Joy of Yoga and Wildwood Yoga will be conducting a 200HR RYT Training and Immersion for anyone wanting to become a certified yoga teacher or those that would like to deepen their physical practice and understanding of yoga's history, philosophy and practical application in today's world.
Jill Dunlap and Joy Page co-created the hatha based curriculum that will be the basis for this training. The curriculum emphasizes alignment, anatomy, philosophy and meditation.
Welcome to Complete Relaxation and Rejuvenation in Paradise!! Join Joy Montes and Jill Dunlap for 6 nights and 7 days of meditation, yoga, deep intention setting, connection and adventure while delighting in the culture, wondrous landscape, healthy food, local entertainment and beautiful accommodations. Be bold in your pursuit of well being. Give yourself the most meaningful thing you can; total restoration of mind, body and spirit. Leave with a fresh outlook on life!
Joy Of Yoga is a peaceful and welcoming space. We offer Hatha yoga classes as well as Vinyasa, Gentle, Chair, Senior, Restorative and Meditation classes. Our Teachers are passionate about yoga and continuously refining their craft. Students leave our classes feeling rejuvenated, strong, flexible and inspired!
Joy started practicing Hatha Yoga in Portland, OR in 1994 while in college. She immediately realized the significance her yoga practice brought to her mind and body, her heart and her life. It wasn't until she became a teacher that she realized THIS was her calling, her dharma, to share the profound benefits of the practice with others. Joy's classes weave intention with pranayama, precision in alignment with quiet mindfulness and subtle body awareness with refinement. Her classes invite us to attune ourselves to the needs of our bodies and adapt our postures to create more ease, and to experience the magnificence of simply being.
Practicing yoga since 1994, Glenna offers Hatha yoga, massage ball therapy, and Reiki healing. In 2003 she completed her first Teacher Training with Ana Forrest; in 2011 she completed her Anusara Yoga Teacher Training. Since then, in mentorship with Elena Brower, Glenna has assisted her advanced Teacher Training as well as her Elevate Mentorship Program. In 2014 she began her exploration into yoga massage ball therapy with Jill Miller. Glenna has also been attuned as a Reiki master. Informed by the philosophy, art, and science of yoga as well as the precision of anatomy, private work with Glenna may include Reiki, yoga, breathing, meditation, and/or massage ball therapy. All sessions may be enhanced with Essential Oils upon request. Teaching since 2011, her group classes are an empowering flow yoga that focus on alignment and breath to support a powerful, grounded practice.
Robin Hahn is a graduate of the Healing Arts Center, Saint Louis, as a licensed massage therapist, and specializes in the John Barnes Method of Myofascial Release. She originally came to work with Melissa an assistant but soon found that she had a special ability with Myofascial Release as well and enrolled in massage school to become a therapist. Her extended classes studying Myofascial Release with John Barnes along with her love of Reiki have made her valuable addition to our team. Robin has a love for working with campers at Girl Scout camp and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Robin was homeschooled and has a unique approach to life, valuing connection, honoring each person as an individual, and seeing the bigger picture. She is a motivated and compassionate healer who has found her calling. She received the honor of being inducted into The Order of the Twin Heart, the highest award offered at the Healing Arts Center.
Jessie Kissinger has been practicing yoga since 2004. Trained as a dancer, she came to yoga first for strength and balance, but mindfulness is ultimately what kept her coming back. She has a deep appreciation for the beauty of the asanas as they manifest in each unique body, and her classes emphasize alignment and breath work. She sees the practice as a pathway to a balanced life, connecting us to our bodies, our emotions, the people in our lives, and the Earth. Off the mat, Jessie is a writer, and she loves to share books that have touched her heart and mind. You may also find her wandering around the farmer’s market, cooking, or walking her dog, Lena.
Melanie Klug is an Intuitive Channel, Yoga Instructor and Creative Writing Coach. She studied yoga, meditation, message therapy, African dance/drumming and Gestalt therapy at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California where she lived and worked for 10 years. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Melanie studied intuitive healing, channeling, and Theta Healing at the Angel Alchemy Academy, established and facilitated by Corin Grillo in Sunnol, California. Melanie uses Angel and Native Spirit Oracle Cards, charkra/energetic clearing and channels messages from the Creator, Angels, Guides and Earth elements in her readings, healings and teachings.
