Cher Lukacs

Before and After

We came
Some of us laughing blindly
With so many false giggles the tears would not come
Until they stung streaks down rouged cheeks
Pink pearls landing on our toes
Others bent and bowing; apologizing for air
Some standing so tall; noses reaching for nothing
Some defiant about a void untouched
Some wide-eyed with gut-less fear
One filled with grace
Two filled with doubt
And a Teacher

So much sound galloping to circle
The waterless well
With one good eye
Refusing to blink

We were close enough huddling there
No more flapping, scratching or screeching
Where there was too much sound to hear,

only one voice, one cry distantly called

Its quiet song clear and within
The clamoring deadening no more
Clarity rose and the breath filled

Ten dead Gurus perched there
Each with the face of a father—
Ten Live Bodies laid there
From the belly of Shakti
We crossed our arms
Reaching
For the quiet

Cheryl A. Lukacs, KYTT 2016

Cher is the Founder and Director at Sat Nam Studios. She teaches Wednesdays at 10:30 AM and 7:00 pm.

Susan Armstrong (Nam Pritam Kaur)

I STRIVE EVERY DAY TO UPLIFT, TEACH AND REMIND PEOPLE OF THEIR INNER LIGHT AND TRUTH. AS A UNITY PRAYER CHAPLAIN, I HAVE A PASSION FOR LIFE, CHANTING AND BEING IMMERSED IN NATURE. I HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR 37 YEARS, WITH THREE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN AND FOUR GRANDCHILDREN.

I HAVE COMPLETED 200 HOURS OF HATHA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING AND I AM CERTIFIED IN THE AMRIT METHOD OF YOGA NIDRA. I COMPLETED KUNDALINI LEVEL ONE TEACHER TRAINING IN 2016.

Nam Pritam is the Director of Spirituality at Sat Nam Studios. She leads Aquarian Sadhana on the first sunday of the month at 5:00 am and TEACHES the first Monday of the month at 7:00 PM.

  Katie Carp   I have been practicing Hatha Vinyasa yoga for seven years. In 2011, I was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. That same year, I walked into my first yoga class. In that one hour and fifteen minute class, I found a place where I could stop fighting.   My yoga mat became a place where it was ok to forget life’s struggles and just be. Yoga has been a source of strength, confidence and serenity.  I am a RYT 200 certified yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance.   Katie offers restorative yoga workshops at Sat Nam Studios.

Katie Carp

I have been practicing Hatha Vinyasa yoga for seven years. In 2011, I was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. That same year, I walked into my first yoga class. In that one hour and fifteen minute class, I found a place where I could stop fighting.

My yoga mat became a place where it was ok to forget life’s struggles and just be. Yoga has been a source of strength, confidence and serenity.

I am a RYT 200 certified yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance.

Katie offers restorative yoga workshops at Sat Nam Studios.

Allison Daniel (Avtar Teja Kaur)

MY DEDICATION TO YOGA HAS CREATED HEALING IN MY LIFE. YOGA IS A CONSTANT REMINDER THAT THE ANSWERS I AM SEARCHING FOR CAN BE FOUND WITHIN. I WILL ALWAYS BE A STUDENT OF YOGA, WHERE LEARNING IS CONTINUOUS.

I ENJOY TEACHING HEARTFELT AND MOVING CLASSES THAT INCLUDE CHANTING MANTRAS OF THE DIVINE. I COMPLETED 200-HOUR HATHA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING IN 2015. FROM THERE, MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY LED ME TO KUNDALINI YOGA. I COMPLETED KUNDALINI LEVEL ONE TEACHER TRAINING IN 2016.

Avtar Teja is the Director of Art and Content at Sat Nam Studios. She teaches Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.

  Beth Gatchell   Yoga makes me my best self. The physical practice, the chanting, the breathing, the being, the stillness.  I have practiced yoga for 23 years and taught hatha yoga for 14 years.  Mantra and mantra practice in community have spoken to me since chanting regularly with a dear friend in 2005. He knew more than I did about the practice, so I learned from him and we deepened our practices together. I brought my guitar and hand percussion. He brought the harmonium. We chanted; we ate together and repeated weekly for years. The community and the mantra polished me on the inside.  After his premature departure to the great beyond I had the opportunity to sing harmony with a kirtan musician at a festival. Then the momentum began to roll. I sang with many well-known kirtan musicians on national stages and formed a local kirtan band.  Life took its course and challenged me with a chronic illness. Yoga has been there to catch me in all its forms.  I stumbled into kundalini yoga and have enjoyed the mantras and meditations tremendously. I'm about to complete a 180-day sadhana of Ek Ong Kar. It works!!   Beth joins Nam Pritam Kaur on the first Monday of each month and offers live music for the meditations.

Beth Gatchell

Yoga makes me my best self. The physical practice, the chanting, the breathing, the being, the stillness.

I have practiced yoga for 23 years and taught hatha yoga for 14 years.

Mantra and mantra practice in community have spoken to me since chanting regularly with a dear friend in 2005. He knew more than I did about the practice, so I learned from him and we deepened our practices together. I brought my guitar and hand percussion. He brought the harmonium. We chanted; we ate together and repeated weekly for years. The community and the mantra polished me on the inside.

After his premature departure to the great beyond I had the opportunity to sing harmony with a kirtan musician at a festival. Then the momentum began to roll. I sang with many well-known kirtan musicians on national stages and formed a local kirtan band.

Life took its course and challenged me with a chronic illness. Yoga has been there to catch me in all its forms.

I stumbled into kundalini yoga and have enjoyed the mantras and meditations tremendously. I'm about to complete a 180-day sadhana of Ek Ong Kar. It works!!

Beth joins Nam Pritam Kaur on the first Monday of each month and offers live music for the meditations.

  Zeynep Kaya (tara Amrit Kaur)   I began practicing yoga after I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. Yoga provides a solid foundation for life’s physical and spiritual journeys, and it helped me to manage the emotional and physical aspects of my treatments.  I teach vinyasa flow yoga at the NASA Glenn Research Center. I am passionate about community outreach to promote and support holistic lifestyles. I’ve worked with Children’s Summer Camp, LGBT yoga and the Muslim Ladies Group.  I have been a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance since 2011, and I am a Level I and Level II Reiki Master. I completed Kundalini Level One Teacher Training in 2016.   Tara Amrit is the Director of Teachers at Sat Nam Studios.

Zeynep Kaya (tara Amrit Kaur)

I began practicing yoga after I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. Yoga provides a solid foundation for life’s physical and spiritual journeys, and it helped me to manage the emotional and physical aspects of my treatments.

I teach vinyasa flow yoga at the NASA Glenn Research Center. I am passionate about community outreach to promote and support holistic lifestyles. I’ve worked with Children’s Summer Camp, LGBT yoga and the Muslim Ladies Group.

I have been a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance since 2011, and I am a Level I and Level II Reiki Master. I completed Kundalini Level One Teacher Training in 2016.

Tara Amrit is the Director of Teachers at Sat Nam Studios.

  Hudson Leick   I have practiced yoga for 24 years. At first, I didn’t know what to think of it, but I would feel more filled with joy after each class. Today, my practice reminds me to be more present and have gratitude. It’s like a physical prayer to the body.  I love teaching. It is rewarding to see people blossom, when they break open and have a huge release. Something cracks and they look young again. It is beautiful to watch people reconnect with themselves and something bigger than themselves.  I have been teaching various forms of yoga for more than 20 years. I have studied with Eric Shiffman, Ana Forrest, Gurmukh, Sada Sat Kaur and Tej Kaur. I currently teach yoga retreats in the United States and Europe, including a one-week retreat in the Czech Republic.  My intention is to empower people, creating a sacred space that allows them to fully bloom into their authentic selves.   Hudson is a visiting teacher at Sat Nam Studios.

Hudson Leick

I have practiced yoga for 24 years. At first, I didn’t know what to think of it, but I would feel more filled with joy after each class. Today, my practice reminds me to be more present and have gratitude. It’s like a physical prayer to the body.

I love teaching. It is rewarding to see people blossom, when they break open and have a huge release. Something cracks and they look young again. It is beautiful to watch people reconnect with themselves and something bigger than themselves.

I have been teaching various forms of yoga for more than 20 years. I have studied with Eric Shiffman, Ana Forrest, Gurmukh, Sada Sat Kaur and Tej Kaur. I currently teach yoga retreats in the United States and Europe, including a one-week retreat in the Czech Republic.

My intention is to empower people, creating a sacred space that allows them to fully bloom into their authentic selves.

Hudson is a visiting teacher at Sat Nam Studios.

  Jennifer Lessen (Ajeet Amrit KAUR)   I discovered Kundalini Yoga in 2000 in California. I found it transformative From the start. I began teaching a few years later, driven to share these tools for managing stress and improving life.  Today's world is demanding. By establishing inner balance, we can develop a strong foundation to face challenges fearlessly.  I completed Kundalini Level One Teacher Training in 2016. I want to share my knowledge about how to take care of ourselves to build a strong foundation. With a strong FOUNDATION, we can accomplish more than we imagine.   Ajeet Amrit offers Kundalini Yoga workshops at Sat Nam Studios.

Jennifer Lessen (Ajeet Amrit KAUR)

I discovered Kundalini Yoga in 2000 in California. I found it transformative From the start. I began teaching a few years later, driven to share these tools for managing stress and improving life.

Today's world is demanding. By establishing inner balance, we can develop a strong foundation to face challenges fearlessly.

