Jane de Albuquerque E-RYT 500
Jane has been involved in competitive sports since a very young age and began practicing Iyengar yoga in the mid-90s as a means to treat chronic knee problems. Jane soon found that the mind–body connection of yoga far outweighed the physical benefits, and became conscious of how yoga complements athletics, as well as enhances every day life. She wanted to share her knowledge of yoga with others and is now registered with the Yoga Alliance at the experienced 500-hour level. Currently, Jane is extending her studies in the field of yoga therapy with JJ Gormley, and recently completed evidence- based Rewind Yoga training for our aging population. Jane is also trained to teach aerial yoga, bodyART, TRX and is a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise. Jane’s breath and body training with Sadie Nardini has taken her yoga to an entirely different level. Jane utilizes Sadie’s method to “Train smarter, not harder.” She has an ongoing study of essential oils and is available for private consultations. Jane is eager to assist everyone in obtaining the physical and mental benefits of a regular yoga practice. Schedule an appointment with her today.
Kelli earned her Nursing License from Bishop State Community College in 1992. She practiced nursing in a number of settings in Atlanta, including working with multiple doctors in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as beginning a skin care business. For stress management and fitness Kelli took a yoga class in 1996 and found her deep and forgotten roots to her childhood love of gymnastics. Stretching as a young gymnast became yoga as an adult! Kelli’s path has found its way teaching faculty and students at Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta Falcons and private in home clients. Kelli’s love of teaching allows for a deep opening to heal oneself from the inside out. Kelli is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-500 level and is currently studying yoga therapy with JJ Gormley. Kelli is also certified to teach Aerial Yoga, Rewind Yoga, TRX, and bodyART Fitness. Kelli’s vision of Launch Awareness Yoga Centre is to provide a vessel for women to begin the process of exercising their spirits as a way to energize their femininity and create a space to explore and discover personal inner power. Furthermore, this discovery of inner power finding its way to husbands, partners, children and the community to serve each of us for our betterment.
Gabrielle Byndloss RYT 200, Dance Fitness, Ballet Barre, TRX Instructor
For the past four years, fitness classes have been Gabrielle’s strength. With each day, she learned more about letting go and allowing life to just happen. This was such a hard concept for her to understand sometimes. However, for the hour that she is instructing a fitness class, Gabrielle is able to keep her mind off of all the craziness of life. Her primary concern is to help students find that “me” time for an hour out of their day. She wants them to smile, be confident, and sweat during class! Gabrielle loves instructing fitness classes to the latest hits on the radio and inspiring students to allow their mind to push them as hard as possible. Her number one rule in class is to have fun! Gabrielle struggles with depression and anxiety so dancing allows her to release the negative energy of the day. She encourages you to come to class! Bring an incredible attitude and get ready to have the time of your life. Her promise to you is that the hour will go by faster than you know!
Lauren Myrick – Aerial Silks, TRX Instructor
Lauren fell in love with aerial silks over three years ago on a trip to Los Angeles. When spotting the group called the Silk Sisters for the first time Lauren knew she had to start training in aerial arts. Coming from a dance background, training ballet and jazz at Roswell City Dance in 2008, then continuing onto ballroom dance lessons at Impact Dance in 2009. Stumbling upon a studio in February 2010 Lauren starting taking private lessons weekly from the Sky Gym training in aerial hammock, double tails, and aerial duos. That fall she started assisting classes, to only gain her own classes that following summer. Lauren’s training at Sky Gym included getting certified to teach up to level two. Still continuing her education Lauren attended clinics held by Amy Powell from Chattanooga Aerials focusing on aerial safety and aerial duos. Taking a year of private lessons with Sara Gregory focusing on lyra and static trapeze, Jacosa Kato focusing on aerial silks and static trapeze, and Kasumi Kato focusing on aerial silks, static trapeze, and spanish web. Starting February 2011 Lauren joined the Imperial Opa Circus which took her performance level up a notch including performances at: Elevate at Underground, Private Parties at Havana Club and Weddings, and the 2011 New Years Cake Concert at the Fox Theatre. Other performances include: The Creative Discovery Museum, Jazzoo Fundraiser for the Atlanta Zoo, I.S Foundation Benefit, and three years of the Toy Makers Christmas. Also in 2011 Lauren started Acro Yoga classes taught by Todd Delaune, which included a performance at the Drive by Theatre. Now after three years of training, assisting, and teaching aerial arts and a prior three years of teaching preschool gymnastics Lauren has decided to go to school for Occupational Therapy. Currently she is attending Kennesaw State University to receive her pre requisites to get accepted into an Occupational Therapy program.
Neila Starr RYT-200
Neila began her yoga practice in the late 90’s after her daughter was born, but had gotten away from it. She was excited when she heard Launch Awareness Yoga Centre opened. Neila was about to turn 50. She was losing her flexibility and was twenty pounds overweight. Neila did not want to be fat and 50, so she attended morning aerial yoga class and tried several different yoga classes that Launch Awareness offered. Neila’s new career is a blessing. With the encouragement from Jane, Kelli and her family, she enrolled in yoga teacher training and received her RYT-200 certification through LAYC. She is registered with Yoga Alliance. Neila is also a certified Rewind Yoga instructor. Rewind Yoga is designed for students 65 and over. Neila loves teaching and watching her students get stronger just as she has. When Neila is not in the studio, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs (who are also people). She loves baking especially around the holidays. She started a pottery business with her daughter. Neila also likes to work in the yard and enjoys thriller novels. Come let her be your yoga tour guide.
Susan Walker, Yoga Instructor
Susan has worked in the fitness industry since 2006 and trained as a yoga instructor under John Merideth of OnlYoga, Atlanta. She teaches Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Yoga. Susan also has certifications in Group Exercise, Personal Training, Cycling, Strength Training, Water Aerobics, Pilates, and holds a BA in Sociology from Kennesaw State University. Yoga has helped her stay healthy physically and mentally and she can’t imagine going a week without it. As a teacher, she wants to spread that excitement to others! Each class that she leads is considerate of each student’s needs and abilities and Susan wants everyone to feel successful while inspiring them to reach their full potential. In her free time, Susan enjoys spending time with her family, cycling, kayaking, swimming, lots of yoga and travel.
Stevan Novakovich, Yoga Instructor
Stevan is a passionate, devout and ever evolving practitioner of yoga. He is a certified yoga instructor with the Sarva Purnam International Yoga Society, International Yoga Federation, as well as The USA Artistic Yoga ™ Federation. Stevan is trained in the “Art of Teaching”, and has working knowledge of the Asana science ( the anatomy and physiology of Yoga) and the effects of Yoga poses on 7 levels (muscular, skeletal, circulatory, organic, energetic, emotional, chakra). He also has experience with hands-on tactile corrections (which has been mindfully developed with years of professional teaching experience as a dance professor and dance coach). As a modern day, urban yogini who tries to follow traditional 8 limbs or stages of Yoga (as defines by Patanjali, a propounder of Yoga philosophy), Stevan mindfully continue to engage in many different styles of meditation with hopes of reaching the very object of Yoga (which is to control and still the mind). I am grateful for the Integrated school of yoga lineage, which has opened the door of deeper experience of Yoga for me and have initiated me into the world of Yoga teaching.
Amy Marsh – Aerial Yoga Instructor