Bryna first started practicing yoga in 2006 though prenatal yoga classes that helped her manage manic mood swings during her stressful pregnancies. After her last child in 2010, she found her self severely depressed, highly medicated, full of rage, consumed by anxiety and weighing over 300 pounds. She was completely hopeless and even suicidal at times. Bryna had given up on the idea of recovery through traditional doctors and western medicine. She began to resign herself to a prison of negative thinking, believing that life would always be miserable. In 2012 Bryna turned to her friend Joy who became her teacher and patiently guided her back to herself through yoga and meditation. It became her therapy and through the self exploration it offers, helped Bryna to reconnect to her true self. Yoga encouraged Bryna to face her deep rooted trauma and lead her back to her spiritual roots. By 2014, she was strong enough to wean herself off of all prescription drugs. "Yoga gave me my life back and created this grand gesture of gratitude for my miraculous reconditioned body and mind. Depression and anxiety are still very present in my life but I now have some tools to recognize and help manage my symptoms. I knew I had to share my experience with others and what better way than to teach?"
Dianna Lucas For more than 30 years, Dianna has been teaching movement and meditation techniques to families and spiritual seekers who believe that inner wisdom is the secret to a meaningful, beautiful life. Over her years of study, Dianna has had the privilege to gather knowledge and direction from seekers and teachers across the globe. From her self-guided research at Cambridge University, UK, where she studied Celtic-Wicca and Western European Shamanism; to her studies in the American Southwest that led her to the teachings of Neem Karoli Baba at the Hanuman Temple, as well as guidance from Lakota Tribe Elders and the teachings of her own tribe, the Cherokee Nation. She has studied Yoruba Traditional Ceremony and Medicine with Baba Kwame Ishangi in Chicago, Il, Chakra Meditation and Healing Crystals Therapy; Essential Oils, Herbal and Aromatherapy, Holistic Nutrition, Guided Meditation and Visualization, Goddess Traditions, Natural Childbirth, Reiki, and Hatha Yoga beginning with Anusara based training and shifting toward Dynamic Yoga training with her teachers Matt and Holly Krepps of Circle Yoga Shala in Jasper, AK . Dianna currently studies Tibetan Buddhism and Yantra Yoga with Lama Lobsang Palden.
Alicia came to yoga in 2015 as a source of reprieve from her academic and caretaking roles. Consistent practice awakened within her a hunger to invest more deeply in her physical, spiritual, and mental health. Doing so provided her with a newfound sense of resiliency, power, awareness, and freedom. Knowing that yoga can offer that type of transformation to all practitioners is what led her to pursue yoga teacher certification. Alicia’s mission is to guide students toward ease and delight in their bodies with clear, safe, and patient instruction. She desires to always stay curious, and to support others in the embodiment of yoga as a natural state of being. Her strong interest in welcoming students new to yoga, and serving those seeking rest and rejuvenation currently calls her to teach Basics and Restorative classes. When she’s not at the studio, you can find Alicia teaching English to immigrants and refugees, playing in the sunshine, or snuggling her cat.
Keri, a Saint Louis based yogi, teacher and life coach found her yoga practice in 2007. In the beginning yoga was simply an outlet for stress and a much needed change from her fast-paced career and lifestyle. It wasn’t long until she realized that the practice was moving off of her mat and starting to transform her life. Keri became clear that yoga had become her calling, her dharma. In 2012 she took the plunge from corporate America to full time yogi and devoted all of her time to studying, practicing and teaching. Keri is a 500-hr RYT specializing yoga therapy, psychology, and neuroscience. Her classes are spiritual in nature and are designed to have a strong emphasis on the mind, body and breath connection. Keri’s classes are challenging, heartfelt, fun and allow for greater physical and spiritual development. You will breathe, stretch, strengthen, explore, let-go and tap into that divine light that lies within.
Anu is passionate about creating and sharing resources through her website www.anufrench.com including her children’s book, ‘I Am You, You Are Me’, her music CD on meditative kirtan, ‘Wake Up My Divinity’, her healing artwork, the ‘I Am’ series and her ‘I Am Vida’ line of accessories to support Literacy for Life. She is committed to partnering with those she meets to empower them to begin their own journey of healing and wellness.
Gali's yoga journey began in 2005. She was immediately fascinated with how the practice made her feel so present and grounded, and she has immersed herself in the physical practice and philosophy ever since. Gali completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with master teacher Cori Martinez in 2014 in Hilo, Hawaii. She is also currently studying bodywork and trigger point therapy through the Thai Bodywork School in Evanston, IL. Her teaching style is mindful, inquisitive, and grounding. Her classes are a combination of skillful movement, therapeutic stretching, and mindful meditation. She has a holistic perspective on healing and is passionate about offering her students a blend of practices and styles.
