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Keetha McDaniel, L.Ac.
Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, NCCAOM
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine
Bachelor of Science in Communications
Kee is a Licensed Acupuncturist who aims to use her energy to contribute to the healing movement. She was born and raised in South Louisiana, and moved to South Austin, Texas after finishing college. While living there, she discovered alternative medicine and (despite a lifelong needle phobia) started receiving acupuncture for health issues. Her experience with acupuncture was so positive that she later accepted a position as Registrar at the acupuncture school she eventually enrolled and graduated from.
She holds a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Texas Health & Science University (formerly TX College of Traditional Chinese Medicine) in Austin. (2009)
Prior to pursuing Oriental Medicine, Kee received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. (2003)
Kee is a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine.
NCCAOM certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture as defined by the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession.
She is also certified in Clean Needle Techniques by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
Kee comes to Manitou Springs from Austin Teen Acupuncture where she worked on humans both young and old. She has a gentle style and likes to incorporate various playlists of music in her practice. Kee believes that young people have the most to gain from acupuncture and other types of preventative medicine. "I believe when young people are exposed to alternative therapies, they are more likely to seek those type of therapies later on in life."
Prior to her own endeavor with Austin Teen Acupuncture, she worked in a multi-disciplinary medical office in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In conjunction with an MD, a chiropractor, and massage therapists; she was able to gain invaluable experience. Kee was able to treat a number of conditions in this position, ranging from chemotherapy side effects to infertility.
Kee values working with diverse populations and personalities. All are welcome at Higher Self Healing.
In her free time, Kee enjoys hiking, yoga, spotting cloud animals, and watching squirrels frolic.
Lilly Sabatier - Yoga
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
200hr YTT, BlackSwan/Onnit Austin, TX
Former Boxer, 2 time Golden Glove Champ
I have been involved in athletics for as long as I can remember. Movement and physicality were ways to channel my emotions in a positive way. In my early twenties, I discovered boxing and pushed my mind and body to the extreme. I obsessively worked out 2-4 hours a day for nearly 10 years. This took a toll on my body, and I had to have shoulder surgery. I worked really hard to gain back about 80% of what I had before. It wasn’t long until I was reminded again that the body has limits. What once brought me relief and calmness, now caused me immense pain.
After driving past the same yoga studio for nearly a year, I finally decided to walk through the door...cynically, of course. “Yoga is too easy. I won’t sweat enough,” I thought. I was wrong. It was dark, it was hot, and it was not fancy. Strangely enough, these are all the things that made me love it! But even better than it’s gritty simplicity, was the fact that this was yoga with a soundtrack. The music helped to quiet my inner critic and focus on my breath. I felt immediate relief and was thrilled to have found a path. That path led me to pursue my YTT in 2016 so I could dive deeper into my own practice. Even when I am not practicing on the mat, I am doing my best to practice yoga each day in some way. I am grateful to the practice of yoga for offering me guidance on this wild ride we call life.
In my classes, my goal is to share my perspective and experience with others and to offer support to my fellow humans. I aim to hold a safe space for people to journey inward and take the time to explore their own healing. Though that healing may never be complete, I believe that yoga offers a way to tune in and explore new spaces inside of ourselves. Yoga is a space to “catch your breath” in a world where we are constantly pushed to do more, faster.
Ashlyn Zamora - Yoga
Bliss Booch Owner
Ashlyn's style is wild by nature. Honing in on the traditions Anusara Schools of Hatha Yoga. Which simply means "Flowing with Nature" or "Flowing with the Heart". That's exactly where Ashlyn teaches from. Her wild heart brings in laughter, metaphors, and funky fun! She understands that each body is different and meets the student wherever they are at in the practice. When she started yoga at the age of 15, her mind was very disconnected from the body. Yoga helped her over the years to tune into what the body was asking for. At first, it was a challenge, and with 8 years of practice there are still things that are challenging. At age 19 she left college to start her 200hr yoga teacher training in Austin, Texas with Yoga Illumined. Her teachers Sumukhi Devi and Zoe Mantatrakis brought in the beautiful practice of mantra, pranayama, mudra, agni fire ceremony, and the beautiful flow of asana. Ashlyn really admired the beautiful voice of Sumukhi and still sings her cadence through the mantras shared in class. Ashlyn quickly started teaching soon after leading the Yoga Bike Ride and teaching Inspired Hatha and Shakti Vinyasa in Austin. In 2016 Ashlyn moved to Colorado, Springs where she found Cambio Yoga. To find her yoga tribe was the priority. January 2017 She began her 300hr ytt. Now a graduate of 500hrs, she teachers all over town at Cambio, Springs Climbing Center, a substitute at Sun Water Spa, and the TAV! She looks forward to practicing with you!
