Our Teachers

De West, C-IAYT

De West is the founder of Be Center and was the co-owner of Studio Be Yoga. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Yoga Therapists Association. The unique therapeutic yoga practice that De has developed is a movement practice that allows people of all ages and abilities to experience a positive, relaxed and transforming experience in both body and mind.

De is a leader in the Boulder, Colorado yoga community and her over 25 years of teaching combines yoga therapy with alignment principles. She started practicing yoga after a biking accident that left her with multiple injuries. She found ways to touch the pain in her body and to heal misalignments. Her yoga therapy practice has been informed by many master yoga teachers and her over 8 years of working with osteopathic doctors in pain clinics. After teaching many intensive athletic-style practices, she discovered that her students seemed to get even more benefits from a quieter, deeply internal and therapeutic yoga practice. 

Precision, creative sequencing and deep understanding of anatomy contribute to De’s passion for helping students create more peace and freedom in their bodies and minds. Students leave De’s classes rejuvenated, grounded and infused with a sense of personal and physical empowerment.

De teaches Therapeutic Yoga Practice and she has a limited amount of  Private Lessons at Be Center.

Shelly Darnutzer, CYT, Mindfulness Instructor

Shelly is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Life Coach and Mindfulness Meditation Leader in Boulder, CO.  She has taught yoga since 2000 in various styles including Hatha, Vinyasa, Therapeutic and Restorative Yoga.  Shelly is an ordained leader in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing and the founder of the Brilliant Moon Women’s Sangha, a Buddhist practice community in Boulder.

A student of Thich Nhat Hanh’s work since 1994, Shelly infuses her classes with mindfulness practices, compassion, and ease. Her seamless style of working simultaneously with the body, mind, and spirit, while attuning with the cycles of nature, creates inspiring classes and an integrative healing experience.

Shelly teaches Therapeutic Yoga Practice and Restorative Yoga at Be Center.

Livia Cohen-Shapiro, M.A.

Livia is dedicated to helping us all embody, by growing our ranges of motion and emotion through steady asana practice, somatic education, and body-centered mentorship/counseling. She is known for her directness and humor, and the casual yet reverent way she approaches yoga and the path of being human. With a thoughtful, clear, and witty approach, you will find Livia’s classes both rich with technique to deepen your practice skillfully, and spacious enough to support a personal inquiry into your body. She blends many years of study in the Iyengar and Anusara yoga methods, Rajanaka Tantric philosophy, body-centered psychology, 5 Rhythms dance and Rites of Passage work.

Livia has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching yoga since 2003. She was a trained Anusara Yoga teacher and is a certified SomaSourc LifeCycles Practioner. She holds a masters degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and serves mamas at all stages of their journey in her local counseling practice. Always the pot-stirrer, she continues to push the edges of contemporary yoga by bringing essential Somatic Psychology principles and tools to the lives, practice, and teaching of dedicated yoga students and instructors worldwide through Applied Psychology for Yogis.

Find Livia at ecstaticunfoldment.com and appliedpsychologyforyogis.com

Livia teaches The Movement Experiment and Intermediate Group Asana Practice at Be Center.

Heather MacDonald, Wild Insight Yoga & Qigong 

Heather is passionate about reunification with our natural world and its wild and organic ways, she firmly believes true health and healing can be found when we reconnect and return to harmony with nature. Heather’s mission is to inspire, guide and nurture her students to explore and connect with the beauty of nature within and around us through the practice of yoga and qigong.  Heather’s knowledge of anatomy and alignment as well as the subtle energy body and the movements of prana/qi, provide a safe, structured environment where one can dive deeper into their practice and their own personal journey to self-healing.  

Heather completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Boulder Colorado at the Yoga Pod in 2012 and went on to study at the Colorado School of Yoga, completing her 300 hour training in 2016.  In 2017, Heather trained with Kate Mulheron, Kelly Kessen and Trudy Welty of Earth Ways Yoga.  Heather has also studied Qigong and Energy-Body Healing with Damaris Jarboux at The Center Place in Boulder, Colorado.  Heather teaches Qigong meditation, practices energy-body work and often infuses her knowledge of the energy body into her Vinyasa, Yin and Gentle yoga classes. 

Heather teaches Qigong at Be Center.

Alison Rothman, CMT, CYT

Alison’s classes, workshops and retreats provide a safe haven for exploration, transformation, and renewal — creating a respite from the stresses of modern day living. Her unique style of teaching and extensive knowledge of the body provides the space and possibility of finding your true connection to yourself.

Alison ​has practiced yoga since 1997 and taught since 2003. She is also a Health and wellness Coach, a skilled body worker of 17 years, and single mama to a 9-year old boy. Alison created Embody Yoga and Meditation from the process of her own healing of a longtime eating disorder as well as in navigating several traumatic life experiences and single motherhood.

Alison provides students and clients with a holistic and embodied experience. She guides students into a deeper relationship and connection with themselves and their bodies through proficient teaching and hands-on facilitation. Alison believes that when we take a look at how we are relating to ourselves and our bodies, we learn compassion, self-acceptance and other tools to support us in making peace with ourselves. We can use this medicine and information to become more whole, present, and grounded beings.

You can find Alison at www.embodymylife.com.

Alison teaches Embody Yoga at Be Center.

Laurie Draper

Laurie is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner and is the founder of Feldenkrais 5280. Her approach is one of gentleness and kindness to self while cultivating your curiousity and highlighting the subtleties of what you may be experiencing on the mat. She has found that slowing down, revisiting curiousity, and becoming aware in class translates directly outside the classroom and introduces an overall richness to life.

To find out more about Laurie and private lessons, please visit Feldenkrais5280.com.

Laurie teaches Feldenkrais at Be.Center and YogaHive Colorado, and maintains a private practice in Boulder and Louisville.

