ORGANIC YOGA COMPANY, RYS

Organic Yoga Company Staff

All members of OYC's teaching staff are registered yoga teachers through Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance (YA) is the international governing body of yoga teachers, and requires its members to take a teacher training course, receive continuing education, and uphold the YA Code of Ethics. The acronyms (RYT) at the end of each teacher's name indicate the level of training she has completed; "RYT" is "Registered Yoga Teacher" and the numbers indicated the hours of training (200 hours or 500 hours) the teacher has taken. An "E" stands for "Experienced" and means that this teacher has taught over 1,000 hours of yoga instruction (at the 200 hour level) or over 2,000 hours of yoga instruction (at the 500 hour level). For more information on Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification, visit: www.yogaalliance.org

Nancy Hong, E-RYT 500, Owner & Lead Trainer

Nancy's Yoga Biography
Yoga came into my life because of my mom; years ago she brought me to a few of her yoga classes with teacher, Tam Baker. Yet it wasn't until December 2004, at just the right time, yoga came fully into my life and I started taking yoga classes from Mary DeJong! Oof…such good yoga classes! Soon afterwards, Mary suggested that I think about becoming a yoga teacher. Because of her encouraging nudge, six months later I started my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Roche Zoet as the primary yoga teacher & director of the yoga training. Then in November 2005, I received another encouraging nudge from my neighbors Ron & Denise to teach yoga classes in our neighborhood. As a result, I opened Yoga-Dog Studio in my home as a newly Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) along with my dog “Socks” as co-owner, inspiration & woman’s best dog! Yoga-Dog Studio grew, offering yoga classes to neighbors & friends, strangers who became friends, dancers & dogs! What a great time of growth & learning it’s been for all of us! 

Yet in the midst of all of that growth, I knew I wanted to continue my yoga training. So, in March 2009, after trying to find an advanced yoga teaching training program (TT 500) for a couple of years, I found the perfect program at Yoga North, Duluth, MN. There I took my advanced training for teaching yoga. As part of the yoga training I sat with a group of skilled yoga student/teachers at the feet of two incredible yoga teachers, Deborah Adele & Ann Maxwell, hearing & receiving their teaching & wisdom. Oof…so good. I also wrote papers, read books on anatomy, injury prevention, yoga philosophy, breathing and more! We were expected to maintain a daily personal yoga practice of asana (postures) and meditation. We also had teaching practicums & projects. The yoga program was intense, humbling & life changing and has led to some radical changes in my personal yoga practice & my teaching, changes that make the yoga I practice & teach “natural & sustainable!”  

Because I value continuing education I have continued to pursue new skills and knowledge to improve and refine my teaching. I attended a Somatic's intensive training through Yoga North (Fall 2014).  Somatic's is a methodology created to reclaim your health, mobility & functioning.  It is a powerful tool in it's own right as well as a methodology to go further in one's yoga practice.  I look forward to using Somatic's in classes and private sessions.  In the fall of 2015 (November) I attended the training "Yoga for Stress, Anxiety & Depression."  This training, along with my own research and experiences on stress reduction, has become a focus in classes, teacher training & private sessions. 

 YOGA TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Organic Yoga Company (formerly Yoga Dog Studio) 2005-Present
  • Pastor's Conference E.L.C.A. (Fall 2014)
  • Sioux Falls Pavilion (2012-2013)
  • Keystone Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center 2005-2007; 2010-2011; 2015-Present
  • Augustana College, Guest Lecturer on Yoga & Meditation 2008, 2010 & 2013
  • Dance Gallery, Yoga Instructor, 2005-2010
  • Avera McKennen Fitness Center, Yoga Instructor, 2005-2007
  • Radiance Day Spa, Yoga Instructor, 2005

CERTIFICATIONS & CREDENTIALS

  • E-RYT 500: November 2012
  • RYT 500; 500-hour training from Yoga North, November 2010
  • RYT 200; 200-hour training from Roche Zoet, November 2005
  • Masters of Counseling, Masters of Divinity, & B.A. in Art & Religion

Jacqueline Wilber, E-RYT 500

Jackie's Yoga Biography

My formal education includes a Master's Degree in Teaching & Learning (M.Ed) from DePaul University (Chicago, IL) and a B.A. in English from the University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD). I earned my 200-Hour Teacher Training from Yoga North (Duluth, MN) under the instruction of Deborah Adele and Ann Maxwell. I began my TT 500 program at the Himalayan Institute in Pennsylvania in the summer of 2013, and finished in the spring of 2016. My yoga instruction aligns with Hatha yoga in the Himalayan Tradition. My focus when teaching the postures is individualized anatomical alignment, which promotes form and function, as taught by Susi Hately. Additionally, I work with Somatics, a practice taught by Thomas Hanna, that heals sensory motor amnesia; similarly, Swami Rama's Exercises for Joints & Glands inform my physical practice. The meditative component of my teaching and practice is heavily focused on breath work, specifically the exercises in Donna Fahri's Essential Breath. 61 Points, Point to Point Sweep, Yoga Nidra, and Prana Dharana meditation practices also part of my repertoire. Spiritually, my personal practice is with Ashtanga yoga and the eight limb path; I have a particular interest the Yamas & Niyamas and the works of Deborah Adele. Lately, I have been drawn to ayurvedic practices, and I completed my certification in the spring of 2016.

