Guided By Humanity Members

Mary Sims

Founder & President

Mary Sims

Mary is the Founder of Guided by Humanity with a decade plus of working with persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She has held various positions from Direct Care to Disability Advocate. Mary is deeply passionate and committed to bringing yoga to persons of all shapes, sizes, genders, ages and abilities. She is currently the Advocacy Team Leader with ‘Accessible Yoga’ which is in an International grassroots Organization that empowers persons of all levels both students and teachers that may have not had the opportunity to experience the joys of yoga through trainings and conferences. She is also a Yoga for the Special Child Practitioner and a ‘Yoga and Body Image Coalition’ Partner. She holds a 200 HR Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, pursuing her 300HR RYT and has additional trainings in Adaptive Yoga, Trauma Informed, Restorative, and Yin practices.

Courtney Bruch

Treasurer

Courtney Bruch

Courtney received a CYT200 level from Shoshoni Yoga Retreat in 2008 which inspired deeper study of meditation and kirtan. She has taught yoga in both college classroom and correctional facility settings. She holds a BA in Art History and an MA Library and Science.

MariSol Little

Board Member

MariSol Little

MariSol is originally from New Mexico. She has worked in the non-profit sector for 9 years and holds a Masters in Public Administration from New Mexico State University. Most of her non-profit experience has centered on working with individuals with disabilities and guiding them towards the services and supports needed to improve their quality of life. MariSol is extremely passionate about equity in healthcare access and fully supports a holistic approach to wellness, especially for marginalized individuals.

Paul Goss

Secretary

Paul Goss

Paul is a Colorado native, outdoor enthusiast, and architect. He enjoys filling his free time with friends, books, trips to the mountains, and supporting GBH.

Kris Michaelson

Board Member

Kris Michaelson

Kris is a multimedia designer with a BS in Technical Communication. She’s a Denver native with 2 children, one of which has spina bifida and loves attending the accessible yoga classes with Mary. Kris is passionate about accessibility, leading a mindfulness lifestyle, and supporting the Guided By Humanity mission.

Diedre

Board Member

Diedre

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Rachel

Instructor

Rachel

Rachel deeply believes that yoga should be accessible to all individuals and is passionate about her role in facilitating this experience for those who seek it. She strives to create a comfortable, warm and spacious environment in her classes in which each student feels individually supported. Rachel invites everyone to join her on the mat to care for and honor themselves as individuals and to celebrate their connections with our community.

Rachel completed her YTT 200 Hour training in 2016 through Mudra Yoga Studio. She has served the Denver Metro area community with intellectual and developmental delays and disabilities for over 15 years as an educator, advocate and service coordinator. She is also the parent of a child with special needs. Additionally, Rachel has a foundation in the arts and enjoys utilizing her creative spirit to enhance her work and life.

Claire

Instructor

Claire

Claire, RYT 200 is a Colorado native, having grown up in the Rocky Mountains she fosters a love for the outdoors and nature. Claire has cared for and taught youth of all ages and abilities. Creativity, caring and unbridled fun is the heart of her interactions and programs. In addition to RYT 200, she is trained in Youth, Special Needs and Postnatal Yoga. She believes in cultivating a mindful lifestyle for all ages, abilities and identities through yoga and meditation practices.

Kristi

Instructor

Kristi

Kristi is Owner of Inspired Family Health & Reiki Healing and past Owner of Stretch-N-Grow of North Metro Denver. She has taught fitness, mindfulness and nutrition to children/teens since 2004. To further her training and knowledge in alternative health, Kristi received a certification from Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2012, Reiki Master/Teacher certification in 2013 and a 200 hr yoga teacher training in 2016. Currently, she incorporates all of these healing modalities in her Inspired Family Health business as well as bringing her knowledge and experience to Guided by Humanity.