Get to Know Your Instructors

Kristin Joyner, 500RYT, master's candidate yoga therapy, National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach and partner of Living Down South Realty
Kristin wandered into yoga, needing relief from caring for her mother. Yoga allowed Kristin to gain space and peace- something that life and its challenges had hidden away. With the understanding of who we are, life can be navigated with a different lens, creating opportunities for curiosity versus criticism. Enrolled in the Maryland University of Integrative Health receiving a master’s in yoga, Kristin’s teaching has gotten more in-depth and more creative. “Each time I step in the mat to lead, I am amazed by what message I give- I truly am just a messager” states Kristin. She uses yoga and coaching daily as the broker of Living Down South Realty. Kristin is ecstatic to open an inclusive, intention and inviting yoga center. It is truly what she was meant to do.

Victoria Nolen

 

Describes herself as a yogi in practice, dancer at heart, and mermaid in spirit. She has been practicing yoga since 2012 and has taught yoga since 2015. Yoga has served as the greatest tool in her own physical, spiritual, and emotional healing journey; now, her passion is to give away what she has been given.
As a psychotherapist and trauma-informed instructor, Victoria finds joy in creating a sacred, safe space where people of all backgrounds can come to move, breathe, connect, and belong.

Michelle Stephens

Her yoga journey began 25 years ago. Like so many of us, she was burning the candle at both ends juggling career and personal life with little time left for myself. This lead her to become a yoga instructor.  As she ventured through mher yoga practice she came to the realization that perfecting asanas (poses) is not important. Learning to accept our ever changing bodies is.

John Duello

He started the practice of yoga because he wanted to help people cope with both their physical and emotional pain. "The meditative side of it has helped center myself to live in the present instead of worrying about the past or trying to predict the future. Ive also wanted to incorporate it in my massage practice." He has been a massage therapist for the past 4 years.  He noticed that using some yogic pose can help get the body back in alignment and his clients really enjoy it. 

Casey Scott 

Is an artist, athlete, and reader. He has been teaching Yoga for five years, with over 1000 hrs of teaching time. His classes are slow-paced and restorative/ Yin with an emphasis on Meditation. Casey has an amazing embodiment of peace and is a true joy to be around.

"I do not sing because I am happy, I am happy because I sing."

-William James

Carole Byrum

Is a resident of Hartwell and is employed with The Hartwell Sun.

Her Yoga journey first began 18 years ago taking pre-natal yoga classes before the birth of her daughter Casidy. She has continued to practice yoga on and off throughout the years and decided to earn her 200RYT. “I hope to be a positive influence on students and encourage them to know who they are and love themselves.”

Candy Gay

200RTY, found yoga in 2011 at the age of 50. She immediately fell in love with the physical practice,and the invitation to be kind to self, and ask what does my body need today? Since 2014, Candy has been leading students on their mats with the intention to encourage each student to explore the postures, to cultivate self compassion, self love within their practice, and their lives.

Briana Kay

Began her yogic studies in 2017 with the encouragement of her cousin. Since first stepping on the mat, Briana has continued to expand her practice and knowledge. Briana’s gift is she understands about physical disabilities as she has cerebral palsy. Though her “label” makes her use props and go a little slower, Briana does not feel limited by her condition.  Freedom is what Briana gains with a yogic practice and her goal for her students is for them to experience freedom. Freedom from labels, freedom from the mind, freedom from thought patterns and freedom from pain and discomfort. We are so excited to have this bright star or “Tara” among us.

55 Pearson Way, Suite F​

Lavonia, GA 30553

info@lakehartwellyoga.com

706-963-0075

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