Nicole Peltier studied at Mount Madonna Center in the Santa Cruz mountains of California in 2000. She and her husband opened The Yoga Room in 2001. Her classes are creative and inclusive, all students seem to benefit and enjoy her style of teaching. She enjoys combining music of all kinds with her flow yoga classes and has been using live music to take her class experience to the next level. She also loves teaching beginners and mellow stretch classes. Most of her classes are powerful and energetic, so be prepared to go the distance. Check the website events page for her live music class schedule.
Narayani Melissa Swenning
Narayani completed her 300-hour Jivamukti teacher training at the Omega Institute in 2010. She has completed the 800 hour advanced Jivamukti certificate in NYC as an apprentice with Mentor Jessica Stickler whose devotion to the Jivamukti tenants and dedication to ahimsa is as reliable as the metronome. Narayani has been certified by the Sundara Trauma Sensitive training and the Street Yoga program. She continues to work with teens and other at risk populations doing hip-hop asana, chanting and Pranayama.
Narayani also studies Luminous Shabda with Manorama, whose remarkable and grounded teaching style keeps her students engaged. Manorama burns away the overcast skies blanketing the shores of the mind. Narayani is deeply grateful to Sharon Ji and David Ji, (founders of Jivamukti Yoga) for their fearless adherence to the yamas and their unique approach to asana. Narayani places all of the flowers that were once arrows at the feet of these teachers, and her first teachers: Tom Tobias and Nicole Peltier and their teachers and students and the gurus and lineage they stand in. Thank you for the grace.
Narayani also owes her strength as a teacher to her patient husband whose manner as a father and surgeon are their own beautiful yogic practice; her three children, three dogs and the garden that replaces her canvas for now.
2013 marks Holly's 13th year of teaching yoga and inspiring and empowering students to live the highest version of themselves. Holly has completed over 500 hours of Certified Teacher Training (Anusara, Baptiste Power and Prana Flow Vinyasa) and is certified as a Anusara-Inspired™ yoga teacher through the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga. Holly's teaching is steeped in the Anusara philosophy that everything in the world is an embodiment of Supreme Consciousness, which pulsates with goodness and the highest bliss. Holly passionately believes as a teacher she is the facilitator for the students process of connecting deeper with their authentic self. Holly believes that through the practice of yoga the student should realize, enliven and awaken to the intrinsic goodness within, and not stop there, but take that goodness and extend it out into the world.
In the words of Holly's students: "Holly challenges us to change our paradigm, she invites us to see opportunity in obstacle. She is courageous, she leads and teaches from her heart and asks her students to do the same, both on and off the mat. She helps us apply the teachings to our everyday lives. Holly is committed to bringing out the best in all of us". "Holly is well known for her challenging, intelligent and creative sequencing and unique teaching style that makes her a favorite with students looking to expand and adventure within themselves". In Holly's class you can expect to receive teaching on alignment, philosophy and living yoga optimally in all aspects of life. Holly lives in Tulsa Oklahoma with her husband Greg and 4 year old son Hagen. She has a passion for travel, reading and studying philosophy and nutrition. She has also been a Registered Dietitian (RD) for 16 years and is a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC).
Christine Hoagland, eRYT 500
Christine Hoagland, eRYT 500, is a graduate and senior Teacher of The Hard & the Soft Yoga Institute. Since 2004 Christine has been assisting the Institute's founder and director, Beryl Bender Birch, in workshops and teacher trainings all over the world.
After suffering several injuries from years of bending, twirling, jumping, flipping and falling through gymnastics, dancing, horseback riding and a few car accidents, yoga found Christine in 1998 and began to heal her body and mind. Yoga has been a part of her daily life ever since.
Christine’s teaching empowers each student to realize their own inner strength. She shares her love of the practice of yoga with others, to inspire them to practice yoga both on and off the mat. Christine and her husband had their first child (a son) in January 2012.
Kris Allison (ERYT-200)
After taking her first yoga class, Kris immediately recognized the positive way that yoga affected her body and mind. In order to be able to share the healing benefits of yoga with others, Kris completed her training in 2006 at the school of Hot Yoga in Washington, DC. Since then she has continued her training in asana, anatomy, and yogic philosophy, in order to evolve her own practice and instruction. She also believes that her students are her greatest teachers and is continually learning through them.
