Meet the Teachers
Our yoga teachers are all Yoga Alliance Certified Registered Yoga Teachers, RYT-200 hour or higher
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.
Originally from Memphis, TN, Katy was introduced to yoga at a young age by taking classes with her mother. Katy spent 10 years as a professional ballet dancer working and performing with several companies around the United States. Ballet eventually brought Katy to Chicago, IL and Elate Yoga where she followed in her mom’s footsteps and completed her 200-hour yoga certification through YogaFit. Katy began teaching with Elate Yoga when she realized how much yoga helped repair her body both physically and emotionally after many years of ballet. Katy’s love of dance is reflected in her Vinyasa flow style of classes. She invites her students to listen to their bodies and explore yoga postures in a safe and fun environment.
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.
Jennifer began her yoga journey in 2010 at her local YMCA. She practiced on and off for 5 years but never felt that warm and fuzzy feeling that she always heard about. In 2015 she attended her first Fat Girl Yoga class and it completely changed her life, she finally felt like she belonged. After attending Fat Girl Yoga classes for 2 years she decided it was time she became a yoga teacher so everyone would know that yoga should not be defined by your physical appearance or abilities. Yoga is in all of us for all of us. Jennifer strongly believes in wabi-sabi, the Japanese art of finding beauty and wisdom in imperfection. Although things may not be perfect, you can always choose to love the moment you’re in, regardless of what it brings you. Jennifer wants everyone to feel they are always welcome in her class. Jennifer completed her 200 hour training through Sacred Glow Yoga and she hopes to spread her love for yoga and modifications. If you have ever been too shy to try yoga, now is the time 🙂
Darlene’s exploration of yoga began in 1989 as she pursued a tool to become a better and more patient parent. What Darlene soon realized was this art was a path to healing and discovery. A fine arts painter and martial artist, Darlene began learning about subtle energies in humans and nature, self-examination and esoteric practices. She opened her own practice in 1993 to support her students in their spiritual journey. Darlene has traveled extensively for 3 decades immersing herself in intense training and is now offering her expertise at Abundance Yoga. Whether you want to simply de-stress or delve deeper into your meditation journey, Darlene can assist you in your practice. She is greatly blessed to be able to serve the community and offer this beautiful and transformative practice.
Sarah grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she developed a foundation in martial arts, distance running, and swimming. Her introduction to yoga came nearly a decade ago, but she truly connected to her own practice in 2016. After years of relocating and seeking how to mend her mind-body connection, compromised by inner discord with negative body image and persistent anxiety, Sarah’s home yoga practice steadily became her safe space to realize self-acceptance. She wholeheartedly respects the individuality of each student through her intuitive approach and flows that accommodate all skills and age groups. Sarah has an affinity for cats, anagrams, and strategy games.
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.
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.
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.
Lindsay is a Birmingham native that began yoga for stretching and strength training while competing in marathons and triathlons. She soon recognized that yoga brought her a calmness and spiritual strength she hadn’t expected. Lindsay completed her RYT-200 hour in Inner Strength Vinyasa with Sacred Glow Yoga in 2015. Lindsay teaches this practice to empower students to find light and courage from within themselves. She advocates that yoga is for everyone and finds joy in sharing the knowledge that yoga will meet you where you are, whenever you’re ready to begin.
Kara is a vagabond at heart, she loves journeys and the way one simple path can lead a person through so many experiences. Each class is centered around the idea that the journey is the destination as Kara guides you on a path of self discovery. She believes in the transformative power of yoga and its ability to lead us to peace and see the beauty within. Kara provides a strong focus on breath with a slow but challenging flow designed to engage each person at their core. She has been practicing for 8 years in everything from Bikram to Kundalini Yoga but Kara’s foundational training is in Sacred Glow Yoga’s Inner Strength Vinyasa because of its core message of the journey between each pose.
The mind, body, spirit connection is Ashley’s main focus in both her personal practice and teaching. She finds joy in encouraging and inspiring others both on and off the mat. A Birmingham native, Ashley began her yoga journey in 2015 and completed her yoga teacher training through Sacred Glow Yoga in 2017. Ashley has studied at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA and Transformational Healing Arts. Off the mat, Ashley works as a Career Coach in local high schools, and co-sponsors a meditation and yoga club for students. If she isn’t in a school or practicing yoga, you’ll most likely find her playing disc golf, hiking, backpacking, camping, flat water kayaking, or traveling across the country on another grand adventure.
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