Teachers

Teachers

Yoga West Community is home to a handful of eclectic walks of life. Our teachers are made up of knowledgeable and skillful individuals who specialize in specific training to offer you the best learning experience out there. Through their grounded principals, we give you an auspicious opportunity to unite with your inner & outer truths.

If you are interested in joining the Yoga West Community as an instructor email info@yogawestcommunity.com or call 970.255.9642

Our Current Teachers Are:

Dea Jacobson has taught classes, workshops and private sessions in Western Colorado since 1995.  She is a registered member of the Yoga Alliance at the  E-RYT 500 level and has been a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) since 1999.  She was published in the IAYT Journal on the subject of insurance reimbursement for yoga and was featured in the Fibromyalgia Health Letter.  She holds a Level 1 Certification in BioSomatics and was certified in 2011 as an N’Balance trainer by the Consortium for Older Adult Wellness (COAW). Her teaching has been influenced by Iyengar teachers Elise Miller and Judith Lasater and by the intuitive work of Angela Farmer and Donna Farhi. She has been studying and practicing yoga for over 30 years.  Phone: 970-210-8587   Website: www.blueheronyoga.com

Don Morehouse started practicing Tai Chi in 1991 under the Taoist Tai Chi group in Fairbanks AK and taught beginner classes for two years, returning to Grand Junction in 1998. Here he joined Roger Skiles studying under Alex Dong. He also attended 18 years of Westwater Intensive camps led by Alex and started teaching again in 2007 through the present.

Morgan Stults has been practicing and studying yoga since she turned 18. She has trained in Paonia, Costa Rica, and Glenwood, and is always looking to improve her skills. She is also a massage therapist, dancer, & dream-board mentor. She is on a mission to help people find awareness, and live healthier lives through the art of yoga and meditation.
Phone: 970-312-4944   Email: morganstults1554@outlook.com

Joseph Rolley  is also the founder and innovator of YoGong, a mindbody system for personal healing and growth combining Yoga, Qigong and bodywork. Joseph’s classes and workshops include Intuitive Yoga, Bliss Meditation, YoGong Bodywork and Sound Magic Retreat. Email: josephrolley@yahoo.com  Phone: 970-589-0288

Kim St. Germain was trained in Integral Yoga at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville in Virginia.  Kim has been practicing yoga and meditation for many years, too many to count.  She loves to expand her consciousness and live life more joyfully. Her purpose in life is to be a place of love and inspiration for all others.   Email: ksaint@q.com

LaVaun O’Conner has been studying meditation for years. In 2011 and 2013 she completed two teacher training programs allowing her to facilitate and teach various levels of classes, sharing this inner wisdom. She has been teaching Beginning and Intermediate classes in Meditation since December 2011. She has attended numerous meditation retreats and other workshops helping to deepen her practice. LaVaun maintains a regular and consistent meditation practice and acts as a helpful resource, facilitating guided meditation techniques for those new to meditation and also those who have been meditating for years. Contact: lavauno@outlook.com

Leah Kenyon is a student of the divine nature of human sexuality. She began with the teachings of modern pioneers of western (sex-based) Tantra, including John Maxwell Taylor, Mare Simone, Charles Muir and Leah Alchin. Her recent studies are the eastern (spiritually-based) Tantra teachings of Tantric Kriya Yoga, as taught  by Sunyata Saraswati and Bodhi Avinasha. Bringing east and west together, Leah facilitates experiential Tantra, meaning exercises are for the practitioner, not the other way around. Therefore, her teaching style encourages participants to work at their own pace, in full awareness of their own experiences.  Email: leah@pabstfamily.net

Nikki Williams has been a yogi ever since her first class, where she rolled a mat out in the back corner of the room with no idea what she was getting into. She calls it “Love at first Savasana”. Her love and appreciation of the practice, guided her to a Yoga Teacher Training to dive deeper and to learn to share the practice with others. She truly honors that we are all one and the same and focuses on being in the present moment.
Phone: 970-640-2319

