CAROLINE SWANSON

After joining a gym in 2008, I vowed to try all their classes. This also happened to be a especially stressful time for me raising teenagers. After trying my first yoga class I remember thinking “wow, what just happened?” I thought I had taken an exercise class but got so much more. Yoga is the best multitasker created. It is a practice for body, mind and spirit that is introduced on the mat and then practiced in life. The benefits for me came, but not overnight, as I struggled to keep a consistent practice. I let life sweep me away, when things were busy or stressful, I stopped going, the opposite of what helps. This allowed me to see how much yoga gave me, peace, pause, perspective, balance, strength, endurance, flexibility and more! Amazing!

After moving to Northwest AR in 2017, I gave myself the gift of yoga teacher training. Now with my RYT 200, knowing the learning has just begun, I am growing and sharing the benefits of yoga with others. For me it’s exciting to see yoga smooth out the rough edges of someone’s day or help someone learn something new. Currently my teaching concentration is in YIN, slow flow, and relaxation yoga.

When I am not in the studio, I enjoy spending time with my family both human and furry, as well as exploring in nature, making art, cooking, and knitting.

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OTIS CAMPBELL

Official Studio Greeter & Adviser + All American Yoga Dog

A frequent helper at the studio (the owner’s only child), this 120 pound black lab is full of friendly smiles and licks.

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JOE MARCH

Joe March has been practicing yoga for over 7 years. He started practicing yoga as a low impact form of exercise but stayed with the practice for the improved mind/body benefits it brought to his life off the mat. His favorite class is what he started with, hot power flow. He also loves and appreciates the balance brought by including yin as part of his practice. Joe’s goal as a teacher is to help make yoga accessible for people of all ages and abilities and to share with students the physical and mental benefits of yoga.


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TONY HATCH

Tony joins just from the CrossFit world and has had a deep and moving transformation story. He has recently found yoga and is passionate to share with others-shedding over eighty (80) pounds, is now a local Health & Wellness advocate.

He is the owner of Evolve Juicery & Kitchen in Lowell, AR where he is passionate about helping people live better through proper nutrition and diet. Tony is also certified CrossFit Level 1 trainer and a licensed personal trainer.

When Tony is not helping others achieve their goals, you can find him enjoying the Northwest Arkansas outdoor life with his family through yoga, camping, hiking, mountain biking, and many more outdoor activities.

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SUSIE SIMMONS

Hey all! I’m Susie Simmons. I’ve been doing yoga and meditation for nearly 20 years. I’ve only recently started practicing in public at NWA Hot Yoga where I instantly felt at home. I mostly practiced at home with Youtube or on my own. I read as much as I could and then did what felt good. Following my intuition.

I wish I had not waited until I “was thin enough” to start practicing in public because all bodies are yoga bodies! I thought that I would not be accepted because I was larger bodied. But that could not have been further from the truth. It was within my first three classes that I knew this is where I belonged. Not only were there larger bodied people teaching but there were so many types people taking the classes. Also, no one is thinking about my grubby shirt because they are focused on their breathing and how many times we are going to have to do Utkatasana (chair pose) or how many Chaturangas there are.

With having been at NWA Hot Yoga for nearly a year I’ve continued to lose weight and get a good hold on my anxiety. Between my personal practice of yoga and meditation I have a better understanding of my emotions and thought processes. Thus I can better manage my emotions and my actions.
With all that being said, if you are reading this and debating if you should try yoga and/or meditation- the answer is YES! There is always a practice that you can do!

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ERIN CALNAN

200 RYT & Yogi Extraordinaire

My yoga journey started when I was at a crossroads. Everything was changing and I was lost. I was looking for answers to questions I didn’t even know I had. I had never done yoga before I started going to a small studio. I don’t know what type of Yoga they taught, but I loved it.

There was a substitute instructor who had just complete her YTT and she was full of energy. So much so that everyone quit her class except me. I loved the challenge, and she taught me about modifications, the breath and hot yoga.
That was 4 years ago and I’ve never looked back. Like a lot of people I had that expectation of the hot yoga body. If that’s all I had gotten I would of sold myself short. Instead I’ve gained peace and lost some anger (no one is perfect). I found the fire and passion of my soul. I’m gaining strength and balance.

I just completed my 200 hour YTT. It took me two years to decide to take teacher training. Next to motherhood it was the hardest, most rewarding thing I had ever done. I feel this is just the beginning of my Yoga path.

Although I was born an Army Brat, NW Arkansas is where I have lived most of my life. I have a beautiful daughter, Lilly. She is a senior in college. She is my artist and my rock and I couldn’t be prouder. I am a cat person. I only have three so I’m not a candidate for hoarders yet. I feel very grateful that twice in my life I’ve been given a second chance. Yoga is one of those chances and I’m excited to see where that takes me. Namaste!

