Sally Brown Bassett, Ph.D. (Shakti)
Chief Passion Officer, Peace through Yoga
Dr. Sally Brown Bassett is a yogi, humanitarian, and world traveler. In 2003 Sally started a yoga and meditation center, Peace through Yoga, in the heart of one of the largest parks in the U.S. overlooking the trees and water. Her second studio is on Main Street in the quaint town of Zionsville, IN.
The Peace through Yoga centers also offer 200 and 500-hour Yoga Teacher Trainings and short-term humanitarian trips mixed with yoga and adventure to destinations like Costa Rica and India. Sally’s enthusiasm toward life as well as her creative and spiritual approach to yoga have been keys to her success. She is also currently an adjunct professor at Butler University teaching yoga basics and philosophy.
Sally has traveled to over 130 countries and has held numerous positions from airline stewardess to C.E.O. She went from the galley to the boardroom in 30 years in the travel industry. Trips eventually evolved to a mixture of volunteering (later to a term she helped coin called “voluntourism”). She completed her doctorate degree at Purdue University in tourism with the emphasis on international humanitarian work.
Sally’s desire has been to make more of an impact with global sustainable projects on the trips offered. Projects have included building a birthing center and an elementary school in Uganda, supporting a children’s home in India and a preschool in Kenya, and building a Halfway House and Bakery in South Africa.
In 2011 Peace through Yoga’s English Center and Library in a rural village in Costa Rica was established. Trips offered there include an afternoon working with the children. Funds are continually raised for a teacher’s salary, utilities, books, school supplies, scholarships, and other projects. Sally’s Resume
Carrie Ballard came to yoga in 2006 following a bicycle accident that caused her pain and discomfort in the head, neck and shoulder area. After going from doctor to doctor only to be left frustrated, still in pain and with more bottles of medication she decided she must become responsible for her own well being. After researching and trying a variety of exercises and diets she slowly started to figure out what was right for her and her body. She started with minimal asana practice and a large amount of meditation, and firmly believes in yoga as medicine.
Carrie has completed her 200 hour here at Peace through Yoga, and maintains a very strong personal practice. Carrie has also spent the last 8 years in Neuroscience studying pain, particularly head pain (migraines). Her Neuroscience background along with her ability to effectively manage her own pain has lead the way to a strong interest in yoga therapy. She really wants to help encourage people to take responsibility for their own health and help people maintain or gain more flexibility, strength and balance as they go through their daily lives. For private sessions at Peace through Yoga, please contact Carrie at cjballar4 [at] gmail [dot] com.
Inspired by the effects of yoga in her own life, Kristyn designs classes that explore the transformative power of a yoga practice. Influenced by a variety of styles, her classes include asana sequences, breath work, and information that examine the connections between strength and balance, attention and peace. Kristyn enjoys sharing yoga practice with people of all ages and abilities and having students experience an “I just did that” moment.
Kristyn went to her first yoga class because it was the only fitness class available on a New Year’s Day. She was immediately drawn to the connection yoga brings to body, mind, and spirit. Kristyn is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and completed her 200 hour training through Peace Through Yoga under the teaching of Christine Yovanovich.
Keema Cooper, Ph.D.
Dr. Keema Cooper has a Kripalu/Vinyasa Yoga teaching style, so students are given the option to explore and show compassion for themselves through flowing asanas (postures), pranayama (breath work), meditation (awareness), and deep relaxation. She is a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. Yoga has been her passion since 1997 and she has loved Teaching since 1998. She is also a practitioner of Reiki (Usui and Kundalini), SomaEnergetics Tuning Forks, Integrated Energy Therapy, Healing Touch, Sai Maa Diksha, and the Oneness Blessing.
While she has been self-taught for most of her Yoga career, she has been blessed to train under Lynda Mitchell, Judith Lasater, Rashmi Sue Jenkins, Randall Williams, and Stephen Cope. She enjoys teaching students of all ages, body types, and fitness levels. She teaches with beginners in mind, so there is no need to be shy. As Keema continues to grow as a Holistic Health Practitioner, she invites you to come and share this journey with her. Click here for more information.
