Supporting Wholeness Locally and Globally
B.F.A., D. Ayv., Jungian Analyst
Cert. Pilates, Yoga
Cary's youth was strongly influenced by Eastern Contemplative culture. She began practicing Yoga and Meditation in the tradition of Paramahansa Yogananda at the age of 14yrs. This has continued into her adult life. She 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 dedicated her life to the study of psychology, meditation, healing arts, and movement. Cary spent a decade in NYC dancing professionally, where she and fellow dancer/choreographer Mark Jarecke started the Mark Jarecke Dance company. Their work was highly acclaimed and they toured the US and abroad teaching and performing. During this time, Cary trained in the Pilates Method at Green Street Studio with Deborah Lessen, where she apprenticed for ten years. In 1998, she and fellow dancer Stephen Williams opened the NoHo Pilates Studio in downtown Manhattan where it continues to thrive today.
Cary studied anatomy, kinesiology, neuromuscular re-education, and movement problem solving with neuromuscular educator/Anatomist Irene Dowd, and gained deeper experience with physical rehabilitation while working as a Pilates Rehabilitation Therapist at Park South Physical Therapy in the mid-'90s in Manhattan, NY. During her dancing career, she was immersed in practice and training in Laban/Bartenieff movement theory. She taught Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Pilates for dancers as a founding faculty member of the Joffrey Ballet/ New School BFA program. 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.
She met Krishna Das in NYC when he first began singing kirtan publically and was one of the first few that gathered weekly with him to chant and sing devotional music. He has been a heart friend and over the years she has stayed close and has been influenced by the practice, learning true bhakti from him. She went on to study both Indian and Buddhist traditions due to her deep interest in eastern practice and philosophy. Her education in these traditions has spanned over 25 yrs and now influences her teaching, integrating both east & west for our current time and culture.
She began studying Ayurveda with Maya Tiwari and Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute in the early 90s. This course of training spanned ongoing over two decades. Cary deepened her training by doing clinical and practicum with Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, founder of The Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic and Research Center in Jaipur, India for five years. In 2002 she met Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra of the Shakya Vansiya Ayurveda lineage, with whom she studied until his passing in 2017. Today she serves as a Master Teacher and consultant for the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda and teaches in the Shanka Vansiya Ayurveda unbroken lineage of Vaidyas with the blessing of her teacher Rama Kant Mishra.
In 2001 she began working with Jungian Elder Mary Bowen and went on to train with her as a Jungian Psychoanalyst, their work and training together span over 20 yrs and continues today. Cary has been in private practice as a Jungian Analyst for the last 15 yrs. You can read more about her Jungian training and work on our Jungian Analysis & Counseling page.
She has trained and practiced extensively in both the Indian Yogic & Tantric meditation traditions. She has engaged in traditional Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Dzogchen for 25 years doing personal retreat under the direct guidance of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Nomkai Norbu Rinpoche, A.dzom Paylo Rinpoche, Drupon Lama Karma, and Lama Tsultrim Allione.
She practiced and apprenticed in the lineage of Lama Thubten Yeshe from 2007-2014 and was authorized to teach at that time.
Cary's diverse background of education and experience brings a rich tapestry of support to each individual. She upholds the journey of Individuation that eventually leads to opening to the greater Self or Essential Nature. She supports living one's own unique life purpose and facilitates this in her teaching and counseling of others. Her work integrates the psychological journey of inner work, physical self-care, and contemplative/spiritual practice with great care to recognize and support the particular individual journey each person needs to make throughout their lifetime.
B.F.A., Cert. Ayur Yoga, Pilates
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 they opened in 2002. He has received Ayurvedic training from the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda and studied Dr. Vasant Lad's Ayur-Yoga at The Ayurvedic Institute. He is grounded in a strong and committed spiritual practice.
Lee has a strong background in Theatre Arts which began in high school and followed by a B.F.A. in Theater Arts & Performance. While at the University, Lee gave particular attention to Theater Movement and Stage Combat which provided him with disciplined training in movement and a refined 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 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 needs of all kinds. Lee's 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. You can read more in detail on the "Offerings" pages.