In spring of 2013 Lisa began trainning for her first full marathon. Always a mover and a shaker, running came somewhat easy for her. Yet the idea of yoga was “boring” to have to remain still, in your thoughts…. not for her; or so she thought. Through running, without even knowing it, she was begging to find a form of mediation called “moving meditation”. not only did she like it but she loved it. The clarity. The peace. The contentment. The acceptance. For the first time she was able to be “alone in her head”. With the strength and tightness that running can provide it left her needing some balance; needing a little more space in her body she decided to do it. To take her first Vinyasa class. The goal was to stay in the room. The hour passed in a blink and she was hooked!
Lisa went on to received her 200hour certified Yoga Alliance teacher Training in 2015 at the Lakshmi Rising school for yoga and wellness located in Costa Rica. She loves the freedom that a vinyasa yoga class can offer. The freedom to explore your body and your breath. Her classes are high energy and light hearted. They tend to be catered to creating your own expression of each asana.
Yoga has been a passion of Betina’s for over a decade. Teaching this life-changing practice to others flows naturally from her background in education as well as her desire to lead others in living a healthy and active lifestyle. After running track in high school and rowing on the crew team in college, Betina was originally drawn to yoga because of the physical challenges and balance that were required in an asana practice. She now has a deep love for the peace, humility, emotional stability and spirituality that yoga brings. Betina received her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher designation with Andrew Eppler in Ashtanga Yoga and has been teaching ever since.
Betina’s classes are known for being playful, challenging and intentional. She has a passion for getting students to breathe more, play more and move more therefore creating a stronger yoga practice, a healthier lifestyle and an authentic community. When Betina is not on her mat, you can find her with friends and family, on her bike, running, reading, traveling the world, eating good food and listening to hip hop.
Born and raised in NJ and working in NYC for many years, there was no lack of yoga studios that one could look into if they wanted to try yoga. Prior to 2010, I found myself in the random yoga class here or there for almost a decade before settling into a practice of my own. In early 2015, a very dear friend and teacher offered to introduce me to Ashtanga yoga. I was instantly captivated with the practice and everything that it has to offer. Soon after, I was accepted into the Ashtanga Yoga Studio’s teacher training program and completed my 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification with Andrew Eppler in March of 2016. Moving together is beautiful, and sharing your breath with others is truly something special. Yoga, for me, is a time where one can experience true self-evaluation, self-exploration, and self-realization.
Rachael first discovered yoga while rowing competitively in high school. Her practice remained invaluable while rowing for the University of San Diego, where she delved more deeply into vinyasa yoga as a core part of the team’s training plan. Focused on linking breath with movement, setting intention, and placing stepping stones to reach a goal, vinyasa yoga offered many useful tools in athletics and daily life.
In September 2016, Rachael went to London to complete her Yoga Alliance 200-hour training through Live the Practice with Mandy Lathan, former owner of Cadence Yoga in Oklahoma City. She is happy that her yoga journey has come full circle, back to the community in which it developed. Rachael aims to honor and teach the philosophical and moral roots of yoga and equip students with tools to embody yogic principles off the mat.
Yoga first found Alexis in her college days as a “fitness credit”. Immediately a connection to deepen this practice was evident. Later in 2009, Alexis began her RYT-200hr certification journey with the Yoga Spirit Academy. Both practicing and teaching have become the expression of her lifestyle and personality. In September 2013, she began the adventure towards RYT-500hr certification. Alexis teaches all levels and all ages of yogis encouraging them to express their interpretation of their own practice. Her hope as a teacher is to share joyful energy and promote the self-awareness that yoga has gifted to her!
A devoted dancer and athlete her whole life, Megan has a passion for movement and sharing the joy and the balance that dancing and yoga both guide us to. In 2006, after dabbling in a few ‘gym yoga’ classes, she took her first studio class with an instructor who actually touched her and helped align her properly into a pose. She was hooked and immediately started to see a transformation in her dance training and her life. Seeking to also empower others with the tools to find balance within themselves, she acquired her 220 hour teaching certification from the Wilmington Yoga Center (Wilmington, NC) in 2011.
Megan’s teaching approach creates a gooey, endorphin-releasing practice environment that her students refer to as ‘Yummy Yoga’! She is passionate about teaching healthy alignment and yoga ‘from the ground up’, which draws both beginners and experienced practitioners to classes that are both playful and soulful. When not in the studio, she’s with her son, romping outside, playing her ukulele or cooking/ dancing in the kitchen.
