February 2, 2014 @ 12:00 am
Tonya Phillips ~ Owner/Instructor
My yoga journey…I love Jesus and I love yoga! Both make me who I am. I was blessed to be a stay-at-home mom for 16 years, working little jobs here and there to help make ends meet for my family. I learned as a young mother that exercise not only made me look and feel better, but it helped relieve the stress of being a stay-at-home mom of 3 boys. I would do cardio and weights and occasionally pop in a yoga video. Although I loved my life, I missed the opportunity to go to college. Deep down I had hopes that one day I’d find a passion and that would help me decide “what I wanted to be when I grew up”. I started going to yoga classes when the PM Yoga studio opened in Shelbyville and fell in love, making it a priority to practice 3-4 times a week. I soon noticed strength and flexibility different from other workouts and calmness inside I had never experienced, along with new-found body awareness. I continued practicing and starting praying for direction in my life. That is when God placed on my heart that he wanted me to go to yoga teacher training. With His guidance, encouragement from my teachers, and a huge leap of faith, I entered the Yoga Teacher Training program at The Om Place and upon completion of that program, I began teaching at PM Yoga’s new Middletown location. I quickly fell in love with teaching and my students. I always seek more training through workshops & classes. God has used my passion in ways I never saw coming. James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above”, and soon I was given an opportunity that can only be described as a gift. Others’ life changes allowed me to move into the position of owner of PM Yoga. I could and still can, only barely contain the excitement I feel for what the Lord has done for me. As a teacher, I consider it an honor when you take time out of your busy life to come share a part of your day with me, so I want your experience to be worthwhile. My teaching style is simple, really. My hope is for you to feel welcomed & at ease as I teach you the basics. Learn how to breathe, learn safe & proper alignment, & have fun while getting to know your amazing body. I’m passionate about life & health, as both are a gift from God. Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing & perfect will.”
Come & be transformed.
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Julie Ford ~ Manager
I love yoga! I love to help people! The one thing that has held steady in my life for more than a decade, is not only enjoying the pleasure and fitness that yoga has brought to my life individually, but the joy I have been able to bring to so many other lives by being the manager of a yoga studio. The opportunities I have had to spread the word and my love of yoga via the management of a yoga studio has been absolutely one of the most rewarding things I have experienced on a day-to-day basis.
I have an everyday full time career just like most of you and need a great way to relieve stress and at the same time have a great workout for my body. PM Yoga is now the lifeline that connects my love of yoga and my love of helping others. I have experienced many types of yoga, but my favorite is when I’m able to take a yoga class and make the class my own, for my body, for that day in my life. I walk away feeling great because I make the practice my own. That is my hope for each and every one of you reading this, to take your yoga practice and make it your own, make it your bliss and make it your best physical and mental exercise of your life…welcome to PM Yoga, welcome to your own bliss!
Jenn Allen-Hopper ~ Instructor
My yoga journey…..it all started about 4 years ago. I was working at a gym and had been for quite a while. They offered yoga and a class that was a mixture of yoga, tai chi and Pilates. A friend and I started taking the class and LOVED it! It became our Saturday morning ritual. After about a year and a half of being in the class, one of the instructors was moving out of the area and an opening came up to become a teacher. I took the leap and said “I’ll do it”! Another instructor at the gym and I went to an intense training and also worked at home as a part of the training to learn and grow in the program. I received my instructor certification in October 2010. I taught at the gym for over 2 years and loved every minute of it but felt like I needed more. So, in September 2012, I decided to take a leap and move to Kentucky, away from my friends and family in Virginia, to be with a few select people who have been a blessing in my life. I began looking for a gym the day I moved into town and actually found PM Yoga on a special promotion, purchased the package and showed up for a class…then it took me a month to get back, which is when I met Tonya. The first class was awesome and we chatted afterward because she asked the usual questions and my response was “I am a yoga, tai chi, Pilates instructor.” And here I am!
I absolutely LOVE yoga. On top of a busy work life, I am a runner. I am currently training for a half marathon
and am proud to have several of those under my belt already, along with numerous 5Ks and 10Ks along the way. My other passion in life is overall fitness. I have had my struggles but love to lift weights and really sweat it out at the gym.
Yoga is my calm in the storm of life for me though I believe it can be for everyone. The breathing and postures it involves are done in such a powerful and strong way individualized for each person, it is addictive in such a healthy way, it simply makes you smile. I look forward to growing without limits in both my yoga practice and training. I am very excited to be teaching again and doing something that I am very passionate about! I can’t wait to share this with you as well! See you soon!
Kate Pilkington ~ Instructor
Kate is a passionate and energetic yoga instructor who received her RYT200 certification with Sharon Tessandory of Barefoot Works in Lexington, KY. She has trained extensively with Sharon Tessandori, Lisa Miller, and Stephanie Studler, as well as with Laura Whittaker and Sarah Bowker. Her personal yoga style is a blend of Vinyasa and Iyengar-inspired, form-based practice that pays close attention to alignment and proper body mechanics.
