Quirky, innovative, and philosophy driven are three things that describe Rebecca Sebastian and her yoga teaching style. The Quad Cities’ first yoga therapist, and a long-time teacher and practitioner, Rebecca brings passion and knowledge to her yoga therapy clients, workshops, yoga immersions, and classes. As well as owning her own business she also is a mentor for new up-and-coming yoga teachers and yoga therapists as they find their way in this emerging profession. Find out more about her at rebeccasebastianyoga.com.
Robin Abbott is an occupational therapist, massage therapist and a practicing yogi for 20 years. She would NOT like to know what she would be like today without that 20 years.
Ashley received her YTT in 2013 from the Davenport School of Yoga, and she has been teaching yoga to all ages since. Within the last 6 years her style has diversified to include traditional mat classes, chair yoga, aerial yoga, and kids yoga in gyms, classrooms, and workshop settings. Correspondingly, during this time, Ashley completed her Bachlors in Psychology and her Masters in Educational Studies at Western Illinois University. Through this work she was able to study and work with professionals in the Yoga in Schools world. This passion for bringing yoga to all children, lead her to Co-founding the Quad Cities Yoga Foundation, a non-for-profit whose goal is “bringing yoga to the people, creating access for all.”
In my classes we will take a balanced approach to connecting our minds, bodies and breath. Personally my favorite part of yoga is finding what feels good in my body at the moment, exploring the edges of a pose and creating fluid movement where we may have been stagnant before. I love variations, and will offer lots of them! I believe we can start to approach any pose, as long as we do so with awareness and understanding and meet our bodies where they are. My main goal in class is to help you create a sense of peace and calm within, while exploring new ways to move and breathe in your body.
Sarah Stevens is a speaker, a writer, a business coach, and the founder of The Beautifull Project - a storytelling collective inviting women back to their bodies. She has been praciting yoga since 2010, having come to the practice hoping to change a body she had always considered to be "too much". After years of practice, Sarah discovered that yoga had managed to change much more than her physical appearnace, and credits yoga as the single most healing experience in her own journey of learning to belong in her body. Understanding her big body as an invitation to other people in marginalized bodies who may not feel like they belong in a yoga studio, Sarah decided to pursue the 200-HR CYT designation and began teaching in 2018. She is attentive to crafting classes that are accessible for every body type. Fat bodies, thin bodies, stiff bodies, bodies that can’t balance, bodies that won’t bend. They all belong.
Hello! I'm just a modern girl with a busy mind. Meditation and mindfulness have been game-changers for me and that's why I teach these tools to others. I've been a daily meditator since 2011 and a certified meditation and mindfulness instructor since 2013. Since then, I've taught couples, kids, school teachers, high-schoolers, executives, stay-at-home-moms, business owners, clergy, church members, retired folks, entrepreneurs... people from all walks of life to meditate. I am also a Mindfulness@Work Trainer and teach companies how to boost employee wellbeing and their bottom line by creating a more mindful workplace. My purpose is to help you live your life in high fidelity, which simply means showing up as the best possible version of YOU. The best way I know of doing that is by turning inward. Meditation is the key. Learn more here: www.cloudninemeditation.com
Born in Saint Louis Missouri, Alexander is an Academic Advisor, Portrait Photographer, and Certified Yoga Instructor. Most of what Alexander knows about yoga has been self-taught over two years and through the teachings of the Davenport School of Yoga’s 200 Hour Teacher Training Certification. What Alexander enjoys most about yoga is its aspect of self-actualization.
Hi. My name is Jacquelyne Cushman. I prefer the pronouns "she" and "her".
My story: I first turned to this practice when both Fibromyalgia and sexual assault left me clinically disabled. One day, with more cynicism than I’d like to admit, I scoffingly downloaded a yoga app. Insecurity thumping in my chest, I shoved my coffee table up against the wall, sat down on the carpet, and promptly proceeded to alter the course of my life. I won’t tell you that yoga fixed everything (how awesome would that be?!). But I will say I’m a lot happier, I will say yoga has become the foundation upon which I stand, and I will say that I passionately believe in yoga’s power to heal.
My vibe: I'm easy going, often irreverent, and occasionally even funny. Things that make me grin include: traveling, impromptu dance-offs, flexing my green thumb, and falling out of arm balances. Once in a while my now-ancient service dog visits the studio for a snack and a nap. I tend to focus on the everyday application of yoga as opposed to the esoteric, though I do love mindful chanting and will briefly do so in a lot of my classes.
My classes: Most of the time, you'll find me teaching "Dynamic Vinyasa", which means you can expect to actively flow between a variety of postures, both traditional and modern. I hope to encourage in you a curiosity about your body and we will spend a good deal of time finding your ideal alignment, as well as improving your muscle control. I'm a firm believer that working on your stability rather than your flexibility is the key to a sustainable, lifelong practice, and my guidance will usually lean towards playing the long-game. If you're interested in challenging yourself, playing with postures, and laughing when we fall, you'll love my classes.
Because a balanced practice involves both work and rest, I also occasionally lead restorative yoga, trauma-informed mindfulness practices, and practical breathwork.