Pati is an integrative therapist using sound, body awareness, breath and meditation to help her clients restore a deeper sence of balance and peace. In 1994 she began her practice as a licensed massage therapist/bodyworker, her studies led her to Kototama Medicine, a Japanese naturopathic modality, drawing upon Eastern Philosophies of wellness. Her certiﬁcation in Sound Therapy in 2008 was a turning point in her healing work, the deep effects of vibrational sound energy medicine through the use of Himalayan Singing Bowls and gongs has brought a profound shift to the effectiveness of the healing she offers. Pati offers individual sessions, group workshops, sound meditation and collaborative musical concerts, creating a supportive environment for deep listening experiences.
Mary Shackelford, RN, BSN, HN-BC, CHHC
Mary Shackelford is a transformational coach and self-care expert. She is passionate about empowering individuals, using a whole person approach, to focus on nourishing the mindbodyspirit connection to live life more consciously and fully.
After suffering from severe panic attacks and stress, Mary discovered the magic of self-care as the key to finding health, happiness and success. She has taken her personal journey, her formal education and her determination to live life passionately and made it her life’s work. With a career in nursing and multiple degrees and certifications in holistic wellness and coaching, Mary uses her skills and passions to create a pathway to positivity and joy. Through her coaching, workshops, writing and seminars Mary stewards busy, driven people back to their hearts showing how to put their health and well-being back on the priority list.
Yoga has held a very special place in Colleen’s heart ever since she experienced her first sun salutation sophomore year in college. She studied ballet for eleven years and was intrigued by the mixture of flexibility, grace, strength and stillness within yoga. After graduating from Northwestern University, Colleen studied yoga sporadically while diving into the world of endurance running. She has run several marathons and in 2011, Colleen ran from St. Louis to New York City to raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis.
Colleen’s love for yoga blossomed in 2013 when she started taking classes more regularly. In January 2014, Colleen completed the 30-day class challenge offered by Joy of Yoga, where she noticed a significant difference in her day-to-day happiness. Suddenly, she was able to use yoga, pranayama and meditation to lower her stress, maintain perspective and instill a true sense of peace and balance in her life. This transformation was so powerful that it inspired her to become a yoga teacher. Colleen is a certified Primary Group Exercise Instructor (Athletics and Fitness Association of America), Personal Trainer (National Academy of Sports Medicine), and Zumba® Instructor. Colleen will complete her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Joy of Yoga this October! Colleen is so happy to share the joy and clarity that yoga has brought to her life with others.
Sarah Buehner, who, in addition to being a Traditional Usui Reiki Master/Teacher is also a practicing psychotherapist and psychic/medium. Sarah pursued her career in Reiki after seeing the profound effects Reiki Healings had in her own life, as well as in the lives of her counseling clients. After learning Reiki, Sarah also experienced how receiving and learning Reiki can lead to profound spiritual growth and strengthen a person’s natural intuition and psychic abilities. Sarah believes that Reiki has a significant role in healing our society in the years to come, and that Reiki will play a significant role in empowering individuals for self-healing, healing others, and contributing to the healing of our communities and our world.
Kate discovered yoga in 2004 while living in NYC and working as a Clinical Social Worker. Yoga provided the perfect balance of offering peace and ease to the mind and body while working a challenging job in the city. Drawn to the focus of self-realization, meditation and inner awareness yoga quickly developed from a passion into a lifestyle. On the mat we are able to experience many lives. We can move from the dancer in Natarajasana to the fierce warrior in Virabhadrasana . We can experience flying as the eagle, to moving as the cobra. In transition from Child’s pose through steady asana sequence to end our practice in Corpse pose allows us to open our hearts and minds to move and live as other beings in a compassionate way. This is part of the Jivamukti method. Kate’s classes are thoughtful and challenging encouraging students to believe in themselves while explore the unending possibilities around them. Chanting, meditation, and spiritual study are what initially connected Kate to Jivamulti. She includes these elements as a focus in each class to help connect students with a deeper, peaceful, and purposeful practice beyond just the physical benefits of yoga. Kate is also a Vegan, a social justice activist, and a Clinical Therapist in the Saint Louis area. When not practicing yoga, she can be found spending time with her partner Ryan, or participating in Aerial Arts! She is grateful for her beloved teachers who have inspired and guided her to the blissful path of a yogi: Sharon Gannon & David Life, Camilla Veen, Emma Henry, Manorama, and Tai Dorn. Om Shanti!
