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.

Angela Kelly

Angela Kelly

Yoga Teacher

Angela has been a dedicated student of yoga for twenty years. She found her love of yoga through Ashtanga. While showing up for practice daily and devoting herself entirely she began to experience significant potent, health and healing benefits. After extensive meditation, practice and time with her teachers she decided to receive a Yoga Alliance certification in 2007 from Shambhava Yoga School in Colorado. She continued to learn and practice with countless teachers and practitioners and entered into advanced study in Ashtanga. Angela has logged thousands of hours of practice teaching here in Wyoming and in Hawaii. She has studied under the tutelage of esteemed Ashtanga yoga lineage holder Pattabhi Jois, and senior Ashtanga teachers Richard Freeman and Tim Miller. Her classes are steeped in her instructors influence and her own decades spent learning various health and yoga disciplines. Angela has taught yoga in a variety of capacities including daily classes, private instruction, college classes and workshops for children and adults. Sharing Ashtanga and holding the space for others to find their own connectedness and strength, provides Angela with inspiration and passion for teaching. While on a life path of practice, she shares with students her zeal and love for yoga. Angela comes to Ashtanga with a strong sense of discipline, gratitude and humility.

Laniece Schleicher

Laniece Schleicher

Yoga Instructor

Yoga has the potential to empower a person one breath at a time. Laniece believes that yoga is a practice that is accessible to everyone regardless of life experience, shape, size, background or level of flexibility. Though she has been practicing yoga for 16 years, it wasn’t until moving to Laramie, WY in 2012 that she developed a consistent yoga practice at Hot Power Yoga. In the beginning she was drawn to physical classes that pushed her past her comfort zone. Within those classes, she pushed herself both physically and mentally, and found that by using her breathe as a tool, she was able to work through discomfort both on and off of her mat. The simple act of learning to move with her breathe empowered her in her daily life and created a desire within her to learn more about yoga and meditation. As her journey continued, she found her way to Yoga Teacher Training through Blossom Yoga and graduated with her 200-hour certification in 2016. The program at Blossom opened her eyes to the many ways in which yoga could be practiced; whether through movement, breath or meditation. Laniece is very drawn to the inspirational aspects of yoga and finds that quotes, mantras and music help create the backdrop to the classes that she teaches. In life, Laniece is a kind hearted person who believes in empowering and supporting others as much as possible. In her classes, she encourages the use of modifications and props to all levels of practitioner in order to deepen their experience. Laniece believes that we all have the power inside of us to overcome any obstacle that we face, as well as the balance and strength that we need to make it through our day to day lives. When she is not playing music with the many bands she is a part of in Wyoming and Northern Colorado, she is hanging out with her two kiddos, amazing husband, and her inspiring girlfriends. Laniece’s approach to life and yoga is to encourage others to find their inner peace and love for themselves and to offer her support along the way. Laniece is drawn to working with survivors of trauma and completed trainings specific to trauma sensitive yoga with Hala Khouri and David Emerson in 2016. Laniece holds a BA in Women’s Studies, Psychology and Sociology and was also trained as an advocate for survivors of violence through a 40-hour advocacy training.

Christine Mock

Christine Mock

Yoga Instructor

A true Bahkti yogi at heart, Christine found yoga seriously in the fall of 2014 at Hot Power Yoga. She had been introduced to yoga originally in junior high, but something about the heat and the wisdom and love of the teachers ignited a burning passion inside her. After traveling to India, 6 short months later she was certified as a 200-hour CYT from Hot Power and later as an RYT with the Yoga Alliance.
She has gone on to teach a variety of yoga styles at a variety of studios. Christine’s teaching style is deeply grounded in devotion—for oneself, for each other, for the practice. Her philosophy is that when you cultivate your intuition and truly listen, you will never be led astray.
By putting a strong emphasis on building body awareness, Christine incorporates introspection and self-awareness into every class with the ultimate goal of translating yoga on the mat to yoga in everyday, moment-to-moment and breath-to-breath life.

Paul Mathews

Paul Mathews

Yoga Instructor

Paul started his yoga journey in 2014 while living in the Mariana’s islands. Plagued with chronic pain and injury from years in the culinary world, he started yoga to find relief for his aches and pains. He quickly found the benefit of yoga practice to be more than physical, bring peace to the mind and soul. After realising the undeniable spiritual, mental and physical benefits he decided to continue his training by taking his 200-hr training with Hot Power Yoga in Laramie.

Continuing his own recovery from years of postural imbalance, he focuses on flexibility and alignment, with emphasis on the restorative elements of the practice. He hopes to share the practice of asana a way for people to find greater strength, clarity and balance in their lives. After seeing the benefits to his own life, he wants to demystify yoga and make it accessible and relatable to all by creating a calm, welcoming, and down to earth vibe in the studio.

