Meet Your ICT Yoga Fest Teachers for 2019
Jason Eric Belair
Growing up with chronic pain and a feeling of confusion about his wellness, Jason desired healing and a deep connection to the whole self. In the beginning years of self practice, he was able to release a disease in the spine that is supposedly “incurable” and felt the sensation of a pain free life. Since then, he has become a certified yoga instructor in Hawaii and traveled across North and South America for years sharing a healing mix of Sound Therapy, Story Telling, Meditation and Yoga to dissolve the experience of disease, drama, and depression from the community.
Amber has experienced, firsthand, the transformative power of the practices of yoga. From her own transformation and deep wish to grow, came the opportunity to partner with other like-minded people and form Wichita Body Studio to share individual and small group yoga and meditation instruction with students and clients right here in our community. Amber is a CMT, LMT, E-RYT 200 and YACEP with teaching certifications from Shambhava School of YogaTM-yoga and meditation. She is a 2008 graduate of the Kansas College of Chinese Medicine-600 hour Massage and Oriental Bodywork, 2008 National Certification in Massage & Bodywork, and 2003 graduate of Rockhurst University.
Christina’s belief in the power of healing through movement started over 15 years ago with flow and fire dance. She is a pioneer in Wichita’s performing arts scene and a veteran performer with the premier fire dance troupe, Phlox. A casual yoga practitioner since her early 20's, in 2015 Christina strengthened her practice with a 200 hour Yoga Alliance teacher certification through Wichita’s Siva Yoga School and aerial silks teacher training at Atlanta’s Circus Arts Institute. In 2016, she received an AeroZen aerial yoga instructor certification through Zen Body in Tulsa. Her studio, Flow Foundry, offers unique and challenging fitness instruction specializing in the arts of flow, aerial yoga, aerial silks, and hula hoop dance.
At age 25, Jared, his wife Paige, and two friends were driving home from a hockey game when they were struck by a drunk driver going over 120 mph. Jared barely escaped death, surviving 2nd and 3rd degree burns on half of his body. He endured more than 50 surgeries, and was left with a lifetime of pain and loss of functionality. Even worse, his bride of only six months was killed in the crash. Jared sank into a deep depression,had trouble recognizing himself in the mirror and battled feelings of resentment towards the person who caused this situation. He was truly at a crossroad in his life, torn between giving up and surviving.With the love and support of his family and friends, Jared was able to find a new perspective that helped him emerge from the darkness. He realized the value of gratitude and forgiveness, and became determined to recover beyond the doctors’ diagnoses.Jared had a realization that he could surpass mere survival… he could FIRE BACK.
Katerina has been teaching yoga for over 30 years. She holds multiple certifications in yoga as well as Pilates, Somatic Movement, Body Ball Rolling, Dance and A.C.E. She has taken well over 3,000 hours of yoga training and is in an ongoing study program with Kausthub Desikachar, son of TKV Desikachar, and grandson of Sri Krishnamacharya.
Laura Jo Peck
Laura is certified by Next Generation Yoga to teach ages 8-13 children's yoga. Currently she teaches at Sunshine Family Yoga and the Boys and Girls Club. Teaching children's yoga ties together two things she is extremely passionate about, the power of yoga and the world of child development! After being introduced to some aspects of yoga as a child by her mother, she eventually found my own yoga practice at the beginning of college, finding it to be an avenue of healing, freedom, and possibility. She enjoys teaching classes that allow kids to laugh and connect to themselves and those around them.
Loc started his fitness journey with Taekwondo, becoming a 3rd Degree Black Belt and then a Blue Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, before teaching martial arts for over 5 years. Soon after graduating college, he took up hot yoga and fell in love with the art. He graduated with his RYT-200 in the Fall of 2017 and continues to travel around the world practicing yoga. Loc became a Certified AcroYoga International Instructor at the end of the Summer 2018, and earned a certification in Thai Yoga Massage through Modern Thai School. He is currently based out of Seattle teaching weekly yoga & AcroYoga classes. For Loc, yoga is more than just the asana, it’s a lifestyle one practices on a daily basis to reach their higher self physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Jana Maldonado is a dedicated practitioner and teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.She is a certified Kundalini Yoga Institute teacher and a member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association. Currently she teaches at White Dove Wichita, Haus of Clairity, and Ascension Living Via Christi.She teaches with a heart of gratitude and claims her greatest joy is sharing this beautiful practice, inspiring all to find wholeness, radiance and connected bliss.
Jeana is a dedicated mom/wife as well as a practicing yoga student, teacher, and owner of Little Rabbit Yoga Studio. She’s passionate about helping students create balance, sustainable practices, and living yoga both on and off the mat. She started practicing yoga back in 2015 while she was pregnant with her daughter Alice. After giving birth two months early, she turned back to yoga to help heal from postpartum depression. Jeana completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2017 and felt she had to name her online studio after the inspiration to start yoga in the first place, her Little Rabbit. In addition to online classes, workshops, and intensives, she also teach a few traveling classes a week in the Hutchinson, Kansas area, at various local businesses and a few in person retreats a year.