Brianna began her personal yoga practice in 2009 while training for her first half marathon, but it quickly became apparent to her that yoga would provide much more than mere physical cross-training. After practicing mostly Vinyasa-flow styles since then, she finally decided to take the teaching plunge in 2016 and completed her 200-hr training with Elle Potter and Yoga Buzz St. Louis. Brianna provides encouraging affirmations and assists, playful movements, high energy playlists, and an endless supply of love. She firmly believes that yoga helps us unlock and fully accept our most authentic selves, and she can’t wait to be a part of your unique yoga journey!
Emily is a compassionate teacher devoted to full mind-body wellness. She studied the Ashtanga and Vinyasa methods and received her 200 hr training at The Miami Life Center with Kino McGregor. She is a firm believer in practicing what she preaches and using the techniques learned on the mat to guide her everyday life. She hopes to share the life changing benefits of yoga with others.
Rachel began her yoga practice in 2010 in an effort to focus on her health. She fell in love straight away and slowly built up her practice exploring different types of yoga. Rachel is a glamorous nomad that has spent the past few years, traveling, learning and having adventures. Traveling through Asia and the pacific yoga was always a constant. She received her yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India from the Vinyasa Yoga School in 2015. She spent time at yoga retreats in Thailand and Nepal, took many styles of classes in South Korea, Vietnam and New Zealand. After spending so much time exploring Rachel is thrilled to be given the opportunity to share all of the benefits yoga has brought to her life with others.
Melissa Russell is an Expert Level Myofascial Release (MFR) therapist and the founder of Quantum Healing Arts located in Saint Louis, Missouri. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Melissa specializes in the John F. Barnes (JFB) MFR approach; a manual therapy based on gentle sustained pressure into the fascial restrictions to help eliminate pain and restore motion. Before starting her private practice, Melissa gained invaluable skills and expertise while working in the physical therapy department of a pain management center treating patients with various chronic pain symptoms and disorders. She has been an instructor for the JFB MFR seminars since 2007 and is the approved facilitator/leader for the JFB MFR study group in Saint Louis. She was given the designation of “Expert Level” MFR therapist by John F. Barnes in 2011 and is a current member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and a graduate from Myotherapy College of Utah, 1999. Melissa Russell is uniquely qualified to treat complex symptoms and pain patterns with varying degrees of dysfunction, assisting her clients to find relief while helping the body restore to its natural balance and alignment.
April Strelinger is Board Certified Health Coach and Nutrition Counselor. She is passionate about helping others find healing through nutrition and restoring their vibrancy. Her approach is simple and accessible- eat real, nutrient-dense food and eliminate fake food. It comes down to two important things: education and planning. She began her journey to better health when she was diagnosed in 2010 with a corn allergy and gluten intolerance shortly after giving birth to her son. After months of frustration and helplessness, coupled with struggling to lose the “baby weight”, she decided to empower herself. She started educating herself and researching on how food affects the body while trying holistic approaches to health and healing. In 2013, she attended The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and received her certifications. Shortly thereafter she stared her company, “Foodie Godmother.” She enjoys living a balanced life as a professional actor, wife, mom, and considers herself to be a total foodie. You can visit her website at www.foodiegodmother.com
JennTara’s classes are fun and challenging in a safe and systematic way. Her gentle spirit supports and nurtures students of all levels and helps them feel a sense of self-acceptance. She is attentive and her clear & creative instructions help students progress in their practice and get into poses that may normally be difficult to them. She has a deep understanding of the body and alignment and students enjoy the pace and flow of her classes. Her theme based classes offer time to unplug from the day, play, and deeply relax. JennTara has been teaching yoga since 2003 and has been a licensed massage therapist since 1998. Her formal yoga studies are in the tradition of Anusara Yoga and she has studied many hours with John Friend and other senior teachers of the Anusara Tradition. She enjoys spending time with her husband and her son.
Andrea first discovered yoga in Boulder, Colorado in 2011 and was drawn to the spiritual nourishment and awakening it offered her during a year full of personal transitions. She continued to develop her practice in both Saint Louis and New York City over the next several years and is now eager to share the many benefits of yoga with her students. Her particular interest lies in the mental, physical, and spiritual awareness that a personal yoga practice can help individuals to develop, and she will continually be working to help others find new levels of awareness in her classes. Off the mat, Andrea is an interior designer and can be found cooking, gardening, and spending time with her three cats, dog, and husband.
Laura has been practicing yoga off and on for over 20 years, and has recently discovered a passion to share yoga with others through yoga teacher training. She found that yoga benefited her both physically and emotionally in a multitude of ways including increasing energy and flexibility, cultivating empowerment, strengthening the body, and quieting the mind. Laura is excited to share these experiences with her students!
