Hello and welcome to the Source-Yoga’n more!
I'm so thrilled to be a part of the Source-Yoga’n more as the new owner/manager as well as, most importantly, an instructor. My philosophy of yoga incorporates one of the definitions of yoga which is 'to yoke'. The facilitation of your practice will concentrate on the physical alignment aspects of the poses (aka asanas) with the underlying principle that once the physical alignment is second nature, your mind can integrate the physical aspect of your practice with the mental aspect to truly create your own mind/body experience - your own yoga.
During our class time together, we will experiment with the diverse forms of Hatha Yoga--some days working our core strength and breath and other days combining our warrior work with extended stretching or flowing our vinyasas in an upbeat yet relaxed atmosphere. Together we will work safely, mindfully, and with our own intention towards our postures. There will always be many variations of the poses to choose from all the while being aware and conscious of where our bodies and minds are that day.
Now for the nitty-gritty bio info on me :)
Professional: In addition to the Source-Yoga'n more, I teach a Power Yoga class and Yoga Asana Break-down class at Healthpoint Plaza. I was fortunate enough to start my practice under various teachers and learning various yoga vinyasa forms while living in NYC. I'm currently RYT 200 and also certified to teach yoga for Seniors, Pre/Post-Natal and Yoga for Athletes and am certified in teaching the methods of Core Strength Vinyasa through Sadie Nardini and YogaWall through Bryan Legere.
Formal Education: BS in Biology from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
MBA from Columbia Business School in NYC, NY
MBA from London Business School, London, UK
I met my husband, Jeff Maurer of Cape Girardeau, while we were both working towards obtaining our MBA degrees. We were married in July, 2006 after I retired from over 20 years (!) of modeling in NYC. We have a son and a daughter, the light and joy of our lives (yes--even the teenager!) ages 17 and 3. Now that you know a little about me, I hope you'll come join us at the Source-Yoga’n more for classes so I can get to know a little something about you. I'm looking forward to facilitating and expanding your yoga practice together! See you at the Source-Yoga’n more...
Yoga to me is a process. I started about eleven years ago; my degree of commitment to the practice has fluctuated quite a bit over that period of time. My first yoga studio experience took place in February 08' at Yoga on Broadway; since then yoga has become a more definitive part of my daily life. Yoga has never seemed too foreign to me: having heard stories of my grandmother who lived with cancer (she practiced yoga through much of the sixties and seventies), then also being a little kid and seeing my mother practice. In my experience yoga offers a path for the body to heal itself, its workings can be quite unique to the individual. And, there is a lot we can learn from one another's experience. I often view yoga as slow medicine that takes time to get a sense of, a process. At this point my interest is in seeing it become a more integral part of community. The class I facilitate is fairly gentle: with variations of sun salutations, a few other basic poses, and reminders to mindfulness of movement, breath, sensation in general.
I have well over a hundred hours in certified Zhineng Qigong training. Total, I've participated in a few hundred of hours of body-mind modality trainings: Chinese Medicine theory, reflexology, Thai yoga, along with other forms of qi gong and yoga
Utilizing Richard Hittleman's classic: Yoga 28 day Exercise Plan, I was a self taught practitioner going back to the early 80's. My practiced lasted ten years before the demands of a new job diminished the frequency of my routine. Then some ten years later I discovered tai chi, and shortly after Zhineng Qigong.
I found doing qigong particularly enjoyable. Over time I noticed how it loosened my shoulders, neck, and improved my balance. It struck me as a practice that a person could be capable of doing even into advanced age.
Missy Nieveen Phegley has been teaching yoga since 2002. Her mantra is "It's all about balance," and as a mom/yoga instructor/college professor/cycling and multi-sport enthusiast, she has found that her time spent on the mat stays with her throughout the day, enabling her to enjoy - not just survive - the chaos of everyday life. Her sense of humor and down-to-earth approach make her classes very accessible. Her teaching style will challenge students but will also encourage them to stay focused on their individual mind/body needs, thus empowering them to find their own balance both on and off the mat.
From the first time I stepped onto a yoga mat, I knew this was for me. The way I feel at the beginning of class compared to how I feel when class is over never ceases to amaze me. Wanting to share that experience with others is the main reason I became a yoga instructor. To be able to share my love of yoga with my students and watch them grow in their own practice is truly rewarding. I have attended multiple trainings through Yogafit, and I am just shy of reaching my 200-hour RYT certification.
I teach a vinyasa style of yoga - linking one breath with one movement. Learning how to use the breath not only deepens our practice on the mat, but also carries over to everyday life. As we attempt to manage our hectic lives, an awareness of our breath becomes empowering, and the time on our mats can impact every aspect of our lives.
Paula Bridges has a master's degree in Social Work and is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Missouri. Over the last 32 years, she has provided counseling in a variety of medical settings. Paula has explored the field of alternative and complementary healing for more than 24 years. She is a certified Healing Touch Practitioner. Healing Touch and Energetic healing are non-invasive therapeutic modalities that can assist people in their goal toward wellness.
