Meet the Movement Studio team!

Karen Bahr

Karen Bahr

Aerial Yoga Instructor
Bio

Karen fell love with yoga in 2001, when she discovered a wonderful teacher and practice with Caroline Hinrichs at Prairie Life. In 2005, she decided to pursue yoga teacher training in an effort to find a healthier lifestyle. She found that and so much more when she attended Susi Amendola’s 200-hour teacher training at Omaha Yoga & Bodywork Center.
 
She soon after discovered partner yoga and acro yoga and spent several years co-teaching classes and workshops with colleagues and friends, Brent Bloom and Mandy Ryle (Sound Method Yoga). One day in 2013, Mandy Ryle showed Karen a video of aerial hammock yoga. Karen immediately started taking classes with Lyndi Rongish at Aerial Bombshell in Omaha. After studying with Lyndi for a year and half, Karen attended Level I & Level II Aerial Hammock Yoga teacher training at Aircat Aerial Arts with Cathy Gauch in Boulder, Colorado. She has been teaching ever since and loves it!
 
She enjoys introducing people to the freedom, fun, and playfulness of swinging, hanging upside down, and flipping over in a hammock.

Carolyn Benecke

Carolyn Benecke

Registered Yoga Teacher - RYT 200
Bio

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

Linda Gabriel, PhD, OTR/L

Tai Chi/Qigong Instructor
Bio

Linda Gabriel is an occupational therapist with 42 years of experience; the last 20 plus years teaching occupational therapy at Creighton University. She formally retired from Creighton in 2016 although continues to teach part time as an adjunct instructor. Her interest in tai chi began 10 years ago when she began learning tai chi for her own benefit. It didn’t take long to realize the tremendous potential of tai chi as a mind body practice that could meet unmet physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of people in Omaha.
 
Her initial training was with Tricia Yu in Taos, New Mexico in Tai Chi Fundamentals, a program designed for people with limited experience and those with health challenges. She also completed the certificate for training in Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance in Omaha.
 
Most recently, she completed the 1st year of training in the Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi in Boston with Peter Wayne, PhD, author of the book The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi. Linda has also engaged in considerable self-study. She received a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy in 1973, a master’s degree in special education in 1983, and a PhD in 2001 in medical sciences.
 
Linda brings her knowledge of anatomy and physiology, psychology, spirituality, motor control and motor learning, and activity analysis to her teaching. She also has the experience of teaching adult learners in a way that maximizes success and confidence, regardless of the person’s abilities.

Rae Minten

Rae Minten

Yoga Instructor
Bio

Rae was initially encouraged to try yoga by a friend who suggested that it would help improve her posture. The experience was love at first class. After 27 years of practice, yoga has come to hold a central place for her, offering guidance and support in her emotional and spiritual life as well as her physical well-being.
Wanting to share the amazing gifts of yoga, Rae completed a 200+ hour teacher’s training at Prananda Yoga in 2007 and is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. The following year, she also became a certified Pilates Mat instructor with the Pilates Method Alliance. In 2009, Rae studied with Judith Lasater to become a certified Relax and Renew® Trainer. Rae completed a 200-hour teacher’s training at One Song Yoga with Denise Payne in 2010, and in 2011 Rae studied with Paul and Suzee Grilley to become a certified Yin Yoga instructor.
 
Rae has continued to expanded her offering by studying healing through the use of Essential Oils with ArōmaTouch and Energetic Healing with Reiki. After studying with Bill Flocco from the American Academy of Reflexology, in Los Angeles, CA; Rae is a certified Reflexologist as of June of 2013. In July of 2014, Rae graduated from the 800-hour massage program at East West College of Massage & Healing Arts with a focus on Thai Massage.
Rae continually make an attempt to explore and expand her understanding of the body, most recently through the lens of Traditional Thai Elemental Theory with Gretchen Hogue at Akasa Thai Healing Arts and Nephyr Jacobsen of the Naga Center. Gaining this knowledge of Thai Element Theory, understanding the elemental imbalances, helps Rae tailor a classes and bodywork treatment for each client’s unique elemental state.
Throughout all her practices, Rae encourages you to move towards a place of health, awareness, and growth in a safe and supportive environment so you can Feel Better!

Chandel Weiss

Chandel Weiss

Movement Instructor
Bio

Hello everyone! My name is Chandel Weiss and I am a total Yogi! I am originally from The Black Hills in South Dakota, and just made the move to Omaha in June. On my free time you can find me doing yoga of course, but also hiking, camping, or just exploring, and doing it all with my Fiancé Derrik!
 
I teach yoga because I feel it is a form of healing, discovering, and finding one’s self, and I love sharing that with others. I am so excited to be apart of the Natural Therapy Movement Studio, and hope to see you all in class!

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 team or working with us on a workshop, please contact us at info@naturaltherapy.net.