Allison Bradley | Amanda Waynick Buchanan | Amberly Kelley | Ben Willis-Becker | Carol Ann Shipley | Cheryl Maslar | Claire Hyrka | Colby Simmons | Cristina McClure | Emily Puckett | Gina Baker | Hollie Beckett | Jennifer Beyt-Coffin | Jen Schappel | Jessica Brothers | Jessica Dalton-Carriger | Jill Frere | Judson Nichols | Katherine Hausauer | Kim Lomonaco | Maddie May | Meagan Egli | Meghan Henley | Rebecca Simmons | Sharon Spontak | Tracy Riggs | Veronica Carmazzi
Amanda is a licensed occupational therapist at UT Medical Center, and a certified yoga teacher. She began practicing yoga initially in 2006, but did not have a dedicated practice. During her graduate studies in occupational therapy, she began to learn more of the benefits of yoga for everybody, despite physical or cognitive challenges, and how yoga was being used in the therapy world. Learning about the incredible health benefits and accessibility of yoga increased and rejuvenated her practice. After moving back to Knoxville for clinical rotations in 2012, she began to develop her personal practice. In 2015, Amanda completed her 200 hour teacher training at Glowing Body with the knowledgable & fantastic Cindy Dollar. Since completing teacher training, she has enjoyed teaching in a manner that meets people where they are with modifications, adaptations, and mindfulness to alignment and breath. Amanda believes yoga is for everyone and should be made accessible to everyone. As a teacher, she strives to combine her knowledge of anatomy and adaptability as an OT to the asanas. Amanda enjoys learning from everyone she encounters, both teachers and students, in order to deepen her yoga practice.
Amberly grew up a dancer, using various forms as an outlet and a means of connecting with her body. She continued dancing through college, even teaching a few children’s classes along the way, and adding a hula hoop to the mix in her early 20s. Through her love of dance and hooping, she was introduced to yoga right when she needed it most. Yoga brought something new to the table and provided a sense balance in every aspect of her life. While she loves the physical challenge that yoga provides, the ‘secondary’ benefits of the physical practice are what keep her coming back. After several years of only asana, Amberly began to deepen her practice by exploring the other limbs of yoga and attending yoga teacher training at Yoga Landing in Chattanooga, TN. Her love for the way yoga had changed her life drove her to become a teacher and share its benefits with others. Amberly teaches and practices many forms of yoga including: Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yinyasa, Restorative, and Yin. Private lessons and small group private lessons are available. Connect with Amberly.
Ben Willis-Becker began practicing yoga in 1998 as a way to sustain his body for a career in the restaurant industry. Yoga started as a physical practice for him. It wasn’t until he started incorporating meditation and pranayama into his practice that it grew into a spiritual practice. Ben realized a long time goal of going deeper into his own practice when he completed the Glowing Body Teacher Training with Cindy Dollar in 2017. Cindy and Tammy Kaousias, former owner of Glowing Body, helped Ben embrace the full potential for yoga to open his heart through a consistent meditation and pranayama practice. His classes focus on opening one’s heart through a balance of asana, pranayama, and meditation.
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.
Cheryl took her first yoga class in college while completing her Bachelor’s degree in theater at SUNY Stony Brook. She was looking for some stress relief and when she left her first class feeling both calm and alert, with a fresh perspective, she knew yoga would be a part of her life from then on. After years of on again off again practice and a move to the Midwest, Cheryl was working in a hectic retail environment. This led her to a more consistent yoga practice. She was inspired to become a teacher after the realization that her yoga practice had helped her create balance, strength and peace in her life. She wanted to share this with others so she decided to become an RYT. After completing her 200 hr training in January of 2014, she was grateful to have had the opportunity to teach college students and faculty at the University of Missouri Recreation Complex in Columbia, Mo.
While Cheryl truly loves and enjoys being a teacher, she also loves and enjoys being a student. She has gained insight and inspired from many teachers including Leslie Kaminoff, Jennifer Beyt Coffin, Philip Clift, Meghan Currie and Kathryn Budig.
Cheryl’s classes include a focus on breath and body awareness, while conveying a sense of balance, peace and strength. Creating a sense of awareness to encourage positive change is one of her goals in teaching.
Having recently moved to Knoxville, Cheryl looks forward to teaching yoga in this beautiful and vibrant city!
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.
Colby started his yoga practice after a serious car crash which broke his neck and limited his mobility. He fell in love with yoga during his recovery, and decided to pursue a career in yoga, physical therapy, and self-healing. Colby completed yoga teacher training while attending the University of Tennessee for a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Colby has specialized skills for working with athletes on their path to injury recovery, including a myriad of adaptive approaches and modifications, so individuals with injury may develop safe and comfortable ways to practice. He loves empowering individuals to heal themselves, and encourages questions and feedback during class. Colby loves to learn about yoga and the body, and will continue to pursue continuing education that enables him to better serve his students.
