Janell Duncan formed Anya Yoga Collective in the summer of 2020 after moving her studio of 5.5 years to Colorado Springs. She originally founded Aranyani Yoga Studio in Woodland Park in 2014. She has always been interested in how yoga can exist in a sustainable, inclusive, community atmosphere. She found yoga as a child in California at the library, again in her high school humanities program, studying the Bhagavad Gita and again in 2002 when she walked into an Ashtanga Yoga class in Lincoln, Vermont. This sparked an interest in her that she found again when moving to Colorado in 2011 and found an Ashtanga teacher down the street from her. Janell studied privately with her for 3 years. Upon her teachers encouragement, Janell completed a 200 and 300 hour Hatha-Raja inspired program. In 2016, her first Rocket teacher, Brenn Micael moved to the area and began teaching this style at Aranyani Yoga. She fell in love with the practice and connection to Ashtanga Yoga. She studied with Brenn for 2 years before taking her first Rocket training in January 2018 in Austin, Tx. She has since completed 5 Rocket trainings, two Ashtanga immersions, and hosts Rocket and Ashtanga teachers at her studio. She has taught thousands of classes since 2014 and loves to help students of all levels deepen their connection to practice. She considers herself a student first and believes in the importance of practice to be a teacher. She maintains a consistent Rocket and Ashtanga practice and finds inspiration to teach through this. She is interested in how yoga can be shared without causing any harm and has done a lot of ongoing self study on the history of yoga, colonization and cultural appropriation. This is an ongoing discussion in our modern yoga community that she is part of. She is honored to share from the teachers that have come before her including, Michelle Truscelli, Brenn Micael, David C. Kyle, Gil Perez, Pat McCleaf and Sam Vetrano.
With an MA in International Disaster Pshychology and an MBA, Tamara"s background is in PTSD and International business. She started her yoga journey in 2014 while living in Shanghai, China. This gave her the opportunity to study with world class teachers from China, Ukraine and Brazil. She has practiced many forms of yoga from Universal to Jivamukti, to Yin but her main focus is Ashtanga Vinyasa as taught by Paul Dallaghan. She completed her 200 hours at Centered Yoga in Koh Samui, Thailand in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Restorative and Pranayama with Paul Dallaghan and his team. Tamara focuses on injury prevention, alignment, biomechanics and breath. In 2020 she completed 100 hours in Rocket Vinyasa through the Black Lives Matter Rocket Teacher Training, and is sound bowl certified.
Jenna lives in Woodland Park with her two sons and three dogs. Jenna has completed, 200 hours in Power Vinyasa, 50 hours Rocket training with David C. Kyle and 50 hours with Jaimis Huff. She has completed 50 hours Ashtanga with Gil Perez. Jenna is part of the Colorado Springs Rocket Community. In addition she completed 25 hours in advanced sequencing and 10 hours of long slow deep. She attended a Race and Diversity workshop in 2020. Jenna is currently doing a mentorship with Ida Jo, the head teacher of Ghosh Yoga and twice certified by Tony Sanchez. Her mission is to support and empower her friends and students to be their best self. She aims to provide inclusive and accessible yoga classes.
Melissa has been teaching yoga for 5 years but has been a student of yoga for over a decade. See sees yoga as an effective life tool and is very passionate about introducing people to yoga so that can experience the same benefits that have been provided to her. She believes the world be a better place if everyone practiced yoga. Melissa is committed to tailoring group classes to the needs of her students to make it a healthy and fun experience . She aims to help students increase their flexibility, gain strength, while also providing an opportunity for self reflection, empowerment and ways to live more mindfully. Melissa offers a welcoming energy that makes them feel safe and supported. When Melissa is not doing yoga she works as a PhD on Oncology, hikes the beautiful trails in Colorado and spends time with her husband and children.
Mia Cheney studied Ashtanga with Jonny Kest through Lifetime Fitness. She also has 50 Hours in Progressive Ashtanga with Gil Perez. Mia is you guide with the Hungarian-German accent. She began practicing in her teens, being introduced to though her guide to these incredibly rewarding postures. This inspired Mia to practice more and (many years later) to finally transverse beyond the postures and being her authentic journey to her Self. She has been guiding a diversity of yoga styles to a vast array of the population since 2012. The light and energy of Yogis all ages enrich her life with vitality and sweetness. She is looking forward to connect with you!
Ashley DeKam, ND, CHS, RYT 200 With several decades of experience in the health and wellness field, her practice focuses on calming the stress response in the nervous system, positive psychology, and physical and emotional benefits of yoga. She is deeply and profoundly touched by the experience of working with each and every one of you. Striving to help people achieve a life of Pure Awareness, connection, embodiment and balance. She completed her 200 hour Vinyasa training in 2020 as well as completing 50 hours in Rocket Yoga at Anya Yoga with Gil Perez.
anya yoga collective, 418 s 8th street, colorado springs, co 719.439.8619 rocket. ashtanga. vinyasa.