KIM DEPEW, 200 RYT

I am a 200 hour Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher who has been practicing yoga since 2009 and have been sharing yoga since 2012. I began teaching yoga after it healed my back and literally saved my life. My yoga career started at the YMCA and the College of Southern Idaho. It then led me to places like Golds Gym, Studio G, Harrison Elementary, Clif Bar, Xrossway Fitness and eventually here at Gemstone Climbing. My 200 hour teacher training is through Shanti Yoga School in McCall and I have a special certification in Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga with Sadie Nardini. Other teachers who I have studied in person with and who have inspired me and my teaching are Jason Crandall and Rodney Yee. My classes range from gentle to challenging and include vinyasa, core-strength, power, kids, family, couples, chair, corporate, gentle, beginners, restorative, and yin. I love to see my client’s lives transformed due to the physical, mental and spiritual practice of yoga. I love baking, music, dancing and learning new things. My spare time with spent with my family, reading, cooking, baking (mostly vegan), riding bikes, taking photos and dabble in running.

 

BRYAN McCOMBS

My name is Bryan McCombs and I am a certified personal trainer and a Spartan SGX certified coach. I have a strong educated and personal background with training, anatomy, nutrition, weight loss, and Spartan Racing. In 2018, I placed 13th in the Spartan United State Championship series and placed 50th overall in the world. I take pride in everything I do in life and my entire life is dedicated towards helping others achieve their goals whether it is their own personal goals, or purely educating them with the upmost respected and understanding of their mindset. I am certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). I have taken the extra steps to further my education with the human body by taking extra courses in anatomy. The human body is the most incredible machine in the world and I have found my purpose in life in helping others realize that. I want to help people turn their bodies into their own personal power.

 

PAIGE BLUMENTHAL, 200 RYT

Hello I am a certified kids yoga teacher. It fills me with joy to be able to teach kids of all ages, from walkers through teens, as well as families. My yoga journey began 15 years ago in 2004, when I signed up for a yoga class through CSI. After every class I felt amazing! I didn’t know at the time why it was so transformative, but as I work on my 200hr certification through Shanti Yoga School, my knowledge and understanding is deepening. As I continue learning about and experiencing the benefits of yoga, I am passionate about sharing the joys of yoga with kids, teens, and families. I took the 95hr Children’s Specialization through Shanti Yoga School in 2018/2019 as well as a 50hr certification through Rainbow Kids Yoga. I hope to give kids the tools to move through life with more peace and ease – to make the difficulties less difficult. I want to empower them to create space before reacting, to know how to handle their big emotions, to choose kindness, and to find their calm in the storm. I also want them to feel confident in their minds and bodies, and experience the physical and mental benefits of yoga. Building community is important to me. Coming and doing yoga together is a powerful thing. Bringing families together to a yoga class creates community and belonging, as well as strengthens family bonds. I also teach yoga to athletic teams to help them build strength and flexibility, and protect their growing bodies. Mentally, we work on focus, positive self talk, calming anxiety, and handling stress, to name a few. I truly believe teaching kids to yoga will make the world a better place. On a personal note, I have four kids of my own, and they teach me tons! I love to be out in nature observing, daydreaming, and playing. I enjoy growing our own veg, reading, writing, cooking, baking, and listening to music. I get excited whenever I have a new challenge to figure out and complete; and find that almost everything in life can be fascinating if I look.

 

DRE OLSEN, 200 RYT

Dre brings a fun, dynamic, challenging, and changing vinyasa flow to her yoga classes, as well as opportunities for increased stamina, balance, strength, flexibility, and personal growth. She creates classes with beginning to intermediate yogis in mind.

Dre is passionate about yoga. The artistry and awareness found in the practice of yoga led her to become an instructor. She has been a RYT 200 certified instructor since 2018. She also loves running, swimming, rock climbing, and any other form of fitness that is fun and challenging. Dre is a happy mom to three kids and honestly loves to cook, clean, and constantly improve.

 

WHITNEY HOPKINS

“I began practicing yoga almost 20 years ago in Oklahoma City. A few years later when we moved to Iowa I was excited to continue my practice. I soon realized that what I had been taught and the yoga style that I had been practicing previously was a little different than what was being taught in my new city. I felt like I had something to share with the yoga community there, so I decided to certify and start teaching myself. My first teacher gave me her blessing and told me, “Just teach what you know!” So simple, yet it really impacted me. We all know something and we all have something to offer. I did my original certification through YogaFit and immediately started teaching. I have been teaching ever since! It’s been 16 years now and I have done follow-up certifications through YogaFit and received my RYT 200 through My Joy Yoga. I have been teaching in Twin Falls since 2006. I like to keep my practice fresh by continuing to take classes myself and approaching every class like a novice. I love practicing at home on my own as well. I also enjoy reading and studying about yoga and it’s philosophies to help deepen my practice. I like to mix a lot of styles but we almost always flow in my class.”

NATALIE BENNION

Natalie had been in search for a fitness class that had a combination of FUN and intensity, HIGH did that and then some! She was hooked after just one class and had a strong desire to help bring the addiction to Twin Falls, Idaho. She became HIGH FITNESS certified in Portland, Oregon in April 2019 and has been sharing the energy since. Norman Vincent Peale once said, “Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all that you do”. Natalie lives by this motto. She’s one of the most passionate, energetic, positive, and friendly people you will ever meet. As a HIGH FITNESS instructor, Natalie loves sharing her enthusiasm and motivating others to be strong and confident with who they are. Outside of instructing HIGH, Natalie is a wife, mother of two, and a fly fishing/catch and release, enthusiast! You can find her on the river almost weekly, usually with both kids in tow. She enjoys training for and running half marathons, hiking and kayaking.