MARGOT

MARGOT

CO-FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER, TEACHER

Yoga is Margot’s first choice for integrating brain function and body action for the health and vitality of both. She teaches integrated, moving vinyasa flow yoga to all ages and experience levels. Her students often comment on the quality of her voice and how it helps them find a peaceful space for their yoga practice. Her gateway to yoga was recovery of whole body fitness after a significant ski accident and subsequent surgeries. Recovery is not linear and she had many stops and begin again moments on her path to having a regular yoga practice – this makes her very understanding of others with similar stops and starts to their exploration of yoga. Margot brings her scientist curiosity and knowledge with her to the yoga mat and uses brain research and trauma informed yoga practices to help her students find relief, confidence and calm in their practice. Margot is the daughter of a veteran and teaches to this population out of appreciation for their service. She is a co-Founder of Comeback Yoga, has been teaching since 2014 and is active on the Board of Comeback Yoga in every imaginable capacity.

NED

NED

CO-FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER, TEACHER

Ned is Co-founder of Comeback Yoga.  He started teaching yoga at the Denver VA Hospital and has loved his involvement there ever since.  Ned is also a student of yoga and is interested in the topics of trauma informed yoga, neuro-plasticity, brain research and imaging and attachment theory in early childhood development.  After becoming a Yoga Alliance certified teacher and completing more than 200 hours of additional yoga and related continuing education, Ned has taught more than 300 trauma informed yoga classes at the Denver VA Hospital facilities. Yoga classes taught by Ned are inviting, easily done by a variety of physical abilities, and fun.  He strives to provide a safe, relaxing and open environment in which to practice.  Students appreciate his emphasis on breath practices, body to mind connections and movement with breath poses.  His classes focus on the student’s attention to the present moment, becoming aware of one’s physical body, and practicing choice. 

KELLY

KELLY

PROGRAM DIRECTOR, TEACHER

Kelly Wulf is Comeback Yoga’s Program Director. Her job entails doing a lot of everything to keep a fledgling non-profit moving forward with focus, enthusiasm, energy and attention. Kelly is a Colorado native with deep attachment to the military derived from the service of her grandparents and husband. She has interviewed veterans for an award-winning film, has a Master’s Degree in European History, has traveled widely and is joining us from her position as Assistant Director at a small non-profit organization in Denver. When Kelly is not keeping Comeback Yoga running smoothly, she is volunteering her time to animal rescue efforts in the Denver metro area and spending time with her own pet family.

GLENNA

GLENNA

BOARD MEMBER

Glenna is a respected and long-time contributor in the Colorado community with a focus on education and not-for-profit service. Most recently, Glenna served as the President and CEO of the Colorado Education Initiative, whose mission is to accelerate educational improvement and innovation throughout Colorado. Glenna led the organization through strategic alignment and planning ensuring a strong foundation from which to continue the organization’s position as a leader in the Colorado education community. In addition, under her leadership, the organization secured a 3-year $9.75mm grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

DAN

DAN

Veteran, Teacher, Board Member

Dan is a Navy veteran who served in the Gulf War.  After active duty, and a short time in the private sector, he began a career in federal law enforcement.  If you told him at that time he would enjoy yoga, certainly his reaction would not have been positive.  However, one morning while lifting weights with a friend, they put a yoga program on in the background.  In between sets, he tried a few poses and couldn’t believe standing still could be so challenging. Due to chronic back pain, he decided to give yoga a try. Dan practiced yoga off and on, primarily on his own, for about fifteen years.  After moving to Denver two years ago, he joined VFW Post 1 and began practicing yoga there.  He discovered an inviting and fun atmosphere. Over time, he decided to become a teacher and serve his fellow vets. Dan’s spirit of yoga is enjoyment and celebration, so his classes are lighthearted and relaxed. He invites you to try yoga a few times like he did.  Perhaps you will experience the many benefits as well.

LAURIE K

LAURIE K

Teacher, Board Member

Somewhat new to Colorado by way of Alabama, Laurie came to yoga after years of being competitively athletic. She needed a place to nurture her body after having been so hard on it. Only after loss and the experience of grief did she find the therapeutic benefits of yoga. Her training through Integrative Yoga Therapy has been a way of combining her knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of yoga postures with her experience and wisdom of pranayama, meditation, mudras, and the body’s natural flow of energy. She is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher. Laurie also recently became certified in Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy. Laurie’s background includes work in behavioral health, chaplaincy, and a continued part-time work in education, with a B.A. in psychology and a Master’s in education. Her first book, Journal to the Center of the Soul, was published in 2009. She has written and published smaller pieces through various mediums. Laurie lives in Castle Rock with her recently retired husband, a Green Beret. 

PHYLLIS

PHYLLIS

Teacher, Board Member

Phyllis has been practicing yoga since 2002. She has been teaching since 2011 and has been working specifically with veterans since 2015. Her father was a veteran and she grew up in the military community. Sharing yoga with veterans allows her to honor her father, his role in her life, and his legacy as a Naval officer. In her classes, Phyllis offers peaceful instrumental music and gentle breathing guidance to both begin and end class. During the more active parts of class, she provides a combination of posture demonstration and verbal cues. She offers modifications on poses, to allow for differences and variations in each of our bodies. The class atmosphere is generally relaxed and fun. She supports and encourages each student, whether brand new to yoga or experienced with his or her own practice. She understands and appreciates that yoga feels different in every body, every day!

JODI

JODI

Teacher

Jodi received her 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified YTT at Trimurti Yoga, Canacona, India in January 2017. There she received multi-style training, rooted in traditional Indian philosophy with an international perspective. She currently represents buyers and sellers in her Denver real estate practice.  Previously, she managed intellectual property through patenting, licensing and business development roles at start-up companies and universities. She is concerned with a sense of separation between the American public and military.  She believes civilians have become insulated from the consequences of war while military members and their families carry an extraordinary burden.  

She states, “As a civilian, what can I do?  Yoga is one of the most valuable, healing, strengthening parts of my life and so by sharing it with veterans, I'm simply showing up and offering my best. “