Slow. Steady. Strong. A rejuvenating yoga class. @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 19 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Slow. Steady. Strong.

Take charge of Monday with a rejuvenating yoga class that guides you on a mental and physical journey through slow, calming flows and inspiring poses to support you for the rest of the week. Options will be offered for all levels of practitioner, from beginner to the more advanced. Explore your inner warrior, work to your own personal edge, be kind and gentle to yourself along the way, and ultimately discover increased strength, flexibility and resilience in both body and mind. This class is all about being true to yourself, practicing yoga with purpose, cultivating mindfulness. If you breathe, you qualify. Appropriate for all levels.


Jennie Berger, RYT 200

It was clear from an early age that Jennie and yoga were destined for one another. A youth gymnast, she also dabbled in various forms of dance and eventually, in 1993, found a local yoga studio in town and took her first class. She instantly fell in love and over the 20 plus years that followed has continued to explore various types of yoga styles and teachers around the world.

Jennie’s training is rooted in classic Ashtanga yet she’s not very traditional when it comes to yoga, or life for that matter. 😉 She adores stirring her own blend of colors into every class and sees each practice as a blank canvas with the opportunity to paint any picture you want. This is, after all, your practice. She has a deep passion for animals, music, health and nutrition, and wants nothing more than to share her love of yoga with others.



Gentle Yoga 4 EveryBODY with Cheri @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Mondays at Noon – Yoga 4 EveryBODY with Cheri

In this class you will be introduced  to the teachings of yoga through physical movement, mediation, breath work and inspiration. This class is perfect for anyone wanting to treat their bodies with the love and respect it desires and deserves. Yoga 4 EveryBODY helps students stretch, learn, grow and be open to greater possibilities. Everyone at any level is welcome and encouraged to attend.

IMG_9143Cheri Pollack has been a student of yoga for almost 15 years. She believes that yoga can help everyBODY age more gracefully with ease, joy and lots of humor. Her practice has helped her find personal strength, stress relief and an inner knowing that “all is well.” Cheri loves to encourage others to let go of what doesn’t serve them and embrace their magnificence. Her classes are designed to compliment any lifestyle and ability level. They are geared to open student’s  to their true potential; physically, spiritually, and creatively. Cheri is a clay and mixed media artist. She teaches ‘Healing through Art Classes” at The Cancer Support Community. Cheri is happily married for over 25 years, mom to three sons who all attend the University of Tennessee and loves living in KnoxVegas! She received her professional yoga teacher training in Asheville at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2014.

You can reach Cheri at 865-789-5180 or .


Hatha Thai Yoga with David Morgan @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Hatha Thai Yoga with David Morgan

This gentle-to-moderate yoga experience offers traditional yoga postures with Thai-style assists to cleanse and activate the energy body.

Perfect for yoga beginners as well as athletes, desk-sitters, and others who want to get safe, fast results from their yoga practice.

We’ll create space in the body, release stress, and have some fun in the process.

Payments accepted:
  • $15 drop in by cash, check, Square, or Venmo
  • Breezeway class cards (10 classes for $120)
  • $145 for 6 classes + one private 90-minute Thai yoga session ($190 value)

David Morgan is a Kripalu Yoga teacher and SomaVeda Traditional Thai Yoga practitioner.  He was first introduced to yoga in 1992 while studying abroad in India, and has been fascinated by it ever since.
Contact David at
Introduction to Tai Chi – 8 week series @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 19 @ 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm

Introduction to Chen Style Tai Chi

$120 for the 8-week series beginning May 6, 2019

You are invited to join Lao Shi (“Teacher”) Russell Sauls in the practice of traditional Chen Village Style Tai Chi. Come enjoy a unique approach to Health, Fitness, Meditation, and, at the intermediate level, Self-Defense.

This eight-week series begins on May 6 at 6:15PM. Class is limited to 10 students. RSVP by email to

his ancient Chinese art is a unique method of whole-body exercise which especially enhances dynamic balance,  leg strength, and power developed from the core.

