Allisson Butler-Kublanov, Studio Owner, Director of the Yoga School, Reiki Master, E-RYT-200, E-RYT-500
I have been practicing and falling in love with yoga for over 20 years. I am inspired by the evolution that happens as someone experiences yoga. It is different for everyone, but it is heavenly. The journey of this practice is really an examination of life - and that can be a difficult thing. However, with the difficulty, comes the gift - and that's what you see when you are able to guide a practice. You see 'the gift' on the faces of the students each time they leave the mat. The gift of yoga. And it is different for everyone. The gift is personal and it is precious.
My particular fondness for Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga led me to seek training at Saraswati's Yoga Joint in Norwalk, CT with Mitchel Bleier and Kaia Yoga Studio in Westport, CT with Jillian Pransky. I have also had the privilege of studying with Shiva Rea, Judith Lasater, Rodney Yee, Tias Little and Kathryn Budig.
My classes combine an intense vinyasa flow with light humor and a strong focus on the breath and alignment. My restorative classes have been described as 'a yoga massage' allowing you to melt into the mat and fully relax the mind, body and soul.
I absolutely love experiencing yoga through breath, writing, meditation and asana. I love my family, running, soaking up the energy of the sun and devouring a good book.
Lauren Burkart, E-RYT-200, RYT-500, LMT
I have been practicing yoga for almost fifteen years, but it took me ten years of practicing at home to actually work up the nerve to attend my first class. While I originally began practicing to benefit my physical health, the benefits I received mentally and emotionally were what kept me coming back to my mat. In 2014, I completed my 200-hour teacher training with YogaGypsy in Springdale, and this past year I completed my 300-hour teacher training with LivFree Power Yoga with Annie Q.in Connecticut.
I am truly passionate about bringing yoga everywhere to everyone and I have given yoga instruction in hospices, women’s shelters, outdoors, gyms, spas, and yoga studios. I believe there is a yoga for every single person, and that is why I love teaching anything from heated power vinyasa to yin and meditation. I approach the classes I teach with a light heart, and I'm always finding ways to apply the lessons we learn on our mats to the rest of our lives. I truly believe that our yoga practice can make the world a better place.
Laura Draper, Booty Barreless Babe
Over the last six years, I trained with a trainer who has a masters in biomechanics. My experience with him inspired a passion within me for physical training which led me to study with the Cooper's Institute and become certified in personal training so I could inspire other people. Living in South Africa, I was able to further my studies and become certified in Bootybarre. When I returned to the States, I also became certified in BBarreless. I love making people strong in their core and strong in their heart...it is my passion...to make people feel good about themselves, inside and out.
Hank Hecksher, RYT-200
Before 2007, I had my home and gym yoga practice and loved it. It was a basic Sun Salutations and a few variations. In the spring of 2007 I was diagnosed with colon cancer. Looking back, I’m confident my yoga practice influenced my treatment and recovery. In 2013, after the chemo and into the monitor and checkup period, I attended my first “studio” yoga class in downtown Bentonville AR, USA and discovered how much I didn’t know about Yoga. I had no concept of “Restorative”, but I loved the class and the studio setting. I continued with other new classes and discovered more about Yoga and myself. In December 2017 I enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. I loved the people and the experience and owe so much to my teacher trainer, Lynn Hancock. This year, 2018, I reached my 10 year - no recurrence milestone. I’m thankful and grateful for every day of my journey. With my 200 RYT in hand, I’m on a new adventure to know more and share more about Yoga than I had ever dreamed.
Hank lives in Rogers, AR with his wife Julie. Their two adult children and four grandchildren also live in the area. His hobbies include volunteering, reading, playing golf and keeping up with technology.
Caroline Swanson, RYT-200
I walked into my first yoga class in 2007 as part of a gym membership. Getting fit was my goal but working out wasn’t my cup of tea, so I needed to go to a class to stay for more than 10 minutes. Yoga, turns out was the best prescription for my stress I was ignoring. It’s a work out and a work in which ends with a rejuvenating power nap! Wow, talk about multitasking, I could not believe my discovery. Full disclosure, it is a practice, not a overnight happening.
After talking myself out of it multiple times, in 2018, I got the courage to go to yoga teacher training at Bee Well and I am so glad I did! Now I am honored to help others discover the benefits of yoga and get better connected with their best friend, themselves. In my class you can leave your stress behind. We will hold space for body, mind and spirit connection. All are welcome. How much you want to sweat is up to you. Yoga is a gift of love we give ourselves which spreads out into the world.
When I am not on the mat, I do many things such as exploring nature, art fun, decorating consultations, treasure hunting, and hanging out with family both human and furry.
Lizzie Kotyankar, RYT-200, Reiki 1&2 Practitioner
My overall goal in life has always been to create ripples of change. I graduated with Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis on the Montessori Method. Nursing and teaching have allowed me to provide tools and road maps that help unlock the potentialities awaiting within each of my patients and students.
