Each of the teachers at Odyssey Yoga is passionate about his/her own yoga practice, both on the mat and off. We are inspired to continue learning, and are eager to share what we learn with our community; and our teaching team always teaches from life experience and from the heart. Odyssey teachers have studied with a variety of master yogis from different lineages to bring an amazing depth of wisdom and creativity to our yoga community.
Stacie Finucan has been a passionate and full-time yoga teacher since 2004 when she graduated from the Bikram Yoga College of India teacher training. Along with her family, Stacie opened Solar Yoga in Longmont, CO in 2006 and embarked on the journey of being a studio owner, manager, teacher trainer, and TEACHER! Stacie is most inspired by Baron Baptiste, with whom she has trained 500 hours and is certified by and assists. Any class you take with Stacie, no matter the class style or postures taught, will be full of inspiration, insight, laughter, sweat & tears, and all students will leave her class feeling that it was created just for them. Stacie's classes are filled with lessons learned from so many wonderful teachers, and lessons learned from everyday life. Stacie begins each yoga class with the joy and eagerness that comes from knowing that something great could happen, and probably will! You will be challenged to reach your greatest potential on all levels: physical, mental, and emotional. Come prepared to sweat, laugh, breathe, and find a stillness deep within yourself... and Stacie will come prepared to do the same!
One of RaeAnne's greatest gifts is her awareness and understanding of when to challenge students to go further, and when to encourage students to back off. When RaeAnne is teaching in the room, she completely present and aware of what is going on with each and every one of her students; she empowers each of her students to become the best that their bodies and minds will allow in that moment. When you practice with RaeAnne, you will feel loved for who you are, as you are, and you will walk away from each class feeling strong and inspired.
RaeAnne's teaching journey began at Samadhi Center for Yoga & Meditation, where she completed a 250 hour Hatha Yoga training that focused on many different styles of yoga practice, including restorative and therapeutics. Shortly after, RaeAnne eagerly sought out more training to deepen her own practice as well as her passion for teaching others; she has taken Therapeutic and Restorative training workshops with Judith Hanson Lasater, and Baptiste Power Yoga trainings and workshops. She is now a certified Baptiste teacher, having completed both Level I & II Teacher Trainings and the Art of Assisting program with Baron Baptiste.
RaeAnne is outgoing, fun and free-spirited; she loves the outdoors, slack lining and snowboarding. When she is not in the yoga room or on the mountain, you can find RaeAnne spending quality time with family and friends, which of course includes her gentle giant English Mastiff dogs.
Tiffany is a proud student of Baron Baptiste, and has completed both levels of the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute's teacher training series. She also completed the Assist Training with Gregor Singleton and Claire Este-Mcdonald, where she deepened her knowledge of hands-on adjustments and anatomy.
Although the Baptiste Power Vinyasa lineage is her first and truest love, she finds great joy in practicing with many different teachers in many different styles bringing a rich variety of philosophy as well as asana into her own teaching style.
Tiffany's own practice changed her life, giving her insight into her life's calling and helping her discover her own unique gifts. This is what she hopes to help others find in themselves. It is her most humble desire to hold a space for her students on their journey to finding their true selves.
Together, with the aid of a committed yoga practice, may we become freer and freer every day.
When you come to Tiffany's class, be prepared to be REAL with yourself, LAUGH and ENJOY the process. "You can't be funky if you don't smell funky." -P. Funk
Jennifer specializes in the Restoration and Evolution of YOU! Be prepared to indulge in an hour of self-care. Each class is an offering to meet yourself just as you are. Leave the idea of "doing" at the door as we experience delving into, simply being. You will be invited to explore the deeper landscape of self and uncover the innate joy that lives within. With her warm, friendly, down to earth style, you will be nourished as we move thru the Anjali Restorative Yoga Spinal sequence. With the use of supportive props, gentle music and essential oils. Enjoying the benefits of weaving together rest, relaxation and self- inquiry. You are sure to leave class and re-enter your life feeling more clear, integrated and in a refreshed state.
2007 was the beginning of Jennifer's yoga journey. Finally responding to a subtle feeling that was present for years to try yoga. Her first class was amazing, difficult and humbling. She discovered that yoga was a gateway to allowing life to unfold and evolve from within.
