She finds her greatest joy in holding space for other people, it is her gift. Before she was a yoga teacher she was a birth doula creating an atmosphere of kindness, encouragement, and education for women in labor. She guided pregnant mommas while they were in their most vulnerable state, and provided them with support so they could tune in and listen to their bodies. She feels that, as a yoga teacher, she holds the same space for people. Her goal is to create a safe, supportive, and loving place for people to come explore the boundless possibilities of their form.
Kate believes yoga is a place to unite mind, body and soul. Yoga is that place where everything that came before, and everything that lies ahead, quiets. Yoga is the moment when world falls to a hush, and you exist in the NOW. Yoga is where all the pieces of who you are come together, and all the excess fades away. To do yoga, means to exist in the present moment; it is less about the physical asana, and more about fully experiencing the connection that happens between mind, body and soul while you practice.
Besides being a yoga teacher, Kate teams up with Walter Yoga to produce extraordinary events.
Gordon Ogden is a man of movement.
He is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher and wellness event producer, who has spent his life utilizing outlets of physical expression to connect to the world around him. His introduction to yoga nearly 20 years ago transformed his passion in to a practice, and his practice in to a way of being. Now a teacher, and mentor to countless Yogis, athletes, and intentional beings, Gordon has been able to share his passion and wisdom across the globe.
His life has not only been a pursuit of finding what moves him physically, but what moves him emotionally. His fond love of music and stage production has fueled a passionate career in the arts. His journey of moving mind, body and soul lead him to develop Walter Yoga, a full sensory immersive yoga experience, utilizing state-of-the-art sound and light equipment to create environments that match the emotional and physical energy of a class.
He’s been a marketing professional since the mid 1990’s, an avid rock climber, and lives in Phoenix with his wife Holly, and their daughter Willow.
Some noteworthy festivals/venues he has instructed at include:
Sedona Yoga Festival, AZ
Namaste Yoga Festival, AZ
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, TN
YogaFort (TreeFort). ID
Northwest Yoga Conference, WA
Oregon Eclipse Festival (Symbiosis), OR
What The Festival, OR
Burning Man, NV
Like many others, Bentley’s yoga journey began as a place to stretch and strengthen her body. She quickly fell in love with the practice, as she initially was able to witness the physical benefits first-hand. Over time the less noticeable internal shifts slowly began to take shape as she dove deeper into her practice. A consistent practice over a few years culminated in a strong desire to gain more knowledge, insight, and appreciation for what the practice was giving her. In 2016, she left her full time job and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training through Modern Yoga in Scottsdale. She has participated in a number of workshops over the past few years with Kino MacGregor, Kerri Verna, Robin Martin, David Andrew Miliotis, and local teachers Cheryl Oliver, Anton Mackey, and John Salisbury, to name a few. In June 2017, she travelled to Koh Samet, Thailand for a week-long AcroYoga workshop with Hannah Haller and her partner, Pablo. Recently, Bentley signed on as an advocate with Alo Yoga.
Yoga became her path to discovering her truth. It’s guidance, love, patience and sheer force paved the way to reveal who she really was. Her teachings incorporate elements of patience, understanding, and acceptance, but always includes elements of challenge. She believes that our mats are a place for continual growth and that growth finds itself in those small spaces when you question yourself, “can I do it?” Bentley strives to cultivate an environment fueled with opportunities for self-discovery. A place to come as you are and take what you need. Incorporating unique sequencing and energizing flows are her peak passion, but ultimately creating that safe space for her students just to be, carry the most value and gratitude.
Jenna Gully is a 800 hr certified yoga instructor specializing in Yogic Sleep and Vibrational Healing. Her passion for sound, movement and healing is most satisfied while facilitating community gatherings where every participant has a unique experience combined with that special feeling of love and support that comes from being with community. Jenna’s goal is to create a nurturing environment where each individual is encouraged to explore themselves through rest and play.
