ABOUT

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IT ALL BEGAN WHEN...

We opened in April 2016 in our beautiful, urban building located at 15th and Trenton. Opened by Melissa Cameron who was inspired to create a yoga community where quality and accessibility are the priority. The simple model of #paywhatyoucanforyoga allows everyone a chance to experience the benefits of mindful movement, meditation and a healthier lifestyle.  From April 2016 - March 2018, we taught yoga to over 10,000 people and we learned A LOT!  Our staff worked endlessly to show up to every single class, even if there was just 1 person.  On our 100% donation model we learned that there were plenty of people that could enjoy yoga that may not have otherwise been able to attend a studio class.  We also learned that if we wanted to keep our doors open, we were going to need to change our model.  So, in March 2018, we decided to change our model to a hybrid donation studio where we continue to offer our Beginners Yoga Classes on a donation basis but the remainder of the classes would be set-up differently.  Melissa and the entire team of I AM Yoga is passionate about sharing yoga and we continue to explore ways to we can reach anyone who wants to take a class.  We are now expanding our Yoga Scholarships and putting 5% of every membership paid into a scholarship fund that can be extended to those who simply cannot afford $13 per class.

WHY THE CHANGE TO 'I AM'

In 2011, we hosted the first I AM Yoga Festival and continued the festival for 6 straight years.  The name I AM was decided on in an effort to choose this opportunity to create empowerment for each individual.  To recognize and remember that we are each the creator of our lives and that when we embrace our own power, we are collectively a stronger community.  When we opened the doors of our studio, the name Cherry Street Yoga was where we landed.  During the first two years of operating, we LOVED being Cherry Street Yoga and a 100% donation based yoga studio.  As we have evolved, grown and learned more, we have decided to go back to our roots of the name and mission of personal empowerment through yoga and wellness.  We are renaming our beautiful studio I AM YOGA + WELLNESS.


OUR LOCATION

1604 East 15th Street, Tulsa, OK 74120  |  Free parking lot behind our building.

 
 

OUR TEAM

 
 
  Melissa Joy Cameron   Melissa is a serial entrepreneur and has been working for herself since 2003. Once the owner and operator of Natural Lullabies, a retail store and community center that opened in 2003 in South Tulsa. Melissa also developed and still teaches a holistic childbirth education curriculum called Pure Birth which incorporates mindfulness into birth. She has been teaching childbirth classes and attending births as a doula since 2003 with almost 200 births and over 1,500 childbirth classes. Melissa has also been involved in many other projects and has opened two different yoga studios. Melissa also has enjoyed sharing yoga in many different capacities since her first yoga teacher training in 2005 and has taught over 5,000 yoga classes. She believes that yoga exists within all people and it has been her mission for 13 years to find creative and sustainable ways to help others find their own personal power through yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Melissa teaches all different types of yoga classes including prenatal yoga, beginners yoga, vinyasa yoga, and power vinyasa yoga. She believes that vinyasa yoga is an awakening to the soul and provides a portal to a deep understanding of the self.  She has been a Co-Founder/Director of the  I AM Yoga, Art + Music Festival  since 2011. Melissa also teaches Mindfulness and Empowered Living Classes in many different environments such as companies, schools, and a prison work-release program. Melissa is a single mother of four sons ranging from 2 – 15 years old and graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Finance).

Melissa Joy Cameron

Melissa is a serial entrepreneur and has been working for herself since 2003. Once the owner and operator of Natural Lullabies, a retail store and community center that opened in 2003 in South Tulsa. Melissa also developed and still teaches a holistic childbirth education curriculum called Pure Birth which incorporates mindfulness into birth. She has been teaching childbirth classes and attending births as a doula since 2003 with almost 200 births and over 1,500 childbirth classes. Melissa has also been involved in many other projects and has opened two different yoga studios. Melissa also has enjoyed sharing yoga in many different capacities since her first yoga teacher training in 2005 and has taught over 5,000 yoga classes. She believes that yoga exists within all people and it has been her mission for 13 years to find creative and sustainable ways to help others find their own personal power through yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Melissa teaches all different types of yoga classes including prenatal yoga, beginners yoga, vinyasa yoga, and power vinyasa yoga. She believes that vinyasa yoga is an awakening to the soul and provides a portal to a deep understanding of the self.

