A certified registered Hatha Yoga teacher with over 200 hours of training (RYT-200) with Rasika Yoga School (City Yoga of Columbia), Jeff began practicing yoga 15 years ago to help keep his body and mind in good physical condition while in recovery. After receiving the therapeutic benefits of yoga and becoming more grounded in all areas of his life, he was convinced that transformation through yoga is not only possible but also empowering and enjoyable.
Jeff believes that yoga is most beneficial when applied to practical, everyday life experiences. This philosophy means he presents his classes in a way that best serves his students and simplifies a seemingly complicated practice. He offers a challenging yet accessible yoga class that is infused with philosophy, breathing, anatomy and alignment. He is continually growing both as a teacher and a student. His training is ongoing and constantly evolving. His dedication and passion for yoga allows him to continually grow while sharing all of his knowledge and enthusiasm with his students.
Alisonś yoga journey began in Portland Maine in 1990. Tired of running at the gym and lifting weights, Alison sought a gentler way of gaining strength, flexibility and peace of mind. She discovered kripalu yoga, a gentle form of yoga described as ̈meditation in motion. After making several extended trips to the Kripalu retreat in Lenox Massachusetts and taking a weekend workshop there called Life In Transformation ̈, she knew that this practice offered what she was looking for, in both the body and the mind.In 2007 after moving to South Carolina, she attended 4 or more classes per week under the teaching of Stacey Milner Collins at City Yoga of Columbia. There she completed a 100 hour training in anusara yoga which focuses on optimal alignment to support the systems of the body. Alison completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in 2016 and 500 hour certification in 2019. She has been teaching yoga 3 to 6 times per week since 2016. Alison enjoys continuing to grow her own practice by taking workshops and trainings from many nationally known yoga teachers such as Noah Maze, Jason Crandall, Amy Apolliti, Christina Sell, Betsy Downing, Bill Mahoney, Douglas Brooks, Deseree Rumbaugh, John Freind, Doug Keller among others. When not on her yoga mat, Alison enjoys walks with her dogs, gardening, paddleboarding, teaching Spanish and traveling. When asked what her belief is about yoga, Alison says, “yoga is for everyone, there is no competition in yoga. We do yoga to become the best version of ourselves."
Karen Beattie, PT
"May we walk with grace and may the light of the universe shine upon our path. Anonymous
Karen believes yoga is an invitation to blossom and flourish in one’s true self and that the practice of yoga offers a physical and mental connection that includes physical strength, grace, balance of effort and ease, and mental clarity.
With several years of on going practice under the teachings of Stacey Milner Collins at City Yoga of Columbia, Karen realizes the awareness and the transformative benefits that a dedicated yoga practice can bring. In September 2017, she began formal study with Rasika Yoga School. In March 2018, she completed the 200-hour yoga teacher training certification with Rasika Yoga School and became a Registered Yoga Teacher through The Yoga Alliance.
Living a fitness-based lifestyle is paramount in her life. As a Physical Therapist, she has been given the opportunity to help others with physical challenges reach their goals. As a yoga teacher she hopes to inspire students along their yoga journey with teaching proper alignment cues, how to move from a position of strength, and to impart an experience of moving with one’s breath while uniting the mind, body and heart with the universal rhythm of life. She considers the guidance for us to be mindful-not only on our mats-but also throughout our days to be one of the many beauties of yoga.
Teresa Welsch is a yogi to the bones. She started yoga in 2009 for health issues and fell in love with how it made her feel. Connecting mind and body is a powerful practice that has become part of her life on and off the mat. In 2013 she completed her 200-hour Teacher training at Yoga Loft, in Sheboygan WI and completed her Advance Teacher Training, 300-hour level through Asheville Yoga Center in 2019. Teresa believes in sharing yoga to help others find their own journey through, movement, breath and self-discovery. Formally from Wisconsin, she moved to South Carolina in 2014 and enjoys the outdoors with her husband, Todd and new fur baby Monty.
RYT-200, Holy Fire Reiki Master, Owner
A Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) through The Yoga Alliance, Josee was certified in Tyrol, Austria at the Sivananda Vedanta Haus under the teachings of Swami Ramapriyananda, a disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati, founder of International Sivananda Yoga Ashrams and Centers and disciple of Swami Sivananda. Her extensive training consisted of being immersed in Yoga Traditions 24/7 for many weeks. Yoga had peeked her interest in the past due to a series of events that forced her to change her life path a few years ago. She felt stronger, more confident, more comfortable in her skin and seemed to be making all the right choices towards a healthier lifestyle. She embarked on this journey with passion and never looked back. Her certifications and teaching experience include Sivananda Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Beginner Yoga, Chair Yoga, Vinyasa/Flow Yoga and Restorative Yoga, She is also certified in Yoga Nidra, a type of guided metitation often used to help individuals who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder get relief from anxiety and other discomforts.
