Stacy Kinsley, Founder
“Spending time in the woods has always been a source of calm, connection, and wonder for me. The same could be said of my yoga practice. I’ve created Yogihiker to bring the two experiences together and share them with you.” -Stacy
Stacy’s life changed dramatically when she began practicing yoga over 17 years ago. By accessing her physical and energy body, she awoke from her corporate driven numbness and began a journey of experiencing all that life has to offer. She’s a believer that what you learn in yoga is dependent on where you are at the present moment. This truth is reflected in her exploration of study with an array of well known yoga teachers and disciplines. She fulfilled her first 200 hour yoga teacher certification in Wisconsin and taught there on a volunteer basis. Upon relocating to sunny Santa Fe, Stacy studied with gifted teacher Sean Tebor of the Dragon Rising Studio of Santa Fe. She completed her second 200 hour yoga teacher certification with Sean and gained an enlightened understanding of yoga and a healing of a chronic sacrum injury through intense awareness of a balanced pelvis and engaged core. She encourages her students to listen to their body and get out of their heads. Her goal is to help fellow yogis to let go and recognize that with clarity, patience, honesty and compassion that less effort in asana will enable their energy and physical bodies to release more fully into their poses and on a greater level, their daily lives off the mat.
Equally passionate about regularly hitting the wide variety of trails available in Santa Fe, Stacy founded Yogihiker with the intent of offering visitors a unique experience by combining hiking with yoga on carefully scoped out sections of trails within the pristine wilderness of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Her yoga practice has given her an appreciation for all that there is in life, and every moment of hiking offers the opportunity to wonder at nature and it’s ever changing dichotomy of character.
Deva Kaur Khalsa, Guide
DEVA K. KHALSA, AHP, BA, RYT
Deva Khalsa is the owner, Manager and Program Administrator for The Cleanse of Santa Fe and Whole Self Recovery.
Ayurvedic Practitioner, Cookbook author, cleansing expert and Yoga teacher, Deva embodies the spirit of a healthy lifestyle and began practicing in Vancouver, Canada in 1992. In 1996 she moved to New Mexico and began to personally study yoga and Ayurveda* with Yogi Bhajan and Amadea Morningstar. In the Fall of 2009 Deva went back to school to the California College of Ayurveda and studied for 3 years to become an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner. Deva is the owner of Deva Health featuring The Cleanse of Santa Fe™ and Whole Self Recovery. In addition she is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and a hypnotherapist. She also teaches Ayurvedic cooking and raw food prep classes.
She is passionate about empowering people to take control of their health and lives with Ayurveda, Raw Living Foods, conscious living and yoga. Deva also studied with Sean Tebor of the Dragon Rising Studio of Santa Fe and practices regularly his non system style of yoga which gently nourishes the body.
*Ayurveda is a natural healing system that has been successfully practiced for thousands of years. Originating in ancient India, this medical tradition states that each person’s path toward optimal health is unique—because each person is unique.
Guru Dev Khalsa, Guide
Guru Dev was born in Espanola, New Mexico and grew up in the Sikh community that exists there. At the age of 8 he went to a boarding school in India for 8 years learning about Indian customs, lifestyles, and history. Returning to the states a year ago, Guru Dev brought his Indian customs to America and became a Kundalini Yoga Teacher. He is an avid hiker and shares his gentle spirit on the trail and mat.