MEET OUR TEAM
Gabe Hopp — E-RYT-500, Co-Owner
Gabe started practicing yoga in the early 2000s while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in music therapy from the University of Evansville. She continued that study in Omaha, under Theresa Murphy at One Tree Yoga while she completed her Master’s degree in musicology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Gabe took her 200-hour yoga teacher training in Prague, Czech Republic in 2010. Since then, she has trained extensively with master teachers throughout the United States including Tias and Surya Little, Linda Spackman, Nicholai Bachman, Rod Stryker, Ben Vincent, Christina Sell, Noah Maze and Amy Matthews. In 2012-2013, Gabe twice traveled to India to study yoga therapy with Svastha yoga teachers the Mohan’s. In the fall of 2017, Gabe finished her 500-hour certification to become a Prajna Yoga teacher. Gabe’s philosophy is that yoga is a life practice. One should view yoga practice with a broad scope to include meditation, prayer, chanting, singing, compassion in action, and breathing, as well as physical postures. Through a practice of yoga, we have the opportunity to discover our true nature and our purpose for being here (dharma). Most recently, Gabe has been honing the practice of acceptance.
Alison Tigges — E-RYT-500, Co-Owner
Alison started practicing yoga in 2002. As an athlete and dancer, it seemed like a smart progression and way to heal from years of injuries. Under the direction of Theresa Murphy, Alison started teaching in 2008 at One Tree Yoga in Omaha, NE. Alison has been teaching a variety of styles there since: hot, hatha, vinyasa, yin, restorative…to name a few. Since 2013, Alison began to co-lead the studio’s 200-hour teacher training program. Alison has gone on to study with Tias Little and Prajna Yoga out of Santa Fe, NM, where she received her 500-hour certification in 2014. Currently Alison is studying regularly with Noah Maze and YogaMaze, out of Los Angeles, CA. Alison’s commitment to training, learning and practicing all types of yoga is evident in her teaching. All of her classes include smart sequencing, strong cues on form, anatomy and alignment, as well as weaving in various aspects of yogic philosophy. While Alison’s teaching style is rooted in traditional yoga, she also brings an element of fun and light-heartedness to her classes. She believes yoga is truly for everyone, and her goal is to help as many people incorporate it into their lives as possible.
April Billingsley - 200 Hour
I began practicing yoga about 10 years ago. My goal was to find balance physically, but I am finding much more than that as my practice grows. I spent several years practicing solely hot yoga. When I was introduced to other styles at OTY I was instantly hooked. I felt connected to the practice and had a strong desire to know more. In 2018 I completed OTY’s teacher training program and soon after began teaching yoga to Crossfit athletes as well as my co-workers at Union Pacific. I love the style of teaching at OTY – particularly the focus on anatomy and the balancing of effort and ease. I have always had a love for fitness, putting most (too much!) of my energy towards running and Crossfit. Yoga has helped me slow down and find a much needed balance – physically, mentally and emotionally. My other loves include two German Sheppard fur babies, traveling, biking, and time with family and friends.
Catie Bacon - 200 Hour
Catie's practice began after completing a full marathon in 2009. Looking for something to heal from all the wear and tear, she looked to hot yoga and found much more than a good sweat. In 2012 she decided to make a lifetime commitment to yoga by enrolling in One Tree Yoga's 200 hour Teacher Training program. Since receiving her certification, Catie is now a mother of two and is now more convinced than ever how healing, peace giving, and beneficial the practice of yoga is in her life on and off the mat, and is eager to share that experience with her students. "I love the idea that I will never outgrow yoga and it will never outgrow me; there is always something new to learn," she says.
