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Trinity Mays, CYT, Owner of Cardinal Yoga
Our leader of love and light keeps inspiration flowing toward the hearts of her students at Cardinal Yoga. Trinity May’s approach to teaching yoga and meditation reflects her spiritual transformation of mind, spirit, and body that began over a decade ago at a Shoshoni Yoga retreat, an Ashram. As owner of Cardinal Yoga and a certified yoga teacher since 2005, Trinity gently guides her students with a holistic approach to self-love, awareness, and healing through the practice of alignment-based Asana Yoga, Pranayama (Breath), Meditation, and healing touch. Her strong sense of community supports her “heart work” style of teaching by addressing the present needs of her students and inspiring them to rise above life’s challenges through yoga and meditation. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced student, Trinity offers a class to meet you where you are and help you on your own journey of personal growth and transformation.
Certification / Yoga Training attended: Shambhava yoga 200 hours and Shambhava Meditation 30 hours. Other training: Healing Touch practitioner Apprentice. Degree: BFA ceramics.
Trinity actively supports YWCA and Oklahoma Humane Society
Karen Kurtz, APR, CYT
A commitment to fitness lead Karen Kurtz on the path to her personal yoga practice nearly 20 years ago. Her disciplined gym routine allowed space to add a yoga class, where she soon became hooked on an “exercise” that left her both relaxed and energized at the same time. Now, Karen shares her passion for yoga as a certified yoga teacher since 2008. Her early morning yoga class helps students kick-start their day with energy and with greater clarity of mind. She teaches her students to approach a yoga practice with a sense of joy, while learning to combine strength-building movement with alignment principles. Karen’s “All Levels” teaching style offers students modified positions or “bus stops” for each pose, allowing them to move safely within their abilities. She reminds her students to have fun, laugh, and that yoga is a practice not only for the body, but also for your mind and spirit.
Certification / Yoga Training attended: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training from San Marcos School of Yoga with Yoga Instructor and school owner Christina Sell. Degrees: B.A. in English/Education; B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations and an Accredited Public Relations practitioner (APR).
Karen is actively engaged as a board member with Positive Tomorrows, a school for homeless children in Oklahoma City; the Public Relations Advisory Board for the University of Central Oklahoma, Assembly Delegate for PRSA-OKC, and as Social Media Chair for the Women in Energy Network (WEN). Karen has been employed at OGE Energy Corporation for more than 10 years, currently as the Sr. Corporate Communications Specialist.
Heather Geis Lensgraf, M.D., RYT
It’s no secret Dr. Heather Lensgraf strongly believes in the integration of yogic practices with allopathic medicine. She has been promoting the health benefits ever since she began a yoga practice 16 years ago, following her chemotherapy treatment for colon cancer. Through her research and personal experience, she has discovered yoga as a form of self-care, useful for illness rehabilitation and prevention. Today, as a cancer survivor and registered yoga teacher since 2007, Heather continues to share these life-enhancing techniques with students of all levels. Her career as a practicing psychiatrist lead her to offer a free yoga class each week at Cardinal Yoga, which explores and teaches gentle yoga, breathing, and mindfulness principles. Designed for all fitness levels and abilities, Heather’s free yoga class helps students embark on a path to improved health and vitality, and often times, a personal evolution too. And, did we mention – it is free!
Certification / Yoga Training attended: 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Karen Prior’s Samatva Yoga. Degrees: BS in zoology, M.D. from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Residencies and board certifications in general and child and adolescent psychiatry. As Clinical Associate Professor, Heather taught mindfulness and mind-body medicine courses to psychiatric residents and fellows at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Her teaching experience also included the health benefits of yoga to groups such as the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Central Oklahoma Psychiatric Society, and the Zarrow Symposium. Heather is Board certified and currently practices in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry.