Brittany Goldman lives in Southern Illinois with her husband, Michael, fifteen-year-old stepson, Nathan, five year old daughter, Kennedy, and four year old daughter, Mackenzie. For nines, she has worked in the education field. First as a junior high teacher and then transitioned from teacher to administrator. She took up yoga after having hip surgery and being limited on exercises, but quickly grew to love the practice. It gave her time to focus on her body and have a little time to get away from the hustle and bustle of being a mom and boss. Soon after finding that yoga was a passion, she decided to become a certified yoga teacher. She looks forward to this new journey and hopes to share her passion with others.
My name is Emily and I’ve been practicing yoga for over 10 years now. It has always been a goal of mine to become a certified instructor and share my passion with others.
I started taking yoga lessons about 10 years ago when I retired as an RN in New Hampshire. My husband and I moved from NH to Southern Utah….no mosquitos but plenty of scorpions! I’ve always been a runner, having completed 8 marathons since I turned 50. I truly enjoy yoga and decided to take the 200 hr teacher training, and when I completed that, I took the Restorative Yoga Teacher Training. As part of my retirement bucket list, I have been taking lessons on my guitar for classical music. It’s kind of a busy day between the two: both disciplines compliment each other. Today we are celebrating 41 years of marriage. Music, Yoga, and a great Marriage…..it gets no better!
My name is Shannon Bryson I’m 38yrs old and the mother of four beautiful children who range from 15-7 years old and I’m a Navy wife. I am a “retired” runner and high impact workout enthusiast after a fairly bad leg injury I sustained last year. During my physical therapy and recovery I discovered my love for yoga and my desire to become an instructor. The practice of yoga not only helped me recover physically from my I just but also emotionally as I came to terms with the change I needed to make in my exercise routine.
My ultimate goal with teaching yoga is to work within schools and different child/youth groups. I would love to help teach children from a young age how they can utilize their bodies, breath and minds to be more open hearted, compassionate people who can take responsibility for their own behaviors and feelings in a very organic way.
I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years. In becoming a yoga teacher , I plan to help the elderly to get a better range of motion, better circulation, and hopefully continue their independence. I have enjoyed my last few months in class learning about yoga. I have always been someone to help and care for others. Yoga will be another tool that will help me continue that. I am 64 years old and can keep up with my grandkids with no problem and all because of my yoga practice. I see yoga as a way of life. It makes my life better, happier ,stronger ,I would like to give that to other elderly so that they know life doesn't have to stop when you get to be a certain age.
My name is Judy Volhart. I’m a mother, cat lover and author. I’ll be turning 50 this year and started meditation two years ago, to rebuild my mind, then the physical aspects of yoga just over a year ago, in order to rebuild the rest of my body.
Like so many others, my path in life has taken many bumps and curves. I’ve learned to appreciate the small things, enjoy the moment, be present, and not take life so seriously.
I am not dying of cancer- I am living with it. I am stronger than I have been in twenty years and can do headstands- which I couldn’t even do as a kid! My path in life, for now, is karma yoga, hoping to impact others the way yoga has positively impacted me.
Namaste, Sat Nam, cheers.
My fitness journey 30 years ago and I have grown and learned so much. As a 10 year yoga instructor I received my first 200 hour certification in 2009 from Yogafit and now have completed by 200 hour certification through Onlineyoga.com! It has been a wonderful journey and now I am excited to continue sharing the knowledge and education I've learned through this awesome course. My next venture is to study yoga and eating disorders and eventually my 300 hour certification.
Thank you and yoga blessings! :)
I am a 44 yr old Mother of 2.
In my late 30's, I was wanting to begin my health/fitness journey not knowing which way to turn & that's when I found Yoga & have never stopped practicing!
Yoga has changed my life physically, but most importantly mentally!
I have a passion to pay it forward to help lift others like myself up!
This beautiful journey has brought me back to my True self! I look forward to sharing my practice with others and assisting them on this beautiful journey to the self!
"Heal Thy Self = Healthy Self
Love and Light,
Claire Faccini is a 200 hour certified Yoga Instructor based on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. She mostly teaches gentle flows and faster-paced Vinyasa classes, as both forms have aided her in her personal yoga journey. 5 years ago she began her yoga practice in Detroit, Michigan and every day since, she has found joy on the mat. She is an eternally grateful student of all that yoga offers her soul.
Shayli Hill lives in Georgetown, TX, with her husband, Garrett, and 11-month-old son, Rhett. For the past seven years, she has worked as a physical therapist and she recently transitioned to a stay-at-home-Mommy. She took up yoga as a way to put her body back together after pregnancy and to have a bit of “me time” each day. After falling in love with the practice, she decided to become a yoga instructor! She looks forward to assisting students to improve their health and strengthen the mind-body connection!
