We are super excited to have an amazing line-up of talented instructors and teachers to lead the Fall Big Om Yoga Retreat. Read below to learn more about the wonderful humans who will be leading each experience.
Yadenee Hailu, Spiritual Teacher
Yadenee Hailu is serving as an intern Minister at Hope Unitarian Universalist Church in Tulsa, OK and is a current Master of Divinity student at Phillips Theological Seminary. Her passion lies in supporting individuals and groups to remember Who They Really Are, and facilitate exploration in how to live into their truth. She studies and takes great influence from Buddhism, Metaphysics, Humanism, and Mysticism. Centered in Love and Light she is ready to engage conversations, educate, and learn.
Danny Vekas, Sound Healer
Join Frank (Danny) Vekas as he utilizes one of mans most ancient musical instruments "the Gong" to elicit the sonic vibrations contained within it to immerse you in a sustained sound massage. The experience is not unlike meditation where the sounds created by the gong wash the physical body and engage the mind allowing the mental chatter of the awakened state (conscience awareness) to be calmed. Gong Chitti Vritti Noroda if you will. You will experience this gong bath / sound immersion, in a nest of your own creation, maybe sitting or lying down. Your experience can be made even more pleasurable by the comfort items you are encouraged to bring, such as a pillow, blanket, bolster, personal totem and yoga mat. All that is asked of you is to open your mind , close your eyes and breath. Danny will begin playing very softly, increasing the volume as the session proceeds. There is no fixed rhythm so the brain experiences entrainment - where the brainwave frequencies change states. Generally individuals encounter Alpha waves first, daydreaming, imagination, associative thinking, this is the state of relaxation. Theta brainwaves occur in the dream state, dream sleep, REM (rapid eye movement) sleep and deep meditation. Theta brainwave frequencies are where the gong takes you most often, you enter a dreamlike or deep meditative state. The theta brainwave state is a great state of consciousness to enter for healing. Some people have even entered the Delta brainwave state of deep sleep and that is ok, you may be in need if a brief deep sleep. As the session draws to the conclusion I will draw you back to the here and now, leaving you rested, energized and wanting more. The gong bath is also regarded as a sound and energy healing experience, because exposure to the sound can effect a positive and lasting change in the mind and physical body. While the most common experience during the gong sound immersion is a feeling of deep relaxation, peace and that of connectedness to where the Devine and cosmic energies of existence merge with the consciousness. There are those who have deeper experiences that included, emotional releases, visions of colors, shapes, and symbols, while others have reported classical shamanic experiences of being taken on a journey and meeting spirit guides, totem animals or other benevolent entities. I humbly invite you to join me to in the wonderfully primal experience that is 'the gong"
Deb Worthington, Intuitive and Medium
Deb is a lifelong meditator and spiritual explorer with an M.S. in Psychology. Recently, she left a traditional career in marketing and research to open H2Oasis Float Center and Tea House with two partners. The center features floatation therapy (sensory deprivation), classes, workshops, oxygen aromatherapy, a tea house and practitioner therapy rooms. Deb facilitates developmental groups, channeling groups and discussions on nonordinary states of consciousness. She also performs energy work, clearings and light-language channeling. Galactically oriented, she believes each person has the ability to tap into their own source and inner healer through achieving non-ordinary states of consciousness. Her goal is to bring tools to her clients to help them achieve this.
Nicole Peltier Hall, Owner of The Yoga Room
Nicole Peltier studied at Mount Madonna Center in the Santa Cruz mountains of California in 2000. She and Tom Tobias opened The Yoga Room in 2001. Her classes are creative and inclusive, all students seem to benefit and enjoy her style of teaching. She enjoys combining music of all kinds with her flow yoga classes and has been using live music to take her class experience to the next level. She also loves teaching beginners and mellow stretch classes. Most of her classes are powerful and energetic, so be prepared to go the distance.
Hailey Boswell, Manager of Be Love Yoga Studios
Hailey first started doing yoga in college for the physical benefits it offered, but it didn’t take long before she felt the change yoga was making in her heart and mind as well as the body. Yoga helped her deal with the stress of working her way through college in a positive way, and continues to do so. She discovered a new sense of love for herself and others, which she had never felt before. Yoga invites her true authentic self to shine through, and allows her to feel more confident in everything she does. Hailey received her 200-hour teacher certification from Everyone Yoga School in May 2016. She teaches a vinyasa flow style class and enjoys teaching all types of classes ranging from soft, medium, to powerful.
