Looking for a pathway through the stress and anxiety of daily life, I began practicing yoga in 2000 while living a fast and frenzied life in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Practicing regularly in a little studio, with no a/c, only fresh air year-round, yoga was my therapy and changed my life. I completed my first RYT 200 hour teacher training in 2007 and never stopped learning about the healing benefits of yoga. Currently, I am a yoga therapist intern in a C-IAYT approved program with Yoga Yoga, based out of Austin, TX. I am in the practicum phase of my 3-year studies and currently seeing private clients and small groups for yoga therapy.
My goal as a yoga therapist (intern) is to provide yoga based therapy which educates and empowers my clients to transform their lives and improve the quality of their 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.
I have been active my whole life, but primarily playing soccer. After the birth of my first son, I also became an aerobics and step instructor. Shortly after, 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. The surgeon told me to stop all “high-impact” activities. However, I continued to do many things he advised against, including running, playing soccer with the teams I coach, and even completing a Tinman.
I finally realized I have been too hard on my body and if I do not want more back surgery, I had to make some changes. I fell in love with yoga because it is a challenge but one that is kinder on my body and is helping my back issues at the same time. The mind-body component is helping me accept the limitations I have but find there are many ways to challenge myself to be stronger. 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 am 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.