Teachers

Diana Elterman

Diana Elterman

Studio Owner, Yoga Teacher

Diana is a YACEP & E-RYT-200 yoga instructor residing in Laramie, Wyoming. Prior to her yoga training, Diana served as a personal trainer with a focus on injury prevention, rehabilitation and athletic performance. In 2013 Diana had the honor of studying Vipassana meditation at Wat Ram Poeng in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Shortly following her return, Diana completed her yoga teacher training through Hot Power Yoga of Laramie and has since gained extensive experience working with both private clients and larger group classes.

It is Diana’s humble work to cultivate a safe space of equality, love and compassion for her students. Within that space Diana offers a challenging yet mindful approach to human movement and conditioning.

Devon O’Connell

Devon O’Connell

Yoga Instructor

Devon O’Connell (JD, RYT 500) is a lawyer and yoga teacher. Devon is devoted to the linking of breath and movement to build personal grit, resilience, and self-awareness. She came to yoga later in her life, after she turned 40. At her first class she was hooked and became a certified instructor in May of 2014 (when she was 44). She received her 500-hour certification in 2018.

Devon credits a regular yoga practice with an ability to handle the stresses of a full-time legal practice, motherhood, and small business ownership.“ My goal is to make classes fun, challenging, and insightful.” Devon incorporates interesting music and asana for playful, intriguing, and stimulating classes that are at the same time accessible and relatable.

Devon enjoys teaching to legal groups at conferences and conventions. Her legal presentations incorporate movement and yogic teachings that often qualify for ethics credit as she links ancient principles with the legal profession’s current ethical code.

O’Connell practices law at Pence and MacMillan LLC in Laramie, Wyoming, where her practice focuses on mediation, civil litigation, and family law litigation.

Allison Connell

Allison Connell

Yoga Instructor

For Allison, yoga is a path that leads to discovery of one’s truest self. She completed her RYT-200 certification at The Studio DC in Washington, D.C. She trained with renown yoga masters Jason Crandell and Chrissy Carter, and gives eternal gratitude to her instructor, Eric Schwarz. An athlete for much of her life, Allison came to yoga already attuned to her own body, but found in her practice so much more than just physical benefits. Her training and personal practice focus on both the anatomy and the philosophy of yoga. Her classes simultaneously stretch and strengthen the physical body while opening the mind, so that students may achieve clarity and practice a life aligned with their light.
With mindful breath and movement, the practice of yoga allows students to lift the veil that covers their inner light. Allison believes in revealing, cultivating, and nurturing the shining soul that resides within each of us.

Liz Leavell

Liz Leavell

Yoga Instructor

Keturah Liz was born and raised in Jackson, where her journey in yoga and meditation began. After moving to Laramie for school, she calls this place her home and started a family. When she isn’t working or on her mat, you can find her in the mountains with her dog Bodhi and daughter Persephone. Liz has been practicing yoga for over a decade but has only recently gone through her 200 hour teacher training here at the Ahimsa studio. She is grateful to begin her teaching journey at the studio she calls home. Her background in meditation and Buddhist study are important parts in her own personal practice. Often, she will incorporate those special, personal pieces into the yoga room when she teaches.

Audrey Jansen

Audrey Jansen

Yoga Instructor

Audrey has always been curious, and it was curiosity that led her to yoga as a student in 2011. She loved the physical movement of her body in this form, and that is why she kept practicing yoga. Over the course of the past 8 years, Audrey has realized that while she enjoys the physicality, she truly needs the mental and emotional healing this practice brings as well.

In March of 2018, Audrey received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification from Jess Ryan and Emily Brown of Dharma. She has since realized a joy for slowing it down and guiding restorative practices. In her classes, you will find the space and time to settle into a pose and enjoy tranquil stillness.

Keileigh Yeend

Keileigh Yeend

Yoga Instructor

Keileigh was first drawn to Yoga for the physical aspects, but soon found the spiritual, emotional, and mental sides were what benefited her most. As a Social Worker, Keileigh is a helper and healer who wanted to learn more about how Yoga can heal, so she earned her RYT-200 from Dharma in March 2018. She takes both a spiritual and physical approach to her practice. Keileigh has found the mindfulness in connecting breath and body can be carried throughout many activities and life changes.