Cristina has been on the path of practicing yoga since 2003. She has been called to help others in discovering the many health benefits as well as the peace of mind that yoga inspires. The Yoga Asanas are the tools that she uses on her journey of self-discovery and she is honored to have the chance to share this journey with others. Cristina desires to offer guidance and support along the Path to anyone earnestly seeking a healthy, more holistic life. The practice of yoga is more than just exercise, it is strongly encouraged that all serious yoga practitioners explore all eight limbs of yoga and discover for themselves the peaceful nature of reality.
The Asanas are where we start to cultivate strength in the body and calm the mind. Sharing her knowledge with others is Cristina’s good fortune. “I enjoy helping people. It starts with taking care of our bodies. When our bodies are clean and healthy we are able to think clearly and begin to live life from a more divine and spiritual place. I believe that I am a servant of the community and I attempt to make the world a better place, one person, and one breathe at a time.”
Emily began regularly practicing yoga in 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. A few months later the owner of the studio approached her and said, “Have you thought about entering our teacher training program? You have a lovely practice and have already begun evangelizing yoga.” Without that prompt, Emily would have never considered teaching yoga, and the idea of “evangelizing yoga” struck her. Emily loves Jesus and desires to evangelize His love and grace. So in 2016 she entered Glowing Body’s Teacher Training program with that intent. To share love, grace, and gratitude for our intricately made bodies and souls. She graduated in April 2017 and is grateful that The Glowing Body allows a space for every background of practitioner and teacher.
Gina has worked with pregnant women and their families since 1999. She is a certified prenatal yoga teacher. She weaves her experience as a licensed massage therapist, craniosacral therapist, child birth educator, spiritual counselor, and mother into her work. Her greatest joy for teaching is to offer women a supportive, nurturing, and mindful environment to empower them to find strength and beautiful connection with their babies. Learn more at her website.
Hollie has been a dedicated student of the Ashtanga lineage since 2014, and through her practice, learns the importance of balancing strength with grace when navigating the self, her life and the world around her. Living with the practice has enriched her life by helping her to establish discipline in daily routines; it has also helped her to expand her awareness and deepen her spiritual connection. “Ashtanga yoga brings me closer to the God above and to the God within. I think my job is to make the grace of an invisible God, visible wherever I am.”
Originally from Fayetteville, GA, Hollie recently moved to Knoxville from Chattanooga, TN where she lived with her two daughters and cat. A student of yoga for the past 13 years, she has had her ups and downs while growing in her practice. She has completed two 200 hour yoga teacher trainings, as well as a 100 hour mentorship program with KPJAYI Authorized Level II teacher, Taylor Hunt. Her life is full of the things she loves like good friends, connecting with others, and laughter.
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.
Jen’s creativity and strong intuition set her apart. On her journey of embodiment, practicing yoga and receiving insightful bodywork have made all the difference and have led her toward greater awareness, skillfulness, and compassion. She enjoys sharing these tools with others and feels honored to be a teacher and guide.
Jen has been doing yoga since 2004 and teaching since 2010. She completed her 200-hr teacher training with Kelly Golden at The Glowing Body in 2011. Since then, she has accumulated over 1000 hours of teaching experience and has gleaned inspiration from a variety of teachers including Sianna Sherman, Richard Rosen, and Cindy Dollar. A student of life, Jen counts her relationships (namely those with her husband, daughter and son) as her toughest yoga teachers.
Jen graduated from the Tennessee School of Therapeutic Massage in 2012 and completed her Reflexology training later that year. She has studied myofascial release, ashiatsu, Thai massage, and Maori healing since her graduation. Jen is also a Reiki Master/Teacher. She integrates all these techniques, along with her experience as a yogi, in her bodywork practice at Glowing Body.
When she’s not at the yoga studio or playing with her toddler, Jen enjoys 30 second dance parties, doodling, and cooking delicious vegetarian food.
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.
Jessica, a Knoxville native, has been practicing yoga on and off since high school. She suffered a shoulder injury in 2002 and after surgery and physical therapy was not finding relief. After returning to Knoxville for graduate school she became a serious practitioner in 2012 in order to heal her body and recuperate from her injury. Wanting to advance her yoga practice Jessica completed The Glowing Body Teacher Training in 2016 under Cindy Dollar. Jessica’s teaching style is geared toward helping relive pain in the body either from athletic or repetitive activities, strengthening the body, building lean muscle, and focusing the mind. In addition to teaching yoga, Jessica also holds a PhD in Anthropology and is a professor at Roane State Community College.
In addition to her group classes Jessica is happy to offer private sessions for students who would like to add a yoga practice geared toward their athletic activities.
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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
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 teaching follows a few core tenets. It’s the same advice he gives every new student that comes in: (1) listen to your body — if it hurts, we’ll change it, (2) breathe when you need to breathe and take breaks when you need to take breaks, and (3) ask questions when you have them. As your practice grows, your understanding of what it is to do those things changes — to listen, to breathe, and to ask questions.
