INSTRUCTORS

Shannon Wadkins, Owner

After growing up in the world of dance competitions, Shannon began her instructing in group exercise classes approximately 15 years ago; teaching Step Aerobics, Cardio Kickboxing and Pilates. In her personal life, she cultivated a love of yoga when she was 8 months pregnant with her son in 2003.

From that moment on, Shannon recognized that the most important benefit of yoga was that it relaxed her brain by increasing her patience and ability to focus. 

Having three children under the age of seven when she started practicing, she really enjoyed the silence and introspection that the one hour of yoga gave her each time she practiced.

She began to be an avid student and decided to obtain her 200 hour certification. It was then that she began sharing her love of yoga as an instructor. Trained locally in an Astanga-based program, Shannon enjoyed the repetition that Astanga provided that enabled her to see her personal practice grow.

Shannon then began to incorporate her background of dance into her yoga sequencing during her Vinyasa-based classes. The intermingling of the balance, strength and flexibility that flowing through a routine requires really resonated with her. She works hard to provide an all-level sequence that enables both new students and seasoned practitioners to find their edge by giving many modifications and enhancements to the sequence. You’ll find all types of music in
Shannon’s classes. Depending on the theme, it could be drum beats or Led Zeppelin. You may even hear songs from today as well as traditional yoga-based music.

Shannon attends training and classes whenever she travels to continue her path as a student.
Elizabeth Breinich

Yogi Elizabeth fell in love with the practice of yoga, after discovering the positive physical and mental benefits it brought to her life. In January of 2012 Elizabeth completed her first certification through Yoga Fit and immediately began working with students. Thirsty for more training and a desire to be able to work with people on a deeper level, Elizabeth completed her 200-RYT teacher certification at Tapas Ashtanga Yoga Shala.

At the One Tree Hot Yoga Studio, Elizabeth is passionate about encouraging people to respect and take care of their bodies. Her Vinyasa style classes are alive with energy and encouragement for every practitioner. Elizabeth strongly believes yoga should be accessible to everyone offering classes for both the beginner and advanced student. Come and join her at One Tree where you can expect an opportunity to explore yoga challenges and share in the positive yoga community.
Jordan Chappell
My passion for yoga started four years ago. I moved out to New Jersey to be a nanny and decided to expand my horizons to meet new people and try new things. I did hot yoga almost every day during the week while the girls I was a nanny for were at school. I fell in love with everything about it. I knew then I had to be an instructor. I decided a year and half ago to move back to the Midwest to start my career as a teacher. I started practicing at One Tree once I moved back, and last January I decided to become a yoga certified instructor. I also did my training through One Tree and continue to teach and practice there.
Michelle Clarke
Michelle Clarke, a single mom of 2 boys, always finding herself on the go. Born and raised in Davenport; been working in the hospitality industry for 30 years she loves being around the public and making new connections. Yoga was something not in her future, but back in August 2013 she had a softball injury. Who would have thought she found One Tree Hot Yoga Studio. Having encouragement from her brother-in-law, she came to her first class Oct 25, 2013. Michelle starting coming every day; sometimes twice. Michelle fell in love with the challenge and the athletic. As time passed Michelle became more connected to her inner self. Yoga was starting to allow Michelle to find time outside her hectic life. One Tree became not just a place of practice, but somewhere she took time for herself to seek peace and personal growth.
Michelle continued her daily practice, then found herself taking the first certification class offered at One Tree Hot Yoga. In May 2015 Michelle was became certified with the 200 RYT. She teaches a Vinyasa flow and continues to work on her own practice and patience. Michelle has been given opportunities through the studio to teach at local colleges/venues. This encourages her to share a life passion and invites future yogis to step into a world of mind, body, and soul.
Jennifer Farmer

My name is Jennifer Farmer, as an active person I was searching for something different and discovered Yoga. Since the very beginning I can tell a difference in my mood, anxiety, health, stress level and mental focus when I am practicing yoga. I am a big fan of variety and I tend to mix things up when I am leading a class. I deeply enjoy the outdoors and being in nature. In additional to being highly active I love to be with my family and friends. I desire connectivity which I find in relationship and the connections between mind, body and emotions all which can be nurtured during a yoga class. I started practicing yoga in 2014 and received my certification to teach in 2016. I believe this people are an important part of our community and would love the opportunity to provide vital physical, mental and emotional wellness and resilience to this community. Yoga is a journey of the self through the self to the self. 
Ann Steward

Steward has been studying and practicing ashtanga and vinyasa yoga since 2008. She resonates with the history and tradition of ashtanga and the physical and mental benefits that come with daily practice. In addition to ashtanga, she also loves hot yoga!

