SHANTI YOGA INSTRUCTORS
KATIE KELLY – Owner, Instructor, RN, HN-BC
A yogi, nurse and traveler at heart, Katie has explored the world learning yoga, medicine and meditation. With an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Business from Fort Lewis College she brings to life her passion for wellness at the studio through yoga and agriculture, both of which she finds intrinsically linked to our health. Katie continued her education through an accelerated BSN program at Goldfarb School of Nursing. In addition to opening up Shanti Yoga at the age of 27, she concurrently graduated with her accelerated BSN degree and started working as an ER nurse. She currently works at Mercy in their Emergency Dept. Katie is excited about educating and empowering people to take charge of their health and draws in anatomical and philosophical perspectives to her practices on the mat.
She received her yoga teacher training in India at Yoga Vidya Gurukul (www.yogapoint.com). She furthered her studies at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Center in Dharamsala building on alignment principals. Katie is also an NASM certified personal trainer. She offers a mindfulness based approach which she credits to her background in Vipassana meditation after completing a 10-day, silent retreat in Northern California. Her intentions for teaching are to hold space for students to explore the inner workings of the practice. Although physical alignment is central to her teachings, she encourages students to, most importantly, listen to their bodies and move in such a way that is healing and nourishing to themselves.
Katie is beginning the first steps in creating a private wellness practice with one-on-one coaching. You may visit her website www.katiekellyrn.com for more information or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
SARAH THORNTON – RYT 200, LCSW
Sarah started practicing yoga about 19 years ago as a way to release stress and reconnect with herself. Yoga and mediation have become a daily part of her life. Sarah received her 200 hour teacher training from Urban Breath in May of 2014. She also completed the Relax and Renew training, with Judith Hanson Lasater, in October of 2015. She specializes in teaching restorative, yin and gentle yoga.
The basis of her teaching philosophy is that “anyone can benefit from and practice yoga, in fact I think everyone should practice yoga!” Her goal is to have students leave a class feeling calm, energized and more connected to themselves. She also wants to help her students slow down and work on “being” instead of “doing.” Sarah likes to help her students reconnect to their bodies, gain more self-awareness and self-acceptance which they take off the mat into their daily lives.
She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently teaches yoga, mediation and group support to heart patients at a local cardiology practice. When she is not practicing or teaching yoga, Sarah likes to spend time with her husband and her two daughters. She also likes to spend time outdoors and travel.
REBEKAH JARCHOW – RYT 200, RYT 500
Rebekah Jarchow is a St. Louis based ironworker, artist and yogi. She found yoga in 2011 and after developing a soulful home practice, in 2013 she became certified as a 200-hr RYT through St. Louis Yoga Source. Currently, Bek is pursuing her 500-hr certification from Agape Yoga Studio under the skillful direction of Jen Jones, Michael Johnson, Joe and Luna Taft, Cat Matlock and Bryan Legree. Along with this diverse background of teaching methodology, Bek combines her love of physiology, psychology and creativity to encourage open minds and hearts in her students both on and off the mat. Through art, yoga and the pursuit of balance, she hopes to empower students to find peace within themselves, ignite passion and be well.
JORDAN WORTHINGTON- Instructor, LCSW + MSW
Jordan is a true example of how avid skepticism of contemplative and movement-based practices can transform into a meaningful and essential practice for everyday life. She first found yoga in 2010 on the remote island of East Timor. Dislike and unfamiliarity with a yoga practice grew to ambivalence and later to interest, curiosity and dedication while living on a sparsely population mango orchard in rural Northeastern Thailand. Later, the practice of yoga became a vital tool to counteract stress from working at a demanding international development non-profit in Washington, DC.
In 2015, Jordan decided to leave the international development world to travel to study yoga intensively outside of Mysore, India, where she was trained in teaching Hatha Yoga at Samyak Yoga. Following time in India, Jordan studied Vipassana Meditation in Sri Lanka and eventually landed in St. Louis. When not sharing her practice with others and falling out of poses, Jordan works as the Assistant Director of Mental Health Outreach and Programming in St. Louis.
