The Team

AMANDA MYERS

Owner and Teacher

An 18-year plus teacher and student of Yoga, Amanda Myers is the owner/operator. Amanda began practicing yoga in college as a way to help heal an L4-L5 herniated disk. The more she practiced and found space in her body and mind the better she felt. She found herself at the door of a Bikram Yoga studio when her mother was suffering with terminal cancer. Through the passing of her mother she found her yoga practice was the one constant that could ease her grief. She pursued her Yoga studies at Bikram Yoga College of India Headquarter under the guidance of Bikram Choudry and with her local South Florida teachers, Cheryl Kostoris, Jim Borselino, Jimmy Barkin and Celeste Chiappetti. Amanda has been a certified Bikram teacher and student since 2001. Amanda has also taken other teacher trainings and is certified in Yoga of the Heart and has 200 hrs. of study in Anusara Yoga. Amanda feels passionately that Yoga is for every “body”. She teaches using alignment principles and breath awareness allowing for modification and props to create the most space and awareness. Amanda is also an Ayurvedic Practitioner, a licensed Massage Therapist and a Holistic Health Coach with her business, Nourish Your Health. Amanda incorporates all of her wellness knowledge in her classes and loves to share in community and foster social well-being.

 

AMANDA HATCHER

Teacher

Amanda began practicing Vinyasa Yoga under the instruction of Indra King at the age of 20. It was under Indra’s guidance and encouragement that Amanda found her passion for sharing Yoga with others. In 2004 Amanda received her certification in levels 1&2 through AAAI/ISMA. In 2008 Amanda began her studies at the Asheville Yoga Center, receiving her Vinyasa Flow Certification from Asheville Yoga Center and has recently enrolled in their 500 hr. Yoga Alliance Program. Forever a student of Yoga, she continues her studies with locally known Philip Clift, as well as her Santa Monica based instructor, Bryan Kest. Though she primarily teaches Vinyasa or Power Flow classes, Amanda loves Ashtanga, Yin and Restorative Yoga practices and encourages her students to try all the different styles Yoga has to offer. Amanda is known for guiding her students with a sense of intuition and encouraging exploration of movement while utilizing gentle touch and assists in each class to create the optimal Yoga experience.

JAIA McCLURE

Teacher

Jaia McClure, an Appalachian native, is a professional performer and instructor of the Ananda Dance Company, and has over eighteen years of profound and dedicated study in yoga, tribal bellydance, energy work, and various other healing modalities.  A sacred movement devotee, she facilitates ritual  dance workshops, as well as women’s circles, rites of passage gatherings, wellness groups, and shares one on one spiritual coaching. Jaia’s movement practice and dance form weaves together the strength of technique, the flow of conscious breath, and the importance of true connectivity with others and the divine. Jaia’s work nurtures re-union between mind and body. Her authenticity pervades her dance, inspiring others to joy and healing. Jaia has been facilitating yoga, belly dance and sacred movement workshops regionally at art, culture, and awareness festivals since 2001.

BOBBI SWANN

Teacher

When Bobbi was pregnant she suffered from severe sciatica. She found a Yoga DVD to try as a last resort to help manage the discomfort. She resolved the sciatica and found the rest of her pregnancy and labor to be relatively easy which her and her doctor both credited Yoga. A few years later Bobbi completed a RYT 230 hour certification from Asheville Yoga Center. Bobbi’s classes tend to be a mix of many styles. She combines flow series to work on breath, longer held poses to build strength and flexibility and mediation at the end to calm the mind. Her goal with each class is to create a loving, nurturing space for students to find what they are looking for. Bobbi is also a licensed massage therapist who loves to work on structural alignment creating better function and ease of movement.

 

 

ERIKA GRACIANO-LEWIS

Teacher

Erika Graciano-Lewis has been practicing yoga since 2013 and fell involve with the awareness of the present moment that yoga fosters. She started her journey in her home town Tepatitlan, Mexico & continued her practice in Berkeley, California.