Her first studies were completed in a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Dana Julius. In 2009 she trained with Shannon Paige and was certified in Anjali Restorative YogaÂ® and Tattva Elemental HealingÂ®. In 2011 Jennifer was introduced to the most profound practice yetâ€¦ iRest Yoga NidraÂ®. Studying with her teacher and founder of iRest, (Integrative Restoration) Richard Miller PhD. She is delighted to be sharing this research based, ancient practice, that has been adapted for modern times. In 2014 she completed the intensive certification process and is now one of five certified iRest Yoga Nidra Teachers in Colorado.
Along with her passion for teaching in both groups and privately, other loves include: Enjoying her boys, being a Hospice Volunteer, hiking, scuba diving and spending time in her home state of Montana.
Amanda Ingalls resides in Longmont with her Chocolate Lab, Sunflower. As a PMI certified Project Manager she works at IBM as the Boulder Data Center Manager. In addition to an MBA she has undergraduate degrees in Information System Management and Food Science & Nutrition. Always having had a passion for health and fitness, Amanda is a RYT200 and has worked for the past 14 years as an AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor; instructing a variety of fitness classes such as Boot Camp, Kettlebell, and Power Vinyasa Yoga. Amanda takes every opportunity to stay fit and enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, golfing, snowshoeing and skiing. In her spare time, she volunteers her time to the Premier Members Credit Union Board and her blood to Bonfils!
Amanda started her personal practice taking Bikram Yoga in 2004; she was inspired by the mental and physical challenges yoga provided her by giving her an escape from the corporate grind. Amanda has been teaching Baptiste style Power Vinyasa for 3 years and practicing both Vinyasa and Bikram for 12 years. Amanda graduated a RYT 200 from Odyssey Yoga in 2015 obtaining her knowledge from Stacie Finucan, a teacher and trainer who studied under Baron Baptiste as well as Bikram Choudhury; and Sara Hilgendorf, a CMT having expertise in bodywork and sports medicine. Amanda enjoys sharing her love for yoga by teaching compassionately with an added athletic style approach. With emphasis on form and alignment Amanda will at times apply a theme to her class, she is passionate about her practice and wants to inspire her students. She strives to have her students feel challenged yet in control, so what they learn on their mat empowers them to take on anything off the mat!
Marci Lary, 200-hour RYT, is a certified Vinyasa yoga teacher and holistic health and wellness coach. Yoga has been part of her life for over 10 years when she took her first yoga class and instantly fell in love. She has studied yoga since 2005 and is inspired by her teachers such as Baron Baptiste, Seane Corn, Leah Cullis and Stacie Finucan. Yoga has taught her to live each moment mindfully and to find balance both on and off the mat. In her classes, she loves to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. Marciâ€™s passion is to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul and her hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.
Misty began her journey of yoga 10 years ago by stepping into a bikram class. Hot, exhausting and exhilarating , different than anything she had done, this class changed her life. Practicing since that day feeling and watching the changes within herself, it was a natural evolution to take the next step to became certified. In October 2012 a 200-hour yoga alliance certified training, with Odyssey Yoga owner Stacie Finucan, gave her a new appreciation and a deeper love and passion for the practice of yoga.
Believing that each class is a true honor to teach, a space to grow and create community, Misty brings her passion to each class she teaches, be prepared for challenges, light heartedness, and belonging.
Marie's first goal upon becoming a retired teacher was to complete the 9 week yoga training, which was accomplished fall, 2012. Now, not only does she continue to practice the core 26+ 3 times a week, she is also teaching the core 26+. Marie was drawn into the hot yoga core 26+ at 55 years of age. She says staying healthy is a challenge. Find balance, build strength, become calmer in life, and even get a cardiovascular workout for 90 minutes! Marie hopes to see you and meet you in class.
Mary Hoppe has been practicing yoga since 1982. It is the foundation for all aspects in her life. She has studied many types of yoga including Vinyasa Flow, Bikram, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Kundalini. She has a strong background in dance and is a professional dancer. She uses a hands-on approach to help guide her students to reach their full potential. She invites you to come from a relaxed place, finding grace and beauty in your yoga practice.
In 2008 she attended a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program with Dana Julius and also a Level 1 Certification with Core Power Yoga. Currently, she is continuing her training with Stacie and Sara at Odyssey Yoga and studying Thai Yoga massage. You can see more at Mary's website www.yogadancearts.com.
