Our Teachers

Meet The Team

Our community is small and family-like. We have a team of 15 regularly scheduled teachers, many of whom have been with us from our first or second year of business as a teacher or a client. Our teachers are certified in each class they lead as well as other modalities such as personal trainer, physical therapy or massage therapy.

Susie Nelson

 Susie and her husband Greg are the current owners of The Cycling Yogi! They bought the studio from the previous owner (and founder), Patsy Juarez, in 2018. Susie has a degree from San Diego State University in Kinesiology with a specialization in Fitness, Nutrition and Health. She also practiced as a Physical Therapist before starting to balance a healthy lifestyle with the demands of a young family. After years as a gymnast turned marathon runner, turned triathlete, Susie began her yoga practice in 2009. She quickly discovered a regular yoga practice could reduce stress, heal injuries and deepen her connection with what she valued most in life. After years of practice as a student, Susie was ready to take her yoga to the next level—as an instructor. She achieved her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification and her Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training certification. Susie has also completed training programs with SilverSneakers and Dynamic Systems Rehabilitation. 

Whether creating custom classes for individuals with disabilities/injuries or facilitating group yoga classes, Susie draws upon her physical therapy background to create a fun and mindful practice for her students. Her love and passion for yoga shine through.

When Susie is not at the yoga studio she enjoys being outside, traveling, hiking, shorter runs, playing tennis, ‘playing’ golf (recently started…not good), and spending time with her husband and two grown kids, Megan and Dylan.

Sammy Peltz

Sam’s cycle class is full of riding to the beat, hills, intervals, pushups, and more. While her class style and music change every ride, one thing stays the same: her energy.

Her yoga class offers the same energy with a lot less intensity, more centering, and the chance to slow down your mind and body to fully connect to your beautiful self.

Through smiles, motivation, breathwork, and badassery, Sam will push you past your limits to reach new goals and dreams you never thought were possible. During class you’ll become instantly energized while growing to be the best version of yourself. Ride and flow with Sam for a good sweat, a good time, and maybe a good cry.

Sam moved from Chicago to Golden, CO on September 1st of 2020 to explore all of the beauty Colorado has to offer.

Come for a ride, a flow, and a sweat and learn to love it just like her.

Let’s do this!

Along with being an instructor, Sammy also has A LOT of other responsibilities at the studio. Sammy handles client accounts, answers emails, manages our social media, is in charge of marketing and promotions, and…most importantly, tries to keep Susie (somewhat) sane! She’s a ball of positive energy and can help out with anything you need!

Amy Scott

Amy believes yoga brings life.  Over the past 10 years, she has had the honor of teaching different styles of yoga to all types of people.  Throughout her classes, she will encourage you to unwind from life, build yourself up & leave feeling eager to step back into life.  She encourages you to honor where you are while maintaining a positive mind.  Amy has her 200hr yoga certification, also trained in Hot yoga, Restorative, Sculpt & Barre formats.  

Byran Allen

Bryan Allen is newly retired from the construction industry and is an avid cyclist in Colorado. He has always enjoyed taking spin classes for training and also has a passion for music. His spin classes will be high energy, rhythmic, fun, and will have a great mix of climbing and sprinting. He is excited to support all who attend his classes to push themselves in getting in great cycling shape. If you attend his classes, he would love your feedback on how to make his classes better for each one of you!

Dennis Wilson

Dennis is a native of Colorado.  He loves Colorado for the sports, the outdoors, the arts and restaurants.  He found yoga after trying several different exercise classes.  After taking my first yoga class I felt a shift in my entire body.  The strength, balance, flexibility and ability to focus all were a challenge and I felt this overwhelming calmness that was new to me.

Dennis teaches a Vinyasa flow and believes yoga is not just a physical practice but a lifestyle.  His goal is to show you that any of life’s challenges can be overcome through the practice of yoga.  Come enjoy a life changing class with Dennis today!

Ellen Steinbrunner

Ellen moved to Colorado in 2015 with her husband and two daughters.  She’s a midwestern transplant – having spent most of her life in Cleveland, OH and 10 years in Chicago, IL -but feels like she was meant to be in Colorado, and is beyond grateful for this beautiful place where her girls get to grow up.  Ellen has been a member of the TCY family since 2017 and is thrilled to become an instructor within this wonderful community.  Ellen completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification in January of 2022.  Yoga was part of her fitness routine for many years, but becoming an instructor has given her a new appreciation for the mind-body connection, the importance of breath work, and the life changing benefits of meditation.  Ellen strives to create classes that are accessible and challenging for all levels, and that will have her students feeling centered, energized, and ready to take on whatever lies outside the studio walls.

