MEET YOUR YOGA INSTRUCTORS
Andri Kukas is the proprietor of Thrive Studios. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Yoga Instructor, and specializes in Craniosacral Therapy and restoring function to the body. She loves to educate her clients about better self care. She has previously taught environmental education and dance. She has been loving yoga for 25 years, and teaching yoga for 10, with certification through Amanda McMaine.
Darrell Harrison: As a part time faculty member, he taught kung fu classes each year in Martial Arts/Self Defense and Women's Self Defense for Berea College. His teaching focus for the past ten years has been yoga with added elements drawn from king fu exercises and movements drawn from Chinese and Tibetan health systems. Darrell holds the philosophy that yoga can be practiced by practically anyone and endeavors to make his classes inclusive to anyone with the willingness to learn.
Bob Patrick: Bob has practiced yoga for 30 years in the Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow, and TriYoga traditions. He has over 500 hours of yoga teacher training. For the last several years, Bob has taught yoga to veterans in both residential and outpatient settings at the VA Health Facility in Lexington. Bob lives in Berea with his partner, Leela, and their three cats.
Stephanie Runyan is a local artist/small business owner at Wondrous Ceramics in Berea, KY. She has her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Ceramics and Education Studies from Berea College. Stephanie is a certified yoga teacher and trained at the Essence of Yoga Center. She has 11 years of experience with teaching children of all all ages in school settings, learning centers, and art camps. Stephanie has always had a vast interest in cultivating awareness and creative self-expression through art and movement. She has dedicated her life to children and teenagers by empowering and inviting them to explore self awareness and creating artwork. Her hope is to give others the tools that they need in order to understand and express themselves.
Romana Kalova: Romi’s vision is to bring the heart of yoga and its true purpose as a way of finding happiness to you. She moved to Lexington from Chicago in May of 2008, where she lived since she came from the Czech Republic in 2004. She received her initial Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago and became a certified yoga instructor. Since the beginning of Romi's yogic path it has been a journey of healing and personal transformation and her experience led her to embark on an in-depth experiential study of yoga as a healing art with Joseph and Lilian Le Page and Integrative Yoga Therapy. She became a Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT, recognized by International Association of Yoga Therapists. In 2015, she was led to visit India and in the traditional ashram setting in Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, she studied Sanskrit, Nada Yoga (Yoga of Sound), Bhakti (Yoga of Devotion), advanced subjects of mantra, and tanpura - the traditional Indian string instrument. She became certified in the Heart of Sound -the world's first 200 hour yoga teacher training based entirely on the transformational power of sound. In her classes, she teaches students to balance strength with inner softness, open the heart and mind, listen to the body, and uncover the quiet place of peace, wisdom, and happiness that lies within each of us. https://www.facebook.com/Yoga-with-Romi-132762720106080/
"Be the change you wish to see in the world" -Mahatma Gandhi
Jaime Brown: Laughter is the best medicine! Jaime discovered Laughter Yoga at PlayThink 2015 and hasn’t looked back. Her goal is it to let everyone know that laughter is a tool, a tool that is with them at all times, that will make you feel better, and can be used at any time. Jaime has worked as a researcher in the psychology department at the University of Kentucky for over 15 years. Her studies taught her about the healing benefits of movement, laughter, and love. She became a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader on October 4, 2015 and has taught at retirement homes, schools, yoga studios, festivals, and private events. https://www.facebook.com/Laughter-Yoga-with-Jaime-Brown-1657472734509949/