When mental and physical activity is in harmony with inner stillness, the Way of Tai Chi manifests as an exercise of Presence. Mindful movement expresses meditation in motion. Now the internal energy, the Qi, is activated and circulates freely. The Life Force becomes more robust and radiant.

About Master Russell Sauls:

  •  50th year practicing Martial Arts
  • Specializing in Tai Chi & Baguazhang for last 39 years

Master Russell SaulsUS Chinese Martial Arts Council National Champion

  • 1st Place – Wu Style TaiChi
  • 1st Place – Baguazhang

USKA Grand Nationals

  • 1st Place – Chinese Weapons (Bagua Sword)
  • 1st Place – Chinese Empty-Hand Forms

Russell has trained with Chen Tai Chi Master Wang Haijun since 2003:

  • All-China National Tai Chi Champion
  • 1st Place Empty-Hand Form, Sword, and Push Hands (3 consecutive years)


Russell Sauls is offers Level 2 Tai Chi at Breezeway and Level 1 Tai Chi at Balanced You Studios, 6712 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Maximum of 8 participants.

Private Lessons are available. For more information, email

 Qi Gong is the Chinese art of Life Force Cultivation. The Level 1 practices that Russell teaches consist of 4 components:

(1) Ba Duan Jin (“8 Brocades” or “8 Treasures”)    

This set of exercises is documented to be at least 2300 years old. Connective tissue stiffness is replaced with youthful pliability. Helps to clear stagnation of Qi. 

(2) Dantien (“Field of Precious Elixir”) Qigong.   Major Qi centers are awakened & balanced via breath training, visualizations, & mindful movement. 

(3) Joint releases. A set of circular movements handed down from Tai Chi masters that release bound energy of the joints. 


Slow Flow Yoga with Meryl Kerns @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 20 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Love Vinyasa flow but think it’s just too fast? This class is for you!

In Slow Burn yoga, you will be challenged in a completely different way. Strengthen your body in a unique process by slowing down the creative flows, forcing you to ignite deeper, stabilizing muscles, focus and steady the mind to stay present and balanced, and become more flexible from holding stretches longer for a fuller release. This class welcomes students of all levels and will leave you with a better understanding of proper alignment and basic anatomy to take with you on your yoga journey.
75 minutes

Meryl’s journey of learning began in 2001, at the age of eleven, when she embarked on her martial arts path within the discipline of Kung Fu. She was trained by a second generation Si Fu assisted by a female Si Fu who was trained in massage therapy. The passion and knowledge of her two teachers, combined with the traditional approach of the school, inspired Meryl’s inquiry into the mechanics of the inner body and holistic healing. Later on, Meryl added Tai Chi to her martial arts practice, which further deepened her mind-body connection. It was Meryl’s female Si Fu who inspired her to pursue holistic healing, massage therapy, and yoga as a profession by treating her throughout the years as she attended the school.

In 2009, Meryl chose Asheville School of Massage and Yoga as the launching point for her education in massage therapy by completing 675 hours of school and completing her license massage training. The Asheville School of Massage and Yoga greatly emphasized the need for student self-care through yoga practice, as well as extending self-care awareness to clients. After starting her own practice,

Meryl quickly grew an extreme passion for the combination of massage and yoga. In 2013, she traveled to Costa Rica to complete her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Frog Lotus Yoga training program. Recently, at the beginning of 2017, she traveled to India to receive not only her 500 hour yoga teacher training  certification, but also a 50 hour yin yoga certification. After that then traveling to Spain to stay at the beautiful yoga retreat centre Suryalila for three months to continue her personal growth and deepen her

yoga knowledge. Now she’s back in Knoxville ready to share all the extensive knowledge and training to all who seek it.

