Kate Herrera Jenkins (Shu-wah-mitz) is an active member of Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico.
She is the founder of Native Strength Revolution.
Kate attended Loyola University in New Orleans and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy. She moved to New York City in 1998. There, her career with Music Therapy developed a love to serve kids with special needs and also developed a passion for working with the elderly. She continued to serve the elderly through movement, music and recreation until 2008.
In 2008, she discovered hot yoga and immediately wanted to share this healing modality with the world. She attended 9 weeks of yoga teacher training in CA with Bikram Choudhury. She has Also studied Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark and Vinyasa with Ryan Leier. In 2010, she founded Kiva Hot Yoga in Birmingham, AL and sold it to a new leader in 2021. In 2014, she became affiliated with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga School and started to certify yoga teachers, Also in 2014, she and her husband, Kerry, former NFL player, opened Iron Tribe Fitness, a group fitness gym, in downtown New Orleans.
In 2014, Native Strength Revolution was born. Through fundraising, NSR has been able to provide continuing ed opportunities for other Native Yoga teachers and now lead trainings specifically for Indigenous people.
She loves staying active and learning new ways of moving. In addition to yoga and weight-lifting, Kate loves long-distance running! She's always up for the challenge of a marathon or half.
She earned a Ministry Leadership certificate at Highlands College in Birmingham in 2020 and sees every moment as an opportunity in ministry.
Rose not only teaches First Aid & CPR in her Tribal Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Team classes, but she also has taught splinting, suturing
and Emergency Room techniques to medical personnel, while providing Continuing Education Credits for her students. After 16 years of patient care experience, Rose is blessed and excited with this opportunity to continue teaching Anatomy with a yoga nexus.
Dynamic and inspirational, Ryan Leier brings his unique energy to every class he teaches. Whether in his own One Yoga studios or as an ambassador of yoga to communities around the world, his expression of this ancient, yet vital tradition consistently touches people's hearts. Ryan’s commitment to honouring his teachers leads him to be equally devoted to continuing his studies as to teaching.
Ryan is primarily a student of the Krishnamacharya yoga lineage and continues to study with Srivatsa Ramaswami (Vinyasa Krama) and Father Joe Pereira (Iyengar), both by whom he was authorized to teach. Ryan also studies with Baron Baptiste, Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane, Danny Paradise, and BKS Iyengar.
Drawing profound inspiration from his daughters, Kiyah and Thora Grace, Ryan created Vinyasa Yoga for Youth, an innovative non-profit organisation designed to meet the physical, mental and spiritual needs of youth ages 5 to 22 through the empowering practice of yoga. Ryan’s dedication to connecting with his community has also led to his role as a global ambassador for lululemon athletica.
Ryan believes that through steady practice and devotion, all people – regardless of their age, gender, race or religion, can experience the Oneness of Yoga.