Ann completed her 200-hour teaching certification in 2014. She has always been very social and supportive of the area yoga community and couldn't wait to share her appreciation of yoga through teaching.

Ann's favorite aspects of teaching are connecting with students and writing challenging flows. She excels at teaching asana technique. If you ever want to talk yoga, she is your girl!

In addition to practicing at One Tree and with many local teachers, Ann has grown her ashtanga practice through the teachings of Evan and Kelly Harris, Daylene Christiansen (Miami) and Yannis Avramidis (Houston). She has also learned from David Robson (Toronto) and Tim Feldmann (Miami).

Non-yoga scoop on Ann is she is a former accountant and MBA holder. She is married with three children (Belle, Will and Eleanor), three rescue dogs and some rescue cats. They live on a farm near Walcott, where she also has a photography studio. She loves her family and friends, traveling, the beach (who doesn't!?), Nashville, The Golden Girls and kickboxing.


Heather Larsen

Heather Larsen found yoga after a series of stressful life events. After her first practice she fell in love with the way yoga made her feel both physically and mentally. As a person who occupies a very busy mind and has a lot of energy she found benefits in the mindfulness of her practice to be very rewarding. In October 2015 she completed her Teacher Training at One Tree Hot Yoga. She immediately joined the team and has been teaching at the studio ever since. 

With a BA degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa and a Primal Health Coaching Certification, she has been able to combine her passion of yoga with her desire to help others reach their optimal health. Heather teaches a Vinyasa flow that assists students in finding mindfulness in their practice by connecting breath to movement. As a Health Coach she uses an integrated approach to educate, motivate and guide clients towards maximum vitality. She believes yoga is for everyone and that it is a life style that allows its practitioners a balance between body, mind and soul.
Jordan Moore 

Jordan Moore found yoga by being in the right place at the right time. She was discovered hula hooping in Vander Veer Park and was offered to teach hooping classes at One Tree during Summer 2013. Within the next year, she began practicing yoga religiously and committed herself to a 200 HR RYT. Since completing her teacher training, she teaches and practices daily in and out of the studio. Outside of yoga, shei s a full-time student at Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences and is earning her degree in Respiratory Therapy. She plans to return to school for a second degree in Nursing and combine her knowledge in clinical practice and yoga practice to improve physical, mental, and spiritual health for all students.
Brooke Eckhardt-Lee

Brooke began practicing yoga in 2010, she loved it and wanted more, her busy schedule put yoga on hold until 2015 when One Tree Hot Yoga started its first Teacher Training program. It seemed like a logical fit with Brooke's background in massage therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture, which she practices in Bettendorf, Iowa. Brooke teaches massage therapy at Capri College, she is an instructor of anatomy & physiology, pathology, kinesiology, Thai massage, prenatal and infant massage. She also has been teaching CEUs for LMTs for the last few years. Brooke finished the 200-RYT in May for 2015 and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She has been teaching Foundations, Beginner and Yin/Restorative at One Tree Hot Yoga since she finished Teacher Training. She has also taken Yin I and II classes in Omaha, NE and is currently working on her certification . Brooke has also taken classes on line with Yogamazé. Brooke has a strong desire to learn and instruct, she loves teaching foundations, core work and guiding people through their body awareness. Yoga was the perfect piece to the rest of her passions.  
Mary Stolze 

Mary Stolze discovered yoga in 2010 when a friend invited her to attend a class. At first yoga was a complimentary workout to the regular cardio/strength exercise regimen she followed. As she became more present, she learned the transformative effects of yoga. Inspired by One Tree Hot Yoga instructors she completed the RYT200 teacher training at One Tree.  

A Registered Dietitian, Mary has always been interested in nutrition, wellness and health. Mary has experimented with various styles of yoga but loves the creativity and limitless options that the vinyasa flow style allows. Restorative yoga has been her greatest, most rewarding personal challenge, learning to align the physical and mental aspects of yoga by practicing stillness and gentle movement in asanas.
Aaron Washington

Aaron Washington began practicing yoga in early 2006 after years in the medical field and in athletics including collegiate football and volleyball, as well as 2 years of semi-pro and arena league football. 

