Abby Holm

Abby Holm

200-hr RYT, Studio 4:8 School of Yoga Graduate

My name is Abby Holm.  I am called by many names.. wife, mommy, friend, daughter, nurse, sister, aunt.. but now I am so excited to add Yoga Instructor. 🧘🏻‍♀️ And more importantly, I am so blessed to have found Studio 4:8.  Over the last 8 months I have grown closer to God and have learned so much about my connection and purpose.
Bonnie Jensen Meyer

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. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in ministry and leadership from Grace Bible College.

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), Trauma Informed Yoga Certification through the Prison Yoga Project/ San Diego California, and Holy Yoga Touch Therapy:  Holy Yoga, Irvine, CA,

 

Brooke Garbison

Brooke Garbison

200-RYT Studio 4:8 School of Yoga Graduate

My yoga journey began in 2014. Yoga fell into my lap when my life was wasteful, fleeting, and broken. In short, Jesus met me on the mat and paved a way to a happier, healthier, more sustainable life. Since completing my teacher training through Studio 4:8, yoga has become an integral part of my life and relationship with Christ. What I love most about yoga (and what also can be the most frustrating part) is that you are always growing – there is never a time where you master the practice. My hope is that through my teaching, you learn how to create a more sustainable self by taking the time to connect with your body, breath, and Creator.

Things I enjoy most: letting the sun shine through my windows, deep breaths, cooking, throwing a frisbee around, and taking naps (some go so far to say that taking naps is one of my best skills).

I look forward to seeing you on the mat!

I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.  Psalm 89:1

Emy Lynn Roque Cisneros

Emy Lynn Roque Cisneros

Social Media/Website Manager/YTT Assistant

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.

Kathy Collins

Kathy Collins

200-RYT Studio 4:8 School of Yoga Graduate

Kathy is a newcomer to her practice and a new teacher to yoga. She believes all things work toward a pattern of good and is challenged by balancing family and career like most people. Becoming a yoga instructor is something Kathy did so life would happen naturally instead of trying to control life happening.
When she’s not practicing yoga, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, working in her garden or enjoying a good margarita on the back porch. She is very proud of her two sons, Andrew (20) who lives in Denver and Aden (16) who attends Lincoln Southwest High School. She and her husband Mike look forward to celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on June 12th.
Her entire family has been extremely supportive of her stepping out in faith on this journey of yoga and learning something new.
She is grateful for the opportunity to become part of this Studio 4:8 community and feels the friendships she has developed will last a lifetime. It is one of the greatest gifts to realize that good friendships can be made at any age and is thankful for Studio 4:8 teacher training experience.
Get to know Kathy a little more via instagram at @rethinkyogawithkathy or @kathylyncollins, or if you’re into that work stuff, connect with her on LinkedIn. However you meet Kathy, there’s no doubt you’ll feel a connection with love and grace…@studio48yoga can attest to that!
Kelli Moon

Kelli Moon

Business Manager

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.

Kelly Watson

Kelly Watson

200-RYT Studio 4:8 School of Yoga Graduate

I was introduced to yoga 13 years ago when we lived in Arizona. It was primarily just for physical movement, but I fell in love with classes, the flows and how my body felt. Fast forward two moves and 4 kids later I had stopped practicing due to not finding the right fit with a studio. Being introduced to Studio 4:8 has shown me how to connect all areas of my life: spiritual growth, physical health and mental growth. God definitely brought back practicing yoga, Yoga Teacher Training and now teaching yoga at a time I wasn’t looking for it! But, now it has pushed me in so many areas of my life and I get to fulfill a dream to teach.
Kristin Carter

Kristin Carter

Master RYT 500-hr from Yahweh Yoga

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.

Laura Anderson

Laura Anderson

200hr RYT

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.

Megan Bell

Megan Bell

200-RYT Studio 4:8 School of Yoga Graduate

Hey there, I’m Megan! I’m new to this whole yoga thing, so if you are too, AWESOME! If you’re not new to yoga come hang anyways! I’m pretty funny 😉 and will keep it light while we do the important breathing and the stretching and things. But hey I’m also the ‘resident crier’ of the teacher trainees, so really you just never know what will happen! I’m here because God told me I need to be still and listen right now, so that’s what I’m doing. Meet me on the mat and see what you find!

Sarah Moser

Sarah Moser

200-RYT Studio 4:8 School of Yoga Graduate

I first started doing yoga in 2014, and it didn’t mean very much to me at the time. But when I found Studio 4:8, my practice completely transformed. I discovered yoga as worship. I love the way yoga helps me connect to other people, my body, and most importantly, God!
When I’m not doing yoga, I’m probably doing homework, spending time with my awesome family, playing with my daycare kiddos at work, or thinking about Abraham Lincoln.
I’m so excited for the opportunity to teach you!
“Be messy and complicated and afraid, and show up anyway.”   -Glennon Doyle Melton
Tonya Vyhlidal

Tonya Vyhlidal

200-RYT Studio 4:8 School of Yoga Graduate

Tonya started taking Yoga 17 years ago to compliment to other fitness activities. Since that time Tonya has fallen in love with Yoga and everything the practice has brought to her life spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Tonya says she works out much of her life’s “messiness” on the mat – it’s definitely become her sacred place to learn, grow, and evolve. Tonya says, “Every day I just want to be a better version of myself, surrender more to the lord, and give back to others.  Yoga gives me the opportunity to do those things and more.” Tonya lives in Lincoln with her husband Paul and their two sons, and two recovery dogs (Chloe and Crystal). She loves reading, sports, music and Jesus. Tonya once got asked if she could pick any person to have lunch with that has deceased – who she would pick. Of course….she picked Jesus! No Contest.
Topher Thompson

Topher Thompson

200-RYT Studio 4:8 School of Yoga Graduate

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
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