Meet the Movement Studio team

Jennifer Gunn

Jennifer Gunn

Aerial Yoga Instructor
Bio

Jennifer Gunn is a certified yoga instructor, trained in vinyasa, aerial, and restorative styles of yoga. Jenn began practicing yoga in 2000 as a form of movement therapy to supplement her ballet and dance studies, but soon transitioned to a daily practice of yoga as expressive movement and also a physical, mental and spiritual healing modality.

Jenn believes in the medicinal, transformative, empowering and healing benefits of the yoga practice. She is excited by the creative and restorative possibilities of combining yoga and aerial techniques. Jenn completed her 200 hour vinyasa yoga training in 2015 at Kindness Yoga in Denver, followed by aerial yoga and restorative yoga trainings in 2018 at Atherial Yoga and Fitness in Denver, in order to grow in her practice and to be able to share it with others.

She is continually learning and pursuing more knowledge, and is currently training in aerial arts and yoga Nidra. Her classes seek to balance active and restorative practices, using the aerial hammocks as a prop for yoga flow and incorporating breath work and meditation to cultivate vitality in the body, stillness in the mind, and peace in the heart.

Karly Sampsell

Karly Sampsell

Yoga Instructor
Bio

Meet Karly – An Omaha local and yogi. Karly holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, with a concentration of Exercise Science. In 2016, Karly completed a 300 hour internship with a local yoga studio. During this time, she studied the art of teaching yoga, studied the business aspects of owning a yoga studio, and taught several hatha, vinyasa, and yin style classes.

Following this, Karly spent a few years in California, where she deepened her personal yoga practice and studied nutrition. In early 2018, Karly became a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. Later that year, she completed the Exercise Physiologist Certification with the American College of Sports Medicine. Wanting to complete a yoga teacher training and immerse herself in the yogic community, Karly traveled to India, the birthplace of yoga, in early 2019. While there, she completed a 200hr Ashtanga/Vinyasa yoga teacher training. Karly continues to study yoga and wellness, attending both workshops and trainings.

Lisa Brown

Yoga Instructor
Bio

I’ve had a relationship with yoga for a decade, but for the last five years, yoga has been a vehicle for me to learn how to reconnect with my body after experiencing trauma. As a result, my classes are less focused on physical challenge and more about paying attention to what’s happening within. I completed my 200 hour certification in 2017 and am currently in a 300 hour study, both at Pranam Yoga Shala here in Omaha.

Annisa Dittmer

Annisa Dittmer

Yoga Instructor
Bio

Meet Annisa– Born and Raised in Nebraska with a vision of creating community through Yoga and Mental Health Awareness.
Annisa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an Emphasis in Mental Health. She was pulled back to her Yoga practice after years in the field of mental health. Her stress levels and health began to decline and she found relief through following the ancient wisdom and teachings of Yoga.

Annisa dove into all 8 limbs of Yoga after taking a step back from her chosen profession. She acquired her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Pranam Yoga Shala with the guidance of Libba Harmon and Lora McCarville. She is currently obtaining her 300 hr Yoga Teacher Training.

By working with the 8 limbs of Yoga, Annisa believes that the body, mind, spirit connection can push us out of survival mode and into a more joyful state of being. Annisa’s favorite pose is Savasana. There is no better time than now to find stillness and ease in a world that never stops turning.

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!

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 info@naturaltherapy.net.