Meet the Publishing Team

Work with this amazing team in participating in one of our existing regional magazines or let’s explore launching one in your community! We are also seeking contributors and regional ambassadors. Yoga + Life Magazines is a company founded by longtime publisher, mentor & media expert, Juli Rathke. Email us for more information! #livelocal #localmedia #livelocalyoga

Juli Rathke


Juli Rathke has channeled her 20+ year professional career into helping others do the same with the creation of Yoga + Life Magazines. Long-time yoga teacher and fitness expert, magazine publisher and TV host now business mentor, motivational speaker, and publishing company founder shares the love for the wellness lifestyle in personable regional publications that showcases the persons, places and ideas that make each market so special and unique. Giving everyone the chance to be seen, heard and read about in their own community.

  • Named to top 50 Motivational Yogis to Follow on Twitter.
  • Founder/Educator of YOGAmentors.com
  • Yogini Entrepreneur – Specializing in Startups, Acquisitions and Sales
  • Founder Global Retreat Company | www.GoyoAdventures.com
  • Yoga & Fitness Leader & Industry Professional for 20+ years
  • Keynote Motivation and Inspirational Speaker & Author
  • Featured in Origin Magazine’s “Influential Women” February, 2014
  • TV Host, Producer, Resort Sports Network and Outside Television
  • Co-Founder at Meta Yoga Studios/Schools a destination studio and yoga school in Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Philanthropy work with many organizations, fundraising, media, and event emcee
  • Other: Former National Fitness Presenter. Yoga & Fitness Teacher 20+ Years. Live TV Morning Show Host & Producer. TV Packages CNN Headline News & Weather Channel. Fitness Tips for Outside Television. TV Producer. Host to Prenatal Yoga DVD. Private and Public Sector Management. Marketing Committee Tourism. Mom. Wife. Lover of Music and Travel. Trail Runner. Skier. Yogi.  More about Juli here.

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Chelsea Connolly

National Creative Director

With a cultivated eye for design, Chelsea’s work has been influencing luxury publications and brands for over a decade. She is a Colorado native that has been shaped personally and professionally by living all over the world. She brings a vast amount of print and online experience to the media channels of YOGA+life™. As a sought after Art Director you’ll currently find Chelsea spearheading the look and feel of some of the state’s most sophisticated lifestyle magazines, world-class beauty brands, award-winning restaurants and bespoke boutiques. She is known for creating clean, fashionable yet approachable design and believes in a less-is-more aesthetic. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys the Colorado outdoors, yoga and wellness, live music, entertaining, traveling and spending time with her husband and two young sons.

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Jennifer Derham

MN YOGA + Life™ Magazine | Editor-in-Chief

Jennifer holds a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology and Educational Specialist degree in Educational Psychology. Personal interests include mental health, wellness, and mind-body awareness. She has her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification from the renown LifePower yoga teacher training program and is also a NETA certified yoga instructor.  Jennifer currently teaches groups, individuals, in corporate settings, and has also taught at resorts as a visiting Fit Bodies, Inc. fitness professional.

Our mission is to offer you a local resource to help you make yoga and wellness accessible to you-wherever you are at in your life, and in your practice. In it, you will find the resources you need to help you be well, to explore and grow in our beautiful state, and to help you deepen your practice. Looking for community events, product reviews, inspirational articles, thought provoking editorials, or instructor insights? Want to know where to eat, shop, practice, or retreat? Look no further. Find MN Yoga + Life Magazine at a yoga studio, health food store, fitness studio, boutique or coffee shop in your hometown.

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Iana Velez

NY YOGA + Life™ Magazine | Editor-In-Chief

Having worked internationally as an Art Director in Los Angeles, Sydney, and New York, Iana is now expanding from tv/film to print. Joining the Yoga Magazine team as editor for NY Yoga + Life Magazine is a dream come true allowing her to combine her all her favorite things in life: yoga, creativity and her hometown of NYC.

I ana was born and raised in NYC. She was introduced to yoga in 2006, during a highly emotional time in her life by her mom who knew it would help with the depression and anxiety she was experiencing at the time. It was definitely not love at first practice…. but over time she noticed those one hour yoga classes once a week was the one time she could really focus and block out the mind chatter. From that point on, she was hooked.

Iana is eager to showcase the unique lifestyle for those living consciously in NYC and throughout the entire state of New York.

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Jennifer Van Zeipel

NW YOGA + Life™ Magazine | Editor-in-Chief

Jennifer is a professional photographer, now magazine editor, and yogi thriving in Portland, Oregon.

