Teachers

 

Cassie Bridgforth

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As a runner and CrossFitter, Cassie is passionate about the importance of mobility. She firmly believes that a mobile body can avoid injury and reduce the aches, pains, and stiffness that accompany the modern lifestyle.

Through her pose and alignment knowledge, she strives to teach her students the proper mechanics of the posture.  She emphasizes moving with purpose, not allowing the body to passively move between postures but to demonstrate strength throughout the entire range of motion.

Cassie received her RYT 200 through Yoga Maze’ in January 2015. She has studied with Rocky Heron, Dice Iida-Klein, Briohny Smyth, Kathryn Budig, Robert Boustany, and completed prenatal/post-partum training with Linda Spackman.

When she’s not sweating, Cassie is playing at the park with her toddler, Chief; dabbling in the kitchen; or planning her family’s next trip to the mountains.

Clare Costello

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Clare's yoga journey began in attempt to find grounding and balance that her life lacked. She received her 200 hour RYT training from Rocky Heron of YogaMaze. She has studied around 150 hours with Robert Boustany and is continuing studying and deepening her knowledge of his Pralaya methodology. Clare has taken chanting courses and workshops with Linda Spackman. She plans to continue studying under Linda as well.

Clare graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Health and Exercise Science degree and gained a much deeper understanding of anatomical alignment and physiology.

She was a high level gymnast in her youth and has always felt naturally well-oriented in space. Her classes are slow and meditative, allowing time to properly align and breathe. She has studied Asian and yogic philosophy both in school and in her free time, so one can count on integration of these in her classes. Clare is a musician, which is another aspect of her practice and spiritually-driven life.

Cory Punto

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Cory began teaching in 2010 with a certification from YogaFit Training Systems. In 2015, she completed her 200 hr track with Yoga Mazé. She is set to complete a 500 hr certification, with her final hours obtained from the Prajna Yoga School.  

Practice discussions will center around alignment and engagement of anatomy, and mobility through balanced strength. All are welcome and can expect to be guided with compassion and encouragement at any level of experience.

Aside from Yoga, Cory is passionate about education, family, design, and the wonders of the natural world.

Jade Arellano

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As a former long distance runner, Jade initially found yoga to increase core strength and mile per minute. What unfolded was something much deeper than strong abs and cutting a few minutes off her race time. Her yoga practice has evolved over the decade she has been implementing it into her daily life, and she has found that yoga is not always a physical practice and it doesn’t always happen inside of a studio. She does prefer her asana practice to occur in a heated room, and prefers standing to inverting. Her favorite part about teaching is making her students laugh.

Born in Tucson and raised in Albuquerque, Jade calls herself a displaced desert dweller. And while she misses the cactus and the dry air, her love for Oklahoma and it’s yoga community is strong. She is currently raising two small humans with her husband. She is also the Founder and Herbalist at Prairie Bloom Botanicals, and Clinical Nutritionist at Wellness Speaks. She co-hosts the Wellness Speaks Podcast as well, and enjoys finding little known gems of fun in small towns in Oklahoma. Some of her favorites are the Endangered Ark Foundation, an elephant rescue in Hugo, OK and digging for crystals in the Great Salt Plain Wildlife refuge near Jet, OK. She can also be found catching up on the latest functional medicine research and self-experimenting with optimal health techniques.

Jennie Pletsch

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I have been teaching studio classes, private clients, and corporate classes including but not limited to teaching yoga at Balanced Bodies Jiu Jitsu and Yoga, The Yoga Room, one of Tulsa's first studios, Maynard Family Chiropractic guiding patients in one on one foundations exercise sessions, and leading classes in corporate retreats addressing secondary post traumatic stress for those who counsel the youth in Tulsa as a nonprofit. I currently teach traditional mat and aerial yoga workshops and classes in OKC at Nas Woodstock Yoga House, and Magic Tree. I also sometimes teach ropes yoga, chair yoga and meditation at Yoga Home of Therapeutics.

My teaching focus is in asana movement with body alignment and individual anatomy in mind. I love to teach breath based flow in order to create a meditative space for the mind. I live to teach about the fact that our skeletal structures vary from person to person and the way each of us moves through our yoga practice can vary wildly to in order to maximize longevity of our practice without injury or in order to learn to work with our past injuries and while promoting optimum joint health! I invite my students to feel their body and decide what is best for them as I offer many options to feel pose variations out in their bodies. I also love to lead students in the deeper level informed use of pranayama, mudras, and guided meditations when and if they desire to explore these areas of yogic practice!

Kennady Ritter

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Certified through YogaWorks 200 RYT—a vinyasa/alignment based teaching program. Kennady enjoys providing a Palo Santo snug and safe environment. She began teaching in the summer of 2018, cultivating a passion for yoga since 2014. Yoga’s ability to improve resilience while promoting a softer conversation with oneself, has kept Kennady on the mat. She often integrates tactile cues as well as props, to allow a deeper understanding of postures. Music depends on the mood and the flow follows suite. Organic movement is encouraged but breathing is required.

