Meet Our Teachers 

 


Alex Maurer

 

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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

 

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


Sam Beehler

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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.

 


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!


Aimee Tillman

Aimee Tillman is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher in Springfield, Missouri. She began practicing yoga in 2013 during her husband’s first deployment as a tool to unwind and relax during stressful times. In 2017, she became certified through Emery Bryant Yoga to teach yoga and help others find their own practice.

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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.