Fists in Solidarity

Our Yoga Family


Alisha Johnson


 (she/her) I am a Certified Yoga Teacher through Melanie's Root to Rise Program since July of 2018, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer since July of 2019, and most recently USA Weightlifting Level 1 Certified since August of 2019. I was born and raised in Northern California surrounded by redwoods and the beautiful Pacific coast and moved to Fort Collins in 2013 to complete my Bachelors in Sociology and Human Development and Family Studies at CSU. I am currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Social Work Program at the University of Denver with a concentration in Health and Wellness. 


The purpose of yoga to me is to leave the ego and transcend into a state of curiosity and exploration through incorporating the breath with movement. My passion is helping guide others towards a healthy and holistic lifestyle through the breath and functional movement. I look forward to having you in my Friday 7:30AM Powerful Flow to start your morning by igniting your inner fire! 

Find Alisha :: Tues 5:30pm, Thurs Noon, Sun 10am

Sofia Aguilera

Sofia (she/her) is grateful and humbled to join the Be Free familia/family. Sofia recently completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification at Be Free earlier this year; as well as Reiki level I. She is currently a student in Be Free Breathwork, with future goals to pursue Breathwork Facilitation in 2022. Sofia continues to expand and grow in "holy-holistic-healing" (as she lovingly refers), and in all the philosophies and teachings at Be Free; while encouraging a space for ALL people of ALL backgrounds to feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued. Sofia will remain a humble student of yoga, as she continues in her own yogic path; while embracing and honoring the roots and tradition of this sacred practice. When she is not cultivating her student practice, she supports her community as a licensed professional counselor (LPC); as well as spending as much time as she can cooking delicious N.M. cuisine, connecting to nature, and enjoying quality time with her family!

Find Sofia : Tues  7pm
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Wendy Lange


When I attended my first Yoga class at Be Free in September of 2020, I knew I had found a place of acceptance, love and encouragement. I have enjoyed Yoga through out the years, and after attending classes at Be Free regularly for several months, I found that I LOVE the practice of Yoga!  I signed up for the Yoga Teacher Training in the Spring of 2021 and got my 200hr certificate in August. I plan to continue my training by earning a Yin certification. My heart shines when I share yoga practice with others, as teacher or fellow participant.

Find Wendy: Thurs 9am
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Kristen Yarmey

(she/her) Kristen Yarmey is a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), reiki master, Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) practitioner, and ordained minister in the Madonna Interfaith Community. Seeking relief from anxiety and depression, she began practicing yoga after realizing how disconnected she was from her own body. As a former academic, both yoga and energy healing have been significant tools in her journey from living from the head to living to the heart. Her classes emphasize body awareness and the connections between movement, breath, emotion, and energy. She teaches kundalini, vinyasa, slow flow, yin, and restorative yoga.

Find Kristen :: Mondays & Wednesdays 7pm

Diedre Hand

Deidre Hand discovered Tai Chi and Qigong in 1997, and has practiced traditional Yang Tai Chi and Qigong for 25 years, learning several styles, forms and weapons and has taught for 14 years. 

During her journey, Deidre has been able to benefit from practicing Qigong and Tai Chi while aging and recovering from injuries and surgeries. Her desire is to bring the essence of these ancient practices and make them accessible for modern humans. 

Find Diedre : Tues 10:30am

Cara Viana Hollenbeck

(she/her)   Cara Viana Hollenbeck is a 200 RYT with Yoga Medicine, a certified Buddhi Yoga instructor, and a certified Embody Dance Instructor.  Cara's energy oozes playfulness and magic, she has a way of venturing deep into the shadows with a sense of joy and loving celebration.   


Cara has studied energy work and psychic development for 22 years, and is a Master Teacher, Healer, Intuitive Channel, and Transformational Coach.  She helps bring people back into connection with the broader essence of who they are, deepen their spiritual connection, and harness their intuitive gifts. 


Cara is the founder of Master Your Magic Intuitive Development School, now in its 15th year.  She teaches people to uncover their intuitive gifts and learn to tap into the power of the unseen, which truly leads to living a life 'in on the secret' as her students like to say.  

Find Cara :: Tues 9am

Lauren Adamo


(she/her) Lauren is a 200 RYT hour certified yoga teacher,  Reiki Master, and sacred cacao facilitator. Long before the certification, she started yoga as a form of exercise that felt good in her body. Over her adulthood, she returned to yoga again and again to find balance, flexibility, and strength.  Thankfully, she came to know yoga as a deep spiritual practice.She received her 200 hour in 2017, at Karma Yoga Center in Denver, under the guidance of Saul David Raye. Lauren has taught at Grand Valley Yoga Festival and AWAKE Festival. She is a yoga and meditation teacher that is dedicated to helping you find your happy space (Sukha) on the mat, the cushion and off the mat.  During practice, she will guide you to remember your true Self; the one who is strong, peaceful, aware, loving bliss.


Lauren is living in a tiny house on an organic homestead with her cat. Her daughter is attending FRCC and her son is working in Denver at a restaurant. 

