The opening of Darling Yoga with her sister Sarah in 2007 was a dream come true for Emily who has been teaching yoga since 1993. She began her studies in the rich tradition of Iynenar Yoga and Restorative Yoga. She has also studied Ashtanga, Sivananda and Vinyasa Yoga. Through a beautiful weaving of all, she has a created a style of her own. Emily's graceful flowing classes blend skillful alignment with a deeper awareness that yoga is a practice of going within and connecting to ones's heart, light and truth. Her nurturing and compassionate nature creates a class atmosphere that is non-competitive, yet challenging. Her orchestration of rest and movement creates inner peace and strength in the body. She is grateful to have trained with world-renown teachers; and is daily inspired by her fellow KC teachers, students and family. As a registered E-RYT 500 level Yoga Alliance teacher, Emily brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her 200-RYT Yoga Teacher Training Program, which she offers through Darling Yoga with her life-long friend and yoga inspiration, Christy Burnette.
"Yoga brings the gift of finding peace within ourselves. Allowing us to see more clearly our personal truth so that we can live more fully from our hearts. In this way we can show up in the world more conscious of the highest good for ourselves and the planet.I feel so blessed to be able to share and teach what I feel so passionate about. Bringing people into stillness and allowing them to find the present moment is a beautiful art as it softens everyone."
Victor found yoga after years of football and the Marine Corps took a toll on his body. His first class, however, opened his mind to a much bigger view of what yoga could offer beyond the physical body, and before long it was evident that teaching was Victor's true calling. His personal experience with yoga as therapy allows him to relate to the differing needs of each student and he approaches each class with this inspiration. He has completed teacher traning programs with Max Strom as well as Marcia Wenig of Yoga Kids International, and he continues to be an avid student attending worshops with many nationally renowned teachers. Also a certified herbalist and Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Victor truly believes in the practice of healing through the breath. His class encorporates this art along with great emphasis on proper alignment to enable both healing and development.
"I know of no other form of exercise that combines mental and physical awareness the way yoga does in order to open the many windows of opportunity within your own mind.Meditating through yoga is your access to the infinite."
Sarah is co-owner and founder of Darling Yoga. She began practicing yoga at the age of 13 with teachers including Emily Darling, Christy Burnette, Patricia Gray, and Kathleen Kastner in Kansas City. Sarah has completed the 200-HR RYT program with Christy Burnette as well as a teacher training course with Max Strom and has attended several workshops with master teachers including Max Strom, Jamie Elmer, Christy Burnette, Kim Schwartz, Les Leventhal, Ana Forrest, Bryan Kest, Seane Corne and others. Sarah's teaching style reflects these influences and is guided by her personal practice and experience.
Lisa began her practice of yoga over a decade ago and became an instant favorite when she started teaching in the Kansas City area. Lisa is certified through the worldwide Bikram Yoga College of India and has also completed an Ashtanga teacher training program with David Swenson. She has also attended a workshop with internationally known yogi Pattabhi Jois. Lisa's love for yoga extends across many styles rooting with her beginning studies with Iyengar Yoga evolving into the flowing styles of Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga. Lisa offers a balanced and inspiring flow that follows the rhythm of the breath, blending fluid movement with careful attention to alignment. In a playful style, Lisa infuses joy and love into her classes encouraging flexibility in both body and mind.
"Yoga has changed me in so many ways. My life is more fulfilling, and I have a clear understanding of my purpose. Most of all I've learned to trust the process of life."
Angela Minard began her yoga practice three years ago when she walked through the doors of Darling Yoga, and took her first class from Victor Roberts. Searching for a way to connect to her body after over twenty years of struggling with disordered eating and anorexia, yoga became a source of healing and transformation that she had been unable to find elsewhere. Angela is currently working on completing her 200-HR RYT training with Christy Burnette and Emily Darling. Angela has also completed the Yoga for Eating Disorders training with Chelsea Roff, and will be facilitating a program at Darling Yoga called Eat, Breath, Thrive, which is a six-week program that integrates yoga, mindfulness and community support to prevent and help individuals recover from disordered eating and negative body image.
"A majority of my lifetime was spent trying to contain myself within small parameters. The feeling of expansiveness that yoga provided me, at first felt somewhat strange and tremulous, but also quite magical. Through the practice of yoga, and connecting breath with movement, I found a way to come back home to myself. My hope is to share this magical journey of yoga with my students."
Nancy has long believed in the interconnectedness of body mind and spirit. She was a certified fitness instructor for several years before discovering yoga in 2000. She credits her mother for introducing her to yoga. Nancy has been teaching Yoga in the Kansas City area since 2001. Her teaching style is clearly influenced by her training with great Iyengar teachers Aadil Palkhivala, Pauta Tortolano, John Shumacher and Francois Raoult.
Nancy is registering with Yoga Alliance for her RYT certification. She acknowledges Kansas City area yoga teachers Suzette Scholtes and Emily Darling for inspiring her on the path.
"For me, yoga is about reconnecting to our divine nature. It's about bringing light and awareness into our daily living. As our practice brings us into a place of peace and harmony, this has a ripple effect in the world. My hope is to create a sacred space where mindfulness, open-heartedness, and possibility can be experienced."
After a slow recovery from two spinal surgeries and a decade of headaches, Susan began practicing Iyengar Yoga in 1997 with the hope of managing those challenges. Since that awakening moment during her first class, she not only found ways to manage her health daily but uncovered an inner strength long forgotten. Restorative Yoga, Pranayama, and Meditation have become her solace and passion. With patience, an open heart, and a willing mind, she embraces the gifts of healing and balance that Yoga brings to each moment; and is grateful for the opportunity to encourage others to turn from suffering through the practice.