Nevin Aiken

Nevin Aiken

Yoga Instructor

Nevin began his yoga practice in 2015 at Hot Power Yoga in Laramie where he first discovered the deep benefits of yoga for mind, body and spirit. In the summer of 2016, Nevin went on to deepen his physical practice and knowledge of the philosophical and spiritual elements of yoga through a RYT-200hr teaching training in Raja yoga (with Jaqueline Chiodo of Joyful Yoga) at the beautiful Anamaya Center in Costa Rica. Nevin seeks to bring an integrated approach to the practice of yoga in his classes at Hot Power, combining pranayama, mindfulness and meditation together with the physical flow of asana.

Nevin has a PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and when he’s not practicing yoga Nevin teaches and researches as an Associate Professor of Political Science and Global & Area Studies at the University of Wyoming. In his spare time he can be found travelling the world or otherwise enjoying the beauty of nature at home in the Rocky Mountain West while skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, climbing and camping.

Sandra Johnson

Sandra Johnson

Yoga Instructor

Sandra attended her first hot yoga class at Hot Power Yoga in January of 2015 with her roommate. A spur of the moment suggestion to try something new led to completing her 200-hour yoga training that fall surrounded by a group of incredible and inspirational teacher trainers at HPY. Sandra learned that yoga is a beautiful practice bringing peace and stability to her rather chaotic schedule as well as teaching the importance of patience and self love. She hopes to help others along their journey of self love and health through a mindful yet energized practice. While she loves teaching yoga, she is also a full time student pursuing her other passions of elementary education and nursing.

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.

Andrea Alzalde

Andrea Alzalde

Yoga Instructor

After completing one of Hot Power Yoga‘s 30-day Challenges, Andrea Alzalde‘s practice was revolutionized while experiencing the power of consistent practice. She enjoyed the 30-day challenge so much that she decided to become a certified yoga instructor by the Yoga Alliance, through Hot Power Yoga’s 200 hour teacher training. She enjoys the strength and abundance of advancing her practice and knowledge of yoga, and loves spreading the gift of yoga to others through mind and body awareness. Andrea is also a Psychology student at the University of Wyoming, a Certified Nursing Assistant, a flautist, and a server at Jeffrey’s Bistro.

Evan Levi

Evan Levi

Yoga Instructor

Evan Levi is a Laramie local, having enjoyed the thin High Plains air his 29 years on Earth. As an individual Evan enjoys spending his time outside, where he can effectively access the abundant energy of the Rocky Mountains and High Plains. He often opts to ride his bicycle, walk his dogs or hike with his wife Linsey as ways to clear his mind and feed his soul. Evan has explored nearly every nook and cranny of Southeast Wyoming and considers his residence in Laramie to be semi-permanent despite where life may lead.

As a professional, Evan teaches wellness using a variety of methodologies, including Weightlifting, Gymnastics, Endurance training and Yin yoga. At HPY, Evan guides practicioners through a Candlelit Yin practice Thursday evenings at 7pm. The use of Yin is complimentary to the other methodologies Evan teaches in it’s ability to condition ROM within joint capsules, fascial lines and the mental fortitude required to train at the high intensity he asks of his students. Evan’s sessions last just over an hour on average, with a focus on passive, long held poses, and deep, calculated breathing. If you feel your physical human expression has been stifled or limited, attend a Candlelit Yin session with Evan and explore your mind, body and soul a little deeper.

Devon O’Connell

Devon O’Connell

Yoga Instructor

Devon came to yoga late in her life, but better late than never. After her first class she was hooked and became a certified instructor in May of 2014 (when she was 44). She credits a regular yoga practice with her ability to handle the stresses of a full time legal practice, motherhood, and small business ownership. She specializes in fitness-based classes such as Mind Body Sculpt and Chisel and Tone.

Devon O’Connell is a partner in the law firm of Pence and MacMillan, LLC in Laramie. She graduated with Honors from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2000. She was recently elected President-Elect of the Wyoming State Bar. She is slated to become the 100th President of the Wyoming State Bar in September of 2015. She served as President of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association during the 2013-2014 term.

Devon and her 15-year-old son Isaac and partner Pete live in Laramie. She loves to practice yoga, hike, backpack, mountain bike, read, cook and travel.

Reba Nordin

Reba Nordin

Yoga Instructor

Originally from Colorado, Reba graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2012. Having found that yoga practice through college helped with stress relief and self esteem, she wanted to learn more. She graduated from yoga training in 2016 falling in love with the practice and the people she came in contact with. She holds a career as a nurse, currently working as a Registered Nurse First Assistant in orthopedic surgery. She has a passion for intertwining yoga practice with anatomy and conscientious movement. In her spare time she enjoys going on surgical missions, spending time with her husband, riding horses, camping, cooking and being with her family.

Amanda Thimmayya

Amanda Thimmayya

Yoga Instructor

Amanda Thimmayya began her yoga practice in 2000. Over the years, her practice has ebbed and flowed. However, yoga has always been something that she has returned to, and, in that way, it has been a constant in her life. Originally from the Hudson Valley of New York, Amanda came to Laramie (via Berkeley, CA) in 2007 to purse a master’s degree in wildlife biology. In 2017, Amanda found time in between shenanigans with her husband and two girls to complete the teacher training at Hot Power Yoga. Teaching yoga has encouraged her to explore different facets of yoga and deepen her own practice by sharing it with others.