Friends and Yogis!
June 19th and 20th we will be celebrating Yoga in Kansas at our Kanza Yoga weekend retreat.
June 19th will be a kayaking float on the Kansas River with yoga and meditation on a sand bar. On June 20th we will provide 12 different yoga teachers and their style of yoga starting at 7am and ending with 8pm meditation. Classes will be indoors and outdoors. Food, wellness, and therapy vendors onsite!
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Biographies of each teacher are listed below.
June 19th Kaw River Float
12:00 pm – Meet at Rising Sun Boat Ramp, Lecompton, KS We will paddle the river and stop on a sandbar with Ambika Selvan leading a yoga class and Krystal Denham as meditation guide.
River Float Teachers:
Ambika Selvan is best described as a “movement facilitator” and incorporates her knowledge and experience as a certified yoga teacher, physical therapist assistant, myofascial release bodyworker, and former professional dancer to help people move in their most optimal way. Longer bio at https://www.yogambika.com/about
Krystal Denham – E-RYT-200 | Kansas City Yoga Teacher Training, SUP Yoga Certification | SUP Yoga Center
I am a life-long yogi, & a practitioner of many styles of yoga. I believe integrating pranayama (breath work) and asana (movement) releases the body, leaving one practice feeling connected with self, surroundings and, free-of-mind. My Mission is to guide those who want to take their Yoga & Meditation practice to the Water, Connect with Nature and Attain The Free State of Mind.
June 20th Morning Sessions
Andrew Haggart – Andrew began a more conscious journey with Yoga around 2008, after knee and back injury pain from work and play had gone too far.Experiencing life at a higher altitude, hydration, flexibility and endurance took on a new meaning. He discovered Bikram Yoga beginning series and transformed in the heat. Through 8 years of cleansing rehydration and rehabilitation, Andrew developed love and fascination with Asana, Pranayama, Ayurveda, Meditation and Sound Therapy. To branch out and grow the tree, Andrew completed a 200 hour, B.K.S Iyengar alignment based YTT at the Costa Rica School of Yoga. He has worked to receive his 300 Hour “Evolution of a Teacher” offered at Lava Yoga and taught and developed by Natalie Savage and is now 500 Hour RYT. Drawing inspiration from Ayurveda and Kundalini Yoga, Andrew practices and teaches Yoga from the Heart.
Carrie Leavy – Yoga is ancient and widespread. There is a way of travel for everyone. I lead my classes with an idea that the seeker is seeking himself. My intention is to offer students opportunities for self-discovery, personal empowerment and for physical greatness through mindfully tailored movement and structure.
Carrie graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. concerning Anthropology and Peace and Conflict Studies. She earned her Yoga Alliance RYT 200 designation after ten years of dedicated studio practice.
Evelyn Stumpf – In this Kundalini class we will attempt to awaken powerful life force energy within, through gentle movement, stretches, breath work, and mantras, allowing it to flow through the chakras. This will be a meditative practice that will calm the mind and invigorate the spirit.
David Hunter – I am a Healer, Catalyst, Mystic, and Visionary. I have been in the field of Healing Arts for the past 13 years. I have a Passion for Life and to be of Service to the Highest Good for all Life on this beautiful Earth. My Journey of healing and self-worth is ongoing and I am grateful to be able to support and serve others on their own path of self-realization and healing.
Jennifer Sieben, RYT 200. For decades, yoga has been an aspect of my living, doing, being and learning. Seven years ago I began officially teaching. Primarily my classes encompass hatha and vinyasa yoga sprinkled with lightness, challenge and play. On this day of transformation from spring to summer and on this day of gathering, we will tend our inner garden so we can offer beauty and peace out to the communities from which we come and will return.
Gina Skinner began her yoga journey in 2007 when a friend invited her to practice power yoga to at home videos. Having no clue what they were doing, fun ensued! Forward to 2014, Gina’s practice became routine and in 2016 she graduated from the Yoga with Heart teacher training from Bhaktivana Yoga Center in Baldwin, KS. Gina taught at Westside Yoga in Lawrence for a time and enjoys learning from all kinds of yogis, but her special preference is Bhakti yoga as it has enriched her practice with a foundation of devotion.
Class: Make devotional flower garlands while learning about the tradition of bhakti yoga and the international society created through the worldly adventures of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabupada. With intention, mantra, or simply connecting to the beautiful nature around, create a flower garland to wear or decorate a special space in your home. A symbol of the Divine’s love for us, offering our flowers back to the Supreme, we experience grounding, healing, and perfect devotional service. “If you offer me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water, I will accept it” -BG 9.26.
Greg Fox – Class name: Bowspring (Root, Grow, Build and Fly)
Greg’s classes focus on the natural curves of the spine and movements which incorporate body weight training, yoga postures and meditation. He trains in the BowSpring method with creators Desi Springer and John Friend (founder of Anusara Yoga). The predominant focus of these classes follow the BowSpring postural template while incorporating it into traditional yoga postures. This alignment brings a buoyant, powerful and fluid strength.
The Bowspring classes and workshops progress in four stages.
ROOT – increase awareness and explore basic yoga postures, including the warrior series, awkward poses and alternatives.
GROW – add strength, power, body weight training and arm balances.
