Our Instructors



Monica is a bhakti devotional yogini, senior teacher and trainer facilitating 200/300 Hour Prana Vinyasa Teacher Trainings in Shiva Rea’s Samudra Global School of Living Yoga. She is the creator of Yoga for the Peaceful Studios, Crested Butte Yoga Retreats, and Wisdom Women Yoga. Her classes are infused with sacred ritual, celebration and movement alchemy to honor all the rhythms of living, loving and serving life. She is proud of her Colombian roots and teaching bilingual teacher trainings and events in South America. Monica lives in Crested Butte, Colorado with her three sons, enjoys living the mountain lifestyle, surfing whenever she can, and is devoted to raising the collective vibration! Her teaching is also influenced by her studies in Ayurveda, Buddhism, and spreading the message of her Guru, Neem Karoli Baba; “Love everyone. Serve everyone. Remember God.”



Juliet Stillman started practicing yoga in New York City in the 1990s. After she moved to Crested Butte in 2001, she was soon lucky enough to live across the street from Monica Mesa who was teaching small, intimate classes in her home. Two wonderful relationships began for her, one with Monica and one with yoga. In 2007 she started teaching in Yoga for The Peaceful’s tiny studio when it first opened, a meditative, slow flow class on Sunday mornings, which she continues to teach today. In 2011 she earned her 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate through Inner Power Yoga. Besides asana, Juliet embodies a daily practice of deep gratitude and amazement for her many blessings, which include her loved ones, pets and the beauty of this amazing mountain town.

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Jackie moved to Crested Butte from the East Coast for the winter of 2010, quickly fell in love with Crested Butte and decided to stay. She began practicing yoga in high school and has maintained a personal practice throughout the years, and completed the 200 Hour Prana Vinyasa teacher training with Monica in 2013. Jackie believes that yoga is the perfect “counter-pose” to the many outdoor activities that she loves: skiing, surfing, mountain biking and rock climbing. She started teaching at Yoga For The Peaceful in the Fall of 2013 and is currently teaching three classes a week, each with a different focus. Prana Vinyasa on Thursday evenings is a sweet and gentle candle lit practice open to all levels. Friday’s Apres Ski yoga class focuses on stretching and relaxing the muscles we use while skiing and riding and is a great way to unwind after a long day on the hill, and Saturday morning’s all-levels Prana Vinyasa class is the perfect way to wake up and start your weekend! Jackie also assists the 200 Hour Prana Vinyasa Teacher Training in Crested Butte and is the manager of Yoga For The Peaceful.

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Carin is a Colorado native that began her yogic journey over ten years ago. The beautiful, holistic pull of yoga drew her to complete her teacher training in 2011 and then to leave the corporate world to teach fulltime and pursue her advanced certification in 2013. Carin’s passion is creating a space for other yogis to deepen their practice with classes that integrate yogic teachings, nurturing physical poses and lots of loving energy. Teaching classes ranging from yoga basics, vinyasa flow, restorative, yoga nidra and senior chair yoga, Carin enjoys working with all kinds of yogis, finding their roads to discovery fuel her own. A new Crested Butte transplant, she is honored to join us here at Yoga for the Peaceful and is looking forward to both sharing and learning with the knowledgeable group of yogis here.

Theresa S


A native of Chicago, Theresa spent ten years practicing at London’s leading studio. There she completed a two year, 500 hour teacher training diploma accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance in 2016. Her family moved to Crested Butte for the incredible outdoor adventure lifestyle and tight-knit community. Her love of yoga is rooted in its transformative qualities and ability to create awareness for conscious living. She continually experiences profound effects on the mind, body and spirit from yoga practice. Theresa’s classes concentrate on breath and alignment and incorporate philosophy, anatomy, meditation, pranayama, mantra and restorative elements where appropriate. She brings a positive, playful energy and lightness to the practice. Her hope is to make yoga accessible to all and welcomes you on the journey. Theresa is eternally grateful to all her teachers and students..