Kris strives to make all of her classes a positive and welcoming experience for students of all levels. She emphasizes the importance of making yoga a safe haven. Where students are allowed to challenge themselves without judgment. Connection to breath, listening to one’s own body and laughter are all encouraged in her classes.
Celeste McNeal is a Doula, Childbirth Educator and Yoga Instructor. Celeste has a sincere passion for helping women connect with their babies at all stages of pregnancy. She, herself, was raised in a family that honors love, natural health, and nutrition. She is a certified Prenatal Yoga teacher and a Pure Birth Teacher.
Rebecca Ward, CYST, CYET, RYT, BSN, RN
Rebecca is a certified Svaroopa® Yoga teacher (C.S.Y.T) , Certified Embodyment® Therapist (C.E.T.) and Registered Yoga Teacher (R.Y.T) at the 500-hour level; holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (B.S.N.), and is a practicing Registered Nurse (R.N.) in the state of Oklahoma.
She has studied with Rama Berch, founder and creator of Svaroopa® Yoga, at Master Yoga Teaching Institute, La Jolla, California. Her studies include extensive training in asana (pose) with alignments and personal adjustments, anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy, meditation, pranayama (breath) and mudras, and the sutras as they pertain to yoga therapy. After graduating from the Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher Training in 2007, Rebecca continues to broaden her knowledge and experience in advanced studies of yoga and holistic healthcare working towards Certification in Medical Yoga Therapy.
Ongoing Group classes are held Sunday 1:00-2:30
Rebecca is offering by appointment: Yoga Therapy, Embodyment Therapy, and Yoga Classes. Yoga classes may be private, semi-private or small groups.
Svaroopa® Yoga is a powerfully transformative practice that is simple and amazingly effective. Svaroopa® Yoga is technique for opening your body to find your SELF. It utilizes a radically different approach than most modern styles of yoga. This style of yoga creates a core opening by releasing the tensions in the deepest layers of your body. This happens without sweat or strain because Svaroopa® Yoga is not exercise, but a scientific maximization of the body’s natural capacities. It begins with the release of the muscles connected to your tailbone, the pivot point of your body. With enough release in your tailbone, your whole body will realign from the inside out. The changes will automatically extend down your legs through your hips, knees, ankles, and feet. Simultaneously, a domino effect of release will climb your spine through your sacrum, waist, rib cage, shoulders, neck and skull. This spinal release opens more space for the intervertebral discs and delicate nerve roots that command every muscle, bone, artery, organ, and gland in your body. This opening also lifts mechanical compression off your internal organs, improving their functioning. With less tension throughout your body, your vital systems find their natural balance. Continuing Group Classes are accessible to all: new or experienced yogis, if your body is in great shape or physically challenged, this yoga works for everyone. Each class includes guided relaxation, breathing, and poses with precise alignments and utilization of props to comfortably support your body, and hands-on adjustments. Lessons follow themes targeting specific goals while opening the spine from the tailbone through the sacrum, waist, and rib cage.
Clark Phipps is in Iyengar Teacher's training under the mentorship of Randy Just of Dallas. Learn specific alignment techniques for practicing the yoga postures. All levels can benefit but this is a Beginning Iyengar style class. Recommended Donation $10-$15, half the donations collected go to the SPCA.
Adrianne Rose is a dedicated and vibrant yogi who began her intensive study of yoga at the ashram Yoga Vidya Dham (Gurukul) in Nasik, India. Since 2004 she has dedicated her time and energy to all aspects of yoga, meditation, spirituality, Ayurveda and natural health with a passion and vigor. Her love for travel and adventurous spirit has allowed her to experience many styles and traditions of yoga from all over Asia, as well as the recent opportunity for international teaching in Thailand.
Not only understanding the importance that Yoga plays in an adult's life, she is a trained RECESS teacher; a practice that is designed for children to have fun while learning at a young age how to realize body awareness and control through yoga poses and games. She lives in a world of adventure, peace, lighthearted experience, and self reflection. Through these qualities she has found a passion for nurturing any beautiful human through their love of yoga and laughter.
