Our trainers, coaches, and instructors are the cornerstone of Dogma Athletica; they live what they teach and they love what they do. They are constantly honing their skills and expanding their knowledge. Despite their level of excellence within in their craft, they agree that there is no room for complacency - at Dogma Athletica we want to grow with you. We know each member has his or her own unique goals and every member's goals are equally valid. We understand the commitment you have made to your health and we are equally committed to you.
Hannah’s yoga journey began in high school after numerous injuries from playing sports. Her doctor recommended she try yoga to recover and relax. No surprise, she was hooked. She fell in love with the time she got to move and breathe slowly and intentionally. Her practice has ebbed, flowed, and evolved since then. In 2014 she decided to dive deeper into her practice and completed her 200hr yoga teacher training at CorePower in Denver and completed her extensions course in 2015.
Outside of the studio you can find Hannah playing with her fluffy huskies, back-country skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and climbing.
“There is something in the air around here. The grandiose mountains often inspire us to push ourselves to our physical and mental limits. The time I spend on my mat has become what sets me up for whatever mental or physical challenges I face off my mat, whether self inflicted or not. Creating space to respect, love, and support myself is a priority and is especially fulfilling. I hope to share that with my students.”
Robin began studying yoga in 1999, to help alleviate pain and tightness.
Robin began teaching in 2003 and delights in sharing the practice of yoga with everyone. She will help you refine your yoga practice to discover new freedom within your body. As an Anusara-Inspired teacher Robin is recognized for bringing a playful approach to assisting yogis achieve the balance that allows them to go deeper into their personal practice, wherever they are. Through an understanding of alignment Robin encourages yogis to take responsibility for their health and well being in order to support personal growth with a balance of body, mind and spirit. Robin’s teachers include: Jamie Allison, Justin Allison, Desiree Rumbaugh, Geri Bleier, Monica Gully, Douglas Brooks & Sally Kempton.
When not on the yoga mat she can be found playing outside, drawing inspiration from the beauty of the mountains, or working in the art studio.
Lindsay took her first yoga class in 2004, but she didn’t get hooked until a couple years ago when she noticed how much it positively affected her daily life. Last year she decided to take a 200 hour Hatha yoga teacher training at an ashram in India and it ended up pushing her in a whole new direction. Afterwards, she taught yoga for the next several months throughout India, Nepal, and Indonesia. She wanted to continue her yoga journey so she started a 1000 hour Yoga Therapy training program this summer. She is a Colorado native and she is happy to be back in the mountains. After traveling around the world for about a decade, Lindsay found what she was always looking for in travel was also what she found in yoga, peace and presence. Lindsay enjoys being a part of the yoga community wherever she teaches and share that sense of peace and presence in every class she teaches.
Holly has come in and out of yoga since the early 2000' and athletics has always been a large part of her life, from running cross country and track in her younger years, rowing college crew, and growing up skiing here for vacations with family which eventually brought her to moving to this beautiful state from Chicago. Holly attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and in 2010 moved to Eagle-Vail with her amazing husband, Ryan, with their two dogs Sadie & Luna and a ferocious cat named Monster. She owns her own business, Energy Exchange, is a Master Reiki Practitioner and is also a SUP YOLI teacher. It is clear she wants to inspire, heal, and help people be open to their biggest and best selves on and off their mat. She loves snowboarding, hiking, cooking, reading and getting creative!
Leisha Knight began the Yoga Journey while performing as an acrobat and aerialist for Cirque du Soleil. She loves the balance and connection that it created in her own life and decided to share that through teaching. Leisha has had the privilege of studying with many wonderful teachers including; Annie Carpenter, David Williams, Nicki Doane, Baron Baptiste, and primarily Shiva Rea with whom she completed her 500 hour teacher training. Leisha likes to combine dynamic movement, breath, and fluid energy in her Vinyasa classes while challenging her students to increase their energy, strength, flexibility, and sustainability. She loves to play music and to have a great time exploring YOGA! She loves the Yoga Journey and is passionate about sharing that journey with her students!
