Instructors

HEART & SOUL

ALYSSA MANNY

E-RYT 200 | Certified Barre Instructor | Certified Lagree Instructor
BA – Kinesiology | M-Arch

Bio: Like every master artist that begins with a blank canvas, so too must every person quiet the distraction of the mind to begin anew. Alyssa believes that fitness is a vehicle to empty the mind of useless chatter to create a blank canvas in order to be truly present, to connect with the beauty of the world and to create one’s own artistic representation of life.

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Alyssa completed her B.A. in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado – Boulder in 2001 and her Master of Architecture (M-Arch) from the University of Colorado – Denver in 2010. Both programs fostered her talent to design for the human experience, which she has brought into her life as a yoga and fitness instructor. After completing CorePower Yoga’s 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program in 2012, she has been inspiring students both on and off the mat ever since. A registered E-RYT 200, Alyssa teaches yoga from a compassionate and supportive canvas that encourages students to flow through physical asana with a powerful connection of breath to body, in order to experience the stillness of the mind.

ALYSSA MANNY

AUDREY BLESSING

RYT 200 | Certified Barre Instructor
BA – Technical Communications

Bio: Audrey was immediately drawn to the practice of yoga when she took her first class almost 7 years ago as it was unlike any form of activity she had ever explored before. Yoga made her feel strong, confident, and empowered, yet calm, peaceful and connected. It was because of this awakened energy that Audrey knew she needed to make yoga a deeper part of her life.

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Audrey completed the 200 hour Power Yoga Training through CorePower Yoga in 2013 as a means of connecting deeper to the practice. What she found through this training was a calling to guide others into finding their most vibrant and authentic selves. Audrey has been teaching Power Yoga for over 3 years and is extremely passionate about the physical and mental benefits that arise from this type of practice. Her Vinyasa style classes are invigorating and will challenge your physical body in order to look within. Audrey also became certified to teach Barre classes when she was 7 months pregnant. After practicing Barre throughout her pregnancy, she became extremely educated & mindful about controlled movement in the body and how to effectively & safely tone large and small muscle groups, alike. Now a mom, Audrey has discovered a newfound passion to guide prenatal and postnatal women through supported and safe movement in order to find their best selves.

AUDREY BLESSING

CAITLIN STULTZ

Certified Barre Instructor | BA – Political Science

Bio: Caitlin is a Los Angeles, California native who moved to Denver five years ago. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, Caitlin lived in downtown San Diego for several years where she met her now husband, Daniel, before deciding to lay roots in Colorado.

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After moving in to the neighborhood in Berkeley, Caitlin fell in love with the intensity and alignment of Barre classes. It took her four years of being a student to realize that she was meant to be a teacher as well, and thus became certified to teach through The Dailey Method – Denver’s intensive teacher training program. Caitlin’s passion as an instructor is rooted in inspiring individuals to make healthy decisions, both in and out of the studio. She teaches from a place of thoughtful alignment and safety, creating space for any individual to join regardless of injury, prenatal | postpartum mommas or brand new to the platform.

Caitlin and Daniel live near Ohana with their toddler son, Nash, and their second child (a little girl this time!) due in early September, 2017.

CAITLIN STULTZ

CALLIE GEORGE

Certified Barre Instructor | Certified Lagree Fitness Instructor
BFA – Interior Design

Bio: Callie grew up in Columbus, OH with a very active childhood, juggling as many sports as she could handle. She learned how to swim when she was 3 years old and continued to swim competitively and play water polo through high school. She also participated on numerous softball, basketball, soccer, and lacrosse teams.

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Taking a break from athletics, she attended Columbus College of Art and Design with a focus in Interior Design. Shortly after college, she fell in love with yoga and got more involved with group fitness. She always knew that she wanted to inspire people with fitness, but it wasn’t until she moved to Denver and became certified to teach Barre and Lagree method that she found her true passion.

Callie brings high energy, intensity and motivation to each and every class she teaches. You can expect to work, you can expect to shake and, most importantly, you can expect to have fun.

