Our family of teachers have a diverse background of study and practice.

All are highly skilled teachers as well as continuous students. Be Moved Studio respects and appreciates traditional lineages and teachings.

Our teachers strive to teach from integrity and it is important that our teachers love the practice they teach and are not appropriating but teaching with full appreciation of the tradition.

They teach authentically in their own teaching style while keeping with the heart of the practice.

Laura Martin-Eagle (she,her)
Still. Strong. Vulnerable. Authentic.

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Laura has been studying, performing and teaching various dance forms in Lawrence for over 40 years. She is a certified teacher of 5Rhythms® Waves level since 2001 and Heartbeat level since 2010 trained by Gabrielle Roth and a member of the 5Rhythms Teacher Association (5RTA). She has taught locally as well as at classes and events such as Nebraska HIV/AIDS conference, Kansas University, Leiden, Holland and served as Core Faculty at the Omega Institute in New York for several years. She is also an ayurvedic Practitioner (A.P.) and is a Registered Ayurvedic Practitioner with AAPNA and NAMA. Laura is the founder of Be Moved Studio and Moon Jewel Ayurveda Center. She has recently received her 200 Hour Yoga and Shamanism Teacher Training after practicing Yoga for 45 years!

laura@bemovedstudio.com | moonjewelayurveda.com

Abby Ilardi (she, her)
Creative. Intuitive. Warm. Joyful.

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Abby is passionate about creating a yoga space that is welcoming, accessible, and supportive for all people. She likes to honor each student as the true expert on their own body, and she strives to guide students toward greater awareness of their own intuitive healing wisdom. Abby recognizes that one-size-fits-all approaches do not work for everyone, so she encourages personalization, modification, and playful exploration in all of her classes.

Abby has been inspired by a variety of yoga lineages, styles, and teachers (including the lineages of Desikachar and Krishnamacharya, the practices of yin, hatha, and vinyasa yoga, the field of yoga therapy, the movement practices of dance and somatics, and the teachings of Angela Farmer), and she has experience teaching a variety of class styles in both group and private settings. She seeks in all classes to remain authentic to the roots of yoga. In addition to her initial 200 hour teacher training, Abby has specialty training in yoga for cancer care, yoga for children, and yoga for mental health.

Outside of the studio, Abby is a graduate student in counseling psychology at KU, a certified health coach, and a lover of all things creative. Her yoga classes are a fusion of her passions for yoga, mental health, self-care, and creative expression, and in her classes, she strives to hold space for self-love, mindfulness, body positivity, and healing.



Classes taught by Abby
Community Yoga

Sally Birmingham (she/her)
Approachable. Gentle. Non-Judgemental. Lighthearted

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Sarah “Sally” Birmingham has been a Registered Yoga Instructor since 2014, later completing a trauma-informed yoga intensive with Connection Coalition.  She also obtained certification as a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner with Somatic Experiencing International (traumahealing.org) after going through their 3 year training program.  She sees clients for private SE™ sessions at Southwind Health Collective.  Other interests include art, farming & gardening, herbalism, activism, and traveling, all of which have overlapping therapeutic benefits that have informed her path.  Sally habla español.


Classes taught by SALLY
 SE™ Mindfulness and Movement

Mariel Ferreiro (she, ella)
Liberated. Curious. Grounded. Compassionate

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Mariel (she/ella) is a queer Xicana of color who specializes in truama informed body work, practicing Curandera, TRE provider, anti-racist centered approaches, with a foundation in abolitionist theory. Mariel is a certified Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor through Sundara Yoga Academy and body worker with over 200 hours in other yoga specific trauma informed study. She is also a certified provider for Trauma and Tension Release Exercise, a practiced designed by Dr. David Berceli (https://traumaprevention.com/). Mariel is inspired by her ancestors, specifically her great grandmother who was her village healer and Black Feminist theory. She is a community organizer focused on collective liberation with specific training in facilitation and transformative justice models. Mariel is focused on honoring all aspects of yoga and the collective movement to decolonize this practice. She also integrates functional movement and mindful movement into her practices in order to be accessible to all bodies and identities. Mariel’s work is founded on the ideology and writing of Octavia Butler, Gloria Anzaldua, Toni Cade Bambara, adrienne maree brown and many others. Mariel firmly believes we can make the future, our collective liberated revolution irresistible. 

Erin Sampson (she/her/they)
Considerate. Optimistic. Curious. Determined

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Erin is a Lawrence native, passionate about her community and helping others. She has been practicing yoga since 2008, acquired her 200-RYT certification in 2022, and continues to learn. Through teaching yoga, Erin emphasizes a spiritual connection with nature, an awareness of the self, and respect for the roots of yoga.

Classes taught by Erin
Breath and Flow

Jennifer Welch (she/her)
Compassionate. Curious. Authentic. Adventuresome

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Jennifer’s career began in 1999; since then, she has dedicated her work to helping others through mind-body healing arts. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music therapy and is certified as a Whole Health Clinical Hypnotherapist, Cellular Release Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and Gestalt Therapeutic Practitioner. She has also studied women’s leadership and the foundations of the polyvagal theory (a theory of the autonomic nervous system). In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, guitar, hand drums, singing, and making music with her husband. Her classes are welcoming and appropriate for beginners and seasoned musicians alike. Through her teaching, she aims to share the joy of music-making, connection, creativity, and play with others. http://www.jenniferleewelch.com


Classes taught by Jennifer
Beginners Hand Drum

Lea Roselyn (she/her)
Passionate. Compassionate. Intentional. Spirited.

