Shannon, a native of Birmingham, has been practicing yoga for over 16 years and teaching for 10. Shannon is an ERYT-500 hour certified teacher and seeks to teach a style of yoga that is integrated philosophically, mentally, physically, and spiritually. You can expect a slower pace and a more athletic class, as well as a class centered around a yogic theme. Shannon seeks to teach to the class you come to, but also to the bodies in the room, so if you have requests- bring them on!
Haley Duggan is a yoga teacher, health and wellness coach, and Reiki Master. Similar to many of us stumbling our way to a yoga mat, Haley was drawn to practice through injury recovery after her college swimming career ended abruptly.
She completed her 200HR teacher training at Yoga Masala in 2014 through Rolf Gates’ curriculum, as she was finishing her Masters in Public Health from USC. Since then has studied restorative yoga with Judith Hanson Lassater and Roger Cole.
Haley has also co-taught 200 hour vinyasa teacher trainings under Rolf Gates’ affiliate program at Yoga Masala. Her passion is empowering others to connect to their authentic self through the practice. Her style is feisty and powerful with a focus on functional and sustainable movements on the mat.
Ellen began taking Power Yoga in high school and loved the discipline and concentration that yoga required. The practice allowed her to move her body and sweat but with more focus and less frenetic than her usual workouts.
She practiced for 10 years prior to taking her 200Hr training with laughing Lotus in NYC and is working on her 500 Hr with Laughing Lotus.
Students can expect a creative and flow-y class set to vibey tunes and her teaching style is straightforward and relaxed.
Her teaching mentors are Mary Dana Abbot, Miriam Wolf, Kate Cariati, Dana Trixie Flynn, Sheri Celentano, Ana Forest and Lara Heimann.
Whitney Renfroe has spent her entire life immersed in the arts and fitness industries. She obtained a degree in Dance Performance from Birmingham-Southern College on a merit based scholarship in 2009. Whitney enjoyed a professional career in classical ballet with Atlanta Festival Ballet and Birmingham Ballet. In 2013, she transitioned to contemporary dance. She moved to Boston, MA to dance as a company member for BoSoma Dance Company and SundanceX. During this time, she also worked as a personal trainer and took a deep dive into her personal yoga practice. She sheltered herself from the harsh winters in steamy yoga studios, falling in love with the physical and emotional benefits.
Whitney returned to Birmingham upon the birth of her first child. She later founded Formations Dance Company in 2018, with aspirations to bring professional contemporary dance to her hometown. Simultaneously, she took the plunge and completed her RY-200 teacher training under the instruction of Shannon Hancock, followed by gaining her Paddle Board Yoga instructor certification with Leisha Knight. Whitney is a level II Reiki practitioner, after studying with Reiki Master Terri Ann Heiman. She also has a huge appreciation for Kinstretch and FRC and maintains a regular practice with Hai Nyguen.
Whitney enjoys finding new ways to merge her passions, cultivating flows that feel like dancing while challenging the body to find stability and strength. She also places heavy emphasis on connecting breath to movement and working intelligently within each person’s own functional range of motion. She embraces the fact that the human body is an ever changing instrument for movement, and as such must be tuned in different ways on different days! Her classes are designed to ignite body + mind + spirit. (And to create sweat.)
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Pilar’s yoga journey began in the early 2000’s with Emma Terndrup at the Birmingham JCC. She initially went to recover from a running injury and stayed because there was so much there. She received her 200HR teacher training from North Shore Yoga in Chattanooga in 2009, 500 HR from Laughing Lotus on NYC and working towards a Smartflow® certification from Annie Carpenter .
Students can expect to find a purposefully sequenced class that builds upon itself with options for varying levels all set to her newest playlist (really for her true DJ ambitions).
Her yoga mentors are Kenny Frisby, Mary Dana Abbot, Dana Trixie Flynn, Emma Terndrup and Annie Carpenter.
Lauren first found yoga during her senior year of college after sustaining a running injury while competing for Louisiana Tech’s cross-country team. She not only fell in love with the complexity of yoga but also recognized the benefits that came from increased strength and flexibility. After graduating, Lauren moved to New Orleans to pursue a career in film acting. It ws during this time that Lauren chose to travel to Wisconsin to pursue a 200 hour power Vinyasa certification with Deborah Williamson, the former CEO for Baron Baptiste. Lauren believes in bringing yoga to everybody and every body. She has taught the practice to private clients, yoga studios, CrossFit gyms, traditional gym settings, and outdoor spaces. There is yet to be a limit she has found or depths that she won’t go to share the practice with others.
