Shannon, a native of Birmingham, has been practicing yoga for over 16 years and teaching for 10. She is the former founder, owner and CYO (Chief Yoga Officer) of a studio in Indianapolis called Practice Indie. She received her 200 hour YTT from Nikki Myers and Marsha Pappas at City Yoga and her 300 hour from Noah Maze and Rocky Heron.
She is currently in Noah’s Certification program and is always learning more to expand her practice and share with others. As a designated ERYT-500 teacher she has led multiple 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher trainings, workshops and events and has been blessed with tenured private clients (10 years and counting!).
Yoga for Shannon is a way of life. She seeks to practice equanimity in all areas of her life and is currently working on becoming as self-sufficient as possible on her 8 acre homestead in Moody to regenerate the land she lives on and serve as a steward for the eco-system she lives within. She is the joyful mother of two youngsters and grateful to be the spouse of her husband, Peter. Shannon holds a BA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University and is currently getting her Permaculture Design Certificate from Oregon State University.
As her side hustle she consults yoga businesses through Two Brain Business to find the success she had in her own studio. You can expect a class centered around a yogic theme, as well as the needs of the students that show up each time for her class. She is so honored to be teaching at the Yoga Lab Birmingham!
Haley Duggan is a yoga teacher, health and wellness coach, and Reiki Master. Similar to many of us stumbling our way to a yoga mat, Haley was drawn to practice through injury recovery after her college swimming career ended abruptly.
She completed her 200HR teacher training at Yoga Masala in 2014 through Rolf Gates’ curriculum, as she was finishing her Masters in Public Health from USC. Since then has studied restorative yoga with Judith Hanson Lassater and Roger Cole.
Haley has also co-taught 200 hour vinyasa teacher trainings under Rolf Gates’ affiliate program at Yoga Masala. Her passion is empowering others to connect to their authentic self through the practice. Her style is feisty and powerful with a focus on functional and sustainable movements on the mat.
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.
Whitney Renfroe has spent her entire life immersed in the arts and fitness industries. She obtained a degree in Dance Performance from Birmingham-Southern College on a merit based scholarship in 2009. Whitney enjoyed a professional career in classical ballet with Atlanta Festival Ballet and Birmingham Ballet. In 2013, she transitioned to contemporary dance. She moved to Boston, MA to dance as a company member for BoSoma Dance Company and SundanceX. During this time, she also worked as a personal trainer and took a deep dive into her personal yoga practice. She sheltered herself from the harsh winters in steamy yoga studios, falling in love with the physical and emotional benefits.
Whitney returned to Birmingham upon the birth of her first child. She later founded Formations Dance Company in 2018, with aspirations to bring professional contemporary dance to her hometown. Simultaneously, she took the plunge and completed her RY-200 teacher training under the instruction of Shannon Hancock, followed by gaining her Paddle Board Yoga instructor certification with Leisha Knight. Whitney is a level II Reiki practitioner, after studying with Reiki Master Terri Ann Heiman. She also has a huge appreciation for Kinstretch and FRC and maintains a regular practice with Hai Nyguen.
Whitney enjoys finding new ways to merge her passions, cultivating flows that feel like dancing while challenging the body to find stability and strength. She also places heavy emphasis on connecting breath to movement and working intelligently within each person’s own functional range of motion. She embraces the fact that the human body is an ever changing instrument for movement, and as such must be tuned in different ways on different days! Her classes are designed to ignite body + mind + spirit. (And to create sweat.)
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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.
Nancy’s first experience with yoga was buying a meditation book from her favorite book store in Newark, Delaware, lighting some incense, and sitting in the darkness in her childhood bedroom back in 2007. From there her practice evolved, and became a way to ground herself in her many travels around the country. Once she decided to plant her roots here in Birmingham, she decided to complete her 200HR training through Sacred Glow in 2019. In her class, students can expect a combination of a rigorous flow focusing on core, balance, and breath, and a gentle, restorative practice (not to mention some groovy tunes, too). er yoga mentors are Wyndham Ivey Bailey, Margarita Larrazabal Johnson, Carolina Vennie, Melissa Scott-Dixon, Jasper Elliotte Wolfe, and Pilar Taylor.
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 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.
Kat has been actively combining her love of yoga, traveling, and holistic living for the past seven years – leading classes, workshops, and retreats in five different countries. With her roots right here in Birmingham, she is excited to be back and serving this community. Drawn to yoga’s non-competitive and healing nature, Kat aims to help people connect to and embrace every part of themselves. Her classes are her own unique way to transmit knowledge and light, drawn from a wide background of travel, yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic wellness. Kat’s goal is simple: she aims to help people step into the most elevated versions of themselves that they can possibly be.
