Ellie uses a direct approach to moving safely through traditional poses and sun salutations, with focus on breath connection and bandhas.
Zach is a certified yoga instructor through various school around the globe. He shares with the intention on drawing the practitioner to an experience of Self awareness and assist in cultivating Self knowledge. Yoga became a major part of his life when he could no longer see the purpose in chasing lust and greed. He moved to Costa Rica to immerse in a life of solitude, after years of traveling across the world he started to share what his teachers had passed onto him. His classes are often lined with humor and conducted with out music.
The first time Carol practiced yoga, she felt a connection to the simple, yet beautiful deep well of peace in the center of her being. It felt like coming home. She has been chasing that feeling ever since. She loves the calming effect yoga has on her body, and especially on her over-active mind. The balance and ever deepening level of awareness she finds in her daily practice continues to ground yet elevate her everyday experiences.
In 2004, Carol completed her first teacher training at the 200 hour level. She realized then she only dipped her little toe in the ocean of knowledge yoga holds. A passion and fire ignited within her soul to search for Truth. She spent the following years in deep study, attending numerous weekend workshops and classes with amazing teachers, including Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois, as well as extensive study with her most beloved teacher Tim Miller, with whom she completed 100 hours each in primary, intermediate and advanced series. The more she studies the more she realizes she doesn't know anything, and Truth is ever elusive. Her passion and love for the mystery of yoga has only deepened her desire to continually inquire within, for the seeker she is at heart understands that within is where the universe resides. In fall of 2016 Carol made her first pilgrimage to India, where she studied with some beautiful unknown teachers, as well as Saraswathi Jois. She plans to continue these pilgrimages every few years to steep herself in the deep lineage of Ashtanga and Hatha yoga, and to for the simple pleasure of just being a student. She now realizes she will never be done learning. "And the road goes on forever and the party never ends..."
Lily started her yoga practice while in her mama’s womb and is oh-so grateful for the space & stoke it provides in her life. Having taught for over 4 years, she offers an anatomically based feel-good flow. She is honored to be apart of the yoga community in this biggest little city where she was born & raised.
Lily offers an anatomically based feel-good flow. These classes are about how good it feels to move in organic ways, to manually unwind the habitual ruts in your mind and to move the tension & the trauma out of your body (and get some blood in your brain!). She fully believes that yoga is for everyone and hopes to see you on the mat.
Loren leads Warm Vinyasa Mondays and Tuesdays at 4:!5p.
Ever since her first yoga class at the local YMCA in high school, yoga has found a way into Megan’s life. Fifteen years later, in 2014, after exploring various types of yoga and inspired by her many teachers, she completed her 200 RYT training. Megan is enthusiastic about sharing her love of yoga with her students and helping them find balance between strength and surrender and to feel empowered in their practice. In her classes, you will experience a vigorous, vinyasa flow-based sequence, moving from standing postures to the mat, exploring ways to move deeper into poses--finding stability, grounding, and release.
Megan is a yoga student first and teacher second. She came to the mat on accident and stays because that's where she most frequently meets her best self. She considers her practice her partner in being good at living and sees teaching yoga as how she can add value and be useful.
Megan’s teaching style leans heavily on humor. She’s a fan of using props to access otherwise unavailable postures. She relishes coaching and cheering her students to successfully and safely discover postures they once saw as a no-go and is grateful that yoga studios offer people a place where postures like Happy Baby are socially acceptable.
Megan teaches All-Levels Power Yoga on Fridays at 5:30pm.
I believe in a therapeutic, orthopedic, anatomy-based approach to movement in the body. My love for yoga started in 2001 and following my path to teaching, became a certified 200RYT in 2005 from the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA through the amazing teachings of Ganga White and Tracey Rich. Not long after receiving my yoga certification I was introduced to the Pilates method. I realized the synergetic relationship Yoga and Pilates could offer to truly connect the body to mindful movement. I then pursued my Pilates training and received my Reformer I, II, III certification through Balanced Body University. After becoming a mother in 2010, I received my children's yoga certification in San Francisco, CA so I could give my daughters and other children the gift of yoga in their lives. I'm always continuing my education and am most recently working on my 500RYT through Yoga Medicine. I am continuing this journey expanding my depth of knowledge and working closely with healthcare practitioners to provide yoga and Pilates as medicine for both the body and mind.
