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. “

DRE

DRE

Veteran, Teacher

Dre Rivera is a native of Florida and an Army Veteran. He recently moved to Denver in March of 2017 with his husband Chad and their two dogs (Allie and Flash). His Yoga journey began in August of 2015 after herniating his L5 disk during Crossfit. Though suggested by his chiropractor to begin Yoga, he refused. In January of 2016, still in pain, Dre decided to follow the doctors suggestion and began his Yoga practice. Claiming to come initially for the pain in his lower back; he stays thanks to the spiritual and mental clarity gifted to him by Asana practice. His passion for Yoga led him to apply for Comeback Yoga’s veteran scholarship to attend yoga teacher training. He was awarded the scholarship in 2017 and completed the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training through Kindness Yoga here in Denver in March of 2018. Dre’s hope and mission - to help others obtain the same physical, emotional and spiritual liberation through the Yoga practice. Dre teaches Veterans because he wants to give back to the community that has sacrificed so much for the freedom we all have today.

KIM

KIM

Teacher

A former professional ballet dancer, Kim was drawn to yoga’s therapeutic properties over ten years ago when she rediscovered her relationship with her body through yoga. Kim has been teaching in the Denver area since 2012 and has quickly skyrocketed as an emerging teacher leading public workshops and trainings for yoga teachers and health and wellness professionals. 

im specializes in Adaptive Yoga.  She is keenly aware of how yoga transforms the body and mind, opens the heart and soothes the spirit. She seeks to make the tremendous healing properties of yoga accessible to all.  Infused with themes on spirituality and energy work, Kim is interested in using the physical practice as a gateway to a deeper connection with the subtle body. 

im sees beyond the body to the energy within waiting to be released.  Participants learn how to live with more ease and relief, less pain and struggle.

CHRIS

CHRIS

Veteran, Teacher

Christopher Jennings, Ed.D is a Yogi, RYT 200, who wants to help people become better learners, enhance the creative process and overcome trauma caused by stress. He is a Veteran of the US Army having served in Panama during Operation Just Cause and during Operation Desert Storm. He earned his terminal degree at the University of Wyoming for Instructional Technologies. Chris completed his Yoga Teacher Training certification and he practices regularly at Asana Yoga Studio in Olde Town Arvada, Colorado. Finally, Chris is an Associate Professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication where he successfully integrates meditation practices into his course materials to help with his student's study practice, paper writing and creativity.

BRET

BRET

Veteran, Teacher

Being a veteran himself and understanding the discomfort some people feel walking into a yoga studio, Bret is a natural fit for teaching to veterans. His belief that yoga is a gift that should be taken to and shared with people make his class a welcoming and safe environment for people who otherwise might not try yoga. Bret’s classes offer a challenging yet not too strenuous combination of breath and movement that is easily adapted to all experience levels. Combining his knowledge of yoga, military lingo and humor make his classes a fun and enjoyable experience. Bret currently teaches regularly at the Golden VA and VFW Post 1 and he is always looking for new places and new faces to teach. 

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.

JANNELL

JANNELL

Teacher

Jannell relocated to the Front Range area in2014. She has taught a variety of styles of yoga for more than fifteen years. She has been trained in medically-based yoga therapy. She works with people who have experienced trauma and injury who are now in VA hospitals and other healing facilities. She strives to obtain the state of mind, including thought, action, feeling and speech that is totally dedicated to others. Teaching yoga is a passion and a calling which is one pathway to achieving this. When you meet Jannell on or off the mat, you know that you have met someone who has suffered and survived and she offers that determination and inner kindness to her students. 

JARELL

JARELL

Veteran, Teacher

Jarell is a Marine Corps veteran, student, father and yoga teacher. He co-founded the VFW Post 1 yoga program that was eventually adopted by Comeback Yoga. You often hear students talk or post on social media about leaving a Jarell class feeling re-grounded and centered. You will find him at VFW Post 1 – check out the calendar.