She has been a Co-Founder/Director of the I AM Yoga, Art + Music Festival since 2011. Melissa also teaches Mindfulness and Empowered Living Classes in many different environments such as companies, schools, and a prison work-release program. Melissa is a single mother of four sons ranging from 2 – 15 years old and graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Finance).

  Aleks Kitchens   Aleks is an Okie girl, born and raised in Stillwater. She then went north to Minnesota, earning a bachelor's degree in dance from St. Olaf College. While there, she learned the value of being warm and cozy (her favorite way to be) and completed her yoga teacher training at Yoga Center of Minneapolis in 2013. After returning to Oklahoma, Aleks began teaching yoga and dance in Stillwater and eventually settled at home in Tulsa. She currently works at Tulsa Children's Museum, developing and teaching curriculum that takes yoga, creative movement, and breath regulation practices into schools and other community organizations.  Aleks has attended trainings by Yoga Warriors International, Street Yoga, and YogaKids, learning how to inform her yoga teaching with trauma-sensitive language and sequencing for veterans and youth as well as learning practices specifically designed to bring the benefits of yoga to children. In her own practice, Aleks plays with balancing strength and softness, finding the rhythm of her own breath, listening through stillness and movement to her own body's wisdom, and cultivating presence, peace, compassion, gratitude, generosity, gentleness, and acceptance. In her teaching, she hopes to create a safe space for practice where others can be at home in their bodies.  Outside of the studio, you can find Aleks in comfy clothes at home, drinking coffee on her porch, snuggling with her dog Desi, walking along the river with her husband, reading and watching Harry Potter, hanging out with her family, or working on a dance project. She loves this city she has come to call home and is honored to serve Tulsa by sharing yoga with the CSY community.

Aleks Kitchens

Aleks is an Okie girl, born and raised in Stillwater. She then went north to Minnesota, earning a bachelor's degree in dance from St. Olaf College. While there, she learned the value of being warm and cozy (her favorite way to be) and completed her yoga teacher training at Yoga Center of Minneapolis in 2013. After returning to Oklahoma, Aleks began teaching yoga and dance in Stillwater and eventually settled at home in Tulsa. She currently works at Tulsa Children's Museum, developing and teaching curriculum that takes yoga, creative movement, and breath regulation practices into schools and other community organizations.

Aleks has attended trainings by Yoga Warriors International, Street Yoga, and YogaKids, learning how to inform her yoga teaching with trauma-sensitive language and sequencing for veterans and youth as well as learning practices specifically designed to bring the benefits of yoga to children. In her own practice, Aleks plays with balancing strength and softness, finding the rhythm of her own breath, listening through stillness and movement to her own body's wisdom, and cultivating presence, peace, compassion, gratitude, generosity, gentleness, and acceptance. In her teaching, she hopes to create a safe space for practice where others can be at home in their bodies.

Outside of the studio, you can find Aleks in comfy clothes at home, drinking coffee on her porch, snuggling with her dog Desi, walking along the river with her husband, reading and watching Harry Potter, hanging out with her family, or working on a dance project. She loves this city she has come to call home and is honored to serve Tulsa by sharing yoga with the CSY community.

  Chanista Karns   Bio coming soon!

Chanista Karns

Bio coming soon!

 
  Grant Johnson   Grant began practicing yoga as a physical exercise after a weight training injury kept him out of the gym. As his asana practice grew so did his love of the other limbs of yoga. He began teaching in Denver in 2012 after completing his RYT 200. He moved to Tulsa in 2015 and looks forward to becoming more involved with the Tulsa Yoga Community. Grant currently teaching at I AM Yoga + Wellness on Cherry Street. With a focus on alignment and breath, Grant's class is both physical and a place to shut down the mind.

Grant Johnson

Grant began practicing yoga as a physical exercise after a weight training injury kept him out of the gym. As his asana practice grew so did his love of the other limbs of yoga. He began teaching in Denver in 2012 after completing his RYT 200. He moved to Tulsa in 2015 and looks forward to becoming more involved with the Tulsa Yoga Community. Grant currently teaching at I AM Yoga + Wellness on Cherry Street. With a focus on alignment and breath, Grant's class is both physical and a place to shut down the mind.

