Meet our Staff
Shoshoni’s teachers are warm, experienced, down-to-earth yoga practitioners and dedicated ashram residents. We are committed to bringing out the yoga teacher in you! Trainings are led by a primary teacher training leader (ERYT) with 2000+ hours of teaching experience. Other teachers join for anatomy, Sanskrit, philosophy, pranayama and asana classes.
We believe that the learning process takes place at the heart level, through one’s own personal experience. We strive to nourish individual learning styles in a creative and structured environment
We work hard, we play hard, and we love teaching yoga and meditation!
Swami Omkari Devananda
Swami Devananda, Senior Yogacharya, ERYT500 and CIAYT, has lived and taught at various ShambhavAnanda Yoga Ashrams since 1988. With over 30 years of practice, DevaMa’s lighthearted teaching allows students to open and find their practice naturally. She is a senior teacher of yoga and meditation and author of Yoga in the Shambhava Tradition. She loves to share the joy and depth of inner experience that ShambhavAnanda Yoga has to offer. In her free time, DevaMa enjoys gardening, studying Ayurveda and painting thangkas.
Yogini, physical therapist (MPT 1999), ERYT500 and CIAYT came to Shoshoni with a deep desire to learn meditation. She has served in the ashram since 2006, just after receiving her ShambhavAnanda Yoga certification. She spent 9 years managing the Eldorado Ashram, and moved back to Shoshoni in January of 2018. Yogini enriches all Shoshoni trainings with her anatomy expertise and joy of teaching. In her free time she enjoys family time, dancing, and baking decadent desserts!
Shakti, ERYT-500, is a big-hearted yogini well-known for her abundant laughter. She leads yoga trainings and directs the Shoshoni gardens, both of which are flourishing. Shakti spent several years traveling and pursuing different meditative paths, but finally found her teacher and home when she came to Shoshoni in early 2011. Her classes are often playful, with an emphasis on self discovery; she loves to share the inner experience that comes from bringing yoga off the mat. In her free time, Shakti loves to spend time outside with her family.
Maitreya has served at Shoshoni since 2004, teaching meditation, yoga and philosophy. He is a master builder at the ashram, instrumental in Shoshoni’s gardens. Maitreya’s classes are both down-to-earth and expansive, guiding students deeper into their personal experience of yoga. He says of teaching, “It opens me and draws from me things that I didn’t even know were there.” A Colorado native, Maitreya loves to hike and rock climb. He is also an accomplished potter and drummer for Shiva’s Garden.
Sadagati, ERYT-200 and RYT-500, discovered Shoshoni in spring of 2014 when she came for her 200-hr teacher training. An avid traveler, she kept Shoshoni and the teachings of ShambhavAnanda Yoga close to her heart as she cycled through Colorado each year, joining the staff for a few months each summer until she decided to plant roots in 2018. Having worked through many personal injuries, Sadagati brings a deep sense of compassion and perspective to her teaching, helping students to feel and experience their own best expressions of poses.
Tashi, RYT-200, first visited Shoshoni for a short Work Study in 2010, while he was still in middle school. He came back for his Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2015, and then joined the staff in 2018. His enthusiasm for spiritual growth is contagious, and his dedication to the ashram inspiring. Tashi runs the Shoshoni kitchen, preparing delicious food for guests throughout the year. “I love to provide nourishing food for people, especially warm, hearty meals like your mom would make you.” When he’s not in the kitchen or on his meditation cushion, Tashi enjoys making pottery, painting, and bread making.
Ture, RYT-200, began her journey with ShambhavAnanda Yoga in Wichita, KS in 2014, where she began taking yoga and meditation classes through one of Shoshoni’s affiliate centers. She completed her Hatha Yoga Teacher Training there in 2017 and then joined the Shoshoni staff in the summer of 2018. Ture assists with Yoga Teacher Trainings and also works in the Shoshoni kitchen, where her laughter can be heard ringing through the Lodge. One of her favorite things about teaching yoga is offering modifications for people so that they can experience their bodies in totally new and different ways. “I don’t think of myself as artistic, but yoga is my creative expression.”
PadmaPani, RYT-200, hails from Texas, but moved to Shoshoni in the spring of 2018 after completing his Hatha Yoga Teacher Training here in summer of 2017. He was drawn to Shoshoni because it felt like a house for yoga and meditation, two things he had realized were necessary in his life. “Meditation helps me experience the “newness” of each day, and allows me to find stillness amidst the chaos of life.” PadmaPani’s optimistic approach to everyday challenges makes him a refreshing and uplifting part of the Shoshoni community. In his free time, PadmaPani enjoys writing poetry and being our in nature, and he loves to swim.
“I really do not even have the words to give you the thank you I would like to. Every single one of you had such an impact on my teacher training. I am so grateful to have had this incredible experience. I instantly felt comfortable here, even though I couldn’t have been more outside of my comfort zone!! You all are such amazing people. I’ll be back!”
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