Owner - Soma Cura Wellness Center
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Owner - Soma Cura Wellness Center
Peg has been involved in the healthcare and fitness sciences throughout her adult life, currently working as a registered nurse in the field of clinical research, and teaching yoga. After many years of practice, she decided to pursue a certification in teaching Hatha Yoga in 2009, and has recently completed certification in Perinatal Yoga (Yoga focusing on before and after pregnancy for mothers). Her studies in yoga philosophy: the body, mind, soul connection, have created a deep commitment to share the benefits that yoga can bring to all. She continues participate in educational opportunities to keep abreast of the most recent developments on yoga philosophy, practice and therapy. Peg is registered with Yoga Alliance, and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Keri began her yoga journey while in college. Seeking a better way to manage stress, sciatica discomfort, and over all increased flexibility, she struggled to sit still in her first class, thinking 'how could sitting be so hard? Had I been sitting wrong my whole life?" She practiced as much as she could while finishing her Exercise Science degree and working as a certified personal trainer. Through the years Keri has trained with many different styles and teachers locally and found the greatest joy in seeing the growth and personal achievement of those practicing with her. Keri is currently working towards certification for Baptiste Power Yoga, and plans to continue growth beyond that certification through Ashtanga yoga practice and Meditation.
Manager - Soma Cura Wellness Center
Lynn Schutt took her first yoga class almost 20 years ago. At the end of class she knew she was falling in love. Yoga strengthened her body, eased her mind and enlightened her spirit. She came to know herself in a totally different way. Her relationship with herself became deeper, more loving and compassionate. Over more than 15 years of classes and practice in different traditions of yoga, she walked into her first Kripalu yoga class which so resonated with her that she decided to become a certified teacher. She wanted to share with others the beauty and benefits that she came to know through the Kripalu yoga experience. Kripalu yoga speaks directly to the heart, then flows out to work with the body, accepting individuality, and movement as guided from within. She has been teaching for over six years, specializing in a “gentle yoga class” that anyone and everyone, regardless of experience can enjoy and benefit from.
Anne became aware of the connection between mind, body and spirit as she completed her degrees in Social Work. Her work with families, particularly children, led her to an interest in helping people find ways to reduce stress and achieve a sense of inner peace. She was introduced to yoga about 12 years ago and has incorporated asana, pranayama and meditation into each day ever since. She felt a desire to share the gifts she has received from yoga and completed the 200 hour Himalayan Institute Teacher Training Program in 2010. Anne attempts to bring joy, laughter, and peace to every class she teaches.
Karen, a Buffalo native, is a fully Certified Pilates Instructor and has 30+ years of technical, dance, directing, entertainment management, and choreography experience. She gained much of this experience through her work with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. While strict attention to form and detail are the hallmarks of Karen's teaching style, you can also expect to have a blast. So whether you're looking for the serious, low-impact body conditioning that Pilates provides, or you just want to try something different see what all the fuss is about, let Karen show you the way!
JoAnna Nangle, a 6+ year veteran middle school math teacher –turned-yoga instructor, founded a Mindfulness Club at her school. She is now bringing this understanding community, where students unlock the peace and joy within through simple breathing techniques and creation of positive affirmations - to SomaCura on Grand Island!. Come enjoy connection with others, and most importantly - with yourself!
Maya invites her students to join the transformational journey of yoga. She believes that the most powerful teacher lies within and guides her student’s in finding their inner teacher.
Her intention in every class is to lead her students towards a path of self-discovery and awareness through a guided asana practice. It is her intention to help you connect with the body and quiet the mind to help cultivate the flexibility, thoughtfulness and strength needed to cope with a stressful and busy world.
After working as a stage manager for twenty years, where she used yoga to deal with the long stressful hours, Ann left the theatre life to raise her son. Finding it difficult to manage the excess weight and added stress of motherhood, she delved deeper into her yoga practice. The gym yoga was helping to sheds the pounds, but the stress increased until she discovered Soma Cura Wellness Center. Attending class there changed not only her body, but her mind. Ann became certified to be able to help others find the balance that yoga provides. Her yoga philosophy is based on traditional tantric Hatha with a focus on stress and anxiety relief.
Sara found yoga in college when she was assigned to choose something and stick with it for the semester and give a report at the end of the course. She found Bikram Yoga and immediately fell in love with the healing properties of the practice. After practicing for many years, Sara was approached to do a teacher training in the Bikram method. A Spanish teacher by trade, Sara found teaching yoga to come naturally. She aims to keep you working hard and encourages you to tune in to your inner rhythm while moving through the series.
Maura Lester is a graduate of Cortland State as a certified Physical Education teacher with a Master’s degree in Health from Canisius College. She is also a certified Children’s Yoga teacher. Maura is a mother of three and regularly practices yoga. She is a firm believer in maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle and enjoys providing others with the knowledge and opportunity to do so as well.
Leah believes that the key to being happy in life is to be involved in a journey of lifelong learning. Yoga provides that in an emotional, physical and mental capacity.
As soon as she realized that the practice of yoga is never-ending learning experience she was hooked! Leah enjoys the emotional and spiritual journey which is just as exciting as the physical part of yoga. Her intentions for teaching are to create an environment where learning and self-improvement are encouraged through self-awareness and mindfulness.
Lenore's Yoga journey began as a suggestion from her doctor to manage anxiety. Like many new yogis, she felt awkward and had no idea what to expect when she walked into her first class. However, after a few classes she was struck by the kindness and unconditional acceptance of her teacher and fellow practitioners. She finally found a place where she could be her whole self and she realized this was where she needed to be.
As time passed, her Yoga practice increased as did the complications in her life. Being able to find strength and become centered on the mat helped her to deal with an illness of her son. This sense of strength and grounding soon resonated to a strength off the mat. With brighter days and greater faith she embarked on a new journey with East to West Yoga in Toronto and completed teacher training. Lenore says she is grateful for the practice of Yoga and even more grateful to be able to share it.