Rev. Dr. Kathaleen (Kate) Martin Midcalf, 500 hr CYT, Founder/Master Teacher
Kathaleen (Kate) is an ordained minister who holds a B.A. in Women's Studies, a M.S. in Natural Health, and a Doctorate in Natural Health (her specialty area of concentration is nutritional consultation). She has been in the fitness/wellness industry since 1990, and is certified in yoga and meditation. Kate is also immersed in ongoing Healing Touch training.
Kate's areas of expertise include yoga, meditation, spiritual mentoring, nutritional consultation and Healing Touch. She assists others in meeting their goals for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. She is qualified to teach yoga to children and senior citizens, as well as prenatal yoga. She also taught in the public school system for five years.
As an ordained minister in the state of Nevada, Kathaleen is licensed to officiate your wedding. She has 6 years of experience coordinating weddings and will perform civil or religious ceremonies.
Kate's basic philosophy is that yoga can be a safe and effective physical exercise program, as well as a practice of deep spiritual growth, emotional healing, and mental discipline. Along with meditation and proper nutrition, healing can occur in all areas of life. Her intention is to bring joy to everyone whom she serves in her capacity as mentor and minister.
Tessa Miller Osborne, 300hr CYT, Manager/Lead Teacher
Tessa has a 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification through Aura Wellness Center, and a 300hr Yoga Teacher Certification through The Yoga Pearl. She has been teaching Yoga for over four years. Tessa is currently a Certified Meditation Instructor, as well as certified in Prenatal Yoga. She also holds an Associate of Arts degree with an extra study in dance, and taught dance/creative movement for over five years. She is currently in school to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature. She believes every body can do Yoga, and encourages students to attempt postures they may be fearful of, to learn how to move through fears on and off the mat. Tessa believes in focusing on breath work to deepen any posture, and focuses on holding postures a little longer to move deeper in to every pose while using alignment to keep the body safe. Tessa runs the studio with Kate, and is proud of the safety and community The Yoga Pearl provides to every individual, including herself.
Bridget Conway, 200hr CYT, Instructor
Bridget began practicing yoga at the age of thirteen and immediately fell in love. Soon thereafter, she became more committed to the practice and decided to begin her 200 hour level certification in July of 2014. Her original intention was to deepen her own practice as well as learn about yoga and how to teach it.
Yoga is such an intricate marriage between spirituality, the physical body, and the mental body. It is also an expression of movement and art - she couldn't not find it interesting! She wanted to share her experiences with the freedom, joy, and strength yoga brought her. She finds the art in both flow and strength, as well as the beauty in the spiritual and physical aspects of yoga.
This passion also fuels her love and work for art and photography, as she is an involved member of Reno's young art community. She is very excited to teach yoga!
Kim Meyer, 200hr CYT, Instructor
Kim began her journey into Yoga almost fifteen years ago. Dabbling in different aspects of Yoga, she found it immensely helpful during both of her pregnancies. She got serious about Yoga approximately seven years ago, when an inexplicable force drew her to The Yoga Pearl. She was immediately immersed in the peace and tranquility of the studio. Within in this studio and through the mentoring of Kate, Yoga has helped her through the death of her parents and just the day to day. Yoga has not only allowed her to explore other aspects of her strengths, but also her weaknesses, to grow, and to understand. She loves the beauty in the flow of Vinyasa; She loves connecting movement to breath; She loves the challenge of being present in every moment on the mat and bringing that into her life off the mat. She has completed Levels I and II of Healing Touch and has completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga Pearl. She looks forward to bringing the joy of Yoga to others!
Jill Millsap, 200hr CYT, Instructor
The Yoga Pearl is such a big part of Jill's life and has been for years now. Jill considers The Yoga Pearl her safe place, and is a place that's opened up such self growth on and off the mat. Jill's journey through yoga has impacted her life with such positivity and her perspectives on life itself have become much more calm and aware. The practice itself, guidance from Kate, and having Tessa as a friend, inspired Jill to explore a deeper understanding of Yoga. With a lot of support and dedication Jill finished the teacher training in July of 2015, shortly after becoming a mother. This accomplishment has challenged her as a student, teacher, partner, and a mother. It's provided tools to overcome her weaknesses and recognize her strengths on and off the mat. She is extremely grateful for the opportunity to pursue something she is passionate about. Jill is always seeking consistent growth as a student and a teacher. Jill enjoys focusing on breath work, alignment, provides encouragement to her students to get to know their inner selves and listen to their bodies with awareness as they work through poses, still honoring the yogic philosophy. Jill's intention as a teacher is to provide the experience of what yoga has given her, the awareness for the thoughts and patterns that hold us back, aiming to expand the ability to genuinely embrace the beautiful things in life.
Toni Rainey, 200hr CYT, Instructor
Dabbling with yoga for years, Toni found her yoga home at the Yoga Pearl in July of 2010. It started as a way to carve a quiet space for herself during a turbulent period of her life and has turned in to her home away from home!The flow of vinyasa, the deep stretching of Yin, the peace of meditation drew Toni to deepen her yoga practice by taking the teacher training. Learning the 8 Limbs has opened her to new and more challenging experiences. Focusing her training on Yin, Toni would hope to bring that feeling of a more meditative approach to yoga, cultivating an awareness of inner silence and strength. Knowing that Yin is a complement to the more active Yang practices, Toni would like to bring a little Yin in everyone’s life!
Jim Hill, 200hr CYT, Instructor
Jim was originally drawn to Yoga due to chronic lower back pain. His original introduction was through Rodney Yee’s Back Care Yoga for beginners DVD. He was so impressed with the results that he began recommending it to his friends with lower back trouble. After a friend went through the teacher training at the Yoga Pearl, she recommended that Jim do the same, and he completed his 200 hour training in November of 2015. Learning the eight limbs of Yoga has led to many dramatic positive changes in Jim’s life, and his desire is to share that knowledge and those benefits with the world. He is passionate about Yoga and continuing to learn and grow in the practice. Since earning his teacher certification he has also taken classes to earn a Level 2 Reiki Certification, and has plans to become a Reiki Master in the near future. He is fascinated with the subtle body and energy work, and has completed an extensive training course on the Chakras and how to work with them. Jim is very excited to officially be an instructor at the Yoga Pearl and is anxious to share his knowledge and energy with his brothers and sisters in this human family that we are all a part of.
Jennifer Kimball, 200hr CYT, Instructor
Jennifer has been practicing yoga informally for many years and has always loved the experience and dreamed of being an instructor. Her dream became a reality in November of 2015 when she completed her 200 hour level teaching certification at the Yoga Pearl with Rev. Dr. Kathaleen Midcalf. Jennifer’s understands that people come to yoga for many reasons and is dedicated to creating a space so everyone can develop a relationship between the body, the mind, and the breath so that they may move through life with a calmness in their hearts. Jennifer is immersed in yoga’s joyful journey, loves all aspects of her practice and is honored to impart everything she has learned as she continues on her own journey of the self.
Kate and Tessa are mother and daughter and run the studio together. Kate opened the studio in 2007, and Tessa signed on as her manager in 2012. They love running The Yoga Pearl together and are excited to share their love of every aspect of yoga with every student!