Meet The Instructors At Our Tahlequah Yoga Studio
The intention of The 108 is to help people improve their health and quality of life through the integration of body, mind, and spirit within a welcoming, supportive community. The practice of yoga, Pilates, and dance can be a transformative tool towards understanding and accepting our physical, mental, and emotional selves, as well as being instrumental in reaching our physical fitness goals. This ultimately creates peace of mind and peace of heart. Let us help you create your best self.
has been interested in health, fitness and the environment for as long as she can remember. She holds a BS in Nutrition & Management, an MS in Environmental Management, is a Registered Environmental Specialist, managed a health food store for several years and, for 19 years, was the Administrative Manager for the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission. In her mid-40’s, she began experiencing autoimmune issues that run in her family. She got serious about her yoga practice and received her first yoga certification in 2002. With the changes in her body through menopause, she became interested in the benefit Pilates can provide and received her certification in Pilates in 2010. She taught at Angela’s Fitness Center for Women in Tahlequah for 8 years then began teaching at The 108 in Tahlequah. In 2014, she fulfilled her dream of owning a yoga studio and became the owner of The 108 Yoga Studio. Cheryl is passionate in her belief that everyone can benefit from a regular yoga and Pilates practice, regardless of their fitness level or stage of life. She enjoys working with a wide variety of people to help them achieve their fitness goals.
Cheryl lives in Tahlequah with her husband Mike and currently works at the Grand River Dam Authority. She enjoys cooking, scrapbooking, gardening, painting and spending time with her daughter Kaitlin, her dog Rufus, family and friends.
I was born in Hunington beach California but have spent most of my time in Oklahoma. I consider myself an open minded Okie:) Ive raised two boys here in the Tahlequah area and am happy to be living here where my ancestors once lived. I love teaching and encouraging others. I am an artist and a musician and enjoy expressing myself through creativity or movement or whatever I feel led to do in each moment. Im a lover of nature and our beautiful waterways and have a passion for preserving and protecting them. I have enjoyed leading yoga classes now for about 7 years and consider myself a forever student of life. I believe we all have alot to learn and share with each other. I am forever reminding myself to stay present in each moment and to breathe it all in. Life is a Joy!!
Lisa Bracken MS, CAS, eRYT500, C-IAYT, TIYT
Lisa currently teaches the all-levels class every Sunday morning and she guides our Restorative Yoga class on the second Sunday evening of each month. She has been practicing and teaching yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda for the past 15 years and is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist with a private practice in Tulsa. Lisa has a passion for teaching and is an adjunct faculty member of several YTT programs in Oklahoma and Missouri. She teaches in a manner that is both engaging and educational, with a strong emphasis on alignment, safety, and joy. You can learn more about Lisa here: www.coppercupayurveda.com
Mindy Hendrix is a Tahlequah Native and the owner of the 108 Yoga Studio. Natural Movement has been an integral part of her life since a young age and she has been practicing yoga since the age of 17. Mindy teaches special classes and workshops on Indigo Arts, a sacred set of practices she developed, which combines moving meditation, energy movement similar to Tai Chi, Namaskars and sequential yoga asanas. The practices help support a conscious lifestyle, connect us to the rhythms of Mother Earth and help strengthen energies within the body, resulting in the ability to be balanced, peaceful and present throughout the day and ultimately throughout our lives. A Bo Staff practice is implemented into the Indigo Arts practice. She also enjoys practicing and teaching ecstatic dance as a means to heal and connect to our true nature.
Mindy is a devoted student to her Maha teacher Shiva Rea, a yogini firekeeper, sacred activist and creator of Prana Flow Yoga which draws on the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra and Bhakti. She also reveres and continues to learn from her Tantra teacher Shibana Singh and the many other teachers who cross her path in various forms, including friends and loved ones.
Mindy has her M.ED in Special Education and her Early Childhood Degree. She’s taught in public and private schools for 15 years and has 3 children, Joe, Ben and Elli Rose, who continue to teach and inspire her. Being a mother is Mindy’s most important role. She has a deep and profound respect for all children, admires their ability to live in the present moment and live by their intuitive nature.
Mindy also enjoys spending time in nature, kayaking, running, reading, writing, dancing, art and music. She is grateful for the souls she meets on the path and in this beautiful dance we call life.
Chelsea brings a wide range of styles to the yoga studio and believes that each yoga practice should begin with an honest intention. Her main class, Chill Chi, offers a slower, deep meditation practice mixed with relevant yoga poses while maintaining focus on breathing techniques. She also teaches at Tahlequah’s Unitarian Universalist Congregation, a place where she realized her desire to create space in her life for yoga as a therapeutic outlet.
She is dedicated to her practice out of gratitude for opportunities to connect with others on a deeper, more meaningful level. For Chelsea, physical and mental awareness are key elements to the maintenance of energy exchange between herself and the world.
Although Teri has a terminal degree and thought she had reached her educational goals for life, life had other plans for her. She attended her first yoga class in 2014, at the invitation of a friend, and soon discovered that the benefits of yoga extend far beyond the mat. An eager convert, excited by this discovery, she became determined to share what she had experienced. She began taking instruction to teach through EveryOne Yoga School in Tulsa and received her RYS 200 certification in March 2018. Now she is truly ready to share the beneficial practice of yoga with you.
Gabe Speth has been practicing, studying, and applying yoga for approximately a decade. He holds a 200 Hour teaching certification from Everyone Yoga School, is currently working towards his 300 Hour certification, and is certified in Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy.