Cara Thomas, RYT
Karen LaFlair, RYT
Tori Hedden, YT
Brooke Williams, RYT
Kyra Dickie, RYT-200, is a Graduate Student at the University of Kentucky. Passionate about health and people, she earned her Bachelors Degree in Sports and Exercise Science from the University of Central Florida in 2016. After teaching a vast array of group fitness classes for half a decade, she quickly learned that there’s a lot more to yoga than just the physical practice. Intrigued by spirituality, meditation, breath work, and the chakra system, she knew she wanted to expand her yogi horizons. Her love for nature led her to earn her RYT-200 spending a month in the Costa Rican jungle with Jacqueline Chiodo (Joyful Yoga). When Kyra is not practicing the asanas she is reading, spending time outdoors, dancing, or cycling. She is passionate about social equality, education, and her morning coffee. One day she hopes to travel the world and teach people yoga, but for now, Ageless Studio is her prime destination.
Brooke Williams, RYT took her first yoga class in 2009 and fell in love. Though she spent many years overweight and mortified at the idea of moving her body in front of others, and opposing sweating in general, Brooke's personal yoga practice helped her develop the confidence in fitness that she lacked, eventually leading her to incorporate group cardio classes in cycling and dance into her weekly routine.
Focusing on fitness led Brooke to change a number of unhealthy factors in her life, from relationships, to eating, and an eventual career change, all the while loosing over fifty pounds. While working at a high stress corporate job, Brooke enrolled in yoga teacher training, initially to deepen her own practice, without considering actually teaching yoga. Being fully immersed in yoga was truly life changing for her, and by the time she completed her 200 hour training, she couldn't wait to go out and spread the benefits of yoga. Within a month of graduating her yoga teaching program, Brooke stepped away from her corporate job in higher education and has since pursued yoga teaching as a full time career.
Her own fitness journey has helped her become very welcoming to both beginner and intermediate students alike. Brooke believes two things, that yoga is for everybody and that every body starts somewhere, so come to her class to see what this means for you!
My favorite pose is whatever I am currently working on (lately that is handstands!) but in general, I love balancing poses. Finding focus and deepening my breath and standing tall makes me feel powerful! And yet just as often as I feel powerful, I wobble, fall out of the pose, and am reminded to laugh and not take anything too seriously!
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.
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Colin Oakley, RYT
Krissie Bentley, RYT
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!
Kyra Dickie, RYT
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.
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 retired 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. This is 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 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 in Integrative Reflexology Training
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 dog named Winston!
Colin often describes himself as a "self-taught" yogi. For the first 5 years of his yoga journey, Colin never attended a public yoga class. Instead, he learned from the vastness that is yoga on the internet and from spontaneous home practice. Consquently, his yoga classes take bits and pieces from Ashtanga, Iyengar, yin, and many other traditions or styles of yoga, to form something that is uniquely challenging and uniquely Colin.
Although he grew up in Central America and Africa, Colin has been living in Lexington since 2007. He graduated from Transylvania University in 2013 with a bachelors in Spanish Language and Literature. Three years later, he decided to attend his 200-hour yoga teacher training. He has been expanding his teaching career ever since, working at fitness clubs, gyms, and yoga studios in the city. Colin plans to attend a 500-hour teacher training in the near future.