Meet The Team
IAM® Yoga Nidra
Ayurveda Level 1
Brooke is the owner and founder of Buka Yoga. After having spent 15 years in the consulting and corporate world, Brooke found yoga a at a place she would call rock bottom in her career and life. Not really knowing what to do, she went on a retreat with a friend...and her life was changed. She had no idea the power of feeling her body in poses, of going inward and listening to her breath how calming her mind would start to become.
2 years later, she decided to enter into her 200 RYT hours program through One Yoga and graduated July 18, 2017. This is now a lifelong journey of learning, connecting and inner growth that she loves sharing with others and learning from them. She loves teaching yoga and creating space for others.
Brooke has trained with Jeremey Wolf, Beth Sanchez, Dr. Claudia Welch, Dr. Svoboda, Dr. Kamini Desai, Hasu Marne and John Vosler, receiving her I AM Advanced Yoga Nidra certification through the Amrit Yoga Institute in 2020 and Level 1 Ayurveda certification in 2019. Come join her on this amazing adventure!
She holds a BA in Elementary Education and an MS in Leadership.
Photo Cred: Jen Shoutta
Danny Chapparo was born and raised in Germany. Her love of Colorado and its great outdoors motivated her to move to Denver in 1995. Danny was introduced to Yoga and Pilates in 2001 and has since then been an avid yoga practitioner. Her training and personal experience includes many styles of yoga, including Anusara, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Hatha, Power Yoga, and Restorative Yoga.
Danny is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT-200) through Yoga Alliance. Her style is energetic and enthusiastic and reflects her experience in all of these types of yoga practices, with a strong emphasis on proper alignment. Her goal is to create a fun, yet safe environment and empower her students to relax, develop greater strength, and improve flexibility.
Danny holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and Master of Business Administration. She is also the owner of Ashva Yoga, where she teaches Equestrian Yoga.
Traci was introduced to both indoor cycling and yoga after college. Indoor cycling was a way to maintain an intense fitness workout without stressing the joints. Upon moving to Colorado and teaching at various Front Range locations, she felt the need to expand her love of this class and Cycle Fusion was born. Traci received her Spinning® Instructor Certification through MAD DOGG ATHLETICS®. She utilizes her knowledge of physiology and the structure of the body to help optimize each ride and enable each client to listen to their own bodies to further their own fitness journey.
The capability of being able to reach all fitness levels and ages, is something that drives her to continually evolve as an instructor. More recently, cycling has helped Traci recover from a life-changing accident due to not only the zero-impact on the joints, but also the strength of mind and body that is involved. She thrives in pushing clients to achieve goals they never knew they had while ensuring that each ride is energizing and fun.
Cycle Fusion is synonymous with “Fun. Fit. Fierce.” and that is the goal of each class Traci provides. She is an energizing and invested teacher who strives to make this fitness journey a way of life for each client. Your ride awaits….see you on the bike!
A professional dancer/choreographer and teacher for over 25 years, Gail’s passion for movement, creative expression and knowledge of body mechanics naturally led her to the practice of yoga.
Moving to Colorado 10 years ago, she began her second career as a massage therapist, continued yoga classes and completed her 200 hour yoga teaching certification in 2007.
Gail believes the essence of a yoga practice is a continuous deepening awareness of the body, mind and spirit. She loves integrating anatomy and kinesiology, breath and the energy of the chakras within her yoga classes.
Through her yoga practice and also as a massage therapist, it is her wish to give to others an opportunity to grow in the awareness of self; and to quiet the mind, heal the body, and nourish the heart.
Yoga Therapy 500
Yvette began her yoga career out of curiosity…her interest in exploring this thing called yoga led her to start practicing yoga in 1999. She was hooked, and took her practice further and began teaching in 2008.