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CASSIE SILVIA

RYT 200 | Certified Barre Instructor

Bio: Cassie has always been drawn to a good physical challenge, but it was not until she found yoga that she started to experience her physicality in ways that go beyond just the surface. Yoga brought to light the idea that the movement of energy is essential in order to experience the richness of life and to access the true spirit that lies within us. Through years of practice and the completion of 200+ hours of training, she has discovered that yoga is something that can be practiced in every movement and each breath.

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With this in mind, she completed her barre certification early this year to broaden her practice and teachings alike. She draws from both modalities when teaching and with a focus on alignment and breath, she encourages her students to explore all layers of themselves- from the physical sheath to the more subtle aspects of energy and spirit. Her classes are both challenging and supportive, offering a balance between freedom to move and time for stillness and contemplation.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

CASSIE SILVIA

CECELIA POTTER

Certified Barre Instructor
BA – Theater

Bio: Cecilia is an artist, teacher, performer, and choreographer. She has been dancing for over 20 years, training in a wide range of movement styles from modern to aerial dance. Cecilia pursued her love of the performing arts from early childhood through higher education. She graduated cum laude from Elon University with a BA in Theatre and a Dance Minor.

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Cecilia pursued her passion for dance and was accepted into the MFA dance program at the University of Oregon. After performing at the Kennedy Center, Cecilia decided to leave her program to join contemporary company BRIAH Danse in Boulder, CO. Currently, Cecilia dances professionally with Iluminar Aerial Dance and DAMAGEDANCE. When Cecilia is not training or performing, she works as a dance educator. She teaches multiple age groups in the public school system and private studio setting. Additionally, Cecilia is a barre instructor at Ohana Yoga + Barre in Denver and The Dailey Method in Boulder. Cecilia’s classes focus on discovering alignment, elongating the spine, working through the body as an integrative whole, and finding movement efficiency through the recruitment of smaller muscles. She is dedicated to helping her students develop their body awareness, inner strength, and confidence.

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CHRISTINA COLLINS

RYT 200

Bio: Christina began her yoga journey in 2009 at the suggestion of her doctor for autoimmune health. She experienced many styles before getting hooked on heated yoga and Yoga Sculpt at CorePower Yoga in 2011. She has been dedicated ever sense and is a firm believer in the healing powers of community, asana and heat!

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Alongside yoga, Christina’s professional life and passion lies in teaching Developmental Psychology and inspiring others to incorporate transformation into their lives by learning about self, following their passion and connecting mind/body/spirit. Christina believes in keeping an open beginners mind in everything she does and brings that into all of her classrooms.

CHRISTINA COLLINS

CLARE ANDERSON

RYT 200 | 600 hour CTMT
Certified Holistic Health Coach | Certified Herbalist
BA – Sociology

Bio: Clare has been a yoga teacher in the Denver community since 2011. She is also an herbalist, co-owner of Rhizome Apothecary and holistic health coach. She loves to blend together all avenues of health and wellness to create a well rounded lifestyle. Grounded and challenging, her vinyasa classes are mostly inspired by Ashtanga and Forrest yoga, and her restorative classes are restful and relaxing. When she’s not slinging herbs or teaching yoga, you can find her rock climbing, cooking, and spending time with her family.

CLARE ANDERSON

COURTNEY GLINKSI

RYT 200 | Certified Barre Instructor
BA – History

Bio: Courtney stepped into her first yoga studio as a freshman in college at the University of Colorado, Boulder. It was love at first… stretch. She was hooked! Fast forward to today… Courtney received her RYT – 200 hour certification in November 2012. She has since added several certifications including Yoga for Athletes, Hot Yoga and Yoga Sculpt. Courtney’s enjoys taking and teaching a challenging class that will work your body as well as your mind! Yes, you will sculpt long lean muscles, but you will also work the mind to allow for more thoughtfulness and discipline.