Jordan’s classes have a lighthearted focus on finding steadiness and ease in the physical postures, while also cultivating a mindful awareness and reverence for the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit.
SHEILA PRIDE – Instructor, LCSW
Sheila is a 20 year practitioner and activist. She has been offering holistic trauma therapy, therapeutic yoga, mindfulness training, women’s retreats and leading sacred for over 10 years. Her yoga training blends tantra, bhakti, shamanism and more. She currently co-owns moksha institute offering corporate leaders awaking experiences around the country.
BETH BLAKE – Instructor, Manager
Beth started practicing yoga in 2009. From 2013-2014, she earned her Hatha and Kundalini teaching certifications through Semperviva Yoga Studios while living in Vancouver, Canada.
She believes that yoga is intended to be therapeutic, as opposed to aesthetic. As a result, she encourages students to become increasingly interested in how their practice feels, as opposed to how it may look. Beth also enjoys traveling as well as any form of creative expression including cooking, photography and designing jewelry.
SARA CATLETT – Instructor, LMT
As an advocate of natural healing and massage therapy, Sara has found that the steady practice of yoga goes hand in hand with body and energy work. She began practicing yoga as a way to relieve heavy anxiety, as yoga brings peace to the mind and relieves stresses held within the body.
After completing her education in massage and energy therapy, she finished her 200 hours of training in Saint Louis, Mo. in May of 2015. She is currently certified in Thai Bodywork, singing bowl sound therapy, Pranic healing and level two Reiki and incorporate these aspects into her teachings. Sara is continuously seeking and gaining knowledge through devotion of her own personal practice on and off her mat.
As a natural wanderlust, Sara is always on the move, seeking new adventures and traveling constantly. She finds so much joy in seeing the earth’s beauty and learning about herself along the way. She has led yoga classes at music festivals, which is a huge passion of hers. She finds incorporating yoga with dance and music creates an abundance of healing.
She looks forward to where the yoga journey continues and all the people who come to the mat to practice with her.
CAREY MCNEILLY – RYT 200, MAC
Carey has called St. Louis home for the past 7 years. She discovered the beauty and benefit of body and movement work while studying for her masters in counseling. After working with clients at a more cognitive level for several months, it became apparent to her that the physical body, not just the mind, stores emotions and experiences, and if left alone, these stored emotions can cause increased and various pain. Thus, she began experimenting with other forms of treatment, including therapies involving visual art, music, creative writing, and sensory-somatic experience. From there, it was a short journey to discovering yoga and the way it provides both individuals and groups with the tools to be the primary agents in their processes of healing. Discovering the benefits and the body kindness of holistic practices including yoga has been life-changing and has inspired Carey to come alongside others in their processes of healing and connection.
Carey is passionate about the mind-body connection, and about helping others to lay hold of the tools for healing they already possess. This passion plays a large role in her practice as a yoga teacher, leading her classes to often be more anatomy based. Her classes combine education, free and guided movement, safe space, community, and rest to create an environment that invites one to communicate with their body and empowers them to be an agent in its healing.
CASEY RENEE – RYT 200, BBA, MPA
Casey began her yoga journey in 2012. Since then, Casey has explored many styles of movement and flow. Yoga has become a daily practice. She completed her 200-hour teacher training through Yoga Six in St. Louis, MO in 2017. As a teacher, Casey blends the physical practice with mindfulness and meditation techniques. She creates a welcoming environment for students to safely move between poses, with attention to alignment and breath. When not on her mat, Casey can be found cuddling her dogs, blogging, or performing with Evoke Circus Arts.
Dena French – Instructor, EdD, RDN, LD
Dena first discovered yoga in 2002 through a required PE credit course in college. Following that experience her interest and passion grew, leading her down a path of self-discovery, increased mindfulness, and improved overall health. After 12 years of practice, Dena took what felt like the natural next step and completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2015.