Lindsay Burkhart

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Lindsay is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, Herbal Alchemist and Certified Personal Trainer. She has studied movement her whole life, using movement as meditation came naturally and was incorporated into her daily practices at a young age. She fell in love with yoga after years of intense, high risk sports and was immediately drawn to the practice of linking movement with breath. Consistent practice has brought transformation to her body, soul, and most noticeably, her mind. She loves the way yoga brings stillness and peace to her inner Self and awareness to her daily experiences.

Lindsay’s passion for living a life of her highest potential inspires her to remain a humble student with a deep commitment to personal growth.

Her classes are influenced by her background in dance and fitness, and inspired by a state of moving meditation. She uses repetitive, creative sequencing with room to play and experiment, encouraging you to move through edges into endless possibility.

Private sessions with Lindsay can include postural assessment, personalized asana sequences and alignment, meditation and pranayama guidance, energy work and Thai massage.

Monica Godsey

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Monica began her yoga journey in late 1999, studying Hatha-style yoga with author and yogi, Kimberly Byer-Nelson. Initially, yoga felt like a way to unify her background in dance and various other aspects of athletics and physical fitness. Through the years, yoga has become a place of comfort and challenge, continually offering new places to go and new elements of practice both on, and off the mat. Monica will complete her 200 hour RYT in April, and looks forward to sharing a healing and strengthening practice of yoga, while growing with students.  

Whitney Haney 

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Yoga has been a friend in my life that I am blessed to share with others.   There’s a type and style of yoga for everyone.   Find the flow that fits your personality and I promise you that you will never be alone again.   Yoga will be there when no one else can be.   You have to find the practice that brings you closer to your divinity.  If I have a place in that process, well, namaste.

Valerie Sebesyen

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"I do not fear the fire of self discovery, it will not burn me, it will burn what I am Not.”

Non-gender.

H e a r t s not Parts.

Re-m e m b r a n c e of Self

and a deep return to Tribe

and Natural Law

Raising Consciousness

Increasing Dance, Play, and our capacity to return to our inner child,

are some things I stand for.

G r e e t i n g s Earthling.

I’m Valerie Sebestyen, and I’ve been a S e e r my entire life.

I’ve used this gift for over 20 years with a camera both my own private expressions and alongside a formal Bachelors degree in it, multiple internships including living and shooting weddings in NYC.

I have been shooting weddings since I was 16, my first in Massachusetts and my second wedding in Tennessee. I quickly fell in love with melting into the energy of all different cultures all over the country.

When I arrived to college, the demand of my job on my body (back, neck, wrists) felt detrimental and was wearing me thin.

       A slew of multiple near death experiences where I went to the white space and was pulled out of my body, is how the Universe started screaming at me I needed to stop playing safe with my gifts and Start Living My Soul Signature.

      I started my yoga journey 6 years ago which was the first time I invited in a consistent element of devotion and ritual. I would go to multiple classes a day to purge and d r o p in to my body on a deep energetic level. I started reading everything I could get my hands on and meditating every evening without a miss.

        My first 200 hour was with Dice Iida-Klein and Briohny Smyth. I fell in love with learning Sanskrit, sequencing, finding and empowering my voice. After their training I craved more. I did another 200 hour with Baptiste Power Institute in Kalani Hawaii and Sundance Utah. The format was Meditation+Asana+Inquiry, 3x a day with an emphasis on the Elements, a sequence known as Journey into Power, and Deep confrontation. I L o v e d it, and it was the best investment of my entire life- H a n d s D o w n . I continued my journey with additional Baptiste trainings.

I saw the more money I spent on myself no matter how terrifying it felt- I was activating dormant DNA, and the next years were the highest income (jumping full tax brackets) because I saw I AM WORTH THE LARGEST investment. Yoga empowered me to de-program scarcity mindset.

I bought myself a house at 24, never having worked for anyone but myself-the results never lie.

The results were all I needed to see this was the most Loving choice I could’ve made for myself, even when in the beginning I was making dangerously risky monetary decisions. When you grow up without an empowered childhood, this is the result. We must accept the cards we were dealt. We may choose victimhood or we may choose Radical self Love.

This led me into investing additional trainings with Ana Forrest herself, in Forrest yoga which is rooted deeply in our primal blueprint, and a strong element of Native American culture.

After Forrest yoga I dove into and got certified in Buti Yoga, a style which combines Kundalini, Vinyasa, African Tribal Dance, and a mix of hip hop and calisthenics.  

Today, I combine all of my continued education, paired with being Reiki Master attuned, and attending long term Shamanic trainings to hone in my seeing and sharpen my skills to show up for my Self and my clients in a B i g g e r way.

I stand for Empowerment of all Beings, period.

I stand for returning to our Tribe mentality.

I facilitate a space when I teach that allows both- students to get curious and push harder, or students to surrender and take child’s pose or savasana- for the entire class.

When I teach I see the entire room as a collective One. I speak to what I see is missing from a space of play and deep self love.

Aside from photography and yoga I have been show jumping horses for over 20 years, I love solo camping trips with my Rhodesian Ridgeback daughter, Kenya, I dance every day through my body or hula hoops, silk fans, or a steel mace. I play the Harp, I love Olympic lifting and have competed in power lifting competitions, I road cycle, and I love platonic cuddle puddles.