Teachers and Yoga Therapists
It takes a village. Our staff is here for each other and for you to have the best yoga experience, to create a safe space, and to meet you where you are!
Mallorie Able RYT 500 RYT, Sattva Vinyasa
My name is Mallorie and my journey into yoga began in 2014 after struggling with an eating disorder and mental illness. Yoga was used as a healing practice in the treatment center I attended. My very first thought of yoga was “GET ME OUT OF HERE”! For the first time in my life, someone was telling me to notice my toes and the sensations in my body. I was not comfortable with the practice at all! Over time, my instructor continued to work with me to overcome my fears and I fell in love and have been practicing ever since. When I’m not practicing yoga, I enjoy spending time with my dog and family. I love traveling and spending time outside under the sun. In 2018, I completed my 200 hour certification in Prana Vinyasa and have been teaching at Pranayoga since the beginning of 2019! I am currently enrolled in Prana’s Yoga Therapy program and am hoping to use the teachings I have learned to help others who struggle with mental illness and other health related issues. My mission as a teacher and future therapist is to be an open vessel for God to work through me so I can meet students where they are in each moment!
Kelli Bryant, Membership Manager, RYT200
Kelli began her yoga journey in the Summer of 2016 after finding herself at a crossroads in life where her current lifestyle wasn’t serving her any longer. Working in the executive level of a corporation led to a life of stress, anxiety, and depression. Soon unhealthy coping mechanisms became a part of the every day routine, which made the ailments of life even more difficult to cope with. Trying to find the right path to “fix” herself led to seeking many sorts of treatment and therapy, but the growth was only ever temporary. Yoga became that missing pillar to keep positive growth a lifelong journey. It didn’t take long to realize that yoga wasn’t just a daily hobby, but also where her career was meant to be.
When you don’t see Kelli teaching a class, you will likely see her behind the front desk, where she serves as the Accounts Manager for Pranayoga.
She has a passion for helping others find their path in the world by using yoga as a tool to help them heal and grow. Whether it is through recovery from mental illness, addiction, or just trying to live life as their true self, she is eager to share with others her experience and yoga to help others recover as well. She has hopes to continue her training in the future. “It is important for me to share with my students that yoga isn’t just time spent on the mat, but the mat is where we train and practice a new set of skills that we can take with us off the mat and out into the world to help us through our every day stressors and anxieties.”
When she is not behind the desk or on the mat at Prana, you can find her with her 2 children, playing, learning, and exploring.
Ben Bultemeier, RYT500, Sattva Vinyasa Embodied, Sattva Yoga Therapy
Ben has lead a very physically active life. He was involved in sports at a young age and accumulated more than a handful of injuries along his path. His yoga practice helps him stay active and healthy as the years continue. Not only are his joints stronger and more flexible than they were ten years ago, but more importantly his mind is also stronger. Yoga helps him concentrate on what is good for him, physically and mentally. Now he just want to share the joy he has found in yoga with everyone.
KRISTINA GIATRAS, RYT500 Sattva Vinyasa Embodied Teacher
Kristina was introduced to yoga 10 years ago by trying community classes at a local middle school with her mom. She enjoyed the relaxation and the bond that grew with her mom through the classes. It wasn’t until she moved back from college that she really began to dive into her practice. She completed 200hr training with Dani at Pranayoga School in 2015 and working on completing her 500hr; focusing her study on kids yoga and yoga philosophy.
When she’s not on the mat; Kristina loves being around family and floating down the Fort Wayne rivers in her kayak.
JULIA HALLER, Admissions Director, Yoga Therapist, Sattva Vinyasa Teacher E-RYT500
Julia Haller Sattva VInyasa Embodied™ Teacher Trainer, Mentor, Yoga Therapist
Julia is a yoga therapist who has been serving the Fort Wayne area for the past 5 years. She is a certified yoga therapist through IAYT as well as a 500 hour registered teacher. In 2012 she enrolled in her first teacher training with Vani McGuire at Pranayoga Institute of Yoga and Health and received her teaching certifications in Sattva Vinyasa in 2015 and Sattva Therapy in 2017.
Julia enjoys working one on one with clients using the tools of yoga to help them reach their health and wellness goals. Using awareness, movement, breath, concentration and relaxation practices allows her to serve clients with structural issues, anxiety and depression, insomnia, high blood pressure, chronic pain, and cancer. Her aim with each session is to create space for the client to connect to themselves, and deepen their understanding of the healing potential within.
CLAUDIA HEDEEN, RYT500 Sattva Vinyasa Embodied
Claudia always loved a good stretch: the muscles, the schedule – just how much can one person fit into a day? Attending her first yoga course in 1996 just continued the stretching. However, the more she delved into the practice, the more was revealed that yoga is the space lacking in the hectic life she created for herself. Seeking to explore beyond just one branch in the yoga tree brought her to the doors of Pranayoga. Every step revealed the possibilities of incorporating these teachings into the very breath that carries us through the experiences of our lives, however small or overwhelming they may seem. Claudia’s message: to find yourself in the jumble – even if we start one class at a time, hoping it will expand and stretch across each aspect of life.
DANI MCGUIRE, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, NAMA
Founder, Creator Sattva Vinyasa and Sattva Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, Yoga Therapist, Prana Vinyasa 500
Dani “Vani” founder of pranayoga and the method of Sattva Vinyasa Yoga Therapy has practiced yoga for over 22 years and practiced yoga therapy since 2007. Her journey began as she was healing from an eating disorder and chronic pain. Learning Yoga and Ayurveda has helped her in healing and she wants to share this with others through yoga therapy, ayurveda wellness counseling, and her book.
Dani is author of The Path of Joyful Living a modern day approach to kriya yoga and the psychology of yoga. She is also dedicated to teaching yoga to people with cancer and chronic pain. She is a Yoga Therapist registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists(IAYT) which has also accredited PranaYoga Institute in their 1000 hour yoga therapy diploma.
Yoga is moment to moment right action, Love that unifies. Dani’s goal is to bring a healing agenda-less space to anyone wanting to learn yoga and share with others.
HALEY SONNIGSEN Directing Manager, E-RYT500, RCYT, RPYT, Sattva Vinyasa Teacher, Sattva Yin Teacher
Haley Sonnigsen, Childbirth Educator, Prenatal Yoga Teacher, and RYT-500 is dedicated to preserving women’s rights to a healthy and empowering birthing experience based on her innate ability to give birth. Every woman deserves to have a loving, nurturing, and supported birth environment based on her own needs and desires. Haley weaves ancient yogic traditions with modern scientific evidence to ensure each woman is supported with tools and practical information to support her in her motherhood.
“Because women have always been the guardians of life’s wholesome practices, when we strengthen our health and spiritual power, we also strengthen the health and wisdom of the men, children, and communities around us.” –Bri. Maya Tiwari
JENNY “SEVIKA” YOUNG Yoga Therapist, Massage Therapist, RYT500, E-RYT200, YACEP, C-IAYT,IAYT
Jenny started yoga for her daughter in 2010 but stayed for herself. This is when powerful healing began to transform her body, mind, and spirit, not necessarily in that order. Through a regular asana and sitting practice, studying with phenomenal teachers and soaking in the love of the beautiful yoga community, she has begun to discover a quieter mind. She became RYT 200 certified through Prana School of Yoga and Health in 2012 as well as Thai Massage from Thai Body Work in 2012. She became ERYT 500 certified in 2015, and a Certified International Yoga Therapist in 2017. As a teacher, she sees each student as whole. She strives to create a supportive environment in which each student can safely experiment in uncovering the beauty and joy that reside within the heart of each of us. This support can include traditional yoga therapy, massage therapy, and a synergistic blend of the two. She is a perpetual student and is furthering her yogic and massage studies on the pelvic floor and myofascial release.