Instructors

Jennifer Beyt Coffin | Philip Clift | Sarah Fields | Kim Lomonaco | Jen Schappel | Andrea Cartwright | Judson Nichols | Jill Frere | Sara Matayoshi | Mark DrakeSheema Hosein | Mariko SatoAmber Lynn Vitale | Lisa Matta | Emily Saunders | Stacy Williams | Amelia Breed

JENNIFER BEYT COFFIN, E-RYT-200

Jennifer has a 15-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 11 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.

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Video of Jennifer’s Yinyasa class is available here online at yogavibes.com.
 

PHILIP CLIFT

Philip Clift is a long-time practitioner and teacher of vinyasa yoga. A licensed massage therapist specializing in deep tissue work, Philip integrates 17 years of massage practice into his yoga instruction, intuitively guiding students through adept pose sequencing and body adjustments. He crafts high-energy power yoga classes for all levels, emphasizing core strength and alignment. He also teaches hot and yin yoga classes and a variety of specialty series and workshops.

Philip received his bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Tennessee and is a graduate of The Atlanta School of Massage. Now offering Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy. This barefoot massage style uses bodyweight and leverage to deliver “the deepest, most luxurious massage on the planet.” Philip is one of the first Knoxvillians to offer this rapidly growing style of bodywork.
 

Andrea Cartwright

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 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 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.
 

Sarah Fields, LMT, RYT, HHC

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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KIM LOMONACO, MS, CCC-SLP, E-RYT-200

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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JUDSON NICHOLS, RYT

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.
 

Jen Schappel, LMT, E-RYT, RCR

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.

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Mark Drake

Mark’s yoga journey began back in 1990 when, on a whim, he stepped into an Iyengar yoga class in Santa Cruz, CA. After that he was hooked and started studying as many styles of yoga and meditation as he could wrap his mind and body around; Bikram, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vini Yoga, Kundalini, T’ai Chi, and Qigong. He received his first teaching certification in 1992 from a holistic health school in Costa Mesa, CA,the Acu-Polarity Institute for Well-Being, and then a second one in 1993 from Yoga Works, Orange County. His classes combine the greatest features of all of these styles, and the results are creative vinyasas combined with qi building practices, all linked together with deep awareness of the breath.
Mark is also a singer/songwriter, and is working on finishing his music composition degree at UT.
 

Jill Frere, RYT

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!”
 

Sheema Hosein, RYT

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.
 

Sara Matayoshi, RYT

Sara has been practicing yoga for eleven years and completed her 200 hr. RYT certification in March 2011 with Ana Forrest. A performing violinist for most of her life (currently playing in the violin section of the Knoxville Symphony), she entered the yoga world seeking alleviation from tension and stage fright. In addition to learning how to ground mentally and physically through her practice, today her yoga has grown to influence every aspect of her life. While Forrest yoga is her primary practice and style of teaching, she also has extensive experience in the Kripalu, Elemental, and Anusara traditions. She has immense gratitude for the influence of many teachers including Ana Forrest, Talya Ring, and Steve Emmerman. Her classes are carefully sequenced and encourage students to mindfully meet their edge by connecting deep sensation with breath, thus enabling students to walk their path with ease and grace. 

Amber Lynn Vitale, LMT, CN

Amber first obtained a BA in Economics in 1994 from Colorado College, and then went on to pursue her passion in bodywork and nutrition. Her massage training started in 1996 in California at the Alchemy Institute for the Healing Arts, continued with a year of Osteopathy-centered study at Ohio University, and has been augmented with numerous continuing education courses. Neuromuscular Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Sports Massage, Barnes Myofascial Release, Ashiatsu, and Thai Yoga Massage are among her specialty trainings.

She became a Licensed Certified Nutritionist through American Health Sciences University/National Institute for Nutritional Education in 2000, then went on to study Ayurvedic Medicine through The Florida Vedic College and Drs. Bryan and Light Miller. Amber practices, writes, and speaks as an Educator in Ayurveda and Holistic Nutrition. Ayurveda draws on thousands of years of experience utilizing foods, herbs, body treatments, and lifestyle changes to achieve balance and prevent disease. Ayurveda and Yoga co-evolved as complementary philosophies and therapies.

