The practices of yoga are my tools for how to navigate this life with ease, compassion, and joy. I fell in love with the practice years ago, and am still continually in awe of yoga’s transformative powers. I opened Lighthouse Yoga in 2016 in the hopes to share this beautiful, enlightening, and introspective practice with others. I keep the principles of breath, mindfulness, and compassion at the heart of my classes. I am passionate about teaching others how to pay attention to their body, how to control their breath, become aware of their thoughts, and tap into the infinite source of love inside us all. It is an honor to guide people through this practice. Discovering the path of yoga was like uncovering a treasure chest of wisdom that I can continually dig into. But one of the greatest gifts I’ve received in this lifetime is being a witness to others as they wake up to the healer and teacher within themselves. That is the true treasure, and that is why I do what I do. I am humbled by my students everyday. My hope is that their knowledge, insight, and wisdom will lead the way for more people in search for ease, peace, and the rich abundance this human life has to offer.
Cara Lustgarten has been practicing yoga for 20 years, and she recently turned her love for and experience with the practice to teaching. She completed both her 200-hour teacher training and Restorative Training with Melanie McLeod, an insightful and skilled yogi, at Bhadra Yoga. Cara’s goal as a yoga teacher is to promote self-care, creative healing, and positive energy; she wants to share with others the profound blessings that have been granted to her through her practice.
Yoga has been an integral part of my life since 2003. I had always seen myself as a seeker in the practice, at the feet of the teacher; watching, learning, absorbing, growing. Coming into the role of teacher has been a transformative process, and it has been well worth the wait. I recently received my 200 Hour YTT from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
My intent is to provide a safe environment for my students to find their strength and come into awareness. It is my heartfelt belief that yoga, through breathwork, asana and meditation, can provide nourishment for the body, mind, and soul. Jai Baghwan!
Allyson found yoga in 2007 starting in Bikram. Her love of yoga lead her Vinyasa and Yin. Yoga was a nice complement to the heavy training for multiple half marathons/marathon. As a RYT-200 certified yoga teacher she brings a balance of the physical and the mental practice to all forms. She has a passion for learning and will be pursuing her RYT- 500 certification.
I started practicing yoga in 2008 as a way to improve flexibility and balance and augment my workouts. I then went on to earn my RYT200 from Lotus House of Yoga in 2013. I'm passionate about exercise and could be described as a "gym rat"! I try to bring that passion to the yoga mat with energy and fun and push my students to work just a little harder while also honoring the limitations in our bodies that change from day to day. Teaching yoga has allowed me to grow as a person and as an athlete and gives me the patience and stamina to help keep up with my three busy children. I teach basic/intermediate classes, fit classes and power classes and love meeting new faces and sharing my passion for yoga with others.
Yoga has been a part of my life on and off for the last 15 years. I graduated from Creighton University with a degree in Journalism/Public Relations and enjoyed a career in medical public relations in Omaha, Chicago, and St. Louis. The joy of raising four children kept me from regular practice until 2009. I came back to the mat and found home. In an effort to expand my practice, I completed Lotus House of Yoga's 200 hour Teacher Training in February 2012. My teaching career began with kids' and family yoga, which instantly taught me not to take myself too seriously. Above all, my training taught me to strive for patience with myself and the world.
I like to take the intimidation factor out of yoga and promote a welcoming environment. My classes seek to physically challenge and emotionally center my students. I weave music into the classes that help find the groove. My goal is that you will always leave class feeling better than when you entered. My motto: Learn to Teach, Teach to Learn.
If I could describe myself in one word, it would be free. I hope to share that with you, and ignite the freedom inside each of you. I was called to teach yoga while on a yoga retreat, and it is my great pleasure to serve. Oaha is my hometown, and I love our personable,kind community here. I am also the mother of a 4 year old little girl, Elle, and a student at UNO. Come see me for fun flows, groovy tunes, spirit, growth, and so much love! Namaste friends.
Beth Ryan received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in the beautiful country of Costa Rica via Passion Yoga School. She learned the deep importance of the mind, body, and soul connection and hopes to bring that aspect to all her classes. Before teaching Yoga, Beth has worked as a dance teacher and fitness instructor, she loves to teach. Besides teaching Yoga, Beth runs a media company specializing in videography and social media management.
My love affair with yoga began in 2013. I had just moved to a new city with no friends, and was working a job I hated. I was stuck, stagnant, uninspired, and lonely. An acquaintance took me to my first yoga class, and like yoga tends to do, it began to work magic in my life. It helped me come to terms with where I was in life, and WHO I was. It taught me how to slow down, and how to be thankful. It helped me learn how to quiet my mind, so I could hear myself. Yoga also showed me how to take care of myself, be kinder to myself, move my body in ways that feel good, and connect with sweet breath. I became a yoga teacher to bring those things to a community I love. The connection between the body and the breath is always first to me, so I love to teach with light and air. I hold space for EVERYONE, no matter the skill level. I teach to the "average" yogi, because I AM the average yogi! Let's breathe and move together, cultivate happiness and kindness, and bring that joy off the mat and into the community.
Christine was an angry kid with low self-esteem always looking to escape. When she came across yoga she was studying at Columbia College in Chicago, and working a corporate job that was completely draining her. Slowly, the practice started to wake her up to the stress and strain she was putting on her body and mind. In 2015 she moved back to Omaha and made a commitment to take better care of herself, and focus on yoga. Hungry for a transformational experience, Christine registered for Passion Yoga School’s 200Hr teacher training with Adi Shakti in Costa Rica.The program forced her to look in the mirror. It encouraged her to be open and honest, to put all the hurt on the table and say, “This is where I am.” Since then, Christine has completed her 500hr teacher training and studied with world renown teachers including Gaia Ma, Bryan Kest, Carole Westerman, and David Wagner. For Christine, the practice of yoga is a reminder to set the ego aside and meet yourself where you are. She strives to create a space for people to come and be themselves, to lay everything out on the table and say, “it’s ok.” To allow others to be where ever it is they are in their lives, and to know that it’s enough.