Marta started practicing yoga is 2008 at Moksha Yoga Montreal, and it was then when she was first introduced to Baptise Power Flow. Practicing yoga during college helped her stay focused and stress free during busy times. When she moved back to Dallas after graduating she started attending yoga more frequently and eventually realized that she would love to teach yoga to others. Marta finished her 200-hour teacher training in vinyasa power flow with Amy Johnson, her mentor, and Adri Kyser in Twist Power Yoga in Dallas. Soon after Marta moved to Milan to pursue her Masters and taught English yoga classes at Beyoga Milano, Italy. Marta says “I love teaching my vinyasa classes to music and believe in the power of yoga to calm, cultivate and create new possibilities!”
Classes: Yoga For Stiff People // Tuesdays
Annie has spent decades immersed in the study of the body/mind connection. Annie, a Mother and Craniosacral Therapist, finds the practice of yoga, in it's entirety, a natural fit for her philosophy of self discovery and healthy living. Annie moved to the Vail Valley 27 years ago and has been teaching yoga for 19 years both here and in the UK. Initially trained in the Anusara tradition, she has studied extensively with Jamie Turner Allison, Geri Bleier, Douglas Brooks and Desiree Rumbaugh. She has also followed the teaching of Sianna Sherman, Tara Judelle and Sally Kempton among others. Annie offers a playful, nurturing and creative blend of knowledge and experience, weaving in her love of nature and story telling, she strives to leave her students feeling joyful and alive.
Certs: BS in Psychobiology, M.A. in Sport & Performance Psychology, C.S.C.S., L.P.C.C.
Lauren is invested in holistically understanding what it takes for an individual to reach prime performance in a consistent manner. Being a collegiate basketball player and going through multiple injuries, she has experienced the struggles and discovered the commitment needed to achieve success.The mind-body connection is something that we can't avoid and it's a critical piece to performance. Lauren works with clients both on the physical side, but also the mental side. She believes that in order to control the mental aspect of performance, one must first learn how to control his or her physical reactions. Lauren's passion and growing knowledge encompasses helping individuals return to performance after injury, supporting clients through lifestyle changes, and assisting individuals who want to perform at their best day in and day out. She wants to help her clients develop a strong skill-set that will help them push through the hardships both in sport and in life.
Certs: BASI Pilates (Student Instructor 200 hours), TRX Certified, PreCore Certified, Functional Movement Researcher
Classes: Live It! Sweat It!
A former mixed martial artist, high school wrestling coach, functional movement learner, Pilates instructor as well as former MMA instructor to the Commerce City P.D., Chad understands what it takes to deliver quality instruction to a variety of personalities. In addition, he is uniquely aware of injuries pertaining to the joints and back due to his own experiences. He is well-versed in varied teaching methodologies and holds a Masters of Science in Adult Teaching. Chad is always ready to get the best you out in front!
Classes: Vibrant Vinyasa, Mindful Morning Flow
Trinity came to Colorado in 1994 as a competitive snowboarder. After breaking bones, dislocations and knee injuries, her doctor recommended yoga. A fascination with the possibilities of physical transformation and personal evolution has inspired her intense yoga practice for 18 years. She has learned from some of the great masters and has studied a myriad of yoga styles. Trinity first studied at the VAC under Argie Ligeros and Prica Boris.After studying for two years, it was suggested to do teacher training. Her first teacher training was a 500 hour intensive Anurara with Jamie Allison. After that certification she has studied with Shiva Rea (Vinyasa Flow), Baron Baptistye (Baptiste Yoga), John Friend (Anusara), Desiree Rumbaugh (Anusara), Richard Freeman (Ashtanga Vinyasa) and Camille Patrillo (Thai Massage). She taught 16 years at the Homestead Court Club and private classes to multiple high end clients for 10 years.