My name is Kala and I'm a wife and mother. I currently reside in rural Northern California, which is an area surrounded by the natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean and Redwood forest. I mostly practice Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, but yoga is more than physical movement. I feel pranayama and meditation are important pieces of a yoga practice. My yoga journey has grown over the years, and one ambition for completing this yoga teacher training was to continue to deepen my own practice. Additionally, I have completed the following trauma-sensitive yoga courses: Yoga for Self-Regulation and Trauma in October 2018, and Yoga for Anxiety and Trauma in December 2018. I would love to combine my background in Social Work with this 200hrYTT and trauma-sensitive courses to be able to hold space for other to heal through yoga.
Megan has been doing Yoga for 5 years and has a passion for the mind, body, spirit connection it has to offer. Megan specializes in Restorative, Chair, and Vinyasa Flow Yoga. She enjoys telling a story through her classes with music and symbolism and offers a calming atmosphere with essential oils and an adaptive one by providing props. She loves helping students find proper alignment for their body and providing support along the way. She is also an STNA, Occupational Therapy and Psychology Student, and was formerly a dance student for 14 years. I enjoy providing my services to the community such as at-risk youth and providing educational experiences such as conferences for health professionals.
Hello, my name is Sarah Banos and I am from Cuba. Yoga had a great impact on me 9 years ago, I describe it as something magical since it brought many benefits to my life as a whole. This led me to combine my two professions, computer science and yoga, thus creating the community of “Dale Yoga A Tu Vida”, with the aim of expanding the great benefits of yoga to as many people as possible, to fill their lives of health and well-being. I have a very clear mission and every day I fall more in love with this amazing discipline that is yoga, that makes me a better version of me every day.
Every day I look for new alternatives to learn, teach and help other people, I currently disseminate my knowledge and teachings through all the platforms that the community has (YouTube, Instagram, Faceboock, etc). I also teach classes and conferences in fitness centers, nutrition club and community places in Colorado USA. And to my surprise, I just opened my own yoga space for the community in the metropolitan area of Denver, Colorado.
Thanks, Yoga, for being every advantage in my life.
My name is Maria and I now live in Maryland suburb. I have been going through my yoga journey since 2005 and have always wanted to share this journey with others. Steph's online yoga teacher-training program was a great opportunity that has enabled me to get certified and move forward. I am very excited and inspired to assist others in their yoga practice, and pass on the knowledge.
Shanna completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification with Yoga & Ayurveda Center. In addition to practicing Vinyasa, Shanna is also certified in Yin and is finishing up a certification in Kid's Yoga. When she isn't on her mat, you can find her playing board games, reading, or hiking with her husband and three sons.
Hi fellow yogis! My name is Karli. I am a Philadelphia-native who has chosen sunny Florida as home. I am a vegan and an animal lover - you can find me helping out at the local animal sanctuary or adventuring through our trails and parks here. Yoga has saved me in more ways than I can describe over the years and I am thrilled to share my practice with others as I embark on this new journey!! Much love! Namaste.
Masters in Business Economics, with 10 years experience in banking . I had taken a break from the corporate world when my son was born and my family relocating to different countries. During my stay overseas I had developed spine issues and moved to Yoga.
Getting deeper into the practise, I realised the benefits it had on both the body and mind, boosting the body’s immunity and bringing inner peace.
As a lifelong student, I am looking forward to learn as much as I can and make a small contribution in this world through yoga to promote overall well being .
I have attended some workshops in few countries, conducted a few classes as a substitute for my teacher and now formalizing my training through the Teacher’s Training Program Online while continuing my practise as a student with my teachers.
In 2012, I took my certification in Reiki Level 1 from Nairobi, Kenya.
I have also completed my advanced Learning in Understanding Yoga Anatomy under the Neil Asher Technique Program in January 2019.
My style of Yoga combines concise instructions, focuses on breath & safety and allows you to be aware and true to yourself.
My name is Pete. I have been blessed with the opportunity to walk through life, take different paths, appreciate what the universe offers me, and approach it with extreme gratitude. One of my life joys is to provide the gift and guidance of Yin Yoga. Yin was developed to penetrate deep into connective tissue expanding flexibility while invigorating the energy centers of the body (nadis) or Qi to release blockages and increase your energy flow. Focusing on static movement, breath work, (Pranayama) and meditation to create a profoundly deep and rewarding practice. Yin asanas are passive postures, mainly on the floor, supported, and unique in that you are asked to hold the pose, relax in the posture and soften the muscle. As a Yin Yoga guide, I am there to be supportive and assist students through the postures and breathing techniques much like meditation. My goal is to provide Yin participants a safe, secure environment to focus on their individual well being. Come, lay out your mat, enjoy your practice and gratitude for who you are.