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Dana discovered Kundalini Yoga in 2010 while she was living abroad in Argentina, and quickly fell in love with the practice. In 2015 she received her KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) certification as a Kundalini Yoga Instructor, and since then has been teaching throughout Argentina and the U.S. A new resident to Crested Butte, Dana is grateful to be offering classes and workshops at Yoga for the Peaceful! Dana is also an Aura Reading Practitioner and a flautist, and is passionate about sharing her gifts in all ways that she can. To learn more, visit her website at www.fieldofcolors.com

Julie Reid


Julie discovered yoga in 2002 in college and was deeply drawn to the practice. The connection between the movement of the body, the breath and the Divine within us all has been very powerful in her life both on and off the mat. On 2011 she received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification through Inner Power Yoga. Julie’s most influential teacher has been Brenda Flemming, whose teachings have given her a priceless foundation and great respect for the practice of yoga. Julie believes that the benefits of yoga are endless and is so grateful to be able to teach yoga basics at such an amazing studio!

Dina Ferrante


Dina has been teaching yoga for over 12 years. Students are drawn to her classes because of her gentle style and unique way of guiding them through the process of gently releasing tension that’s been held deep within their bodies. She encourages students to explore and deepen each posture and emphasizes careful attention to alignment and breath, giving students the opportunity to become deeply connected with all aspects of themselves. Prior to moving to Crested Butte in 2011, she owned a yoga studio and coffee shop in Southern New England and endured more than her share of office jobs that lead nowhere. When the hectic pace of the northeast lifestyle began to impact the quality of their lives, Dina and her family moved to Crested Butte so they could enjoy life in a healthier, simpler and more genuine way. She now spends her time teaching yoga and using this sacred practice as a foundation for her coaching practice. She is fully dedicated to supporting women as they navigate through changes in their own lives with ease and grace. Visit her website to learn more: www.dinaferrantecoaching.com

Ashley Sargent


Ashley welcomes and encourages all bodies and ability levels in her classes. She began teaching yoga in 2007 and completed her 200-RYT in 2009 with a Senior Iyengar instructor. Ashley has a strong background in Iyengar yoga, hot yoga and the Kaiut method. She has since completed her 500HR-RYT. She has also studied ayurvedic yoga,  thai yoga massage, and is Reiki (level 3) certified. She draws on these different methods when teaching, depending on what students’ needs are in her classes.

Stacey Donaldson


Stacey is a dedicated Prana Vinyasa yoga practitioner, an artist and a mother of two young girls.  Her love of yoga developed after having her second child.  When she was able to fully dive into the practice and realize the amazing benefits it had on her health and lifestyle.  In 2015 she completed Shiva Rea’s 200 hour yoga teacher training in Prana Vinyasa Flow with her teacher Monica Mesa, in Crested Butte.  Stacey is a passionate and curious student of yoga and holistic healing.  She finds inspiration for her classes by following the changes of the seasons and the flow of the natural world.  Stacey is inspired by her family, friends, art, nature, music, big mountains, and the beach lifestyle she grew up in.  You can take a class with Stacey on Wednesdays 12 – 1 PM and Fridays 9 – 10:30 AM

Jen Laggis


Jen is a Certified Iyengar yoga instructor. She has been a student of Iyengar yoga for nearly 20 years and has been teaching regularly since 1999. She is passionate about the subject of yoga and enjoys the process of self study through the yoga asanas. Jen’s main inspiration is drawn from Senior Iyengar teacher Nancy Stechert of Hotchkiss, CO. Jen teaches a weekly Iyengar class on Tuesdays 12:30 – 1:30 pm.



Chynna is an Oklahoma native that has been competitive and professionally dancing since age 3.  After being diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and told she could never dance again- a physical therapist recommended she try yoga. And as they say, “it was love at first flight.” She spent 6 years practicing yoga extensively while teaching dance and fitness.  While living in Los Angeles she was introduced to Ashtanga yoga and encouraged to obtain her 200 hour RYT from Rishikul Yogshala in Rishikesh, India.  After traveling in India and soaking up as much knowledge as she could, she has made the permanent move to Crested Butte where she is so inspired to share and continue learning about this beautiful practice.