Reaching in the Northland 16

New yoga studios offer something for every body

As the Northland develops, longtime residents can see the landscape change, grow, and, one might even say, stretch. When it comes to fitness, that’s certainly true. While five years ago, there were only one or two yoga studios north of the river, now there are several thriving practices, all with a different flavor. To help you navigate the bendy world of holistic wellness, here’s your guide to five of the Northland’s more recent additions. Namaste! 


In Bliss Yoga

Led by mother and daughter team, Marti Lee Bowen and daughter, Starr Lee

5106 NW Waukomis Dr.

Kansas City, MO 64151. 

InBlissYoga.com

When did your studio open?

We opened on January 1, 2012. We had our first class at 1 p.m. We keep this tradition going and have an all level donation class 1/1 at 1 p.m. every year. We co-teach the class together.

How long have you been practicing yoga?

Marti: I took my first yoga class in October of 1998. I took Starr to her first Yoga class that same year.

Starr: I was ten when I took my first yoga class with my mom, so it has been 19 years now that we have been practicing together.

What first drew you to yoga? 

Marti: At the time I was someone that attended aerobics classes four times a week. I was also into running and lifting weights. Yoga gave me a sense of relaxation that was lacking in my life. I got hooked on that feeling of peace.

Starr: I always wanted to do whatever my mom was doing. So when she started going to yoga I really wanted to go, too! I noticed pretty quickly how much the effects of yoga helped me in my daily life. I was less stressed at school and started to actually feel comfortable in my own body.  

What kind of yoga does your studio offer?

We have classes for everybody! We offer RockStar Arm Balance (focused on arm strength), Ashtanga Mix (Sun Salutations, twists, arm strengthening chaturangas and jump backs in a heated room), Vinyasa Flow (beginner to intermediate, focusing on aligning breath with movement), Fundamentals, Rest and Restore, and Chair Yoga 

What other services do you offer?

We have online classes that allow our students to practice with us anytime, anywhere. Our program is called Inbliss Deluxe. We release three new videos every month, which are added to our online library. We are always studying and researching yoga so our online classes also help us keep our students up to date.

We also have founded YogaCon, a two day Yoga Conference that immerses our students into the Healing of Yoga right in their own backyard of the Northland of Kansas City which is held annually in the summer. This year we have the dates already selected as June 9-10, 2018. We encourage anyone that is interested to get tickets before they sell out.

What would you say to someone that is 
new to yoga to encourage them?

No preparing, Start right where you are. It’s a practice that is about listening to your body and having an intimate relationship with yourself.

What is the biggest thing that practicing 
yoga has taught you?

To be kind to your body. No pain; if it hurts stop. Listening to what your body is saying, as our bodies talk to us through the sensations we feel. Everybody can do it.

Gardens of Delight, The Center for 
Natural Healing 

Led by Lynn Soulier

4821 Paradise Valley Road

Kansas City, MO 64151

GardensOfDelight.org

When did your studio open? 

Gardens of Delight, The Center for Natural Healing Opened in 2000. The first yoga classes were held in a small studio located in downtown Parkville.

How long have you been practicing yoga? 

I began my first class back in the 1980s and began teacher training in the late 90s.

What first drew you to yoga?  

My spirit longed for the experience of a calm heart, a more positive and loving outlook, a deeper love for myself and an expansive expression of creativity.

What kind of yoga does your studio offer? 

We teach classes based on Hatha Yoga (Anusara is the specific style I was trained in). The Hatha Based classes we offer are: Pre-natal Yoga, Chair Yoga, Intermediate and Beginning Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Kids, Happy Baby Yoga.

The Kundalini Classes we offer are what we refer to as the fastest track to healing body, mind and spirit, and combine the practices of Pranayama (breathwork), Mudras (hand positions), Mantras (chants) and specific Kriyas (exercises of healing and balancing).

What other services do you offer? 

