Ascend Yoga Instructors
I grew up learning yoga on the living room floor with my dad. Both of us were newbies to the practice, which made for an incredibly playful learning experience and instilled within me a great love for yoga early on. When I graduated from college I got my 200 hour certification from Yoga Alliance at the University of Utah, and landed a teaching job at Yoga Innovations when I moved to Pennsylvania. After teaching there for a while, I expanded to managing the studio as well as teaching power yoga every day. Right before moving back to Utah, I gained my E-RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance and decided that opening up a studio was the best thing I could do for Draper—and for myself.
My first experiences with yoga were doing home videos with my mom. My first “real” experience was taking yoga at a fancy gym where I realized how unflexible I was and that I didn’t look like the other students. I left that experience turned off to yoga, but I had a tug in my heart to try it again. After taking a beginner’s class, I fell instantly in love and knew I wanted to teach at some point. I got my 200 hour certification from Yoga Assets during the summer of 2016. I then began teaching across the valley but mainly at a Crossfit gym, which gave me great experience teaching an athletic group. My true desire is to help others see the beauty in a yoga practice and dispel any concerns around it being intimidating.
I grew up devoted to dance from age 10, studying classical ballet here in Salt Lake as well as in New York during my teenage years. After the birth of my son in 2009 I knew movement needed to be in my life again and my teaching career began shortly after. I have been a dance and fitness instructor since 2011 and am currently a certified 200hr RYT with Yoga Alliance. Yoga is everything my body and soul have been looking for, non-judgmental and limitless. I am a firm believer in the importance of exercising our emotional well-being through our physical bodies and I am so excited to share my passion for movement and yoga with you at Ascend!
Jen Mason, a 15 year Draper Resident, comes to Ascend with a love for yoga and her community. With a gymnastics background of over 30 years, She found yoga 15 years ago as a means to continue bringing strength, flexibility, and mindfulness into her life. Jen has a passion for connecting with people, creating community, and creating unity one breath and Dancer Pose at a time.
I discovered a passion and love for yoga as an injured triathlete. After surgery to repair a broken ankle, I was out of running for a year and yoga was one the few things I was able to do. It took a few times, but I was quickly hooked. After recovering and returning to running I was amazed at how much yoga had helped me, not just physically but mentally too. Now I am more passionate about yoga than ever! I love sharing this passion and helping others, athletes or not, discover and develop their own best self. I love combining movement and stillness, music and silence in ways that help challenge not just your body but your mind as well. I received my 200 hour certification from Life Power Yoga and am also a Level Three SCHOLÉ Certified Teacher and an RYT 500. Growing up in Alaska I developed a love for the mountains which is where you can find me when I’m not doing yoga. I love mountain biking, trail running, hiking, tennis and anything involving water.
Karla Rivera is a highly passionate Life Power yoga teacher. Karla is also a mother to an amazing 8 year old daughter whom she enjoys traveling the world with to expand their knowledge in all areas of her life and visiting family. Karla is bilingual in Spanish and has really enjoyed visiting her home countries Mexico and Spain often, but this year the goal is to help empower the local community here in Utah. She is a firm believer that, along with unconditional love, empowering others can change the world and is consistently working towards self improvement!
Yoga has always felt relatively peaceful to me, but it wasn’t until I realized the mind-body disconnect going on within my own structure that the practice took on a deeper meaning. I began to understand that I was only interacting with the surface of life by losing out on the feelings and body memories inside of me.
I find the practice of yoga to be synonymous for peace, presence, laughter and jiggy beats. Running on an affinity for beautiful words and a sincere desire to connect, you will find my classes filled with uplifting, down to earth vocabulary and a hope to help you discover your own innate power.
I’m a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance RYT and just panned and lead my first yoga retreat. I look forward to bringing my authentic self to each class and learning more about the practice of yoga both on and off the mat. Let’s get real.