Meet Free Yoga in the Park Instructor – Charmaine Stattman

Meet Free Yoga in the Park Instructor – Charmaine Stattman

Charmaine is a registered yoga teacher, massage therapist, and Reiki Master. She has been offering massage and therapeutic yoga services to the community for over 17 years and rolls out her mat with us as we open the 9th Season of Free Yoga in the Park Highlands Ranch.

Yoga, energy work and massage therapy has changed her life in so many ways, on both the giving and receiving end. She works closely with self-care practitioners, chiropractors and athletic sports trainers to increase awareness for herself and her clients. Her hobbies include yoga, meditation, hiking, biking, dancing, reading, coloring, laughing, enjoying time with friends and family, and loving her life!  Charmaine received her 200 HR Integrative Yoga Teacher training from NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness .

Join Charmaine and all of our amazing instructors this  summer at Free Yoga in the Park, starting Saturday May 27, 2017 from 8:15-9:15 hosted by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness and the Highlands Ranch Metro Districts.  For more details on the remaining schedule and what to bring, visit

Meet the Instructor – Jena Sawyer

Meet the Instructor – Jena Sawyer

Jena’s journey into yoga, meditation, and mindful movement started many years ago in pursuit of stress relief and a better night’s sleep. She has spent countless hours studying, exploring, learning, and cultivating practical applications and relatable perspectives. She loves to share these and is enthusiastic about helping others travel their own unique path to well-being.

Her passion is helping people create more ease… in their mind, body, relationships, work, and life. She urges them to start wherever they are rather waiting for the elusive someday.  Her “option-rich” classes center on breath and awareness, with suggestions for variations and encouragement of personal exploration in each posture.

Jena teaches classes for the Highlands Ranch Recreation Centers and also offers coaching, workshops, and retreats. Her self-published book, Yoga Thinking, offers tools and techniques to help modern-day yogis apply yoga’s wisdom to their everyday life.

Join Jena and all of our amazing instructors this  summer at Free Yoga in the Park, starting Saturday May 27, 2017 from 8:15-9:15 hosted by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness and the Highlands Ranch Metro Districts.  For more details on the remaining schedule and what to bring, visit

Meet Free Yoga in the Park Instructor – Kate Roberts

Meet Free Yoga in the Park Instructor – Kate Roberts

If there was ever a survivor story that blended the benefits of yoga, it’s Kate Roberts story of meeting life again through her practice. She began her life-long love of Yoga after being severely injured in a 2000 car crash, and found that it helped her to find ‘balance’ (figuratively and literally) in her life as she recovered from her injuries and completed college.      Kate is a Certified Yoga Instructor and eared her 200-HR Integrative Yoga therapy certification from NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness.  Kate earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human and Health Performance—Health Promotion, and a Minor in Art from Montana State University Billings in 2010. She enjoys gardening, reading, arts and crafts, and walking, playing and pretty much doing everything with her dog Maggie.

Join Kate and all of our amazing instructors this  summer at Free Yoga in the Park, starting Saturday May 27, 2017 from 8:15-9:15 hosted by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness and the Highlands Ranch Metro Districts.  For more details on the remaining schedule and what to bring, visit



Meet Free Yoga in the Park Instructor – Barbara Bloodgood

Meet Free Yoga in the Park Instructor – Barbara Bloodgood

Barbara is a yoga guide that has endured her own hardships. A breast cancer survivor and a trained breast cancer yoga instructor, Barbara discovered the yoga world after experiencing her own step back from optimal health in 2002.

It was then that Barbara became committed to her own yoga journey. She loved being on the mat, it offered her the spirituality piece that she felt had been lacking for some time in her life and provided her an inward look at her own heart and soul. She then went on to complete two different 200HR training programs, one with Core Power Yoga and her most recent certification with Integrative Yoga Therapy through  NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness of Highlands Ranch.  In addition to focusing on clients without perfect bodies, Barbara has also conducted yoga retreats and wellness classes in the community.

Don’t let her fool you, she is a firecracker…and you might hear her say the word “alignment”, “alignment”, “alignment”.

