Organic Yoga Company Staff
All members of OYC's experienced & skilled teaching staff are registered yoga teachers through Yoga Alliance. For more information on Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification, visit: www.yogaalliance.org
NANCY HONG, E-RYT 500;LEAD TRAINER & OWNER
YOGA TEACHING EXPERIENCE
- Organic Yoga Company (formerly Yoga Dog Studio) 2005-Present
- Pastor's Conference E.L.C.A. (Fall 2014)
- Sioux Falls Pavilion Staff Yoga (2012-2013)
- Keystone Drug & Alcohol Treatment: '05-2007; '10-2011; 2015-Present
- Augustana College, Guest Lecturer on Yoga & Meditation '08, '10 & 2013
- Dance Gallery, Yoga Instructor, 2005-2010
- Avera McKennen Fitness Center, Yoga Instructor, 2005-2007
- Radiance Day Spa, Yoga Instructor, 2005
CERTIFICATIONS, CREDENTIALS & CONTINUING EDUCATION
- Yoga for Stress, Anxiety & Depression; Yoga North, 2015
- Somatic's Intensive: Yoga North, 2014
- 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 50o; M.ed.
Dana hestad; ryt 20o; RYT 500
Our Core 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Staff
Nancy Hong - E-RYT 500, Director of Teacher Training, M.A., M.Div.
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.