Meet The Team

Brooke Page-Thompson

RYT 200

Hatha

Restorative

IAM Yoga Nidra

Vinyasa

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 and John Vosler, receiving her I AM Yoga Nidra certification through the Amrit Yoga Institute in 2020. Come join her on this amazing adventure! 

 

She holds a BA in Elementary Education and an MS in Leadership. She hosts women's retreats 3 times a year. 

Danny Chapparo

ERYT 200

Hatha

Restorative

Equestrian

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 W.

Cycle Fusion

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!

Gail Chodra

RYT 200

Hatha

Gentle Yoga

Massage Therapist

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.

Yvette Costa

RYT 200

Yoga Therapy 500

Hatha

Yin

Meditation

Yoga Nidra

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.

Amanda Conti 

RYT 500

Hatha

Power

Restorative

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 Ewald

RYT 200

Hatha

Restorative

Yoga Nidra

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.

Rachel Shonkoff

RYT 200

Kids Yoga

Restorative

Yin

Flow

Rachel was in high school when she first stepped onto the yoga mat, but her practice didn’t become a major part of her life until many years later, when she moved from California to Colorado. Her passion grew quickly as she immersed herself in the Denver yoga community. In the summer of 2017, Rachel completed her 200-hour teacher training through ONE Yoga Denver. Since her initial training, she has also become certified to teach in the styles of yin, restorative, and kids yoga. 

 

Rachel’s passion in teaching revolves around inclusivity and accessibility. She wants people of all ages, sizes, and abilities, to experience the healing nature of the practice. Her classes have a zero intimidation atmosphere, encouraging her students to come as they are, do what they can, and take what they need. 

 

You can connect with Rachel and stay up to date with her teaching schedule on Instagram at @fearlessbipedyoga.

Madeline Stephenson

RYT 200

Reiki Master

Breathwork Retreats

Hatha

Thai Yoga

Dealing with lifelong anxiety, and after working for over 10 years in the professional world, Madeline started searching for a way to manage the intense, debilitating migraines she experienced on a regular basis. After delving into energy work and many other natural remedies, she discovered that yoga, and subsequently breathwork, was not only the only “exercise” that didn’t actually bring on a migraine, but that it also allowed her to connect to her body and mind in ways she never imagined.

 

Also a Reiki Master Teacher and NLP practitioner, Madeline obtained her 200hr yoga teaching certificate in 2018, and her Thai yoga certification shortly thereafter. A lifelong learner, and passionate about helping the whole person, Madeline most recently has completed training to facilitate Breathwork retreats. 

 

Madeline’s goal is for her students to connect to their body, unconscious mind, and spirit; to feel empowered; and to help them find their own inner healers so that they may become the best versions of themselves.

Nicholas Auger

500 RYT

Hatha

Restorative

Mat Pilates

Kids Yoga

Meditation

Mandy Milner Mackowiak

200 RYT

Hatha

Vinyasa

Ayurveda

Mandy has been a student of yoga for over 10 years and became a certified teacher in 2019.  

Mandy experiences yoga as a practice of great healing, a cultivation of connection to true self, and a portal to joy.  Her classes are energetic, soulful, and intentional. Her mission is to uplift and encourage her students. Not only to encourage the practice, but to encourage living one’s best life. 

 

Mandy is the founder of Sankalpa, a yoga company dedicated to the support of incorporating yoga practice and teachings into daily life through the power of intention. When Mandy isn’t in practice or working on Sankalpa, you can find her enjoying friends and family.  She has a husband, two children, and a labrador. She also enjoys traveling, volunteering, and a passion for writing.

 

Mandy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She worked in Corporate America for over 15 years before launching Sankalpa.  

Claire Eby

200 RYT

Hatha

Gentle

Restorative 

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

 

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  

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