In my early 30's I began noticing strange symptoms I had never experienced before- generalized anxiety, panic attacks, heart palpitations, insomnia, back pain, heavy periods...etc. Instead of medication I turned to yoga and meditation-- a practice that has been around for thousands of years. It took time and patience but I am living proof yoga and meditation WORKS. As the owner of OmTurtleYoga, I can share what I've learned with others. My life story has led me to this moment. Now I'm blessed to walk with you on your journey. Come tell me your story.
In the fall of 1994, after a serious fall, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. In an effort to deal with the pain, I was lead to try yoga. I immediately fell in love. In 2006, I was given the opportunity to become a certified yoga instructor, and in 2008, I began to teach. While the list of auto immune diseases has continued to grow over the years, I attribute my ongoing wellness to the grace of God and to my yoga practice. I take great pleasure in sharing the benefits of a committed yoga practice, and encourage EVERYONE that I meet to try it.
I am eager to help individuals connect with their own body and breath as a pathway to peace and good health. I love my community and want to expose more people to the benefits of yoga.
My focus is to teach stress management techniques that will build strength and flexibility in both the mind and body. My practice is gentle so its perfect for any level, age and ability.
I began taking Yoga simply to improve my flexibility. What I soon discovered was that yoga relieved muscle soreness, improved breathing, corrected posture, increased physical strength and enhanced overall endurance. All improvements necessary for a diving enthusiast.
Yoga in combination with Kettlebell makes me feel mentally and physically fit so I became an instructor to help others find a stronger connection to their mind and body.
After years of competitive dance and classical ballet training, I began practicing yoga in 2009. My body loved the familiar movement and flow of yoga, and I needed the peace that yoga brought into my life. Yoga quickly became more than a practice for me; it became a lifestyle of living more intentionally and mindfully.
My goal is to help you let yoga into your life, while making yoga accessible to every body type and age.
My Yoga journey began during a time in my life when I was plagued with habitual feelings of self-doubt, anxiety, and powerlessness to improve the negative aspects of our society. I entered into a Yoga Teacher Training program with the intention of returning to my hometown of Ferguson to help build a stronger community.
In my classes you can expect an energetic, free-flowing style of Vinyasa Flow Yoga modified at all levels.
After nearly fourteen years of practice, I decided to become a certified yoga teacher in 2016. The training infused my approach to yoga with a foundation in philosophy and an intense study of anatomy. I also learned that while yoga might be universal, it’s definitely not one size fit all. And I, like all my fellow yogis, am a constant work in progress. This insight is at the core of my yoga teaching.
My classes encourage you to study yoga at your own pace in an environment that is welcoming and accepting. A combination of breathwork and postures helps you safely explore and challenge your edge.
After years of injuring myself in traditional sports and trying to make my body conform to today’s conventional beauty standards, I cancelled my gym membership and found a yoga studio. I realized, after all these years, I was missing one major component-- the mind and body connection. Intrigue turned in to passion and passion progressed to teaching.
It's my goal to create an environment that is welcoming and will ease people into a better connection to their minds and bodies through movements and stories that resonate with their everyday lives.
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I have been a massage therapist for over 13 years. I am also a Healing Touch Practitioner and have worked in the hospice field since 2011. I also practice Reiki Level II and have been trained in many modalities since graduating in 2003 including Geriatric Massage, Compassionate Touch, Hot Stone, Myofacial Release, Aromatherapy, Level I of Cranial Sacral, Thai Massage, Motherhood Massage, and Massaging the Cancer Patient amongst others.
I have a whole-body approach and my pressure is firm to deep. I provide aromatherapy and Hot Stones in each of my sessions which profoundly enhances the relaxation response. I am thrilled to be here serving people in my own community.
After many years working in high-stress, low-fulfillment jobs, Ginny found herself in a position to make a drastic and positive change in her life and profession. Earning a massage therapy license opened new doors for her both personally and professionally. After several years at a small, independent spa and one of the large massage therapy chains, the chance to become a part of the OmTurtle family crossed her path and she was overjoyed.
