Kate Lindholm, Owner/Senior Teacher
RYT 500, MFA, Advanced Trainer – Restorative Yoga
I have been studying Yoga since 1998, and teaching since 2006. I began my training in an Iyengar based school, but my ongoing practice has led me to work in many traditions, including Pattabhi Jois’s Ashtanga Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Vinyasa, and Restorative/Therapeutic Yoga. Over the past 14 years, I have been privileged to study with Judith Hanson Lasater, Francois Raoult, 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.
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 breath, 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 teaches Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Yoga classes in the Kansas City area, as well as numerous kid’s yoga classes. She most recently completed a 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 both Elementary Education and Religious Studies from Graceland University. Lisa’s classes are creative, energetic, challenging and deeply engaging.
“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.”
When not teaching yoga, Lisa works for HealthEd Connect, a locally based non-profit committed to empowering women and children through health, education, and advocacy. She is the Program Specialist for the Teacher Mentor Program, which trains community school teachers and provides support to school administration in Zambia, Africa. You may learn more about Lisa on her website. http://lisaashyoga.wordpress.com/
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.
Brett Nabors, RYT 200
After moving here in 2012 to begin a career in healthcare, I am so happy to have found a place to practice, teach and call home at Westport Yoga. The quality instruction and welcoming environment has rekindled the yoga-bug inside me and I truly hope we can pass it along to you as well!
I’ve been practicing and teaching yoga since 2003 and received my initial teacher training from Dana Flynn at Laughing Lotus in NYC. In 2004, I returned to my southern roots in Atlanta, Ga and continued my yoga journey with explorations in Bikram and Ashtanga practices. In 2005, I had the privilege of studying under Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in
Mysore, India. Yoga also awakened my childhood dream of being an aerial performer so from 2006 to 2011 I indulged my fantasy and acquired the fundamental skills on aerial silks. These combined experiences have developed a blend of technicality and creativity to my practice.
My goal is to provide a fun experience with quality instruction and set challenging yet obtainable goals so that students leave class
feeling strong, confident and refreshed. I’m looking forward to seeing you on the mat!!
Kayla Donnawell, RYT 200
Kayla began practicing yoga in college when her best friend (against her better judgement) dragged her to a 7 am yoga class. After 50 minutes of yoga bliss, and a torturous 5 minute savasana, I found that sitting in the library to study was a little easier than other days. For a student with dreams of being a doctor, Kayla thought she’d found the golden ticket, and immediately knew she had to learn how to teach yoga so that she could share it with others.
One of the first things Kayla learned in her yoga teacher training is that the physical asana practice was designed to allow the body to sit for longer periods of time so that we could transcend the mind. For her, the physical practice of yoga has helped discover the profound ability to sit and focus in a world where we are constantly inundated by stimuli. Even still, after every practice, Kayla feels like she’s rediscovered magic….who wouldn’t want to share that?!?
Kayla’s goal in guiding you through a yoga practice is to help you find your golden ticket, whether it is quieting the mind, relieving stress from your muscles, or finding a sense of relaxation that tingles right down to your soul.
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 and honored 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, flexibility, 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.