SUMMER 2018 LEADERS
We are super excited to have an amazing line-up of talented instructors and teachers to lead the 2016 Big Om Yoga Retreat. Read below to learn more about the wonderful humans who will be leading each experience.
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.
Megan Amelia Burnett, 200 E-RYT, YACEP
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 started her yoga teaching journey in 2011 and has since guided classes and workshops in cities from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
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.
Daniel Katsük, Musician and Kundalini Yoga Teacher Based out of Dallas Fort Worth
KatsüK is the creation of frontman and songwriter Daniel Katsük who has honed a masterful quality of composition and performance beyond his years. For Daniel, music has been a kind of Shamanic journey, a way to connect with others. “My hope is that people are moved…to dance, to cry, to anger, to wonder. I have been on a journey of understanding my own inner landscape and hoping to help others navigate their own.” .
Lesley Sunshine, Lera Teacher and Yoga Instructor
Bio coming soon:
Liz Uzzel, Healer and Retreat Blogger
Liz takes part in the Big Om Yoga Retreats as a healer and blogger for the Big Om website. She immediately fell in love with yoga in her first yoga class in 2010. She has recently become part of the Be Love Yoga Community and is taking part in the planning of an intentional living community in the Tulsa area. Her intention is to nourish inner peace and a greater love by connecting more deeply with herself and others.
Kris Wyatt, Head Chef, RYT 200
The first time I stepped onto a yoga mat, I was looking for a new form of exercise. An hour-and-a-half later, I found myself on a new path. I had been physically active as an adult; I ran my first marathon for my 40th birthday and completed 10 more before I turned 50. I then began competitive bodybuilding, and enjoyed the challenges of training and the precision required for the competition preparation. Sadly, though, the months of preparation, whether for a 26-mile run or flexing on a stage, always felt rather anti-climactic on the actual day of the event. I was unfulfilled. Yoga took the competitive edge out of me. I began to see I didn’t need to measure or compare myself to anyone’s standards. I found myself looking forward to my time on the mat and the opportunity share that experience with others. I enrolled in The Yoga Spirit Academy and began my 200 CYT, studying with Janet Parachin. I teach at my studio in Bristow, where I offer what I have called “zero intimidation, super- fun Yoga”: a breath-based vinyasa flow class with endless opportunities for students to explore their potential. I encourage yogis to find the edge of their comfort zone and “hang out there.” I love being able to create the space for students of any ability to be curious, to be mindful, and to learn to see the world without judgment.
Tiffany Ann White, Sous Chef, RYT 200
I take a practical approach to yoga, and I enjoy learning about the physiology involved with the movement and breath work. I used to be obese in my adolescence and yoga has really helped pull me out of the slump of self-doubt and anxiety. I enjoy teaching restorative yoga and beginners’ yoga classes because it affords me the opportunity to talk about blood pressure, heart rate, the nervous system, the lymphatic system, and other unseen movements of the body. I want to share that this practice works when you get out of your head to really inhabit your body and move with intention.
Hello AcroYoga, Fayetteville Acroyoga Instructors
Hello AcroYoga is a movement community created by Cannon McNair and Melody Smith. We believe in proper progression, community, and connection. This community was developed to open your mind to AcroYoga and connect you to a family of yogis. Your experience will include connecting with others through partner stretching, education, conversation and AcroYoga. You will learn how to train your body, coach others, and safely spot each pose. Come with an open mind and leave with a heart full of family.
We take our high fives VERY seriously!
Liz Thomas, RYT 200
Liz is a dedicated slack liner and a registered 200 yoga teacher with a certification from Everyone Yoga School. She has co-taught with the Yogaslackers at several Wanderlust Festivals. She loves to play and it shows through her teaching.
Tracy Dawn Espinosa Checotah
Introduced to Yoga principals at the age of 5, Tracy Dawn has been practicing for over 15 years and teaching for 12. The broad contrast of being born into a superstitious Hispanic Catholic family, her own father an atheist and her first visit to a Krisha Hindu temple at the age of 6 sparked an intense passion and desire at an early age to experience and understand "spiritual practices and traditions" and why people were drawn to them. Captivated and transformed by the beautiful rituals and practices she encountered on her journey she knew this was her calling, to teach. Tracy's teaching draw on her lifetime of intimate experience of movement, Yoga and practices such as traditional Christian worship, Bhakti chanting, study of the Torah and Jewish Feast, Native American Sweats and medicines, learning the dances of the Messianic Jews, Hispanic Shamanic rituals, Buddhist practices, many Hindu celebrations and other observances into one final understanding that they all serve a purpose very similar to that of Yoga, Union.
Accumulated over a thousand hours of Yoga training, Pilates, Dance and Movement, Tracy Dawn's intent is to give each person tools they can use to find their personal EDGE (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually) and dive deep into touching the sacred in a profound and life changing way. Known to some as Tirzah (spiritual name) she is also the Director of Yoga in the Park-Downtown OKC. Owner of The Mat's Edge Yoga, Founder of Sage Goddess Circle and Sherpa Mama. She is a doula and has taught Prental and Postnatal yoga for over 8 years. She lectures on Women's topics such as Sacred Feminine, Goddess Studies, Moon Rituals, Wisdom Practices and Shakti. Tracy teaches in several locations in Oklahoma City and in Taos, New Mexico.
Sarah J Doll, Thai Bodyworker
Bio Coming Soon:
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.
Melissa Smith, RYT 200
Melissa has been teaching various forms of fitness and dance since 2009. She feels the study and appreciation of human movement has been one of the most lasting blessings of her life. When Melissa realized that she could make a career out of helping people change their lives by supporting their journey of health, she knew she had found her purpose. Yoga has been a positive transformative force for Melissa. After seeing the physical, mental, and spiritual impact yoga made on her life, Melissa was compelled to share it with others. Her practice has allowed Melissa to attain an uplifting energy that carries through into everything she does. To Melissa, yoga brings sweet peace and refreshing balance all while inspiring her to expand the limits of compassion she has for herself and those around her. Off the mat, Melissa delights in spending time with her husband and silly girls, volunteering at the soup kitchen and kid's pantry at Iron Gate, being a cooker and eater of delicious food, watching Auburn football (WAR EAGLE!), and soaking in the love of family and friends. Melissa has received her 200hr yoga teacher certification, is a licensed Zumba instructor, NASM certified personal trainer, YogaFit certified, and has LesMills BodyFlow certification. Melissa encourages everyone to find the practice that is right for them in order to realize their own path to self-discovery and personal transformation.