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.
Suzie Atkin, RYT-200, Reiki Master
In 2006, due to the nudging of a good friend, I haphazardly stumbled into a 6-week Kundalini Yoga workshop. I had no idea why we were doing weird breathing exercises and making odd noises, but I was fascinated and intrigued. It was such a different experience from my fast-paced, stress-filled life where it was easier to keep moving than to sit, be still and be with what was there. And I clearly wasn’t ready. For years afterward, I took the harder path: climbing ladders, never stopping, burning out.
And then, as it happens, tragedy struck. As Elizabeth Lesser puts it: “Some of us need a cataclysmic event to find our way toward ‘the center of our own existence’”. So when I finally came back to Yoga, it was with a deep need for healing. And through that healing, I have found my Wholeness, which, for me, is finding joy in every bit of this life experience. There is no question that life has difficulty. And yet, through continually cultivating awareness, equanimity, and compassion, we become able to, as Buddha says, “rest like a giant tree in the midst of it all”. I’m grateful for the beautiful, simple technology of Yoga to expand my perspective and chip away at the calcification of life’s conditioning so I can see clearly and respond from a place of centeredness and love. And it is from this place of love that I humbly share this knowledge and experience with others. Because, truly, we are all connected and in this together. - Namaste.
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 three grandchildren also live in the area. His hobbies include volunteering, reading, playing golf and keeping up with technology.
Joe March, RYT-200
Joe March is a 200-RYT and has been practicing yoga for over 7 years. His favorite style is hot power flow but has grown to appreciate and understand the importance of including yin as part of his practice. He started practicing yoga as a low impact form of exercise but stayed with the practice for the improved mind/body benefits it brought to his life off the mat. Joe’s goal as a teacher is to help make yoga accessible for people of all ages and abilities.
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.
Andrea Sisti, Studio Manager, RYT-500
I began practicing yoga in 2008 at a small studio in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. I immediately fell in love. I loved how my body and mind felt after the practice. And I loved how peaceful I felt inside the studio. I would walk in for class after a hectic day at work and would instantly feel a sense of calm. After years of deepening my practice, in 2019 I decided to enroll in Bee Well’s Yoga School. It was a life-changing experience, as I discovered my life’s passion - teaching yoga and meditation. Allisson has greatly inspired my teaching and I am forever grateful to have her as a mentor and friend.
I teach Slow Flow, Lunch Flow, Hot Dynamic Flow, and Deep Chill (a restorative and meditation class). I believe the study of yoga can empower you on and off the mat. I strive to create a space where you can explore and expand your physical body and inner awareness, cultivate mindfulness, and learn tools to self-regulate and create calm within. I offer many modifications to create a welcoming and inclusive environment. I am currently enrolled in a 200 hour meditation program with Lorin Roche and look forward to bringing those teachings to the Beehive!
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.
Zhana Gentle, RYT-200
I'm an Arknasas native, but I hail from El Dorado, which is in Southern Arkansas. I quickly fell in love with NWA in 2012 when I moved here to attend the University of Arkansas and knew I would make this my home after graduating in 2016 with a B.S. in Anthropology. I'm a big fan of Razorback football, so I love being able to call the Hogs at the stadium. I've been teaching yoga for a little over a year now, with training in Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Aerial, and Vinyasa. Yoga is my ultimate form of self care. I am able to go within myself with meditation and breath in order to really understand and work through anything that I am feeling. I am able to relax and wind down with my practice. The movements of yoga have really shown me how powerful of a being I am. I am capable, worthy, and deserving of all the things the universe has for me. Yoga is allowing me to realize the love I have for myself and that exists in the universe. Yoga also means community unity and I love practicing in spaces where I feel seen, heard, and included.
Outside of yoga, I love being out in nature which is why this area is perfect for me. I go camping with my family a few times of year to different Arkansas State Parks. I enjoy walks and hikes here too. I'm a foodie, so the growing food scene here is amazing to me. Plus, I love the Farmer's Markets that are held on the Bentonville and Fayetteville square which allows me to get locally sourced items and create new recipes from Pinterest. I try to keep an open mind when trying new things because I never know what I might actually enjoy