Yoga Teachers

+ Jennifer Kieltyka owner & director

Jennifer began practicing yoga along with her massage therapy and visionary craniosacral work in 1996. After studying yoga for a short time, Jennifer traveled to India to explore Yoga in the motherland. Studying and living in the Vivekenanda ashram gave her the essence of yoga that deepened her yoga and meditation practice.

She then moved to Los Angeles and had the privelege of studying with many yoga masters as well as healers. Her teaching began in a small studio in Hermosa Beach, CA in 2001.

In 2006 Jennifer completed the Ashtanga 200 Hour Teacher Training program with Richard Freeman in Boulder, CO. This intense level of training was enriching physically through asana, and spiritually, through chanting and meditation.

After moving back to Kansas City in 2003, she wanted to create a space for a like-minded community to gather, reaping all the benefits of alternative wellness. She soon married her husband Chris Powell, Licensed Acupuncturist, who is the perfect life and business partner to open up Boulevard Yoga & Healing Arts in 2007.

Jennifer loves teaching all levels of yoga students. Her classes can be gentle yet strong, anatomically aligned yet energetically healing. She offers so much gratitude to all her teachers and students alike. Jennifer now shares her knowledge and experiences in her own 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program.

The greatest gift yoga has brought to Jennifer is the ability to find love and kindness in all things, the ability to be present through grief and healing, and knowing when it’s time to rest and time to strive. Most importantly yoga gives her the balance in marriage, motherhood, work, and relationship to God.

+ Stacy Allenbrand

Stacy attended her first yoga class in 2004, looking for a new type of exercise. Little did she know that it would turn into so much more. She soon realized what a treasure she had stumbled upon. Not only did it help her lose weight, but it helped her create peace and balance in all areas of her life. It has been a great tool for dealing with anxiety and depression. Yoga is not just a series of movements for the physical body. It is a moving meditation that synchronizes with the breath, creating a calming experience for the body, mind and spirit. Yoga is a way of life. The 8-fold path of yoga involves much more than asana, or poses. Stacy wants to share this with anyone that is willing to give it a try. She wants to spread the philosophy that yoga is for everybody, not just what is portrayed in mainstream media today.

After attending the Hanuman Yoga Festival in Boulder, CO in 2014, Stacy decided to make her dream of teaching a reality. She completed her 200 hour RYT training program in November of 2016 through Boulevard Yoga & Healing Arts. Stacy has studied Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Restorative yoga, among others. She has practiced under Marti and Starr Lee of In Bliss Yoga and Jennifer Kieltyka of Boulevard Yoga & Healing Arts, and has also taken workshops instructed by Jason Crandell, Amy Ippoliti, and Govindas & Rhada.

In her spare time, Stacy enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her other passion in life is music, so she also spends a lot of time playing guitar, piano and singing.

+ Tonya Alnutt

Tonya began her yoga practice in Kansas City in the early 90's. Her journey led her to become a certified yoga instructor through the Boulevard Yoga 200 hour program. She focuses her classes around learning to heal from within. Her teachings come from her heart, and her classes are led from a place of love and compassion. She teaches a gentle practice that can take you deep within and you will find yourself feeling centered and grounded. Her class is great for students new to yoga or advanced. Tonya is also a loving mother and practicing esthetician.

+ Beth Anderson

Beth is a graduate of the Boulevard Yoga and Healing Arts 200 hour Teacher Training program with Jennifer Kieltyka and has also received certification in Chair Yoga from Lakshmi Voelker at the Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Mass. Beth began her yoga journey with the Bikram style with Patricia Gray and the Ashtanga style with Kathleen Kastner. She has also continued her studies with Tim Miller, Rama Jyoti, Ray Long, Jorgen Christiansson, and others. Beth is a strong believer in the power of meditation and has attended several workshops with Deepak Chopra and Davidji, both located in Carlsbad, CA. Beth teaches a Chair Yoga class, ideal for anyone with injury or mobility issues, and a Gentle Hatha Yoga class perfect for slowing down the mind and body and reconnecting with the breath and the heart.

+ Amber Bagherian

Amber began practicing yoga during the winter as a way to stay healthy when it was too cold to run outside. Something about it spoke to her, so she continued to seek instruction and practice. In 2013, she completed her 200-hr training with Jennifer Kieltyka. Amber has studied the yoga sutras with Rama Jyoti Vernon, and taken workshops with Bhavani Maki, Ray Long, Ricky Tran, David Williams, and others. She believes yoga is a powerful process of compressed evolution, consistently refining one’s thoughts and habits through the practice of physical poses and conscious breathwork. Yoga gives her a deeper sense of connection, peace of mind, and wisdom. Amber teaches in the vinyasa style, holding poses a little longer. She encourages her students to focus on the present moment and to patiently listen to his or her own inner voice. She is grateful to her teachers Jennifer Kieltyka and Patricia Gray for illuminating the yogic path.

+ Brooke Barrier

+ Jamie Batschke

To Jamie, yoga is about coming home to ourselves through non-judgmental awareness, self-compassion, and intention. She is honored and grateful to be able to share practice with her students.

