I have always been active and into physical fitness. But, when I moved to South Carolina in 1996 I discovered yoga. My journey on the mat has been one full of self-discovery, learning and growth. My teachers are David Swenson, Baron Baptiste, Jonny Kest, Annemarie Kramer, my husband and my son. One of the things I love about yoga is that the journey never ends. There is so much to learn, I will forever be a student.
Dosha Constitution: Vatta/Pitta
Most unusual talent: I like to make homemade remedies for natural healing and health.
I am a mother, wife, yogi, business owner, cook, essential oils and natural healing connoisseur.
Heather Shaw Dendy-ERYT 500//Co-Owner SSY
Heather, ERYT-500, has completed over 1000 hrs. of teacher training including Kripalu, Yoga Alliance, Baptiste Power, and SCW. Heather is the co-owner of Southern Soul Yoga studio, co-founder of Southern Bend Yoga Festival raising money for children in need of transplant and the owner of City Club Fitness Center in North Georgia. Heather has been in the fitness industry for almost 20 years and holds 13 fitness & nutrition certifications ranging from personal training & sports nutrition to Qui Gong & pilates. Heather is married with three beautiful children and holds degrees in Gifted & Special Education from UTC and Kent State University.
Heather teaches a style of yoga combining her studies of Kripalu Vigorous Vinyasa, Advanced Pranayam & Baptiste Power. Practitioners will find opportunities for inversions, arm balances, prana release and modifications. Check out Heather's classes at Southern Soul Yoga in Chattanooga, TN.
Hannah Lancaster-Studio Manager
Hannah's love of yoga, life, community, and wellness is contagious, as is her playful excitement upon which she builds her classes. Integrating thoughtful alignment with fluid and conscious movement allows for her students to steep in the goodness their practice has to offer at that moment. She focuses on the importance of a strong foundation to build quality from our roots and getting to know yourself through humor, movement, energy, and breath. Hannah completed her 200-hour training in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia in 2013 and is continuously in awe of the humbling openness of the yoga practice.
After a few years of teaching in the Atlanta area, Hannah has made Chattanooga her home where you can find her leading vinyasa, yin, and restorative classes. Hannah strives to create a space where her students feel safe and adventurous within the realms of their practice while aiding them in digging deeper, showing up, and reconnecting with their truest self. Expect encouragement, giggles, and a wide open heart.
I began practicing yoga in 2001, one year after I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I started slowly, relying on restorative Iyengar-influenced classes to help strengthen my body as I worked through flare-ups of my disease. More than a decade later, I am blessed to have developed the mental and physical strength to practice several times per week. The wonders of yoga and modern medicine!
I completed my teacher training with Cori Martinez in Ojai, California, and I am thrilled to be able to teach in the community that is so dear to my heart. My classes are based on the concept that you must recharge your strength by tuning in to breath and wisdom, honoring your body where it is in the moment physically and spiritually. Sometimes this may look like powerful practice filled with arm balances and core exercises. Other days, your body may be craving a softer approach. Finding that balance is your yoga.
Dosha constitution: Pitta-Kapha
Most unusual talent: I can speak a sprinkling of Greek and Italian.
I amwife, a writer, a yoga teacher, a public speaker, an Orthodox Christian blog content manager, and mama to two sweet puppies. I stay way too busy, but I love it all.
Most people when they meet me and learn I have four, yes FOUR, daughters express sympathy and roll their eyes. But the truth is, I prayed for four daughters since I was seven and in and out of hospitals for a congenital kidney defect. I wanted a sister to sit in bed with me while I recovered.
It was in those hospital walls that a sweet nurse taught me to breathe deeply as things got tough.
Fast forward several decades and Sara Mingus was my first yoga instructor. The breathing and "staying on my own mat" felt like home. I never left yoga after that first class.
I'm a wife to my favorite human John, momma to Anna, Sally, Tay Tay and Beebe and I, I am a yogi.
Dosha constitution: Vata.
Most unusual talent: I am freakishly good at applying makeup.
I am Lisa McBryde, born and raised a country girl from Jasper, Tennessee and was the son my Dad never had. I wanted to be a nurse for as long as I could remember and followed that dream to become a RN in 1982. My specialty is Oncology and I administer chemotherapy to cancer patients and support them in a very difficult time. I "fell" into yoga and feel it is somewhat the same. I try to teach in such a way that I push the student enough yet feel a connection with every breath they take.
