Lauren is a dedicated yoga teacher and entrepreneur with the unique gift of cultivating connection and community. She believes that yoga is beneficial to everyone and is passionate about creating accessible experiences and opportunities for students to find a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them.
Lauren has a fun, challenging, intelligent, and present teaching style loved by thousands of students. After completing her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 through Frog Lotus Yoga, Lauren began teaching public classes and workshops within the community of Kansas City. After teaching hundreds of classes throughout Kansas City, Lauren founded Pop-Up Yoga KC, which creates donation-based yoga events drawing hundreds of students. Upon the success of Pop-Up Yoga KC, Lauren created True Love Yoga, Kansas City's Premiere Pay What You Can Yoga Studio. In 2016, Lauren was voted “Best Yoga Instructor” by Pitch Weekly Readers. Lauren thrives on creating opportunities to learn, grow, and connect, including workshops, international yoga retreats, and True Love Yoga 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training.
In 2017, Lauren earned a certification in Thai Yoga Bodywork and completed Advanced Teacher Training through Jennifer Yarro, Vidya Heisel, and Jennilee Toner of Frog Lotus Yoga. She is also now the Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Heartland Yoga Festival. She stays connected with her students and community through her current offerings and is currently planning upcoming retreats, 2021 True Love Yoga 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, and the True Love Yoga Teacher Mentorship Program.
Sedona’s devotion to living artfully is the driving force behind empowering classes that emphasize awareness, embodiment, and authenticity.
Sedona is an artist and yoga teacher who has been cultivating community in Kansas City since 2013 with unique offerings. In 2019, she graduated with 500-hour credentials from Colorado School of Yoga with Gina Caputo, creatrix of Integrated Vinyasa™, a system of yoga that “illuminates our wholeness, our relationship to Nature, and an energetically sustainable approach to living fully.” Sedona is Founder of Yoga + Hiking in Kansas City, leads yoga retreats world wide, is a faculty member of Karma Tribe Yoga's 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program and is a presenter for Westport Yoga's Advanced Yoga Teacher Trainings.
With a trauma-informed approach to teaching that is steeped in personal experience and anchored in the belief that everybody deserves to benefit from the practices of yoga, Sedona encourages you to embrace your individual experience. Come as you are and take refuge knowing that she has mindfully crafted an accessible, inclusive class for you. Rich with creativity, peppered with humor and woven together with pearls of wisdom, Sedona’s classes are intelligently designed to help you find more freedom in every facet of life.
Outside of her yoga teaching practice, Sedona loves to paint, play guitar, take in a live show, travel, laugh with friends, drink coffee, read, snuggle her precious cats, Lou and Lilu, and hike with her beloved dog, Ruby Joon.
To learn more, check out sedonaalvarez.com.
Sam graduated with her 200-hour certification in Vinyasa Yoga in February of 2017 from Stephanie Snyder at Love Story Yoga in San Francisco, California. With roots in Ashtanga, Sam has developed a passion for safely guiding her students, offering philosophy and dharma with the physical poses to help students achieve a well rounded practice both physically and mentally. Her teachers and influences are Marti Lee Bowen, Stephanie Snyder, Jason Crandall, Lauren Leduc, and others. With a consistent practice since 2011, Sam offers strategic and fun sequencing with well-tailored playlists.
Her love story with yoga has been one of injury, healing and better mental and emotional health, experiencing decreased anxiety and depression. Before yoga, Sam felt she was missing her career purpose. As often occurs in yoga, she began to do the work, and received a clearer vision, becoming inspired to share her journey and the teachings that so profoundly saved her. When she’s off the mat, she’s chasing her nieces and nephews, raising Monarch butterflies and gardening with her husband Rob.
Lisa Lola provides energetic balancing and supportive services to assist individuals along their own spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical journey’s. Lisa’s purpose is to help people heal themselves so they are free to power-fully choose and live the life they desire.
From the time Lisa was a young child she has been an empathic individual. Picking up on the pain and suffering of others, however never knowing what she was doing or what to do with all the hardship she felt. At the end of college Lisa found herself in deep depression after the loss of a very close family member and friends, and was ready for life to end. She developed an eating disorder to help her cope with the loss of control in her life, which just made matters worse. Anxiety ensued and for a long time Lisa struggled to get herself back into balance. Swinging from one extreme to another and perfectionism always looking over her shoulder, life was not going okay at all. Insomnia made for many sleepless nights, and low energy made for many dark days.
In 2011 Lisa joined a spiritual community and by 2013 began to dip her toe in energy work. After trying about every self-help program or reading endless books on depression and eating disorders, Lisa was introduced to the healing powers of energy therapy. What started as a mere interest in healing from her own trauma and tragedy, turned into helping others heal themselves, and Lisa Lola Healing Arts was formed.
Lisa assists others in healing deep emotional wounds, heartache, destructive mental thoughts, physical trauma, relationship distress, or those looking for spiritual communication and guidance. She helps people connect to their energetic body and spirit realm, open their consciousness, and expand their relational field.