Meryl has spent the last several years developing her skills by working in freelance. Her  working experiences have included practicing out of yoga studios, art festival healing sanctuaries, hospitality massage for multiple music venues, and private appointments. She currently practices integrated massages including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Thai yoga, and her personal favorite: Myofascial Release. Her multi-faceted training and experience enable Meryl to treat each client with unique and intuitive approach,   inspiring them to take an active part in their own healing.

Yoga Privates

60 min – $60  /  75 min – $70  /  90 min – $80



Flow into Motherhood – Prenatal Yoga with Gina Baker @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 20 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

This class is a great opportunity to connect and weave together a support system with other Mammas. We will explore the different changes and embrace body awareness. The yoga poses and connecting with your breath deepens the ability to respond in the moment to help relieve the discomforts of pregnancy, as well as expand on the joy and excitement of this special time. This prenatal yoga class will help you gain the confidence, strength, and endurance while better preparing you for labor and delivery.

Drop-in at $15 or each student can purchase a Breezeway class package


• Strengthens immune system

• Increases energy and flexibility

• Facilitates deep relaxation

• Reduces stress

• Aids in focus

• Creates support for family

• Eliminates discomfort

• Strengthens the body

• Helps to adapt to changes in the body through body awareness

• Elevates natural feelings of well-being

• Mental fatigue

To pre-register, email Gina at or call 415-858-2417

Gina is a Licensed Massage Therapist, CranioSacral Therapist, and RYT 200 hour Yoga Instructor, and Spiritual Counselor using a wide range of holistic modalities that capture the true healing potential in everyone. Weaving together yoga, restorative bodywork, energetics, breath, and mindfulness, Gina helps facilitate each student to set up a solid foundation “on and off the mat” to create a life that is rich with all possibilities and understanding of one’s true nature as well as a greater sense of compassion for everyone, starting with yourself.

You can reach Gina at or check out her web site:


Yoga Basics with Patty @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

This is a great class for all levels, focusing on opening the body and creating space.

Patty Dougherty moved back to Knoxville in 2010 after spending 10 years in Los Angeles studying and practicing yoga and yogic philosophy. A 2009 graduate of Cloud Nine Yoga in California, her specialties include Gentle Yoga and Restorative Yoga. Patty studied anatomy and Yoga Basics under Simone Market, a student of Erich Shiffmann, and Iyengar Yoga with Michael Rucculo of Life Yoga Center both in Hermosa Beach, California. Patty is certified in Restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky, Director of Restorative Yoga with Yoga Works.

She is as gentle and kind in the classroom as she learned to be with herself and her own body. Patty’s goal is to help open the body and find space to breathe and to move – enabling the opportunity for radiant physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Patty is currently leading classes at her studios: BalancedYouStudios, and Breezeway Yoga Studio.

Intermediate AcroYoga Series with Rebekah Luhrs @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Intermediate AcroYoga Series with Rebekah

This class series are for students who already have some experience under their belt. We dive deeper into the Acro practice playing with low foot to hand, pops, turns and twists, dynamic movements and washing machines.  Class is co-taught assisted by Frank Genovise. 

No Partner Needed.  Register here

Prerequisites include*: Hands-free Bird mount; Hands free bird presses; Cartwheel in to straddle bat; Hop to Star. (*Though students are not required to have mastered each pose, they must know the names of the static poses listed on the AcroKnox AcroYoga Poster (Posters available to buy or review at all classes). 

AcroYoga at Breezeway!

We’re pleased to welcome Rebekah Luhrs back to Breezeway for intermediate and beginner AcroYoga classes. 

For Rebekah, teaching and practicing yoga is a lifestyle. As an individual, it is a way for her to push herself to grow both physically and spiritually. Based on a foundation of trust, communication, and support, the practice of AcroYoga empowers positive growth in individuals, relationships, and communities in the most fundamental ways. Ultimately this growth is what she is passionate about.