Allison Allison Rissel believes our physical health directly affects our mental and emotional well-being. She has been helping people achieve a healthier lifestyle through yoga, personal training & exercise since 2006. In 2009, Allison stumbled upon Bikram yoga and began regularly attending classes in Austin, TX. Her knee pain disappeared, her anxiety subsided and she fell in love with Bikram so much that she published three studies examining the pulmonary, cardiovascular, and psychological effects of Bikram yoga. Allison holds her master's degree in Exercise Science, and her extensive anatomy & biomechanics training have given her the tools to work with a variety of clients including seniors, athletes, teens, and those suffering from chronic pain. She strongly believes that yoga is adaptable for every body and that proper modifications and adjustments can help relieve current pain or prevent future damage.
Allison completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training with Camp Utopia is also the co-owner of the enLIGHTen program, a coaching program that helps individuals lose weight and gain more energy by learning healthy behaviors through the use of the yoga chakra system. When sheâ€™s not at Odyssey Yoga Studio, sheâ€™s either playing outside or traveling around the country training new yoga teachers. When you see Allison in classes or riding her bike around Longmont make sure to wave and say HI!
Originally from Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Yoga, teaching, health and fitness have always been a part of her life in some way! Competing competitively in high school and college in both track and cross country taught Brenda early about body awareness and becoming more efficient and effective overall as this awareness is increased. At University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where Brenda earned her undergraduate degree yoga became a crucial addition to her life as she desired to continue to runâ€¦without a yoga practice it was quickly discovered that injury was much more prone to happening! Taking several Iyenger classes at UWM gave Brenda a solid foundation from which to grow. Since then yoga has just grown for Brenda, not only in asana practice but in everyday lifeâ€¦you don't just do yoga, you live it!! :)
In 2004 Brenda Moved to CO, taking her first ever Bikram yoga classâ€¦90 minutes; 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises later she felt "right". She attended the Bikram yoga teacher training in the spring of 2010 and has been teaching ever since. "It has been such a valuable gift to share this practice with people of all sorts", she states! "It can work for all types of bodies and people, making it one of the most therapeutic practices ever". Brenda has helped beginners and advanced practitioners alike change their lives in so many ways: from rehabbing and healing injured athletes, to helping addicts give up what controls their lives; from helping others regain self-fulfillment to unveiling what a "painless" life can be.
In addition to teaching yoga Brenda is a wife, mother of two, an assistant teacher at a public Montessori School, and an avid athlete. Her love of activity and life organized around nature will guarantee you find her running, biking, hiking, or even camping in the mountains quite often. She is truly passionate about life and all that it can be if you only set your mind to it!!
She hopes to find YOU, on YOUR mat giving back to YOU, very soon.
"In order to be the best that you can be for others you have to take care of oneself first!"
Temple Hay is a RYT-Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, and is certified through the Seva Teacher Training, at Yoga Pod in Boulder. She lovingly infuses her classes with pranyama (intentional breath), asana (postures), mudras (seals), dristi (disciplined gazing), and bandas ( energy locks) with the timeless ancient yoga teachings in vinyasa, flow sequences that build strength, focus, balance, and flexibility.
Committed to the healing arts and wellness, Temple is a graduate of Goddard College in Vermont, studying multi-cultural healing, and an advance massage therapist, with sixteen years of practice. Understanding that body, mind, and spirit are one, be ready to explore, challenge, and radiate your divine being in her classes. All levels are welcome and encouraged!
Shannon DomÃ© (RYT 200) began her journey as a practitioner in 2010, making a serious connection with her yoga practice as she felt the benefits of Yoga both on and off the mat. She decided to become a teacher to share her knowledge and experience to empower and inspire others. Completing her first teacher training with Stacie Finucan, at Odyssey Yoga. Shannonâ€™s Vinyasa Flow style nourishes hidden strengths of her students while challenging them to reach there edge and depth in the practice. She loves to play with inversions and arm balances giving practitioners a chance to explore there truest possibilities. She has a great outlook on life and loves to make people laugh, grow and feel good about who they are and where they have been. Come ready to sweat in challenging postures and leave feeling empowered, inspired and energized.
After an adolescence of competitive sports, Kevin came to yoga in 2012, seeking flexibility and spinal health. In 2015, Kevin received his 200 hour education with Arjuna Yoga in Aspen. He returned home to Indiana to teach Vinyasa and Yin styles for a year, and now brings his practice to Colorado. As a Soccer and Lacrosse player, Yoga offered Kevin a different means of self expression. He eventually found that this self expression strengthened more than just the body. Among numerous mind, body and soul benefits, Yoga has taught Kevin patience, acceptance and perspective. He hopes to share his knowledge and experiences whilst learning from his students.