Judson also encourages his students to remember that each of us has our own individual practice because we have our own individual needs and all our bodies are different. Also, we are practicing as a community, so we celebrate epiphanies and changes together. You can read more at his website or on Facebook.
Katey began practicing yoga in 2012 in her hometown of Naples, Florida. She quickly learned of the positive physical and mental benefits to having a dedicated practice, and knew that she wanted to share these benefits with others. This desire led her to the Glowing Body Teacher Training program in 2015, during which she learned and grew under the brilliant Cindy Dollar. Using the combination of breath and physical movements found in a Vinyasa practice, coupled with alignment principles taught in the Iyengar system, Katey’s classes are designed to be a strong and fluid moving meditation, bringing peace to the body and mind. Katey loves the study of yoga, and is constantly learning new ways to teach and practice.
Kim constantly refines her teaching focus through 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. Group classes are moderately rigorous and include contemplation, breath, and simple meditative practice in addition to asana. Classes with Kim are creative, challenging, and carefully crafted.
Kim has been teaching since 2007 and successfully completed two 200 hr Yoga Alliance teacher trainings, as well as hundreds of hours of continuing education and independent practice 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.
Kim has taught at Glowing Body since the studio opened in 2008, served as studio manager for several years, and bought the studio in 2017. Glowing Body has become an integral part of her development as a person and a professional, and she looks forward to supporting Glowing Body in her new role as owner.
In addition to teaching Yoga, Kim holds a Master’s of Science and works as a Speech Language Pathologist in area hospitals.
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Come to class expecting to smile and open space for yourself right now. Leave expectations at the door, except to find supportive breath which moves you through your practice.
After 13 years of on and off yoga practice–dabbling, and in an attempt to “chill out”, be super flexible, and to heal from a serious injury, Maddie found a regular yoga practice. She found deeper meaning in forward fold than touching her nose to the ground, or trying to do a split. Yoga became a critical part of Maddie’s healthy lifestyle, and in April of 2015 she completed 200 Hour Certification with the Soma Institute. Maddie is well-accustomed to training the body as a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, as well as an online fitness professiona. She offers yoga as a vehicle to connect body and the mind through breath. She finds this union brings health to a higher level.
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.
Rebecca started practicing yoga in 2002 with Kathleen Pringle at Stillwater Yoga, an Iyengar studio in Atlanta. She moved to Knoxville in 2005 and has been practicing at Glowing Body since it opened. In 2015 she completed her 200-hour teacher training with Cindy Dollar. Rebecca continues to seek out teachers from the Iyengar linage and attends weekend workshops for ongoing education. A few of those instructors include Gabriel Helpern, Allison West and Lillah Schwartz. At Glowing Body, Rebecca teaches an alignment based class. She is a mom to four daughters ranging from a toddler to a teenager. Her life experiences of seeking balance, focus and mindfulness through yoga come across in her teaching.
Sandra is RYT200 certified from our excellent Glowing Body Teacher Training program with Cindy Dollar in 2013/2014, received her Relax and Renew® (Restorative Yoga) certification from Judith Hanson Lasater, PHD, PT in 2016 and is working to complete her Relax and Renew® Level II certification. With a passion for poses that bring balance to everyday life, she is a forever student of yoga. Beginning her practice in 2009 to heal an injury and a need for a new challenge, slowly she found yoga inspired a transformation of her life. After practicing for years, she wanted to learn more about yoga and deepen her personal practice. Whether you are a beginner or are advancing in your personal yoga practice, she is offering yoga classes so that others can experience the quieting of the mind and the rest to the body. She offers classes and workshops so others can experience yoga.
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.
Sharon also offers Embodyment® Yoga Therapy sessions, which incorporate the deepest elements of Svaroopa® Yoga. In a one-on-one session Sharon will work with you to facilitate the release of deeply held tensions in your body through the conscious application of the principles of yoga.
Veronica’s yoga journey began 3 years ago as a way to cope with and heal from head injuries and musculoskeletal trauma. Committing to a regular yoga practice has brought her great peace, deep awareness of her mind, body and spirit and an acceptance of and gratitude towards her new life. Wanting to learn more about yoga asana and philosophy, Veronica completed the Glowing Body Teacher Training in 2016 with the well-renowned Cindy Dollar. With a great passion and fascination of and for the body, yoga has also been another vehicle Veronica uses in her work as a certified Athletic Trainer and manual therapist. In order to further share the profound benefits of yoga with those around her, Veronica is currently pursuing a Medical Therapeutic Yoga certification through the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute. Veronica’s teaching style emphasizes a keen awareness of alignment and breath, while balancing the mind and body through a variety of strength building, balance, flexibility and restorative postures. When Veronica is not doing yoga you can find her in the great outdoors, playing with her 2 pups, cooking, and traveling.
**Please note that many of our knowledgeable teachers are available for private yoga lessons. Please speak to them individually about booking your private session.**