In 2015 Hala Gear, out of Steamboat, asked for her to be an athlete ambassador. She taught SUP yoga up to three times a week in the summer for In Your Element and fell in love with Sup Yoga. This year she is the Vail Town Champion in the town series for Stand Up Paddle Boarding and competed in 2016 GoPro Games. She has taught to a range of athletes from the elite level Olympian’s to the recreational weekend warrior’s. ,
Classes: Yoga For Athletes
Aislinn teaches a variety of class types which are physically challenging for those who request rigor, yet she also caters to meditation and restorative classes with a focus on easing stress and tension. Each experience is rich with intention and purpose while combining elements of meditation, breath, and yoga postures. Aislinn’s teaching style is unique, patient and therapeutic due to the vast array of styles she has learned from her personal teachers, and is also influenced by her travels through South East Asia and time spent living and teaching in Panama and Costa Rica. She strongly believes that yoga is simply a tool to infuse life with ease and compassion, and her intention is to show just how powerful and transformative yoga can be for every mind and every body. When Aislinn isn’t teaching, she is exploring the mountains, cooking lots of healthy food, designing web pages and planning her next international adventure.
Classes: Yoga For Stiff People
Julie first found yoga at age 18 taking it as an elective in college. She continued practicing finding Bikram and Kundalini along the way. She trained with Shannon Paige in 2011 for her 200hr Teacher training, blending vinyasa with the aligning principles of Anusara. Julie teaches Hatha yoga which simply is asana, or postures with little flow between and pranayama or basic breathing exercises. Expect to find a gentle, slower paced blend of Ashtanga and Iyengar.
Julie believes yoga is about community and connection. She seeks deep connection to herself and her students through the unifying practice of yoga. Julie is a 450 hr RYT who now studies regularly with Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini in Maui. When Julie isn't in the studio find her on the water teaching stand up paddle board yoga. She has operated Paddle Yoga Colorado since 2012 and is a certified SUP Yoga instructor and guide.
Classes: Mindful Morning Flow, Energizing Flow
Chelsea is Dogma's yoga director. Chelsea was first introduced to yoga as a freshman in college at the University of New Hampshire and has been practicing since. A long time vegetarian with a passion for the outdoors, it was a natural fit. An active person, initially drawn to the physical practice, the movement of the asanas and the strengthening aspect. As Chelsea did more yoga and her practice deepened, she soon became aware of the mental and spiritual changes that yoga was having on her. How her whole attitude and outlook could shift from a single yoga class. Yoga has taught Chelsea many life lessons. It has taught her presence and breath and has made her more aware of her natural surroundings. It has taught Chelsea to pause and appreciate the little things, and how truly small we are in this big world.
Chelsea received her 200HR yoga teacher certification at Yandara Yoga Institute in December of 2012- this one choice has changed her life. In April of 2015, she received her 400HR yoga teacher certification, also at Yandara Yoga Institute, and looks forward to completing her 500HR training. While at Yandara, Chelsea also studied Reiki and completed her Reiki Certification. Chelsea has been a registered member of Yoga Alliance since November of 2012.
Certs: B.S. Kinesiology from Univ. of Texas, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, FMS Certified, Licensed Massage Therapist
Missy has over 20 years of personal training experience and 18 years of massage therapy experience. For two years, Missy was the massage therapist for the Texas Women's Swim Team. She has an advanced certification in Corrective Exercise with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Missy's programs focus on strengthening movement patterns for your specific sport or activity. She combines core strengthening, balance training, plyometrics, and flexibility to keep you playing injury-free and at the top of your game. As an athlete, Missy has had multiple injuries and knows the physical and mental challenges of rehab. She is able to combine her knowledge as a massage therapist and personal trainer to help treat acute and chronic injuries. She also specializes in post-rehab of hips, knees and shoulders.
Missy has an adventurous spirit. She loves be outside in nature whitewater rafting, paddle boarding, mountain biking, skiing and hiking with her husband, David and dog, Rio. Call Missy to schedule a complimentary fitness screening assessment or to learn more about becoming one of her clients (970) 376-7454.
Classes: Hatha Yoga
Claire Evans was introduced to the Vail Valley in 1979, and to yoga in 2001. She is consistently awed and stupefied by both. Laughing and learning are paramount in her daily practice.
Claire discovered yoga with Jamie Allison and Anusara Yoga in 2001. She began teaching in the Vail Valley in 2004. Thoroughly educated in alignment, pranayama and yoga philosophy, Claire continues to find new ways to be curious about life, yoga, and the Universe.
