Our Mountain Yoga teachers:
Initially getting into yoga as a way to heal and maintain physical health. I tried yoga and immediately felt different. Since, yoga has been my go to for all life challenges, goals and most importantly setbacks. My goal with opening a yoga studio is to introduce the benefits of a consistent yoga practice to everyone, young, old no matter your physical limitation.
Practicing yoga for 15+ years now I feel as physically fit as I did 20 years ago. As a runner, swimmer and diver I have common sports injuries such as knee, shoulder and joints issue. Alignment style yoga makes me move freely in my body and without pain.
Since completing my yoga instructor certification course in Asheville NC w/ Stephanie Keech in 2011 at the Asheville Yoga Center, I have been studying yoga almost every day.
Ben started his yoga journey at the age of 55 in a gym that offered yoga
as part of the gym membership. The first year was more about doing
yoga. As yoga became more of experiencing and eventually, a way of
life, he went to yoga studios.
At 62, a yoga teacher suggested he become a yoga teacher. His year of teacher training introduced him to an eclectic style of learning. Ben and Mary, his wife, retired to the mountains in 2012.
Ben enjoys teaching Yin Yoga and finds that it allows the individual to begin the practice of stillness of the body, breath, and mind. Muscles are stretched deeper reaching the muscle tissue and fascia. Although his class is Silver Yin, he teaches and responds to the needs of individuals regardless of their age, physical ability, and experience.
My yoga journey began in Miami, Florida in the early 90s. Knowing that yoga was going to play a special role in my life, I continuously came back to my mat for 20+ years before taking the plunge & diving into a teacher training program.
Yoga teacher training was transformative, showing me a true glimpse of just how powerful this practice is and how every body can benefit from this ancient tradition.
I love the inner & outer awareness that comes along with a solid practice and I want to help people of all ages learn how to breathe and to incorporate yoga into their every day lives.
Bambi finds yoga a rich mental and physical study in the literal and symbolic, allowing one to hold opposing forces simultaneously such as, flexibility with strength, calm with energy, rooting down while spiritually lifting up. She sees the practice as bringing focus to life's balancing points on and off the mat.
After attending classes and practicing at home for many years she completed the 200-hour teacher training in 2016 at, New Day Yoga in Kennesaw. She continued in 2017 at The Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy in the 300-hour Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga program to gain knowledge and skill in integrating yogic principles into the western medical model to promote health and healing. As a registered nurse, she sees all yoga as therapeutic and appreciates the holistic benefits of a well-rounded practice to nurture body, mind and spirit.
Bambi enjoys everything about life in the mountains, feeds on inspiration in poetry, music, gardening, travel and dogs (in no particular order) and is deeply blessed by a loving supportive husband, children, and soon, grandchildren.
Keara is originally from San Diego, CA. She’s been practicing yoga since 2013 and has been certified since March 2015. She specializes in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Meditation. For fun she likes to go hiking, drink wine and play with her rescued dogs. She's very passionate about furthering her education and is very excited to be apart of our yoga family here in the mountains! She teaches Mondays at 9:30am and Thursdays at 5:00pm.
Deborah has been dedicated to health and fitness most of her life. Teaching Yoga and Meditation has become a natural extension of her commitment to quality of life. She has trained in similar health and bodywork modalities and continues to train with other teachers. Her intention is to support all backgrounds and levels and continue to expand her teaching ability.
Mark is a Certified Thai BodyWorker, Reiki Practitioner, and Meditation Guide. He provides YLEO Raindrop Technique, and Emotional Release technique using essential oils. Mark is currently in Yoga Teacher Training. Contact him directly to schedule a Thai BodyWork session to relieve stress and anxiety. Http://www.thaibodyworkga.com