Our Teachers

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"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.

"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.
"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.
“I am inspired by how a regular yoga practice unlocks tight muscles and joints to allow greater freedom of movement. It’s not a surprise I can move through my day with greater ease, my heart and mind open to more compassion for myself and others. The expert and novice can practice side by side and equally benefit from the same class. Both bring valuable truths of humility, tenacity, and grace to share with the community. In yoga, everyone is a student. Everyone is a teacher.”

Heidi has lived in Bentonville for almost 20 years. When she's not on the mat, she enjoys watching her twin girls develop into vivacious women, laughing at her husband’s corny jokes, and being nourished by rich friendships.

"After several stress fractures and mental exhaustion from years of competitive running, my doctor advised me to give yoga a try. I attended my first class in 2010, and walked out with a sense of peace that I had only ever experienced while running. For the first time, I was able to get out of my head and into my heart. I enrolled in teacher training in 2013, and shortly after graduation I found out that I was expecting. I was so grateful to have yoga to guide me through each stage of pregnancy, all the way to the end. That is the beauty of yoga—there is always a place for you on your mat, no matter your age, size, shape or ability. I always remind my students not to take themselves too seriously and to have fun! Yoga is not a competitive sport, it is an inward journey. All you have to do is show up and the rest will come.”

When off the mat, Brittany loves spending her days with her wonderful husband, sweet baby boy and three dogs. She feels so blessed to be teaching yoga in her hometown, here at Yoga Story.

"In 2000 I took my first yoga class. I hated it. I was sore, I could barely do downward dog and what was with all the breathing. (I grew up with severe asthma and allergies I hated it when people told me to breathe!) But I LOVED Savasana—a chance to meditate, listen for the divine, be STILL! I had taken a course on meditation and Buddhism in college and had been meditating for a few years and loved the difference it made in my peace of mind. I was hooked, surely the other stuff would get easier, right? In 2002 I began to practice regularly in my home, and my journey to growth took on a whole new life of its own. Yoga has helped me recover and heal from a major trauma to my body. Yoga helped me to quit smoking in my earlier years of the practice. Yoga has helped me to understand the true difference between a reaction and a response. The added benefit was that my body transformed with my mind. My story to teaching stems from my desire and passion to help others heal in all aspects of their lives. Take some time with me on Tuesdays at 5:45 at Yoga Story’s Down Dog to flow and find some healing, some growth and foster some stillness for your own peace of mind. ”

Ginger Davidson has been a yogi for the last 17 years and has been in the Yoga Story community as a teacher since 2015. Her vinyasa classes focus on alignment, breath work and meditation. Off the mat Ginger likes to spend time with her family camping, hiking, and playing music. She also enjoys spending time and making music with friends during an annual pilgrimage to her hometown in Winfield, Kansas for the Walnut Valley Festival every September.

“I embarked on my yoga journey in the beginning of 2010, and have been actively engaged in my practice ever since. Driven by depression, and mundane day to day life routine, I summoned my out of shape chunky self, to search out something that might spark some hope in my life…..YOGA! I quickly realized that my mat was my sanctuary, and that my practice was providing me a platform to evolve, change, and eventually flourish. Self confidence, self discovery, self love, and happiness were just a few of the remarkable changes that began to take shape in my life.”

When she's not on her mat, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their 3 dogs. She loves being outdoors, working in her garden, tending her chickens, growing dahlias, riding her bike, and laughing out loud.

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."

“I have overcome many health hurdles in my life. Having had 12 surgeries by age 12 and spending 1 year in high school in a wheelchair, I struggled to find a form of exercise that would work for me. Four years ago I moved to NW Arkansas and landed at Yoga Story with studio owner Cindee Joslin. Cindee inspired me to really practice Yoga. I soon learned that Yoga was the answer for me. Today I find “Peace and Strength” in my everyday practice and teaching. Through Yoga I love inspiring others to overcome their health challenges. I teach our students to cultivate strength in the body and a calming presence to the mind.”
 
When off the mat Camas enjoys volunteering at her kids’ school, spending time with friends, reading, gardening, cooking and traveling. She is a 200 hr certified Yoga Instructor from Yoga Story 200 Hour Teacher Training and an RYT with Yoga Alliance. Camas furthered her education with additional training by Ray Long, Jessica O'Keefe and Jaimie Elmer.
"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.
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