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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 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 is a St. Louis based artist and a yogi. She found yoga in 2011 as part of physical therapy for her body after 10 years of competitive swimming and lacrosse. Not only did it heal her broken body, it also healed a damaged heart and anxious mind.She found true peace in her practice and it has been a vehicle for change and a driving force forward in all aspects of her life.
After developing a soulful home practice, in 2013 she became certified as a 200-hr RYT through St. Louis Yoga Source and is currently pursuing her 500-hr certification from Agape Yoga Studio. Through art and yoga, she hopes to encourage and empower students to find peace within themselves, ignite passion, live life and be well.
You can connect with Rebekah through her Facebook page, LotusEaterYoga, or by popping over to her website lotuseateryoga.com
Makenna Perkal began her journey with yoga at Webster’s Conservatory of the Theatre Arts as a part of her acting curriculum. She immediately fell in love with the physical and spiritual healing qualities of the practice. In her short time studying yoga, she has focused her energy in learning new ways to apply yogic principles to her everyday life in order to slow and relax her mind. Balance has been the main focus of her studies and she strives to constantly find new ways to improve herself as a being in and out of her practice.
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 is a MSW candidate at Washington University in St. Louis’s Brown School of Social Work, where she focused on integrating contemplative and somatic practices into mental wellness programming. She also serves as the Mental Health Promotion Coordinator for Washington University 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.
Lauren Nisbet is from St. Peters, MO, but her yoga journey began at the age of 19 in NYC. After beginning her career at Lululemon, yoga quickly became her favorite way to sweat. Her favorite things are cooking vegan meals, appreciating art, and driving all over town to find the best cup of coffee. Lauren’s hobbies include taking her boyfriend to yoga, collecting tattoos, and snuggling her room mate’s Dalmatian. Her favorite pose is tree pose, because it gives her a sense of grounding and she loves challenging her balance. Lauren practices yoga as a form of self care and hopes to make her classes the best part of someone’s day. May 2017 Lauren received her 200 hour Hatha certification from sister studios Blue Bird Yoga in St. Charles, MO and Southtown Yoga in St. Louis, MO.
Lily Hall is a Ph.D. psychologist and RYT yoga teacher. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. Following her training, Lily ventured to Dharmasala where she furthered her practice of meditation. There she learned about the true, natural power behind one’s breath (energy), and how being able to control and utilize this energy can positively alter the daily life of each individual who chooses to practice. Her goal in teaching yoga is to help facilitate and awaken the inner happiness and peace within each Shanti Yoga member, especially for those experiencing mental health illnesses, such as anxiety and/or depression, or any general life stress. Lily’s yoga practice largely focuses on breath technique, meditation, and balancing the mind and body through asanas (postures). She enjoys her free time outdoors, with her friends and family, volunteering in the community (JLSL), traveling abroad, and relaxing with her cat, Mr. Tiny Tim.
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.
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