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.
Melanie Gazaway, E-RYT-200, E-RYT-500, Teacher Trainer
Melanie, a native of NJ, discovered Baptiste Power Vinyasa for the first time in 1999. “I was competing in the Penn Relays. A friend and I walked by a yoga studio that was advertising Power Yoga for Runners. We decided we were going to try it. I was hooked after the first class. It was better than I had hoped. As years went on it was a great alternative to running when injuries occurred. I felt stronger and more “relaxed” from practicing yoga.” The best is that Power Vinyasa Yoga is for everyone. Your race, creed, gender, socioeconomic status or lot in life doesn’t matter. All you have to do is believe the power is in you and there is no limit to what you can discover. You become more confident, more peaceful and more productive”. In the Fall of 2006 Melanie decided to train to teach Power Vinyasa Yoga with Bill Raup at Power Yoga Works in Philadelphia, PA and share the amazing benefits of yoga with other people.
“At first it was about me and now it’s not about me anymore it is about helping others. For me it is like a ministry and an opportunity to serve others. I am grateful to be able to share my experience and encourage others.” Melanie is committed to helping you discover your own transformation through self discovery.
Melanie is a Certified Baptiste Teacher and ERYT-300hr with the Yoga Alliance and has attended several workshops and intensives with Baron Baptiste as well as currently enrolled in the Baptiste Institutes Fit to Lead Program.
While off the mat Melanie homeschools her three boys, (Aiden, Zander and Micah) and enjoys discovering new learning opportunities. Melanie is a certified Group Fitness Instructor, Certified USA Track and Field Level 2 Coach, and a Certified Spinning Instructor. Melanie is grateful for a wonderful and supportive husband Tom Gazaway and the opportunity to bring Baptiste Yoga to NWA.
Heather Yalin, RYT-200, RYT -500, Teacher Trainer
Yoga first started changing my life in 2008 in Chilean Patagonia. After graduating with an MFA in poetry, I fled my depression and everything else to backpack South America, where I lived for 4 years. In that time, I found yoga, ayurveda, dabbled in meditation, leading to 10 days in silence. I found my husband, wedded simply in Turkey, honeymooned overland in Eastern Europe, retreated to Ashtanga in Portugal. I practiced yoga in studios and at home through many moves and 3 children, my beloved gurus.
In 2018 I truly found home. In yoga. In myself. In the continuous stream of now. My teacher, Cathy Connors, led me to Sattva, the whole practice of yoga. Meditation, pranayama, and Himalayan kriya now anchor my practice, keeping me grounded while increasing my capacity for presence and joy.
In my classes, I blend asana, breathwork, kriya, and mantra to dislodge stuck energy in the body so it can be released--while providing a safe place for the exploration of Self.
This zigzag path--its beautiful messes, tears, joys--has led me to this moment. It has led me to you. I'm so honored and grateful to be here!
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.
Ginger Wilcox Davidson, E-RYT-200
Yoga is such a blessing in my life. Over fourteen years ago I started practice as an alternative to gym classes and a way to manage stress. It allowed me to be able to know my mind and my body better. The magic of it is that it can truly be for any person of any shape or size. When I commit to a regular practice it has the ability to change my body, mind, and spirit. Cultivating a regular connection with my breath feeds my soul. It is one of the most powerful gifts of the practice. The energies that are released and balanced can help give more courage and truly make one be the change they wish to see in this world.
Off the mat, I like to spend time with my family camping, hiking, and playing music. I also enjoy spending time and making music with friends during an annual pilgrimage to my hometown in Winfield, Kansas for the Walnut Valley Festival every September.
Sharlotte Fedewa, E-RYT-200, RPYT, YACEP
My yoga journey began in 2008 when I found out that my college dorm offered free yoga classes -- after the first class, I was hooked. I loved the way my body felt after doing yoga. Even to this day, nine years later, I still love how I can always come to my mat and melt away the world for an hour or two. Yoga helped me concentrate better in school and manage the stress of my job. On my 22nd birthday, August 29th, 2011, my life took a life transformational turn when I dragged my sister, Katie, with me to Italy for an intensive 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. After a month of waking up at 6 am for the Ashtanga primary series and learning that yoga was much more than just asana, I became a yoga teacher. My life was absolutely transformed, and I decided I wanted everyone to feel the way I felt when I practiced yoga. Besides yoga, I love hanging out with my family, my daughter, Roslyn, son, Sage and my amazing husband, Joshua. In addition to hiking, hooping, cooking, crafting, and (my very favorite) traveling! I am also learning to play the ukulele.
