Meet Our Teachers 

 


Alex Maurer

 

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Alex Maurer is the owner of Sangha Studio, Co- Owner of Innerwoven Retreats and Co-Owner of Collective Kitchen. She is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and a Registered Yoga Teacher. At Sangha, she holds one-on-one Ayurvedic consults, leads Ayurvedic workshops and teaches yoga classes. When she's not working, she and her husband are chasing their two (soon to be three!) daughters around Springfield.

 

 


Kari Schlak

 

Kari Schlak, RYT500, RPYT, RCYT has practiced and studied Yoga since childhood and has been teaching since 2013. Kari 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 benefits of yoga and community to those at any stage of parenting and pregnancy, as well as to children, beginners, and those who seek a playful and accessible approach to Yoga. Kari has achieved an 500RYT advanced certification, RPYT prenatal certification, and RCYT children’s certification.

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Jen Kilgore

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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."


Hanna Atwood

Hailing from Kansas, Hanna is an avid plant, insect, and animal lover. She enjoys spending most of her free time outdoors. You will often find her hiking and camping with her dog, Rowan, or relaxing in the hammock with a book. She began her yoga practice at home in 2008, and after taking a studio class in 2011, she was officially hooked. Learning new ways to cope with stress and grief was life-changing, and she knew this was something she wanted to share with others. She became an RYT200 in May 2017, and loves to learn everything she can about this practice. In her classes, Hanna aims to increase mindfulness, mobility, and foundational strength. She is a strong believer in the synergy of breath and movement, and favors static poses with slow, controlled transitions. Together, you will tune into your bodies and raise the vibration.

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Tanna Baker

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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


Cory Whittaker

I started doing yoga after a back crushing injury in the weight room.  My physical therapist suggested trying yoga so I did, for a while but started to practice consistently in 2004.   I have taken Bikram, Ashtanga, and Kundalini throughout the years and came to enjoy the different benefits they offer.  I never had any intention to teach, but decided in 2014 to get my 200hr certificate and I am finishing up my 300hr. Yoga initially helped to heal my back but has offered me so much more both mentally and physically and I hope to pass that onto others.  I look forward to meeting you at my classes at Sangha Studio!

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Lindsey Argo

Lindsey Argo, has her E-RYT 500, and is Yin Yoga certified. Lindsey is a current Graduate student at Missouri State University studying South Asian Religions, Yoga, and Sanskrit and finishing her thesis on modern interpreters of the Bhagavad Gita. Lindsey was trained by Beth Spindler, E-RYT 500 and Registered Yoga Therapist, who trained with disciples of Swami Rama and directly with Eknath Easwaran tying her students to the Tantric Yoga lineage of Sri Vidya. Lindsey is also currently finishing her Ayurvedic Practitioner program with Yoga Veda and plans to begin studies in Yoga Therapy in the next year along with applying for Doctoral programs. 


Ashley Smith

Ashley fell in love with yoga at a young age. She picked up her first book on yoga at 19 and has been practicing on and off ever since. After becoming a massage therapist 2013 she wanted to offer her clients more ways to destress and take care of their physical and mental health so she decided to take her practice to the next level and took her teacher training with Emery Bryant Yoga in 2015. She believes in the power of yoga to create balance in a persons life and feels it’s an important tool to overcome some of life’s greatest challenges. Her goal is share that love and that balance with her students. When she isn’t at Sangha massaging or teaching yoga, you’ll find her in Ozark having fun with her son Owen and partner Nick.

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Jaclyn Kohler

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Jaclyn Kohler, also known as Anand Avtar Kaur, is a kundalini yogini with a passion for alternative healing. Her journey began 5 years ago after losing her father, and the Universe presented her with the tools needed to process in a healthy way via kundalini yoga and more! Throughout the last five years, multiple studies in kundalini yoga have ensued, with both 3HO and Raviana bringing a well rounded wealth of knowledge from many teachers. Jaclyn is also a massage therapist and body worker. An Iynegar teacher training course allowed her to continue to connect to her previous knowledge, and incorporate proper body alignment into her classes. As the journey of life continues so will her study of yoga, and alternative therapies as she believes our healing is in our own hands, and we are all here to support each other through the beautiful adventure of Being.


