Some of our staff bios:
Cindy has been in fitness all her life. As an athlete, track, softball, soccer and basketball were the main sports she played but, was always on the go looking for activities to do. She has a BSBA with a specialization in Exercise Science from UNO. After a car accident in which she hit the windshield (didn’t have my seat belt on then, silly Cindy), she was introduced to the Mind-Body and Healing worlds to try to reduce chronic pain and other issues. Respecting the body, focusing the mind and enhancing one’s well being as opposed to beating the body up and feeling the burn has been an integral part of recovery. Yoga, Reiki (energy work), Tai Chi, Pilates and Belly Dance, along with other healing modalities, have all been helpful in finding “Center”, reducing pain and improving quality of life. Credentials include American College of Sports Medicine HFI (Health/Fitness Instructor), ACE Personal Trainer, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Pilates Coach Mat and Reformer, Pilates Unlimited LLC Mat and Full Equipment, David Dorian’s Flow Motion (24 movement yang style Tai Chi) and YogaFit. Hatha Yoga, Kickboxing, Piloxing, STOTT PILATES Workshops, Natural Health Care options and other Group Fitness Specialty Trainings are amongst the many trainings through the years that Cindy has studied. Many years and hours of training have lead to an eclectic style of teaching. Owner and Director of Vital Lifestyles, Inc. Cindy has been involved with Corporate Fitness, area Fitness Centers, Personal Training and health programs since 1988. She started Pilates Lakeside (Alegent Health Lakeside Wellness Center's equipment Pilates program). Legacy Pilates, Yoga & More is one more step in the direction of helping people take care of oneself and being responsible for their own health. Teaching more than just fitness and exercise, it is important to teach clients about other wellness and natural health care options that can enhance your lifestyle! I love to incorporate east and west philosophies and help one understand how they compliment each other and can help one understand the Self better! Cindy has three kids and 5 grandkids. Watch and learn from your children. They can teach us a lot about freedom, pure love and being true to oneself. Teach your children young to follow their hearts, listen to the body and respect themselves and this world will be such a better place!
Aileen has been involved with Group Exercise for over 25 years. She started her career on her college campus and progressed to corporate health promotion. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in Business from College of Saint Mary in 1997 and holds a Worksite Health Promotion Specialist Certificate from Methodist College. Aileen left her corporate job in 2006 and has dedicated her full time career and passion to Pilates while balancing her energetic family life. She is certified for American College of Sports Medicine-Health Fitness Instructor, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, and Pilates Mat with Pilates Unlimited LLC and Reformer with Pilates Coach. Aileen has extensive training on Reformer and Tower with Karen Sanzo, Tom McCook and Elizabeth Larkham. She has participated in many specialty STOTT PILATES including Pilates for Golf and Pilates Circuit. She has completed BBU (Balanced Body University) Reformer I and II Training and Chair Training and Pilates with Props training. Aileen has also completed YogaFit Levels I, II & III and specialties including senior population and Pregnancy. She has been teaching Pilates since 2003 in both group and private levels.
Aileen has overcome a back herniation injury with Pilates principles and loves to help people of all levels discover the benefits of Pilates and Yoga. She thrives on motivating clients to understand the balance of strength, grace, and flexibility to feel better, overcome and prevent injury, while ultimately reaching their mind-body goals.
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Iryna is from the Ukraine and has come to live in the United States with her husband. She has taught many different styles of dance, kickboxing, bootcamp, weight loss and muscle toning type classes. She is also a personal trainer. Welcome Iryna to Omaha and join some of her power packed classes to tone, shape and define your body and mind.
Jamie Duckert took her first yoga class 18 years ago in Fargo, ND and knew yoga would always be a part of her life. The classes she took with Larissa Treskunova, after moving to Omaha, inspired her to deepen her practice both physically and spiritually. Jamie became certified with Yoga Fit to teach yoga in 2009 and has completed a 300-hour Teacher Training program with Theresa Murphy. She recently trained with Tias Little and Margaret Hahn. Jamie teaches Kids and Teen Yoga along with Yoga Flow classes. Jamie has been taking Pilates reformer and mat classes with Cindy Cook for 5 years and will also become certified to teach Pilates mat classes this year. When she's not doing yoga she is spending time with her husband and 4 kids. You can also find her working in her vegetable garden and orchard.
Maude was born and raised in the Philippines and came to the U.S. in 2005 to be with her husband. She started doing Yoga in 2002 in the Philippines after a highly stressful job and unhealthy lifestyle made her really sick. She decided to quit her job and took Yoga to be kinder to her body and spirit. 10 years after her first Warrior 2, Maude is still practicing Yoga with utmost curiosity. She achieved her 200 RTY certification from One Tree Yoga under Lynn Cordell. Her style of teaching is focused towards the student, encouraging internal dialogue within the mind, body, and spirit. Maude has a fun, charming, and don't-take-yourself-too-seriously approach in teaching. Her objective to teaching Yoga is to make students realize and recognize an attribute about themselves. Maude dances, boxes, and is a cardio nut. Her value towards wellness is very much attributed to her father who did Tai Chi and is all about the Eastern ways. Maude's diverse culture and background provide versatility in her teaching.
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Radha: Radha did her 500 hours Yoga therapy teacher training program from Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research, Chennai, India (RYS 500 registered school). She currently practices and teaches Hatha yoga. Her regular yoga class consists of asana, pranayam and meditation. She sincerely believes that everybody, irrespective of their fitness level can practice and reap benefits/heal from yoga practice.
Shelly graduated from Papillion-LaVista High School in 1997. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Master’s Degree in Accounting at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Shelly began taking Pilates classes over 10 years ago to offset the imbalances that running created in her body. After seeing the physical and mental benefits of Pilates, she completely fell in love with the program. Shelly is actively working on her reformer training certification through Balanced Body University. When she is not working in the corporate world, she loves to help others discover the many perks of a consistent Pilates practice. As a practitioner and trainer, Shelly is constantly inspired with how Pilates reconnects and reeducates the body. She brings a smile and positive energy to every session and strives to teach others to listen to their bodies and build on their strengths to achieve their goals. Her favorite outdoor hobbies include running, hiking, wakeboarding and snowboarding.
Teri has been active since she was young, running track, playing softball and taking Judo classes in high school. Teri’s love of movement then led her to teach group fitness classes, weight lifting and aerobics. After she took the opportunity to learn Pilates and yoga in 2004, she began teaching a style of yoga that was primarily focused on physical aspects. Teri felt the need to learn more about yoga though, and took the next step in her yoga journey by studying for her 200 RYT with Susi Amendola. Teri says, “Now I see yoga in a different way. It is a mind and body experience that I want to share with others.” Teri is grateful for the instruction she has received from Susi, “and all the wonderful teachers who have learned from her.”
Todd has always recognized the benefits of an active, balanced lifestyle. Running long distance track and cross country in both high school and at UNL, he first came to yoga as a means to improve running performance. He was immediately hooked on the energetic and uplifting effect that comes through the linking of breath, body, and movement that takes place in yoga. He has learned from various teachers in Lincoln and Omaha, and his style is strongly influenced by Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow: Energetic Vinyasa. He received his 200-hour teaching certification from Lotus House of Yoga. His classes combine fluid, dynamic movements synced with rhythmic breathing to build strength while simultaneously softening physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual rigidity.