Healthy Pursuits, A Full Spectrum of Fitness and Wellness

Mind Body Fitness

As part of the Healthy Pursuits program, Mind Body Fitness including Pilates, Yoga and Zumba classes aim to improve health and fitness through a connection from the inside out. The goal of the offerings are for the students, faculty and staff of Auraria Campus to lead a healthier and less stressful lifestyle.

The  Spring 18 Schedule has many new classes that are available. You do not need to sign up in advance to attend the classes and will sign into every class before taking the class on a laptop. All equipment is provided and all classes are held in the PE Building. Locker rooms are available on the first floor (for information how to gain access to the locker rooms contact Campus Recreation in PE Building, Suite 108) and additional bathrooms are located on the second floor of the building. If campus is closed for any reason, there will be no Healthy Pursuits classes. 

‌All Mind Body Fitness classes are free for all Auraria Campus Members, including AHEC, CCD, MSU Denver and CU Denver students, faculty and staff. 

All Group Fit classes are sponsored by MSU Denver Campus Recreation and are free to all MSU Denver students and CCD students (register in PE 108 prior to first class). All AHEC, CCD and MSU Denver faculty and staff and CU Denver students, faculty and staff must purchase a MSU Denver Campus Recreation Membership in order to participate in the Group Fit classes. You can find more information about Campus Recreation on their website or by calling 303-615-1500. 


Mind Body Fitness Class Descriptions


Mat Pilates

Strengthen your core while you tone and stretch the muscles in your entire body. Turn your focus inward with concentration on linking a rhythmic breathing pattern to each exercise while you flow through a low impact total body workout on a mat.

Energize Yoga

Stay invigorated during the midday. This class combines the physically powerful practice of Vinyasa Yoga along with the nourishing, meditative aspects of Hatha Yoga to get over that midday slump. 

Flow Yoga

Calm the mind and tone the body with this active style of yoga. Build internal heat as you link poses together with deep breathing and creative movement sequences that will leave you feeling restored for the week.

Power Yoga

Build heat in the body by warming up with basic stretching and strengthening, and a breath-to-movement flow. Progress to a flowing class interspersed with yoga pose holds to keep up the intensity while you work towards a final flow or posture.


Dance away your stress with Zumba®. This cardio class combines dance and fitness exercises and is set to a combination of international dance rhythms for a fun and engaging workout.

For Group Fit class descriptions refer to the flyer or more information can be found on the MSU Denver Campus Recreation Website.


Beth Sandlin

Coordinator/Pilates Instructor

Beth Sandlin has been the coordinator for the Healthy Pursuits Mind Body Fitness program since 2011 and has been teaching for the program since 2005. She enjoys working on Auraria Campus because of the diverse population and strongly believes that Mind Body fitness classes can benefit everyone.

Beth started training in the Pilates Method as a college student and has been teaching Pilates since 2004. She has a comprehensive Pilates certification through Body Arts and Science International Pilates. Beth enjoys helping people access the many benefits of Pilates and feels that people can benefit from doing Pilates out of their own home, which is why she started Trifecta Pilates, offering free Pilates classes via YouTube.


Derik Eselius

Yoga Instructor

Derik Eselius has been a student of meditation since 1991 and has maintained a daily practice for over 20 years. He has studied with world renowned masters from both the Buddhist and Yoga traditions both in the U.S. and in Asia. In 2003 he established Axis Yoga Trainings, a school exclusively dedicated to yoga teacher trainings at both the 200 and 300 hour level. You can find out more about his intensive yoga programs at

He served as the Mind-Body Coordinator for Kaiser Permanente for 8 years and continues to teach classes for them. He also enjoys introducing college students to the practice of yoga and meditation through his work at the Auraria Campus. 


Erin Mathiason

Yoga Instructor

Erin Mathiason is a life-long student of yoga both on and off the mat. She has taught yoga in a variety of Denver Metro locations for almost 20 years and is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher. In addition to receiving her certification in the Day-Star Method of Hatha Yoga (a classical Hatha Yoga style) in 1998, she completed the first level of Anusara Yoga teacher training. Additionally, Erin is certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner, Hypnotherapist, Laughter Yoga Leader and SilverSneakers Yoga Instructor. She currently serves on a yoga teacher training faculty and is writing a book on contemporary yoga history.


Cathy Phelps

Zumba Instructor

Cathy is a licensed Zumba® Instructor and a student of African dance. She is a former member of Joda & Friends, African Dance and Drumming – South of the Sahara. She is enchanted by all forms of international dance and has been dancing for 20 years. Cathy enjoys teaching on Auraria Campus and encourages people to find their own expression of dance in her class.


Gabby Robinson

Yoga Instructor

Gabby began her Yoga journey as a college student in 2006. She received her 200-hour certification from Kindness Yoga in 2015 and encourages people to explore something new on their mat each class, whether it's attempting a pose they haven't before or finding a new sensation in their bodies. Gabby's nurturing energy will guide practitioners through any challenges they face while confronting the unfamiliar during a deep strengthening or stretching practice.


Liat Schindler

Zumba Instructor