Our Team

Wendy, Certified Yoga Therapist C-IAYT, E-RYT 500,  E-RYT 200, MBA, MA,
Reiki Master , (LoveYourBrain Teacher)
bioWendy received the gift of yoga in 2000. That first yoga class allowed her to reconnect with her sense of humor. Each subsequent class brought the ability to bend a little further or hold a stretch a little longer. Wendy found yoga to be physically challenging, but also very rewarding. The more classes she attended, the more she began to notice new accomplishments: better concentration, more patience with people, weight loss and an all-around positive outlook on life. Wendy also began to bring what she learned on her yoga mat into her management style at work every day. After 10 years as a yoga student, Wendy decided to dedicate her life to the teaching of yoga and completed her 200 hour certification at the Dallas Yoga Center. Since then, she has traveled to France, Canada and throughout the United States studying under Anodea Judith, Nischala Joy Devi, Francois Raoult and Judith Hanson Lasater. Wendy is a certified Relax and Renew Trainer and a Level 1 Radiant Child Yoga Teacher.  She has completed her level 1 & 2 training in Usui Reiki Natural Healing System.  Wendy was initiated into the Himalayan Institute in 2016 and since graduated from their 500 Hr Advanced Teacher Training program.  She continues to support the mission and vision of the Himalayan Institute. She was one of the first IAYT Certified Yoga Therapists in the Kansas City area.
Wendy studied under Nischala Joy Devi, former Director of Stress Management for developing the yoga portion of The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease, and co-founded the award-winning Commonweal Cancer Help Program. Wendy completed her studies and became a Yoga for the Heart: Cardiac & Cancer certified yoga teacher. This program is over a 100 hours of study in asana (yoga poses), pranayama (breath work), imagery, meditation, deep relaxation techniques, teaching methodology, anatomy & physiology as it relates directly to cardiac and cancer patients. Wendy has experience working with both cardiac and cancer patients (pre and post op) and enjoys helping them find yoga practices that enhance their healing process.

Wendy believes that incorporating ancient yogic philosophies into managing organizational change has been an integral part in the success of her management style. Change puts employees in a defensive and fearful state. The way in which companies and managers handle these fears is the critical step in successfully implementing new ways to do business. Wendy’s ultimate goal is to create fun, team-oriented environments where people have the opportunity to bring their best to the table and make their team into a stronger part of the organization.  Wendy holds an MBA in Strategic Leadership and a Masters in Counseling. She has 20 years experience working in the criminal justice system, 10 of those years as a manager. During this time, she managed the merger of two organizations. Her experience includes the reorganization of positions and personnel, budgeting, and building strong, independent teams. She successfully developed and implemented new concepts to produce work more efficiently, including the development of mobile offices. For her work, Wendy was awarded the 2009 Administrative Office Director’s Award for Excellence in Court Operations, Washington D.C.. As an expert in conceptualizing, strategically planning and implementing new programs, Wendy has been invited to coach and mentor others around the country to support and assist in the successful implementation of organizational changes.

Robb, MBA, 200 Hr Yoga Teacher, (LoveYourBrain Teacher)

He initially started doing yoga 14 years ago after experiencing a chronic health problem.  After 18 months of practicing yoga, his good health returned. From there he found a passion for yoga during significant business travel.  He learned that he could do yoga in his hotel room after many hours of sitting on planes, trains, and uncomfortable conference room chairs. This helped him to sleep and feel better without waking up groggy the next morning from the side effect of medications.  Now he practices regularly to manage stress, his aging body, and PTSD.  In his younger days Robb served as a combat medic in the US Army, and afterwards worked on an ambulance as a paramedic.  Robb holds an MBA in Strategic Leadership and has substantial experience working as a leader in healthcare research for over 20 years. He completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training at Om Prana Yoga and visits other studios when traveling.

Tori, 200 Hr Yoga Teacher, Vinyasa Yoga  (LoveYourBrain Teacher)

Tori is a firecracker yoga instructor who infuses passion and joy into her life, as well as her daily practice. Her classes are a dynamic blend of strength, breath, flow, and anatomical awareness that are accessible to all levels and walks of life. Tori believes in the healing capacity of yoga for both the body and the soul, and hopes to use it as an empowering tool for her students. She was proud to earn her 200-hr certification from Primal Yoga founder, Liz Arch, while living in Los Angeles. Since, she has since carried a glowing passion for igniting a sense of self-love and free spiritedness in those around her. Tori also enjoys the beauty of Tai Chi and invigoration of Qi Gong, and loves to incorporate those into her classes as well. Her hope is to help her students peel back the layers which cloud their personal growth to reveal their perfect, shining light at heart-center, all the while developing keen body awareness and self-acceptance. Tori is the mother of three small children who remind her every day to embrace the unique beauty and wonder we possess as individuals, and as a world. Her mission is that every student leaves class feeling renewed, embraced, and empowered. Tori is currently completing her 500 hour teacher training and studying to be a certified yoga therapist at Om Prana Yoga.

 

Tiffany, 200 Hr Yoga Teacher

I do yoga because it is my time to step away from the world and all the craziness swirling around me, and just focus into my mental and physical well-being. When I 10400198_941984072517338_9033702641309982151_nfirst began at Om Prana Yoga I was in the second trimester of my first pregnancy, and practiced all the way up to 38 weeks. I was on the cusp of this huge life change that is motherhood, and having a community to come to each week and share our experiences was wonderful. Through yoga I found the strength and endurance needed to bring new life into the world and since that time my practice has continued to grow and evolve. I have built energy for keeping up with my active toddler, and began a study of the philosophy and guiding principles of yoga. I have been able to integrate these principles in my daily life and thus develop my practice off the mat as well. Yoga has really provided a foundation for me to explore not only my physical strength and flexibility but to make meaningful decisions and actions in mine and my family’s life. Tiffany completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Om Prana Yoga and we are so pleased to have her teaching prenatal and regular yoga classes.

 

Leah, E-200 RYT & Reiki Master (LoveYourBrain Teacher)

Leah Laderach has been a clinical exercise physiologist in hospital based health/wellness, cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation, a group fitness instructor and personal trainer for 34 years. She holds a B.S. in Physical Education/Exercise Science with honors and an M.S. Ed. in Exercise Physiology /Sport Psychology with honors. She has tutored privately in anatomy and physiology. She has worked as a graduate teaching assistant in dietetics and nutrition at the University of Kansas. She has extensive training in ballet and holds a black belt in Okinawan karate.

Leah has been practicing yoga since 1997, and teaching since 1999. She was initially drawn towards a vigorous power vinyasa style practice. But with personal injuries through the years has been drawn to a gentler, restorative and individual therapeutic based practice.

Her powerful belief is that “Those who teach should never stop learning”. She holds her E-200 RYT and is currently working towards her 500-RYT and yoga therapist certification at Om Prana Yoga. She holds a specialized YogaFit Warrior certification for healing PTSD and brain injury through yoga and meditation. She is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine and attends many workshops in both yoga and cardiac care yearly.

She has studied with many teachers who have influenced her including, Doug Keller, Judith Hanson Lasater, Mary Richards, Max Strom, Aadil Palkhivala, Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling.

As a Reiki Master in the Usui lineage, she knows that Divine light and love can help empower others to find peace and healing in their hearts, spirits and bodies. She strives to be an ambassador for facilitating change and integrating the transformative power of alternative and complimentary yoga therapy techniques and philosophies into the western medical paradigm.