Lindsay Knieper - 200 Hour
I’ve enjoyed the physical practice of yoga for many years, but my lifelong devotion to it began in 2008 during some of my darkest times, when I realized its quiet power to instill calm, confidence, and a sense of OK-ness. This practice gave me the courage to face my mistakes, and more importantly, to forgive myself for them. Since then, my yoga practice has been a thread of consistency through life’s precious ups and downs. The never-ending learning process provides a richness I haven’t found elsewhere, and has helped me cultivate a deep appreciation for life’s many gifts. My greatest desire is that my teaching creates a spark that encourages others to light the fire of transformation in themselves. My intention is to teach classes which are compassionate, challenging, and accessible to all. My hope is that my students learn to practice safely and respect the unique needs of their own bodies, in order that they may sustain their own supportive, lifelong yoga practice.
Steph Nyenhuis - 200 Hour
I am a 2019 graduate of One Tree’s 200 hour teacher training program. After competing in sports growing up and through college I desperately needed something to help heal old injuries, and improve range of motion. My practice began at home with dvds and online classes. This certainly helped with the physical aspects I was hoping for, but when I finally began practicing with family member, Chalee Nyenhuis (also a OTY 200hr graduate) I really began to notice more than just the physical benefits. I noticed how much my anxiety melted away, and my body felt even better. At that point I knew this would be a life long practice, and wanted to take more classes. One Tree came highly recommended to me, and after one class I understood why. The teachers, studio, and community felt like home to me. After several months of taking classes at One Tree, I decided to enroll in the teacher training program with the intention to really deepen my practice. Teacher training not only deepened my practice, but also fueled my desire to share its benefits by teaching. During teacher training I had the opportunity to study with Theresa Murphy, and look forward to continuing my studies further in the future. My intention is to inspire my students to notice the more subtle aspects of yoga, as that is what inspires me.
Anne Hindery - 200 Hour
Anne Hindery started practicing hot yoga 20 years ago. The heat, humidity, breathing exercises and poses brought about amazing results. She began a regular practice and quickly became a yoga enthusiast. Hot yoga is a challenging practice that she practices most often. She completed teacher training in 2004 with Theresa Murphy and is Yoga Alliance certified at the 200-hour level. A regular practice helps Anne live her belief that ‘happiness is not a destination, but an attitude we choose to travel with.’
Dana Bartee - 500 Hour
I first tried yoga in 2002 when a friend took me to a class at her gym. I had no idea what to expect and no idea what I was doing. The only thing I clearly remember about the class was feeling amazing when I left; I had never felt so energized and yet so calm at the same time. That was it. I was hooked. Soon after that, I signed up for a beginning yoga class with my mom, and yoga has been part of my life ever since. I started a regular yoga practice at age 23, the same year I began a job as a high school English teacher. Teaching has always been my passion, and as my yoga practice deepened and became a crucial part of my life, it seemed natural to learn to teach yoga. I got my 200-hour certification with Theresa Murphy at One Tree Yoga in 2009. When my older daughter was born in 2010, I stepped away from teaching high school, and a little over a year later, I started teaching yoga classes at One Tree. I’m currently finishing my 500-hour certification. When I first came to the mat, my focus was on the physical practice (asana); although I clearly felt the peace and calm yoga brings, it took time for my practice to grow to include the mental/emotional/philosophical aspects (yamas and niyamas, mediation, etc). These days, the majority of my practice takes place off the mat, but I will always love practicing and teaching asana because it provides the ground for everything else. Yoga has made me a better mom/wife/friend /daughter/sister/human, and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to share this practice with others.
Jamie Duckert - 500 Hour
Jamie took her first yoga class 30 years ago in Fargo, North Dakota and knew yoga would always be a part of her life. She completed her 200-hour Teacher Training at One Tree Yoga with Theresa Murphy in 2010, continues to train with Tias Little and One Tree Yoga for her 500-hour Certification. In addition to yoga, Jamie is certified to teach Pilates matwork and Aerial Yoga. She currently teaches Seniors yoga for OTY. She is focusing her future training on Therapeutic Yoga. Jamie teaches Hatha, Beginners, Kids, Restorative, and Yin yoga. Her favorite pose is Ardha Chandrasana (Half-Moon Pose). It incorporates strength, balance, flexibility, and focus, all of these while opening up the heart. What more could you ask for? Yoga has helped Jamie through the hardest of times in her life and created some of the happiest.