Sarah McCarthy began her journey of body awareness through dance from the age of nine through her early twenties. Her transition to the yoga mat was a result of her search for a spiritual connection to the movement. The foundation of her practice and training began in the hazy hills of the Pacific Northwest and her mental and physical boundaries were challenged through Vipassana meditation in Nepal and Iyengar yoga training in Rishikesh, India. Sarah began to teach yoga when living in Belize and finds no greater joy than offering a space for others to heal themselves. Come explore the great paradox of yoga: finding stillness through movement, and let the lessons of our practice flow into our daily lives.
Email: smccarthy423@gmail.com  Cell: 970-260-3859

Rick Anderson is a retired fish biologist with a long interest in meditation and a continuing daily practice.  His experience in meditation includes studying with teachers from both eastern and western traditions.  His formal training is primarily in Rinzai Zen, he was ordained a monk in the Los Angeles based Rinzai-Ji Buddhist group in 2011.  Rick also a strong interest in healing energy work and tai chi.   The basic meditation class is for all levels and the aim is to provide a quiet and calm space to facilitate deeper meditation experiences.   The class includes general instruction and discussion. Rick is a certified instructor for Level 1 Qigong from the Supreme Science Qigong Center.  Website: qiactivation.com

Sherry Cole is of The Global Heart and has led meditations, visioning circles and life rituals for individuals and groups over the past ten years in Grand Junction.  Her personal intention this year has been to nurture greater understanding and appreciation for everyone with whom she comes in contact.

Terry Catlin has been dancing and teaching belly dance for over 20 years and for the last 15 years she has been leading Women’s Tribal Fusion. With extensive training in cabaret, tribal fusion and other belly dance disciplines, she blends styles into a form of sacred women’s dance designed to increase strength and flexibility using dance as a way to support the beauty and personal growth of adult women of all ages and types.
Phone: 970-260-6639  Email: terry_catlin@hotmail.com

Terry Talbot is a registered nurse and pharmacist for over 33 years.  She is available to provide individualized health care education and coaching to empower clients to reach their health care goals. Terry is also able to step outside the traditional medical model and helps clients explore underlying causes of disease and help review alternatives as well as review medication profiles. Terry has studied and used Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils for over 12 years to improve health, support emotions and body energies for herself, friends, family and animals.  Terry attended and learned Raindrop Therapy in Guagequil, Ecuador at the Nova Vita Center. Terry is available to provide Raindrop Therapy using therapeutic grade essential oils. Terry has completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Academy of Yoga with Monica Cullinane based in the Iyengar tradition.  Terry is very excited to be offering beginning yoga classes on Tuesdays for Chair Yoga and Easy Yoga on Thursdays with the goal of flexibility, vitality and relief from pain and stress.  Phone: 970-314-7718  Email: horsefantasy@msn.com

Heidi Kitchen is an ACE Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and avid mountain biker.  Heidi has been a fitness instructor for nearly a decade and is adept at teaching exercise form and technique that is appropriate for all fitness levels.  A mind body strategist, Heidi believes that transformation begins with the alignment and balance of body with spirit.  Phone 970-985-9609 Email: heidiranae2009@gmail.com

Tasia Martinez has been practicing yoga for over 4 years with in-depth studies of Hatha, Vinyasa, and children’s yoga. While acquiring her bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology at Colorado Mesa University, she realized the importance of a holistic approach to health and wellness to heal the mind and body. With the integration of key psychological principles and techniques, she uses yoga and meditation to promote self-care without relying on traditional Western methods. Currently, her focus is introducing young children to the concepts and practice of yoga using Kidding Around Yoga songs and games. She hopes to soon expand her classes with an emphasis on teens and addictions recovery. Email: NamasTasiaYoga@yahoo.com  Website: NamasTasiaYoga.com