  Justin Walker   Hi! My name is Justin Walker and I finished my RYT-200 teacher training because I believe yoga is for everyone and not just for the super flexible people you see in the pictures. I started practicing yoga 6 years ago as a way to help my tight legs. Being a competitive ultra-runner, my body was so tight I couldn't even come close to touching my toes. After I dedicated myself to practicing regularly, I quickly noticed a difference.  My yoga practice has been my secret weapon to staying healthy while running 70-100 miles per week. Yoga to me is all about connecting back to our bodies through breath and movement, tapping into our bodies internal wisdom and strength. We are all stronger than we ever realize, both mentally and physically.  I like to move slow in my classes, focusing on moving the body with the breath through the postures. Come slow down on your mat with me, disconnect from our busy lives and reconnect back to your body!

Justin Walker

Hi! My name is Justin Walker and I finished my RYT-200 teacher training because I believe yoga is for everyone and not just for the super flexible people you see in the pictures. I started practicing yoga 6 years ago as a way to help my tight legs. Being a competitive ultra-runner, my body was so tight I couldn't even come close to touching my toes. After I dedicated myself to practicing regularly, I quickly noticed a difference.

My yoga practice has been my secret weapon to staying healthy while running 70-100 miles per week. Yoga to me is all about connecting back to our bodies through breath and movement, tapping into our bodies internal wisdom and strength. We are all stronger than we ever realize, both mentally and physically.

I like to move slow in my classes, focusing on moving the body with the breath through the postures. Come slow down on your mat with me, disconnect from our busy lives and reconnect back to your body!

  Renee Beck   Renee Beck Klimisch is a certified Prana Vinyasa instructor. She has received degrees of B.S. Chemistry, M.B.A. Finance, and is working toward a degree in Naturopathy. Renee has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. She was first introduced to Bikram Yoga and studied asana and yogic philosophy with Greg McCann of the Bikram School of India. Curiosity and her love of learning led her to expand her practice to Vinyasa styles. She attended workshops and immersions with notable instructors such as Baron Baptiste, Tias Little, and Desiree Rambaugh.

Renee Beck

Renee Beck Klimisch is a certified Prana Vinyasa instructor. She has received degrees of B.S. Chemistry, M.B.A. Finance, and is working toward a degree in Naturopathy. Renee has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. She was first introduced to Bikram Yoga and studied asana and yogic philosophy with Greg McCann of the Bikram School of India. Curiosity and her love of learning led her to expand her practice to Vinyasa styles. She attended workshops and immersions with notable instructors such as Baron Baptiste, Tias Little, and Desiree Rambaugh.

 
  Kassie Patton   Kassie discovered yoga in 2010. What started as a therapy for her low back pain, transformed into a lifestyle, community and profession. Her primary focus is to study how the mind and body work, and how to integrate the practices of yoga into daily life. She enjoys exploring and discovering the relationships that exist between the muscles, mind and breath, and tuning into the energetic and emotional layer of the practice. She does this by slowing down, tuning into and identifying sensations, and cultivating awareness and ease through experience, playfulness and practice, and wants her classes to offer the space for people to do the same. Kassie has studied with a variety of teachers in a range of movement styles and lineages; Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Hatha, Bikram, Anasara, Viniyoga, Sridaiva, dance, Pilates, Physical Therapy methods, and Therapeutic yoga. She attained her 200hr teacher certification with Everyone Yoga School in Tulsa, earned a certification in RECESS kids yoga and completed the Devata tantric philosophy elective. By the end of 2018 she will have earned another 300hr certification from EYS, is currently enrolled in SUP certification, and hopes to complete Trauma Informed training in the fall. Her path is veering towards the yoga as therapy approach. Her primary teachers and mentors in the Tulsa area are Stephen Saunders, Mandy Eubanks, Melissa Cameron, and Nicole Peltier Hall. She wants to help and inspire others to discover the magic of the yoga practice. She believes there truly is something for Everyone and that by utilizing the tools of yoga, we can discover, uncover, establish and maintain our balance, strength, identity and self worth with joy, gratitude and contentment. She is also a mother, photographer and teaches self regulation, yoga and mindfulness to kids in the public school system.

