Melissa Spencer - Founder/Owner of PWY Owner/Founder and Eight Limbs of Yoga Educator E-RYT 500, Certified Meditation Teacher, RCYT, YACEP, Certified Mindfulness Educator, Reiki Master, Ayurveda Coach Melissa's lifelong passion has been teaching and guiding others to discover their true Self through Self-Transformation and looking through the lens of Yoga and Mindfulness to help heal the mind and body. Melissa's passions led her to become an elementary school teacher and after working for many years in the public school system she retired and decided to make a life-changing shift to become a certified Yoga educator. Melissa's interests in trauma led her to create a Mindful-Based program called, Peaceful Minds Curriculum for Educators that is easily implemented into the school curriculum. Melissa took a leap of faith and decided to be formally trained in Yoga in 2013, after practicing yoga and meditation since childhood. Melissa found a Yoga Home through the Himalayan Institute.when she discovered Yoga was more than poses. During a three-week intensive training, Melissa found her next niche and decided to go out into the world of Yoga and began teaching classes in yoga studios and fitness centers. From there, Melissa took another leap and decided to build a home yoga space and create Peaceful World Yoga. Melissa is currently a 500-Hour Yoga Certified Educator, Mindfulness Coach certified through Mindful Schools and UMASS and through Peaceful World Yoga, offers a variety of adult and children-friendly classes and workshops. Melissa has three Registered Schools; 200-Hour Self Transformation Program (also known as 200 YTT), and 300-Hour Advanced Self-Transformation Program (300 YTT) and a Registered Children's Yoga Teacher Training. Melissa also holds private classes where she works through Healing Modalities such a Natural Healing through Energy and is a Reiki Master in the Mikao Usui Tradition. Other areas of passion: Camping, gardening, photography, her dog Morrison, biking and just being outdoors as much as possible.
Amanda Oberbroeckling Amanda will be teaching hands-on Anatomy and Ayurveda 500 RYT, 95 Hour RCYT, YACEP Even before birth, Amanda was introduced to yoga as her mother, Melissa, Peaceful World Yoga founder, practiced asana throughout her entire pregnancy. As a child, Amanda was drawn to dance as a form of expression and exercise, and she trained as a dancer until she was eighteen. It was during this time that Amanda developed her interest in anatomy and physiology, and she began to learn how to tune into her own body, using this information to strengthen her dancing and avoid injury. Amanda’s yoga practice began to grow deeper, moving beyond physical practice, as she pursued her college degree. Learning to manage and overcome the stresses of a very challenging engineering program allowed her to realize the power of a well-rounded Yoga practice, and she has been integrating Yoga into her everyday life ever since!
Amanda has been involved with Peaceful World Yoga from the beginning, helping in any way she could to promote and support her mother’s vision of building an inclusive Yoga community.
Irene Landers Irene will be teaching a portion of the philosophy for this training. Irene will also be teaching the senior chair yoga adaptations portion of the training. 500 RYT, RCYT, YACEP, Senior Chair Yoga Trained Irene’s classes are fun, motivating, have great energy and will leave you awakened to your own body and mind connection. She invokes practical wisdom with her deep understanding of the wisdom of Yoga. She is a Yoga Alliance registered Yoga instructor with a conscious study of Senior Yoga, Silver Sneaker Yoga and Gentle Yoga and Meditation.
Meditation was her doorway into yoga. She began her formal study of meditation in the modality of Transcendental Meditation in 1976. She continues studying all manners of meditation and offers those numerous modalities in her meditation courses. Foremost is her dedication to serve students in a way that supports the experience of gentle transformation from stress held within the body and mind to deep sense of well-being and insight. Her vast experience of life and teaching make her methods potently effective to people of all backgrounds.
Jeremy Wolf Jeremy will be teaching the Yoga Nidra and some of the Asana portions of the training E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP, Reiki Master Jeremy's interest in mind and body began at a young age whereby he became a teacher and second-degree black belt of Taekwondo and years later a student and teacher of Capoeira. Meditation was his doorway into yoga and he began his formal study in 1998. In 2006 he received his 200hr teaching certification in Nasik, India in Classical Yoga and in 2013 his 300hr certification with Rod Stryker's school of ParaYoga. Certified and trained in the Satyananda, Swami Rama, and Amrit Methods of Yoga Nidra, and based in Denver CO, he teaches locally and internationally for classes, workshops/immersions and in multiple 200 and 300hr teacher-training programs.
Also a reiki master in the Mikao Usui Tradition, studying since 2001, and a lover of music, he is a producer and a label DJ for both France's Ultimae Records and Chile/USA's Ovnimoon Records. His electronic and tribal-influenced DJ sets can be heard at local and international festivals, ecstatic dances, and yoga classes. In the form of a contemplative and grounding style of yoga, his classes and teachings seek to embody the ancient lineage of yoga as a deeply transformational and holistic spiritual practice.
Stephanie Cochrum Stephanie will be teaching the Chakra System and Chakra Healing Modalities RYT 200, 95-Hour RCYT, Chakra Instructor, YACEP Stephanie is a mother to two children, Trevor and Kayla and enjoys spending time with them out in nature and just being a mom to these two little humans. Stephanie loves connections she can make when she is out in nature and feels more grounded when she’s outside and enjoying the simpleness of placing her bare feet onto the grassy earth and taking a moment to reflect with gratitude on her life and all that she has been given. Stephanie loves camping every summer and extends her trips into the fall and has a desire to explore some winter camping in the coming season. She enjoys camping with her children and also loves going alone so that she can reflect on her life, reground with no electronics present, and reconnect to this OMazing world that she feels so blessed to live on. Stephanie has recently received her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training through Peaceful World Yoga. During her magical journal, as she likes to say, the Chakras are what spoke to her the most. As she explores the chakras more each day, she’s learning the powerful benefits of implementing chakra knowledge and practices into her daily life. Stephanie is currently enrolled in the 300 Hour Self-Transformation Program and is stepping into her learning and practice deeper.
Stephanie is honored to be the Chakra instructor for Peaceful World Yoga and is humbled to begin educating others along their journey through Yoga. Stephanie is excited to meet each and every single one of YOU in her workshops and training.
April Prescott - Trauma Informed Lead April will be teaching the Trauma Informed Instruction RYT 200, Trauma-Informed Instructional Specialist, Neurosequential trained, Neurorelational trained, Certified Mindfulness Instructor through Mindful Schools April is an educator, leader, and mentor with over 15 years of experience in the classroom. Her work has been focused on reducing suffering for children with special needs or who have been affected by trauma. She has completed training with multiple organizations, all with the aim to help children and their families navigate difficult situations and events with compassion. Her goal is to bring mindfulness and a trauma-informed practice to light across all disciplines. April graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Language and Literacy. She is conversationally fluent in American Sign Language as part of her work with the Connect Society in Edmonton, Alberta. She is now the Individual Program Plan and Special Needs Coordinator for Aboriginal Head Start in Edmonton, where she oversees the programming of over 70 children, as well as mentors a team of educators. April is also a part-time instructor with Norquest College’s Early Learning and Child Care course. April has completed the Year-Long Mindfulness Educator program through Mindful Schools and is a 200 hour certified Yoga Teacher. She has also completed training in the Neurosequential Model for Educators through the Child Trauma Academy and Dr. Bruce Perry, as well as the Circle of Security Parenting Program. She is also trained in the Neurorelational Framework towards supporting behavior in children. In her free time, April is bringing mindfulness to her community through yoga and meditation classes, riding horses, practicing yoga, cycling, and playing Dungeons and Dragons. Her passion is learning and sharing knowledge with others.