Shannon Stephens, Owner
Shannon is a 500 E-RYT Yoga Medicine teacher. She specializes in yin, vinyasa, and meditation and has additional training in mindfulness meditation and Thai Yoga bodywork. Shannon is down to earth and encourages her students to be at home in their bodies. Her yoga and meditation classes promote mindful, compassionate awareness. Shannon’s yin classes are designed to guide students deeper into their physiology, and to nurture a calm, quiet internal environment. Her vinyasa classes promote deep focus and an understanding of anatomical alignment, with a playful approach to movement. She believes that through yoga we cultivate awareness and compassion, and that by turning inward we learn how to nourish and heal ourselves.
Shannon is owner of This Land Yoga & co-founder of Awake OKC, a non-profit organization that offers weekly meditation classes and mindfulness training for public schools, prisons, and recovery programs. She leads a 200-hour teacher training program here at This Land and offers Yin trainings and continuing education workshops throughout the year. Shannon enjoys writing about the practice and is a contributing author for Yoga Journal.
She holds a Master of Arts degree in art education, and her 10 years of classroom teaching experience add another layer of expertise to her toolkit, which she pairs with observation, intuition and a love of music to create classes that are tiny worlds unto themselves. Students relax into the experience and find power and playfulness in the calm.
Shannon offers private instruction and Thai Yoga sessions. To learn more email Shannon@thislandyoga.com.
Scott Bartel, Manager
Positive vibes and joyful connection are at the core of every class Scott teaches, as he encourages students to breathe, move with power and set intentions that affect positive growth on and off the mat. Come to class prepared to smile and sweat.
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, he earned his 200-hr Yoga Alliance Certification through Hidden Dragon Yoga and began teaching throughout the OKC area.
As a chef, Scott’s philosophy is simple: fresh, simple, quality ingredients prepared beautifully. Cooking has always been a part of Scott’s life, but in 2015 he took his love for cooking and created a career. Under Chef Beth Lyon, Scott honed his culinary skills, ultimately becoming Head Chef at Provision Kitchen.
Today, Scott has combined his loves of yoga, cooking and positive energy into Heart Shine. Are you ready to Shine?
Holly Bray, E-RYT 200
With over 10 years teaching experience in Oklahoma City, Holly seamlessly blends her background as an Integrated Positional Therapist with a creative and energetic style of yoga that aims to build balance and strength in a safe and thoughtful way. In 2007 Holly received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training from The Shambhava School of Yoga; an Ashram located near Boulder, CO.
In 2009 she traveled to Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health to become certified in Prenatal Yoga. While at Kripalu she was introduced to neuromuscular therapist Lee Albert and his miraculous form of bodywork called Integrated Positional Therapy. Holly’s interest was immediately peeked and two years later she returned to study with Lee and began her 5 year journey into becoming an Integrated Positional Therapist. Along the way Holly has studied with Nationally recognized Anatomy and Therapy teachers Martin Kirk, Todd Norian, and Anne Greene.
Kathryn Zimmerhanzel, RYT 200
Kathryn was introduced to yoga by a modern dance professor in college. Though modern dance didn’t stick, her yoga practice was something she returned to, realizing it was the most effective tool to make her to feel at home in her body and mind. She developed a personal practice while living in Berlin, Germany. And when she returned to the U.S., she continued to seek it out in various forms and styles--from Anusara and Vinyasa in Los Angeles to Ashtanga in Austin and Detroit. In 2015, she received her RYT-200 in Hatha Yoga from YogaYoga in Austin, Texas. In 2016, she began teaching in Oklahoma City, where she further expanded her practice into meditation, becoming a board member and teacher with Awake OKC.
Her classes integrate dynamic movement with more statically held postures to build strength, encourage a felt sense of alignment, and cultivate a more holistic awareness of mind-body integration. You can always expect a thoughtful and creative sequence and an openness to answer questions and offer modifications.
