Meet our Staff

 

Shoshoni’s yoga 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 Hendrickson, CIAYT

Yogini has lived in the Colorado Ashrams for 18 years.  She has two decades of experience as a Physical Therapist (PT, MPT) and is also a C-IAYT certified Yoga Therapist.  Yogini enriches all Shoshoni yoga trainings and retreat programs with her passion for nourishing the body and soul through compassionate yoga as well as her anatomy expertise.  In her free time, she enjoys baking decadent treats, hip hop dancing, and spending time with her family.

Shakti Wood

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 Wood

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.

Kalika Fortin

Kalika Fortin first came to Shoshoni in 2005, where she served on staff while completing her 200-hour yoga certification and advanced asana certifications. Having moved from the conservative mid-west, Kalika enjoyed being immersed in a new and beautiful world of meditation, service and devotional chanting. Captivated by the sweet, calming energy of the morning chants, as well as the lively evening kirtans, it became clear that bhakti yoga was her path. She enjoyed several years in Shoshoni Yoga Retreat’s resident band, Shiva’s Garden, before forming The Pushpams with Mira Gale and Kumara Etzel.

Kalika now calls Shoshoni home once more, and loves sharing music and yoga practice with others. Her yoga teaching style integrates gentle breath awareness techniques with a flow of yoga postures designed to strengthen and stretch the body while maintaining a meditative focus. She has shared music at several yoga festivals including Hanuman Festival, Denver Chant Fest and Bhavapalooza; and has shared the stage with kirtan artists Dave Stringer, C.C. White, Girish, David Newman and Govindas & Radha. Her music has been featured on New World Kirtan and Wild Women Rising.

“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!”

C.M., January 2019 Level 1 graduate

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