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Who we are

Kingfisher Yoga is a philanthropic yoga studio with a deep desire to hold space for anyone looking

for a place to belong.

Carla first started teaching yoga at Damage Inc.  ultimate fight club. Nate Gindt, convinced her that Lodi NEEDED yoga and she needed to teach.

That was the beginning and today we are housed within Willow Tree Wellness

We take pride in building a very special community that our members call their second home. We have raised money for local charities and others in need. 

We are on a mission to make the world a better place, one mat at a time. 


 

Our Mission

Kingfisher Yoga offers a safe space for people with wisdom to explore yoga, themselves, and the new chapter of life that’s awaiting them.

Yoga is so much more than the movements of the body and linking breath to movement—yoga is taking the things we learn on our mat and knitting them into the fabric of our everyday lives.

It’s a practice that helps you find unique ways to face the stressors of everyday interactions and explore ways to overcome or minimize them.

This is a place that allows you to release the day-to-day pressures of life every time you step foot in the studio. A place that allows freedom for you to be you, to be still or moves your body.  We hope to inspire you to hold space for yourself with compassion and grace.

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What is Yoga?

It is a combination of breathing exercises, physical postures, and meditation that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. Yoga is among the oldest known systems of health practiced in the world today.

One of the premises of yoga is that you are using the weight of your own body for overall strength. It reduces stress and tension in the physical body by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. Continued practice of yoga results in a balance of many hormones and nervous system.

In short yoga makes you feel better. Practicing the postures, breathing exercises and meditation makes you healthier in body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is an invaluable tool for the management of everyday life.

Meet The Team

Carla Wiessing
owner & lead dreamer

I have been practicing yoga since my twenties. It was not until I was more mature that I realized there was much more to the practice, than the yoga postures.

I want to share what I know & create a space for you to explore yoga with me!

I have trained at Perennial Yoga and with Yoga Indra Institute  earning my 500 CYT

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Crystal Lea Glenn
RN & cohort

A Lodi native with a strong background in counseling psychology with outdoor therapy and  team building expertise.

She brings 10 years of Nursing experience with

specialty areas in functional medicine, nutrition,

women’s health, pelvic floor rehabilitation, end of life care and planning.

Crystal has a passion for life and movement.

She wants to help you set and attain your fitness goals while crafting a lifestyle of fun.

 

She teaches Yoga with a focus on pranayama  breathing techniques,

mindfulness

and the basics for building a meditation and  yoga practice.

Roll out your mat

while you turn inward

focusing on your body

and

unwinding the mind.

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Stephanie McCutchin
LMT, , 200 CYT

For me, yoga began as a movement practice but soon my mat became my safe space. Like many people, I struggle with anxiety. Connecting to my breath has been an aspect of my yoga practice that has provided me with a sense of calm and connection. I am passionate about sharing this experience with others who might be on a similar journey and I am committed to holding a safe space for you, to explore and cultivate the connection of mind, body and breath. I cannot wait to cross paths with you in this beautiful community

I am also a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Yomassage® Therapist and owner of Sakom Massage and Wellness, which you can find within Willowtree wellness.

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Megan Trantow
200 C YT

Megan has been teaching since 2012,

First Grade!

In 2019 she turned her educational pursuits toward Yoga .She trained with  Breathe for Change,

focusing on bringing

yoga into the schools to alleviate the pressures on her young students and

her fellow teachers.

Seeing how life challenges can  shape who we are and how we react

she has focused on bringing laughter and a sense of body awareness to her practice and teaching. 

Everyone is welcome to Megan's classes with a warm smile and space to be who you are meant to be.

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Kathryn Bebeau
200 C YT

Kathryn began practicing yoga in 2014  as a means to

manage stress & back pain.

After attending a memorable winter solstice yoga class, she realized yoga offered much more than just the movement! Being a lifelong learner she dove in to learn more about this thing called yoga.🧐

In 2019, she completed her 200 hour teacher training with Kramas Yoga, & has been teaching since.

In 2021 Kathryn began a second 200 hour teacher training at Perennial Yoga

Her personal practice is the central part of building & maintaining

her mental & physical  strength.

Sharing what she has learned in a fun & inclusive way is important to her.

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Aimee Jensen
200 C  YT

I first encountered Yoga over 10 years ago from a coworker who suggested I try it out.  It was Iyengar style, for a long time was all about alignment of the poses. 

I instantly fell in love with the practice and even considered teaching back then.  Flash forward to now, I have learned that there is much more to Yoga than getting into a pose “correctly”. 

Getting back into my practice as a mom of 3 little ones,  I realized how much I needed to find “me” again by doing something I enjoy & I love how Yoga has grounded me with all the chaos that comes with life. 

 

I completed my 200 hour RYT with KRAMAS Yoga right here at Kingfisher.

I hope to create a space where each of you can

BE YOU, DO YOU

& just enjoy whatever Yoga is for you.  