Dena offers classes that are creative yet simple; challenging yet accessible; and that invite deeper exploration physically, mentally, and spiritually. She meets students where they are in their yoga journey, recognizing that everyone has their own unique reason for coming to the mat. In her professional role as an educator in nutrition and dietetics, she strives to introduce college students to daily yoga practices that may assist them in approaching school, life, and their future career in a more calm and mindful manner.
DEV SHABAD KAUR – E-RYT 200, YACEP, LMT, Veteran
Dev Shabad Kaur is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher who specializes in The 10 Bodies and Sound Healing with Mantra, Gong, the Shabad Guru.
Dev’s teaching style is light, accessible and inspiring. She incorporates the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and Yogic Philosophy into her classes to help students deal with the ebbs and flows of their daily life. Her teacher has noted that her “love for the teachings is conspicous and contagious!”
DYAALANG SINGH – Instructor
Dyaalang Singh had his spiritual awakening at the age of 15, ending up in a Buddhist temple surrounded by Buddhist monks from Thailand. Here he developed a strong love for a meditative practice. Seven years ago he began developing his yoga practice and gained a deep appreciation for the many gifts it had to offer: flexibility, strength, and learning to move with the breath. This enhanced his meditation practice a thousand fold, going deeper into spirit. In 2016 he found himself on the path to becoming a Kundalini teacher, strongly inspired by a wonderful Kundalini teacher, SiriAtma Kaur. There are no words to desribe the extent of growth he found on the journey to become a Kundalini teacher. Learning about the self, breaking through barriers of the self, and developing powerful community. The techniques of mantra, asanas, meditation, pranayam, and mudras combined in Kundalini unlock the doors to infinite potential within the self. Ryan finds great fulfillment in sharing this technology with fellow Yogi’s. Learning from each other’s experiences as we go deeper into the flow.
Josh has spent the last ten years or so investigating various forms of meditation, yoga and metaphysical practice both nationally and around the world. He first began studying Vipassana meditation in Thailand and Burma in 2012 while living in northern Thailand teaching English. He also has attended numerous retreats at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and has been involved in organizing sangha’s in Boston, MA and beyond. More recently, Josh has been leading meditation and movement practices in the wilderness through his work as a wilderness therapy guide in southwestern Utah. Josh is currently in a meditation teacher training program working with a teacher named Loren Roche based out of Los Angeles and enjoys bringing creativity, passion and variety to the meditation space.Josh is currently a MSW candidate at Washington University in St. Louis where he is excited to pursue his passion for mental health, outdoor play and meditation.
Attending a meditation class with Josh will most likely be interactive, playful and full of variety as he draws on many different traditions, practices and philosophies to co-create a space of warmth, mystery and inquiry into the fascinating realms of the human experience.
LEAH HOFFMAN – RYT 200
Leah’s journey to yoga started in her therapist’s office when she was in recovery from her eating disorder. Her therapist suggested that she try yoga and see if she got anything out of the experience: and it changed her life! In 2016, Leah completed her 200 hour YTT at Yoga Works in Boston and recently moved back to St. Louis to further her teaching. Leah’s goal with yoga is to develop better relationships with our bodies. Her classes are strength and length based, slow flow classes. She uses breath work to balance the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system. There is so much that yoga teaches us about ourselves if we stay open to the lessons! To learn more about Leah and her recovery, visit her Instagram @soulfulfillyoga.
RYAN HILL- Jivamukti Instructor
Stacy’s yoga journey began in 2003 and she became a yoga teacher in 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.For nearly three years Stacy supported Dr. Rose LeDay and her team of therapists at Transcend ed by teaching yoga to their clients recovering from disordered eating. The position at Transcend allowed her access to trauma-informed trainings.
