Maitri Yoga is honored to have the finest yoga instructors around. They are kind, caring, compassionate, non-judgmental and so welcoming to students of all ability levels.
Mindy Arbuckle, E-RYT 500, Founder of Maitri Yoga Center
Mindy Arbuckle, E-RYT 500, YACEP, founder of Maitri Yoga Center and author of 7 Steps to Happy, has been practicing and teaching yoga since the late 90’s. Her teaching style is based in spreading the knowledge and heart of yoga in an accessible way. Mindy’s deep love of yoga enables her to be compassionate, caring, peaceful, dedicated and generous in her life, with her students and leading this amazing Maitri Community. By listening to her students and to herself she’s able to apply universal knowledge to practical goals of this world including health, family life and business. Mindy believes in the power of yoga for every person and is skilled at finding the right yoga practices for each individual rather than a student fitting into a particular style of yoga. She is fully committed to being a healer, teacher, wife, mother, entrepreneur and yogini while remaining down to earth and connected to source.
Irene Doherty, LMT RPP RYT. I began my yoga journey in New York where my first instruction was at the age of 14. It was not until I had a career in massage therapy that I began a focused practice in yoga. I was looking for relief from physical, mental and emotional wear and tear and found it in yoga. Within a few years I entered my first teacher training program and in March 2012 I came to complete my 500-hour certification at the Yoga Polarity Center, Malverne NY. After 10 years of working in the field of bodywork and yoga in New York I have transported myself to Colorado to continue. The 8 Limbed Path is the foundation of each class I teach, allowing us to transform our asana into a moving meditation. The greatest influences for me are Sri T. Krishnamacharya’s Vinyasa, Iyengar, Kundalini and Yoga Nidra. My studies in Polarity Therapy have encouraged me to weave all classes with the concept of how the 5 Elements of air, fire, water, earth and ether influence us both within and without. The practice of yoga allows me to process my world in a peaceful way, aligned with Spirit so that I may be inspired to live in my truth. This is the intention I hold, both as a student and a teacher of yoga.
Rhonda Williams, RYT. Rhonda is a Colorado native. She loves the outdoors, including hiking, rock climbing, ice climbing and biking. When Rhonda first tried yoga 10 years ago she couldn’t relax her body or calm her mind. She was more interested in strenuous cardio exercise. She came back to her mat around the time that her Dad was dying of cancer. This time she began discovering the body, mind, and spiritual aspects of yoga. Yoga became her life raft during this difficult time in her life. She left her high tech job to pursue her new passion. She continues to learn and expand her yoga through self-study, workshops, and trainings. Rhonda has also been training to become a holistic health coach. As a trained health coach and yoga teacher, she plans on creating a supportive environment that will enable you to achieve your health and wellness goals. She is dedicated to living yoga on and off the mat. Rhonda’s goal is to serve the community and share the gifts of yoga and well being.
Delara Marchbank, RYT. Delara LOVES helping people live a more vibrant and fulfilling life! She began practicing yoga as a way to relieve stress and soon realized how yoga creates greater capacity for facing life’s challenges with grace and ease. She has studied a variety of yoga traditions for the past 12 years and started teaching in 2008. That same year, her experience with Kripalu yoga ignited a passion. Delara completed her certification at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200). She received her Yoga Nidra certification by studying with the world-renown Kamini Desai at the Southwest Institute for Healing Arts. As a teacher, Delara incorporates inspiring language and personal attention. She is comfortable teaching young and old, experienced and just-beginning students with an easy-going, heart-filled approach that encourages self-compassion. Knowing that yoga, as an applied path of learning, love and service, nurtures deep self-awareness and compassion, Delara is honored to share this knowledge with the next generation by coordinating and facilitating a spiritual empowerment program for young teens. She is also a writer and artist, facilitates Healing Circles for women and conscious communication workshops, and enjoys lots of playtime outdoors.
