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.  

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Yoga Instructors

Hannah Knauer

Hannah Knauer

Bio:
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 Nash

Robin Nash

Bio:
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.

Holly Beavers

Holly Beavers

Bio:
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!

Annie Richards

Annie Richards

Classes: Yoga For Stiff People // Tuesdays

Bio:
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.

Lauren Ruhl

Lauren Ruhl

Certs: BS in Psychobiology, M.A. in Sport & Performance Psychology, C.S.C.S., L.P.C.C.

Bio:
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.

Trinity Wall

Trinity Wall

Classes: Vibrant Vinyasa, Mindful Morning Flow

Bio:
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. ,

Julie Circo

Julie Circo

Classes: Yoga For Stiff People

Bio:
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.

Missy McDonald

Missy McDonald

Certs: B.S. Kinesiology from Univ. of Texas, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, FMS Certified, Licensed Massage Therapist

Bio:
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.

Stacey Vachon

Stacey Vachon

Certs: BS Exercise & Health Science, University of Southern Maine FMS-Level 1 - Certified Functional Movement Screen NSCA- Certified Personal Trainer

Bio:
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.

Jill Koellhoffer

Jill Koellhoffer

Classes: Mindful Morning Flow, Energizing Flow

Bio:
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

Elena Georgouses

Elena Georgouses

Classes: Meditation, Mindful Morning Flow, Live It Flow

Bio:
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.

Bryan Maroney

Bryan Maroney

Certs: BS Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Southern Connecticut State University ATC- Certified Athletic Trainer

Bio:
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.

Rod Connolly

Rod Connolly

Certs: P.T.A.C.S.M., N.S.C.A., A.C.E., Yoga Alliance, USA Cycling, Cycling Fitting Tiemeyer

Bio:
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.