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 Karma Tribe Yoga, Kansas City's Premiere Donation-Based 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 Karma Tribe 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, 2019 Karma Tribe Yoga 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, the Karma Tribe Yoga Teacher Mentorship Program, the Karma Tribe Yoga Accessibility Initiative, and the 2019 Heartland Yoga Festival.
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.
My yoga journey began in 2003, and it transformed my thinking about who I am and what I can accomplish. The first time I walked into class I couldn’t “do” any of it, but I knew it was just what I needed. I have practiced consistently ever since.
As someone who suffered from depression and anxiety, Grace spent much of her time in her late teens and early twenties trying to find mental health through physical activity. Whether it be lifting weights, running or taking a fitness class; she didn’t care as long as it got her body moving. While finishing her associates in arts she decided to take yoga classes for credit, which led her onto the path of eventually becoming a teacher.
Once she stepped onto a mat and into her practice she said, “It was like being introduced to the universe. I never understood the vastness that existed until I found yoga. It completely answered any question that I’ve ever had in this life.” Over time, with consistency, she learned that yoga wasn’t something to “be done” but rather a lifestyle to “be lived”.
Through her own personal studies and in depth training at the
Shoshoni Yoga Ashram, in Rollinsville Colorado, Grace has gained
the knowledge to make a living as a yoga teacher. Over time she
found her personal style by blending tradition with modern science
and now spends her time sharing this unique approach with students
in studios across the Kansas City area as well as in workshops and
retreats in various locations.
Shoshoni Yoga Ashram 1400 Shoshoni Camp Road Rollinsville, CO 80474
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.
I fell in love with yoga the first day I took a class after moving to KC in 2010. Over the years, I began to realize yoga wasn’t solely a physical practice. Stress and anxiety from a hectic work life started to decrease, as I learned how to take yoga & mindfulness into my daily life. Every day brings a new lesson on how to apply this healing work to life's complexities, acknowledging there’s so much more to learn beyond the physical practice.
Over the years, I've attended numerous trainings & workshops from teachers in KC & around the US. A teacher at heart, I began teaching yoga in May 2015. In February 2016, I completed my official 200 hour RYS Yoga Teacher Training at the Maui Yoga Shala in Paia, Hawaii. It was an unforgettable experience filled with knowledge & inspiration that I carry in my heart daily.
Most recently, I have been studying Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qigong, and Shiatsu bodywork in Boulder, CO. I have enjoyed incorporating this knowledge into my yoga classes, helping students target more within their internal organs & energy pathways. In my experience, blending these modalities continues to open up new possibilities, as I dive deeper into the subtle energy of this work. It's my belief and passion to help students unlock their true inner potential that lies within. Through these practices, we can find our way back to harmony using self-love and self-healing.
I am beyond grateful that I'm able to share this practice with others. I love seeing the energy of unique, beautiful individuals coming together to breathe, move, connect, and be present.
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.
Sally is a cyclist, cat mother and dirt lover. She began practicing yoga at age 10 with her mom at their local YMCA. She now has an RYT-200 certification and teaches yoga (including chair!), spin and low impact classes around the Kansas City area. In November, Sally received a certification in Accessible Yoga, which offers yoga to all bodies, regardless of physical limitations. Looking forward to 2018, Sally will offer affordable, disease- and disability-specific classes in Kansas City.
Sally’s yoga classes are focused on alignment and breath. With smooth transitions, the entire practice becomes a flow. Her favorite poses in yoga focus on lengthening the legs and increasing proper posture. Come to her class and experience binds, inversions and abdominal work.
Sally is the founder of Yoga + Bike, a monthly (or more) event encouraging cyclists to practice yoga, and yogis to ride bicycles. Yoga + Bike also include stretches incorporated with the bicycle, getting the rider to maximize their potential for a longer ride while reducing common bodily fatigue.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Sally lives in Strawberry Hill with her partner Luke and their three cats- Lux, Ham, and Cheese. Sally and Luke met on a mountain bike trip, rescued their two cats Ham and Cheese at a mountain bike race, and are usually on two wheels riding mountain bike trails. Let’s get moving!
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!
Around ten years
ago, Moe had her first encounter with yoga in a makeshift college
yoga club. Moe was drawn to the friendly, good-natured yoga
instructor and the opportunity for connection. Unknowing to her at
the time, yoga would become an essential tool for Moe’s healing
journey a couple years later when her path took an abrupt halt and
she found herself struggling with significant mental health needs.
Yoga became an avenue for Moe to reconnect with her mind, body and
spirit, and to find strength and grounding during a time of fear
and sadness. Through the physical practice of yoga, Moe was able to
find solace in the space between her thoughts. Over the years, her
connection to yoga has deepened and she now recognizes it as a way
Moe is a dedicated yogi, whose routine includes time and space for self-inquiry, study, meditation, pranayama, karmic action and asana. She is a proud member of the Karma Tribe Yoga community and there is a likely chance that you have practiced alongside her in the studio.
