Allison Bradley | Andrea Cartwright | Carol Ann Shipley | Claire Hyrka | Jennifer Beyt-Coffin | Jen Rodgers | Jen Schappel | Jill Frere | Judson Nichols | Kim Lomonaco | Madi McIntire | Megan Fields | Meghan Henley | Meryl Kerns | Rebecca Simmons | Sarah Fields | Sharon Spontak | Sheema Hosein |
Allison began practicing yoga in 2006 and became a serious practitioner in 2012 after graduating from Maryville College. She completed a 200-hour teacher training at Glowing Body in 2013 with the wonderful Cindy Dollar. She is always ready to share her limitless enthusiasm about yoga and loves learning from each and every student. Allison blends Ashtanga yoga with a focus on healthy alignment and encourages students to embrace the journey that is each asana. She feels that, as in life, the poses that challenge us the most are often our greatest teachers. Influences include Cindy Dollar, Philip Clift, Jen Beyt Coffin, Jardana Peacock, Sadie Nardini, and Kino MacGregor.
Andrea has been teaching yoga in Knoxville for over 40 years.
During her career, she has studied various kinds of Hatha Yoga receiving Yoga Teacher Certification in 1972 from the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas, and in 1977 from the Kripalu Center for Holistic Health. These credentials led to her own weekly TV show which aired for two years in East Tennessee on WSJK TV. During the 1980’s and 90’s, Andrea focused on learning the Iyengar method of yoga and took teacher training workshops in California with Judith Lasater, Donald Moyer and Roger Cole followed by training at the Feathered Pipe Ranch in Montana with Judith Lasater and Ramanand Patel. Throughout the 90’s she was a member of the Nashville Yoga Society attending workshops with Eric Shiffman and later with Dr. Mary Schutz. Given this background, Andrea’s instruction emphasizes joint alignment which helps build awareness of one’s potential for a balance of strength and flexibility.
Andrea worked under the supervision of physical therapists and physicians at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in the late 80’s where she utilized her unique combination of yoga and cranial-sacral therapy for orthopedic post-operative patients with chronic or post-operative pain, often incorporating yoga postures and breathing as a part of rehabilitative therapy. She also became Director of Educational Programs at the Therapy Center in the 1980s. She is currently studying the Svaroopa yoga method through the Kripalu Center.
Andrea holds a Master of Science in Adult Education from the University of Tennessee and was an intern at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Adult Education (a part of the University of Toronto). She has been teaching Hatha Yoga to beginner and intermediate level students through the University of Tennessee’s Non-Credit Programs since 1972. She was yoga instructor to the UT football team in 1981.
In addition to her extensive knowledge of all aspects of yoga (not merely asana), Andrea’s deep understanding and history of body work informs her yoga teaching. She provides individualized instruction within her classes and also offers private lessons for those wanting a more therapeutic approach to their practice.
Cara is a Knoxville native and a member of the Glowing Desk team. She holds a BA in Dance and completed the Glowing Body Teacher Training Program in May 2014. She has been a teacher in various realms for 10 years. After retiring from her Dance Career in 2012 she began to commit more and more to her yoga practice and found a similarity in the two. She enjoys the mindfulness of yoga and is interested in the connection of the mind to the body and the breath. She has been influenced by many teachers; Cindy Dollar, Allison West, Gabriel Halpern, David Regelin, Christina Sell, Simon Morocco, Richard Rosen, and locally our very own Philip Clift. Her classes aim to bring inner peace and freedom through movement and breath.
Carol Ann, an east Tennessee native, began practicing yoga in 2001 while living in West Tennessee. After spending a few years following what limited yoga instructors were available in the area from gym to gym, she decided to pursue yoga teacher training and begin to train herself. From 2005-2009, she completed YogaFit 200 hour teacher training. Returning to Knoxville in 2009, Carol Ann found a yoga home and community at Glowing Body and completed an additional 200 hour teacher program in 2013 with Cindy Dollar. With a constant desire for learning, Carol Ann has completed training with Richard Rosen, Gabriel Halpern, Alison West, and Christina Sell. She is currently completing “Rockstar Teacher Training” online course with Sadie Nardini and has plans to begin a 1000 hour therapeutic teacher training with YogaFit.
