Our Teachers - Mangala Yoga Studios

Maureen

Adam

Annika

Christina

Jennifer

Julia

Molly

Ricky

Maureen

Maureen (E-RYT 500, YACEP) is the founder and owner of Mangala Yoga. When not at the studio, she is busy raising her five kids, Malia, Aidan, Vienna, Tristan and Maggie (this last one is her Golden Retriever "child")  and spending time with her fiancé Lou. She travels back and forth to Mangala Yoga in Hawaii and Colorado several times a year.

In 1997, she attended her first Iyengar yoga class in a somewhat questionable library in Gaithersburg, MD. Although this was far beyond the ideal space, she tapped into a feeling that reminded her of home. Ever since then, it’s been a love affair that she has tended to.

Maureen has had the opportunity to practice and study several different styles such as Anusara, Iyengar, Power Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Restorative Yoga. Her main style is Vinyasa which she calls Jungle Flow, practiced in a non-heated room, and Lava Flow which is practiced in an infrared heated yoga studio. Maureen’s background in massage, anatomy, and kinesiology has helped her develop Mangala Yoga’s teacher-training programs, workshops, and intensives.

Maureen received her 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Vinyasa with the lovely Janet Stone in San Francisco, CA. Janet had Christopher Wallis, aka “Hareesh”, share his beautiful teachings of Tantric Philosophy with their training. This ignited a desire to learn more about tantric philosophy, so she continued her study with Hareesh in the Bay Area over the next few years.

Many students have shared that Maureen’s teaching style often involves a great sense of humor, and offers well-balanced intelligent sequences that are practiced to upbeat music. As a teacher trainer, Maureen incorporates all subject matters in a seamless and inspirational way leaving students eager to learn more.

Adam

Adam began his yoga journey at Glenbeigh in Rock Creek, Ohio. Beginning with the most basic of postures and poses he slowly starting incorporating yoga into his life. On his return to Pittsburgh he trained with Michelle Ayala at La Vida Yoga. Through this process of discovery he found the deeper power of yoga. Adam changed his lifestyle and embraced healthy living. He continued to practice and learn, filling his life with healthy activities. He continued his study with Sharon Skittle and Britney Sukay at Urban Elements and Cyclology. Adam completed his 200 hour teacher training at Mangala Yoga in Telluride Colorado. Since Adam’s 200 hour training he has been busy with teaching and continued training. In addition to private instruction and small group classes throughout Pittsburgh he has been teaching yoga and spinning at Urban Elements and Cyclology. In 2019 he traveled to Bali to participate in Mangala Yoga's 100hr yoga intensive that focused on a deeper understanding of the subtle world with Maureen Gildersleeve and Annmarie Torrez. Since his return to Telluride he has been focused on expanding and exploring his own practice and sharing the power of yoga with others in both studio and private settings. "Yoga has changed my life in so many positive ways and I hope I can return some of that energy back into helping people discover that same healing power.”

Annika

Annika's yoga career got its kickstart on the east coast where she would throw in a vinyasa or two after her long trail runs in Vermont's Green Mountains. Her classes are sequenced to serve the active lifestyles of Telluride’s high altitude athletes. She strives to bring both a sense of upbeat fun energy, and reflective sacredness to the space and loves watching her students try new things and be playful in their personal practice.

Christina

For Cristina, yoga is the practice of simultaneously building strength in mind, body, and breath. Her classes infuse power vinyasa with beat driven moves that target specific muscle groups. Join this yogi for a challenging and fun class intended to uplift and inspire.

Jennifer

Jennifer is an E-RYT 500 hour yoga teacher, fitness instructor, and retreat facilitator. She has over six years of teaching experience specializing in vinyasa, power, yin yoga, Ashtanga, and functional movement. Coming from a background of dance, she approaches practice, teaching, and all of life with a sense of curiosity, playfulness, fluidity, and joy. In Jennifer's Telluride yoga classes, she holds sacred space for dynamic movement, the opportunity to flow on your own, and dropping into the body through storytelling, conscious surrender, and integration. Jenn’s greatest joy and honor in life is sharing the practices that have profoundly healed, shaped, and directed her life. Her definition of success is seeing people light up through the discovery and embodiment that they are the one they have been waiting for. When that is realized, all things are possible!

Julia

A life long yogi, Julia began her journey before birth in pre-natal yoga sessions. When Julia was just a couple years old, her mother guided her through meditations, and thus the seeds of spirituality and conscious awareness were planted. Throughout life’s chaotic tendencies, her practice remained constant, allowing Julia to connect her mind, body and soul as one. In 2015, Julia decided to expand her practice by traveling to India and attending a 200hr registered yoga teacher training course where she focused primarily on Ashtanga based yoga. During her training, she studied the Primary Series, Anatomy, Alignment, Yoga Philosophy, Teaching Mythology, Ayurveda, Pranayama, Meditation and Kriyas. After returning from India, Julia traveled west to the San Juans to share and cultivate the knowledge gained during her travels and inspire those to live at peace with oneself and others. Join Julia in Telluride for slow, juicy yoga classes where you'll receive the full yoga experience from back to the roots traditional yoga, sanskrit chants, remixed with modern music and essential oils to take you beyond.

Molly

Molly heads to her mat to find peace in both mind and body. While traveling in Australia she wandered into a studio in Sydney and has never looked back. Drawn to the endless creativity of Vinyasa, her Telluride yoga classes focus on fun, strong, steady flows that unwind the body smoothly into a state of relaxation. Her love for connection and community makes the space not only physically and mentally rejuvenating but also a place to let down your guard, meet new friends and have some fun.

Ricky

Throughout the transitions of life, Ricky has always turned to yoga to improve and transform herself. What began in high school as a curiosity for fitness and injury prevention eventually extended into her heart and became a keystone of balance during her dual sport, triple major college career. Later, in her years exploring abroad, her practice sprouted into a passion, which in turn blossomed into the path that led her to take the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Troncones, Mexico with the lovely Kula Collective. In addition to teaching yoga in Mexico and Colorado, she was a field guide for the wilderness therapy organization Open Sky, helping to empower troubled youth with gratitude and a grounding, compassionate sense of self worth. Ricky combines a keen anatomical knowledge with breath and mindfulness to create a joyful yoga practice that can be applied on and off the mat. While not teaching or practicing, the Colorado native can be found wandering the mountains, checking off fourteeners, climbing, or backcountry skiing. Employing a challenging and playful approach, her Telluride Yoga classes will help you to engage in the present moment, ground into your body, and lift yourself up to be the wild and wondrous being that you are. She looks forward to flowing with you!