Bonnie Jensen Meyer
E-RYT 300, Master R-HYI 500 - Founder/Owner/Lead Instructor for 200-hr YTT
I tried yoga for the first time 14 years ago. Being a fitness instructor for 15 years, I just wanted something to “cool my jets,” and to be honest, the first few yoga classes that I attended I found to be incredibly boring. But still, I kept going back, always rolling up my mat early and skipping the relaxation/meditation part. I really had no desire to be still and be alone with my thoughts,though eventually I realized that the slow down was what I needed the most in my life. I needed to slow down, to make time for stillness and INVITE the sweet whisper of my Creator and completely surrender to His grace. That’s when things got messy. And messy — messy is good. Messy is where the magic happens. It’s in this void, this emptiness where we realize that we are broken. And in this state of brokenness, we can either reach for our Creator (or in some cases, let Him reach for us) or we can deny Him. I’ve done both.
Thank goodness we have a relentless GOD, and He pursues each of us with a fierceness that penetrates the darkness of this world, and he will meet us wherever we are. I knew I couldn’t keep this to myself, and so the birth of Studio 4:8 unfolded;
Studio 4:8 in name and mission strives to deliver classes with the intention of tuning out the world’s frequency, and tuning into God’s frequency.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
** Bonnie is the founder of Studio 4:8 yoga located in Lincoln, NE and is the director of training/lead instructor for Studio 4:8 School of Yoga: Lincoln’s only Christ-Centered Yoga teacher training program.
Places/focus of study include: Shoshoni Ashram- Colorado, “Jesus at the Core” through Holy Yoga – New York, Therapeutic Touch Training, through Holy Yoga – Irvine, CA, 200hr RYT-Yoga Alliance-Lincoln, Ne, Restorative Yoga Certification through Bhadra Yoga in Omaha. 300-hour through Holy Yoga, 500-hr Masters-HYI Holy Yoga, Yin Yoga-True Nature School of Yoga, San Diego, CA, Restorative Yoga: Bhadra Yoga, Omaha, NE, Thai Yoga), and Holy Yoga Touch Therapy: Holy Yoga, Irvine, CA
Emy Lynn Wood
Social Media/Website Manager
My yoga journey began at 16 looking for something to help my back pain and to balance my weight lifting. I practiced off and on till college, when my practice became more about stress management. I’m naturally flexible but have tight hips and feel clumsy about being upside down. Joining Studio 4:8 changed my yoga journey and was my life line during the last few semesters of college. Each class offers variety, individualization, and a safe space to grow.
After graduating from Union College in May 2017, I got married and moved to Colorado where I am now the wife of a Seventh-day Adventist Pastor. Together we love living in the mountains and caring for our three churches. While not in Nebraska anymore, I still enjoy helping Bonnie with social media and the website. When not doing all things yoga related, you’ll find me behind the camera or editing photos for my photography business.
See you on the mat!
I took my first yoga class as part of a theatre intensive when I was in college and started practicing regularly about 10 years ago. I began teaching gentle yoga at a retirement community in 2013 and just completed my 200 hour RYT training in April 2016. I am so grateful to be joining the Studio 4:8 community where we can practice yoga in a Christ-centered space. Although I love the health and wellness benefits of the physical practice, it’s during the time times of stillness that He truly restores my soul.
Off the mat, I love participating in community theatre and vocal music, spending time with family and friends, play dates with my grand kids, and sharing outdoor and travel adventures with my husband. I look forward to seeing you on the mat to practice and together experience the Prince of Peace!
I’ve been doing yoga off and on for 10 years, but it did not become such a huge staple in my life until the opening of Studio 4:8. I originally sought out yoga not only for the physically health benefits, but more so for the mental health benefits…..as a way to free my mind from the endless stream of everyday thoughts and worries. (I’m a natural born worrier )
Why I choose Studio 4:8 is because it is like no other. Before Studio 4:8, I had never experienced a studio where EVERYONE is comfortable and accepted at all levels. Learning is strongly encouraged and nurtured, and there is never a feeling of competition or judgment. It is truly about my own practice, bettering myself, and getting closer to God in a way I’ve never experienced before.
One of the most black and white aspects of my life is my yoga practice. And thank God because I am really good at second guessing myself, over-analyzing situations, and generally being a hot mess. But the first time I stepped on a mat eight years ago I was hooked. As a Christian practicing in secular studios I would often drown out the teacher and go into prayer. I loved the breath with movement and how it left me feeling so alive. Four years later I received my 250RYT teacher certification through Yahweh Yoga and it completely revolutionized my yoga practice. I had finally found the yoga Jesus bridge. My practice has allowed me to find stillness when life is raging, keeps me playful, reminds me to be gentle with myself and accept myself as I am today. But more importantly, allows me to connect with my Creator on a deeper level than I had ever experienced before.
When I’m not on my mat, I enjoy traveling the world with my posse, hiking, drinking copious amounts of coffee, gardening, and doing weird hippy stuff.
When Laura walked into her first yoga class over 16 years ago, she had no idea where the journey would take her. Now Laura truly loves yoga and how it enriches her life. As a healthcare professional for over 20 years, Laura finds that teaching yoga is just another extension of how she can help people reach their true potential.
Laura is a licensed 200 level certified yoga instructor.
“As a yoga instructor I want people to feel accepted, welcomed and loved. My style of yoga is Vinyasa flow and I love inversions, leg balancing and victorious asanas that leave you feeling strong both physically and mentally.” Laura also enjoys creative freedom in her practice.
Laura lives in Lincoln with her husband Kristian and their five children. She loves music, reading, traveling and Jesus Christ.
Long story short: I saw Hugh on the mat and became awesome.
The real story: I probably exercise more than the average person. I tried out a beginner yoga course and realized I had lost a lot of my flexibility. After a few practices it was evident I was pushing through my physical dysfunctions (resulting in injuries) and I needed a system to address these issues. The beginner course ended and I tried out Studio 4:8, barely able to get my hands past my knees. The inflexibility in my hips, spine, and legs had many repercussions—some of which I’m still working through.
I made yoga a mainstay in my exercise routine and in 2016 finished an Ironman Triathlon without any exercise related injuries!
Studio 4:8’s God centered focus took out the stuff that I don’t get about other flows and brings together a lot of folks that are now my friends.
Essentially if you come to Friday FAC, here’s how it will go.
Topher ‘Plank, now lower down to the mat, back to plan, slowly lowering back down to the mat, now back to plank’
Class ‘These are just push-ups’
Topher ‘Yoga push-ups’
Teacher in training :), it will get better