Carol Ann has been teaching vinyasa since 2008, core vinyasa since 2013, and has recently expanded her teaching to include restorative yoga. Her influences are her initial teachers without whom she would have never experienced the mind, body, spirit connection and the immense benefits from yoga practice: Ave, Andrea, and Melissa; her mentors/teachers at Glowing Body: Kim, Jen Schappel, Philip, Jennifer Beyt Coffin, Sara Matayoshi, Sarah Fields, Judson, Amber, Allison, Stacy, Mariko, and Tammy; and BKS Iyengar, Cindy Dollar, Beth Shaw, Sadie Nardini, Christina Sell, Kino MacGregor, Richard Rosen, Gabriel Halpern, Alison West, and Judith Lasseter.
When she’s not practicing, teaching, or learning more about yoga, Carol Ann enjoys hiking, dog training and spending time with her dog Rosie, gardening, and her work with public health and student teaching.
Claire is a native Knoxvillian who fell in love with the mindfulness of yoga during her 20+ years living in Memphis. A mother of four, her asana practice waxed and waned with the responsibilities of home and work, until she returned to Knoxville in 2008, and started practicing again in earnest to deepen her personal practice.
“Yoga is not a goal, it’s a practice” said one of her teachers. But, she needed a goal to deepen her practice, so in 2015 she completed yoga teacher training with Cindy Dollar through The Glowing Body.
Since then she has discovered a genuine love of teaching, of sharing what she has learned while continuing to learn through her students, other teachers and classes – through the practice.
She considers her classes to be mindful, balanced, beginner flows.
Jennifer has a 20-year hatha yoga practice and draws her inspiration from a blend of the essential aspects of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Forrest, Iyengar, and Yin Yoga practices. Since teaching her first class 13 years ago, Jennifer has strived to make her classes welcoming, challenging and safe.
It is Jennifer’s goal as a teacher to encourage you to find the therapeutic benefits of your practice, be it vigorous or more passive, so that it may be a life long endeavor. Her teachers include Sadie Nardini, Sean Johnson, Philip Clift, Doug Swenson, David Swenson, Stephanie Keach, Heather Tiddens and her son, Max.
She is certified as a Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga teacher by Sadie Nardini.
I’ve been practicing Bikram Yoga since 2010, and teaching since graduating from teacher training in Los Angeles in Spring 2011. Originally from Knoxville, TN, I set out after graduating from the University of Tennessee in 2005 on a cross-country journey to explore any and everything beyond my hometown. In 2010 I was living in Phoenix, AZ and one of my best friends convinced me to try a Bikram class. I had never done any yoga before, and really thought, “Who has the time to stretch for an hour and THEN go do a real workout?” Clearly I did not know what I was in for. I walked out of my first class sweaty, thoroughly worked out from the toughest exercise I had ever done, and completely hooked!
Bringing Bikram Yoga back home to Knoxville and starting my own studio, Hot90, was one of the most rewarding and certainly challenging experiences of my life. I’m so grateful for every student who practiced with me at Hot90 and I’m so excited to continuing to teach and learn with you at The Glowing Body!
A teacher, artist, and bodyworker, Jen values fun, creativity, wellness, and community. Her classes focus on breath, alignment, and play, highlighting the connection between how we move on the mat and how we move through life. Her warmth and encouragement make even the most challenging classes feel inclusive and accessible.
Jen got serious about yoga in order to ground and integrate after a period of world travel and major life change. A natural teacher, she began sharing this vital practice with others in 2010 and completed her 200-hr teacher training with Kelly Golden at The Glowing Body in 2011. Now, with over 1000 hours of teaching experience, Jen’s understanding of yoga continues to evolve; she gleans insight and inspiration from an ever-growing list of teachers including Sianna Sherman, Elena Brower, Richard Rosen, Cindy Dollar, and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. Jen views experience and relationships as her toughest teachers.
Jen offers massage therapy, reflexology, and Reiki at The Glowing Body.
Jill was born in Knoxville TN. Her love of yoga first began when she took some yoga classes in college in 2001, and read Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahamsa Yogananda. After graduating from New York University in 2004, with a BFA in dance performance, she started taking classes at Dharma Yoga Center in NYC, where yoga became not just something that she enjoys, but a life long path.
Jill graduated from Dharma Yoga Center’s Life of a Yogi 200 hour teacher-training in 2005 and the 500 hour teacher-training in 2010. In NYC she taught yoga, senior yoga and other fitness classes at NYU, to private clients, and was performing in a variety of modern dance companies. Presently, Jill teaches yoga at Strang Senior Center, Glowing Body, and to private clients. She also creates, performs and teaches modern dance with Go! Contemporary Dance Works and Studio Arts for Dancers.
