Lava Yoga
"Where Yoga Flows"
Welcom To Lava Yoga

Owners

Beth Diehl

Beth Diehl

Topeka Studio
Co- Owner & Sister to Leigh
I have always wanted to like yoga. Usually it bored me or I was uncomfortable with all the soft music and soothing talk. It wasn't until I was in Arizona in 2006 training for an Ironman that I found the kind of yoga that I love. I went to a Sumit's Hot Yoga class after several of my training partners suggested it for strength and flexibility. I loved my very first class, called my sister and said, " you have to come try this yoga---THIS is what we've been looking for!".

I am very thankful I had the opportunity to study under Sumit Banerjee and receive my 200 RYT certification from his school. I continue to evolve and grow in my yoga practice. I learn almost daily something new about myself and my body. Hot yoga started out as a great cardio, strength workout for me, then the flexibility and balance component became more of a focus. I will never do "pretty" yoga---but it keeps getting a little better and I have a little more flexibility. As I deepen my practice, I finally understand the mind, breath and body connection. This is yoga that I love, that I am so excited to introduce to those who have never tried yoga, and those that already have a love.
Leigh Granada

Leigh Granada

Topeka Studio
Co- Owner & Sister to Beth

I have never been an athletic person. I took an occasional step class when my kids were young, but nothing ever stuck with me for long. Then, about 10 years ago, my sister dragged me into running with her, then lifting weights, this time it stuck. However stretching was still not something I took time to do.

Eventually I found yoga, I practiced yoga off and on for a long time, even teaching it for a couple of years. But when Beth brought me to a Hot Yoga class, I became seriously hooked! I loved the warmth of the room and the incredible stretching. I felt completely relaxed after the class. My favorite part of the yoga is the flow sequences, I'm excited every time we get to that part!

I received my 200 hour RYT in 2012 in California with Sumit Banjaree. Since then I have expanded my training, earning my 300 RYT in 2020 I have taught over 2500 classes earning the certification of 500 E-RYT and am still excited to to introduce and/or help you along your yoga journey.

Sending Love, Peace and Light!

Instructors

Cathy Riedy

Cathy Riedy

I started taking Lava Yoga classes in March 2013. I was looking for a yoga class that would keep my interest, challenge me and increase my flexibility. I was having back pain because of tight back, glute and hamstring muscles and I felt I was heading down the path of hurting myself if I didn't do something to increase my flexibility. I am very active with teaching group fitness classes, training and mountain biking but I lacked action when it came to flexibility. I absolutely fell in love with Lava Yoga, both the yoga classes and the instructors. After a year, I inquired about leading classes and being part of the staff I so admired. In the summer of 2014 I lead my first Lava Yoga class and knew I was starting yet another chapter of my life - a chapter that would be full of rewards and health benefits.

My training includes certifications through American Council on Exercise (ACE) as Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist. I have had pilates mat and reformer training through Polestar Education, Yoga for a New Day training through an ACE continuing education course and Yoga/Fusion training through Safax. I also have a master's degree through Kansas State University in elementary education.

In July of 2015, I completed and was RYT certified.

Whether you are new to yoga or an experienced "yogi", I encourage you to try Lava Yoga. Not only will you discover a yoga practice you'll love but you will also become part of a yoga community who cares about you personally.
Bobbi Luttjohann

Bobbi Luttjohann

For the majority of my life I have been athletic, mostly enjoying running. My first yoga class was in 2004 during a workplace health event. I hated it. I felt out of place and there was definitely nothing positive about the class. I vowed to never to do yoga again.

Ten years later, in the summer of 2014, my daughter took a class at Lava Yoga and she absolutely loved it. She asked if I wanted to go with her. I hesitated, but my other daughters and my husband thought I should give yoga another chance, so I did. That first class I took was amazing! Difficult and challenging, but amazing! I have never felt so welcomed, accomplished, and connected to a community as I did after that first class. That time I vowed to go back, many times, and I did.

I began to transition from running to weight lifting and found that yoga, especially in a heated room, was the key to reducing muscle soreness, increasing flexibility, and keeping me from sustaining serious injuries. I also found the mental and emotional release of yoga was imperative to staying sane with the everyday stresses that affect us all.

