Karen Buxcel (E-RYT 200) began her journey into yoga after 40 years of living life and raising 4 children. What began as a committed daily practice of asana and meditation soon sprouted into the deep dive of becoming an instructor and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist.
Karen has studied with Real Evolution Yoga, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, The Prison Yoga Project and the folks at AcroYoga. She is a student of medical qigong and weaves those elements into her classes. Though she has received many certifications and trainings, the title and role she holds most dearly is that of "Mom".
Eric Krantz (RYT 200) is a student of life with a diverse set of interests, but often finds that his fire has too many irons. Yoga helps him balance the cognitive demands of being an engineer and the emotional demands of being human. Eric studied the REY methodology under Kevin McQuillan and is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor with Real Evolution Yoga. He enjoys ashtanga, vinyasa flow, and acroyoga. One of Eric's favorite activities is exploring random yoga classes and studios in different cities.
Alicia Love (RYT 300) began practicing late 2014 and fell in love with yoga.
"I started my yoga practice to gain strength and flexibility but the more I got into my practice it didn't take long to realize all the benefits yoga has on the mind and body! Becoming more aware of what yoga was doing for me, I knew I wanted to share this practice with everybody. Since my teacher training I have been leading classes every week and also enjoy putting on mini workshops and private yoga sessions".
Alicia's intention for each class is to create a space for each individual to experience a real connection with self through breath, asana and love.
Milidi Dickenson (RYT 200) completed her two hundred-hour Integrative Yoga training with Shilpa Ghatalia at Yogshakti in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She also completed a one hundred-hour Yin yoga training with Sebastian Pucelle and Murielle Burellier of With Yin Yoga.
Milidi took her first yoga class over seventeen years ago. Her curiosity for yoga has been a staple of her life ever since. She believes yoga is a tool for self embodiment and a path home to our true nature. Milidi is registered with Yoga Alliance.
Melina Condos (RYT 200) found yoga in 2009 after years as a dancer and was happily surprised by the challenges it brought forward both physically and mentally. She completed her 200h teacher training in 2016.
You can expect her classes to be playful with a focus on strength, flexibility and alignment, while also creating some space for self care. Her hope is that you leave the mat feeling energized, refreshed and balanced.
Yorleny Hubbard (RYT 200) is a vinyasa yoga instructor and a dedicated Ashtanga Yoga practitioner. She started practicing yoga when she was in college, then she discovered Ashtanga Yoga in 2014 and fell in love with the method.
Yorleny believes that what we do on the mat has a direct effect in our daily lives and changes us physically and mentally. She enjoys sharing her love for yoga and its transformative power. She is a firm believer that everybody can do yoga and wants to empower others to discover their inner strength and courage and use them to thrive on and off the mat.
Janel McLaughlin (RYT 200) started her yoga journey a couple of years ago and has since received her 200hr certificate with Real Evolution Yoga.
"Since I started practicing yoga, I discovered how I can incorporate it on and off my mat. I love helping people and sharing what I learn with others. I am passionate about healing oneself through healthy lifestyles. I am also interested in the power of essential oils."
Kristie King (RYT 200) loves what yoga does for her and wants to share the benefits with you! As a massage therapist, she knows how important it is to strengthen and stretch your muscles.
"To me, yoga is a another kind of massage for your body. After a practice I feel strong and relaxed, ready to calmly and mindfully move thru the rest of my day."
Michael Turgeon (RYT 200) has been attending yoga classes for a little over 5 years. Through the development of his own personal practice, he decided he wanted to teach yoga to others. He studied and trained at Yoga Yoga in Austin, TX, earning his 200 hour teaching certificate in 2016.
"My background is based off my own intuition of physical fitness. I am a runner and swimmer foremost - but love all activities. My philosophy is "Go where your body takes you". Your body is your partner in life, not to be conquered, not to push beyond its threshold but to align with, nurture and respect."
Pam Bonar (E-RYT 300) is a certified regular education and special education teacher with 24 years of kindergarten through 8th grade teaching experience. She began her yoga practice late in life and knows one thing ... it has changed everything.
Pam is a Registered Children Yoga Teacher (RCYT), certified to teach yoga to children ages 3-21. She teaches adult and kids yoga at Sōl Yoga Collective.
Kris Hewlett (RYT 200) began developing his yoga practice while attending the University of South Dakota. His practice rapidly transcended from an alternative form of fitness into an integral part of his lifestyle. Yoga provides Kris an opportunity to quiet instincts of the monkey mind — to become a more balanced human. Leading or practicing, Kris aspires to be an energy catalyst to those he shares space with. In his classes, expect flowy music to aid the playful expressions of your body, breath and consciousness.
Cat Croteau (RYT) has been practicing yoga since the age of 15 but truly discovered its power after becoming a mom! She found yoga helped her move a little more gracefully though the ups and downs of parenthood and life. Her motto is 'relax the body and the mind will follow'. Cat’s intention as a yoga teacher is to help people find connection and space within themselves through breath based movement. A little laughter helps too!
Lonnie Myers (RYT300) began practicing yoga in 2014 while struggling with depression and anxiety. She quickly discovered that yoga wasn’t just an exercise of the body, but also an exercise of the mind. In 2017 she trained and became certified under Swastha Yoga International. “I believe there is no perfect cookie cutter form, so finding the students full expression of their pose, and showing up as they are, is key.” Lonnie’s teaching brings a focus on alignment, staying in the experience, and breath work.
Tessa Lehi (RYT 300) completed her 200hr yoga training Sept 2017 with Swastha Yoga International. She went on to complete an additional 100hr “Teach with Confidence” training in Costa Rica shortly after. Her love of yoga began the end of 2014 as she was beginning her battle with breast cancer for the second time at the young age of 32. Tessa quickly realized how yoga changed how she felt, physically and mentally.
Along with her love of teaching yoga; Tessa also spends her days helping others as a nurse at Regional Rehabilitation Center as well as being a mother to her 16 year old son, Bailey.
Rachel Wester (RYT200) began her yoga practice in 2011 with Bikram yoga and transitioned into Vinyasa Flow in 2012 where her yoga heart resides. She enjoys the dance that is a vinyasa class, as well as the benefits of linking breath with movement, allowing one to drop focus out of the mind and into the body.
Rachel completed her 200 hour training with Lotus House of Yoga; a vinyasa studio in Omaha, NE. She loves yoga for the immediate physical release, but also for the daily challenge of taking her yoga off of the mat.
Loran White (RYT 500) has completed the 500 hour teacher training at the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco. In addition, she holds an advanced certificate in Relax and Renew, a deeply restorative style of yoga.