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Yoga is Universal. Yoga is the central inquiry and exploration of AYT’s program.  There are many ways of approaching the subject.  That is why we draw upon leading  instructors, each with their particular set of expertise, in order to reveal a different aspect of yoga practice.  Collectively, our staff has well over 100 years of experience.  These various perspectives are woven together into one universal teaching that is at the heart of yoga practice.


Derik Eselius – Theory, Pranayama, Asana, Student Teaching & Meditation

Derik has been a student of yoga since 1991 and teaching since 1998.  He draws inspiration from his nationally recognized teachers Baba Hari Dass, Tias Little, Richard Freeman and most recently Yogarupa Rod Stryker.  He has attended multiple teaching programs, both in the U.S. and India and in 2003 founded axis yoga trainings, a school dedicated exclusively to yoga teacher training programs (in Denver). His classes blend both flowing and stationary postures, drawing from his extensive study of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, allignment based schools and classical yoga study. He is the Mind-Body coordinator for Kaiser Permanente, developing therapeutic yoga, chi gong and nauturopathy curriculum for the hospital setting.


Brenna Hatami N.D. -Experiential Flowing Practice
Dr. Hatami is a long time teacher and practitioner of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Beginning her studies in 1989, she has studied extensively with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in India, Richard Freeman in Boulder, and Tim Miller in California. She has completed two Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training courses and continues to learn and grow in her own daily practice. Currently she is completing her 500 hr. certification through The Mount Madonna Center.  She believes in creating a warm and fun class that transmits a dynamic flow of breath and postures. Brenna is also a Primary Care Physician graduating from the South West College of Naturopathic Medicine with a doctorate in Natural Medicine. She leads bi-annual dietary detox programs, in the spring and fall. For more information about Dr. Brenna’s services visit


Susan Bernhardt -Ayurveda

Yoga classes, while providing great benefit, seemed to hint that there is much more to yoga than asana. Wanting to learn more but without intending to become a yoga teacher or give up her career as a lawyer, Susan enrolled as a student in Axis Yoga Teacher Trainings. The program is strongly grounded in classical yoga and introduced Susan to Ayurveda. From there, Susan and her husband began working with an Ayurveda practitioner on their own concerns, and experienced remarkable results from some very simple Ayurvedic practices. Feeling increasingly drawn to yoga and Ayurveda, Susan enrolled in the yoga therapy and Ayurveda program at the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda (RMIYA). What began as a break from a standard gym workout has now become an unexpected but highly rewarding career change, from practicing law (although Susan continues to be an arbitrator and mediator in select cases) to healing through Ayurveda, yoga, and Tibetan Cranial.

As a graduate of RMIYA’s 1500-hour program, Susan holds certifications from RMIYA to practice Ayurveda, yoga therapy, and pancha karma. She holds a 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Axis Teacher Trainings. Susan also is a Tibetan Cranial apprentice. Susan serves on the Board of the Colorado Ayurvedic Medical Association (COLORAMA),, and is a Professional Practitioner Member of the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association (“NAMA”).


Beth Sanchez -Theory, Mindful Hatha/Vinyasa

Gurupriya Beth has been teaching yoga since 2000, and her style has been described as mindful hatha/vinyasa with anatomical depth, nourishing adjustments, contemplative support and invitations to sing, sigh, and giggle.   She invites all people seeking sangha, contemplative depth in their yoga practice, and sacredness in their relationship to life. Foremost in her aspiration is to serve students in a way that supports their birthright to enjoy purpose, insight, well-being, and the cultivation of inherent goodness. Gurupriya Beth’s classes are deeply inspired by her core teachers, Engaged Buddhism Founder, Venerable Thich Nhat Hahn, and Ayurveda Master Teacher and Practitioner, Alakananda Ma.


John KinseyDr. John Kinsey -Yoga History. Philosophy. Pundit.

I am a professor of Philosophy, Logic, and Religious Studies with an emphasis on Religion and Social Change and International Studies. My area of expertise is Indian Religions, specifically the emerging Buddhist Revival in India, as well as a solid familiarity with the general religious landscape of South Asia.

I teach at CU Boulder, my usual classes being South Asian Religions, Intro to Philosophy, Ethics, Business Ethics, Religion and the Human Experience, World Mythology, and World Religions.  Specialties: I am a well-trained philosopher and cultural theorist. I am also a textual analysis, my specialty being Sanskrit and ancient Indian texts.


ev-head-crop-2-abby-2-e1350753792489Erica Viggiano LCSW. RYT 500. MBSR Specialist -Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Integration Specialist.

Yoga and mindfulness have been in my life since the late 80s when I couldn’t sit still. I fell in love with this way of becoming calmer and more connected, realizing much further along the path that yoga was leading me into a deeper connection with myself. It’s been a privilege to allow the intimate practice of yoga to integrate over the years into my work as a psychotherapist and nutritionist, becoming a yoga teacher “officially” in 2004. It is an exciting time in our evolution where yoga and mindfulness are welcome in the healthcare field, supporting the deep healing experience many of us seek – I am so grateful to be a part of this expansion. Yoga reveals to us the peace, wisdom and beauty that already lies within and between us. It is a great honor and passion to guide and share this path with others.

Guest Instructors:

  • Yoga for the People -Learn about opportunities to begin teaching right away
  • Tushta Sato -Receive the wisdom and guidance of a dedicated life-long yogi
  • Axis Graduates -Be informed about what it is like to teach in the communities and future teaching opportunities
  • Nafeeha Johnson -Learn the esoteric forms of yoga from Nafeeha’s decades of dedicated study of meditation and the yogic arts
  • John Madden -Gain insight into yoga as it relates to the nervous system and trauma related incidents.