Cari Wilder, Owner and Director of Kula Yoga on Main studio, began to practice yoga over 15 years ago. As a competitive swimmer, runner and water polo player, Cari found that yoga not only balanced her body, but also her mind. Cari has been teaching since 2010 after completing an RYT 200 hour certification with TeriLeigh Schmidt in the Baptiste Power Vinyasa style. She has also continued her yoga education by exploring the playful practice of Acro Yoga under the guidance of Joe Barnett and Yuki Tsunji-Hoening. Cari’s approach to teaching is energetic and heartfelt, and her classes are a dynamic combination of strength, alignment and depth. This blend of compassion and power creates a space for students to explore their edge and open up to their authentic selves. At her core, Cari believes that we grow the most within community, and is committed to bringing safe, effective, and empowering yoga to the Roaring Fork Valley, making our local community an even better place to live.
Kula Yoga on main is fortunate to have such caring and skilled instructors.
Ally Morrison is a Licensed Anusara-Inspired Yoga Teacher and Registered Massage Therapist with broad experience in a variety of therapeutic, educational and recreational settings. Introduced to yoga in 1998 by her sister, Ally took her first teacher training in 1999 and in 2003 discovered Anusara Yoga. Anusara means to “flow with grace” or “follow your heart” and is rooted in yogic philosophy that celebrates the intrinsic good and unique talents within everyone. This heart-opening practice incorporates Universal Principles of Alignment to assist the student in connecting the physical structure with the divine spirit of life. Ally delights in the process of revealing the beauty and power within her yoga students, as well as holding a space in which transformation and insight can occur. Her teaching style weaves anatomical knowledge from extensive training in yoga therapeutics and from 14 years as an award-winning massage therapist in Summit County, Colorado. Ally helped co-found Sacred Tree Integrative Healthcare in 2004, has provided yoga for Babes in the Backcountry programs since 2005, taught introductory yoga for Colorado Mountain College and now assists with Beyond Massage Aspen continuing education courses as support staff.
Alya was originally drawn to the yoga for its wisdom and its ability to help maintain her body and soul under a rigorous performing schedule. She began as a professional dancer dancing with many greats like the Jose Limon Co. She is a movement analyst and past faculty at the Laban Inst. of Movement Analysis in NYC. Alya is a myofacial bodyworker CTT and is faculty for the teacher training in this modality too. An experienced teacher of dance, choreography and movement analysis to dance companies and universities all over the world, Alya soon made the seamless shift to teaching yoga.
Alya has been teaching for over 30 years, whose life’s purpose has been to discover ways to create more life, joy, energy and expression in and through the body.
Alya is an Anusara Inspired teacher and is also Certified in Bikram’s and Corepower yoga. Currently living in Carbondale, Alya was the General Manager for Vital Yoga Cherry Creek in Denver and steered the conversion and expansion of this studio to the Kindness Yoga Centers; co- creating special events, teacher training along with leading her own retreats internationally. Taking a sabbatical from administration, Alya is thrilled to be back in the studio teaching classes. Her classes, keep you engaged, on your toes and are thoughtfully planned for all levels.
Alysha Findley began her yoga journey after moving to Colorado from Wisconsin in 2000. Starting off with an Iyengar base for the first several years, she quickly developed the importance of proper alignment as the building block to a strong yoga practice. In 2008 she began her formal teacher training through the international program YogaFit. In 2010 she continued training through TeriLeigh Schmidt with an emphasis in Power Yoga. In combination of acquiring a love for yoga in the last few years, Alysha has also become a mother of three young children and finds that the practice of yoga is an amazing support through the challenges of parenthood. Her educational compassion continues even now as she is working toward a training in Yoga Therapy. Today, she continues her own daily practice studying a wide range of styles from Power, to Vinyasa, to Anusara & Tantric philosophy. Incorporating every bit of it into her teaching. She finds that continued education is a key ingredient to quality instruction. Her passion for yoga flows seamlessly through creative sequencing aligned with mindful intention and instruction. The result is not just a class, but a powerful experience both on and off the mat.
Cara teaches yoga with a wholehearted presence, confidence, and compassion. Her passion for yoga and enthusiasm for teaching are evident in her energetic, dynamic, and intentional style by linking poses together in a creative, balanced, and flowing sequence. She provides a supportive, challenging, and welcoming class environment where you are encouraged to explore your edge, discover your strength, and awaken your spirit. Her extensive training in both Vinyasa Yoga and Forrest Yoga brings a rich knowledge and a deep understanding of the benefits of thoughtfully designed yoga classes. Cara has been practicing yoga since 2000, and teaching yoga since 2006. She draws inspiration and wisdom from teachers like Ana Forrest, Elena Brower, Sean Corn, and Kathryn Budig. In addition to her yoga certification, Cara is also a licensed professional counselor and offers yoga and therapy services through Aspen Integrated Counseling.
Emilee was born in Carbondale, CO and was raised in Minneapolis, MN. Her practice started at the early age of 9 when she was enlightened to find that she had truly been stretching, exploring, and contorting her body in “yogic ways” since she could remember. “I believe that sometimes we forget to explore, play, and challenge our bodies but yoga gives us a safe space in which to do so.” From her early practice, Emilee has been exploring many types of active meditation ranging from Nia to Hula Hooping. Trained in Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Short Form Ashtanga, and Restorative yoga by Johnny Kest and Jason Hulshof of the Center For Yoga in Michigan and Life Power Yoga in Minneapolis. Emilee received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher and her Level 1&2 Hula Hoop Instructor Certifications in 2011. She believes first and foremost that the breath is the foundation to any practice. Emilee teaches a supportive class that encourages her students to listen to their bodies for what they need from the practice. Emilee’s mission as a teacher is to empower her students to shine in their best light. “Yoga and all forms of active meditation help me to live my life as an expression of the principles I believe in —— peace, love, and truth. We have the power to heal ourselves in many ways through breath and meditation.”
Jo grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley, and continues to live here with her son and husband. She received her training from Baron Baptiste but draws from many different styles of yoga. Jo is inspired by Sean Corn, Simon Parks, Rodney Yee and many other yogis. Jo turned to yogaAfter a skiing accident where she injured her back. Looking for something to compliment her running and skiing she found yoga was the perfect addition. Jo believes in living her practice on and off the mat, and encourages her students to use the practice to find, balance, trust and serenity. Jo’s classes fuse great music with creative and strong sequencing. She teaches at o2 Aspen, King Yoga and now back at Kula!