About Us

Ancient Wisdom. Modern Wellness.

"Zia" (pronounced zee-ah) is an ancient word meaning light and splendor. In yoga, we acknowledge the light and wisdom within all living things. We are an actively anti-racist, anti-oppression, body-positive yoga studio, specializing in transformational wellness based on the ancient philosophies of Yoga and Ayurveda that believe self-awareness is the essence and foundation of good health. 

 

At Zia you will be welcomed as you are, wherever you are on your yoga journey. And we promise the experience will transform you. Join us in the circle today!

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Originating in India, the practice of Yoga has been around for about 5,000 years and involves the combination of spiritual, physical and mental elements. Yoga is a type of meditation that demands the practitioner to pay full attention while they move from one yoga pose to the other. As you learn the new methods of shifting and responding to your body and mind, you’ll notice that other parts of your life will change significantly.

 

The ancient wellness rituals that we teach help our students get centered and clear on what is truly most important. They lead us to love and value ourselves, our health and our precious life. They have the power to completely transform us and how we show up in the world.

 

These teachings are the inspiration for us to live with wisdom and vitality. 

 

We love helping people who have ever felt totally lost or intimidated rediscover their true balance, energy, and spirit in a super down-to-earth environment, so they can feel strong, connected, and whole.

 

This journey you’re about to embark upon will be one of the most rewarding of your life, but remember to take it one step at a time and to take it easy on yourself. You’re on our website, reading this right now, most likely because you want to have more ease and joy in your life, more strength and flexibility, more happiness and more self-acceptance. 

 

No one in our community got to where they are today whether they’re thrilled with life or struggling a little overnight. So, keep showing up for class, keep an open mind, and just keep on the path. We’ll get there together. 

 

May this work lead us all back into Love. 

 

Love, Kristin 

 

Zia Founder 

Our Values

Integrity
Wisdom
Empowerment

A person or business of integrity does not claim to be perfect. Instead, they are quick to acknowledge their own mistakes and faults. Our sincerity comes from a pure motivation to do what is right even when it might be inconvenient and thus we make decisions based on our impact on the world and each other.

Our approach to wellness is based on the ancient philosophies of Yoga and Ayurveda that believe self-awareness is the essence and foundation of good health.

We believe empowerment is simple. It comes down to one thing having the freedom and right to choose. It is having options in life. You can choose to go down one path or another you have the CHOICE to choose your path. You are in charge of you. Here at Zia, we lead in a way that encourages you to advocate for yourself; to reach inside your soul and find your inner strength.

Antiracism + Anti-Oppression

We are committed to doing our part to dismantle racism and oppression in the wellness world. For too long, wellness has been restricted to thin people with light skin. We are working to change this through: antiracism and anti-oppression education for staff, actively seeking out BIPOC and LGBTQ+ clients, building an inclusive atmosphere, and supporting antiracist and anti-oppression causes financially. We know we won’t do it perfectly, but we are committed to this work.

Our Team

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Kristin Schultz
(she/her)

Founder & Director of Leadership

Kristin is a natural edge-walker, masterfully integrating practices from both the scientific and spiritual worlds to inspire greatness for women to evolve in awareness and radiance.

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Nicole Blackburn
(she/her)

Yoga Guide + Operations Manager

Nicole is an intuitive and integrous guide who believes self-discovery is best served with a slice of adventure and a chai latte.

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Kim Lissner
(she/her)

Yoga Guide

Kim is as bright as a sunflower whose lighthearted nature draws her students out of their comfort zone and into the space of deep connection and possibility.

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Sandra Langner
(she/her)

Yoga + Personalized Wellness Guide

Sandra is a tender empath who believes compassion, love and cat snuggles are the path to self-discovery (and world peace).

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Randi Nelson
(she/her)

Yoga Guide + Marketing Associate

Randi is a musician and actress who believes in using movement, connection and breath to tell the great story of our lives.

