Authentic Yoga Studio Instructors

Amanda Mendez Owner of Authentic Yoga Studio

Founder – Amanda Mendez

I was born and raised right here in Boise, ID. I wandered my way into a hot yoga class to get in shape. But most importantly I received more. I found my practice when I most needed it in life as I was caring for my mom with terminal cancer. It allowed me an escape out of the mandatory reality outside the studio doors…my wreck of a life. Right then I knew this was much more. I’ve been grateful for the many teaching hours, students, and experiences both yoga and life that continue to help me be a better teacher. Becoming Baptiste Certified has been the level up I’ve needed not only for my practice but my teaching as well, I’m excited to share it with you.

Amanda Mendez- Baptiste Yoga Certified, 200 E-RYT, YACEP Provider since July 2019, Specialty working with Athletes/teams/active groups & individuals to use yoga for training. Also working with First Responders using yoga to empower and help with on the job situations, stress, anxiety while physically strengthening the body. Always being prepared both physically & mentally.

Leah VanBlaricom Authentic Yoga Studio Instructor

Leah VanBlaricom

Born and raised in Boise, ID, I found myself in my first yoga class my junior year of high school. Towards the end of my senior year, I started to become a more regular practitioner. With hopes of changing the way my body looked, I kept coming back because of the effects it had on my mind. As graduation approached college didn’t feel right at the time; so I received my 200-RYT certificate.

As I transition into adulthood this practice has become my space. Space to breathe, to check in, and to feel everything on and off the mat. I feel so fortunate to find this practice so early in my life I feel responsible to share it everywhere I can. I enjoy working with modifications and showing people they are capable conquering what you think you can’t.

Taryn Ankerman Authentic Yoga Studio Instructor

Taryn Ankenman

Hi! My name is Taryn Ankenman, one of the Baptiste power instructors at Authentic Yoga. I am 27, newly married and a dog mom! My husband and I adopted our pitty mix, Nyla, three months before we moved to Mississippi for his graduate school. We’ve now had her for two years and can’t wait to add another four paws soon. He and I got married in the middle of his graduate school in the mountains of Cascade. He finished and moved back and we now live in Meridian. We both love to run and are training for our first marathon this coming October. When I’m not running, hiking or practicing yoga I am working as a full time MRI technologist and being an aunt to three beautiful little girls and a brand new baby boy.

My yoga journey began in a simple way, Wednesday night group classes at my local YMCA. I would go with friends from school or just myself. I always loved weight lifting and exercising so I frequented the Y often. Throughout high school I decided I wanted to deepen my practice and went to the only hot yoga Boise Idaho studio we had at the time, Bikram. I enjoyed the heat and the challenge and liked taking the foundation I had learned from the Y and pushing it to a new level. When I went to college at ISU in Pocatello, I would take a yoga class for a credit every semester. There were no hot studios there, or in Idaho falls where I moved to after graduation. Doing a teacher training program was something I had been interested in since early high school, and a few were offered in Pocatello throughout my college career, but with moving back and forth so often the timing was never right. It wasn’t until we moved to Mississippi that I found a welcoming hot studio that offered a teacher training program that was perfect for me. I didn’t know much about Baptiste yoga before I started there, but once I got immersed in the community around Baptiste yoga and learned the whys and how’s it is performed, I knew there was a reason no other training program worked out for me. Being in the imaging field and seeing the muscles and tendons in our body, and then learning how those work together to create a strong, unified, collective being, and THEN learning to incorporate your mind and spirit helped me in ways no therapist or hike ever could. I have now been teaching for one year and love the community involved in our yoga studio. Whether you’re there to get fit, calm your mind, push your limits, or learn how to better take care of yourself, I love helping you get there.

Alicia Bendeck Authentic Yoga Studio Instructor

Alicia Bendeck

Alicia began her yoga journey in 2014, and hasn’t looked back since. After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Alicia has used the healing powers of yoga to help restore her health and strength, physically and mentally.

Alicia completed her 200-hour RYT in 2016 and immediately shifted her focus to teaching a Bikram-style Hot 26 class. Along with practicing yoga, Alicia enjoys spending time with her husband, is completely obsessed with her dog, Luigi and loves college football.

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Alexis Standley Authentic Yoga Studio Teacher

Alexis Standley

My name is Alexis and I am a new teacher at Authentic Yoga! Originally from Pocatello, I made the move to Boise about 6 years ago. I was fresh out of college and had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. I started dabbling in sales jobs and changed jobs about once a year, still seeking the one job that would bring the fulfillment I needed. The job that isn’t just a job, but a passion. Whenever I would be looking for the next best thing, my mind would always go to the health and wellness industry, but it took quite the reality shock to push me in the right direction. 

