Yoga For Charity - Veteran's Yoga Project


This class is taught by:

Allisson Butler-Kublanov

Allisson- RYT- 200, has been practicing and falling in love with yoga for over 15 years. Her particular fondness for Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga led her to seek training at Saraswati's Yoga Joint in Norwalk, CT with Mitchel Bleier and Kaia Yoga Studio in Westport, CT with Jillian Pransky. Allisson's classes combine an intense vinyasa flow with light humor and a strong focus on the breath and alignment. Her restorative classes she describes as 'a yoga massage' allowing you to melt into the mat and fully relax the mind, body and soul. She is currently working to complete her Baptiste mentoring program with Lyn Kehoe.

Todd Verrone

"I began yoga practice to counteract the overuse injuries of climbing and mountain biking. As my physical body healed, the psychological effects of yoga began to manifest: clear thinking, open heart, and relaxed mind. It was the discovery of these that set me on my yoga journey for good. I practice yoga because it feels good and is the only thing keeping me sane some days. I teach yoga to share what has been taught to me. My only goal is for others to become capable of finding their own path to contentment. I began my yoga studies at an Iyengar studio in Leeds, England, where I practiced for 4 years. During this time, I also attended a teacher training course at the Sivananda ashram in Kitzbühl, Austria. I began teaching in the UK, and have taught in AR at the (now gone) Center for Exercise and at the U of A in the HPER complex, both in Fayetteville. Now, I feel gratitude for my time teaching here, at Yoga Story."
When Todd is not on the mat, he enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and adventuring with his wife and kids.

Lynn Hancock ~ Studio Owner/Director of Teacher Training

"My journey with yoga began in my early 20's as I was experiencing the stress of 'growing up' and had heard how relaxing yoga was. I started practicing in my duplex, with a book and magazines I bought. What I discovered, was a multifaceted practice with many branches, from challenging to peaceful and restorative. Yoga makes space for everyone. With each stage in my life, marriage and motherhood, I always found myself returning to yoga as I always felt grounded and challenged after I practiced. After discovering hot yoga, I was thrilled when Cindee opened Yoga~Story. When I teach, I love the look on someone’s face when they have done a challenging pose for the first time, open a hip, melt into the mat or make a surprising realization about self and ability. When they let go, their struggle becomes their strength."

Lynn enjoys spending time with her husband and son, running, cooking, socializing and enjoying everything that Bentonville has to offer. She began her yoga journey 13 years ago and left the corporate world to become an AFAA certified personal trainer and 200 hour certified yoga instructor.

Whitney Fortin

“I am inspired by the vulnerability yoga offers. I started practicing yoga because I was stressed from the busyness of working in the corporate world. I came to yoga for a workout, yet little did I know that it would become so much more in my life. I love that yoga gives us a safe place on our mats to take off our masks. Yoga has taught me to love myself and it continues to challenge me to live joyfully, be open and vulnerable.”

Whitney is passionate about people and desires to support, encourage and ultimately, empower her students. Besides teaching yoga, Whitney enjoys spending time with her husband and puppy, reading, running, working in shopper psychology, learning about nutrition and spending time with friends. She began her yoga journey in 2007 and is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor.

Jim Hey

"Several years ago I was in poor health and overweight, mainly from poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle from too many hours at work and on the road. One day I decided to make a change, and stepped into a gym. After several attempts at creating positive habits in this new environment, I found group exercise classes kept me motivated and took me further towards my goals of losing weight and feeling better. After a few years of growth, I decided to share my new habits with others and became certified in Yoga. Pilates is a close relative to Yoga, so it made sense to expand into this exercise routine. I enjoyed Pilates so much that I became certified to teach and began sharing its’ benefits also."
When Jim is not on the mat, he enjoys cooking, traveling in his RV and spending time with his dogs.

Kelsi Zahl

"For me, teaching yoga is sharing the art of living free - mind, body and spirit.  Guiding people to the edge of their comfort zones and breathing with them in that space is one of my favorite places to be.  I am a bit of an extreme artist, so I like to go all the way into the asanas and see what happens.  I like to dance on the edge of discomfort and find the breath there...this is how I teach."
Kelsi is a Nebraska native who has spent the last 10 years in California and Arizona pursing an acting career and studying Ashtanga yoga.  When Kelsi is not on the mat, she enjoys writing, singing, being in nature, cooking, making things and laughing.

Sarah Walker

"When my yoga journey began, I instantly knew that it was what I was destined to do, and that it would change my life. I was always an active youth, playing many sports, including volleyball during college."
 
"After I lost my athletic activity, I found I was losing my strength, my energy, and mostly myself. I had practiced yoga on and off throughout my 20’s, but didn’t truly grasp the full realm of what yoga offers. In late 2014, I found myself overweight and unhappy in a sedentary lifestyle, I knew I needed a change and nothing seemed to spark that for me. I started regularly working out at the gym, which seemed natural as a former athlete, but it wasn’t enough. I wasn’t changing anything within myself. A few months after that, I was asked if I wanted to attend an intro to yoga class, that happened to be with our very own Lynn Hancock. After that night I was hooked. Something finally clicked. I have continued a regular, almost daily practice since that evening, and not only has it changed my body, but along with that my mind and spirit. I am excited to share with others the love and support that this community offers. Let go, let live, let love!"
 
When Sarah is not on the mat, she enjoys being outdoors, kayaking, cycling, or hiking. Photography, drawing and other artistic activities
keep her busy, as well as lots of DIY projects and home renovations!

Arlen Goodyear

Inspired by author Stephen R. Covey’s quote, “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities,” Arlen began his yoga journey in the summer of 2014 appreciating that yoga accepts all bodies no matter how different they are. Intimidated by the chances of surrounding himself with perfectly, sculpted bodies, he attended his first class realizing quickly that being “on the mat” erased all fear, doubt, and judgment within him letting him spread with confidence, lengthen with strength, and fold with gratitude. Yoga brought more to him than the physical and mental advantages; with career relocations, he found friends, family, and community through yoga—a healthy support system to help him grow as an individual, personally and professionally.

When he's not on the mat, Arlen enjoys to cook, whether it is a complicated or uncomplicated process. “The simplicity of a grilled cheese sandwich that satisfies your hunger and offers comfort can remind you that life does not always have to be a stressful beef bourguignon."

Sherry Fitzgerald

"I have been a health and fitness enthusiast all my life; actively taking and teaching various exercise classes since college. I started practicing yoga at home 20 years ago to help relieve neck and shoulder stiffness caused by
my working in an office all day. Little did I know how much more yoga would bring to my life! Not only did yoga release muscle tension, but I felt stronger and calmer which enabled me to deal with stress better. Yoga provides me a sense of balance! As a result, I have been practicing, discovering and learning about yoga ever since. I value how
yoga brings me fully present in the moment, while challenging me to increase my strength both physically and mentally - cultivating the mind-body connection. Helping others find their path and strength within yoga is what motivates me to teach. Favorite quotes to live by: “Live what you love.” & “You are stronger than you think.”
 
When Sherry is not on the yoga mat, she's reading a good book, spending time with friends or outdoors hiking or biking the trails of Northwest Arkansas and experiencing the adventures her two golden retrievers provide on daily walks.
Yoga Story gives back!  
 
Sunday November 11, 2018  7:45 a.m. benefits the Veteran's Yoga Project.
 
Suggested donation $15. All amounts accepted in cash or check only.  
 

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