Sofia Diaz is a hatha yoga master, a lineage holder in the Balasaraswati lineage of the South Indian temple arts and a recipient of numerous meditation empowerments in both Tibetan and Shakta Tantric traditions . She turns the body wisdom practices she is empowered in into accessible teachings and practices for the modern western mind. Being an inspired woman practitioner, the rigors of her practice have resulted in great clarity and expertise in the domain of Feminine Spiritual practice, which she has been generously teaching for 30 years.
Sofia holds a Bachelors Degree in dance from Mills College in Oakland, California, and a Masters Degree in religious studies from the University of Colorado. She has most recently taught at the Department of Somatic Psychology at Naropa University and the University of Colorado in Boulder. Sofia has also founded a school of Hatha Yoga and sacred movement arts in Boulder Colorado. She has published writings on yoga and sacred movement in both academic and popular journals and travels frequently, teaching women’s yoga intensives throughout the world.
Zenho Chad Bennett, MA LPC and Rinzai Zen Priest has been practicing meditation since 2003 spending several years in Thailand and India doing extended periods of retreat. He returned to the US to pursue a master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University and is passionate about differentiating and integrating these two paths of Waking Up as the Absolute and Growing Up through the grit and beauty of the relative. He spent 14 years as a field instructor and trainer at Colorado Outward Bound School which greatly informs his teaching style as practical, experiential and stressing the importance of healthy holistic character development all the way up and down the evolutionary spiral. He co-created Inward Journey/Outward Bound programs with Shambhala Mountain Center which paired rigorous backcountry itineraries with the stillness of meditation practice in nature and is currently in private practice as a psychotherapist and spiritual counselor and leads the Integral Zen Denver Sangha under the guidance of Doshin Roshi.
Cynthia Ghiron received an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Colorado, and has recently completed the Jon Kabat Zinn training in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction She currently teaches the Stress Reduction component of the H.E.A.R.T. Program at the Colorado Cardiovascular Center.
Cynthia has completed Jin Shin Jyutsu training with Mary Burmeister and has completed her Reiki Master Degree in the Usui Shiki Ryoho method of Reiki. She completed the Advanced Training in the Hakomi method of body-based psychotherapy. She has been a teacher with the Living Tao Foundation and has studied in the Wuji Mountains in China and also in Europe and the US.
Cynthia has been working with clients in the Boulder area for over 20 years.