As I grew to love yoga, I began to look at training courses. As I sought out courses, I found there were yoga training paths to learn how to teach children the beautiful art of yoga. That was the moment I knew I wanted to teach yoga! I thought if I could get just one child to appreciate (and maybe even love) yoga, that would be a success!

In 2018 I completed my personal training certification and I am currently working on completing my 200 hour RYT certification training to teach yoga, with additional classes to focus on teaching children. Lava Yoga has given me the opportunity to work with children and be a part of a yoga community. I can’t think of anything more wonderful than that!
Hal Humes

Hal Humes

I began with Lava in 2017, looking for a lower impact workout that would help maintain my flexibility, balance and core strength.  I found that I really enjoyed the classes along with the music.  I love the community at the studio and have met many wonderful students and instructors.  After practicing for several years, yoga has become more than workout.  The classes leave me refreshed and relaxed.

I completed the 200 hour RYT certification from Lava Yoga Teacher Training.  I look forward to sharing my passion for yoga.

Nick Lobb

Nick Lobb

I’m so excited to join the Lava Yoga family. I have been an athlete my entire life, playing all sports but found my love of soccer very quickly. After playing in high school and college, I went on to coaching youth boys for many years which is where I first met Leigh (Co-Owner). I continue to play on a men’s league still today. I did cross fit for several years but found that to be hard on my body and joints. Then my wife brought me to yoga. My very first class was a spiritual awakening. I found healing in more ways than one. Lava Yoga engages all your senses through the warmth of the room, the music, the scented towels, and the overall positive vibes you feel just walking through the door.

I’ve been coming religiously since February 2021. I find a steady practice helps me maintain focus throughout the day and I feel lighter and at peace. I encourage everyone to come try it for yourself. Who doesn’t need a good savasana?

Be awesome!
Mohri Exline

Mohri Exline


I have never been athletic. I like to joke that my siblings got all the athletic genes, so when a friend of mine asked if I would want to try out Lava Yoga, I assumed I would not be a fan. As it turns out, I fell in love at first sweat and never turned back.

I wound up in Topeka entirely by accident. My Peace Corps journey was cut short from Covid-19, and Topeka was where I landed out of that hectic moment in my life. Yoga has brought so much joy, peace, and steadiness to my life in many ways, but I think beyond that, Lava has given me a community to call home here in Topeka.

I hope to see you in the studio soon, and hey... stay warm out there.
Maddie Berger

Maddie Berger

Like everyone else living this life, I’ve been through things that should have broken me. As a child, I found strength somehow and kept on keepin’ on. In 2017, I endured something that, in that moment, I thought would be the thing that succeeded in breaking me.

I knew I had to find a way out, and remembered my childhood friend and sweetest boy I’ve ever known, David-Leigh’s son. I knew from David that his mom owned her own Yoga studio, and I pleaded for her to let me clean the studio in exchange for yoga classes. This was the beginning.

As time went on, I understood why I had all of this anger and weakness, and it was my own mind telling me things should be one way, even though they never would be, which helped me to realize that I am the only one suffering from wanting things to be other than exactly what they are.

Not only did yoga help my body heal from years of trauma, yoga helped heal my mind from a lifetime of emptiness I didn’t know could be so easily filled with self-love. Yoga saved me. I have never stopped insisting to anybody who will listen, that yoga will solve any and all problems. Lava yoga can save you too. Try it out and see what you’ve been needing to release!

Jeni Jeffries

Jeni Jeffries

On April 1, 2023, I set off on a personal quest to use Lava Yoga’s $30 two weeks of unlimited yoga to do 14 classes in 14 days in an effort to purge heartbreak pain that I could feel lingering in my body and soul. I set the intention to dig deep inside with every inhale to find the tension, hurt and then with my exhale let it all go. Word on the street is that crying is a weakness, but I maintain that it takes strength to feel your feelings and it’s super helpful to the process of letting go. By day 11, I felt cured, but I was on a 14 day quest and stayed the course. While rolling up my mat after my 14th class in as many days I was smiling feeling accomplished and then our song, mine with the Dudifornian I loved for six years, violated the airspace. Naturally, I rolled my mat back out, stretched out on my tummy and wailed! It was a magical, transformative experience. I left it all on the mat that day and I’ve been hooked on Lava ever since.

