About Harmony Therapeutic Yoga
Shanda Packard is a Certified Yoga Therapist with over 500 hours of training and over 2000 hours of experience, and is certified by both the Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Shanda has experienced yoga’s transformative powers in times of stress and injury as well as in times of joy and wellbeing. Her passion for yoga is evident on and off the mat, as she seeks opportunities to bring yoga to people who may not otherwise become familiar with its many benefits. A graduate of Evansville Yoga Center and Jackson Tennessee 's Yoga Teacher's School Of Excellence, Shanda has taught for many years in Bowling Green and has taken much pleasure in teaching summer community classes for kids and adults. Shanda’s enthusiasm and energy encourages her students to find their edge, honor their bodies as they are today, and to have fun.
Meet the Teachers
ERYT 500, CERTIFIED YOGA THERAPIST, OWNER
Karen Sahetya has enjoyed the therapeutic benefits of yoga and meditation for many years. She brings her yoga practice to life through her business efforts, in which she leads individuals to their full potential through leadership training and brand building.
Among Karen’s business successes is the development of a new medical facility housing multiple specialties where she has been involved in the administration and management for that practice. Karen combines her business, healthcare experience, and her 200 RYT yoga certification to further opportunities for HTY in Bowling Green.
Iajahnni Von is a Yoga Alliance 200 hour yoga instructor. He's taught yoga and Guided meditation for Harmony Therapeutic Yoga, The City of Bowling Green and Greenview Regional Hospital.
In addition to yoga, Iajahnni has studied and practiced meditation and energy work for nearly 15 years. He has recieved a Master of Crystology certification under Barbara and Gene Jackson "The Crystal Guy" and recieved Reiki level 1 and 2 attuments under Troy Jones. He has completed The Chakra Synergy series and The Crystalicious Mantra Series under Melissa Mogan and Joshua Crawford of the Joelton Healing Room. He has also studied guided meditation, metaphysics and Past Lives under Kimberly McClendon Crowe, Max Vinson and Babara Stephenson; Matrix Energetics under Devaya Smith and Sally Reid, Intuitive development under Melissa Mogan, Mary Glesige and Mary Bogart, Empathy under Yvonne Perry, Dream Interpretation at The School of Metaphysics and Energy healing techniques at Fourwinds Academy.
At Harmony Therapeutic Yoga, our goal is to make yoga accessible to anyone of any ability no matter the level of experience. We help you achieve the benefits of yoga in a safe and effective way with teachers who are experienced and have a minimum 200 RYT Yoga Alliance certification. Our lead therapist, Shanda Packard, holds an ERYT 500 distinction with a special national certification in Yoga Therapy. Certified Yoga Therapists are specially trained to identify and correct physical alignment issues that can cause chronic pain.
Harmony Therapeutic Yoga is also a teaching studio, nationally accredited by Yoga Alliance as a 200 hr RYT and 500 hr RYT teacher training program. Our teacher training courses provide in depth learning in all areas of yoga including teaching methodology, philosophy, practicum, and anatomy and physiology.
MIND • BODY • SPIRIT
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830 Fairview Avenue
Bowling Green KY 42103
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RYT 500, Licensed Counselor (LPCC)
Frances Strickler has been practicing yoga since 1999 and became a registered yoga teacher in May 2014. Frances has taught mixed-level classes at the Franklin Presbyterian Church, Franklin Community Education, and the Sky Dance Center as well as gentle wellness classes at Harmony Therapeutic Yoga. Currently a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Frances is retired from SKYCC as a counselor and psychology instructor. Since her certification in May, Frances has attended continuing education classes in Jackson and Memphis, Tennessee; Lexington, Kentucky; and at Harmony Therapeutic Yoga.
Shigeko Sleeper completed Jikiden Reiki Shoden and Okuden in Japan, which allows her to practice Jikiden Reiki. Now she is working toward to become a teacher, Shihan.
