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Meet Our Yoga Teachers Bringing You the Best Yoga Classes at Clayton Yoga

Alyssa Ward

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Alyssa Ward completed her 200-hour Vinyasa yoga certification at Clayton Yoga.

In addition to yoga, she has theatre, movement, dance and Pilates in her background. She has been enjoying every minute of her teaching and can guarantee a soothing, positive, and encouraging environment.

Students will see improvements in breathe and focus, flexibility, and strength. However, one of the main reasons to attend is to find a state of total relaxation, allowing you to escape from the demands of everyday life and pamper your bodies and souls.

I look forward to seeing many new faces and perhaps some familiar faces as well!  Namaste.

 

 Jim Mettes

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Jim was originally introduced to yoga in the early 1990’s. With full-time job and family responsibilities, Jim’s relationship with yoga deepened as he got hooked and has maintained a practice ever since.

After finishing a career in industry Jim decided to take his yoga to another level and went through an intensive 200 hour Bella Yoga teacher training program and became a Yoga Alliance (RYT) registered yoga teacher

In his desire to bring yoga to the masses, Jim teaches at several local centers.

Jim’s style is a combination of the many instructors he has had the privilege of studying under. With a lightness of approach and a respect for the body’s wisdom Jim encourages a sense of inner well being.

Beginners and advanced students alike are given the opportunity to deepen their practice as well as increase flexibility and strength.

 

Linda Multack

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Linda began practicing yoga in 1993 and immediately was drawn to the way it made her body feel: deeply relaxed and yet energized. She has been continually amazed over the years at the life-long learning opportunities and enriched quality of life that the study of yoga can bring.

Linda believes the opportunity to step out of our busy lives and get in touch with the peace can be a springboard to all kinds of growth within our lives.

She has had the opportunity to work with several great teachers and encourages her students to listen and trust in their own bodies.

Besides enjoying sharing yoga, Linda also enjoys spending time walking her dogs and going to movies.

 

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Kristin Johnson

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Kristin began practicing yoga in 2010. Amazed with the growth and transformation she experienced through her practice, she knew it was something she wanted to dive into head first. Yoga taught her to take charge of her life and blossom in many ways: overcoming obstacles and adversity and reaching optimal physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Wanting to share the wonderful gifts she had received, Kristin studied and completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance teacher training at Clayton Yoga in 2012.

Expanding her influence, Kristin continuously attends workshops, learning from inspirational teachers such as Christina Sell and David Swenson.

As a certified wellness coach, Kristin is dedicated to helping others reach their goals, on and off the mat. She believes that we all have an extraordinary healing power within us that can lead us from where we are to wherever we want to be.

Kristin’s classes are challenging yet accessible to beginners. Kristin incorporates the body warming, active Vinyasa flow with reflective and restorative poses that send you on your way feeling energetically balanced.

 

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Jodiey Cochran

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Jodiey began practicing yoga in 2006 because she wanted to find a low impact way to get in shape and increase her flexibility. She left classes feeling energized yet peaceful and experiencing more clarity in her perception of her life.

She believes in accepting wherever you are and knowing that you don’t have to be the super fit/perfect body type to enjoy yoga and its benefits.

Jodiey also emphasizes letting go of perfection and becoming more playful and explorative in your practice. Her classes combine a peaceful flow with various options for increasing or decreasing difficulty in poses.

When Jodiey is not teaching yoga, she is a pediatric nurse, undergraduate nursing instructor, petsitter, and enjoys cooking vegan/gluten-free meals as well as spending time with her mom and three dogs.

 

gladysGladys Smith, LPC, NCC, MAC, RYT

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Gladys is a Licensed Clinical Counselor and Masters Addictions Therapist. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and received her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certification training at Clayton Yoga.

Gladys believes that wellness and balance in an individual’s life can be achieved through mindfulness practices and learning to accept the true you.  Gladys loves to specialize in trauma resolution, stress less and heal feelings.

Her military experience of 22 years facilitates her working with stress less management tools and better lifestyle living through yoga. She brings over ten years of experience living internationally in China, Guam, Iceland and the Philippines.  Her classes are a combination of difficult, dynamic and supportive Vinyasa flows.

 

Renee SarakasRenee Sarakas

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Renee Sarakas turned to yoga as a way to help guide her through a difficult time in her life. She was amazed at how her practice was able to help relieve stress and help keep her spirits and thoughts positive. Renee decided she wanted to share the wonderful benefits of yoga with as many people as she could so she turned to Clayton Yoga for their teacher training program. Through this program, Renee became a 200 hour RYT through Yoga Alliance.

Renee’s favorite style of yoga is vinyasa and in her classes she chooses to guide her students through a beginning and intermediate level flow designed to both relax and challenge the body and mind. Renee loves when her students share feedback and she enjoys seeing them leave the studio with a little more joy than what they came in with. Renee’s favorite poses are inversions (specifically supported headstand) and backbends and she loves strengthening and deepening her own practice.

When she’s not doing yoga or working at her full time job in the financial industry, Renee enjoys spending time with her husband and their five pet box turtles!

 

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Michelle Maue

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Michelle received her Masters in Social Work at SIUE in 2001. Brought up in South Florida, Michelle played championship tennis until the age of 19.

In 1997, Michelle signed up for her very first yoga class. Immediately what she loved the most was the empowerment tools to remain calm in stressful and challenging postures. It was then that she began to build greater levels of clarity, confidence and joy in every area of life.

In 2003, Michelle Maue founded Clayton Yoga to help stressed out people feel better.

Today Clayton Yoga boasts over 5,000 yoga classes taught to the local community, and over 2,000 corporate yoga classes throughout the greater metro St. Louis area.

Michelle also enjoys leading yoga training courses around the world and finding her inspiration from watching her students remember and embrace their sacred path too.

Her inspiration comes from living her truth, or “following the rapture of her soul”, while watching her students remember and embrace their sacred path.

Yoga reminds Michelle that each day you set your heart and mind to achieving your goal, step by step, anything is possible.