The Story of Wild Unity
The science of yoga is one of the most comprehensive and oldest methods to ease distress. But the wellness tools of yoga are often not understood or are not widely available in their totality to serve the unique needs of each person's mind, body and soul.
Wild Unity was birthed to grow a foothold, reach wider circles and offer those seeking overall wellness the resources many of us didn't or don't currently have access to.
Wild Unity's reach extends beyond limitations by providing opportunities to ease distress and improve physical, mental and emotional wellness through diverse and layered approaches to yoga that foster internal unity and connection to others.
Wild Unity is a 501(c)3
Wild Unity, Inc., is registered with the IRS as a charitable organization organized under 501(c)(3) status. For the IRS to recognize this status, the organization must fulfill certain requirements such as lessening burdens on people and the government, and the organization must remain true to its founding purpose
What this means is that our net earnings, including donations, can not be used to benefit any private individual. All earnings must be used solely for advancement of the charitable cause. This also means that those that contribute funds for this cause can report their donation as a tax deduction.
The charitable cause that is officially registered with the IRS is "To ease distress through culturally diverse and layered approaches which honor ancient lineages of yoga to foster internal unity and connection to others. We are a wide-reaching platform for classes, quarterly publications, retreats, training and education; uplifting events; and, art and nature-based community projects."
Wild Unity is operated by an all volunteer board who have business savvy and expertise, as well as personal experience of the benefits of yoga themselves and now have the desire and willingness to create a resource for good for all that extends far beyond one thing, one person and one perspective. "Be so full of love there isn't room for anything else."
Founder and Acting Director
I grew up in Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. Resources were at times lacking, so I became resourceful. I served in the U.S. Army in Germany for several years as an Ammunition and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist and as an Engineer/Carpenter. Later, I became wife, Mom and a federal acquisitions business professional, moving to Alaska, Colorado, Northern California and Kansas.
After 10 years as kayak guide, Adventure Race organizer and leader of Outdoor Women's Retreats - I found yoga. After first hating it (being on a mat for an hour seemed like torture), I soon began to experience surprisingly welcome physical, mental and spiritual benefits. I eventually sought out yoga teacher training in Sacramento, California, became a yoga alliance certified teacher in 2017 and opened a yoga studio. Yoga has been an essential part of life ever since.
I own Wild Sukha, and founded Wild Unity to reach wider circles and offer those seeking overall wellness and profound unity in their back yard the resources many of us of us didn't or don't currently have.
I grew up in Junction City and graduated from JCHS in 1991 and from K-State in 1995 (cultural anthropology, French & Spanish). After experiencing life in a few big cities, I moved back home and married my best friend, Bryan.
We have an awesome teenage son and a spastic cat. I work in communications and marketing at K-State’s College of Arts and Sciences. Aside from yoga, I enjoy cooking, reading, hiking, lake time, and hanging out with family and friends.
My first real intro to yoga was a free class offered by East West Yoga right after it opened in 2017. I didn’t know what to expect but quickly grew to love it and expand my knowledge beyond asanas (physical postures). I attended about three classes a week as well as book club meetings, a weekend retreat and other events. My practice has deepened, but I look forward to continued growth.
I’m excited to help Wild Unity bring more yoga and nature-related fulfillment to this community. I just want everyone to be as happy and healthy as possible.
I am a Junction City, Kansas native with family lineage in this area going back hundreds of years. I worked at the local newspaper in design, layout, and various other capacities for over 25 years, finally departing in July 2022. I am currently an assistant at Mathis Lueker Property Management and am enjoying learning new things and meeting new people.
In addition to my work roles, I earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing in 2021. My passion is literature, and I am fascinated by how we are all connected by the stories we tell. My other passion is yoga, much for the same reason. I believe the most important thing, individually and collectively, is connection. Cultivating connection, whether it be through work, writing, yoga, or any other group is essential to living a good life.
Becoming a board member for Wild Unity was an easy decision, and I am proud to have been part of this endeavor since it began. Yoga has made a profound difference in my life, and I believe this gift should be available to everyone. This is a wonderful group of people all building and growing their own connections and seeking to bring others in. There’s no better work than this in my mind and am proud Wild Unity is part of my own story.
When I was asked to join Wild Unity’s board I didn’t have to think twice. Being part of a group of people passionate about bringing yoga in its totality to the Junction City community was an easy decision for me. Having been a yoga practitioner for the past several years and a 200 RYT since May 2021 I know the gifts yoga has to offer and I wanted to be involved in what Wild Unity has to offer.
My day job is in financial management and for the past 22+ years I’ve been the finance director at Valley View Senior Life, the local retirement community that provides space to Wild Unity for yoga. I’ve been a fiduciary agent for a trio of minor siblings and co-managed the Jr. Jays football program for six years. I believe that my experience in finance is an asset to the board.
When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling to visit friends and family. Reading, cooking, listening to music and working out are other pastimes I enjoy. I relish my solitude in the mornings. Hiking is another passion, and nothing fills my senses like a predawn trek as I witness the earth awaken. It’s pure magic!
I’m excited to be a part of Wild Unity and look forward to what the future brings!
Looking for another board member!