*Yoga Basics (formerly "Yoga Fundamentals")

This class is taught by:

Stephanie Jones

Since 2001, yoga has been a means for Stephanie to discover and express the rhythms of her True Self. Cultivating love and compassion is the essence of her practice. She strives to inspire practitioners of all levels to mindfully challenge themselves in a safe and ego-free environment. With an empathic understanding of students' emotional needs, Stephanie blends yogic philosophy, breath work, asanas, and meditation to help individuals reconnect with, heal and unify the mind, body, and spirit. Stephanie is a May 2009 SYC 200-hour Teacher Training graduate, and has a Yoga Ed certification in teaching yoga to At-Risk Youth and Adults. She earned a degree in Anthropology from the University of South Carolina in 2008. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Professional Counseling at South University.

Elizabeth Rowan

Elizabeth Rowan (RYT 200) is a formerly anxious, multiple BlackBerry-clutching executive who went all-in to lose the high heels, teach yoga full-time and drum up some health and inner peace. She received her 200 hour yoga teaching training certificate from Anahata Yoga, Hong Kong, in 2011 while studying under Yogananth Andiappan, son of Dr. Asana Andiappan of Chennai, India. She is also a certified Pranakriya prenatal yoga teacher and Radiant Child Yoga teacher, and contributor to MindBodyGreen, Intent and Asana Journal. Elizabeth currently teaches private and group vinyasa, prenatal and children's yoga in Savannah, Georgia, U.S. after spending the last several years in Hong Kong.

What to Expect
Vinyasa: Yoga linking breath to movement, made accessible to all levels, set to cool beats and delivered with a dose of humanity and humor. Serious yoga, yes; yoga taken too seriously, no. Sweaty, serene, strong, generally stoked outlook on life is the desired result.

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Kathleen Pyrch

Originally from Ohio, Kathleen found her way to yoga through dance and began practicing in 2004. A graduate of The Ohio State University Department of Dance, she danced, taught and choreographed for many years and yoga was a natural progression. Kathleen brings a gentle, graceful and playful style to her classes. She hopes her students come away from class feeling challenged, yet confident and invigorated, yet peaceful. She is a graduate of the Savannah Yoga Center's 200 hour Teacher Training Program and is a member of Yoga Alliance.

Brittany Johnson

Brittany Johnson has been practicing yoga since 2009 and teaching since 2012. After graduating from the Savannah Yoga Center’s 2012 200hr Teacher Training Intensive, Brittany sought a way to share the incredible relief that the practice of yoga had brought to her. Using pratikriyasana, or mindful sequencing, Brittany blends form and function, dynamism and stillness, yin and yang, and downward dog, finding the greatest place of balance to be somewhere along the midline. Additionally a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.FA in Illustration, Brittany finds her practice to be an integral part of having a continued energetic and enthusiastic approach to art making.

Leonard Thomas

I have been practicing yoga for 2 and a half years and am a graduate from Savannah Yoga Center’s 200 hour teacher training program in the summer of 2012. I first came to yoga as a means to confront and heal my own anxiety and depression. For me, yoga is a life long practice where I found a system of movement, mindfulness and philosophy that allows me to find a deep level of personal growth like nothing I have experienced before. In my classes I share the joy and peace of mind that yoga has given to me and encourage students to be brave yet lighthearted while they explore and discover what yoga means to them.

Jade Clark

I took my first yoga class in college as an elective first thing in the morning, and I fell in love. I immediately decided I was going to master a headstand in the middle of the room, and, after some time went by, I did it! I graduated from college and found my teacher and a studio and began practicing Anusara, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa flow regularly. When we moved to Savannah, I decided to do a Teacher Training, the first studio I came to in Savannah was SYC and I immediately felt like I found something great. I enrolled in teacher training and almost a year later, here I am, learning, teaching, practicing, and enjoying life so much! Yoga has helped me in so many ways and I am excited to continue on this path of growth with each and every person the universe sends my way.

Andrea Ramsey

Andrea loves sharing and guiding the healing, opening, and grounding practice of yoga. Her journey began 7 years ago as an over worked, stressed out student, and she has grown to embrace yoga as a lifestyle to mindfully, happily, and peacefully live in this world as a continuous meditation. She is very passionate about helping others discover their inner teacher, unravel barriers, and search inward. Andrea also enjoys incorporating live music, acupressure, hand mudras, and loving assists into the yoga practice. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200, and working on RYT 300) with Yoga Alliance. She received her training at Asheville Yoga Center with Stephanie Keach and her staff. In addition to teaching yoga, Andrea is an Illustration senior at SCAD.

Stori Springman

Stori has been practicing yoga for about 10 years. She came to her yoga practice from a background of gymnastics and figure skating. When injury prevented her from continuing to skate Stori found solace in the practices of yoga and pilates which allowed for similar fluid and artistic movements as skating while helping her body recover. In 2014 Stori took her home practice to Savannah Yoga Center and was immediately hooked on the healing nature of this community; she knew this was something special she wanted to be a part of sharing. She graduated from her 200hr YTT program at Savannah Yoga Center. Stori's classes strive to provide a playful release from the stresses of life, creating a space to let go and grow together.

Christa Rosenkranz-Taylor

Christa (RYT-200) has been drawn to both movement and spirituality since she was a child. She grew up dancing and was also fascinated by many different religions and mythology. After putting aside those interests for awhile, she graduated from SCAD with a degree in Illustration in 2009 and found her way into yoga classes to satisfy a several cravings: to move, stretch and to reconnect spiritually. Shortly before starting Savannah Yoga Center's teacher training, Christa's neck and back went out and she found out she had scoliosis and some overstretched ligaments from dancing which began a chronic pain cycle. This refocused her interest in yoga as a modality of healing and learning to breathe through painful times. Inspired by her own journey of rebuilding the alignment in her body and learning how yoga affects anatomy, she hopes to help others do the same while finding some relief and gratitude for the body, even when it is a challenge.

Ashtanga and Anusara yoga inspire Christa's teachings for their emphasis on orderly alignment and awareness of anatomy in asana- Doug Keller and David Keil's yoga anatomy resources are among her favorites. As an avid meditator, Christa also likes to bring mindfulness and yin yoga principles to the practice as well. Students can typically expect a moderately paced, mindful flow to ambient music, spending enough time in postures to bring a deeper awareness to the nuances of the body. Her teaching style puts more emphasis on verbal cues than hands on assists. Breath work, meditation and juicy savasanas are always incorporated into Christa's classes.

Christa is also a Reiki Master and is currently finishing massage therapy school, as she hopes to help people to heal in many different ways.

New to yoga? Been awhile since you practiced? This class will help you build strength, confidence flexibility and concentration in the basic yoga postures while also learning to link poses together through breath and fluid movement. Breath work, meditation and deep relaxation are included.

Beginners to advanced can benefit from this class and are welcome to attend.

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