Rebekah has been practicing yoga for almost ten years and completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification Training at the Asheville Yoga Center in North Carolina. She has been practicing AcroYoga since 2011 and is a certified instructor through AcroYoga International. After several years of teaching both in the US and internationally, she is excited to be offering weekly acro classes in Knoxville. Frank Genovise co-teaches most classes. 

AcroYoga is a dynamic partner practice that blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of healing arts.  New content is explored each week while reviewing components taught in previous classes and workshops. Space is provided for students to form strong foundational skills by utilizing spotters. AcroYoga as a practice that is available for every body, age, and ability.


Feel Good Flow with Mary June Thompson @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Wednesday at Noon: Feel Good Flow with Mary June Thompson

This class invites you to “find what feels good” and is appropriate for all levels. We will mindfully move through a series of standing and floor poses as we focus on the breath, reducing stress and tension in the body, and cultivating flexibility, balance, and strength in the body and mind.

Mary June believes in the ability of yoga to align mind, body, and spirit; relieve stress; improve overall health; and promote a sense of balance both on and off the mat, and she loves sharing the gift of yoga with others. She is also a self-taught chef, amateur herbalist, and holistic wellness expert who has practiced yoga for over a decade, and truly understands its benefits and healing power.

Yin Yoga with Karen Rodgers @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 21 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

This Yin practice brings the opportunity to slow down and give yourself the ultimate gift. The gift of creating space in the body and the mind that may not have been there before. 

Practice moving into stillness, perhaps one of the hardest things to do, as we are always multitasking. 

This challenging practice will leave you relaxed, energized, and mindfully at peace. 


I started on my fitness journey 30 years ago; Body Building, Aerobics, Tennis, Personal Training, Spin, Pilates, and finally YOGA.

I accidently fell into teaching, started training in all the above disciplines, and became a certified   instructor. For yoga specifically, I have completed two 200 RYT sessions, with a strong emphasis on Hatha, Karma, Jnana, and Bhakti Yoga. I knew, even way back then, that I belong in that role.  My desire to watch and teach and help people break through and become strong and confident are my motivation.  

It is amazing to see the physical, mental and emotional shifts that people make through exercise. 

Everything I trained for before yoga, was my preparation for yoga.  Yoga finds us when we are ready. I have tried to “gently force” people into yoga (cause I know how good it is), but truly you have to let it find you. 

Those who are inflexible, need yoga to become more flexible. 

Those who are weak, need yoga to become strong.

Those who are stressed, need yoga to become relaxed. 

Hopefully we will meet each other on the mat.  I truly look forward to it.

Gentle Yoga + Nidra @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
This class is 50% gentle yoga, and 50% yoga nidra (or “yogic sleep”).
Gentle yoga will help increase your flexibility, shed stress, and prepare you for shavasana.
While in shavasana, we’ll practice yoga nidra, a guided meditation that takes you into a state of consciousness between sleeping and waking. Here you’ll have a window into yourself and the workings of your mind. It’s an opportunity to let go of long-held negative emotions and mental habits.

Talk about a great way to wind down on Wednesdays!

David Morgan is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher who has taught over 1,000 hours, assisted yoga teacher trainings at Kripalu Yoga Center, and led yoga experiences from Paris to Puerto Vallarta. He is also a SomaVeda Thai Yoga Therapist.

Alignment Yoga – Level 2 with Ron Felix @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

This class is an upper level class so you have already earned your stripes by being in several series of an alignment style (like Iyengar ) yoga at Level 1. This class builds on that beginner’s level, refines it with more advanced poses and introduces you to a theme type practice. A theme could be a class focusing on back bends or forward bends etc. In addition you will be working on an inversion practice as your knowledge and experience as a beginner has taught you what not to do as compared to what you can do.

This class is taught in an 8-week series but drop-ins @ $15/class will be allowed with permission from the teacher.

