Arkansas Yoga Center
Bootsie Adams is passionate to share the healing art of yoga and self expression. Dance and expressive movement have always been a guiding light in her life, yoga connected her passion of movement with a deepened sense of purpose. Many moons ago inspired by a little spark of passion, she began sharing her love for yoga with a small group of friends after a weekly smoothie party. In the Summer of 2012, she moved to the Ananda Village (Nevada City, CA), where she devoted herself to sharing the joy (Ananda) and vitality of yoga through obtaining her 200/YTT. Now certified in Arkansas based VariYoga (500hr/YTT) and Ananda Yoga (200hr/YTT) Bootsie continues to share the gift of Yoga. Leading her teachings wiht the therapeutic foundation of VariYoga; Bootsie incorporates meditation, expressive movement and vedic thai yoga to create a healty, happy, mindful yoga experience for students. Bootsie is proud to be a Fayetteville native and loves to co-create with her community. She is involved in several yoga outreach programs and continues to focus on artistically connecting yoga and community.
Yoga for me is chiefly about doing the work as it shows up in my life for myself and then sharing with my children, my community and the world. I actively create my legacy through this work. I began consistent asana practice nearly 5 years ago and in the last few years I've been pursuing other aspects of yoga, including meditation and self-inquiry. I have a doctorate of philosophy in education (U of A, 2012) with an emphasis in social science and inquiry. I am registered yoga instructor (Yoga Deza, 2013), and igolu level one leader in training, and am an all-around fire-starter and community advocate. I recently returned from nearly a year of traveling abroad, from a home-base in Germany. I love teaching yoga, trainng teachers and leading personal development work. Through the power of heart and a strong physical and athletic-based power yoga practice, I create transformation with connection and awareness.
I am a wife, a mother, and a grandmother; three jobs (they require work) that I love and am blessed in. I first experienced yoga in a little family gym called The Platinum Fitness Center in 2008 where I would take my grandchildren with me. I thought yoga was just another workout format, but one that enhanced your flexibility as well as your strength; so I was interested. I loved it. Withing a few months my teacher encouraged me to get my certification and become a teacher myself, so I did. Little did I know what transformation would take place within me after that certification. It was then that the mind, body, and spirit connection was birthed in me, and it grows deeper with every training I experience.
In the fall of 2015 I became an assistant facilitator for yoga teacher training at LifePower Yoga in Tulsa, OK. It is an honor to be a part of such a prestigious 200 hour program that transforms and empowers.
I consider myself a student to the practice of yoga more than a teacher. I feel that Yoga allows us all to realize our true potential grows the more we train and study. I owe my start in yoga to my first teacher, Natalie Lair
You can reach me at email@example.com.
Amy Graves Hintergardt
Trailside Yoga and Beyond
Amy is 500 hour Viniyoga teacher and a certified yoga therapist through the Viniyoga institute. The type of yoga that she teaches is adaptive yoga meaning that she makes the practices work for the individual to address their unique body and individual needs. She is also a recreational specialist and works full time in recreational therapy at a psychiatric hospital. Amy has been teaching Yoga at the hospital for over seven years and has learned so much during this time on how asana, breath work (pranayama) and meditation have huge impact on the mind and relation to suffering. Yoga is her deepest passion and she loves teaching to everyone and continuing learning through the people she teaches to see how yoga transforms and changes people's lives. She also enjoys climbing and anything outdoors. She loves Trailside Yoga and is happy to work with a great team.
I AM Yoga, Art + Music Festival
Melissa is a serial entrepreneur and has been working for herself since 2003. Once the owner and operator of Natural Lullabies, a retail store and community center that opened in 2003 in South Tulsa. Melissa also developed and still teaches holistic childbirth classes and attending births as a doula since 2003 with over 160 births and over 1,500 childbirth classes. Melissa has also been involved in many other projects and has opened two different yoga studios and currently owns Cherry Street Yoga in Tulsa, OK.
Melissa also has enjoyed sharing yoga in many different capacities since her teacher training in 2005 and has taught over 2,500 yoga classes. Her yoga classes have ranged from corporate, prenatal, mommy and me, seniors, children and trauma-sensitive yoga, Melissa believes everyone is capable of enjoying the benefits of yoga.
