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Our Instructors

Sarah Spitzer Armstrong 

Sarah is a RYT-500 and professional meditation coach. She has trained alongside several famous American yoga teachers such as the father of Power Yoga Bryan Kest, Bhakti yogini Luna Ray, and Taoist yogi Matt Eschelman, to name a few.  Sarah’s yoga journey began nearly fifteen years ago when she was a high school athlete searching for ways to develop hip mobility. Since then, she has helped other athletes from professional sports to the high school level achieve maximum mobility through yoga practice. Sarah teaches primarily power vinyasa-inspired classes, but you will find her teaching meditative restorative classes as well. 

 

 

Sandra Barletto

Sandie became a certified yoga instructor in 2008 after decades of following her own personal practice.  As a RYT 200 instructor her training is specific to the lineage of BKS lyengar (a physical Hatha Yoga style supported by the means of a practice that embraces the use of props).  Other yoga certifications include three areas of deep interest: Yoga for Cancer (Y4C) Restorative Yoga and Children’s Yoga. What she loves most about yoga practice is “the beautiful feeling of surrender.”

 

Julie Fasick-Johnson

Julie has been a yoga teacher for over 8 years.  She has taught a variety of classes but has found the gentle flow to be where her heart is.  Her yoga class is accessible to anyone who is new to yoga or for those who have a regular yoga practice.  The class is designed to encourage each person to move with more ease, improve their balance and increase their strength and overall flexibility while enhancing their mind/body/spirit connection through their practice.  The practice is not ever about perfection, but, as Rachel Held Evans said, “it’s called a practice because it’s an act of training, a discipline to do something we’re not naturally inclined to do”.   Julie loves to show each student how, as their practice incorporates breath awareness, postures and mindful movement it helps them be more relaxed, sleep better, move easier and welcome themselves back home to the individual they are. 

 

Kellye Hickman

Kellye has been a certified Zumba Fitness Instructor since May of 2011.  Over the past 11 years of instructing Zumba, she’s taught classes at the Springfield YMCA, Springfield Health & Fitness and has participated in fitness events throughout the area.  All this has helped her evolve into the instructor she is today.  She took a break from teaching in 2019 however, during the COVID pandemic quarantine was inspired and motivated to start teaching again.  In her classes she strives to give each person a total workout by combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility.  She also offers low impact options during Zumba classes so that everyone leaves with a sense of booted energy.  

 

Adrienne Horner

In 2016, Adrienne fell even deeper in love with her yoga practice while attending Revival Studio in Springfield. She enjoys a mixture of Hatha and Vinyasa flows the best. Her favorite thing about yoga is that it strengthens both the body and mind. As an elementary school teacher, she decided to challenge herself and become an instructor. She loves being able to teach and share her passion for yoga with others. In today's world, Adrienne believes we could all benefit from a little more yoga. 

 

Jordann Laughman

Jordann has been practicing yoga as a student for 6 years and as an instructor for almost a year. She received her RYT-200 hour certification from Homegrown Yoga in Bellefontaine, OH. Her favorite classes are gentle flows and all levels vinyasa style classes. "What I love about yoga is the time to slow down, move mindfully and focus on the breath." As an instructor, she loves getting to know her students and creating a space for them to grow in their practice on and off the mat. 

 

Kara Lough

Kara is a fresh, young, new yoga teacher excited to share her knowledge and experiences with her community. Kara was introduced to yoga in college through taking a Stress, Mind and Body class where she was able to learn different pranayama techniques to overcome extreme stress and test anxiety. Kara has since completed her 200 HR YTT online and is now in her second 200 HR training at House of Aum. After her own traumatic experience through suffering an accidental gun-shooting she has received her certification in Trauma-Informed Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Yoga Therapy for Anxiety. Kara is dedicated to assisting individuals open to Balance. Kara teaches an intuitive, organically integrative practice where body and spirit meet and move together.  As her own teachers have done for her, Kara hopes to hold space and provide support for students to trust themselves as they move through this lifelong practice.