Lisa has enjoyed practicing and teaching yoga in around central Indiana for over a decade. The seeds of the practice were initially sown into her heart and mind while living in the Sonoran desert of Tucson, Arizona, under the watchful guidance of Darren Rhodes at Yoga Oasis. She took this strong foundation with her as she moved to Indiana in 2002. Her yoga classes are a healthy mixture of effort and grace. She often includes breath work, meditation, affirmations, and chanting into the practice. She personally loves to practice Ashtanga and Yin yoga, mindfulness, and vipassana meditation.
Lisa is, first and foremost, a mother to four fun daughters. She writes periodically of sometimes profound, sometimes profane attempts to create and maintain a family yoga practice on her blog: www.familyoga.wordpress.com. She can enjoys playing a djembe and singing her heart out.
Addison Demaree is an international yogi and humanitarian working to promote inner and worldly peace around the globe. Her unique combination of philosophic and business studies at Loyola University Chicago empower her to transform a fiery passion for social justice into practical and sustainable solutions for the communities she serves. She humbly expresses her gratitude to the rich lineage of classically inspired teachers by whom she has been trained. She gained her 200 hour training from Acharya Bhakti White of the Shambhava School of Yoga in Chicago. During a three month spiritual pilgrimage in India, she completed her 500 hour Holistic (Akhanda) Yoga Teacher Training and Yogic Lifestyle Coaching program in Rishikesh, India with the World Conscious Yoga Family and Yogrishi Vishvketu. Her classes focus on developing the whole practioner – using yogic philosophy, breathing, chanting, meditation and creative posture sequences to create a balancing and healing class. She recently spent over a year teaching yoga at various Caribbean studios and retreat centers and developing an English and enrichment program for the children of a small rural community in Costa Rica. She has also traveled through England, France, Panama, and Nicaragua. From inspirational speeches in the recreation rooms of prisons in Chicagoland to jumping out of a plane in New Zealand, Addison has been blessed in being able to fearlessly follow her passions for yoga, travel and social justice. Addison is currently based out of Indianapolis and is available for yoga workshops and to speak on her experiences.
Lisa DeWeese earned her YTT200 certification in Peace through Yoga’s teacher training program. Her primary focus is making yoga accessible for people with all different bodies and skill levels. Lisa’s warm and engaging presence makes all her students feel confident and right at home.
“Yoga has made a huge difference in my life,” says Lisa, “physically, of course, but I have been especially surprised by the impact it has on my emotional and spiritual outlook. I want other people to experience this change in their lives. So many people feel a deep sense of shame about their bodies, because they don’t look like what someone else says is beautiful. But we are all beautiful and our bodies are so remarkable. I want to help people learn to love and appreciate the beauty each of us brings to the world.”
Kay Ecken came to yoga as a self-professed “runner who doesn’t stretch” just to spend time with her friend and mentor, Sally Brown Bassett. Since beginning her practice 10 years ago she has grown to understand yoga as much more than just a physical practice and is excited to continue studying the interaction of breath, brain and body. Her background includes undergraduate work in Exercise & Health Science and Psychology. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Peace through Yoga under Christine Yovanovich. Kay will be teaching beginning yoga and welcomes all yogis, novice to experienced! Come grow in community with us!
Mindi inspires her students to use movement as a vehicle to a deeper understanding of themselves and their purpose. Her own discovery of this path came by surprise in 1998. An avid cyclist and runner, Mindi was drawn to yoga to provide a way to move her body in any direction other than forward. She sought a workout in yoga to complement her other activities, but found instead an ages-old practice that balances her body and mind, opens her heart and brings a deep and lasting tranquility. As the senior vice president of marketing and communications for a large not-for-profit organization, Mindi finds more joy in motivating individuals through yoga classes and personal instruction than through a marketing campaign to thousands. Mindi is a 200-hour RYT instructor certified at Cityoga. She brings a personal touch and attention to alignment to her Slow Flow Vinyasa classes to help her students deepen their awareness so they may experience the fullness of life both on and off the mat.
Laura Fiddler is an Indianapolis native and a Butler University graduate–the very place where she began her yogic journey in 2009. After taking a yoga course in college and falling absolutely in L-O-V-E with the relaxing, mind-clearing qualities of yoga on the very first day, Laura has since continued to pursue the innumerable benefits yoga provides by practicing as consistently as she can. Wanting to share these strengthening, restorative, enlightening, and pleasurable benefits with as many people as possible, Laura became certified through Peace through Yoga in 2012, under the fabulous instruction of Christine Yovanovich.
