Bliss Body Yoga’s teachers are compassionate, knowledgeable, caring and committed to their own personal growth as teachers and the growth of their students. All instructors are certified with either 200 or 500 hours of teacher training and are Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs) with Yoga Alliance.
Colby Cooper, E-RYT 500
Kristen Rice-Gira, RYT 200
Karley St. Pierre, RYT 200
Rachel Wright, RYT 500
Tina Rodgers, RYT 200
Rochelle Ellis, RYT 200
Rochelle began her yoga journey in the late 1990s as a means of exercise. She quickly learned yoga provides much more than stretching and strengthening, and continued to practice for grounding, balancing, and stress relief. Yoga is now an integral part of her life, daily routine, and spiritual practice.
Rochelle is a speech and language pathologist working with children with disabilities, and a life coach working with adults in transition. Yoga informs her work with these groups, as she uses yogic practices for calming and focusing, and for raising core energy levels. She is passionate about energy work, and has training in Reiki and Theta Healing. She enjoys bringing energy movement and awareness into her classes, and sharing her love of yoga and its many benefits with others. She completed Bliss Body Yoga’s 200 hour teacher training, and is thrilled to be teaching at the studio.
Mary Scudella, E-RYT 500
Kelly VanDerlaske, RYT 200
Ellie Morris, RYT 200, RPYT
Ellie first found the joy of movement as a four year old in ballet class. She found yoga and tai chi in high school and mindfulness-based stress reduction as a grown-up and all of these practices have provided her important tools for riding the waves of life. Ellie has been teaching since 2002. Her early yoga experiences and initial 200-hour teacher training were influenced by Kripalu and Integral styles, and her classes are laid-back, breath-focused, and mindful, with at least a little dose of humor.
Yoga and meditation were important in managing her pregnancy and labor, which led her to begin training in and teaching prenatal yoga in 2015. She completed a 16-hour prenatal yoga teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center in 2015 and an 80-hour training at Blue Point Yoga Yoga in Durham in 2016. She looks forward to sharing movement and mindfulness practices to help mothers find comfort and connection during the amazing transition to parenthood.
Jen Davis, E-RYT 500
Sara Drumheller, RYT 200
Renée Balyoz, ERYT-200, RYT-500
Renée first discovered the positive impact of yoga on her busy mind in her college years, and has continued to practice and learn ever since! After a decade working as a Montessori teacher with young children, she received her yoga training at Asheville Yoga Center in 2015. She now continues her studies with her main teacher, Michael Johnson, of Clearlight Yoga, delving deeper into yogic philosophy and how to connect the ancient philosophy to the issues of modern society.
Renée’s classes are thoughtfully planned and guided, sprinkled with yogic philosophy, life wisdom, poetry, pranayama and meditation. She seeks to guide students towards a connection with the innate wisdom of the heart and body. She enjoys teaching and learning from people of all ages.
Anna Egleston, RYT 500
Megan Lott, RYT 200
Megan was first introduced to yoga by her grandmother when she was 6 years old, but didn’t become a regular practitioner until 2015. She came to yoga again at a difficult and transitional time in her life, finding that the mind-body connection and present moment awareness were the tools she’d been searching for.
Since then, Megan has fallen in love with the practice and enjoys exploring how the different types of yoga serve us in different ways. Megan completed Bliss Body Yoga’s 200 Hour Teacher Training and is excited to have found a place that she can truly call home.
Roxane Banville, RYT 500
Chloe Oliver, RYT 200
Rebecca Sink Smith, RYT 200, RPYT
Rebecca has been practicing yoga for over 15 years but once becoming pregnant and experiencing prenatal yoga, decided that she would pursue her dream of becoming an instructor. She earned her 200-hour yoga certification in 2019 from Midtown Yoga and her 85-hour prenatal/postpartum certification in 2021.
In addition to teaching yoga, Rebecca works in maternal public health social work professionally. She is also an avid athlete, a voracious reader, and a lover of crisp, bubbly champagne, and a delicious meal. Rebecca lives in Raleigh with her husband, Doug, two sons, David and Sammy, and two dogs, Jackson and Blitz.
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