Our Teachers

AIReal Yoga™ is the only aerial yoga teacher training accredited by the Yoga Alliance. All of our teachers a Certified Aireal Instructors. To learn more about AIReal Yoga and teacher training - CLICK HERE

Paula Dong RN


Paula is the owner of Colorado Aerial Yoga and Fitness. As a registered nurse for over 25 years, she has always gained great satisfaction in understanding her patients’ needs and helping them on the path to healing. It was finally in the fall of 2015 that she discovered her true life's passion, AirealTM Yoga. She found a way to combine her 2 passions in life…Fitness and Healing. During her AirealTM Yoga Certification she experienced the healing effects it had on her chronic back pain. “My rigorous personal practice training combined with my personal experiences overcoming my own health challenges, makes me an extremely compassionate and deeply experienced guide”.


Paula has lived in Evergreen with her husband Steve and 4 boys in for the last 14 years. She also has sat on boards and volunteers in a number of charities that focus on helping women in crisis. Paula is also an accomplished gymnast and choreographer. In her free time she loves fitness, gardening, dancing and running with her dogs.

Deena Marcum Seiko

Deena Marcum Seiko, started out as a competitive gymnast her youth, and quickly fell in love with theater through the world of ballet. As a dancer, Deena moved from California to NYC where she earned her BFA in Dance, specializing in Contemporary Ballet. She found aerial and circus through New York based Anti-Gravity, which has since taken her on an 19 year journey through the circus world.


Deena has performed as an aerialist nationally and internationally, touring with: Cirque Le Masque: Cirque Legacy: Cirque Fantasies; Nimble Arts: and at the International Aerial Dance Festival, and the New York Aerial Dance Festival.

In addition to performing, directing, and producing, Deena has been a Circus educator for over 18 years, creating both an Aerial Yoga Teacher Training and Aerial Fabric Teacher Training Program. With a 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification and over 20 years of experience as a Certified Gyrotonic Instructor, Deena brings a holistic approach to teaching aerial and circus arts. Deena believes that authenticity is a movement of expression that comes from deep within the heart of an artist.

Aubrey Watne

Aubrey has been an active member at Colorado Aerial Yoga for over 3 years. She is a Colorado native from the Evergreen area and mother of two, who loves hiking, camping and all things Colorado. Aubrey is a Barre Intensity Certified Instructor and is looking forward to utilizing her creativity to offer a unique experience using the hammock as a Barre.


Barre Intensity® Isn’t your average barre technique. It combines attributes of Pilates, dance, and functional fitness training to present a powerful and intense barre program in the group fitness space. She will incorporate small isolated movement to fatigue the muscles, large range motion to elevate the heart rate, and sequencing that incorporates upper and lower body to make every minute count. This results in a total body workout that leaves you mentally strong and feeling accomplished.

Shelby Nichols


After Shelby went to her first yoga class, it started an inevitable yoga journey that she never saw coming. She embraced yoga with a strong commitment and after a year of self-discovery, she followed her dream of becoming a yoga instructor. Shelby received her RYT-200 certification  and has not looked back since.

She began teaching in yoga around the same time she graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a double major in Communication and Spanish. After meeting Carmen Curtis at numerous Wanderlust festivals, Shelby knew that pursuing her passion for AIReal Yoga was the next step in growing her yoga practice so she became a Certified AIReal YogaTM Instructor Training, Accredited through the Yoga Alliance.

Shelby is the Social Media Queen working behind the scenes of AIReal Yoga and Carmen’s platforms.

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1262 Bergen Parkway

Suite E-104

Evergreen, CO 80439

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