Dana Hestad, RYT 200 

Dana's Yoga Biography
I am a native of Watertown, SD and moved to Sioux Falls about 15 years ago.  I started practicing yoga in January 2008 taking an introduction-to-yoga class through community education.  I t continued attending classes at least twice a week.  I found Organic Yoga Company in 2012 and I increased my practice up to three times a week. After about a year and some encouragement from Nancy, I enrolled in the TT 200 training at OYC and completed my training in September 2014.  It was a life changing experience.  Since then I've bee teaching my own classes, teaching in McKennan Park during the summer as well as substitute teaching for Nancy and guest teaching for TT 200.  When not taking or teaching yoga, I am an optician for Sanford Health and a volunteer at Dakotabilities.  I also enjoy walking my soft-coated Wheaten Terrier "Maddie!"

Jericho, Inspirational Life Coach

  Jericho's Biography

Jericho & Nancy adapted each other in 2007 at the Animal Adoption Center, Jackson, WY! Since then, he has performed in the Nutcracker Ballet & Annie. He has also traveled to Lake Superior many times, taught confirmation, and inspired many humans to live in the moment. He spreads unconditional love wherever he goes, including Leisure Living Assisted Living Center (Hartford, SD), Waterford All Saint's Assisted Living Center (Sioux Falls, SD), and most recently, at Keystone Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center (Canton, SD). He continues to help Nancy find joy in each day. He truly is a yoga master who knows how to relax and enjoy the moment.  (Jericho joined the heavenly yoga studio in January 2015).

Our Core 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Staff

According to Yoga Alliance regulation, all teachers for TT200 staff need to be an expert in their area of instruction. OYC is proud to say that they meet these requirements. Please read more information about the exceptional TT200 staff. Nancy Hong is the director of training and teaches the majority of the program, and the rest of the staff enhances the program by bringing their specialty knowledge. For more information about the Yoga Teacher Training program or to register for the program, visit our Teacher Training page. 

Nancy Hong - E-RYT 500, Director of Teacher Training

Nancy holds a B.A. in Art & Religion, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, a Masters of Counseling, M.A. B.S., a Masters of Divinity, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN and holds the Yoga Alliance certifications of RYT 200 (completed 2005), RYT 500 (completed 2010)and most recently, E-RYT 500 (completed Nov.2012). Nancy  studied & taught dance much of her life & passed the professional teaching exam, Grade VI, through the Cecchetti Council of America. Nancy has practiced yoga since 2004 and completed her advanced teacher training at Yoga North, Duluth, MN under Deborah Adele & Ann Maxwell. She has taught yoga at Avera McKennan Fitness Center, Dance Gallery Of South Dakota, Keystone Treatment Center, Canton, SD among others as well as at her own studio & school, Organic Yoga Company, RYS. She will bring her expertise to the areas of Techniques, Training & Practice,Yoga Philosophy, Ethics & Lifestyle, Practicum as well as to various Electives.

Jacqueline Wilber - E-RYT 500, M.Ed.

Jacqueline earned her Masters Degree in Education from DePaul University (Chicago, IL) and her B.A. in English from the University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD). Jackie is a certified high school teacher and in 2014, she was a Teacher of the Year Finalist in Sioux Falls, SD. Jacqueline has studied Hatha yoga under Nancy Hong (Organic Yoga Company) and the Himalayan Tradition with Deborah Adele & Ann Maxwell (Yoga North). Most recently, Jacqueline began her TT500 program at the Himalayan Institute (Honesdale, PA) TT500; she completed the summer segment in August 2013. As a TT200 graduate of Yoga North, and as an experienced & passionate teacher, Jackie will provide her expertise to the OYC 200-hour program by teaching sections of Teaching Methodology and Teaching Practicum. Jackie is particularly looking forward to developing bright young teachers who will continue to spread the good word of yoga.

Dr. Jenny Miller

A native of the Brandon, SD area, Dr. Kline earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Northwestern College of Chiropractic, Bloomington, MN in 2005. As owner & primary doctor of Innate Chiropractic, Dr. Kline has a passion for health, well-being, & nutrition and will bring her skills & knowledge, as well as her personal yoga practice, to the area of Anatomy.  Her practice includes chiropractic, acupuncture & craniosacral therapy. She has a certification in pediatric chiropractic. She is passionate about treating families & is continually amazed at the power the body has to heal itself. In her spare time, she practices yoga, is a disciplined runner (she completed her first marathon in 2007), & enjoys music, going to movies, reading books & volunteering with Girls on the Run through the YWCA. Jenny also loves spending time with friends, family & her lovely pets!

 

Dr. Cate Sommervold - Ed.D

Cate earned her B.A. and her M.A. in Biology from the University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD), and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN). She is the co-author of Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Communication and co-founder of Goodwin & Sommervold Consulting, a business that supports innovation in education. In addition, Dr. Sommervold has taught a wide variety of subjects in many different locations & settings; her passion is to instruct educators to how to teach with excellence. As a teacher of teachers and as a committed yoga practitioner, she will bring her incredible depth of experience, skill & knowledge to the areas of Teaching Methodology & Practicums. Specifically, Cate works with the TT200 students in feedback and instruction in a yoga course as well as provide support and guidance to the yoga teachers in training as they practice teaching.

Dr. Sandra Looney - Professor of English & Literature, Augustana College

Professor Looney teaches composition and literature classes, Shakespeare, and senior capstone courses in conjunction with professors of other disciplines at Augustana College.  Her area of expertise is British and American drama; her recent interest is Shakespeare performance. She has long-term interests in the literature of  India, China, and Japan. Recent sabbaticals have been in Oxford, England, and Dublin, Ireland. Professor Looney earned a Ph.A. in English at the University of Arkansas in 1973. She has been teaching at Augustana since 1964.

Dr. Looney has taught an Augustana interim course in India on culture, music, and literature 10+ times. She brings her extensive knowledge of Indian literature, including the ancient texts of the Bhagavad Gita, Rig Veda, and the Sutras to the TT200 program.

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