Though the calming, connective effects on the mind and spirit are Laura’s most favored part of practicing yoga, she also greatly enjoys challenging her physical body to new limits. At the start of her teaching career, Laura has (thus far) focused on vinyasa style classes, but hopes to expand her instruction to other areas. She enjoys pretty much every single style she’s tried–from power to yin, stress relief to ashtanga, hot yoga to even yoga on a paddle board–you name it! Laura is thrilled for the opportunity to teach at Peace through Yoga and greatly looks forward to sharing the joy and knowledge of ancient yoga practice with others.
Victoria Kintner Griswold is a career violinist that came to yoga with neck, shoulder, and back issues. After the on-site yoga teacher at the Indianapolis Symphony left the position, Victoria became certified in yoga and became the new instructor of the class. Inspired by how yoga helped her and her students she began to research how yoga could help her young son with autism. Victoria became certified in kid’s yoga and took workshops in yoga for special needs kids. After seeing first hand the benefits with her son, she became determined to offered classes for special needs kids.
Victoria is a Yoga Alliance 200-hour registered and certified yoga teacher from “Peace through Yoga” and has certificates in teaching children’s yoga from “mini yogis” and “Every Kid’s yoga”.
Guided by her heart, Kristin came to yoga in 2011 after 25 years on the aerobic path. With asana as a practice of moving meditation, Kristin finds that in silent meditation yoga unites consciousness in the heart (Sutra 1.2) and awakens the true self. She enjoys both a daily asana and meditation practice and is blessed to be able to share her passion with others. Kristin and her daughter recently found deeper tranquility during a Peace Through Yoga exploration in Costa Rica. She hopes to continue this tradition with travel to India and beyond.
Kristin is a RYT 200 instructor and plans to further her studies in meditation, pranayama, and Sanskrit. She and her husband, Tom, are humbled by their two remarkable children, Nicholas and Gabriella.
As a mom of four, Amy truly appreciates how yoga can reduce stress and increase balance in life. She is most interested in and encouraged by the the healing aspects of yoga –physically, emotionally and psychologically. She began her yoga journey many years ago and practices daily. When she’s not doing yoga, you’ll find Amy writing, dancing, doing art with her kids, playing music with her husband or exploring the great outdoors.
Amy is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and received her 200 hour certification through Peace Through Yoga with the radiant Christine Yovanovich.
Christine Dolan Kessler
Christine was introduced to yoga 15 years ago and is dedicated to the belief that yoga is a holistic healing art which awakens vitality and dynamic potential within all areas of one’s life. She continues to experience, in awe, how yoga allows space for personal evolution to occur within the body and mind. Wisdoms of the Practice are the driving forces within her day-to-day life and fuel her passions to contribute to a greater good. Being a life-long artist, yoga is the greatest inspiration to Christine’s spiritually-based paintings which in turn, inspire her to further explore yogic philosophies.
Christine strives to create a sense of holistic harmony in her classes, fostering meditations within movement, honoring breath, and encouraging playfulness. She is a registered Hatha Instructor at the 200-hour level with Yoga Alliance and holds certifications as a Laugh-a-Yoga Leader through Satchidananda Ashram and through the YoKid Program. Christine teaches so she may learn, and looks forward to future trainings and humanitarian work through Peace Through Yoga. Christine is married to a fellow yogi who is the ultimate love of her life.
Audra began her journey with yoga at Peace Through Yoga in 2008. As a young person dealing with chronic back pain, allergies, and anxiety, she sought ways to find self-healing. She quickly found that yoga was a way for her to bring peace and balance into her life. Inspired by her teacher Christine Yovanovich, Audra kept practicing and learning, and in 2012 received her 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Peace Through Yoga.
Audra is inspired by Sri Swami Satchidinanda’s teachings and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. She strives to bring this inspiration to her students and into her personal practice. Audra personally enjoys mediation, as well as Yin, Restorative, and Vinyasa yoga. With a great interest in anatomy and alignment, Audra is eager to help her students safely enhance and develop their own personal practice. Also an avid studier of Ayurvedic medicine and aromatherapy, Audra enjoys being a life-long learner and is eager to bring this knowledge to her friends and students.
