Yoga is all about the journey_It’s helpful to have an experienced guide
Judy Grier,RN, LMT, E-RYT 500 started her journey into yoga as a personal search for a more holistic view of health and wellness. Yoga works with the entire person, mind, body and spirit and creates a deep since of integrated wholeness. She completed her 200 hour and 500 hour professional level yoga teacher training at The Kripalu Center for Yoga . Kripalu Yoga emphasis is on self discovery, personal inquiry , and connecting mind, body and heart through the practice of yoga. It is often described as a “meditation in motion” says Grier, a long time practitioner and teacher of yoga.
Yoga has been an ongoing practice and integral part of her lifestyle for the past twenty five years. She continues to be an active student as well as teacher and loves exploring the journey within. It’s Judy’s privilege to serve the community here in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Her intention is to offer the teachings of yoga as a transformational process to develop a healthy and strong body, an open and caring heart, and a peaceful and focused mind. She is the owner and program director of Yoga East Healing Arts Studio. She teaches group classes, private yoga sessions, and is the Program Directore for Yoga East Healing Arts Registered Yoga School 200 hour certification program.
Sue Greenwood M.S. E-RYT 500 is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist who inspires others to find breath, structure, extension and freedom through grounding and creating space in the body. Through area classes and yoga therapy private sessions Sue uses her education and experience to enhance the yoga experience and assist students in meeting their needs. A personal yoga practice is what you make it so “be the change you want to see in the world.” ~M. Gandhi
Sue has 16 years of experience teaching Hatha yoga classes and therapeuticclasses/privates to a variety of students, with a focus in women’s health,( general physical, metnal, and psychospiritual health), scoliosis, cancer, stroke and back/neck pain. A Certified Posture Alignment Specialist through the Egoscue Method, Sue has thousands of hours of clinical work in exercise therapy. She has worked in rehabilitation, rehabilitation counseling, and social services for 20 years. Her advanced experience and training has been primarily with Judith Hanson Lasater. Sue offers private yoga sessions and yoga therapy sessions and a variety of yoga therapy workshops.
Having enjoyed the many benefits of a yoga practice personally and the desire to share those rewards with others is the reason I because a yoga instructor. I have been teaching yoga in the Cape Girardeau area since 2009 and a 200 hour RYT from YogaFit. I am also certified in YogaWall through Bryan Legere.
My continuing education is in yoga therapy in order to better help those suffering with depression and dealing with trauma. I encourage my students to listen to their bodies and to use their breath to bring mindfulness and awareness to their mind and body both on and off the mat. So much of what we learn in class can be transferred to our everyday hectic lives. There is a saying I learned awhile back that I find to be very profound and that is “If we listen to our body when it whispers, we may not have to hear it scream.” Robin teaches hatha yoga classes at Yoga East.
Kelly Downes is an accredited yoga instructor thru Santosha Yoga Institute, and continues to pursue her passion for learning every aspect of the practice. She has seen first hand the profound effect that yoga can have on integrated well-being, and aims to share the knowledge of this ancient practice with as many sentient beings as she can. She believes that yoga brings healing, peace, and joy to the the world and considers it one of the most powerful tools of the 21st century.
I am a Cape Girardeau native, born and raised, and still live in town today with my husband, Marcus, and two cute pitbulls, Oswald and Emma. I went to college at Southeast Missouri State University where I earned a BS in Secondary Education for biology and currently teach high school biology in Jackson, MO. I later earned a Masters in Natural Sciences for biology and did research on ants. I love being outdoors, whether on land or on the water, and enjoy the connected and rejuvenated feeling I get from being outside. For exercise, I enjoy doing CrossFit and yoga and find that they are a perfect balance in my life. In 2015 I completed a 200hr YTT course at Yoga East Healing Arts and continue to teach and practice yoga here today.
Sara E. McNeil has worked as a writer and editor for twenty years at both alternative and mainstream newspapers, and in corporate and higher education communications. She majored in English and philosophy at Newcomb College, Tulane University, and spent a year at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. She earned a master’s degree in English literature at Vanderbilt University. A native Arkansan, she loves reading, writing, collecting images, travel, and yoga. Her practices of yoga and writing continually inform each other–both practices are about noticing, listening, and discipline, and she believes that yoga can open a door into creativity and into the deepest parts of the self. She is married to Jack Zibluk, professor and chair of the Department of Mass Media at Southeast Missouri State University, and they have a daughter, Kate Zibluk, as well as a dog, two cats, and three turtles.
I have felt called to contemplative practices since my youth, and throughout 40 years service with the Episcopal Church, tried to lead congregations to be centers of prayer and community action. I taught World Religions for ten years at SEMO, and lead classes from an interfaith perspective. I first learned meditation 34 years ago and it has become an increasingly important element in my recovery, my sanity and my joy. Bob leads Centering Prayer Meditation group and Yoga Sutras Study group.