Formerly The Yoga Studio of Johnson County

Yoga Teachers at Yoga School of Therapeutics

Scott Bergman

Scott Bergman
From early in his life, Scott heard from friends and family members that he had a gift for calming those around him with touch, his voice, or simply his energetic presence. His interest in subtle energy and embodiment led him to immerse himself in the personal practices of meditation, bodywork, and yoga beginning in 2002.

He received formal instruction in Vipassana Insight Meditation from the Unity Institute and Seminary, Theravadan meditation at the Rime Buddhist Center, Monastery & Tibetan Institute of Studies, as well as co-founding a local Integral theory and Meditation group in 2006.

Scott’s formal training in Body Somatics was acquired at the Midwest Institute of Bodywork and Somatic Therapy (2008) under the direction of Carmelita Beets provided him a tangible method to help others. This specific modalitywithin massage therapy directly targets structural body problems through the systematic release of constricted muscle; it restructures, realigns and re-educates our bodies in order to bring about healing and wholeness. He also gained extensive knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology through the study of NAMI personal training (2010). This background, in tandem with yoga training through the YogaSchool and mentoring with Suzette Scholtes and his intuition makes him an excellent somatic coach. In addition, he is an accomplished practitioner of Reiki, Somatic Respiratory Integration (SRI), and Access Consciousness-Bars. He is modest, yet brilliant in his understanding of both the science and abstract concepts and their application. Scott’s vision is to share the beauty of freedom from the many gifts of yoga and meditation.

As you get to know Scott, be prepared to enjoy his warmth, compassion, and bountiful knowledge which he freely emits to all who wish to study these powerful modalities. In addition to his continued practices of meditation, yoga and inner work, Scott is vibrantly present in family and community.  He is as an active, dedicated father to two teen-age daughters, the devoted husband to The Yoga School’s talented therapist, Kelly Crowe. He continues as a member of the KC Integral meditation group. Scott holds a full time job in information security and provisioning.

Kelly Crowe Kelly Crowe
Kelly Crowe Bergman enhances the Yoga School with a “triple role” of teaching meditation, yoga, and administering therapeutic massage.
She primarily practices formless meditation, also known as Vipassana or Dhyana; and provides instruction in a variety meditation techniques.  Her inner work has been most influenced by Sri Aurobindo, Ramana Maharishi, Adi Da, and Adyashanti.

Kelly's fascination with yoga began with famous Vanda Scarvelli, which inspired her to embody yoga's teachings. Learning a variety of styles with many teachers including a year’s immersion with the nationally renowned visiting faculty and Suzette Scholtes at the Yoga School of Therapeutics, Kelly shares a distinctive depth of experience with her students.

Her initial studies at Esalen and at Crystal Mountain School of Therapeutic Massage, in Albuquerque, New Mexico earned her national certification in 1998. Ongoing training allows clients to choose from many healing modalities when working with Kelly.  She uses Hugh Milne’s approach to cranial sacral work,  and is strongly influenced by eight years of  study with Donald Epstein in Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI) .  In addition Polarity Therapy, Access Consciousness-Bars, Myofacial Release, Reiki, and Ortho-Bionomy are among the skills that facilitate unique healing experiences.

She shares meditation and yoga practices with her chosen life-partner and soul mate, Scott Bergman. She holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Kansas with a focus in liberation psychology and cultural consciousness which emphasizes how personal paths lead to social transformation.
Kathryn Duncan Kathryn Duncan
Kathryn’s background in occupational therapy and knowledge of anatomy and physiology contributes to her teaching. Kathryn has trained with Suzette Scholtes, Aadil Palkhivala, Judith Lasater, Doug Keller, Paula Tortolano Self and Jamie Elmer. She is certified to the 500 hour level.  
Through her own practice of yoga Kathryn has found stillness and how being present in the moment is the pathway to love. Kathryn teaches yoga to extend her love by guiding others to experience the light within that teaches eternal truths and guides our choices.  She understands how this light is often dimmed through neglect or stress of our organic bodies. If you ask her family and friends, they will tell you that her advice for managing or healing a chronic condition, an ache or an emotional challenge is….”come practice yoga with me!”
Sharon Friedman Sharon Friedman, 500 - RYT
Sharon Friedman has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 15 years. She has multiple certifications including a certification from The Yoga School of Therapeutics, with Suzette Scholtes, Relax and Renew Certification with Judith Hanson Lasiter,a Viniyoga Teacher Certification with Gary Kraftsow and the America Viniyoga Institute and many visiting teachers over the years. Sharon’s yoga training combined with her years of experience as a certified massage therapist has resulted in a teaching style that is responsive to the unique anatomy of each student.
Sharon’s classes are for students of any age who are looking to find flexibility and strength through gentle but very deep body and breath work.  She creates a safe learning environment infused with positive affirmations that can be applied in real life situations.  In this way yoga empowers each student to be secure in the beauty of their own individuality.
For thousand of years yoga and yoga philosophy has helped people practice discipline, patience and acceptance. Sharon reminds us that These three practices and more have given countless generation the tools to respond to the challenges of life with adaptability and ease. Sharon’s passion is to share this wisdom she receives from her daily personal practice and continuing studies.
Theresa Goodman

Theresa Goodman - CYT RYT 500
Theresa’s passion for yoga radiates to her students. Devoting over seven years to the study, practice of asana and yoga philosophy, she merits over 3000 CEU’S in yoga training.