“I feel blessed and grateful to Dharma Mittra for passing on the teaching of Hatha Raja Yoga. To teach Dharma yoga is to transmit the Sri Dharma message of compassion and love of God. ‘Be Receptive’ to the supreme teacher within!”
Judson began his yoga practice in 1998 under a group of Integral yogis in Georgia at the Athens Yoga Center during a search for a spiritual community. After waiting far too long, he did his teacher training under Stephanie Keach at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2007 and has loved every minute of teaching since then.
Judson’s classes include Mindful Hatha Yoga, a gently-paced class focusing on unifying your mind and body while strengthening both, as well as a repeating six-week series for absolute beginners. He enjoys teaching karma (pay-what-you-can) classes because it opens participation up to all sorts of people who might not otherwise experience yoga. All his classes are beginner-friendly by design, and he enjoys answering questions during class.
Classes with Kim are creative, challenging, and carefully crafted.
Kim constantly refinines her teaching focus through continued study and practice of Yoga. Students can expect to reap the rewards of her study as she offers evolving insights from what she experiences in her own practice. Each week students look forward to detailed instruction and themes inspired by the impact of Yoga on daily life. Her classes are moderately rigorous and includes some time on contemplation, breath, and simple meditative practice.
Kim has special interest and training in using Yoga therapeutically and believes everybody can develop a beneficial Yoga practice when the individual and their specific goals are considered. She enjoys offering tailored private sessions for students beginning a Yoga practice, recovering from injury, or looking for a challenge.
She has been teaching since 2007 and successfully completed two Yoga Alliance registered teacher trainings, as well as hundreds of hours of continuing education and independent practice, qualifying her as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT-200). In addition to teaching Yoga, Kim holds a Master’s degree and works as a Speech Language Pathologist in area hospitals.
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Madi is a Memphis native who moved to Knoxville in 2012 to study at the University of Tennessee, where she is a pre-medical student and intends to graduate in May 2016 with a BS in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology. She has been surrounded by yoga since childhood, but has been practicing seriously since she was 16 years old. Madi graduated from the Glowing Body Teaching Training program under Cindy Dollar in May of 2014. She wants to make yoga accessible to all- regardless of age, body type, background, or medical history. She is interested in how yoga can be used as a complement to medicinal support for a more natural healing experience and body connection. Her passion is to share her knowledge of science, the human body, and yoga to anyone who will listen.
When she’s not working at the Glowing Body desk, teaching yoga and aerobics classes, or studying, Madi enjoys hiking, running, being with friends, and her awesome cat.
Megan Fields is a native Knoxvillian who has practiced yoga since 2000. Her interest in yoga started with following her own VHS tapes (remember those?) and DVDs in the privacy of her home to pursuing RYT 200 certification with Stephanie Puryear at the Asheville Yoga Center. Passionate about the benefits of yoga, she is looking forward to joining others on the journey.
Her personal practice implements a variety of styles of yoga including restorative, vinyasa, power, yin and ropes wall. She has taught prenatal, senior chair, kid friendly, vinyasa flow, and restorative. Here at Glowing Body Megan teaches a Rise and Shine class Friday mornings where she incorporates vinyasa, flow and some power into her classes.
Since moving to Knoxville from Charleston SC where she graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Studio Art, Meghan has fallen deeply in love with the practices of Yoga and Mindfulness. Meghan’s practice began with her first pregnancy in 2003 and she began teaching in 2009. In 2014 Cindy Dollar’s 200 Hour Teacher Training at The Glowing Body began to truly alter her life. She is ready to share her new knowledge and experiences with Knoxville. Meghan is founder of The Blossoming Lotuses Children’s Art and Yoga Program. She has trained with and received certificates by both Kidding Around Yoga Training (Children’s Yoga) and Mindfulness through Mindful Schools.
Find out more about Meghan at www.blossomlifestylestudio.com
Meryl’s journey of learning began in 2001, at the age of eleven, when she embarked on her martial arts path within the discipline of Kung Fu. She was trained by a second generation Si Fu who was assisted by a female Si Fu trained in massage therapy. The passion and knowledge of her two teachers, combined with the traditional approach of the school, inspired Meryl’s inquiry into the mechanics of the inner body and holistic healing. Later on, Meryl added Tai Chi to her martial arts practice, which further deepened her mind-body connection. It was Meryl’s female Si Fu who inspired her to pursue holistic healing, massage therapy, and yoga as a profession by treating her throughout the years as she attended the school.