Tana Starman - 200 Hour
Over the last 5 years I have spent many hours at One Tree Yoga, learning and growing in my yoga practice through hot, flow, hatha, and yin classes. What started as a purely physical practice, reminiscent of my childhood gymnastics days, has evolved into a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual practice that has been instrumental in my life journey. I completed my 200-hour training here at OTY in 2019 and am so honored to be able to share my love of this practice with you!
Bernie Bresnahan - 200 Hour
I came to Bikram yoga in 2001, with my first teachers, Tippi Denenberg and Theresa Murphy. I knew immediately I had found something special and have been practicing Bikram-style yoga ever since. I love hot yoga: the combination of the heated room, the series of challenging poses, the group effort, and the healing and restorative aspects of this practice have increased my strength, flexibility, and mental focus. I teach Bikram yoga. My classes are challenging, yet calming, thoughtful, and student-centered. My attention to detail keeps this practice fresh and exciting for even the most experienced students. If you are new to yoga, my calming manner will put you at ease immediately, and help you fall in love with this unique practice.
Dana Oliver - 500 Hour
My yoga journey began as I stepped out of my comfort zone and walked through the doors at One Tree Yoga. After a few classes, I knew there was more to this whole” yoga thing.” I wasn’t exactly sure what it was but I knew I needed and wanted more if it. My body felt great but what I loved even more was that I felt a sense of “calm,” something I was desperately needing. Being a competitive athlete with consistent and vigorous workouts, I realized that yoga was what I was missing in my life for many reasons. I completed my 200+ hour Teaching Training at One Tree under the guidance of Alison Tigges, Theresa Murphy, Tias and Surya Little in 2014 and am in the final stages of completing my 300hr TT under the guidance of Alison Tigges, Gabe Hopp, and Theresa Murphy. I continue my studies with Tias/Surya Little, Noah Maze, and Jason Crandell. I am forever grateful for ALL my teachers as they have impacted my life more than words can express. I hope to be as influential at paying it forward. As a personal trainer and owner of Bodies-N-Action, yoga has provided me with the ability to slow down, connect with my breath and find the “balance” I was needing. I practice, teach, and appreciate many styles of yoga. My favorites being, Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin.
Kim Delsenno - RYT-500
In 2006, A dear friend and running partner dragged me to my first Bikram Yoga class in Seattle, WA. I remember questioning the sanity of all the people in the room, including the friend who brought me. However, the more I practiced, the more my mind and body and spirit were strengthened. It has become my fountain of youth! In fall 2010, when I graduated from Bikram YogaTeacher Training in San Diego, a whole new world opened up. My greatest joy as a teacher is to see students falling in love with Bikram yoga just like I did. My advice to students, both brand new and especially long-term practitioners:
Keep it simple. Just show up and try the right way and do the postures as prescribed. Trust the yoga, trust the process, trust the teacher. I love Bikram Yoga and am grateful for the opportunity to offer it to you!
Veronica Rodriguez - RYT-200
Veronica Rodriguez is a 200 hour RYT. She graduated from One Tree Yoga’s teacher training program in 2015, and began teaching shortly thereafter. She is honored to have received foundational instruction and insight into the teachings of yoga from both Alison King Tigges and Gabe Hopp. Veronica is a dedicated practitioner, and a lifelong student following in the method of traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Her daily practice has allowed and encouraged her to learn Sadhana, which teaches her the components of how to be more open, more present, and more connected in order to live her most authentic life. She has studied, and continues to study, with many teachers around the U.S. in the style of Ashtanga Yoga. However, she is most grateful for the continued guidance she receives from her teacher and friend, Jenny Bindrum. In her spare time, Veronica enjoys spending time with her husband and one-year-old son. Professionally, she works as an interior designer and is a small business owner of a carpentry, architectural millwork, and digital fabrication studio in Omaha, NE.
