Our Yoga Instructors:

Elizabeth Capper, Yoga Teacher, RYT 200, Massage Therapistimg_2084

Liz completed her massage training with the Green Mountain Institute for Integrative Therapy in Southern Portugal in 2007. After 6 years living and working as a chef/massage therapist between Portugal and Alaska, she decided, with her husband Paul and 2 mischievous mutts, to put down some roots, and Idaho was the place!

Realizing her long time goal, in 2013 she attended Frog Lotus Yoga International in Andalusia, Spain to become a Yoga Alliance Certified Vinyasa/Hatha Yoga Teacher.

The next step was only natural: to create a peaceful, welcoming space in the local community to share the healing gifts of yoga and massage. Liz hopes that Body Calm can give people a little sanctuary to quiet their minds, be in tune with their bodies and leave the studio feeling amazing.

Liz is currently finishing her RYT 500 certification with Frog Lotus Yoga International.


Paul Capper, Yoga Teacher, RYT 200IMG_1879 (2)

Paul grew up in Staffordshire, England, then spent 10 years living in Portugal before moving to Idaho in 2011. He began his yoga practice in 2013 when he and his partner, Elizabeth opened Body Calm. Paul went into his very first yoga class without expectations and came out an hour later with the lofty goal to go at least 2 times a week and to eventually touch his toes in a forward fold. Sticking to his goal, Paul quickly found the benefits of a regular practice: improved posture, increased flexibility, generally feeling awesome! Wanting to explore the practice further, he attended more classes and workshops and then enrolled in the Hot Warrior Yoga Teacher Training to earn his 200 hour certification in 2016.

Paul enjoys teaching an active Vinyasa/Hatha blend class to all levels of students and looks forward to seeing you on the mat!


Jenn Crawford, Yoga Teacher, RYT 200,

Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner                                                                        

“Change your mind Change your Life.” This is the mantra Jenn lives by.  A simple rule that anyone can apply to their daily life. As a fashion designer by trade, Jenn has had the amazing opportunity to travel the world and work with wonderful people, but many times she found herself mentally and creatively exhausted, so one day she changed her mind and it changed her life, she found yoga and nothing inspires her more than her practice. As a yogi all of her creative passions come together, with movement and mindful breath she is able to quiet her mind and open up new artistic paths. Jenn received her RYT200 hour certificate with CorePower yoga in Huntington Beach, CA in May of 2012, and her Barre Yoga Certification February 2013. She is over the moon excited to share her love of yoga with students at the Body Calm Studio! Jenn also offers Thai Yoga Bodywork sessions.  Call to schedule!  914-0910

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Laurie McElroy, Yoga Teacher RYT 500FINAL-Brenda-Jane-Photo-Boise-Photographer-005

Laurie has been teaching yoga since 2010, when she completed her 200 hour RYT through Shanti Yoga School of McCall. She completed her 500 hour certification in 2013. Her students keep her inspired and sublimely alive.

“I believe each person has a unique way of expressing their inner-most self through yoga. I      encourage my students to find their own yoga connections through asana, breath and self-        awareness.” A favorite quote is, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Kathy Opp, RYT 500 unnamed

Kathy is a graduate of the Shanti Yoga School in McCall, Idaho and a certified yoga instructor trained in a multidiscipline Hatha yoga tradition.  She studied yoga in her youth and came back to a practice in 2011 to deal with grief and to regain work-life balance.  While working as an independent business consultant and developing her own yoga teaching style, Kathy learned people need to offset their typically high intensity, go-go lifestyles with more gentle styles of yoga.

In 2013 and 2014 she deepened her training by attending the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica and attained a Yin Yoga level I & II certification.  The practice of yin is a quiet practice focused on longer held seated or reclined postures designed to maintain or restore lower body joint and spinal mobility.  Kathy is passionate about sharing the benefits of a yin practice with as many people as possible.  It is by calming the breath that we are able to bring stillness to the body and the mind.

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Amber Hartley RYT 200 image.do

“Yoga is not about self-improvement, it’s about self-acceptance.” – Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

Yoga has been a part of my life since 1998. In 2012, my practice in yoga grew to influence all aspects of my life.  I completed my RYT 200 certification at I Am Yoga Wellness Studio in California.  My class is Hatha based. I combine meditation, deep breathing, and stretch to leave you standing taller, squatting deeper, and feeling balanced.

I believe yoga is for everyone, all ages and all shapes and sizes. My specialty is teaching the basics but I instruct to meet the needs of all levels. I consider myself a student as well.  I learn and grow with each class I instruct.  My personal yoga practice is a continuous evolution. I have my good days and my not so balanced days.  Yoga has taught me to “go with the flow.”  When my body is ready for the next level the next level will come.  Until then I will wobble when I balance (especially on my hands or head).

I look forward to meeting all those who know and love yoga. And I especially look forward to passing on my love and knowledge of yoga to those who have yet to catch the “yoga bug!”