In 2015 she successfully completed her advanced yoga studies training with Shari Goldstein to become a RYT500. A voracious student who loves learning, she travels the country to attend various workshops in addition to a weekly practice with her senior local teacher, Bruce Roger.
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EMMA SWINFORD- Instructor
Emma took her first yoga class in high school, and she’s been having fun with it ever since! As both a former collegiate athlete and lover of mindfulness, Emma enjoys creating environments that celebrate the wisdom in both movement and stillness, and that balance both effort and ease. Though she enjoys physical activity of all kinds, Emma always comes back to her mat as a space for exploration and restoration.
She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Tula Yoga in Chicago, IL. Emma has completed training in Pre-Natal Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga for Kids.
In Emma’s classes, there’s always space to get creative and dive into self-exploration through movement and meditation. She’s passionate about making yoga an accessible, inclusive and joyful experience!
Off the mat, you can find Emma biking around town, hammocking, and loosely following recipes in her kitchen!
JOSH LYNN- RYT 200, LMT
Josh started Massage Therapy training in 2009 at Florida College of Natural Health in Maitland, FL. After a little bit of travel and personal growth he landed back in his hometown of St. Louis where he continues to build the majority of his client base.
Josh finished his first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in March of 2012 through WE Yoga in St. Louis, MO. He also did a 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training in March of 2017 through Sampoorna Yoga in Goa, India. Continued training in studios and online keep his skills sets current and filled with new ideas for sequencing.
Find out more about Josh on his personal website; joshryanlynn.com
LIZZIE SALSICH – Instructor
Lizzie is passionate about the power of peaceful hearts in creating a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world. Her classes emphasize mindful movement, deep breath and body awareness, self-healing, and sacred rest. She is also a practitioner and teacher of chi gong, and she loves to incorporate this into her yoga classes. Lizzie has completed two yoga teacher trainings at the 200-hour level, and a level 1 chi-gong teacher training.. She is always exploring and deepening her practice and she loves to share these life-giving tools with her friends and students. For more information about the trainings Lizzie has completed and the philosophy behind her practice and teaching, please visit www.celebratingthecall.com
RACHEL ROBERTS – Instructor
Rachel began her yoga practice in 2010 in an effort to focus on her health. She fell in love straight away and slowly built up her practice exploring different types of yoga. Rachel is a glamorous nomad that has spent the past few years, traveling, learning and having adventures. Traveling through Asia and the pacific yoga was always a constant. She received her yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India from the Vinyasa Yoga School in 2015. She spent time at yoga retreats in Thailand and Nepal, took many styles of classes in South Korea, Vietnam and New Zealand. After spending so much time exploring Rachel is thrilled to be given the opportunity to share all of the benefits yoga has brought to her life with others.
SIRI ATMA KAUR – Gong Bath Practitioner, Kundalini Instructor, Sound Healer
SiriAtma Kaur looked to yoga for a non-detrimental way to relieve the stresses of everyday life. Through her practice, she found not only the peace of mind she was seeking, but also her purpose – to inspire others to heal themselves as well. She is certified in Hatha Yoga (200hr YA) & in Kundalini Yoga (200hr 3HO). She has been teaching Yoga in the St. Louis area for three years, and with her compassionate approach, has planted seeds of self-love in the hearts of many adults and children, with increased physical wellness as a by-product.
SUMMER GINTHER – RYT 200
Summer began her yoga journey in 2013 at a small local gym in her hometown. She thought she was just taking another fitness class but quickly discovered that it was something much more. Summer began to incorporate yoga into her daily life to help reduce stress and cultivate self love.
Summer completed an intensive 200 hour teacher training through Marianne Wells Yoga School in Costa Rica. She also has an undergraduate degree in Social Work and is passionate about working with and helping others.
Summer creates a judgment free space for students to explore postures. She believes yoga is for everyone and aims to make her students feel comfortable in the body they are in.
Outside of the studio, Summer enjoys traveling with her husband and their pug Mitzi, hiking, and re-watching episodes of The Office.