Don Silva ERYT 500 spent over 20 plus years in the high tech industry exercise
was a refuge from the stress. Over the years he has done triathlons, mountain biked, ran, weight lifted and been the ultimate couch potato. Don sought Yoga as a means of bringing flexibility to his weight lifting body. What he discovered after his very first yoga class was a state of being he calls the “yoga buzz” It was where his body and mind came together filled with peace. It wasn’t long before yoga became his primary stress reliever and way of life. Don has studied many styles of yoga – Bikram, Ashtanga, Anusara, Vinyasa, and Power Yoga. He has also studied with many master teachers to improve his practice including D’ana Baptiste, Bryan Kest, John Friend and Rolf Gates just to name a few. In December 2006 Don completed a 500+ hour teacher training to become a certified instructor through the D’ana Baptiste Centered City Yoga Certification program. Don has taught and directed both Yoga Shala Idaho and Yoga Fusion. He has started and taught Yoga programs at the Nampa Recreation Center, Head Start, Nature’s Childcare and Kuna Elementary Schools. His teaching style is direct yet playful, working on not just the body but the mind and spirit as well. Don is delighted to be joining the Red-Yoga staff and is looking forward to seeing you in his classes and remember Yoga is fun so smile and breathe.
Alison started her yoga journey over 15 years ago. When she first started, she thought it was just a fancy form of stretching and a way to improve flexibility. After having studied and practiced for more than a decade, she has come to embrace the fact that it is so much more than that! She, like many others, found yoga and the community it brings together as a method for helping her through some of the most demanding and hard times in her life. Through yoga you can unlock a door to who you are and what you are capable of.
You do not need to be “flexible,” a certain body type, or religion to enjoy this life and practice. You just have to show up on your mat and see where it takes you today. What you do on your mat during yoga today is about using thousands-of-years-old techniques to help you live a better life. It is about finding your balance in this see-saw of life. This is her invitation to you today. No matter your level or experience, you are warmly welcomed to come to practice to learn about yourself and your body in a fun, supportive, and connected environment.
Her philosophy towards yoga is reflected in her classes and workshops, which encourage inner and outer exploration. She wants you to be kind to yourself as you listen to your body and find new horizons that you are capable of. Her authentic and sometimes light-hearted approach to class is designed to share ancient tradition and knowledge in a modern setting, all while having a good time! Engaging your breath and body in movement and guiding your mind through meditations and visualizations, Alison aims to bring your body, mind and spirit together in a nourishing setting. She hopes that you walk away from class feeling challenged, supported, and balanced.
Morgan Ryza ERYT200
Morgan Ryza has spent most her adult life teaching group fitness. She began practicing yoga in 2011 to help with her running. Practicing yoga became therapeutic. Now she enjoys sharing her passion and loves instructing a variety of yoga classes.
200 Hour Yoga Certification
NESTA Certified Lifestyle & Fitness Coach
NESTA Certified Nutrition Coach
NESTA Certified Stress Management Coach
AFAA Group Fitness Certification
PHI Mat Pilates Certification
Barre Above CertificationMy mission is to help inspire and guide you to live a healthy lifestyle. I want you to be healthy, happy, and be your personal best. I want to share with you how to add delicious whole foods into your life. Proper nutrition and exercise are key to living a healthy lifestyle. I believe you can achieve anything you set your mind too.
Francy Marcotte ERYT 200 Reiki Master
Francy had already been practicing yoga for many years when she felt called to teach. In 2016 she completed her 200hr RYTthrough Core Power Yoga in Minneapolis, MN where she was employed as a school teacher. a couple months after graduating, she moved back to her home town of Boise, Idaho where she currently teaches a variety of classes. She teaches Power Flow, Buti Yoga and restorative classes.
Amber Hartley RYT 200
“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 CA. 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 all levels in my classes. 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!”
PENNY SMITH R.Y.T 500
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.
Penny believes that when you make a commitment to practice yoga, you will experience physical and mental benefits through increased balance, stability, strength, endurance and energy. Yoga opens our hearts, clears our minds and removes judgement of ourselves and of others. Penny would like to invite everyone to come and join her on this amazing journey. You have the one life, why not live it in the most positive way.
For local artist Jennifer Easterday, it was love at first pose when she stepped on the mat over 18 years ago. She quickly realized that the stillness and health benefits of yoga helped balance out her busy life. Jennifer started sharing that love in 2014, teaching new poses and watching student’s confidence grow with each class. Passionate about using yoga to benefit others, she has taught at the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, created a free JUMP yoga series for veterans and their families, raised money for cancer treatments and adoption. Brightening your day with her laughter and smile, you will be inspired and encouraged in Jennifer’s classes. She enjoys instructing a variety of styles such as vinyasa, yin, hot yoga and has received additional training in restorative yoga. Jennifer and her husband, Brad can be found chasing their two girls around the North End hills, drinking coffee while watching squirrels and hanging around the fire pit. A lover of quotes, Jennifer has found this one to be the most true: "The secret to having it all is believing you already do."