Amy’s continuously new and evolving yoga practice began over 25 years ago in a college Hatha class, when she first experienced the deep, nourishing rest of Savasana.
As a teacher, Amy’s goal is to guide students in developing a sustainable personal practice that will grow and evolve over time. With instruction primarily in individual and small group sessions, students grow and learn at their own pace, as they query, practice, meditate, energize, and restore. Mantra, meditation, EFT/Tapping, and other suitable techniques are possible elements for a well-rounded practice.
Amy’s training and experience is in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, and Slow Yoga, though she also enjoys Kundalini and Yoga Trapeze!
When not practicing or teaching yoga, Amy works as an administrator at a historic private school. She enjoys hiking with her husband and two dogs, painting in acrylic and mixed media, growing a large vegetable garden, as well as exploring beautiful New Mexico.
With an athletic background, physical health and strength has always been a driving force in my life. This force was met with a passion for mental and emotional health, when yoga became part of my journey! As a mother of two and a school teacher, my desire to nurture and help others reach their happiest and healthiest self is imprinted firmly on my heart. I strive to spread positivity through my words, actions and presence, and feel I can do that intimately while sharing in the practice of Yoga!
Danielle Knutson has been doing yoga for almost a decade, but if you really break down the yoga poses, she has been doing yoga almost all of her life. Yoga has made it possible for Danielle to keep moving despite fibromyalgia. Through sadhana, asana, breathing techniques, and mindfulness, she has found mobility, lessened pain and brain fog. Her desire is to help others find freedom of movement.
Hi ! My name is Yanisse Quiroz, I'm 37 and a yoga-lover! I've been practicing yoga for a couple of years after a degenerative syndrome diagnosis (Devics syndrome) which affects my nervous system and I got struggled all over my body, something that I have to live and deal with it for the rest of my life. Some of the symptoms are pain all over my body and bones, strong headaches, can't walk, can't move, can't eat is like an sclerosis very similar to MS ( multiple sclerosis)....Yoga helped me in the recovery and since then I've been practicing for my own good. I know what pain is believe me, and I want to share the experience and benefits of this valuable practice by becoming a instructor. I would love to help anyone who is going through any physical pain, but I just realized that Yoga healed and reconnect myself with everything else and I can tell you practicing makes me feel alive!!! Namaste
Since I believe yoga to be, not just a practice, but a natural remedy for many of the problems we face through life, my main focus lies on yoga therapy and the mind/body connection. Being a traveling student, my YTT certificate gives me the opportunity to teach what I love, from anywhere in the world. I can’t wait to connect and share it with the people I’ll meet along the way.
Jenni Wade practices homeopathy, yoga, counseling, mediation and wild crafting. She believes life is about eating living foods, connecting to the earth, moving our bodies and getting out of our heads long enough to feel the splendor of being alive. She encourages others to find their center and sustain their inner contentment.
I’m Jackye Crumley, I’m in school right now to become a Licensed Massage Therapist. I have just recently finished the 200 hr YTT. I have been athletic my whole life. I have ran the gamut of competitive sports as well as weightlifting, roller derby and martial arts. My career is as a paramedic, which is so fulfilling to be able to help people during their most traumatic time. As I get older I realize I want to continue to help people, but in a more holistic, healing, and less traumatic and emergent atmosphere. I have found my love of therapeutic massage, and yoga and meditation. Through this avenue during my clinicals I have noticed how the combination of these three therapies are helping people with chronic pain have more mobility and confidence. I’m not sure as of yet if I will be opening a studio or doing outcalls and private classes, but I do know I will be pledging my time for service to my community to give back in some form or fashion with yoga or massage or with both. I’m in Brownwood Texas but do have retirement plans to the mountains some day.
Yoga has helped me in my personal practice to find peace with many traumas. The philosophy has restored my soul into the person I always knew was inside but didn’t know how to get out. I have been able to release so much stored up negative emotion. Finding yoga as more than an exercise was a blessing. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2001 which is what started my journey into the healing and holistic lifestyle, until I started in the medical field and got a little side tracked by the fast pace and long hours.
Hi my name is Sam Warner. I've been practicing yoga for 35 years. I
live in Lewiston Idaho.
I have wanted to share my knowledge and passion for yoga with others for several years and finally decided it was time to get my instructor certification and make teaching yoga a part time career. I've always been physically active and an avid outdoor sports enthusiast. I lived in Alaska for 20 years and I've worked construction most of my life.
Yoga has kept me limber and resilient through many years of extreme hard labor and I feel that I am a testament to the great benefits of yoga! I also have a back ground in the Martial arts and I am adept at "Pranayama" which I think will be one of my specialties. I regularly practice breathing exercises twice a day and feel that I have much to offer in this area,
Thank you and Namaste!
