Yoga Teachers

Authentic Yoga Practices… taught from the hearts of compassionate teachers

 

We offer a variety of Yoga Classes to suit beginner and advanced Yogis in hot, warm, and normal temperatures. Our teachers are Yoga Alliance RYT Certified, compassionate and each share their love for Yoga in their classes!

 

Teacher Bios

 

Alli Steinke

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Alli Steinke discovered yoga during her first pregnancy in 2008 and has never turned back from this life changing PRACTICE. After completing her 200 hr RYT early 2013 she continued apprenticeship at Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing for over 5 years. She is also the founder of the Fishers YMCA Water Yoga Program. This is an innovative practice combining yoga in the comfort of a heated pool allowing people who normally might not be able to practice on land enjoy the countless benefits of yoga.  In addition she teaches prenatal, yoga for kids, offers Mommy & Me classes and assists YES to Vets (Yoga Education and Services for Veterans) under the guidance of Nancy Schalk.   Her passion is sharing the light and love experienced through yoga with everyone she meets. Alli focuses on a fun and playful style that is inviting to all walks of life from young to old and everyone in between.


Andrea Ballard

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Andrea discovered yoga after a serious bout of Post-Partum Depression with my first daughter.  She was hooked after her first class and started a regular practice for 2 years before committing to a teacher training.  She completed her 200hr with Barb Badger and Marsha Pappas; she loved it so much; she finished her 500 hour Yoga Alliance Cert as well. Since then, she has studied and trained with Sri Pattabhi Jois , Suddha Wexler,  Gary Krafsow, Sean Corn,  David and Doug Swenson, Rolf Gates, Dr. Rudolph Ballentine,  Justin O’Brien, Collette Crawford, and Marsha Wenig to name a few. Andrea is accomplished in many styles of yoga including Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga; and has been teaching Prenatal Yoga over the past seven years. ” I have seen so many friendships flourish from class and what an honor to see these beautiful babies brought into this world!!”


Casey Vanputten

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Casey VanPutten is originally from Schaumburg, Illinois but has been living here in Fishers for the past seven years. She enjoys doing yoga, zumba, and being outside with her husband and two children in her free time.  Her love of sports has allowed her to play at the collegiate level, and coach both basketball and softball at the high school level. Casey holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in school counseling.  She has worked in dual language programs, special needs programs, and as a high school guidance counselor. Casey is extremely passionate about helping others and creating awareness of alternative healing modalities.  As an EFT Practitioner, she is now teaching a modality that has not only changed her life but the lives of those around her.  EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), also known as “tapping,” has been scientifically proven to reduce stress on the body.  When certain acupoints are stimulated by a person tapping on them with their fingers, the amygdala (the part of the brain in charge of the stress response) is turned off. This allows the brain to think differently about events that might create fear or anxiety such as a sports performance, an illness, a speech in front of the class, or a major exam, etc. It can also help to bring healing to events in the past such as the death of a loved one, an assault, divorce, or the witnessing of a tragedy. EFT is slowly becoming more mainstream in the U.S. as professional athletes, motivational speakers, and gurus such as Oprah Winfrey have begun endorsing it.

Erin Smith

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My yoga journey began at an Ashtanga studio in Ohio. Walking out of my first class, I remember feeling a sense of peace and calm. Yet, at the same time I was alive with energy that I had never felt before. It was love at first “om!” Years later, these sentiments keep me returning to my mat as a student and as a teacher.  My yoga practice continues to guide me through the challenges and joys of my life. I am passionate in my journey towards a balanced yoga practice.  I enjoying teaching and attending warm and hot vinyasa classes.  I love challenging postures like inversions which help me connect with my child like spirit and face my fears.  I equally enjoy teaching and attending yin classes. This practice is very challenging, but in a different way, a quiet power!   I truly felt like I found the missing piece of the puzzle when I attended my first yin class.  I am so grateful to the lineage of teachers in my life.  I am humbled to be a part of our beautiful yoga community where we can all Flourish!

Heather Parish

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My path to yoga was by no means a clear one.  After years of helping a close family member struggle through addiction and then going through a difficult time in my own life, I found myself at a rock bottom.  Ready for a new beginning, I went to my first yoga class and found exactly what had been missing in my life.  After a few months of daily practice and everything intuitively telling me that I should pursue teaching, I decided to enroll in YTT at Flourish.  The challenges that I had faced, the twists, turns, and experiences that had turned me upside down were exactly what needed to happen to give me the tools to find my purpose.  To me, being a teacher allows me to share the love and awakening that yoga has given to me in my life.  My teaching is a reflection of how far I’ve come, and is my opportunity to share the beautiful practice of yoga and gift of self love with others.  I am humbled that yoga found me and gratitude for this practice, my students, and my teachers is what I allow to lead me to my mat each time that I practice.  I believe yoga to be a lifelong practice and in the power of connecting body to movement with breath. I look forward to every opportunity to share this practice with anyone who finds themselves on their mat in my class!


James Jafari

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Jen Xanders

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My journey crossed the path of yoga around 1995 as I looked to create a healthier lifestyle.  It has been an ever evolving and changing experience that has deepened and enriched all aspects of my life. I began the practice of yoga to get stronger, and somewhere along the way realized Yoga can heal not only the body but also settle the mind. As a teacher, I look to encourage students to reconnect with their bodies and intuition; helping them realize how powerful, loving and happy they are beneath all the junk they don’t need. My teaching style is physically challenging and a compilation of every teacher and student I have had the joy of practicing and studying with. Expect to sweat, smile and let go of the outside world. Peace.


