Meet the Teachers
Audrey Jansen, E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Audrey, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, 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 the journey by becoming a yoga teacher. In her classes, Audrey strives to provide a loving space to heal and feel and be while building strength and increasing flexibility in the physical body.
Janean Forsyth, 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 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.
Meghan Lucas, E-RYT 500
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.
Nevin Aiken, RYT 200
Nevin began his yoga practice in 2015 where he discovered the deep benefits of yoga for mind, body, spirit and soul. He went on to deepen his physical practice and knowledge of the philosophical and spiritual elements of yoga through a RYT-200hr teaching training in Costa Rica with Jaqueline Chiodo of Joyful Yoga. Since completing his teacher training in 2016, Nevin has taught regularly at several studios in Laramie and has also had the chance to lead yoga-based workshops nationally and internationally as a guest instructor. In his classes Nevin seeks to
bring an integrated approach to the practice of yoga, combining breathwork, mindfulness and alignment together with a strong and soulful vinyasa flow.
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.