She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (200 hour) with Yoga Alliance and holds 500 hour Yoga Therapy Certifications from Loyola Marymount University and Yoga Life Institute. Her teaching style has been influenced by Desiree Rumbaugh (alignment), Shiva Rea (flow), Paul Grilley (anatomy) and Bob Butera (yoga lifestyle).
Yvette’s classes bring awareness to alignment while encouraging a deeper focus on movement. She strives to help her students develop a deeper awareness of their bodies, regardless of age or condition. She also addresses how the choices they make and their reactions to stressful situations show up in their bodies. Through the study and application of yoga postures and philosophy, Yvette hopes that students will shift from an ‘external’ focus to a more ‘internal’ one that embodies mindfulness and compassion for self and others. Her goal is for students to leave feeling focused, peaceful and relaxed.
A lifelong athlete and student of wellness and nutrition, Amanda moved to Colorado in 2007 with her husband and three young children. She began practicing yoga, in her basement, that same year when she couldn't make it to the gym and to release tension in her neck and shoulders caused by long-distance cycling. She immediately fell in love with the physicality of yoga, as well as the transformative healing nature of the practice. After practicing on her own for years, Amanda completed teacher training at Anjaneya School of Yoga in Boulder and received her RYT200. She returned to Boulder in 2019 to complete her RYT500.
Amanda’s intuitive and playful style of teaching is influenced by fitness, Pilates and several yoga lineages including Hatha yoga, which focuses on breathing and alignment, and Ashtanga yoga, which offers a more vigorous, athletic style of practice. Amanda believes humor is an essential ingredient in yoga, and laughter is the best core exercise. She creates a fun, supportive and judgement-free environment where students can feel good while exploring new possibilities.
Amanda believes that with a diligent and dedicated yoga practice, anyone can cultivate a sense of stability, a clearer, more peaceful mind and a greater ability to deal with the unexpected curve balls life throws at us off the mat. She hopes her students will leave their practice feeling calm, strong, inspired, and most of all more connected to themselves.
Amanda is also a certified holistic health counselor through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
Katherine, a business owner for the past 20 years in the health and wellness industry professionally certified massage, Reiki, Craniosacral, Rossiter and grief counselor has led her passion to connect the mind, body and soul to practice yoga.
First introduced to yoga in 1996, to enhance her knowledge of body movement and bo
dy mechanics for her health and wellness business. After her initial introduction to Yoga, Katherine strived to deepen her attachment to the philosophy and mythologies of yoga and attended an intensive program at Kripalu.
Katherine has lived in Castle Rock for the past 13 years with her husband, two daughters, their dog Haley and their cat Pebbles. In 2016 Katherine attended Anjaneya School of Yoga in Boulder and received her two hundred hour teacher training in January of 2017. She has become an active member of Yoga Alliance and has had the pleasure of studying with Desiree Rumbaugh, Christina Sell and Jeanie Manchester.
Katherine’s wish as a teacher of yoga is to bring you more in tune with your physical body and developing more consciousness through asanas, breath and meditation.
I have been teaching yoga and mindfulness for over ten years to children, teens, & adults (up to 88 years old!) and absolutely love it! Yoga and mindfulness entered my life after battling with constant back issues and a hectic life schedule. I was so out of balance that I literally had to learn how to physically balance in order to bring balance into my family and work life. My favorite yoga form is Vinyasa flow, because I love the connection between movement, breath, and the challenge it brings to the mind and body. All of my classes focus on listening to the body (first and foremost), ensuring a safe and challenging practice, leaving judgment off the mat, and enjoying a groovy playlist. Off the mat, I enjoy my five children, gardening, cooking, exercising, and bringing mindfulness/movement into classrooms. I hope to meet you on your mat soon!
Jeanette is a wife of almost 20 years, a mom to 2 beautiful (almost grown!) children and 3 fun fur babies. She assists her husband with his real estate business and creates beautiful gift baskets for his clients. Her passions include live music and travel and she spends much of her free time outside breathing the fresh air, hiking, biking, camping and running.
