"I went to Mama Jeans to shop and as I was leaving I saw your sign on the front window of Dynamic Earth, so I re-parked. I was walking up to the front of the building, saw your chalkboard sign and followed the directions. I know this was divine guidance, as the Studio was open due to just finishing a teacher training intro and Bill was still there. The minute I walked into the studio, Bill greeted me and it felt like home and peace. We moved here 3 yrs ago and I have been to numerous studios around the city and had never felt this feeling before. Bill was so welcoming and calming and serene. He listened to my story about my past yoga practice, goals and health issues. He showed caring and encouragement to help me get back to where I was in my yoga practice 7 yrs ago, and to continue my goals toward teacher training. He gave me information and education on workshops coming up that will help me. I look forward to, and am excited to re-enter my yoga practice here in your studio; which from a one time visit, instilled a safe, caring, loving and giddy feeling in me. Thank you," ~ Lenisa K. Schneider, LMT, CMCP
Bill Lynch, MEd, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Bill has been developing educational programs for over 20 years, has trained with master teacher's in several branches of Yoga and is Director of Education at OMY. His background includes Ashtanga Vinyasa as learned from teacher Richard Freeman, studying classicall Hatha Yoga, and Yoga Therapy. He works closely with the medical community in integration of the therapeutic modalities of Yoga for various conditions and social service projects.
Lindy Cronkhite, RYT 200
After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a Health Science major, I began working as an Exercise Physiologist at St. John Health Club in Tulsa. I then changed careers and moved to Florida, and while there was introduced to yoga for the first time. I continued practicing yoga, but didn't become a serious student until 2010. Not only did it address my physical needs, but provided a certain peace within that helped guide me to live each moment with mindfulness and purpose. Yoga lit the fire of inspiration that propelled me toward finding my true authentic self, and I want to help others to do the same.
Marisa Frazier, CEP, CPT
I value the amazing benefits of mind and body wellness. Since I began placing my health first, both my outlook on life and my overall capabilities have continued to improve. I am able to do more than I ever thought possible, and I love every minute of it. I am just plain happy, and it is a result of finally making my health a priority. I desire to inspire– to lead others to discover the best version of themselves, one class at a time.
Christine Moses, RYT 200
Christine's foundational yoga style and individual-focused instruction create a mind body connection for the student and sense of overall well being. Through asanas and breathing techniques the student can both challenge oneself through Iyengar yoga while also healing the body and calming the mind. Her background includes 14 years of Iyengar yoga training and certification as a 200RYT. Prior to yoga Christine studied and instructed ballet for over 20 years.
Darby Trask, RYT 200
Darby began her yoga journey to aid in her own healing process for her diagnosed chronic depression. After falling in love with the benefits of a yoga practice, Darby completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training and is in the process of training for her 500 hour certification. Darby wants to be advocate for mental health by teaching others the physical, emotional, and mental benefits that yoga offers to practitioners. She is passionate, enthusiastic, and authentic in her teaching style, with a fervent and respectful love of yoga. It's important to Darby that students find creativity and life in their yoga practice. "In my classes, I allow my students to feel, explore, and be inspired by the connection between their body and breath. I aspire to help students find a safe place on their mat - one that has the power to motivate them in every aspect of their lives."
Dustin Turner, RRT, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Dustin Turner, has been teaching Yoga for over 15 years and found it to be one of the greatest joys in his life. The structure and balance of the Iyengar tradition as learned from teacher Gabriel Halpbern has brought so much healing and joy into his life that he is dedicated to sharing it with others through all levels of class and therapy. Besides being an accomplished Iyengar teacher, Dustin is also a Relax and Renew Trainer through Judith Lasater.
Shelby Porter, RYT 200
I’ve been doing Yoga for years and love how strong and amazing I feel after consistently practicing. I can look back on my progress and see how far I came in different poses. I had already begun teaching yoga to the kids I work with and saw a huge difference in their behaviors and how they viewed themselves (I work at an Emergency Placement Shelter for kids who have been through trauma due to abuse/neglect). Seeing how much they loved it really inspired me to become a yoga teacher! It is truly a focus on inner worth and self-acceptance. We live in an age where bodies are criticized and photo shopped. I refuse to look at my body in any way but positive. If I can spread this message of love and value, then I consider my life well lived.
