Lauren Leduc
Lauren LeducFounder, Executive Director, Teacher
Lauren is a dedicated yoga teacher and entrepreneur with the unique gift of cultivating connection and community. She believes that yoga is beneficial to everyone and is passionate about creating accessible experiences and opportunities for students to find a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them.

Lauren has a fun, challenging, intelligent, and present teaching style loved by thousands of students. After completing her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 through Frog Lotus Yoga, Lauren began teaching public classes and workshops within the community of Kansas City. In 2015, Lauren founded Pop-Up Yoga KC, which creates donation-based yoga events drawing hundreds of students. Upon the success of Pop-Up Yoga KC, Lauren created Karma Tribe Yoga, Kansas City’s Premiere Non Profit and Donation-Based Yoga Studio. In 2016, Lauren was voted “Best Yoga Instructor” by Pitch Weekly Readers, taught multiple workshops, led yoga retreats in Mexico, Thailand, and Bali, and moved Karma Tribe Yoga to its beautiful new location in Midtown, Kansas City.

Recently, Lauren earned a certification in Thai Yoga Bodywork, completed all three modules of Advanced Teacher Training through Frog Lotus Yoga, and was hired as the head teacher for Yoga Buzz Kansas City. She stays connected with her students and community through her current offerings and is currently planning upcoming retreats, Karma Tribe Yoga 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, and Heartland Yoga Festival.

Sedona Alvarez
Sedona AlvarezTeacher
Sedona teaches real yoga for real people. She received her 200 hr RYT in the Spring of 2013 through LifePower Yoga. With roots in Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin, she leads classes of all types to all levels of practitioners. Her main focus as a teacher is not to instruct, but to guide. Her classes are challenging and engaging on all levels. Known for her creative sequencing that encourages exploration, her classes will help you to lighten up in all areas of life.

With a BFA in Design from The University of Kansas, Sedona balances a career in the arts along side yoga. She teaches painting and works both individually and collaboratively on a multitude projects spanning from installations to music videos. Her mission through both art and yoga is to bring people together and to inspire others to become their best selves. She encourages you to come as you are, learn, laugh, explore and evolve.

Follow Sedona for tips and inspiration at sedonaalvarezyoga.com & sedonaalvarez.com

Grace Duckworth
Grace DuckworthTeacher
My yoga journey began in 2003, and it transformed my thinking about who I am and what I can accomplish. The first time I walked into class I couldn’t “do” any of it, but I knew it was just what I needed. I have practiced consistently ever since.

As someone who suffered from depression and anxiety, Grace spent much of her time in her late teens and early twenties trying to find mental health through physical activity. Whether it be lifting weights, running or taking a fitness class; she didn’t care as long as it got her body moving. While finishing her associates in arts she decided to take yoga classes for credit, which led her onto the path of eventually becoming a teacher.

Once she stepped onto a mat and into her practice she said, “It was like being introduced to the universe. I never understood the vastness that existed until I found yoga. It completely answered any question that I’ve ever had in this life.” Over time, with consistency, she learned that yoga wasn’t something to “be done” but rather a lifestyle to “be lived”.

Through her own personal studies and in depth training at the Shoshoni Yoga Ashram, in Rollinsville Colorado, Grace has gained the knowledge to make a living as a yoga teacher. Over time she found her personal style by blending tradition with modern science and now spends her time sharing this unique approach with students in studios across the Kansas City area as well as in workshops and retreats in various locations.
Shoshoni Yoga Ashram 1400 Shoshoni Camp Road Rollinsville, CO 80474

Megan Hettich
Megan HettichTeacher
I fell in love with yoga the first day I took a class in KC. After moving from South Dakota to KC in 2010, I decided to sign up for the Hospital Hill Half Marathon tokeep myself busy, while getting acquainted with a new city. Through my training, I had little body awareness and pushed things too far on many of my runs, leaving me in constant pain. Thankfully, a colleague suggested incorporating yoga as part of my training during my off days. This was a game changer. After injuring my hip flexor from overuse, I could barely walk like a normal person. There were 2 weeks left before race day. Since I couldn’t run, I figured it was the smartest time to give yoga a try. My body felt the difference immediately. Muscles that were locked up slowly opened & healed, so I was able to complete my half marathon by race day. Since then, I’ve hung up my running shoes and dedicated myself to yoga.

