton – CIYT
James began his practice of Iyengar yoga in 1997 and received his teaching certification in 2003. Originally from Sydney, Australia, James has called Boise home since 2005. His teaching style is challenging yet supportive and is inspired by his intensive personal practice. He gets a great sense of satisfaction watching his students progress in their yoga. James continues to study with his teacher in Australia, as well as with the Iyengar family in India.
Dr. Jen started her yoga journey after being a stressed out mortgage broker in SF, as many do she started with Bikram in 2002, which transpired to experience many different types of yoga over the past 20 years. She obtained her 200 hr Yoga teaching Certification in Dharmsala India at the Dalai Lama monastery in 2008. She taught in Sf for several years, while going to Chiropractic School then moving to Boise in 2013. She owns and operates Bodo Chiropractic in downtown with her Husband and several wellness/holistic practitioners. She enjoys sharing her love of yoga and teaching/applying anatomy in order to not only deepen your understanding but also deepen your postures by knowing the anatomy and how you teach them optimally. She is also certified in Reiki, Bio geometric integration, and Cranial sacral therapy, she specializes in Pregnancy and Pediatrics in her practice but also includes all humans and even animals.
Jenn Tigli – CIYT
Jenn found Iyengar yoga 16 years ago in an effort to manage injuries from a lifetime of competitive sports. Not only did she find yoga provided relief from chronic lower back pain and stiff shoulders but enhanced her emotional and mental well being too. Jenn is currently Iyengar certified at the Introductory Level and has been teaching for 12 years. Her style is challenging, yet encouraging. Jenn enjoys teaching students of all levels progress in their practice both on the mat and in their daily activities. When not teaching, Jenn enjoys mountain biking, gardening and backpacking with her husband and two daughters.
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Kacie has been a yoga teacher since 2010. Yoga has taken her teaching to several places around the world including Australia, Mexico, Los Angeles, Oregon, Hawaii and now Boise, ID! Kacie has 1000+ hours of training and teaching worldwide. Yoga is something she strongly believes in and knows very well. She knows how much practice of physical asana can help in life because she’s seen it in herself. Her classes blend all of the techniques she’s learned and adapted along the way. She looks forward to having you in class!
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Laila has distinguished herself in the field teaching dance and choreography for over 30 years. She has choreographed for commercials, televised NFL half time shows, trade and fashion shows and has been awarded over 20 choreography awards in the US as well as Europe. Many of her former dancers can be seen on Broadway as well as in music videos, commercials, on NBA and NFL dance teams. She is currently on tour with NRG Dance Convention where she teaches dance and yoga and is a certified instructor and the Educational Director for Muvmethod, a form of yoga and dance conditioning for dancers throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.
Laila has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and has found teaching yoga has been a natural progression for the next stage in her life. She has her 500 hr RYT from Sage Yoga School.
Laila is very passionate about myofascial release and has completed over 100 hours in biomechanics. She uses her practice to help students make educated choices about poses and how to strengthen and lengthen through asana practice. Laila loves teaching yoga and learning from her students.
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Mikayla ran her own yoga studio from 2010-2020. In 2013, Mikayla became certified as a Spiritual Life Coach and in 2015 a yoga teacher. Mikayla chose to study yoga with one of the most experienced teachers in America, Amy Ippoliti. Amy’s extensive background in Anusara yoga, alignment, and yoga therapy was perfect for Mikayla’s desire to help people discover yoga as a means to heal and strengthen their body. With struggles of her own injuries in the shoulder and neck, practicing alignment based yoga offered a window into her own healing. Mikayla has found great joy in offering the same insights and wisdom to new and established students alike.
Mikayla has had the privilege of teaching at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival. Leading classes and partnering in the opening ceremony at Yogafort. And interviewed for NPR: Idaho Matters, on the topic of Yoga.
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Naomi has 2000+ hours of yoga training and study within a diverse portfolio of lineages, styles and methods. Her teaching/training background includes creating and facilitating 200 and 300 hour programs in Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, Vinyasa and Meditation. Naomi and her husband Paul own and operate Insight Yoga, True North Yoga and are part owners in Source Meditation Space all located in Boise, Idaho.
Naomi has training certificates in:
- Yin yoga with Bernie Clark
- Yoga Nidra with Total Yoga Nidra
- Foundations of Non-Dual Tantra with Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan
- Yoga for Fertility with Lynn Jensen
- 200 Hour Fundamental Yoga with Shanti Yoga
- 300 Hour Yoga Training with the Sage Yoga School
- 120 Hour certificate in Anatomy and Physiology with Yoga Synergy
- 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga with Essential Hot Yoga
- 500 Hour Bikram Yoga certification with Bikram Choudhury College of India.
Naomi has partnered with studio owners in the US and Australia to help create four Yoga Alliance recognized teacher training schools. She has trained over 300 student teachers in the yoga field. She enjoys meeting the seekers, learning from each other, and creating community. Naomi created and oversees the facilitation of “Idaho Yoga Week” which happens throughout the state every year. Naomi enjoys travel and is often on the road teaching, exploring and living life. Naomi has two daughters Stella (16) and Holly (12). She is married to Paul Graham who is a Meditation Teacher and Ayurveda Health Counselor.
With a focus on slow flow yoga, Nicole Force compassionately guides students through yoga flows with a thematic focus. Coming from a background in writing, she occasionally incorporates writing or computer-related physical considerations into her teaching. Nicole has practiced many different styles of yoga including Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Nosara, Iyengar, and others for over 15 years for fitness, stress reduction, wellness, physical therapy, and inner healing. She is a life-long learner who believes that the knowledge and practice of yoga provides something helpful to everyone.
