A student of yoga since 1999 and a yoga teacher for 10 years, Melissa brings the knowledge of the ancient texts with the heart of Bhakti to her classes. She teaches hatha yoga poses that are mindful and sustainable to all-levels and shares sanskrit mantras. Awakened by her experience with a continuous yoga practice, she's inspired to instruct asana in a way that gives depth to the awareness of the self. Knowing that once the illusion of separation is unveiled we can find our true nature and focus on what matters, she is committed to staying in the light. Finding joy through teaching public yoga classes but wanting to create community, she began We Are One Yoga Teacher Trainings in 2013. The teacher trainings are in-depth study modules exploring the many ways to embody the teachings of yoga. In June of 2016, Melissa acquired the Ashtanga Yoga Reno studio on California Ave. and changed the name to Temple Yoga Reno. Her yoga instructor training includes over 1,500 hours with; Bikram back in the day, Bhakti Flow with Rusty Wells, A 500-hour journey that continues with Janet Stone Yoga. Plus many more sources of inspiration.
A Reno-based yoga student & teacher, Sara Gail received her 200-RYT through the We Are One Flow Yoga Teacher Trainings in 2014. Since then she has been in constant studentship. From an early age, physical movement and mental discipline were imprinted on Sara. With a background in gymnastics and dance, she experienced first-hand the importance of the energetic mind-body-breath connection. This path ultimately led Sara to yoga and her daily practice. She is now living out her swadharma-discovering her unique role in this life. Sara’s teachings pull strongly from theAshtanga tradition, while interjecting dynamic free-flowing sequences of Bhakti yoga. Her style is athletic & challenging, yet accessible for all levels. She sequences her classes with an emphasis on creativity, breath and freedom, while maintaining ease and integrity within the poses. Sara sees, recognizes and honors the unique individuality of each of her students and seeks to empower and uplift each being as they step on to the mat. Sara is a passionate lover of life and all things yoga. When she is not practicing or teaching, you can find her smiling, laughing and enjoying every moment to its fullest! Sara bows humbly in service to this practice.
I have been practicing asana for many years, and bit by bit, experiencing little openings to something bigger. After traveling and working different jobs, I felt pulled to come back to Reno and dive in deeper. This led me to completing my 200hr RYT in Reno with We Are One Teacher Training. Since then my practice, studentship, and curiosity have grown into something I can’t help but love to share. The classes I offer intend to create a space for someone to explore whatever it is they are looking for in the practice. The beauty of it is when one gets on that mat, and experiences a connection to themselves through the mind, body, and breath. The results can be limitless! My classes consist of Hatha yoga with flow and attention on concentration.
Tracy went looking for a yoga teacher in 1996 with a few of her closest friends. They found Lorna Benedic, and started this life changing journey. She completed her first teacher training with Erich Schiffmann in 2002 and has been teaching yoga ever since. She also has studied with Lynne Ramsey, Eddy Modestini and Nicki Doane, Lama Chistie McNally-Tibetan Heart Yoga and most recently Carol Lyons, here at Studio 8. She finally understands the saying, "do your practice and all is coming. " After many years of "studying" yoga, Tracy has finally found how to "practice yoga" here at Studio8, practicing astanga. She prefers to practice mysore style, but will try to attend a led class once a week so that she can "hear " Sanskrit, chat with the class, and to learn more about the practice. Tracy came from a completive swimming, triathlon and marathon running background. She also has raised three children. She can honestly say that Yoga has enhanced everything in her life, and she hopes continue the practice always. When not practicing or teaching yoga you can find Tracy at Studio 325 where she works as an Aveda Aesthetician. “ I finally understand the saying ‘Do you practice and all is coming'."
Jole Rector grew up in Reno, NV and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2009 with a BA in English Writing. After college she went through a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program in Reno 2009-2010 and began to teach yoga after the training. She also happened upon the circus arts around the end of the training--including aerial arts and partner acrobatics. She began to assist teaching partner yoga/acrobatics by 2011 and teaching aerial arts in 2012. In 2014 she got the opportunity to teach aerial yoga, fusing her knowledge of aerial arts and yoga. She enjoys teaching a practice where people can explore how their bodies move in space and observe what those movements feel like inside the body.
Lorena has been a student of Yoga since 2002. In 2008 She felt inspired to serve the practice that had meant so much to her, and signed up for her first 200 hour training with a teacher in Chicago named Suddha Weixler. She also attended a teachers training with Manju Jois, and years later with Sri Dharma Mittra in New York City. Lorena had the great privilege of having a teacher and mentor named Kali Om to study closely with for much of her practice. Under her guidance Lorena found the disciplines needed to deepen her practice to levels of true soul growth, and encouragement to stay the path. She continues to dive into deep into soul study, and counts it among her greatest blessings to continue to meet and learn from truly inspired teachers. Lorena makes an effort in her classes to bring a balance of laughter, discipline, and deep devotion. Embodying her spiritual practice is a true passion in her life, and she strives to share that passion as her small contribution to the world at large.
