Looking for a pathway through the stress and anxiety of daily life, I began practicing yoga in 2000 while living a very fast and frenzied life in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I fell in love with yoga at a time when I thought it was all about asana (the physical poses), but soon learned that yoga not only improved my mood, but permanently shifted my emotional health. The healing process of a daily yoga practice changed my life. I had to know more and wanted to delve deeper into the practice of yoga. I completed my first RYT 200 hour teacher training in 2007 and another 200 hr in 2015. In 2018 I completed my 500 hour RYT training, specializing in yoga therapy. Currently, I work with private clients and small groups for yoga therapy. Yoga Therapy is not confined to the physical or psychological. Instead, it uses traditional yogic models to look at the whole person, which includes all the koshas (layers of the self). Using a variety of modalities, yoga therapy promotes long-term healing to improve the balance of sthira (effort) and sukha (ease) which promotes harmony and well-being.
If you are interested in learning more, I would be happy to discuss the benefits of yoga therapy, to see if it would be a fit for you. Please click on the "contact us" tab and mention that you are interested in learning more about yoga therapy and beginning the process with an assessment.
I have been active my whole life, through dance, soccer, coaching, and being a certified group fitness instructor. After the birth of my first son, I began having major problems with my back, which I mostly ignored. The day I found out I was pregnant with my second son, I also found out I had a bulging and herniated disc in my lower back. At 4 ½ months pregnant, I had successful back surgery. My off and on issues with my back are what brought me to yoga.
I fell in love with yoga because it is a challenge but one that is kinder on my body. The mind-body component is helping me accept the limitations I have but find there are many ways to challenge myself physically and mentally. I completed my yoga teacher training in 2015 and I continue to take workshops and trainings to learn more that I can share with students, including Myofasical Release and Reiki. I help my students figure out what works in their own body to feel good and be functional. I am also currently a Level 2 Reiki Practioner. I would be happy to schedule a private session to work on individual issues through yoga, myofascial release or Reiki. I hope I can encourage others to find a challenging and rewarding yoga experience too.
I have been married to John Haug for 15 years and have a step-son, Matt and daughter-in-law, Laurie and two grand children, Bennett and Cora. I Love those kiddos! I worked in Management at AT&T for over 25 years and have finally found a job I love. I've been practicing yoga for 11 years and last summer I completed my 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher training through YogaWorks. I love yoga and feel it is especially important to my generation (Baby Boomers) to keep moving and active in order to enjoy our retirement years. I love teaching yoga to new people and getting them excited about the practice and the health benefits they can receive from yoga. I love my retirement job! I teach Beginners and Restorative Yoga.
Most people go to Miami to enjoy the beach, the nightlife and the rich, diverse culture. Kathy found those, but along the way also discovered a passion for yoga & meditation. Enjoying the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, her practice drew her to Miami with increasing frequency. Most recently while there, she became certified to teach children's yoga under the direction of Jill Rapperport, the creator of Yoki Yoga for kids.
She obtained her 200 RYT teaching certification from from Om Tree Shala, studying under Sharyn Harley.
Yoga is much more than just another way to exercise. Through her practice, Kathy has learned the importance of working to create balance between effort and surrender. Learning how to incorporate that on and off the mat is a big part of her passion for yoga and meditation.
When she's not practicing, teaching or studying yoga, Kathy is a public policy advocate working to enact legislation to enhance children's health and well-being, along with other policy issues.
JD is a Topeka native who became active in yoga 3 years ago. A little over a year ago, JD found his practice after taking an Ashtanga class. After all the amazing changes yoga has brought to JD’s life, he decided to enroll in a teacher training program at Maya Yoga learning the Ashtanga system and practice. After a year of training, JD is 200 RYT certified in the Ashantanga Primary Series ready to bring the Ashtanga practice to Topeka and all the people in his life. His hope is to spread the healing goodness, balance, and peace from the Ashtanga practice to everyone who comes to his class.
JD has been a regular at The Yoga Room since its opening and is super proud to join our great crew of teachers! JD brings his background in Ashtanga and easy-going personality to each practice, creating a space for students of all levels to come and enjoy.