Kat has always had an immense curiosity for the world and all its different ways of being, driving her ongoing exploration into the unique mind-body connection and the relationship between our internal and external worlds. We each have the potential to be channels for infinite abundance. When we can learn to access this light and draw from our own personal power, we automatically enable others to do the same.
Kat is heavily influenced by the Kula and Katonah yoga methodologies as well as Vipassana meditation and Sattva yoga. She is trained in vinyasa, yin, and hatha, having studied with The Sacred Fig in both Bali and Portugal and Power Living in Australia. Mentors include Anton Brandt, Matt Corker, Raghav K, Dwivedula, and Dages Juvelier Keates. Expect strong, intelligent sequences with a fluid, ever-changing playlist. A space to show up, move, and get back to your Self!
Heidi Lee discovered yoga due to illness, and was interested in its health benefits. Not expecting to love the practice like she did, she left the traditional job force to become a yoga teacher and obtained her 200 hour certification. She has taught full-time for the past 3 years and has collected over 1,000 teaching hours. With a strong background in Ashtanga, her Vinyasa classes focus on finding the structure and stability in poses. Heidi’s classes focus on body awareness and also uses the practice to deepen physical, mental and emotional self-awareness. Heidi also believes in the importance of a daily, or consistent weekly practice to reap yoga’s full benefits.
She originally grew up in the rural countryside of upstate New York, and relocated to Alabama when she was 18. She has resided in Birmingham since with her husband and cat Luna. When she’s not teaching yoga, she enjoys reading, practicing ashtanga, writing and music.
Kerry studied under Akasha Ellis, who trained him in the styles of Ashtanga and Kundalini Yoga. He received his RYT-200 hour certification (Yoga Alliance) in May 2015. Kerry has pursued additional intensive training and certification in teaching yoga to trauma sensitive populations. Kerry is also a concert classical guitarist which discipline informs his yoga practice.
Kerry’s teaching emphasizes the basic principle that yoga is an art and science dedicated to creating union between body, mind and spirit. Kerry’s intent is to assist the practitioner in learning to use the breath and body to foster an awareness of themselves as individualized beings intimately connected to the unified whole of creation.
A lawyer by profession, Kerry has found that a dedicated practice of yoga has allowed abundance and balance in life in the face of many great struggles, pains and losses. Kerry strives to help the practitioner find their own path towards balance and equanimity.
Kerry’s goal is to present an accessible class that combines some traditional asana, pranayama (controlled breathing) and some forms of basic meditation. Kerry is inspired by the form of Ashtanga Yoga, as originally taught by K. Patabi Jois, which Kerry learned from Akasha Ellis.
In his classes at the Yoga Lab, Kerry strives to create and structure a series of unique sequences that are logical and healthful in terms of body work, but that are also musical, beautiful and awaken a sense of expansion and expression.
Kerry believes that a good yoga class can be a powerful and transformative experience for both the practitioner and the teacher. Of course the class should be fun, athletic and invigorating. But it should also at least begin to lead one to their own sense of where they are in their own journey of awakening. To be a able to participate in this process, if only for just a few moments, is an honor and a gift.
Alex Vu Ngo is a bilingual, Vietnamese-American yoga teacher originally from San Jose, California. Alex wandered into his first yoga class back in early 2017. After that class ended, he was taken aback. He didn’t realize how invigorating and powerful yoga was. He found himself showing up time after time again wanting even more. Curious of the many types of yoga, Alex has practiced a variety of different styles, but was drawn to the creative sequencing of Vinyasa and the strong straightforward approach of Power Yoga.Alex has practiced consistently with Pilar Taylor and Martee Hewitt in Birmingham, and with Core Power Yoga and Christine Chen in the Bay Area of California. After honing a practice of 5 years, Alex trained at Yoga[Lab] under the guidance of Pilar Taylor and Haley Duggan for his RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance. He cites Martee Hewitt, Haley Duggan, Christine Chen, and Pilar Taylor as his yoga mentors. Alex’s practice and teaching emphasizes on proper techniques, modifications, and alignment. Expect to laugh and incorporate mindfulness with movements that are culturally dynamic, strong, and engaging. He hopes to add diversity to modern yoga and use it as a means to give back to his communities, while honoring the lineage of which this practice came from.Alex teaches by the beliefs his mentors instilled in him of building strength and finding flexibility within strength.