Like most beginner yogis, he had trouble finding the deep connection of yoga immediately. After many years connecting with the tradition at various studios in the Quad Cities and Chicagoland area, his passion for the discipline soon flourished and he received his Yoga Instruction certification via Yogafit in August of 2011. Since then, Aaron discovered a practice grounded in his life experiences in the medical field, athletics and those learned through various instructors and workshops - including training with Katie Schuver and Cole Morrow, RYT. More recently he received his 200hr Yoga Alliance certification at Davenport School of Yoga under the tutelage of Jeani MacKenzie. 

Aaron’s instruction is fashioned after the breath, flow and strength of yoga and the belief that yoga is for everyone. His instruction promotes that "the fear of failure is a self-imposed limitation". There is No Frustration, No Competition and No Judgment in your own yoga experience.



Becky Nakashima Brooke
Becky began taking classes at One Tree Hot Yoga in March of 2016. She fell in love with it immediately and after 10 months decided she wanted to become an instructor as well. She has just completed her Barre certification and loves what Barre brings to her yoga practice. Barre brings strength to your yoga poses and yoga brings flexibility to your Barre practice. Becky is also a mother, wife, small business owner, Reiki Master and Teacher, and dōTERRA Wellness Advocate. She enjoys how yoga and Barre balance out her life. She believes that self-care is essential and enjoys teaching yoga, yin, and Barre to our students.

Marie B

Originally from upstate New York, Marie has been dancing professionally for several years, performing with ballet companies in Massachusetts, Los Angeles, Kansas City, and, currently, with Ballet Quad Cities. She holds a BFA in dance performance from the conservatory of music and dance at University of Missouri - Kansas City and is a certified Booty Barre Plus instructor. She was first introduced to barre classes at her Pilates studio, while recovering from dance related injuries. Marie's class combines techniques from Pilates, dance and yoga, and focuses on proper alignment and biomechanics. It is efficiently designed to sculpt and lengthen the body, as well as blast calories with added cardiovascular elements. With an energetic and encouraging teaching style, Marie is dedicated to helping each client achieve their individual fitness goals. She will keep students moving, sweating and smiling from start to finish.



Britta Alpen
I started my yoga journey after undergoing knee surgery in 2011. I was determined to reap the benefits of it for my balance, strength, flexibility, and aerobically to continue my collegiate soccer career and started my journey with Bikram Yoga. After graduating and moving to Chicago, I found that I was desperate for that physical release again because work and life were just too stressful.
After finding the studio that truly felt like home, I turned into the yogi who attended two to three classes a day and every workshop I could get my hands on. At this point in my journey, I found how vital the mental aspect of vinyasa flow became in my life. Following some encouragement from the studio manager, I dove into my 200 hour vinyasa training in 2015, expanded into Yoga Sculpt, and the Extensions Program offered by CorePower Yoga in 2016. Most recently, I added Barre to the mix.
You can guarantee a solid sweat, eclectic taste in music, and a different challenge to help increase your balance poses, chattarungas, and aerobic endurance in one of my classes. If you find me outside of yoga, I am usually finding some way to be active, cheering on my favorite sports team, working, studying, hanging out with my friends and family, diving into a good book, or traveling. 



Courtney Lyon

Courtney has been practicing yoga in the QC area for over ten years. A native of St. Louis, she grew up training in classical ballet and pursued a successful professional ballet career after college. She is passionate about guiding students of all levels towards their personal goals of health, wellness and mindfulness through the practice of yoga. She recently completed her 200 hour teacher training through One Tree Hot Yoga.


Emily Kate

Emily Kate first started practicing at One Tree Hot Yoga in 2014, and found yoga to be the perfect complement to her background in ballet. In June of 2017 she took her first barre class at One Tree and was hooked! As a result, she decided to merge her dance background with her love of group fitness and her passion for teaching by obtaining her International Ballet Barre Fitness Association (IBBFA) level 1 instructor certification. She is excited to help students achieve the physical and mental benefits of barre as part of the One Tree team.



Carolyn Naeve

I was always in every sport growing up, but when I went to college I rarely kept any kind of fitness routine. I really started to get back into fitness, mainly running, in 2010 when I moved to Florida. Upon returning from Florida I ran my first BIX 7 and my first (and only!) half marathon in the summer/fall of 2013. It was at that time I realized that my body needed more than just running, something less high impact on my joints on a consistent basis. I began to do a variety of other things including biking and weight training, but it wasn’t until my best friend recommended One Tree Hot Yoga that I had ever considered doing yoga. I started on my yoga journey in the fall of 2014, and I’ll be honest, at first I didn’t think it was for me, but I kept with it, and I am sure glad I did. It truly has made a big difference for me mentally, emotionally, and physically and it was just what I was needing, and what I still need.