Kassie Patton

Kassie discovered yoga in 2010. What started as a therapy for her low back pain, transformed into a lifestyle, community and profession. Her primary focus is to study how the mind and body work, and how to integrate the practices of yoga into daily life. She enjoys exploring and discovering the relationships that exist between the muscles, mind and breath, and tuning into the energetic and
emotional layer of the practice. She does this by slowing down, tuning into and identifying sensations, and cultivating awareness and ease through experience, playfulness and practice, and wants her classes to offer the space for people to do the same. Kassie has studied with a variety of teachers in a range of movement styles and lineages; Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Hatha, Bikram, Anasara, Viniyoga, Sridaiva, dance, Pilates, Physical Therapy methods, and Therapeutic yoga. She attained her 200hr teacher certification with Everyone Yoga School in Tulsa, earned a certification in RECESS kids yoga and completed the Devata tantric philosophy elective. By the end of 2018 she will have earned another 300hr certification from EYS, is currently enrolled in SUP certification, and hopes to complete Trauma Informed training in the fall. Her path is veering towards the yoga as therapy approach. Her primary teachers and mentors in the Tulsa area are Stephen Saunders, Mandy Eubanks, Melissa Cameron, and Nicole Peltier Hall. She wants to help and inspire others to discover the magic of the yoga practice. She
believes there truly is something for Everyone and that by utilizing the tools of yoga, we can discover, uncover, establish and maintain our balance, strength, identity and self worth with joy, gratitude and contentment. She is also a mother, photographer and teaches self regulation, yoga and mindfulness to kids in the public school system.

  Sunny Dawn Ray   Sunny Dawn Ray began practicing yoga regularly in 2006 and has been teaching since 2008. After completing a 200 hour teacher training program, she became registered with Yoga Alliance and has thousands of hours of teaching experience. Sunny is constantly expanding her practice and continuing her education studying with inspiring teachers locally and nationally. Sunny strives to make all of her classes a positive and welcoming experience for students of all levels and is very happy to have so many opportunities to bring yoga to people all over Oklahoma.

Sunny Dawn Ray

Sunny Dawn Ray began practicing yoga regularly in 2006 and has been teaching since 2008. After completing a 200 hour teacher training program, she became registered with Yoga Alliance and has thousands of hours of teaching experience. Sunny is constantly expanding her practice and continuing her education studying with inspiring teachers locally and nationally. Sunny strives to make all of her classes a positive and welcoming experience for students of all levels and is very happy to have so many opportunities to bring yoga to people all over Oklahoma.

  Missy Boudiette   Missy has been practicing yoga for 6 years after many years of dance, running, and a variety of creative physical fitness expressions. She’s the mother of two amazing boys, Aidan and Alec, and a lifelong Tulsan. Missy graduated from the university of Oklahoma with a degree in elementary education and has spent more than a decade supporting families as a birth and postpartum doula, Childbirth Educator and doula trainer. After completing the 7 month internship through I AM Yoga, she’s excited to add vinyasa yoga to her teaching career. Missy is full of life and enthusiasm and loves connecting with others. She’s passionate about empowering people to know who they are and create a path to live their best lives. She loves yoga because it offers a holistic path to wellness by touching our minds, bodies and spirits. Although she first came to yoga as a new exercise to try, Missy soon discovered something much more transformative was happening as she experienced new levels of emotional healing, peace and confidence. Missy has always been fascinated by psychology and brain science and has learned through her study of vinyasa yoga that this ancient practice works at a biological level. The simple act of following a thoughtfully designed asana practice can enable individuals to retrain neural pathways and truly unlock their own unique rewards in the process. After years as an educator, Missy is excellent at presenting yoga in an understandable and accessible way, and helping others find their place in yoga. You can expect a warm smile, friendly personality, and an encouraging spirit while she challenges you to to explore your own journey and reach new heights!

Missy Boudiette

Missy has been practicing yoga for 6 years after many years of dance, running, and a variety of creative physical fitness expressions. She’s the mother of two amazing boys, Aidan and Alec, and a lifelong Tulsan. Missy graduated from the university of Oklahoma with a degree in elementary education and has spent more than a decade supporting families as a birth and postpartum doula, Childbirth Educator and doula trainer. After completing the 7 month internship through I AM Yoga, she’s excited to add vinyasa yoga to her teaching career. Missy is full of life and enthusiasm and loves connecting with others. She’s passionate about empowering people to know who they are and create a path to live their best lives. She loves yoga because it offers a holistic path to wellness by touching our minds, bodies and spirits. Although she first came to yoga as a new exercise to try, Missy soon discovered something much more transformative was happening as she experienced new levels of emotional healing, peace and confidence. Missy has always been fascinated by psychology and brain science and has learned through her study of vinyasa yoga that this ancient practice works at a biological level. The simple act of following a thoughtfully designed asana practice can enable individuals to retrain neural pathways and truly unlock their own unique rewards in the process. After years as an educator, Missy is excellent at presenting yoga in an understandable and accessible way, and helping others find their place in yoga. You can expect a warm smile, friendly personality, and an encouraging spirit while she challenges you to to explore your own journey and reach new heights!