Chris was first introduced to mindfulness practice when he began practicing Japanese Soto Zen in 1996 in San Jose, California. In 1998 Chris was introduced to yoga when he attended a Kundalini Yoga class in Cupertino, CA, but it was not until 2006 that he discovered Ashtanga Yoga after returning to Tulsa, OK. He was immediately drawn to the Ashtanga system and soon established the method as his primary yoga practice, studying under the guidance of his teacher, Christine Hoagland. Since then, Chris has also studied at numerous workshops with teachers including Beryl Bender Birch, Tim Miller, and Kino MacGregor, as well as practicing at various yoga studios across the U.S. during business travels. Chris also practices the Japanese martial arts of Aikido and Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido.
I grew up part of a large athletic family. I played soccer and made a decent effort at basketball. My siblings and I spent every possible moment outside and that is still very much engrained in me. I have two young boys now and we use most afternoons for riding bikes, playing soccer, rock climbing, practicing yoga, or exploring Turkey Mountain.
I took my first yoga class as a student at the University of Kansas. I was suffering with shin splints from running hills on the campus and the physical therapist recommended I ‘slow down’. My first thought in class was, “where’s the competition here?” Over the last 12 years, my yoga practice has constantly evolved. My desire to ‘dominate’ a pose kept bringing me to class: but something else was going on...I was becoming powerful. I slowly realized that I learned more in each moment of failure than I ever did in all my years of competitive sports - and this stuff applied to my whole life!
Although I never planned on teaching, I was inspired to become a certified instructor 5 years ago when my favorite teacher underwent a major surgery and needed a full time substitute. She urged me to “jump right in”. I remember hoping to someday feel like an expert.
Today, I am far from an expert; but I like it that way. I realize now, that ‘studentship’ is the mindset for learning lessons. So, I often have to remind myself (and my ego) to approach my practice with a beginner’s mind. After all, it is when we feel like an expert that we close ourselves off to learning. I go to as many workshops and teacher trainings as I can and plan to be a beginner forever.
I know that yoga is a vital thread in my life; it is physical exercise to keep the body pure, it is mental exercise to keep the mind sharp, and it is a tool for empowering our true selves. My classes are designed to support students on their path towards these elements.
I try to engage the mind and challenge the body. As a class, we will establish a judgment free environment and support one another through the practice. I love collaboration so I find it exciting when students ask questions and give feedback!
Natalie Yozzo, eryt-200, completed her yoga teacher training in Austin, TX through the school of Integrated Yoga Therapy in 2011. She was eager to start teaching, and has been teaching around Tulsa ever since. Natalie believes that simple body/mind awareness leads one to natural healing and a deeper knowing of one’s true Self. Her teaching is inspired by her own exploration and experience of her mind/body through asana and Zen meditation. She encourages her students to look within and realize their own inner wisdom.
With a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutritional Science from Oklahoma State University, Natalie has been passionate about wholesome living for much of her life. Her yoga training involved study in the sister science of Yoga, Ayurveda, and she continues her study of this beautiful science and loves to integrate Ayurvedic principles into her teaching. Another aspect of yoga that Natalie loves to experience and teach about is the chakra system. She is interested in helping students tap into their own subtle energy bodies, and loves teaching chakra themed classes. Natalie’s classes are full of heart and offer a unique mix of asana, pranayama and meditation.
Her little dream became blissfully real, 3 years ago when 13 high school girls and their two school counselors stepped into her downtown Tulsa home & retreated up to the Attic where circle conversations around themes of Empowerment & Yoga began the program she calls, Attic Conversations. It has been embraced by several local high schools, empowering male & female teens through Yoga. Her Ballet background & Teen Yoga Teacher Training in New York City, through Karma Kids Yoga, have contributed to her ability to help youth reach their highest potential through movement & breath. Her 3 & 5 year old children also keep her inspired & grateful each & everyday, as well as the support & creative influence of Tulsa’s fresh & vibrant Yoga Community!