In addition to her Jikiden Reiki certificate, she received her 200 RYT from Harmony Therapeutic Yoga, Third degree black belt of Tae Kwon Do (studied under Grand Master Il Kwan Kim, a student of a direct disciple of Okinawa Karate founder, Gichin Funakoshi), Shihan of Koryu Ikebana (Teacher of Japanese flower arrangement). She also studied Japanese tea ceremony and Japanese calligraphy while she grew up in Japan, as well as Kung Fu and Tai Chi after she moved to Bowling Green Kentucky.
With the study of different disciplines of the oriental arts, she found one common thing, breathing and energy flow are very important to keep mind and body healthy.
200 RYT, Licensed Counselor (LPCC)
Meet Sarah Freeman who received her a 200 RYT at Harmony Therapeutic Yoga. Sarah is also a licensed counselor (LPCC), specializing in PTSD and somatic interventions, and a Psychology course instructor at WKU and KCTS.
Sarah has been practicing yoga for 15 years and currently uses it as a modality of treatment for anxiety, recovery, trauma, and identity reconstruction. She uses a mix of counseling, yoga, and essential oils to work with individuals in a way that best meets their needs. Sarah currently works at Alliance Counseling and is working to complete her book called "What is Normal? Finding Your Pattern for Peace." She also has her own line of jewelry called, NautiBOHO - now available at Harmony!
Nancy Ware earned her Pilates certification through Integrated Balance and has earned her RYT-200 Yoga certification with Mindful Motion and is registered with Yoga Alliance.
"Physically, I have never felt as strong as when Pilates accompanies my yoga practice. A healthy combination of th two makes me feel so alive and connected to my mind and body in my everyday existence."
Nancy holds a B.A. in Psychology & Sociology from Western Kentucky University. It was her love of fitness and desire to help others in reaching their goals that inspired her to teach. Nancy is looking forward to sharing her love of movement & its benefits with others!
Heather Kessler earned her 200 RYT training at Harmony Therapeutic Yoga and also holds a Masters in Education. With 15 years of experience teaching elementary school, teaching comes naturally to her. Heather brings a unique energy to her class through the use of music and movement, and looks to balance both strength and mindfulness in her classes.
As the busy mother of four teens, yoga has been life changing to Heather in ways she never expected. She has seen the benefits of yoga firsthand in recovering from back surgery and in working with her special needs daughter. In addition to the many physical benefits, yoga has also given her great strength mentally and she is eager to share these benefits of yoga with others.
Deborah Logan discovered yoga in 1971 and has been practicing ever since. She has taught children’s yoga and Kundalini yoga, and studied in New York and North Carolina, as well as India, Germany, and England. A graduate of the 200 RYT program at Harmony Therapeutic Yoga, she looks forward to sharing her love of yoga practice with students of all ages and levels. Deb is professor of English at WKU, where she teaches Victorian and World Literatures and serves as editor of Victorians Journal of Culture and Literature. Her current scholarship is on Indian women writers.
Carmen, a certified 200-CYT with Aura Wellness Center, has been teaching yoga for over 15 years, and feels very grounded in the healing and transformative nature of yoga as she has and continues to experience it in her life.
"My approach & interest is in the healing nature of yoga and how it is woven into cultivating mindfulness, connection, and inner peace while building strength and flexibility. The 'energy' of who we are is fascinating to me."
In her quest through yoga & holistic wellness, Carmen gained first hand a most valuable form of education while assisting a Naturopathic Doctor for 5 years; knowledge which she applies in her own life and weaves into her yoga classes through a combination of different styles.
Robin has been eating healthy and exercising regularly for many years to treat stress triggered migraines. When she added yoga to her practice she experienced it's therapeutic value. Wanting to share yoga with others, she took her teacher training at Harmony Therapeutic Yoga graduating November 2018.
Robin identified with two aspects of her yoga training, the beneficial physical response of the body to yoga and the spiritual focus during yoga practice. Yoga reduces stress, anxiety, pain and suffering. This occurs during yoga practice through awareness, breathing, and posing. Helping people attain and maintain a healthy lifestyle is important to Robin. Yoga is an important way to maintain a good quality of life, especially in our stressful society and also as we age. Yoga can be practiced lifelong and Robin would like to make yoga accessible to all who want to practice it.
RYT 200, RN, MSN