Melissa is a single mother of four sons ranging from 14 years old to a one year old and graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Finance). She has been a Director of the I AM Yoga, Art + Music Festival since 2011. Melissa also teaches Mindfulness and Empowered Living Classes in many different environments such as companies, schools, and a prison work release program.
Melissa Joy Cameron
Arkansas Yoga Collective
Little Rock, AR
Kayce Johnson is Co-Owner of The Arkansas Yoga Collective in Little Rock, AR and is the owner of Kinde Folke. Kayce graduated from the Sage Yoga School, owned by Sherri Youngblood, with a RYT200 Yoga Alliance recognized certification. She has 150 certified hours in YogicArts training under Master Duncan Wong. She has a MS in Psychology and worked in the mental health field for over 8 years in various positions (including as a therapist, artist, and a training specialist) until transitioning into teaching yoga full-time once she helped open Arkansas Yoga Collective. She is a practicing herbalist who often incorporates essential oils and salves into the yoga classes she leads. Her products are prepared in small batches at the AYC studio. She has over 12 years of self-study in herbalism and was formally trained under the Herbal Coaching Community. She runs a company, Kind Folke, that makes beauty and wellness products focused on using all natural, organic, and local ingredients to heal and nurture.
Hello, my name is Tracey, first and foremost, I am a wife and mother. My journey to becoming a yoga teacher started in 2002 when I went to a yoga class at my local YMCA. I was extremely overweight, but I could still touch my toes! I took my first weekend yoga teacher training course about 6 months later. I completed my first 200 hour training in 2006. The one thing I am sure of is that there is so much more that I have yet to learn!
I teach Vinyasa classes that mix fun with a strong emphasis on organic alignment. EVERY BODY is different so EVERYBODY's poses don't have to look exactly the same. The importance lies in the feel of each pose. In March of 2013, I was honored to be chosen as a facilitator for LifePower Yoga Teacher Training. You can learn more about the trainings and the program at www.lifepoweryoga.com. If you are interested in more training details, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have been honored to learn from many teachers. Among my strongest inspirations, I count Jonny Kest, David Williams, Jason Hulshof, Tory Schaefer, and my original mentor and teacher Bridget Byrd.
Arkansas Yoga Center
Little Rock, AR
Wesley has worked in the natural foods and nutritional supplement industry for more than ten years, as well as having practiced Yoga, Meditation, and the Martial arts for nearly as long. In 2002 Wesley moved to Houston, TX and began working for the Whole Foods Corporation as a buyer, and later on in Little Rock as a manager of their nutritional supplement department, while also conducting in store programs for the public interested in learning about herbs, aromatherapy, and Yoga. While in Houston, Wesley received certifications in Chinese herbology, basic foundations in Ayurvedic medicine, and aromatherapy. He completed a 6 month Internship with Dr. Murta Champa, a Tibetan and Ayurvedic healer. Wesley received his 200 CYT in Dynamic Hatha Yoga at Circle Yoga Shala and received 2 teaching certificates in Mexed Yogic Arts and has been teaching since 2007. He has worked as a yoga teacher at many of the top studios in Little Rock including Barefoot Studio, War Memorial, Ten+ Crossfit, Chenal Fitness, and Big Rock Yoga.
Blue Yoga Nyla
Little Rock, AR
Stacey's yoga practice and teaching comes from a place of healing. Her journey began 20 years ago and helped her cope with the physical issues she had experienced for many years, but also helped free her from her life long battle with depression and anxiety.
She began teaching in January of 2001. Stacey's style of teaching is from an emotionally charged place. She teaches a variety of workshops around healing, emotions, and the chakras.
Stacey is a certified yoga therapist
(E-RYT500) with the IAYT and spends much of her time working with special populations, victims of trauma, and those with depression and anxiety. Stacey owns Blue Yoga Nyla in North Little Rock. She is married to her best friend Joe, and has a grown son Grayson.
