Meet The Team
Our teachers are passionate about sharing Yoga with anyone who is open and willing. We know from personal experience that there are countless benefits to this practice. In life's journey there are many ways to get to the same destination, but in yoga, it is about the journey itself, the path. At Yoga Bliss, we offer you the opportunity to find your path; to discover what resonates with who you are. We are serious about our practice, but try not to take ourselves so seriously. Laughter and joy is an important part of the journey. In our studio, you will find opportunities not only for physical conditioning and mental empowerment, but also a place to breathe and connect. Follow the path to bliss...Yoga Bliss.
YA E-RYT 500, YACEP
The idea of yoga had been in the background of my mind throughout my adulthood, but it would be 2005, before I actually stepped onto my mat. Initially, yoga was simply another form of physical activity to add to my list of movement options, or so I believed. Little did I realize just how much my life would change because of this practice and the inspirational teachers I would have the honor of meeting.
What I love most about yoga is that it is accessible to everyone and anyone, and that "advancement" is always possible with practice, consistency and patience. While I did not intend to teach, I nonetheless began that journey in April 2014, as I had discovered my passion. I completed my 200 hour training in Vinyasa and another 300 hours in September 2016, both at Pranava Yoga Center in Colorado Springs. Since then, I also certified to teach both Yin Yoga and Buti Yoga. While I am honored to teach and share with others, I will always consider myself a student first.
In my class, one will find acceptance and gentle encouragement through a light-hearted, yet grounding practice. I believe that Yoga is about self-exploration and discovery.
I am married to my junior high sweetheart and we share 5 grown children, plus 8 grandchildren. We have always been physically active and used to run and dance, now we own a studio, teach yoga and have a puppy. We love to spend time in the Colorado outdoors and couldn't imagine living anywhere else.
YA E-RYT-200, RYT-500, YACEP
In 2014 I began my journey as a yoga teacher and have been forever changed. An active Colorado native and retired software engineer, I love not only the movement of yoga, but all aspects of Patanjali's 8 limbs. I have learned a great deal from all of my previous teachers and I am deeply grateful for their trust and encouragement.
What started as a way to stretch out from running and/or sitting at a desk all day quickly became a vigorous asana practice. I truly believe that everyone should be able to experience the joy and benefits of the 8 limbs of yoga. Having fun with the physical practice is just as important to me as the the depth and importance of the more spiritual aspects of yoga. I am excited to share what I have learned with anyone who is ready to have some fun.
I completed my 200 hour training in Vinyasa in 2014 and another 300 hours in September 2016, both at Pranava Yoga Center in Colorado Springs. Since then, I am also certified to teach both Yin Yoga and Rocket inspired Yoga.
YA RYT 500
I am originally from San Antonio and have spent the better part of my life in Black Forest. I find inspiration and solace from nature, through various forms of art, hiking, and exploration.
My first yoga practice was guided by an online instructor in 2008. After experiencing awareness of breath with movement, I was intrigued and quickly began exploring various styles of yoga in public classes. In the years that followed, my practice remained public and yoga continued to serve as a precious tool to aid with physical and emotional stress. It was in the wake of birthing my son in the forest like snow white that my home practice was rekindled. The consistency of my practice was life transforming. The physical practice of yoga provided a way to explore self-love and acceptance on a physical, mental, and spiritual level. This new way of relating to myself and the world provided a path towards balance.
Driven by my desire to encourage others on their paths of self-love and acceptance, I enrolled and completed the 200-hour and 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Pranava Yoga Center under Hethyr Pletsch. I am passionate in assisting others in reconnecting with their power, body, and limitless potential.
YA E-RYT 200, RYT 500
I found Yoga in 2004 and, without knowing it at the time, began a lifelong journey towards mindfulness and conscious living. I began teaching in 2009 with the hope of sharing my love of the practice with others. Yoga was the answer for me in so many ways - the physical practice allowed me to experience a deep sense of peace and connection with myself and others, and ultimately lead me into the exploration of meditation and spiritual practice that is now part of my daily life. My classes are creative, challenging, and always in an environment that is lighthearted, compassionate, and accessible!
Other certifications: Trauma Sensitive Training (60 hr certification), Reiki Level I, II & III, Yin, Restorative, and Yoga Therapy Fundamentals
Beth is a 200-hour Register Yoga Teacher (RYT) graduate from Evolve Yoga + Wellness. Through many years of athletic training, she discovered the power of yoga as a critical element of overall wellness through care for the joints, strength, balance, and bringing awareness to breath. Her passion is for Vinyasa Flow (on water or on the mat) as a way to incorporate the power of energy through breath to cultivate strength of mind and body during the practice. Beth is the mom of two remarkable kids, wife to an awesome husband, a full-time professional, 3-time Ironman finisher, marathoner, and lover of nature. She can often be found on the lake, trails, or in the mountains.
YA E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP, IAYT in Training
Dee has been dedicated to the practice of yoga on and off the mat since 2013. She is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Pranava Yoga Center and is currently training to become a certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She enjoys the opportunity to blend the awareness of the mind, body, and Spirit with her ambition to encourage individuals throughout their personal growth and healing. As an ongoing student of this yogic path, Dee is fascinated with the numerous modalities of yoga and how the learning truly never ends. With the founding of her yoga therapy practice, Kiṣkindhā Yoga Therapy, she has taken a strong interest in continuing her education of Saṁskṛta, Ayurveda, and the ancient texts.
