Rebecca grew up in Yankton and has been teaching yoga here for over 10 years. She started doing yoga in 2005 and was soon hooked on how yoga improved her body image, strength and self esteem. "It helped me to begin to appreciate what my body could do and worry less about what it looked like," Rebecca says. Inspired to help others experience the same — and with the dream of some day opening a studio in Yankton — she completed a 200 hour training at Omaha Yoga & Bodywork Center (now called Yoga Now) in 2008. Rebecca's passion for yoga and holistic wellness has led her to many workshops, including trainings to teach children's and prenatal yoga. She also completed a 100 hour training with Jason Crandell at Love Story Yoga in San Francisco on Creating Space and Freedom: Hips + Legs in 2017. Rebecca is married to an extremely supportive husband and dog mom to a spoiled Boston terrier named Yoda.
Heather practiced yoga casually over the years; she recently became more dedicated in search of relief from depression and anxiety. “I tried therapy and medical treatments. Although helpful, they weren’t getting me the results I wanted. That’s when I turned to a spiritual healing center in Sedona, AZ,” she says. “A few of the practitioners there urged me to find my ‘tribe’ back home. This was before Soul Story Yoga opened, so I searched the internet and found Evolve Yoga and Wellness in Sioux City, IA. I eventually took their teacher training program under the ruse of ‘expanding my personal practice.’ As I evolved, so did Yankton’s yoga community with the opening of Soul Story Yoga. The synchronicity of life is amazing!” Heather is passionate about bringing yoga to people in a safe, accessible manner, using props and kramas (stages) of poses. “If we can prevent injuries and help students feel successful, they will naturally return to their mats more often.” Heather is completing her outside of class requirements for a 230hr YTT certification.
Elizabeth has always been fascinated by the human body and the connection between body, mind, and spirit. Even as a child, she knew she wanted to do something that improved other people’s well being. She earned degrees in exercise physiology and education and, along with teaching dynamic and sweaty yoga classes, teaches science at Yankton’s Middle School. “Yoga ‘found’ me while I was working as a personal trainer. I was approached by the yoga coordinator and offered a scholarship to attend a teacher training,” Elizabeth says. “It was an offer I could not refuse and it changed my life.” In 2003, she earned her 200 hour certification at Inner City Yoga in Denver, Colorado and loves seeing others discover themselves in their own practice. Elizabeth is also a wife and mother of three very active boys.
Deb lives in Norfolk, Nebraska where she works as a licensed independent mental health practitioner. She began doing yoga over 30 years ago and has maintained a regular yoga practice since her late 20's. "I love the peace, tranquility and physical benefits a regular yoga practice provides," Deb says. Inspired to help others and confident in yoga's ability to heal mind, body and spirit, Deb graduated in February, 2017 from the 200 hour Kripalu yoga teacher training program at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Deb also recently completed 40 hours of training in Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga at Kripalu. She has attended workshops on using yoga and mindfulness techniques for various mental health concerns and is excited to teach and help others experience yoga's benefits. Deb is married, has three grown children and seven grandchildren.
Alice first tried yoga when she was in high school by checking out a book at the library. Her interest in yoga waxed and waned, but yoga came back into her life for good when she decided to quit smoking about 4 years ago. “I needed something to quiet my mind and help me get past the addiction. This is when the true work of yoga began. It was no longer just about the strength and flexibility. It was so much more." Alice is currently finishing up a 230 hour yoga teacher training at Evolve Yoga in Sioux City, IA, and she’s excited to teach and share the benefits yoga has brought her. “Everything can become yoga if we remember to breathe and stay present," Alice says. She loves music and crafts her class playlists with care. Alice and her husband Ted are also award-winning folk singers/songwriters. They live on an acreage near St. Helena, NE with their dog, Lulu, a small team of horses and some chickens.
Amy is married with four children and works full-time as a high school counselor. She became certified as a Laughter Yoga leader in 2012 after noticing the many physical and mental health benefits of laughter yoga while enrolled in graduate school. Her classes focus on creating a sense of community and building connections through laughter. “Laughter yoga is such a great way to spread and attract positive energy and to find happiness in the here and now. Laughter truly is the best medicine!”
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