Join Barbara and all of our amazing instructors this  summer at Free Yoga in the Park, starting Saturday May 27, 2017 from 8:15-9:15 hosted by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness and the Highlands Ranch Metro Districts.  For more details on the remaining schedule and what to bring, visit

Meet Free Yoga in the Park Instructor – Renee Carrillo

Meet Free Yoga in the Park Instructor – Renee Carrillo

Renee began practicing yoga as an alternative to fast-paced cardio activities and discovered along the way that yoga lessened the frequency of migraines and helped her make it through extremely stressful times as a caregiver. After experiencing the relaxation and complete peace that yoga helps achieve, Renee was inspired to share the benefits yoga has to offer. In 2011 she completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with a Therapeutic Focus taught by Nancy Levenson and certified through NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness. Renee enjoys sharing yoga with children which inspired her to become Yoga Calm certified in 2012, combining traditional postures, breathwork and activities that promote mindfulness, bring awareness to self and community, and offer time for kids to experience tranquility. In 2014 she completed Adaptive Yoga training under the guidance of Matthew Sanford.

Renee is registered with Yoga Alliance and her volunteer efforts include the Wellness Initiative-Denver, Yoga in the Park-Highlands Ranch, assisting with Adaptive Yoga as well as guiding yoga practice for those affected by cancer, an opportunity for which she is very grateful.

A Colorado native, Renee has great respect for Mother Nature and loves incorporating that aspect into a shared practice, putting the mat aside and stepping onto the earth to further connect with the collective vibration. Renee’s classes blend breath with movement, along with weaving guided meditations and singing bowls to immerse oneself in stillness. She invites the experience of deep relaxation through Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra.

Renee’s passion is to create a yoga experience that people of all ages and abilities are able to explore, bringing about acceptance of the body, mind, and spirit allowing peace to be present within.

Join Renee and all of our amazing instructors this  summer at Free Yoga in the Park, starting Saturday May 27, 2017 from 8:15-9:15 hosted by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness and the Highlands Ranch Metro Districts.  For more details on the remaining schedule and what to bring, visit

Yoga Therapy RX – Do Physicians Know How to Prescribe Yoga?

Yoga Therapy RX – Do Physicians Know How to Prescribe Yoga?

Yoga therapy differs from what most Westerners have experienced as yoga classes.  Yoga therapy is yoga with healing at its focus.  With its roots dating back thousands of years, yoga therapy is now finding its way as a primary vehicle for optimal wellness for individuals and has become an adjunct to modern medicine.  But, a big gap exists in the health care field – a physician’s ability to refer patients to yoga and yoga therapy.

Yoga Therapy uses the postures of yoga along with breathing exercises, meditation, life-style management, and many other tools in a targeted manner, customized to each patient.  When practiced correctly for the condition, yoga can have tremendous effects on a patient’s overall wellness.  But, understanding the value of referring a patient to yoga therapy versus general yoga is as important as choosing between two pharmaceutical drugs.  Today most doctors are not equipped with the necessary background or knowledge to know the difference between the growing plethora of yoga practices offered in the marketplace.

Should physicians know how to refer the right yoga to the right patient for the right condition? Well consider this.  I sat across from a neurological doctor on a flight from Denver to Hawaii and found out that he worked in my neighborhood at a prominent healthcare facility.  After some polite and friendly conversation, I asked him if he referred his patients to yoga.  “Oh yes, I think yoga is good for everyone,” he quipped.  I then asked him what type of yoga he recommends his patients experience?  He looked at me perplexed and not sure if this was a trick question or not, then simply replied, “you know the one down the street.”  I shared with him that the one down the street was contraindicated for most of his patients, did he know that?  His interest peaked and we delved into a deeper discussion on the difference between styles, a yoga instructor versus a certified yoga therapist and the benefits of referring patients.  All of this left me wondering, how do we educate our physicians to refer yoga or yoga therapy?  In general, one style of yoga is not better or worse than the other, but when it relates to a healthcare condition, it could be contraindicated and cause the patient to suffer because of an uninformed choice.   What about your own physician, do they know what Yoga Therapy RX to write for you?

Nancy Levenson, founder of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC in Highlands Ranch is an advocate for helping physicians understand how to prescribe yoga to patients.  If you are interested in having her visit your office and provide your team with more knowledge of this growing field, she can be reached at 303.725.1434.