Heidi Eigsti

Heidi joined the Cycling Yogi team in November 2016 as a cycling instructor. She has spent the last 30 years of her physical therapy practice working with children who have disabilities and their families to enhance community participation and independence. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and Doctor of Philosophy in Pediatric Science degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is an Associate Professor at Regis University and has worked with community rehabilitation teams in the United States, Nicaragua and Peru.

Her work and life experiences have taught her to have gratitude for her health, family and community.  In her free time, she is skiing, cycling, running, swimming and spending time with her husband and 3 children. She is excited to share her love for health & wellness with the Cycling Yogi community.

Jamie Mann

Jamie began practicing yoga in 2011 while struggling with a spinal injury left over from years of competitive gymnastics. Yoga provided her not only with some physical relief, but also a new found sense of mental and emotional clarity. Jamie loved the practice so much that in 2014 she felt called to learn to teach and pursued a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training course. Since graduating, Jamie never stopped being a student of yogic philosophy and anatomical alignment. She has studied Ashtanga under Shri R. Sharath Jois in Mysore India and Anusara alignment techniques from Amy Ippoliti in Boulder Colorado. Jamie’s classes are lighthearted and upbeat while adding just the right amount of spirituality and fun challenges.

Jillian Calfee

With a background in gymnastics and dance, yoga for Jillian felt like a natural progression. It wasn’t hard for her to find her passion in it at a very young age. While developing a deep sense of body/mind awareness and growing through the physical aspect of the practice, yoga made her realize how much the meditative and spiritual sides were quickly influencing her life in a positive way.

Upon completion of the 200-hour yoga teacher training program in Maui, Hawaii with wonderful teachers Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini, Jillian became the youngest in her class to have graduated in 2015.

Always embodying her sense of spirituality and divine femininity, she found yoga to be the powerful connection of soul she had longed for. Influenced by Iyengar principles, Jillian’s passion is to cultivate a sense of comfort and oneness in oneself and their practice. She aspires to bring out as much healing and grace to her students through yoga as it has brought to her.

Kelly Longwell

Kelly is a Colorado native who enjoys every minute she gets to spend outside. Her energy, spirit and passion for teaching are some of the many characteristics Kelly possesses. Kelly recently joined The Cycling Yogi family a few months ago and couldn’t be happier to be a part of such an amazing community. She currently teaches cycle classes as well as cycle/ yoga 30/30 classes. If you’re looking for an energetic, upbeat class full of fun moves, eclectic beats, sweat and a lot of laughter, she’s got the class for you!

Lauren Winnen

Lauren loves all things outdoors; in addition to her career as a water resources engineer, she is an avid mountain biker, skier, and backpacker. She found yoga a decade ago as a complement to her active lifestyle and fell in love with the moving meditation and the empowerment that being able to do a pose for the first time brings. Since then yoga has provided a constant in her life – a source of community and healing both on and off the mat. Lauren’s teaching features thoughtfully sequenced classes that are framed to inspire courage and cultivate strength and body awareness.

Lisa Hazelton

Lisa moved from Ohio to Colorado in 2011 for the fresh air and proximity to the mountains. She has a love for the outdoors and can be frequently found with her furry companion, Bozeman, at the nearest dog park. She found a love for yoga during her college years after attending a yoga class for credit. During these classes she discovered that yoga helped her find an appreciation and love for herself. She continued on her yoga journey after moving to Colorado and was lucky enough to find The Cycling Yogi. While attending classes at the studio she felt strong and confident and knew she would like to take her learning of yoga to new heights.

After practicing for 5 years she decided to take the leap and attend a yoga teacher training. She has never looked back and is excited to share the benefits of yoga with others! She loves teaching high energy Vinyasa flows but also appreciates slow flows/restorative classes that help us all connect with our minds and bodies.

Patsy Juarez

Patsy grew up in the mountains of Colorado leading an active lifestyle. She enjoyed lifting weights and Rollerblading almost daily. Working the evening shift at the hospital, her philosophy was to “play” at the beginning of her day when she was energized and to earn a paycheck while she “recovered”. She moved to Denver in 1996 and earned her B.S. in Business Management from the University of Colorado. She is passionate about wellness and nutrition and enjoys studying these topics. Looking for a new workout, she discovered yoga. She attended classes for the exercise and found herself driving home afterward in a state of bliss. With regular practice she experienced less stress and back pain.

 After falling in love with cycle/yoga, she began her training in the Fall of 2009.  She has since been trained in yoga sculpt and is certified in TRX, Barre, Tabata Bootcamp and a 2nd 200 hr yoga certification. 

Patsy enjoys teaching new students and gets excited when a student accomplishes something they didn’t think they could do.

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