C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, RYPT, RCYT
Chrispy Bhagat Singh is a Yoga Educator and a Mystic - trained in Vinyasa Ashtanga at the 500-hour Level, and both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation, Asana, Philosophy, Tantra, Ayurveda, Jyotish, the Chakras, the Five Elements, as well as both Eastern subtle anatomy and a deep concentration in Western anatomy. He is an explorer of Sacred Traditions, a conduit for teachings, an enthusiologist and studied in entheogens, and has a deep, personal interest in CG Jung's Shadow Work and J Campbell's Hero's Journey, incorporating those perspectives into the teachings. He is deepening the work by continually learning and training and gaining more approaches to Energetic Body-Work and Therapy skills. Taking the teachings and then meeting the students where they are, as well as working one-on-one with individuals and helping them find the optimal occupation of their physical body exploring the worlds of Mysticism; through the realm of the Esoteric Hermetic Philosophy, as well as integrating the concepts of Rasayana - 'the path of essence' which is the Vedic concept of Alchemy, body-working in all realms, using the principles of therapeutic massage combined with an understanding of subtle anatomy and shadow-work to create space to process shame, trauma, and emotional stress from the physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual bodies, seeing the practices and their modalities as a physical Alchemy; elevating that which is base, distilling that which is essence and creating something more purified and elevated. This is personal and interpersonal tantra.
Chrispy Bhagat Singh
Alyson Atma Simms
Alyson Atma Simms, E-RYT 500 Kundalini, 200 Hatha, is a natural bridge between the earthly and divine realms. Her teaching style brings an intensity of Spirit, while enveloping you in grace and humor. Your body will tune, your mind will balance, your courage will be summoned, and most importantly, your soul will shine. She was drawn to her first yoga class in 2001, and her True Self was ignited. Her life then became one of devotion. Alyson has studied hatha, vinyasa, tantra, ashtanga, restorative, qi-gong, yoga nidra, trance dance, and some good old fashioned sitting quietly on the floor. Her teaching, yoga practice, and healing ability has taken her around the world to practice, study, and teach. Her passions include world traveling, dance, and creating community through business and healing groups. Her business, Atma's Offerings, supplies delightful mala beads and other devotional tools.
Over the course of the last, (let's just say more than a few) years, my yoga practice has evolved. At first there was Hatha yoga, then Vinyasa, hot vinyasa and yin yoga. In the beginning, I repeatedly hear the phrase "Yoga chitta vritti nirodha" or "yoga calms the anxious mind," I thought to myself how can this be? I was so concerned with not making a fool of myself in the class that my anxiety level actually grew. I had come to yoga, aware of the physical benefits, but I knew that most if not all of the yogi's I encountered or that were depicted in the media and on film,appeared to have a calm and reassured demeanor about them and that is what I hoped to achieve. Not so much a sense of confidence or even pride, no, it was more their presentation of being in the moment, fully tuned into what the present was offering. As my practice continued, I became conscious of my body. Not self-conscious mind you, just more aware of my body in the space upon the mat. With that awareness, came better alignment, balance and a spark of recognition of what I refer to as "calm focus." I no longer concern myself with worrying about being a rodeo clown on the yoga mat; I just breathe and exist - on and off the mat.
Some years back I experienced my first 'Sound Immersion' or if you will, 'Gong Bath' and I discovered that I was immediately able to enter the realm of Calm Focus, upon feeling the vibrations emitted from this ancient instrument. the effects were immediate and powerful upon me and I needed more. Study of the masters and hours of practice ensued. My fondness for the gong grew to match that which I held for yoga and I knew I could (or shall I say was compelled to) share this with others, each on its own and together. Well - now I do. I hold the designations within the Yoga Alliance organization of ERYT 200 and YACEP. I offer guidance in the practice of Yoga and Sound Immersion Experiential's to students and instructors alike. Now, less like a rabbit and more like a turtle; slow and steady stays the course, yet willing to yield to sublte yet greater forces. Yoga does calm the anxious mind and when yoga is combined with the gong, it is like chocolate syrup and whip cream on my ice cream - extra yummy for my energetic being.
Misti Vekas is an Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor providing therapeutic services for 25 years in South Tulsa area. She incorporated the benefits of yoga after attaining her YogaEd certification to teach yoga to children. She brings a unique integration of knowledge to the children's world of yoga through RECESS PLUS for almost 10 years.