Yoga is all about the journey_It’s helpful to have an experienced guide
Our intention at Yoga East 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.
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 has been an ongoing practice and integral part of her lifestyle for the past twenty five years. 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 in compassionate self awareness. She is the owner and program director of Yoga East Healing Arts Studio. She teaches group yoga classes, private yoga sessions, and acts as the Program Director 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.
Robin received her 200 hour RYT from YogaFit. Her continuing education is in yoga therapy in order to better help those suffering with depression and dealing with trauma. She encourages 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 she learned awhile back,she shares that she 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. She is also a lead trainer in our 200 hour yoga teacher training program.
Kelly Downes is an accredited yoga instructor thru Santosha Yoga Institute, and received her 200 RYT from Yoga East Healing Arts . She 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. Kelly teaches Yin Yoga & Meditation.
Casey is a Cape Girardeau native, born and raised, and still lives in town today with her husband, Marcus, and two cute pitbulls, Oswald and Emma. She went to college at Southeast Missouri State University and earned a BS in Secondary Education for biology and a Masters in Natural Sciences Casey loves being outdoors, whether on land or on the water, and enjoy the connected and rejuvenated feeling she gets from being outside. For exercise, she enjoys doing CrossFit and yoga and find that they are a perfect balance in my life. In 2015 she completed a 200hr YTT course at Yoga East Healing Arts and continues to teach and practice yoga there today. Casey is also a full teaching assistant and our anatomy teacher for the 200 hour yoga teacher training program.
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, and they have a daughter, Kate Zibluk, as well as a dog, two cats, and three turtles. Sara is a graduate from Yoga East Healing Arts 200 hour certification program and teaches Hatha Yoga classes and philosophy in our 200 hour yoga teacher training program.
Claudette Hency is a recent graduate of Yoga East Healing Arts Yoga Teacher Training receiving her RYT200 certification. She has been practicing yoga for many years and enjoys and appreciates the benefits of being on the mat on a regular basis. Claudette is grandmother to nine grandchildren! She loves dancing and hanging out with friends. When she is not being grandma or practicing yoga, Claudette is committed to her practice as a health care professional serving her community for over 38 years. Claudette teaches Hatha Yoga Classes and helps with special events at Yoga East.