Midwest Dharma Wheel
Contemplative & Healing Arts
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Cary was born and raised in Nebraska and received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Nebraska in 1991. Drawn to contemplative traditions both East & West, she has spent most of her life immersed in the exploration of movement, psychology, meditation, and healing arts. Cary spent a decade in NYC dancing professionally. During this time, along with her fellow colleague, they formed the Mark Jarecke Dance Company and performed original works as well as toured abroad to teach. Throughout her dance career, she was immersed in training in Laban/Bartenieff movement theory, anatomy, kinesiology, rehabilitative movement, and other modalities that informed her therapeutic movement education.
She has studied anatomy, kinesiology, neuromuscular re-education, and movement problem-solving directly with neuromuscular educator/Anatomist Irene Dowd ongoing for 25+ years, and gained deeper experience with physical rehabilitation while working as the Pilates Rehab Therapist at Park South Physical Therapy in the mid-'90s in Manhattan, NY. She was trained by and certified to teach in the Pilates Method at Green Street Studio with Deborah Lessen in 1996, where she apprenticed for ten years. Cary is now serving as a guiding teacher for Deborah Lesson's Teacher Training program. In 1998, she and fellow dancer Stephen Williams opened the NoHo Pilates Studio in downtown Manhattan where it continues to thrive today. Cary taught Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Pilates as a founding faculty member of the first existing Joffrey Ballet/ The New School BFA program for professional dancers. Upon returning to Nebraska in 2002, she served as an adjunct faculty at the University of Nebraska Lincoln for two years teaching Modern Dance, Kinesiology, and Ballet. For the last two decades she has been exploring deeper work with the body, the psyche, the unconscious and movement. This has taken her into a much deeper and creative field of movement exploration and work with the individual journey towards awakened embodiment.
Cary began her training in Ayurveda with Maya Tiwari and Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute in the early 90s. Her clinical and practicum was with Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, founder of The Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic and Research Center in Jaipur, India for five years. She also trained with Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra of the Shakya Vansiya Ayurveda lineage, with whom she studied for fifteen years until his passing in 2017. She is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Counselor as well as a Certified Ayurvedic Treatment Therapist. She has studied Vedic Astrology since the 90's and incorporates it's use as part of her holistic approach of Counseling & Ayurvedic practice in working with her clients.
Cary has worked with Jungian Analyst and Pilates Elder Mary Bowen for over 20 years of Jungian Analysis and training. During this time she apprenticed and received direct training with Mary to teach, counsel, and work with Jung's methods. As a Lay Jungian, she guides others with their inner work, dream study, and the creative exploration of the Unconscious and embodied life.
Due to her deep interest in spirituality, eastern practice, and philosophy, Cary has studied, practiced, and apprenticed in the treasures of these contemplative traditions with many of their great masters since the age of 14yrs. She has deeply immersed herself in the practice of both Indian and Tibetan Yogas and has studied and practiced under the direction of Tibetan Lamas in the Nyingma, Gelugpa, Bön, and Dzogchen Traditions for over 20 years. She was authorized to teach in 2010.
Lee Willet, B.F.A., has been practicing and studying movement for 30 years. He is trained in the Pilates Method, Yoga, physical rehabilitation, and Ayurveda. He began studying movement in his undergraduate theater training and has been practicing and studying alongside his wife Cary for the last 25 years. He began teaching at Haymarket Studio when it opened in 2002. He has received Ayurvedic training from the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda as well as the Ayurvedic Institute.
Lee has a background in Theatre Arts which began in high school. He has a B.F.A. in Theater Arts & Performance from the University of Nebraska. Lee has many years of experience in theater movement and stage combat, which has informed his movement training and precision with the body. Lee was recognized for his particular strengths in this art form and has been called upon for his expertise in teaching and choreographing movement for the stage. Following graduation, he went on to work as an actor in New York City appearing in commercials, plays, T.V., and films. There he worked creatively with a group of fellow actors writing, directing, and producing original and existing works. He also choreographed and set stage combat for off-Broadway shows.
Lee's work in the acting and theater profession and his affinity for movement allowed a seamless transition into the world of bodywork and movement. Partnering alongside his wife Cary for over two decades has exposed him continuously to movement, healing arts, and contemplative life. He was certified to teach in 2005. Lee has a natural intuition to support others in their process and is often called upon to work specifically with dancers due to his deep understanding of their needs. Lee supports the UNL Dance Program when called upon to teach Pilates and Yoga to the students enrolled in their degree program.
At the studio, Lee teaches Pilates and Yoga with a strong anatomical base and introduces people to meditation practice. He can evaluate physical issues and provide a therapeutic movement program. He has seen many of his students through extreme injuries, illnesses, pregnancy, and particular fitness goals. He has worked with autistic children and young adults and is particularly skilled with special rehabilitative needs of all kinds. Lee's group classes are challenging, strengthening, and grounding. He provides a stabilizing and joyful presence and is able to offer well-rounded support due to his understanding and practice of Ayurveda.