Like so many, the physical practice is where Roxanne began her journey into yoga. Six years ago, she started attending group yoga classes to rehab a knee surgery. Over the years, her practice has expanded into a fundamental lifestyle, living each moment as an embodiment of yoga. This practice helped her discover the authentic self by connecting the physical form with the emotional being, and ultimately the spiritual.She completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2017. Her teaching style cultivates a playful environment blending strength, breath, affirmation, and flow. Yoking of body, mind, and spirit are always encouraged.
Danielle McCoy has been studying Healing Arts for 14 years and Yoga for 18 years. Her passion to make the healing arts more accessible led her to Eastwind School of Holistic Health in Iowa City in 2006. There she studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in relation to Shiatsu massage, Swedish massage, aromatherapy, flower essences, Reflexology, Reiki and other energy healing techniques. The desire to share Reiki with others led her seek further attunements and become a teacher. To deepen her practice and further her skill set for healing, she completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2010 at Nosara Yoga Institute in Nosara, Costa Rica. Danielle is the owner of Fruitful Roots, a mother of three and teaches at Yoga Central.
Kasey is a RYT 200 certified teacher, receiving her training through Yoga For You in Wichita, Ks. She also enjoys teaching meditation and is certified through Shambhava Yoga in Colorado. She is a currently training with Ashley Turner and has attended trainings with Doug Keller. She believes that yoga should be approached with compassion for yourself and feels that yoga has the ability to heal and transform. Her classes are designed to interweave vinyasa flow, music and mediation.
Nicole uses her understanding of anatomy, breathwork, and mindfulness to connect the mind and the body in her classes. Her goal in teaching is helping people learn something about themselves that they can utilize on and off the mat. Nicole has extensive training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and the therapeutic applications of yoga. When she is not teaching yoga, Nicole Scheopner works as a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in respiratory support for breath and voice. She enjoys incorporating these specialties into her classes and providing practical tools for daily life.
Saovany is an RYT 200 and believes that yoga has brought her many gifts. It has taught her to be a better and healthier person, allowing her to become brave and courageous as she practices and teaches yoga. It helps her to practice kindness to both others, as well as herself, giving her authentic, honest and genuine relationships. Saovany loves the people that she have been able to connect with and learn from through her journey of yoga. She looks forward to growing and sharing that love with all of her students.
David believes yoga asana disciplines the body, balance and proprioceptions. In 2017, he journeyed to the Himalayas of Nepal to further study yoga and complete his 200 Hr. Yoga Teacher Training . Between this incredible YTT and much self study, the yogi philosophy has over time reshaped who he is today: stronger, more flexible and open minded, but above all, he learned gratitude for this life as it is! His yoga practice teaches him to be present in the moment with less expectations and more gratitude! As a teacher, he is humbled and honored with any opportunity to share his personal collection of knowledge with another person that's interested!
Jackie began practicing yoga 12 years ago as a way to cultivate calm in her busy life. She found that it not only settled and focused her mind but strengthened her body. In 2011, she followed her dream of helping others and completed her first 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification and later completed Hot Asana’s Yoga Teacher Training to become an E-RYT 200 and a YACEP. For Jackie, yoga is all about the connections and community that are created. She sees it as an opportunity to be surrounded by positive-minded people and a way to become your best self.
Christince , 200 E-RYT, has been teaching yoga in Wichita for over 5 years. She first started yoga during the pregnancy of her first of four children. Once she discovered Ashtanga yoga, she began a committed daily practice and the journey to teaching and sharing her passion of Ashtanga. Christince has received training under Siva Yoga in Wichita and Ashtanga training under Tim Feldmann and Kino MacGregor in Miami, FL. Christince fully integrates all aspects of the teachings of Patanjali into her classes in a very inclusive and accessible way. She truly believes in what yoga has to offer on a physical, mental, and spiritual level and loves helping people find ease and joy in following their own paths.
Kelsea always knew she wanted to be a teacher and after getting her Masters Degree in Education, spent 10 years teaching Kindergarten. Along the way she fell in love with yoga after it healed a persistent back injury. She knew she wanted to help others see the good it could do in their own lives, so she completed her 200 hour teacher training through YogaWorks, and has been honored to teach ever since. She believse that yoga is being able to get your body and mind working as one towards a goal that will both challenge you and change you. It is accepting where you are, striving to be better than you are, and knowing it is an ongoing journey you will never finish. This is how she came up with the name Limitless Yoga Studio. It reminds her that no matter how advanced you may become, there is always something more to strive towards.
Amy, LMT and CMT of Massage at Yoga Central and Co-Owner of Yoga Central, has been practicing Massage Therapy for 12 years. She acquired her Certification at the 600hr level through Butler County Community College, and now works with a variety of clients ranging from athletes, individuals who are living with MS, Parkinson's, chronic pain and those seeking overall health and wellness. She believes the power of touch can facilitate a healthy Physical and Emotional Life.