Hot yoga is my passion! I became a Bikram Yoga Method Certified Instructor in 2007. The practice and teaching transformed my life improving both my body and mind. I gained more flexibility than I ever thought possible and my salty-sticky sweat became like water. I also improved my focus and self-awareness. Yet I am not alone in this experience. Through years of teaching I coached others to have those same experiences. Yoga is challenging and is full of opportunities to learn to grow.
In teaching, I love to bring a fun and upbeat atmosphere to class. You may be like me in that I work and have a home life along with being a yogi. Life’s challenges can be stressful and we carry that into the yoga room. Also, we can be extremely critical on ourselves and sometimes aren’t aware of it. For those reasons, I create an atmosphere for exploring your mind and body in an uplifting way. My posture sequence is essentially the same from class to class and includes a variety of mixed level postures combined with heat building vinyasa.
If you are unsure of the heat or just want to deepen your yoga knowledge, I offer private lessons by appointment. Please share with me your goals and intentions. My pleasure is in helping you succeed! See you in class!Top of Page
Sports and Fitness have been a part of my life since I was 4 years old when I learned to swim. I swam and dove until I graduated from college. I have been a group exercise instructor for 22 years teaching resistance, choreographed and boot camp style classes.
Tom Jacobs introduced me to yoga in 2000 while I was recovering from my second knee surgery. I learned how yoga addressed the whole person - physically, mentally, spiritually, socially and emotionally. I saw benefits in all areas including overall strength in the core, flexibility in the back, better posture, better digestion, greater range of motion in the joints and great muscle definition in the arms, legs, back and shoulders. I fell in love with yoga and wanted to learn more and how to share it with others.
I received my 200-hr RYT certification through YogaFit in 2009 and am working on my 500-hr. I enjoy teaching a physically challenging style class by incorporating light weights into a yoga pump class or fitness pilates core class. I love the Baron Baptiste style of vinyasa flow; I attended a workshop taught by Sid McNary and plan to attend a week long level one training Fall 2013. I also like to share the spiritual side of yoga by adding a sutra or one of the yama’s or niyama’s during savasana or at the beginning of class. I have my AFAA personal training certification and own Whole Body Fitness where I incorporate yoga at the conclusion of my client’s workouts.
My formal education includes a BS degree in Business, an MBA and Computer Science master’s degree. I worked at Hallmark Cards for 11 years. I am married to John with two beautiful children and two awesome retrievers. My hobbies include teaching yoga and pilates core, traveling, sailing, reading, cooking and spending time with my family at the lake.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony” – Gandhi.Top of Page
I fell in love with the flow and grace of yoga 10 years ago and have been practicing ever since. My teaching style is based on Hatha yoga with an emphasis on good alignment and fun! My sense of humor and ability to laugh at myslef often comes out in class. My background in healthcare compliments my interest in aligning the body inside and out. I carefully weave my passion for a healthy body and wellness through movement into each of my classes.
My favorite pose is Natarajasana (Dancer Pose), a stretching and balancing posture which develops concentration and grace.
I love teaching yoga, especially to beginners, because I have the privilege of witnessing the sheer joy on their faces, the changes in the way they move, breath and live. The best part is hearing how they take what they learn on the mat out into the real world, and live their yoga.
“Yoga has shown me that I am exactly where I am meant to be, to honor my body, live joyfully and be grateful for the present moment.”Top of Page
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I began practicing yoga at 54 years old. I have been an avid participant of sports all my life and experienced a succession of injuries. I have had injuries of the knees, elbows, neck, ankles, feet, pulled and stained muscles along with chronic tension in neck and shoulders. I began practicing yoga when I could not overcome some of these injuries through medical help or massage therapy. Within the first few minutes that I followed instruction on a yoga DVD I felt relief I had not felt in a long time. I continued to practice yoga on my own for about six months. I was embarrassed to attend a class believing I was too stiff and uncoordinated. After attending my first class I was hooked because of how much better I felt physically and mentally. I have practiced yoga consistently since attending my first class.
