Joy’s path is to bring people together, to give her life toward creating community. “I am grateful to have opportunities to express this path through writing, running small businesses, teaching & providing community support. Deeper still, I strive to be a beacon of happiness & live my life as a demonstration of joy. By doing so, I believe that can positively influence others.
I know that each of us can. My vision for Manitou Yoga School is that we use yoga as a tool for connecting us more profoundly to ourselves & to one another, enabling our community to become stronger & equipping us to bring more peace and love into the world.”
- Director of Manitou Yoga School, its yoga teacher network, School, and community-building events
- 20+ years as a yoga practitioner, yoga teacher since 2005
- Author of articles for multiple magazines and organizations, such as Yoga Magazine and the American Manual
- Medical Association
- Former owner of multiple businesses, including a wellness center, and yoga studio
- Past teacher in higher education facilities, such as the Blue Heron Academy of Arts & Science, in topics including anatomy, physiology and applied kinesiology
- Manitou Springs High School Yoga Teacher
- Manual therapist and nutritionist with Colorado Rockies & Colorado Springs Sky Sox for 10 years
- Leader of many self-help, relationship-building and spiritual development seminars
- Certified Yoga Alliance ERYT yoga teacher, Shoshoni Yoga Center, Shambava School of Yoga
Xanthe was born into a family of healing artists and practices natural medicine along side her mother and sister at their Wellness Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Xanthe is a certified Somatic Trauma Resolution Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master and one of 10 in America trained in Sadhana, which is a structural integration modality from China. Xanthe is also a professional musician and has toured throughout America and Europe. She is greatly inspired by the creativity of all children and is honored to have given birth to two brilliant souls.
Xanthe teaches songwriting and performance for an alternative middle school. She deeply believes in the healing power of expression through the arts and finds great joy in assisting others to find their own inherent artistic and healing gifts.
Emily Martin RMT, CLD(DONA), CCCE(CAPPA)
Emily is a Colorado Springs native and has been a massage therapist since 2003. Building on her interest in the healing arts, she has incorporated Aromatherapy, purifying Salt Scrubs and specialties in Neuromuscular Therapy and Prenatal Massage. Currently, she is expanding her skills to incorporate Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy through the Colorado School of Energy Studies in Boulder Colorado.
Inspired by the journey of motherhood, Emily expanded her massage practice to specialize in prenatal care and then as a birth doula certified with DONA International. The transformation of woman to mother and couple to family is profound and far reaching. By providing support during the childbearing year we can facilitate the transformation of a family as deeply as we can facilitate the transformation of our culture and how we perceive the importance of birth, bonding and family structure. Emily completed her certification as Childbirth Educator with CAPPA in 2012. Her class curriculum is approved by CAPPA and incorporates her tapestry of experience drawing from the Bradley Method, Sheila Kitzinger and Ina May Gaskin. She also offers post-delivery support including breast feeding counseling and nutrition. For more information on her birth services please visit doulsprings.com.
Julie Smith is a Colorado Springs Native and has been a Holistic Health Practitioner for the past 25 years. Her journey in the alternative health care field began as a Massage Therapist and then expanded into other alternative modalities.
She specializes in Colon Hydrotherapy (Colonics) and Energy Healing using Solfeggio Frequency Tuning Forks, Reiki, Raindrop Technique and various other Energy Healing methods.
She has a level two certification from SomaEnergetics pertaining to Energy Tuning Forks and is currently working on obtaining Instructor Certification.
She is certified in Raindrop Technique, is a Reiki Master Practitioner, Shamanic Practitioner and also studied Energy Healing at the Wakepoint School of Energy Healing in Colorado Springs, CO, which emphasized the teachings of renowned Healer/Educator/Author, Barbara Brennan.
Julie is dedicated in assisting you in transforming your health and your life to higher levels of wellness.
Lalena is a Colorado native, and has the desire to build community and support all people on their path of personal and transpersonal healing. She has been devoted to the healing arts since a very young age and is fascinated by each persons ability to heal themselves exponentially. Lalena’s long standing, and ever growing passion for healing has taken many forms thus far; and she is passionate about furthering her education and experiences. In 2009 she received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification with Shambava School of Yoga and she just recently received a 900 hour Certification in Massage Therapy at the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado in Denver. Lalena specializes in Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Therapy, Reflexotherapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage, Asian Techniques, and Spa Techniques. Lalena has also been immersed in different ceremonial environments of Eastern and Western Indians, and had the life changing experience of spending 6 months in India last year with the hugging saint; know as “Amma G.”
Her yearning is to bridge nature and different healing modalities together with the vision of reconnecting nature and culture. She loves growing food, hiking, community, sustainability, ceremony, and is especially drawn to women’s initiation and returning the beauty of ceremony, connection and awareness back to culture.