Ron Felix – 865-584-0057

Introduction to Power Yoga with Laura Clingan @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Thinking about trying power yoga but not sure what it’s all about? Start here with this ‘Introduction to Power Yoga’ class. Learn the basics of Vinyasa (flow), practice foundational poses, develop strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance. While this is an introduction to Power Yoga, it will be moderately challenging so be prepared to sweat and get your heart rate up while getting a full-body workout.


Laura began practicing yoga in 2015 as a way to relieve stress and add a new form of physical activity to her routine.  She was hooked immediately and it wasn’t long before she sensed that yoga was going to be a transformative power in her life.  She’s been truly amazed by the many benefits that yoga has provided in her life including a more positive self-image, self-compassion, confidence, physical and emotional strength, and an openness to embrace life.  She felt a calling to share the gift of yoga with others and completed her 200-RYT training in 2018 with Kim Lomonoco at The Glowing Body in Knoxville, TN.  She enjoys practicing and teaching power flow, Yin, and gentle yoga.

Always seeking new ways to make yoga accessible to everyone, she is currently pursuing her Yoga For All certification with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes. Her belief is that the physical and mental benefits of yoga are attainable for anyone regardless of physical ability.  She works to meet her students where they are and encourages self-acceptance and compassion.

Connect with Laura via email: or visit her website:

Therapeutic Yoga with Patty @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
PattyJoin patty each Thursday at noon for Therapeutic Yoga. A great class for beginners and those with injuries.

This class is gentle movement and stretching and is suitable for all experience levels. $15 per class. Beginners & Injuries Welcome!

Mindful Yoga with Judson @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 22 @ 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Mindful Yoga with Judson Nichols moves to Breezeway Yoga Studio

judson_garden-namasteThe focus of Mindful Yoga is to bring the mind back into the body. Generally, our attention is scattered all over: the past, the future, other places.  In our practice, we bring our mental focus back to the body. We search our body for stress and tension with our mind’s eye, and then we practice letting it go. Along the way, we also become stronger, more flexible, and more at peace.

Call or text questions to 865-963-6042.

About Judson:

Judson Nichols enjoys tailoring his classes around his students’ specific needs. Every body is different, and each has its own path back to a state of balance. Since he began teaching yoga in Knoxville in 2008, the emphasis of his teaching has been to guide each student toward a happy medium. If we’re too stressed, then we learn to relax more.  If we’re too prone to multi-tasking, then we learn to focus the attention. If we’re too tight, we get more flexible. If we’re too flexible, then we stabilize the joints.  It’s all about bringing conscious choices and awareness to your life to give you more freedom to be who you need to be.  

When he’s not teaching yoga, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their small herd of cats. His other work involves writing custom software to help businesses become more efficient.

You can email him at  His website is


Progressive Flow with Jamie Kowarick @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 23 @ 8:00 am – 9:15 am

Progressive Flow  •  Friday at 8:00AM

In Progressive Flow, students will find themselves moving through a sequence a total of three times, each flow building off the previous. In the first round, students will move through a slow moving, muscle wakening flow. The second, balance and preparatory postures are offered with the option to move deeper into each pose and try more fluid transitions. The third sequence brings breath centric movement and the peak postures. This practice will help build confidence, strengthen and stretch the mind and body, and is suitable for all levels.

About Jamie:

Jamie took her first yoga class while attending college to fill a mandatory gym credit, searching for a creative and physical outlet like her first passion, dance. In this gym class, Jamie’s initial interest in yoga started.  Once graduated and working, Jamie again longed for a physical and mental outlet to help her express herself, and turned to yoga for another go around. What she found on her yoga mat was so much more than she expected.  Not only did she see results physically, Jamie looked forward to the challenge of finding balance and strength in the mind and body.  In turn, yoga was the perfect addition to her life to help cope with stress and anxiety.  All of these factors, plus a few more, are what inspired Jamie to go to teacher training in 2016, and she feels it was one of the best decisions she has ever made.