Students can expect an all-levels practice, with modifications for students wanting a more or less advanced practice. Kevin places emphasis on safety, sequencing and sound. He also hopes to share the yogic philosophy from multiple perspectives during his classes.
A late bloomer, Cathy started getting serious about yoga in her early 40's through Bikram yoga, then became interested in other styles, and before she knew what had happened, it was a full-blown addiction. She got her 200 hour RYT in May 2012 through Peak Beings Unified Yoga in Costa Rica (yeah, life is tough...); and she earned her Silver Age Yoga certification in the summer of 2014, a course that focuses on common conditions that affect the senior population and how to accommodate them in a yoga class. Cathy volunteers in the community to bring Silver Age Yoga and chair yoga to seniors at retirement facilities.. Her full time job is teaching preschool, where she incorporates yoga and mindfulness in her teaching. She teaches Kids Yoga and enjoys every minute of it! She loves the way kids can learn through fun and games, which keeps her young at heart, too.
When not teaching or practicing yoga, Cathy is a writer who travels as much as possible and shares her musings about yoga and other subjects for elephantjournal.com and on her personal blog.
I fell in love with yoga almost immediately. I found it challenging, fun, and relaxing, and was ignited by all the beautiful poses I saw other yogis doing. I dove deep into my practice, and would sometimes go to class twice a day. I was completely, and totally obsessed, but it wasn't until a trip to Thailand, that I realized teaching was the path of yoga I was meant to take.
I signed up for a silent meditation retreat, and one morning, the monk I was studying under, asked if I would lead the rest of the students in a short 30 minute yoga practice. I explained I was not a yoga teacher, but he insisted. How could I say no to this peaceful, joyful monk? After this impromptu class, I was overwhelmed with the positive responses from the students. I knew in that moment, teaching yoga was my calling.
I went on to receive my 200 hour yoga certification in Longmont, CO, and have been teaching, sharing, practicing and loving every second of it ever since. I love to challenge my students, while allowing them to go where their practice takes them.. giving them the freedom to fully embrace what their bodies are wanting in each moment.
Outside of yoga, I love to play with crystals, hike, explore, learn and hang out with my crazy kids. I am loving my Colorado life, and look forward to whatever may come my way!
Evanne has been practicing yoga since 2015 when she first pursued hot yoga to become stronger in other athletic activities. Since then, she has been hooked on all that yoga gives to her body, mind, and soul. She is passionate about many types of yoga including vinyasa, hot, acro, and buti. In 2017, she became certified to teach vinyasa from Odyssey Yoga. Her teaching style inspires students to give more than they thought they could in class, whether a beginning student or an advanced yogi. Outside of the studio, Evanne enjoys roller derby and singing.
Brion has been working with children and adults teaching gymnastics and yoga for the past 17+ years.
Brion has been practicing yoga and gymnastics for over 20 years and has coached competitive gymnasts as well as competed in both gymnastics & yoga competitions. His love of movement has led him to explore dance, martial arts & Thai massage which he is now certified in & has been working as a therapist for the past 8years. His love of movement has taken him all around the world to finally land here in sunny Colorado where he is happy exploring & helping other evolve in their own exploration of movement & health.
Bio coming soon!
Ruby Vesely is an enthusiastic Hatha yoga teacher who endeavors to make the practice welcoming, accessible, and fun for any student who attends her class. She fearlessly tried yoga the first time in 2006 for a 90-minute hot class (with absolutely no idea of what was in store for her). Ruby instantly fell in love, despite slightly freaking out from the intense heat and sweat! The experience was transformative and taught her the power of getting out of your head and into your body. Yoga started out for Ruby as a Saturday morning ritual (class followed by a large chai latte) and slowly transformed into a strong practice fueled by a deep belief that life is lighter when we connect our mind, heart, and body with yoga. In an effort to share this gift with other students, the journey led her to complete a 200-hour Yoga Alliance (RYT-200) certified teacher training at Odyssey Yoga in 2017 and most recently a Yin Yoga certification. Ruby is inspired by the Yoga Sutras, the teaching and writing of Baron Baptiste, and every teacher she has encountered throughout her practice. Ruby’s classes are both encouraging and challenging. Students will leave feeling grounded, loved, and inspired!