The intention of The 108 is to help people improve their health and quality of life through the integration of body, mind, and spirit within a welcoming, supportive community. The practice of yoga, Pilates, and dance can be a transformative tool towards understanding and accepting our physical, mental, and emotional selves, as well as being instrumental in reaching our physical fitness goals. This ultimately creates peace of mind and peace of heart. Let us help you create your best self.
has been interested in health, fitness and the environment for as long as she can remember. She holds a BS in Nutrition & Management, an MS in Environmental Management, is a Registered Environmental Specialist, managed a health food store for several years and, for 19 years, was the Administrative Manager for the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission. In her mid-40's, she began experiencing autoimmune issues that run in her family. She got serious about her yoga practice and received her first yoga certification in 2002. With the changes in her body through menopause, she became interested in the benefit Pilates can provide and received her certification in Pilates in 2010. She taught at Angela’s Fitness Center for Women in Tahlequah for 8 years then began teaching at The 108 in Tahlequah. In 2014, she fulfilled her dream of owning a yoga studio and became the owner of The 108 Yoga Studio. Cheryl is passionate in her belief that everyone can benefit from a regular yoga and Pilates practice, regardless of their fitness level or stage of life. She enjoys working with a wide variety of people to help them achieve their fitness goals. Cheryl lives in Tahlequah with her husband Mike and currently works at the Grand River Dam Authority. She enjoys cooking, scrapbooking, gardening, painting and spending time with her daughter Kaitlin, her dog Rufus, family and friends.
Born in Colorado and raised in Seattle, WA, I received training in classical, jazz, and world music, earning my Bachelors degree in 1998 from Eastern Washington University and Master's in Music Composition in 2003 from Central Washington University. While living in DC, I photographed and studied the Native American Flute collection at Smithsonian's Natural History Museum in Washington D.C., which eventually brought me to Oklahoma in 2004. The dust from creating 500+ wood and river cane flutes, along with newly discovered allergies/ sensitivities to wheat, corn and processed foods pushed me to look for better ways of improving my declining health. After seeing an infomercial for Zumba® Fitness 2010 I got uber excited! I licensed as a Zumba® instructor in 2011 and became a Certified BollyX® Instructor in 2015. To get to combine the energy and emotion of music with my passion for a healthy lifestyle and nutrition through dance and fitness is the ultimate journey to share! Let's be healthy together!
Lisa Bracken RYT500, AHP
Lisa has been teaching and writing about yoga and meditation throughout the region for over a decade and currently leads the Sunday Morning Gospel Vinyasa Class at the 108 Studio. She is an Ayurvedic Practitioner with a private practice in Tulsa, a Panchakarma Specialist, and also holds certifications in Ayurvedic Massage and Bodywork Therapy. Lisa has a strong desire to understand how the body moves (or more often doesn’t) which drew her to pursue a Master’s degree in Kinesiology. She is a registered yoga teacher with over 1,000 hours of training in anatomy, physiology, Sanskrit, meditation, asana pranayama, and philosophy. She teaches in a manner that is both engaging and educational, with an emphasis on alignment, safety, and joy. She currently lives in Wagoner, Oklahoma with her favorite husband and two rescue dogs.
Grace Chanslor is a former professional ballet dancer and certified Hatha Yoga instructor. She danced professionally and practiced Yoga throughout high school and the two years following. Then, after deciding to attend NSU as an art major in 2014, she went through the process of becoming a certified Yoga instructor. Grace currently teaches Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz at Academy of Performing Arts, volunteers with Encore Performing Arts Society, and teaches Yoga at 108 Yoga Studio. She loves teaching and helping people achieve their goals through dance and Yoga. Grace will graduate this May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art and is looking forward to what life brings her.
Shivani Janet Chase
Shivani has been exploring and practicing Yoga for more than 40 years and Ayurveda for over 25. She became a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner in 1997 and has maintained a private practice ever since providing Ayurvedic wellness and lifestyle counseling, pancha karma, various body treatments along with yoga and meditation instruction. Shivani is a licensed educator, licensed massage therapist and is certified is spiritual counseling, Reiki and other useful things. She uses her intuition to get down to the base of things. She lives out in the woods in Tahlequah with her wonderful husband Steven, and cat, Jack. She is the owner of Balanced Life Ayurveda. You can learn more about Shivani at balancedlifeayurveda.com or on Facebook.
