Teachers

Meet the Teachers

Our yoga teachers are all Yoga Alliance Certified Registered Yoga Teachers, RYT-200 hour or higher

Abundance_Yoga NancyNancy Rhodes

Owner & Instructor

Nancy began yoga on a weight loss and fitness journey after years of obesity. It was not what she expected, but she found a calm acceptance that she hadn’t felt in years AND she could almost touch her toes! Nancy has been practicing since 2009 and teaching since 2012. Her passion is helping all people feel welcome in the yoga community and find the practice that supports their life. Nancy is 200 hr E-RYT certified in Ashtanga yoga, 500 hr RYT certified and YACEP certified yoga educator.  Nancy holds certifications in Chair, Restorative, Yoga for Sensory Disorders, and Curvy Yoga. Nancy is trained in Yoga for Children, Kundalini, Prenatal, Yin Yoga, and Yoga for All. Nancy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in the Science of Health and Wellness and is a National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association certified Wellness Coach.

 

Abundance_Yoga-5Nikki Cosper

Ashtanga & Kundalini

A California native, Nikki grew up in the horse world, riding, training hunter/jumpers and dressage.  A  middle school science teacher, Nikki found her way to the yoga community in search of a  way to relieve stress.  She fell in love with mental and physical challenge she found in Ashtanga. After developing her own practice, Nikki attended Birmingham Yoga’s Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 focusing on Ashtanga and Kundalini yoga.  Now certified, her mission is to encourage others to develop a personal relationship with yoga, and find their own expression and joy in it as she did.

 

Abundance Yoga Website Update-24 (2)Chloe LaFollette

Vinyasa

From Virginia, Chloe has been practicing yoga since she was 4 years old, following her parents to classes. Her love of yoga grew during college when it became her outlet from school to relax. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2016 to expand her knowledge and share her passion with others. In her classes, she focuses on using the breath to relax, linking the mind and body, and challenging the student mentally as much as physically. Chloe teaches a variety of styles — including Restorative, Yin, Hatha, and Vinyasa. When not at yoga classes, Chloe is reading and crafting.

Abundance Yoga Website Update-25Cherie Calvert

Khaleela

Belly Dance

Cherie/Khaleela has been belly dancing for over 23 years. Her love of belly dance began at the age of 12 when she was at a sleepover at her best friend’s house and saw her friend’s mother practicing in the living room. The music and mesmerizing moves had her hooked. Khaleela has been fortunate enough to study dance and perform all over the United States and internationally. She believes everyone can and should belly dance. Cherie would love nothing more than to share this dance of pure femininity, earthiness, and joy with you.

Abundance_Yoga SamSam Shouse

Ashtanga & Kundalini

Sam discovered yoga in 2005 as a way to promote physical and spiritual balance but the practice took on a new sense of urgency after a serious skydiving accident. Yoga soon became a way of life and Sam completed his RYT-200 certification (Yoga Alliance) in 2009 under Akasha Ellis.  With over 1,000 hours of teaching experience, Sam is now E-RYT200 certified as a Yoga educator. He incorporates elements of Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Vinyasa Flow Yoga into his teaching through rhythmic breathing and coordination with challenging postures in a flowing style.  Sam strongly feels that consistent practice develops a meditative awareness of the mind/body connection and he hopes to help others explore this intensely physical practice and lead healthier, happier, and holier lives.

Caron Bellestri

Vinyasa & Gentle Yoga

Caron began her journey in Michigan where she attended her first yoga class and was immediately drawn the possibilities yoga offered her mentally, spiritually and physically.  Caron is interested in all styles of yoga and has been practicing for over 20 years.  She received her 200hr RYT certification in Raja Yoga in November 2013 under Emily and Jackie Chiodo and has been teaching ever since.  Yoga is Caron’s passion and it gives her great joy to know that she is helping others become more balanced, flexible and focused.  She believes in giving people tools to use on their mat as well as off to bring their yoga into their every day life.  Caron moved to Alabama in 2014 and is happy to call it home.  One of Caron’s favorite quotes is: “To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

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