Annie teaches Power & Restore 5:30 Thursdays at MCY, and she teaches private and semi-private Pilates in her home studio. http://theconcretelotus.com/
Amber & Eric lead Acrobatic Yoga Monday nights at 8:00pm, and once monthly weekend workshops.
Amber and Eric focus on a progression-based, student-centered teaching model with emphasis on building community and trust. We strive to foster a safe playful environment of shared strength, mobility and balance. We offer a range of partner acrobatics and hand balance techniques as well as flying and grounded acropeutics. We practice and teach positive verbal and non-verbal communication as an essential part of successful acrobatic partnerships. Each student will learn safe basing, flying and spotting techniques for the skills that are offered in our classes. Come play with us!
Becca began practicing yoga in 2008. After a few years of dabbling in different styles of yoga, she started attending Ashtanga classes at Studio 8 with Carol Lyons, and it felt like she was coming home. She fell in love with the quiet, rhythmic consistency of Mysore-style Ashtanga and the way it transformed her body and mind.
In 2014, Becca traveled to Encinitas, California to complete Tim Miller's Primary Series Teacher Training and started to teach at Studio 8 shortly thereafter. She continues to visit Tim at least once a year to absorb his teachings, and she follows Carol's guidance and leadership at home. She fells blessed to be part of this lineage and the worldwide Ashtanga community, and she hopes to share her love of this practice with others.
Doug teaches our free/donation based Eye Opener class Tuesday nights at 7. He shares a practice geared towards, but definitely not limited to, those dealing with addictions and life challenges. Whether it's your first time in yoga or have a seasoned practice, this class of yoga/breathing/discussion is for everyone looking to strengthen mind, body & soul to help with the everyday struggles of life.
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A Pilates instructor since 2004, the transistion into Yoga Instructor was a natural 'next step'.
In addition to many Pilates trainings, I have now completed 200hr- YTT, and another 200hr YTT on consecutive years with We Are One YTT. Also, having completed an intensive training for Restorative Yoga at Ananda Village a year ago, I'm happy to offer that peaceful and meditative experience as well. As most instructors will agree, the training is never over and continuing to seek out growth through education is part of the offering we all bring to our practice and to our students. All are welcome!
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Jole Rector grew up in Reno, NV and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2009 with a BA in English Writing. After college she went through a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program in Reno 2009-2010 and began to teach yoga after the training. She also happened upon the circus arts around the end of the training--including aerial arts and partner acrobatics. She began to assist teaching partner yoga/acrobatics by 2011 and teaching aerial arts in 2012. In 2014 she got the opportunity to teach aerial yoga, fusing her knowledge of aerial arts and yoga. She enjoys teaching a practice where people can explore how their bodies move in space and observe what those movements feel like inside the body.
Kathleen Ames CYT has been teaching yoga since 2000, since then she has taught over 7,000 hours of yoga. Kathleen has had extensive training in over seven different yoga styles and is master of therapeutics. With her extensive knowledge of anatomy Kathleen is especially adept at individualizing instruction to each student's needs and working with overcoming and preventing students injuries. She loves to share the many health and healing benefits of her very own Gentle Bliss Yoga classes.
Kim has been practicing in the Reno area for over 12 years in various styles including Hatha, Bikram and Vinyasa. Having completed a 200-hr Satya Core Flow Yoga teaching training in June of 2013 and Reiki level I and II training she is more than excited and grateful to have opportunities to expand her yoga practice and community to include teaching. Kim hopes to create fun yet challenging vinyasa classes by sharing and making her love of yoga, arm balances and being upside down accessible to all levels, striving to create a safe and encouraging environment. The great outdoors is one of her favorite yoga studios and you can find her every year upside down out on the playa in the Black Rock Desert! She is extremely honored each day to be able to practice yoga, share space, knowledge and the love of continuing to learn with her friends and yoga community.
