Katya Braun, RYT
A Soul Tree graduate and alignment based flow teacher!
Melissa is an artist, who expresses life as a dance, through massage from several ancient modalities and practice in yoga, mantra, music, and meditation. She seeks to create a space where people feel comfortable to deeply feel and express themselves. Her journey to her center began with yoga; she began practicing in high school finding personal growth and healing. She continued on to massage school and fell in love with Thai Massage, in part due to it’s yogic roots. Traveling to follow her teacher, Melissa studied near and far for the past ten years, developing her skills and practicing as a massage therapist. Her path led to further study in Yoga and Ayurveda at Naropa University, earning her Bachelors degree in Traditional Eastern Arts. She now teaches at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Denver working with Service Member’s with PTSD and in the Psychology Unit, as well as, at Soul Tree Yoga. She teaches the Bhakti flow, Mellow Flow and Healing Yoga. Creating a sense of community in practice can help us all to find our true gifts and grow into our fullest expression of ourselves. By offering one on one sessions and group classes, Melissa hopes to lead each person back to their depth of self, feeling wholeness, and activate the body’s innate wisdom to heal.
Janine’s classes reflect a compassionate approach to our humanity and seek to cultivate awareness and connection with body, mind, and emotions. Within a safe space, participants explore sensations and connect to our breath with intentions of transformation, healing, and spiritual development. Everyone is welcomed with unconditional acceptance with whatever experiences are brought to one’s mat that day.
Janine completed her 200-hour yoga teaching training at Soul Tree Yoga Hub in April 2013 under teachers Meghan Stockdale and Cori Fratelli.
Besides teaching at Soul Tree, Janine works as a psychologist, specializing in traumatic stress therapy and teaching trauma-informed yoga classes through Boulder County’s non-profit Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA). When she is not practicing or teaching yoga, Janine loves to garden, hike, bike, and share quality time with her amazing menagerie of animals.
Alex is a lighthearted and thoughtful teacher. She seeks to create a secure atmosphere for the students’ healing process and makes energetic space for the release of long held thoughts and emotions that might come up during the yoga practice. She encourages her students to follow their own inner wisdom and to challenge any ancient conditioning or beliefs that are limiting and constrictive. Alex teaches from the spaces between play and discipline where she has found the most freedom and healing. She is available for group and private instruction and is skilled at helping beginner and advanced students craft a practice that feels good and challenges the student to grow stronger. Alex is an artist, yoga teacher, and a student of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration. She received her 200 hour certification from It’s Yoga in 2005. In 2011 her life was dramatically transformed on all levels when she completed the 200 hour Forrest Yoga Foundation program. She began the first Forrest Yoga program in Columbus Ohio giving the students there the tools to heal themselves and live more authentically. Forrest Yoga is the spark that empowered Alex to make some daring life choices, such as enrolling at the Rolf Institute to increase her ability to help others heal, moving to Colorado with her son, Henri, and making more space for art and love in her life.
Brie feels fortunate to have discovered the gifts of Yoga early on, and is grateful for her Yoga Leaders who helped to guide and progress her practice.
Brie provides a mixed bag of tricks to her Yoga flow. She began her Yoga practice in 2000 through meditation. The first time she participated in a vinyasa class she was twelve years old, and specifically remembers enjoying crow pose during that class.
Today she works as an ACSM certified Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor. Brie completed her 200hr-YTT at Soul Tree School of Yoga in
Her classes provide a mindful approach to movement. Brie encourages a balance of effort and ease, both physically and spiritually.
Marin McCallen, E-RYT 500
Marin McCallen (500 ERYT) is a life-long student and natural teacher. Her deep enthusiasm for sharing the knowledge and benefits of yoga shines through in all of her offerings.
Marin's own practice was a transforming force in her life, leading to deeper self-insight, increasingly healthy habits, and strength in body and purpose. Her evolution into teacher enforced her believe in yoga as a healing practice as she witnessed similar shifts in her students again and again. She continues to remain a student, always expanding her studies, and now trained in many different modalities including vinyasa flow, yoga nidra, yin & restorative yoga.
Marin approaches her teachings with reverence for the wisdom and tradition of yoga and with light-hearted humor and enjoyment of life. She embodies the natural curiosity of a traveler, and exudes a willingness of heart. Her teaching style is articulate, enthusiastic, present, grounding, and empowering.