Paula studies extensively on the healing properties of plants--nature's remedies. She makes this knowledge available to clients as well as introducing them to essential oils as needed. As a holistic counselor, Paula integrates all her knowledge and experience to assist others to see themselves on all levels: mental, physical, emotional, social, and spiritually. Referrals are made to other health care professionals when appropriate.
Paula has also practiced kundalini yoga for 18 years She is a member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA) and is certified to teach through the Kundalini Research Institute She offers classes in a workshop format at the Source-Yoga 'n more typically in a 6 week+ format.
Paula is available for Kundalini Yoga workshops and appointments at the Source-Yoga 'n more. She also is available for Healing Touch and Energy Work appointments through Yellow Rose Healing Arts located in Marble Hill, Mo.
Sara has been teaching and practicing Pilates since 2004. She was trained through the Pilates Certification Center out of Raleigh, North Carolina in Mat I, II, the Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector and Props. Her background is in Exercise Science where she attained her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from SEMO. She was a Fitness Director and Personal Trainer for the past 8 years along with teaching Pilates in North Carolina before moving back to Missouri.
Sara competed in gymnastics and track when she was young and after college found herself to be very muscular and rather bulky from all of the weight lifting. She started looking for something to make her longer and leaner and finally found Pilates which did the trick! She discovered that many other people wanted the same thing which started her passion in teaching Pilates as well as doing it herself.
Pilates is such a miracle because it's really for anyone - from those suffering chronic pain to the most fit athlete! She loves the diversity of people who try it and those who are patient will see the results.
Sara other main passion besides Pilates is her family. She lives in Cape with her husband and 2 boys who are the light of her life!
MS, ACSM - HFS
Southeast Missouri State University Adjunct Faculty
Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation
Certified Pilates Mat & Apparatus Instructor
Sara is available for Private and Group Private sessions. Call or email to make an appointment.
It is my privilege and dharma to serve my community by teaching yoga since 1999. I am a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and completed both my 200 hour and 500 hour professional level yoga teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.
My yoga teaching encourages students to explore yoga as a transformational practice of Self inquiry and discovery. Emphasis is on creating safe structural alignment in yoga postures while developing an internal sense of compassionate awareness.
I have teaching experience in a variety of settings including universities, hospitals, private corporations, and as the owner of Yoga East since 1999. I am also a licensed massage therapist with a certificate in Thai Yoga Massage Therapy.
Kristen has been practicing yoga since 2003 and continues to deepen her practice. In October 2011 she received her 200 HR Yoga Alliance certification. She is also certified in Kids Yoga and Yoga for Seniors. She is currently working on her certification for Core Strength Vinyasa through Sadie Nardini and Yoga Wall though Bryan Legere.
Kristen combines her energetic practice with a strong focus on the breath and alignment along with a gentle hands on support. Her sense of humor and gentle approach make her classes fun and challenging. She loves seeing her students develop their practice.
Kristen loves to spend her free time with her husband and daughter. She enjoys traveling and scuba diving when she has the chance.
I discovered yoga about 25 years ago and have been in love with it ever since. I was so pleased with the gifts I recieved from it that I decided I needed to share it with others. It has helped me personally with controlling stress and anxiety issues I have dealt with for most of my life.
I have studied the YogaFit system and completed levels 1 and 2. I've been teaching for 20 years at various studios. The Center, Yoga on Broadway, I have taught a number of Continuing Educations classes at SEMO univ., and other private groups.
I love more than anything sharing the great benefits, both physically, mentally and spiritually derived from choosing the yogic lifestyle.
Jeremy Sortore teaches contemplative, alignment-based hatha yoga and gentle vinyasa flow, incorporating breathwork and meditation in a welcoming, safe atmosphere. Jeremy has been practicing yoga since 2005, completed his 200-hour certification with Tias Little in Santa Fe, NM in 2010, and continues to open up to the practice with the curiosity of a beginner. He draws inspiration from several systems of classical yoga, Western modalities such as Alexander Technique and Hanna Somatics, and the adaptive yoga work of Matthew Sanford. Ease, grace, and equanimity are the intentions underlying Jeremy's teaching.
Before moving to Cape Girardeau, Jeremy spent many years as a professional actor, singer, and voice coach in Denver, Colorado. He offers a speech and chanting workshop entitled "Shiva's Drum: Voice Training for Yogis." Visit the website: yogavoicetraining.com
After studying the Integral philosophy of Ken Wilber for several years, I became aware of the teachings of Thomas Keating. I have been a student of Thomas Keating for several years now. The mission of Thomas Keating and his organization, Contemplative Outreach, has been to teach the practice of Centering Prayer which is a traditional Christian meditation practice. The forerunners of Centering Prayer include Meister Eckhart, the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing, Theresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux, Thomas Merton, John Main, and many others. Centering Prayer is a prayer of consent to the Divine presence. It is a discipline through which we gradually come to know and manifest our true self.