Meet Our Teachers
Alex is the owner of Sangha Studio. When she's not in her garden or loving on her new baby, Emilia, you can find her running the shoppe, teaching a Yoga class or giving an Ayurvedic consultation. Her Yoga practice began after struggling with a foot injury which caused her to slow down from a daily running routine. Through Yoga and Ayurveda she learned how to listen to her body's true needs. Alex is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and a 650-hour Ayurvedic Health Counselor. With her studies of Ayurveda, she works to infuse its science into each class. With Alex's class, you'll feel rejuvenated and restored.
Kari Schlak, RYT500, RPYT has practiced and studied Yoga for a decade and has been teaching for several years. Motivated by motherhood, and the unique stresses, challenges, and sometimes isolation that comes with the pathos of parenting, she pursued her first teacher training with Beth Spindler of Teach to Inspire Yoga education. Through deeper study, Kari dove into a path focused on bringing the amazing benefits of yoga and community to those at any stage of parenting and pregnancy, as well as to children and those who seek a playful approach to deeper the understandings of Yoga.
Cheryl studied Tibetan Buddhist meditation on the Big island of Hawaii at the Nechung Temple in Wood Valley where she lived for 13 years before moving to Springfield. In Springfield, she took her first Yantra Yoga class with llama Lobsang. She also trained in Theraveda Buddhist meditation with Aya Dipa, Tantra Yoga at Teach To inspire with Beth Spindler and most recently Kundalini Yoga with Ana Brett and Ravi Singh.
You can expect Chery's classes to incorporate rhythm and sound by chanting, playing singing bowls and through the use of her symphonic gong.
Macy Stevens is a RYT 200 born and raised in the Midwest who received her yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. Macy is known for her focus on mental balance, body positivity, female empowerment, and yoga philosophy. Macy is also the author and illustrator of "I Am Worthy: An Illustrated Remedy for Anxiety and Self-Doubt", a book of affirmations and drawings for women struggling with depression, anxiety, and body dysmorphia. When she's not doing yoga or drawing, Macy loves to read poetry and philosophy, dance to Fleetwood Mac, take pictures, drink good wine, and go on picnics with her friends.
Yoga has always been a way to heal and take care of myself physically, mentally, and emotionally. I am a yoga student of six years, and an RYT-200 teacher for two. As a mom of two young boys my practice is simple. My mat is my place for me time, to take care of my body, to find stillness, and to allow myself rest. With an Iyengar background and formal anatomy and physiology training my emphasis in class is always safety. We will use props to ensure a safe practice for every-body and experience level, and engage in active feedback throughout class so you can get the most from your practice.
Jennifer moved to Springfield a little over 20 years ago and decided to stay and start a family. After almost 10 years of personal practice she discovered the wonders of Kundalini yoga and meditation in 2014. She was so moved by the Kundalini practice thaat she took the plunge and decided to become a teacher studying under Ravi Singh obtaining her 200-hour certificate. New to the teaching scene she is very excited to share her strong meditative practice with others. Lives by the motto "Breath is life."
Tanna started her yoga practice in 2012 as a way to lose weight after having her son, but what she found was even more valuable. Through a consistent yoga practice, she found peace of mind, a cure for anxiety, and the ability to live in the present moment both on and off the mat. After years of receiving the amazing benefits of yoga, she decided it was time to share this experience with others. She attended yoga teacher training with Emery Bryant Yoga in Springfield, MO and earned her RYT200 with a focus in vinyasa yoga. Her goal in each class is to meet each student where they are as she truly believes that yoga is for everyone. Off the mat, you’ll find her spending time with her family and dogs hiking, camping, and floating or indoors reading and listening to records.
“Yoga is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”
-The Bhagavad Gita
Originally from Southern California, Samantha has found a happy home here in the Ozarks. She recently graduated from Missouri State where she studied sociology and sustainability. Samantha has been practicing yoga for several years, but within the last two years she has taken a more serious approach leading her to practice yoga not only as exercise, but as a lifestyle. Samantha is now a RYT 200 hour yoga instructor and hopes to continue her education, moving toward direction of Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy in the future. Along with alleviating her anxiety and nervousness, yoga has helped Samantha with her body image. As a survivor of Anorexia, yoga has encouraged her to be more in tune with her body, to work with it rather than against it and to appreciate what the body is capable of rather than what it looks like or is “supposed” to look like. She aspires to lead by example by incorporating aspects of Ahimsa (non-harming to oneself and others), cultivating a sense of stability/grounding and self-acceptance on and off the mat.
When she isn’t practicing yoga, you can find her exploring the outdoors with her husband Aric, they both share a love for climbing, backpacking, kayaking, hiking, camping and they try to live life conscientiously by leaving a minimal impact on the environment as possible. Samantha also loves cooking delicious plant based meals, making her own plant based skin care products, of course spending quality time with Aric, her cat, Margot, and her friends.
Sarah Byrd has been practicing asana, pranayama and meditation for 10 years. She obtained her 200 hour RYT training in 2016. Her dance background brings a unique and graceful flow to her vinyasa!