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 discovered the life changing practice of yoga in 1994 and has been teaching yoga since 2000.   She has studied and practiced in various styles including Anusara, Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Kripalu, 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 Zen practitioner since 1994, she 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 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.

Tracy Goldenberg

Tracy’s life mission is to help people occupy their bodies, hearts, and minds with compassion and curiosity. She started her personal yoga practice in 1989 and continues to believe that the yoga mat is one of the most magical places on earth! Tracy’s yoga classes are always adaptive and embody the spirit of a “living laboratory.” She has training and certifications in Yin Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, and Thai Yoga Massage. Additionally, she is a Somatic Psychotherapist with a private practice in Boulder as well as faculty member at Naropa University where she teaches courses in psychology, embodiment, and the neuroscience of the body-mind connection. In 2018, Tracy developed “Body Mandala,” a choreographed movement class that blends dance, somatics, and yoga. In each of her roles, Tracy supports you in becoming your own expert and manifesting the best version of yourself!

You can also find Tracy at beingandmoving.com and embodiedandevolving.com

Tracy teaches Yin 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.

Liz  Tucker, MTP, RYT

Liz is a yoga enthusiast, dancer, and transpersonal psychologist who believes that her life’s work is to share her passion for movement as a potent catalyst for transformation.  Liz humbly arrived at her yoga practice in 1994 after sustaining severe injuries in a car accident.  The accident awakened her from a time of great suffering, having lost her mother to suicide at age 16.  It was the inception of her spiritual journey with her body as her guidepost, transforming her inner landscape from fearful self-loathing to compassionate curiosity.  After six years of self-study and only two classes in a public studio setting, Liz knew that she had found her calling to teach, empowering others to liberate themselves through the body.

 Liz is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and received her training under the tutelage of Yogarupa Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga.  Her teaching style is reflective of her 25-year immersion in the traditions of ParaYoga, Iyengar, vinyasa, and kundalini, the intuitive nature of conscious dance, and the profound offerings of Buddhist meditation.  All that she asks when you come to her class is to be where you are in your practice and with yourself, and to bring an open and receptive heart.  She is humbled and honored by the opportunity to hold space for you.

To learn more about Liz and her offerings, visit her website ~ www.liztucker.com.

Liz teaches Root to Fly Yoga at Be Center.

Erin Spors

Erin Spors is always learning and growing, as a person and as a teacher. Her relaxed, welcoming approach offers her students plenty of space and support to dive deeply into their own unique physical and spiritual work, while encouraging them to safely challenge their perceived limitations. She is an experienced yoga teacher with nearly 2 decades of practice and over 1,000 hours of training, emphasizing alignment-based yoga, women’s yoga, and prenatal yoga. She is designated E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, RPYT®, and YACEP® with Yoga Alliance. Erin lives and plays in beautiful Boulder, CO with her family and a houseful of animals. She’s pretty sure she’s hilarious and could have a second career as a comedian, but her husband and kids disagree.

Erin teaches Sacred Self Yoga at Be Center.

India Borba-Benedetto, E-RYT 500

India has a deep love for yoga and feels it is a privilege to share this ancient science with others.  She studies and teaches the 8-limbed system, and approaches her own practice of yoga from a place of genuine curiosity.  Her background is rooted in international grass-roots community development, women’s empowerment, and business, which has inspired a deep desire to contribute, in a sustainable way, toward a healthy community and planet. 

From 2012-2016, India taught in 200-hour yoga teacher trainings, which allowed her the unique opportunity to work closely with hundreds of students and to experience and be a part of the transformation and healing that occurs when groups consciously gather together. India is a certified Yoga Nidra teacher, and enjoys incorporating the power of mantra and vibration of her gongs into sessions.

She is the founder of India Bee Yoga and has created a Yoga Nidra meditation app called “Bee Mindful” in hopes that the practice of meditation and mindfulness can be more accessible to all. She believes that in order for us to create shifts on a global scale towards peace, justice, and equality, we each need to begin with ourselves and allow that to ripple outward.  This is why she comes to the mat, and she invites you to do the same.  

India teaches Flow Into Nidra at Be Center.