Before finding yoga, Jeanette spent 10 years as a 911 dispatcher. After undergoing a major surgery in 2016, she found herself in chronic pain and struggling to cope with the emotional toll it was taking. She eventually left her career in early 2017 due to her pain and was left wondering what was next. She had practiced yoga on and off for years but finally found a regular and consistent practice starting in January, 2018 and it changed her life. She began teacher training soon after and earned her 200 hour certification in May of that year. The profound impact yoga has had on Jeanette’s life and her ability to not just cope but thrive in spite of her pain has fueled her passion for sharing the practice with others. Since then she has completed 50 hours of Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy training and recently began the journey of working towards her 300 hour certification. She loves that yoga really has no peak or plateau but that instead there is always more to learn and the potential for personal growth is infinite! Jeanette loves to practice and teach vinyasa and incorporates her love of music to create her own unique style in each class! She also loves to teach hot yoga (Bikram inspired sequence) as well as gentle and is always looking for new ways of sharing yoga with her students.
I am a E-200 RYT with over 3,000 hrs. of teaching classes within 5 different modalities(types) and YACEP, both through Yoga Alliance. I specialize in TIYT (Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy) and breath-work. Having over 200 hours of training in Trauma Informed, Traumatic Brain Injury and Trauma Recovery. I also hold the following teaching certifications: Warriors at Ease Level I, Children’s, Hatha, Vinyasa, HOT (26/2 & Sumits), YIN, Restorative, Meditation, RADRoller Mobility Levels 1 & 2, and energy healing Reiki I, 2 &3. Currently I am finishing my 500hr in Yoga Therapy Foundations in December 2020.
I am a current teacher with ComeBack Yoga, Sumits, Co-Op@1st, Denver Yoga Collaboration and SSPRD. I also provide pro-bono classes and workshops at various non-profit organizations such as VOA, Girls Inc. and several other private parties.It is my great honor and privilege to provide relief and healing through Yoga. I love being a part of such a unique community . I do hope to meet with you soon!
Energy Medicine Yoga ®
Claire Eby...AKA Yogi Claire
In 2000, I took my first yoga class at a gym in Arlington, Virginia. I had elevated cortisol levels, couldn’t sleep, felt anxious and disconnected from myself. Yoga quickly calmed and relaxed me. You could say that yoga had me at Savasana!
My goal as a teacher is to create a supportive environment where students can be in the present moment and leave feeling refreshed.
I’ve practiced many types of yoga from Korean yoga to Kundalini. But the biggest influences on my teaching are gentle hatha yoga, restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra. By blending gentle and restorative yoga, we get the benefits of slower movement and deep relaxation. I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training at Samadhi Yoga in Denver, CO. She completed her Teacher Training in Energy Medicine Yoga ® in October 2020.
Meet Nicholas Auger... a Houstonian who moved to Colorado in 2017. For his entire life, he has strived to help others. Through obtaining a Sculpture degree at the University of Houston, Nicholas unexpectedly discovered self-discipline and truth through studying Yogic philosophies.
Over a few years, he traveled to Guatemala (where he earned his 200 and 500 hours YA YTT Certifications), Nicaragua, Europe, and India to gain a deeper understanding and knowledge of Yoga, which has become a fundamental part of his and his message.
Since then, he has been sculpting bodies and minds through Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Kids Yoga, Pilates, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Personal Fitness Training, cycling, hiking, and other forms of meditation in action wherever he is with his community.
Over the past decade, Nicholas has been teaching a multitude of wellness-based classes. His goal is to spread the wellbeing seed by encouraging others to live with more body, mind, and environmental awareness, which even led him to run his own Yoga website to be a database for Yogic knowledge (www.YogiSense.com). His specialty includes a plethora of relaxation, stretching, breathing, and meditative disciplines. He is well versed in the art of healthy living and can accommodate all levels of fitness and ages.
