Meet the Teachers
Charmion-E-RYT 200, RYT 500
I started doing and teaching yoga in 2010 for recovery from endurance sports but truly began the practice of Yoga in 2016 in Northern California when my body hurt from previous injuries and my mind was in turmoil.
My journey resulted in clarity, happiness and a passion for life I honestly felt that I had before - before I realized how much I was missing.
Veteran, mother, wife, business professional, adventurist, traveler, trail runner, mountain biker, hiker and kayaker. I've lived in South Dakota, overseas, Colorado, Anchorage, Kodiak, California and Kansas.
When I returned to Kansas in 2017 with deep love for Yoga and found only gyms offering it, I knew my hometown deserved to have the very different experience of yoga in a studio.
My favorite classes to teach are Kundalini, Ayurveda, Meditation, Philosophy, Qigong, retreats and classes for beginners. I still love a good vinyasa or power, but the other classes are what have most dramatically benefited my body, mind and soul.
This is my Seva. Our community has big heart space. There is always room for more.
Jimi - ERYT 500,Tai Chi, PT
While completing my personal trainer certification, I found my breath in Tai Chi. I then came to find yoga and have pursued this healing art ever since.
The yoga mat is my clinic, therapy coach & retreat. As a "mature" adult myself, I have a keen sense of physical and emotional limits and work to make yoga accessible to everyone.
I'm from Cincinatti but have lived in Georgia, North Carolina, Italy (3x) Germany, Kuwait, Okinawan, Leavenworth and now Kansas with my husband, retired from the Army.
Chris - RYT 200 (5/21)
My first yoga experience was a power class with quick pace poses. It was sweaty and tiring, I loved it.
After a while I noticed there were many mental benefits, along with the physical, to a consistent practice.
It showed up in my relationships with comments from friends like, "nothing seems to bother you" or "Chris is always happy". For the most part this has become true thanks to yoga.
While I may have started with the intention of building strength, I kept practicing because it improved my life as a whole. That well-being is what I love to share.
I was raised in Washington state and moved to Kansas in 2007 where i met my wife. We ended up traveling until moving back and found a community here at Yoga Shala.
We spend a lot of time with our families and enjoy the out doors. Some of my favorite past times are reading and learning about subtle energies. My classes are inspired by Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, Power, and meditation in movement.
Thank your past versions for guiding you to who you are today, Namaste.
Saguna - RYT 200
I came to yoga through asana practice to relieve myself from stress, anxiety, overthinking and exercise. When I learned about the other limbs of yoga through my teacher training program, I found a deep sense of joy practicing yoga on and off the mat.
Yoga has been so important in my life; It has been healing me and continues to heal me showing me a way to live a peaceful and content life being kind and non-judgmental to myself and others. I would be so honoured to share what I have learned and continue to learn each day. I am a very passionate and see everything with the eyes and heart of a beginner. In addition to fluent English, I also speak Nepalese and Hindi.
I was born in Nepal and came to United States in 2015. I currently live at Fort Riley. My favourite yoga styles are vinyasa power yoga, yin yoga and meditation. I am so looking forward to provide a class with the intention to find peace, stillness and inner strength. I am a yoga practitioner looking for my purpose and to serve others.
Alison - RYT 500
I first experienced yoga in college but really fell in love when my family relocated to Colorado Springs in 2010.
I am a student of the 8 Limbs of Yoga & practice integrating those on and off the mat. I initially completed a 200-RYT program to deepen my own practice, but realized how much I loved sharing yoga and wanted to learn more. So I taught and continued seeking more - completing the 500-RYT with Jason Crandell in California in July of 2019.
My Vinyasa classes are thoughtful and accessible with a focus on alignment. I feel I have received a wonderful gift when I attend a great yoga class and aspire to give that same gift to each of my students.
I grew up in Oklahoma City and worked in Iceland and Germany, where I met my husband. Since then, the Army has sent us (2 daughters, 1dog, 1 kitten) to IL, NY, KS, KY, TX, CO, & CA. Because of the military and work as a speech-language pathologist, my training also includes Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery, Yoga for Stable & Calm Kids, Pediatric Yoga & Mindfulness, Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans, & Yoga for the Special Child.
Laurie - RYT 200
In early 2019, my chiropractor advised me to give up running, women’s boot camp and jiujitsu; or do yoga to help with my back pain – so I gave up running and sought out a yoga studio.
Soon after, I found Charmion at a local women’s health seminar and registered for a foundations of yoga workshop. I was not only welcomed with warmth and the connection with the studio community, I also discovered that I could stay “physical” through yoga without causing further bodily injury. After trying out many classes and deepening my practice, I entered the 200-hour teacher training program.
Yoga has been a gift to me. What began as a way to remain active & physical has evolved into something much richer than just “doing poses”. While it has challenged me both physically and mentally, yoga has allowed me to reconnect to and redefine my spirituality and appreciate the “human-ness” we all share.
I now realize that the practice of yoga is an evolution and consider myself always a beginner, so I can relate to anyone new coming into a class and being unsure of what to do or how to fit in. I want to help anyone feel as welcomed and as part of our community as I did when I first came to Yoga Shala East West.
I was born and raised in Michigan and spent quite a few years living in Alaska, Virginia/Washington DC area, Germany, Arizona and finally Kansas as a former military spouse. I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, administrative professional with a soft spot for felines and canines alike. I enjoy reading, music, working out, traveling, hiking & nature and I love good conversation, good food and time well spent with family & friends.
I’ve enjoyed every yoga class I’ve attended with some of my favorites being power, heated, and kundalini. However, it was during my teacher training, that I connected most with the practice of Qigong. For me, it is liberating – with a lyrical quality and openness that speaks to my spirit/soul. I sincerely hope to offer the space for others to experience these feelings and sensations in my classes.
Tori - RYT 200
A Julian Michael's DVD in my teenage bedroom is where my yoga journey began. Eventually this led me to completing my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.
The opportunity to learn, the community of love and the freedom of the mind, body and spirit are my favorite parts of yoga.
I believe that yoga brings us back to childlike wonder, which helps us to better understand our own humanity.
My day job is working at a library. The books are great, but my favorite part of the day is having story time with the children where we sing, read, and make art.
I'm somewhat of an eclectic artsy soul. I love how winter feels, my ukulele, a good sushi roll and the smell of a record store.
In yoga class,
I aim to create a playful and happy space for your inner child with an open mind and loving heart, while fusing movement, alignment and support from Ashtanga, Qigong, Restorative and Iyengar. Namaste
Sheenya- RYT 200
I began teaching yoga several years ago and am nearing completion of my 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher training as well as the Registered Yoga Therapist program. I am certified in many types of yoga, including: Trauma Recovery, Restorative, Kids, Yin, Power, Vinyasa, Heated, and Trauma Sensitive based Yoga.
Writing a book about overcoming generational trauma and PTSD and earning my Master’s degree in Business Administration are also current endeavors.
Teaching Military Members and Veterans who suffer from PTSD is my passion. Originally, an Arizona Native, I am grateful to bring my “red dirt” offerings to the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas.