Teachers

Ally Edwards

Ally went to her first yoga class in college and was not an immediate fan. She went a few more times and finally stuck with it when she started training for a half marathon once she realized how much better her mind and body felt when practicing.
She practiced for 7 years before beginning her 200HR training with Here Now Yoga in Birmingham. She also has prenatal, pilates and corealigned training and is a PhD in Physical Therapy. She has been a practicing physical therapist since 2014.
Expect to find some “sneaky strength” postures and some big laughs in her classes.
Her yoga mentors are Jason Crandall, Lizette Pompa and Pilar Taylor.


Ally Leonard

Ally’s first yoga class was in the early 2000’s and her family immediately noticed a difference. She completed her 200HR training at Rishikesh Yoga Peeth in India in 2019.
Students can expect to find a comfortable environment and to discover how yoga can transform their lives.
Her mentors are Kino McGregor and Mimi Chambers at Birmingham Yoga.


Ellen Gomory

Ellen began taking Power Yoga in high school and loved the discipline and concentration that yoga required. The practice allowed her to move her body and sweat but with more focus and less frenetic than her usual workouts.
She practiced for 10 years prior to taking her 200Hr training with laughing Lotus in NYC and is working on her 500 Hr with Laughing Lotus.
Students can expect a creative and flow-y class set to vibey tunes and her teaching style is straightforward and relaxed.
Her teaching mentors are Mary Dana Abbot, Miriam Wolf, Kate Cariati, Dana Trixie Flynn, Sheri Celentano, Ana Forest and Lara Heimann.


Kelly Huggart

Kelly’s yoga journey began in high school when she took a weekly yoga class with her mother. She practived for 10 years before taking her 200 hr training at Holistic Yoga School and Studio in Fort Collins, CO under Krista Davis. She also has training in prenatal yoga from Annie Damsky.
Students can expect to find deliberately sequenced flows with the opportunity to tune inward. She gives modifications for practitioners of varying levels.
Her mentors are Pilar Taylor and her students.


Laura Jasper

Laura found yoga in 1997 while finishing her degree in Exercise Science in Arizona. She went on to become a personal trainer for special populations.
Her curiosity about stretching led her to take her 200 HR training which turned into a lifelong passion for learning more about yoga. She received her 500 HR certification from Sianna Sherman in 2019 and now teaches Rasa Yoga.
In her class expect to explore creative pathways to safe and healing alignment. Discovering new experiences to reconnect and nourish your mind, body and soul.
Her teachers and mentors have included Desiree Rumbaugh, Doug Keller and Sally Kempton.


Martee Hewitt

Martee found herself in her first yoga class in 1999. The class was hot and the experience was terrifying due to drill-sargeant teaching and limited water breaks.
She eventually found vinyasa and became intrigued by the potential benefit of quieting the mind and connecting to her body that she had only ever experienced in running.
She did her 200 HR teacher training in 2013 with Melissa Scott’s Sacred Glow yoga and a 50 HR Advanced Teacher Training with Laughing Lotus in 2014.
Students can expect a challenging but fun class with creative sequencing and music that allows for everyone to explore their own practice.
Martee has studied with Mary Dana Abbot, Dana Trixie Flynn, Kelli Precourt, Shawn Galin and Pilar Taylor and considers them her friends and mentors.


Pilar Taylor

Yoga Lab Bham owner
Pilar’s yoga journey began in the early 2000’s with Emma Terndrup at the Birmingham JCC. She initially went to recover from a running injury and stayed because there was so much there. She received her 200HR teacher training from North Shore Yoga in Chattanooga in 2009, 500 HR from Laughing Lotus on NYC and working towards a Smartflow® certification from Annie Carpenter .
Students can expect to find a purposefully sequenced class that builds upon itself with options for varying levels all set to her newest playlist (really for her true DJ ambitions).
Her yoga mentors are Kenny Frisby, Mary Dana Abbot, Dana Trixie Flynn, Emma Terndrup and Annie Carpenter.


Renny Ratliff

Renny’s first class was at Core Power® yoga with her mom. It didn’t really resonate except as a form of exercise. After studying Philosophy in college she took another venture into asana and recognized the value of combining physical movement with internal exploration.
She practiced for a few years before getting her 200HR with Kula Collective in Costa Rica in 2016. She also has Hot Yoga training from Yoga Pod in Boulder, CO.
Students coming to her class will find high-energy powerful flows with groovy music and good vibes.
Her current yoga mentors are Chelsey Korus, MC Yogi and Jiya Randal.


Teresa Callahan

Teresa took her first yoga class at Balance Health Studio where she found herself yearning to learn more about herself. She found herself showing up again and again for the journey of herself through the philosophy of yoga and surrendering herself to the experience.
She practiced consistently for 3 years before taking her 200 and 500 HR trainings with Kelli Precourt at Balance. She is currently working on her 1008 HR with Janet Stone in San Francisco.
Student can expect to be challenged physically and mentally in her classes. They will learn the importance of breath and presence in every moment and how to take their practice from the mat to their everyday lives.
Terese counts Janet Stone, Sheva Ray, Kelli Precourt and Pilar Taylor as her yoga touchstones.


Tori Prendergast

Tori began practicing yoga in Knoxville Tn in 2005. She really fell in love with yoga after moving to Birmingham and attending classes at The Yoga Circle.
She practiced for 2 years before getting her 200HR certification with LifePower and is also certified to teach Buti Yoga.
You can expect to be mentally and physically challenged in her classes and to learn to rest when you need it.
Her yoga mentors include Taryn Toomey, Kino McGregor, Bizzie Gold, Pilar Taylor, Lauren Vogel and Terri Sellers.