While continuing to practice, I began to realize, it wasn’t just the physical benefits I was reaping. Stress and anxiety from a crazy travel work life started to lessen, as I learned how to take yoga off my mat. It’s shaped me into my truer self, allowing negative storylines and habits to slowly fade away. Every day brings a new challenge and lesson on how to practice the 8 limbs of yoga. It’s something that will be a lifelong journey and ever evolving. That’s the beauty of this practice.

Since I love teaching people, as I’m a software trainer in video production, I knew I wanted to combine my two passions, teaching & yoga. I waited for the right timing and place to find me, which it did, by recommendation of a wonderful yogi friend. I booked my flight for February 2016 and arrived at the Maui Yoga Shala in Paia, Hawaii. My amazing teachers lead me through their 200 hour RYS program, where I learned so much more about yoga, as well as more about myself.

I’m beyond grateful that I’m able to share this practice with others. I love seeing the energy of unique, different people coming together to breathe, to move, to connect and to be present.

Lisa Lola
Lisa Lola Teacher
Lisa Lola provides energetic balancing and supportive services to assist individuals along their own spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical journey’s. Lisa’s purpose is to help people heal themselves so they are free to power-fully choose and live the life they desire.

From the time Lisa was a young child she has been an empathic individual. Picking up on the pain and suffering of others, however never knowing what she was doing or what to do with all the hardship she felt. At the end of college Lisa found herself in deep depression after the loss of a very close family member and friends, and was ready for life to end. She developed an eating disorder to help her cope with the loss of control in her life, which just made matters worse. Anxiety ensued and for a long time Lisa struggled to get herself back into balance. Swinging from one extreme to another and perfectionism always looking over her shoulder, life was not going okay at all. Insomnia made for many sleepless nights, and low energy made for many dark days.

In 2011 Lisa joined a spiritual community and by 2013 began to dip her toe in energy work. After trying about every self-help program or reading endless books on depression and eating disorders, Lisa was introduced to the healing powers of energy therapy. What started as a mere interest in healing from her own trauma and tragedy, turned into helping others heal themselves, and Lisa Lola Healing Arts was formed.

Lisa assists others in healing deep emotional wounds, heartache, destructive mental thoughts, physical trauma, relationship distress, or those looking for spiritual communication and guidance. She helps people connect to their energetic body and spirit realm, open their consciousness, and expand their relational field.

Lisa offers and combines a list of services that has been shown to support people in their own healing though chakra balancing, channeling, access bars consciousness, guided meditation, journal clearing exercises, and essential oil massage. Lisa believes no matter how broken we think and feel we are, their is hope for healing. We are all extensions of God, we just need to get back into alignment with our Source Creator.

LisaLola.net

Sammi Mallett
Sammi MallettTeacher
Sammi Mallett moved to Kansas City from Brooklyn, NY in 2015 and after giving birth to a beautiful baby boy, is very grateful to be getting back to teaching. Sammi comes to KC with over a decade of teaching experience. Having discovered the world of yoga from a background of gymnastics & kung fu, like many New Yorkers, her style was born from a metropolitan melting pot of yoga variety.
The result is a revitalizing, focused, challenging, breath centered, intelligent, & sweaty vinyasa flow thoughtfully sequenced with a playful approach to the more difficult postures. These offerings are open to anyone who wishes to deepen their practice by working towards an inner harmony that can only come from realigning the delicate balance of body, mind, and spirit.
Hilari Gray
Hilari GrayTeacher
Hilari took her first yoga class in 2007 while in college. She immediately noticed how much lighter, calmer, and clearer she felt after the class. She continued to take classes at various studios and gyms throughout the next several years. In 2015, she began practicing at a studio that propelled her to explore yoga on a deeper level than she had in the past, and to eventually become a 200-hour certified yoga instructor through the Kansas City Yoga Teacher Training program.