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Courtney & her husband, Andy, returned to Denver after a 2+ year stint in Sioux Falls, SD in October 2016. They welcomed their first child in January 2017. Their son, Avett, has lead them on the wild ride that is parenting. They have loved getting to know their little guy and can’t wait to watch him grow up in beautiful Colorado. They are so happy to be back home!

COURTNEY GLINKSI

DEVON BARROW

RYT 200
BA – Creative Writing

Bio: Yoga has been a part of Devon’s life since she was nine years old, and continues to be her agent of healing and health. Devon obtained her 200-hour yoga teacher certification through CorePower Yoga in the summer of 2012, and has been teaching ever since.

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Out of a passionate desire to take yoga into untraditional places, Devon founded OmniYoga Project in August 2015, a company that focuses on corporate yoga and Workplace Wellness, as well as other on-site yoga opportunities. In March 2016 she moved to Tel Aviv, Israel: an adventure that lent her much insight on the broad and accepting nature of yoga. Experiencing yoga around the world has been an eye-opening experience for Devon’s teaching style, which continues to value both creativity of the physical body and the power of mindfulness. Devon now teaches in Denver, her hometown, where she is gratefully a part of the Ohana Yoga + Barre community.

DEVON BARROW

EMILIE MOCK

E-RYT 200
BA – Biology

Bio: Emilie’s yoga journey began in the early days of 2010 after underwhelming snowfall totals inspired her to take a break from the ski slopes and try on a different form of exercise. Little did she know that this decision would change not only her career path, but also her life.

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After many years of practice, Emilie now believes that yoga is more than just a set of exercises paired with pop beat music and hip spandex pants; to Emilie, yoga is a philosophy of good living. In 2012 Emilie made the leap of faith and enrolled in her first yoga teacher training program through CorePower Yoga. After successfully completing her training she immediately started teaching full time. By 2014 Emilie had acquired her E-RYT 200 designation and has since lead (5) 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs as well as multiple continuing education programs. When she’s not at the yoga studio, the best place to look for her is in the high peaks of Colorado pursuing her other passions of ski mountaineering and downhill mountain biking, where she is constantly pushing her boundaries, redefining her limits, and practicing her good life philosophy. Emilie’s classes are thoughtfully designed and intended to help her students break down their preconceived notions on what it possible in their own yoga practices, but most importantly within their own lives.

EMILIE MOCK

ERIN ENTLICH

RYT 200 | CPT | CMT
BA | Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Bio: Erin is a certified Health Coach and Holistic Nutritionist who is passionate about sharing her love of fitness, nutrition and yoga with her students. With a background as a massage therapist and personal trainer, Erin focuses on alignment and form in her classes and has a hands-on approach to teaching, using manual assists to help her students find optimal depth in a pose.

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She believes yoga is a great metaphor for life and that if we can learn to breathe and stay present on our mats, through challenging postures, we can do the same in life, through difficult and challenging situations.

She completed her 200- hour teacher training through CorePower Yoga in 2014 and loves sharing the gift of yoga and wellness with others. She is happily married and a mama to 8-year old twins and one golden doodle.

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HEATHER GROOMS

Certified Barre Instructor | Certified Lagree Instructor | NSCA PT
BA – Psychology

Bio: Heather loves fitness, bodies in motion, sweat and the high from a work out. She has over twelve years experience as a Certified Personal Trainer and four years of experience teaching Barre. Heather holds certifications in NSCA PT, The Dailey Method (Barre) and Lagree Fitness. She strongly believes in form, alignment, and hands on adjustments.

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She also believes that the mental component, specifically the mind-body connection, should be strengthened in every session. Heather absolutely loves teaching fitness as it makes her soul sing and her inner fire ignite. She believes that everyone should be so lucky to feel such a level of passion in what they do. Heather loves to share her passion by creating fun, welcoming, and “ass-kicking” classes.

Outside of teaching or personal training, she is happiest when her own body is in motion from barre, weight lifting and her yoga practice as well as playing with her eight year old son. Being still is a definite challenge for her. When not working out, you will find her sipping on some red wine, listening to Spotify and hanging out with her wonderful husband and crazy, fun, cuddly son.

