Facilitator and Trainer
Jody has been a long-time advocate of YogAutism. She is a registered yoga teacher and body work professional. She is trained in Alignment Yoga and has both her 200 hr. and 500 hr. Yoga Teacher Training certification. She is also a licensed massage therapist, a certified Zero Balancing practitioner and is a TRE Provider for trauma prevention. She has a long history of supporting individuals with autism through her volunteer service with such programs as Gi Gi's Playhouse and the Special Olympics, and has worked with MSCR, the MARC Center and Madison Metropolitan School District.
She has a lifetime of personal and professional experience with developmentally disabled people. From growing up with a sibling with a disability to working among diverse populations throughout her adulthood and participating in activities like meditation and yoga, Jody’s experiences have shaped her into a patient and compassionate person. She is full of creativity and playfulness, and is committed to "thinking outside the box."
Jody enjoys serving all ages and populations. In her spare time you can find her cooking, reading, hiking, and enjoying other outdoor activities.
Terri Buechner is a 200 hr and 500 Registered Yoga Teacher and Breath Coach, initially trained by Scott Anderson in the Alignment style of yoga. Having done extensive training in Yin, Breathwork, Alignment yoga, and Adaptive Yoga, Terri is most fulfilled when she is bringing the healing benefits of yoga to communities that may not have experienced it before. She’s taught both chair yoga and adaptive yoga since 2016 and has been teaching group classes and private sessions since 2008.
Mary started practicing yoga more than 20 years ago and returned to yoga for the simple fact that she felt better both physically and mentally with regular practice. She started teaching in late 2018. While she enjoys teaching, she is drawn to the therapeutic benefits of yoga. In 2022, Mary completed yoga therapy training (800 hours of study) and also became certified as a YogAutism Facilitator. Mary tells us: "I love helping my clients build their own yoga toolbox specific to their needs to facilitate healing at all levels (physical, mental, and emotional)."
Lisa Hoeme, MS, LPC, CYKF
Autism Specialist, Trainer
Lisa Hoeme, MS, LPC, CYKF is a Licensed Professional Counselor, consultant, and presenter. She is a partner at Imagine a Child’s Capacity where she has a clinical practice and provides training and consultation to schools, community agencies, other professionals, families and individuals seeking services. She has clinical experience serving an expansive range individuals and families, including autistic individuals and those with Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, attention difficulties, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, and depression. In her counseling practice, Lisa uses a variety of approaches, including mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapy, collaborative problem solving, expressive therapy techniques, yoga and interpersonal neurobiology. She uses these modalities as a catalyst to help clients work through difficult life experiences, develop effective coping and relaxation strategies and to express themselves authentically. Lisa is committed to helping those she supports to achieve personal growth and overall well-being using a positive, individualized and person-centered approach.
Kat has been in the fitness industry for more than 20 years and has taught yoga for the past 17 years. She is 200 RYT, Aqua Kriya yoga certified and also has extensive training in Yin Yoga.
Jordann is a 200-hour RYT residing in Madison, Wisconsin. She has a passion for working with people who have experienced trauma, and her first teaching experience was leading survivors of sexual and domestic violence through gentle flow classes. Jordann currently provides psychoeducation to children and adults with disabilities around topics like consent, body safety, and bodily autonomy. She also teaches adaptive yoga classes with MSCR and hopes to continue to make yoga more available and accessible to the disability community.
She has completed Restorative and Chair Yoga Teacher Training, Transcending Sexual Trauma Through Yoga Training, and is a certified Yoga for All Instructor. Jordann is also a Level 1 Internal Family Systems Practitioner, and she enjoys incorporating this framework into her yoga classes.
One of her favorite instructors always says, “Gentle is the new advanced,” and that’s the approach she brings to her mat and hopes to share with others.
Nan Negri, Ph.D.
Autism Specialist, Trainer
Nan has been passionate about supporting individuals with autism and other neurophysiological differences along with their families since 1972 through her past experiences as a classroom teacher, a signed-speech specialist, a teacher trainer, a parent trainer, an administrator for a state wide system of services in SC, and since earning her Ph.D from UW-Madison, her private consulting practice, Autism Resources Network. There, she provides consultation to schools and agencies and offers a variety of direct supportive therapies for individuals and their families, primarily through yoga, mindfulness and play. Nan is also a published author, she penned "Walk a While in my Autism" and co-authored "Progress Without Punishment: Effective Approaches for Learners with Behavior Problems", both available in most bookstores.
Meg Novich, MS, CCC-SLP is a 500-hour RYT yoga instructor and speech-langauge pathologist. Meg finds healing and wellness through yoga and believes the transformative power of the practice is accessible to all. Meg enjoys themed birthday cakes and urban hiking the neighborhood with her daughters, coffee in hand.
Facilitator & Trainer
Julia is the owner of the Julia Rymut Embodied Movement studio. She teaches movement with an emphasis on groundedness and being present in your body. One of her heartfelt passions is helping people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and other hypermobility spectrum disorders, chronic pain and fatigue, and other invisible diseases. By working with mindfulness, strength, and stability, she helps you cultivate fluid, stable movement and a calm, relaxed mind.
Julia began studying yoga over 35 years ago with some of the founding yoga teachers including Janet MacLeod, Kathy Alef, Judith Lasater, and others. She has a RYT-500 certification. In addition to yoga, she has been teaching Pilates since 2017. She has 6 CME credits on Ehlers Danlos Syndrome from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is trained in meditation and mindfulness, contemplative journaling, embodied presence, and Thai massage.
Julia loves working with people, movement, and our complicated relationships to our bodies. She is light-hearted and can do a killer impression of a tree.
Barb has extensive experience expanding more than 30 years as a Human Resource professional and office administrator. Since 2013 she founded her own HR consulting business and has a passion for providing services to the Non-profit community. Having served on various for profit and not for profit advisory boards, she especially enjoys working with the underserved population. She also is an avid volunteer for a therapeutic riding center that helps bring together her love of horses and helping people. In addition, Barb has enjoyed the benefits of practicing Yoga for more than 20 years.