Michele Theoharris, RYT. Michele is a mother; massage therapist, co-founder of Vibrant Yoga Living and holistic health coach. With so much on her plate she turns to yoga to find her center. Michele has been practicing yoga for 20 years, taking her first classes at an Iyendgar studio in college. During active asana classes, Michele aims to lead students to find their own inner strength and peace through a playful practice. Reminding students that growth happens when outside their comfort zones. Her restorative classes are deeply healing and combine supported restful asana, mediation, and hands on adjustments. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love. Michele took her 200 hour training right here at Maitri Yoga Center graduating in June of 2013. As a lifelong learner, Michele continues to study yoga with various teachers in the Denver area.
Ringgo Abarro, RYT. In 2000, a friend invited Ringgo to a yoga class. He was intrigued with the poses and breathing. He continued with classes and began reading about yoga. He looked forward to his weekly classes. The asanas/poses allowed him to be more aware of his body. The pranayamas/breath techniques helped him to be more in tune with his mind. Ringgo felt this positive energy and knew that he had to share it with others. In April 2014, he completed his 200 RYT. Ringgo loves teaching yoga and emphasize safety with proper alignment. He enjoys having fun with his students and encourage you to be mindful of your body’s needs by taking variations and modifications when needed. Hug like you mean it. Breathe deeply. Smile.
Jamie White, LPC, RYT, is blessed to have been born and raised in Colorado, and has been practicing yoga for over a decade. Off the mat she is a Licensed Professional Counselor helping clients overcome trauma, depression and anxiety. As a yoga instructor Jamie utilizes ideas from psychology, neuroscience, the eight limbed path and other yogic philosophy to inspire her students and facilitate healing through the mind-body connection. Jamie believes that changes we make in our minds, bodies and spirits on our yoga mat translate into healing and more abundant living in our lives off of the mat.
Carolyn Crowley, RYT. I have been practicing asana since the mid 90’s as a way to stay flexible and fit for racquet ball, swimming, mountain climbing and the greatest endurance race of all – raising children. When my children emancipated I returned to yoga as way to reduce mental and physical stress. In the years prior we had restored an old farm house and worked 1.25 acres of garden. Although I felt physically strong, I was experiencing shoulder, neck, low back and wrist pain. A lot of my flexibility was gone. In 2013 I rediscovered yoga in a whole new light. I discovered that Yoga is so much more than a physical practice and that the longer and more regularly I practiced, the greater the benefits. It builds and becomes a part of who you are. Asana helps me stay flexible. It has also improved my outlook in life and offers a lovely community to become a part of. It has now been 2 years of taking 15-23 classes per month and completing the Maitri Yoga Center’s 230 hour teacher training that I am very excited to continue my studies and share with others. It is the very mindful movement of the body and breath in work and rest that I love to share with my students.
Jammie Halstead, RYT, Master of Crystalogy. I am a graduate of the Maitri Yoga Essential Training Program. Yoga has been a part of my life for over 15 years. My practice has helped me heal my body image issues and has taught me to treat myself with the same kindness I would give to another. The emotions and thoughts that arise on our mats are not always pleasant and that is perfectly acceptable! I will hold space for you while you do the inner work that leads to transformation. My interests include baking, crystals, chakras and yoga. I am an avid reader and collector of myths and goddess stories – if you have a favorite myth or goddess story to share, I’d love to hear them!
RYT200; Master of Crystalogy
“Without mud, you cannot have a lotus flower. Without suffering, you have no ways in order to learn how to be understanding and compassionate. Happiness is the lotus flower, and the suffering is the mud. So the practice is how to make use of the suffering, make use of the mud, to create the flower, the happiness, and this is possible.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Cindy Grohman, RYT. Cindy is originally from California and moved to Colorado about four years ago. She works full time, is married to her husband, Eric, and has one son, Sean A friend recommended yoga to Cindy so she decided to try it and took her first class at Maitri. She instantly feel in love with the breathing and the focus on being present and in the moment. She started attending regularly and felt how the practice of yoga can apply to every part of your life. She also found that balancing her busy lifestyle seemed easier with yoga. She found no matter what happened that day at work or raising her family she was able to let things be while on the mat – which in turn helped he off the mat.
Cindy enjoys the outdoors and watching her son and husband play hockey.