Katie DiLibero found yoga in 2000 while studying dance at University. While increasing her flexibility and body awareness, the practice of yoga awakened her to a calm and strength in surrender that she had never before experienced. Yoga became an immediate love and the backdrop of her life for many years as it quietly shaped and morphed her spirit and path. A natural born teacher, Katie went on to teach sciences, languages, backpacking, organic farming techniques, and raw food preparation. After discovering Kundalini Yoga, it became clear to her that she must use her talent for teaching to share this gift of transcendence with others. She obtained her Kundalini Yoga instructor training at Seven Centers Yoga Arts in 2014 and a second KRI Certification in Reno in 2016. Katie teaches a traditional Kundalini yoga class and an anything but traditional yoga dance class set to fun and inspirational music that will get you sweating, challenging your limitations, and grooving your way to greater awareness.
Ashlee Skow began practicing yoga in 2001 after a gradual decrease in her health due to a lung disease known as Cystic Fibrosis. After starting to practice, Ashlee noticed that her lung function and health had become significantly more stable and she knew that yoga needed to be a core part of her life. Ashlee graduated her 200 YTT through We Are One Flow Teacher Trainings and has continued her trainings here in Reno. In 2014 Ashlee also became certified in Paddle Board Yoga and began teaching classes on Lake Tahoe. Ashlee loves classes that are energetic and dynamic on fun movements and breath-work to build heat in the body. Her classes tend to be more challenging but are achievable to all levels. She believes that yoga is perfect for anyone and acknowledges the beauty in everyone who ventures on to their mat.
Karen worked as a litigation attorney in London, England for 12 years before starting a new life in the US teaching yoga. Her high-stress desk-bound days in the law actually brought her to the yoga mat in an attempt to improve her posture and state of mind. After leaving her first class in tears of frustration – not being naturally flexible in any respect – the bug eventually bit her and yoga became a huge part of her life. Karen is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and completed her 200 Hours training in early 2015 with Melissa Martinez-Chauvin. She has practiced yoga all over the globe and learned from some of the most respected and experienced yogis in the world. However, she finds the best teachers to be the students who come to her classes and show up for their own practice, wherever they are in their journey. Karen is passionate about working with those who feel they are neither bendy nor focussed enough to do yoga, having started from that place herself and seen the benefits in her own body and life.
I teach yoga because I believe in the practice. If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be a yoga teacher today, I would have laughed in your face. I was a gym rat, yoga was for hippies. I took my first yoga class on a whim. I thought savasana was stupid and forward folds were impossible. Something kept me coming back. That something was a desperate need from within, from my spirit, to connect with myself (I am now kind of a hippie after all). Three years later in 2007 I carted myself off to an ashram in Nederland, Co., the Shambhava School of Yoga, where I learned there is so much more than the gym style power yoga I was accustomed to. So, I studied very hard and earned my 200hr RYT certification. I came back to Reno excited to teach and continue my education. I enrolled in the personal training certification program at Truckee Meadows Community College where I furthered my studies in anatomy, exercise physiology, and kinesiology, and I began teaching yoga in gyms, studios, homes, and classrooms all over Reno. In 2010, life happened and a series of illness and loss forced me to put down my active personal and professional practice to heal myself and care for my loved ones. I lost a lot of faith in myself during those years. Even in the most difficult times, however, when I actually tried to lose faith in yoga, in that connection to myself, the practice would continue to break through the fog of hurt and fear and be my truth when there was no other truth. Yoga evolved into more than my physical practice; it became my way of life. There is nothing like yoga that I have found that holds you up during times of pain and difficulty and lifts you higher during times of celebration and joy. It is always accessible, because it is you: your body and your breath; a constant in chaos and in stillness. It is just our luck that yoga is also great for health and wellness physically, emotionally, and psychologically. The depth of the practice is fathomless and the list of benefits is endless.
