Personal Yoga

Tailored and Designed for your own Personal Needs

3Gems Clients


The various systems of yoga present approaches worked out by their founders as solutions to their own issues. However much there may be to learn from each of these systems, in the end we must take their example but not necessarily the totality of their approach. At some point we must take responsibility for our own path. Using more subtle yoga techniques and approaches mostly overlooked by the studio yoga industry, I help people in the Denver area find their own personally optimized set of practices that makes their lives more effective, more fulfilling, and more fully their own. Here is a sampling of the most beneficial approaches I've found that you can expect to learn about if you decide to study with me.

Vyayam Yoga

Flowing, dance-like movement that emphasizes pranayama, functional mobility, balance, coordination, brainpower and subtle energy more than flexibility. This system trains the more subtle muscles of the breath and the mind that are rarely taught in a studio yoga setting. Vyayam as breath training is particularly useful for the elderly, infirm, injured, and those new to yoga who are off-put by the studio yoga emphasis on acrobatics .

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Stillness Yoga

Where every pose is a mudra, held longer, with specific breath patterns and mental focus. Balancing strength, relaxation, and endurance, this form of depth yoga is quickly transformative, stabilizing, and energizing in a way that faster, sweaty vinyasa can never be. Based primarily on the classical “seats” of yoga but including some modern standing postures, Stillness Yoga combines the best of yang and yin practices in one balanced practice.

Shadow Yoga

A system of Hatha yoga based on classical marma and nadi theory, which also fits in well with modern kinesiology and myofascial meridian theory. The "prelude" forms consist of unique spiraling and twisting movements that focus on building strength in the legs and core as well as increasing dynamic flexibility in the hips and spine that is required to hold more traditional poses with "steadiness and ease."

Restorative Yoga

Effortless resting in floor yoga poses supported with blocks, blankets, bolsters, and eye pillows. Practitioners remain in supported shapes for up to fifteen minutes to allow complete and truly effortless relaxation that very gently stimulates various regenerative systems of the body.

Ayurvedic Yoga

As a complete and comprehensive system for living in accord with the ever-changing flux of natural and cosmic forces, Ayurveda informs and explains the purpose of yogic practices beyond basic anatomy concerns. Practicing Yoga without Ayurveda is akin to driving at night without headlights.

Sivananda Yoga

A simple but demanding system of Hatha Yoga focused on the spine / chakra theory. Twelve floor poses starting with headstand / shoulderstand and including fish, seated forward bend, backbends, peackcock, and crow poses. Fantastic series for overall health and seated meditation.

Mantra Recitation (japa)

Sanskrit mantras are sound / energy formulas that are said to realign the bodymind with specific subtle energies. Simply performing them appropriately and consistently helps clear out emotional detritus from the subconscious and energize the mind's higher potentials.

Introspection (vichara)

An unexamined life is not worth living, says Socrates. For Yogis, introspection involves first becoming aware of and then questioning the validity of one's own thoughts, emotions, perceptions, and beliefs with the intention of removing ignorance from the mind regarding the nature of reality.

Yoga Nidra

Rest on your back as a voice guides you to ever-deeper states of relaxation into your unconscious world. From this place of deeply relaxed awareness, you can release hidden blockages and rewire the unconscious to energize your life goals instead of acting as a drag against them.


My Certifications

The primary qualification of any teacher arises from the depth of their personal practice. Techniques can only be transmitted authentically if the instructor has internalized them in his or her own experience. Still, a listing of certifications can be indicative of what one can expect from a particular instructor. Here are mine, starting with the most recent: 



Ayurvedic Yoga
w/ Dr. David Frawley

American Institute of Vedic Studies (

400 hrs Ayurvedic Yoga Certification
The Yoga, Ayurveda, Mantra, and Meditation Course  confers the title "Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Consultant." The course interprets and explains all eight limbs of Yoga and Yoga philosophical perspectives according to Ayurvedic principles. It advocates an Ayurvedic Yoga approach for the full healing of consciousness.
 300 hours of study (plus many more of personal practice) with 100 contact hours with Mr. Frawley. Awarded Oct. 2014.


Para Yoga Trainings
w/ Rod Stryker

280 hrs of ParaYoga Master 5-Day Intensives
→ Prana Shakti: The Power and Path of Yoga (2014)
→ Kosha: Unleashing the Science of the Soul (2010)
→ Yoga Sutras: Light on Self Mastery (2009)
→ The Yoga of Fulfillment: The Four Desires (2009)
→ Tantra: The Radiant Soul of Yoga (2008)
→ Yoga Marma: Principles of Teaching/Adjustments (2008)
→ Vinyasa Krama: The Energetics of Sequencing (2006)

Vyayam Yoga
w/ Chaitanya Rudrani
(Vedic Foundation of the Himalayas)

120 hrs of Vyayam Training
Instructor certifications earned in Rishikesh, India, and Granada, Spain 2011-2012, from Chaitanya Rudrani and other disciples of Swami Saraswati Tilakanada. Vyayam Yoga is an Indian strength, balance, and energy development system from South India. It combines simple flowing movements with dynamic forms of pranayama. As such, it is suitable preparation for a standard asana practice, or a complete practice in itself for older folks or those with injuries.

Tantric Yoga
w/ Shanmukha Anantha Natha
Sri Kali Ashram  (

500 hr Tantric Yoga Certification
300 hrs in Tantric Yoga in Goa, India. 03.2011. Tantra in this school emphasizes effortlessness, relaxation, and deep breathing, not precise alignment and strenuous effort as in most StudioYoga classes. This school teaches relaxation in, and rest between, individual postures; the heavier use of supine / floor postures, and longer holds, engendering an inward focus. Proper alignment comes with relaxation, but is not a primary focus.

Shadow Yoga
w/ Mark Horner

300 hours Shadow & Hatha Yoga training 
Based on the methods, practices, and theory of Shadow Yoga, classical Hatha Yoga, and Ayurveda, Mark's comprehensive Hatha Yoga Practitioner Training program is focused on helping dedicated students and aspiring teachers deepen their practice both physically and energetically in order to become solid, self-directed, and skillful practitioners — the foundation for a rich and effective personal practice, and the sine qua non of skillful instruction. Walnut Creek, CA. 09.2009 – 04.2010

Sivananda Yoga
w/ Sivananda Yoga Farm Ashram
(sivananda yoga farm)

200 hr Sivananda Yoga Teacher certification 
Sivananda Yoga is a traditional advaita vedanta 8-limbed  approach to Yoga which integrates the four main paths of yoga (Karma, Bhakti, Raja, Jnana). The ashram develops a well-balanced Sadhana (spiritual discipline) including asana, pranayama, vegetarianism, and meditation as the basis for balanced living. Their asana sequence is chakra-based, begins with headstand, and is not for the faint of heart. Grass Valley, CA. 06.2007



My Area of Service

Clients generally live in neighborhoods bounded by the 70 in the North, the 25 in the west, Santa Fe Dr. / 470 in the southwest, and the 225 in the east.