Practicing Yoga is so proud to have some of the best teachers in St. Louis teaching with us.
In 2003, Matthew reluctantly attended his first yoga class on a date. Although that date didn't lead to romance, it led to friendship and community within the yoga studio. Matthew began teaching yoga in 2007 and was certified as an instructor in 2010 through Evolution Power Yoga in Lancaster, PA. He has an endorsement for #UNstoppable Yoga for Youth through the Baptiste Foundation, and enjoys helping individuals, youth, and families grow, communicate, heal, and or simply have fun. He is the 1st place Midwest winner in 2006 and 2007 Bishnu Gosh Championship. Matthew finds that practicing yoga provides a welcome balance to his career as a musician; it helps him relieve tension from hours of practicing flute, and it also provides him a way of expressing himself through movement. He enjoys both the creativity of the space between asanas and the discipline of the classes.
Laura started practicing yoga in 2005 and became hooked quickly. She enjoyed the physical and mental challenges that yoga presented. Laura believes that what we learn on the mat can me used in everyday life. In 2010, Laura completed Southtown Yoga's Teacher Training with Mitchel Bleier and Brigette Niedringhaus. Laura's style is vinyasa-based and easily accessible to all levels. She strives to give options during class so that everyone can work to his or her own potential. Her sense of humor and ability to laugh at herself often come out during class. Outside of the yoga studio, Laura enjoys live music, dining out with friends, and spending time with her family.
Keri, a Saint Louis based yogi and teacher, found her personal practice in 2007. At first, yoga proved to be an outlet for stress and a change from her fast-paced career and lifestyle. In 2012 Keri decided to take the plunge from Corporate America to full time yogi and devote all of her time to studying, practicing and teaching yoga. Keri recently earned her 200-hr RYT certification and is currently pursuing her 500-hr certification which specializes in yoga therapeutics, nutrition and Ayurveda, psychology, and neuroscience.
Keri puts a great deal of emphasis on the mind, body and breath connection in everything that she does. Her classes are challenging, heartfelt, fun and allow for greater physical and spiritual development. You will breathe, stretch, strengthen, explore, let-go and find happiness within.
Roxanne began practicing yoga after her first child was born in 1999 and fell in love instantly. She continued to deepen her practice over the next 10 years and completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2010 with Mitchel Bleier. Roxanne is committed to remaining a dedicated, lifelong student of yoga continuing to grow and expand her knowledge by studying with a variety of influential teachers. She is deeply honored to be able to share this practice that has transformed her life in so many ways. Her classes are full of love, laughter, and integrity, and will very often challenge you to try something new. She believes that yoga enables us to see how strong and beautiful we are and can gently push us to see our full, radiant, AWESOME potential.
Gali began her yoga practice in 2005 with her mother at a small local gym. She was immediately fascinated with how the practice made her feel so present and connected to her body. She was hooked and has continued to practice in various cities and studios ever since. She completed her 200 hour RYT training in November 2014 through master teacher Cori Martinez. She considers herself a lifelong student of yoga and is committed to continuing her education on and off the mat. Gali’s classes are alignment-oriented and grounding with plenty of breath work. She loves to place a strong emphasis on mindfulness and the connection between mind and body. Through yoga, Gali has found an immense love of life and her intention is to share that with her classes.
Bridget started practicing yoga in 2007. She completed her teacher training certification with Mitchel Bleier and Brigette Finley in 2012. Bridget can often be found practicing in classes around town, and believes that being a good student makes you a better teacher. Her classes combine vinyasa, alignment and an attitude that anyone can feel comfortable on and off their mat with a little hard work and humor.
Michelle began practicing yoga over 15 years ago and has had the privilege of studying with many wonderful local teachers. Moved to share the benefits of yoga with others, she completed her 200 hour RYT training in October 2013 through St. Louis Yoga Source. As a massage therapist since 1998, her understanding of anatomy and the body help her guide students into mindful alignment in their practice, allowing them to safely find greater strength and flexibility. Her goal is to help students tune into the relationship between the breath, body and mind, creating deeper self awareness. Michelle believes that yoga can lead each of us into a more compassionate way of being with ourselves and with others. Her wish is for you to leave class feeling connected, centered and at peace.
