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. 

LEROY

LEROY

Veteran, Teacher

LeRoy has practiced yoga a long time. He was drawn to teacher training with Amy Baker and joined Comeback’s corps of teachers in 2015. LeRoy is a veteran of the National Guard, a cyclist, former business owner and a calm, practical presence in the role of teacher in his yoga classes. LeRoy is currently teaching in the PTS(D) Residential Rehab Therapy program at the VA Hospital in Denver. 

MELISSA

MELISSA

Teacher

Melissa is an artist who expresses life as a dance through massage from several ancient modalities and practice in yoga, mantra, music, and meditation. She seeks to create a space where people feel comfortable to deeply feel and express themselves. Her journey to her center began with yoga.  She started practicing in high school finding personal growth and healing. She continued on to massage school and fell in love with Thai Massage in part due to its yogic roots. Traveling to follow her teacher, Melissa studied near and far for the past ten years, developing her skills and practicing as a massage therapist. Her path led to further study in Yoga and Ayurveda at Naropa University, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Traditional Eastern Arts. She now teaches in the PTS(D) Residential Rehab program at the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System’s facility in Denver as well as in the VA’s Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. Her studio classes are at Soul Tree Yoga in Boulder and Lafayette. Melissa’s Yoga Nidra practice (relaxing yoga sleep) is in the Online Practice section of our website.

MICHELLE

MICHELLE

Teacher

Life can be our greatest teacher- the good, the bad, and the otherwise. That is why Michelle has dedicated much of her time sharing her passion for yoga with people in need.  Her experiences teaching yoga to those who have lived through traumatic or stressful situations in the Canadian prison system as well as in Africa continue to fuel her desire to share her practice. She is a Wife, Mama-to-be and Yogi who loves movement and music. She has trained with many prominent yogis over the last 13 years and has plans to further her training in India in 2018.  Michelle loves spending her free time on adventures with her husband, Matt and their French bulldog, Obi. 

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!

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.

SHAUN

SHAUN

Veteran, Teacher

Shaun joined the Army at the malleable age of 17 and was in basic training at Ft. Banning, GA on September 11th, 2001. His first deployment, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, was less than 30 days after graduating from the U.S. Army Infantry school. He spent 2005/2006 in Iraq on a direct action deployment. In 2008, in an attempt to supplement his intense physical training regimen, he began practicing yoga at home with a video he got from a buddy. However, he didn’t actually step into a studio for an entire year. For several years he practiced yoga only as a means to an end. But in 2011 he broke his back in an air assault training accident that effectively ended his military career goals. After leaving active duty and medically retiring from the service, he was forced to face the things that he had ignored for years and in 2015 he completed the Denver VA’s PTSD rehabilitation program where he encountered trauma informed yoga led by Comeback Yoga. Through Kindness Yoga and Comeback Yoga Shaun was awarded a scholarship to become a certified yoga teacher, and during that training Shaun found something within him, or within the universe which further deepened his curiosity about yoga and it’s many benefits. Immediately after graduating YTT he began teaching community classes as well as volunteering at the VA teaching yoga to veterans in need; and after his son was born in May, he began teaching Baby & me yoga as well. He will tell you that above all, yoga has been the most helpful for him in his physical recovery from traumatic injury, and the recovery from the mental toll war can take on a soul. When you come to Shaun’s class you can expect an authentic personality with nothing to hide, and everything to share. Shaun’s life experiences and training in vinyasa yoga, trauma informed yoga, and postnatal yoga has helped him form challenging, yet achievable classes that will connect breath with movement in a safe environment.