Super Team

The Zen Zone Instructors

Alaina Jones

Anita Bailey

Anita Bailey, RYT 200~Stepping on my yoga mat for the first time ten years ago, awarded me a colorful adventure of self-discovery and soon after, revealed a calling to study and teach others. Certainly the interpretation of yoga is vast and subject to personal intention and individual experience. For me, the vibrant practice of yoga awakens one to living with a full and open heart amidst life’s fluctuating waves. I am honored and grateful to continue sharing my passion for yoga at The Zen Zone.

Becky Palmer

Becky Palmer

I am an adventurous learner. That path has taken me through the public education system where I taught for 25 years. It brought me the joy of working with children in a variety of ways including inspiring students to communicate through the creative use of video production. My yoga journey began several years ago when I took my first class. My passion for learning and sharing makes yoga a match for me because yoga is about exploring and learning about oneself.

Danielle Benedict

Hello! My name is Danielle Benedict or Miss Dani as my Preschooler’s call me:o) I have three children, 8, 6, and 2 years old. My husband, Randy, & I have lived in Lee’s Summit for almost 11 years. I currently teach special class, (which includes, music, movement, science, literacy, cooking, and art), at Kidz Kabana Child Care Center here in Lee’s Summit.

Destiny Hurst


Being a part of a goal, watching others grow, a visionary, dreaming big, and doing things regardless of the obstacle, finding a way, taking action, these things are all a part of me and what I long to share with others.

Grace Duckworth

Grace Duckworth

Growing up, I dabbled in many different activities. I first tried ballet at the age of 6, as I reached the age of 9 I decided to try sports. Finding out that I was not a competitive person I quit at 13. Overlapping my “sports” years I played piano for a total of 8. At 14 I decided that I wanted to try dancing again. I sprained and dislocated my ankle at 16 and once again, quit what I had started. At 18 I was told that I have scoliosis and kyphosis which discouraged me to try anything active until I became interested in exercise. I decided that exercise was something I was not going to give up!

Not only did it help with physical pain and irritation in my upper back (due to my curved spine) it made me feel better mentally, psychologically, emotionally, etc. As my interest of exercise grew in college, I decided to re-enter my interest of dance by taking a World Dance class. The next semester I began taking yoga classes. Not only did yoga make me feel absolutely incredible in ways that other forms of exercise could not; it helped to straighten my spine 2 inches! At the ripe age of 21 I finally decided what I wanted to do with my life.


Gwen Hull

I have been a certified fitness professional since I obtained my AFAA certification in 1986 ( believe it or not that is 27 years). I have taught all ages, abilities, and special needs (kids, seniors, pre-natal, arthritis, high school/college athletes etc. My formal education is a Bachelor's degree in Health & Physical Education 1991 from the University of Missouri-Columbia; and a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology & Biomechanics from the University of Kansas 1998 (Go Tigers! Go Jayhawks!). My master's thesis was accepted for presentation at the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Convention in 1999.

I was recognized by Yoga Alliance-RYT (Registered yoga teacher) 2005 at the 200 Level, and I have received Yoga certifications from Maya yoga, Satsang yoga (Vedanta Shala), BFit Yoga, and attended continuing education workshops with Bhavani Maki, David Williams, Doug Swenson, Jeffery Cohen, Bryan Kest, Kim Schwartz, Anna Forest, Tim Miller, Mark Blanchard, Genevieve Crosslin, Gretchen Robinson, Kathleen Kastner, Wade Mortenson, and many other fabulous teachers to whom I am most grateful.

Kristen Reed

Wife of 15 years and mother of 3, we are a very busy family. My story started in 1992, as a way to make money during college, fitness turned out to be a great career for me. I have a Masters Degree in Exercise and Sport Management in Higher Education. I'm certified in Yogafit level 1 & 2. I'm certified by the National Exercise Training Association in Group Exercise, Personal Training and Mat Pilates.

I can teach most types of classes but yoga is my favorite! I am a part time professor at Longview Community College for their Physical Education department. I also start most mornings at 4 am training my clients in their homes. I have been blessed to work in hospital, corporate, college and private settings. To help people improve their health brings me joy and is a huge privilege.