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Mary Baker, Yoga Teacher, M.Ed., E-RYT 200, RYT 500, KRI Certified Instructor

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Mary, Mantra Simran Kaur, began her yoga practice over 40 years ago to learn to work with the energy that flows through form. She is a Universalist, recognizing all traditions and drawing elements and essence from all traditions.  Through the weaving together of many different yoga philosophies during Mary’s classes we are able to explore our own uniqueness, creating clarity and tranquility in our minds.  Being alive and aware in the present moment gives us the gift of wonder, amazement, and the ability to rest in consciousness.  Mary’s journey is to find the best in all of us and to express that every day through our voices and in our hearts, minds, and bodies. For the last 32 years as a school counselor and teacher,  she has been bringing the practice of yoga to thousands of children.  Her focus with children, and adults too, is the knowledge of the power of our breath.  Mary teaches yoga in the valley and  is on the staff of Shanti Yoga School; she is thrilled to be sharing space with the yogis at Body Calm.

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Lisa Simpson, Yoga Teacher, RYT 50010665757_10204570512373403_6066841267930667181_n

Hi, I’m Lisa and have a passion for guiding people in Yoga.  I started Yoga when I was pregnant with my first baby 18 years ago and I remember thinking – “I don’t understand what these verbal cues are but i’m sweating like heck!”  Trembling through the poses, I knew this was going to be good for me, even though I felt so weak.  My journey with yoga has taught me many things about how I face challenges in life and how that when I feel good physically, I am a better mom, daughter and friend.  I have since taught numerous group exercise classes and have become a Certified Personal Trainer.  Currently, I am working toward the 500hr Teacher Training with the Shanti Yoga School where I received my 200hour.  I LOVE being a life long learner! My other interests are my kids, dog, and everything outside from skiing to backpacking to paddle boarding!  Come and enjoy class!

Sharon Hammer, Yoga Teacher, RYT 500

 

Sharon has practiced yoga since her late teens when she became intrigued by both the physical and spiritual aspect of the practice. She spent twenty plus years in the legal and municipal management professions. In 2011 when her life took an unexpected turn, Sharon found that yoga sustained and strengthened her during a difficult transition.

Since then Sharon has studied and practiced yoga extensively. Her yoga credentials include a 500 RYT with Yoga Alliance, an iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 Teacher-in-Training, a Lead Teacher for the Shanti Teacher Training Program as well as a regular teaching schedule. Sharon also holds a Juris Doctorate (law degree), a Master in Public Administration, a Master of Mental Health Counseling and is a License Professional Counselor (LPC).

Sharon believes in the healing power of nature and is an active outdoors person. Learn more about Sharon at her webpage for yoga at www.sharonhammeryoga.com and her webpage for counseling at www.sharonhammercounseling.com .


Christine Debourse, RYT 500

After relocating to Boise from Switzerland, I went to my first yoga class in 2005 by curiosity: what is so special about yoga? And I was instantly hooked!christine-boi-photoI loved how the awareness of my body was giving a break to my brain. A moving meditation!

Now, I am a RYT 500 and still an eternal student. There is so much to learn! I really enjoy helping people discover what yoga can be to them, by showing them the beauty of the breath connecting with the body and mind.

I try to bring different perspectives to my teaching to keep our curiosity, and discovery intact!

 


 

Penny Smith, Yoga Teacher, RYT 200

Penny grew up in Sun Valley, Idaho. She developed a passion for skiing, biking, volleyball and anything that involved the outdoors. When she moved to Boise to attend college, she acquired a love for aerobics and soon became an instructor. Later in life, she decided to turn her attention to the benefits of yoga. Penny is a certified YogaFit instructor and a R.Y.T 200 Certified yoga instructor. She has attended numerous workshops training under such names as Seane Corn, Max Strom, Natasha Rizopoulos, Julian Walker Rolf Gates, Amy Ippoliti, Tiffany Cruikshank and Jo Tastula.

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Nichole MacDowell, Yoga Teacher

Nichole has a deep passion for the benefits of yoga and has been a proud yogini for nearly half her life. As a busy mom of two and a PR consultant, she relies on yoga to keep her self-love tank full. Yoga played a pivotal role during her cancer treatment, and she is honored to be able to share this life-changing practice with her students. Nichole received her RYT 200-hour certification from Hot Warrior Yoga Training (Yoga Alliance Certified). Among her favorite things are an intelligent Vinyasa flow, a day on the river with her family, and the perfect cup of tea.


Jennifer Harris, RYT 200

I believe yoga is for everyBODY! Regardless of shape, size, athletic abilities or health struggles, there is a form of yoga for everyone. Yoga meets you where you are and helps to strengthen, balance and increase flexibility in everyone both physically and mentally.

