YOGAlicious is offering a 2013-2014 teacher training class, beginning the third weekend in August. Please stop in the studio for more information or download the application at this link: http://yogaliciousyogastudio.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/tt-flyer-1.pdf. Anyone interested in developing their yoga practice and understanding should consider this amazing opportunity!
Adrienne Z Ables, E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Co-owner of YOGAlicious Yoga Studio, Adrienne has been practicing yoga for over a decade and teaching for over eight years. Her inspiration to teach came when her first beloved yoga teacher asked her to substitute one night. She hasn’t looked back since. Adrienne has studied with Stephanie Keach, Erich Schiffmann, Stacey Millner-Collins, Kelley Gardner, Sarah Faircloth and Martin Kirk. She completed her first teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Center and is certified to teach Vinyasa Flow, Restorative & Pre & Post Natal yoga. Adrienne’s emphasis is the process of taking lessons learned on the mat into your everyday life – where real yoga takes place.
Monica Eva Foster, E-RYT 500
Co-owner of YOGAlicious Yoga Studio, Monica Foster’s first introduction to yoga occurred in 1993 when she took class during a lunch hour. She immediately fell in love with yoga’s ability to open and strengthen muscles while at the same time calming and centering the mind.
She completed her first teacher training and became a registered yoga teacher in June of 2004 and holds special certifications in Children’s and Pre/Post Natal Yoga instruction. She is deeply grateful to have studied with teachers Stephanie Keach, Stacey Millner-Collins, Sarah Faircloth, Kelley Gardner, Desiree Rumbaugh, Christina Sell, Elena Brower, Doug Swenson, Edward Clark, Joe Taft, Ross Rayburn, Marsha Wenig, and numerous others. Foster has also studied Yoga Therapeutics intensively with Martin Kirk and philosophy with Douglas Brooks and Bill Mahony. Foster’s classes fuse humor, playfulness, and intelligence while integrating special emphasis on proper physical alignment. She aims to empower each student by helping them play their edge with safety and greater spatial awareness. Having lived around the world in places such as Los Angeles, Chicago, NYC, and Seoul, Korea, Foster’s previous professional experiences include work in the advertising and film industries. She is married with a daughter and enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and the art of conversation. Her core belief is that it’s important to give back to both the local and global communities whenever and however possible. “We are all in this game of life together,” says Foster. “Why not do what we can to elevate one another as often as possible?” Her yoga practice helps her apply that philosophy daily, both on and off the mat.
Catherine Drennan Querin, E-RYT 500
Co-owner of YOGAlicious Yoga Studio, Catherine is a Spartanburg native. She began her foray into the fitness world at age nineteen when she became a certified personal trainer. She works with special populations including seniors, those with Multiple Sclerorsis, severe arthritis, and high blood pressure. Her first yoga teacher trainings were in 1996 before national certification was available. She completed the Stephanie Keach Yoga Alliance 200-Hour Teacher Training in 1999, the Advanced Teacher Training and also Vinyasa Teacher Training at the Asheville Yoga Center. After her studies with Stephanie at the Asheville Yoga Center she continued studying with Rod Stryker, Doug Swenson, Stacey Milner-Collins, Sarah Faircloth, Kelley Gardner, Betsey Downing, Bill Mahony, Douglas Brooks, Scott Blossom, Stephanie and Michael Johnson, and Ana Forrest. In 2007 she took a workshop from teacher Todd Norian and knew she had found her true, passion in this unique style of yoga. She is a certified Thai Yoga Massage Therapist and nutritionist. For the last seven years she has studied alignment-based yoga therapeutics. She offers individual sessions for those who prefer to focus on their goals, whether it’s to improve physical fitness, work with specific injuries or ailments, or for those who want to learn in a private setting. She is also available for corporate or group classes. Catherine says, “I am thankful for all of my teachers throughout the years, on the mat and off the mat. My greatest teachers are my family, my husband Steve, my daughter Grace, my son Nicholas and my incredible dogs Daisy and Ziggy. Yoga to me is playful and fun and my intention for each class is for my students to walk out with a smile on their face.” Catherine is an artist who paints and works with mixed medias and owns a jewelry business with her mom, dots Jewelry.
Jenny Connell, RYT 200
Jenny’s love of yoga started more than 10 years ago. Over the years, she has started many other activities, but has always returned to yoga. Her love of adventure guides her teaching. Jenny believes practicing and teaching yoga stretches not only the body, but also the mind. For her the joy in yoga is the newness of each experience.
She was thrilled to become one of YOGAlicious’ first teacher trainees and received her 200-hour teaching certificate in 2013. Jenny is also a traveler, writer, hiker, an occasional runner and knitter.