My passion for yoga began about a year and a half ago when I started to realize the healing effects it had not only on the body, but the mind. I had suffered from anxiety and depression that I had masked with pharmaceuticals for the previous 5 years. It became aware to me that I was putting a bandaid over my symptoms and because of that, more symptoms began to arise. My body was trying to tell me that something wasn’t right. I began my research on healing the body through holistic approaches and have tried ALOT. I became extremely passionate about the healing effects of meditation and yoga along with the healing effects of a plant based, whole foods diet. I can confidently say that with the desire to change or heal anyone can obtain optimal health through a healing diet and changing old, toxic thought patterns.  

I received my health coaching certificate in September 2020 from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and my 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training certification through Authentic Yoga. I spend my free time researching the latest holistic forms of healing and the power of eating for optimal living. I love to share everything I learn and am excited to have the opportunity to share with the amazing community at Authentic Yoga!

Mariah Kidd Yoga Instructor

Mariah Kidd

My name is Mariah and I am a Boise native who completed my 200-hour RYT at the beginning of 2021 through Authentic Yoga Studio and have attended two of Authentic Yoga’s beautiful retreats! I’ve been exploring my personal practice since 2017, gradually integrating meditation, breathwork, and yoga principles into my daily life. When I originally decided to pursue a teaching certification, I did not have the intention to teach – I simply wanted to deepen my own practice. I have had the opportunity to share my yoga knowledge with groups I’m involved in, outside of the studio, and have witnessed the joy and peace it brings into people’s lives. Because of this, I have decided it would be well-worth my time to share my love for yoga, to help people heal, and to build a beautiful community through the process. Beyond yoga, I love to travel the world, backpack, hear about people’s life experiences, practice mindfulness, and invest in my personal health through a variety of avenues. I look forward to meeting you, hearing your story, and guiding you through a life-changing practice!

Sarah Lowry Authentic Yoga Studio Instructor

Sarah Lowry

Meet Sarah Lowry. Born and raised in Idaho, you’ll find Sarah attempting to find any sliver of sunshine to spend her time in. Sarah loves to be outdoors. She loves to spend the majority of her time with her family, which includes her husband, son, daughter, and dog. Sarah has major wanderlust and enjoys traveling to new places. She loves fashion, hiking, reading, doing puzzles, being creative, and of course, yoga.

Sarah has been part of the Authentic Yoga Family since our grand opening in 2018. You’ll find her involved with anything involving kids at our studio. Sarah received her specialized children’s yoga certification through Shanti Yoga School and is a certified children’s yoga instructor. She received her RYT 200 through the Authentic Yoga Training Program. Sarah has a passion for working with children and is also a certified behavioral interventionist and developmental specialist. She’s worked with children of all ages for over 20 years and has a special place in her heart for children with disabilities.

When she’s not teaching kids or family yoga, you’ll find her around the community teaching a variety of classes including gentle yoga, yin yoga, and adaptive classes. Sarah is looking forward to practicing with you and to have your kids join her on her mat for fun, interactive, and mindful kids’ yoga classes.

Tracy Greenway Authentic Yoga Studio Instructor

Tracy Greenway

My first step toward yoga was a mental one. I began meditating and this played a role in a mental shift and realization of the mind/body connection. I began attending yoga classes in 2006 but it was a class in 2010 at a power yoga studio in Buffalo, NY that truly ignited my love and passion for yoga. I was immediately drawn to the practice and style and found myself attending classes 5-6 times a week. It began challenging and changing me mentally and physically. In 2012 I moved to the mountains of Idaho with my husband and daughter. I had a strong desire to teach and bring that which made such a difference in my life to others. I began teaching in 2015. My classes are taught with passion and joy. I hope for each person I meet to tap into their fearless light that wants to burst out. To find peace and joy, strength and lightness and self-love. To honor the mind/body connection.

“Happiness is a Choice”

Tracy Greenway

Yoga Instructor


April King Yoga Instructor Photo

April King

April fell in love with the silence and the noise, the power and the ease, the solitude and the community that she discovered with yoga in 2011.  “Hot yoga in particular allowed me to push past myself. To the point of quieting my mind, emotions, and body enough that I could truly hear.  I found a new way to love through sharing and teaching yoga.”  April has taught in Boise since 2014 and served as a teacher trainer with a focus on Anatomy and the art of adjustments.

April King E-RYT200, YACEP

Maya Koch

Yoga became a passion of mine when I first stepped into a hot studio over 10 years ago. 105 degrees for 80 minutes…YES PLEASE! The combination of movement, breath, and heat was exactly what my body needed! It was love at first Breath! I immediately fell in love with the community, the practice, and the benefits of a daily yoga practice.  After a year of diving in head first I completed my 200 hour Yoga training in Kalamazoo MI, and have been teaching ever since. Soon after I completed my personal training, spin, TRX, and kettlebell certifications. I love teaching and working with people to help them connect with their bodies in both mind and body

Trish Barnett

Trish Barnett Authentic Yoga Studio Instructor