Nancy carries a Professional Yoga Therapist certification, is an experienced registered Yoga Alliance instructor and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.  Nancy has worked one-on-one with hundreds of clients, sometimes partnering with their physicians to guide optimal health.  She specializes in nervous system, respiratory and digestive disorders, anxiety, stress, and depression management.  She is also the Program Director for Integrative Yoga Therapy’s foundational training program, training students every year from the yoga, medical and other healing professions on the value of yoga as a healing art and therapeutic yoga. You can learn more about her and her practice at

Centering in the Middle of Chaos – How Yoga Kept Me Sane

Centering in the Middle of Chaos – How Yoga Kept Me Sane

A client recently shared a story with me about her use of centering in the middle of chaos. She was undergoing a rather intricate surgery to her left eye. I had asked her if she was nervous at all, given my own fear of having anything resembling a blade placed near eyes. She indicated that she arrived at the facility that morning, only slightly concerned. She was placed in an individual treatment room prior to the surgery, and instructed to relax. She shared with me that she immediately began to draw inward, to find her center. Using breathing practices she had learned in  our yoga classes and a mudra to create clear focus, she began to put her mind at ease. After all, this would be a simple procedure, it was safe.

Shortly after this, two attendants walked into her room. She remained in a total state of stillness, breathing and centering when one of the attendants began to complain to the other, that one of the pre-exam tools was broken. The other then stated that he could not open the cabinet door, “it must be stuck, it’s not working.” As these two fumbled in her presence, her mind went from centering to chaos – “what else isn’t working in this place,” she wondered to herself. The two attendants continued on with their dialogue and she took a deep breath, and brought herself back to center…..breathe, follow the inhale, follow the exhale. She started to repeat a mantra in her mind to keep herself centered. Shortly thereafter, she was wheeled into the operating room, concerned. And, moments later she was completely out.

Her surgery went well and I found her story so profound. When engaged in centering we have to be aware that distractions will try and pull us out. Some may be as insignificant as another thought we are having and some so startling to move us away from center altogether. Only through practice do we learn to stay in the present moment, focused on our intention. I was very impressed by her will. Staying centered is hard enough, but it’s quite another story to stay centered in the middle of chaos.

NamasteWorks offers two distinct wellness approaches focused on supporting you on your journey to optimal wellness and living a healthier lifestyle.  We invite you to explore us in depth and learn how we have been helping support wellness since 2006.  We offer, yoga therapy and yoga teacher training in the Heart of Highlands Ranch and Douglas county,

What’s so special about that?

What’s so special about that?

One day, a religious leader came to the Buddha and asked, “When one follows your Way, what does one do in daily life?”  The Buddha replied, “One walks, stands, sits, lies down, eats, and drinks.”  The man asked, “What is so special about that?”  And the Buddha answered, “An ordinary person, though walking, standing, lying down, eating, or drinking, does not know that he is walking, standing, lying down, eating or drinking.  When a practitioner of the Way walks, he knows that he is walking.  When he stands, he knows that he is standing.”  – Sulak Sivaraksa

This is mindfulness – so simple, yet so difficult.  For some mindfulness is a way of life, for others a lost art.  How many of us can classify ourselves as ordinary?  We go through life with little or no consciousness as to each moment that we are gifted.  We have become so disconnected from our inner world, that we live in the outer world with the same awareness. We end most of our days reminding ourselves of our accomplishments and planning for our tomorrow, but to what degree were we truly present to any experience?

When working with clients, privately or in groups, they are asked to leave the past behind, forget the future exists, and explore the present.  To what extent can they take their awareness to the now. They are asked to explore their body, just as it is, to notice the nuances of the breath and how the breath and body co-exist.  Taken even deeper, we explore the mind-body by witnessing, not judging or editing or altering.  We simply bring ourselves into full awareness and learn to reprogram ourselves to be mindful if, only for just this moment.  Mindfulness is not another goal to achieve, rather it is a state of being truly alive.   And when we are alive, mindfulness invokes an awareness that everything is special, every step, every breath, and every moment.  After all, who among us desires to be ordinary?