Patrick Kinsman came to yoga from rock climbing. He discovered Ashtanga yoga in Bloomington in the summer of 2004 and has never looked back. In May 2007 Patrick undertook teacher training at It’s Yoga in San Francisco and has been teaching classes around Indianapolis since July 2007. Patrick teaches both classical and modified Ashtanga yoga, the “Rocket” series, and creative vinyasa classes.
Patrick enjoys teaching inversions and other challenging poses, and thanks many teachers who have helped to develop his yoga practice, including Debby Harris, Wendy Gleckler, Clayton Horton, Matthew Sweeney and Kate O’Donnell.
Cindy is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher in Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Cindy came to yoga during a difficult time in life. She discovered the power of staying present, finding her spirit, and the happiness that is within her when she allowed. Her new mantra came from her teacher Yogi Bhajan, “Happiness is your birthright.” Her life has transformed with her consistent practice and the love of teaching others the power that is within themselves.
Cindy creates an atmosphere that is peaceful and healing as well as gearing her instruction to the level at which you are comfortable. A special edition to her classes is the playing of the gong. One student said, “The anger/fear I’ve felt for years was suddenly being lifted out of me. My entire body was paralyzed by this amazing sound and when I reminded myself to stay open to it, I felt like my hands and arms would lift off the ground. At the end of class Cindy struck the gong more lightly and I was able to come out of the state I was in and bring myself back to the present moment feeling refreshed and renewed.”
The first time Alli did yoga in 2005 she hated it! It was so different than any kind of exercise she’d ever done before. But she could not deny the physical benefits she felt from it, and stuck with it. Hate quickly turned to LOVE as she became more flexible and more grounded. Yoga has become an integral part of her everyday life and the more she learns about it the more she LOVES it!
Alli grew up skiing, hiking and biking in Salt Lake City, Utah and has always tried to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle as she’s moved all over the country. She met her husband in Laie, Hawaii 14 years ago and has tried to spread “Aloha” (LOVE) wherever she goes. She found teaching yoga three years ago as a perfect way to do just that and has had a passion for “spreading the LOVE” ever since!
Alli certified through Peace Through Yoga and specializes in teaching classes for teenage girls and children infused with her own motivational speaking style. She has created and taught unique themed programs for both, namely “Tall Ones & Small Ones”, “Butterfly Effect: Yoga for Teens” and “Kids Yoga ADVENTURES”.
Charlie Lucas completed his yoga teacher training at CITYoga School of Yoga and Health under the excellent tutelage of Marsha Pappas and Nikki Myers. Charlie found yoga as a means to strengthen an ailing lower back, studying at first on his own via books. After reconnecting with an old friend, he finally stepped into a class. Once on the mat, it became evident that there was a greater benefit of yoga in addition to the physical; the centering of the mind, body and spirit with the breath. As an avid student of philosophy and meditation, this former DJ weaves affirming themes throughout his practice with uplifting quotes and thoughts set to well crafted soundtracks. He draws upon his many musical influences to assemble his class play list. Selections from Motown, Electronic, Rock-n-Roll, Singer Songwriters, Reggae, Funk, World, New-Age, Soul, Classic Rock, Pop to Alternative dot his musical landscape.
Charlie keeps a light hearted approach to his teaching, encouraging students to smile, even laugh; to find joy within their practice. Charlie is also the creator of “80′s in the 80′s”: A heated yoga flow class set to the music and fashion of the early 1980′s. Charlie has been influenced by many teachers either via personal interaction in classes or videos and books. Some of his favorites have been Rolf Gates, Baron Baptiste, David Romanelli, Steve Ross, Matthew Sanford, Seane Corn, and Chris Roche. Ultimately, Charlie invites his students to breathe in the experience that is his yoga flow, get centered, and enjoy.
Audrey’s friends would say she has mastered the art of the no-nonsense nurture—a down to earth girl who speaks volumes straight to your heart. In a most soothing and gentle of voices that somehow demands attention with its firmness and honesty. Her style is casual as she strives to challenge and encourage her students so that they leave feeling grounded, empowered, and an overall sense of peace.
