Anna has always been a fitness junkie, but after a series of overuse injuries sustained from running marathons, she began to integrate yoga into her workout routine. After earning her 200 hour RYT, Anna went on to obtain her NASM-CPT, as well as her indoor cycling instructor certification. She also served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, and was commissioned as the first female infantry officer in the state. Additionally, Anna was a member of the National Guard's National Marathon Team in 2021. While in the Guard, Anna worked on projects such as Master Fitness Trainer and CMT, which re-certified and skill tested combat medics. She also has worked with members of the armed forces, including Army Rangers and Air Force fighter pilots, focusing on prevention of common injuries sustained in a military environment. When finding out she was pregnant with her first child, Anna began a prenatal yoga teacher course and is now an RPYT. She loves to teach power yoga, with an emphasis on alignment for injury prevention and recovery. Her favorite pose is trikonasana (triangle) and her go-to post-workout snack is an acai bowl!
With an extensive background in fitness, Lauren brings knowledge, experience and motivation to her classes and training sessions. Having studied dance professionally since childhood, her transition into Pilates, yoga and HIIT was a natural evolution. Her no-nonsense approach to class structure pushes her students to accomplish their goals while her knowledge of biomechanics will force you to activate muscles you didn't know existed. Lauren is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer, ESA Group Fitness Instructor, Stretching and Flexibility Coach (SFC), Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), and a 200 Hour RYT. When she's not training, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her son Dawsyn. She has lived in Stillwater since 2010 after moving from Southern California, where she was born and raised.
Carol Bender, Ph.D., e-RYT 500 is an educator, scientist, and yoga therapist. She is a continuing education provider for Yoga Alliance and a certified Yoga Therapist (c-IAYT), a field where yoga tools are used to decrease stress and improve overall health and well- being. Carol has taught yoga, stress reduction, breathing exercises, and guided relaxation since 2004 in corporate settings, academic institutions, state and federal agencies, medical centers, and yoga studios. Her students have included beginners, highly inflexible people, athletes, individuals recovering from illness, and seasoned yoga practitioners. She works especially well with beginners, individuals who have musculoskeletal pain, mood disorders, body image issues, and basic inflexibility or strength issues. Her personal mission is to help individuals customize a yoga practice that supports their journey towards health and happiness.
With a decade of experience teaching yoga asana and 1000+ hours of training, mostly under the tutelage of experts Annie Carpenter and Shanti Kelley, Adam is one of the most anatomically oriented teachers you'll find around. In Adam's classes, you'll focus on the granular aspects of each posture, discovering new expressions through minute changes that create a brand new experience.
Jess lived in Stillwater when she was younger, and has lived all over. Most recently, she lived in Phoenix, AZ where she taught HIIT classes at Jabbz. As you can guess, she loves teaching HIIT and strength-based workouts. Jess is also an avid runner and cyclist, and an all-around fitness junkie. Her go-to post-workout snack is a protein shake and a PB&J!
Kelsey started a regular yoga practice in 2018. Having always been intimidated by the thought of going to the gym, yoga was an opportunity for her to exercise in a judgement-free space. She quickly fell in love with the strength she was gaining both mentally and physically. To deepen her practice, she completed her 200 hour teacher certification at Nexus Institute for Health and Wellness in Nosara, Costa Rica. She completed a second 200 hour training in 2021. Kelsey now enjoys creating up-beat, challenging yoga classes that can be modified for any level practitioner.
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Elizabeth has been practicing yoga since 2009. Although she initially started practicing as a way to care for her body while training for half marathons, she has since found yoga to be a valuable tool in managing mental health, self-perception, and chronic pain and is passionate about sharing these benefits with others. She completed her 200-hour teaching certification in 2022 through DoYogaWithMe and is currently completing a second 200-hour training focused on diversity, accessibility, and decolonization in yoga. She believes yoga is for every body and loves teaching alignment and modifications to help all types of students experience an accessible and fulfilling practice. Elizabeth lived coast-to-coast across the US before settling in Stillwater in 2016. When she's not doing yoga, she loves running, hiking, and outdoor adventures with her rescue pup, Echo.
Lily is a 21-year-old psychology student at Oklahoma State University and 250 hour RYT. Lily has been practicing yoga since the age of 12. As a cheerleader and gymnast, she has benefitted from an almost-decade long practice. She loves implementing meditation techniques designed for alleviating stress and anxiety into her classes. She's a big fan of yoga, fitness, T. Swift and making relaxation fun!
Mabrie was born and raised in Stillwater, OK, and has lived here her whole life. She received her 200 RYT from Red Earth Yoga Center. Her favorite yoga poses are arm balances, and her go-to post-workout snack always involves peanut butter. Mabrie will graduate in 2023 from Stillwater High School and hopes to attend the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond!
Hi everyone! My name is Lauren and I am so excited to be a barre instructor at Sweat! I am certified through BarreAbove. Barre has been a great outlet for me and has become my favorite way of moving and taking care of myself since leaving my dance background! I am a lover of country music, Taylor Swift, and making exercise fun!