Amanda Wood, RYT 200
Being a counselor, a listener, and a helper have always been my passion and part of my DNA. I studied psychology and worked as a counselor in different settings for several years. During this time, I began attending yoga; knowing it would be a good addition to my active lifestyle. I remember just wanting to move, wishing the teacher would hurry past the warmup and maybe even skip savasana altogether. Despite these feelings, something kept pulling me back to my mat until eventually I allowed myself the time and the space to get comfortable in my own skin. Yoga was, and continues to be what grounds me. It has taught me ways to deal with anxiety and calm the chatter of a busy mind. After years of practicing yoga and observing the deep shifts in my own life, I knew I had to share the gifts of the practice with others. I believe that yoga is for everyone, regardless of age or size or situation. I encourage students to stay present, and to connect to the power of their breath and the wisdom of their bodies.
I was honored to complete my 200-hour yoga teacher training and restorative teacher training at Soul Tree Yoga Hub in Lafayette, CO. Beginning in the fall of 2019, I will be starting my advanced teacher training with an emphasis in yoga therapy.
Amber Webster, RYT 500
Amber began teaching yoga in 2016. She has a love for spreading the practice to the community in OKC, often venturing outside the studio. You can find her teaching at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 21C Museum Hotel, and other local staples. Amber shares a unique style of yoga that originated out of Detroit, Michigan. It's a breath-focused practice that encourages practitioners to come as they are and to work with what they have on the mat. There's lots of unstructured play mixed with edginess and celebration, making it a truly therapeutic experience for any body. Amber is currently training under Jonny Kest in Detroit, Michigan completed her 500 hours of training in September 2019. Don't take her word for it--experience this ancient practice with a modern approach at her Empowerment Flow!
Christina Lindsey, RYT 200
Christina began her yoga journey in 2016, and received her 200-hour RYT certification in 2018. She believes in yoga’s ability to heal body, mind, and spirit, and therefore emphasizes proper alignment to build strength and flexibility. At the same time, while she acknowledges the importance of the physical practice of the asanas and yoga’s ability to allow us to disconnect from the stress and distractions of our daily lives, she centers her classes on the importance of connection — with body, mind, and breath.
Emily Madden, RYT 200
Emily’s heart when you step into one of her yoga classes is for you to simply have fun. Smiles and laughter do a yoga practice good! We can get caught up in the monotony of life and forget to find gratitude for lightheartedness. Emily became 200 hour certified in 2018 but has been practicing yoga for many years.
As well as being a yoga instructor, she enjoys spending time giving back to our community and organizations that are doing good in our world. She spent 2017 traveling the globe as a humanitarian and will forever be changed from those experiences. She also owns a local upholstery business called Thready Or Knot!
Come to one of Emily’s classes to find stillness, gratitude, and joy.
Eric Casper, RYT 200
Eric began practicing yoga in 2012, after being persuaded by fellow travelers to give it a try, while on vacation in Nicaragua. He was instantly hooked because of the challenge of strength and flexibility. He has remained an avid student since and an active part of This Land Yoga community. Eric’s classes offer a strong and gentle flow focused on alignment and engagement with room for play.
Gaia Boyd, E-RYT 200
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.
James Seagraves, E-RYT 200
After a close friend kindly nagged him into trying a yoga class, James found a passion in yoga that changed his life. Coming from a background of competitive sports, yoga had a tremendous impact on his body and mind. James has been fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout Texas getting to try multiple teachers and styles of yoga. Dwell yoga in Las Cruces, NM feels like a home away from home.
In November of 2017, James completed his RYT-200hr certification through YogaWorks with Jeanmarie Paolillo. James has attended weekend Iyengar workshops with senior instructors George Purvis, Eddy Marks and Mary Obendorfer, Lois Steinberg, and Randy Just. Advanced Anusara studies with Charly Pivert has also shaped James’ understanding of yoga and teaching. Recently, James began introductory Iyengar teacher training with Randy Just at the B.K.S. Iyengar Studio of Dallas, TX. Furthermore, James is looking forward to expanding his knowledge of Yin yoga with Bernie Clark this May with a 50 hour intensive. Local teachers that have shaped his practice are Tiffany Porte, Desirae Penton, Cindy Espinosa, and Lisa Woodard. James teaches movement with breath with a focus on alignment…even corridor yoga
Jill Vanlandingham, RYT 200
Jill began her process into yoga in 2011 after searching for a practice to ease tension while providing strength and stability. Little did she know it would lead to so much more. Her initial practice consisted of yoga videos, which lead to intuitive movement on her mat at home, and eventually to a studio practice where she found connection and an on-going curiosity about the benefits of the practice. Life-shifts and a desire to grow led her to obtain a 200-hour RYT certification with Allison Candelaria, Shannon Stephens and Lindsey Melott through the Soul Yoga Teacher Training in April of 2017.