When Covid came, it granted me an opportunity to view my future from a different angle. I began asking the question “ what are the most important things that I should focus on during my short stint in this human existence?” Happiness and family were my answers, but in order to enjoy them for the long haul I needed to become holistically healthy myself. I joined the Restorative and Vinyasa immersions, to help learn how to cope with the stress of the times and become healthier. The wisdom gained from studying yogic philosophy has sparked my desire to learn more. Since training I have attended as many classes as possible and have fallen in love with not only yoga but the Bee Well community.
I am so excited to embark on this next leg of my journey by joining The Beehive and helping grow the children's program. Bee well is such a warm and welcoming place I am grateful that my path has meandered in this direction.
Rebecca DeClerk, RYT-200
Yoga was something I didn’t know I needed until I went to my first class. I was in high
school, the local gym in small-town Pocahontas had $5 classes. As a teenager, I had anxiety and bouts of depression, during that class I was more relaxed than I had ever experienced. I’d be lying if I said I was entranced and continued a yoga practice for the next 10 years. Although I wish I would have. I didn’t. I ended up rediscovering yoga 5 years later. A friend suggested we go and I remembered that sweet feeling of letting the world melt away from my shoulders. Since then I have kept up with regular practice, mostly experiencing Vinyassa practice up until my teacher training at Bee Well in the Spring of 2020. At Bee Well, I have dipped a toe in the vast history and practice of yoga through the Vinyasa program and Restorative program. Vinyasa has taught me to focus through movement and breathwork allowing me to find a deeper connection with my mind and body. Restorative practice has shown me the benefit of rest and creating space for healing. My full-time job is working as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in a nursing home, helping others and finding healing is my passion. The benefits of yoga are too good not to be shared. In my classes I want the mind to feel at ease knowing the body and breathe are in a rhythmic flow. Outside of work and yoga, I am also continuing my education at the UofA online. When I’m not in scrubs, on the mat, or in the books I fill my time being outside, kayaking, hiking, and enjoying the lake.
Luis Martinez, RYT-200
Your yoga mat is your sacred space where you connect with yourself, body, mind, and soul. I started my yoga journey 2 years ago where I have learned that yoga is more than just being flexible and doing all these amazing poses. I learned that yoga is a meditation in movement, where you give the opportunity to listen to your body and connect with your mind. One thing I am passionate about is to share my knowledge with others and support our community. Living in Northwest Arkansas for 15 years, originally from Mexico. Enjoyed traveling, connecting with other human beings and learning from them and their cultures. Admired the art of nature and the art created by human beings.
Stacy Antonelli, Wellness Life Coach, Meditation Teacher
Stacy Antonelli is a Life Coach, Meditation Practitioner, mother of two young kiddos and a lover of sunrises, Mexican food and all things personal growth.
With certifications in Miracle-Minded Spiritual Coaching (trained by Marianne Williamson) and Peak Performance Results Coaching (trained by Tony Robbins), along with 3 years experience as a Corporate Life Coach at international life coaching company, The Handel Group, Stacy’s powerful approach combines tools from three distinct, proven coaching methods, which her client’s are able to learn and use for the rest of their lives.
Since she was a teenager, she knew she wanted to help people get what they want in life. She followed the life coaching industry closely for many years, but it wasn’t until after she radically transformed her own life through coaching and spiritual practices that she realized it was her calling. Then she began the rigorous training to become the level of Coach she was committed to being.
“Being a Life Coach isn’t just my career, it’s my calling. My dream is to help other people live their dreams,” she comments, “seeing people create a life they love and are proud of...that’s what lights me up. I’ve helped clients navigate major career transitions successfully, completely change their relationship to themselves to one of confidence and self trust, heal parent & sibling relationships & change their entire family dynamic, get their dream body, leave corporate jobs to go for their dreams, evolve their life around money & finances, become comfortable with their sexuality and start living their truth...the stories go on and on.”
Erin Calnan, E-RYT 200, YACEP, Y12SR
I am currently taking a 75Hr Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training. I teach studio classes, corporate classes chair yoga classes, and yoga at addiction recovery facilities. I believe in expanding my practice and my teaching. When I entered my first Yoga studio, my passion for yoga was ignited. I knew there were answers to questions I didn't know yet. I genuinely believe that yoga is for every BODY, here's why: Yoga is simply combining breath and movement, minimizing stress, and focusing the mind.
I teach from a place of acceptance. Start where you are, do what you can, that is enough! Practicing yoga is more than just showing up on your mat. Yoga creates community.
Please join me on your mat and let's breathe, move and create community.
Claretha Yeager, Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, Reiki Master Teacher
I was raised in a family of doctors but deeply resonated with alternative therapies early on which continue to feed a love of all things mind, body, and spirit. As a Doctor of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and a Reiki Master Teacher, my main focus is on holistic health. I use a combination of offerings to support you in feeling your best. For some, it's acupuncture, cupping, and lifestyle recommendations. For others, it's essential oils, intuitive information, energy healing, chakra support, and mentoring.
As an avid world traveler and eternal student of life, I know that each person is beautifully unique and has their own needs and desires to feel whole. Seeing people connected to their hearts and enjoying the deliciousness of life is one of my *favorite* things! Together we'll find a fit that's best for you to heal, rebalance, and thrive. I believe true healing comes from the inside out and involves ALL aspects of your being: emotional health, physical well-being, mental strength, and spiritual awareness.