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.

LAUREN

LAUREN

Teacher

Lauren began practicing yoga in 2012 while living in Detroit. She moved to Denver in 2013 and began a more regular, and consistent practice. The practice of yoga helped her maintain strength and balance on and off the mat. Lauren has worked as an ICU nurse for 6 years, and is currently obtaining her Master's degree in psychiatric nursing. She is interested in the way yoga can change the brain, and make a positive impact on behavioral patterns. Despite the complexity of neurologically based changes that occur when practicing yoga, Lauren emphasizes the simplicity of using breath and movement to simply feel better. Lauren believes that real change can, and does, happen on the mat if you are consistent. Her goal is to guide you in a safe, challenging, and enjoyable practice for all levels and abilities!

AMY

AMY

Teacher, Board Member

Amy is an eternal student of yoga, and is inspired daily by the notion that self inquiry and education lead to personal evolution. She believes that a strong, sweaty, challenging physical practice, with great tunes provides the opportunity for piercing introspection. She also believes that yoga is to be shared with all with no prerequisite. Each yoga practice is different and it is Amy's goal to create space and modifications for all. She teaches from a place of personal experience and wisdom, but asks that her students discover their own truths. In classes she brings a contagious lighthearted humor and a wonderful charisma to keep things flowing. There is no pretense; no judgment... leave your expectations at the door and come laugh, play, and take the opportunity to look inward with each class and discover what makes you come alive so that you can go out into the world and do just that.

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. 

KELLY G

KELLY G

Teacher

9-11 affected Kelly greatly. Watching first responders run toward the danger and having been married to a firefighter, she knew the toll those actions were going to take.  Watching young men and women go off to war in response to that attack gave her that similar feeling in her gut - it was going to take a big toll on those serving. Kelly knows what long term exposure to traumatic experiences can do to a person because she is a survivor of chronic childhood trauma. While those battles are not similar, some of the results seemed to be.  

Sometimes life sends messages in the strangest forms and Kelly's came in a short series of seemingly unrelated events.  They all pointed her in the same direction - teaching yoga to those who had experienced traumatic events.  Kelly wants to share her knowledge of how yoga can help heal the seen and unseen wounds of trauma.  Her classes are a mix of slow flow yoga, yin yoga, breath work and iRest yoga nidra.  If it's the right time and life is sending you a message, Kelly hopes you will join her in your yoga journey.