Cara Thomas, RYT
Karen LaFlair, RYT
Tori Hedden, YT
Cara Thomas, RYT is a freelance musician and yogini. She began practicing yoga asana in May of 2013. Her first teacher, Britteny Howell, introduced her to the practice over the course of several months of one-on-one sessions. After gaining some confidence with the postures, Cara was led to several studios in Lexington to continue deepening her yogic roots. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Matthew Higdon (Subtle Power Yoga) in January of 2016. She is absolutely thrilled to be a member of the Ageless Yoga team!
Cara has been fascinated with the idea of creating harmony through sound much of her life. Through the cathartic experience of yoga, she discovered that such resonance can also be found within our own multifaceted being. Cara has a special interest in rehabilitative yoga and yoga therapy as she became a practitioner after suffering from repetitive strain injury, scoliosis, and degeneration of the lumbar spine. Her Elemental Flow classes are designed with the intention of balancing the five basic elements - earth, fire, water, air, and space - through embodiment practices. Cara accepts all people where they are on their unique journey.
Krissie Bentley RYT 200 with Curvy Yoga, RYT 200 with Yoga for All is a non-practicing clinical counselor turned yoga teacher. Krissie completed her yoga teacher training through Curvy Yoga in Nashville, TN, directly under Curvy Yoga founder, Anna Guest-Jelley. She has also received Yoga for All certification through Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes.
Krissie works to create a yoga environment to grow self-trust and self-curiosity. We will get to know ourselves through awareness of body, awareness of breath, experimenting with props, and finding ways to make postures fit your body. Krissie believes it is possible to create a world where we are at peace with our bodies. With kindness, we can care for our bodies through movement because we love our bodies, not because we want to change ourselves.
Tori Hedden, YT is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, in Special Education, which is my biggest passion in life besides yoga (and puppies). My yoga journey could only be described as a “whirlwind romance”; I tried my first class freshman year in an effort to combat the “freshman 15”, and absolutely fell in love with the practice and how it let me release the high levels of stress that come with being a student. I knew very early on that I wanted to teach yoga, but I was nervous and never could figure out when would be the right time for me. I am currently certified through FitTour, which is a fitness-based program.
My goal for each and every class that I teach is to provide a safe, encouraging environment where you can listen to your body and build a strong mind/body connection. As a teacher, the most worthwhile and gratifying moments are those when a student comes up to me at the end of class and says, “ I feel so much better” or “I didn’t even know I could do that!”
Outside of yoga, you can either find me studying or cuddling with my two dogs (children if you ask me) Gus and Xen. Yoga has become a space for me relax, de-stress and to practice self care, and I look forward to sharing those experiences and more with you!
Christina Morales, RYT 500
Many years ago, Deborah was encouraged by a friend to try yoga as a way to cope with a life threatening illness and the unexpected death of her younger sister. Yoga became a doorway to wellness, health and enjoyment.
Deborah is a direct student of the only teacher in Kentucky authorized to teach Ashtanga Yoga in the traditional, authentic method. Only 145 teachers in the US are authorized to teach Ashtanga Yoga, the world's most rigorous teacher training system. Ashtanga Yoga is the foundation of most forms of yoga that are taught today. The Ashtanga Yoga system contains over 300 postures (asanas) that are also taught in Gentle Yoga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Anusara yoga. Ashtanga Yoga is a "vinyasa system" in which movements are linked by the breath. Other elements of Ashtanga include bandhas, which are strengthening actions involving muscles of the abdomen and pelvic floor, and gazing points. She has also completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training program registered through Yoga Alliance, and is enrolled in a 500 hour program.
Deborah is known for her compassion and ability to inspire and build confidence regardless of one’s age or yoga experience. She has a keen eye for precise alignment and provides adjustments that are beneficial to each individual. With decades of experience, Deborah is empathetic and intuitive.
Deborah leads yoga teacher training programs, provides private and group instruction and organizes, hosts and leads yoga retreats. She also led and coordinated the first “Teaching Yoga to Children” scholarship program for educators in Central Appalachia, and continues to volunteer her time and energy to helping educators receive training in methodology, class structure, mindfulness techniques, behavior management and yoga for classrooms.
A native of Eastern Kentucky, Deborah lived and worked in Louisville, Ky for 30 years, is an expert on rural health care. She also maintained dual residency in the Red River Gorge area for nearly 20 years. She recently moved to Lexington, Ky to be closer to family.
Ashtanga: Laura Spaulding (www.yogaeast.org) Direct study with K Pattabhi Jois (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009) and Saraswathi Jois (2012,2014); Sharath Jois 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012), David Swenson.
Iyengar: Ramanand Patel, Francois Raoult.
Hatha: Doug Keller (annually).