Although she regards Life as the Ultimate Practice, Claire has studied with many greats including: Justin and Jamie Allison, Geri Bleier, Lynn Albers, John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, Madhuri Martin, Maria Patella, Dr. Douglas Brooks, and Desi Springer. Claireʼs current curiosity is Sridaiva Yoga, which she is studying with Desi Springer and John Friend.
Claireʼs classes are playful and challenging with a light-hearted emphasis on alignment. She loves to teach beginners and she is adept at making even the most seasoned practitioner re-examine their physical universe. Claire is so grateful to have found her new home at Dogma Athletica, and is eager to meet everyone!
Certs: BS Exercise & Health Science, University of Southern Maine FMS-Level 1 - Certified Functional Movement Screen NSCA- Certified Personal Trainer
Stacey brings over 15 years of experience and many unique certifications to Dogma. She is certified in Functional-Movement Screening, which is often how she begins programs with new clients. Stacey has a skilled eye when it comes to recognizing movement limiters/dysfunction and she is great at creating specific workouts to help clients move more efficiently and without pain.
Stacey does a wonderful job keeping the energy and intensity high when training small groups or private clients. She brings a fun spirit and a strong client connection to each session. Stacey has designed many programs for Dogma, most requiring minimal equipment for easy adaptation when clients are away from home. She also enjoys creating post-op rehab plans for surgical patients, helping them regain the quality of life that they are used to.
To add to her ever-growing list of qualifications, Stacey recently had her first baby, Canyon, and is now a true expert in pre/postnatal programming. Whether you are an elite athlete trying to meet your goals or someone who is relatively new to fitness, Stacey can build an effective, individualized plan that incorporates core stability, cardiovascular exercise, flexibility and proper nutrition.
Kirsten is a Colorado native whose passion for the outdoors fuels her fitness. She has been a personal trainer for the last 13 years and has been teaching fitness classes for over 20 years. She is known for her contagious and positive energy and her challenging, creative style.
She motivates and inspires others to surpass their self-perceived limitations. Her focus is to help people understand imbalances to improve posture and live a pain-free and active lifestyle. Kirsten has first-hand experience with challenges of injury and recovery. She has had numerous reconstructive surgeries, including five back surgeries and a lumbar fusion. The insight she’s gained from these experiences benefit her clients. Her empathy, humor and strong work ethic create powerful results.
Additionally, she is certified in personal training, Pilates, spin, TRX and David Dorian Ross/ Mind and Body. When not working with clients, Kirsten enjoys mountain biking, telemark skiing, hiking, snowshoeing and playing in the Rockies with her family, friends and dogs.
Classes: Mindful Morning Flow, Energizing Flow
I was "recruited" to my first yoga class by the overly spunky yoga teacher who circled the gym before each class. Yoga was not a household name at that time, and participants were sometimes hard to find. I averted her for awhile, but that day there was no getting around it. And I have thanked goodness for that day ever since...
It was 1998 and I had recently moved to the Vail Valley after 18 months of travel and work in South East Asia. During my travels I taught English to monks, studied Vipassana meditation in Thailand, hiked the Himalayas, spent weeks living in a monastery in Nepal, and traveled to some of the most sacred holy sites in India, but I never stepped foot on a yoga mat. It wasn't love at first sight, but I was hooked!
While my travels in Asia inspired me mentally and physically, it wreaked havoc on my physical body. I found myself extremely sick and physically broken, and where western medicine fell short, yoga picked up the pieces. Throughout my health struggles I spent so much time trying to escape my body that the practice of yoga was a sweet welcome back home. As my practice evolved and my physical body began to heal, life on all levels began to shift and change. Before too long, I signed up for my first teacher training with Jamie Allison in 2001.
As a result of my own healing and transformation, the therapeutic benefits of yoga lie at the heart of my practice and teaching. I believe wholeheartedly that yoga is for every body, and that each one of us can benefit from some aspect of the practice. When we learn how to access and form a relationship with the power that we hold within, we open up to the world and all its possibilities.
My goal is to allow each student to find their own expression of beauty, grace, joy and transformation. My classes honor and respect many different schools of yoga. You can expect a dynamic, strength-based vinyasa flow, linked with deep alignment principles, breath awareness and creative sequences.
