Anna Marie Rock, CYT, Director of Yoga


Yogata, Beginner Yoga, eSCENTial Yoga, Warm Vinyasa,

Power Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Vinyasa Levels 1 & 2

Under the loving guidance of Jivamukti-trained yoga teacher Lisa Rapp of My Yoga Spirit, Anna was blessed to learn the importance of self-love, self-peace, and community support. She joined with others under the rainbows of Oahu, Hawaii, where she experienced the greatness that is possible when individuals come together to share life’s abundant beauty with peaceful compassion.

Yoga is a tool that allows us to connect our true Self to the present moment and experience power in grace through mindfulness, gentle focus, and true intention. Anna appreciates sharing the practice of yoga with others through compassionate understanding coupled with transcendental motivation.

"Breathe and allow the innate intelligence and wonderful wisdom of the divine within to inspire you to greatness! Live the life you love to live…a life that is rooted in peace and fulfillment."

Radha Golla, CYTradha

Hatha Yoga Therapy, REIKI

Radha started her yoga journey in middle school in India. Marriage bought her to Omaha. She has agraduate degree in Toxicology from UNMC and currently works at UNMC in biomedical research.

She resumed her yoga practice at the Hindu temple under Sasirekha Balkrishnan, UPFNA. Yoga was a vehicle to explore her mental and physical boundaries of limitations and pain. Yoga helped her to reach a stateof mental calmness and peace which was new to her. She loved it and was inspired to learn Kundalini meditation under the guidance of Sasirekha Balkrishnan. Radha wanted to learn more about yoga, its history and its application, which lead to yoga teacher training. She did Yoga therapy teacher training (RYT-500) in 2011 from Asana Andiappan College of Yoga & ResearchCentre, Chennai, India. Later on she studied restorative yoga and prenatal yoga. She is trainedin Reiki as Reiki Master in Usui reiki lineage and Okuden in Jikiden Reiki lineage and is currently working to become Shihan-Kaku or assistant teacher in Jikiden Reiki.

It has been said that “physical fitness is the side effect of yoga and the goal is mental peace”. Radha utilizes yoga and reiki as therapeutic tools in her daily life. She wants to make yoga accessible for people irrespective of their physical fitness.

Sarah Buettenback, CTY

Rooted Slow flow

Sarah Buettenbeck

Sarah is a busy working mom of two active teenage boys and the wife of a basketball coach. Practicing yoga is a way she takes care of her body, mind and spirit so that she can better love and serve her family and community. She trained with Holy Yoga--a Christian ministry dedicated to taking the gospel of grace to the ends of the earth through the modality of movement.

Here are a few of Sarah's favorite things: reading, connecting people, going to prison with Defy Ventures, making the best kale chips ever and spending hours and hours on bleachers cheering

on her boys.

Kathleen VonDollen-Peters, CYT

Gentle Vinyasa, Relax Restore, RestorativeKathleen

Kathleen started doing yoga 16 years ago as a social outing and to help relieve stress. Seven years ago, she tarted doing yoga daily as a part of a pain managemant program for chronic pain. A gentle yoga daily practice not only helps manage her pain, but also elevates her mood and gives her more energy.

Through yoga, Kathleen has become more observant and yet more able to focus, on herself and others. She has become more productive and it's easier to relax. She decided to become a yoga teacher to bring the benefits of yoga to others.

Brynn Shimel, CYTbrynn

Power Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Pilates & Barre

Brynn is an Omaha native and has been practicing yoga for six years and teaching for 3; adding ballet Barre and Pilates to her repertoire in the last year. She also holds a B.A. in English, working as a freelance editor, and gets to be a stay at home wife and mom to her husband and 11 month old daughter.

Laura Ramsay Watson, CYTlaura w photo


Laura is an on-the-go mother of four great kids, a military wife, and an outdoor enthusiast. Laura first found yoga as a way to prevent and heal from running injuries. She then fell in love with the mental and spiritual benefits that come from practicing yoga and completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Honest Soul Yoga in Alexandria, VA in 2016. She views yoga as a way to expand; physically, mentally, and spiritually and loves sharing this with others. In her classes she focuses on the breath as she helps students find their own personal edge. She will strengthen your body, mind, and spirit, bringing a sense of balance to your life.

Sara Locke, CYTSarapic


Sara is owner of LockeYoga, and grateful teacher of asana at Essentials Natural Family Health. She earned her teaching certification traveling the states with the YogaFit community, and continues her education through many different workshops and classes offered locally.

Sara is the proud mother of 3 beautiful children. These guys have changed her life, her body, and her yoga practice every day, and she looks forward to bringing what they have learned together to the Essentials Family!

Brooke Monaco, CYTbrooke photo

Born & raised in Iowa, I was raised in a very active family- so fitness has always been a huge part of my life. My yoga journey started while living in Colorado, after I had fractured my T12. Physical Therapy & Yoga went hand-in-hand in the success of my healing.
After that, my love for yoga grew- I learned I could find physical & mental support all on my mat, & I could take it with me off the mat as well. After my move to Nebraska, yoga also provided me a wonderful community & friendships.
With all of these positives it was bringing my life, I wanted to make it my life, revolve every day around it & share what I've learned with anyone & everyone who wanted/needed it. Earning my RYT200 through Lotus House of Yoga was one of my proudest & happiest moments.
On top of yoga, I enjoy adventures with my husband & pup, traveling, clean eating/cooking, decorating & am a green tea addict!
Come breathe & flow with me.

Jayne Oatman, CYTJayneO

Hi! My name is Jayne Oatman. I am a certified yoga instructor through Holy Yoga. I am incredibly passionate about people, fitness, and taking care of yourself. In my free time I love to be outdoors, travel, be active and spend time with my family and my little niece Nora. I have a brand new puppy named Bentley. I want to do what I can to help people use their body’s full potential during yoga and clear their mind from the business of life.