Cindy wants to help her students be present and in the moment , adventurous, and have fun in class. Yes it is OK to laugh in Yoga!!
Allie Beckmann, RYT. In the very deepest spaces of Allie’s heart lie music, the arts, and yoga. She grew up in Milwaukee, WI, and after studying, traveling, and working in the theatre for 7 years as a performer and director, she’s taken a pause from that structure so as to explore her own artistic expression and voice through live music, creative entrepreneurship, and yoga. Guided by her wanderlust, she followed her gut to Colorado in August 2016 from New York City to pursue and unite her passions (and to explore the mountains!)
She’s been a dedicated practitioner of yoga since 2009, and was certified to teach in the beginning of 2016 after spending a month off-the-grid in the coastal jungle of the edenic Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Whether it be through art or through yoga, Allie strives to cultivate and nurture authentic, individual expression so as to promote better awareness, communication, and acceptance of both ourselves and of those around us – on and off the mats. Her teaching style, whether gentle and restorative or a fiery flow, is based around awareness and alignment of the body, the breath, the mind, and the spirit. She teaches primarily in a Hatha/Vinyasa style influenced also by her own practice in Anusara, Bhakti, and a bit of Tantra. Allie aims to blend the science of the West, the spirituality and philosophy of the East, and the creativity and music of the Arts into her practice and her teachings. As an ever-learning student on the infinite and joyous path of yoga, Allie is thrilled to both share and expand with her Colorado community! Wahey!
Leigh Lincoln, RYT. Leigh discovered yoga over 14 years ago and quietly began down its path. Drawn ever more deeply into the practice and its ability to shape her life in a profoundly positive way, she attained her 200-hr certification in 2010 in Seattle and immediately began teaching. Leigh draws her inspiration from a desire to help students find their inner teacher. For her, teaching yoga is about tapping into human connections, promoting a sense of community and the inner beauty and peace that yoga bestows.
In 2012, she and her husband spent almost a year travelling around the world, ending the trip in India where she spent a month studying yoga in an intensive program at the renowned Parmarth Niketan Ashram. In 2013, she completed the Khalsa Way Prenatal Teacher Training program in Los Angeles. She loves teaching pre and postnatal mothers, even more so now after the birth of her own child in 2014.
Amy Kessel, RYT. I fell in love with the physical aspects yoga in early adulthood, but drifted from regular practice after the birth of my children. Something vital shifted when I returned to yoga as a way to recover from the recurrent injuries sustained from my long distance running training. What I found was a beautiful way to not only heal and nurture my body, but also my heart and soul as well. Yoga brings me to my quiet center and I love to share the beauty of a restorative practice with my students. I am an accepting and welcoming teacher who believes that yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, athleticism, experience, and body-type. To each student, I offer compassion, guidance in building a consciousness of self-acceptance and worth, and respect for individual practice. I feel privileged that my students allow my to travel their journey with them and honor my role as a Yoga teacher. I am humbled by Yoga’s ability to make powerful changes in our lives, both on and off the mat, and look forward to sharing that experience with my students. When not practicing yoga or running, you can find me with my husband and our four children enjoying the amazing Colorado outdoors.
Rachel Smith, RYT 500. Rachel has been practicing yoga forever… ok, maybe just since college, but that was a long time ago! After many years of training and study, Rachel believes that what it comes down to is that yoga can help you find happiness – on every level. She brings the depth and joy of her own yoga and meditation practice into all of her teaching. Her classes are fun, welcoming, and warm, whether they are challenging physical classes, or deeply meditative and restorative. In addition to teaching yoga and meditation, Rachel is also a Licensed Professional Counselor, specializing in depth psychotherapy, eating disorders, and trauma recovery for women. As both a yoga teacher and a psychotherapist, it is her mission to help her clients and students live unabashedly happy, connected, full and embodied lives. Rachel has a Master’s Degree in counseling and over 600 hours of training through the Shambava School of Yoga. She is a certified Curvy Yoga teacher, a Level II Certified Meditation Teacher, and a long-time student in the Shambhava Yoga Tradition. You can learn more about Rachel and her work at www.imaginativecounseling.com