"My name is Antonio Mcdonald, the founder of the Peace and Love Lifestyle. I am from Hope Arkansas and I've been a yogi for four years.
We created the lifestyle due to the rising impact of depression rates across the United States. We teach the antidepressant effects of natural remedies to battle depression and anxiety. Our foundation is teaching through mindfulness yoga and teaching a six
step lifestyle change. We teach the benefits of Omega 3’s, Social Connection, Sunlight,Enhancing sleep, exercise, and positive thinking techniques. My
vision is to give the Peace and Love Lifestyle to every community across America. I believe giving people the knowledge to heal their bodies naturally will alleviate a lot of the issues plaguing America."
My name is Michaela Ginn MD and I am an internal medicine physician, culinary medicine trained with a deep interest in lifestyle medicine, disease prevention and wellness. I am originally from California and currently live in Houston, TX. I started Yoga 18 months ago after reading numerous medical journal articles discussing the positive effective of yoga on chronic disease, two of which I have suffered with for years! My results were amazing and I was instantly was hooked. I look forward to bringing the wonder of yoga to others in promotion of wellness.
My name is Nancy Thomas and I have been practicing yoga for 9 years. I have always lived an active lifestyle and movement has always been how I self express and move through my emotions. After I had spinal fusion surgery in 2009 I thought an active lifestyle was over for me. A year later when I found yoga I was immediately hooked and knew it would play a big role in my life. Ever since I started practicing yoga I always wanted to become certified to deepen my knowledge of yoga and share it with others. I am so thankful for yoga and how it has enriched my life.
Hello! I’m Katrina and I am absolutely stoked to be teaching yoga! My own practice of yoga stimulated me both physically and mentally and spread positivity throughout my life like a ray of light. Yoga was the catalyst that changed my perspective on life. Through teaching, I hope to help you find your innermost strength and hope for you to experience the same jubilation that comes with the success of meeting and exceeding your own personal goals, on and off the mat.
My name is Jihyeon Jung and I’m a psychology student and a Body Project Research Assistant. As a body image acceptance activist, I fell in love with yoga because of how yoga makes me feel about my body. When I practice yoga, I try to focus more on the function of my body, and how my body allows me to enjoy yoga. After practicing yoga for a while, I have new respect and love for my body. One of my biggest goal as a new yoga teacher is to help the students to love and respect their body.
My name is April Joyce and I am a 200 hour CYT. I am originally from Pelham Alabama but I now call Orlando Florida home.
I have been into yoga since 2016. I first started classes because I had hurt my back and needed relief. I was quickly hooked. During the course of taking yoga, my instructor brought up to me that I would make an excellent instructor so I began to informally teach and class assist at the yoga loft in Alabaster Alabama in October 2017. I had a few hiccups along the way, but I am finally here! I signed up for a 200 hour RYS to begin in march of 2018, but my husband was transferred to Orlando Florida. After a couple of fits and starts, I began and completed my certified training at yoga and Ayurveda center (in Pennsylvania). I loved this training so much, I am continuing my education with an additional 200 Hour RYT certification. It is a priority for me to continue my education to better serve the needs of my clients.
I truly love all aspects of Yoga, the physical as well as the spiritual, and enjoy sharing with others that which brings happiness and joy. My teaching style is energetic and I love to know that my clients leave my classes feeling both energized and peaceful. It may also be worth noting that I am independently insured. This allows me to teach at locations which require instructors to provide their own coverage and also brings an added benefit of peace-of-mind to my private clients.
When I am not teaching or studying yoga you can find me out enjoying the outdoors or riding thrill rides at the many theme parks Orlando has to offer. I truly love being outdoors, this stems from growing up on a farm and enjoying nature and wilderness as a child.
When I was 17 years old, I started watching yoga videos on YouTube due to mild curiosity, and I have been practicing yoga every day since then. I never would have seen myself becoming a yoga teacher, but I am always searching for a way to surprise myself and try something new. Yoga gives me energy, peace, and health every day, and I want to share that with others. This is me living my best, most wholesome life, and I'm thrilled to see where this journey takes me and who I can help along the way.
We are proud of all of our amazing instructors who have graduated from our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. We offer our training nationwide and are fortunate to encounter instructors offering many different styles of yoga. This page serves as a directory of all of our talented 200 Hour Yoga Teachers who have successfully completed the training. To learn more about the training, feel free to visit our 200 Hour Teacher Training page.
We welcome your comments and questions. Feel free to contact us anytime. Namaste.
Elise Melito is a 24 year old sign language interpreter in NYC. She has been passionate about total health and wellness from meditation to marathons. She has been practicing yoga consistently for two years- a practice that has brought much light to her life that she hopes to share with others.