Discovering the path of yoga has helped Jackie enhance her health and authentic understanding of Self by building physical strength and quieting the monkey mind. She was brought to yoga through injury and illness, was seeking a physical healing and found a moving meditation that brought peace of mind. Jackie has been practicing yoga for 20 years, instructing for 13 years. She purposefully draws students more deeply into their practice and out of their comfort zone for opportunities of self-inquiry and self-realization by creating physically challenging sequences and applying contemporary and traditional philosophy. She believes we are all cut from the same cloth, however, karma, life experiences and environments affect each individual in a different manner. And, therefore, Jackie strives to individualize the practice of yoga for each student , helping them to find their own inner light and self-love. Jackie also a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Phoenix, Arizona and her practice includes a strong focus on teaching students the anatomy and physiology of the body. Always a teacher and a “big sister,” Jackie’s friendly Midwest up-bring and big family have taught her to meet people where there are at in their own lives, their bodies and their yoga practice. Always welcoming every student to any class, she feels it is her job to adjust, explain and modify so all levels are encompassed in each of her classes. As she learned from one of her teachers, “We are always changing, always perfect.” See where you are and know you are exactly where you are supposed to be. From Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman: “There is no need to search; achievement leads to nowhere. It makes no difference at all, so just be happy now. Love is the only reality of the world, because it is all One, you see. And the only laws are paradox, humor, and change. There is no problem, there never was, and never will be. Release your struggle, let go of your mind, throw away your concerns,and relax into the world. No need to resist life; just do your best. Open you eyes and see that you are far more than you imagined. You are the world, you are the universe; you are yourself and everyone else, too! It’s all the marvelous Play of God. Wake up, regain your humor.
Don’t worry, you are already free.”
Marney began practicing yoga in 2009 when she moved to Los Angeles. She received her Associate of Arts, in Visual Communications at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. The complex she lived in offered free yoga classes and she was quickly hooked, and developed a consistent weekly practice that helped ease her stresses of school. She was really connected with the asana (the physical practice) which inevitably changed years down the road. When she moved back to Phoenix in 2013, she discovered there was more to yoga than the physical benefits. Marney received her 200 hour RYT at the beginning of this year from her teacher, Angie Hall. Yoga is not something she just practices, it is her lifestyle. She has recently stepped away from her 10 years in corporate retail, to pursue her path of teaching Yoga. She has taught at Moksha yoga, and is currently teaching Kids Yoga as an after school program around the valley.
Marney’s class offers a fun up beat Vinyasa Flow where each movement is connected to the breath. She also incorporates some breathe work called “Kriya”, which is the expansion of energy, and helps balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Her classes allow her students to tune inward on the mat, and tune out the outside world. So when we step away from our mat, we can take the tools we’ve learned to help us react to situations and the world around us in a much softer way.
Natalie discovered yoga on her journey back to self. At the age of 21, Natalie sensed her spark had been lost, feeling so distant from the confident, outgoing, quirky, loving traits she exuded as a child. After many years of silencing who she was, for fear of judgement and a yearning to fit in, her discovery of this ancient practice slowly began to crack open the mold she had been living in for so long. With a mixture of yoga, sound, music, and other movement practices, she was able to shake free from the shackles of the fears that once bound her and step into the power and beauty held within.
I hold a 500 hour yoga teacher training distinction and am constantly adding new methods of healing to my craft. With 600 hours of advanced yoga training through the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, I am certified in I AM Yoga NidraTM and Yin, Yoga for Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Hatha GongTM Prenatal and Restorative Yoga.
My passion is working with special populations such as MMA and BJJ athletes, veterans, those suffering from trauma, people in recovery, and those who suffer from illness and dis-ease. I feel humbled and honored to guide others on their journey toward self-healing.
Debbie Popiel began her practice when she was pregnant with her second child and completed her 200 hour certification in 2017. She teaches vinyasa flow, restorative, yin and specializes in meditation. Yoga transformed her life and she continues to live her purpose by sharing this beautiful gift with her students. She is a single mom to Samuel 23 and Gabriella 17 and originally hails from New York. She is an avid health enthusiast, four time marathon finished and enjoys hiking, reading, journaling, quoting movies with her family and laughing til her sides hurt, when she’s not on her mat.