Teachers

Bhadra Yoga Teachers (“Mel’s Angels”)

 Thea Bryan

Thea BryanThea’s yoga journey began in 2006 as a path to a healthier and more fulfilling life.  Her yoga practice deepened as she realized that yoga helped her become more aware of the beauty and balance in life, both on and off the mat. Thea values yoga as a core foundation upon which to build any and all goals in one’s life, whether professional, personal, or spiritual. Thea is a 200-hr. certified teacher through the Omaha Yoga School and is also a certified teacher of Core Strength Vinyasa (through nationally known yogini, Sadie Nardini) and Hyp-Yoga here in Omaha.

Combining yoga with seven years of experience as a professional in the Occupational Therapy industry, Thea has unique insight into the development and rehabilitation of the whole body and mind.  Like most yogis, Thea believes that yoga is the path of an eternal student, ever humble and wide-eyed.  She is excited to share her path with any and all who come to her classes.

image1Kai-Helin Cooper

Kai-Helin started walking the yoga path in her teens. First simply to stretch after jogging and to alleviate back pain but as time went by her practice grew and became more and more systematic. Kai is a certified yoga instructor, and also has two academic degrees. Her yoga classes are catered to the needs of students, she enjoys teaching public classes but also loves instructing smaller groups and giving private lessons. She aspires to make her students feel empowered both on and off the mat, and her tools are yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation.

 

Cara Lustgarten

The first yoga class I attended was in 1998.  The transformation I experienced began gradually, but has been so very profound that it has led me to pursue teacher training.  I’ve found that the more I teach, the more I learn, and the more I learn, the more I have to share.  My goal as a yoga teacher is to promote self-care, creative healing, and positive energy; I want to share with others the profound blessings that have been granted to me through a strong practice.

Outside of yoga, I teach English as a Second Language at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and am working to complete my novel, which I began as a thesis project for my master’s degree (MFA in Fiction). I spend most of my free time with my family and the combined menagerie of our pets, and am either reading or outside as much as possible.  I have a deep practice of gratitude, and extend my thanks to Melanie for being such a skilled and insightful teacher, and to all of you for practicing with me.

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Lizz Cowley

Lizz began practicing yoga and meditation as a teen to ease her struggle with anxiety and depression.  Her first experiences were at home with old books and later at the Omaha Yoga School.  In 2008, Lizz moved to Casper, Wyoming.  While yoga was hard to find, she took her training in 2009 at the Shambhava School of Yoga near Nederland, Colorado.

In her classes, Lizz makes yoga available to anyone and stresses the personal nature of the practice.  She encourages her students to look within, inquire, contemplate, and trust the presence of yoga in their lives.