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Welcome to where you belong

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, the owner, convinced her that Lodi NEEDED yoga and she needed to teach.

That was the beginning and today we are homed 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 are also a main sponsor for the Free to Breathe Yoga event, raising funds and awareness for Lung Cancer Research. 

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.

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

Teri Engelke

Teri Engelke

For me, yoga has been both an evolution and a moment in time, a constant reminder of growth along the journey and importance of

awareness in a single breath.

As a teacher and guide, my goal is to provide a space for you to find a pause in the moment and be able reflect on your journey to

your true self.

We are both teachers and students – throughout our practice

on and off the mat.

I completed my 200 RYT certification in March 2019 at Inner Fire Yoga.

My hope and goal is to create a welcoming and safe space for any student to explore and

discover their own

transformation through yoga.

Heidi O'Toole Kundalini

Heidi O'Toole

In my life prior to Kundalini yoga,

I suffered from anxiety attacks

that left me unable to breath. 

A former elementary school teacher in Chicago Public Schools for 16 years, I found that Kundalini’s mantras and breathing techniques were precisely what I needed to quell the anxiety and calm my mind.  In fact, Kundalini so spoke to my mind,

body and soul that today,

I call my mat my church because it is where I can center myself and 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 and 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 and have traveled to more than 26 countries, entertaining the troops.

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

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Crystal Kurtz

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

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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Tanya Cruz Genung

I am inspired by movement. Over the years, I have been a dancer, a gymnast, a dog walker, a hiker, and a fitness enthusiast.

My full-time position is with the state and though I enjoy my work, I have always felt I needed something more.

After rupturing my Achilles during a HIIT workout in February 2020, I spent 10 weeks non-weight bearing and fell into a

negative headspace.

As soon as I could comfortably move I pushed myself to supplement my PT and rehabilitation with Pilates.

Its ability to advance my recovery and improve my strength

and imbalances not only physically but also mentally,

It ignited my desire to help others move with greater ease and efficiency. Thus, began my journey to become a Pilates instructor. I am excited to join this incredible community of practitioners and look forward to seeing you on the mat!

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Kathryn

Bebeau

Kathryn began practicing yoga in 2014  as a means to

manage stress and 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 in Madison, and has been teaching

in the area since.

Her personal practice is the central part of

building and maintaining

her mental and

physical

strength.

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

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Paige

Goethel

Since childhood, I have always been an active person. If I wasn’t playing a sport, I was climbing trees, running around Lodi, or doing something that kept me moving. After always having a sport to keep me active, leaving for college and choosing to focus on my academics left a gaping hole in my very active lifestyle. After I took my first class at Kingfisher Yoga in 2018, I quickly fell in love with the challenge that yoga offers, both mental and physical. 

And so, yoga became not only a workout but my stress relief as well. I will graduate in Fall 2021 with a bachelors in Biochemistry and will continue to alleviate that stress; and challenge myself and Kingfisher yoga students by bringing another way of movement through my HIIT classes! 

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Megan

Trantow

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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Aimee

Jensen

I first encountered Yoga over 10 years ago from a coworker who suggested I try it out.  It was Iyengar style so to me,  Yoga 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 and 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 and just enjoy whatever Yoga is for you.  

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Melissa Moll

Currently on Maternity leave with little Leo

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Kara Bercher