Jasmine Henderson, RN, RYT 200
Jasmine completed her yoga teacher training at Anamaya Resort in Costa Rica. Jasmine is an instructor of Raja Yoga and she supports her students through an organic movement of physical postures (asana), breath work (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana). A lover of nature and travel, Jasmine develops a unique theme to each practice creating a special space for students to grow and learn.
Selyna Tosch, RYT 200
Selyna has been practicing (and loving!) yoga for over 10 years. Life has taken her on many different paths, including receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations, working in film and comedy, sales, journalism, and motherhood. In all of her adventures, yoga has been a constant source of refuge. Selyna has been studying yogic and Hindu culture since college, and her favorite part of the practice is that the journey is never-ending. She offers a safe place for students to come to explore their new possibilities, and she is proud to be a teacher at Ozark Mountain Yoga.
Amy Cheng-Whittaker, RYT 200
At the age of 25, Amy was shocked and depressed when the doctor diagnosed her with arthritis. At her doctor’s suggestion, she decided to try yoga in an effort to maintain a healthy weight to alleviate her joint pain. Not only did it help with the joint pain, but it also helped improve her mood, self-confidence and self-esteem. It was like finding a treasure chest full of useful tools to live her life again. After experiencing the changes in herself, she was inspired to help others find their treasure chest too. For over 10 years, Amy has been specializing in Bikram Yoga, which is a series of postures that is therapeutic and detoxifying for the entire body. She also teaches Gentle yoga and Yin yoga which leaves students feeling less stressed and more relaxed than when they first arrived. Amy’s philosophy is that breath, form and alignment are the foundations where the healing begins. She encourages you to find your limit while respecting your current physical abilities. Amy enjoys being able to share the yoga experience with all levels of practitioners and seeing the progress they make. Her teacher has a saying: you are "never too late, never too bad, never too old, and never too sick to start over from scratch once again."
Tracy Dennis, E-RYT 200
I originally found yoga looking for a way to heal my body's aches and pains from having four kids, and soon found so much more. Yoga has helped me define who I am, and find strength both physically and mentally that I didn't know I had. As a busy mom and RN, yoga has helped me to find space for myself. Teaching yoga is something that I love, because I hope to help others find their inner strength and space for themselves also.
I graduated from MSU fall 2017 with a Cell and Molecular Biology degree and a minor in Chemistry. I am in route to becoming a Medical Doctor (MD), where I want to bring holistic medicine into healthcare as a common practice. I hope to expand yoga to be available and accommodable for everyone. I aspire to help people discover health for the body as well as the mind. With an Eastern medical approach to illness and wellness, I want to provide a comprise for individuals living a highly Westernized life style. I will be receiving my Yoga Certification in May 2018. I am an intern at OMY teaching Ashtanga yoga intro and beginner classes. Through Ashtanga yoga one with work flexibility, mindfulness and deep consistent breathing to battle any ailments to reach optimal health. I personally experienced yoga as therapy after I tore my PCL (knee ligament) and had reconstructive replacement surgery. Yoga has provided a non impact way for me to generate strength and balance back into my knee. Shanthi.
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At the age of 25, Amy was shocked and depressed when the doctor diagnosed her with arthritis. At her doctor’s suggestion, she decided to try yoga in an effort to maintain a healthy weight to alleviate her joint pain. Not only did it help with the joint pain, but it also helped improve her mood, self-confidence and self-esteem. It was like finding a treasure chest full of useful tools to live her life again. After experiencing the changes in herself, she was inspired to help others find their treasure chest too. For over 10 years, Amy has been specializing in Bikram Yoga, which is a series of postures that is therapeutic and detoxifying for the entire body. She also teaches Gentle yoga and Yin yoga which leaves students feeling less stressed and more relaxed than when they first arrived. Amy’s philosophy is that breath, form and alignment are the foundations where the healing begins. She encourages you to find your limit while respecting your current physical abilities. Amy enjoys being able to share the yoga experience with all levels of practitioners and seeing the progress they make. Her teacher has a saying: you are "never too late, never too bad, never too old, and never too sick to start over from scratch once again."...