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As an avid runner for many years, Angie eventually learned the toll that the sport had taken on her body. She developed sciatica nerve problems in her right leg. It hurt to run, drive and sometimes walk. Desperate to find relief, Angie took her first yoga class in 2002 and was amazed at how much more mobile she felt after just one class. After an on again, off again practice, she decided to deepen her commitment to yoga and enrolled in her first yoga training.
She has since continued her training, completing her RYT 200, and has begun her study of Yoga Therapy. Angie has received training from Dr. Linda Rowe, author of “Yoga for your Back” and a Yoga Alliance Board Member, in the area of Yoga Therapy. She has also studied with Matthew J. Taylor, of the Matthew J. Taylor Institute and President of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Her desire is to introduce yoga to as many people as possible and helping them achieve balance in their mind, body and spirit through a regular practice.
My yoga journey started back in August 2012 when my mom, who has been teaching yoga since I was a teenager, convinced me to try my first yoga class in 2012. I had just graduated from college and was stressed while trying to find a job. I finally took her advice and went to my first class and loved it! I loved the yoga studio atmosphere and the sense of community. I loved the way I felt, both mentally and physically, after taking a class.
After graduating from The University of Kansas in 2012 with a B.S. in Journalism I worked for a local fitness magazine for two years, which made me even more interested in health and wellness. I decided to deepen my yoga knowledge and go through yoga teacher training in spring 2014. Around that same time I became the studio manager at Radiant Yoga. I completed my 200-hour teaching certification through Kansas City Yoga Teacher Training in November 2014.
I'm currently working towards my 500 hour certification and will be finished in spring 2020.
I'm a hairdresser by trade for 20+ years. My body was giving out on me from standing all day and from my love of high heels (yes, I did wear them while I worked). I had back surgery at the age of 19 because of a car wreck, so at times I would deal with lower back issues. I walked into Radiant Yoga four years ago and when I started yoga I had no balance or flexibility. I had rounded shoulders and I couldn't even touch my toes. I'm a believer and I know I'm still a work in progress. In December 2016 I graduated from Kansas City Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hour Training. I enjoy sharing my love for yoga with everyone I meet.
I discovered yoga in 1997, when I was starting school on the West Coast and needed a way to calm my nerves and manage my considerable energy! One class led to another, until I began yoga teacher training at the Yoga School of Therapeutics in 2009, where I earned my 200-RYT under the direction of Suzette Scholtes. In addition to my RYT program, I have taken workshops and intensives from such varied teachers as Gabriel Azoulay, Renee DeTar, Sarah Kucera, Doug Keller, Judith Hanson Lasater, Elise Browning Miller, James Miller, Aadil Palkhivala, and Paula Tortolano Self. Although I primarily trained in Iyengar, Restorative, and Therapeutic yoga, I also enjoy Vinyasa flow yoga for teaching and home practice. Throughout my fifteen years of practice, I have been continually amazed at the power of simple breath and movement for profound healing and personal change.
When I’m not teaching yoga, I teach literature as an associate professor of English at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Learning and education are my passion, and in my opinion, yoga is the best tool for self-knowledge there is. Join me for class sometime and we’ll enjoy the journey together!
I first discovered yoga in 2009 when I enrolled in a semester long course at JCCC. This was a beautiful introduction as I got to learn a lot about the history as well as the physical practice. From then on I had had a very on again off again relationship with yoga. I decided to begin my journey to becoming a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher through YogaFit. Yoga has had such an amazing impact on my life, both spiritually and physically. It has allowed me to truly be happy with my body and myself for what and who I am. It gives me strength, and it has helped me to enjoy every moment the earth has given me. I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to teach and share my love of yoga with others. I find it most important that each student practice what they need and I offer many options in my Vinyasa style to accommodate each individual. With a background in personal training, I focus a lot on proper posture as we breathe through each pose but I hope that when I see you in class you will let me be your guide physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Crystal’s style is based on a background of Hatha Yoga with an emphasis of good alignment and fun! Crystal carefully weaves her passion for a healthy body and wellness through movement into each of her classes.
Crystal spent 20 years exploring the south before finding her way home to Kansas 4 years ago. Her background in healthcare compliments her interest in aligning the body inside and out. Crystal is currently completing her formal yoga certification. This year long process is supported by her 15 years as a yoga practitioner and dedicated student of life. Her favorite pose is Sirsasana (Headstand). Known to be the King of all "asana", the headstand stimulates the crown chakra where bliss resides. In this position the world is literally turned upside down, and we are afforded the opportunity to view the world from a different perspective. Inversions re-circulate blood through the body, revitalizing and rejuvenating, while increasing concentration and enhancing overall function of the vital organs.