Christina Mitchell, MS, CNM, RYT500 has been working in Women’s health for 30+ years. In 2003, after several years of a casual practice, she began a committed Yoga Practice. During this time she discovered the many benefits of Yoga, including an increased ability to cope with life’s stress. Indeed, she feels that she discovered a fountain of youth! In 2013, she completed the 200-hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher training and a year later, followed that with 500 hour Yoga teaching training. Subsequently, she trained in Prenatal yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Healthy Aging and Meditation instruction. She considers herself an life-long learner and loves studying the spiritual aspects of Yoga philosophy. It is her belief that Yoga is for EveryBODY and that its benefits are accessible to all.
When she is not on the mat or caring for moms and their babies, one can find her enjoying her family and friends, hiking, walking her dogs, knitting, watching a classic film, or sipping a honey latte at a local coffee shop.
Kat Olmsted, RYT Bio
“Do not try to save the whole world or do anything grandiose. Instead, create a clearing in the dense forest of your life and wait there patiently, until the song that is your life falls into your own cupped hands and you recognize and greet it. Only then will you know how to give yourself to this world so worth of rescue.” - The Clearing by Martha Postlewaite.
The above poem speaks volumes to what I believe is the benefit of practicing yoga. My practice started 18 years ago when I decided to try yoga to help alleviate some severe back pain. The first class I attended, I remember having an ‘a-ha’ moment where my perspective shifted. It was as if an internal pressure valve was released and I knew, somehow, my back pain had more to do with stress than anything else. In truth, I was pushing away my reality and trying to live in a pretense of how things should be for me. Over time, I would realize that my practice was about coming home to myself, just as I am right at this moment, over-and-over again. In my opinion, yoga is a practice of uncovering our true nature and eventually offering this inner beauty to the world. My practice has also been my sanctuary during difficult, life altering experiences. My mat has become that place to “create a clearing in the dense forest of (my) life”. I am forever grateful for my practice, my training and my teachers for everything that has been revealed and/ or released.
In 2003, I attend my first yoga intensive and at that point I realized that I wanted to start learning more about the yoga practice and philosophy. I have always been truly interested the therapeutic benefits of yoga for the mind, body and spirit. Around this time, I also discovered vipassana meditation and the works of Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. In 2008, I received my first 200 hour yoga teacher certification in classical yoga; then in 2019, I received my second 200 hour yoga teacher certification in vinyasa flow. Along the way, I would become certified to teach children’s yoga and yoga nidra as well as becoming a certified Reiki Master. I have done the first Anusara Immersion training, Level 1 and Level 2 of the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy training, The Power of Awareness
Sara Schifino E-RYT
I was born in Ivory Coast, Africa and grew up in France (25 years). I received my first Yoga certification (Vinyasa) in 2005, with Stephanie Keach, from Asheville. I taught for approximately 12 years in North Carolina in my Home studio ‘’ La Vie Yoga’’ and 2 years in Catalunya where I had the opportunity to learn essential techniques from two great teachers at la Sala De Ioga in San Cugat.
Back in the USA, I could not find Yoga classes that could fulfilled what I was looking for at the time; so I started to read about BKS Iyengar and followed his teachings and courses for couple years and continue to teach in my Home studio. During my search for a new home in Colorado in December last year I discovered KAiut Yoga and felt in love with the method. Since childhood I’ve always been connected to Nature and practicing KAiut Yoga simply took me back to the roots- it has been like finding that special edge that makes you complete. KAiut Yoga is a simple method and is for everyone. Practicing it a minimum of 2 to 3 times a week will improve greatly the mobility in your joints and detox your body from impurities accumulated over the year. With time you will succeed in reaching layers within the 3 girdles : hips, shoulders and ankles and free up old restrictions. I have heard and watched so many healing stories in my trainings as a result of KAiut Yoga practice. I have experienced an incredible physical and mental transformation since I started KAiut Yoga and I heartily hope that my teaching will help the Soul Tree Yoga Studio’s students to rediscover the Depths of their bodies.
Off the mat, I am a Track&Field athlete competing Nationally and Internationally in the Masters category. I also draw, paint and in the process of publishing my first book. Moving to Colorado has been a Blessing as I love the Mountains’ Spirit. Skiing, hiking, mountain biking brings me each time closer to this Eternal Beauty.