I completed Kundalini Level One Teacher Training in 2016. I want to share my knowledge about how to take care of ourselves to build a strong foundation. With a strong FOUNDATION, we can accomplish more than we imagine.

Ajeet Amrit offers Kundalini Yoga workshops at Sat Nam Studios.

  Colleen O'Rourke (Rameshbir)   As a yogi, I aspire to create greater compassion within myself and greater peace in the world. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to practice Kundalini and to share this practice with others. What an amazing gift! I am a founding member of the Aquarian Women's Leadership Society and I enjoy geeking out on Star Trek.  I received my teacher training through The Kundalini Research Institute in 2009, and I have been a practitioner of Kundalini Yoga since the 1990s. I continue to study with my teacher, Guru Jagat, through intensive seven month programs devoted to the transformative Kundalini teachings for women.   RAmeshbir offers Kundalini Yoga workshops at Sat Nam Studios.

Colleen O'Rourke (Rameshbir)

As a yogi, I aspire to create greater compassion within myself and greater peace in the world. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to practice Kundalini and to share this practice with others. What an amazing gift! I am a founding member of the Aquarian Women's Leadership Society and I enjoy geeking out on Star Trek.

I received my teacher training through The Kundalini Research Institute in 2009, and I have been a practitioner of Kundalini Yoga since the 1990s. I continue to study with my teacher, Guru Jagat, through intensive seven month programs devoted to the transformative Kundalini teachings for women.

RAmeshbir offers Kundalini Yoga workshops at Sat Nam Studios.

  samantha ospelt   I am a working mother of two and constantly in search of balance. I am a finance writer, proud hockey mom and avid fan of USTA tennis.  After attending a Kundalini Yoga workshop, I was instantly hooked by its power to spark a calming energy within me. The practice has transformed my mental energies in positive ways i could not have imagined when I stumbled upon this path.  I completed Kundalini Level One Teacher Training in 2016, eager to learn how to incorporate Kundalini Yoga into my everyday life. The training motivated me to teach, helping others generate a sense of well being for themselves.   Sam is the Director of Communications at Sat Nam Studios. She teaches Thursdays at 6:30 pm.

samantha ospelt

I am a working mother of two and constantly in search of balance. I am a finance writer, proud hockey mom and avid fan of USTA tennis.

After attending a Kundalini Yoga workshop, I was instantly hooked by its power to spark a calming energy within me. The practice has transformed my mental energies in positive ways i could not have imagined when I stumbled upon this path.

I completed Kundalini Level One Teacher Training in 2016, eager to learn how to incorporate Kundalini Yoga into my everyday life. The training motivated me to teach, helping others generate a sense of well being for themselves.

Sam is the Director of Communications at Sat Nam Studios. She teaches Thursdays at 6:30 pm.

  Nicki Schneider   My path as an herbalist began when I started to garden. Looking at the plants that were already inhabiting my landscape, I thought, 'why remove something that is willing to grow here, to make room for something that didn't intentionally want to, like a tomato?' It soon became my obsession to learn about and utilize (if possible) all of the plants that inhabited my homestead.  I work in the natural health field, focusing on natural medicine, herbalism and nutrition. I spend my free time in my garden, kitchen, home apothecary or foraging in my neighborhood. I have a passion for local, seasonal and sustainable food and medicine as well as fermenting anything possible.  I am currently studying under Susun Weed and Leslie Williams. In 2015, I completed the Community Herbal Intensive under the instruction of Leah Wolfe at the Trillium Center. I have a B.S. in Biology from Baldwin-Wallace, where I studied spiders (my first love). I am a member of the American Herbalists Guild, United Plant Savers, the Native Plant Society of Northeast Ohio and the Weston A. Price Foundation.   Nicki offers herbalism workshops at Sat Nam Studios.

Nicki Schneider

My path as an herbalist began when I started to garden. Looking at the plants that were already inhabiting my landscape, I thought, 'why remove something that is willing to grow here, to make room for something that didn't intentionally want to, like a tomato?' It soon became my obsession to learn about and utilize (if possible) all of the plants that inhabited my homestead.

I work in the natural health field, focusing on natural medicine, herbalism and nutrition. I spend my free time in my garden, kitchen, home apothecary or foraging in my neighborhood. I have a passion for local, seasonal and sustainable food and medicine as well as fermenting anything possible.

I am currently studying under Susun Weed and Leslie Williams. In 2015, I completed the Community Herbal Intensive under the instruction of Leah Wolfe at the Trillium Center. I have a B.S. in Biology from Baldwin-Wallace, where I studied spiders (my first love). I am a member of the American Herbalists Guild, United Plant Savers, the Native Plant Society of Northeast Ohio and the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Nicki offers herbalism workshops at Sat Nam Studios.