I am a Type A personality and own it 100% so the yin part of practice was initially a challenge, but now is such a welcome release. My initial certification was with Yoga Alliance. I had been teaching in the fitness industry and this option was part of that discipline. I met Sara Mingus and she steered me toward 200 hour teacher training with Dolly Starvos. Dolly and I really connected and my eyes and mind were opened to so many things. This discipline called yoga serves its students individually and meets us where we are. I then completed Level I training with Baron Baptiste and learned so much about sequencing and assisting. I think assisting, the human touch, is a huge part of the practice and I love it.
What started as flexibility training to balance cardio and weight training, has led to this awareness of the breath, the mind and the body, as one, and no two days are the same. I love to say let's work hard but have fun and back off when you need to.
Dosha constitution: Pitta
Most unusual talent: Seven years ago I stepped out on my own to experience something that seemed so beautiful. I discovered a love and passion for fly fishing as it takes you to beautiful, calm places but forces you to focus.
I am a confident, compassionate woman, wife and mother, who truly loves serving others.
Growing up in Chattanooga, I couldn't wait to get out, but after moving away for a number of years, I couldn't wait to get back and put down roots with my husband Joe. We work a lot and keep demanding schedules, so yoga always holds space in the calendar as a refuge from our daily chaos. I enjoy being part of our community and Chattanooga's exciting trajectory. As a yoga instructor, we get to see people transform first hand and it is truly a gift; I am inspired by the people that show up and roll out their mats day after day. We love getting outside and on the water with family and friends as much as possible. We don't have as much free time as we'd like, but when we do, you can find us climbing and wakeboarding.
My dosha is Pitta.
One of my talents is connecting with a wide variety of people.
I am energetic.
As a yoga instructor, I feel a deep passion for practicing and teaching. Yoga empowers me to find my inner strength both on and off my mat. It helps me live my life with mindfulness and joy, as well as reach a balance of healthy body and peaceful mind. I am honored and overjoyed to share my love of yoga with each and every one of my students.
I am a graduate of University of Tennessee Chattanooga. I hold an E-RYT 200 and will complete my RYT 500 certification through Yoga Alliance in August 2017. I live on Signal Mountain and enjoy all my time spent with my husband Kevin and our two children, Olive and Reed. Namaste.
My dosha constitution is: Pitta
My most unusual talent is: I am fluent in Russian
As a mother of a child with special needs, I am deeply passionate about supporting, empowering and inclusion of children with special needs and their families.
I came to yoga in college for the physical practice but stuck with it through all the subsequent seasons of life because of the healing I found from the practice, not just physical but mental/emotional/spiritual as well. SSY is my yoga home. Sara was one of the first teachers I ever had when I was just beginning my yoga journey. I completed my 200hr training through Hot Yoga Plus in Chattanooga in 2015 and have been teaching ever since. I strive to make my class challenging, grounding, and most importantly holistically healing. I live in the East Lake neighborhood in Chattanooga with my wonderful husband, Tim, and two children, Will (3) and Frannie (1). In addition to teaching yoga, I teach high school Spanish and French at Chattanooga Christian School. I love my jobs and I deeply love my students - both my high schoolers and yogis!
I ammostly vegan and I love cooking/food/eating....basically anything to do with food especially the way it can heal and nourish our bodies!
Christine began studying yoga in 2006 as a student in college. Her interest stemmed from her love of mantra and meditation, which she learned from readings by the Dalai Lama. As she continued her practice in yoga, she took an interest in pilates as well. She began to study anatomy and all apparatus associated with pilates. The joy she felt from these practices compelled her to share the joy of mind-body connection with others. After years of teaching pilates, she sought out Ashley Rideaux at YogaWorks in Los Angeles and quickly enrolled in the school’s yoga teacher training program.
Christine’s training background includes workshops and trainings with Ashley Rideaux and Nona Chiang at YogaWorks Los Angeles, Sara Mingus and Heather Dendy at Southern Soul Yoga Studio, Jessica Jollie at Yoga Landing, Corinna Cosentino at Lotus Pilates, and Jimmy Nataraj Burgio in Indianapolis.
Christine is a former law student of the University of Dayton School of Law. She is barred in the state of Indiana and currently practices immigration law.
Namaste, friends! I came to yoga as a “workout” to complement running. I quickly fell in love with it, as it has given me so much more than I could ever have imagined. I don’t mind saying that my yoga has brought me closer to God; my spirituality continues to flourish as I delve deeper into my practice and studies; into the stillness.
In addition to my 200 RYT, I hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s in education, and many post-grad hours in applied behavior analysis (I love to learn!). I am currently working towards my 300 hour RYT (Asheville Yoga Center) and a certification in fitness nutrition.