Kimberly D. Dawson, M.S.
Kim possesses a B.S. degree in Health & Human Performance with a Clinical Wellness Emphasis and a M.S degree in College Teaching with a Physical Education Emphasis. She has served as a certification workshop presenter for 12 years, with 8 of those years presenting for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Her prior certifications include Certified Aquatic Fitness Instructor, Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Certified Mat Pilates Instructor, Medical Exercise Credential, Fitness Kickboxing Specialist, ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer Level III, AAAI/ISMA, Holistic Health Consultant, AAAI/ISMA Aquatic Aerobics Instructor, ESA Certification Educator, and AHA BLS Instructor. She has held professional membership with OAHPERD & ACSM since 1998. In addition to nine years of college teaching experience, Kim has nearly 20 years of experience in group fitness and personal training. She currently holds certifications as an ACSM Exercise Physiologist (EPc) and ACSM Exercise is Medicine Credential (EIM). After getting her start at the NSU fitness center in 1997, Kim served as the Director of the new RiverHawks Wellness Center (The FIT) from 2013-2016. She continues teaching certification workshops in the Oklahoma area as a Teaching Associate for Fitness Education Network (FEN), LLC. FEN provides the certification preparation workshops for ACSM Exercise Physiologist & Personal Training programs. Kim currently serves on the City of Tahlequah Recreation Board & Cherokee County Healthy Living Coalition. Kim owns and operates The Fitness Studio by KIM in Tahlequah and provides personal training and group fitness instruction to all ages and fitness levels.
eather Ezell was a competitive gymnast and athlete in her formative years. In 2001 on the advice of a friend she took an intro to yoga course (Iyengar). Her interest was piqued. Exploring many forms of yoga, she developed a regular practice. Once she was introduced to Ashtanga yoga, she was completely enchanted. Heather began substituting and knew she wanted to pursue her teaching certification. She completed teacher training and received her RYT 200 certificate in May 2012. Heather has been teaching on a regular basis in the Green Country area since 2006. She, along with her husband, owns Hang Zen, a stand-up paddleboard company, which offers SUP yoga and tours. They live at Lake Tenkiller with their dog, Gator, who, not only likes to practice yoga with her everyday but also does the best downward facing dog in the house.
Located near Lake Tenkiller. Sinea has been practicing yoga for two years faithfully and was encouraged to share her practice with others around her. She has recently finished up her yoga certification in power yoga from Yoga Deza out of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Sinea believes that everyone can benefit from some form of yoga, it's just taking the time to find what is right for you. Sinea has her M.ED in Public School Administration, BS in Elementary Education and BS in Special Education. She is currently an Elementary School teacher, at Tenkiller Elementary School. She resides in Keys with her husband Bob, dog Flex, and yard full of chickens.
Mindy Hendrix is a Tahlequah Native and has been practicing yoga for 25 years. She teaches Indigo Arts, a sacred set of practices she has developed, which combines moving meditation, energy movement similar to Tai Chi, Namaskars and sequential yoga asanas. The practices help support a conscious lifestyle, connect us to the rhythms of Mother Earth and help strengthen energies within the body, resulting in the ability to be balanced, peaceful and present throughout the day and ultimately throughout our lives. Occasionally, a unique Bo Staff practice is implemented. Mindy is a devoted student to her Maha teacher Shiva Rea, a yogini firekeeper, sacred activist and creator of Prana Flow Yoga which draws on the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra and Bhakti. She also reveres and continues to learn from her Tantra teacher Shibana Singh, Tantric Shaivism teacher Christopher Tompkins, Yoga Instructor Tom Tobias, Ayurveda Practitioner Shivani Chase and many friends and loved ones throughout the Tahlequah community. Mindy has her M.ED in Special Education and Early Childhood Degree. She's taught in public and private schools for 15 years and has 3 children, Joe, Ben and Elli Rose, who continue to teach and inspire her. Being a mother is Mindy's most important role. She has a deep and profound respect for all children, admires their ability to live in the present moment and live by their intuitive nature. Mindy also enjoys spending time in nature, kayaking, running, reading, dancing, art and music. She is grateful for the souls she meets on her path and in this dance of life.