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HELEN HOLMES

RYT 200
BA – Ed | MA – Ed

Bio: Helen began her yoga journey in 2010 in an effort to regain balance in her life. Although she loves the intense physical workout of the practice, even more meaningful is the ability to connect mind, body, and breath. The deeply meditative aspect gives her the opportunity to be truly present without any distractions. In her classes, Helen enjoys sharing creative, challenging, and thoughtfully designed sequences to help others recognize and celebrate their own strength and power.

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KRISTY ARENDS

RYT 200
BS – Interior Design

Bio: Kristy tried her first yoga class in college. It was a free class in the gym at the Student Rec Center. It was cold. There were probably 200 other people in the room. She couldn’t see the instructor and had no idea what a “down dog” was. After that she decided, “maybe this isn’t my thing.” Years later she tried again at a heated Vinyasa studio.

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Whoa! What a difference quality instruction and heat can make! She’s been hooked ever since.

In 2009 Kristy completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, and has completed trainings in Group Fitness/Spinning (Real Ryder) and Yoga Sculpt/Yoga FiiT. As an instructor, Kristy finds that she’s still the student, learning and growing from every new experience. Her classes are about having fun and making her students’ bodies feel good! Kristy strives to combine creative and mindful sequencing with a spirit of playfulness and inspiration in hopes that you’ll leave your mat feeling happy, balanced, and full of that healing energy that will not only make your day better, but everyone else around you.

KRISTY ARENDS

JEN IBANEZ

E-RYT | Certified Lagree Instructor
BA – Business & Marketing

Bio: Community. Connection. Health & Wellness. These are the four foundations for Jen’s life as a teacher, guide and coach. Touching another person’s life through teaching has been the greatest gift she could ever imagine. Introducing fitness and wellness to her native Denver community over the last 6 years has been transformative each and every day.

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Jen is so very thankful to have found her life’s work after years of suffering with her identity decomposing while she made millions for others and finally realizing that there was more to life, more to her, than the all mighty dollar. Teaching found Jen at a time when she was the most polluted, and slowly began to uncover the joyous person that had been buried for decades.

A healthy mind, body and spirit has allowed Jen to experience life so differently. The crazy journey of life is only as challenging as oyur perspective. Have you ever met someone that had a terrible tragedy in their life, but posseses the most exuberant outlook on life?!?! They all have one thing in common…a untarnished perspective that life is not just good, but great.

Jen’s goal in every teaching opportunity is to provide students with an uplifting experience. Perhaps today it is just a smile because she likes to drop old school hip hop jams and dance around like a child (eek) 😉 or give you an extra exuberant hoot of encouragement when you are trying to hold a pose for five more breaths. Or maybe something deeper, something more attached to your every action and reaction that keeps you from this healthy view that life really is THIS GREAT. Sometimes a good sweat, a good intention is all you need to shed the layer of masking we add to cover up something profound from within….patience, kindness, empathy, or maybe acceptance for all the quirkiness that makes you fan-fn-tastic.

Walking out of a class should transform you in some way… get you out of your head so you can focus, relax your tension from life, motivate you to SURRENDER to the simplest task of folding a mountain of laundry stacking up or the grandest opportunity like letting go of self-doubt and really change your life so you can live a happier and healthier life! Best lyrics to sums up a mama Jen class: “No limits, Just epiphanies”.

Jen’s motto is simple: Think LOVE, Speak, LOVE, Feel LOVE. She can’t wait to share some of this light with you!

JEN IBANEZ

KAT AUMANN

RYT 200 | RYT 300
BS – Arch | M-Arch

Bio: An open-hearted and grounded yoga teacher and architect, Kat integrates the practices of meditation and yoga into a creative experience that supports empowered everyday living. As fascinated by the built environment as the body, Kat’s passion for learning about anatomy, attunement to the natural world, artful expression, and the body’s natural healing modalities encourages her students to explore the depth of their own practice. This supports a deeper connection to each student’s journey for personal and relational growth. Kat teaches flow, meditation, and restorative yoga.

