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Co-Founder & Yoga Teacher
Since my first life-changing yoga class to where I have journeyed now, it is evident the impact practicing yoga has had on my life! For me, yoga is an outlet of creativity, enlightenment, and clarity. It continues to inspire me, and I bring that inspiration into my teaching by providing you the tools for achieving better energy, balance, and release in your body. My intention is to guide you towards what you may not have known you needed. Certifications with Deborah Williamson of Wild Abundant Life including E-RYT 500HR Yoga Teacher and Yoga Body Bootcamp.
Co-Founder & Yoga Teacher
Yoga has given me a new meaning to connect with my inner silence and peace within. It can be mentally and physically challenging guiding me to a path of serenity on and off my mat. My quest is to share the importance of health and wellness through yoga and inspire a meaningful experience of peacefulness and enjoyment. Certifications with Deborah Williamson of Wild Abundant Life including E-RYT 200HR Yoga Teacher and Yoga Body Bootcamp.
I used to think, "I can't do yoga. I am not flexible enough or fit enough." I was so wrong! Discovering yoga in my late 40s as an out of shape couch potato has given me the insight to help people of all abilities develop stronger, healthier bodies. Practicing yoga has transformed me. It has made me happier and more fearless both on and off the mat. I love to help people access poses, gain freedom in their bodies, stretch their minds and refresh their spirit. My classes are energetic and playful. Students finish class exhilarated and smiling. I completed my 200 Hour Yoga instructor Certification with Deborah Williamson of Wild Abundant Life. I am also certified in Yoga Body Bootcamp. My full time job for over 25 years is a high school biology teacher. I am a wife and mother of 3 sons.
Having worked in higher education and now corporate talent development, Cristi's mission in all aspects of life is to help others grow. She believes yoga helps us become our best selves. When we take the time to invest in ourselves, we show up better for others. Cristi believes in building a class atmosphere that's both challenging and fun, where all are welcomed, accepted, and celebrated. In her free time, Cristi enjoys continuously learning through reading, listening to podcasts, pursuing new experiences (she'll try anything once!), and building relationships. Cristi is RYT 200 certified through Grace Under Fire Yoga.
Melissa Benson's passion for yoga started when she felt the healing effects of yoga in her own mental and physical health. She believes in and is passionate about the mind body connection. She believes in the power yoga has on releasing emotional pain and stress, reducing anxiety, and improving overall wellness for those mindfully practicing yoga. Melissa seeks to provide a safe, nurturing space to help students of all levels in finding moments of peace, connectedness, and calm within their day. She looks forward to sharing moments of meditation and mindfulness with you during your yoga practice. Melissa is RYT 500 certified and received her 200hr through Grace Under Fire Yoga.
"As someone that is always on the go, practicing yoga has reminded me to take time for myself. I started my yoga journey a few years ago when I became a regular at Grace Under Fire Yoga. I also had the opportunity to attend Journey to Aloha: An Awakening Retreat in 2023. Yoga has had such a positive impact on my life (mentally and physically) that I became RYT-200 certified in hopes to share the positive impact with others."
After the birth of my daughter, the regular practice of Yoga both on and off my mat has led me on a journey of self-discovery & self-mastery. Once the healing effects of my practice transformed me mentally, physically, & spiritually I felt called to become a Yoga teacher so I could help others learn to heal themselves. In addition to being wildly passionate about Yoga, I love learning to cook delicious new foods as well as hiking with my family & riding my motorcycle. I am grateful for the opportunity to hold space for all students, cultivating a safe space to experience your practice. Alyssa is RYT-200 certified.
Yoga is a lifestyle for McKynlee, meaning she seeks adventure, peace, and learning opportunities on and off her mat. She is passionate about inspiring and empowering others to find and be their authentic selves. In her classes, she will have you sweating while smiling and feeling how powerful your body truly is! McKynlee will encourage and support you to tap into that power, find your edge, explore and become enlightened to new perspectives and insights. Wherever you are in your journey of life, your yoga practice can “guide” you to get through. McKynlee is RYT 200 certified through Grace Under Fire Yoga.
Following a decade of experience teaching elementary education, Jess Fagan discovered her love for teaching fitness when she trained as a Pilates instructor in 2011. She looked to expand her repertoire and find relief from neck pain and chronic tight muscles which led her to pursue yoga instructor training. She emerged from this journey a healthier and stronger teacher and human. Jess leads her students to find their innate physical, mental and spiritual strength through her dynamic and fun vinyasa flows. No matter your strengths or weaknesses, she believes that you will find breath and movement on your mat in a challenging way that best serves you. On the mat Jess creates a vibe of healing, strength and growth. Off the mat she loves to cook, garden and travel. Jess is RYT 200 certified through Grace Under Fire Yoga.