Bethany Lawson

Bethany has incorporated yoga into her life for 13 years. Years ago she discovered her passion for movement and health. She has a background with a Bachelors in Exercise Science from Missouri State University and is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. She just recently met a long time goal and completed her RYT-200 to begin teaching. From her own experiences with yoga she seeks to hold space for others and help them in their personal practice to find strength, awareness, and balance both physically and mentally.

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Lexus Anderson

I have a passion for all things health & wellness. I found yoga at a time when I needed self-love, and the practice gave that to me. It taught me to appreciate what my body can do, not just what it looks like. I want to teach both women & men to honor and respect their own bodies where they are right now, inside and out. In September 2018 I quit my full-time job in the fashion industry to dive head first into teacher training and became RYT200 certified in May 2019. My goal when you leave class is that you feel rejuvenated, inspired, and ready to take on the world. I am married to my wonderful husband Taylor, and we have two fur-babies! When I’m not on my mat, I’m either in my kitchen cooking up a plethora of healthful recipes, or out on the water on my paddleboard or kayak!


Sam Saxton

Samantha has lived in the Springfield area for the last 25 years. Having grown up as an athlete, with an emphasis on strength and endurance, Samantha has always had an interest in an active lifestyle and physical health. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology as her interest in psychological and spiritual health blossomed. Samantha's quest for holistic health for herself and those around her continues to grow and hit a milestone when she started her yoga journey as a student. Upon experiencing the positive effects yoga had on her mind, body and spirit, Samantha began her journey as a yoga teacher in 2018 completing her RYT-200 training program through Emery Bryant Yoga. Samantha's training had an emphasis on Vinyasa yoga and she continues to further the connection with body and breath through this style of yoga. She enjoys a strong practice, emphasizing the strength within every individual, however she continues to expand her interest in the process of "letting go" and finding grace with oneself through a gentler approach. Yoga has brought light to her about the necessity for these aspects when on the path to health and she loves to foster this learning in yoga practice. Samantha's classes will encourage determination and strength while also highlighting this ability to be graceful and still. Her interests within the yoga practice are vast and all-inclusive, including strength, balance and relaxation. The same is true of her interests outside of yoga. Samantha leads an active lifestyle enjoying hiking, camping and resistance training, among many other things, but her interest in personal care and relaxation are evident in her love for nature, gardening, plants and connection with her friends and family. Yoga has improved her life in many ways, fostering a better ability to live in the present and to be happy and kind to herself and others. “Be the change you wish to see; The only moment you ever have is now.

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Hue-ping Chin, Ph.D., RYT200

Deeply drawn to holistic way of life and mind-body connection, Hueping has been studying and practicing yoga, Taijiquan (or Taichi), traditional Chinese medicine, reiki, Ayurveda, and meditation since her youth. A native of Taiwan, she had easy access to different styles of health practice and healing options there– they are called “alternatives” in the United States, but are mainstream and common practices in her homeland.  Hueping has been practicing yoga regularly for more than 4 decades. She credited her routine yoga practice for curing her chronic back pain caused by various injuries in the early years.  

Since residing in Springfield, Hueping had taught yoga at Drury University and the Midtown neighborhood. Last summer, she completed the formal yoga teacher training through an immersion program at Shoshoni Center in Colorado. In her teaching, Hueping creates an eclectic style by incorporating asana, pranayama, vinyasa, and Taichi movements.  Physical movements, however, need to be connected with one’s senses and mind; incorporating breathwork (pranayama) and meditation, Hueping believes, will benefit us greatly – to sharpen our senses, heighten our awareness, and fine tune our wellbeing.

Hueping is a professor at Drury University; the courses she teaches include Women’s History, Eastern Philosophies and Religions, Buddhism: The Joy of being Awake, Globalization and Human Rights, History of Modern Japan.

Besides practicing yoga, Hueping enjoys outdoors (hiking in the woods is a weekly routine), cooking (cooking fresh ingredients from the gardens and the farmer’s market is so rewarding), gardening (both at her own and the community garden), making art (calligraphy, painting, collaging), dancing (salsa and swing, please!), singing, and hanging out with her husband and friends.