Jamie brings her dance background into all of her classes, which is why she loves Power and Vinyasa yoga so much.  With each class, Jamie sequences poses together to move the body on all planes and levels to open all areas of the body.  Jamie believes that yoga is something to be enjoyed and not taken too seriously, and wants to spread her love of yoga to help others achieve their goals.  She believes yoga truly is for everyone and every body, no matter their reason for first stepping on a yoga mat; and she hopes to see you there.

Mindful Gentle Flow with Gina Baker @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 23 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Mindful Gentle Flow is a moderate mindful flow class with a strong focus on breath, internal awareness of sensation, and body alignment. We will explore the postures and work our way into waking up the body to help you step into your day. This class is for all levels with a general understanding of yoga and meditation. With regular weekly devoted practice my students often find:

• Improved energy levels and sleep

• Clearing the effects of a stressful lifestyle

• Weight loss

• Feeling less anxious

Gina is a Licensed Massage Therapist, CranioSacral Therapist, and RYT 200 hour Yoga Instructor, Spiritual Counselor using a wide range of holistic modalities that capture the true healing potential in everyone. Weaving together yoga, restorative bodywork, energetics, breath, and mindfulness, Gina helps facilitate each individual student to set up a solid foundation “on and off the mat” to create a life that is rich with all possibilities and understanding of one’s true nature as well as a greater sense of compassion for everyone, starting with yourself.

Gina has been a student and practitioner of yoga for over 15 years on a personal journey into a deeper richer learning so she can be an advocate for each individual yogi wanting to organically cultivate and grow into a mindful yoga practice.

You can reach Gina at or check out her web site:


Noon Flow Yoga with Caroline Munday @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

 Noon Flow is a vinyasa flow, incorporating many different postures which are woven into a sequence with breath, mindful alignment, and a meditative focus. 

Caroline has been practicing yoga for the past 20 years. She recently fulfilled her dream and received her 200-hour RYT at the Asheville Yoga Center in March 2018. Caroline has always known the power of yoga to heal the body, mind and spirit on all levels. Yoga has become a way of life for Caroline and she infuses that with her passion for health and well-being in her healing practice. Caroline is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner, Authorized Teacher of Eden Energy Medicine 101/102, and Reiki Master/Teacher. Caroline is passionate about her work and loves working in partnership with her clients and students to achieve greater health, vitality and well-being in all aspects of their lives. She believes that our bodies can naturally heal and wishes to help empower her students to get on the mat and experience the healing power of yoga, physically, mentally and spiritually. 

Connect with Caroline: 865-274-8640 |




Aroma Yin with Mary June Thompson @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 23 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Yin is a gentle, healing practice where floor poses are held for 3-5 minutes to target the joints and connective tissues, as well as energy meridians in the body, resulting in better flexibility; mobility; joint health; improved, balanced energy levels; reduced stress; and a calm mind. Specifically selected pure essential oils are used in class for an enhanced healing effect on the systems of the body being targeted. Perfect for active yogis, seniors, athletes, and everyone else.


Mary June believes in the ability of yoga to align mind, body, and spirit; relieve stress; improve overall health; and promote a sense of balance both on and off the mat, and she loves sharing the gift of yoga with others. She is also a self-taught chef, amateur herbalist, and holistic wellness expert who has practiced yoga for over a decade, and truly understands its benefits and healing power.

Connect with Mary June via email: 

Power Yoga with Jill Bartine @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Jill Bartine, M.M., RYT

JillB_headshotJill Bartine has been a teacher for more than half her life. As a classically-trained flutist who performs with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, her first outlet for her teaching passion was music.  She is thrilled to now include yoga to her teaching repertoire after completing her 200-hour RYT certification in August 2011.  By the fall of 2013, she had already logged over 1,000 teaching hours, which made her eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher).  She also holds a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from Northwestern University and a Master of Music from the University of Tennessee.

