Having always been a lover of movement as meditation and healing, when Amberly was first exposed to yoga in her early 20s, she was hooked. After several years of dedicated practice, she completed her 200-hour teacher training with Jessica Jollie at Yoga Landing in Chattanooga, TN and began teaching right away.
As a queer woman in Knoxville who has dedicated the majority of her adult life to working with people of different abilities, she is passionate about inclusion, accessibility, and trauma-awareness. Amberly’s style of teaching invites the practitioner to find deep focus on the breath, and use this to explore their body, mind, heart, and spirit to fine tune awareness and find deeper understanding of the Self. She has an educational background in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Recreation Therapy.
Follow her on Instagram @amberlyyoga.
Amalia is certified as an RYT 200 from New York at YogaShanti with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman. She learned a gentle, yoga flow style that matched perfectly with her philosophy of practice. In 2019, she was continued her studies and completed a 300 hour training program of Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga in Mysore, India at Yoga Darshanam with a strong focus on pranayama and meditation.
Her class will explore the connection between mind, body and soul through breathing and gentle movements and are suitable for all experience levels.
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Anita comes to us from Romania and has been living in Knoxville since 2010. She began with occasional classes at Glowing Body, overtime expanded her practice and completed Teacher Training in 2018 led by Kim Lomonaco. She is an avid learner and endlessly fascinated by the complexities of human movement. She has taken various workshops by Jen Coffin, Jules Mitchell and Trina Altman. Anita teaches from a skills based approach, breaking down poses into its components and offering students a progression of shapes to fit everyone’s needs. Her aim is to build mobility and strength in a safe and effective manner while cultivating an attitude of self-discovery and mindfulness.
Follow her on Instagram @anitagarrett865.
Jennifer has a 30+ 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 19 years ago, Jennifer has committed 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 Sean Johnson, Philip Clift, Doug Swenson, David Swenson, Stephanie Keach, Heather Tiddens, Leslie Kamnioff, Sadie Nardini and her son, Max.
Follow her on Facebook or Instagram @coreexplore.
Jessica began her journey with yoga in 2005. As a life-long competitive gymnast and athlete, she found that yoga met her need for a creative, mental, and physical challenge. After years of practice and recognizing all of the benefits of yoga on her whole person, she made the decision to deepen her study of all aspects of yoga and completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification Training in 2016. In October 2016 she attended a weekend immersion in teaching children’s yoga. Jessica is a Master’s level clinician who specializes in trauma, attachment, and development and works with children and families in therapeutic foster care. Teaching yoga has allowed her to expand her passion of teaching, helping, and understanding others in a way that also provides a much needed outlet for self-care. It allows her to slow down, focus on others, and continue to learn and grow through sharing her love for all things yoga. Her classes focus on the importance of mindfulness, breath, and focus to find hidden strength, balance, and awareness of the potential of the whole self.
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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 is an RYT E-500, and a Dharma Yoga Registered Teacher at the 1000 hour level. She lived in NYC for 10 years, where she loved creating and performing dances and studying and teaching yoga. When employed with Dances for a Variable Population, a company whose members’ ages ranged from 22 to 92, she discovered her love of working with seniors.
In 2010, Jill moved back to Knoxville, where she continues to share her passion at the Glowing Body, Lotus Light, and Strang Senior Center, as well as with private clients, Studio Arts for Dancers, and Go! Contemporary Dance Works. Jill is fervent about all aspects of yoga and weaves many different elements into each class, from breathing and meditation, to the philosophy and physical practice of yoga. Jill is currently developing a moving meditative practice called Moving Ground.
Jill feels grateful to Dharma Mittra for transmitting the knowledge of Hatha Raja Yoga. “Be Receptive to the supreme teacher within!” – Dharma Mittra
Follow her on Instagram @dharmafrere.
Kim has been teaching since 2007 and successfully completed two 200 hour Yoga Alliance teacher trainings, as well as hundreds of hours of continuing education and independent study in the areas of anatomy/physiology, therapeutic application of yoga, philosophy, meditation, and more recently in Thai Yoga Massage with Kelly Scott, LMT, RTT here in Knoxville. She completed her training in massage therapy at Asheville School of Massage & Yoga in September, 2018 and practices Thai Yoga Massage with private clients.
Kim has taught at Glowing Body since the studio opened in 2008, served as studio manager for several years, and bought the studio along with Kelly Scott in 2017. Glowing Body has become an integral part of her development as a person and a professional, and she takes great pride in facilitating the continued success of the studio.
In addition to teaching Yoga, Kim holds a Master’s of Science degree and has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist in hospitals since 2010. Her experiences in healthcare connect her passion for holistic wellness with allopathic approaches, lending to a balanced understanding of how we may influence our health.
Kim completed her Yoga Alliance certified hatha program with Yoga District in Washington, DC in 2010. Her Yoga Alliance 300 hour YTT was done with Authentic Movements.
Kim’s classes typically have a flow element, which combines creativity and intelligent bio-mechanics. She strives to create a space for supported playfulness that allows each unique spirit to surface.
Kim believes that every body is different. Physically, Emotionally, Mentally. Our bones fit together a little bit differently, our muscles develop in their own way, our fascia has it’s own channels of communication. Our unique physical bodies carry our life story in them – how we breathe, where we are loose, where we are tense.
She encourages self respect through only doing what you feel makes you better – leave the pieces that don’t serve you. This is Your Journey, Your Story, and Your Body. Her teachings are here as a framework, but only you can know what you truly need.
Follow her on Instagram @kimpyoga or visit her website.
Suzanne found the true value of yoga while searching for relief from severe back pain. She discovered the healing and strengthening aspects of yoga to be clearly evident. The results were so amazing that she felt drawn to become a yoga instructor in order to share the beauty and healing power of the asanas to help others explore yoga’s curative benefits for themselves. The stars aligned and Suzanne found the teacher’s training course and her yoga home at the Glowing Body in 2015. After graduating from the program, Suzanne was thrilled to start teaching at the Glowing Body in 2016.
Her teaching style focuses on deep breathing paired with flowing body movements to help anyone move more gracefully through BKS Iyengar’s principles of alignment. Her desire is to help students to better understand and develop their own proprioception as well as fulfill their personal yoga goals.
Suzanne enjoys incorporating her musical background into her yoga practice by creating soundscapes that evoke desired feelings and moods in her yoga classes. She believes in the power of rhythm to move your body, sooth your soul, find your spiritual center and connect to your breath for a deeper yogic experience.
Suzanne has a background as a dancer, classical pianist, holds a BS in Communications, School of Broadcasting from University of Tennessee; she has worked in advertising, owned & operated Suzi’s Groovy Garden in Bearden and worked as a Realtor in Knoxville. She enjoys gardening, growing and cooking healthy food, loving her two black dogs and riding her motorcycle with her husband and friends as much as humanly possible.
Follow her on Instagram @suzisgroovyyoga.
Nora came to yoga as a means for movement and learning about her body. Her practice deepened through her studies at Neighborhood Yoga in Boone, NC. She found her yoga home at Glowing Body after she moved to Knoxville and the birth of her first child in 2015.
Nora completed YTT under the direction of Kim Lomonaco in 2018 and joined the studio as an instructor in 2019. Nora is honored to learn from and with the amazing yogis she has the privilege to share space with at Glowing Body. Her classes approach movement with curiosity, compassion, and humor. She believes yoga is for everybody (and every body).
Nora invites you to practice and play with her!