Meet the Teachers

Meet the Teachers


Kendra completed her 200-RYT under the tutelage of Marsha Pappas, Nikki Meyers and Dave Sims at Cityoga. She was drawn to yoga initially as a complement to her many years of workouts in a traditional gym setting. Yoga has helped her to heal on both a physical and an emotional level from several of the challenges encountered throughout her life. She found that yoga brings a balance to the psyche that cannot be found from exercise alone. After several years of practice on her own and in various studios, she decided to take her practice further and pursued a teaching certification. Her desire is to take this knowledge out into the community and help others find a similar sense of peace and balance in their lives.



 

Karyn is an E-RYT 200 certified yoga teacher and has been teaching since 2011. Karyn feels truly blessed to be able to teach yoga and witness each student’s individual journey and development. If you choose one of Karyn’s classes, she will teach you how to connect with your breath and let it lead you deeper into the poses and deeper into yourself. When your practice is over and you leave your mat, she believes this is one of the tools you will cultivate and take with you.

 



 

Chia’s yoga journey started when she was in her home country of Taiwan. In 2014, she decided to deepen her yoga knowledge through Ahna Hoke and Chuck Crosby in Invoke in Indianapolis. With her diligent study and practice, she earned her 200-hour RYT in August, 2014. Her teaching style is fun, challenging, and relaxing at the same time. She believes that yoga is not just doing postures, but also connecting one's breath and mind. Chia teaches a variety of classes each week at Studio You Yoga. Her yoga journey has taught her that in everything you do, you have to believe in yourself. That is her secret to success. 




 

Morgan Tatum began her study of yoga over twelve years ago by taking an elective course her freshman year of college. She quickly learned that yoga can be for anyone! She began to deepen her practice in 2008 by taking classes offered through work and local studios. She received her 200 hour certification from Invoke Yoga and Pilates in December 2010 under the instruction of Ahna Hoke and Eric Bryant. She has been teaching Vinyasa classes for the last three years. Her classes are inspirational and playful, with a focus on mindfulness and movement with breath. Morgan believes yoga is not only a physical and mental practice, but a spiritual one as well. She hopes to help others to find their inner beauty, strength, and peace through yoga. She is so grateful for the opportunity to share her passion for yoga with her community.

 

In 2010 in an attempt to become more mindful of her body, Andrea found herself seeking a lifestyle change. She wanted to change the way she looked at life, the food she ate and fed her family, and become more active with exercise. While trying many different forms of exercise, she discovered yoga. Yoga helped her mind, body, and soul through breathing and connecting breath with asana. Vinyasa yoga quickly became her "go to," and after two years of practicing at her home she went to Invoke Yoga and Pilates Studio in Indianapolis. She was immediately hooked! Her faith built right along with her practice, and she felt she was uncovering a calling deep from within that she could not ignore. She obtained her 200RYT from Invoke in August of 2015. She is very excited to share her  passion to help others become comfortable and gracious with their bodies.

 

Melissa Brown completed her 200-hr training at Invoke Studio in 2013 as a way to de-stress from an over-committed undergraduate senior year. She took a year off to dive deeper into her own personal practice and re-balance before beginning law school. After seeing the benefits her practice had on her difficult first year, Melissa began offering yoga for the students and staff at the law school. Expanding her teaching to studio classes, she enjoys being able to offer a piece of calm and comfort to her students’ often busy and stressful lives. In her classes, she creates a space for her students to escape to their mats, work with intention through a series of challenging poses, then take what they have learned in their practice and apply it to life’s challenges. For this reason, her classes incorporate breathing practices and guided meditation techniques her students can utilize both on and off their mats. You will leave Melissa’s class feeling lighter, more centered, and better equipped for life’s trials.



Susan Fuller, RYT 200, received her yoga teacher training from Yogacara Global in beautiful Costa Rica. For Susan, yoga is about creating space. From her immersion training in Costa Rica, it was on a meditative nature walk that Susan noted how nature takes up space. If a plant wanted to grow from a tree, it just grew and the tree made space and the plant made space. As in life, we are created to “take up space.” Life has a purpose and through yoga connecting breath and body, space is made. Susan enjoys vinyasa flow yoga for the movements and space she can take up on her mat and takes the clarity that yoga provides off her mat into her everyday life.








Amanda started doing yoga at home in the Spring of 2013 in Cincinnati for a switch up in her work out routine, but ended up finding something more. She began feeling more at peace within her daily life and decided to find a studio to deepen her practice. Her love for yoga grew and upon moving to Indianapolis in the Fall of 2014, she discovered a 200-hour teacher training program at Cityoga School of Yoga and Health.  Amanda earned her RYT-200 HR certification in January 2016. Now yoga is not only a physical practice for Amanda, but a journey of continuing self and spiritual development. Amanda loves body strengthening vinyasa flows as well as balancing that out with the stillness of meditation and breath. The intention of her teaching is to find the balance between inner and outer strength and stillness.



Judy (Blossom) is a 500-RYT and has been teaching since 2000. Her passion for yoga began in 1998 when she began to look for a way to decrease the stress level in her life. Judy took her first hatha yoga class in 1998 and was hooked. She found her first body-mind connection through yoga. She has received certifications in Kripalu yoga, studied with various Yogakids teachers, and has been influenced by many different styles and teachers. In 2009 she received her 500-RYT certification from the Hard & Soft Yoga Institute under the direction of Beryle Bender Birch. She is grateful for this opportunity to share her passion and love of yoga at Studio You Yoga. She comes to class with an open heart and a dedicated practice.





Marie Storm began her yoga journey in 2007 during her undergraduate years at Purdue University. She received an additional certification in PiYo during that time. She then went on for her 200 hour certification through Holy Yoga in Arizona. It was a perfect way for her to tie in the spiritual aspect of yoga.   Marie has enjoyed the physical benefits of yoga through training for the Chicago marathon as well as during pregnancy.  



 


 


Brienne Christopher grew up in Greenwood, Indiana and graduated from Center Grove High School. She received her BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, studying theater and Journalism. She is a Master Trainer for Pilates Sports Center in both Pilates and Barre teaching certification programs. Brienne spent 12 years teaching Pilates and Barre in Southern California. She and her family recently made the decision to move back to the Midwest, so now she can share her expertise with the Greenwood community via Studio You! During the past few years, she has been developing “Purpose Fit,” a fitness ministry for women which combines Faith & Fitness (two things near and dear to Brienne’s heart! ). You can find out more about “Purpose Fit” and find her Ebooks “Long & Lean” 1 & 2 at www.briennechristopher.com.








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