Meet the Teachers
Audrey Jansen, E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Audrey found yoga in 2011 and fell in love with the physical movement of her body in this form. She soon realized the emotional, mental, and spiritual healing of a disciplined practice and wanted to dive deeper into her journey. In March of 2018, Audrey received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification and shortly after, discovered the joy of sharing yoga with others. In 2021, she completed her 300 hour advanced yoga teacher training with Jason Crandell in addition to teaching her 1,000th hour of yoga. In her classes, Audrey strives to provide a loving space to heal and feel and be while building strength and flexibility in the physical body.
Anastasia Brady, RYT 200
Anastasia first came to her mat in 2011 and immediately found a deep emotional connection with her yoga practice. In 2018 she received her RYT 200. Anastasia is a gentle soul and her teaching style reflects this in her softhearted classes. 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.
Darcie Bacon, RYT 200
As a person whose idea of a deep breath was less than quarter of a second, Darcie was delighted to find the pace and rhythm of yoga to be comforting, settling and exactly what she needed! She loves practicing all different types of yoga and has been a faithful student for over 6 years.
Upon moving to Laramie she hoped that teacher training would challenge her to go deeper into her practice allowing her to explore new depths of yoga. Upon completion of her training, she was given the opportunity to begin teaching here at Blossom Yoga and has loved every minute of it. She loves adding a bit of playfulness to her classes and enjoys observing how yoga works its magic in students and teachers alike.
Janean Forsyth Lefevre, RYT 500
Janean first discovered yoga as a college student in Lawrence, Kansas and then returned to the practice after many years as a distance runner and meditation practitioner. In 2019, Janean completed a 200 hour teacher training at Ahimsa Studio in Laramie and has also completed Restorative Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training programs through Yoga International and the School of Positive Transformation. In 2021, Janean completed her 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Anna Kaivalya.
Janean’s classes focus on the restorative, centering and balancing benefits of a consistent yoga practice for all bodies. Janean seeks to emphasize a welcoming atmosphere for diverse identities, abilities and backgrounds, celebrating the differences that make us all beautiful while honoring the roots of the practice.
Jess Brauer, RYT 200
Jess became a student of yoga nine years ago in pursuit of physical perks in strength and flexibility. Through the shifts of life and with time on her mat she developed a relationship with the benefits of yoga far exceeding the physical body. It is here that she found deep resonance in yoga’s teachings in mind and spirit, comfort in Laramie’s wide community of practitioners, and opportunity for rich personal growth off her mat. She completed 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training from Ahimsa in Laramie in 2019 and continues her education with training opportunities and a commitment to her personal practice. It is her intention to hold thoughtful space for yoga, meditation, and journaling for all walks of life from a heart-centered and playful space. Outside the studio, Jess is a freelance writer, communications consultant, and counselor in the addiction and wellness space. She is an avid lover of the library, the outdoors, and any day that starts with brunch.
Jess Ryan, E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Teacher, mentor, student, healer, and mother, Jess has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching yoga since 2004. Jess co-founded the dharma. Integrative Yoga Teacher Training and has been training yoga teachers and offering continuing education since 2011. Jess weaves themes of warmth and healing through all of her classes and work as a healer. Additionally, as a mental health therapist and Reiki Master Trainer, Jess incorporates trauma-informed, evidence-based tools from mental health therapy, ancestral and collective trauma healing, somatic work, and Reiki and Shamanic studies to craft soulful asana classes and holistic wellness experiences for her students.
Kelly Schroeder, RYT 200
Kelly found yoga in 2013 and immediately fell in love with the mental and spiritual benefits of the practice. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at Down Under School of Yoga in Brookline, MA in 2019. Kelly leads her classes with the intention to spark joy in her students. She believes that yoga is about so much more than the perfect pose- it is about treating each day as if it were new and developing an intentional relationship between mind and body.
Keileigh Yeend, RYT 500
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 dedicated to giving and wanted to learn more about how Yoga can transform, so she earned her 200 hour certificate from Dharma in March 2018. She received her 500 Hour Certficate from Cambio Yoga in 2020 and is currently pursuing a Kundalini Yoga certification.
Keileigh takes a spiritual and physical approach to her practice by using breath and movement to move energy throughout the body. She has found that mindfulness in connecting breath and body can be carried throughout many activities and life changes we encounter. 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.
Kristin Pearson, RYT 200
Kristin was drawn to yoga in 2011 where she found a mental release that acted as a much needed break from the everyday hustle. As her practice grew more and more frequent, she decided to pursue her 200hr Teacher Training Certification in 2018 at Samadhi Yoga Studio in Connecticut. She then made the jump back out to Colorado where she always felt a closer connection to nature.
Kristin went to study and lived at Shoshoni Yoga Retreat and Ashram in Nederland Colorado for 6 months. It was here that Kristin found clarity through daily meditation, hard work and a teacher training course at the end of her stay. Kristin brings all of her unique training experiences and skills into her teaching, offering a well-rounded class that honors every body type and skill level.
Laura McDermit, RYT 200
Laura had experience with the movement of yoga as both a student and a coordinator of art and wellness programs in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. After moving to Wyoming in early 2020, she found the benefits of yoga extending beyond the physical, including the soothing effects of exploring the breath at 7200 feet.
During a time of transition, yoga provided a welcome grounding. She was delighted to participate in Seek Yoga’s first 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in spring 2021! Laura hopes to encourage students to tap into gratitude and creativity through playful and gentle flow.
Linda Reitsma, RYT 200
This momma was led to yoga by her beautiful daughter, Audrey, many years ago. However, as an unbalanced do-er, multi-tasker, and basic full-on yang personality, Linda didn’t get back to yoga in earnest until 2019. As she began to consistently experience the health benefits of yoga, it became a necessary part of her everyday routine.
Then, again, because of her beautiful daughter, Linda decided to delve deeper and enrolled in Seek Yoga Studio’s 200 hour YTT. Already convinced that “the world needs more love AND yoga” Linda wants to share the healing power of all aspects of yoga with as many who want to practice. Linda can also communicate in American Sign Language, which she learned to communicate with her beautiful nephew Noah who is Deaf. Her classes are therefore Deaf-friendly.
Steph Hanson, E-RYT 200
Steph Hanson is an experienced yoga teacher (E-RYT) and a mental health therapist (LPC) in Laramie. She has been teaching public yoga classes, workshops, and training for yoga teachers at Blossom since 2011. Steph’s classes are trauma-informed and designed as a useful adjunct to any healing process.
In her teaching, Steph weaves together alignment-focused vinyasa flow with a changing theme designed to support students as they process life experiences, move through transitions, and bring the unconscious to consciousness, welcoming ALL of who we are with curiosity, courage, and compassion. All levels of yoga (and life) experience are welcome in Steph’s classes.
Sydney Humphrey, RYT 200
Sydney first started practicing yoga in college, here in Laramie. During this time, she was mainly focused on the physical benefits that an asana practice can provide. After practicing on and off for years, she decided to explore yoga on a much deeper level through Seek’s first 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in the spring of 2021.
Thanks to this training, she was inspired to explore the deep connection between the physical movement and the immense mental/emotional benefits that come from yoga. Sydney strives to create a space in her classes where students can move their bodies in a positive, compassionate, and joyful atmosphere.