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When Lea was 6 years old, a friend of her mom asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. Straight faced, looking her right in the eye, she replied, “I want to be a bad girl”. She always longed to be left feral and free.

Around that same age, Lea became more aware of her body and the ways it spoke to her. On the way to some adventure, she would rub her stomach furiously, shaking her body and laughing “my tummy tickles!”  When sadness crept in, she would go into the darkest part of her closet, wrap her arms around her knees and rock. She would rub and pull on the top of her lips, and shake her body like a dog after a bath. When the world and all its people seemed so loud, she would climb the tree in her front yard and stay there for hours, just watching. Instinctually, she was using somatic release and grounding methods for nervous system regulation. The body shows us the way, and she followed.

Lea’s professional background is in nonprofit management, and she has served for over 20 years as a leader in organizations working towards social justice for survivors of oppressive systems. She holds Masters degrees in Nonprofit Administration and Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Feminist Leadership. Lea is certified as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor and has experience teaching mindfulness and meditation classes throughout San Diego and Santa Cruz, including teaching meditation classes specifically for clients of the Santa Cruz AIDS Project, of which she was the former Executive Director. She is additionally certified as a Trauma Informed Care Trainer, and has provided Trauma Awareness trainings to nonprofit and local government providers across Douglas County. In 2023 she gained her certification as a Somatic Activated Healing Instructor and Somatic Activated Healing Coach.

Lea is also a queer single mom, poetess, dancer, and genuinely loves ice breakers. She is passionate about the intersection of spiritual and somatic practices with the work of social justice, and believes that for the true liberation of all people we need not just policy and systems change, but also the embodied healing that leads to freedom in our own minds and bodies.  She is here to create and hold space for just that transformation.

Classes taught by Lea

Emily Dolores (she,her)
Perceptive. Contemplative. Dynamic.  Dedicated.

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Emily Gardner’s  experience in yoga and the healing arts includes trainings in diverse traditions, including Kundalini Yoga, meditation, mantra, Tai Chi, Reiki, and other healing modalities, in NYC, Los Angeles, and Mexico. Though originally from Kansas, she lived in NYC for over a decade and is now excited to be living, practicing, and sharing her offerings in Lawrence, KS.

In Emily’s current work, which often takes her to Tulum and Mexico City, she plans and assists in facilitating events, immersions, trainings, and retreats. This includes creating ritual spaces, preparing nourishing meals, medicinal teas and much more in order to create inspirational experiences.

In Lawrence, she assists teachers in local schools and loves working with children. She spends time outdoors in nature as much as possible. Emily is passionate about living a lifestyle committed to integrating holistic enriching practices, and sharing and connecting with others in this way. In addition to group classes, she offers private healing and yoga sessions, event hosting/planning, and more.   https://www.emilydolores.com

Classes taught by emily

Emily Thomas (she, her)
Happy. Adventurous. Fun. Loving.

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Emily has always loved Lawrence and yoga. She started her journey into yoga in 2009. She graduated from KU with a BA in Spanish and business in 2014 then went to culinary school at Gato Dumas in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since then she’s been cooking in kitchens and practicing yoga all around KC, Northern California, Oregon and most recently her position has brought her back to family near Lawrence. Her love of yoga led her to get her YTT 200 hour teaching certificate in Pahōa, Hawai’i in 2023 which has only deepened her love of yoga and learning everything about its vast history and culture. She brings her curiosity, knowledge and the peace she gains from her practice into all aspects of life and looks forward to sharing that with everyone!!


Classes taught by Emily T.

Adria Ruth (she, her)
Inclusive. Engaging. Vibrant. Curious.

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Adria Ruth, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, RYDT, CYT is an experienced 500 hour level Registered Yoga Teacher, Internationally Certified Yoga Therapist, Accredited Yoga Dance Teacher, and an Accredited Children’s Yoga Teacher. Adria has over 800 hours of professional training in yoga, 1000 hours of professional training in Pilates and 30 years of training in dance. She is the founder of Hawaii Yoga Institute, Hawaii Yoga Therapy, and Yoga For The People. She has led classes, workshops and teacher trainings in yoga, pilates, and dance for a variety of populations throughout the world. Her work is a masterful balance of personal depth exploration and playful inquiry into the heart of being human. Adria gives gratitude foremost to her primary teacher and mother Sharanagati Devi Dasi, also to her mentors; Nancy Shipley-Rubin, Kayse Williams, Luisa Teish, Mark & Sheri Akers, Manu Meyer, Laura Martin-Eagle, Shelly Morris, Megha Buttenhiem, Maria Lalita, Cliff & Arlene Kindy, Joseph & Lillian LaPage, and Don & Amba Stapleton. She is excited to be returning in 2019 to teach in Lawrence within the rich diversity of community and landscape that Kansas has to offer.

Classes taught by ADRIA

Be Moved Studio is a safe space to open my body and energy center. I feel safe and accepted to move.

All teachers are wise and hold/instruct excellently.
~Renee B

Be Moved Studio is a sanctuary of movement arts for those that are seeking a deeper connection to body, mind, spirit~ self and community in Lawrence, Kansas.

Come to our beautiful and spacious historic studio, celebrating 20 years in the heart of Downtown Lawrence to experience vibrant, sacred, and heart-filled movement.




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