BUILD – predominant focus on core strength, twists, advancing postures and inversions
FLY – focus on transitioning postures into inversions, headstands and lightness. All levels welcome, but this is an advanced yoga class.
Greg Bio: There’s a reason it’s called a “practice” and I’m a believer in integrating yoga into everyday life. Being aware of your posture, especially your spine is really powerful. Yoga does not have to be elusive, complicated or spiritual, but I believe if you become aware of your breath, movements and posture you can simply spend a bit more time “in the moment.” I try to make a yoga class both a workout and a time to re-charge.
I have always made fitness a priority in my life, honestly believing that this vessel, our body, is a gift that we must honor and take care of. Yoga healed me and strengthened me, but when introduced to Bowspring it was like crossing over into a whole new revelation of being in my skin. The Bowspring recharged my posture, my health and my desire to teach. The fluidity and strength seem limitless.
Casey Meredith (practitioner) – “Bowspring is THE answer to sitting at a computer all day. I’ve found myself sitting, standing and walking taller. This alignment helps you achieve lightness and fluidity in a truly unique way.”
Chris Prouty (practitioner) – “After many years of sporadic attendance of yoga classes, through both Greg and the Bowspring method, I have finally found a practice that I can consistently experience passion, power and expansion.”
Michelle Terry – Join Michelle for a full-body, chakra-focused practice. In this class, participants will move through poses designed for body-awareness in each of the seven chakras.
Additionally, there will be mantras and opportunities to learn about the role each of the chakras plays in our day-to-day lives. As always, the instructor encourages that students honor their own practice and are not required to do all the poses.
Opportunity for engagement, questions, and learning. Appropriate for all skill levels.
Michelle Terry is a 200 YTT with 2 1/2 years of teaching experience. She is also a registered dietitian certified in intuitive eating, chronic disease, and health coaching.
Damian Laster – 200 hour RYT. I have always thought of myself as a 3 legged stool. Mind, body, and spirit. If any of those legs are too short I become a little unstable. Yoga is the first practice I have found that addresses all three. I have no reservations in saying I will be a student of Yoga for the rest of my life. During my practice and study of Yoga I have developed a great passion for sharing the practices and philosophies that have helped me so much in my life. I believe in creating a solid foundation on which to build a strong and sustainable practice and would love to bring as many along with me as possible on this great journey.
Mark Kramer – 26+2 – Is a Bikram certified instructor that has been teaching the 26 x 2 sequence for 20 years. He was the co-owner of the Bikram studio in Lawrence but now teaches at Lava Yoga Lawrence. The 26 and 2 sequence is unlike any other Yoga class. It is a series of twenty-six asana poses designed to scientifically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the order in which they should be stretched. The practice of these twenty-six poses will enhance mind and body, relax, strengthen, reshape and heal all of you over time.
Natalie Savage – This is a LYT™ yoga class that provides a physical reset, brain mapping, functional and fun movement using your whole mat. The practice will light up your core and ignite your inner spark.This is a great offering that invites you to step up to a bit of challenge, move in all kinds of functional and healthy ways, and celebrate the fruits of your effort in a well earned savasana to close the practice.
Natalie Savage is a trauma-informed, yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance, and holds designations of E-200 RYT, E-500 RYT, and YACEP. She has found solace, healing, and growth, through a devoted and regular yoga practice for the past eight years. Through continued study, curiosity, and a personal transformational journey, she completed her first yoga teacher training in Wichita, Kansas. She began teaching and completed an advanced yoga therapy teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2015. The training had a significant impact on her practice and framed the influence of tension, stress, and un-ease within the body in a new light.
She has also completed trainings in vinyasa and hatha yoga, functional yoga, trauma-informed yoga, and pelvic floor health. She is the co-founder of Trauma Recovery Alliance. In addition to her yoga training, she holds advanced degrees in anthropology and leadership, with over fifteen years of experience teaching within the University system. Natalie is also a certified provider of Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®) and a certified facilitator of the Overcoming Anxiety: A Holistic Approach™ program, which incorporates teaching yoga poses, breath practices, and other self-regulation techniques to participants.
Her renewed and intentional purpose is to support others on their path towards balance, health, and wellness. Her classes are designed to provide a sacred space to cultivate resiliency and nurture compassionate self-care. She emphasizes alignment through body awareness and proper muscle engagement, self-empowerment, and the power of the breath in her classes.
Craig Pruett – I practiced Bikram yoga consistently for 9 years. I even competed in several USA Yoga events. The competitions were designed to bring the yogi into an appreciation and self-realization of their own practice, which it did do for me. I did not try other yoga styles until the summer of 2015 when the Bikram studio that I was attending was shutting down, I decided to attend a Yoga Works 200 hour teacher training at Om Tree Yoga in Lawrence Ks. The teacher training was extensive and thorough with lots of reading, practicing and instruction of yoga and its processes. In one of training sessions we were instructed to go out and try different yoga’s and evaluate the different studios and their practices. This is when I found Lava Yoga. I was excited to find a hot studio again. I have received my 300 hour “Evolution of a Teacher” by Natalie Savage which was offered at Lava Yoga and now hold my 200 hour E-RYT and my 500 hour RYT.
I am fascinated by every bit of yoga. Its postures and practices, its linage and future. Being a bit of a late bloomer into this yoga world I will quote Bikram “Never to old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again”. I am excited to see where this process will take me in life.
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