Adi’s passion for yoga was a slow development. As an endurance runner, she struggled with the idea of slowing down and not moving outside the boundaries of a yoga mat. Ironically, it was running that forced her to give yoga a chance after a torn muscle brought her running to a halt. After weeks of searching for something to replace the miles, she stumbled into the perfect-for-her mindset, fast-paced hot vinyasa class. Since that day in 2012, Adi’s yoga has evolved from a running injury distraction to a full mind-body practice. She completed her 200 RYT yoga teacher training with YogaMAZE in January 2015. Adi’s classes emphasize alignment, strong core development, and encouraging students to challenge themselves. She will remind you to breathe, encourage you to laugh, and inspire you to be authentically you.
Laura is an early childhood teacher who was struggling in the classroom. A respected mentor advised her to simply be “firm, fair, and consistent”. Having defined herself as impulsive and flexible, she knew that she would have to consciously make the effort to become more consistent. To change habits she picked one thing to do every day; yoga. Yoga was an easy choice because it is playful, challenging, evolving, and energizing. Making yoga a part of everyday has brought bliss, self-realization, confidence, and of course, consistency into her life. In the summer of 2016 she allowed herself to be impulsive once again and traveled to Bali to complete a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Santosha Yoga Institute. She also obtained certifications in prenatal, postnatal, teen, and children’s yoga. The children’s yoga comes into play in her classroom quite often; bringing the journey full circle.
Gaia began her yoga journey at the age of 16, falling in love first with the benefits of relaxation and a clear mind. Since then, a core focus of her practice and teaching has involved yoga as a means to developing mindfulness (some people need to move to meditate!). With mindfulness comes wisdom, compassion and a lighthearted sense of humor. It’s yoga that taught her how life can be fun, even when it’s challenging.
She began teaching in 2008, took her teaching training at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2009, and completed advanced training in yoga therapy with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 2014.
Gaia teaches Restorative Yoga, which includes meditation, slow and gentle movement, and luscious stretches. She also teaches Flow classes incorporating vigorous movement to challenge both strength and balance along with deep stretching. In all her classes you can expect factoids about anatomy and physiology, different breathing techniques, meditations, and sometimes a good story.
Kendra discovered yoga in law school and the practice has been an integral part of her life for more than 15 years. In 2009, She began teaching and has studied yoga both in the U.S. and India, completing trainings including Sattva Yoga, Vinyasa, Yin and Yoga for Survivors™. She is a 500 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher and has lead many teacher trainings, workshops and programs. She also managed and helped found studios in Colorado and California.
Yoga and meditation are key components in her self care. Kendra’s classes embody a holistic approach that is both grounded and personalized. She encourage students to explore their own experience and listen to themselves – whether we’re moving more actively or taking the time to slow down. Each class integrates body, breath and intention building from a strong foundation.
By learning to listen to our our unique experiences, by challenging ourselves to grow stronger and more still in those uncomfortable moments, we are better able to let go of attachment and empower ourselves to move with more grace both on and off the mat.
Kendra’s considers herself a practical idealist. She is passionate, idealistic and hopeful about the things and people she loves. Kendra believes deeply in justice and compassion for all beings and know that connection and understanding are the only things that will truly lead to change in this world – whether inside or out.
At the same time, she can see clearly the challenges that face us. She can see the hatred and fear that guides many of the decisions that rip us apart and keep us isolated.
Her passion, her life’s mission is to break down some of those walls by bridging the gap between the world as it is today and the potential we all have for change. In addition to teaching, She currently devotes most of her time and effort toward empowering women to lead as the executive director of Sally’s List and Women Lead OK.
Scott started practicing yoga in early 2016 as an extension of his regular workout routine and quickly knew it would become a life long journey. Since then, Scott received his 200-hr Yoga Alliance Certification through Hidden Dragon Yoga and began teaching private and group classes in the OKC area. Positive vibes are at the core of every class Scott teaches, as he encourages students to connect mindful breath to powerful movement, and set intentions that affect positive growth on and off the mat. Come to class prepared to smile and sweat.
Meghan discovered her love of expression through movement at the age of nine when she was introduced to competitive dancing. This love of movement followed her through high school and college where she began learning more about anatomy as she practiced Pilates, belly dancing and ballroom dancing. Each modality taught her something invaluable yet she still sought more for herself and others through movement- something more than expression and something more than physical exercise. She sought healing. Toward the end of college Meghan began to research the effects of trauma and abuse on our bodies overtime when all that her own life held began to surface in ugly ways. This ignited her passion for yoga. Her mat and her practice became a safe space for breath and for growth. She’s been hooked ever since. Meghan has accreditation through Holy Yoga as a 225hr. instructor and has completed two additional trainings in touch and trauma sensitive yoga. She finds joy in creating an intentional and lighthearted space for her students to challenge themselves and to unwind with breath, intention and movement.