About Your Yogis
Teresa has been exploring the practice of yoga for nearly 10 years and teaching for over 5 years! After experiencing serious health challenges in her adult life including Coronary Heart Disease and painful Neuropathy, she made restoring her health her number one priority. Within the first year of her practice, Teresa experienced a major physical transformation. She lost more than 65 lbs, improved her eating habits, and eliminated the majority of prescription medications she was required to take daily. As a result, Teresa made it her personal mission to help people experience the benefits of a regular yoga practice. Teresa developed an insatiable curiosity to learn the workings of yoga from the modern traditions initiated by Krisnamacharya in the early 20th century, his student Sri K Pattabhi Jois, the developer of what is known as Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in the west, and his son Manju Pattabhi Jois. Teresa has been studying under Greg Tebb (a long time Jois family devotee who teaches in New York City) and Manju Jois annually since 2011. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200) with more than 1500 hours of teaching experience providing group, private and corporate teaching services. Teresa oversees Collierville Yoga’s studio operations, marketing initiatives, and program development. She established Collierville Yoga with a vision to build a community of yoga practitioners who, through the practice of yoga, find happiness and freedom from suffering!
Heidi began her yoga practice at Collierville Yoga in October 2014. For many years, she was performing arts dancer in Kansas City, Las Vegas, and Tunica, MS in like La Cage aux Folles and other popular cabaret style shows. Settling in the Collierville area for a number of years now, Heidi is a part owner and manager of Memphis Sound (memphissound.com) providing staging, sound, and lighting equipment and technical support for many large and small venues throughout the region. Heidi is an animal lover and a strong supporter of area efforts to find homes for every sheltered and lost furry or feathered friend that needs help. She is a key supporter of the Fayette County Animal Rescue Group! She has a soft heart, and a strong body she carried over from her performing days. She developed a strong yearning to learn the traditional and systematic approach to Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga at Collierville Yoga with daily practices and attendance at workshops with Greg Tebb and in March 2016 completing a rigorous 200 hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training. She began teaching at our studio in February 2016. An RYT 200 hour certified instructor, Heidi is a studio favorite in multiple styles including Ashtanga Basic Foundations, Yin, and Vinyasa! Heidi is also our instructor for the Youth to Teen seasonal series for 9-17 year olds! She is also available for private yoga sessions.
Having received so many wonderful benefits from her own personal yoga practice for the past 25 years, Kelley was inspired to become a yoga instructor 5 years ago. She is passionate about helping students discover how yoga can bring more happiness, inner peace and balance into their lives. She encourages her students to release their own self-judgment and creates space for them to become their authentic selves. One of her foundational teaching beliefs is summarized by the quote from the Swiss philosopher C.G. Jung “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”
Kelley has her 200 Hr. E-RYT Certification in yoga for Vinyasa, Short Form Ashtanga and Slow Flow. She has also completed additional yoga trainings for Yin and Restorative styles of yoga. Kelley has Reiki Level 1 and Level 2 Certifications.
Yoga teaches compassion, and yoga encourages growth. Everyone can benefit from compassion and growth. While not actively seeking either of these benefits originally, Rachel has come to appreciate the gift of yoga. She has been active her whole life. She has been a runner, cyclist, spinner, competitive racer, weightlifter, and triathlete. Rachel explored various physical yoga “styles” until she discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 2013. She began to discover the wholistic value and benefits a regular yoga practice provides, and how it had an effect on not just the body,but also the mind, and the spirit. She became a regular member of Collierville Yoga’s community early in 2014. In August 2015, she registered for Collierville Yoga sponsored Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, completing her 200 hour Registered Yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance in February 2016. She has studied with Greg Tebb and attended Teacher Training Workshops with Manju Jois! Rachel began teaching yoga with Collierville Yoga in March 2016 teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa Short Form and Basic Foundations sessions.
We welcome Sarah to the Collierville Yoga Instructor team! Sarah will sub for the Vinyasa flow, Vinyasa-Yin, and Yin sessions as needed. She will also be helping us “reach the next generation”, helping develop additional youth yoga programs for children under the age of 9 in 2017! Their will be workshop programs and based on interest a regular practice whether it be after school or early in the day for pre-school toddlers and parents together. Sarah is certified as an RYT-200 teacher through Wild Lotus Yoga (New Orleans), as an RCYT-95 children’s yoga teacher through Young Yoga Masters (Toronto), is on her way to a prenatal certification through Blooma Yoga (St. Paul/Nashville), and has had a personal yoga practice for ten years.
Originally from Nashville, Sarah has lived in Indiana, Minnesota, Florida, and Louisiana before returning home to Tennessee in Fall 2016. When she is not teaching or practicing yoga, she works as a fundraising consultant for Episcopal Churches and sells handmade crafts on Etsy.
Sarah brings a soulful, playful and caring perspective to her work with students of all ages and considers it both a pleasure and an honor to teach you and your children.