Lisa offers and combines a list of services that has been shown to support people in their own healing though chakra balancing, channeling, access bars consciousness, guided meditation, journal clearing exercises, and essential oil massage. Lisa believes no matter how broken we think and feel we are, their is hope for healing. We are all extensions of God, we just need to get back into alignment with our Source Creator.
Kyra grew up with dance, music, and yoga filling her home. She took the path of musical theater and ballet performing with professional companies from the age of 8. It was her first love and career, but it was not a forever love. Kyra knew at 19 years old, walking out of her first Intro to Ashtanga class she had found something that had always been missing.
Unfortunately, the path wasn’t exactly simple. Having dealt with an eating disorder and the anxiety of performance for many years, it was not until recovery that a real practice was possible. Studying under her mentor, Lisa Schrempp KPJAYI level 2 for over a year Kyra became certified to teach in 2009. She also is trained to teach vinyasa with heavy Juvamukti influence, as well as Acro Yoga.
She hopes to translate her love of life, movement, and practice in her classes; helping to find compassion and kindness for oneself in this beautiful practice.
Lokha Samasta Sukhino Bavantu. May all beings everywhere be happy and free.
Coffee drinker, journal scribbler, traveler, lover, believer in magic, Katie fell in love with yoga 5 years ago and has been absorbing as much of the ancient knowledge and practice as she can, ever since. She did her 200hr RYT teacher training in 2017 at the Asheville Yoga Center and has attended many diverse workshops from meditation to arm balancing. She is passionate in her believe that Yoga is for everybody and for every BODY. Katie offers a playful yet structured practice that focuses on spreading love for others and love for ourselves through the strengthening of our mind body connection. She welcomes all ages, races and abilities to come breathe, move and play!
Gwen first began her yoga journey in 2001 while living in Southern California. Over the years she found herself coming back to her mat after periods of time devoted to other activities. She began her daily yoga practice several years ago and started seeing positive shifts in all areas of her life.
Gwen then discovered her soulmate workout, Buti Yoga in 2016.
She pursued her passion by completing her 200 hour teacher training locally, in Kansas City, followed by Buti Yoga Instructor Certification a week later. 4 days after she left for her first yoga retreat in Amorgos, Greece with Lauren Leduc, which was life changing and allowed her to fully realize her desire to grow Kansas City’s Buti Tribe and share the practice of Buti Yoga.
Having completed her DEEP Instructor Certification at the end of 2018, Gwen is looking forward to offering DEEP classes and workshops in early 2019. DEEP is a low impact, restorative movement sequence that utilizes the Spiral Structure Technique® to connect mind to muscle and catalyze vibrational change on a cellular level.
Another passion of hers is focusing on the mind, body, and spirit involving massage therapy, Reiki, Chakra balancing and crystal therapy. She spends her free time studying lunar and astrological cycles and enjoy spreading her knowledge to friends and family through research and writing. She is the proud cat mom of a Mainecoon mix, Dash, and a Siamese mix, Simpkin and loves fluffy snuggles and reading.
Gwen enjoys traveling and believes seeing new places and immersing yourself in new cultures gives us a better opportunity for expansion and growth. She is also looking forward to joining the Burning Man community in August 2019.
“I’m excited to help others tap into their divine feminine, Goddess energy through the practice of Buti Yoga! Get ready to sweat with intention!”
Tammy is a natural born healer and intuitive that has always
been connected to her inner guidance and self awareness. Beginning
at the age of 9, as an athlete she practiced techniques such as
visualization and breath work, that aided her to harness her
talents and developing her understanding to the link between mind
and body connection. This is a practice she strengthen throughout
her time as a collegiate athlete where she truly embodied the power
of mind, body and breath.
In 2005 Tammy began practicing yoga as a way to come back to the power of deep connection to her body, finding herself in the roots of Ashtanga yoga she began her journey from the physical practice to the spiritual practice that would help her channel her energy body. Tammy is an active spiritualist with a curiosity that challenges her to expand her consciousness. Since completing her 200 hr training, she set the intention to be a guide for students and individuals empowering them through the process of their spiritual growth on and off the mat. During 2015 She experienced a spiritual awakening that would journey her through spirit realms and back to soul body connecting her deeply to her gift as a healer, teacher and a divine channel a modern day oracle. Her approach to teaching is soulful and intuitively guided, grounded in her knowledge of body awareness, connecting to the subtle body supporting individuals through their own personal journey and back to soul self. Tammy is honored to be on this path.
Come join Tammy as she guides you through a challenging flow that will transcend your mind, body and spirit.
Emily began her yoga journey in 2009 to compliment her marathon training. Originally drawn to the asana practice, awareness was later brought to all other aspects and limbs of yoga. She enjoyed the benefits of the mind/body connection and felt mindfulness trickle into daily life as a mother and health care professional. In 2019, Emily graduated from Karma Tribe's 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. After 20 years of working at University of Kansas Health Systems in Nuclear Cardiology, she is excited to switch gears and begin her journey as a yoga teacher. Her influences include Lauren Leduc, Sam Megraw, Marti Bowen, Starr Evans.
