Alana Lee began her journey in movement at the age of 3 with dance which then evolved into gymnastic, diving, cheerleading & partner acrobatics. Alana took her first yoga class at the age of twelve. Then after completing her competitive collegiate career at the University of Central Florida, she returned to yoga because she realized she needed to move her body for the rest of her life but in a mindful way. Through yoga she was able to overcome many challenges that she had faced in her athletic career & learned to connect to herself & love her body.
Alana has been teaching movement for over 20 years to all ages & levels. She has led workshops in Yoga & Fitness all over the world and is certified in 20 different formats & modalities, hatha, vinyasa flow, power yoga, mommy & me, kids yoga, Cardio Flow, SculptWorks, Antigravity Ariel yoga & AirBarre, Pole, Lyra, ballet barre fitness, Pilates, Acrobatics, Acro Yoga, TRX suspension trainer & RIP trainer, UrbanKick Cardio kickboxing, JumpSport trampoline Fitness, Pound, Pon De Flo Caribbean Dance, ecstatic dance, Spin, hands on healing, energy healing, transformational breath work & more. Since 2006 she has been teaching Yoga & Fitness as her full time career in Boston, Los Angeles & San Francisco. She was the NorCal regional Sculptworks Teacher Trainer for YogaWorks, lead regional group fitness Teacher Trainer for Crunch, & lead Trainer for Wee Yogis Kids Yoga teacher training program. In her spare time, she plays violin in a band & she performs partner acrobatics & AcroYoga all over the world. Her joy is sharing her passion for mind-body awareness with others & helping to make the world a better place one deep breath at a time.
Colton has been an athlete since a very young age. Basketball, soccer & baseball were his sports growing up, all culminating with his collegiate baseball career at Hawaii Pacific University. Colton loves a challenging workout so he was naturally drawn to CrossFit. After many years of working very hard & having many injuries Colton was able to heal his body through yoga. Colton & Alana have made acroyoga their workout and a fun time to interact together. Colton loves to train hard & teach others to do the same but with proper form & technique with an emphasis on stretching & recovery so that one has longevity in their practice whatever that may be.
Alana Grier, LMT, RYT, CPC, ChT. Alana G has been practicing Yoga for 30 years and teaching stress management/mindfulness and Yoga for 15 years. She offers Integrative Health Coaching, Medical Massage and Individual Yoga/Mindfulness support at her office in Taos Primary care Clinic. She enjoys teaching at UNM-Taos for the 200 Hour Yoga Instructor and Holistic Health Certificate Programs. Alana teaches multiple movement methodologies as an integrative approach to health and wellness, to empower you with the knowledge and tools you need to reach your fitness goals including Pilates, Yoga, and Tribal Fusion Bellydance.
Alana G. is also a professionally trained dancer who began studying Matriarchal Belly Dance in 1986. Since then she has danced through five pregnancies & births. She began teaching Belly Dance for birth preparation in 1995. Over the last 28 years she has studied different forms of belly dance. Tribal fusion is her favorite. She has been enjoying building a supportive community for women of all ages and phases of life through dance for the last few years in Taos and hopes to watch this community grow at the High Frequency Loft.
Nicknamed the “Rhythm Ambassador” by dance fanatics, Julia Daye is a global house DJ and movement facilitator in wild love with dance and timeless rhythm. Crowds can’t help but move to these infectious grooves as her rich musical journeys defy time and locale, symphonizing a globe of age-old vibrant humanity into one moving expression of beat.
A catalyst for dance spaces across New York City since 2012, Julia is the founder of the Brooklyn-based community ecstatic dance and DJ project, Movement is Free, spinning at festivals and venues across the US, including the FIGMENT Festival in New York City, Sister Winds Festival, StarTribe, and Tribal Visions.
In 2014, Julia co-founded the ongoing DJ dance party series, Rhythm Nation, as well as Taos New Mexico’s first Ecstatic Dance chapter. Julia moves dance floors at festivals, clubs, events, yoga studios, and private parties. She has shared the stage with such greats as Kaminanda, Narkatta, Desert Dwellers and many others. A vibrant pillar in the get-down-and-get-sweaty scene, Julia Daye delivers a shaking soundscape that is guaranteed to make your cells bounce.
A lifelong dancer and musician, Julia comes from the traditions of West African Dance and Drum, Contemporary Movement, Movement Improvisation, and Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms. She attended the Eastman School of Music and the University of Ghana School of Performing Arts in West Africa. She has taught as an AFAA certified dance fitness instructor as well as a dynamic movement facilitator for movers of all ages and abilities. As a teaching artist, Julia celebrates music and movement as one—the exploration of inner and outer landscapes through one’s own embodied re-creation of rhythm.