I decided to become a yoga instructor to help bring the benefits I have enjoyed to other students. After a few years of practice I am stronger, more flexible, have better joint health, and essentially pain free. Yoga is the only physical activity I have found that helps me become more healthy while avoiding and healing injuries. I continue to practice yoga along with playing sports I enjoy. There are so many health, physical and mental benefits of practicing yoga that I have just begun to learn. I also enjoy the friendships I have made with other instructors and the positive interaction with our students. I look forward to expand my teaching skills at New Day Yoga studio and create a positive experience for the students.Top of Page
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Melody Miller was introduced to yoga in Wichita, KS in 1978. Although life interfered, she continued to play with postures and breath until she returned to a consistent practice in 1998. Her training is in Bikram, Ashtanga and classical yoga with main teachers of Mick Goodman, Patricia Gray, Emily Darling, Karim Memi and Kathleen Kastner. Melody completed her intensive teacher training with Integrative Yoga Therapy and a year long apprenticeship with Yoga Vedanta Shala.
Melody teaches vinyasa flow style with an open heart. Her approach allows yoga to be joy-filled and allows the student to open the body with a steady and comfortable approach. Melody’s love of detail led her to pursue an additional career in Body Somatics and Energy Work.
Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance 500 hours.
Midwest Institute of Natural Healing, Graduate 7/06 Body Somatic Therapist.
Reiki II practitioner 4/05
Midwest Institute of Natural Healing, Natural Healing Practitioner, Searing Method Grad 4/08
I found may way onto the yoga mat in 2008. It was love at first asana and I was hooked! I eagerly jumped into teacher training and completed my 500- hour CYT. As a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1995 and occasional half marathon runner, I have long had a passion for health and wellness. My classes unite breath and movement to challenge the body and leave you feeling uplifted. I invite you to join me. Expect to sweat and have some fun!Top of Page
I grew up in the fitness industry. I never thought I would find my way back to it. Fortunately, the universe had other plans. Growing up overweight, with a personal trainer father and a stepmother who taught a multitude of exercise classes, I never felt successful at working out. I was always winded and worn-out from the warmup. It wasn’t until I discovered forms of exercise that worked for me that I began to love my body and the weight soon fell off. Yoga was at the forefront of this revolution in my life. It was the first time I was able let go of all my judgements, expectations, and competitiveness with myself and others, even if just for the hour on my mat. I finally felt fulfilled with exercise. Little did I know, I had only just scratched the surface of the beauty and power of a personal Mind/Body practice.
In December of 2011, I earned my ACE Personal Training Certification, and I later went on to complete ACE Health Coaching Certification. During my training sessions, I began to weave yoga asanas and meditation techniques into my clients’ programs until eventually people came to me for the sole purpose of Mind/Body coaching and training. I went on to receive further training with YogaFit and HoopnoticaFIT hula hooping as well as PiYo Strength and Pilates. However, my real training has come from leading and supporting others on their individual paths to health and wellness. Since obtaining my certifications, I have trained Livestrong cancer survivors, prenatal women, people struggling with paralysis, active older adults, and, of course, the average person just looking to lose some weight and bring life into balance. Mind/Body coaching has taught me compassion and has acted as a channel for me to help people live happier, healthier, more blissful lives.Top of Page
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 or I would be no good to anyone else. I was so passionate about the positive effect this “me” time had, I became a Fitness Professional. I am certified in Group Exercise, Personal Training and Kickboxing. I began teaching yoga in 2008 after practicing for 10 years. In December 2012, I will complete my 200 RYT training.
I truly believe yoga is a tool in God’s toolbox. It helps us manage these amazing human bodies and meet God where we are at in this moment. It is my joy to share this gift with others!Top of Page
A native of Kansas City, helping others improve their health and wellness has always been a passion for Stacy. She recently realized her dream of owning her own yoga studio when she became the owner of New Day Yoga Studio in May of 2013.
Stacy’s humility and quick smile do not hide her “exceptional” knowledge of yoga, the body’s muscles and systems, and understanding of the human need to connect and feel safe and guided. She completed her BA at The University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, later graduating with honors as a personal trainer with MTTI Wellspring. Stacy is a 500 RYT with Yoga Alliance. In addition she is a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and certified as a “corrective exercise specialist.”
She says her passion for yoga helps her teach with compassion and kindness. Her skills at understanding biomechanics and understanding auto-immune challenges came from her ability to help heal her fibromyalgia with her own yoga practice. Yet, she has been able and willing to master complex arm balances along with knowledge of breath and quiet yoga. When not practicing Yoga, Stacy enjoys spending time with her husband and her three boys.Top of Page