Jessie Friskney

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Jessie found yoga when her husband gave her gift certificate to a local studio.  From her first flow she was hooked and wanted to share her passion for yoga with others. As a practitioner, Jessie loves teaching not only the physical benefits of a regular practice, but also sharing the mental benefits too.  A diverse yogini, she finds beauty in the fluidity and mindfulness of a soulful vinyasa-flow for beginner, intermediate or advanced students.  Jessie also works with baby boomers to see limited mobility as an opportunity to find a new flow in their lives with gentle chair yoga and pranayama techniques.  Jessie is a wife, mother and avid traveler.  When traveling, she often finds that the best part of the trip is finding a yoga studio and enjoying some time on the mat with the locals – proving that yoga is the same in any city, country or language. Jessie completed her 200 RYT at CITYOGA with Nikki Myers, Marsha Pappas and Dave Sims.


Kat Dora

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Kat started practicing yoga while in college.  Being involved in dance and athletics her whole life, she was drawn to the physical nature of yoga.  However, she soon discovered that yoga not only provided a challenging and balancing workout, but also a challenge and balancing for her emotional and spiritual self.  In 2013-2014, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program through Shamrock Wellness, under the direction of Eric and Linda Banter.  She continues to enjoy discovering her journey and seeing her students’ journeys unfold through yoga.


Kelly Bland

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Kelly began the practice of yoga for exercise and soon discovered the value yoga has in her life. Yoga has enriched the relationships in Kelly’s life and bought her so much peace. She has practiced yoga for over ten years and decided to make the commitment to become a yoga teacher in 2015. Completing her RYT training in 2016 at Flourish Yoga and Wellbeing Kelly wants to share the joy she finds in Yoga with others. Her hope is to encourage students to connect their body and their mind, helping them realize the benefits of letting go of what no longer serves them and opening themselves to the possibilities. Kelly continues to value her own practice and seeks out new opportunities for growth as a yoga teacher.


Kim Nasir

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I took my first 200 hr Yoga Training in 2004 and again in 2009 with Eric Paskel.  I journeyed with him to India to study Vedanta with Swami Parthasarathy at the Vedanta Academy. I’ve attended many workshops and retreats to continue my studies of yoga. With this practice of yoga, connecting breath with movement, leaving behind our past and without anticipation of the future, I hope to help inspire  transformation , love and courage to become our best self.


Meg Faber

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Meg Faber brings her passion for yoga into teaching an energetic yet beautifully peaceful class.  Meg’s objective is to offer a yoga experience as a complete exercise and workout program for the body as well as the mind.  Meg has been practicing yoga for years and has taken her love for this form of total health and awareness and physical training, and turn it in to a career. She received her yoga teacher certification with the exceptional instruction of Ann Miller and Dona Robinson, and she has completed the YTT 200 hour course. Meg also has studied dance throughout her life including through her college studies.  She also has a B.A. in English.  After spending many years in corporate human resources assisting corporate executives and employees find balance in the workplace, Meg now directs her energies to the restorative power of yoga by teaching it to and sharing it with others.  Meg’s class merges the yoga styles of Hatha and Vinyasa (Vinyatha).


Meg McNamara

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Meg McNamara, 200-RYT, is a Flourish Yoga and Wellbeing graduate.  She has practiced yoga for many years and wanted to share her love of yoga with her students.  She is a Special Education Teacher and works with Life Skills students. Meg wanted to incorporate all the benefits of yoga into her classroom. Yoga provides support both physically and mentally for all people. Her students were given opportunities to practice strength, flexibility, balance and breath.  After teaching yoga to her students for a few years she decided she wanted to deepen her own practice and complete the course work for yoga certification. Meg’s journey continues to inspire her to share her love of yoga with all.


Mike Finn

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Mike began practicing yoga in 2007 as a means of augmenting his existing fitness regimen.  He soon discovered that the physical benefits, while considerable, were only part of what yoga had to offer.  In 2010 he completed the Yoga Alliance 200 hour teacher training certification at Invoke.  Mike finds that yoga helps him handle the stress associated with work related travel which has taken him to every state except Alaska.  This same travel has allowed him to pursue his yoga practice in a number of states.  Mike is grateful for the teachers, classmates and students that have and will continue to inspire him.


Rosa O’Connor

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Rosa began her yogic journey several years ago.  Having enjoyed different forms of exercise over the years, Rosa was feeling the desire to explore a deeper discipline.  Going to classes sporadically and using videos seemed to be resonating.  It wasn’t until her “guru” said to her, “You need a teacher, Mom!”, that she got serious about expanding her knowledge of the practice.  In 2007 she completed her 200 hour teacher training guided by the renowned Nancy Schalk.  Yoga conferences & workshops with master teachers continue to enhance Rosa’s knowledge and desire to share her passion for the ancient art with others. Rosa’s intention is to help the student tap into the physical, mental & emotional realms of the being.  Modifications are offered to complement different body types and needs for all ages of practitioner. Her classes are a creative presentation of a combination of asana (postures), appropriate for all levels of experience; as well as meditation and pranayama (directional breathing).  These limbs of yoga are intended to bring a calming, peaceful, nurtured sense to the mind, body and spirit.


Stephanie Forestal

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Stephanie Forestal began her yoga practice in 2003, after suffering from post-partum depression following the birth of her second son.  Laying in savasana at the end of her first class, she was overwhelmed with a feeling of relief and gratitude at having found something “that worked.” She practiced sporadically over the next few years, and became more dedicated to her practice again in 2012 after a change in life circumstances.  Since then, she has been on a journey to create more balance in a stressed-out and hectic life with three sons, finding once again that the calming breath, mindfulness, and physical practice of yoga helps bring joy and peace to everyday life.  Stephanie received her RYT-200 training at Cityoga in 2015, and hopes to use the ancient teachings of yoga to help others realize the practical application of the mind-body connection.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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