Kate discovered yoga in 2004 while living in NYC and working as a Clinical Social Worker. Yoga provided the perfect balance of offering peace and ease to the mind and body while working a challenging job in the city. Drawn to the focus of self-realization, meditation and inner awareness, yoga quickly developed from a passion into a lifestyle. On the mat we are able to experience many lives. We can move from the dancer in Natarajasana to the fierce warrior in Virabhadrasana . We can experience flying as the eagle, to moving as the cobra. In transition from Child’s pose through steady asana sequence to end our practice in Corpse pose allows us to open our hearts and minds to move and live as other beings in a compassionate way. This is part of the Jivamukti method. Kate’s classes are thoughtful and challenging encouraging students to believe in themselves while explore the unending possibilities around them. Chanting, meditation, and spiritual study are what initially connected Kate to Jivamukti. She includes these elements as a focus in each class to help connect students with a deeper, peaceful, and purposeful practice beyond just the physical benefits of yoga. Kate is also a Vegan, a social justice activist, and a Clinical Therapist in the Saint Louis area. When not practicing yoga, she can be found doing Aerial Arts at the City Museum! She is grateful for her beloved teachers who have inspired and guided her to the blissful path of a yogi: Sharon Gannon & David Life, Camilla Veen, Emma Henry, Manorama, and Tai Dorn. Om Shanti!
Brianna began her personal yoga practice in 2009 while training for her first half marathon, but it quickly became apparent to her that yoga would provide much more than mere physical cross-training. After practicing mostly Vinyasa-flow styles since then, she finally decided to take the teaching plunge in 2016 and completed her 200-hr training with Elle Potter and Yoga Buzz St. Louis. Brianna provides encouraging affirmations and assists, playful movements, high energy playlists, and an endless supply of love. She firmly believes that yoga helps us unlock and fully accept our most authentic selves, and she can’t wait to be a part of your unique yoga journey!
Erin has been an athlete her entire life. After completing a few marathons and triathlons, she stumbled upon yoga and decided to give it a try. She loves that it offers a different physical and mental challenge to her body than other activities. She strives to challenge her students to be well both physically and mentally. She firmly believes that we can take what we learn on the mat and live greater lives off the mat. She holds her RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance and is a lover of the outdoors, coffee, and her rad friends and family.
Kim started her yoga practice in 2004 and has been teaching since 2006. She maintains strong fluid sequences with emphasis on using the breath to guide and sustain you. Hands on adjustments is her way of helping you correct or deepen your posture for a full experience and release. Her goal is for you to find that strength (physically, mentally, emotionally) that lies deep within each and every one of us. “Kim has a great knack for encouraging and safely pushing you to your edge all with a sweet tone of voice while simultaneously kicking your ass."
Kathryn began practicing yoga in 1996 and quickly learned the benefits of a steady practice. In 1999 Kathryn completed her first teacher training and started her lifelong journey as a yoga student. Her passion for the study of yoga deepened over the years and Kathryn completed a second teacher training in 2009 with Mitchel Bleier. She continues to learn and evolve from the support of her own teachers, students and son. Kathryn's classes emphasize breath awareness, consious intention and a strong foundation of alignment. All students welcome.
Michael discovered yoga during a 2010 summer vacation to Estes Park, Colorado, when a close friend and recent teacher training graduate asked him to join for an asana practice. Never one to turn down an opportunity for a new form of physical activity, Michael accepted the offer and has never looked back, completing his 200-hour certification in October 2013. Initially drawn to the physical benefits of asana, he now treats his practice as a moving meditation and believes that yoga aligns the inner dialogue between the mind, body, and spirit.
Connie's passion for practice quickly developed into a desire to teach. Since completing her first 200 hr teacher training with Mitchel Bleier, Connie has continued to deepen her knowledge by studying with a variety of influential yoga teachers. With her challenging yet playful style of teaching, she creates a compassionate space to help students of all ability levels explore yoga.