Teachers

We have the following amazing yoga teachers here at Etowah Valley Yoga in Cartersville, Georgia.  Our teachers have trained in a variety of disciplines including Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, bodyArt and Thai Yoga Bodywork.

Sue Hopkins

Sue Hopkins has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years, and teaching since 1999.  Sue originally came to yoga because of back pain. After seeing the result of a consistent practice she decided to share her love of yoga with others. Sue is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the highest level, E-RYT 500. Because of her interest in therapeutic yoga,  Sue continued her education and is now a Registered Yoga Therapist.

Etowah Valley Yoga is now a Registered Yoga School, where others come to learn how  to teach yoga. We offer RYT 200, 500, RPYT (prenatal) and Professional Yoga Therapy.

Sue also offers workshops and retreats to interested yoga students.

Grace Stephen

Grace Stephen is a Professional Yoga Therapist.  In addition, she teaches bodyART(R), Qigong, Adaptive Yoga and Tai Chi. Grace lives what she teaches.  An automobile accident allowed her to experience, first hand, the power and value of a dedicated Yoga, Qigong and Tai Chi practice. In order to meet the needs of her students, she may modify postures or movements.

Qigong classes available include the following: gentle movements in a chair; for those of various abilities, standing Qigong for strength and endurance, and Supreme Science Qigong for a powerful introduction to the benefits of working with Chi (life energy). She has a degree in biology and had a long and successful career in the medical field.   Her passion and focus is to guide others towards healing through these powerful mind body practices.

Grace is certified in Professional Yoga Therapy as well as 500 Hour RYT.

Pamela Flynn Crowe

Pamela Flynn Crowe has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1995.  She became interested in yoga when she was pregnant with her second child in 2002.  From 2003-2007, she was a daily student of Sue Hopkins at Etowah Valley Yoga.  She completed Sue’s first Teacher’s Training Program in 2008. “Pam” integrates her knowledge of therapy into the yoga she teaches, creating a focus on the mind/body connection.

She is excited about the role of yoga in healing anxiety and depression. Pam enjoys continuing her education in yoga and hopes never to stop progressing on her journey both in yoga and in life.

Pam is Registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 200-Hour Level.

Chelsea McPherson

Chelsea at Etowah Valley Yoga

Anxiety is what brought Chelsea to yoga. Caring for people is what made her stay. After years in the hospital environment providing diagnostic care, she now provides therapeutic care in a yoga setting.  Chelsea graduated May 2013 with her Professional Yoga Therapy Certification from Etowah Valley Yoga, and she specializes in Women’s Health and Anxiety/Stress Management. In class and in private therapy sessions she creates a warm and friendly environment that encourages us to remember our sense of humor and not take ourselves too seriously.

Chelsea is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level with a specialty in Prenatal. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). She completed training with Matthew Sanford’s Mind Body Solutions in Adapting Yoga for Disabilities and Yogic Principles in Healthcare Delivery.  She has an Associate Degree in Vascular Technology, and she is registered with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Chelsea is also certified through the American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED) Program.

Lisa Siniard

Walking through the door at Etowah Valley Yoga on January 5, 2009 was a life-changing event for Lisa Siniard.  With no previous yoga experience, Lisa came to the mat with an “open heart and an open mind” and fell deeply in love.  In love with yoga and how it made her feel, she simply couldn’t stay away.  Attending an average of 4-6 classes per week, she quickly became fully immersed in yoga, and hasn’t looked back!

In January 2011 she began her 200-Hour Teacher Training Program with Sue at Etowah Valley Yoga and is excited about the opportunity to share her love of yoga.  She currently teaches classes on Wednesday and Friday at 7:15 a.m, and Monday Yoga Basic at 7:00 PM.

Devin Byrne

Devin at Etowah Valley Yoga

Devin joined the teachers at Etowah Valley Yoga in November 2012. He teaches classical Ashtanga style. Devin trained with John Meredith in Atlanta.

Devin Byrne has used his 200 RYT classical Ashtanga training to develop a full spectrum of postures in which he joyfully designs Vinyasa flows that not only keep your mind on the mat, but also to progressively get you deeper into newer postures. Devin loves to see his students step up to and rise above the challenges we bring to the mat day in and day out. He loves to get the prana flowing and the room ‘buzzing’ with energy, creating a fun and dynamic class each and every time. Consider it cosmic surfing in which your mat is the surfboard.

Devin has taken his journey to heart in the development of his own mind, body, and spirit and wants to share everything he has learned along the way. With deep meditative practice of his own, Devin also tries to incorporate any insight he discovers daily in his teachings and tries to help show you the practitioner how find a meaningful intention to set forth.

 

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