Jesse Wesolowki -
Ultra Marathon Runner
Tushar 100k Utah - First Place
Indian Creek 50 Miler - Third Place
Jesse Wesolowski grew up in the small country town of Pulaski, WI. This cheesehead started running cross country at the age of 13 for the fun of it. His competitiveness grew by the time he entered high school. There, he and his team made it to their state cross country meet on three separate occasions.
As time prevailed, Wesolowski went on to attend the University of Wisconsin Green Bay—where he studied Business Administration. Wesolowski was not a collegiate cross country runner; however, he continued running and competed at the local level. He went on to say, “I mostly used running as a coping mechanism to manage the constant stress from work and my studies. I would often stay up all night studying and writing papers, of course while drinking unhealthy amounts of coffee. The good ol days! (As he chuckles to himself). Running was a nice excuse to get outside to enjoy the fresh air.” Wesolowski would go on to compete in local 5ks and 10ks. He completed his first half marathon as a junior in college and his first full marathon as a senior in 2014.
Immediately upon graduating, Wesolowski spontaneously packed up his bags and moved out to Colorado Springs. That is roughly around the time he got bit by the ultra-running bug. Wesolowski responded, “I really love being out in nature. What better way to explore the area than by foot! I would often meander around the forest for hours.” Wesolowski would later complete his first 50 miler in 2015 (finishing third). From there, Wesolowski would complete in a number of other ultra-marathon distances— ranging from 50ks to 100ks. Most recently, he completed the Tushar 100k at the Eagle Point Ski Resort in Utah, taking first place!
Come on out to the TAV Running Club to join Jesse and other local runners for a morning jaunt on the trails! This running club is open to all runners of all ages. Walkers and hikers are welcomed as well. The distances will vary depending on the routes (3-5 miles), which will be switch up periodically. A map of the route will be posted at TAV upon arriving. Come on out to TAV and take in some fresh mountain air! Meet up days and times will vary, check the calendar for details! See you there!
Kimberly - Mindfulness Yoga
Kimberly is a 200RYT yoga instructor and register nurse. Her passion is to share practical self-help tools to those who seek to increase resiliency and equilibrium in their everyday lives through the practice of Mindfulness-Based Yoga. She currently works with populations severely impacted by trauma and is a certified Trauma-Informed Practitioner through the Colorado Professional Development Center.
Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master/Teacher
Larkin believes that Yoga is for every-body. She was first introduced to asana yoga (the physical practice of yoga) in 2001 as a form of cross-training for competitive swimming. Since then, her practice has evolved to include asana practice, meditation, and Kirtan (sacred chant). Yoga helps curb her "monkey mind" and anxious tendencies by practicing presence on and off the mat. In 2013, Larkin took her yoga journey to a new level with a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Blossom Yoga Studio in Laramie, Wyo. She enjoys the flexibility and creativity Vinyasa yoga offers both in her personal practice and teaching, as well as the physical and meditative benefits of Yin yoga. Through fun, energetic Vinyasa classes, and deep, nurturing yin classes, Larkin strives to help her students find balance between their bodies, minds and spirits.
Yoga led Larkin to find Reiki, a form of intuitive energy healing originating in Japan. She believes that Reiki helps us to connect each of us with our divine Self and promotes healing and well-being from the inside-out. By facilitating group experiences with the Holy Fire II and Karuna Reiki energies, Larkin hopes to make Reiki available to everyone in order to foster community, reduce blockages in the energy systems, and promote well-being in the body, mind, and spirit.
In her free time, Larkin can be found hiking or swinging in a hammock in the mountains around Manitou with her dog, Bosco, and her partner, Sam.
Sam - Meditation Group
Sam has studied various forms of esoteric philosophy and mysticism for over 20 years. He has never sought official training or certification in much of anything, but has practiced meditation regularly in groups over the years and lives as much by the dharma as seems reasonable.
Jan Pratt- Family Yoga
Jan Pratt has been a “yogi in training” for the past 25 years. Jan found that yoga was a great complement to gymnastic, dance and hiking and that a yoga mat could travel anywhere! She has been fortunate enough to train at yoga ashrams in both Austria and Germany. She is 200 RYA trained, trained in Accessible Yoga and Karma Kids yoga.
Jan has also been passionate about children for most of her life. While having 4 children of her own, she has also owned a preschool, been a children’s librarian and currently is employed in District 11 schools.
“Children are natural yogis-ready to explore their world with their mind, body and spirit. Join us and play!”