Meet the Movement Studio team

Carolyn Benecke

Carolyn Benecke

Yoga Instructor | LMT
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 | LMT
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 makes 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

Pilates Yoga 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!

Kristi Schuster

Kristi Schuster

Movement Studio Coordinator | Yoga Instructor
Bio

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 Brumbaugh

Nathan Brumbaugh

Aerial Yoga Instructor | LMT
Bio

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.

Meaghan Barr

Meaghan Barr

Aerial Tricks Instructor
Bio

Meaghan is originally from Staten Island, NY and moved to Omaha, NE in 2015. As a mental health professional, she originally sought out aerial yoga as a form of self care and body consciousness. She began practicing aerial hammock here at Natural Therapy with Karen Bahr and quickly fell in love with the flow and freedom the hammock offers.

Meaghan focuses on aerial tricks and flips and loves the full mind and body challenge of accomplishing something new. She recently completed a 3 day aerial hammock teacher training and is thrilled to share her love for the aerial arts with others. She invites you to come fly with her and experience the joy for yourself!

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.