“Through practice of breath and movement I have found stillness, in the midst of that stillness I found the presence of God” Erika felt a calling to complete a 200 hour RYT through the Bridge of Faith which is affiliated with Yoga Alliance in December of 2018. She is passionate to help people restore their bodies through the restoration of yoga.

RACHEL HARPER

Teacher

Rachel Harper has been practicing yoga since she took her first class at age 12. Years later, she decided to deepen her practice at the Glowing Body, taking a 200 hour training and becoming certified to teach in 2016. While the physical aspect of yoga is what first drew her to the practice, she quickly discovered the mental and spiritual benefits of a regular practice. As a result, her favorite style to teach is a power flow vinyasa with a long savasana, allowing time to care for the mind as much as for the body. Aside from her yoga practice, Rachel is beginning graduate school at UT to pursue an MA in English Literature so she may one day teach in a university, as well as on the mat.  When she is not in class or in the studio, she spends her time either outside, traveling, or listening to live music!

 

JESSI LUNA

Teacher

Jessi was born and raised in Maryville. She left to travel the world for the past ten years    and has returned to this beautiful corner of the world. Jessi took her first 200hr YTT in    2008 while living in Washington, DC and later took her 300hr advanced training in    Guatemala 2012. After more study, she began teaching Yoga Teacher Trainings to share  this powerful practice with others. In late 2014, she joined with several friends who also facilitated trainings to co-fouded Kula Collective, a holistic yoga school that offers transformational trainings and retreats in sacred sites around the world. At that same time, she joined with her parents and husband to begin the process of creating a Holistic Retreat Center, Seven Springs on her family land just outside of Maryville. She teaches a Vinyasa based practice to combine elements of dance and natural movement with traditional yogic sequencing. She incorporates attention to rhythm of the breath, and allows for organic movement to flow in each pose.

VALERY SOLTIS

Teacher

Valery began practicing yoga 18 years ago while she was pregnant with her first child to alleviate very sore hips.  At that time, she could already feel not only the physical benefits, but also the soothing effects on her mind. After a shoulder injury in 2008 while living in South Korea, is when her real yoga journey began. While living in South Korea, she completed a 500-hr training at Ayurveda Yoga Academy. Since returning to the US, still dealing with shoulder pain, she decided to study therapeutic yoga. She completed a 200-hr training with Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Through this practice, she realized that  her shoulder pain was not only physical, there was an emotional connection. Bridging this connection through SomaYoga helped her find a road to healing the physical and emotional injury.

 

Upon completing the SomaYoga training, she still desired to go deeper into the study of yoga, so she decided to attend an advanced 300-hr training at Asheville Yoga Center.

Valery teaches a holistic approach to yoga, delicately balancing the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of this ancient practice.

TAMMY LINDSAY

Teacher

Tammy’s journey with yoga began when her daughter-in-law invited her to join her in attending a class taught by Amanda Hatcher. It was during this class that Tammy fell in love with the physical aspects of yoga. In 2008 she began to deepen her yoga journey at the Asheville Yoga Center. She studied under Stephanie Keach receiving her teaching certification in Vinyasa Flow. She has continued studying with the various teachers at the center and received her 200 RYT teacher certification and plans on completing their 500 hour program.

 

Tammy’s classes are vinysas based using the flow to connect body and breathe. She guides the students to use the essence of their practice to create space in their bodies through self-care, mindfulness, and compassion.

DEBBIE FRANEK

Teacher

A friend first introduced Debbie to yoga in 2005.  Upon first starting out, every asana was challenging but she kept going.  In 2016 Debbie’s son went through Guillain Barré Syndrome, spending 45 days in ICU, then a month and a half in rehabilitation at Shepherds Center.  The center hosted a gentle seated yoga class for either patients or their family. Jumping at the chance to learn more of what she could do to help her son recover, she joined their practice. This moved Debbie so much she knew she could not keep yoga to herself any longer and obtained her 200 hour yoga teacher training.

 

Debbie encourages her students to listen, breathe and ask questions, remembering that every time your on your mat you should work within your limits and extend grace. Through maintaining fluid breath and asking questions you’ll become stronger each practice.

 

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