Yoga Alliance ERYT-200, Glowing Body Yoga Studio, Kelly Golden, Vinyasa
Roxanne’s committed yoga practice began in 2013. She was seeking an outlet for the emotions and anxieties resulting from daily stresses. She found Yoga to be a great asset in her personal recovery. She was able to build a solid foundation in skills such as redirecting her emotions, lowering her anxiety, and developing the ability to quiet the mind. Having experienced the benefits of practicing yoga, the desire to share her discoveries and help others became the motivation for her continued education of the practice.
Roxanne's journey took a giant leap in October of 2015. With her heart set on bringing yoga to the recovery community she enrolled in LHAA YTT. She desires to share with others that by connecting to our bodies, combined with breath work, we will gain the ability to quiet the mind and find the serenity we seek. From this place we are able to see and experience the world from a different perspective. We no longer have to make decisions based on our emotions. Her life has become more enriched with acceptance and compassion.
Roxanne studied with Kyczy Hawk author of "Yoga and the 12 Step Path", to complete her SOAR certification. SOAR stands for Success Over Addiction and Relapse, and focuses on teaching yoga for recovery in order to help those struggling with addictions
Roxanne will begin her 300 Hour Advanced Yoga Training in fall 2017.
Karen La Flair, RYT states If there was a soundtrack to my life it would probably be the song "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. My family is slightly nomadic and home is where ever I am with people that make me feel connected to something bigger then myself. Our nomadic life started in Atlanta where I received My RYT-200 from the fabulous Graham Fowler and Elizabeth Nix in 2007. My classes have a lingering flare from every state I have taught. I like to teach a challenging class where students can face fears, laugh, sweat, play, invert and grow into their full potential.
My other massive love is Thai yoga - an assisted asana on a futon mat (think lazy mans yoga with the gift of deep compressions using hands, feet, and elbows).
The rest of my time is spent with my two little monkeys, my running shoes, and my slackline.
Are you interested in joining our "team" of awesome talented Certified Yoga teachers at this studio? We are looking for teachers and substitutes that are able to teach am and pm classes.
"Are you a yoga teacher looking to join our team? The best advice we can give is, come practice with us! Get to know our community so we know we're a good fit for each other!"
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Krissie Bentley, RYT
Deborah Pennington, RYT
I am the owner and founder of Ageless Yoga Studio. I had practiced yoga in the past, until a tragic event in 2007 put a hold on my practice to take care of my daughter who was ill with cancer to later pass away. After experiencing firsthand all of the physical, mental and emotional benefits of a true yoga practice that I remembered in the past, I decided to retire as a designer and went back to school to train to become a yoga teacher. It was at this point I knew I wanted to help others help heal themselves. Through this life change I found out I felt at home and it was a true calling for me. Yoga changed and saved my life and I hope after reading my story it will change yours. These words and this studio are here to inspire you, help you find your community and home on your yoga mat and to regain control of your health. Come join our community.
with Master Teacher (Shihan) Robert N. Fueston and Medicine Dream Healing with Master Teacher Vickie Young
Currently enrolled 2015-with the school of Essential Oils studies as a Certified Aromatherapist and Teacher Training with Aromahead Institute.
Currently enrolled 2017- with the school of Chakra Mind & Body studies as a Certified Advanced Chakra Therapy with The Bodhi Yoga Center and White Mountain Yoga.
It is my passion to help others find in themselves what I believe, a system of holistic healing and transformation that requires more than dedication, persistence, and practice. Outside my Yoga Life it's spend with my amazing husband, or in my flower beds, collecting Asian Art and reading. My all time ongoing passion is going to markets and antique stores finding treasures and traveling abroad and spending time with our rescue dog named Winston.
Roxanne Luna, RYT
I first stepped on to a yoga mat in 2005, shortly after I had finished my psychology studies at the University California Santa Cruz, my father fell ill and passed suddenly from cancer. I knew from my studies the grieving process and knew what my soul was calling for… I needed to move, I needed to feel, I needed to find peace from within. I was young and stubborn back then and when I felt like I had healed I strayed from my mat.
In 2009, I found myself in the mountains of Breckenridge, Colorado. Living a very outdoorsy lifestyle of hiking, biking and snowboarding I needed a way to unwind and release the stiffness of my muscles. This led me to develop a daily and diligent practice to compliment my active lifestyle and in 2013 I ventured off to Mysore, India to complete my first 200hr teacher training. The experience was rich in Self-study, Meditation, Sanskrit and yoga philosophy. I came back to the states completely grateful and humbled by the experience.
In 2015, I decided to experience my second 200hr training with CorePower Yoga. This training changed the way I see the body, create sequences and theme in my classes, while providing me with the formulas and tools I need to successfully and safely guide my students through their practice.
My classes are well rounded, safe yet challenging with fun transitions and music that plays an integral role in the overall experience for my students.