 
  Megan Hosmer   Megan has been working for I Am Yoga + Wellness since June of 2016 and is a senior at the University of Tulsa. She has been practicing yoga for eight years. Megan began her yoga practice when she was fourteen years old and in need of some clarity about her identity during those tough adolescent years. When she moved to Tulsa from Chicago at thirteen she had a very hard time adjusting and turned to yoga in ninth grade as a means to find her true self and center as she worked through anxiety, insecurity, and all of the other complexities adolescence encompasses.   Megan has just begun her journey as a teacher and her class is primarily an all-levels vinyasa practice that is playful, dynamic and balanced. Yoga has taught her many things, but one of her favorite concepts is that every single person, regardless of race, gender, social class, age and any other socially constructed identifying factors can participate. Everyone deserves to feel good. Moreover, this is a growing necessity in a world that does not always acknowledge the importance of play alongside work. What yoga brings forth in one person is not necessarily the same for another person but giving people the opportunity to find what their bodies need through movement and breath is what she believes to be a beautiful expression of social equality. As a yoga instructor Megan is incredibly excited to help people get whatever they need in their practice in a space of acceptance, encouragement, and fun — let’s get moving! Megan recently completed a 7-month Yoga Mentorship at I AM Yoga + Wellness and began teaching in the fall of 2018.

Megan Hosmer

Megan has been working for I Am Yoga + Wellness since June of 2016 and is a senior at the University of Tulsa. She has been practicing yoga for eight years. Megan began her yoga practice when she was fourteen years old and in need of some clarity about her identity during those tough adolescent years. When she moved to Tulsa from Chicago at thirteen she had a very hard time adjusting and turned to yoga in ninth grade as a means to find her true self and center as she worked through anxiety, insecurity, and all of the other complexities adolescence encompasses.


Megan has just begun her journey as a teacher and her class is primarily an all-levels vinyasa practice that is playful, dynamic and balanced. Yoga has taught her many things, but one of her favorite concepts is that every single person, regardless of race, gender, social class, age and any other socially constructed identifying factors can participate. Everyone deserves to feel good. Moreover, this is a growing necessity in a world that does not always acknowledge the importance of play alongside work. What yoga brings forth in one person is not necessarily the same for another person but giving people the opportunity to find what their bodies need through movement and breath is what she believes to be a beautiful expression of social equality. As a yoga instructor Megan is incredibly excited to help people get whatever they need in their practice in a space of acceptance, encouragement, and fun — let’s get moving! Megan recently completed a 7-month Yoga Mentorship at I AM Yoga + Wellness and began teaching in the fall of 2018.

  Emmi Galfo   Emmi Galfo has been teaching dance and flexibility for over 13 years. She originally started yoga as a way to cross train with dance but then fell in love with the practice. She loves the way that yoga slows down the mind and creates a loving space to meditate incorporating breath and movement. She likes how in this fast pace world, yoga can help people reset and refocus bringing about peace and clarity. Emmi wants her classes to be inviting spaces for everyone to feel comfortable and welcome. Emmi recently completed a 7-month Yoga Mentorship at I AM Yoga + Wellness and began teaching in the fall of 2018.

Emmi Galfo

Emmi Galfo has been teaching dance and flexibility for over 13 years. She originally started yoga as a way to cross train with dance but then fell in love with the practice. She loves the way that yoga slows down the mind and creates a loving space to meditate incorporating breath and movement. She likes how in this fast pace world, yoga can help people reset and refocus bringing about peace and clarity. Emmi wants her classes to be inviting spaces for everyone to feel comfortable and welcome. Emmi recently completed a 7-month Yoga Mentorship at I AM Yoga + Wellness and began teaching in the fall of 2018.