Having begun meditating by the fifth grade, Richard has practiced yoga intermittently over the course of his life. It was after having taken initiation into Kriyayoga that he began incorporating the principles of Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP) into his daily sadhana. AYP is an open and non-sectarian, synergistically integrated system that incorporates highly effective techniques from a variety of different approaches to yoga. These classes include physical postures to prepare the spine, a variety of breathing practices to prepare one's subtle neurobiological system and meditation to cultivate abiding peace. Practicing this system consistently over the course of the past 10 years Richard has attended multiple AYP retreats and, in 2017, he completed an international teacher training program in AYP. He completed a second 200-hour yoga teacher training program at Yoga East in 2018 where, as a life-long student, he is continuing his studies in yoga.
Joe Autry was born and raised in the Kentuckiana area. He is a professional sculptor and has been practicing/studying Ashtanga yoga for 5 years at Yoga East with Laura Spaulding, receiving a 200hr certification in 2012. Joe has traveled to Mysore, India and studied with Saraswathi Jois. He has studied with many senior teachers, David Swenson, David Garrigus, Ramanand Patel, Kino McGregger, Francois Raoult, Doug Keller, Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati.
For over a decade, Anne has been finding joy and inspiration in the daily exploration of yoga. Her journey began with Bikram yoga in 1998 and then, after leading classes for many years, she decided to delve deeper into the history, anatomy and philosophy of this transformative practice. She completed her 200-hour training with Yoga East in June of 2013 and has been passionately teaching ever since. Always looking to expand her yogic understanding, Anne has attended workshops with John Friend, Kino MacGregor, Doug Keller, Christina Sell and many others. Her most profound inspirations come from her students and family. She is honored to serve those looking to tap into a deeper understanding of their bodies and spirits.
Karen Cairns is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level (E-RYT 500, YACEP). At age 56, in 2001, she began practicing Ashtanga with Authorized Level 2 teacher, Laura Spaulding, as well as being a direct student of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois for six years (spanning 2002 - 2008). Karen continues to study every year in Mysore, India, at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute with R. Sharath Jois. She was Authorized Level 1 in April 2010. Karen is also a retired nurse and environmental educator.
Erin began practicing yoga in 1997 in a small studio in Bowling Green, KY. She moved to Louisville, KY in 2002 and came upon Laura Spaulding at Yoga East and fell in love with Ashtanga Yoga. She is certified RYT-500, graduating from Yoga East’s 200 hr training in 2009 and 300 hr module in 2012. Laura Spaulding has been her teacher and inspiration, and she has also studied at KPJAYI in Mysore, India, and is influenced by workshops with David Swenson, Kino MacGregor, David Garrigues, Ramanand Patel, Doug Keller, Francois Raoult & Christina Sell. She is an avid Ashtanga Yoga practioner who enjoys dabbling in other forms, as well.
Amy DeFigueiredo has been practicing yoga since 2005. She received her 200 hour teaching certification through the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. Her first teacher, Jim Bennitt, gifted her with a solid and rigorous hatha yoga practice which included a tantric perspective of yoga in relation to life. Her training with Rolf Sovik and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of H. I. cemented her foundational practices. In the autumn of 2014, she dedicated to the most fortunate and blessed studies of the Krishnamacharya/Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga lineage lead by Laura Spaulding here at Yoga East; it is within the top three most auspicious happenings of her life. She counts Diane Avice du Buisson among her most precious teachers. She continues her tantric practice and studies with Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche of the Tibetan Nyingma lineage as her brightest of guides in the Dzogchen view.
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.
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.
Denise has been practicing yoga for 10 years and has studied with Francois Raoult, Doug Keller, David Garrigues, Kino MacGregor, and Laura Spaulding. She graduated from Yoga East’s 200 hour RYT program in 2013 and is currently teaching Gentle yoga classes. Denise graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Written Communications. She’s currently working in “corporate America” and feels blessed to have found a way to manage the stress.