One of his favorite quotes “It is all-pervading. And (s)he who beholds all beings in the Self, and the Self in all beings, (s)he never turns away from it [the Self].” - Isha Upanishad, Hymn 6
Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy
I’m Stacie Joy. Most days you can find me in South Denver stretched out on my yoga mat, chasing after my 3 year old daughter, or curled up with a good book while she sleeps.I love serving the world by sharing yoga with others that also struggle with anxiety and depression. It wasn’t until I started practicing to heal my own anxious mind that I began to understand the connection between our nervous system, our emotions, and how our bodies store trauma. I am most passionate about guiding others that struggle with emotional distress towards the healing capabilities that lie within our incredible bodies. Stacie is a 200YTT, Yin, Trauma Sensitive, and Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy Certified.
Lourdes believes in Lifestyle as Medicine. Yoga became part of her personal "medicine" almost 20 years ago through a borrowed Power Yoga DVD as she was beginning her career as a Registered Nurse. After years of watching the healthcare system fail countless patients and providers, she embarked on a journey of exploration into holistic practices including Yoga, Integrative Massage Therapy, Herbalism, Nutrition, and Mindfulness/Meditation practices. Lourdes became certified through Integrative Yoga Therapy as a teacher in 2015. She is a HeartMath Certified Practitioner, Certified Health Coach, Certified Nurse Educator, and currently preparing for board certification as a Health and Wellness Nurse Coach through the American Holistic Nurses Association. Her mission is to help both patients and providers through education and coaching of Lifestyle as Medicine, of which Yoga is one of many tools.
As a yoga teacher, Lourdes will challenge you to explore awareness of body, mind, and breath in practices designed to work the muscles as well as regulate the nervous system. She loves a vigorous practice that incorporates strength and balance while addressing flexibility of mind and body with fluidity of breath. Lourdes believes that every day on the mat is different, and yet the mat always offers us exactly what we are meant to find that day. She is grateful to share the "medicine" of Yoga with others.
Sarah has been practicing yoga since she was 16-years old; her first practice involved a yoga DVD and some makeshift props in the basement of her childhood home. In 2016, she moved to Colorado from Chicago and fulfilled one of her life goals...she got her first ever yoga studio membership.. A year later, she completed her yoga teacher training, and today she is a RYI 200. Sarah loves all styles of yoga, but vinyasa is her favorite. When not on the mat, Sarah loves running, reading, and teaching first grade. Her yoga students often comment that she brings a little bit of an elementary school teacher personality into her classes. She believes yoga is a practice for everyone and is passionate about sharing it with others.
Women’s Mindset Coach/ Certified Professional Coach
Cecile was born and raised in France but always had the travel bug in her! In 2009, she had the opportunity to come study at San Diego State University for a semester. She ended up falling in love with the United States and with one of her classmates - today they are married and have a young daughter and 2 dogs :) It is also during her first few months in the US that she started taking fitness classes, and took an interest in yoga and pilates in particular. She and her husband moved to Castle Rock in 2017, looking for fresh mountain air, wide open spaces and a friendly community to start a family. Soon after their daughter was born, Cecile decided to embark on the yoga teacher training adventure. Just as yoga had changed her life, yoga teacher training revealed her true calling (she had been a French teacher until then) and she decided to dedicate herself to helping others feel more aligned and connected in body, mind and spirit. In 2020, Cecile became a Certified Professional Coach ( also referred to as a “Life Coach”), through the Fowler Institute. The mission of her company, The Goddess Within, is to empower women to love themselves, shine their light unapologetically in the world, and form a supportive sisterhood community. Cecile couldn’t be happier to be part of the Buka crew and is looking forward to sharing her energy and passion for movement with her students. Her signature class is a 45 minute Fusion Flow which combines yoga, pilates, barre and cardio moves with uplifting music and will leave you feeling simultaneously energized and relaxed. Namaste !