Heidi Michelle teaches a dharma-rich, gently demanding Vinyasa-flow practice with an emphasis on yoga as a practice ground for life. Initially inspired by Kundalini yoga, Heidi soon discovered Power Yoga and ventured more deeply into yoga philosophy, which help guide her daily actions, choices and teachings. Heidi offers retreats, workshops and Yoga Alliance-Certified Yoga Teacher Trainings in the United States, India, Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica.
Amber & Sylvia teach Family ACRO once monthly.
Edin began her journey with yoga 10 years ago when she wandered into The Yoga Shack, now Studio 8/Ashtanga Yoga Reno. In the last decade Edin not only developed her Ashtanga practice but expanded her personal practice to include other styles of yoga such as power yoga, iyengar, hatha, and hot yogas. Three years ago she felt the life calling to grow from practitioner to instructor and traveled across the world to Koh Samui, Thailand where she received her 200hr Hatha certification from Vikasa Yoga. Edin loves to offer a challenging class that incorporates different styles of yoga in a warm and comfortable space to great music. Her focus is on total body health, strength, increasing range of motion, building the connection between breath and body and leading the student to an optimal and space for self study and meditation.
Amy was raised in Reno by her yoga practicing mom and meditating grandma. In college she practiced Bikram yoga and found serenity in the consistently presented postures but eventually she just couldn't take the heat. A couple years later she began a modest home practice. One spring day Amy followed her friend Eleanor to an Ashtanga class and was pleased to discover a reliable series of movements and stretches that stimulated her both physically and mentally. Amy completed a 200 hour YTT with All Yoga Thailand on the island of Koh Samui in October 2014. She continued to travel throughout Southeast Asia for many months, finding inspiration from many wonderful teachers, places, and experiences.
I teach yoga because I believe in the practice. If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be a yoga teacher today, I would have laughed in your face. I was a gym rat, yoga was for hippies. I took my first yoga class on a whim. I thought savasana was stupid and forward folds were impossible. Something kept me coming back. That something was a desperate need from within, from my spirit, to connect with myself (I am now kind of a hippie after all). Three years later in 2007 I carted myself off to an ashram in Nederland, Co., the Shambhava School of Yoga, where I learned there is so much more than the gym style power yoga I was accustomed to. So, I studied very hard and earned my 200hr RYT certification. I came back to Reno excited to teach and continue my education. I enrolled in the personal training certification program at Truckee Meadows Community College where I furthered my studies in anatomy, exercise physiology, and kinesiology, and I began teaching yoga in gyms, studios, homes, and classrooms all over Reno. In 2010, life happened and a series of illness and loss forced me to put down my active personal and professional practice to heal myself and care for my loved ones. I lost a lot of faith in myself during those years. Even in the most difficult times, however, when I actually tried to lose faith in yoga, in that connection to myself, the practice would continue to break through the fog of hurt and fear and be my truth when there was no other truth. Yoga evolved into more than my physical practice; it became my way of life. There is nothing like yoga that I have found that holds you up during times of pain and difficulty and lifts you higher during times of celebration and joy. It is always accessible, because it is you: your body and your breath; a constant in chaos and in stillness. It is just our luck that yoga is also great for health and wellness physically, emotionally, and psychologically. The depth of the practice is fathomless and the list of benefits is endless. Most recently I have completed 45 prenatal training hours with Kim Allcock and Mandy Colbert at Yoga Loka and I look forward to welcoming expecting mommas to the practice! I am so happy to be teaching again and I look forward to meeting you in your practice and sharing some truth, love, and light. Thank you. Namasté