After 10 years in high pressure sales Mindy knew she needed a change. It wasn't until she began staying home with her kids did she find herself going to yoga more than ever before. She finally felt like she found something to help settle the mind and recenter her after years of living in a highly stressed environment. She wanted to deepen her practice and learn more about yoga and the effects on the body; completing her teacher training through KCYTT in 2016. Mindy is also a Certified Personal Training in addition to a 200 HR RYT.
I began my yoga journey in 1997. My husband and I had 2 little boys and were living in Honolulu. It was there that I was introduced to all the calm yoga could bring to a busy life. In 1999 we moved to Overland Park and were blessed with 2 more children. With 4 kids under 10 and a husband who traveled a lot, I knew I needed to take care of myself in order to take care of my family.
I was immediately grateful for the positive effects exercise had on my life and decided to pursue a career in Fitness. I am currently certified in Group Exercise, Personal Training and Kickboxing. In addition, I am a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. I began teaching yoga in 2008 after practicing for over 10 years.
Brian Landers is a 500 HR RYT with Yoga Alliance and has trained 400+ HRS with Annie Carpenter in SmartFlow Yoga. He currently assists her in her 200 HR teacher training program. He has had many great teachers in Kansas City and Los Angeles: Gretchen Robinson, Mark Blanchard, Eoin Finn and Seane Corn. He is also an ACE certified personal trainer.
As a fitness devotee, Brian didn’t come to yoga for the physical practice. He came to the mat to increase his focus and awareness in an effort to go faster in a race car! After only a few practices, he realized he had embarked on a life changing experience, both physically and spiritually.
Brian’s classes are challenging and unique. While his passion is intense, he teaches with a calm and nurturing style. This combination of intensity and sensitivity is why Brian has been described as the “perfect dichotomy”. Through yoga, he enjoys giving people tools to live a more fulfilled life. He is excited to see where his yoga journey takes him.
Jen practices and teaches many different styles of yoga and believes that yoga has no limits! Yoga should be accessible to everybody and all bodies. Jen strives to ‘meet you on the mat,’ drawing from her knowledge of many styles of yoga to hold a space that addresses the needs of her students. She gives her students the freedom to practice from a nonjudgmental and honest place; to allow them to use their inner teacher to make any class personal, but at the same time encourages them to push themselves beyond what they believe possible and then translate that to LIFE! We all have a myriad of physical and mental limitations, some more challenging than others, but the capabilities of the spirit are limitless!
Jen was attracted to the mat for physical exercise, but quickly realized that, for her, yoga went way beyond the physical. Yoga showed her how to use the tools, she already possessed, to find joy, presence, compassion, peace!
Jen is a mom of two incredibly beautiful girls and wife to an amazing partner. Formerly, she was a practicing CPA and owned her own firm. She traded in her 10 key for yoga pants and to answer a calling to share the GIFT of yoga. She considers herself of forever student of this practice and will always be a ‘work in progress’. She is an inversion junkie, obsessed with feet, food and natural health. The impact yoga has on her life is and always will be evolving!
My "WHY" in life is learning . . . for others and myself.
Every body is different, with different needs. Exploring and increasing knowledge, both for student and personally, through the new challenges presented as we meet together on the mat is what keeps my passion for yoga burning. My desire is to understand what students are looking for and to help them explore new ways to meet what they are seeking in yoga with a sense of humor, and a kind inquisitive approach as a way to care for the mind, body and spirit.
Initially drawn to yoga in 2004 as a great way to close a session of cardio or weight training at the gym, I quickly discovered that there must be something else going on than just stretching with how great I felt afterward. Increasingly being inspired by my practice for the next 10 years, I decided to combine my passion for learning and love of yoga and completed my 200-hour teaching certification through the Kansas City Yoga Teacher Training in December of 2015 under the guidance of Kelly Colln, Angie Eckenroth and Leah Morgan. Almost before I knew it I was continuing my education and completed my 500 RYT in April of 2019 through the Institute of Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies with Renee DeTar. Through that training, I found my love for the Great Yoga Wall, Yamuna Body Rolling, and working with clients one on one. I have taken workshops and intensives from varied teachers which include Ray Long, Doug Keller, Max Strom, Paula Tortalano Self and Jack Self, Renee DeTar, Judith Lasiter, Bryan Legere and am currently studying to become a Yoga Therapist.