TEACHERS

Jennifer Elliott

Jennifer has been a student of yoga for over 35 years and a teacher for over 25. She is a dedicated Ashtanga practitioner and loves to explore the physical and energetic alignment of the postures along with the breath,  and how this can heal and transform our lives on a very basic level to a more profound one. She has been authorized by the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India to teach through the Intermediate series.

Bridget Braylin

Bridget discovered yoga in 1998 and has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 2001.  Bridget loves studying other methods of yoga as well, and getting creative with her approach to teaching depending on the preferences and needs of her students.


Carroll Ann Friedmann

Carroll Ann has practiced yoga since 2001 and has over 1000 hours of teacher training.  In the winter of 2016, Carroll Ann spent 2 months and over 200 hours assisting Saraswathi in her shala.  She worked with hundreds of students from all over the world comprising all levels of ability, experience and commitment.  Carroll Ann is very happy to share these teachings in the context of Mysore Ashtanga at AYC!

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Tracey Wood

Tracey has had a daily Ashtanga practice since 2001 with her primary teacher Jennifer Elliott. Tracey has been teaching in the Ashtanga and Vinyasa tradition since 2009 when she completed her Yoga Alliance 200 hour certification from the Charlottesville Yoga School. In 2014 she received her ERYT certification from Yoga Alliance. Tracey teaches Mysore Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00-7:00pm.


Venerable Tenzin Gephel

Venerable Gephel was a resident monk of Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies in Ithaca, NY since 1997, where he taught a variety of courses in Tibetan Buddhism. He engaged the local community in activities through Namgyal Institute, served as a volunteer for Hospice, and created sand mandalas at many museums and universities, as well as for the yearly ritual ceremonies at Namgyal Monastery, India. In the fall of 2000 Ven. Gephel was appointed as the first Buddhist Chaplain at Cornell University; he spent half his time serving as the chaplain and half his time working at Namgyal Monastery.

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Julia Schroeder Prousalis

Julia Schroeder Prousalis, RYT, graduated from the Yoga Alliance 200-hour teacher training program with Jennifer Elliott and Sandra Pleasants in 2007. She has discovered Ashtanga Yoga in 2002 and has been a devout practitioner ever since. She has participated in numerous workshops with noted teachers Tim Miller, David Garrigues, Dharma Mittra, and David Swenson. Julia has an established yoga practice under the guidance of her regular teacher Jennifer Elliott. Her classes are based on Ashtanga Vinyasa flow and are fun and explorative. She believes that yoga enriches one’s life in many ways and is beneficial for both body and mind.


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Carrie Jones

Carrie obtained her teaching certification from FlyDog Yoga in 2016 and an additional certification from the Ivy Yoga School in 2017 (graduation December 2017). Carrie’s deepening relationship with yoga has clarified for her that the human condition is a somatic experience, and to understand this experience, we need to embody it and then redirect our quest inward. Carrie truly feels that the practice and sharing of yoga has the potential to re-shape connections with ourselves, others, and the environment we inhabit. No matter what brings you to the mat, Carrie is prepared to welcome you there and excited to learn more from your practice.

Dominique Clothiaux

Dominique Clothiaux, RYT is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga  and has practiced yoga since her travels to India in 1997. Her primary asana training came from the Iyengar tradition and later evolved into a more feminine practice of exploring the subtle body movements. She has practiced Ashtanga Yoga since 2008. Her goal as a teacher is to encourage a higher standard of physical well being while providing a safe environment for personal growth. 


Blossom Dawes

Blossom has been teaching yoga in the Charlottesville area since 1999. She completed Yoga Alliance 200 hour certification at Yoga Source in Richmond, Va. with Jennifer Elliott and Sandra Pleasants in 2004.
She loves sharing the practice of yoga through teaching. By continuing to grow as a student of yoga, she is able to teach from her personal experience. She teaches self-compassion and mindfulness, and offers yoga as a way to create positive patterns in body and mind.