My name is Layne “Cully” Margus. Born and raised in Silver Spring, Md. but I reside in North Carolina, where I’m a beach bum and do a lot of outdoor activities. I haven’t been practicing yoga very long but I fell in love with it from my very first class. My teacher, who is a ryt 500, inspired me on becoming a teacher. I’m so thankful for getting out of my comfort zone and trying a class. Now I’m obsessed!
I grew up as a ballet dancer and later became a teacher. So I figured why not get back into teaching but in a different format.
Yoga to me, helps improve your health and happiness. It’s an incredible way to strengthen the body and mind. I want to teach people to understand that yoga is the best way to connect to ones self. Life’s to short to live the same day twice and this is the motto I live by! I’m so excited for my future as a yoga teacher and to spread the joys of yoga into others lives!
"Hello! I'm Erica and I own Wild Roots Therapy in Billings, MT. I began yoga shortly after the birth of my youngest child to help manage postpartum anxiety. The mental and physical changes from engaging in a regular yoga practice have had an amazing impact on my life! As a occupational therapist I use yoga principles to help children manage PTSD, Anxiety, ADHD and more by improving their internal and external body awareness. Teaching kids to breathe and connect with their bodies is a wonderful use of yoga principles. I am looking forward to bringing trauma focused yoga to adults in the coming year too! You can find Wild Roots Therapy on Facebook, Instagram, and at www.wildrootstherapy.org. "
I am from Boulder, Colorado and I’m 19 years old. I was inspired to get certified because I wanted to challenge myself in a new athletic venture. My goals with yoga are to be able to help others as well as myself be more gracious and mindful in and out of practice. I enjoy intense practices of yoga often incorporating heat and music. Yoga is my favorite outlet to relieve stress and appreciate myself. Outside of yoga I am a student at Chapel Hill, employee for Bob’s Oat Bars, and entrepreneur of my own company Cock-y.
My name is Danielle and I am a 200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher. Along with my Teacher Training I have received my Restorative, Chair and Ayurveda Specialist Certifications. I have a thorough background of Vinyasa, Hatha, Bikram and Yin Yoga. For me, Yoga has always been a safe space and somewhere to center myself. I believe Yoga is a mindful and therapeutic form of self-expression focusing on the importance of breath with movement.
In 2010 I attended my first Hot Yoga class at a local studio. Despite my previous misconceptions, I walked out of class that day light-footed and light-hearted. Something internally shifted. Over the next nine years my curiosity expanded and practice deepened. It wasn’t until I moved back to my home town that I began maximizing my potential in the Yoga industry. I quit my corporate job and stayed committed and consistent as I worked on my own mind, body and spirit connection. My journey has changed me and my Yoga has strengthened me.
Sevina Altanova was actress and writer in her native Bulgaria until she moved to United States in 1998.
Here she continues writing, and developing her business. She provides STRESS MANAGEMENT through her unique Relaxation Program - ” Easy Relax”. It is a system that combines Yoga, Dancing, Progressive Muscle Relaxation/PMR/ and Meditation. The combination of those four activities is a great way to keep the body and mind healthy.
She has wide range of clients from big corporations, to local yoga studios and privet clients.
She is a certified Reiki Master, certified Personal Trainer and Yoga/Meditation instructor.
Hello, my name is Jayla. I just received my 200 hour yoga teacher certification! I have always maintained a healthy lifestyle but felt there was something missing. When I started practicing yoga a few years ago, I knew for me, Yoga was the missing element that would bring all the knowledge I had acquired about exercise and nutrition together for total wellness. I look forward to a more balanced life and am passionate about helping others use more mindful strategies to also feel happy, healthy and balanced.
Hi y'all, I am Memphis, TN native and a Yoga instructor/enthusiast. The past few years yoga has become a vital part of my life after I got diagnosed with Crohn's disease. I want to share the benefits of yoga with everyone because yoga is truly for every body!
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My name is Karry Walker. I am a newly certified yoga instructor in Vermont and soon to be online. I have always had a passion for teaching yoga! I recently began my teaching journey which includes groups and private sessions for all age groups. I have also started a small blog page on my website to help students feel more comfortable with my teaching style. I am very easy going, approachable and want to offer every student the opportunity & understanding I have grown to appreciate of how to live a stress-free lifestyle through their yoga sessions.
Whether you are looking to increase your flexibility, strengthen your body, rehabilitate those strained muscles, reduce stress, achieve better balance or a combination of all of the above, my goal is to help each and every student accomplish just that!