Susan took her first yoga class as an undergraduate at the University of Colorado. A lifelong dancer, she was hoping to find a new physical outlet and soon fell in love with the practice. She dabbled with yoga for many years and deeply committed to her practice to help her cope with a dear friend’s illness. In 2012, she joined Soul Tree’s amazing Teacher Training program and completed her certification in 2013. Practicing yoga has helped Susan to balance life as a mother, wife, sister, friend, high school teacher, and more! Susan loves taking what she learns on the mat out into the real world, and she encourages her students to do the same. Off the mat Susan can be found playing with her vivacious, pre-school aged daughter, walking her beagle, cooking with her husband and sisters, or cross country skiing.
Meghan Stockdale, E-RYT 500
A devoted student and teacher of flow, Meghan discovered yoga in 2000 after injuring her spine. She became a self-taught student of Yoga to grow stronger and heal her body and soon embraced the yogini lifestyle whole-heartedly.
Through grace and inspiration, Meg brings to the mat seamless sequences with her own blend of foundational principles, ritual and movement based on the 5 elements to find inner guidance, strengthen and heal physically emotionally and spiritually.
Meghan is an ERYT 500, teaching since 2004, ambassador for Off the Mat into the WorldTM and is the creator & owner of Soul Tree Yoga in Lafayette, CO. She is enjoying life with her amazing not-so-little-anymore kiddo and studying 5 Element Acupuncture at ITEA.
"I am incredibly grateful for where this practice has taken me and for the community of Soul Tree. My purpose is to foster communities that gather around the fire to heal, connect and thrive. I hope you can join us!"
Dawn Thie, E-RYT 500
Yoga found me in 2000 and it was the first time in my life that my mind was still and I knew I had to have more of this new found peace. I began a regular yoga practice and had the honor of practicing under a master teacher since 2008. After years of practicing yoga, I started to find the inner peace I craved and I realized that I wanted to share the gift of yoga with as many people as possible. In 2014 I became a certified yoga instructor. I am a passionate and spiritual yoga instructor who creates dynamic lesson plans structured around a theme to include asana, pranayama, and meditation based on the 8 Limb Path of Yoga. I’m a certified Yoga Alliance E-RYT200 instructor trained in Sivananda Hatha and I’m also Power Pilates certified. I’ve received my advanced teaching certification, RYT500 from Soul Tree Yoga, along with a specialization in the psoas muscle. I’ve studied under many gifted teachers and my offerings of yoga are inclusive of many forms and practices.
I love to weave the spiritual, classical messages of yoga throughout my classes to help guide students deeper into their practice. Honoring each students' space and place, I teach to the room and not just my lesson plan. I work to guide students to honor their bodies and not worry about making their body fit a pose. I've had many physical challenges throughout my life and have experienced how yoga can heal the body and mind. I believe this has been a gift because it has helped me understand some of the challenges my students experience.
I feel blessed that yoga came into my life and I became an instructor to share the gift of yoga with as many people as possible to assist them along their journey. Namaste.
Sarah has found herself dedicated to studying and practicing the spiritual, emotional and physical balance between Yoga and life for the last 10 years..."it ALL connects and resurfaces on our mats"!!! Her Vinyasa Flow style of teaching allows her students to Feel Free to Feel through the challenges and the flow by staying present with the breath in a space of connection and healing. "I am so honored to share this healing practice to seek our inner strength and connection to ourSELF...What happens when the heart surrenders everything to this moment and to YOURSELF?" A dedicated Mom of 3, she loves to PLAY and spend time with friends and family. When not at home or teaching, she enjoys practicing/learning/studying Yoga, reading, hiking, cooking, traveling, dancing, scuba diving and LIVE MUSIC!
Shanin Weisberg, RYT 500
Shanin discovered yoga and its profoundly healing, nourishing, and grounding qualities almost a decade ago – and was hooked ever since! A deeply devoted student and teacher of yogic logic, practices and lifestyle, she was initially 200-hr trained in Ashtanga and then completed her 500-hr training at Soul Tree Yoga in Lafayette. Shanin holds safe, loving space in all of her classes to encourage a connection to your intrinsic nature while truthfully exploring the vastness that is “self” – Mind, Body, & Spirit. Shanin is also a Shamanic Intuitive and brings in wisdom and healing from ancient traditions into her classes. She strives to offer a wholesome, challenging and balanced practice that will fulfill you from the inside out.