Susan began teaching yoga in 2005, is registered with Yoga Alliance at E-RYT 500 level, ia a certified Relax & Renew Restorative Yoga Trainer, and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). She is grateful to have trained with many world-renown yoga teachers; Dona Holleman, Judith Hanson-Lasater, Aadil Palkhivala, Gary Kraftsow, Elise Browning Miller, Max Strom and equally inspirational, those teachers on and off the mat that continue to illuminate her spirit and strengthen her own personal blend of healing yoga.
"My purpose as a Yoga teacher is to encourage others to seek balance in their lives, awaken their inner light, and find the courage to let it shine."
Monica discovered yoga in her teens when her mom began taking her to classes, and she was amazed and delighted by her mom’s flexibility and energy on the mat. They still practice yoga together as often as possible. From the beginning she was attracted to the rhythms of the movement, the inspiring music and the unification of body and spirit. Her first teacher was a beautiful yogini in her seventies who stressed the sacredness of the body as our temple and the importance of the conscious breath as an essential part of yoga practice. Those awarenesses have been an important part of her personal practice for many years. As an adult, through the influence of beloved teachers, especially Emily Darling, her practice deepened to more fully embody self-love, kindness and compassion. She also became aware that the practice of surrender in yoga allows us to more gently surrender into the flow of life.
As a teacher, Monica is drawn to the slow nourishing practices of restorative and deep stretch yoga. She focuses on encouraging each person in the class to soften into their own expression of the pose, creating space and acceptance of their authentic self, knowing that when the body feels supported in a pose it then feels safe to open to its fullest expression in that moment.
Monica is an RYT200 registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, having completed her training with Christy Burnette and Emily Darling. She also holds a B.S. in Nursing, an R.N., and has been a nurse/massage therapist in private practice for over 20 years. Her heart-centered practice is focused on women’s health and wellness for all stages of life from birth through the aging process. Perinatal massage is one of the great joys in her life. Seewww.sacred-space.org
"Yoga is a beautiful way to serve and uplift life. It opens space for a person to come back home into their body and heart, quiet their mind, hear their inner voice, and soften into the unfolding of life."
Melanie became a dedicated yoga student after her first class in 2010. She fell in love with the strength, courage, peace and joy she found by blending breath with movement. Her long-standing depression, insomnia and anxiety were all relieved by the internal stillness and spaciousness that her committed yoga practice created.
As a teacher, Melanie's classes are soothing while at the same time challenging. She enjoys teaching beginning students as well as advanced vinyasa. In all of her classes, she guides students to a quiet space within themselves so they can connect with their own inner teacher and return to the world refreshed and renewed.
Melanie completed her RYT200 program with Emily Darling and Christy Burnette. Her natural curiosity leads her to continuously deepen her knowledge through study, courses and workshops. She is grateful to have teachers who inspire her on and off the mat: Emily Darling, Victor Roberts, Brad Elpers and Nancy Fabiano. Whole-body wellness is another passion of Melanie's; she is also a Holistic Nutritionist. See: www.lifestylebenefitsllc.com
A beautiful soul introduced Sarah to meditation and yoga many years ago,and for the first time she felt free! The awareness yoga cultivates has brought depth to her relationships, strengthened her spirituality, heightened her sense of self, and helped provide her mental focus & clarity. This deep rooted art of movement, breath work, and dedication carried Sarah's spirit through mindfulness and compassion in everyday life. Sarah is also a mother to two lovely children! She has practiced prenatal & postnatal yoga throughout both of her pregnancies and is grateful to her yoga practice for assisting in the transitional period during pregnancy, labor, and the 1st year postpartum, both physically and emotionally. Sarah is an RYT200 registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, having completed her training with Christy Burnette & Emily Darling at Darling Yoga. In addition, she holds certification in Kids Yoga & Level 1 Prenatal Yoga. She is over-joyed to combine her passion for yoga with her equal passions for children and their caretakers.
For the past 20 years Katie Hurcomb has taught private and group fitness classes to various age groups and stages of life and health including gentle yoga, kids yoga, prenatal yoga, yoga for back pain, restorative yoga, chair yoga, and private yoga lessons for those recovering from injury or illness. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Missouri Kansas City, is certified in yoga from the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago and holds a certification to teach yoga in chairs from Liz Franklin.
Katie finds joy in teaching and sharing the knowledge she continues to discover. For her, yoga is essential for a quality life because the techniques practiced in class can then be used in daily living to combat chronic stress, prevent or heal injuries, strengthen the students inner voice and reverse the aging/disease process
Devi Wetterer teaches Kids Yoga at Darling Yoga Studio. She is exuberant, happy and playful with much to offer children in regards to self-expression, learning through play, the arts, leadership and relationship-building. She brings her passion for social artistry and improvisational play as an artist, poet, dancer and playgroup leader. Devi, a Physical Therapist and Healing Arts Specialist for over 30 years, completed her InterPlay Leadership Training in Oakland, California in 2008, and leads inter-generational playgroups in the Kansas City area. Her background in the healing arts led her to the discovery of her hidden talents for improvisation, dance and spiritually embodied movement for individual and communal transformation.
Devi founded Leela Village in 2012 following her passion for spontaneous play and children. Leela Village is an interactive learning program for children based on spontaneous play and art related activities. Each session is goal directed, with leadership, self-expression, and collaboration as key objectives. “Leela” is a Sanskrit word meaning "divine play." We believe the well being of our youth will happen through experiential learning that taps into their creativity, imagination, exploration and unique learning style through the arts and improvisational play.