"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” –The Bhagavad Gita
Shelley Heipel - Registered Yoga Teacher
A journey towards taking full ownership of my physical wellness led me to become more serious about yoga. Finding a daily yoga practice not only benefitted my body, but I began to learn how to deal with stress in a more positive manner and to find more emotional balance in my life. Realizing the positive physical and mental effects of yoga inspired me to want to share yoga with others and I completed my 200 hr Yoga Teacher Certification.
Since then I have continued my journey of learning. I love learning about functional movement and maintaining mobility and yoga's benefits for the nervous system and mental health. This has led me to training in many modalities. The training that has most inspired my teaching is Somatic Yoga - building mind-body connection for functional movement. I have been specifically training in this field over the last year so that I can help myself, and you, learn how to move out of movement patterns that are causing us tightness and disfunction and sometimes pain.
I believe that yoga is one of the greatest tools for supporting physical, mental and emotional wellness. Yoga is not about trying to wrap your leg around your head. It is about learning tools to deal with stress. It is about growing stronger physically. And it is about keeping your body moving and flexible. I love so much about yoga as I feel it is the whole package and I hope in my classes to inspire that same love for yoga in others. My official motto in class is "Be Yourself So Fully That Everyone Else Feels Safe To Be Themselves Too". I hope to create a sense of welcome and community in my classes where we can share a few laughs and continue to grow and learn together.
When I'm not in the studio, I enjoy spending time with my hubby, son and two pups. You may find us out in the garden, watching the birds or enjoying anything that involves the outdoors.
Carrie Bergen-Geisel - Registered Fitness Instructor & Yoga Teacher
Since I was a small child I have loved to move my body. My mother put me into gymnastics at a young age as I spent more time upside down and in contorted positions. I also fell in love with cheerleading and won ‘Miss Enthusiasm’ on more than one occasion.
As an adult, I’ve dreamed about being a Fitness Instructor and Yoga Instructor for a very long time. I’ve been doing yoga for 18 years and working out in a variety of modalities for 30 years (more regimented within the last 12 years). During the downtime of Covid, I became a Certified Fitness Instructor and completed my 200 hr Yoga Teacher Certification. I’m also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.
I believe that it’s important to find the movement that feels right for your body and personality. That it’s less about the calories you burn or whether you can twist like a pretzel and more about enjoying the movement, loving the body you are in and being healthy in body, mind and spirit. This is what I want to bring to my yoga and fitness classes. I do want to help you reach your physical goals but more important, I want you to have fun, enjoy the feeling of moving your body and connect with your authentic self.
I look forward to sharing my love for movement with you and inspiring each other.