Kate Lindholm, Owner/Senior Teacher RYT 500, MFA, Advanced Trainer – Restorative Yoga
“I have been studying Yoga since 1998, and teaching since 2006. I believe my greatest strengths as a teacher are my ability to be nonjudgmental and to foster that quality in my students; my openness to experimentation and individual experience amidst strong + diverse community, and my ability to communicate complex ideas in simple, user-friendly language…Over the past several years, I have been privileged to study with Judith Hanson Lasater, Ray Long, Max Strom, Aadil Palkhivala, and Paula Tortolano Self, among others. I continue to be both humbled and infinitely grateful for the opportunity to practice, teach and share the amazing gift that is Yoga.” Kate is a regional expert in Gentle, Beginners, and Restorative Yoga, and has created a unique blend of mindfulness, conscious breathing exercises and supported, simple poses for her classes. In 2013, Kate was selected as a Yoga Ambassador by Lululemon Athletica, a team-oriented opportunity for growing the vibrant yoga community in Kansas City. When not teaching or practicing Yoga, Kate can be found among the flowers + animals at her small urban homestead, Om Farm Rom, collecting eggs and playing with her life partner, Paul.
Sedona Alvarez, RYT 200
“Like many, I began my journey on the physical plane. After noticing almost instant changes on the outside, I decided that there might be something to this whole Yoga thing. As I continued, I noticed changes not only on a physical level, but on a mental and emotional level. I was less stressed, I could breathe, I had more energy and vitality. Over time, I observed a radical transformation in all areas of my life. My own experiences have led me to a place where I yearn to teach others about their own inner light. My main focus as a teacher is not to instruct, but to guide. I teach my students to reach deep within themselves, pull something out and work with it on the mat. Through creative classes that are challenging on all levels, my students learn their own potential and become their own teachers through life. When I am not teaching, I paint. An active member of Blue Hand Art Collective, I work with various artists to create events that bring people together through visual art, live music and interactive installation. I believe that a strong community is vital, and my goal through both art and yoga is to nourish this sense of fellowship. I strive not only to help illuminate the potential of the individual, but to shed light on the power of working together to create a more beautiful world.”
Lisa Ash, Studio Manager
Lisa teaches Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga Yoga and numerous kid’s yoga classes. She most recently completed a Yoga Teacher Training course in Bhakti Flow Yoga with San Francisco’s Rusty Wells. She has studied extensively with Kathleen Kastner-Mortenson of Kansas City’s Maya Yoga and Christy Brunette of Phoenix’s Southwest Institute for the Healing Arts. Her background includes university degrees in Education and Religious Studies from Graceland University. Lisa’s classes are creative, energetic, challenging and deeply engaging. She says, “Most of us move through life yearning for freedom and space to ‘be ourselves.’ Yoga provides us an individualized architecture based in thousands of years of collective wisdom. I love yoga because the asanas transform our bodies with intentionality, which then transforms our thoughts, our spirits, our everything. Teaching yoga is teaching people to genuinely listen, to heal, to love, and to be themselves.” Check out Lisa’s website: http://lisaashyoga.wordpress.com/ and follow her blog for yoga inspiration!
Maris Aylward, RYT 200
“My yoga journey began back home in the Philippines in 2003. Starting a yoga practice and radically changing my diet and habits were among the best decisions I’ve made in my life. In Manila, I explored different styles such as Ashtanga, Bikram, and Vinyasa Flow. As I practiced over the years, I discovered how to nurture myself, to listen to my body, and to be simply grateful for whatever the present moment brings. Yoga started out as a physical activity and slowly evolved into a deeper practice that helps my psychological and spiritual growth. Upon moving to the U.S. in 2010, I started on the path to becoming a yoga teacher. I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training at KC Fitness Link and Levels 1 and 2 training with Yoga Fit. It brings me great joy to share yoga with my students and to witness them enjoying the many benefits of this wonderful practice.”