Having never been a fitness buff, Jill stepped into her first yoga class in 2002, and it was love at first sight.  Over the years that she has practiced, she is continually amazed at the benefits yoga has brought to her life – physical fitness, better posture, mental clarity, self-confidence, increased flexibility on and off the mat, and a general sense of peace and gratitude.

Professional musical performance employs controlled breath, body awareness, energy, creativity, rhythmic flow, and harmony — all qualities of a successful yoga practice.  Jill draws upon these elements in her classes, helping her students to feel in tune with their bodies and spirit, and those around them.  She professes to have “yoga ADHD” and constantly seeks new ways to experience poses and offer them to her students in a dynamic, playful way.

Jill teaches power and vinyasa group classes at multiple studios in Knoxville and also enjoys teaching private sessions for individuals and small groups. Connect with Jill via email: ,,
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Saturday morning Gentle Yoga @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

This therapeutic class is a gentle movement class for all levels of experience.

Jay Dee Clayton

JD has practiced yoga since 1998.  He has lived internationally in Australia and China and experienced several different styles of yoga during the 12+ years that he lived outside of the US. JD recently finished his Yoga teacher training and received his RYT certification in September of 2017.

His teacher training was focused on breath centered yoga, and also included meditative study and practice to further develop skills in the delivery of effective yoga instruction. He will offer a Gentle Yoga class at Breezeway and JD hopes to soon add other class offerings that are currently under development. Stay Tuned…


Jesse Williams, RYT200

Jesse teaches a breath centric yoga class that focuses on re-balancing the body. He uses dynamic (moving) yoga poses to help the body regain symmetry.

As Jesse went through his yoga training he became passionate about how breath and movement work together to bring harmony and healing to the body. He continues to study the Viniyoga teachings handed down from Krishnamacharya through his son Desikachar and to Gary Kraftsow and other teachers. Jesse is happy to work in class and individually to allow students to fully experience the transformational aspects of yoga.

If you are seeking to restore symmetry in the body in an effort to move through life feeling less bound by your own physicality, this is the class for you. Come join Jesse at Breezeway and begin a journey to a higher quality of life through movement.

Japa Mala Meditation Practice with Jaia Mara @ Breezeway Yoga Studio
Aug 24 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

In this workshop, we will discover the transformational practice of Japa Mala meditation. Japa is the recitation of a mantra or affirmation out loud or internally. In this form, a Mala, meaning garland, can be used to count the number of recitations to 108, 54, or 27. 108 is an auspicious number in yoga, and is said to give depth and power to prayer. This way of meditation is said to cleanse the mind and heart, and to engage a deeper level of spiritual connection, attaining a higher vibrational state. During this workshop, we will enter meditation together, and practice a Japa with Malas.

Each attendee will leave with an outline on how to create a home practice, with several Mantras, and have the op-portunity to purchase a unique, hand crafted gemstone mala. Trunk show will begin at 12:30, with the workshop beginning at 1:00PM.

$15 per person • $25 per couple

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Jaia Mara, an Appalachian native, yogini and sacred dancer, is dedicated to bringing passion, depth, and commitment to her work. She is a professional performer and instructor and has over twenty years of profound and dedicated study in yoga. A tribal belly dancer, energy worker, creator of sacred adornments, and practitioner of magic-making, Jaia is devoted to bringing sacred movement and practices as healing work to all.

Jaia facilitates women’s circles, sacred arts retreats, rites of passage gatherings, wellness groups, workshops, and shares one on one spiritual coaching.

Jaia’s dance form and sacred movement practices weave together the strength of technique, both modern and folkloric, with the flow of conscious breath, and the importance of true connectivity with others and the divine. Jaia’s work nurtures re-union between mind and body. Her authenticity pervades her dance performances, inspiring others to joy and healing. 

Join Jaia in discovering the joy of self-discovery through the sadhana of yoga, meditation, and sacred dance.