A desire to extend her massage career by improving her strength, balance and stamina was what first led her to OmTurtle as a yogi. The warmth, care and spirit here has improved many aspects of her life and she feels extremely fortunate to have the chance to share what she has learned through massage and touch therapy.
Lindsay Esthetician & Nails
Lindsay attended The Aesthetics Institute of St. Louis where she completed 1250 hours of training to complete her CIDESCO certification and receive state licenses as an Esthetician and a Nail Technician. She has 8 years of combined experience in the medical spa setting, salon/spa, and organic spa.
Lindsay specializes in restorative facials that do not sacrifice the total spa experience, as well as body waxing and maintaining healthy natural nails. If you haven't had a facial yet you simply must. The BEST in STL.
Come see what handmade organic products and essential oils can do for you!
As a North County girl, born and raised, I am excited to serve my community. Swedish and Deep Tissue massage are my specialties however, my touch is intuitive which allows me to adjust modalities as I find the needs within your body.
I have a whole-body approach with long, slow continuous strokes. I'll focus on spots in which you carry your pain and inflammation with special attention to neck, shoulders, feet, mid and lower back.
I really love what I do and promise you the very best in care and expertise.
Cheyenne Massage Therapist
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I have enjoyed a lifelong commitment to personal fitness which has evolved into a passion for wellness. As a pastor and spiritual leader I marvel at the bottomless well of possibility and promise available through the practice of mindfulness and yoga.
I treasure sharing a soul feeding, spirit soothing, body honoring practice of meditation and restoration with others. I honor the beauty and variety of the human body and encourage yogis of all ages and fitness levels to experience the deep and transforming benefits of this mind-body-spirit connection.
September 2014 was a pivotal point in my wellness journey. I attended my first yoga class and was hooked. The music, movement, and supportive environment was different than any workout modality I had experienced before. My body and mind felt challenged but not defeated and for the first time, possibly ever, I felt connected to myself. As I practiced more I fell in love with what my body could do. Along the way, I lost over 80 pounds. The weight came off when I stopped making it a priority. I put my mental health and happiness first and everything else seemed to fall in place.
Malissa RYT & BUTI Certified
Karen Banks, M.Ed., LPC, is a licensed mental health professional and yoga instructor who loves helping others. She works with individual clients, families, children, and groups on a variety of concerns and specializes in stress management. Karen is a highly ranked speaker at the annual Black Women and Breast Cancer conference and writes for several magazines on health and wellness.
Her dualities in mental health and yoga has allowed her to enhance her practice to encompass a more holistic approach. As someone who struggled with anxiety and depression most of her young adult life she's passionate about opening the path for others to heal.
I graduated Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School in 2008 and The Skin Institute in 2011. I am a licensed esthetician and cosmetologist with 10 years experience in the beauty, makeup, and spa industry, including 5 years of medical esthetic experience.
My own skin issues are what inspired me to enter this field and I would love to help you achieve and maintain healthy, beautiful skin and nails, while healing your mind and body. I utilize a natural, holistic approach and handmade organic products with all of my facials and nail services.
I’m passionate about healthy skin, nails, natural makeup, and an uncomplicated, healthy way of life, including eating vegetarian, animal welfare, yoga, gardening and raising my sweet daughter.
Kimberly Esthetician & Nails
Known as the "Dancing Pastor, I hold a Master's in Dance, a Master's in Divinity, and I'm trained at the 200hr level through Reflections Yoga, based in New York. I'm also certified through Kidding Around Yoga (yoga for kids) and can teach a variety of styles such as Vinyasa, Hatha and Restorative. Each of my classes has an anatomical and (secular) spiritual theme, focusing on connecting movement with breath.
My approach in teaching is to keep students breathing and laughing, and encouraging them to find wholeness and love for their selves - body, mind, and spirit.
Kelsey MFA Dance, MDiv, RYT