Matthew Gibbons, Healer and Intuitive
Matthew is not the first member of his family to manifest healing for others through the presence and name of Jesus. His Grandmother Colleen, in the mid 50's witnessed many mystical miracles, such as cancers falling off people, goiters shrinking, blind eyes opening and many more….Before she passed she laid her hand on Matthews head and prayed that the mantle (gift) of healing on her life would be transferred to his. The Glory of God came upon him instantly and things began to change.Since then Matthew has begun to experience many mystical miracles manifesting in his own life. During a Kundalini Yoga class, Matthew discovered that healing can actually take place while practicing yoga.This stirred a hunger inside of him, not only did he want to learn more about yoga, but he wanted to become a yoga instructor. He thought, "the more ways to bring healing the better." He continued his studies with The Sun Shine State Yoga Academy led by Alan Lowenschus. Alan nurtured Matthew and encouraged him to step out and begin to use the gifts that had been given to him.Now certified by The Sun Shine State Yoga Academy, Matthew not only teaches yoga, but also holds events called "Nights of Healing or Experiencing God", where people experience the Loving, Healing presence of God.Now Matthew is starting a brand new adventure, "We Are One, Fayetteville, A Church of Inclusion". This concept or idea dropped into his spirit the summer of 2015 and now has become a reality. Matthew’s desire is to see people who have been beaten down and destroyed by today's modern church, built back up, healed and restored. He feels its time to express the true heart of God, which is, "You are Perfect, You are Accepted, and You are Loved!!!!" Matthew was a fourth generation Pentecostal Minister and still holds tightly to the presence of God and the power of God to heal. His life is one of the supernatural and the meetings at "We Are One, Fayetteville" will be aimed towards the supernatural presence of Jesus as well. This is just the beginning.
Blake Biery, Sound Healer, Movement Therapist
Blake Biery discovered yoga in 1997. In 2000 he enrolled in a yoga class at Colorado Mountain College which led him toward is first serious mentor, Anthony Bogart. Nature, outdoor recreation, music, Anusara Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, The Phillips School of Massage, The Himalayan Institute, The Feldenkrais Method, Hellerwork, Cranio-Visceral Work, The Midwest Institute of Natural Healing and MovNat have all had lasting influence on Blake’s knowledge base, skillset and style. In 2009 he began his course of study with Judith Aston and Brian Linderoth. He certified as an Aston Patterning Practitioner in 2012 and completed his advanced studies in 2015. The fusion of Blake’s work rests on the principles of Aston Patterning. His greatest interest is helping people become more functional and fluid in their everyday reality. He maintains a private bodywork and sound therapy practice. Most of his classes utilize vibrational instruments for further opening and integration.
Megan Amelia Burnett, Yoga Teacher
A devoted dancer and athlete her whole life, Megan has a passion for movement and sharing the joy and the balance that dancing and yoga both guide us to. In 2006, after dabbling in a few ‘gym yoga’ classes, she took her first studio class with an instructor who actually touched her and helped align her properly into a pose. She was hooked and immediately started to see a transformation in her dance training and her life. Seeking to also empower others with the tools to find balance within themselves, she acquired her 220 hour teaching certification from the Wilmington Yoga Center (Wilmington, NC) in 2011.
Megan’s teaching approach creates a gooey, endorphin-releasing practice environment that her students refer to as ‘Yummy Yoga’! She is passionate about teaching healthy alignment and yoga ‘from the ground up’, which draws both beginners and experienced practitioners to classes that are both playful and soulful. When not in the studio, she’s with her son, romping outside, playing her ukulele or cooking/ dancing in the kitchen.
Joe Picorale, Owner of Be Love Yoga Studios
Joe has began practicing yoga in 2010 and is a RYT 200. He was one of the original founders of the I AM Yoga Festival in the fall of 2010 and opened the first Be Love Yoga Studio in 2013. With the help of the growing #belovecommunity at Be Love Yoga Studio Joe has since expanded with a second studio in to Broken Arrow Oklahoma and a third in Downtown Jenks America. Joe's passion is connecting people and creating the framework for a community that will change the world. Joe is the creator of the Big Om Yoga Retreat and he will be leading the opening yoga class at the first ever retreat.