To Jill this practice mirrors life and can be thought of as medicine in movement--sometimes it is slow and meditative like yin, sometimes it involves more movement, flow and repetition. For Jill, yoga provides awareness of physical and emotional feelings, and couples it to an intention to sustain a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Yoga is mindful care and connection.
Jill seeks for her classes to reflect her personal practice - thoughtful, centering and intentional - guiding students to listen to their bodies to become more intuitively empowered to discover what works for them.
Sarah Hall, E-RYT 200
Sarah’s heart is for healing; Yoga has been a great tool to actualize this. She is a counselor and a 500hr R-HYT Master Instructor, as well as a 200hr E-RYT. She loves to learn about the mind and the body, longing to help educate others as well. Sarah believes that mind, body, heart and soul are the pathways to the very best version of yourself and she always want to be a conduit for that healing journey. Sarah is married with four children and resides in Heritage Hills. Come enjoy a healing practice with her.
Jillian Woods, E-RYT 200
Jillian has always found comfort in being on her mat and going inward. She fell in love with yoga as a freshman in college and after graduating she moved to Washington DC. She was living in the middle of the city with an exciting and fast paced sales career and needed to find space to clear her head and slow down. Jillian enrolled in the SamaYama 200 hour yoga teacher training program on the weekends and obtained her RYT 200 certification in 2007. Jillian began teaching vinyasa flow classes in Washington DC and found her voice as a teacher. Jillian credits all of her amazing mentors + teachers for encouraging her to be the best version of herself both on and off the mat.
Jillian moved to Oklahoma City in 2009 and met Karen Prior and it proved to be a life-altering encounter. Jillian obtained her Mamaste prenatal yoga certification with Karen and began teaching Mamaste Prenatal yoga classes in Oklahoma City while she was pregnant with her first child. Jillian received her postnatal certification and Yoga for Women/Renewal certification with Karen Prior as well. The guidance and care that Jillian received from Karen flows into her classes and into her students. Tuning in to her maternal spirit has been invaluable to Jillian and it has strengthened her skills as a teacher and in turn created a deeper connection with her students. Jillian believes one of the greatest gifts of her life is working with women during this special time in their lives as they prepare to welcome their child into the world.
Jillian’s hope is that every student that passes through her classes feels welcome and connected to the yoga community. As a teacher, Jillian is knowledgeable, focused and positive. As a person, she is energized, passionate and open.
Lisa Grady, RYT 200
With a history of gymnastics, I always loved the movement of the body and the ability to challenge and explore limits. In 2015 I started my yoga journey just to try and gain back some flexibility, but ended up falling in love with the practice. I quickly took to the asanas, but it wasn’t until I started my teacher training in 2016 that I started to fully understand and grasp the beautiful connection of the breath to the movement. Finding a space you can always return to on your mat that allows you to be fully present and free of distraction.
Within my classes I strive to create a space where students feel safe and empowered to explore. I always want to allow people to come as they are and listen to their bodies above anything else. My goal is to provide students the opportunity to make new discoveries within themselves, whether it be physically or mentally, fully letting go of expectation while always living in a state of possibility. My classes often are more anatomically themed, showing up as a slower paced yet energetic and strong flow.
Adi McCasland, E-RYT 200
Adi is an accidental yogi who loves all things yoga, trail running, and animals doing people things! She is known for her challenging classes with creative sequencing and playful transitions. Her hope is that students turn on their breath, turn off their thinking brains, and find their strong, wherever that is for them. Adi has nearly 700 hours of formal training through YogaMAZÉ, YogaWorks, and Samadhi Yoga, and she is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. When not on the mat or running the trails, she is working on her two passion projects: Run Yoga Eat and Yoga Collective (formerly YogaFest OKC).