The Natural Healing classes we offer are: Intro to Energy Healing, Nutrition, Herbal Apprenticeship, Healthy Kids Club, Organic Gardening, Childbirth Education. The services we offer are: Energy Healing, Doula Services, Herbal Wellness and Aromatherapy.

What would you say to someone that is new to yoga to encourage them? 

Remember that your personal yoga practice is unique to you. By being mindful you will enjoy many benefits of a regular practice. You cannot compare yourself to anyone else – because you are a unique expression of spirit whose gifts, talents and abilities are unlike anyone else. . . so simply be yourself!

What is the biggest thing that practicing yoga has taught you? 

To remain present, grateful and to keep my heart open.


NKCYoga 

Led by Henna Fuller

310 Armour Rd. Room 218 (2nd floor)

N Kansas City, MO 64116

NKCYoga.com

When did your studio open?

NKCYOGA will be celebrating the 3rd year anniversary this January. We will celebrate it with events – January is jam-packed (1). Kirtan, Sound Healing and Sacred Mantras on January 12. Our 30-Day Yoga Challenge starts January 15. We will hold our first workshop: Beginner’s Guide to Yoga (6-series) and a new class,  ‘After School’ Teen Yoga on January 17th. 

How long have you been practicing yoga?

I, Henna (the owner) have been practicing for around 18 years, practicing all kinds including children’s yoga but my foundation is Ashtanga Yoga (certified twice with Doug Swenson and KC’s own, Kathleen Kastner) though I am certified in Kundalini, Children’s, Max Strom’s style, etc. I have practiced all over the world. I have been to 116 countries and I have done yoga in a third of those countries. I am blessed also to have qualified teachers at the studio – Sara, Sally, Amy and Annie.

What first drew you to yoga?

My husband introduced me to it and since then I fell in love with it. I was a ballet dancer when I was younger and the transition was a natural transition. 

What kind of yoga does your studio offer?

We offer gentle, deep, mixed, power, Ashtanga, basics, private classes, meditation inside and outside the studio including NatureWalks (with focus on Northland Parks and Trails). We do sometimes unconventional yoga such as the Beer and Yoga during summer time.  We will have Bike+Yoga in 2019.

One of the events that I invest much also is in: yoga retreats overseas. We’ll be in Belize this July 10-15 and Nepal in November. Next year is China in July 2019. Please check nkcyogaretreats.weebly.com

What would you say to someone that is new to yoga to encourage them? 

Let’s take a deep nice breath . . . you don’t need to come to the studio; let’s just do it together now, here.

What is the biggest thing that practicing yoga has taught you? 

I try to live a healthier lifestyle. I am physically stronger, yes! I grew up Catholic and was a Sunday/Holy Day girl but with yoga, I look at life now as my religion and that spirituality is the aspect of humanity. I still go to church though -and we do yoga there, too. I enhanced my spiritual life.

Be the Journey 

Led by Jeannine Becerra at the Wellness Wheel

5742 N. Broadway

Kansas City, MO 64118

BeTheJourneyYoga.com

When did your studio open?

Be the Journey Yoga started in March 2013. I began as a traveling teacher renting space in many areas of the Northland as well as teaching in local studios while I carved out my niche of teaching accessible yoga.

How long have you been practicing yoga?

I have been practicing for 10 years, but I still approach my practice through the eyes of a beginner. 

What first drew you to yoga?

I began practicing yoga as a final effort to avoid more extreme measures to relieve chronic neck and back pain that I had suffered through since my teenage years. My very first class was a restorative yoga class and I found relief immediately! That same night, I slept better than I had in years. At that time, I was in a stressful job and my mind was always racing. Yoga helped relieve that stress. A few years later, yoga helped me through grief after losing my Dad unexpectedly. In the years since beginning my practice I have been able to stop taking all medications for hypertension and high cholesterol. Yoga quickly became more than just a physical practice, it has saved me in so many ways.

What kind of yoga does your studio offer?

