All-Levels


This class is taught by:

Berly Brown

I dabbled in yoga for a good seven years until I decided to take it more seriously. I found a love of cycling after I started commuting by bicycle year-round to save money in 2005. In 2006, I had the opportunity to do a month-long self-supported cycling tour through the Pacific Northwest and in 2008, I completed another cycling tour from Lincoln-Denver-Santa Fe. I was tight and sore from spending hours on my bicycle and I decided shortly after this that I needed a more frequent yoga practice. Since then, my body and mind have opened up in such wonderful ways. I no longer feel like an old lady, my issues with anxiety have eased and I have found a deeply spiritual connection with my body, the Earth, and others. Finally, in 2012, I completed R.R. Shakti's 200-hour Inner Power Yoga Teacher Training through Yoga World Reach at Yoga Body and Balance. I particularly enjoy teaching Vinyasa flow classes with a sprinkling of restorative postures and meditations. In addition to being a dedicated yogini, I am an artist and received my Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011. I am so happy to be part of the Lincoln Yoga Center family!

Shona Nectoux

I'm originally from London and although I'm half English, half French I consider myself more of a world citizen having lived the last 6 years in Spain, Morocco, Argentina and now the US.
Having spent seven years doing gymnastics and circus skills as a child and teenager, in my 20s I struggled to find another form of 'exercise' I enjoyed... until I discovered yoga.
Initially it was just a physical attraction and we had an on-off relationship for several years. Curiously, I found that whenever I stopped practicing yoga, it always had a way of finding me again!
The last time yoga found me I was in Argentina and I finally started to appreciate the other elements of yoga, especially meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises).
I completed my 200-hour teacher training at Shoshoni Ashram in Colorado where I found myself growing in ways I could never have imagined. I also found that I had to unlearn a lot of what I thought I knew, leave my ego behind and relearn what yoga was all about!
I like to focus on breathing and the correct alignment of poses. I enjoy helping students to connect with their breath to enable them to focus on the present moment. I believe that by practicing yoga we become physically and mentally stronger, we improve body awareness and acceptance... and we can have fun at the same time!

Jessica Jewell

My yoga journey started in 1999 when I went with a dear friend to a class in the basement of a community center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Although it wasn’t love at first asana, about two months into practicing I had an experience that led me to believe there was more to yoga than a good workout. From that time on I pursued yoga with a passion which grows with time. I love the way a good asana practice makes my body feel, and in my classes my intention is to help students feel good in their bodies. I draw on the many styles of yoga that I have practiced over the years including Iyengar, Ashtanga, vinyasa, power, Kundalini, and Forest. In addition, I incorporate into classes the other limbs of yoga and Ayurvedic principles to provide a holistic experience and empower people to live in harmony with the subtle energies that surround and influence us.

Kelsey Whittaker

Growing up as an athlete, I was always intrigued by different forms of movement. Except yoga. After sustaining a minor knee injury, my orthopedic surgeon told me that if I wanted to continue to run and play sports, I needed to make yoga a regular part of my exercise routine. That was certainly enough to get me in the studio. My first class was a Vinyasa style class with all Michael Jackson music. I’m just gonna throw this out there… if moving to the beat of MJ doesn’t get you goin, I don’t know what will!

For the next 2 years I became a dedicated yoga student and then began teaching. I moved to Lincoln 3 years ago where a wonderful opportunity for self-transformation opened its doors, under the teaching of Thomas and Tataya Radtke. Going into the Teacher Training at YBB, I thought it would just help me become a better teacher. What I really got was a radical transformation in myself.

My absolute favorite part about teaching yoga is seeing a student connect with themselves on a level they didn’t even know existed AND THEN seeing them carry that connection with them out into the world, off of the mat. Yoga began and continues to be a way in which I rehabilitate my body. But more than that, it is showing up for myself and others and letting go of the expectations I have of the world, of the people in the world, and with myself.

In my class you can expect to laugh, sweat, connect, feel, open, let go, trust, breathe, and most importantly… PLAY!

Ella Kay

 
Ella has been practicing Yoga for 10 years. Originally from Nebraska, Ella studied Classical Dance in New York City at NYU and Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. Through her time at Omega Institute and Kripalu, as well as her own practice at Modo Yoga, Jivamukti, Pure Yoga, Laughing Lotus, Om Factory, Strala, and others in New York, Ella has come to understand the importance, beauty, and benefits of Yoga on a global level.
 
Ella has had the pleasure of traveling the world working with Olympians, celebrities, professional athletes, and public figureheads to better minds and bodies. Ella also works as a business consultant and entrpreneur, and has facilitated the openings of several nationwide studios over the past 8 years. Her works have led her to receive offers from Biggest Loser as a trainer, Workout NY (Bravo) as a fitness professional, and America Ninja Warrior. Although TV was not her desired path, Ella has enjoyed sharing her passions as a wellness pioneer through publications in New York Times, Good Morning America, Vogue, New York Magazine, Glamour Magazine, and more. 
 
Ella teaches Yoga, Pilates Machine and Mat, Cycling, Barre, and Physical Therapy to all skills levels and ages. In her free time, you can find her playing with her children (Prudence, Hudson, and stepson Will) or cheering on the Southeast Varsity Tennis teams alongside her husband and coach Chris. 

Amber Donahue

Yoga gives us a way to develop skills that help our balance, strengthen our joints, and practice peaceful introspection.
 
Movement and play are the best recreation! A yoga practice can enhance mindfulness and help us discover our inner strengths. Yoga has been part of my life for almost 20 years, and I completed the Lincoln Yoga Center’s 200 hour Teacher training program in 2017. As a teacher I hope to cultivate a playful spirit, engage my students, and help them set personal goals that enhance their growth.

Amy Bidrman

I started practicing yoga after my second child was born. Asana practice embodied so many of the thoughts and feelings that early parenthood brought up in me and was incredibly reassuring. As a new parent I was learning and living the first two limbs of yoga, the Yamas and Niyamas which form the structure of practice on and off the mat. These qualities will always guide my teaching: non-harming, truthfulness, purity, non-grasping, contentment, learning through self-experience and a devotion to the divine in all beings.

I have been a childbirth educator since 1999, and took my first yoga training and started teaching pre and postnatal yoga in 2005. I took another training in 2008 with Yogrishi Vishvketu and continued to teach and to lead teacher trainings in pre and postnatal.

Find out more about Amy at www.amybidrman.com

All levels yoga offers students the opportunity to practice in a multi-level setting. The instructor will offer variations so that students may choose the level of difficulty of depth most appropriate for themselves. An eclectic yoga class, the teacher will sometimes lead a flow style vinyasa (linking movement with breath), other times there will be hatha (the yoga of opposing forces), or yin (more passive poses targeted at stretching the body's connective tissue). Postures are performed mindfully with an emphasis on proper posturing, relaxation, and breathing.