Susan began a Yoga asana practice in 2001, came to Yoga East in 2007 and found her teacher, Laura Spaulding, who opened her understandings of Yoga and introduced a great human handbook, Patañjāli’s Yoga Sutra. Susan is an E-RYT 500, graduating from Yoga East’s 200 hr training in 2009 and the 300 hr module in 2012. Her training continues in the Krishnamacharya lineage - Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga, and with the wonderful teachers Laura brings to Louisville. Susan has been influenced by workshops with; John Friend, David Garrigues, Saraswathi Jois, Doug Keller, Kino MacGregor, Robert Moses, Karin O'Bannon, Ramanand Patel, François Raoult, Darren Rhodes, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Christina Sell, Dean Sluyter and David Swenson.
Kelli started practicing yoga in 1998 when she joined Yoga East. For years she benefited from a variety of excellent instructors (Laura Spaulding, Karen Strobel, Paul Long and Kim Esteran) and workshops (Sharath Rangaswamy, David Swenson and John Friend). She obtained her 200-hour Hatha yoga certification from Yoga East in 2003. Her teacher training taught her more about discipline of practice, the value of mantras and meditation and the beauty of early morning mysore practice.
In 2009, Kelli moved to Wisconsin in search of a new direction in life. Her yoga practice sustained her through many transitions and challenges. She taught Ashtanga yoga for three years at a local YMCA. She created and taught a workshop titled “The Art of Yoga” to 25 high school seniors, incorporating art expression, yoga and guided meditation, which planted the seed of the idea for her future LLC.
Upon her return home to Louisville in January 2012, she has gratefully returned to Yoga East as a student. She started her own part-time business of art expression and yoga, titled Kelli’s Art of Yoga in 2013. For several years she has taught yoga part-time for a variety of studios and fitness centers, including Baptist East/Milestone Fitness, Yoga on Baxter, Atria of St. Matthews, several churches and private clients.
Kelli brings humor, compassion and a sincere interest in exploring the healing powers of yoga with others and she feels deep respect and reverence for Laura Spaulding, our yoga lineage and the opportunity to teach at Yoga East again.
Christiane Tawfik has had interest in physical activity since her young years, yet she did not enjoy working out all that much until she started yoga classes at a local gym. Around 2006 she attended her first yoga class after working out and thought that yes, I can do this again. And she did again and again and eventually practiced regularly.
In 2010 she started practicing at Yoga East after getting a Christmas gift. Christiane enjoyed practicing there and in 2014 trained with Laura Spalding and graduated. She had many world renowned teachers including Francois Raoul, Doug Keller, Kino McGregor, David Garagues. Her local inspiring teachers include Laura Spalding, Anne Kosko, Susan Reid, Kara Price, Amy Gillis-Carlson, and Jessica K-Wilson.
Christiane has been teaching since May 2014 many classes a week, and has several repeat participants to her classes. She now teaches at Yoga East and Fitness 19 II. She appreciates most about yoga the mind/body/spirit connection and presents that aspect of yoga in her classes. She is enjoying the yoga journey by attending hatha, flow and sometimes ashtanga classes. Her favorite yoga pose is Ardha Chandrasana, half moon pose.
She trained with a Louisville Hall of Fame trainer, Porter Cotrell. Her studies and work experience are in Business, marketing, accounting and bookkeeping.
I believe yoga is for everybody. I have had the good fortune to teach many different students who might not look like traditional yoga students, but who are totally committed to the teachings. Actually, I am the student in this arena.
My teachers include Ramanand Patel, Francois Raoult, Doug Keller, Kino MacGregor, Christina Sell, Saraswathi Jois, Thank you Laura for bringing all of these wonderful teachers to YE. I have also with studied Rodney Yee and his wife Colleen Yee, Leslie Kaminoff, Lillias Folen, Dr. Baxter Bell and Judith Hansen Lasater. I completed Judith Hansen Lasater's Relax and Renew training and have been teaching Restorative Yoga for several years.Becky is a Yoga Aliance RYT 500.