Lara Romero and Kristen Warren owners of Eighteenth Element Yoga created the studio on the concept of the community taking care of those who have taken care of us. The foundation of the Eighteenth Element Yoga studio is community. Our mission statement is: We support our heroes, admire our survivors, and honor the fallen by never, ever giving up hope. We strongly believe that it is our duty to help and support our local heroes.
Eighteenth Element Yoga offers various Trauma specific classes for our heroes. These classes are offered free of charge with the idea that each time you a member of the community steps into the studio to take a class help support and keep these programs alive. We use the funds from the traditional classes to continue reaching out and offering these programs for free. We are unique in this aspect.
Yoga has taught me many things. One lesson in particular is to “Never say never.” While I was in the Army, I performed a lot of challenging tasks to include jumping out of aircraft, while in flight. Fun, adventurous and definitely an adrenalin rush. That type of fun plus other physical activities led to a couple of vertebrates out of line. During each of my physical therapy sessions, a Physical Therapist would ask if I had considered yoga to relive the problems with my neck. I would roll my eyes and think “NO WAY.” “I ain’t doing no yoga.” “You thinking I’m going to move to Boulder.”
As a member of my local YMCA, I noticed yoga was on the schedule, so decide to check on a class. Since it was free, I felt I didn’t have anything to lose. After my third class I sensed there was something to “this yoga stuff.” I acknowledged the euphoria I felt during class, the challenges the poses offered and the calmness. Soon I was attending every yoga class I could, whether locally or while traveling. So I went from a sceptic about the benefits of yoga to a “yoga junkie” and now a teacher.
I truly believe yoga is a gateway to personal change and an improvement to health, attitude and your way of life. My personal mission is to share my love of yoga with others as I advance my practice. There is a type of yoga for everyone so no matter whom you are, your age, body type or you athletic background. I invite others to join me on in my journey.
Ellis loved Yoga from the first class he attended in 2002 and began teaching in 2003. He teaches Yoga, Yogalates, Tai Chi Yoga Fusion, Restorative Yoga, and Tai Chi. His classes stress each participant adapting their moves to their situation. We put the pose into the body to allow the pose to work our mind body connections.
After retiring from the USAF, Ellis worked for L3 Communications, HP and CSC. His roles were Program Manager, Capture Manager, Proposal manager, Chief Technical Officer, and architect. Ellis’ USAF career was 28 years with experience including tactical operations in SE Asia, space operations in Cheyenne Mountain, ITWAA sensor management and upgrades programs, the Global Command Control System. Ellis is married to the former Evelyn McComb of Great Falls, MT. They have two now adult children, Matthew and Ila.
Lenora Degen is a certified yoga teacher, who has been of studying and practicing yoga (on and off) for 30 years. Since leaving her job to follow her heart and pursue yoga teacher training, Lenora has been using her extensive experience and knowledge of the practice to teach students of all ages. Having found yoga to be indispensable in her own journey, Lenora is passionate about helping others to ease the pain that so many of us carry within, in the form of unhealthy relationships with food and our bodies.
Jeff Masters, LMT, ERYT, MPCT, Msc. (Hon.)
Jeff is visionary therapist and teacher, has been researching consciousness and the human energy field for over 30 years. In that time he has studied with some of the most luminous minds in the fields of mind/body science including Marcel Vogel (IBM & Psychic Research Inc.), Paul St. John (St. John’s Neuromuscular Therapy), Rama Jyoti Vernon (International Yoga College) and Dr. Vasant Lad (The Ayurvedic Institute). Read more about Jeff and his work at www.jeffmasters.net
Lorri is a Level II Certified Addiction Counselor, Yoga Therapist, and Registered Yoga Teacher who has been working with under-served populations in recovery and mental health for 9 years. Informed by both her professional experience, and her personal experience as an eating disorder and cancer survivor, Lorri confidently space for others to experience healing, through a therapeutic blend of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation.