Ayurvedic Health Counselor & Yoga Therapist Intern
Renee is a devoted lifelong student and teacher, proudly serving as the founder of Sun Mountain Health | Ayurveda & Yoga Therapy. Anchored in the scenic Pike Peak region, Renee extends her expertise by offering therapeutic yoga classes to the public and individual health counseling, both in-person and online. Her holistic approach weaves together various modalities, including Ayurveda, Yoga, sound therapy, marma point therapy, Reiki, and wilderness therapy.
Her unwavering mission is to democratize and make integrated healthcare accessible to communities while empowering patients to take an active role in managing their health and well-being.
In 2001, Renee began her personal yoga practice, which would go on to play a vital role in her life. It became a source of stability during career changes, helped her navigate loss and grief, and empowered her to find a sense of wholeness.
In 2016, Renee embarked on a formal yoga training journey in Colorado Springs and is now nearing the culmination of an extensive 800-hour yoga therapy certification. Additionally, she's actively engaged in her second year of a rigorous 3500-hour advanced Ayurvedic practitioner program. Renee holds certifications of a Reiki I/II practitioner and Wilderness First Responder.
Furthermore, Renee dedicates her full-time efforts to donor relations in support of a non-profit organization that offers essential mental health services to our nation's veterans and active-duty members. Simultaneously, she takes on the role of spearheading business development initiatives for a Colorado-based yoga therapy training school.
Renee's professional background spans a wide spectrum, encompassing roles in teaching, writing, program and event management, marketing, photography, and stewardship. Her diverse skill set also extends to the orchestration of successful fundraising events. Renee dedicated six years of her life to serving as the development co-chair and director on the board of Catamount Institute, where she passionately connected young minds to the wonders of the outdoors through education and adventure.
Renee, a Colorado Springs native, now calls Guffey, Colorado, home. She and her partner manage a small homestead among the pines. During her downtime, Renee enjoys cooking, taking hikes, and paddleboarding. She's also a jewelry enthusiast, crafting heirloom pieces in her spare time. Renee shares her cozy haven with four dogs, two barn cats, and a flock of hens, all of whom she deeply treasures and enjoys spending time with.
"Renee is a truly gifted yoga therapist [in-training] who brings her heart and soul to every session. Renee takes the time to listen, hear my goals, give me supportive feedback, and help me to mold a practice that works for me. Committing to individual sessions with Renee has elevated my yoga practice to a place I did not know was possible. I am so grateful for her expertise and wisdom."
--Yoga Client, Nashville, TN
"Renee and her classes have been a lifeline for me - I’m so grateful!" --Carolynne F., Florissant, CO
I was uncertain of what I could handle physically before I went on the retreat. It’s been a long time since I participated in anything like it. I enjoyed all of it very much. No matter the location Renee makes it a welcoming place, a place without judgment, a place to learn, a place to be yourself, and a place to grow and love others. She is an astute teacher, and a learner herself. Highly recommend.
-- Lisa E., Florisant, CO