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 honestly wandered my way into a hot yoga class to get in shape. It was just what I needed 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 and my own personal home life. It allowed me an escape out of the “mandatory reality” outside the studio doors…which we call “my wreck of a life”.  It was a love hate thing for me at first, but I kept coming back.  My practice evolved and lead me to teaching, and my teaching has evolved from a random dialogued script to open my own studios, being able to share my practice and teaching at a much deeper level.  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- Teaching since 2015, 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. Keeping them prepared both physically & mentally.  She has well over 10,000 Teacher hours and is Head Trainer for Authentic Yoga’s Teacher Training Program, leads yoga retreats all over the world.

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.

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!

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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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

Trish Barnett

Trish Barnett Authentic Yoga Studio Instructor