In September 2018, Moe became a 200 HR Yoga Alliance certified teacher through KTY’s first teacher training program. Moe is excited to begin her journey as a yoga teacher and to be a vessel for sharing this magnificent, ancient tradition with others. Alongside Moe’s yogic lifestyle is her passion for mental wellness, advocacy and empowerment of others through her role as a full-time Clinical Social Worker. By combining these modalities, Moe offers an inviting, trauma-informed, healing approach to getting to know oneself and connecting with the world around you.
Amber’s main objective is authenticity. Her philosophy is that, fulfillment and contentment are found by embodying all that you are and molting all you are not. She weaves her knowledge, curiosity, creativity, and playful nature into everything she does. Her teaching is designed to encourage that in others. Amber offers a comfortable environment for her students to cultivate mindfulness and understand the connection between their bodies, energies, and emotions.
Amber committed herself to a regular yoga practice in 2012 and was able to witness the beginning of an endless life transformation. Later, a yoga related injury taught her the importance of strength and engagement in her practice, opposite her usual “stretch as far as you can, and then some” nature. This opened Amber’s mind to the study of functional anatomy and utilizing creative modifications with props. She then understood one’s ability to advance in and unlock the creative potential of a yoga practice begins with a foundation of strength and control.
Amber pursued yoga teacher training because she wanted to share the immeasurable benefits of yoga with others and started teaching in 2015. She trained through Urban Breath Yoga School in Saint Louis, Missouri, and is currently an E-RYT500, RPYT, and YACEP. In the spring of 2019, she completed a 25-hour Aerial YTT with Katie Tree at KC Yoga Kula and has since been teaching Aerial Yoga around Kansas City.
Amber was also introduced to the world of AcroYoga in 2015. This love of partner-based movement revolutionized her practice and her teaching into a more community driven experience. She believes that anytime you practice with others, in the same room or on the same mat, you are sharing in and cultivating a communal energy that is loving, supportive and harmonious.
Amber has experience working with a wide variety of body types, skill levels, health conditions, and teaches with an emphasis on Trauma-Sensitive techniques. When not on her mat, she enjoys getting creative in the kitchen, discovering great restaurants, and enjoying live music. She’s also a sucker for a good hike or outdoor adventure.
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!”
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.
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.
Sarah began her her yoga journey in 2008 as part of her exercise
regime at the gym. Although the physical practice was the initial
appeal, she soon realized the additional mental and spiritual
benefit she received when she made it a regular part of her
After deciding to deepen her own practice, she was guided to the Karma Tribe Yoga Teacher Training and graduated in 2019.
Sarah is especially drawn to the mindfulness of slowing down and connecting to the Divine Source that resides in each of us.
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!
Becca began her love of fitness at 5 years old when she would do
Denise Austin’s at home workout VHS tapes with her Mom (it must
have been quite a sight when her Mom came home one day to see her
daughter doing Abs of Steel by herself after a long day at
kindergarten). Now Becca is a CYT-200 and NASM Certified Personal
Trainer. She loves the fact that physical activity, and especially
yoga, has the amazing ability to bring mind, body, and breath all
together, and to her that’s one of life’s greatest
Becca teaches with trauma sensitivity, from a beginner’s perspective, and places a lot of emphasis on personal and individualized alignment. Her hope is to share with others the amazing benefits that a more holistic approach to fitness can have on everything that’s off the yoga mat.
In her spare time, if Becca’s not playing with her 2 dogs Gordon and Nora, or trying to keep all her houseplants alive, you can catch her and her partner Ian either weightlifting, playing sand volleyball, rock climbing, hiking, running, or cycling (which they do mostly just to prepare for RAGBRAI which is a 500 mile bike ride across Iowa every summer).
Amber’s journey with yoga began in 2012 while studying health and exercise science at Emporia State University. As with many yogis, yoga became her path to healing and self-love. She moved to Kansas City in 2014 and found her second family in the KC yoga community. She recently obtained her 200-hour teaching certification through Karma Tribe Yoga after practicing with Lauren Leduc for many years. She also has a Restorative Yoga Certification through Carole Westerman of Evolve to Harmony Yoga.
To her classes, Amber brings focus to alignment and anatomy, as well as, the creative use of props to support and enhance the experience in the postures. Her preferred yoga styles are Hatha and Restorative, where she can slow down and fully experience each posture and encourages the same for her students. Further, she enjoys sharing this practice with moms-to-be, knowing personally the positive impact it had on her pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum experiences. She hopes to use her knowledge of the practice to offer trauma sensitive classes that leave students feeling safe, supported, and complete.
Outside of Yoga Amber is the mother to a lively baby girl and three dogs, enjoys traveling with her husband, eating vegan food, visiting local coffee shops and tending to her 100+ houseplants.
- Lauren Leduc
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- Grace Duckworth
- Sam Megraw
- Megan Hettich
- Lisa Lola
- Kyra Weinberger
- Sally Urdang
- Katie Brown
- Moe Edmonds
- Samantha Brummer
- Amber Jacober
- Gwendolyn White
- Sonci Carey
- Jordan Williams
- Emily Devers
- Sarah Rotert
- Hannah Pithers
- Becca Goetz
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