Hilari is also a Middle-School Counselor and is drawn to anything that heals people, allowing them to live fuller and happier lives. She leads many of her middle school students through mindfulness and meditation practices so that they can better cope with the difficulties of adolescence. Hilari truly believes in the Yoga Sutra that states, “Yoga is to still the fluctuations of the mind,” and incorporates that into all of her classes, along with a sense of humor that makes the class welcoming and enjoyable.

Sam Megraw
Sam MegrawTeacher
Sam graduated with her 200-hour certification in Vinyasa Yoga in February of 2017 from Stephanie Snyder at Love Story Yoga in San Francisco, California. With roots in Ashtanga, Sam has developed a passion for safely guiding her students, offering philosophy and dharma with the physical poses to help students achieve a well rounded practice both physically and mentally. Her teachers and influences are Marti Lee Bowen, Stephanie Snyder, Jason Crandall, Lauren Leduc, and others. With a consistent practice since 2011, Sam offers strategic and fun sequencing with well-tailored playlists.

Her love story with yoga has been one of injury, healing and better mental and emotional health, experiencing decreased anxiety and depression. Before yoga, Sam felt she was missing her career purpose. As often occurs in yoga, she began to do the work, and received a clearer vision, becoming inspired to share her journey and the teachings that so profoundly saved her. When she’s off the mat, she’s chasing her nieces and nephews, raising Monarch butterflies and gardening with her husband Rob.

Kyra Weinberger
Kyra WeinbergerTeacher
Kyra grew up with dance, music, and yoga filling her home. She took the path of musical theater and ballet performing with professional companies from the age of 8. It was her first love and career, but it was not a forever love. Kyra knew at 19 years old, walking out of her first Intro to Ashtanga class she had found something that had always been missing.

Unfortunately, the path wasn’t exactly simple. Having dealt with an eating disorder and the anxiety of performance for many years, it was not until recovery that a real practice was possible. Studying under her mentor, Lisa Schrempp KPJAYI level 2 for over a year Kyra became certified to teach in 2009. She also is trained to teach vinyasa with heavy Juvamukti influence, as well as Acro Yoga.

She hopes to translate her love of life, movement, and practice in her classes; helping to find compassion and kindness for oneself in this beautiful practice.

Lokha Samasta Sukhino Bavantu. May all beings everywhere be happy and free.

Sally Urdang
Sally UrdangTeacher
Sally is a cyclist, cat mother and dirt lover. She began practicing yoga at age 10 with her mom at their local YMCA. She now has an RYT-200 certification and teaches yoga (including chair!), spin and low impact classes around the Kansas City area. In November, Sally received a certification in Accessible Yoga, which offers yoga to all bodies, regardless of physical limitations. Looking forward to 2018, Sally will offer affordable, disease- and disability-specific classes in Kansas City.

Sally’s yoga classes are focused on alignment and breath. With smooth transitions, the entire practice becomes a flow. Her favorite poses in yoga focus on lengthening the legs and increasing proper posture. Come to her class and experience binds, inversions and abdominal work.

Sally is the founder of Yoga + Bike, a monthly (or more) event encouraging cyclists to practice yoga, and yogis to ride bicycles. Yoga + Bike also include stretches incorporated with the bicycle, getting the rider to maximize their potential for a longer ride while reducing common bodily fatigue.

Born and raised in Kansas City, Sally lives in Strawberry Hill with her partner Luke and their three cats- Lux, Ham, and Cheese. Sally and Luke met on a mountain bike trip, rescued their two cats Ham and Cheese at a mountain bike race, and are usually on two wheels riding mountain bike trails. Let’s get moving!