Sharon Harvey Alexander 

Professional Yoga Therapist and Certified Holistic Stress Management Educator Sharon Harvey Alexander applies a variety of tools from the East and the West in her work to support individuals and groups in establishing well-being in body, mind, heart, and soul. She has crafted a unique and creative fusion class that blends gentle, energy freeing movements from Qi Gong with yoga postures and is followed by a lengthy guided relaxation practice at the end.

Sharon teaches Chi-Yo-Nidra at Be Center.

Learn more about Sharon at www.MountainWisdomWholisticHealth.com

 

 

Jenn Wert, MA, CD-DONA

Jenn has been an avid practitioner of Iyengar yoga for over twenty-five years. She believes being an excellent teacher means you are also a dedicated student. Committed to discovering her own mind, body and soul connection, Jenn guides her students toward self-awareness and health. She knows that an increased body IQ and a more balanced practice brings us closer to ourselves. And that this is what yoga is all about.

Besides being an Iyengar teacher, Jenn is also an elementary school teacher, a birth doula, a writer and a proud mother. She’s been involved in multiple entrepreneurial endeavors as well as non-profits in her career, all of which have been woven together by her passion for education. She thrives in helping others advocate for themselves and be their best. Jenn takes joy in her work, in children, especially her own, in cooking for loved ones, in primitive camping, in having adventures, in swimming, nature, art and most of all, in freedom.

For more on Jenn, please visit www.jenniferwert.com.

Jenn teaches Iyengar Yoga at Be Center.

Alison Litchfield


As a Certified Rolfer of Structural Integration, and ERYT 500 Yoga Instructor, Alison combines her vast knowledge of alignment and the mechanics of the body, with her 28 years of Yoga training in Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Yoga Therapy, Iyengar, Tantra and women’s embodiment. Through integrating breath with movement, strength with flexibility, grounding with lightness we discover a seamless dance of union within ourselves and all life. When we learn to listen and align with this deeper vibration of life and how it moves in the body, we taste freedom.

Alison began on her own path of self-healing and empowerment in 1990 and in the last 10 years, has become passionate about guiding women to stay in relationship with their sacred bodies and tuning into the subtle, intuitive wisdom that lies within a female body. She runs her own women’s teacher training programs here in Boulder, CO and offers online workshops, trainings and retreats. 

For more info on Alison, please visit: www.alisonlitchfield.com

Alison teaches Embodied Soul Flow – A Creative Movement Class for Women at Be Center.

Teri Jacobson, MA CYI

Teri has been working as a therapist for kids and teens since 2001. She has been a student of Yoga since 2002 and in 2012 she began incorporating Yoga in her private practice and offering classes to kids of all ages.

Teri’s classes are fun and interactive and she has a unique ability to connect with her students easily and with humor. This allows them to relax into their Yoga flow, breathing, connecting and loving themselves so they can be the change in their world.

When not teaching or practicing Yoga, Teri enjoys walking with her dog, gardening, knitting, painting and reading real books.

Teri teaches Girls Teen Yoga at Be Center.

Ketul Arnold

Ketul began yoga studies in 1971 at the Integral Yoga Institute and with Katya Delakova, “The Art of Moving.” After additional studies in movement (modern dance, ballet, Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais), he lived and taught at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Ketul studied ayurveda with Maya Tiwari and is the first graduate of the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda. He studied sound in healing with Dr. John Beaulieu and continues to study voice with Kristin Linklater.

In 1993, Ketul opened the Rasa Yoga School in New York City. He has developed yoga programs for dancers, student teachers of yoga, and those with health challenges. In 2005, Ketul relocated to Boulder, Colorado and entered a period of self-reflection as he faced his own health challenges. He is a long-term survivor of HIV and is living with Parkinson’s Disease. He attributes his continuing enjoyment of good health largely to his personal practice of Rasa Yoga.

Ketul teaches Rasa Yoga at Be Center.

Makaan Burt 

Makaan is a yoga teacher and therapist who has combined many yoga forms and teaches a refreshing new one called Nature Stone Yoga. This form allows the student to drop deep into their own mind-body experience. Makaan has studied yoga for 35 years, including on his two trips to India. He studied intensively with Richard Freeman (8 yrs) and Mukunda Stiles (4 yrs): from whom he was certified in structural yoga therapy. He has completed many solo wilderness yoga retreats. He has healed his own maladies including conditions of back pain, torn ligaments, whiplash and scoliosis. Makaan offers ayurvedic massage, yoga privates and teaches workshops in postural walking therapy, hot stone yoga, back care, knee care, anatomy study, scoliosis, and yogalates training.

Makaan teaches Stretch and Reset at Be Center.

Yuki Tsuji LMT & RTT

Yuki is a yoga instructor and a Thai massage therapist. She is a founder of Karuna Health. Born and raised in Japan for 18 years, her life philosophy is to be simple, intuitive, and dynamic in her work, study and play. She has been a student of yoga since 2000. She pursued her teacher training with Iyengar Yoga senior teacher, Nancy Stechert, in Hotchikiss CO. She continues to study with experienced teachers. She is intrigued by the subtleties of yoga that aligns and connects body and mind.

Yuki’s classes are filled with some fun movements, partner work, and detailed and precise instruction on alignment. Her sequencing allows students to drop deeper with intelligence and gentleness. Her passion and curiosity for healing arts brings her to the focus of therapeutics and restorative yoga. Yuki is also a certified AcroYoga (Yoga, Acrobatics and Thai Massage combined) teacher who loves to build a playful community. When not practicing yoga, Yuki enjoys being active outdoors; rock/ice climbing, hiking, Nordic skiing, backcountry skiing and playing in the park with friends.

You can find Yuki at YogaYuki.com

Yuki teaches at Be Center.