Supporting Wholeness Locally and Globally
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 dedicated her life to the study of psychology, meditation, dharma, healing arts, and movement. Cary spent a decade in NYC dancing professionally. During this time, she had the opportunity to tour abroad and perform. During her dancing career, she was immersed in practice and training in Laban/Bartenieff movement theory and other modalities that informed her therapeutic movement training.
She has studied anatomy, kinesiology, neuromuscular re-education, and movement problem-solving in NYC with neuromuscular educator/Anatomist Irene Dowd for over 25 years, and gained deeper experience with physical rehabilitation while working 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. In 1998, she and fellow dancer Stephen Williams opened the NoHo Pilates Studio in downtown Manhattan where it continues to thrive today. 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.
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.
Cary has worked with Jungian Analyst and Pilates Elder Mary Bowen for over 20 years with Jungian Analysis. During this time she apprenticed and received direct training with Mary to teach, counsel, and work with Jung's methods of Dream Interpretation and the alchemical process of Individuation. As a Lay Jungian she has shared her experience of Dream Study and creative exploration of symbols and movement with others through that lens for the last 17 yrs.
Due to a deep interest in eastern practice and philosophy, Cary has studied, practiced, explored, and also apprenticed in the treasures of these contemplative traditions with many of their great masters of since the age of 14yrs. She has deeply immersed herself in the practice of both Indian and Tibetan Yogas. She has studied and practiced under the direction of Tibetan Lamas in the Nyingma, Gelupa, Bön, and Dzogchen Traditions for over 20 years. She was authorized to teach Dharma 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 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 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 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.