One day I walked into a yoga studio, and everything in my life changed.
I became a yoga instructor to help others find their way to peace within their own bodies. Learning to accept their bodies on the good and bad days by recognizing their strengths and limitations. I woke up one day and was paralyzed from the neck down. I had back surgery, and proceeded to have nerve damage on the right side of my body. Today, I have my 200 RYT in Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin by way of Tymi Howard and Steve Ross through Guruv Yoga in Lake Mary, FL. My 300 RYT consisted of Iyengar training and Meditation by way of the Association of Yoga and Meditation in Rishikesh, India.
I believe we learn by helping others and diligently continuing ones education. I would love to bring the gift of yoga to you!
Karin has been teaching Vinyasa Flow for several years and practicing for over 20 years. She discovered yoga while searching for a type of physical exercise that would also address her deep spiritual side as well, embracing the mind-body connection and the meditative aspects that yoga has to offer. Karin considers herself a universalist, loving all types of yoga. To create her flow sequences, Karin borrows from such traditions as Kundalini, Bhakti, and Ashtanga, making her classes interesting, creative, and fresh. In 2020, she completed her teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center and is a RYT-200hr through Yoga Alliance. Karin holds a master’s degree in education and has spent the majority of her professional life teaching middle school English and raising two sons with her husband. She currently teaches four-year-old students at a private preschool, where she has written curriculum for a yoga and mindfulness enrichment program. Her goal as a yoga teacher is to help people to learn how to use breath, movement, and meditation in order to reduce suffering. Karin sees yoga as a continuous journey toward healing, self-acceptance, and inner peace. She hopes to see you on the mat soon.
Andrea is a 500-hour RYT certified in Hatha & Restorative Yoga, and also is Trauma-Informed. Growing up as a competitive swimmer, Andrea could always find her peace while swimming - quiet from the world around and rhythmic movement. But like most swimmers, had resulting shoulder and back issues. Andrea started her yoga practice at her local YMCA 8 years ago, one day when it was too cold to swim. Surprisingly, in that yoga class, she was able to recreate that peaceful feeling she felt while swimming. Besides the relaxation that comes from taking a yoga class, she found a community of lovely women that became amazing friends. She quickly became hooked on yoga and began a 200 hour Hatha Yoga teacher training. Since then, she also found a love for Reiki & IET (Integrated Energy Therapy), crystals, essential oils, singing bowls, and tries to incorporate them into her classes. Her second training was 300 hours and included incorporating energy work and bodywork into yoga classes. In 2017, she went to a trauma sensitive yoga training and found her passion for taking and teaching gentle and restorative yoga. Andrea teaches quiet, gentle classes in hopes that people can learn to quiet their mind and recover from the stress of daily life. She brings healing Reiki energy into each class for those who are open to receiving it.
“In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” (Camus)
Melly is a 500-hour RYT certified in Hatha yoga, and a Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist along with Restorative and Children’s yoga. She is trained in Y12SR (Yoga 12 Steps Recovery). In addition, she is a Reiki Master. Some of her studies have been under masters such as Katherine Templeton, Rod Stryker, Nikki Myers, and Ana Forest.
She is a retired elementary school educator teaching children for 30 years. She has taught kids’ yoga since 2007. She looks upon each person in her yoga classes as an individual having different capabilities, interests, needs, and backgrounds. Each student develops differently intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.
Many years ago, Melly rediscovered yoga during an emotionally challenging time on her journey. Practicing yoga, meditation, and reiki have guided her in self-discovery in reconnecting spiritually, mentally, and physically into a more balanced and peaceful way of living and accepting life – on life’s terms. Seeing and appreciating the inner beauty today helps her focus into the “present”, and not dwell in the past nor project into the future.
Melly’s desire is to further educate people about the benefits and rewards of practicing and incorporating yoga and meditation into their daily lives. Her focus in teaching yoga to individuals is to encourage each student to blossom and grow into capable, caring, and confident individual.
She sees each day as a GIFT! She cherishes the moments with a positive, caring attitude. Some of her interests include drumming, sound healing, essential oils, crystals, gardening, journaling, and art exploration. Melly loves spending time with her family, friends, and her cat Venus De Milo.
Peace, love, joy, serenity! Namaste
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” (Emerson)
I’m a Usui / Tibetan trained and certified Reiki Master Teacher. I have been performing Reiki since 2017. I obtained my training through Hawk at Standing Stone Reiki by Melissa Adams in Binghamton, NY. In the back of my mind, I always wondered “why are we here?” And, it was after 9/11 that this question just wouldn’t go away.
I had my first session with a local practitioner, and I loved it! I decided I wanted to learn more about it, and here I am with Reiki 1 and 2 certification. Not long after, I completed my studies in Master Teacher certification. Reiki has helped me in my life, and I wanted to help other people in the same way.
My interest in meditation, yoga, and the spiritual side of life took on a life of its own when I discovered Reiki. Meditation and yoga was where my journey started, and as life happened Reiki made itself prominent in my life. Sharing this gift is one way that I can help people. Let me share this gift with you!
After serving sometime in the Army as well as 40 plus years studying traditional Okinawan and Japanese martial arts, my body was beat up. I found myself needing to change how I work out. My body was not handling the high impact style workouts that I was used to. About six (6) years ago, I came across DDPYoga and fell in love with it. Being able to have the strength building, flexibility, and cardio all in one workout has completely changed how I work out.
Being an instructor in martial arts for so long, I knew this was something I wanted to teach. I completed my Level 1 certification, and I am now training to become a Level 2 instructor in DDPYoga.
Level 1 Instructor
500 Hour Comprehensive Pilates Certification-October 2021 (Club Pilates)
TRX Suspension Training -July 2020 (TRX Online)
200 Hour YTT- October 2021-Present (YogaRenew)
I’m a Colorado native who moved to SC in June 2017 for family reasons. I hold a BA in Technical Communications and worked in the Oil and Gas field in Engineering/Geology for 40 years. Now here I am, teaching Pilates, proving you are never too old to reinvent yourself!
My Pilates journey began in the fall of 2018, when searching for an exercise program that would be gentle on my aging body with knee issues. I’d heard of Pilates and wondered what all the “fuss” was about—I decided to give Pilates a try and fell in love instantly. After my first year of practicing Pilates, I was amazed at the physical and mental results. To further educate myself in Pilates, I enrolled in Club Pilates Teacher Training in October 2019. In October of 2021, I officially became a 500 Hour Comprehensive Pilates Certified Instructor.
In mid-February 2022, along came a chance meeting with Dana, owner of Heart of Chapin Yoga, at a convention in downtown Columbia. That instant connection and initial conversations lead me to become part of the HOCY community and share my love of Pilates with all of you! My quest for furthering my education continues as I complete my 200hr YTT. In the near future, I look forward to teaching a fused Pilates-Yoga repertoire—so stay tuned!
See you on the mat!
JULIA D. HAYES, MSc, BSc, NSCA-CPT, NSCA-CSCS
Scientist by training, current professor of anatomy and physiology, but always a yogi at heart, Julia offers a one of a kind mobility class. By combining her background in martial arts, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, and research work in biomechanics, Julia teaches the tools one needs to address their own lifelong mobility. She currently splits her time between here and Tampa, Florida and is always searching for a new class to try and new materials to master, so her students are never bored and always benefiting