Friends say I am an “eternal encourager”. I think that fits, as I was a cheerleader from my elementary through college years; and I am eternally optimistic! My mission for my students is to empower passion, balance & gratitude; and motivate freedom to grow.
One of my favorite quotes is “Between stimulus & response there is a space. In the space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Yoga helps us to slow down and have awareness of this space.
dosha: Pitta i am: a daughter, wife, mother, lover of life, and I am overflowing with gratitude
YA Registered Yoga Instructor
I first stepped onto my mat in a time of injury and illness; a knee injury as well as a multitude of medications for colon issues and digestion. After my first practice, I knew Yoga was what I had been pursuing mentally and physically. My practice is very personable and passionate; a continued practice provides me with joy every day, balance on and off my mat. My goal through instruction is to share all aspects of enlightenment that I have been fortunate enough to obtain; to grow mentally and physically sustaining a healthy lifestyle and effectively guide students to embark upon positive transitions at any level.
I received my 230 Hour Certification through Stephanie Keech, Asheville Yoga Center.
My Dosha Constitution is: Vata/Pitta
My most unusual talent is: Hula Hooping
I am Grateful
Yoga Instructor // Southern Sqweeze Owner // Raw Food Chef
1) My dosha constitution is: pitta
2)My most unusual talent is: can write my name with my nose and my toe
3)I am: rateful for my life truly and all the people in it especially my hubs, doggy and piggi
My yoga journey began in 2003. I began to feel the difference yoga had in my life as soon as I started practicing. Soon after I was hooked and knew I wanted to teach. I felt inspired to share the gift of yoga with others. I believe the mind, body, soul connection is a powerful one and that we can use yoga postures like keys to unlock doors in our bodies to ground that connection even more. My favorite part about yoga is that its roots are in healing. I aspire to teach my classes from the heart and the premise that we all have something to heal, creating an uplifting, sacred, energizing environment for students to begin to explore and expand within their own body and soul.
Originally from sunny Barcelona, Spain, Maite (pronounced "My-Tay") now resides in beautiful Chattanooga, TN with her husband and two children.
Maite holds certifications in both Pilates and Yoga. However, it was not until a traumatic pregnancy AND delivery with her second child that she discovered BUTI Yoga as a way to help her heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
BUTI is comprised of power yoga, tribal dance, and interval training blended into a fun, sweaty, and powerful workout that honors the Divine Feminine. This type of yoga focuses on activating the Spiral Structure of the core to engage the deep abdominal muscles and stimulate the endocrine system.
The word "Buti" is an Indian Marathi word that means "a cure that has been hidden or kept secret."
Maite's personal journey of healing and transformation with BUTI Yoga inspired her belief that EVERY woman has the power to transform and heal her body from within!
Buti Yoga is quickly gaining popularity in Chattanooga and she is so excited to share this with the community and become part of the SSY family!
Vita LoFria (E-RYT 500) has dedicated herself to the practice, study and teaching of yoga since discovering its joys and benefits in 1996. Vita’s practice is a blend of Hatha, Ashtanga and Iyengar techniques. She began to feel the transformation yoga had made in her life and felt inspired to share the gift of yoga with others. Vita discovered Aerial Yoga and instantly fell in love with the freedom and child like feeling the hammocks had to offer. She believes the mind, body and soul connection is a sacred one and one that should be nurtured and inspired. With that mentality she strives to bring a sense of fun, freedom and kindness to her classes. Her classes are from her heart, creating an uplifting, safe environment for students to begin to explore and expand within their own body and consciousness.
CHATTANOOGA YOGA SCHOOL OWNER CO-OWNER & CO-LEAD TRAINER at SSY 200/300 Hour Teacher Trainings
I have always been curious about how the body and mind affect each other and when I found Yoga, it was clear that this was a powerful path and practice to experience this relationship. I love exploring and encouraging the adventure/fire of "the edge" of what awakens you so that you may experience more moments of energy and contentment. Guiding you inward towards an intuitive, deep yoga flow that challenges your physical and mental stamina balanced with nurturing spacious openings of your body/mind is the essence of what may be felt in my classes and private body/mind sessions.
"Her understanding of anatomy, physiology and movement in combination with her skills as a caring therapist and teacher of Eastern disciplines has been highly effective. This has increased my sense of wellness and ability to know and respond to my body." John Gwin, MD
Madia has over 20 years of professional experience in this holistic field of mind-body healing.
1) My dosha constitution is: Pitta 2)My most unusual talent is: I’ve been told it is Perception…..and I am a classical flautist 3) I am a gypsy at heart and love to dance, sweat in the woods and connect with kindred spirits, especially through music and humor.