Lynellen Mallet

Thrive! Lynellen began her yoga journey as a way to stay healthy, become more fit and age gracefully.  She worked with seniors as a business owner, certified senior advisor and certified compression therapist.  She sees the challenges adults face particularly with movement and flexibility.   Through her practice Lynellen felt …

Gloria Buie

Yoga Basics Gloria dibbled and dabbled in yoga for years but never fully committed because it was too hard. She started attending classes regularly and found that it helped her both mentally and physically. The more Gloria attended class the better she felt, she decided she wanted to learn more.  …

Nikki 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 …

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 …

Emily McLeod

Ashtanga Emily is a Birmingham native who grew up with a book attached to her nose. The travel bug bit her in high school where she continues to be an aspiring world travel today. She is an avid coffee and tea drinker and a foodie. Emily believes yoga is for …

Gayle Watkins

Pilates Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, I have called Birmingham my home for the last 30 years.  I met my husband in Birmingham and have two children. After semi-retirement from the apartment industry, I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone and do something that I have always wanted …

Sam 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 …

La-Shonda Spencer

Vin-Yin La-Shonda found her way to the mat after her trainer suggested she try yoga due to tight hamstrings. She went to Birmingham Yoga in 2014 and was introduced to Ashtanga yoga. She fell in love with it through modifications until she was able to do the full posture. She …

Kourtney Hallowell

Yin-Vinyasa and Beginner Kourtney has been a practitioner of yogic philosophy and asana for over a decade. After falling for the discipline at a young age, she received her YogaFit certification; teaching for a few years before taking a break while in university. Continuing a personal practice, she has experienced …

Nancy Rhodes

Owner & Instructor Nancy is a body positive, fat acceptance activist and the owner and  primary instructor at Abundance Yoga. She struggled with dieting, weight and the size and shape of her body from the age of 6. The message she got early was that her body wasn’t right and it needed …