In 2009, Meryl chose Asheville School of Massage and Yoga as the launching point for her education in massage therapy by completing 675 hours of school and completing her license massage training. The Asheville School of Massage and Yoga greatly emphasized the need for student self-care through yoga practice, as well as extending self-care awareness to clients. After starting her own practice, Meryl quickly grew an extreme passion for the combination of massage and yoga. In 2013, she traveled to Costa Rica to complete her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Frog Lotus Yoga training program.
Meryl has spent the last several years developing her skills by working freelance. Her working experiences have included art festival healing sanctuaries, hospitality massage for multiple music venues, and private appointments. She currently practices integrated massages including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, and her personal favorite: Myofascial Release. Her multi-faceted training and experience enable Meryl to treat each client with unique and intuitive approach, inspiring them to take an active part in their own healing.
Rebecca started practicing yoga in 2002 with Kathleen Pringle at Stillwater Yoga, an Iyengar studio in Atlanta. In 2004 she begin the journey of intertwining yoga with motherhood. Through the years she held on to the goal of becoming a teacher when her babies were older. In 2014 she embarked on her 200-hour teacher training and revisited her Iyengar roots with Cindy Dollar at The Glowing Body. She graduated in May of 2015, seven months pregnant with her fourth daughter. Yoga is life, and during motherhood there is a lot of life within us. Rebecca guides pregnant and new moms through mindful ways to practice yoga, while honoring their body, self, and accepting this ever changing journey.
Sarah began her journey as a yoga student in 2004. She completed her 200-hr teacher training program at Neighborhood Yoga in Boone, NC in May 2010 with teachers, Kelly Golden and Valerie Midgett. Since her graduation, Sarah has been teaching at Glowing Body Yoga Studio and around Knoxville, offering group classes and private yoga sessions. She graduated from Asheville School of Massage and Yoga in May 2011, and has recently become a Licensed Massage Therapist. She is currently offering Massage Therapy at Glowing Body along with her group classes and private sessions. Through yoga and massage, Sarah has found more balance in her life and delights in offering these gifts to other people, so they too can find balance in their lives. Her intention as a teacher and therapist is to meet you wherever you are on your path, and help clarify the direction in which you want to go. With support, encouragement, challenges, and compassion, Sarah can help you feel empowered on this path towards better health.
In August 2012, Sarah graduated from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition program through State University of New York (SUNY) as a Health Coach. Visit Sarah’s website Bewellknoxville.com to find out more about her Personalized Wellness Programs and sign up for your free initial health consultation. Sarah is committed to help you integrate yoga, massage, and nutrition into your daily life so you can live a healthy, fulfilling, and joyful life.
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Sharon began her yoga journey when she moved to East Tennessee in 2006. After trying several styles of yoga she found her love for Svaroopa yoga in 2012 and has been practicing ever since. It wasn’t until 2014 when she decided to pursue the path of becoming a yoga teacher. Sharon completed the 200-hour teacher training at The Glowing body in May 2015. She began her Svaroopa yoga training shortly after. Sharon has been a nurse for 16 years and has spent most of those years caring for the elderly and disabled. Svaroopa yoga has become a way for Sharon to bridge her understanding of the human body and mindfulness practice with her love of yoga and helping others. Sharon is passionate about Svaroopa yoga, her daily practice and is so excited to teach this style of yoga at The Glowing body.
Sheema began teaching in 2003 and earned her RYT 200 in 2007 from the Asheville Yoga Center. Recognized for the ability to conduct challenging, inviting classes that fosters an invigorating, centering, calming environment. She is currently working on her RYT 500 hour certification with a focus on Therapeutic Yoga.
Sheema offers a blend of Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Power style classes using breath and movement combined with sustained postures to strengthen the body and promote endurance. Additionally, classes work to balance strength with flexibility. Classes are creative, challenging, fun, and carefully crafted for all levels, emphasizing core strength and alignment. She takes a personal and individualized approach to teaching while leading students through a series of asanas. The sequence and intensity of the class vary in accordance with students’ experience, energy, and aptitude. Her teachers include Philip Clift, Stephanie Keach, Doug Swenson, David Swenson, John DeMinico, Jeff Phinix, and Kathryn Budig.
**Please note that many of our knowledgable teachers are available for private yoga lessons. Please speak to them individually about booking your private session.