Hatha Yoga 1-2

This class is taught by:

Christiane Tawfik

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.

Anne Kosko

After teaching group fitness for 17 years, Anne took her first Bikram yoga class and was hooked. She gave up teaching group fitness and dedicated her time to the study of yoga. Since taking the first Bikram class, Anne has also studied Ashtanga and Iyengar styles of yoga. Anne draws from all of these styles of yoga to teach an invigorating, yet accessible Hatha yoga class that appeals to beginners and continuing students alike. Anne is a graduate of the 2004 Teacher Training Class.  She received her 500 hour certification in August of 2008.  November of 2014 Anne upgraded her Yoga Alliance registration to ERYT-500 and is also a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider.   Anne has studied with Fancois Raoult, Carin O'Bannon, Lou Hoytt, David Swensen, Ramanand Patel, Amenda McMain, Sharath Rangaswamy, Doug Keller, Christina Sell and Anna Ferguson but considers her teachers to be Laura Spaulding and Paul Long. Anne is a graduate of the University of Louisville and holds a BSC in Management. 

Brandi Mundo

Brandi Mundo has been a student of yoga since 2003, and began teaching in 2010.  She completed her 500 hour certification from Yoga East, and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She also has 1000 hours of bodywork and massage training from The California College of Physical Arts. She has a B.S. in Health and Human Performance from the University of Louisville. When she is not teaching, or massaging she loves to read, and hang with her little yogi.

Becky Thompson

I took my first yoga class around age 50. The very first class was a Yoga Nidra taught by my teacher Laura Spaulding.

I was hooked. I tried lots of different classes and teachers. My gratitude to all of them, especially Kim Esteran.
In 2009 Laura offered Volunteer Teacher Training and I signed up. In the spring of 2010 I started teaching yoga as a volunteer at Gilda's Club. Now more hooked.
In 2010, Laura and YE offered me the opportunity of a life time, the Rhonda Lawson Memorial Scholarship. This Scholarship gave me a chance to study and become a Yoga Teacher. The more I studied and practiced and taught, the more I could see the benefits of Yoga for everyone. In 2012 I completed the 500 hour level of teacher training. I am forever grateful to Laura and YE for this gift.

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.

Suzy Hatcher

Yoga East 200 Hour Teacher Training 2012.

Jamie Turner

Jamie has a long history with various types of movement systems. She began practicing yoga and Pilates in 1996 as a part of her dance training. She continued practicing various forms of yoga over the following decade with a particular love for Anusaru yoga. Jamie moved to Louisville in 2008 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She found Yoga East and Laura Spaulding in 2010. She completed her 200-hour training with Laura in June of 2013 and is working toward her 500-hour certification currently. In addition to Laura, Jamie studies regularly with Sianna Sherman, Tim Miller, Ramanand Patel, Kino MacGregor, Doug Keller, John Friend, David Garrigues, Francois Raoult, and others. Jamie considers her primary practice Ashtanga Yoga though her 5:45 A.M. practices have been wonderfully disrupted with the 2015 adoption of her baby boy, Alec and the 2016 adoption of her son, J.T.
When not practicing or teaching Jamie works in corporate America and enjoys spending time with her family.

Susan Reid

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 graduated from Yoga East’s 200 hr training in 2009, the 300 hr module in 2012, and achieved E-RYT 500 in 2015. 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.

Nikki Ball

One thing constant in life is change. Yoga is the ability to stay present with the breath during change. Nikki takes a playful approach while teaching this concept in her Hatha classes. Learn to stay present with your breath while positioning your body into beautiful yoga asanas. 

Laura Spaulding

Laura began practicing yoga in 1967 in Tennessee. She moved to Louisville and studied with Maja Trigg from 1990-1994 when Maja retired and moved away. Laura met K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore in 1999 and studied with him every year until his death in 2009. She continues to study with Saraswathi and Sharath Jois. Laura is a KPJAYI Level 2 Authorized Teacher.

Catherine Followell

Catherine began her yoga practice in 2014, and completed her training through Yoga East in 2015. She enjoys teaching a variety of classes, to all levels of students.   When not teaching, she enjoys her own Ashtanga practice.  

Kim Eisner

Kim honors how each moment in life can be an opportunity to learn and grow. She believes we become more open to recognizing these opportunities each time we step onto our yoga mats. She graduated from Yoga East's teacher 200 hour teaching training program in 2006 and completed her 500 hour Yoga East Yoga Alliance Certification in 2009. She is grateful to the community of the heart which resonates at Yoga East and for Laura Spaulding as an inspiration and as her teacher. She has studied Ashtanga Yoga with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy in both NY and Mysore India. She has also studied with David Swenson, Tim Miller, Kino Macgregor, Francois Raoult, Ramanand Patel, Douglas Keller, Darren Rhodes, Seane Corn, Desiree Rumbaugh and Sianna Sherman. Kim graduated from Nicholls State University in Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration. She currently works for the Legislative Research Commission in Frankfort, Kentucky and feels blessed to share the practice of Yoga with the legislative staff by leading them in a weekly class.
Level 1-2 Mixed Level classes are geared to students in normal health who are still working to learn fundamental postures as well as those who have more experience and are seeking to expand, refine and develop their yoga practice at more subtle levels. Sun Salutations and series of flowing poses are incorporated at this level. All classes end with deep relaxation.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Jul 24 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Christiane Tawfik
    at East End
  • Mon Jul 24 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Anne Kosko
    at East End
  • Mon Jul 24 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Brandi Mundo
    at Highlands
  • Tue Jul 25 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Becky Thompson
    at St. Matthews
  • Tue Jul 25 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Suzy Hatcher
    at St. Matthews
  • Wed Jul 26 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Anne Kosko
    at East End
  • Wed Jul 26 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Carolina Ferro
    at St. Matthews
  • Wed Jul 26 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Jamie Turner
    at East End
  • Wed Jul 26 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Susan Reid
    at Highlands
  • Thu Jul 27 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Brian Andriot
    at St. Matthews
  • Thu Jul 27 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Nikki Ball
    at St. Matthews
  • Thu Jul 27 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Laura Spaulding
    at Highlands
  • Fri Jul 28 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Catherine Followell
    at East End
  • Fri Jul 28 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Susan Reid
    at St. Matthews
  • Sat Jul 29 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Laura Spaulding
    at East End
  • Sat Jul 29 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Kim Eisner
    at Highlands
  • Sun Jul 30 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Anne Kosko
    at East End
  • Mon Jul 31 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Christiane Tawfik
    at East End
  • Mon Jul 31 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Anne Kosko
    at East End
  • Mon Jul 31 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Brandi Mundo
    at Highlands