Meet Our Teachers

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Nicole Dohm

Nicole is Grand Junction born and raised and after several years of living in Durango, CO, she has returned to our high desert oasis. Nicole loves exploring the world around us through modalities such as skiing and hiking, and appreciates how yoga has become a tool for each aspect of her life.

She began practicing yoga at an early age, tagging along with her mom to classes, though it wasn't until high-school that she fell into a discipline with her practice and deeply felt the yoga from the inside-out. She started to notice how yoga shifted her life for the better and decided it was in her path to share it with others.


Her initial training was Hatha Yoga at the 7 Centers Yoga Arts ashram in Sedona, AZ in 2011, where studied under Ruth Hartung, whose mentor is Rama Jyoti Vernon. Since then, she gone through trainings in Kundalini yoga and a 300 hr. training for yoga therapy and Ayurveda, also at 7 Centers.

With a degree in Exercise Science, Nicole desires to continue her education towards physical therapy.


She is passionate about healing through movement and mindful introspection, and strongly believes when we help ourselves, we are more able to help others.


In the classroom, she brings a grounding nature through her understanding of kinesiology along with creative and intuitive movement, which provides students a well rounded experience. She is so excited to practice and grow with this community both on and off the mat!

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Monica Cullinane

Monica Cullinane,owns her own business in Mesa County, she has been the Yoga program director at the Academy of Yoga in Grand Junction since 2003. She is an Experienced 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher & Trainer with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT-T500) , as well Iyengar certified and has been practicing and teaching for almost 20 years.

Currently she leads retreats, privates and conducts specialty workshops and teacher trainings at the Academy of Yoga in Grand Junction and abroad. Her teaching style is a distillation of her intensive studies and application, where she imparts to her students the wisdom gained through course work, practice and dedication.

Monica is also a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach, and graduated in 2010 from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC. She is currently working towards her certification from Sacred Centers. Monica’s passion for life continually inspires her to guide and support individuals towards choices that reduce stress and enhance healing and health by promoting a healthier, balanced and joyful lifestyle. She is dedicated to providing the most current wellness intervention that combines a semblance of yoga focus with other healing and personal development disciplines.

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Rachel McCarthy

As a Colorado native, Rachel’s passion for yoga started with her love of movement. It has continued to grow through Rachel’s desire to dive deeper into understanding and appreciating all that our bodies do for us. Rachel grew up moving: dancing, running, climbing, biking. Following high school, Rachel spent 7+ formative years learning (Creighton U in Omaha) and serving (the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru), which led her to discover yoga as a beautiful union of what our minds, bodies, & hearts are
collectively capable of – for ourselves, for others, for this planet.


Having moved to Fruita after completing graduate school in Clinical Social Work and Public Health in 2016, Rachel is excited to continue utilizing yoga as a modality for transforming lives and finding balance – through cultivating self- esteem & confidence, learning to listen to & honor our mind-body connection, and gaining insight into
our own worthiness & power.

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Kristi Gallegos

Kristi is a Colorado Native, born in Durango and moved to the Grand Valley six years ago. Her loves are her granddaughters, family, friends and giving back to community. Kristi has a 200 Hr Hatha Yoga Certificate as well as a Journey into Power, 200 Hr teaching certificate. She combines these methodologies to create a power yoga sequence to benefit anyone.

Kristi’s intention is to giving back to the community by being active in previously under serviced areas such as jails, homeless shelters, women’s shelters and more nonprofit areas. Power Yoga and yoga in general are Kristi’s tools for self-growth in her own being and she brings those tools to the table to help others realize their full potential

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Denise Copple

Curiosity and a desire to not take pain medication for lower back injury brought Denise to explore yoga; and a love for yoga was born! Denise has been practicing over the last 16 years on and off. In June 2014, she obtained her 200 hour RYT certification from The Academy of Yoga in Grand Junction, Colorado. Her training in Iyengar and Hatha style yoga focuses on alignment, mindful movement and breath. Denise feels that the best part of teaching is being able to give to others and she continues to enrich her learning by attending workshops and trainings, she is a forever student!