She has studied in workshops with master yogis including Doug Keller, Aadil Palkhivala, Judith Lasater, Elise Browning Miller, Donna Farhi, Paula Self, Rama Jyoti Vernon, and Gary Kraftsow. She received her teacher certification at The Yoga School of Therapeutics with Suzette Scholtes.  After suffering from sciatica and migraines from a cervical spine injury she turned to yoga to seek solace and peace in her life. Pain free today with the use of asana, mantras, meditation and breathing she shares her story to inspire her students. She advises students individually to meet their unique needs. In 2013 she was featured in a documentary "Art Saved My Life." The film testifies the light and healing power of yoga and movement arts.  

She is a skilled herbalist, nutrition specialist, and studies homeopathy. She is a mother of four boys and is a strong supporter of natural child birth and breast feeding; thus  Pre-natal and Post natal yoga are also  her specialties.  She serves as a teaching faculty member at The Yoga School. "Wellness of the individual is my priority,” she says.

Sudha Govindan - Yoga Teacher Sudha Govindan
Born and raised until early adulthood in India, Sudha was surrounded by yoga all the time. She has witnessed first-hand the benefits and the power of yoga practiced by my family members and how it helps their professions. She says, “With love of yoga, the best way to be more committed is to teach it.” Sudha notes she is fortunate to learn from Suzette Scholtes, Doug Keller, Aadil Palkhivala, Donna Farhi, and many other gifted teachers. “I want everyone to feel the powerful mind and body connection yoga brings. There is nothing more I crave than seeing students leave the classroom feeling and looking happy, calm and so peaceful.”
Kim Lacy - Yoga Teacher Kim Lacy CYT, RYT 500
Kim Lacy is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor and dedicated yoga practitioner. After graduating from the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco in 1989, she moved to Washington to study with Aadil Palkhivala and has taught for years at his studio, Yoga Centers, as well as at Yoga Northwest, director Ingela Abbott. She is immensely grateful for yoga and the yogi friends, students and teachers she has met along the way, has recently moved back to Kansas and is looking forward to connecting with the yoga community here. She teaches now in Lawrence as well as at the Yoga School.
Julia Lentz - Yoga Teacher Julia Lentz - Sub Teacher and Workshop contributor
Julia’s warmth and quiet confidence transfers to her students making her a loved and popular teacher. She has immersed herself in various Hatha yoga traditions since 1997, including Kundalini, Iyengar, and Vinyasana Flow. She concluded in-depth training with Saul David Raye at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice, CA; as well as completing her certification with Shiva Rea at the same school in 07-08. She takes time to travel east to complete her studies at Duke University’s Yoga Therapy Intensive with their Center for Integrative Medicine. This specialty focuses on working with seniors. Her other important teachers include Aadil Palkhivala, Doug Keller, Lisa Giroux, and Suzette Scholtes. This gifted teacher has been teaching yoga classes in the Hickman Mills School District and has led a series of therapy classes for the Yoga School. She brings to the classroom her rich knowledge of yoga combined with exceptional intuitive understanding of yoga as therapy. She brings to the classroom her life lifelong experience as an educator, her rich knowledge of yoga combined with exceptional intuitive understanding of yoga as therapy.
Nancy McMillin - Yoga Teacher Nancy McMillan C.Y.T, RYT 500, Relax and Renew® certified
After serving as a substitute teacher during her apprenticeship at the school, Nancy became a regular teacher in 2006. Having discovered yoga in the early 90s Nancy is aware of the powerful effect yoga has had on her life. She firmly believes no matter one’s age or physical limitations, a focused practice can be life changing. A commitment to life-long learning challenges, motivates Nancy in her own study and in her teaching. In her classes she strives to make certain each student experiences a deeper awareness of their own body that will enable change and growth through their practice. She is grateful for inspirational teachers who give so much of themselves as she continues her own journey. She witnesses community forming between students and teachers with each giving and receiving equally. Regular attendance at workshops given by Aadil Palkhivala, Doug Keller, Judith Hanson Lasater,, Paula Tortolano has been invaluable in her continuing growth.
Jan Schmidt - Yoga Teacher

Jan seeks to help others optimize their health and well-being by helping them discover the resources within their bodies, hearts and minds to live healthy and fulfilling lives. In 1996, after several years of demanding much from her own body as an athlete and group exercise instructor, she turned to yoga in search of healing and balance. Through this process, she discovered that yoga is so much more than a form of exercise, but truly a way of living.

