Wendy, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)
E-RYT 500, E-RYT 200, MBA, MA, Reiki Master Usui
Wendy 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, the UK, 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 was initiated into the Himalayan Institute tradition 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. Wendy is certified in Advanced Yoga Wall Therapeutics.
Wendy 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’s belief 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, E-RYT 200 Yoga Teacher
Robb 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. Robb has studied with Judith Hanson Lasater. He is certified in Advanced Yoga Wall Therapeutics.
Melinda, 200 Hr Registered Yoga Teacher
Melinda has been practicing yoga for 15+ years. She had a 35 year career working in Corporate America and was suffering with chronic pain and health issues. While working and juggling all that life has to offer she was also constantly in her doctors office trying to figure out what was wrong with her health, undergoing all types of serious medical tests. She started practicing yoga before work, attending yoga classes, and focusing on self-care and determined that the culprit for her health issues was stress. The results of a regular yoga practice were the cure for her pain.
Melinda just completed her RYT 200 Yoga Certification and she is excited to teach and practice at Om Prana Yoga. Her yoga philosophy includes teaching classes that help others feel relaxed, calm, focused and healthy. We are all here to take care of ourselves, support each other and take our practice from our yoga mat out into the world. Melinda believes it is important to help people smile, laugh and have fun. Yoga can help improve our lives, it is for everyone 🙂
Nancy, Pilates Instructor
Nancy is a Registered Nurse (RN), has been employed at same hospital for 37 years and currently works in the operating room. She began taking Pilates classes as a physical activity that she enjoyed so much she took the Stott Pilates Training program. Nancy loves to teach and witness her students make changes to their bodies while they shift to a more positive attitude towards themselves. Her classes are fun, lighthearted, a great stress reliever, and full of laughter and care. (Nancy was Wendy’s first Pilates teacher.) Nancy leads her classes in a non-competitive way that guides students to progress at their own level and pace. She is completing her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Om Prana.
Tori, 500 Hr Yoga 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.
JoJo, Om Prana Greeter & Yoga Therapy Dog
JoJo is a Labrador & Treeing Tennessee Brindle mix and loves to howl at our neighborhood rabbits and chase raccoons on yoga retreats. JoJo is often shy towards humans, but seems to know just the right moment when to step in and provide humor, comfort or cuddles when needed in a yoga therapy session. She was adopted from Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter where she gives 4 paws up to anyone considering adopting a dog or cat looking for a forever home.