In 2020, Lauren made the exciting and difficult decision to move from New Orleans to Birmingham to pursue her master’s degree in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health at UAB. Her yoga classes are laced with thought-provoking messages of self-acceptance, and though her flows are physically spicy, the goal for each class is for every student to honor their own physical and emotional needs and transform judgments into curiosity.
Renny’s first class was at Core Power® yoga with her mom. It didn’t really resonate except as a form of exercise. After studying Philosophy in college she took another venture into asana and recognized the value of combining physical movement with internal exploration.
She practiced for a few years before getting her 200HR with Kula Collective in Costa Rica in 2016. She also has Hot Yoga training from Yoga Pod in Boulder, CO.
Students coming to her class will find high-energy powerful flows with groovy music and good vibes.
Her current yoga mentors are Chelsey Korus, MC Yogi and Jiya Randal.
Teresa took her first yoga class at Balance Health Studio where she found herself yearning to learn more about herself. She found herself showing up again and again for the journey of herself through the philosophy of yoga and surrendering herself to the experience.
She practiced consistently for 3 years before taking her 200 and 500 HR trainings with Kelli Precourt at Balance. She is currently working on her 1008 HR with Janet Stone in San Francisco.
Student can expect to be challenged physically and mentally in her classes. They will learn the importance of breath and presence in every moment and how to take their practice from the mat to their everyday lives.
Terese counts Janet Stone, Sheva Ray, Kelli Precourt and Pilar Taylor as her yoga touchstones.
Kat has been actively combining her love of yoga, traveling, and holistic living for the past seven years – leading classes, workshops, and retreats in five different countries. With her roots right here in Birmingham, she is excited to be back and serving this community. Drawn to yoga’s non-competitive and healing nature, Kat aims to help people connect to and embrace every part of themselves. Her classes are her own unique way to transmit knowledge and light, drawn from a wide background of travel, yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic wellness. Kat’s goal is simple: she aims to help people step into the most elevated versions of themselves that they can possibly be.
Kat has always had an immense curiosity for the world and all its different ways of being, driving her ongoing exploration into the unique mind-body connection and the relationship between our internal and external worlds. We each have the potential to be channels for infinite abundance. When we can learn to access this light and draw from our own personal power, we automatically enable others to do the same.
Kat is heavily influenced by the Kula and Katonah yoga methodologies as well as Vipassana meditation and Sattva yoga. She is trained in vinyasa, yin, and hatha, having studied with The Sacred Fig in both Bali and Portugal and Power Living in Australia. Mentors include Anton Brandt, Matt Corker, Raghav K, Dwivedula, and Dages Juvelier Keates. Expect strong, intelligent sequences with a fluid, ever-changing playlist. A space to show up, move, and get back to your Self!
Martee received her 200 hour RYT through Melissa Scott Sacred Glow teacher training program in 2016. She’s registered through the Yoga Alliance and has more than 1700 hours teaching yoga.
Martee is on a mission to bring you a more energetics lifestyle, no matter what your age. She draws on decades of experience teaching group exercise to create classes that are safe, effective, and challenging. You can expect to have fun with creative, dynamic sequencing with great music.
Martee hopes you will find a deep connection with our yoga community and that you will fall in love with the practice. She wants you to know you are complete and perfect exactly where you are.
Alex Vu Ngo is a bilingual, Vietnamese-American yoga teacher originally from San Jose, California. Alex wandered into his first yoga class back in early 2017. After that class ended, he was taken aback. He didn’t realize how invigorating and powerful yoga was. He found himself showing up time after time again wanting even more. Curious of the many types of yoga, Alex has practiced a variety of different styles, but was drawn to the creative sequencing of Vinyasa and the strong straightforward approach of Power Yoga.Alex has practiced consistently with Pilar Taylor and Martee Hewitt in Birmingham, and with Core Power Yoga and Christine Chen in the Bay Area of California. After honing a practice of 5 years, Alex trained at Yoga[Lab] under the guidance of Pilar Taylor and Haley Duggan for his RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance. He cites Martee Hewitt, Haley Duggan, Christine Chen, and Pilar Taylor as his yoga mentors. Alex’s practice and teaching emphasizes on proper techniques, modifications, and alignment. Expect to laugh and incorporate mindfulness with movements that are culturally dynamic, strong, and engaging. He hopes to add diversity to modern yoga and use it as a means to give back to his communities, while honoring the lineage of which this practice came from.Alex teaches by the beliefs his mentors instilled in him of building strength and finding flexibility within strength.