Meet the Movement Studio team
Carolyn BeneckeYoga Instructor | LMT
Linda Gabriel, PhD, OTR/LTai Chi/Qigong Instructor
Rae MintenYoga Instructor | LMT
Chandel WeissPilates Yoga Instructor
Kristi SchusterMovement Studio Coordinator | Yoga Instructor
Nathan BrumbaughAerial Yoga Instructor | LMT
Carolyn’s journey with yoga began in 2003 when she went to her first yoga class at the Omaha Yoga School, and was under the teaching of Margaret Hahn, Meredith Busher, and Carly Cummings to name a few.
She realized that yoga wasn’t just about the physical postures, it went much deeper into the emotional and spiritual aspects of life as well. It taught her to be grounded and focused in life, as well as in her massage therapy practice that she started in 2000.
She often says- “If I didn’t do yoga, I couldn’t do massage, it balances me physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”
She finally decided in 2014 that being a student of yoga wasn’t enough, she needed to share all that she’s learned through this wonderful practice. She found an amazing 200 hour teacher training program at One Tree Yoga with Gabe Hopp, and Alison King-Tiggs.
Graduating in May 2015, she has found her niche teaching Yin style yoga, which helps people find patterns of tension in their bodies, and learn to let go, much like what she’s been teaching her massage clients since 2000. She doesn’t have a favorite yoga pose, because there are just too many good ones, but if she had to choose just one pose to do everyday, it would be Supta Baddha Konansa.
Linda Gabriel, PhD, OTR/L
Kristi found yoga after high school when she was looking for a new workout and something to take the place of dance. The physical benefits of yoga were what first appealed to her, but it was the therapeutic benefits that drew her in and sparked her interest to go deeper and continue down the yoga path.
During an extended period in Asia, she completed her 200 hour teacher training in Goa, India under Gaurav Malik. When returning to the States, she found interest in teaching private lessons to clients struggling with physical and emotional blocks, helping them move beyond them and showing them the benefits of yoga beyond the mat.
Kristi has continued her yoga education and has completed her Level 1 Aerial Yoga Teacher Training. She currently spends most of her time running operations at Natural Therapy and the Movement Studio, but still occasionally teaches private lessons and pop-up classes. She loves introducing people to yoga and showing them that it can benefit everyone no matter your size, age, gender, ability, or shape.
Nathan moved from rural Iowa to Chicago to pursue a life as an artist. He received a BFA in Dance from Columbia College and there he was introduced to Yoga. The benefits from Yoga made Nathan more interested in eastern philosophies.
Nathan moved to SanFrancisco in 2001 and his world blossomed with art and science. He worked with avant-garde arts: touring around the world, dancing, flying in aerial performances, clowning with circuses and physical theater companies. When he wasn’t training or performing, he was studying Yoga, deepening his practice. Janet Stone, and Darren Main were huge mentors while he studied at San Francisco Yoga Tree. He was introduced to Judith Lasater and was enlightened to restorative yoga.
In 2006, Nathan continued his education becoming a certified doula. He has a very special connection with infants and expecting families. Realizing how much work he was doing with his hands, it was obvious that pursing a license in massage therapist was the next venture. In 2011 he received a massage therapy license from Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy, and recognized nationally by NCBTMB. The following year he continued his education becoming a Certified Mindful Expressionist, specializing in deep myo-tissue restructuring from Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy, and later a certificate of contemporary cupping methods from the International Cupping Therapy Association.
Nathan has his own health and wellness practice, Buddha Madre. He still produces, directs, writes, choreographs, and performs in venues all over the world. He loves to create spaces for others to explore and discover more about themselves through movement and play, allowing people to find homeostasis within their physical and mental self.
Nathan recently moved to Omaha and is excited to share his new passion of aerial yoga. To Nathan, holding space is the beginning for creating change and balance to ones life and self. Drawn by the energy of Natural Therapy, Nathan was ecstatic to learn about how many therapeutic practices Natural Therapy provides. He knew immediately that he wanted to share his practices with this growing space. Everything Natural Therapy has to offer encompasses exactly what Nathan was looking for when moving back to the midwest.
Natural Therapy Movement Studio is always looking for qualified and seasoned instructors to lead weekly classes and monthly workshops. If you are interested in being a part of the Natural Therapy Movement team or working with us on a workshop, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.