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 at the 700 Hour Level. Kate also practices Healing Touch.
Kate's areas of expertise include yoga, meditation, spiritual mentoring, nutritional consultation and Healing Touch. She offers support toothers 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, Kate is a Celebrant licensed to officiate your wedding. She has 6 years of experience coordinating weddings at Center for Spiritual Living in Reno and has another 6 years officiating weddings at many locations in the Reno/Sparks area (as well as in California) and supports the couple in their belief system, whether it be a civil, religious, or simply spiritual ceremony. She also is a Celebrant for Renewal of Vows, Baby Blessings, and Funerals.
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 teacher, mentor and minister, building a community of inclusivity at the Pearl.
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.
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!
Beverley Boekhoud, 200hr CYT, Instructor
Beve has always had a deep passion for advancing people and nurturing them to succeed in small business development. Previously working in Business Development and Entrepreneurship, she left the corporate environment when she relocated to Sparks in 2014. Beve started her yoga practice two and a half years ago, in the past shying away from it, until she realised, ‘Yoga is for Runners and Everyone Else. Beve immediately fell in love with the whole concept of the yogi life. The peace of mind in deepening her own spirituality. Building her strength of character and the physical flexibility it gave her, connecting mind, body and breath on the mat and off the mat. Beve always wanted to be good at running, inspired by her sister an Ultra marathoner and many other runners she watched from afar. She therefore embarked on the Yoga Teacher’s Training course to deepen and enhance her own personal practice, both mentally and physically. With the desire to become a better runner, growing stronger and more flexible. Beve found her home and a place in the community here at The Yoga Pearl. She felt accepted and believed Yoga was certainly where she could flourish. Beve wishes to share her special journey, her newfound love of Yoga, with others so they too can live their Namaste and succeed. Beve has recently completed her 200hour Yoga Teacher Training certification at the Yoga Pearl. Graduating this September and joining us as our newest recruit.
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.
Jackie Green, 200hr CYT, Instructor
Jackie has long been drawn to yoga, practicing intermittently for more than 20 years. She found her way to the Yoga Pearl in January 2016 and by the following year was ready to make a commitment to her practice, becoming certified in September 2017. A musician and writer, Jackie hopes to further explore yoga’s effects on the mind, particularly as it relates to creativity. From a practical standpoint, Jackie has seen many healthful results of her yoga practice, including lower cholesterol and blood pressure. In addition, her yoga practice has made her stronger, both inside and out, which is a good thing because she always has some new endeavor in sight, whether it’s bicycling the Edible Pedal, traveling through Europe or going on some new adventure with her teenage daughter!
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!