Find Lauren :: Tues & Wed 12pm

Rebecca Rambo


(she/her) Rebecca began her journey of teaching yoga in 2010 with her 200 hour training. She has since completed trainings in Ayurveda, Meditation, Prenata Yoga, Kids Yoga, Somatic Movement and more. Her current interest is supporting people to feel fully embodied and integrated in their human form. Her personal path through yoga has been diverse and ever evolving, both on and off the mat. 

Find Rebecca :: Wednesdays 9am

Kari Grady Grossman


(she/her) Kari has been teaching Kundalini Yoga since 2016, and has been training in the 1,000 hour Kundalini Yoga Therapy program since 2019.  She is a Reiki master, paddleboard yoga instructor, Ancestral Healing trainee and co-owner of Happy Lucky’s Teahouse in Fort Collins with her husband George.  Before turning her life to the healing arts, she worked as an international development specialist in rural Cambodia, wrote two books about Cambodia and traveled as a science and adventure writer for The Discovery Channel online.  She and George have two children, Grady and Shanti, adopted from Cambodia and India respectively. 

Find Kari :: Mondays 5:30pm
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Kelly Thielk

(she/her) Kelly is a certified 200RYT instructor with over 500 hours of yoga trainings and workshops.  She has taught yoga for over 16 years with trainings in Power Yoga & Hatha Yoga.  She is specialty trained in Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki II, Trauma Informed Yoga, YogaFit levels 1-4, Senior Yoga, Strength Yoga and Pre/Post-natal Yoga.  Kelly is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Acudetox Specialist whom integrates yoga and Reiki into her therapeutic practice.  Kelly likes to support and enhance your relationship to mind, body, breath though yoga while utilizing her education in mental health.  She believes in allowing the breath to lead each movement and connecting with your inner needs to honor your body.  Kelly enjoys yoga, weight lifting and hiking with her family but you can also find her dancing around her house messing with essential oils, cooking and playing with her dogs.    

Find Kelly :: Thurs 5:30pm

Melanie Lighthouser

(she/her) Melanie began her yoga journey in her early twenties and received her 200hr certification from The Asheville Yoga Center in 2004.  Her teaching and body knowledge is deeply connected to her 15yrs of doing massage therapy, as well as the Shamanic Breathwork training she received in her late twenties.

Melanie describes her yoga style as "deep breath slow flow".  She feels most passionately about creating a space where her students can connect deeply with their breath and, through that connection, realign their bodies from the inside out.  Her classes offer a well-rounded re-balance of the physical, mental, and emotional bodies. 

Melanie is the lead instructor for Root to Rise 200hr Yoga Teacher Training, and the co-leader of Breathe, the Be Free Integrative Breathwork certification program at BFHC! 

Find Melanie :: Mon 9am, Wed 5:30pm 

Kat Davis

(she/her) You could call me a former-mermaid, a hug-giver, a lover of the moon & all things sparkly. My path has long been one of curiosity & learning about the body. Dance, Martial Arts, SCUBA Instructor, Massage Therapy & Reiki training plus a lot of self-study all lead me to Yoga. Yoga felt like coming home; like medicine for my body (chronic back pain), mind (depression & anxiety) & Spirit. I felt called to pay it forward, to help others shed the programming & rediscover Self. May 2015, I completed my training with Perennial Yoga in Madison, WI & received the Yoga Alliance RYT 200 certification.   

Life moves at a hectic pace, so I teach what I practice - slow & gentle vinyasa, mindful movements that (re)connect body with breath; Yin, Restorative & Yoga Nidra to rest & recharge. My classes are infused with the magic of the elements, nature, sound & Reiki – laughter is also welcome!  

It is my intention & deep honor to create & hold a safe space for students to find their own Light, strength & grace – both on & off the mat. Together, we create a container for discovery, release & connections. I truly believe we can change the world, one breath at a time. 

Outside of the studio, exploring & photographing nature has become a passion. Creating art & jewelry infused with intention also bring me joy!

Find Kat ::   Mon 12pm, Thurs 7pm, & Fridays 9am

Jillian Bieritz

(she/her) Jillian’s love and connection to nature brought her and her family from the Chicagoland area, to Fort Collins in 2015. She has been a truth seeker for as long as she can remember and has expressed herself artistically from an early age, with music and dance being huge influential forms of creative expression, luminating her spiritual path.

When Jillian was introduced to yoga in 2012, she was unaware of how deeply it would transform her life. She stepped to the mat in search of a spiritual connection, and what she found was more powerful than she ever imagined. Within a short amount of time she was called to dive deeper into the sacred practice of yoga. In 2015, Jillian received her 200-hr Hatha Yoga Certification upon completion of a one-on-one yoga teacher training apprenticeship with Meggan Riley Yoga.

Jillian has an intuitive understanding of the ancient wisdom offered through the scientific system of yoga. Her deep love of astrology, organic movement, and the studies of Earth Medicine, inspire her teachings. She is dedicated to teaching yoga from the heart, while bringing a soulful connection to mind, body and spirit. She is passionate about holding a sacred container for students to (re)connect with themselves in an authentic way. Forever a student, Jillian is eternally grateful for the wisdom and guidance that has been offered by her teachers.

When off the mat you can find Jillian, her husband Blake, their son Grey and soulful dog Raven, focusing their energy on experiencing all that Colorado has to offer, and growing spiritually through spontaneous adventure, and a willingness to do the unexpected.

Find Jillian: Fridays at Noon