Our nOMad Teachers on the Road

 
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AMY GATZEMEYER

500 Hr nOMad Teacher/ Co-Founder of TRIBE

What door brought you to your yoga journey? 

I was initially drawn to the physical practice with the knowledge that it was a moving meditation. While doing bits of yoga In college and before kids, I knew and felt that after becoming a mother that I needed an additional source of calm, love, and stability to provide the love and support that I wanted to give my children.

When was the moment you realized you wanted to teach?

I did my first three consistent years of yoga alone, in my home with books and YouTube. I learned a great deal, but when I finally made it to a studio, I instantly noticed a different vibe and experience. After practicing there for about 18 months and taking a few private classes, I was curious about being a teacher based upon the passion I felt from the teachers. I moved to a different part of the country and started to lead other workout groups and realized that I loved teaching and sharing movement with others. 

Words that inspire you:

Choose Love.

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CECE GIVENS

500 Hr nOMad Teacher/ Co-founder of TRIBE

What door brought you to your yoga journey? 

The hot yoga studio in my home town that my mom starting going to. I loved the challenge of the class and how it allowed me to venture back into my gymnastic days. 

What style or population do you feel pulled to teach? 

I feel pulled to teach traumatized populations of all ages. 


What does your practice look like?

I wake up and journal using my SAVERS acronym (silence, affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading, scribe). I do breath work throughout the day and am constantly checking into my emotions and behaviors to enable my presence.  


Words that inspire you:

Be the change you wish to see in the world. -Gandhi

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LIZ KENT

300 Hr nOMad Teacher

What door brought you to your yoga journey? 

Yoga initially appealed to me for exercise/stretching aspect, but I was subconsciously drawn to it for the relaxation and calming aspects of the practice. Although I was unable to put my finger on this for many years, I was always pulled back to yoga for this reason. Now yoga is a huge part of my self-care routine because of the wonderful mental health benefits. 

When was the moment you realized you wanted to teach?

The main reason I began my yoga-teaching journey was to delve more into yoga itself and learn more for my personal practice. In 2016, I became part of the West Point Cadet Yoga Club and this is when I began to explore teaching. After I began my training, I volunteered with the club and enjoyed sharing my practice with the cadets and surrounding community. As an active duty member of the military, I realized that other Soldiers could benefit from yoga as I do because of the similar stressors we face. I continued with my training, completing my 300-hour with nOMad. This amazing training introduced me to an amazing group of people whom I have remained connected to since graduating. 

Teaching Must Haves: Essential oils

Music: Beyoncé 

Book: The Yoga Sutras

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COLLEEN MORGAN

200 Hr nOMad Teacher

What door brought you to your yoga journey? 

I was deployed for the second time and looking for a way to destress and gain flexibility.

When was the moment you realized you wanted to teach?

I realized I wanted to teach when I was helping my son with yoga poses to help him gain strength and balance. My son has special needs and I thought it could be something him and I share and I could share with others. 

What does your practice look like?

My practice begins or ends with meditation and recently I have been enjoying a Yin Yoga approach. I am busy with 3 children so it doesn’t happen every day at the same time and sometimes doesn’t happen every day. 


Words that inspire you

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured. - BKS Iyengar