Who We Are
Your Haven Yoga Teachers
Destiny Hurst M-HYI 500
Owner Strive Fitness LLC/Haven Yoga
Owner of StriveFitness, LLC./ Haven Yoga, ACE CPT, M-HYI 500, HY Touch
I aspire to empower and encourage others, in their journey, for a lifestyle change to better health & vitality, is a passion of mine. I am a visionary; love to dream big regardless of the obstacles! Having the experience as a Certified Personal Trainer/Coach and Master Holy Yoga Teacher, allows the opportunity to be a part of many incredible stories, which have all richly blessed me. My approach in coaching is a whole approach ~ body, mind, and soul for wellness, taking a step by step process promotes lasting changes and healing.
I seek to train & teach individuals in one on one sessions, in semi-private personal training, Yoga & accountability groups. I believe in integrative training and not all fits one size. Class styles and types of sessions I teach/train are: yoga for the athlete, Holy Yoga restore for the body and mind with Breath work, Holy Yoga Touch Massage techniques and meditation focus to connect with Christ. TRX suspension, Strength training, HIIT Interval training, and Myofascial Techniques with tools.
A bigger part of my testimony is CHRIST is enough for me. I have put my dreams, and weaknesses in His hands along with trusting and surrendering over my fears, doubts, hurts, and testing thoughts. This has created a GOD confidence that I never knew I had until I finally quit wrestling over my own lack of confidence and took action in my prayer life. This led me to a life of freedom, healing, joy and better health!! I have struggled with health conditions, past addictions, and sabotaging thoughts that I allowed to rule my physical and mental and spiritual health for far too long!
I found that not only did I suffer; but that many women face these same struggles! The past struggles have made me a stronger woman and I realize are all a part of Christ’s bigger plan for me to go out inspire others, build others up, by encouraging, teaching, sharing healing-spreading salt & light. "Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story- those HE redeemed from the hand of the foe" Psalm 107:2
Haven Yoga -- Has been a beautiful place that I get to be a part of A place for community, growth, release, healing, laughter& play. I love to see what God is doing here!
Emily Dahmer R-HYI 225
Emily has been practicing yoga for the last decade in various settings and diversities. As a former special education teacher, she taught simple yoga stretches in her classroom and most importantly saw the incredible impact of breath work with students who had emotional disturbances. From gentle practices to heated power classes, Emily loves the physical practice of yoga but a huge believer in the power of discipline of the practice-calming and quieting of the mind and leaning into stillness on the mat. Finding Holy Yoga was a link that led Emily to a life long yoga practice, and she loves sharing God' s love through the modality of yoga.
Lauren Parks R-HYI 225
Lauren’s first yoga class was in 2007 where she quickly learned the life changing benefits of stillness in body and mind. Several of her friends were in yoga teacher training at the time and she dreamed of joining them, maybe even teaching her own classes someday. However, a consistent practice did not continue for her, as self care was not much of a priority until she became a mother in 2013.
Lauren began using prayer and meditation during her at home workouts and the Lord showed her that taking care of your physical body is glorifying to HIM! She was also encouraged to begin running with friends and noticed that it also had a deep spiritual connection as well.
In 2016 a friend invited her to a class at Haven Yoga and she recognized what a grace-filled, judgment-free home she had found; a place where every student was reminded what a beautiful and purposeful creation they are. Lauren has loved learning about the mind, body, spirit connection- which led her to the Holy Yoga 200 hour teacher training that she will have completed May 2019! Join Lauren for her Gentle Flow class on Monday nights!
Mariann Jones-R-HYI 225
Marianne began practicing yoga about 5 years ago. At first, she didn’t quite connect with the philosophy of yoga which was unsettling to her. However, after her very first class with Destiny Hurst, she connected in such a profound way she wanted to learn more. Marianne became a certified Holy Yoga Instructor that next spring. Her passion grew exponentially as she experienced God’s Word with the grounding of the physical poses. She hopes others will enjoy the integration of body, mind and Spirit as she has. Being a teacher at Haven Yoga has brought her into a community that she never knew existed.
Christy Richardson 200 RYT
Christy is a homeschool mom that began practicing yoga more than 2 years ago. She found her mind calmer and her body aching less. It didn’t take long for her to realize she wanted to share those benefits and so much more with others. Christy especially has a heart for teaching women about Jesus. Christian style yoga is the perfect blending of passions. She is excited to be joining the Haven Yoga team and can’t wait to meet you!
“It’s not really about the yoga. Yoga is the tool that allows me to lead people to the throne of Jesus.”
Yoga Teacher- Yoga Fit
Marcie is a Haven Yogi and has been a student of yoga for over 12 yrs.....
Marcie says: " love the sense of community that Yoga gives us. Its a place I can reflect and think. I enjoy adding strength or a taste of cardio in a Yoga class- the best of both ! Join Marcie for her Yoga Fusion Classes- Wed. 5:30am!
Patti Cole 200 RYT
Yep, I came out of my mother’s womb running! For as long as I can remember, I have been very active. Trying new things has always intrigued me. Athletics came easy for me. I considered it a gift from the Lord.
While I was raising my children, my main “work out” was running four miles - 5 days a week. It worked for my schedule. I ran for 33 years. Then I gave it up and discovered Yoga.
The practice of Yoga has taught me many things……the biggest was to “pause” and slow down. I still like to go 90 miles an hour but I take more time to “pause” and “linger”.
I consider Yoga a healing form of exercise.
Our body is God’s temple and we should take care of it so we are always ready to serve the Lord.
Teaching others about Yoga excites me. I want others to experience the joy I receive from doing Yoga, as well as encourage others to seek out the Lord daily in their life.
The Lord tells us in His Word that He has come to save us and to give us LIFE TO THE FULL. Let us purpose to find the fullness of joy that is available to us through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ashleigh Cole 200 RYT
Ashleigh is a wife and boy mom through and through with 4 sons. She is active in the Lee’s Summit community through her boys’ sports and other activities and finds that yoga is a great way to balance flexibility and strength in the body and mind. She was introduced to yoga during her collegiate athletics career (cross country and track & field) and her studies toward a degree in Fitness and Wellness from Southwest Baptist University.
Her class mantra is “focus on flow” - she strongly believes in the power of the breath to guide the body through various postures. Understanding how breath and movement connect to provide a sense of stability and ease helps her students to practice yoga on and off the mat. Ashleigh loves music and incorporates encouraging, upbeat tunes to her classes. Her goal is to help yogis of all ages live a life full of joy and gratitude, Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”
Ashleigh owns squaredUP, a program designed for student-athletes to focus on building balance, flexibility and strength throughout the body to increase mobility and prevent injury. She is passionate about working with young athletes to help them achieve their goals of high performance in sport and life.