Ana Evans, RYT 200
Ana stepped into her first yoga class at a gym over ten years ago. Immediately falling in love with the practice, she left the gym for a yoga studio and has been practicing ever since. Ana practices Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga with her teachers Kathleen Kastner Mortenson, Wade Mortenson, Gina Caputo, and Laura Williamson. Ana completed her 200 hour teacher training at Darling Yoga with Emily Darling and Christy Burnette. Ana believes that while yoga can have a transformative effect on the body, the real impact is felt on the mind and spirit. In her classes she strives to create a space where students can navigate their edge while maintaining a sense of playfulness. When she is not doing something yoga-related Ana enjoys reading, music, and spending time with her husband Kyle.
Lauren Leduc, RYT 200
Through her background in dance, Lauren was introduced to the gift of yoga in 2001 and has since been blown away by the positive effects it has brought to her life. Yoga has taught her to nourish her body, mind, and spirit, both on and off the mat. She studied with Jennifer Yarro, through Frog Lotus Yoga in Costa Rica in 2013 and is excited to share her knowledge, wisdom, and enthusiasm with others. She is passionate about providing a creative, challenging, and fun practice that focuses on longevity, stamina, safety, intelligent sequencing, balance, strength, and flexibility all while calming the mind and awakening the spirit. Lauren believes yoga is for everyone and is honored to share the love with students from all backgrounds. When Lauren is not practicing or teaching yoga, she is busy working as a graphic artist, experimenting in the kitchen with healthy vegan food, and spending time with her husband.
Nancy Kaul, RYT 200
“My yoga journey began in 2003 when I decided to try yoga to improve my strength and flexibility and reduce the stress in my life. I had no idea when I first stepped on the mat how my life would be transformed. I have practiced regularly ever since and cannot imagine my life without it.
My roots began with a meditative Hatha Yoga practice, but I quickly embraced other styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Anusara. I truly believe that if you can breathe, you can practice yoga. The breathing practice helps us to understand the union between mind, body, and soul, and teaches us that we are all connected.
I have studied with many teachers including Saul David Raye, Max Strom, Todd Norian, Christina Sell, and Christy Burnette. I also credit many gifted Kansas City area instructors too numerous to mention. I am registered with Yoga Alliance having earned my 200 hour RYT certificate in 2013.
I am sometimes called the “Yogi Evangelist” because I have encouraged so many to experience for themselves the benefits of a regular practice. Join me, and you will see what I mean!”
“Growing up a gymnast and dancer, I have always had a love for music, movement, and anything creative. I completed Level 1 teacher training through Amazing Yoga in Costa Rica in 2013, followed by Level 2 in Tulum, Mexico, in February2014. I have studied with Karen and Sean Conley, Sid Mcnairy, and Lindsay Lusignea. I teach power vinyasa flow, gentle yoga, restorative, and kids yoga. I love being able to empower people to take care of themselves through yoga, good nutrition, and having fun. I want my classes to be playful, energetic, and inspirational. Yoga has caused me to see life, relationships, health, love, friendships, work, fun and everything I come in contact with in a new way. It has truly changed me! When I’m not teaching or practicing yoga I love to travel! I love going to concerts, reading books, painting, going to dinner with friends, and hanging with my dog, Charles. Oh, and I love pizza…”
Anna was first introduced to Yoga through Bikram in 2010 and from there began her ongoing love affair with all things breath and movement related. She now primarily practices Vinyasa , Hatha, Yin and Pranyama- and is always open to trying new things. In 2011 she moved from Kansas City to Omaha and was introduced to her mentor and teacher, Libba Harmon. Upon meeting Libba, she knew she was ready to explore the art of teaching Yoga and graduated from Libba’s 200hr RYT course in May of 2013. One (of the many) reasons Anna is called to the mat is for the ongoing lessons that our bodies have to share with us. If we can practice staying in tune with our breath, bodies and mind the outside world becomes less of a struggle and more of a graceful acceptance. Anna is excited to unroll her mat next to you and get down with some heart opening, body loving goodness :)