Bridget began her transformative journey with yoga 17 years ago as a young girl. At the time she had no idea how much yoga would impact and shape her life. It wasn’t until her early 20s that she began to wake up to the wisdom of yoga. The practice brought her so much relief, joy, freedom, and deep peace that she felt compelled to dive deeper into its ancient teachings. She adventured to an ashram called Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Center where she received her 200HR certification. She began teaching shortly after leaving Shoshoni, and in an effort to learn more traveled to India to understand the history of the beautiful practice that had captivated her. In 2015 she was invited to help facilitate teacher trainings with Passion Yoga School in Costa Rica, where she continued to marvel at the way yoga had the power to change people’s lives. In 2016 she was drawn back to her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska where she opened Lighthouse Yoga with the hopes of offering others the chance to experience the gifts and magic of yoga. She continues to offer classes and trainings that guide people to explore their inner worlds, and find a deep connection to the infinite source of love inside us all, drawing us in communion with all. She firmly believes as one person heals, the world heals, as one person wakes up, the world begins to stir.
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.
I was first brought to yoga with my sister in 2013, during a yoga retreat in 2016 I heard the call to learn more, dive deeper, and share this incredible practice with the world. The pathway of yoga calls me back to my truest self, the spirit that dwells within, that space of freedom and love where divine oneness lives. My goal as a teacher is to help you access the spirit within you, draw you back to your true nature, and calm the mind and body through breathe and movement. My class is upbeat, devotional, and a sacred spiritual space routed in Bhakti yoga. I enjoy teaching as much as I do learning, it’s a space of growth, peace, and joy for all of us. My class is accessible to every human being, come one come all! Let’s get together and feel alright! May all beings be well and free. Namaste!
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.
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.