Yoga Class Schedule
Cardea Health Integrative (CHI) and Nature studio were mindfully designed from a science-based perspective.
Our goal was to place emphasis on as many healing modalities in the design as we could. Many patients state they feel different energy as they walk through the beautiful wooden arched doors (ca. 1910’s architectural salvage from Spain). If you study closely, you will see the attention to detail, eco-friendly materials, reusing and reinventing items form the stable’s past. You may feel calmer, just by being here, immersed in nature. Studies show that hospital patients exposed to nature actually experienced quicker recoveries and that spending time in nature can even be a predictor of longevity. Just 5 min in nature can improve self-esteem and mood, reduce anxiety and depression and can even decrease symptoms of dementia.
The design is based on the concepts of “Biophilic Design”,
which draws in nature, resets your circadian rhythm, and studies show can elevate your mood and even lower you heart rate and blood pressure. In our fast paced world, we wanted to offer a space to S L O W down and be present, grounded, and in touch with mother earth.
From heated cork floors, healing crystals, happy sunshine lightbulbs (simulate sunshine and affect neurotransmitters), NASA approved Filtration plants, air purifiers and therapeutic grade essential oils; the healing modalities are endless. The natural light and forest views, enables one to escape reality and watch the birds, deer, “Otis and Frieda” (our peafowl), and free range chickens. Perhaps you choose to stroll through the medicinal garden and feel the energy released from the living plants or sit alongside Stonehenge (Elmhenge). We also felt passionate about adding halotherapy- our 16 sq. ft. salt lamp panels. They have a calming & detoxifying effect and can support the nervous/lymphatic systems. Additional benefits are reduced stress and headaches, increased energy and improved sleep patterns.
We welcome you to our mindful, therapeutic; health infused home-let your healing journey begin.
Meet our Nature Studio Team
A yoga practitioner since 2010, Amy completed her 200-hour Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training in Portland, Oregon in 2015. In 2017, she completed an Adaptive Yoga Training with Mind Body Solutions in Minnesota. She has taught in diverse settings, from backyards to chapels to rock gyms. As her journey on the mat has continued, she values the groundedness and awareness that the practice enables off the mat. Amy emphasizes supportive, strength-building alignment and active breathwork, with classes focused around a theme. With a background in psychology and theology, Amy invites students in her classes to care for their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. She is committed to opening yoga to people of all abilities, drawing on her decade of experience supporting people with diverse abilities. In addition to yoga, Amy rock climbs, cooks with produce from her CSA box, creates cards and lingers in nature.
Education and Certifications:
- Reiki Master: Your Light Within, 2012
- 200 hour Hatha Yoga: Yoga District, 2013
- 50 hour Restorative Yoga: Yoga District, 2014
- Advanced Alignment Workshop: Bernie Wandel- Yoga District, 2014, 2015
- 500 hour, Hatha Raja Vinyasa, Sri Dharma Mittra, 2017 (in internship process)
For Rachna, teaching and practicing yoga is pure passion. She loves to share the practice of yoga with children, teens and adults alike. With over 20 years of practicing and 13 years of teaching, Rachna continues to learn, share, and connect with others. Rachna enjoys many types of yoga but her top picks are Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative Yoga. Outside the studio she enjoys wholesome cooking, time with her family, traveling, hiking, reading, poetry, creating mandalas, and other free forms of art.
“Yoga is the emergent light that shines into your soul and radiates out into the world. It is a sacred dwelling inside your heart where mind, body and spirit become the essential harmony of your soul. Yoga is a promise of beauty blossoming every day. “-Rachna
Certifications & Training:
-200 hour Essential Yoga Open Sky 2006 (Iyengar-Inspired Hatha)
-200 hour Essential Yoga Open Sky 2016 (Iyengar-Inspired Hatha)
-Relax and Renew Restorative with Judith Lasater 2008
-Rainbow Kids Yoga 2011
-Para Yoga Nidra 2020
-Continuing Yoga Education and Workshops
To supplement her knowledge as a National Council on Strength and Fitness CPT, and her studies at Buffalo’s D’Youville College for Exercise Science and Chiropractic, Nikki chose to pursue further education in yoga. She is in the midst of completing her RYT 200 through Sacred Paths Yoga, with a focus on Hatha and restorative yoga. It is Nikki’s belief that movement can be both medicine and meditation, and she hopes to share her love of nature, yoga and other fitness modalities with her community.
Certified in Iyengar Yoga, Justine has a deep understanding of alignment and a solid foundation in technique. As a snowboarder, surfer, and outdoor enthusiast, she brings dynamic athleticism and energy to every class. Her uplifting energy and detail in crafting each class, creates an open environment full of healing, learning, and growth.
Nancy is a pediatric Occupational Therapist who specializes in working with children with developmental delays and those with autism spectrum disorder. She is certified in Pediatric Yoga through Radiant Child, and sees the daily benefits of incorporating yoga in her treatment sessions. Yoga assists her students with coordination as well as to become aware of their bodies. Through the use of controlled breathing exercises, Nancy observes a significant increase in her students’ focus and attention.
In her free time, Nancy’s interests include gardening, making jewelry, spending time with her husband and dogs, and traveling to California to visit family.
One such challenge came in the form of a major car accident leaving her badly injured and, with the help of a medical team and family, yoga guided her steps towards recovery.
She renewed her love for her practice again years later while pregnant. From the physical health benefits to the mental clarity and focus she gained towards childbirth, yoga once again supported her journey through life. Following the birth of her daughter, she began to formally train in the Hatha style of yoga. She is 200hr Certified, but will always approach life with a student’s perspective.
As an Instructor, she hopes to suggest safe movements by providing anatomy based cueing. She incorporates breathwork in an effort to find focus within the mind. Lena values guided and silent meditations in practice to help harness an ongoing train of thought, learning how to work with and perhaps, accept it.
While in college, Aris developed a love for yoga, and is a RYT Registered Yoga Teacher. It was a way for her to move, release stress, and tap into a peaceful place in her mind that she hadn’t experienced before. Her relationship with yoga began with the Bikram practice, but has expanded to many other areas, including Hatha, Flow, Vinyasa, Yin, and many others. Aris began her Yoga Teacher Training in 2015 and received her certification in 2016 in Hot Yoga (similar to Bikram) and Hatha Yoga. She has an appreciation for all forms of yoga and is always eager to learn more.
While on a yoga retreat in Bali, Indonesia, Aris was inspired to dedicate her life to the health and wellness of others. She decided to quit her full-time job so that she could focus on sharing her love for yoga through teaching. She also began her training to become a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach at this time, where she is learning how to be a guide for others to become the healthiest versions of themselves – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
In Aris’ classes she encourages a focus on the breath throughout the asanas – seeing the practice as a breathing, moving mediation, and approaching your practice with love, patience, acceptance, and gratitude.
Ashley holds a Master’s Degree in Health Education and an undergraduate degree in Health and Wellness. Ashley owns her own small business as a Certified Birth Doula and continues to seek her true passion of inspiring women in her community through yoga and birth advocacy.