Patricia Dougherty, RYT, CRT

Patricia is the impetus behind the amazing group of teachers at Breezeway Yoga Studio. She also co-owns Balanced You Studios with Rebekah Knause, also located in the Bearden area.

She returned to Knoxville after 10 years in Los Angeles where she studied yoga, yogic philosophy, and meditation.

While in California, she was first certified in Hatha Yoga under Simone Market with Cloud Nine Yoga, then earned another certification specializing in Restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky.  After moving home she continued training becoming certified at the Therapeutic level by Kristine Koeverii Webber of Subtle Yoga out of Asheville, North Carolina.

In addition to her classes, corporate work, and private sessions, patty currently hosts a show on East Tennessee PBS called ‘Yoga Basics with patty’ which airs Tuesday & Thursday mornings at 6AM. You can also find her on YouTube and on PBS Passport.

Her goal is to help you open your body to find space for a free flow of energy – promoting radiant good health and radical self acceptance.

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Jill Bartine, M.M., RYT

Jill 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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Laura Mansfield, AAAI/ISMA

Laura has practiced yoga from the past 15+ years, studying under Philip Clift at Glowing Body and now Renegade Yoga. She’s AAAI/ISMI-certified. A public relations professional by day, Laura is a published author as well as a passionate power yoga practitioner.

 Connect with Laura via email: or Twitter@yoginigangsta .

Mebbie Jackson, RYT

Mebbie leads Foundations of Yoga. Each 90-minute session consists of targeted instruction on the foundations of yoga and body mechanics. People new to yoga and seasoned practitioners alike can benefit from the in-depth information and practical application of these classes.

Mebbie Jackson has studied, practiced, and taught yoga for 30 years. She recently completed a 500 hour training in Subtle Yoga. She is a Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, an Acutonics practitioner, and a HeartMath Coach/Mentor. Mebbie has studied with many great yoga teachers including Erich Schiffman, Kaurna Erickson, Rodney Yee, and Gary Kraftsow. Her mission is to help people find balance and healing in their lives through empowering practices.

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Rebekah Luhrs, RYT-200

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.

You can reach Rebekah at and visit her website:

Amberly Kelley, RYT-200

Sun Sign + Dosha: Virgo + Pitta/Kapha

Having always been a fan of movement as meditation, Amberly first began practicing yoga nearly 5 years ago and fell in love. Yoga brought something new to the table and provided a sense balance in every aspect of her life. While she loves the physical challenge that yoga provides, the ‘secondary’ benefits of the physical practice are what keep her coming back. “Yoga isn’t about being able touch your toes, but about what you discover on the way down.”

After several years of practice, Amberly chose to deepen her path with yoga by attending Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Landing in Chattanooga, TN with the inspiring and talented Jessica Jollie. After learning more than she ever expected from Jessica and the Yoga Landing faculty, Amberly immediately began assisting and teaching in the Knoxville area thanks to the wonderful Patty Dougherty.

When off her mat, if she’s not in her kitchen creating a new and tasty plant-based meal then you’ll find her curled up with her sweet kitties reading her next book or playing outside. She enjoys spending time outdoors, especially near water, allowing nature to ground and center her. She enjoys kayaking & paddleboarding, hiking, hula hooping, and climbing—though she hasn’t been brave enough for any outdoor climbs…yet.

Amberly teaches and practices many forms of yoga including: Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yinyasa, Restorative, and Yin.


Private lessons & small group private lessons are available.

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Cheri Pollack, RYT

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.

Cheri 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 .

Gina Baker, LMT, CST, RYT

Morning Mindful Hatha 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, 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 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:

Judson Nichols, RYT

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

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.

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Jay Dee Clayton, RYT200

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…

Russell Sauls

Russell has practiced Qigong & Tai Chi for 38 years. He has taught hundreds of Knoxvillians these arts, & he is delighted to now be a part of the “Breezeway experience”. Russell’s Tai Chi classes are excellent therapies for those individuals who in high-stress life situations and are likely to enhance athletic performance in other day-to-day activities & sports. Russell is a past United States Chinese Martial Arts Council national champion for Tai Chi & Ba Gua Zhang (an sister art of Tai Chi)

Jennie Berger,  RYT  200

It was clear from an early age that Jennie and yoga were destined for one another. A youth gymnast, Jennie 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. Jennie teaches “Ashtanga Morning” on Sundays at 8:30 AM and “Slow. Steady. Strong.” on Mondays at 9:30am at Breezeway.

Yoga For You. Sunday. Yoga. You. Three words that go together like peas and carrots…and potatoes. 😉 Get the most out of your Sunday and join Jennie for this fun and encouraging class. Incorporating a blend of yoga styles and poses to accommodate any and all levels of practitioner—This is *Yoga For You*. We’ll offer posture breakdowns and modifications along with more vigorous options to take your practice to the next level, if you wish to. There will also be opportunities to explore the deeper, internal dynamics of a pose and how it feels within your own body. Discover your edge and work to it. Be kind and patient with yourself. Leave class with a calmer mind and spirit, a strong supple body, and a gentle heart. Make Sunday count!

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.

Private sessions are available in your home or choice of location. Jennie also teaches private yoga instruction at our sister studio —Balanced You Studios on Bearden Hill. She offers a variety of styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Gentle and Yin.

Get in touch!

Becky Maze, RYT

Becky Maze is a Knoxville native and has shown an interest in yoga since her college days. She is also a Dental Hygienist and holds a B.S. in Health Education Her desire to know yoga’s balance intensified in 2005 as her life changed and growing pains ensued. She studied yoga under Asheville’s Cindy Dollar (Iyengar Method) at the Glowing Body and she claims Patty Dougherty to be one of her most precious mentors.
She has a love for vinyasa and yin and practices Reiki as well. Her personal yoga journey has brought her into a more balanced lifestyle, which she delights in sharing with others through teaching.

Becky teaches Yin Yoga on Sundays at 5:30PM.

Meryl Kerns, RYT

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 who was assisted by a female Si Fu 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.

Meryl has spent the last several years developing her skills by working freelance. Her working experiences have included art festival healing sanctuaries, hospitality massage for multiple music venues, and private appointments. She currently practices integrated massages including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, 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.