MATT W.

MATT W.

Veteran, Teacher

Matthew is the outreach manager and leads the Outreach and Communications team at the Cohen Military Family Clinic. In this role, he ensures the Cohen Clinic maintains strong partnerships and connections to and within the Denver veteran community, including veteran service organizations (VSO’s), military installations, veterans and their families.  He believes that collaboration must override the drive for competition among Veteran Service Organizations in order for the veteran population to thrive. Matthew is also a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran, and has worked in veteran services since 2012. He is a Comeback Yoga scholarship recipient and currently teaches at the Cohen Military Family Clinic.


LAURALYNN

LAURALYNN

Teacher

LauraLynn Jansen, MHEd., CPCC, E-RYT began practicing yoga almost three decades ago as part of her healing regime to cope with a cancer diagnosis. Surviving cancer gave her a thirst to live life to its fullest leading her to obtain a master's degree in Integrative Health Education. After a fifteen-year period of personal immersion into Yoga she attained a teaching certification while traveling in India. Her aim for any one who practices with her is a discovery of empowerment and fun. She has offered Yoga to diverse student populations from cancer patients to at-risk youth and military members to individuals recovering from injuries. Over the last decade she has turned her focus of study to mindfulness, breath attention, proper core engagement, alignment, and a practical life-supporting philosophy. LauraLynn teaches in the Denver VA system.

MICHELLE R.

MICHELLE R.

Teacher

Michelle began her yoga journey in 2013, when working through her own challenges she discovered the potential healing properties of the practice. This fueled her passion for exploring yoga as a therapeutic tool, as she went on to study yoga, meditation, and psychology at Naropa University in Boulder. Michelle completed her RYT 200 at Earth Yoga Boulder, and has completed additional trainings on trauma-sensitive yoga and yoga therapy for anxiety and depression.

Michelle enjoys creating classes that allow for personal exploration of the body and mind in a way that invites appropriate challenge, curiosity, and transformation. She believes that healing can be found in reconnecting to our bodies, breath, and emotions when we approach ourselves with kindness, patience, and persistence. She is a firm believer that yoga is for everybody, and aims to tailor her classes in a way that reflects this belief. Michelle has been described by her students as warm and relatable, as well as creative and clear. You can find Michelle teaching at the Golden VA, the VA Jewell Clinic, and other locations around Denver and Boulder.

MICHELLE D.

MICHELLE D.

Teacher

Michelle moved to Colorado in 2014, leaving behind her a busy corporate career to dedicate herself to the teaching of yoga and yoga therapy. She is an outdoor person and has found her groove in mountain living with her husband and cat. Michelle has been practicing yoga for 18 years and teaching for 8.

500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga 4 Life (Para Yoga) and nationally graduated in Yoga Therapy in 2018, Michelle uses the principles of alignment, to restore balance, increase strength and manage personal awareness. She adapts smooth, yet powerful yoga techniques, movement, breath work, meditation and relaxation to mindful grounding, postural ease with a deep connection of the heart wisdom. She currently works actively in medical clinics as a Yoga Therapist. She additionally  chose to teach the military community to give back to those who have given so much for us and because they have the right above all for the best care and help to live a peaceful life.  Through the practice of yoga they can find awareness of their body and calmness of their mind. 

JESSICA

JESSICA

Teacher

As a psychologist and yoga teacher, I believe that healing and health means taking care of both the mind and the body, as well as the interaction between the two. Yoga helps us to be present in both of these aspects of ourselves, allowing us to notice and accept ourselves for who we are. I believe teaching yoga means holding space for that process, whatever that may mean for each individual. Military veterans deserve this avenue to explore self-understanding more than anyone as they have often put their minds and bodies through more than most of us ever will. It is a privilege to provide yoga to veterans and to serve those who have served our country. 

SUSAN

SUSAN

Teacher

Susan's Indian heritage immersed her in yoga from an early age, and she became passionate about sharing and teaching yoga as an adult. She enjoys meeting students where they are, offering them techniques and suggestions from the wide variety of her personal experience and professional training. Her students frequently comment on her calm presence, her range of knowledge, and her ability to provide an environment which allows for easeful space. She leads workshops, Yoga Teacher Trainings, and classes in the Denver Metro area.

Susan's partner is a Veteran and a yogi, and that inspiration gave her the desire to help other Veterans through Comeback Yoga. You can find her teaching in the Denver VA system and local Vet Centers.

SARAH

SARAH

Veteran, Teacher

Sarah Plummer Taylor, MSW, is the owner of Semper Sarah®, author of Just Roll With It, and co-founder of the yoga program at VFW Post 1. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and her Master's in Social Work from the University of Denver. Previously a Captain in the US Marine Corps and five-time Military Olympic athlete, today Sarah is a speaker, consultant, behavioral health researcher, resiliency coach and trainer as well as a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She leads wellness and yoga retreats, runs a private holistic health counseling practice, plays Aussie Rules Football at the national level and teaches a regular slate of yoga classes. Sarah originally began practicing yoga sporadically in college to deal with overtraining injuries from sports and ROTC; it wasn't until her second deployment to Iraq that the life-saving and healing qualities of the practice most deeply impacted her. From that deployment forward, Sarah knew one day she wanted to offer the option of yoga to as many fellow military members and veterans as she could. You can find Sarah out in the world at www.sempersarah.com and in the Online Classes portion of our website. You can find Sarah teaching Comeback Yoga classes at VFW Post 1 in Denver.

HOLLY

HOLLY

Teacher

Holly has been practicing yoga since the early 2000's and yoga has truly become a huge part of her life. Athletics have always been a large part of her life, from running cross country and track in her younger years, to rowing college crew, and growing up skiing in Colorado with family. It was skiing that eventually brought her to moving to this beautiful state from Chicago. Holly attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and in 2010 moved to Vail with her amazing husband, Ryan and their dogs Luna & Cowboy and Peca. She also has a ferocious cat named Monster. She has taken multiple 200 yoga teacher trainings and is also a Master Reiki Practitioner and Life Coach. She wants to inspire, heal, and help people be open to their biggest and best selves on and off their mat. She loves snowboarding, hiking, cooking, reading and getting creative! Holly teaches Comeback Yoga classes in the Vail Valley.