Lisa has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 17 years. She has studied and practiced with many incredible people including Dean Campbell, Marlena Lambert, Charlotte Bell, D’ana Baptiste, Doug Keller, Krishna Das, Bryan Kest, MC Yogi, Amanda Devi, and Elena Brower. Lisa enjoys traveling, offering Yoga Workshops and Retreats all over the world, and experiencing new cultures and new foods. With a love of the outdoors, she also spends her time away from the studio hiking, playing tennis, and doing everything possible in the water! Surfing, water skiing, snorkeling, and swimming. As a Yoga Instructor, Lisa enjoys teaching a variety of classes that may range from a powerful and serious Ashtanga influence to structured Iyengar poses, as well as eclectic yoga with several styles mixed together. Lisa loves interacting with other people, laughing, and helping them find their authentic self.
Dawn started practicing yoga over 10 years ago because a friend told her it might help her avoid climbing injuries. Boy were they right! Not only did a regular practice help keep injuries away, but there was a fabulous benefit of awareness and peace that happened as well. Dawn started teaching yoga to her preschoolers with autism, and also to the kids she coached. She got certified to teach Hatha Yoga in 2007 at the Ananda Seva Mission in Santa Rosa California. She is currently working on becoming Anusara inspired. She's taken workshops with John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, Adam Ballenger, and a little Acroyoga with Jason Magness. In her 'spare' time, she can be found in the Wasatch or in the desert rock climbing.
Tina grew up dancing and teaching dance in the Salt Lake Valley for over 20 years. After a neck injury and subsequent spinal surgery she was introduced to yoga. Tina fell in love with the physical benefits she experienced while practicing yoga. Yoga brought to her life Balance, Peace, and Happiness. Characteristics such as poise, grace and flexibility ingrained as a dancer have translated well into Yoga. Tina recently Certified with Lifted Life Yoga in Alpine Utah and continues to study and practice many different styles of Yoga. She is happily married and the “Mom” to three amazing children. Tina loves to travel, practice yoga, play tennis, hike, camp, ride ATV’s, garden and cook. She has witnessed first hand the healing benefits of practicing Yoga. The Flexibility, Peace, Joy and Strength has been a gift that she hopes to share with others.
Mallory’s dance and athletic background give her a unique approach to yoga, creating a style that focuses on finding ones own power through challenging alignment. A dancer from a very young age, Mallory had the opportunity to choreograph, travel, and perform with Murray Dance Company. Now an amateur boxer, most of Mallory’s time is spent training for the ring. Through her teacher training at Centered City Yoga, Mallory has learned that the body holds incredible power, yoga can be a tool for finding, owning and using this power.
Nick has been practicing yoga for about 3 years. He was originally drawn to yoga as a crash recovery technique with regards to snowboarding and longboarding. Through intensified practice and study he has come to realize the widespread benefits from physical to emotional and spiritual. Nick has recently completed 70 hours of certification with Lisa Smiley through localYOGA. The opportunity to share the peace and joy of yoga has become a growing passion alongside his personal practice.
Attracted to the physical benefits of yoga, Suzy has discovered the emotional and spiritual side of the practice as well. Her first attempt at yoga was not at all what you would say "graceful" or "pretty", but the calm feeling of becoming aware of the present and taking time for herself has kept her practicing. The benefits of yoga have an impact in her performance in sports, training/competing in triathlons and her outsdoorsy lifestyle. Yoga is not only an "in the studio" practice but a lifestyle!
Susan first discovered the wonderful benefits of yoga during her first pregnancy over six years ago, and continued to practice throughout all three of her pregnancies. Recently she embarked on a deeper spiritual, mental and physical journey, using yoga as a vehicle for self-discovery. Yoga has helped to reverse some of the damage in her body caused by scoliosis, and has helped tremendously in pain relief. Practicing yoga offers an avenue for her to center herself, find inner peace and mental balance, and explore spirituality, while being physically empowering.
After attending her first yoga class Yvette knew she loved yoga.
That first class she attended was taught in Japanese, making it more interesting, and enjoyable. Yoga has helped Yvette become more focused, and present in her personal life. She also realized she wasn't really breathing! Yoga has given her the tools, and knowledge to breathe fuller, and deeper; breathing tension away, and bringing stillness to a busy life. Yvette has found that the physical strength and flexibility gained from the different postures give her the energy she didn’t know was possible. Along with her love for yoga Yvette loves being outdoors. Some of her passions are; skiing, boating, camping, jeeping, and gardening. She has added SUP (stand up paddle boarding) to her list, and loves to practice yoga while on her board. Yvette loves the friendships made, and the sense of community yoga brings to her life. Yvette's hope is to share the beautiful practice of yoga with everyone she meets.