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Becky Tomps

Becky Tomps, would tell you that she is not your ordinary yoga teacher. She is a 38-year-old woman of God, mom and wife who loves wine, cooking and cupcakes. Becky is a RYT-200, her training was attained through Holy Yoga in April 2017. She cares deeply for woman and their story so Becky created "Body Positive Yoga". Using yoga, she helps woman understand why they were created and how to embrace who they are. She strives to help everyone feel welcomed and comfortable on their mat.

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Cora Jewell

Cora is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and Dance Instructor. She has been practicing Yoga off and on for 10 years and began her Teacher Training in October of 2015 through the Academy of Yoga in Grand Junction, CO. Cora was drawn to yoga as a way to decrease anxiety and stress. Her focus is not only to help students on their mat, but to also help them bring yoga to their daily lives. Her Restorative, gentle style emphasizes relaxation and breathing. She is looking forward to continuing her training and growing as a teacher. Cora is excited to share her love and passion for yoga with many.

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Eleni Sica

Bio coming soon!

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Karen Mahoney

Karen’s goal for her classes are to help others find peace and balance; while enjoying a simple escape from our crazy busy lives for just a short time. She loves to work on fun and eclectic music selections to help move and flow throughout her classes. She typically teaches Slow Flow and Gentle classes and enjoys teaching beginner classes to help others learn about the fundamentals of yoga.

She was born and raised in California before her family moved to Colorado in 2009. When not teaching or taking yoga classes, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike and 2 kids. She also teaches elementary school computer science and runs sip mobile coffee company; a mobile coffee cart in Mesa County. She loves to hike (Serpents Trail is one of her favorites) and kayak (in the summer!)

Karen originally started taking prenatal yoga when she was pregnant with her son 20 years ago to help with lower back pain and has continued to take classes for both the physical and meditative benefits since then.

She completed her Yoga teacher Training at Yoga V in 2017 and continues to take ongoing education to learn and grow.

"Do what you love and share it with others"

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Bob Fahrenholz

Bob began his yoga practice during the summer of 2010 as he sought ways to reduce stress he experienced as an IT manager.  He believes a sensible diet, moderate exercise, and incorporating meditation/relaxation techniques into our daily lives are essential first steps in dealing with the dis-ease we face in today’s complex, fast-paced and oft-times overwhelming world.

Realizing the difference yoga made in himself, Bob completed Amrit Yoga Level 1 teacher training through the Amrit Yoga Institute at Santosha Yoga Studio in Cranston, RI in April 2013.  The following year, he completed Jennifer Reis’ Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra training at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, MA.  Bob continues to further his yoga training and has received his First Degree Reiki attunement through Christie Arsenault, Reiki Master Teacher. 


Bob understands not all types/styles of yoga are suitable for every Body.  He feels strongly however, there is at least one type of yoga for Everybody.  Assisting others on their journey to find it is one of his greatest joys.

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Amelia King

Amelia King was born and raised in charming Charleston, SC. She is a surfer girl at heart, but also has a strong connection with the humbling power of the mountains. She relocated to Crested Butte, CO after spending several years teaching English and traveling the world. Amelia is a perpetual student of yoga, and is continuously amazed at the transformative power of yoga. She credits finding yoga 10 years ago for being able to quiet the mind and make it through life’s challenges. Amelia was able to couple her love of yoga with teaching children by getting certified through Cosmic Kids Yoga to introduce children of all ages the benefits of yoga. She finds immense joy in teaching kids yoga at Yoga for the Peaceful in Crested Butte, local schools and privately.

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Brittany Phelps

Brittany is the owner of Thrive Yoga Fruita and Yoga for the Peaceful, Crested Butte. Owning yoga studios has taught Brittany about the real meaning of happiness, and her happiness has taught her about the real meaning of her "work!" Her studios serve to create a space and be a catalyst for people to learn to love and live meaningful lives.


Brittany is uplifted by sharing soulful yoga classes. She believes that each yoga class has the power to change the world, focusing on one individual at a time. Brittany has studied Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga and was certified by Shambhava School of Yoga after a few summers studying at the Konalani Yoga Ashram on the big island of Hawaii.  She is also trained in Yin Yoga, and Restorative Yoga.  She is inspired by teachers such as Tiffany Cruikshank, Nancy Stechert, Max Strom and Yogrishi Vishvketu. 


Brittany offers Prana-Preneurs a mindfulness/yoga-industry coaching organization to help individuals and studios elevate and radiate the positive effects of a daily, living yoga practice! This program is offered twice a year.