Paul teaches Power Yoga and meditation. He has completed over 2,000 hours of yoga asana, meditation, anatomy, history, and philosophy training in Australia, India, and the US and is an Ayurvedic Health Counsellor through the California College of Ayurveda.
He has a keen interest in the science of stillness practices and also delivers organizational resilience programs for corporations, focusing on identifying and mitigating stress realization in the workplace. Paul and his wife Naomi own and operate Insight Yoga, True North Yoga and are part owners in Source Meditation Space all located in Boise, Idaho.
Peter Giordano – student teacher
Peter began studying Iyengar Yoga in 2003 during his freshman year of college and is currently in the process of becoming both a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and Iyengar Yoga Therapy Ambassador for healthcare professionals. He was immediately attracted to the physical and mental benefits of asana practice and finds great importance in studying all eight limbs of Yoga. Peter is one of our student teachers and is working towards his Iyengar Yoga certification.
I’m an RYT-500 certified by the Yoga Alliance. I’ve completed both my 200 & 300 hr programs at Sage Yoga & Wellness in Boise, Idaho. I will continue to learn and develop my personal practice as well as what I teach. I’m grateful for my teachers, in and out of Yoga.
I believe that the meaning of Yoga (to yoke or unite) is about unveiling who you are. Like recognizing oneself as a singular planet in our massive Universe. All lifeforms connected to a bigger system. Realizing, even in our practice, we all have individual needs with communal responsibility. To do this we must take personal responsibility in finding out what works for us and what doesn’t.
The Yoga tree has many leaves. Giving us many options to figure out our personal mix. In this way, Yoga can lead to intimate self-discovery. Creating the sense of Connectedness. My hopes as a teacher is to be a guide. To help others find their own self-discovery. In hopes that their path to themselves can be quicker than mine. And in that, may I continue to spread Braddah’s Love.
I teach asana, breathwork, meditation, but my ultimate favorite is Yoga Nidra. I love to tell stories in a way that gives people back their agency and inner power. To give them a visualization that they may currently be unable to imagine due to their mindset. Pulling from what has inspired me, I love to use creativity with Yoga. (Yes, you will hear about Star Wars and Frodo at some point). Come and share a not-so-serious experience by taking one of my classes. I’ll be thrilled you came! Learn more about Robbie at What’s Your Waffle.
Sherika received her 500 hour interdisciplinary training at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica in 2015 and has been teaching in the Boise community ever since. She taught at Sage Yoga & Wellness, as well as Urban Ascent Climbing Gym, Asana Climbing Gym, & The Base Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gym and has offered multiple workshops in the local community as well as various locales abroad.
Sherika is passionate about human connection, relationships and sexuality and is currently studying to become a certified Somatic Sex Educator & Sexological Bodyworker through a school based out of Canada. Since somatic sexuality is a body-based perspective, many of the teachings translate to her yoga practice in the form of sensual embodiment and her yoga classes tend to have sprinklings of knowledge from this schooling. Additionally her yoga has further been informed by a 6 month long mentorship with Shakti Temple Arts in which she is currently enrolled and learning the modalities of Tantra Yoga, Temple Dance, and the Taoist Feminine Arts.
Coming from a lifelong love affair for sports, specifically martial arts, soccer, track and more recently climbing, mountain biking and kayaking – she has learned the importance of balancing active engagement with the body with softer, slower, more restorative forms of movement that enhance mobility/flexibility and support the body in the long term – and it is this intention that informs the movement flows of all her classes.
Known for her soothing voice and approachable movement flows, detailed knowledge of postural alignment and clear verbal cues, Sherika can easily invite you into the deeper layers of your Self. Come take a journey with her on Sunday evenings.
Learn more about Sherika at The Sensual Essential
Susan Lamberson – CIYT
Susan Lamberson, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, loves yoga and is committed to sharing the art and science with you. As students tune into their very own “body of knowledge,” they transform their attention from fixing flaws to a growing sense of curiosity and deep self care. Iyengar yoga is a precise and effective way to restore, maintain and develop robust health. Susan’s classes are inspiring, transforming and playful.
Susan was introduced to yoga early in life through books and classes. She began study of Iyengar yoga in 1994 and completed certification in 2015. Susan founded Yoga of the Sequoias, in Three Rivers, CA, in 1996, where she taught until 2009. She has been teaching in Boise since then. Susan teaches classes for Boise State University as well as for the public.
Vickie Aldridge – CIYT
Vickie has been a student of Iyengar yoga since 1983 and teaching since 1987. Since her first encounter with B.K.S. Iyengar in 1987 she has traveled to India numerous times to study at RIMYI and continue her personal learning experience . Vickie was selected as one of 50 women in the world to attend the Women’s Intensive in Pune, India with Geeta Iyengar in 1997. She has been in charge of the BSU yoga program since 1991 and previously owned the Boise Yoga Center for 25 years. Vickie has maintained an interest in the therapeutic aspects of yoga as a 25-year member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and was on staff for St. Alphonsus (STAARS) and Idaho Pain Center for a combined 16 years. She feels that yoga has changed her life and put her on a path of awareness and well-being that continues to bring rewards to her students and in her own practice.
Zoe Saulsgiver attended Sage Yoga school in Boise for her 220 HR YTT. She completed reiki training at Black Lotus Healing Arts Alternative and Holistic Healing Center in Fort Collins, CO. She obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College and currently works as a Physical Therapist for St. Lukes. This year she became a certified Orthopaedic Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
Zoe believes that yoga is an opportunity to explore and come to accept the body mind and soul as they are, and foster growth and development of each. If we can explore this concept together, we can perhaps find the best version of ourselves to bring to our community and our loved ones as well as to ourselves. She feels that we can work together in an intentional way to make our world a more peaceful, accepting and kind spirited place, one small shift at a time through the practice of yoga.