Each alleyCat Yoga Teacher is professionally trained through a Registered Yoga School at the 200 or 500 hour level or above.
Susan Mathis, E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP
Director and Owner, alleyCat Yoga
Susan began her intensive study of yoga at the Kripalu Center in 2001, completing both the 200 and 500 Hour Teacher Training at the Kripalu School of Yoga. She is deeply committed to the practice of yoga, pranayama and conscious living. She brings the elements of Kripalu Yoga to each class, inviting students to use yoga as a means to explore their inner experience in order to access deep layers of awareness. Through meditative movement, pranayama, postures, and exploration of subtle energy, her classes are designed to bring students into deeper connection with the present moment and themselves. Susan enjoys teaching yoga to all students, those new to yoga and those who are looking to deepen their practice of asana, pranayama and the application of yoga off the mat. She continues to deepen her study of yoga through the 1000 Hour Teacher Training at Kripalu as well as through personal study of yoga philosophy, poetry and writing. Listen to Susan talk about yoga here.
Susan’s first career in Early Childhood Education set the foundation for her children’s yoga program. She created Yoga to Grow, a yoga program for children, in 2007 and continues to teach yoga to children and train Children’s Yoga Teachers in the Mid-West through Yoga to Grow.
Ken McRae, E-RYT 500
A nationally-registered professional-level yoga & iRest Yoga Nidra teacher, Ken’s teaching combines the precision of the Iyengar system with the powerful heart-centered, meditative aspects of Kripalu Yoga. Known for his meticulous good-humored instruction, he has been studying, practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for 30 years. Ken draws from a repertoire of over 80 poses that are accessible to beginners and challenging for more experienced practitioners. All are welcomed into his classes. Ken’s journey to Columbia included living and teaching at the Kripalu Yoga Center for five years as well as a journey to the origins of Kripalu in Kayavarohan, India. He currently has a keen interest in non dual philosophy – “we are not two”. His favourite teachers are Richard Miller, Jean Klein, Pari Laskaritis, Osho, Mooji, and Adashanti. He also organizes and leads week-long yoga retreats in exotic locations around the world. For many years Ken was involved in training teachers at the advanced level as they worked toward their 500 hour certification.
Amber Sparks, RYT 200, RCYT
Amber believes yoga provides us with the method and tools to arrive in the present moment with grace, acceptance, and truth. She has been practicing yoga for over twenty years and finds there are always lessons to learn when applying the teachings of yoga on and off the mat. Her classes nurture and invite students to come home into their bodies to cultivate radiant well being and listen to the wisdom within.
Glenda came to yoga as a means for injury recovery and increased flexibility and used her yoga practice for only that reason for a long time. As her life circumstances changed, she found several instructors that encouraged her move from the physicality of yoga into the mindful, spiritual peace of yoga. It is this peace that keeps Glenda practicing, learning, and sharing this peace with others. Glenda is a strong believer in the coordinated use of breath and movement; she believes that props and modifications are useful in making a regular yoga practice available to every body. Yoga is a journey, not a destination, and she invites you to journey with her wherever you are on your path.
Heather was introduced to yoga 10 years ago and practiced as a compliment to her strength and cardio training. Several years later, she found alleyCat and has discovered Yoga as so much more than simply exercise – it became her way of life. Over the years, she has been deepening her study of yoga, practicing with many different instructors. She completed her 200 Hour training at alleyCat. Due to the significant positive impact yoga has had on her life, Heather offers her teachings as a way to bring yoga’s gifts to others.
Jan Wheeler, RYT 200
As a licensed psychologist, in addition to being a certified yoga teacher, Jan brings to the yoga mat a keen understanding of how the mind affects the body. Her teaching style is warm and down-to-earth, inviting you to be more truly you. Jan’s warm and gentle style and is welcoming to all students. Jan has trained extensively with Richard Miller in iRest Yoga Nidra and received her 200 hour training at Shoshoni.
With a background as a dancer and athlete, Karen came to yoga because of her curiosity to learn a different way of using her body. What she noticed with yoga was that it focused on stabilizing the mind and breath with movement which over time actually stabilized the heart of compassion and healing for herself and others. The philosophy of the tradition offered a path that changed her perspective on daily practice. She has studied with formidable teachers in yoga, meditation, loving kindness practice, service and the ability to “come home” to one’s own truth through the practice. Through training with Susan Mathis and Brockell Briddle she found a joyful voice of vulnerability and desire to share her practice with others.
Luna believes in the power of yoga to transform the chaos of a hectic, modern life into an experience filled with deep meaning, connection and learning. She uses the physical posture practice to cultivate awareness and focus, develop mental and emotional strength and flexibility, with the ultimate goal of deepening our connection with our own inner wisdom.
Lynn is an internationally-known expert in mindfulness and a Kripalu yoga teacher at alleyCat. Lynn’s teaching combines the wisdom and clarity of mindfulness with the heart-centered, meditative aspects of Kripalu Yoga. Known for her joy and her passion for spiritual practice through both the Yogic and Buddhist Traditions, she has been studying, practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for 20 years. She has been a long-time yoga student of Ken McRae and trained in iRest yoga nidra with Richard Miller and restorative yoga with Judith Lasater. Lynn is particularly adept at teaching yoga and meditation to all levels of students. Her favorite mottos are: “If you can breathe, you can do yoga” and “Yoga should feel delicious!”
Mark has over 10 years of Yoga experience and 1100 hours of training with International Kundalini Yoga teachers Ana Brett and Ravi Singh. Mark says as a student has always loved the highly efficient way Kundalini Yoga weave’s the physical and spiritual into every practice. As a teacher Mark loves to encourage, uplift and facilitate the student’s experiences. In class you will find Mark gentle, patient and knowledgeable and will probably hear him saying “There’s a modification for that.” Or “Never do more that you can do but, always do a little more than you thought you could do.” In addition Mark is an avid Gong player. You can hear him play in workshops and longer Kundalini Yoga classes.
Rebecca teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative Yoga with an emphasis on creating balance in body, mind, and breath through appropriate challenge and rest. Her classes bring awareness to the sweetness of the present moment through exploration of energetic movement and stillness. Rebecca teaches to inspire students to connect with their inner resources of strength, compassion, and peace. Rebecca has been teaching since 2009 and in 2016 she completed her 500 Hr training from the Circle Yoga Shala. As a Licensed Massage Therapist at Bellelune Massage + Yoga, Rebecca also brings therapeutic applications of yoga and massage into many yoga classes.
Sady is trained in Hatha Vinyasa. Originally enticed by yoga’s promise of increased flexibility, she found something much more precious and elusive: an ineffable peace and joy. She now shares this profound experience with others. Sady enhances her classes with literature and philosophy, which illuminate yoga’s true purpose: growth of the spiritual self. With love, humor, and patience, she cultivates a supportive environment for students to practice and explore. .
Patty was originally drawn to the practice of yoga as a means of increased flexibility. It was the incredible peace, mindfulness and energy that comes along with it though that kept her coming back over and over again. Realizing that you don’t have to “be” anything other than who you are on any given day, Patty incorporates purposeful movement following the natural breath into each class. She provides options to allow each participant to listen to their body and realize that it is perfect just as it is today. “If you can breathe, you can do yoga”.