Meet Our Training Leaders!
"All four teachers were always open, receptive, present, and giving with their time and knowledge." 2015 grad
"Thank you for all you do. You've changed my life!" 2015 grad
Sarada Erickson, MS, ERYT-500, RPYT, C-IAYT
Director of Teacher Training, Acharya, founder Om Ananda Yoga
Sarada found yoga in 1997 for the first time, yet it somehow felt familiar to her. She had been roaming about restlessly and often rebelliously for some years. Yoga provided a glimpse into inner peace. She earned her 200 hour teaching certification in 2001 at Shambhava Yoga Shoshoni. She then studied, taught, and grew in the beautiful and supportive ashram environment. In 2004, she moved to Fort Collins to complete undergrad and then her Master’s Degree in Nutrition at CSU. In 2007, the opportunity to lead the first yoga certification in Ft Collins arose. Sarada deeply loved this experience, grew a tremendous amount, and saw the transformative impact it had on participants. She realized part of her path was to lead trainings, and has brought this love to the community ever since. Om Ananda Yoga in its current form was birthed with husband Shivaji in 2011, followed by the birth of their daughter in 2012. Love, patience, compassion and gratitude have taken on richer forms as Sarada continually learns from her life. In 2017, she grandfathered in as a Certified Yoga Therapist which she will grow and expand more into over the years. Sarada reaffirms her yogic path each day in simple ways through seva (selfless service), ritual, chanting, meditation, and asana. She continually depends on her practice to nourish and balance her body, mind, and spirit.
Jason Shivaji Erickson, RYT-500, MS Biology
Acharya, founder Om Ananda Yoga, Anatomy and Physiology Instructor at Front Community College
Jason (Shivaji) started his journey into yoga 17 years ago when he moved into the beautiful ashram, Shoshoni. He had been looking for answers and a spiritual path for many years. In the ashram he found the answers he was seeking and much more as he learned to truly live like a yogi—each morning and evening chanting mantra and meditating, performing seva, and learning how to incorporate a spiritual practice throughout the day. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Biological Science where his research and training emphasize anatomy, physiology, and neurobiology. In the yoga teacher trainings, where he teaches the anatomy, philosophy, and meditation components, he fuses together both an academic and experiential understanding (through 15 years of yoga and meditation) of the mind and body.
Whitney Jaganmati Barry, RYT-500, RCYT
Whitney discovered yoga in 2010 when she began seeking alternative healing for health conditions. In 2012, she was certified to teach through the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda. She earned her 500 hour certification through ShambhavAnanda Yoga in 2014. Whitney is a manager of Om Ananda, teaches meditation and assists Yoga Teacher Trainings. She has taught children at Eldorado Kids Camp and children with special needs through PSD and Respite. Her enthusiasm is a natural fit with kids!
Jamie Zann, ERYT- 200, RYT 500
Jamie's first exposure to yoga in a health club asana class as an active twenty-something was challenging. Slowly, over time, she discovered strength, flexibility as well as concentration, self confidence and a heightened awareness of her state of being. Jamie completed 200 hour teacher training at Om Ananda Yoga in 2011. She has continued with the Shambhava Yoga School curriculum taking Ayurveda, meditation and intermediate trainings culminating in 500 hour certification in Fall of 2016. "The more I study, the more my curiosity is ignited. I am fascinated with this ancient science that is still so relatable and applicable to the modern condition of human beings." Jamie teaches in various settings including corporate yoga, private instruction, community centers and assists with 200 hour Teacher Trainings at OAY. She creates a welcoming, safe and lighthearted environment where anyone can discover the benefits of practicing yoga.
Chantel Akers, RYT 500, CCYT
Chantel is a Colorado native and received her associates degree from FRCC and bachelors degree from CSU in Fort Collins. She took her first yoga class in 2005 has been practicing since. When at a Mommy & Me class with her daughter she had an “aha moment” and decided now was the time to pursue yoga teacher training! Fall of 2017 Chantel received her 200 hour certification from Om Ananda Yoga a ShambhavAnanda Yoga affiliate. In pursuance of her new found passion to learn about the many aspects of yoga, she continued with the Upper Level Teacher Training program at OAY and received her 300 hour certification in December 2018. Chantel became a certified Children’s Yoga Teacher in the summer of 2019 as she truly believes all ages can benefit physically, mentally and spiritually from yoga. She is honored to be a part of the yoga teacher trainings at Om Ananda Yoga. Namaste!
Sarah Broussard, RYT 500, CPYT
My love for yoga began in 2011. My past job required hours of driving and stressful deadlines. My body was in need of restoration and my mind was in need of peace. I gradually started to include more and more mat time into my life and, soon enough, yoga became a necessity for me. I was bit by the ‘yoga bug,’ I received my teacher training from Om Ananda Yoga and I am registered with Yoga Alliance with a 500-hour Hatha Yoga Certification. I am forever a student and continue to attend not only to enhance my own practice but also to teach my students the newest methods to help accomplish their physical and mental goals. Through years of practice I have learned when to listen to my body and when to hold back (even when my ego begs me to keep going). Finding trust in the process of yoga is a crucial component that I try to communicate to all my students.
Yoga is not just a physical practice but also a mental one. I truly believe that yoga is not just for the flexible or fit; yoga is for anyone at any age. My classes are catered to not only seasoned practitioners but also beginners. I will challenge every one of my students because only when we escape our comfort zone is when we learn and grow.