Kerry Maiorca, E RYT-500

 

After over 20 years of yoga practice and teaching, Kerry is immensely grateful for how yoga helps her to be a more compassionate and less-reactive mom, wife, friend, and colleague. Having studied a variety of styles and approaches from vigorous to restorative, the gentler approach she now practices and teaches brings her joy, peace, and greater self-awareness of her own needs in daily life. Her goal as a teacher is to empower each student to embrace the fact that they know their body best, and to equip them with the knowledge and tools to modify the practice using props and creative pose variations. A firm believer in teaching people, not poses, Kerry believes the poses can and should meet the needs of the individual, rather than trying to apply the demands of a rigid pose onto unique beings.

Kerry is an E-RYT 500 as well as a Level 2 Trainer in Relax & Renew™ Restorative Yoga. She also holds a certificate in Curvy Yoga and is passionate about welcoming and embracing the needs of all bodies.  Kerry’s Gentle Strength Yoga classes use lots of props in ways that help students discover new things in a pose, while making the pose more effective and often more enjoyable.

Kerry founded Bloom Yoga Studio in Chicago in 2004. She and her husband moved their family to Boulder in 2018 to reengage their connection with nature and to give that gift to their children, and feel grateful to now live in this beautiful and inspiring place. When not teaching or practicing yoga and meditation, Kerry loves to write, hike, bike, throw rocks into the creek, cook with the amazing goodies from the farmer’s market, cozy up with a good book, and play board games with her family.

Kerry teaches Gentle Strength Yoga 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.

Marni Gauthier, PhD, RYT-200

Marni lives, creates, and teaches at the frontier between deep internal experience and the revelations of the outer world. A published author, mother, entrepreneur, devoted yogini, and lover of wild places, Marni has been leading students to realize their potential for two+ decades. Her students comment on her “radiant presence,” “helpful instruction and assists,” “passion” and “energy.”

During her PhD program at CU Boulder, Marni studied yoga with some of the best Iyengar and Ashtanga teachers in the world. This led to her ongoing devotion and teacher certification with YogaWorks. She’s taught yoga to executives, schoolchildren, and traditional yoga students. Her expertise and love of the subject, combined with her fluency as a teacher, newly opens yoga for the novice and experienced practitioner alike.

Steeped in mastery as a path of devotion, Marni’s holistic approach is geared to catalyze your growth, inspire, and renew you. With grace, strength, and soulful wisdom, her classes offer a sacred embodied experience.

For more info on Marni visit Four Site Leadership

Marni teaches Integrated Flow Yoga at Be Center.

Amy Riley, RN, RYT-200

As a Registered Nurse and Certified Yoga Teacher, Amy has learned the value of perceptivity, compassion, self-awareness, and finding a relaxed state in the midst of challenge.

Amy discovered a genuine heart-centered approach known as Shambhava Yoga. Here she’s learned how the yogic philosophy can be infused into every aspect of life. The most valuable lesson was when she realized firsthand that life’s challenges are simply fuel for spiritual growth.

Her classes are a balance of meditative focus, creative asanas, and working with the breath to observe the busy mind. A nurturing, passionate, and grounded spirit come through in her teaching style. She strives to help her students learn ways to check-in with their highest self.  This form of yoga uplifts the spirit and helps relax the nervous system. The asana focus is often geared towards releasing emotional tension, developing strength, and finding your own personal edge. 

Amy practices yoga to deepen her meditation experience.

Amy teaches Sacred Hatha Flow at Be Center.

Sumi Komo

Sumi is a Dancer, Choreographer, Alexander Teacher and Trainer, Yoga Teacher (500 RYT) and Zen Buddhist Priestess. Sumi integrates stillness and movement through her many years of study and practice.

She has spent the last few decades developing Yoga Dance. Yoga Dance is a way to connect your dance with strength, flow and consciousness. It allows one to explore space, direction, rhythm, energy, and stillness within the foundations of asana. After Yoga Dance, Sumi will guide students through an Awakening Heart Meditation to connect the heart to the newly accessible parts of the body.

Sumi teaches Yoga Asana Dance into Awakened Heart Meditation and Long Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong at Be Center.