Kate regularly teaches Yoga 1, All Level Flow, mixed level, and Family and Children’s Yoga. In addition, she has taught at the Kentucky Refugee Ministries Elder Day Program and instructed accessible yoga for individuals undergoing cancer treatment at the Colon Cancer Prevention Project. She is enthusiastic about sharing yoga with everyone, no matter their experience or ability. Kate firmly believes in bringing yoga to the community, a conviction rooted in a background in mental health and social work.
Marjorie Stanfield ~ Instructor
Throughout the last several years of my life, yoga has been the one thing that has helped me feel centered when life tends to spin out of control!
I am originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I began my yoga journey in Fayetteville, AR in 2006. I was new in town, had gained some extra weight I wanted to rid myself of and was not meeting any new friends my age. Like many of us, I was going through a rough patch in my life and felt I needed a healthy lifestyle change to help me through this period. I found myself going to the gym 4-5 days a week and becoming friends with instructors and fellow gym goers. It was nice to see familiar faces on a regular basis. I became very close with my PIYO (Pilates/Yoga) instructor, Stacey, who encouraged me to try all kinds of exercise classes, including various types of yoga and let go of any negative energy on the mat. As time passed with this new routine and outlook, I became very happy and healthy in all aspects of my life.
Now, a few years later, I find myself in Louisville, KY. I’ve continued my yoga practice and activities/classes at the gym. While still in Arkansas I began teaching various classes at my gym and continue this in Louisville, but what I really wanted, was to be a certified yoga instructor! I was awarded a scholarship for yoga teacher training and in June 2012, I became a graduate of The Om Place (located in Winchester, KY) with my 200 hour Yoga Instruction Certification!
Over the year of this journey, which still has much to offer, with a lot of hard work and dedication, I have found how to keep an ideal weight for myself, become a much happier person overall and have become a Yoga Instructor! I’ve found my happy place! Though I still instruct various classes throughout the metro area, PM Yoga, the studio I had most wanted to be an instructor at from the time I walked in its doors, is my Yoga “home”.
My mission as a Yoga instructor is to help each one of my students, of every age, find their happy place as well and become more in tune with themselves! When you learn your body through Yoga, you can learn how to avoid injuries in other activities. I believe through a fun paced Yoga environment, with a light spirit, dedicated mind, patience and props, I can help teach people how to heal from the inside out. I believe in God, I believe in self-growth and I believe with enough motivation anyone can become the person they are meant to be.
I have recently found that Yoga not only helps with overall health but it also helps with many mental and emotional disorders such as ADD. This is one of the reasons I have started to teach Kids YOGA! I do this because not everyone was meant for every traditional sport, but YOGA is meant for everyone. Yoga is a practice, so when you or your children approach it, remember to be easy on yourself, you are learning to become more in tune with YOUR body.
There are endless varieties of yoga postures, and I love to explore them all, from the basics, to the more challenging, on a regular basis. Please know I am not one to cast judgment upon anyone. In my Yoga classes, I will help guide you on YOUR yoga journey, but I will not judge you. I just want everyone to learn how to be mindful and in tune their bodies and in tune with how they treat others. To be the best person they can be and do YOGA with me!
“Be the change you want to see in the world” ~ Ghandi
“Sometimes, the underdogs do win” ~ Tonya Phillips (Owner of PM YOGA)
Peace Love YOGA
Mitzi Root ~ Instructor
I am a Christian, wife, mother of a precocious boy named Stephen, and lover of all things yoga! My yoga journey began years ago in a crowded class in a gym that does not exist anymore. It was not the welcoming, nurturing environment that is usually associated with yoga. The participants were very “clique-ish” and the instructor would constantly tell me what I was doing wrong in a condescending way. Most people would run from that experience, but something about it kept drawing me back. I have attended many other classes and studios since then with varying experiences, but somehow found the calm in the midst of the storm despite myself and the others around me. Fast forward to 2010, when a special offer led me to the doorstep of PM Yoga. It was unlike any yoga experience I had ever had. The instructors were nurturing and approachable. We were encouraged to experience yoga wherever we were in our individual journeys and to challenge ourselves along the way. It was here that I found the true meaning of yoga, here, I was home!!!
Yoga has truly transformed my life in so many ways! I am healthier than I have been in years, despite orthopedic injuries and early arthritis. When I had shoulder surgery in 2012, my doctor and physical therapists were amazed at how quickly I regained my range of motion and I was back to yoga in 4 weeks! Yoga has also helped me with anxiety, flexibility and strength.
My goal as a teacher is to meet students where they are along their yoga journey and give them the space to explore yoga and make their practice their own. I am a bit of an anatomy geek, so practicing safely is very important to me. The beauty of yoga is that it is accessible to everyone regardless of your current level of strength, stamina or flexibility. I encourage the use of props to help with proper alignment and use them regularly in my classes. My classes are energetic and playful and I strive to provide an invigorating practice with plenty of time for restorative poses and relaxation.
I received my RYT-200 hour yoga teacher certification in June 2013. I have attended various workshops including ones with Kino MacGregor both before and after earning my teacher certification (and will continue to explore and gain more knowledge!). I also completed the Thai 1 Training (Thai Massage/Body Work) in the Fall 2013.
Most of all though, I love every minute I spend sharing yoga with my students!!