Jamie began exploring yoga, meditation and pranayama in the Berkshires outside of Boston at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2010. She practiced with teachers such as Jurian Hughes and Micah Mortali. She also received teaching from a yogi in Kerala, India while attending her son's wedding there. In 2016, Jamie felt inspired to become a yoga teacher, so she enrolled in the Boulevard Yoga and Healing Arts Teacher Training program and graduated the same year.

Having dedicated her career to social work, Jamie’s passion is to share the tools she’s learned over her years of practice and training to reduce the impact of stress, anxiety, and trauma through the most direct path - the body. In each one of her classes, Jamie provides her students opportunity to explore their boundaries, cultivate a sense of ease, and experience well-being through meditation, mindfulness practices, breath work, and, of course, movement.

+ Amy Bearce

Amy began practicing yoga in 2006 and was hooked after her first class. She started teaching classes under the guidance of her mentor in 2010. In July of 2015 she completed her 200 hour certification at Boulevard Yoga through Jennifer Kieltyka. She enjoys all types of yoga from hatha to vinyasa and ashtanga. Amy truly believes in the healing power of yoga and loves to teach while continuing to grow and learn in her practice.

+ Sally Ellis Delozier

Sally is originally from Chicago, IL, and attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO where she received a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts in Dance. After graduating, she performed in Los Angeles in various music videos and dance productions. She began teaching jazz dance in Kansas City in 1986. She has taught at the State Ballet of Missouri, the Ibsen Dance Center, the Westport Ballet, and City in Motion Dance Theater. Sally began studying yoga locally with Arielle Thomas Newman, Patricia Gray, and Kathleen Kastner, and continues to further her studies with nationally regarded teachers including Max Strom and Shiva Rea. She has studied extensively with Erich Schiffmann is Los Angeles, and was selected to be his assistant in a 60-hour teacher training. Workshops with Judith Lasater have also influenced her teaching style. Sally teaches Hatha yoga, with an emphasis on Vinyasa style. Her goal as a teacher is to help her students create balance between the inner and outer worlds through the physical practice of asana, breath, and meditation. She also incorporates restorative yoga into her classes to promote healing and a sense of peace. Sally received her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification through Christy Burnette, E-RYT.

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+ Margaret Estrin Drinkwine

Margaret is a graduate of the Boulevard Yoga Teacher Training program and a medical doctor. She teachers yoga with a strong anatomic influence and enjoys helping students address specific personal challenges. Margaret also received training and certification to teach Restorative Yoga under Judith Hanson Lasater and is a certified prenatal yoga instructor through Pranakriya. Her classes also emphasize the importance of breathing and meditation to achieve relaxation and your best expression of the pose.

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+ Rhonda Reeves

In 2000 Rhonda began experiencing severe muscle spasms in her lower back. Avoiding a medication with side effects as uncomfortable as the back spasms, she searched for a permanent solution to strengthen her back and core muscles to naturally ease the pain. This quest led her to yoga, a path that has changed her life. Rhonda received a 200 hour certification to teach yoga in 2013 and an additional certification in restorative yoga techniques in 2014. Through workshops she has studied with some of the most respected yoga instructors in the field including Judith Hanson Lasater, Ray Long, Seane Corn and Aadil Palkivala. Through her instruction, Rhonda seeks to bring others to their own sense of how yoga can benefit their lives; whether it’s a simple breathing technique for stress or a dedicated routine to a vinyasa practice, it is all about the goals, needs and physical abilities of the student. Rhonda teaches with compassion and understanding to make sure students are comfortable in any environment, at any skill level.

+ Elise Filo

Elise comes from a background of alignment based therapies. She received her 200 hr RYT from The Yoga School of Therapeutics in Jan, 2017, and has continued her on-going education studying under Doug Keller, Aadil Palkhivala, and Savitri. Through her practice and curiosity of Aadil's lineage, she has chosen to pursue a 500 hr certification through the Purna Yoga College in Bellevue, WA. In addition to her yoga background, she is also receiving a 600hr classical Pilates certification through Pilates of Kansas City. Incorporating physical therapies in addition to meditation and breath, she focuses to help the community build a better awareness in their practice and lifestyles. In addition to yoga she enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs or in the garden, traveling to new cities, cooking, and exploring her creative abilities in art. "Through inner pain and injury, I sought out yoga when I could no longer recognize myself. As I started to heal, the desire to share what I was experiencing lead me on my path of wanting to teach the methods of yoga as a personal therapy. We all suffer in some way, and I want to provide a space for all who enter to start the process of connecting where we have lost touch with ourselves."

+ Donna Jacks

At the age of 16, in 2011, Donna began practicing yoga after taking her first Ashtanga class, she was hooked. Yoga helped her physical performance on the softball field throughout her high school and college level sports. Yoga also played an important role to help gain strength and flexibility in her back and hips after an ATV accident. Donna graduated from the Boulevard Yoga Teacher Training program with Jennifer in 2015, then moved to Columbia Missouri to finish her degree in general studies. After moving back to Kansas City, she started teaching a gentle/beginner class at Boulevard Yoga. “I truly believe in the healing power of yoga and meditation and find it’s easier to get to a place of enlightenment if you have a solid physical base to build on. I focus primarily on body alignment and very basic fundamentals of yoga in a comfortable, open environment to ask questions, and enjoy the positive energy that comes with a yoga practice.”