Keileigh’s classes are a mixed approach of Mental, Physical, Spiritual and Emotional Wellbeing. Her goal is to help you find your own “ah ha” moments and go throughout your day being the best version of yourself. She focuses on helping you to take your work on the mat and carry it throughout your day.

Emily Braunberger

Emily Braunberger

Yoga Instructor

Emily first came to Hot Power Yoga looking for an alternative to standard weights-and-cardio exercise, but instead found supportive peers, nurturing teachers, challenging classes, and everything she needed to find a better version of herself. As she improved herself, physically and mentally, she couldn’t wait for a chance to share this knowledge and experience with others. With this goal in mind, she completed her 200 hour yoga training in November 2015, and have put her infectious enthusiasm to good use. Emily shares her love of superheroes and Star Wars during classes at Hot Power Yoga, Cathedral Home for Children, and occasionally with the LHS girls basketball team.

Kayleigh Bortulutti

Kayleigh Bortulutti

Yoga Instructor

Originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kayleigh is a mother, student and RYT-200.

Kayleigh was first drawn to yoga for an alternate sweaty work out. As her commitment to the practice grew, she realized yoga was more than just a great work out, but a tool to help navigate her through life. She is fascinated with the various ways yoga asana can adapt to each individual’s body. Kayleigh hopes to offer a yoga class that fits each of her student’s needs. You can expect juicy adjustments and an enhanced sense of self when you leave Kayleigh’s class.

In the summer time, you can find her hiking with a baby carrier strapped to her back and in the snowy months, she will be skiing down the bunny slopes in the rocky mountains.

Anastasia Brady

Anastasia Brady

Yoga Instructor

Anastasia first came to her mat in 2011 through her college roommate who was an instructor at the time. Following a heavy break-up, she thought it might be beneficial for her mental health and she was right. Her love of yoga was immediate, attending classes regularly and getting the added bonus of private, giggle-infused basement sessions with her yogi roomie. In 2013 Anastasia discovered hot yoga through Lifetime Fitness in Casper, Wyoming and her love only deepened. Already knowing the emotional benefits of yoga she was now connected with the physical benefits of her practice more than ever. In March of 2018, Anastasia received her 200-hour certification from Dharma, The Institute for Awakened Living.

Anastasia is a gentle soul and her teaching style reflects this in her softhearted classes. She is a mental health professional by day and her belief in the importance of mental-physical-emotional balance is tied into each of her classes with the hope of each student leaving her class feeling a deeper sense of harmony.

Off the mat, Anastasia enjoys spending every free second with her two rescue dogs, Arlo and Clyde, cooking with her husband, and recharging in the mountains when the Wyoming winds allow.

Christine Kinuthia

Christine Kinuthia

Yoga Instructor

Originally from Kenya, Chris graduated from the university of Wyoming and Laramie County Community college with a degree in finance and nursing. She worked in the hospitality industry and as a med – surg nurse for 7 years. She stumbled upon YTT in a moment of clarity in the middle of the night as she contemplated a way to end her physical pain from a car accident, years of running and workouts, as well as emotional pain. In yoga she found empowerment, courage, and a voice of her own. Chris loves to be outdoors, loves to dance, and enjoys spending time with her daughter and dog.

Samantha Crawford

Samantha Crawford

Yoga Instructor

Samantha came to yoga for the emotional benefits of meditation and stayed for the all-encompassing effects of yoga (emotional but also physical, mental, and spiritual well-being). A recent graduate of Ahimsa’s yoga teacher training, she has always found herself drawn to learning new things and teaching.

Samantha is an adoptive parent, married for 25 years, and enjoys finding creative outlets through writing, drawing and painting.

Quinn Liljestrom

Quinn Liljestrom

Yoga Instructor

At 15 years old, Quinn received her RYT 200 hour certification under the knowledgeable teachers, Neesha Zollinger and Vanessa Sulzer. She has taught yoga at multiple studios throughout Wyoming since 2015. Born and raised in Jackson, Wyoming, she has been surrounded by people who share her passions for fitness and health her whole life. Studying yoga philosophy and practicing asana are some of Quinn’s greatest joys. Yoga evokes excitement and curiosity in Quinn, and she carries that excitement into her teaching. She loves to teach challenging classes that are physically difficult, while emphasizing the importance of a yogic mindset. Quinn is now attending the University of Wyoming double majoring in art and dance science. She is so happy to be sharing her journey with you!