Joanna Hughes

Joanna has been practicing yoga since 1998 primarily in the Ashtanga tradition. She completed 200 ryt in vinyasa flow with Cyndi Lee. Yoga has been pivotal in sailing thru the responsibilities of raising 4 children and working as a nurse. By taking lessons learned on the mat and applying them to the challenges of everyday life, she would like to help others tap into their own compassion, wisdom and stillness.


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Ina Stephens

Dr. Ina Stephens is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UVA Medical Center. She practices general pediatrics at Northridge Pediatrics and with By Your Side Pediatrics, a home-based care pediatric practice, with a particular interest in children with special needs and medical complexities, and is a pediatric infectious diseases consultant for UVA Children’s Hospital and Bon Secours Children’s Hospital. Ina is the co-director of the Medical Yoga Initiative at UVA Medical Center and School of Nursing. Ina graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where she also completed her pediatric residency and served as chief resident.  Ina is  a registered yoga teacher (200RYT®) through Yoga Alliance.

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Annie Runkle

I came to yoga in my late 30’s in 2000 for physical reasons.  I continued on and started teaching for the deeper effects.  This stuff is magic.  It’s soul salve.  It’s the balm that finally calmed my Beast. I completed my 200 hour TT with Jennifer Elliott and Sandra Pleasants in 2005.  I completed a 300 Hour Yoga Therapy Training with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy in 2011.   I am a 500 RYT and CT.  Along the way I have taken many workshops with many shiny souls. My classes are creative, playful and inclusive.  If you are breathing intentionally and moving mindfully with amazement all will be well! Oh, and there is music too.


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Liam Buckley

I have practiced Ashtanga Yoga at AYC since 2013 with Jennifer Elliott and Carroll Ann Friedmann. I have also made several trips to Mysore, India to study with R. Saraswathi Jois, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’s daughter, at the KPJAYI. In addition to yoga asana, my practice includes work in sutra chanting and yoga philosophy with Dr. M.A. Jayashree and Prof. M.A. Narasimham at the Anantha Institute in Mysore. In December 2017 I completed the Ivy Yoga School 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program. Generosity, non-judgment, and compassion guide my teaching. Beginner’s mind always encouraged!

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Christina Dean

Tina grew up moving and shaking as a dancer but sought a more spiritual form of movement as her life's journey evolved. She began practicing in 2011 and has been dedicated to finding peace on (and off) her mat ever since. Tina has been teaching yoga at her hectic workplace to help her peers pause, find their breath, and de-stress while finding joy and happiness within. Her classes focus on creative flows, self appreciation, and mindfulness. They fuse Vinyasa, Hatha, and Kundalini modalities for a truly unique practice. She completed Yin Yoga Teacher Training in May 2018 and will be completing her 200hr YTT through Ivy Yoga School in December 2018.  
 


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Mary Blanton

With a background in dance and pilates, I completed my RYT 200 hours in 2006 with Jennifer Elliott (Ashtanga Yoga) and Sandra Pleasants (Iyengar Yoga)  Teaching and studying since that time, I have had the honor of working with many Ashtanga and yoga masters such as Tim Miller, Tias Little, Richard Freeman.  In 2012, I studied  Ashtanga, as well as, naturopath healing with Petri Raisanen in Goa, India, followed by an Teacher Training Intensive with David Swenson at AYC. I began teaching privates and semi-privates in my own studio and with athletic teams in 2013.  I also partnered with an environmental preservation group offering cultural/ yoga excursions.  This lead to an opportunity to bring students to Havana, Cuba in 2016 and to study with Eduardo Pimentel. I hope to offer students a combination of the joy of movement with a peace of mind.  

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Tina Michelle

Tina began her journey with the theory and practice of yoga at the age of 14. Her commitment to daily self-practice began at the age of 17. She began her world-wide travels and dedication to seeking guidance and instruction wherever she traveled in 1989. She first arrived to India at the age of 21 in 1992.  Alongside her decades of dedicated yoga practice and teaching she emerged as a healer, first through the yogic tradition of Prana Healing and eventually though the practice of Reiki which she incorporates into her healing work. Tina has now come to live and settle in Charlottseville, Va to live near her family and offer her years of immersion in other cultures, spiritual traditions, therapies and practices in the United States. Tina offers her guidance and therapies both privately and in groups.