 

Teresa Magill (currently off for the summer)

Teresa Magill has been an exercise enthusiast for most of her life, taking her first Yoga class as a teenager.  Throughout the years she has participated in aerobics, weightlifting, spinning, Zumba, Yoga and Pilates.  She completed Pilates Instructor Training in January 2019.  It is her retirement dream to be sharing her love of exercise with others.

“I felt the effects of Pilates after my first class.  Pilates fits my needs of aging well by building and maintaining a strong core.  I enjoy sharing the movements and benefits of Pilates with others.”

 

Maria McCarty

Maria started practicing yoga 25 years ago using DVDs and videos with Jennifer Kries, a ballerina. The practice incorporated vinyasa yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, ballet, chi gong and her favorite, yin yoga.  Yin Yoga incorporates deep stretches held for several minutes that target our body’s energy channels, from Chinese medicine.  She has been active all her life – starting ballet at age 3 then, doing dance, gymnastics, tennis and swimming. Maria used to run and is an avid rollerblader. These days, though, she wants to focus on yoga exclusively.  Maria hopes to develop her flexibility as well as experience mindfulness and live fully in the present.

 

Casey Moorman

Casey came to yoga in 2012 as a way to calm her anxious mind.  Through movement and breathwork, she was able to integrate the concept of mindfulness into her life both on and off the mat.  She completed her 200-Hour yoga teacher training in 2015 and has been teaching since 2016.  She currently teaches a Vinyasa-style Flow and Chair Yoga.  Casey’s goal as a teacher is to provide a welcoming environment where everyone feels comfortable and supported in their practice.  

 

 

Logan Price   

Logan Price is a trauma informed yoga teacher with 500 hours of training.  She also is trained in Thai Yoga Massage and is a postpartum and end of life doula. She began practicing yoga at 20 years of age and quickly fell in love with the spiritual and mental connection that came with it.  She and her husband, the love of her life, have traveled to over thirty-five states.  Logan is a natural caretaker, always looking to help students with anything they need.  She also spends time rescuing, fostering and homing animals.  She loves being an auntie to her sister’s kids.  During her class you can expect a fun high energy vibe with upbeat music and of course a few laughs!  

 

Karina Escobar Ramirez

Karina is from Mexico City, Mexico.  Her first language is Spanish, and she will teach her classes in Spanish.  She has a passion for Shakti Naam Yoga and will be teaching various methods of breathing while incorporating mudras (symbolic gestures often practiced with the hands and fingers that facilitate the flow of energy in the body one’s journey) and mantras (a Sanskrit word that loosely translates to “vehicle of the mind.”  A mantra is any word, phrase, or sound that helps to keep your mind focused.)  She has lived in the United States for 3 years.  She has been studying English as a Second Language at the Warder Literacy Center and is pursuing her certification in Hakti Naam Yoga instruction.  

 

Melanie Ricketts

Melanie Ricketts, RYT-200

Melanie’s goal with any class is to create a calm and inviting space for all to work on mind and body. Her flows tend to be slower and thoughtful, backed with a playlist to keep things light-hearted and playful. With her medical background and passion for making the world a more accessible place for all bodies, you can expect her classes to be approachable and meaningful despite your yoga experience or fitness level. Melanie hopes to pass onto her students what yoga continues to teach her: joy, awareness, self-love, and gratitude. 

 

 

Kylie Rood

Kylie has been a licensed massage therapist since 2009, she began practicing yoga not too long after that. Kylie decided to do her 200hr certification in 2016 and has been teaching ever since. In 2018 she became certified in Thai Yoga Massage and loves how it’s brought her massage practice and yoga together. Her personal practice is mainly vinyasa, she loves the challenge of a hot power class but also knows the importance of deep restorative practice and tries to balance it out with a mix of it all. Her favorite thing about yoga is the connection to self, becoming aware of the breath and body, it’s given her the tools to be a better person in all aspects of her life. Kylie feels it is an honor to share it.