Instructors: The Sweet Peace Team
Emily has practiced yoga for the past 13 years. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with the Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico. She has also studied and trained with various teachers in Seattle and St. Louis. Emily practices and teaches Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga. Throughout her classes, she is committed to teaching proper alignment and finding a pace to the practice that is both challenging and nurturing to the body. Emily takes the time to explain poses and provide her students with modifications that are most appropriate for their practice. Emily also shares pieces of yoga philosophy that promote wellness and balance, and guides her students in developing meditative habits that focus the mind.
Emily is passionate about sharing her respect and love for yoga, and assisting her students in developing a practice that is enjoyable and rewarding.
Additionally, Emily has her Master of Arts in Counseling and works as a Mental Health Therapist. She approaches therapy from a holistic perspective, and believes that meditation and yoga are significant to sustaining emotional and psychological balance.
Off the yoga mat, Emily enjoys hiking, walking her dogs, baking vegan treats, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Madonna understands firsthand the healing power of yoga on the mind, body, and spirit. In 2010, she received her training from the Kripalu Center and her Children’s yoga certification through Yoga to Grow. Madonna received her Ayurveda Certification from Kripalu in December 2013. Madonna is dedicated to creating a safe place to heal, grow, and transform through yoga.
Melissa received her 200-hour certification in 2007 from St. Louis Yoga Source. She continued to pursue a deeper understanding of the art of yoga from leading teachers around the country, and through her own practice, curiosity, and love of reading. Melissa enjoys sharing her passion for yoga with students of all abilities. Her classes offer the opportunity to slow down from the hectic pace of life. In class, her students are encouraged to observe and savor all the flavors and sensations of the physical yoga practice in order to explore the range of possibilities within the postures. Mindful breathing and stillness are incorporated to create a sensation of peace in both the mind and body.
Dana Sutter began practicing yoga over 15 years ago in an effort to expand her workout repertoire, and yoga soon became a way for her to clear her mind and bring her focus to the present moment. Her background in occupational therapy has influenced her understanding of the anatomical basis and physiological benefits of yoga postures. This led her to complete Pam Schulte's 200-hour teacher training in 2015. Dana’s classes center around the concept of moving from simple to complex poses, preparing the body along the way. Whether teaching an energetic vinyasa flow or a slower, more grounding practice, she strives to offer options and modifications in each class to suit all ability levels.
Michaela began teaching gymnastics and ballet 20 years ago in Rosenheim, Germany. Then taught Pilates in fitness clubs and schools. Ten years ago, she opened a Pilate's studio in her hometown in Germany. Michaela moved to the USA 5 years ago and found her passion and love of yoga, which led her to attend yoga teacher training at Prana Yoga, St. Louis in 2014 and finished in July, 2015.
Michaela teaches mixed vinyasa, a more traditional yoga class that moves through a series of specific postures in a prescribed order, an energetic class to create heat :)
"Sei ein Kämpfer und kein Angsthase"
translation~"Be a warrior not a worrier"
Jeni has completed two 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Courses, one through Yoga Source and then one through Yoga Six to further enhance her education.
Jeni's classes are based on Vinyasa flow and integrate elements of other styles of yoga such as Yin, Restorative, Prana Flow, and Kundalini. Her background in ballet and traditional dance further enhance her class offerings
Yoga found me in 1998 and has since become a life-enhancing journey. Yoga affords honest and simple quality of life while expanding essence to allow for comfortable space within.
In 2012, I completed Pam Schulte Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher training. In 2013, I completed a Yin certification course with Jee Moon at Urban Breath in St. Louis, MO. In 2014, I returned to Urban Breath to complete a 20 hour prenatal yoga certification with Stacy Broussard. I am currently working towards a certification in Kids Therapeutic Yoga with Lisa Roberts and am enjoying tapping into a youthful and playful side.
Lynny is a certified Yoga Instructor with Yoga Alliance and a Yoga to Grow Instructor ages 3-11. She enjoys sharing her yoga knowledge with adults and embracing her inner child teaching children. She has been practicing yoga for 8 years and emphasizing the whole mind, body and spirit of Yoga. Her classes are challenging, fun and relaxing. Her mottos are "Life is short...make fun of it." And "Blessed are the flexible as they will not get bent out of shape!"
Lynn specializes in Hatha Yoga which is a gentle form of Yoga with a slow to medium paced class.
Natasha Baebler, is an individual with multiple disabilities, a Rehabilitation Counselor, and Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. Through her practice, Natasha recognized barriers to full access. First physical, and later instructional. Teacher training programs discuss welcoming all students into class. Yet, few teachers are equipped with the skills necessary to provide a full yogic experience to all students. Natasha is all about opening yoga to anyone who wants to experience its benefits. This means braking down physical barriers and ensuring Yoga is offered with modifications. Allowing the student to open their mind to receive the benefits of yoga. Visit Natasha's Website U can Do Yoga at http://www.udforyoga.com.
Peggy has been teaching yoga at Sweet Peace since 2011. She completed her 200 YTT with Emmet Schmelig and Jen Jones through Yoga Source. After almost twenty years of nursing in emergency medicine, yoga was an instant love. As a student, she began to find calm and peace in her life, both on and off the mat. As an avid athlete, she found the perfect connection with breath work, focus and stretching. In 2012, she completed her first half ironman in Napa Valley California. These days, she incorporates her love to nurture and teach with a gentle, yet athletic approach, guiding her students to move from the inside. She encourages kindness, compassion and acceptance both on and off the mat. She practices her love and light mantra to stay balanced and steady.
Becky Vollmer, E-RYT500, has been teaching yoga since 2006. Becky believes yoga is much more than a series of postures… rather, it’s a frame of mind to be lived on and off the mat. Whether you're new to yoga or a more experienced practitioner looking to go deeper, you’ll enjoy Becky’s classes – interactive and informal, a little bit sweaty, filled with hands-on adjustments, and offering something for everyone. Her style is influenced by her longtime teacher, Pam Schulte in St. Louis, as well as a number of master teachers with whom she has studied, including Kitty Daly, Saul David Raye, Tias Little, Elena Brower and Noah Mazé. Her goal is to leave students feeling happy, energized, inspired – and, most of all, ready to do it all over again! Find her online at www.beckyvollmeryoga.com
Liz received her Yoga Teacher Training through the tutelage of Pam Schulte of "Just Practice Yoga". The first 100 hours of this training focused on Ashtanga Yoga and the second 100 hours emphasized Hatha & Vinyasa yoga styles. Liz has practiced Occupational Therapy and has specialized in hand therapy for the past 28 years. She is respectful of maturing joints, while still improving balance, strength, and flexibility.