Active Kat Yoga and Energy Rejuvenation Center





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 Dr. Kat Robinson, N.D., C-IAYT, E-RYT, YACEP, 

Naturopathic Practitioner, Reiki Master

Dr. Kat Robinson is the owner and director at Active Kat Yoga and Energy Rejuvenation Center. Since it's opening in 2002 Active Kat Yoga and Energy Rejuvenation Center is one of the premier yoga studios in South East Missouri. 

Her core wellness beliefs are estalished in a mindset of bio-individuality. That what works for one may not work for the next. She also believes that the word "integrative" speaks it all, she does not prefer one modality of health care over the other. She believes that traditional allopathic medicine and alternative/complimentery medicine can work hand in hand to give you a full view of your health making you an active participant in your own well being. 

Dr. Robinson is a Traditional Naturopathic Practitioner, Certified Yoga Therapist, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, and an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She has specialized training in Integrative Oncology Yoga at MD Anderson Cancer Center and is a graduate of the Institiute of Integrative Nutrition. She is also the lead instructor and director of the Active Kat Yoga Registered Yoga School and is a member school of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

She and her husband, Brett have renovated a 100+ year old commercial building into their wellness center and have an apartment upstairs. A mother of 3 (with 3 inlaw children) and grandmother of 4, she knows the importance of not only obtaining but also maintaining good health. Since the centers opening she has helped numerous students and clients get on the path of good health and is ready to support you on your path of well being.



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 Davonne Gibson, Certifed Pilates, RYT 200, Reflexology

Davonne Gibson graduated from Truman State University with a degree in International Business. While living in Cairo, Egypt, she picked up a part time job at Reform Pilates Studios. She fell in love with Pilates while working there and eventually went on to certify as an instructor in 2015. Davonne is a Classically trained Peak Pilates Instructor but likes to include other contemporary moves in her classes. She is trained on Mat, Reformer, Cadillac and other Pilates equipment. During her time at her previous studio, she has worked with all types of clients ranging from young to old, fit to unfit, and even those suffering from injuries. As Joseph Pilates says, 'You're only as young as your spine'. Davonne is also a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 hr level and is also a reflexologist at the center.



   Mindy Held, RYT 200, Certified Aerial Yoga, Certified Children's Yoga

Mindy Held grew up in South St Louis, from a big loving family. Having a love for working with animals. She graduated in 2000 with an Associates of Science in Veterinary Technology with experience in clinical, shelter, and behavior with animals. Yoga was first introduced as a stress reducer and became a big part of her life. After moving to Southeast Missouri and then finding The Edge Your Fitness Advantage (Cape Girardeau) in 2012, having a background in dance, it gave her the opportunity to start her path in yoga and body movement. She has found she truly loves sharing the discovery and benefits both mental and physical with children and adults. In May 2014 she became certified through KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) to teach yoga to children ages 2-12 and the journey has continued from there. Also opening new pathways including a love for Aerial Arts! She completed her 200 RYT in May 2016 and is certified Level 1 Aerial Yoga and Aerial Silks Level 1 through Born to Fly Productions. Currently she is teaching... kids and adult yoga mat and aerial classes, silks, kid’s circus classes, and water fitness classes. "My hope is that along with adults that children can also reap the many benefits that yoga, and aerial arts have to offer as they grow and develop in life, and hopefully develop a healthy and active lifestyle." Love, Mindy




   Alice Mickey - Shelton, RYT 200

Alice Mickey - Shelton’s love of yoga began in 2005 when she walked into Active Kat Yoga Studio for her first class.  “Since that first class, yoga has been a major component in my journey to maintain both physical and emotional health. Life experience has taught me that we are constantly changing, making progress or regressing, we get to choose. If you are breathing you can practice yoga.  It doesn’t have to be difficult or scary if you are in a class designed for your needs and with the right intent. Thirty years as a chiropractic assistant has helped me in my yoga teaching, knowing the importance of alignment and spinal health.” Alice’s passion is teaching gentle yoga and beginner’s yoga. Her intent is to help others discover how yoga can improve their activities of daily living, enhance their health, and become more of who they want to be. Alice is an active member of the community working as a volunteer for several organizations serving on various non-profit boards.


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                                                                                               Marj Hedstrom, RN, BSN, MSEd, RYT 200

Marj has worked over 35 years in the healthcare industry and has been an advocate and champion of integrative healthcare models throughout her career as a nurse, manager, teacher and executive.  Upon retirement in 2015 and aware of the research on the benefits of yoga and its holistic approach to health, she became interested in practicing yoga as part of her own personal wellness at the age of 59.  During her first year she noticed improved flexibility, balance, strength and overall well being.  She continues to learn more about and deepen her yoga through consistent study, practice and teaching.

Marj is interested in teaching Hatha Yoga at the beginner and intermediate levels.  She has a special heart for those who wonder whether yoga could really be for them as she believes yoga can be for everyone and all can benefit from it.  Particular interest areas include yoga for caregivers and healthcare professionals and children/adults with special needs including learning and physical disabilities, chronic illnesses, and/or recovering from acute injuries and illnesses post Physical Therapy and/or hospitalization.

Marj is available for 1:1 yoga and selected classes and/or workshops. She also has education and experience in personal and professional coaching/mentoring separate from, or to complement your yoga practice.             



  Dee Hopson, RYT 200 Therapy Dog Handler

After a 25 year law enforcement career in the Washington D.C. region, Dee and her husband retired to country living in Grandin, Missouri. Her police background includes extensive training in defensive tactics, criminal investigatins, and major incident command.

Denise spends the majority of her time volunteering with therapy dog visits to hospitals, nursing homes, and schools.

Comfort canines, Gigi and Leah have been welcome additions to special classes at Active Kat Yoga.

Denise is a substitute Pilates and Yoga instructor at the center and also teaches special events and workshops. She focuses on the proper balance of body alignment with slow, deliberate movements to increase core strength and flexibility.



Gigi, Certified Compassion Canine, Certified Yoga Dog

Gigi was a stray that was rescued by lumberjacks working in a wooded area of Grandin in December 2015.  After her owners could not be located we adopted her.  It soon became evident that she would make an excellent therapy dog with her calm and confident disposition. In 2016 she was certified as a compassion canine and regularly visits residents of nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and private residences. Gigi is a very sweet and smart dog, and a DNA test revealed she is 50% Yorkshire terrier, 25% Shitzu and 25% Pomeranian.  Her favorite activity is running in the woods hunting for rodents, and she also enjoys four-wheeling trail rides on her days off. 



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