Teachers

Our highly trained teachers are there guiding you in your journey but never take away the process of the journey for you. When practiced properly, yoga brings you into balance in mind, body, and spirit.

Teachers
Gretchen Robinson, Jennifer Shelton, Lisa Uhl, and Elaina Cochran
All teachers are available for private sessions.

Gretchen Robinson

Owner/Director

I came to yoga in 1998 because I thought it was important to stretch - I just didn't know what was going to be stretched! I was completely captivated by the most amazing thing I had ever done and was hooked from the first class! I spent years practicing 3 hours or more a day and going to every workshop I could get my hands on. I never had the intention to teach yoga but my teacher, Genevieve Crosslin, knew better than I and not only encouraged me, but litterally had to make me teach my first class. I have been teaching yoga full time since 2001 and I am eternally grateful to her.

I have spent not just hours, days, weeks, months, years but the last two decades sitting at the feet of many gurus, including yoga masters, world -famous healers, shamans, and more which has given me a unique voice to share.

Besides studying with Genevieve, I consider Mark Blanchard and David Lipschutz as major influences in my yoga. I have attended many workshops with Doug Swenson, David Swenson, Max Strom, Bhavani Maki, Kim Schwartz, David Williams, Govin Das, Bryan Kest, Jeffrey Cohen, Mark Whitwell, Anna Forrest, Tao Porchon-Lynch, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Desiree Rumbaugh, Keith Crosslin, and Sadhguru. I traveled to Los Angeles on a regular basis to attend classes with teachers there, as well as taking classes from many wonderful local teachers, and each time I step on my mat to teach, every student teaches me.

Yoga is an incredible system of transcending, transmuting, and transforming. It connects us to the All. "When we do the postures of yoga and link them with our breath, it is an attunement to the Divine", allowing each person to heal the mind, body, and soul.

Teaching is my life purpose and I am beyond grateful every time I step on my mat and get to share my yoga with others.

 


 

 

Jennifer Mies Shelton

A natural with her students, Jennifer knows how to make everyone feel at home in her classes. She encourages each student to reach his or her personal best, and always takes into account each student's individual needs, and strengths. To Jennifer, child's pose is as beautiful and powerful as the trickiest arm balance. Jennifer always practices with honesty to where she is on that day in her body, expressing the true practice of yoga and sharing that with her students.

Jennifer is a true (commited) athlete. She has completed dozens of marathons, ultraruns, and triathlons. She also trains athletes in running, biking, and swimming, as well as overall health and fitness. She considers Gretchen Robinson to be her primary teacher and influence and has learned from all of the many teachers with whom she has practiced.

Jennifer loves yoga. It has enhanced her athletic performances, but more importantly, yoga has shown her how to be more present, alive, and joyful as she moves through all experiences.

Lisa Uhl

Lisa began her practice of yoga over two decades ago and became an instant favorite when she started teaching in the Kansas City area. Lisa is certified throught the worldwide Bikram Yoga College of India, has completed and Ashtanga teacher training program with internationally known yogi, Pattabhi Jois, and has comleted a teacher's training with Max Strom in 2005. In 2012, she cpmpleted her 200 RYT with Gina Caputo in Prana Flow Yoga.

Lisa's love for yoga extends across many styles rooting with her beginning studies with Iyengar Yoga and evolving into the flowing styles of Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Prana Flow. 

Lisa offers a balanced and inspiring flow that follows the rhythm of the breath, blending fuid movement with careful attention to alignment. "I love to challenge my students and make them laugh and take themselves lightly." Pranayama and meditation are also important to Lisa.

"My practice and study of Yoga has made me who I am today. On a Spiritual Path, I continue to evolve and grow through my practice on and off the mat. My practice has helped me to find inner peace. It helps me to heal and love myself. It allows me, from the loe for my Self, to share my light to help heal others. We are all in this together."

Elaina Cochran

I first discovered yoga in high school through a book by Raquel Welch my mom had in the basement.  I was immediately intrigued and would spend hours in my room trying to emulate the postures.  It was something that felt like a remembrance in my heart.  From there, I went on to explore Bikram, then Ashtanga, finally settling into a more vinyasa flow and eventually taking my teacher training from Gretchen Robinson. 

For me, yoga is about so much more than the postures.  It is a way of physically grounding my spiritual practice.  On the mat, I have cried, laughed, challenged myself, and healed.  And still do.  I love that it is a lifelong process. 

I am fascinated by the greater mysteries of our existence.  The energy we move during our practice creates space for going deeper, emotionally and spiritually.  There is a correlation for me with deepening my practice and seeing that radiate outward into all areas of my everyday life.  When we nurture ourselves, we in turn bring that to others.  Yoga is my foundation.

 
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"People who worked out more than 100 days throughout the year had a 30 percent reduction in sick days." Training, Feb 2008


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