“We need to learn to yogi in the moment.. and have fun with it”
My website: thebadassyogi.org
Roni started her yoga practice about five years ago at a non heated studio. She was destined tofind a spiritual outlet to help her untangle through her personal struggles in search of her trueself. Yoga transformed Roni into a new person which helped her rise out of the darkness. Ronisoon found Power Pilates Yoga Studio, she fell in love with the heated room. The heated roomwas her weakness, the room humbles her while the heat breaks down the walls she built uparound her. Her yoga practice taught her to breakdown those walls and slowly rebuild herselfback up. Different poses help open herself up in different ways she didn’t even think were possi-ble. Roni used her yoga practice to heal her life by breaking down her worldly struggles and be-gan rebuilding up her life filled with trust, love, and acceptance. Roni is extremely grateful forall the yoga teachers that she has had, they have changed her life in so many ways.
Lauren Karpinski lives in New Providence, NJ
She has a Masters in Acupuncture & OM and is a NJ Massage therapist currently not practicing.
She loves nature, spiritual wellness, self care, creating Abstract Art and doing Yoga!
Caitlyn started her journey as a personal trainer and became fascinated with the body, movement and how important breathing is. With goals of teaching, inspiring and empowering those around her to genuinely fall in love with themselves and learn how magical their bodies truly are through capability and lengthening. Through her yoga practice she quickly learned this was a great way to reach the internal energy we all carry and touch peoples lives as it did her own. She is so grateful for her training Mentor Carlos whom also inspired her into becoming a yoga teacher and Steph at the Yoga & Ayurveda Center and her online program for all the wisdom and insight to help Cait on her yoga practice and teaching.
Hello my name is Zoë Fortune. I joined Stephs yoga teacher training intensive and couldn’t have been more pleased with the process. It allowed me to focus on something else in my spare time and apply myself fully when I had the time, unlike other programs that are so demanding. The self paced program really allows time for growth and dedication, the payment plan options is also a huge plus! I am excited to see where this journey takes me now that I have my 200hr certification!
Hi! My name is Tara. I’m 43yrs old. I live in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I love to paddle board in the summer and cross country ski in the winter. I have 2 awesome sons who bring me so much joy. They are 17 and 15 yrs old. I’ve also been a registered nurse for the past 21 yrs. I love the opportunities I have working with people as a nurse. I dream one day that I might be able to start “yoga for nurses “at the hospital where I work. Nursing, as rewarding as it is, can also be super stressful. I also lead a fitness/ health group at my church. I started Fit Chics about 5 yrs ago. We meet every week and workout for an hour then while we discuss our chapters from our book study and eat a healthy/ clean snack. I wanted to encourage women in my church to care what we put in our bodies and how we take care of them physically too. I have gradually started to work in more yoga in my classes. I began this program so I could grow as a teacher and expand my knowledge. I have gained so much from this schooling. I will have knowledge to learn from and share with others. Thank you!!
Hello! Im Maria, a 49 year old mother of 2 boys. I live in Las Vegas Nevada and am hoping to relocate to Colorado soon. I am just about a year into yoga and it has changed my life. I am taking this course for my own personal benefit and to share what I learn with others. I am a very patient and kind hearted person who loves to meet new people!
My name is Heather Cockerill. My husband and I have five kids combined, they range from 17 to 6. We keep very busy in our day to day lives. I started doing yoga more than 10 years ago. When I began I joined for the asana, but as I continued with yoga the more I learned and the more it became about the journey. I had a great instructor and I fell in love with her way of teaching. I went to every class possible. When my husband and I first started dating, we would go to yoga classes together. It was a great way to connect for us. We used this to help escape the stresses of everyday lives. When it became an option for me to take this online yoga instructor's course, I knew it was the next step for me. Not sure where this will lead me, but I know that wherever I end up, you'll find me on my mat.
My name is Justin, currently residing in sunny Singapore. I found Yoga to solve my tight hip issue about 10 years ago. The issue was fixed in a couple of months, but I continued to practice and deepen it ever since. I am maintaining 8-10 hours of self practice a week at the moment and enjoying my "Me Time" doing Yoga.
My only regret with Yoga is that I should have picked it up at much early age. Yoga has brought me tremendous benefits, and I feel that it would be too selfish for me to keep it to myself. Therefore, I have decided to take the first step, and get 200 Hour Certification with Steph. I have learnt a lot from Steph and looking forward to share with people all over."
Sometimes it will come up in conversation and curiously I'll ask..."have you ever done yoga?" "Would you ever be interested in trying a class?" All too often the response is, "I can't even touch my toes! Or "I won't be any good at it."