I have been practicing yoga for over 10 years and have experience in Vinyasa, Bikram, Baptiste, Power, Lasater Restore, Yin, Freedom and Prana Flow styles of yoga. I have completed teacher trainings with Erich Schiffmann (2004, Freedom), D'ana Baptiste (2008, Vinyasa), Max Strom (2010, Vinyasa) and Annie Carpenter/Denise Kaufman (2011, Restore/Yin). I am a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance (under my maiden name, Joanna Kennedy).
I practice yoga because it brings me joy, comfort and self-healing. I naturally fell into teaching in California in 2005 because I loved the practice so much that I wanted to share my passion and experience with others. Here I am, seven (7) years later, and I still love to share ... :)
After becoming an Emergency Medical Technician, Registered Respiratory Therapist and holding a teaching position @ Weber State University / Respiratory Therapy Program, Stef excelled in hospital pharmaceutical and medical equipment sales for 20 years. Stef discovered yoga in 2010, and recognized a significant difference in the way her body felt, a noticeable reduction in stress, anxiety, and injuries and more restful sleep. Yoga enhances the other sports and activities that Stef loves: snow skiing, tennis, water skiing, hiking, motocross, and photography. She enrolled in and completed her 200 hour RYT and began teaching. Stef continues to attend multiple workshops, retreats, and classes regularly offered by many of the wonderful studios and teachers here in Utah. You will often see photographs taken by Stef at these events as she loves to document the amazing postures and capture the love and friendship that many others in the Utah yoga community offer. RYT 200
Since childhood dance, rhythm and movement have played a significant part of Michelle’s life. She was introduced to yoga during High School in 'stretch' classes, as the instructor emphasized breathing through parts of the body. During various times in life Michelle has turned to yoga to find inner strength and peace. During university, pregnancies, births of her three children, and the once a week ritual with friends, yoga has fed her social, emotional, and physical well-being. During the past two years she believes that yoga has quite literally saved her life. After years of wanting to become a certified instructor, she finally pursued her dream through localYOGA, and Michelle looks forward to sharing the gifts of yoga with you!
Bekah has been practicing yoga for almost 2 years and has loved it from the very first time she did it. She is passionate about teaching, and after a year of practice she wanted nothing more than to share her love of yoga and it's teachings with anyone that will listen to her! Bekah's approach to yoga is to enhance mental and physical healing and to keep our bodies in good shape. Nothing shows who and what you as when you show up on your mat everyday and listen to yourself. "Yoga is the martial art of the soul, and the opponent is the strongest you've ever faced: your ego."
Growing up with a love of music, dance, and theater, Heidi’s passion soon shifted to a love of health and well-being. ‘It’s simple; when you feel at peace in all areas of your life, you perform better”.
Heidi is constantly pursuing educational opportunities in nutrition, yoga, fitness, LOA (Law of Attraction), meditation, financial management, and Biblical studies. Admittedly there is so much to learn and so little time, that life can seem overwhelming. But she keeps open to learning something from everyone she meets and every situation she encounters, taking life one day/project at a time.
Having been a former dance and aerobics instructor she is thrilled to be on staff at localYOGA and looks forward to bringing fun, new challenges to practice.
Brandy is originally from Southern California, where her active, athletic upbringing fostered a fascination with the mechanics of the human body, primarily how movement affects the body. This fascination led to her initial pursuits of yoga. Since then, Brandy has practiced and studied yoga for eight years, and has taught for the past year. Over the years, her practice has developed into a style founded in anatomy and alignment, allowing her students (and herself) to safely explore asana. Brandy moved to Utah in 2001 for college, and has lived here ever since. In her free time, Brandy enjoys hiking, taking pictures, exploring, skiing, surfing, playing the guitar, reading, singing, listening to music, traveling, writing, playing softball, learning, cooking, and spending time with her dog-ter, Opie (short for Optimus Prime).
Curtis began practicing Yoga in the fall of 2009 as part of a new exercise routine. After his first practice, he fell in love with not only the physical benefits of Yoga, but also the emotional awareness that came as well. He knew immediately that he was to share this experience with everyone he could. Curtis completed his Teaching Certification with Lisa Smiley through localYOGA during the fall of 2012. His main focus throughout his practice has been to help others overcome anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses such as drug and alcohol addictions. His classes tend to include a focus on the unifying benefits of yoga practice in conjunction with the entire nervous system.
Kate has a deep passion for yoga that extends over ten years. Her laid back demeanor yet edgy style bring a unique twist to her classes. She is constantly seeking new adventures whether on the yoga mat or off, perhaps traveling to a new place or climbing outdoors. She understands the most difficult part of yoga is rolling out the mat, so her classes are designed for everyone regardless of shape, size or experience level. Her classes are challenging yet playful and her soothing voice lends words of encouragement that will support you through the whole hour. Don't be fooled, she will give you a full-body workout that is sure to stretch your limits, but will always leave you wanting more.