Shannon approaches classes through a holistic lens, focusing on the alignment, safety, and energetic of each pose. Inspired by the healing benefits that yoga can have on our bodies and minds, Shannon works to integrate energetic themes into each class, creating an experience in which students can reconnect with their bodies. Her training is in tantra hatha yoga through Vira Bhava Yoga School. This school focuses on cultivating a yoga practice in which we can weave our practice through each aspect of our lives. Our practice truly begins when we move yoga off of our mat and into our day to day life.
Monica Pettus has been instructing pilates and yoga since 2009. She is pilates trained through AFAA, Leslie Bender, and FiTour. She is yoga trained through YogaFit. With over 200 hours of training as well as over 1800 hours of teaching experience in pilates and yoga she has experienced all types of students and has safely developed a progressive style. Monica loves both yoga and pilates because they are safe and effective for the body as well as lifelong. In 2011, Monica began contract work at the University of Alabama with the men's golf team and more recently adding the men's and women's basketball teams as well as women's gymnastics doing yoga and flexibility training. Monica practices yoga on a daily basis in a variety of ways. She loves the feeling of lengthening and stretching the body as well as the challenge of doing something new and different. In addition to yoga and pilates, Monica enjoys running, traveling, decorating, and spending time with her family and friends.
For the last ten years, Brenna has practiced hatha yoga and explored classical yoga philosophy. Her yoga experience began at the YogaLife Institute in Devon, Pennsylvania, where she completed a year-long 200-hour Teacher Training. Yoga has provided her the tools to deepen her understanding of self, explore the mind-body-breath connection and cultivate inner peace when facing the challenges of modern life. As a yoga teacher at Yoga Bliss, Brenna seeks to share these same tools that yoga has brought her with every student. She has experience teaching beginner, advanced, vinyasa, restorative, and prenatal classes
After practicing yoga for over a decade, Susan Williams, RYT 200, completed her teacher training at Centered Yoga, in Koh Samui, Thailand in 2014 with Paul Dallaghan, Elonne Stockton, Arielle Nash-Degagne, Amy Arman, and Paul Chambers. In the summer of 2019 she returned to complete a 100 hour Classical Pranayama course under Paul Dallaghan and Sri O.P. Tiwari. Her classes are heavily influenced by the ashtanga primary series and other vinyasa based styles. She is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alabama holding a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
LaKesa Gray (or Kesa) has been practicing yoga since she was 13 years old. She has been attending Yoga Bliss as a student since 2010 and took over as Owner in 2016. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist. She loves to bring a sense of fun, humor, and open mindedness to her yoga practice through her teachings and her music playlists. She believes in showing that, though yoga is a serious practice, there is still fun that can be had during a class. Kesa also likes to show her students that all body types are yoga bodies and any race or gender can practice yoga.
Born in Germany in the 70s, raised in the crazy 80s, Silke worked, studied, and built a family in the years following. She studied marketing in her thirties, and while finishing her thesis in 2005 she had her third child. Being a mum during the day and a student by night was simply too much, and that was the time yoga came into her life. She finished her first teacher training seven years later. After moving from Hungary to Tuscaloosa in 2015, she was offering yoga in German in town. She is also trained in Myofascial Release yoga, Restorative yoga, Yin yoga, and yoga anatomy.
In her classes she focusses on body awareness, alignment, and the acceptance of personal limitations by using a variety of yoga and therapeutic styles and props. In her Restorative classes you will nourish and relax your body and mind.
Her affirmation for life: „A smile can change the world!”
Jenny has been practicing yoga for over twenty years and is a recent graduate of the Asheville Yoga Center RYT 200 hour training . An energetic extrovert, Jenny makes a point to seek out a studio practice wherever she goes whether it be a family move to a new state or travel, and she has learned from many yoga lineages and teachers throughout the years. Jenny has yet to to take a yoga class she didn’t enjoy or learn from. Jenny’s teacher training course at Asheville Yoga Center not only strengthened her belief that yoga can change the world but that yoga is a practice for every BODY. Jenny’s favorite way to practice is with her eyes closed - focusing on how the pose and breath feel in the body allows her to get the mental rest and relaxation she needs to recharge her body, mind, and spirit. She encourages friends and students to enjoy every moment of life with gratitude and curiosity. Jenny is the mother of three children. She loves being physically and mentally active, cooking, traveling, reading and volunteering for various civic, church and charitable organizations around town.
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