While Amy took her first yoga class in 2005, it wasn’t until the birth of her son in 2011 that she decided to fully commit to a daily asana and meditation practice. Having suffered from anxiety and panic attacks for around 10 years, Amy realized she needed to make a commitment to her own health and wellness in order to support her family. Amy loved crafting a practice that allowed her to explore her mind and body at her own pace and in her own space. Amy’s practice led to personal growth in mind, spirit, and body that she never imagined. In 2018 she completed her 200 YTT with nOMad in the Hudson Valley in a course specialized to the needs of active duty military and veterans. Through her practice and teaching, Amy hopes to lead creative vinyasa flows that integrate aspects of the various schools of yoga to allow students, especially those with a military connection, to find their own peace and strength. Additionally, with a background in running and leading strength and high-intensity interval training workouts, Amy is experienced in incorporating yoga into an athlete’s training or in using yoga as a recovery tool. Amy is also Warriors at Ease Level 1 certified.
Amy has experienced Army life from nearly every angle. During her father’s 30 years as an active duty Army officer, she lived on several stateside military posts, as well as in South Korea and graduated from high school in Germany. After graduating from Tulane University with a focus in education in 2006, she commissioned through the University’s Army ROTC program as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army’s Military Intelligence branch. She was granted a year of delay in active service in order to serve as a school teacher in post-Katrina New Orleans and discovered her passion for teaching.
During her time in active duty, Amy served in the 3rd Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker). She served as a platoon leader for a military intelligence platoon, executive officer for a military intelligence company, and as a mayor for the forward operating base throughout her deployment to Iraq in 2009 to 2010. Upon redeployment, she served as Brigade comptroller overseeing reset operations.
Jessica is an army Veteran, volunteer fire fighter, student, daughter, wife, step-mother – and even a step-grandmother! Jessica is a nature-lover, a writer, a runner, an animal-lover and a YOGI! Jessica, now knows, she was practicing yoga – a form, when she was a young child. Jessica came to the physical practice of yoga through meditation, and her meditation practice amped up in 2015. Jessica was struggling with substance use disorder and many, many behaviors and thoughts that were not serving her. She continued practicing meditation, and it eventually led her to a yoga studio. She had many break-throughs on and off her mat during the years of 2016 and 2017. Yoga provided the space in Jessica’s life for reflection – figuratively and literally. Jessica began changing her life – letting go of those things that were not serving and turning up the volume on the behaviors and thoughts. This change did not happen overnight, but through continual practice and honing the tools of yoga – breath-work, mindfulness/meditation and physical movement, Jessica began to harness the strength she had deep inside to become a participating woman again. Jessica is committed to bringing the tools of yoga to what she refers to as her “tribe” – the military, particularly active duty and their families. She recognizes how valuable these tools are to her and others resonating within this “tribe”, and her mission is to lead those in the active military family into building these tools for themselves. Ultimately, this led Jessica to complete her 200hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) with nOMad, always at OM.. at West Point in 2018. Jessica is currently completing nOMad’s 300hour YTT, where she hopes to develop her own voice through the specialized training in injury awareness/prevention, trauma – particularly military and teaching to beginners, to name a few. Jessica’s classes are focused on alignment and breath within and transitioning between postures. You can expect breath-work, meditation and a yin posture to begin her classes. Jessica hopes to bring all practices of yoga to the military and first responder population, as she sees this population constantly giving their energy out and giving little to themselves. “If we can build what we want on the outside within ourselves first, we may see what we want on the outside..” – Jessica
Jessica entered the U.S. Army in August 2005 as a healthcare specialist (combat medic). Her first assignment was with the 82ND Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. There, she completed Parachutist School, earned her Expert Field Medical Badge and spearheaded the 2007 Surge into Baghdad, Iraq (for a 15-month deployment). During her deployment to Iraq, Jessica performed many different jobs, such as a medic attached to a Forward Treatment Team in 319th Field Artillery Battalion, medic for the 407th Brigade Support Battalion Colonel/Command Sergeant Major PSD Team and Catastrophic Kill Recovery Team, Patient Hold specialist for a level II hospital, squad leader and operations sergeant. Upon redeployment, she was reassigned to the 10TH Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY in 2009. Jessica spearheaded the 2010 Surge into the Faryab Province, Afghanistan (for 365 days). There, Jessica served as an assistant Platoon Sergeant for the Charlie Company, 10th BSB, Battalion Medical Support Operations Sergeant, a squad leader for the medical platoon 3-6th FA – and eventually, the Platoon Sergeant upon redeployment until leaving the active Army component in September of 2011. Jessica continued her service to the Army on an active duty tour with the 411TH Engineer Brigade (Reserve) as the Brigade Medical Sergeant (NCO) in support of the Brigade’s deployment to Iraq.
Jessica completed a total of seven years active duty, leaving the Army as a Staff Sergeant with the following awarded: Bronze Star, Army Commendation Award (2nd award), Army Achievement Award (2nd), Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd), Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal w/Two Campaign Stars, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism, Service Ribbon (2nd), NATO Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, Australian Parachutist Badge, Marksmanship Qual Badge-Expert with Rifle, Driver and Mechanic Badge w/Driver-Wheeled Vehicles Drivers Badge. Jessica, also, ran on the 10TH MTN DIV’s Army 10 Miler Team for two years.
Phoebe comes from a strong movement background. She received her BFA in Modern Dance from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she studied technique, anatomy, kinesiology, and pedagogy. As a professional dancer in New York City, her studies continued and she earned her Pilates certification from the Kane School of Core Integration, 500 hour Certification (ERYT500) under the guidance of her mentor Jeanmarie Paolillo from YogaWorks and Restorative/Therapeutics training with Jillian Pransky from YogaWorks.
Teaching at various studios/programs in New York City since 2002, Phoebe made the move to the Hudson Valley in 2010. She founded and directed the yoga program, Yoga at the Roundhouse in Beacon, NY. In 2014, she founded nOMad always at OM that brings new experiences on and off the mat to yogis at nOMad’s Online Studio, on yoga retreats, and at community events. Her mission through nOMad is to give her students the tools to live a fuller life with more joy, gratitude, confidence, and connection.
Over the past two years, Phoebe & nOMad have had the honor to work with veterans and active duty through offering nOMad’s yoga teacher training program at West Point. Under the mentorship of Phoebe, nOMad graduates, Amy Gatzemeyer, Jessica Bugbee, and Cece Givens have organized a new non-profit, TRIBE (we Teach Resilience, Increase Balance & Endurance) to offer the tools of yoga to active duty.
As a child, Phoebe lived alone with her dad until she was 14 years old. After her father’s disappearance and then reappearance in 2009, he was declared 100% mentally disabled as a result of suffering from PTSD from serving two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. After her father’s death in 2013, she was guided to work with the military community which she is extremely grateful to be of service in helping others use the tools of yoga for resilience & their own healing while she has also been able to do her own personal healing through the work.
A native of Missouri, Cece is a 2019 graduate of the United States Military Academy. She is currently serving as an Quartermaster officer in Texas. She is passionate about bring the tools of yoga to active duty and to the greater military community. She is especially drawn to serving traumatized populations.