When Dee isn’t teaching or practicing yoga, she enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, and spending time with her husband and cat.
As a life time student of the mind-body connection, I began studying 18 years ago with Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Therapy. Assisting kids and women overcome trauma and grow from their experiences through equine therapy, meditation, and expressive art therapy has been a passion. Now it leads me to more modalities of vibrational medicine like essential oils, herbs, aromatherapy, Sound Therapy and Yoga. In early 2018 I completed my training with the Vibrational Sound Association and became a certified practitioner of on and off body healing with vibrational sound therapy.
Now I have practiced over 500 hours in individual and group sessions facilitating healing with gentle vibration and subtle sounds. It was a natural progression for me to explore yoga and discover the subtle body through the eight-limbs. In the spring of 2020 I completed my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training.
As my personal practice expands so does my compassion and joy. Whether practicing in the barn with my horses or in the studio with my bowls it is an ever evolving learning experience. I will forever be a student first. I aspire to guide individuals, that want to gain strength and compassion, by nourishing themselves from the inside out. My classes in Sound and Yoga will softly challenge you to grow in awareness as you explore your physical and spiritual growth. Come with an open heart to be empowered and fulfilled in Self.
Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Marchelle's fitness and yoga career have been quite the journey. A retired NBA & NFL, cheerleader, Marchelle began her fitness career in 1992 teaching Group Exercise classes. Soon after, she ended her Elementary School Special Education teaching career to pursue Personal Training and teaching classes full time. Bridging Group Exercise and Yoga through a program called YogaFit, she began teaching yoga in 2007 but her yoga practice did not commence until 2011. That is when she first practiced at Studio Bamboo Yoga (SBY) in Virginia Beach, VA and quickly fell in love with the breath, movement and spirituality of yoga. Soon after that, she completed her 200HR Yoga Teacher Training under the direction of Ann Richardson at SBY. Moving back to Colorado Springs in 2012, Marchelle hungered for more yoga practice and training and completed her 500HR Yoga Teacher Training at Pranava Yoga Center under the direction of Mike and Charlotte Matsumura.
Marchelle's approach to yoga teaching is light-hearted and fun. While having studied several styles of yoga, you will find that she is most connected to Vinyasa Yoga. From Gentle Yoga to Power Yoga, you will always leave her class feeling nurtured and grounded in the breath and movement of the class. She believes that yoga is for anybody and any body.
Marchelle is very passionate about healthy living inside and out. When she isn't teaching Yoga, you can find her teaching cycling or coaching functional fitness classes nearby. Outside of fitness, she is a proud mom of three beautiful, athletic children and adored wife of her retired Navy husband of more than 26 years.
During his military service, physical therapists suggested Charles look into yoga to address service related injuries. He admits that he rolled his eyes and thought “No way! I ain’t doing no yoga. You thinking I’m going to move to Boulder.” After seeing the yoga schedule at the Briargate YMCA, he decided to check out a class. After 3 classes he sensed there was something to “this yoga stuff” and his yoga journey began.
Charles, who is retired from the Army, can relate with retired and active duty military on how yoga can help mend physical, emotional and spiritual pain the military may carry. He loves sharing his love of yoga and expanding his knowledge by attending workshops, conferences and practicing with different teachers. He loves the union and connections yogis have; “there is less than 6 degrees of separation with yoga and yogis.” It’s is such a wonderful way to bring people together. He jokingly refers to himself as the “Yoga Ambassador for Colorado.” This is a reference to his contacts, fellow yogis and teachers that he has met within the yogi community.
YT 200, ND
With several decades of experience in the health and wellness field, my practice focuses on calming the stress response in the nervous system, positive psychology, and the physical and emotional benefits of yoga.
I am deeply and profoundly touched by the experience of working with each and every one of my clients and working with them to achieve a life of Pure Awareness, connection, embodiment, and balance.
Outside of yoga, I relish and savor my time in the kitchen. As my passion is serving others, the kitchen is my creative canvas in which I delight in creating tasty treats for those who are on my heart!
Melissa Lenz is a transformative yoga and movement guide in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She supports people who feel stiff or stuck in their bodies, minds, and lives by creating a safe and accessible space for them to shift out of their heads, become tuned into their bodies, to ultimately feel more alive, inspired, and revitalized! She has acquired immense training in movement, dance, anatomy, alignment, and yoga. She guides transformative yoga classes that lead students through Asana (posture) and Pranayama (breath) with ease and playfulness. She brings a warm and fun energy to each yoga experience and is passionate about sharing her offerings with her students!
Yoga has been part of my life since 2012. I was immediately attracted to the physicality of it as it does require kinesthetics and recruitment of the musculature. My asana practice was irregular as I tend to find a variety of physical activities intriguing but over time, I noticed that yoga settled my body and my mind.
A few years ago, a friend had asked me, “If money was no concern, what would you do?”. My response was that I would teach yoga. That was my lightbulb moment; my moment to realize that yoga was one thing that I came back to and it became the path that I decidedly went down. As I continue to learn about yoga, the more I find myself living within its discipline.
Allowing myself more grace, reminding others to do that same. I find myself releasing control, especially with things I know that I cannot.
I feel intrinsically motivated to share yoga with others, to guide them through a practice in which they may experience some profound self-realizations and connection to Self. At the very least, I can offer others an opportunity to not have to think about anything else other than moving their bodies and purposefully breathing.