K-Lea Gifford is a second-generation Yoga instructor. She started practicing in 1983 and began training in the Iyengar method in 1990. K-Lea has studied in Pune, India with the Iyengars several times and is certified at the Junior Intermediate Level 2. She graduated from Florida State University in 1986 and is a certified Advanced Alaya Process Practitioner. K-Lea was the founder/owner of two Yoga studios in Nashville, TN. She teaches retreats and workshops in the United States and Canada. She enjoys working therapeutically with Yoga as well as specialty classes such as pregnancy, restorative, and back care needs.
Kate Hatfield, is a 200-hour certified yoga and meditation instructor from world renowned White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California. She has experience teaching in four different areas: high school educator, yoga instructor, ballet dance instructor, and historical interpreter in the National Park Service. She owned Adonia Yoga Mobile Yoga Studio in Louisiana, and moved with her family to New Mexico in 2015. Kate currently teaches at Piedra Vista High School in Farmington. Kate offers Vinyasa flow classes with methodical and challenging sequences to encourage mindfulness. Kate’s flow style can be therapeutic, restorative, gentle, moderate, or vigorous and always has a splash of the beauty of dance. She encourages students to listen to their bodies, respect its wisdom, and progress at their own pace.
I began my yoga journey in 1986. I traveled to Honesdale Pennsylvania to learn Yoga at the Himalayan Institute. I knew that I had discovered something very priceless. Then, in 2002 I took a 140 hour teacher training in Hatha Yoga through the Houston Institute of Yoga. I taught yoga for awhile in Farmington. In 2003, I traveled to San Francisco to study yoga with Larry Schultz at It’s Yoga International Studio. While at It’s Yoga, I completed the 200 hour teacher training in the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga. I have taken many classes and workshops over the years, with various teachers, and studied several traditions of yoga. Yoga is like an “old friend” to me. Whenever I encounter life’s many challenges, I can roll out my mat and find acceptance, balance, peace, comfort, and hope. Yoga is much more than physical. It is spiritual, mental, and emotional. It is a way of life.
Shara was a yoga retreat junkie for a few years and then decided she needed to make yoga a part of her daily life. In 2012-13 she attended the 200 hr. teacher training at Yoga Durango and has LOVED diving deeper into her practice. She hopes to share these amazing feelings when she teaches.
Victoria has practiced yoga in the Four Corners since 2011. She found a love for yoga and decided to take her love for it a step further by attending a teacher training in Santa Fe, NM at Prajna Yoga with Tias and Surya Little. She does her personal practice, but loves the energy of a class setting. She loves connecting with people and building Sangha. Victoria teaches alignment classes which focuses on bringing the body into symmetry while helping students to find and connect with their breath.
Sara's passion for yoga began in 2006. She has now been teaching yoga for 10 years in the Four Corners Area. Sara has completed a 200 hour yoga certification with Tias and Surya Little through Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is working towards completing a 500 hour certification with over 500 hours of training with Prajna Yoga. In addition, Sara has also completed training at Ventura Yoga Studio in Ventura, California for the Great Yoga Wall. Sara feels very blessed and honored to be offering yoga to the community of Farmington, New Mexico.