"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 JILL JAGANMATI BARRY, RYT-500, RCYT
manager Om Ananda Yoga
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 Shambhava 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.