I have such deep gratitude and respect for all of my teachers and students who have supported me on this path. I pay a special debt of gratitude to my two beautiful daughters who continually remind me to find joy, patience and beauty within each moment.
"Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do." -Rumi
Classes: Meditation, Mindful Morning Flow, Live It Flow
Elena has been a student of yoga and meditation for 30 years. She’s been fortunate to study with many master teachers and has over 1000 hours of teacher training. She laughs that she’s been trying to make sense of things for as long as she can remember. Her teaching is infused with a lifetime of spiritual and psychological exploration within the great wisdom traditions of yoga and Buddhism, somatic psychology, and contemplative and Western psychology. For her, yoga is about the power of moving with breath and creating a space for lighthearted curiosity: noticing, watching, and observing every aspect of life on and off the mat as a way of discovering who we are, as we are, and engaging life and others wholeheartedly. The ‘Live It’ credo of Dogma inspires her daily. She teaches all levels and guides meditation and restorative yoga.
Two teenagers, a great husband, community, a love for all that it is to live in Vail, a private counseling/psychotherapy practice, and finding the perfect soundtrack for yoga practice occupy the rest of her time.
Certs: BS Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Southern Connecticut State University ATC- Certified Athletic Trainer
Bryan began his personal training career in Boston, MA. He moved to Vail in the winter of 2010 to enjoy the Valley’s active mountain lifestyle. He then joined Dogma Athletica as gym manager and began to grow his own list of clients. As general manager, Bryan has helped develop and launch numerous programs, including the Dogma “30-Day Challenge”. He truly enjoys creating specialized exercise plans for his clients, especially those rehabilitating from an injury. It is his goal to return these clients back to a level of health greater than their initial starting point.
Bryan brings positive energy and a great sense of humor to each session. His training style is patient and accessible – a great fit for anyone new to personal training or with a specific goal in mind. When Bryan is not training clients or managing the desk, he enjoys soccer, mountain biking, snowboarding and playing with the Vail Rugby Football Club.
Brendan’s love for skiing and mountain biking began at a young age. After graduating from Plymouth State University, these two passions brought him to the Vail Valley, where he has lived since 2002. Brendan worked as a Beaver Creek Ski Patroller for eight years and was chosen for elite assignments in Utah and France.
Brendan competes at the professional level in mountain biking and endurance racing, which is what brought him into Dogma Athletica many years ago. His magnetic personality and affinity for teaching landed him a spot as an instructor in Dogma’s Compu-trainer Studio. With unprecedented ease, Brendan amassed a large client base and began personal training full-time. Brendan is now a certified USA Cycling Coach and Personal Trainer who specializes in creating custom training protocols based on the “real-world” demands of his clients.
In addition to one-on-one training sessions and cycling classes, Brendan teaches yoga and develops group training programs for Dogma Athletica. He loves to cook, eat and play outside. He is also extremely funny.
Certs: P.T.A.C.S.M., N.S.C.A., A.C.E., Yoga Alliance, USA Cycling, Cycling Fitting Tiemeyer
Rod Connolly has been coaching cyclists and training athletes for over 20 years. He possesses the unique combination of a clinical exercise background and real-world racing and training experience. He brings other progressive attributes to his coaching such as custom bike fitting, nutrition counseling, specific strength protocols and yoga. What truly sets Rod apart from other coaches is his comprehensive understanding of all body types and his eye for discerning even the smallest change that can create a stronger athlete. He finds the singularity in each client and hopes to communicate and connect in a way that goes beyond the typical coaching relationship. Rod celebrates each client’s individual goals to help him or her achieve remarkable results.
In 2006, Rod and his wife Michelle opened Dogma Athletica in Colorado’s Vail Valley. Dogma Athletica is one of the premier high altitude training centers in the world. The facility allows Rod and his esteemed coaching staff to train and test clients in a controlled environment, and it serves as home base for Altitude Camps that Live It Cycling & Dogma Athletica host in the summer months. Rod and Michelle have two lovely daughters – Rosie and AJ.