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Tess Carr

I'’ve always loved nature, world cultures, physical movement, and the principle of justice. These interests led me to anthropology, fitness instruction, and then environmental science and law. When I finally tried yoga, I found it merely an uplifting physical practice. Then, along with much of our culture, I began to notice the related concept of “mindfulness” and its potential to enhance our understanding and experience of all other aspects of life, such as a concern for nature. The monk and peace advocate Thich Nhat Hanh wrote that freedom, expanded possibilities, and individual and collective peace are available outside our mental cages, through awareness of pure experience. This beautiful, millennia-old philosophy has incredible consistency with modern neuroscience. As MIT-trained brain scientist Jon Kabat-Zinn has stated, yoga practice teaches us to “rest in awareness, which is way bigger than any narrative about who you are. That’s where the wisdom, clarity, and understanding of our interconnectedness arises. Instead of running on autopilot, then, we let wisdom and love radiate out and then act.”

Every yoga class is an opportunity to pause, connect, and expand our bodies, minds, and hearts. Every yoga practice is powerful. As Kabat-Zinn says, “each time you decide to be mindfully, heartfully present, the entire interconnected crystal lattice structure of the universe is already different. … Mindfulness and compassion are pathways that take us to awakening to the beauty of every breath coming in and going out every second – the ‘sukha,’ or love affair with life.”

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Lindsey Martin
200 C  YT

Lindsey is a Lodi alum who grew up exploring the local chapter of the Ice Age Trail.

 

  She has her 200 hour yoga training from Body & Soul out of Dubuque in hatha style “heart centered” yoga.

 

She is a school counselor (grades K-12) for the last 8 years, on hiatus to stay home with her baby.

 

Lindsey has 3 kids and a handful of eclectic pets and her family raises puppies to become guide dogs for the blind. 

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Sanne Kelly
200 C YT

Originally from Switzerland, I lived in Holland and the U.S. until I was around 20 years old. I then went to India and traveled the world on a self-healing journey.

I studied Yoga, dance & spirituality in Southeast Asia & became certified in Sivananda Yoga, Reiki, Access Consciousness (energy healing), & have completed several intensive trainings in Fusion bellydance, Holistic Temple dance, & traditional Indian dances.

Some of the teachers who have influenced me are Zoe Jakes, Rachel Brice, Zola Dubnikova, & Marni Sclaroff. I love to explore where Eastern philosophy meets Western science & help others on their paths of self-discovery, healing, and expression.

I have performed fusion Bellydance, fire & LED shows at hundreds of venues all over the world as well.

When not practicing or teaching, I am taking care of plants, chasing around a toddler, & studying to become an RN

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Donna Richter
200 C  YT

During my teaching career, I was introduced to yoga as a method of exercise to incorporate into my classes. I was instantly intrigued to learn more about yoga and bring the many benefits it has to my high school students and staff. Through teaching teenagers, I discovered the importance of creating a safe and supportive judgment-free environment. Due to interest and need, I was able to advise a Yoga Club inclusive for all students. A passion of mine is guiding people to find joy in movement as well as different ways to practice mindfulness. What I love about movement is the body, mind, and breath connection that brings about self-awareness.

 

My love for movement, fitness, and sports guided me to get my BS degree in Physical Education with an Adapted Minor at UW-Madison and a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching. Professionally, I taught Physical Education for 32 years at the high school level. I am a certified Ropes Course Instructor and am referenced in 3 different publications. I received training in the Learn to Breathe Curriculum and was part of the Oh Yeah Team where I provided mindful messages to staff. 

In November of 2020, I received my 200 hour RYT through The Yoga & Ayurveda Center. My coursework includes certifications in Chair Yoga, Restorative and Immersion, and Ayurveda. I also received my Children’s Yoga Certification in August of 2021 and am a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. There is so much to explore and learn and I look forward to continuing my growth as a yoga instructor. 

 

“Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down”

                                                       ~Jigar Gor

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Heidi O'Toole
200 C YT

In my life prior to Kundalini yoga,

I suffered from anxiety attacks

that left me unable to breath.  Once a elementary school teacher in Chicago Public Schools for 16 years, I found that Kundalini’s mantras & breathing techniques were precisely what I needed to quell the anxiety & calm my mind.  

In fact, Kundalini so spoke to my mind, body & soul, that today,

I call my mat my church because it is where I can center myself & find the Divine within.

 

I have studied Kundalini with Shabad Kaur Khalsa, and Shiva Singh Khalsa, who teach at P.S. Yoga in Chicago, IL. 

, certified in Yoga Tune Up, trained in The Roll Model Method, Breath & Bliss Immersion, and 200 RYT

In addition to my yoga training, I studied dance for 18 years

and have a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in musical theater. 

I sang with the USO & have traveled to more than 26 countries, entertaining the troops.

I hope to offer my students a way to calm their minds & become more attuned to their bodies,

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Paige Goethel

Coming soon

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