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 Libba Harmon  ♦  ♦  ♦

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Twenty five years ago I woke up to the magic of yoga, and was hooked. Seeking, truth, and change keep calling, year after year. Drawing from an inspired long-term love affair with vinyasa, my teaching suggests a fresh approach to flowing, with reverent attention to breath, midline and internal landscape. The perfect match for my other job as an acupuncturist, teaching feeds me like nothing else. My heart is grateful.

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 Lora McCarville  ♦  ♦  ♦

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 Kirsten Koba  ♦  ♦  ♦

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The many facets of my life -- writer, mother, activist, lover -- shape my yoga practice, and in turn yoga fuels my life. I am inspired by the dance between work on the mat and off the mat; between the body, mind and soul; between light and shadow; between sense of self and the greater whole. I have been energized by yoga communities in both New York (in particular Integral Yoga) and Seattle (8 Limbs Yoga and the teachings of Terilyn Wyre), but it is here in Omaha that I found my home at Pranam Yoga Shala. I completed my 200 hour training with Libba Harmon in 2015 and I pour my heart into building community as president of the board of Pranam Seva. I aim to create a space that encourages students to show up authentically and fully, regardless of ability, age, race, gender, or sexuality. My sweetly warming vinyasa classes are designed to support and inspire, so that you can let go, tap in, and feel alive. No matter how experienced you are with yoga, I hope you walk away from every class or Seva event feeling true to you and part of this beautiful community.




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  Ryan Gillespie  ♦  ♦  ♦

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Coming to yoga for healing of body, stilling of mind, and discovery of breath, Ryan brings to his teaching a genuine inquiry into the internal landscape. He is a builder, creator, supporter and listener. His passion is acceptance of self and others, and he creates a "come as you are" space to calm the nerves and turn the focus within. Ryan's classes integrate meditative contemplation with breath-based vinyasa flow. Offering his gifts of sweetness, stability, and honesty, he will lead you through a journey of personal discovery. Ryan serves on the board of Pranam Seva.




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  Kirsten Malotky  ♦  ♦  ♦

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Kirsten is a Licensed Massage Therapist, 200-Hour Yoga instructor, and Thai Massage Therapist. She graduated in 2011 from Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare. Kirsten has continued with her education in Chicago where she studies Trigger Point Therapy using Thai Massage technique. She is passionate about healing the body and believes that healing can be achieved through bodywork and yoga.

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  Joel Dunning  ♦  ♦  ♦

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How can it take 10 years to become a Ninja? This was a question that burned in my mind as a child after countless martial arts movies. More than anything, this introduced me to the potential personal refinement…that through discipline one could progress mentally and physically. Although I do own a blow gun, my Ninja studies never actually went too far. However, I did see a path of interest. Starting with Goju-ryu karate I moved to Yang style Tai Qi and various Qi Gong systems eventually working with Yin Yoga and Sundo Taoist Yoga. In broad strokes this reflected a progression in my interest from external (body based) work to more internal (energetic based) work. I have been practicing and teaching martial arts, Tai Chi, Qi Gong (Chi Kung) and Yoga for 30 years. I am also an acupuncturist. In 1998 I had the fortune of starting study with Yin Yoga founder Paulie Zink and since 2006 have been studying with Sundo Master Hyunmoon Kim. My teaching approach is to create a space where students are able to settle into the nourishment available at each moment and spontaneously aware of energy leakage. I love to see people where they are and suggest a next step from there.




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  Lizzie Mensinger ♦  ♦  ♦

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I was guided to yoga by the hands of a family member who encouraged me to take my first steps into a yoga studio while I was in high school. The powerful movements, unity of breath and setting of intentions, sparked a great interest in my soul and thus began my yoga journey. My practice has been a soft blanket and a harsh mirror, allowing me to grow as a human being, discovering my strengths and revealing my truths. I feel empowered to lead in light and strength, which in 2014, lead me to teaching yoga. Yoga has given me the opportunity to share my strengths and inspirations with others, my classes are infused with love and my hope is that those who find their way to my class to feel encouraged to live their yoga off the mat. Be ready to sweat and find joy in even the toughest of places.