It seems that what so many people fail to realize is that you don't have to be good at yoga to do it and enjoy it. We live in a culture that is so focused on competition, winning and being the best. If you have never taken a yoga class or would like to at some point but are a bit hesitant, just remember this, yoga is not about competition, winning or being the best. There are no awards, trophies or gold medals. And that to me is the beauty of it all! Yoga is about being. It doesn't matter what you can or can't do. Be here now because presence matters. This is the message I want students to take from my classes. Get to know yourself. Get to know your body, treat it as a temple. Our bodies have so much to teach us if we are patient and just listen. Remember, the best and most important relationship you have in life is the one you have with yourself.
For me, my yoga journey actually began when I was a teenager. I had no idea what to expect, but was instantly hooked! With a background in gymnastics, I loved the balance, flexibility, grace and strength yoga offered me. However, yoga has so much more to offer us, the balance, flexibly, grace and strength are not only physical, but mental as well.
Beyond my mat, I love spending time in nature with my dogs, the trees, streams, flowers and beauty. No matter the season, (I love them all by the way!) there is always something beautiful for us to take in and keep centered and grounded. I also enjoy being out on lakes, paddle boarding with my pug 😁 and I've even started doing SUP yoga!!
"Wherever you go, there you are."
My name is Amber. I am a happy mother and wife. I have three beautiful kids and two little chihuahuas. We live in Arizona. My profession is Medical Billing Manager by day and Yoga Instructor by night. Yoga has become a big part of my life and my family's life as well. We enjoy yoga as a family! I love to hike and be one with nature any chance I can. My life values are 'love and happiness'. I am successful in my work so that I can have these values in my life. I fell inlove with Yoga and I want to share my love for Yoga with the world. This is my motivation to become certified in teaching Yoga.
Nora Alkhamis is a group fitness instructor from Kuwait and a recent graduate of Master's in English Creative Writing. She teaches Zumba, Body Toning, and Yoga. She has been practicing Yoga since 2008, and has been exploring different styles that built the fluidity of the flow in her practice. Yoga has helped her learn patience, self-love, self-care, and mind body connection. She has been practicing teaching Yoga since 2015 by teaching Yoga Kids, subbing classes, and hosting events, until she decided it was time to pursue the 200 Hour Teacher Training.
Jatziry( pronounced Hot-City) is a native of Oaxaca , Mexico.
Jatziry began practicing yoga many years ago and soon after she realized the power and benefits the practice brings to everyday life. This led her on the path to teaching as she wanted to share her joy of Yoga with the world.
A natural born teacher, she has taught Yoga in Wisconsin as well as here in Tennessee. Her classes are about helping you build spiritual as well as physical strength, flexibility and an open heart!
She enjoys teaching several of the various forms of yoga that include Vinyasa, Slow Flow and Yin.
Along with her fun loving ways and great sense of humor, Jatziry’s understanding of the difference in us all, physically, mentally and spiritually, gives her a personal style of teaching.
She hopes to see you in one of her classes soon and help you on your journey to a better body and mind.
Jatziry completed her 200 hours of Yoga Training under the expert coaching and guidance of Stephanie Paige.
I'm Amy Iverson and I am originally from Ca, now in Northern Az with my husband Freeman and our pup ..loving it. Also have a 25 year old son not to far from us. I am 44 years old and have been practicing yoga since I was in my mid 20's. I am also an essential oil specialist and work with gems and crystals for healing purposes.
Prior to this I was in the Medical field over 18 years. As I have gotten older I felt very drawn to deepen the practice and learn even more. What I have learned through Yoga & Ayurveda Center completely validated what I was wanting and needed. I have learned so much. I am very excited to be able to help others and pass on knowledge.
Hello! My name is Larisa Williams I am 50 years old and the owner of Ozero Massage & Wellness Studio in Mooresville, NC. I am married and have a 22 year old son. I have practiced yoga off and on, all my life, But never consistent way. I joined Steph’s Online Yoga School in January 31 and I couldn’t ask for a better mentor on my path to becoming a yoga instructor. The self-paced program is very attractive to people like me with a busy schedule. I have always been very fit, spending most of my life in sports and dance suffering through several injuries and surgeries. After spending 8 years in my massage and myoskeletal therapy career I realized that I had developed a lack of flexibility and had completely forgotten about proper self-care. ( that’s how I end up with new injury) So, I’ve made the decision to start doing yoga....good for me!
With all the different types of workout in the world, why choose yoga?! I could go on for hours, but the short answer is that benefits your emotional and physical health like no other fitness routine. It grounds you, relaxes your nervous system, improves immunity, increases your lung capacity, clarifies your mind just to name a few examples. After all, people have been doing yoga for at least 5,000 years, so it has to be worth it!
First things first: find your style! Safety is key. There are so many different styles of yoga. I personally like Hatha, Bikram, Yin and Kundalini yoga mix. When it comes to self-care and nurturing spirituality, there are countless effective yoga practices and traditions that can be used to bring these qualities into alignment.
- Morning routines and rituals.
