Meet Ann Cushman - Hatha Yoga Instructor, RYT-200
Welcome to Yoga 101!
I attended my first yoga class in the late 1990’s. Like many people, I was over worked and over stressed working a full-time job as a mortgage professional and caring for a blended family of five. In the evening, I noticed I was turning to food and alcohol to soothe the pain of living in a chronic state of stress. When I found yoga, I found a healthy way to comfort myself while working on my overall well being.
I continued my yogic journey by trying many different styles of yoga including Bikram, Hatha, Hot Power Vinyasa, and Restorative. In 2008, I decided to become a certified yoga teacher to bring the practice of yoga to others as it was so graciously given to me.
I received my Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification RYT-200 Hatha Yoga Style in 2008 from Clinix Healing Center in Denver, an alternative medicine center.
In the past 6 years I worked as a Yoga Instructor at Inner Connections Yoga in Castle Rock, Colorado. Specializing in teaching Gentle and Beginner/Intermediate Yoga to adults and seniors wanting a meditative practice to help manage the stress and chaos of daily living.
I am a new resident of the East Mountain Community arriving here in December 2015.
Please join me for Hatha style yoga using asana, breath work, and meditation to facilitate healing mind, body, and spirit.
Meet Frank Cecelic - Sivananda Yoga Instructor, RYT-200
Gopala is my Spiritual Name, which means protector of cows.
I was introduced to yoga by my lovely wife in 2003 while living in Okinawa, Japan.
I was originally trained in Martial Art and saw myself as a “Martial Artist” in Taekwondo and Wing Chun Kung-Fu, but was seeking a more peaceful approach and changed my mantra from “fighting” to yoga.
Martial Art is similar to yoga in the sense that you must master the breath to control the body and mind. However these styles did not give me the state of mind that I longed for to find calm that I achieve with yoga.
In my quest to find a Guru, various travels took me to Thailand, Bali, and Japan. Ultimately I studied at Sivananda Yoga Ashram in the Bahamas to start my journey as a Yogi, and completed their Yoga Alliance Certification 200 hour (RYT-200) training.
This emphasizes was on Pranayama (breathing), meditation, Kriyas (cleansing), relaxation Savasana, and Asanas (postures).
After 13 years of residing and working in Okinawa on mainland Japan, my wife and I recently relocated to the East Mountains of Albuquerque, NM to find permanence where I can continue my teaching.
My classes are geared to all levels as I do adjustments of postures to accommodate the student's abilities. My goal is to have students come away with a sense of calm and relaxation after each class. Participants are on their own path...and I’d like to think of myself as their guide. It is my hope that through a continued practice you will forever grow in the spiritual aspect of Yoga. There is so much more than Asanas to Yoga. I would love to help guide you on your journey.