Born and raised as a military child moving from place to place ever couple of years her family finally settled down in Oregon where she completed school and entered the workforce. Once a 10year + slave to the corporate world, she was (luckily/thankfully) laid off from her management position in Quality Assurance at AT&T. Soon after, she began her career as a serial entrepreneur in 2010 and has not looked back! Jennifer has a strong background in photography, design, and management but she also brings an incredible amount of marketing know how, attention to detail, and tons of enthusiasm to the team at Yoga Magazine Productions with the launch of SP Yoga + Life Magazine.

As a professional photographer, Jennifer creates beautiful and meaningful portraits for families with a real passion also fo covering yoga festivals and working with yogis for their website and marketing photos.

Jennifer is also certified to teach a variety of styles of yoga including Power Vinyasa, Classic Hot Yoga, and Yin. As a yoga instructor, Jennifer strives to create a place where students can feel safe in their bodies, no matter their level of experience.

In her spare time, she likes to keep busy too! Involved with the Friday Night Yoga Club in her area and she successfully sold out all 8 events for the entire season. She is working to help organize the YogiNation events in Portland over the summer and will be there as the official event photographer. Jennifer’s philosophy is that when you LOVE what you do, you’ll never really work a day in your life!

But when she REALLY takes a day off she REALLY takes a day off. Jennifer loves to get outdoors with her husband and 8 year old lab. Some of their favorite activities are hiking in and around Portland, kayaking some of the local rivers, snowshoeing around Mt.Hood and getting away to the beach!

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Shannon (Shay) Moraga

SoCal YOGA + Life™ Magazine | Editor-in-Chief

Shay has been practicing yoga and mindful meditation to support her life fully since 2001. After co-founding her own real estate management company in the Mid-West she needed to find balance in the everyday hustle and bustle of her jobs daily demands. Yoga was the only thing that helped ground her and after talking with one of her instructors they encouraged her to go through teacher training to get a deeper understanding of her practice.  She was hooked and received her first RYT 200 Power Yoga teacher certification. It wasn’t too long after that that she decided to continue her education and got her Yoga Sculpt certification followed by her passion to help calm children and young teens by becoming a Registered Children’s Yoga teacher. Encouraging them that anything is possible and that they can change the world no matter where they come from.  Shay most recently completed The Uprising Yoga Teacher Certification to teach at risk youth in underserved communities. She is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and most recently a lululemon Ambassador.

Shay has taught yoga for Lululemon Athletica, Ivivva, Suja, The San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon, Las Vegas CVB family 5K, Poses for Paseo Kids, and the Y Be Fit Palm Desert Challenge, Common Grounds Yoga Festival and at a private retreat in Costa Rica. When not practicing or teaching yoga you will find Shay watching her daughter on the volleyball court. Spending summers with her family and friends in the mid-west or watching her favorite college football team her alma mater, The Minnesota Golden Gophers. She stays passionate about community by volunteering her time with various Women and Children organizations both locally and in 3rd world countries.

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Kim Fuller

CO YOGA + Life™ Magazine | Editor-in-Chief

Based in Vail, Colorado, Kim Fuller is a freelance writer, editor and photojournalist, as well as a yoga teacher, legacy ambassador for Lululemon Athletica Vail, and co-founder of In Your Element, a yoga and outdoor adventure company. When Kim is not diligently writing and editing in her mountain nook, teaching yoga around town or finding a new adventure, find Kim at a local cafe or craft brewery, where she enjoys the more indulgent side of inspiration. See more of her work at kimfullerink.com.

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Sami Lea Lipman

National Editorial Team

Sami Lea Lipman joins the team at YOGA + life Magazines with ten years of experience in design, brand strategy, and creative direction in the yoga and sports industry. She is particularly excited to use her skill-set and passion to help promote yoga on a regional, local, and community-level – and well as nationally online.

Sami was previously the Creative Director for ORIGIN and Mantra Yoga & Health where she designed the magazines, updated the look & feel, assisted the team in creative direction, and also wrote various articles and conducted interviews. Sami sat in as the interim Creative Director for Thrive and Real magazines, at which she established the brand and design direction for each new publication. Prior to working in yoga, Sami spent three years working for the Olympics and other major sporting events, such as the World Cup and PGA Tour where she helped create brand strategy, look and feel creation, and design city-bids and sponsorships. She worked on-site at the Beijing Olympics in hospitality and side-by-side with marketing and public relations experts.

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