Living with an autoimmune disease has been a challenge in my life, however yoga has helped me to cope and even love my body through it all. Yoga has helped me to discover balance in life. Not necessarily balancing on my head in an amazing posture (that may come someday), but balance in self care, living in the present moment and finding stress relief.  I completed my RYT 200 hour certification with Yoga Alliance Certified: Jennilee Toner’s Hot Warrior Yoga Training, which emphasizes SAFE Yoga in a  Hatha/Vinyasa style for all levels. I strive to show all how truly accessible yoga is when using proper alignment and safe modifications. I look forward to sharing all I’ve learned and will continue to learn with you.


Linda Holloway, RYT 200

Linda has been a spiritual seeker for most of her life. She is an Idaho native. She discovered her passion for Yoga after having had a long career in the fitness industry, working as a personal trainer and fitness instructor in the Las Vegas area. She caught the “spark of Yoga” in 1998 and has been fanning the flame ever since. She studied in the Las Vegas area for over 8 years, where she eventually opened a studio. She returned to her roots in Idaho in 2007 where she has studied with various teachers. She realized a dream to travel to India in 2013 where she lived in an ashram for a month and studied traditional Hatha Yoga. “Helping people to find the deep inner peace that lies within each of us, is both a privilege and honor. Yoga is transformation one breath at a time.”


Jeana Johnson

BASI Certified Mat Pilates Instructor 

An Idaho native, Jeana has been teaching Pilates for over 5 years. She started practicing Pilates to help counteract the impact of grad school and a full time desk job. Impressed with the quick and sustainable results, postural improvement and the strength gained, she wanted to be part of sharing the practice of Pilates and building core strength with others. She is a true believer in holistic wellness and functional fitness. Her goal is to assist those she works with to attain a state of physical, mental and spiritual balance – by building a strong core foundation. Beyond Pilates, Jeana works in healthcare, loves yoga, hiking, traveling and spending time with her wonderful friends and family.


Francy Marcotte, Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master

Francy began practicing yoga in 2005 while training as a ballet dancer. She completed 200-hour (Yoga Alliance Certified) yoga teacher training through Core Power in Minneapolis, MN in 2016, and started teaching Power Yoga and Yin Yoga when she moved back to Boise a few months later. She started teaching yoga part-time while maintaining a full-time job as an English teacher. However, after a year of teaching part-time, she knew she had found her passion, and has been teaching yoga full-time since.

Francy is also a Reiki Master, and truly believes in the power of yoga and Reiki together to bring healing and good health. Her goal as a teacher is to help her students recognize and safely work towards their highest selves, physically, and mentally, while getting a sweat on. She loves differentiating for, and challenging her students while exploring their individual edges during class.

 


 

Sara Grace Nesbitt, RYT 200

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Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor

Professional Life’s Purpose Certified Life Coach

​Sarah received her 200 RYT in the summer of 2011 and continues to fall deeply in love with the journey of sharing yoga with others. There is a running joke in her family that anytime someone is suffering from either physical, spiritual, or emotional conflict, Sarah’s instant response is “do yoga!” She is also a certified Life Coach, working with people to clear their own self limiting blocks to truly step into the lives that their hearts yearn for. She has come to see the mat as a truly sacred space, a sanctuary where we can come lay out our troubles, unwinding the stories and illusions that keep us in sorrow. As we learn to come to our mats with self compassion, love and honesty, we are then able to approach the world with tools and new perspectives. As she has experienced the mat as a training ground so to speak for the opportunities of growth in the world, Sarah creates a new intention each week, based on the challenges that we face in our day to day lives. Therefore each week offers an enriching experience far beyond the asanas. Sarah continues to find enthusiasm and purpose in sharing her light and love with others through yoga and coaching. She knows that she has found her Life’s Purpose. She shares this all to remind you that living your joy and your bliss is your birthright.

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Debi Halcomb 200 RYT 
Even at a young age, Debi had always had a love for both children and Senior Adults. Being a Mother of three and Grandmother of eight brings joy to her live. Debi married her childhood sweetheart 40 years ago. She volunteered with Senior Solutions as well as CASA as a Guardian ad Litem advocating for children in foster care. A fall in 2012 that resulted in an injury to her leg started her on a path looking for a class that would both strengthen her leg and improve balance. Yoga brought strength and balances to her life not just her leg: it was not long until yoga became Debi’s passion. Winter 2015 she attended Halo/HMY teacher training completing her 200 hour certification with Yoga Alliance. Yoga has made such a positive impact on her life she is so excited to guide and support you on your yoga journey. 

Shannon Lind, RYT 200
Shannon has been doing yoga her entire life.  She got serious about it several years ago while rehabilitating a shoulder injury.  “The benefits of yoga and the gentle, strength-building movements helped me more than I thought they would.”  Learning this, Shannon felt the draw to further her yoga education.

She is a graduate from Shanti Yoga School in McCall, and she earned her RYT200 certification in 2014.  She finds strength in sharing her student’s energy, “every class is a different joy, and I take something with me every time I teach.”  She has found strength and stillness in yoga that are so often missing, but are so very necessary in our lives.  Because of this, Shannon loves to teach yin, restorative, slow flow, meditation — any class to allow students time to find their peace.