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.
Milo Fish, E-RYT-200, RYT-500
I believe yoga is the ultimate journey to self-love. It is a powerful mindfulness practice and a dynamic moving meditation. In my classes students work on creating a loving, nurturing, internal dynamic as they let go of past conditioning and reprogram their minds and bodies to live a more calm, peaceful, loving life.
I started my teacher training with Baron Baptiste and completed both levels one and two. I have also had the privilege of learning the Yoginos: Yoga for Youth Program and I am currently in the process of completing my 500 hour teacher training with Crystal Beshears/Powered by Heart.
My family is everything to me - I'm married to my best friend and we have two amazing teenage boys that light up our lives, as well as the best dog in the whole world. I love experiencing everything with my family, love being outside, and love nature. While I used to be a runner, I'm now a walker, and I'm into living healthy. A big part of that healthy life is my dedication to yoga - I truly try to live it.
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.
Catalina Carvajal, RYT-200, Reiki Level 2
I took my first yoga class eleven years ago in a Small studio in Jersey City, NJ. Since then my love for Yoga has grown more and more. There were times I was disconnected from participating in classes but every time I needed to comeback Yoga was there for me, the teachers, the community but most important I was there for myself. Prenatal Yoga played a key role in both of my pregnancies - it gave me the tools to connect even more to my babies, to my body and to my soul.
After an empowerment retreat I completed in December 2017, I decided that I wanted to become a yoga teacher, I was inspired by all my teachers that have had in the past years. I completed my training in February 2018 and I am ready to share this love for meditation, chanting, asanas, flows, healthy lifestyle with all of you.
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.
Kaylen Wood, RYT-200
I started practicing yoga for the physical benefits, but the practice quickly turned into my biggest passion. I have been practicing yoga since 2008 as a way to help cope with anxiety during college and into graduate school and every big life transition thereafter, including pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. As my passion grew, I began to see the healing effects that yoga can have on my body, mind, and spirit. I was excited and eager to learn more, so I pursued my RYT 200 hour certification through the Everyone Yoga School in Tulsa, OK. The practice of yoga has allowed me to find love and appreciation for myself, inside and out, and I hope to teach and share the same connection to my students.
In my classes, you can expect to connect with your body, mind, and breath with movement. You’ll move through a blend of asana that focuses on safe alignment with breath focus. Be prepared to challenge yourself beyond expectations, of the shape, of the class, of the mind. And, remember to approach every shape with a lighthearted, exploratory approach. I am dedicated to making my classes accessible, enjoyable, and a safe place for all levels.
Krystal Canzoneri, Barre, Pilates, bBarreless
I have been known to teach a little Pilates and Barre around our beautiful Northwest Arkansas. I grew up in the big city of Houston, TX but moved to Louisiana to complete my Nursing degree. I met my super talented doctor hubby there while working at LSU Health Sciences Center. I practiced as a High-Risk Obstetrics Registered Nurse for 14 years before retiring. We have three amazing children and a crazy Pomeranian, that’s like a fourth child. I have always had a passion for movement and fitness, and I found myself into another career that I have the opportunity to care for people and could not be more grateful. Pilates and Barre are my passion, and I truly enjoy what I do! In my barre class you can expect good music, a casual welcoming environment, and of course an amazing workout. You will sculpt long lean muscles, always leaving feeling strong and energized….and you will never find yourself bored….we have a good time!
Certifications/Education: -BSN Nursing Northwestern State University 2004 -STOTT Pilates Intensive Mat Certified 2016 -STOTT Pilates Advanced Mat Certified 2016 -Booty Barre Plus Certified 2017
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.