Cecilia Keefer

Cecilia began her yoga journey in 1976. Teaching yoga since 1992, Cecilia has the experience and knowledge to gently guide your body to a healthier state. You will be able to do the things you love to do with more energy, better posture and less discomfort. With a regular practice you will feel better emotionally and physically. No matter what you age or state of health, yoga encourages you to feel good about yourself. A consistent and conscientious practice is key. Cecilia believes that yoga has something to offer everyone.

Victoria Priest

I believe we practice yoga to truly live and to celebrate life. I see no difference in “on” or "off the mat", it’s all yoga! At the age of thirteen, I attended my first class and instantly realized this was the path for me. It was a beautiful and powerful moment of clarity that has been unfolding ever since! Having received my 200 hr. yoga certification through Chattanooga Yoga School, here we are! I dive into this practice with intentions of growing deeper in mindfulness, intuition, and love. If I had a mission statement, it would include sharing these elements in class with a touch of playfulness and honesty. I have been known for my full body laughter ;) So, let’s play!

Carl Meadows

Through an early life of collision sport, poor nutritional habits and extreme negative-self-talk, I found myself at the young age of 23 years old, in an overwhelming state of physical & psychological dis-ease. After hospitals stays and visits to doctors that did little, I understood that it was up to me to take ownership of how I wanted my life to look, and to rediscover the happiness and vibrancy of health & wellness that was a natural part of my being.

I began the process of healing myself through ancestral nutrition. I found forms of movement that embodied the rhythmic and primal pulses of my natural self. I began to explore the subtle body and breath, and participated in the everyday practice of self-love and acceptance. Through all of these practices, I experienced a profound transformation that allowed for new light to shine through me.

I am grateful now to be able to share these things with those that I work with. To offer a loving space for them to explore the greatest version of themselves. And hold a grand vision of peace and empowerment for all individuals on earth.-->

Rachel Kaufman

Rachel began practicing yoga in 1999, incorporating it into her athletic regimen and pursuing it as a fun and challenging exercise. It was not until she incorporated meditation into her daily routine that Rachel was able to appreciate the inner aspects of the yoga practice: calming the mind and body. The transformation that occurred in her personal life was such that she felt compelled to share these practices, training through the Chattanooga Yoga School RYT-200 program. In addition to her continuing exploration of yoga, she studies various forms of meditation, mindfulness, movement arts, and body-mind centering. Rachel strives to integrate a variety of techniques into her teaching in order to cultivate a calm, embodied presence through mindfulness: non-judgmental awareness of the present moment.

To learn more, visit Rachel’s website: www.ilovelivingyoga.com

Stephanie Jones

Since 2001, yoga has been a means for Stephanie to discover and express the rhythms of her True Self. Cultivating love, compassion, and self-acceptance is the essence of her practice. She strives to create a safe and therapeutic space for yoga students of all levels to mindfully reawaken, transform, and unify the mind, body, and spirit. In addition to her yoga work, Stephanie is a birth mentor and doula, offering birth preparation classes and birth support to empower expectant parents in building a foundation for birthing in awareness and reconnecting with birth as a sacred rite of passage. Stephanie is a 2009 Savannah Yoga Center graduate and a Yoga Alliance E-RYT. She earned an MA in Professional Counseling in 2011 and also holds a Yoga Ed. certification in Mind-Body Resources. Stephanie is currently pursuing certification as a Birthing From Within birth mentor and doula.

To learn more, please visit: www.InnerRoots.org

Sharon Green

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”—Albus Dumbledore

When I walked into my first yoga class several years ago, I was stressed out, tired of the gym scene, and not sure if yoga was all I had heard it to be. But once I finished that first class, I felt like I had come home. I left invigorated, much less stressed, and calmer than I had been in a long time.

After beginning a consistent practice, I discovered that yoga is about more than just the physical activity—it’s about drawing inward to find a connection between body, mind and the Spirit so that we can become all that God created us to be. It’s about making the choice to come to the mat every day, and meeting our bodies where they are, far more than achieving certain poses (I may never get my chest to the floor in dragonfly, and I’m learning to be okay with that!) It’s about learning new ways of responding to life’s challenges off the mat as well. It is my hope that everyone who attends my yin or alignment-based vinyasa flow classes finds a supportive and comfortable place to explore, regardless of shape, ability or experience. Welcome home!

Amy Bockman

Amy’s teaching revolves around giving each student the tools to work with where they are in life, by helping them to see their strengths and encouraging them to utilize that energy for continued progress. Amy brings a focus of alignment to her classes to facilitate healing both mentally and physically. Having suffered from depression and been fortunate enough to lose 75lbs since beginning her yoga journey, Amy believes that yoga can truly be for everybody.

Amy’s most recent training completed in the fall of 2013 with Joe Taft and Deidre Smith-Gilmer deepened her awareness and love of anatomy inspiring her to return to school to study Physical Therapy. Bringing elements of therapy in to the class room helps students connect to their bodies in new ways and creates an understanding that emotional healing can happen on a physical level as well as in the mind.

Sue Reynolds

I found yoga in 1972 and since then have enjoyed the benefits and support that it has been in life. My practice has been through many stages, from emphasis on the precision and therapeutics of Iyengar and the physicality of flow styles, to the deeper,subtle internal energy to be found in long practice of all hatha yoga and meditation. As founder and former co-owner of Chattanooga's first yoga studio, I am now enjoying finding more time to continue the practice of being a student of Life and the joys and challenges that this study brings.

Ganna Herendon

Ganna, originally from Ukraine, discovered Laughter Yoga in May 2011 and soon after she became a certified laughter yoga leader. Practicing laughter yoga for a little while, she noticed that laughing helped to improve relationships and brought more creativity and collaboration into her corporate job environment.

Every day she laughs during her commute, arriving in a great mood, ready to face any kinds of issues. For two years, Ganna led a laughter group in Springfield, TN and she is a member of Nashville Laughter Yoga Club, where she co-led with other laughter leaders, and she visits the group as often as possible. Ganna’s goal is to help other to discover the power of laughter and use laughter yoga exercises every day to improve their health and well being.

Kim Eisdorfer

E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance, Certified Yoga Therapist. Toes Yoga Studio Owner. I love sharing yoga and it's philosophy that we are active participants in our own evolution. We essentially are happy and at peace, sometimes we just need a reminder of this truth. Yoga is that reminder. A way to settle the thoughts and support the body. We improve our lives and those around us when we can return to this place.