- Habits-creating new ones, breaking old ones.
- Ice baths and cold water therapy or sauna and steam room or Hot Yoga as
as - Pranayama. Meditation. Chanting.
I have started to slow down with all healthy and joyful rituals.
When was the last time you stopped to really notice the world around you? To do nothing, to simply feel, be mindful, make time to relax and unwind. In my eyes yoga is a positive outlet that adds discipline, well-being and tranquility to my daily routine. Balance. I don’t see myself teaching yoga to large groups. So after giving it much thought I decided to offer my clients a highly-personalized, private yoga class combined with customized massage as a package. Combining the Art of massage and Yoga therapy. During my private yoga class we’ll work together to set new goals, improve sleep and relaxation or address a health concern or injury. Yoga is a personal transformation. Your body. Your mind. Your soul. Your rituals. My yoga journey continues. Sat Nam. 🙏🧘♀️❤️
Monique Weichelt completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga & Ayurveda Center.
Name _ Zin Min Soe
Nationality _ Myanmar
Education _ B.Sc (zoology) Yangon University
Occupation _full time mother
Marital status_ married
Number of children _ 3 (17 y.o.boy, 15 y.o girl, 12 y.o boy)
DOB_ 10 June 1975
Years of yoga practice_3 years
Hobby_writing, reading, sports (swimming, golf)
My mission as a yoga teacher is to help people connect to their body and spirit so they can find more peace and strength within them.
Through practicing ballet I’ve been always conscious about alignment and movement of body but I had never had passion for any physical activities. One day when I was still a student, I borrowed a Yoga VHS cassette from a library and tried Yoga for the first time. An interesting thing is I didn’t notice that I’d been so much into Yoga since the day until someone commented that I must love Yoga if I practice it every single day. I think Yoga practice became so fundamental in my life (like air and water) that I didn’t notice how important it has been to me until I turned my attention to it!
Since that realization my appreciation to the practice has grown. Soon, I started hoping to connect other people through Yoga practice.
I have completed 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training course and I am a certified Yoga instructor. I offer classes by accommodating to the students’ different levels, ages and backgrounds, welcoming all to my class!
I am a native of Japan, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. I obtained my BA at Hunger College and MFA degree at City College of New York, both with English literature and writing major. I find great affinity between writing and practicing yoga, especially in being aware of unveiled self and learning about authenticity of people and the world.
I hope you find value in my offerings.
"After going through a near death experience and having multiple health issues I turned my life and health around with my own motivation and commitment. During a three year period I spent months at a time in solitude to contact my inner truth and find stability with my connection to spirit. With discipline, focus, commitment, surrender and application i was able to change and transform my life and meet goals while allowing my vision plan and true identity to unfold. This has inspired me to share and help others do the same. Many blessings and peace be with you."
Meet Rebecka "Becka" Perfitt. Becka is a trauma-based yoga Instructor in Billings MT. She has been married for 20 years and has 4 children. Her oldest son is 21, daughter 17 and adopted twins (through the foster system) are 4. Her twins have been diagnosed with sensory processing
disorder and one has been diagnosed with autism. Becka and her husband have been foster parents for 7 years. She also works as a crisis counselor for Tumbleweeds. Becka was in foster care herself as a teen and spent time in a juvenile detention center. She has overcome her own trauma through her faith and yoga. Becka started her own company Divine Growth to be able to help families and kids to work through trauma. Becka has a passion and a calling to connect with kids
and families with trauma.
I am 24 years old and from Clinton, Indiana.
I'm a licensed massage therapist and am currently getting my masters in public health. I enjoy all things relating to holistic living, herbs & gardening, and follow a strict Mediterranean diet. Other than being a yogi I have a love for road cycling. I am an
animal lover by nature since growing up on a small farm. I have two cats named Ferris & Ferg, a dog named Olive, two chickens named Petal & Tulip, and a horse named Riot. I look forward to inspiring others using toxin free techniques, ayurvedic medicine, and
yoga to live a happier, healthier lifestyle.
Kelsey Miller completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification with Yoga & Ayurveda Center.
Born in a small town in Texas, Dakota grew up around yoga her entire life. With her mother being a yoga instructor and studio owner, Dakota knew yoga would be her lifelong passion. With decades of experience in the yoga industry under her belt, Dakota hopes to share her knowledge and skills with you every opportunity she gets. Dakota believes that connecting to our inner peace is a very important tool to have, and she enjoys sharing that experience with everyone who crosses her path. Dakota is very grateful for all of her students and fellow yoga teachers. Her favorite quote to live by states; “I believe that our greatest love is the love we find within ourselves." Dakota believes that keeping an open heart and open mind is the best way to ride this wave of life. She looks forward to meeting you in class!