Kim did not have to try to focus on yoga. She did not have to decide she wanted to teach. It arose in her life naturally. She hit the mat at 17 years old and never looked back.
At 20 years old, she started teaching. Two years later she earned her Bachelor’s degree and completed her 200 hour training in Boone, NC, as taught by Valerie Midgett and Kelly Golden, GBTT’s first Program Director. When she was 26 she completed her second, more focused teacher training in the Anusara system as directed by Sarah Faircloth, Rachael Crawford-Goolsby, Kelley Gardner and Stacey Milner-Collins.
Since her first visit to the mat, Kim has earned a Master’s degree, married, given birth to a precious son, and worked as a Speech Therapist with many people experiencing the most difficult times in their lives. She calls her son and her patients some of her greatest teachers.
Fourteen years later, she is a leading teacher at the Glowing Body and has participated as a mentor in all of the GBTT trainings. She was the first teacher to offer a Karma class at Glowing Body. She served as studio manager for 2 years and took ownership of the studio in April 2017. She organized a yoga and service trip to Haiti with support from the studio and community. She has taught many Beginner Series, Breath & Meditation Series, Practice Immersions, and facilitated the popular Mat Time workshops that explore advanced poses.
She is also an avid learner. Kim has completed coursework on the Yoga Sutras with Rod Stryker and meditation instruction with Sally Kempton. Kim has attended multiple intensives in anatomy, physiology and therapeutic application of yoga with Martin Kirk. She has most recently enjoyed mentorship from Christina Sell of Live the Light of Yoga School and Kelly Scott of Dragonfly Thai Yoga Studio. In September of 2018, she completed her training in massage therapy at Asheville School of Massage & Yoga.
With several thousand hours of classroom teaching and countless hours of personal practice balanced by intensive self-study, Kim brings an enthusiasm and confidence to teaching that is universal. She also brings a discriminating view to the practice and study of yoga. As a healthcare professional, she respects the efficacy of evidence based treatments and informed clinical judgment. She believes yoga offers tools to deal with the ups and downs of life, including illness and injury, though she believes there is a place for both modern medicine and complementary approaches.
Kim has said “I am the happiest with my teaching when I am regularly practicing.” She approaches asana with both an awareness of alignment and love of the breath and movement in vinyasa. She sees many students who benefit from each approach. She has designed the GBTT to provide a balanced view of teaching yoga classes.
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Kelly’s education and study has been a journey of continuous unfolding to reach her authentic self, with a focus on Thai yoga massage, Dynamic Thai and Osteo -Thai. Having the privilege of learning from many versatile and well seasoned teachers in Costa Rica, Thailand, Bali, France and the United States, she brings to her private practice and classrooms.
Kelly’s approach infused with Thai yoga and Osteo-Thai principals is an amazing blend of powerful bodywork, creative movement, and a well seasoned compassionate intuition. An extremely valuable methodology for anyone interested in acquiring deeper insight into the vast complexity of body, mind, and spirit. This work has the natural ability to transform lives, to bring balance and well being for everybody.
Her works assist in the healing journey of chronic and acute pain.
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Jill was born in Knoxville TN. Her love of yoga first began in 2001 when she took some classes in college 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, the 500 hour training in 2010, and the 800 hr training in 2017. 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, the Glowing Body, and to private clients. She also creates and performs modern dances with Go! Contemporary Dance Works and and other groups around Knoxville.
Jill feels grateful to Dharma Mittra for transmitting the knowledge of Hatha Raja Yoga, and to the Glowing Body for the opportunity to pass those teachings on.
‘Be Receptive’ to the supreme teacher within!” – Dharma Mittra
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.
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About ten years ago, City Yoga in West Hollywood, CA hosted Marcy’s first Sanskrit workshop. At the same time, she was the Sanskrit Instructor in the Yoga Philosophy Certificate Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Since then she has taught at more than three dozen yoga studios, teacher training programs, yogafests such as Asheville Yoga Festival 2016 and 2017, YogaFest NC 2016, and conferences including the 2012 Yoga Alliance Leadership Conference and the Southeast Yoga Conference 2013 and 201.
At the University of North Carolina at Charlotte since 2008, Marcy has taught The History of Yoga, Hindu Gods and Goddess in India & the Queen City, Love & Sex in Indian Traditions, and World Religions. As Visiting Assistant Professor at Davidson College, she taught Hinduism, Buddhism, and Meditation Texts. Marcy also teaches Art of Yogic Speech at the Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte. In addition to learning on campus, some of her students take classes at yoga studios, a requirement that helps them embody the ideas that they have studied (i.e. participant-observation fieldwork and studying “religion on the ground”).
Everyone who is interested in yoga (students, teacher trainees, and lead instructors) would benefit from learning basic Sanskrit. Marcy’s Religious Studies Ph.D. (specializing in Indian traditions) and her extensive teaching experience qualify her to offer classes as part of Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School (RYS) training programs, and Continuing Education Hours to Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs).
Marcy joins the Glowing Body Teacher Training to offer her signature courses on Yoga History and Sanskrit. Find out more about Marcy at her site, Sanskrit Revolution.
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