Jan holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, personal training certification from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and has 30 years of experience in teaching group exercise classes. Soon after discovering the gifts of yoga, she started sharing what she was learning in her group exercise classes and personal training sessions, specifically working with the breath and cueing for body awareness. She had the privilege of entering formal teacher training with the Yoga School of Therapeutics in 2012 and completed her 500 hour certification in April 2013. She is gifted at teaching asthanga, traditional, and therapeutic yoga to all ages and body types.

Suzette Scholtes - Yoga Director

Suzette Scholtes, CYT, E-RYT 500
Teaching yoga and meditation since l984, Suzette founded The Yoga Studio of Johnson as a formal corporation in l994. She also serves as Director of Teacher’s Training. Suzette says to teach one must be committed to service while keeping a sense of humor. Her studies continue this day in advanced trainings across the country.

Suzette’s community service has brought recognition in both awards and press. Her published works include a current column in KC Wellness Journal. She previously wrote a monthly column for Enlightened Practice Magazine. Her other published non-fiction material on health and wellness has appeared in many national and regional magazines. Her audio tape “Yoga Balance” was published by New Leaf, Atlanta, in l996. She was awarded for her non-fiction work in l989 by Writer’s Digest Magazine.

In 2006, she was hired by KU Medical Center to lead a study on yoga’s effects on Parkinson ’s disease where she relied upon her 12,000 hours of training to create new yoga therapeutics. Suzette’s presentations on yoga and health have been received by such groups as the Kansas University School Nursing, The American Business Women’s International Conference, Wyandotte County Mental Health Association, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Unity Church and more. She leads yoga workshops and conferences in many others cities, including an annual presentation in Wichita, Kansas.

Suzette says that an effective teacher helps students empower themselves to create wellness in body, mind, and emotions.

Peggy Welkner

Peggy Welkner
Yoga found me and my life was changed forever. I fell in love with yoga in all its various forms, and decided the best way I could honor this ancient practice was to teach it to others.

I love all types of yoga! I have a tremendous passion for restorative and therapeutic yoga. I can also appreciate a slow, beautiful heartfilling flow as much as an uplifting, invigorating vinyasa class. I found yoga at a time when I was recovering from a major illness. The grace and power of yoga helped heal me physically, emotionally and spiritually. I feel strongly that yoga should be accessible to everyone and I work hard to help my students accommodate and overcome any physical or emotional resistances. Through the use of props and creative thinking there is always a way to make a pose work for each person!

I am also very passionate about yoga for kids and love to teach children’s yoga. I have two beautiful children, a ten year old daughter and a seven year old son, and I love to do yoga with them. There are so many benefits to yoga for our kids! Yoga can help children cope with stress and become more aware. It gives them tools to help get through the more difficult parts of their day while also developing their self esteem.

I also believe deeply in giving back with yoga. I currently teach yoga to a group of special needs adults at Green Express Studio. It is such a rewarding experience! I also head the Volunteer Yoga Program at Rose Brooks Center for Domestic Violence in Kansas City and was just recently designated as their Wellness Volunteer of the Year.

I believe deeply in natural healing and nutrition. I have a great deal of experience with food allergies and love to help people with dietary restrictions find food alternatives.

Outside of yoga, I love to spend time with my husband of 22 years, my children, my dog and two cats. Professionally I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Technology in Graphic Arts.  Prior to my yoga career, I spent fifteen years in marketing and sales for the insurance benefits industry.

The Teacher of Yoga

Challenged by a gathering of a variety of students, how does the teacher present the yoga experience for the many body-types present?

The skilled teacher knows that teaching is seeing. The sight, first scientific, broadens to a sense of something greater than self. The orchestration of postures taught is a complex mix of vertical and lateral and spiraling movements originating from grounding the bones. This cannot be discussed or lectured but must be felt by the student. The more the student finds resistance, the more probable the release.

Beginner and teacher are equal, especially in the sense that the origin of energy does not discriminate. The complex paradox of release and resistance ultimately is governed by choice. The positive ego-I as opposed to the negative ego-I is willing to grow, commit, stretch, and expand without prejudice from past experiences. There is obvious knowing within yoga asana. However, new territories are presented and from the new perspective, the student may choose to venture more deep or more broad, or more centered or not.

Thus the teacher of yoga presents a complex science and art. It demands of a teacher an ongoing practice of observing and exploring yoga in its many forms. Without it, the teacher may become dull, predictable, or self-focused.