If you are looking to explore mindfulness as a method to reduce anxiety or just be connected to the present moment, contact us for a private session or to join one of our outdoor or indoor programs.

by Nancy Levenson, Founder and Yoga Therapist at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC.


Aspiring Yoga Teacher Scholarship – Spring 2017

Aspiring Yoga Teacher Scholarship – Spring 2017

Have you been contemplating how you might take your yoga off your personal mat and into the world? Ever wondered what it’s like to guide and inspire students on the yoga path but just didn’t have the funds to take the training? Well wonder no more…This week Yoga Alliance announced it’s Aspiring Yoga Teacher Scholarship program for 2017.

The Yoga Alliance® Foundation is giving away 7 Aspiring Yoga Teacher scholarships of $2,000 each. Awards will be given to those who want to attend a yoga teacher training to become an RYT® 200 and meet the eligibility criteria outlined below.

Scholarship recipients must enroll in and complete a teacher training program at an RYS® 200 and register as an RYT 200 within 12 months of being notified of their award. Scholarship funds will be paid in USD by Yoga Alliance Foundation directly to the RYS 200 once the recipient completes training and registers with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200. Awards cannot be used to pay for training that has already started or has been completed.

Yoga Alliance Foundation strongly encourages candidates to apply who have a strong personal practice, are leaders in their community, and add to the diversity of the yoga teacher community. This includes those who have overcome socioeconomic or other personal obstacles, or who otherwise bring a diverse perspective or background.

To find out more and apply for the scholarship program, just click here.

Our Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) 200-HR program has been a standard of excellence in guiding individuals on a personal path or a teaching path. Our school offers the initial training right here in Colorado and if you decide to explore further training, our program extends to a 300 HR and 800 HR program, leading up to your Yoga Therapist Certification. Consider the path of leading others into the beautiful dharma of yoga. Click here to learn more about our program.

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. Nancy Levenson is the Program Director of the local-based program.

Awaken Your Wild & Magical Self – A Women’s Camping Retreat – Sept 29-Oct 1, 2017 – Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado

Awaken Your Wild & Magical Self – A Women’s Camping Retreat – Sept 29-Oct 1, 2017 – Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado

Celebrate the enchantment of nature and the wildness of your magical self as we gather for a primordial camping retreat. You will enter the mystery of nature and self in a playful and exploratory way, as you deepen your understanding of the Divine Feminine. Nature will act as your guide, giving clues to support your wild and magical inner soul. Your human guides, Nancy and Courtney will be there to help you commune with nature and enliven your PranaShakti (life-force) through mind/body practices, daily yoga, dream work, creative expression, hiking, story-telling, divine feminine circles, and ceremonial drumming and dance.

Camping outdoors invites you to step through a portal, and imagine your wild-self emerge as you deepen your ecstasy with nature and self. There will be plenty of time for solo exploration as well as time spent in community. We will witness the sensory magic that occurs when we collectively share in the creation of our breakfasts and dinners. The campgrounds and campfires will serve to support us as we dive fearlessly into our wild and magical selves.

Accept the call of the wild and join us on this secluded camping weekend in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Only an hour drive from Denver, our private group camping location is the perfect sanctuary to unleash yourself in nature’s beauty while exploring the wildness of your magical self.

Date: Friday, September 29 through Sunday October 1
Time: Check in is at 1:00 pm, check out is 11:00 am
Fee: $179.00 + $7 park pass per day, carpooling is suggested
Venue: Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Private Group Campsite

Space is limited, so secure your magical ticket today just click here

After purchasing your ticket, please send us a quick note to (email: info(use at symbol) and we will forward your Wild & Magical camping detailed package.

Inclusions: Your fee covers the cost of the campsite, breakfast and dinner, the program, your guides and your retreat supplies.

Exclusions: All lunches and snacks will be your responsibility. Transportation is not included and we do encourage that you carpool with other participants. You will need to provide your own wild camping gear. A list of needed camping supplies will be provided when you register. Some camping gear can be rented through outdoor shops like REI. We encourage you to bring drums, your journal, sacred costume, and an outdoor yoga mat.

To learn more NamasteWorks Outdoors other nature & Mind/Body programs, visit You can also learn more about your two guides, Nancy Levenson and Courtney O’Malley. This program is brought to you by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC.