Angie Eckenroth, E-RYT 200
As an avid runner for many years, Angie eventually learned the toll that the sport had taken on her body. She developed sciatica nerve problems in her right leg. It hurt to run, drive and sometimes walk. Desperate to find relief, Angie took her first yoga class in 2002 and was amazed at how much more mobile she felt after just one class. After an on again, off again practice, she decided to deepen her commitment to yoga and enrolled in her first yoga teacher training.
She has since continued her training, completing her RYT 200, and has begun working toward her 500 hour training. Angie is owner of Radiant Yoga Studio and Radiant Yoga Retreats based in Overland Park, Kansas. She also is co-owner and co-leader of Kansas City Yoga Teacher Training in Kansas City. Her teaching style is fun, light hearted with an emphasis on safe alignment but with the understanding that everyone is unique and it's important to make yoga accessible for everyone. Her favorite saying is, "make the pose fit your body rather than your body fit the pose." She has been inspired by the teachings of Doug Keller, Matthew Taylor and Seane Corn.
Leah Morgan, CYT 200
Leah began her yoga journey as a student many years ago out of a curiosity. Wondering what all the fuss was about, she rolled out a mat at a local health club and gave it a shot. With that first class she started down a path of yoga that ultimately led to Leah becoming a 200-hour+ trained yoga teacher. Studying inspiring yoga leaders such as Max Strom, Sadie Nardini, Shakta Kaur Khalsa, Matthew Taylor and Doug Swenson, Leah has honed her unique style, which is a fusion of breathing, alignment, honoring your body, living in the moment and having fun.
In addition to her 200-hour yoga teacher certification, Leah is also certified in Pilates, Radiant Child Yoga, Silver Sneakers Yoga Stretch and ROM (range of motion), and she is also a certified Laugher Yoga Leader. Core Balance Yoga in Lee's Summit, Missouri is Leah's second yoga studio, having sold her previous one in Lee's Summit in 2010. She is also the co-creator of the Kansas City Yoga Festival and the Kansas City Yoga Teacher Training program. She has just opened a second location of Core Balance Yoga in the Raintree area of Lee's Summit.
Whether your goal is to begin or grow a practice, increase your strength and flexibility, learn how to control stress, or become a part of an amazing local community, Leah can help you achieve these goals, and in turn begin building a more independent and productive lifestyle. Her personal goal is to expose as many people as possible to the benefits of yoga! She believes that the sense of peace and transformation that a yoga practice can bring will astound you.
Kelsea Eckenroth, CYT 200
My yoga journey started back in August 2012 when my mom, who has been teaching yoga since I was a teenager, convinced me to try my first yoga class. I had just graduated from college and was stressed while trying to find a job. After many attempts from my mom to get me to go to yoga and many silly excuses from me as to why I didn’t want to go to yoga, I finally took her advice and went to my first class and loved it! I loved the yoga studio atmosphere and the sense of community. I loved the way I felt, both mentally and physically, after taking a class.
After graduating from The University of Kansas in 2012 with a B.S. in Journalism I worked for a local fitness magazine for two years, which made me even more interested in health and wellness. I decided to deepen my yoga knowledge and go through yoga teacher training in spring 2014. At that same time I made a career switch and became the studio manager at Radiant Yoga. I completed my 200-hour teaching certification through Kansas City Yoga Teacher Training in November 2014. My KCYTT teachers were Kelly Colln, Angie Eckenroth and Leah Morgan.
The part I enjoy most about being the studio manager and a yoga instructor at Radiant Yoga is being able to see people grow in their own yoga practice. Nothing makes me happier than seeing someone who has never experienced yoga before come in for their first class and fall in love with yoga, just like I did. My favorite yoga pose is pigeon pose.