The Yoga Loft is a boutique studio nestled into Historic Downtown Rogers. We believe that a yoga class should be more than an instructor listing a series of poses. A class should be individualized attention where student and teacher laugh, work, and grow together. All of our instructors have the same mission to bring individualized attention to each and every student. We can't wait to see you on the mat!
Always Chase Your Dreams- The Yoga Loft Team
Images provided by Christopher Lee Photography
S T A F F
Abigail Zimmerman, Founder
Kayla Nyce, Founder
Cody Steussy, Instructor
Joe March, Instructor
Kel de Castro , Instructor
Sarah Myers, Instructor
Angela Hardecke, Instructor
Jess Smiley, Instructor
Abby's passion is to create a welcoming environment, challenging her students to grow in their practice. She has been practicing yoga since 2011, after being attracted to the physical practice of yoga from her years in competitive gymnastics. She decided to become an instructor in 2016. Abby truly believes yoga is special because it is so inclusive; everyone can do yoga and everyone would benefit from a regular practice.
When not at the studio, you can find Abby spending time with her two dogs, husband, and new baby girl.
Kayla found yoga 10 years ago after her second fractured knee left her feeling frustrated. After having been an active individual, she sought a physical exercise that was challenging, yet forgiving. Yoga fueled her competitive spirit while simultaneously granting stress relief. After continuing dedication, she has found that yoga is more than physical work. Yoga is a lifestyle that is applicable to all aspects of your life. Her mind is calmer and her body is happy.
When not at the studio, you'll find Kayla lost in the woods, perfectly content.
Sarah Myers found yoga about 10 years ago after a toe injury drastically altered her plans to pursue dance. She started practicing as a way to stay active and limber post surgery but wound up falling in love with all aspects of yoga. She's spent the past decade practicing under different teachers at various studios across multiple states. Two years ago, she received her 50-hour teaching certification and has been practicing and teaching around NWA ever since. She's excited to meet and spend time with the fabulous yogis at The Yoga Loft
Angela has been practicing Yoga for over 10 years. She recently finished her 200hr RYT training. She enjoys vinyasa flow style classes but has recently been very intrigued by Yin Yoga. It gives her the opportunity to completely decompress and focus inward. She loves meeting new people and hearing about their personal yoga stories. When not on her mat you can find her spending time with her husband, two boys and dogs on the lake!
Cody has always strived to be just a little different. His classes are all about the energy we give and get from each other. Cody began falling in love with yoga after finding his body hurting after high-impact workouts. He quickly discovered that he no longer needed those high impact workouts for results. As he pursued his passion for yoga and health, he saw results not only physically, but emotionally. Now Cody enjoys sharing those discoveries with others while helping them to make their own discoveries.
When Cody is not in a studio, you can find him enjoying time with his husband and their family.
Joe has been practicing yoga for over 7 years. His favorite style is hot power flow but has grown to appreciate and understand the importance of including yin as part of his practice. He started practicing yoga as a low impact form of exercise but stayed with the practice for the improved mind/body benefits it brought to his life off the mat. Joe’s goal as a teacher is to help make yoga accessible for people of all ages and abilities and eagerly.
When not practicing you can find Joe spending time with his family (especially his grand-kids!)
Kel is a 200hrs certified Dynamic Hatha Yoga instructor, currently pursuing her 500hrs. She has been practicing yoga on and off since the age of 16, but her true devotion to the practice began a little over three and a half years ago. In June 2017, Kel had the amazing opportunity to attend a month long residential yoga teacher training at the Circle Yoga Shala near Jasper, Arkansas. Under the guidance of Matt and Holy Krepps, she became immersed in the practice of self-inquiry through the seven core actions as taught in the dynamic hatha yoga practice which unite presence (drusthi), breath (pranayama), integration (bandhas), rhythm (vinyasa) and stillness (asana).
Kel is a former biology teacher at Bentonville High School, and is currently pursuing a PhD in cell and molecular biology focusing on mitochondrial disorders and cellular energetics at the University of Arkansas. She am a total “body nerd” who loves the outdoors, natural movement, Acroyoga, and her dog, son and partner.
-200RYT 300 in progress
What started as a personal quest for emotional growth and healing, led Jess on an educational journey that spans a decade. She began studying yoga and body therapies in California, and after experiencing the benefits in her own life, she became a massage therapist so she could share the love. Seeking to deepen her knowledge, Jess traveled to Thailand, where she obtained certifications in Thai Yoga Massage and Reflexology. This experience changed the way Jess approached body work, and highlighted the importance of movement and stretching. She went on to receive her 200 hour yoga teacher certification at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas, where she immersed herself in a yogic lifestyle. Her time there gave her a glimpse into the transformational potential available through yoga. She took that inspiration back to Arkansas, and studied Kinesiology at the University of Arkansas and began her 500 hour yoga teacher training at Circle Yoga Shala. Her classes incorporate a unique background with focus on gentle, functional movement. Down to earth and easy going, Jess spends her free time dancing to live music and basking in beautiful natural surroundings.
After joining a gym in 2008, I vowed to try all their classes. This also happened to be a especially stressful time for me raising teenagers. After trying my first yoga class I remember thinking “wow, what just happened?” I thought I had taken an exercise class but got so much more. Yoga is the best multitasker created. It is a practice for body, mind and spirit that is introduced on the mat and then practiced in life. The benefits for me came, but not overnight, as I struggled to keep a consistent practice. I let life sweep me away, when things were busy or stressful, I stopped going, the opposite of what helps. This allowed me to see how much yoga gave me, peace, pause, perspective, balance, strength, endurance, flexibility and more! Amazing!
After moving to Northwest AR in 2017, I gave myself the gift of yoga teacher training. Now with my RYT 200, knowing the learning has just begun, I am growing and sharing the benefits of yoga with others. For me it’s exciting to see yoga smooth out the rough edges of someone’s day or help someone learn something new. Currently my teaching concentration is in YIN, slow flow, and relaxation yoga.
When I am not in the studio, I enjoy spending time with my family both human and furry, as well as exploring in nature, making art, cooking, and knitting.