Instructors

All Yoga Center of Denver instructors that teach Iyengar Yoga classes are certified through the
​rigorous Iyengar method, and many have decades of teaching experience. All YCD teachers are committed to providing individualized instruction for the well-being of each and every student. All of us are here for all of you!

In addition to our staff teachers, YCD has meaningful relationships with gifted teachers from around the country and around the world. We are often graced with visiting guest teachers, both for weekly classes and for specialty workshops.

Iyengar Certified

Anara Sagimbayeva

My journey began with training in Kazakhstan (Almaty) and Russia (Moscow); and through good fortune and fate, I found my way to Denver. I'm honored to be part of the local Iyengar Community and look forward to sharing my international training and experiences.

Alyssa Sikora

Alyssa became a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) in 2018. She has practiced yoga since 2005 and has practiced Iyengar yoga since 2015. Alyssa's sense of humor, knowledge of Iyengar yoga, and compassion help inspire her students to advance their personal practice.

Angie Woyar

Angie has been a student of yoga since 1999 and is an Intermediate Junior 1 Iyengar yoga teacher. She has studied twice in India with the Iyengar family and regularly studies with her mentors and other senior teachers from across the globe.

Brad Denning

Brad has been practicing Iyengar’s Hatha yoga since 2005 and knows that it enhances one’s quality of life – healthy body, mind, and spirit. He became impressed with the holistic results from the precise alignment, sequencing, and philosophy offered in the Iyengar tradition.

Donita Reitze

Donita began studying Iyengar Yoga in 1986. Little did she know at the time that those studies would evolve into meeting and studying with some of the best teachers in the country and abroad, and eventually leading to trips to India to study with BKS Iyengar, Prashant and Geeta Iyengar.

Emma Addison

Emma has been practicing yoga for over 40 years. She began the practice and study of Ashtanga yoga with the Transcendental Meditation technique/Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1972. She found Iyengar Yoga in 1982 and traveled to India 6 times to study and celebrate with the Iyengar family.

Gary Reitze

Gary's teaching style is precise, with attention to details of alignment and action for maximum benefit. He promotes enthusiasm in the physical postures so students are enabled to enjoy the activities they love. He also teaches pranayama (energy/breath control) and meditation in his classes.

Jean Upshaw

Jean is an Iyengar certified teacher since 2021 and has practiced and studied yoga since 1998. She has been a part of the Yoga Center of Denver community since she moved to Colorado in 2006. Jean focuses on fostering confidence and independence in her students to practice and experiment on their own.

K-Lea Gifford

K-Lea has been teaching for over 31 years, and has helped many people. Clients have included professional athletes, teenagers, the chronologically gifted, and those recovering from injury. She has acquired additional training dealing with lower back, cancer, neck & shoulders, knees, scoliosis, trauma, pelvic floor, and MS.

Instructors of Other Yoga Lineages

Amanda Anspach

Amanda was introduced to yoga in 2006 as a senior in high school with a serious knee injury. She traveled to India in 2012 for her first teacher training and since then, her adventurous spirit and perpetual self inquiry has led her all over the world to study and teach.

Daniel Taylor

An E-RYT 500, certifications range from a 200hr Ashtanga, Power Vinyasa, 300hr Iyengar influenced Alignment, 200hr Iyengar Method studies in India, and restorative yoga. His aim is to create an environment where students can authentically be themselves and be light, loving, and judgment-free.

Devon Sweeney

Devon Sweeney is a student and teacher of inner ritual and energetic movement. A dedicated student of Shiva Rea since 2008, she is an intuitive somatic practitioner, and a nurturing and passionate community builder and teacher educator.

Juliet Sherwood

Amanda was introduced to yoga in 2006 as a senior in high school with a serious knee injury. She traveled to India in 2012 for her first teacher training and since then, her adventurous spirit and perpetual self inquiry has led her all over the world to study and teach.

Kelsey Mueller

My name is Kelsey, my goal as a yoga teacher is to help body and mind connect. I specialize in Prenatal, Postnatal, and Kids Yoga. I believe in a connection to body being one of the most beneficial tools used in life, but also in pregnancy, labor, and motherhood. With 4 kids of my own, I love the connection I get to share!

Lauren Skorish

Lauren is all about self love, and through her Yoga teachings she creates a greater sense of awareness to one's body and deeper sense of self. Through many trainings over 500 hours and ten years experience, she believes Yoga influences not only the physical habits but strengthens mental and spiritual as well.

Liz Shakti

Liz first found yoga in her early twenties and has been teaching Kids, Teens, & Family Yoga, Hatha/Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative & Kundalini Yoga for more than 15 years. Liz loves to help people, big and small, learn various techniques to destress, relax and release outside thoughts, worries and tensions.

Liz Terry

Liz began teaching yoga in 2009. She's been teaching yoga teacher trainings for YogaWorks since 2014, and teaching workshops & organizing retreats for the past 11 years. She is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an educator, offering continuing education for teachers and students alike.

Meghan Hennessy

Meghan is a 700 CYT, sound healer, Reiki Master, Tarot card reader, and leads regular meditations and cacao ceremonies. She is an avid learner and loves to incorporate sound healing into all of her offerings. Her classes are healing, uplifting, and resonate deeply with the heart chakra.

Patrick Montgomery

Every class with Patrick includes a philosophical theme, dynamic warmups, and an exploration of a benefit, action, or pose. Patrick’s classes are active—challenging but accessible to anyone without serious injuries or conditions. Patrick has led dozens of 300-Hour advanced teacher trainings and taught internationally.

Tyler Ghaffari

Tyler believes that his strength as a teacher comes from being in a strong relationship with himself as a student of yoga, martial arts, and life itself. His journey into yoga began over a decade ago as a teenager because of an intuitive sense that yoga asked some of the questions that American society seemed to avoid asking altogether.

Katie Wedum

Katie loves exploring different modalities of yoga and using props to elevate and explore Traditional shapes. When she found aerial yoga she was instantly hooked on the playful practice. She believes that the connection between breath mindfulness and joyful movement allows you to find the child that resides deep inside us all.

Alyssa Sikora Schedule

Angie Woyar Schedule

Brad Denning Schedule

Donita Reitze Schedule

Emma Addison Schedule

Gary Reitze Schedule

Jean Upshaw Schedule

K-Lea Gifford Schedule

Amanda Anspach Schedule

Daniel Taylor Schedule

Devon Sweeney Schedule

Juliet Sherwood Schedule

Kelsey Mueller Schedule

Lauren Skorish Schedule

Liz Shakti Schedule

Liz Terry Schedule

Meghan Hennessy Schedule

Patrick Montgomery Schedule

Tyler Ghaffari Schedule

Katie Wedum Schedule

Anara Sagimbayeva Schedule

Craig Kurtz Schedule

Rossi Dimitrova Schedule

Prenatal Classes

Family Yoga Schedule

Gary Reitze Classes

Lynn Hangar Classes

Charanbir Singh Classes

Restorative Yoga

Aerial Yoga Schedule

Meghan Hennessy's Classes