Skylar Atencio is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno to pursue a career in English and Communication.Growing up Skylar has played and competed in many sports including gymnastics, snowboarding, golf and softball. Through gaining certifications she grew up instructing snowboard group and private lessons to all ages and skill levels. She also taught indoor cycling classes for years. "I am fascinated and love movement analysis. To be able to diagnose someone's physical or mental limitation and come up with a plan to help them get better at their sport." Her first experience with yoga was during her first year of college. She began to take classes to increase her mobility and flexibility. Yoga became more than just a physical (asana) practice to her. Yoga helped her battle and overcome depression and anxiety. In order to dive deeper into the practice Skylar completed her 200hr training with OM2YOGA September 2016. She strongly believes and strives to make yoga accessible to everyone. Yoga, Skylar believes yoga should be accessible to everyone, because everybody can benefit from the practice one way or another, physically or spiritually. She teaches yin yoga and vinyasa flow with yoga philosophy (sutras). She is going to continue to further her understanding and continue to expand her yoga practice and teachings. "My relationship with myself began the day I stopped criticizing and being harsh on me. The day I started paying attention to the voices inside than the ones outside." -aujum choudary "That is what yoga has taught me and teaches me time and time again.' ~ Sky
Melisa Keenan is a 200hr Hatha Yoga teacher and meditation/chanting enthusiast. She has currently been sharing her gifts with Reno for two years. When she is not teaching yoga, she can be found in the corridors of motherhood and family with her four young children. My story: Yoga literally means "to yoke" and this beautiful practice is teaching me how to be unified with myself. It has brought me acceptance and understanding of my mind, my spirit, my emotions and my body. In turn, I've found deeper connection with all around me; the earth, my relationships with my children and others, and my relationship with God. When I began yoga had no idea the immense power in a few simple tools like meditation, mantra, breath, being present, and body awareness. These tools are something I utilize every day of my life, on and off the yoga mat. A Prophet once said, "some of the greatest battles will be fought within the chambers of your own soul."-E.T. Benson The more I have embraced yoga, the less this feels like a battle. It feels more like a deep longing friendship that has been waiting to spark all my life. It feels like coming home. I feel it a great honor to share this practice with anyone who I cross paths with.
Deanna understands busy lives and strives to help people balance a life that includes work, family, and personal time through the practice of yoga. Deanna is in the midst of her 20+ year career in marketing and communications and understands the stress, posture challenges, and constant connectivity expectations that a successful career can afford someone. While she remains dedicated to helping Reno, her hometown, she intends to do it differently now. In the past, she helped by using her creativity to position the authentic side of Reno increasing tourism. Recently, she inspired the community to more easily connect and better understand issues facing our local government. After meeting her true love, getting married and having two children later in life, a chance to refocus presented itself. Yoga has been the path towards achieving balance, finding her patient breath, and allowing movement to reenergize her tired life. Earning her 200hrRYT from her teacher Melissa Martinez at We Are One Teacher Training in 2015, Deanna quickly took up teaching to her colleagues at the City of Reno. Juxtaposing politics next to the "yama and niyama" practices was challenging, but clearly needed. The offering brought many the opportunity to bring a more peaceful, focused, healthy, and positive approach to a stressful environment. At Temple Yoga, Deanna tunes into her students needs, incorporates her love of music, provides a glimpse into yoga philosophy and leads an asana flow practice for all levels to enjoy.
Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Susan Frankovich has had quite the nomadic past. She began her bellydance journey with ATS in New Mexico and continued onto NYC, LA, San Francisco, and Croatia, and then back to LA again, learning something more in each place while developing her own style along the way. She’s an international Tribal Fusion dance instructor, performer, and yogi who is in the constant pursuit of improving her art and teaching style. Susan has a great eye for correction, and can deliver critique with a positivity that makes her students feel successful. She is a former member of Bellyqueen and PURE (NYC), The Barbary Coast Shakedown (San Francisco), and was the People’s Choice winner with Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution (for Dark Side of the Crown) in the summer of 2012. Susan has taught and performed in the US, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Asia, Russia, and throughout Europe. She is known for bringing tribal style dance to Croatia (in 2002), and in addition to the many years traveling to teach and perform there, she spent 4 years cultivating a lively and loving dance community in Zagreb. In December of 2012, Susan moved to Los Angeles where she had the opportunity to choreograph and dance for Bellydance Evolution’s Alice In Wonderland. She also had the great fortune to lead 3 weekly classes at two of LA’s premier studios. In December of 2015, Susan was also certified in a 200 hour power yoga teacher training through CorePower Yoga in Pasadena, and has been teaching ever since. Her love of movement, both yoga and dance is never-ending, and she loves to guide others and watch them grow. Because of her dance background, her sequences are creative, her transitions smooth, and the Emphasis of the Asanas originate from the core with a strong foundation in alignment. After 22 years of globetrotting, Susan is back in Reno and ready to share her passion with you! For more information, go to www.susanfrankovich.com.
Dawn loves to style hair at her salon by the river and she is a cosmic hair wizard. Her classes are soothing and powerful as she uses her awareness of the elements. She is the owners favorite yoga teacher to receive the calm and peace of mind that the practice offers. She only teaches 7:30am on Fridays due to her long list of clients. We're grateful that Dawn shares her yoga practice with us at Temple.
Hannah B offers a breath-centered yoga asana practice that gently strengthens the body and balances the mind. When not teaching in public studios and gyms, she runs a youth yoga nonprofit, Urban Lotus Project, serving at-risk populations.