Jordan spent much of her teens self-conscious which fueled her over exercising, and disordered eating lasting into her early twenties. In 2013, while scrolling mindlessly through Buzzfeed she stumbled across a list of beginner’s yoga poses. That's when her yoga journey slowly began as a desire to stop mistreating her body surfaced. Routinely practicing the poses from the beginner’s list lead to seeking out full online classes then finally attending her first in-studio class in 2015.
As yoga seeped into her life more, she was able to learn the true power and capability of her body, if treated nicely and properly cared for. Gaining a better understanding of how truly strong her body is lead Jordan to realizing there must be more depth to her mental strength as well, launching her deeper in to search for knowledge on her yogic path.
Jordan graduated from Karma Tribe’s 2019 200 Hour YTT. She hopes to guide others to realize their potential and to learn to love themselves while molding their bodies into these powerful shapes. She hopes to offer people a moment of peace and introspection during class that resonates within them throughout their daily life.
If she's not practicing asana, it's likely you'll find Jordan at the plant-based cafe she owns with her partner or lounging on the couch with her cat, Mac.
My relationship with yoga started out slowly 15 years ago, taking classes every so often, until I began a more regular, intentional practice in 2012. Yoga has been a constant in my life since then and has become a true touchstone for me. In 2019, I had the opportunity to complete my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through Karma Tribe Yoga. I am so grateful to my teachers, Lauren Leduc, Moe Edmonds, and the community at Radiant Yoga in Overland Park, KS and Om Tree Shala in Lawrence, KS.
My favorite styles of yoga are Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin, and I’ve also enjoyed pre-natal yoga while pregnant with my daughter, who is now 3 and loves to roll out her mat with me at home! I also enjoy a daily meditation practice and offer guided meditation weekly to work colleagues. I love to travel, read, write, learn, explore, and am always looking for our next adventure.
My name is Hannah Pithers, and I’m a CPT, and co-owner of
FormFitKC, with my husband. We provide one on one personal training
to a variety of clientele in the downtown and Overland Park
I have been training full-time for 11 years, and I’ve been loving every minute of it!
I began my love affair with fitness when I started gymnastics and dance as a child, and I danced competitively all through college. I fell in love with lifting weights in college as well, and decided that I wanted to teach others to love being fit and healthy as much as I do! I love to learn, and I am constantly trying to build my knowledge base to become an even more effective teacher and trainer. I’m certified in many facets of the fitness world, including Pilates, barbell training, TRX, Kettle bells, functional training, calisthenics, beginners self defense, and a variety of mobility modalities and body work.
I have dealt with Crohn’s disease since my early 20’s, and dealing with an autoimmune condition has taught me both empathy for others who are dealing with life/health issues, but also an amazing perspective on life and not taking your body for granted. I was able to build my body back up multiple times after flares and surgeries, and was even called on to compete on American Ninja Warrior last year. I fell, but loved every minute of it!
When I’m not working out, I’m snuggling my two rescue pups, and hanging out with my wonderful husband. We also love to travel and experience new things together... specially when it involves food and friends!
She was always an in tune, and a hyper aware child. At an early
age she was able to tap into a greater awareness other than
herself, which would later result in her pursuit in yoga and the
full embodiment of mind, body and spirit through its healing, and
the healing of energy. She believes in the inherent goodness that
resides in all, holds space for others and allows people to be in
their full authenticity by standing in her truth as a nurture,
helper, and genuine listener for others to have a safe space to
share their uniqueness in this world.
Candice’s journey into yoga began when she was a teenager in college. She began by watching online videos and practicing at home. She soon realized that the need for an in person teacher and community was necessary, and began taking classes as a credit. She then became aware that her strength both physically and mentally started to grow and it was dramatically improving her relationship with herself and others. After struggling with anxiety and depression and feeling misunderstood, she begin to understand that this practice was calling her back home to herself. Even when going on long pauses, she would find herself coming back to the practice. Both the asana practice, then later the delving deeper into the spiritual practice of Buddhism and meditation. Later in her adult life after experiencing loss and falling into a dark space, Candice developed a more regular practice which led her to Karma Tribe Yoga where she became a regular student, and was encouraged by her teacher Sedona Alvarez to begin her journey in yoga teacher training.
She graduated from Karma Tribe’s 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2019, trained by Lauren Leduc and Moe Edmonds in Vinyasa and Hatha style practices with an emphasis in trauma informed yoga.
Students can expect a safe healing space, where they can come back to their true authenticity and allow themseleves to be fully present. In her spare time you will find her playing music, creating art, giving back to community, and tending to her plants and two cats.
- Lauren Leduc
- Sedona Alvarez
- Sam Megraw
- Lisa Lola
- Kyra Weinberger
- Katie Brown
- Samantha Brummer
- Gwendolyn White
- Sonci Carey
- Tammy Whitaker
- Emily Devers
- Jordan Williams
- Bri Struemph
- Emily Overland
- Hannah Pithers
- Candice Carpenter