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Jenna Eberhardt
(she/her)

Yoga Guide

Jenna is a gifted artist who believes movement is the key to unlocking our greatest potential (and overcoming creative blocks.)

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Lauren Davish
(she/her)

Yoga Guide + Team Lead

Lauren is a creative writer by day and accomplished singer-songwriter by night who knows the importance of trust and intuition when seeking inner joy and empowerment.

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Tonia Dietrick
(she/her)

Yoga Guide

Tonia is a dedicated change-maker who knows surrender creates space for awareness, inspiration and ease (especially in our hamstrings).

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Rachel Applegate
(she/her)

Yoga Guide

Rachel is an artist and nature lover who knows offering compassion to ourselves opens us up to extend compassion to those around us.

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Deanne Caputo
(she/her)

Yoga Guide

Deanne is a deeply motivational yoga guide who will entice you to fearlessly navigate your edge with grace and strength.

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Randi Coen Gilbert
(she/her)

Pre/Post Natal Yoga Guide

Randi is a Doula and Therapist who knows we must take care of our higher selves, before we can take care of our family, work, & society.

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Chloe Smith
(she/her)

Yoga Guide

Chloe is an inquisitive way-finder who knows the path ahead may not always be clear, but your intuition and a good pet snuggle can guide your next step.

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Vandana Devpura
(she/her)

Yoga Guide

Vandana is a compassionate wisdom-seeker who knows movement and intention can help heal the deepest wounds and create space for our greatest achievements.

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Kim Wolff
(she/her)

Yoga Guide

Kim is a grounded empath, massage therapist and community leader who knows that our health is the biggest investment we can make in ourselves.

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Denise Ligget
(she/her)

Yoga Guide

Denise is an avid equestrian and nature-lover who believes the most compassionate form of our yoga practices are the breaths we take in the simplest moments of our lives. 

Our Promise

You have the right to be safe.

Our studio is a safe place. Our job is to keep our space safe and your job as 

a member of our community is to help keep it that way. We expect our team and our clients to be helpful and kind at all times so that we can maintain this space for everyone in our community. Bullying, talking down to others, harassment, and hate speech will not be tolerated.

You have the right to be accepted exactly as you are.

We don’t always know what happens in your life off the mat. But we do know that 

when you walk through our door or sign into a virtual class, you should feel like you belong here. We do not believe that one-size-fits all and thus, we adjust our teaching focus and style depending on the time of day, season, and most importantly, the students in our classes. Some classes are by nature more physically challenging than others; however, all of our classes are taught with a varied level of skill and mobility in mind. If you have any concerns or questions, please speak with your instructor (or send us a note) about your own abilities and limitations so we can guide you to a practice that will support your learning and unique needs.

We will honor the ancient traditions we practice.

We study and approach the Hindu traditions and historical roots of the disciplines of Yoga and Ayurveda with great humility, respect, and reverence. Yoga is not just exercise  it is a spiritual path. Neglecting the origins of this practice is cultural appropriation and has bred a western business model and mindset based on theft and disrespect for a thousands-year-old history. At the end of our classes, you may hear us taking a moment to share our gratitude to the ancient sages, gurus, teachers and people of India who were willing to share the practices of Yoga and Ayurveda with the rest of the world.

Our Yoga practice is never competitive or judgmental.

Shame is not part of yoga. Each person is on their own journey, and where you are is where you need to be when it comes to a yoga pose. All of this conspires to create a culture of elitism and is antithetical to the true roots of yoga, which are all about yoking the mind, body, and spirit in order to remember our innate oneness and connection with universal consciousness.

Let's Practice Together

Ready to take class? Check out all of our teachers on our up to date schedule. Including our online, in person, and outdoor practice offerings. 

Want to Join our Team?

Zia Yoga & Wellness is hiring dynamic Yoga Guides for group in-person, hybrid (all classes are live streamed) classes and one-on-one private yoga sessions.