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KATIE CRITCHFIELD

Certified Barre Instructor | Certified Mat Pilates
BA | MA-Ed

Bio: Katie is a wife and mother of 3. She has a background in Elementary School Education and developed a consistent yoga practice while teaching children. Katie was hooked after her first yoga class in 2001! Her practice expanded to barre classes in 2009 and learning how to teach was the next logical step. Katie loves teaching! She loves connecting with students and she loves constantly learning about the human body and movement. Katie is beyond excited to be a part of the Ohana Yoga and Barre community.

KATIE CRITCHFIELD

LAINA BALLANTYNE

RYT 200 | Certified Lagree Fitness Instructor
BA – Political Science

Bio: Laina discovered yoga as an angsty teen and never looked back. After completing her 200-hour certification in 2011 with CorePower Yoga, Laina traveled the world to teach yoga, speak other languages, and mostly try to survive. Her classes are energizing, uplifting, and will leave you questioning what just happened the past 60 minutes. Laina hopes to leave her students a little better than when they arrived and to allow a space of creativity and passion within their practice.

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LINDSEY GROTE

RYT 200 | Certified Lagree Fitness Instructor
BS | M-Arch

Bio: Lindsay has been practicing yoga since 2003. Bikram came first, then Ashtanga and Forrest while completing a Masters of Architecture program at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Lindsay completed her 200 hour CorePower certification in the fall of 2009 and has completed Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest as well as workshops with Darren Main, Steve Ross, and Richard Freeman.

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Daily, she enjoys the incredible sunshine of Colorado and balancing a mix of consulting, designing, traveling, and making new concoctions in her Vitamix! Yoga is an adventure. Every day that we can make it to our mats to explore, we gain more clarity, more strength, and more patience. Fueled by a restless creativity, Lindsay’s classes are unique, ever-evolving, and occasionally twisted. Her intention in yoga and design is to create spaces that connect and energize people!

LINDSEY GROTE

MARTA BURCHFIELD

RYT 500
BBA – Marketing

Bio: With a background in Vinyasa, Power, Free Flow, and Hot Yoga, Marta’s teaching style integrates the foundation of alignment through an all-level moving meditation. In the classroom she provides a present, positive and open environment to her students.

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“I began teaching in 2004. It has been a continual learning experience and incredible opportunity to connect with the practice and with community.”

Marta cultivates an energetic, expanding and grounding practice. Each class has intentional flow with breathing techniques, asana sequence, timing and music.

“Born and raised in Iowa, I have called Denver home since 2003. I am passionate about living an aware life full of love, adventuring travel, artistic expression, study and connection to authentic self.”

Inspired by: Erich Schiffmann, Kundalini, meditation, local studios, daily practice, fellow yogis & yoginis, pilates, reading a variety of yoga books at a time with an occasional fictional mystery, healthy lifestyle, time with family and manifesting through daily intention…(!)

MARTA BURCHFIELD

MARY OPEL

Certified Barre Instructor
BA | MFA – Performance & Choreography

Bio: Mary Grimes Opel is a Bay Area native, but has resided in Denver since 2012. She is a former dancer (BA, MFA in Performance & Choreography) and has loved the barre workout format for years. Her classes are musical, fun and designed to give you a great workout. Mary lives in the Ohana neighborhood with her husband and toddler son and is expecting her second child in September. She is beyond excited to be a part of the Ohana family.

MARY OPEL

MEGHAN WELSH

RYT – 200
BA – Sociology | MA – Counseling

Bio: Meghan moved to Colorado in 1999 for her Bachelor’s degree at CU – Boulder, and Denver has been home since 2005. It was upon her move to Denver that she discovered the power of yoga. Yoga quickly became the cornerstone of her life for physical and emotional well-being, and soon Meghan found herself in Teacher Training at CorePower Yoga.