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  Katie Twit  ♦  ♦  ♦

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On my yoga mat is where I can most truly be me. Yoga helps me to get out of my head and into my body so that I can connect with my essence. As a teacher and long-time student, I aim to provide a warm and safe place for the magic of yoga to be experienced. No matter whether I’m teaching or taking a class, I feel both tickled and grateful to share a room with other brave humans who have gathered purposefully to play with their bodies and their breath, with the intention to explore and to grow.



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 Durga Jai  ♦  ♦  ♦

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Loving, mother, wife, student, teacher, inspired, playful, spontaneous, childlike. Aligning with love is what guides me. After finding great stillness in my yoga practice more than 15 years ago, I was inspired to teach. My teaching journey has included styles such as, hot yoga, vinyasa, prenatal, hatha and restorative practices. I am a devotee of love. I live the among the principles of yoga, bringing them into my days, awakening and embodying them through my thoughts and actions. This is my offering to the world.



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 Mandee Richardson  ♦  ♦  ♦

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Yoga has been a passion of mine for years; nothing is more rewarding than spreading the power of yoga, not just through the physical body but also the mental and spiritual bodies. In my short life, I have experienced many challenging circumstances that have shown me empathy, love and trust. Through yoga I have found to love a once-hated version of myself. I have grown into a strong woman.My intentions are to help and encourage others to transform their lives through movement, breath, and stillness. My training consists of  many yogic modalities, making my teaching style versatile and accommodating to all skill levels. I have a background in Thai Yoga Massage and Herbalism, which enhances my teaching abilities with knowledge of the body and the way it moves, breathes, and adjusts. I received my 200hr Teacher Training with Saul David Raye. I feel that yoga is an amazing tool to help stabilize and balance our busy lives. My intention is to bring each yogi back into their body, mind and spirit, one movement and one breath at a time, on and off their mat.



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  Lindsay Knieper  ♦  ♦  ♦

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I’ve enjoyed the physical practice of yoga for many years, but my lifelong devotion began during some of my darkest times, when I realized its quiet power to instill calm, confidence, and a sense of OK-ness. Yoga gave me the courage to face my mistakes, and more importantly, to forgive myself. My yoga practice has been a thread of consistency through life’s precious ups and downs. The never-ending learning process provides a richness I haven’t found elsewhere, and has helped me cultivate a deep appreciation for life’s many gifts. My greatest desire is that my teaching creates a spark that encourages others to light the fire of transformation in themselves. My intention is to teach classes which are compassionate, challenging, and accessible to all. My hope is that my students learn to practice safely and respect the unique needs of their own bodies, in order that they may sustain their own supportive, lifelong yoga practice.   



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  Shiri Phillips  ♦  ♦  ♦

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I have been actively practicing yoga since 2009, thanks to wonderful teachers in the Omaha community. Through motherhood, I have fully embraced the spiritual and physical benefits of Yoga. I believe that Yoga has the power to heal from the inside out. If our bodies and minds are at peace with ourselves then we can carry that onto others around us. I strive to bring this mantra to every class I teach. My passion is to give back to the community and to serve others. 



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 Daniel Lawse  ♦  ♦  ♦

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Daniel’s mindfulness practice started over a decade ago with the study of meditation and spirituality and the practice of active contemplation. In addition to his ongoing sitting practice, he has also participated in traditional silent meditation retreats. Some of his favorite mindfulness authors include Thich Nhat Hanh, Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi, Brother Lawrence, and any book that shares new discoveries in neuroscience. He understands that practice is enlightenment.
As the Chief Century Thinker at Verdis Group, Daniel helps organizations practice mindful resource use. He is also an engaged community member serving several organizations and efforts that help make the Omaha community a better place to live, work, play, grow, and be mindful.