Amber has been a student of yoga since 1998, and received her RYT200 training in Yoga Therapy with Renee DeTar in 2011. She loves to practice yoga, hike in the mountains with her two children, travel to other countries to experience new cultures, and educate herself and others about health and wellness whenever possible.
 

Mariko Sato, RYT

Mariko moved to Maryville from Japan in June of 2011. Her first encounter with yoga was through a magazine as a teenager. She developed a regular practice in 2006. She completed her first teacher training in Japan in 2010 and began to teach shortly after that. Mariko also completed the Glowing Body Teacher Training with Cindy Dollar in May 2013. She completed a 300 hour teacher training in July of 2013. Mariko wants to share the benefits of yoga she has experienced her self: physical health, spiritual discipline, and stress reduction. Her Zen Buddhist background also shines through in her teaching.
 

Lisa Matta, RYT

Lisa Matta, MY, RYT, has been a practitioner of Yoga for more than 15 years. She’s been a regular at the Glowing Body for quite a few years now, so you may have seen her around.

What you probably didn’t know is that she is a Certified Teacher in several yogic disciplines, and is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 200 & 500 hour levels in both Classical Yoga and Vinyasa.  She strives to continually increase her own personal knowledge of yogic principles and techniques, and anatomy and physiology as it relates to yoga.  Most recently, she added Restorative Yoga to her teacher training credits.

Since Lisa has explored and trained in varying styles of Yoga, she prefers not to label or identify her teaching with any one style. Yet, it is influenced by her earliest practices in the Iyengar and Anusara methods, both of which are mindful of body alignment. You can also be sure that Core strength awareness is integrated into her classes from her years of Pilates practice.  Lisa has been teaching classes for the mind & body in East Tennessee since 2008.

Lisa enjoys walking, biking, hiking and traveling.  She is also an avid Orchid-grower and caretaker.  Visit her website and don’t miss her Orchid Gallery.
 

Emily K. Saunders, RYT

Emily has been practicing yoga for 6 years. As her practice on the mat has become more consistent, this has translated into life changing events off the mat! She completed the 200-hour Glowing Body Teacher Training course in May 2013 with Cindy Dollar and began teaching in spring of 2013. Emily’s approach to teaching is focused on centering the mind through alignment-based yoga asana practice. She teaches to varying levels of students and works to teach to whom is in front of her. Teachers include Julie MaWhorter, Jeff Scheafknocker, Cindy Dollar, Philip Clift, Jen Beyt Coffin, Jen Schappel, and Kim Lomonaco, as well as her dogs and her own experience.

On weekdays, Emily hustles to keep The Glowing Body running smoothly.
 

Stacy Williams, RYT

Stacy went to her first asana class with her mother at the age of 17. Her intentions for becoming a dedicated student and teacher began while living in Guatemala when she was given the opportunity to teach by her mentor, Natasha. She returned to Knoxville in 2010 and completed a 200-hour certification program with Cindy Dollar at the Glowing Body Yoga Studio in 2013. Stacy is continually influenced by all of her teachers (Natasha, Lalita and Cindy), as well as B.K.S. Iyengar, Sivananda, Satchidananda, Judith Hanson-Lasater, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Pema Chodron. Through yoga she has found presence in the moment and connection to all things, and she hopes to share that with students in her classes.
 

Amelia Breed

Amelia Breed is a teacher, artist, and dancer. She has been teaching art to children age 3 through adult for 10 years via museums, art centers, non-profit and Montessori schools, and her own program that she founded in Knoxville, TN, 2008, the Chickamauga School of Art. She received her BFA in 2005 from Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied glass, textiles, and dance. She completed a one year residency at Arrowmont School of Art and Craft in TN and traveled to Guatemala for textile study in 2006. She has studied modern dance, ballet, improvisation, body-mind centering, and yoga in Baltimore, MD, Richmond, VA, Knoxville and Nashville, TN, Washington, DC, NYC, and at the Bates Dance Festival in 2002, and on scholarship in 2013. In Knoxville, she has danced for Momentum Dance Lab since 2009 contributing choreography, classes, and directing performances. She is choreographing for the UT Dance Society this fall and continues to participate in projects with Circle Modern Dance and Momentum Dance Lab.

 
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