ABOUT

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A LITTLE ABOUT OUR JOURNEY

I AM Yoga was created by Melissa Joy Cameron (and a whole bunch of friends who love and support her).

Melissa began her yoga journey in 2000 by attending classes around Tulsa and then decided in 2005 to attend her first teacher training. At the time, she owned a retail store called Natural Lullabies which also focused on services and education classes for women and families in the time of pregnancy, birth and parenting. She focused her initial yoga efforts on prenatal, mommy and me and children’s yoga. Melissa began expanding her offerings around 2010 teaching public yoga classes in a variety of formats and environments. She has taught everywhere from gyms, offices, breweries, bed and breakfast, private homes, birthday parties, internationally and so much more. In 2011, Melissa co-created the Special Delivery Birth Center and had a small yoga studio inside the birth center. It was also in 2011 that Melissa began to co-create the I AM Yoga Festival with a group of friends. The I AM Yoga Festival was a huge part of the journey that led to the organization you see today.

In 2012, Melissa opened a yoga studio on 6th and Peoria and then left shortly after to explore teaching in other studios and focus on the festival. It was in 2016 that Melissa opened Cherry Street Yoga which eventually became I AM Yoga Studio. Melissa quickly found the best yoga instructors she could find and began to form the I AM Yoga Community. At I AM Yoga, we are dedicated to yoga and continue to find unique and applicable ways to create a healthier community through the practice and philosophy of vinyasa yoga. In 2019, Melissa and her dear friend Chrispy Bhagat Singh co-created the I AM Yoga School which focuses on Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training. In May of 2019, I AM Yoga will relocate to their new location at 15th + Columbia in midtown Tulsa.

What a ride… thanks for reading and we hope to see you around!

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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   Chanista has been practicing yoga for six years and has been teaching for 3. She teaches a wide range of beings and works with kids aging from pre-K to high school and adults young and old. She has studied with Everyone Yoga School in Tulsa, I AM Kids Tulsa with Dana Morris, and with Sarah Klein's Ashtanga Mentorship Program in Durango, Co. Currently she is teaching and learning, and creating new ways to help all generations unplug and tune in. Chanista teaches kids yoga, restorative yoga, and vinyasa!   She believes there is a type of yoga for everyone and has personally seen the benefits through her own practice in managing stress through breathing, meditation, and healthy movement. Her passion is sharing this message with you.

Chanista Karns

Chanista has been practicing yoga for six years and has been teaching for 3. She teaches a wide range of beings and works with kids aging from pre-K to high school and adults young and old. She has studied with Everyone Yoga School in Tulsa, I AM Kids Tulsa with Dana Morris, and with Sarah Klein's Ashtanga Mentorship Program in Durango, Co. Currently she is teaching and learning, and creating new ways to help all generations unplug and tune in. Chanista teaches kids yoga, restorative yoga, and vinyasa!


She believes there is a type of yoga for everyone and has personally seen the benefits through her own practice in managing stress through breathing, meditation, and healthy movement. Her passion is sharing this message with you.

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.

 
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.

Michelle Bias   In the fall of 2017, Michelle Bias found her way to a consistent yoga practice when she decided it was time to bring her meditation practice into her body. Yoga provided the space to integrate the wholeness of mind, body, and spirit she was seeking. As a former athlete and bodybuilder in her 20’s - injuries, spinal misalignments and several knee surgeries kept her from the active lifestyle she was used to. Yoga has been the avenue to discovering how to be kind to her body while it heals from inside out. She enjoys teaching yoga to groups of all levels, as well working with her private yoga clients.  Michelle has a masters in Transpersonal Psychology, is a Life Coach specializing in Family Constellation Work, and a certified Astrologer. She is a public speaker and facilitates workshops in the areas of constellation work, emotional/physical minimalism, dreams and meditation. She has a private practice in Tulsa and works remotely across the U.S.

Michelle Bias

In the fall of 2017, Michelle Bias found her way to a consistent yoga practice when she decided it was time to bring her meditation practice into her body. Yoga provided the space to integrate the wholeness of mind, body, and spirit she was seeking. As a former athlete and bodybuilder in her 20’s - injuries, spinal misalignments and several knee surgeries kept her from the active lifestyle she was used to. Yoga has been the avenue to discovering how to be kind to her body while it heals from inside out. She enjoys teaching yoga to groups of all levels, as well working with her private yoga clients.

Michelle has a masters in Transpersonal Psychology, is a Life Coach specializing in Family Constellation Work, and a certified Astrologer. She is a public speaker and facilitates workshops in the areas of constellation work, emotional/physical minimalism, dreams and meditation. She has a private practice in Tulsa and works remotely across the U.S.

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.