Crystal Parker - 200 Hour
Crystal began her yoga journey almost 10 years ago in Chicago. Her demanding job required lots of travel and long hours which was a wear on her mind, body, and soul. She fell in love with the way yoga made her feel. Yoga empowered her to heal her body and mind. She continued practicing hot yoga for years and then came to understand her life’s purpose: “To share the practice of yoga healing with others.” She decided to quit her job and pursue her dreams of travel and the study of yoga. She studied in Bali with Evolation Yoga under her teachers Mark Drost, Elias Gaitan, Mine Taylan, and Julie K. Nail and received her 250 hour YTT. She is dedicated to exploring all that yoga has to offer by continuing to be student of different types of yoga. She feels yoga is a lifelong journey of discovery. Crystal’s goal in teaching is to encourage self-love, compassion and acceptance. When Crystal is not teaching and practicing yoga she spends her time helping people accomplish their real estate goals. She also loves traveling and you can find her and her fiancé always looking for their next adventure.
Katy Mason - 200 Hour
My yoga journey began in high school in Lincoln, NE. My early practice was following along with Gaiam videos, piecing sequences together with my Yoga Deck and perusing Yoga Journal. My practice came and went over time but I really came back to it about 3-4 years ago. Along with a Zen meditation practice with the Lincoln Zen Group, I began with videos on doyogawithme.com and yoga classes at the Y. Upon moving to Omaha, I visited a variety of studios and settled on One Tree as I loved the depth of knowledge offered by the teachers here. I enrolled in the 200-hr teacher training program with Gabe Hopp and Alison King-Tigges in 2018 and will begin my first classes at OTY in September 2019! I continue to develop my spiritual and asana knowledge through OTY and a home practice guided by teachers such as Tara Brach, Thich Nhat Hahn and Pema Chodron. When I'm not sitting in lotus with birds singing around my inner glow, I enjoy running, biking, hiking, discovering new things (especially FOOD), making new friends and spending time with my family.
Mary Pat Paul - 200 Hour
Maintaining health had always been important for Mary Pat. This was made even more so after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer and the ensuing treatment in the late 90s. Mary Pat was drawn to yoga in 2001 while dealing with a herniated disc in her lower back. Intent on finding the best way to deal with the residual pain after physical therapy and avoiding surgery long term, she began practicing the hot yoga series. In the process, Mary Pat learned the importance of maintaining not only a healthy body incorporating balance, flexibility and openness, but a healthy mind as well. Mary Pat added vinyasa style yoga to her practice in 2010 and yin, hatha, and other styles of yoga in the years since.
In 2011, Mary Pat completed her teacher training at OTY with Theresa Murphy and is certified at the 200 hour level through Yoga Alliance. She continues the journey to the 500 hour level through Prajna Yoga and their teachers Tias & Surya Little and Linda Spackman. She is most grateful for the knowledge the teachers shared, their patience, and their example of being humble yogis with a joy filled practice. Her teaching style emphasizes gratitude in the fact that our bodies can bend, stretch, move and breathe in the way that is required for yoga. She is honored to share this practice with others through teaching. Mary Pat founded ‘Yoga for Uganda’ in 2011 to help support children, mostly girls, attend school and attain a college degree in the Kampala, Uganda vicinity. As of the end of 2013, this effort has raised over $5000!
Theresa Cassaday - 200 Hour
Theresa was introduced to Hatha Yoga 33 years ago when she met Judy Vann, her first teacher and now life-long friend. They still regularly practice, and their yoga squad has picked up members all along the way. Since 2002, Theresa has been sharing the gift of yoga with students who can take the heat…in her gentle Bikram classes. She is a self-proclaimed yoga-holic (no hangover!) and attributes a disciplined practice with making everything better, just ask her. Outside of the studio, Theresa spends days at First National Bank, evenings in graduate school at UNO and every other possible spare moment in her enchanting kitchen.