Marie Chan, RYT 500
Marie was introduced to yoga over ten years ago and started practicing on her own to add flexibility, balance, energy, strength and endurance, both physically and spiritually. That blend became the focus of her classes. Inspired by all her teachers and with a desire to incorporate Yoga as a way of life she went on to complete the 200 and 500 hour teacher certification programs at the Asheville Yoga Center. While trained in the dynamic style of Vinyasa Flow, she also incorporates elements of alignment, Yin, Therapeutic and Restorative Yoga. She also teaches Senior and Prenatal yoga. Marie resides in Rutherford County where she teaches at local studios and at Isothermal Community College continuing education.
Audrey is a Spartanburg native. She began practicing yoga 12 years ago to increase flexibility and balance for her passion for rock climbing. She became certified to teach Children’s yoga in 2009 through the Angel Bear Yoga program in Highlands, NC. Audrey’s creative approach to teaching ensures children an engaging experience while learning the principles of yoga. Audrey is full of energy and light and enjoys playing and teaching yoga to children.
Christian Hope, RYT 200
Christian began practicing yoga nine years ago to increase flexibility and decrease stress. He has since incorporated the Yoga philosophy and discipline into his life and now enjoys the benefits of this remarkable practice. Christian completed his teacher certification in Vinyasa Flow at the Asheville Yoga Center and graduated from the 200-hour YOGAlicious Teacher Training Program in May of 2013.
Elaine Lang- E-RYT 200, RPYT
Elaine Lang loves practicing and teaching yoga and meditation because it helps her to “love my body and my life!” She first began practicing yoga and meditation in high school. A mental health nurse specialist, she became deeper involved in yoga and meditation (completing yoga teacher training in Asheville with Stephanie Keach in 1999) after breaking her back in a car accident. She has continued to deepen her practice and teaching skills by taking two 100-hour immersions with Stacy Millner Collins at City yoga in Columbia. Elaine’s style of teaching is flowing and playful; cultivating awareness while building strength and flexibility; becoming more and more able to open to the ever-changing flow of life. Elaine is also a Certified Yoga Therapist (Yoga + Counseling) and is skilled in working with women who have anxiety, depression, alcohol or substance abuse and who are survivors of trauma. For more information please visit http://www.CarolinaYogaTherapy.webs.com.
Jan LeFrancois, Certified Iyengar Teacher
Jan LeFrancois is a Certified Iyengar yoga teacher. In addition to teaching yoga for more than 13 years, she teaches psychology at Converse College where she combines her love of yoga and psychology in courses such as “Yoga and Stress Management” and “The Inner Workings of Yoga.” Jan recently returned from a trip to India with Converse students and faculty. They were happy to visit the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute while in Pune and see Mr. Iyengar practicing yoga there. Jan has authored My Little Yoga Book and videotaped My Yoga Practice (www.jansyoga.com). Jan lives with her husband, Paul, and their dogs, cats, parrots, cockatiel, and assorted fish. She supports the Spartanburg Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Leslie Lehman, RYT 500
Leslie started practicing yoga 11 years ago when she dropped in at a free Kundalini Yoga class at Arizona State University. She loved the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga. Since then she has practiced many different styles of yoga including bikram, power, iyengar, and kundalini. Leslie’s style of teaching is contemporary, energetic, and fun. Leslie’s yoga teaching focus is power, vinyasa, and family/children’s yoga. Leslie completed her teacher certification in Vinyasa Flow with Stephanie Keach of the Asheville Yoga Center in 2008 and is certified to teach Children’s Yoga.
Toy Wong, RYT 200
Toy started practicing yoga as a low impact adjunct to her aerobic exercise routine, but found that yoga had more than just physical benefits. She hopes to share her enthusiasm for yoga with others. Toy completed her teacher certification in Vinyasa Flow at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2007. After years of interacting with children through volunteer work and in her profession, she became certified to teach Children’s Yoga in 2009 at the Highland Lake Yoga Studio. In May 2013, Toy earned her 200-hour teacher training certificate from YOGAlicious Yoga Studio.
Katy Corbin- RYT 200
Katy first practiced yoga while a student at Converse College, with Jan LeFrancois, a psychology professor and now certified Iyengar instructor. The peace and focus she found after that first practice was immense. When Katy returned to Spartanburg in 2004, she found YOGAlicious and experienced her first yoga studio. Studying under Monica, Catherine and Adrienne has been a wondrous, life-altering experience. So much so that Katy signed up for the very first Teacher Training class at YOGAlicious! When not practicing or teaching yoga, Katy enjoys the beautiful Upstate, walking her dogs, sipping tea and cooking healthy meals for her family and friends. When attending her classes, bring a travel mug, as she brings hot tea to share.