In the summer of 2017 I completed my 200 Hour Teacher Training through One Tree Hot Yoga and joined the team upon completion. I truly appreciate the connections I have made as a student and a teacher at One Tree, there is something uniquely beautiful about everyone and you truly get to experience that though yoga and in this studio. I am just beginning this part of my life journey, but I am excited to see where it takes me!



Bettinna Bolger

I LOVE Dancing & LOVE Fitness but I have a total passion for teaching, I never get tired of passing and sharing my passion. In Dancing and Fitness, I find my true self, there is nothing hidden, every class I teach is a brand new experience, a new journey, I take the participants along with me to explore cultures and rhythms, but we also open individual doors of inner freedom. We give ourselves the permission to find our physical strengths and also our inner diva or for guys, the “Spanish matador” Fierce and powerful, we allowed ourselves to express and discover our power and our vulnerability. I started dancing at the ages of 6 in my native country of Venezuela and at the age of 16 done with HS and waiting to start college, I discovered fitness. I don’t remember my life without any of these two activities. In 1993 I came to the USA and the first thing I did after I was able to speak some English was to ask a friend to take me Dancing downtown Chicago. Now 24 years later, I still do but my English is better looking! Yes, hablo Español and I can proudly say: “an almost perfect bilingual” with an accent. I don’t see myself doing anything unless am able to Dance, Train and Teach.



Sonia Gillen

My love for yoga started 3 years ago while attending a Buti yoga class. I couldn't seem to find an exercise regimen that could keep my interest and I was bored with the monotonous gym routine. I instantly fell in love with Buti yoga; the music, the energy and the camaraderie. I wanted a deeper knowledge and understanding of where Buti derived from so I started taking classes at One Tree and couldn't get enough!
Shortly thereafter I completed my 200 RYT at Nadi Yoga in Clinton, Iowa (2016) and then was certified in Buti Yoga (2017). 

My practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and more fearless both on and off of my mat. Yoga inspires me to live more mindfully.
With a B.A. In Social Sciences and my love for helping people, I am able to combine both of my passions! 



Dean Kugler

I have been involved in mma for over 19 years, both actively fighting and training fighters. I began this journey in 1998 under the guidance of Pat Miletich, the 170 pound world champ at the time. Having been a wrestler growing up, I found that mma gave me a chance to continue in a sport that put that training to use. I eventually started training and cornering other fighters as well as coaching high school wrestling. While the sport has given me an opportunity to travel, train and make friends from all over the world, it hasn't proven to be very friendly to my body.  

In 2014, my wife, Marybeth, convinced me to try a yoga class. Aaron Washington was the instructor and I was hooked. Marybeth describes Aaron's teaching style as "traveling in the wake of his experience" and I couldn't agree more. After that I found that so many of the other teachers here were wonderfully engaged in their own practices and brought that passion and engagement to their teaching. Needless to say, I was hooked. It was my desire to start doing something that, while still very challenging, didn't take more from my body than it gave. I still have some physical limitations due to the injuries from fighting but I am continuing on my journey and finding small victories almost every time I practice.  

Last year I approached Shannon to see if there would be an opportunity to expand the offerings of One Tree to include a fitness class using the knowledge I have gained over the years. The result was a mix of kickboxing, muay thai and plyometrics called HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training. It is both impact and cardio based and is held in one of the heated yoga rooms to the background of high intensity music. I love teaching this class and seeing both the growth in my regulars as well as the excitement and learning that happens with new students. 


Danny Banas
 
Even with a wide variety of interests, yoga has remained Danny’s “go-to” cross-training for a number of sports, including: running, open-water swimming, rowing, ballroom dance, soccer, water polo, cycling, and lifting weights.
 
While Danny first began practicing yoga ten years ago, it wasn’t until last winter that yoga became his primary activity. After 23 marathons, going farther and faster meant having to slow down and build back from the basics. Accordingly, lacing up running shoes turned into a daily routine of coming barefoot to his mat.
 
“Regardless of the activity -- or inactivity of something like sitting at a desk all day – yoga provides the perfect opportunity to focus on body mechanics and alignment.”
 
Danny recently completed his 200-Hr Yoga Alliance Teacher Training here at One Tree Hot Yoga during this summer’s intensive training course and is also working toward his MBA at the University of Iowa. 

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