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HANNAH TRAN


200 RYT

Hello everyone! I’m Hannah and I have been teaching yoga for almost a year now. I’ve always lived an active lifestyle and I enjoy many activities such as lifting weights at the gym, hiking, running, disc golf, mountain biking, and of course yoga.

About 4 years ago I experienced a variety of yoga classes during college and I absolutely loved it! At first, I only thought of yoga as a good “stretch” and never understood all the benefits that were attached. During my junior year my dad passed away from cancer and it was the hardest time of my life.

So much heaviness on my heart and mind that I slipped into depression as I was in a grieving process. I started looking up YouTube videos and practicing yoga more frequently in my college dorm room. Eventually I started to understand that yoga was helping me not only physically but mentally during that hard time. That is when the true spark lit inside me and I realized yoga will forever be a part of my life.

Then one day I walked into the studio for the FIRST time and met with Scott to talk about teacher training. I realize now how random it seemed that this girl who wasn’t even a member of the studio wanted to become a yoga instructor! But I was working 8-5 like most people do and it just hit me…I wanted to be a part of something meaningful and help others discover their passion for yoga like I did. My yoga practice has become stronger and I continue to grow every day.

Yoga is a life long journey where we learn how to LET GO of negative attachments and find balance and peace into our daily lives.

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TERESA CAVES

100 RYT

“Discovering Yoga in middle age was just what I needed. I take my stresses of the day and leave them on the mat” said Teresa Caves owner of Sallisaw Yoga House & teacher at NWA Hot Yoga.

During her yoga teacher training at NWA Yoga School she discovered the 8 limbs of yoga. And enjoys helping others discover connecting the breath to the movement.

Teresa takes the everyday stresses from life and uses the practice of yoga to help keep her grounded and somewhat sane. Yoga has taught Teresa to discover her conscious breathe for the first time in her life! Teresa knows that all people can benefit from a regular yoga practice. She bringing yoga to Sallisaw previously known as “The White House” located directly behind the current library (old train depot) in the middle of town.

With the hustle and bustle of work and life, Yoga is what keeps me grounded and sane. I take my stresses of the day and leave them on the mat. I found that I could get stronger mentally and physically at the same time and I’m here to help others do the same.

An introvert my nature, Teresa has a very unique way of putting her students at ease in a new experience called yoga. Experience her class & studio today. Newcomers welcome!

Teresa is a Sallisaw native- an avid-bicyclist & movement expert, NY Marathon Finisher, a “grandmother”, and executive by day at the Furniture Factory Outlet (FFO) Corporate Headquarters in Ft. Smith.

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BHARATHI TEKI

200 RYT

I am Bharathi Teki born and raised in India. I’m married to an amazing and committed person and mom of 6 yrs old beautiful curious daughter. I am a Graduate in Instrumentation Engineering and Aeronautical Engineer by profession.

Yoga is a tool of transformation of life and it is the journey of the self to the self ,through the self as beautifully said in Bhagavad Gita. I feel lucky to be introduced to yoga at the Early age of 7 as it was a part of the curriculum in our school and later took the initiation from my grand father who is ocean of knowledge is 86 yrs – A Yogi for more than 50 + yrs ( Bihar school of yoga ) in this life transforming journey that is yoga . I feel lucky and blessed to be grown up in an atmosphere and around people who followed and believed the philosophy of yoga.

For me teaching yoga means when one teaches two learn and as a kid my parents always taught whenever you are in a position to help someone , just do it and be glad , because God is answering prayers through you.

As a yoga teacher i would say YOUR BODY WILL BE AROUND A LOT LONGER THAN THAT EXPENSIVE HANDBAG. INVEST IN YOURSELF.”

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DEB TRUSTY

200 RYT

I started my yoga journey started with the intent to find a way to decrease my stress and have a healthy lifestyle. Two years after starting yoga, I decided to complete my 200RYT so I could spread the joy of a healthy lifestyle with others. I began teaching yoga classes multiple times a week.

After watching my grandson mimic yoga poses from TV, I began showing him some fun poses that I knew he could do as well. His interest for yoga encouraged me to research yoga for kids. I learned that kids yoga helps build confidence and self-respect for kids at a young age, while also introducing healthy living and self-awareness. Yoga allows kids to build their self-esteem all while having fun. After researching all of the benefits of kids yoga, I embarked on a journey to become certified to teach kids yoga. I have learned a lot on my journey from starting yoga to learning how to engage kids in this life changing activity. I now teach kids yoga classes for kids 3+ each Saturday.

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