Written by Helen Goelet JACKSON, Wyo. - If you\u2019ve been to one of Niki Sue Mueller\u2019s yoga classes, you\u2019ve had the luxury of experiencing her contagious energy and light. It\u2019s no surprise that this year she took home silver in the Best of Jackson Hole for best yoga teacher. \u201cI\u2019m always so impressed by the quality and depth of yoga in this community, and to be amongst these wonderful teachers is really an honor,\u201d she says. \u201cWalking into a class, seeing who\u2019s there, it really just lifts me.\u201d Mueller began teaching yoga in 2003, and as a Jnana yogi she continues to expand her knowledge in practice, yogic philosophy and much more. \u201cEvery year I take a ton of courses,\u201d Mueller explains. \u201cIt is so important for younger, newer teachers to continue to be a student. And for me, that\u2019s the most important thing too: being a student myself.\u201d Mueller began studying under Richard Freeman seventeen years ago, and each year she goes back for more. Her exploration is not limited to his teachings, however. This past year she studied energy training, circle communication and vocal training for singing. \u201cI like to be well rounded in my approach,\u201d she says. This well-roundedness is not only felt through her dynamic classes but is evident in the breadth of what she teaches. From her more fitness-oriented Hot Fusion and Sculpt classes, each of which have a clear cult following, to her ashtanga and vinyasa flow classes, Mueller offers something for every type of yogic. After all, it\u2019s all about the student. \u201cFor me it\u2019s really all about holding space for people to feel safe and able to be present on the mat when they walk through the door,\u201d she says. \u201cThis town has a lot going on, it\u2019s very intense and I see that in my classes. We\u2019re all so connected. One week, everyone will have the same low energy, we\u2019re all so intertwined, it\u2019s part of what makes this such a wonderful community. We really have a union here. Which is the definition of yoga.\u201d Aside from practicing and teaching yoga, Mueller is an avid skier, wake surfer, and mother. When asked what her favorite business is, unrelated to her own, she said Sweet Cheek Meats (BOJH Gold 2019). \u201cNick and Nora are dear friends of mine,\u201d she says. \u201cEverything is made with such love and care and attention and is local. I\u2019m so impressed by them. You can find Mueller's classes at Inversion Yoga (BOHJ Gold 2019) and The Teton Yoga Shala (BOJH Bronze 2019). Mueller is also expanding her repertoire to more one-on-one offerings. If you\u2019re interested in booking private classes or working with her on emotional and physical healing through therapeutic yoga and spiritual guidance, check out her website NikiSueYoga.com.