Audrey is a RYT with Yoga Alliance and has completed teacher training at Cityoga and The Yoga Center. Always a seeker to enhance her own yoga experience. Influenced by the teachings of Power Yoga teachers Rolf Gates, Bryan Kest, and Chris Roche. She is grateful to her humble and noble husband Joe and incredible daughter Annabelle who support her journey.
Laurie is an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) certified through Yoga Alliance. She is also certifed in Yoga Therapy and has assisted Nancy Schalk in the teachers’ training course. As a yoga therapist, Laurie has treated clients for injuries and certain medical conditions, including athletes.
Laurie is skilled in the practice of a variety of yoga styles, from the alignment-oriented Iyengar style to Vinyyasa and Anusara yoga. This blended background, along with her many years of experience and her passion for yoga, makes Laurie’s classes fun and engaging, as well as transformative. Although she takes her yoga very seriously, Laurie feels that a sense of humor with a sprinkling of yogic wisdowm helps her students “lighten up” and relax during her classes. She is delighted and honored to share the gift of yoga with anyone who has even a spark of interest in yoga and the many benefits it offers.
After practicing yoga intermittently for over 20 years, Marsha Pappas started teaching in the early 1992. Strongly influenced by the Iyengar style, Marsha found the more meditative style taught by Swami Satchidananda a better fit, and received her certification in 1996. She is now registered as an ERYT-500 with Yoga Alliance and continues her studies exploring the many dimensions of yoga.
With two certifications to teach Stress Management, Marsha has completed Level 1 in the certification process for iRest Yoga Nidra. Marsha now teaches weekly classes focusing on the stress-reducing benefits of yoga. Her classes are designed to help those who may spend hours in front of a computer teaching them ways to weave yogic principles into their already hectic schedules. Marsha also has classes teaching a more senior population and has seen first- hand the anti-aging benefits of yoga.
In addition to weekly classes, including “Chair Yoga” classes at the Indiana Women’s Prison and for adults with special needs. Marsha also teaches 200 and 500 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings.
Marsha serves as guest faculty at yoga teacher trainings and also leads yoga workshops in addition to speaking to employees to help them better manage the demands placed on them as they try to balance their work and personal lives.
Cheryl’s yoga journey began in 1985. She was looking for some type of gentle exercise that would stretch the muscles and maybe provide stress relief. She discovered yoga provided many more benefits. Cheryl was amazed at the over-all improvement in her health and well-being. She decided that teaching yoga would be an excellent way to share all of the benefits she had received from yoga through the years. Cheryl graduated from the 200 hour yoga teacher training at Peace Through Yoga. She is registered through Yoga Alliance and Indiana Yoga Association. She continues to pursue her yoga education by focusing on newcomers to yoga, stress relief, restorative and gentle forms of yoga.
Dona Robinson has studied many styles of yoga and has chosen to focus on a style of yoga that allows each unique individual to discover what is welcome in their body. The poses are adapted to fit the individual. Dona has practiced yoga for 20 years and has been teaching in Indianapolis for 12 years. She received a 200-hour training with All People Yoga Center in Indianapolis and a 500-hour training from the Viniyoga institute in California. She is registered at the 500-hour level with Yoga Alliance. She is a Certified Viniyoga Therapist and has presented workshops at the Interational Association of Yoga Therapists. Dona has been influenced by repeated study with American yoga greats Judith Lasater, Eric Schiffman, Gary Kraftsow, Sean Corne, Anna Forest and Johnny Kest.
Dona loves yoga for the way it has opened her heart and body. Her classes help students gain a sense of kindness toward their bodies and an ability to open to their own possibilities. Also a dancer, Dona practices Authentic Movement and has performed with Susurrus in Indianapolis. She taught dance and managed her own dance studios for six years. In a former life, Dona was a CPA—today she prefers helping people discover new ways of being in their bodies through yoga.
Cassie Stockamp is a dynamic and enthusiastic Vinyasa teacher who was trained under Nancy Schalk of Heartland Yoga in Indiana. She has enjoyed studying with Seane Corn (Vinyasa), Gurmukh (Kundalini), Brian Kest (Ashtanga), and also with many teachers while at the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh, India.
