Hannah Zahs Martin Hannah's teaching style is creative, unexpected, strong and graceful. She wavers from health-nut to foodie, likes a saucy music playlist, and is a general badass. She trained with Chrissy Carter at YogaWorks in New York City. Expect some Pilates and maybe a few handstands thrown in your yoga practice! Along with Kelli, Hannah leads the Downward Dog Teacher Training program.
Joe Rhodes started doing yoga as a way to undo all the things playing soccer through college did to his body. He quickly realized it helped undo more than the just the physical. The days he did yoga, not only his body feel better, but his mind was quieter as well. In no time at all he was attending class almost every day. He decided it felt so good that he wished to share that feeling with others. He enrolled in the teacher training program at Yoga One in Charlotte, North Carolina and received his 200 hour certification in power vinyasa yoga. Since then, he has been to workshops of many different styles of yoga. Combining the base learned in teacher training with the workshops, books read, and life experience he hopes his class will help students both on and off the mat.
Jenna Gibbs As a former Division I college athlete, Jenna has always kept a competitive edge—she enjoys training for marathons, swimming, biking, and teaches cross-fit and Olympic weight lifting. Jenna began to incorporate yoga after running several marathons and suffering multiple knee and foot injuries during graduate school. She realized the yoga was a useful tool in injury prevention and enhancing athletic performance. After a studying abroad in Tamil Nadu, India and discovering ashtanga yoga, she was hooked. Jenna currently teaches gentle vinyasa flow, yoga and meditation, ashtanga primary and secondary series, as well as pre/post-natal yoga classes. Jenna has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Iowa and a doctoral degree in environmental/occupational health from the University of Washington in Seattle. She believes that mindful practices like yoga may become a great public health tool for prevention of short and long term illness. In addition to yoga, her other interests include gardening, meditation, cooking, and painting. She is a proud mother, wife, and dog lover.
Tea Ho My philosophy: Work hard, play hard and smile while you're doing it! I accidentally discovered yoga as a way to find my "old" body after having my third awesome but tiring baby. After much time spent stretching, sweating, and wrestling with funny Sanskrit words and physics-defying contortions, I realized that I actually loved my yoga practice in all its flawed glory. For me, yoga is about struggling and striving, focusing and relaxing, falling and flying. I love to bring mindful focus to every vigorous, liberating and supportive vinyasa flow I practice or teach. When I teach, I try to cultivate a safe space free from judgment but full of challenge with a dash of fun. When I'm not practicing or teaching yoga, I study how bacteria protect themselves from environmental stresses and I enjoy laughing with/at my 3 brilliant, goofy daughters and their out-numbered dad who never gets a word in edgewise.
Joe Baumann Practicing yoga has impacted my life in ways that continue to surprise me; I continually seek ways to broaden and deepen my understanding of yoga. It is so much more than what happens on the mat. It permeates all facets of my life.
I was first drawn to Yoga from reading about the physical and emotional health benefits that came with a dedicated practice. I would often stay after class to talk with my teachers and other students about any tips they had to improve my yoga practice. Over time, I was being asked by others for advice. I wanted to share the joy I found in Yoga and completed my 200 hour RYT training right here at Downward Dog. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to share the passion I’ve found in yoga with you all!
Jillian Hernan I began my yoga journey several years ago as an intermittent student and slowly deepened my practice. Once I reached the point of a serious, daily home practice I decided to pursue a 200 hour teacher training course. At the beginning of my training I had no intention of actually teaching, I just wanted to learn more about yoga. However, during the process I discovered that my love and passion for yoga translates well to teaching and that I have been able to inspire my students. One of the most satisfying aspects of teaching yoga is helping those students who don’t think they have the skills or ability to achieve their goals.
Breeze Cates is a native of Birmingham, Al. She completed her 200hr RYT education through Glow Yoga in Gulf Shores, Al. Breeze began her yoga journey down a different path than most yoga teachers. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis she found herself in a very uncooperative body. To help combat the stress and pain, of the disease, she started studying yoga in all of it's beautiful forms. In 2010, Breeze started to practice Bhakti Yoga, every moment of every day. Bhakti yoga, or devotional yoga, was the perfect way for her to enter this expansive practice, because working arms and legs were not required. After a few years of practicing meditation and appreciation, her yogic path brought her into awareness around food.
After an enormous shift in diet, in 2013, the arms and legs that once needed the assistance of a cane to move, began to change. Two months after starting a healthy nutrition plan, that cane found its way into the garbage can, and Breeze found her way to the yoga studio. The asana practice was so empowering that only one year after starting, she found her way to teacher training. Her teaching began in Heated Vinyasa Flow, but expanded into Restorative, Yin, and Children's Yoga. Her classes focus on Pranayama and the Asanas and how to use them together to bring you into a meditative state. With an undeniable southern accent, Breeze can be heard instructing her students to, "Breathe Y'all'. Keeping students focused on mindfulness as well as alignment is her style. She believes in breathe, and the life-changing, power that Yoga has to offer.
"That first breath in, that is Yoga, it is yours, it will heal you, it will make you smile..."
Kelli Slocum started teaching yoga in 1998. With a background in ballet and dance, she was a dance instructor from 1984-1995. In 2007, Kelli completed her Yoga Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste. In 2009, Kelli opened Downward Dog Yoga. Kelli enjoys attending Yoga workshops regularly, taking classes from a wide variety of International presenters, including Baron Baptiste, Seane Corn, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Kino MacGregor, Kathryn Budig and Ana Forrest. Most recently, she attended Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, MA. You can expect to hear a wide range of music in her Downward Dog Flow classes including Ed Sheeran, Radiohead, Kygo, the Lumineers, Coldplay and U2. Along with Hannah, Kelli leads the Downward Dog Teacher Training program.
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