I specialize in teaching accessible yoga to all, regardless of age, size, ability, mobility or income. The classes I offer are Hatha for all levels, Restorative Yoga and Chair Yoga. 

What other services do you offer?

I offer private Journey Sessions which are customizable sessions that include yoga, meditation, healing touch, and aromatherapy. This year, my students and I also recorded a DVD. Pull UP A Chair Yoga for Balance & Flexibility brings chair yoga to those who feel it is out of their reach. We also offer immersion workshops that allow students to take their practice to the next level, in areas of meditation, fundamentals and special focus.

What would you say to someone that is 
new to yoga to encourage them?

Yoga can change your life in so many ways. Let go of the perception you have of yoga, what you may have seen in mainstream media. Yoga truly is for everyBODY. I would encourage them to find a teacher and yoga community that resonates with them. There is so much more to yoga than the physical poses. Yoga will bring you deeper into your true essence. To live truly as the person you were created to be.

What is the biggest thing that practicing 
yoga has taught you?

Yoga has taught me that we are full of pure potential and that when we can calm our body and mind through breathwork, yoga, and meditation, we can live more peaceful and joyful lives! It has taught me that I AM ENOUGH.

The Wellness Wheel 

Led by Karen Carmack, owner of the Wellness Wheel and Anahata Wellness Co. 

5742 N Broadway

Kansas City, MO 64118

WellnessWheelKC.com

When did your studio open?

The Wellness Wheel opened in June 0f 2015 where I have the majority of my classes, but I have been teaching since 2001 all over the Northland.

What first drew you to yoga? 

In 2001, I was stressed out from being an owner operating a franchise retail home décor store that was closing due to the cooperate mishandlings and I was getting to the point of not liking the general public, which is a devastating feeling to a people person like me. I had to find something that would help me release this feeling from my body, mind, and heart. I found this small boutique wellness/fitness center that coincidently was right down in the shopping center below The Wellness Wheel. It was called Synergy Health and Wellness. I not only found my way back to my heart and soul I found my best friend, Terresa Rodriguez. Terresa and I started our yoga journey exploring all types of yoga throughout the Kansas City area–from hot yoga, and Anusara yoga to Kundalini yoga. We called our exploration “Yoga-hopping.” I found the calling to start teaching. I went through a teacher training that Synergy created and I leaped in and started teaching all over the Liberty area, in Gladstone, and even in my home. I am certified as an Inspired Anusara teacher specializing in yoga with modifications so that every kind of body could do yoga. From there I became a Kundalini yoga teacher, and I have continued to expand my knowledge. As a level II Kundalini teacher I will be complete and certified by 2018. Terresa has been a student of mine since the day I started teaching as well as several of my other students that I currently teach. Terresa went through certification in 2015, and now she is a teacher and teaches at The Wellness Wheel. Both Terresa and I partner with North Kansas Community Education where you can find our classes in their seasonal catalogs.

What kind of yoga does 
your studio offer?

At the Wellness Wheel, we have instructors teaching variations of Hatha Yoga, Kundalini yoga, and a Foam roller class. We also have many yoga workshops that are offered such as Art and Yoga, and Chakra Journey yoga and coming in January 2018 I will be offering Kundalini Chair yoga on Monday afternoons.

What other services do you offer? 

The Wellness Wheel is a unique center, a center collecting wellness providing businesses, and I am one of three co-owners. We have created a one-stop Wellness Center that combines Alternative and Holistic wellness such as Chiropractic, Vibrant Brain medicine, Massage, Energy therapy, Yoga, Mediation and creative outlets in the Arts.

What would you say to 
someone that is new to yoga 
to encourage them?

I have two beautiful quotes from my yoga teacher Yogi Bhajan: “Those who surrender themselves in love to the Divine, continually blossom and bloom”. The other is “Patience Pays.”

What is the biggest thing that practicing yoga has taught you?

It has given me the gift of truly knowing myself from the heart.