Becca facilitates guided mindfulness classes and workshops so you can experience more relaxation, self-compassion, clarity, peace, love, ease, and joy in your life. Stemming from her personal experiences utilizing strategies and tools to help shift negative beliefs and self-talk, her classes, workshops, and sessions are specifically designed to support you in showing yourself more holistic love, care, and compassion. In one of Becca’s offerings, expect to experience a deeper and more meaningful relationship with yourself, others, and the Universe. She has been practicing meditation and yoga since childhood and mindfulness techniques have become embedded in her programming. With a Masters Degree in Teaching and years of classroom teaching experience in NYC public schools, Becca is an expert at creating and facilitating safe spaces for individuals and groups to grow and is able to make material accessible to all experience levels. A Reiki II practitioner, she also offers private healing sessions and incorporates energetic healing into her classes and workshops. Becca provides you with the strategies, meditations, tools, and facilitation to support you in owning your truth and loving yourself more completely. Join her in class or find out more about Becca at www.beccakunce.com
Stefani started practicing Insight Meditation (Vipassana) in graduate school in Brooklyn, NY in 1999 while she explored her deep rooted patterns of perfectionism and procrastination. As she explored the practice with several teachers at New York Insight, she found a pathway to liberation from some of those well grooved patterns by sitting on a regular basis. In 2007, she was accepted to a year-long Dedicated Practice with Gina Sharpe where she was able to take her practice deeper and allow the dharma to provide the support she needed to get other insights on how she wanted to be in the world. She also taught young offenders at a Brooklyn Detention Center She’s also practiced yoga for nearly two decades, which will culminate this year with her getting her 200 Hour RYT at Joy of Yoga in late fall 2017. She’s so grateful to share her practice with others when both meditation and yoga have given her the most treasured gifts of living life with more peace, ease, and happiness.
Sarah’s philosophy is ‘Strong body, flexible mind.’ Yoga became an integral part of Sarah’s life as it provided the strength, confidence, and determination to overcome injury and maintain an active lifestyle as a multi-sport athlete. Sarah utilizes her passion of health and wellness with her extensive knowledge of physical therapy to challenge her students physically and mentally to safely reach their full potential. After completing her 200 hour teacher training in Milwaukee, she began teaching vinyasa flow at her physical therapy clinic. She is excited to become part of the Joy of Yoga family and looks forward to aiding students in their journey to achieve strength and serenity.
Jazmin is a Puerto Rican native and St. Louis transplant. Often caught in two cultures throughout college, Jazmin noticed a lack of connection throughout the Latin American community. Her own desire for a better connection to her self allowed Jazmin to discover yoga as a wellness tool. After completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2017 through Yoga Buzz, Jazmin saw the need for Spanish-speaking taught yoga that would both complement and empower her community. Jazmin hopes to work within the Latin American community to facilitate connection, understanding, and commitment to the mission of yoga for all! Jazmin nació en Puerto Rico y se mudo a St. Louis jovencita. Al sentirse entre medio de dos culturas durante los años de la universidad, Jazmin notó la falta de conexión entre la comunidad latinoamericana. Su propio deseo de mejor conectar con ella misma guío a Jazmin a descubrir el yoga como herramienta de bienestar. Después de completar su entrenamiento de 200 horas para maestra de yoga en el 2017 a través de Yoga Buzz, Jazmin vio la necesidad del yoga enseñado en español que complementaría y empoderaria a su comunidad. Jazmín espera trabajar con la comunidad latinoamericana para facilitar la conexión, el entendimiento y el compromiso a la misión del ¡yoga para todos!
Sarah started practicing yoga over 19 years ago as a way to release stress and reconnect with herself. Yoga and meditation have become a daily part of her life. Sarah received her 200 hour teacher training from Urban Breath in May of 2014. She also completed the Relax and Renew training, with Judith Hanson Lasater, in October of 2015. She specializes in teaching restorative, yin and gentle yoga.
The basis of her teaching philosophy is that “anyone can benefit from and practice yoga, in fact I think everyone should practice yoga!” Her goal is to have students leave a class feeling calm, energized and more connected to themselves. Her favorite type of classes to teach are gentle, calming and restorative classes. She also wants to help her students slow down and work on "being" instead of "doing." Sarah likes to help her students reconnect to their bodies, gain more self-awareness and self-acceptance which they take off the mat into their daily lives.
She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Missouri and currently teaches yoga, mediation and group support to heart patients at a local cardiology practice. When she is not practicing or teaching yoga, Sarah likes to spend time with her husband and her two daughters. She also likes to spend time outdoors and travel.