Reiki Practitioner, E-RYT 300, Master R-HYI 500, YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider)
Founder/Owner/Lead Instructor for Studio 4:8 Yoga 200-hr YTT
Bonnie was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. Having family on the west coast has also drawn her heart to the Pacific where she enjoys surfing, stand up paddleboarding and just being in or near the ocean. Bonnie has been married to her extremely supportive (and patient) husband for 10 years and together they have a blended family of 5 grown adult children, 3 dogs and 1 grand-dog.
Bonnie is the founder of Studio 4:8 yoga located in Lincoln, NE and is the director of training/lead instructor for Studio 4:8 School of Yoga: Lincoln’s only Christ-Centered Yoga teacher training program. She has been a dedicated yoga student for 16 years and instructing for 13.
Bonnie was trained for Reiki under the guidance of John Salat, author of “Tao, Art of Flow.”
Places/focus of study include: Shoshoni Ashram- Colorado, Therapeutic Touch Training, through Holy Yoga – Irvine, CA, 200hr RYT-Yoga Alliance-Lincoln, Ne, Restorative Yoga Certification through Bhadra Yoga in Omaha. 300-hour through Holy Yoga, 500-hr Masters-HYI Holy Yoga, Yin Yoga-True Nature School of Yoga, San Diego, CA, Massage Thai Yoga, Center of Healing Arts Omaha, Nebraska, Trauma Informed Yoga Certification through the Prison Yoga Project/ San Diego California, and Ayurvedic Consultation through Tejas Yoga/Chicago, Illinois. She recently studied with Naomi Pryde and Ro Keyzer of Yeshu Bhakti (A yoga practice of devotion to Jesus) in Varanasi, India.
I tried yoga for the first time 19 years ago. Being a fitness instructor for 15 years, I just wanted something to “cool my jets,” and to be honest, the first few yoga classes that I attended I found to be incredibly boring. But still, I kept going back, always rolling up my mat early and skipping the relaxation/meditation part. I really had no desire to be still and be alone with my thoughts, though eventually I realized that the slow down was what I needed the most in my life. I needed to slow down, to make time for stillness and INVITE the sweet whisper of my Creator and completely surrender to His grace. That’s when things got messy. And messy — messy is good. Messy is where the magic happens. It’s in this void, this emptiness where we realize that we are broken. And in this state of brokenness, we can either reach for our Creator (or in some cases, let Him reach for us) or we can deny Him. I’ve done both.
Thank goodness we have a relentless GOD, and He pursues each of us with a fierceness that penetrates the darkness of this world, and he will meet us wherever we are. I knew I couldn’t keep this to myself, and so the birth of Studio 4:8 unfolded; Studio 4:8 in name and mission strives to deliver classes with the intention of tuning out the world’s frequency, and tuning into God’s frequency.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” Philippians 4:8