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Meghan has now been teaching yoga for almost ten years and she is beyond grateful for the ongoing journey and meaningful relationships she has made along the way. Her yoga and overall fitness community has been in the Highlands neighborhood for many years now and she is thrilled to be joining the family at Ohana as we embark on a new chapter together.

MEGHAN WELSH

MELISSA COLONNO

Certified Barre Instructor
BA | MA – International Relations

Bio: Melissa started doing barre regularly at The Dailey Method in 2012, after moving to Denver from Seattle. She was immediately drawn to the effectiveness of the workout and the warmth of the studio community. Melissa trained to be a teacher in 2013 while pregnant with her second child, which gave her an appreciation of the way barre exercises can be easily modified for a fantastic prenatal and postpartum workout.

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She strives to teach classes that are challenging, fun, and that can be tailored to any fitness level.

Melissa has always been athletic and passionate about physical fitness; she did gymnastics for years and ran track at Middlebury College in Vermont. Professionally, she previously worked as a Mandarin Chinese teacher and a foreign policy researcher. She still loves to throw a Chinese or K-Pop song on her playlist from time to time! Melissa enjoys eating good food, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Dan, and their two (soon to be three! children.

MELISSA COLONNO

RANDY SCHNEIDER

RYT 200 | Certified Yin & Yoga Nidra Instructor
BS – Engineering

Bio: Overweight, muscle bound, inflexible, and suffering with anxiety; medical professionals treating Randy suggested, more like demanded, that he try yoga. Reluctantly, Randy began a journey that has made him healthy, strong, flexible, happy and content. Somewhere, somehow along the way he took teacher training with no expectation of ever teaching. Now, having taught for a number of years, Randy teaches Power or Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Randy views his practice and his teaching as an integrated approach to healing and dealing with life’s challenges.

RANDY SCHNEIDER

REACE DANIEL

E-RYT 200 | Certified Barre Instructor
Professional Actor & Choreographer

Bio: Reace Daniel is an experience-based Denver yoga and movement instructor focused on the ability to inspire students deeper into their minds and bodies. As a professional entertainer, Reace is able to color outside the lines and create a well rounded adventure in the room allowing the practitioner to journey along to imaginative flows and an engaging soundtrack. With powerful energy Reace focuses his purpose of class to the knowledge and growth of his students through yoga philosophy, dance style, and humor that keeps you rolling through your OM’s! Come play and Dance on Your Mat! Happiness is an Up Dog Away.

REACE DANIEL

SAM ARNDT

Certified Barre Instructor
BA – Spanish

Bio: Sam is a proud Chicago native and happy to now be enjoying the sunshine of Denver. Dance has been her passion since the age of three and she has found the same love for fitness. Sam graduated from the University of Illinois with a major in Spanish, a minor in Global Studiesand a Business Certificate Specializing in the European Union.

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Since then, she has danced professionally in Los Angeles, performed on a Holland America Line cruise ship, spent some time in upstate New York and now calls Colorado home. Sam is continuing to dance and perform in musicals throughout Denver and spends her free time reading, traveling and trying to keep up with two crazy puppies. Her personal mantra is to be positive and always welcome new opportunities. Sam is excited to be a part of the Ohana family and can’t wait to see you at the barre.

SAM ARNDT

SARAH PROVENZANO

Certified Barre Instructor | ACE Personal Trainer | EMNW Master Trainer
BS – Kinesiology

Bio: Sarah is passionate about wellness, especially functional fitness and nutrition. Fitness has been an important part of her life for as long as she can remember, and she loves helping others achieve healthy, active lifestyles. Barre, in particular, really resonates with her body and soul.

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Sarah earned her degree in Kinesiology and has over twelve years of experience as a fitness professional. Sarah is a wife and a mother of two amazing little girls. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, usually outdoors and playing on or in the water, frozen or otherwise. Sarah is continually grateful for the opportunity to share her passion with others while teaching classes that are safe, effective, educational, and fun!

SARAH PROVENZANO