Yoga is a practice of remembering and yoking with one's natural self. Leia hopes to share what she has discovered within her own practice: reconnecting to our body, deepening awareness, improving relationships, and discovering the spaciousness within oneself.
While in San Francisco, Leia had the opportunity to study various styles of Vinyasa and Classical Yoga. She began studying and teaching at Yoga To The People and continued her studies with Erika Trice & Lakshmi Norwood of YogaWorks. As her practice unfolded, she began mindfulness practices with Stacie Overby & philosophy with Chase Bossart of Yoga Well Institute. Presently, she studies with Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM with Tias Little & Surya Little, allowing her to cultivate a language of yoga that articulates the body in asana and pranayama while weaving in the exploration & study of sutras, poetry, and myth.
Heather Promise is a perpetual scholar whose commitment to yoga is the guiding force in her personal, professional, and academic pursuits. Her dedication to yoga has spanned the last 18+ years, and she has been teaching for eleven of those years. Heather has earned a YAECP® and an E-RYT500® credential with Yoga Alliance and has experience teaching to diverse and special populations. She teaches Hatha yoga, primarily, but is well versed in a variety of yogic traditions and styles. She is currently developing yoga curriculum for elementary age children here in Taos.
Professionally, Heather Promise Ricciardi, MLSt., E-RYT 500, YACEP is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Therapeutic Practitioner, specializing in Alternative and Holistic Mental Healthcare Modalities.
Yamuna Devi, CYT, TY YTT has been teaching the Yogic Arts and Sciences for 30 years, including Hatha, Raja, Karma, Bhakti and Nada Yoga, as well as the vibrational aspects of Sanskrit. A Reiki Master, Yamuna corrected her own scoliosis and rotated pelvis, and intuitively understands the needs and how to best work with each individual student, helping to identify and overcome perceived limitations and obstacles. She is truly in her element when she is sharing knowledge with those who are hungry. She has taught around the US, India and Crete and was an original cofounder of the Three Rivers Yoga Institute, where she also trained teachers for 12 years. Yamuna is also a potter, Animal Communicator, Kirtan Singer and Dog Mom to three rescues.
Enthusiasm to love your life is contagious around Adi. Her passion connects people to their own joyful potential, cultivating purpose, insight, and self-love, developing the seed of curiosity that empowers transformation creating sustainable change.
Having a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the Instituto National de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, provides Adi with the different perspectives to create with what is available, allowing the joyful flow to expand.
Adi's core background has been in Bhakti Yoga (service) and Art. Initiated by the Vaisnava lineage, becoming a preacher in India for 2 years gave her a solid background that leads her to be a creative teacher, using analogy, metaphor and poetry to manifest a meaningful experience for her students.
She also has worked with children and special populations through Adi Yoga & Art format that offers developmental reinforcement for fine and gross motor skills, confidence, behavior shift, problem solving and desicion making.
Owner of Golden Labyrinth Health and Healing. Carly has been practicing shamanic methods since she was a little girl, and strongly believes that we each are capable of knowing in different ways. Carly will help you to trust in your intuitive abilities and guide you in a safe and informative way into those dark places that are ready to be seen. Carly has a psychic sensibility that will allow you to experience for yourself the truth and wisdom that your soul wants to express. She has been working with clients for the past several years. Carly has also studied Chinese Medicine, Medical Qigong massage, Herbalism, Jungian Dream psychology, Death Rites, and Certified Shamanic counselor. www.GoldenLabyrinth.com
Corrina Llopart aka Ms. Coco Blu
Miss Coco Blu started her burlesque journey in 2013. Ms. Blu is self taught dancer, and found burlesque by accident. From the moment she stepped into her first class, it was love at first movement. After 3 years of training and performing, Coco founded the local performing dance troupe Coco's Hen House (True Taos Burlesque).
Burlesque provides a positive outlet for women (and men) to embrace their sensual side on a very different level. It's about feeling safe in your body. As the magnificent Dita Von Teese says ''It's not about seducing men, it's about embracing womanhood.''
Hannah has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and teaching for 5 after gaining her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training under Kirstie Segarra at UNM-Taos. She has completed extensive CEU’s in yoga therapy, pre-natal, and partner yoga. Hannah also practices massage therapy and has achieved a high level of healthcare education as a paramedic and wilderness EMT with a Bachelor’s in Integrative Health from UNM. She also enjoys the circus life as a traveling stilter here in town and nationally with Revolving Door Circus.
Julian was born and raised in Taos. He has hit a few stumbling blocks in his life and natural medicine has really helped get him back on his feet. He is a certified electrician and currently does earthwork for a living.
In 2014 at UNM Taos he started learning about herbology, reiki, chinese medicine and taichi, yoga, ayurveda, homeopathy, and other classes that have changed the trajectory of his life. Most of the knowledge he shares came from classes at UNM or other places.