Cassie enjoys teaching a flowing and athletic form of yoga to help build strength and to improve balance and flexibility. She brings to the mat a Buddhist understanding of how to balance business and life pressures with mindfulness and has spent retreat time with Tich Nhat Hanh’s teachings in Colorado.
John Watts is the founder of Movement and Meditation, a mind/body/spirit coaching practice that awakens clients to the joy and power of the inner spirit. Combining motion practices (Yoga, Qi-Gong and motion coaching) and meditation, Movement and Meditation helps people of all ages find the physical balance and mental flow needed to live life to its fullest. John offers private sessions as well as workshops and retreats for individuals, schools, corporations and other interested organizations.
John completed his 200 RYT training at Peace Through Yoga in Indianapolis, and his Qi-Gong instructor certification through Tai Chi Healthways in San Diego, CA. John will graduate from the Mindful Education Institute teacher-training program in July 2013.
John is a member of the board of directors Peace Through Yoga Foundation and resides in Zionsville with his wife Shannon and their five children.
Victoria says she is on a personal mission to dispel the myth that Tai Chi is only for the elderly or the infirm. ”Tai Chi is for everyone!”, she explains, ” Tai Chi is a very accessible form of exercise. It can be practiced regardless of age, weight, or physical ability. The practice of tai chi over time has a significant calming effect of it on your mind and strengthens your body. I have better balance, am more flexible, sleep better, and have lost weight and inches since I began to practice it. And, I love how focused, relaxed, graceful, and beautiful I feel when I am doing Tai Chi. Being able to share tai chi with others and to see them benefit from the practice of it is such a joy to me!”
When she is not practicing Tai Chi, Victoria and her husband Robert (who live on a mini farm in Boone County with their dog and five rescued kitties) enjoy gardening and grow and preserve much of their own food.
Christine Cole-Yovanovich, B.A., E-RYT 500
Director of our 200-hr. Yoga Teacher Training Program, Chris teaches from the heart and is passionate about revealing the divine within all of her students allowing them to become the teachers the world is in such need of. After studying Medical Sociology in the Master’s program at IU, Chritine became most intereseted in the healing aspects of Ayurvedic Medicine and integrates the basic principles of this healing art into the 200-hour program in hopes that those suffering from chronic disease can find relief.
Chris has meditated since childhood. She began studying Kriya yoga in 2005 at The Self- Realization Fellowship located in Los Angeles, California. She is Kriyaban-eligible. She received her 200- and 500- hrs. yoga teacher certifications in 2005-10 respectively at Cityoga located in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is registered through Yoga Alliance and Indiana Yoga Association. She has been blessed to work with many seasoned and prominent teachers of yoga some of which include Todd Norian, Desiree Rambaugh, Ramaswami, David Swenson, Marsha Pappas, Sean Corn and many in Rishikesh, India. The styles of yoga most studied thus far include Kriya, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini and Anusara yoga, which are all Hatha-based.
Christine also leads the annual humanitarian trip to the holiest city of India, Rishikesh. There the group assists children in need at a school/home called Ramana’s Garden. This trip also includes access to The International Yoga Festival located on the grounds of the Ashram that provides the lodging for our travelers. All are welcome to attend this once-in-a-lifetime trip! Please visit this section of the website to learn more! Recently released is the album, “Women Like Us Don’t Give Up”, recorded by Christine. This album is available for purchase at our studios in Eagle Creek and Zionsville. One hundred percent of the proceeds go toward the much needed effort to provide proper shelter, clothing, and clean water for the children at Ramana’s Garden.
Bella – The Yogi Dog and PTY Greeter
Four and a half pound Bella is PTY’s official greeter and mascot. Bella is a Morkie—part Yorkie and part Maltise. If a yoga class is in session, Bella happily hopes into her pink carrier and takes a nap. When she hears the word “Namaste” at the end of a class, she knows she will soon be able to hop out, do her own downward dog stretch, and give licks to anyone who wants one. Three year old Bella has also benefited from the yoga environment with the calm atmosphere, the meditation type music, and the breathing techniques done by the students. Some people call it the benefits of Doga (Dog Yoga).