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.
Classes: Yoga For Stiff People
Nicole's gratitude and passion for yoga has translated into a wish to care for herself and others by sharing the practices. Her classes which emphasize breath, as well as the subtle and energetic aspects of yoga, come from an inner journey on the mat, leaving behind the outward performance focus of yoga poses for an intimate relationship with self and our true divine nature through Asana.
With emphasis on Bhakti influenced Vinyasa Flow, as well as Restorative flows, Nicole's classes include stories of the ancient yogic myths, mantra, and harmonium to uplift our voices in unity. She has a deep fascination with Shakti energy and how the yogic Goddesses can offer teachings to heal our world.
Her classes are real and authentic. They can be considered both awakening and challenging while being nurturing and soothing at the same time.
After several hundred hours in training in the healing Bhakti practice of chanting and using harmonium to lead group chants, Nicole's greatest love is to infuse Vinyasa yoga classes with Bhakti as well as lead simple, intimate, meaningful Kirtans. Nicole's passion is to make chanting relatable and relevant in our modern times.
Nicole is deeply grateful for her many teachers including Janet Stone of San Francisco for her 500 hr, Nat Kendall, Rachel Nelson, Paige Elenson, Baron Baptiste and Mike Cohen. Nicole's greatest teachers have always been, and always will be, fellow yoga students and the practices themselves.
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!
Joe Joe Melone
Classes: Vibrant Vinyasa, Flow+Restore
Joe Joe has an extensive background in the practice of yoga since '99. Over 1000 hrs of official training, Joe Joe has completed intensive teacher training's and assisting for San Francisco based, Rusty Wells and Janet Stone. He also had the honor to experience Life of a yogi teacher training with New York based, Sri Dharma Mittra. Joe Joe’s intent was not to teach, but to learn and give back to the community he was blessed to be apart of. As a teaching assistant, Joe Joe assisted large groups of love filled and inspiring yogis led by his teachers. He realized that being of service in that way was just an expansion in the practice of presence. Being of service taught him how to embody compassion, and more acceptance of himself and others. That is when Joe Joe decided it was time to start using his own voice in teaching the practice of yoga.
Although Joe Joe offered pop up weekly yoga practice for friends and family beginning in 2007, 2012 was when he began to offer public classes in some of San Francisco’s great yoga studios. Joe Joe has practiced and trained in many of the varied yoga styles over the years, but it wasn't until he was introduced to the dynamic ebb and flow, universal rhythm, love and devotion of BhaktiFlow, that he found himself able to really resonate with this living practice. All life is Yoga! All life is Yoga! All life is Yoga!
Joe Joe has also been of service in the beauty industry since ’94. He started out working for Vidal Sassoon in Boston, Massachusetts as a hairstylist, transferred to California as Assistant Creative Director, and eventually went independent, as a haircut and color specialist. Being of service to others is what Joe Joe believes is what where here to do,as in helping to remind others of the teacher within. Joe Joe believes it so much so, that he also offers energy work as a level 2 Reiki Master, and body work as a Esalen massage practitioner.
With humble gratitude for the mountains and this new chapter!
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. ,
Morgan's promenade with yoga began in 2005 at Chicago College of Performing Arts thanks to Meera Sanghani; an experienced Iyengar teacher whom introduces young artists to the practice of asana, yogic philosophy, and how yoga can support a life in the arts. Morgan was thereupon devoted. She continued to study yoga in Chicago until 2010 when she returned to her home state of Colorado. Meanwhile, her practice continued to flower. On top of a lifetime of classical dance training, Morgan has completed well over 500 hours of comprehensive yoga teacher training at Samadhi Center for Yoga and Meditation in Denver, CO. Her primary teachers are Beth Sanchez, Jeremy Wolf, and Cheryl Deer. However she has studied with a number of very gifted teachers. As a student of yoga she is dedicated to the teachings and disciplined applied practice. As an exponent of yoga she is dedicated to assisting others in the art of self healing and self actualization and she generally does so through a nourishing, playful, and loving approach to the practice. She continues her studies in yoga and Ayurveda under the guidance and love of her teachers.
Morgan has training in: Asana (Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, and Hatha), Mindfulness, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Therapeutics, Anatomy, The Science of Prana, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, Deities, Sanskrit, Subtle Body Theory, among other subjects...
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.