Josee is also a Holy Fire Reiki Master, bringing energy alignment and relief to many clients.
Originally from Canada, Josee made the US her home in 2007 and just recently became a US Citizen. She lives in Columbia with her military husband (US ARMY), and their Boston Terrier, Lexa.
Jessica Barnes Smith, E-RYT 500, NASM-CPT Jessica has always been inspired by the human form and its movement. She began practicing yoga in the fall of 2000 while recovering from injuries related to a car accident. She regained strength and mobility through a steady practice but was surprised that yoga revealed a powerful subtle awareness. This feeling of embodiment allowed for a deeper connection to herself and others. She finally felt at home in her own body and hopes to share that experience with others. Jessica shares yoga with people of all ages and abilities. She adjusts her classes to fit the students. She offers both gentle and advanced classes as well as specialty classes for children, chair yoga classes, yoga for service members, and adaptive yoga for people living in a difficult body. Jessica earned her 500hr teaching certificate through Asheville Yoga Center. She studied children’s yoga with Childlight Yoga, mindful resilience with Veterans Yoga Project, and trauma informed yoga. Jessica continues to study adaptive yoga with Mind Body Solutions and she is a certified personal trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine. Jessica graduated from Winthrop University with a BFA. She is an artist, spouse, mother of two girls, and a lover of nature.
Debbie has been teaching yoga since receiving her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2012, from Sakhi Yoga. She has since received specialty training in Restorative, Senior and Yin yoga from Asheville Yoga Center. In 2019, she traveled and studied in India for a month under the guidance of the Himalayan Institute. When not on her mat, you can find her on her bike, stand-up paddle board or on a hiking trail.
I’m Sarah Land, a Columbia native who loves all things yoga, music, and food. I'm a yogi, teacher, professional violinist, and mom to 4 rescue fur babies. I started practicing yoga in 2014 to manage stage anxiety and treat violin related injuries, but little did I know that yoga would help me flourish both in life and on stage! I found the practice of yoga to be transformative, helping me to shed behaviors and patterns that did not serve my intentions. I began to align with my dharma, my life’s calling— and I wanted to share this life-saving practice! My wish is to empower others to connect with their deepest selves, discovering meaning, purpose, and clarity in their own lives along the way. In 2016, I received my 200 hour yoga teaching certification in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga from the Miami Life Center and am continuing studies in Yoga Therapy (Viniyoga) where I will complete my 1000 hour Yoga Therapist training in 2021. My primary teachers have included Amy Wheeler, Pamela Hightower, and Tim Feldmann with whom I’ve studied Vedic chant, yoga poses, yoga breathing and meditation.
Yoga has taught me how transformative the practice of simply being with the breath can be.
I began practicing yoga seeking relief from anxiety. Becoming a regular yoga student has taught me to pay attention to the mind/body connection which has nearly eliminated my lifelong anxiety-induced digestive issues. And now, I am able to savor the richness of life more fully. Yoga helped me discover that the ability to improve my life was completely within me and I’m so grateful to be able to help students use yoga to discover within themselves what they need to become more whole.
Outside of the yoga studio, I’m a piano teacher and have been teaching both privately and in the classroom for a decade. I feel a deep calling to teach, to connect with another’s heart, and it is such a gift to continue my teaching journey sharing yoga.
In 2019, I completed my RYT-200 hour training with Rasika Yoga School, co-founded by my primary teacher, Stacey Millner-Collins. Also, I have a BA in music education and a master’s degree in saxophone performance. Besides playing music and being on my mat, I feel most alive in nature; hiking, kayaking, backpacking and putting my feet into the ocean. I also enjoy reading, cooking, traveling, concerts and savoring this beautiful, fleeting life with my husband, family, and friends.
Hi, I’m Sarah! I’m an Army wife, veteran, and mother of two six-year-old boys. My yoga journey began after my sons were born, when I was trying to lose the baby weight and casually thought that yoga might round out my rigorous workout routine. I immediately fell in love and had no idea how yoga would change my life, and my perception of true health and wellness. After practicing for about two years, I received my RYT-200 certification from Aura Wellness Center while living overseas in Australia.
I have found yoga to be such an incredible gift and feel blessed to be able to share that gift with others. It has been amazing to witness the physical, therapeutic relief and healing that I, and many people I know, have experienced because of the benefits of yoga. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect has been the incredible transformation it has had on my mind-body-soul connection, and I am so grateful for the impact that yoga has had on my overall sense of wellness, balance, and peace.
I am passionate about introducing and sharing the wonders of yoga with others. I love helping others use yoga to discover, accept, and love themselves. No matter your size, shape, age, gender, fitness or flexibility level, physical condition, mental condition, or whatever else, yoga can and WILL change your life if you choose to practice with an open mind and heart. The divine light in me acknowledges the divine light in you…Namaste.