The warm, open hearted owners of Lava Yoga, Leigh and Beth have created a truly unique, special place on this Earth. I feel taller every single time I walk out of the studio having enjoyed my practice in the cleansing heat while sharing safe space with other like minded peeps. United we stand sweating it out. It’s my honor and truly a pleasure to guide classes at Lava Yoga. I hope you will come shine your light with us soon. Namaste
Kielyn Smith

Kielyn Smith

Yoga practice is one of my favorite parts of my day.  I began practicing yoga in 2021 at LavaYoga because it was recommended to me to help with anxiety.  I was very nervous to walk in and give it a try, but everyone welcomed me even though I couldn’t make it through an entire class.  The encouragement I received helped me come back each time. I continued to stick with it and slowly I began to feel healthier and even lost 80 pounds in a year!  The weight loss, although wonderful, wasn’t the most important part, it was a newfound health for my body.  I feel better, and that is why I love to be a yoga guide too. I enjoy being a part of helping others with whatever they are trying to accomplish in their yoga practice and encouraging them along the way
Susan Thomas

Susan Thomas

I began my yoga journey 20+ years ago at the Bikram studio in Lawrence. I had never tried any type of yoga before my first hot Bikram class. But that was it - I was hooked!! The heat and humidity was perfect for me, as well as community with the amazing instructors and fellow students. Over the years, I’ve added other types of yoga to my practice, finding joy in each of them.

I completed Yoga Teacher Training in the Fall of 2021 and started teaching in the Spring of 2022. The connection experienced in practicing and teaching yoga is like no other. It’s wonderful to interact with yogis of all shapes, sizes, experience level, motivation, etc. Whether practicing or teaching, the delightful coming together of breath, movement, and spirit is profound and has been incredibly impactful on my life. My favorite aspect of teaching is providing some insight into the poses and how to breathe through the movements to achieve the tranquility that yoga offers. I love watching and listening to my students and guiding them through a thoughtful yoga experience.

Yoga is truly an extension of my life. I recently “mostly” retired from a hectic consulting career, and teaching yoga has provided the ability for me to interact with others in the most positive way. When I’m not in the studio, I love spending time with my sweet husband, Zach, our cranky dog, Trooper, and our boys. I volunteer at a farm sanctuary weekly and serve on a local board for a community healthcare clinic, and I am a huge Prince fan. Life is definitely good.

Peace, and be wild.

Torrell Nickerson

Torrell Nickerson

I’m very excited to join the lava family. I’ve always been an athletic person as I play basketball throughout the years. I was never the one to really work on stretching or really  work on my mobility and flexibility. As the years went on of strength training, I was dealing with a lot of chronic pain, sore muscles, developing stiff hips and hamstrings and I knew I had to make a change.

I actually thought about doing yoga but never really went through with it until one day I was in the sauna at the gym and I saw something on social media about hot yoga and the benefits of it. So I googled to see if Topeka has a hot yoga studio and sure enough I found out about lava yoga. I’ve been obsessed with it and fell in love with it ever since. My flexibility and mobility has improved so much and the start of this journey has been amazing. I feel at peace and my body feels very good afterwards. I encourage you to come to lava yoga for yourself and see the amazing benefits it can have for you. It really has saved me and my body. Hope to see you on the mat soon!
Greg Fox

Greg Fox

Greg's classes focus on the natural curves of the spine and movements which incorporate body weight training, yoga postures and meditation.  He trains in the BowSpring method with creators Desi Springer and John Friend (founder of Anusara Yoga).  The Predominant focus of these classes follow the BowSpring postural template while incorporating it into traditional yoga postures.  This alignment brings a buoyant, powerful and fluid strength.
Lava Yoga

Topeka Studio
4005 SW 29th
Topeka, KS 66614 
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Phone: 785-217-8777
 
E-mail: Lavayoga@gmail.com

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