Mary Anderson

Mary's playful, energetic and creative style of yoga is a fusion of her love of Prana Flow®yoga, Pilates and Bodybuilding. Her intentions are to empower and inspire students on their path of exploration and taking steps toward their fullest potential. She has over a decade of teaching experience and during this duration has had the privilege of studying and practicing with various distinguished teachers locally, as well teachers visiting the Kansas City area. Her biggest inspiration being Gina Caputo -Yogini on the loose, former owner and director of Kansas Siddhi Yoga. Mary was a graduate of the 2009 inaugural Kansas Siddhi School of Yoga 200hr RYT.

Rebecca Kopechek

I started my Pilates journey in college when my roommate introduced me to the idea. She was a little firecracker who biked all over town in blizzards, and ate nutritious food every day. She inspired me to try her Pilates class. I was hooked! That was 15 or so years ago and now I have been teaching Pilates for 9 years!

I am a prop junky; I love new toys, new music, and new ideas. I am always looking for a way to challenge the class. The best part of teaching is seeing so many achieve their personal goals, gain core strength and balance, and find a passion for Yoga and Pilates that they can continue for the rest of their lives. The members at “The Zen Zone” have been incredibly committed to their journey. They literally change their bodies and lives right before my eyes! I am amazed and humbled every day by each of you.

I never in a million year thought I was the “yoga” type. I couldn’t control a chaturanga to save my life, and Sanskrit scared me. I slowly fell in love with it as I started to truly “practice.” I needed the reminders to connect with breath, and to be present. I love the poses; they are so challenging even if simple. Most of all I love looking around my class and seeing people relaxed, eyes closed, and smiling. It is so spiritual and real to me. With the way our world is, I think everyone, kids included, should have a yoga practice. I can only hope one day it will be part of a school day, and part of a work day for all. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Ruthann Zentner

Ruthann is a fun-loving, creative spirit who creates a joyful and positive environment for those who enter her doors.

As the owner of The Zen Zone in Lee’s Summit, MO she guides teachers and welcomes yoga students, young children to seniors, encouraging each on the path to self-love. She integrates alignment, core work, and breathing techniques with basic poses and creative sequencing. Each class is designed to energize the body and cultivate a meditative consciousness thus fostering greater vitality and improved health. Using her amazing play lists and a sense of humor her classes are dynamic and inspiring.

Within the bright teal walls and dark wooden floors of her studio a wide variety of experiences can be found. Yoga-centered games give kids in yoga workshops an opportunity to limber up and have fun, seniors in chair yoga stretch and gain balance with sun salutations, many enjoy a creative outlet in art journaling, and the young at heart rock out doing handstands in Vinyasa classes while others choose a deeply relaxing state in restorative yoga.

Ruthann, a native of Kansas City, has over 20 years of teaching experience. Her yoga journey includes certification as a Yoga Storyteller, 300RYT with Yogafit with an emphasis in yoga therapy and 500RYT with Sadie Nardini’s Core Strength Vinyasa Flow. She is a loving mother of 3 crazy girls and is dedicated to being fearless!

Sarah Masterson

MEET Sarah Masterson!
"Sarah is a southern transplant here in the Midwest. Originally from Alabama (Roll Tide, y’all), she completed her Master’s degree in Horticulture at KSU and currently works as a Horticulturist at the amazing Powell Gardens!

Sarah’s yoga journey began eight years ago, and it intensified with her discovery of Vinyasa Flow yoga three years ago. Vinyasa yoga links movement and breath while blending continuous flowing transitions with specific alignment. Sarah is certified with a 200-hour Yoga Works training and is thrilled to share her zeal for teaching at the Zen Zone!

If you attend one of Sarah’s classes, expect vigorous, athletic, and mindful movement centered around a personal intention – all underscored by a funky soundtrack! Namaste."

The picture is by K. Bree Walker Photography. Yay yoga and ZZ!

Tiffany Welsh


Hello, my name is Tiffany Welsh. I have been a fitness instructor for about 16 years now. I started out teaching Jazzercise for 11 years, and loved it. I decided then that this was the right path for me. I then expanded my experience with PiYo and Hip Hop Hustle about 4 years ago. I loved teaching those as well. Then I came upon a class that put PiYo, Hip Hop Hustle, and Yoga in one class! I totally fell in love with it, so this past July I became a BUTI Yoga instructor. I love to see my students grow and succeed. I have learned a lot from my fitness journey, and plan to continue to grow and learn.

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It must be in my bones to teach, because when I am not teaching fitness classes I am teaching 4th graders. I have a wonderful 10 year old son who keeps me very busy. He is the light of my life!

Tricia Tayrien

Each day I choose life, peace and purpose. My hope is to one day live fully present for a full 24 hours.