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Chasity Burleson 

(She/Her)

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Chasity began her yoga journey over a decade ago. She began practicing yoga for the physical practice (asana), however after the unexpected death of her father yoga became so much more than a workout. Chasity used yoga to heal, to sit with grief and come out on the other side stronger and more connected. Creating this connection to self and the world is what motivated Chasity to want to share this gift with others. This desire to bring people closer to themselves and each other led her to become a RYT-200 and then becoming a RYT-500. Chasity has taught in studio settings, community centers, elementary schools, farm camps, festivals, and many other locations. She has held a private yoga business since receiving her YTT catering to client’s individual needs and schedules. Chasity strives to make each of her classes accessible and focuses on building connections, whether within the self, the environment, or within the collective in her classes.  Chasity is dedicated to continue her work in the realm of social justice and yoga. She will continue to bring the intersectionality of these two worlds into her offerings. 

Savannah Gibson

(She/Her) 

My journey with yoga began at a young age. My father is an avid practitioner and growing up I spent a lot of time practicing asanas with him. I however, did not begin dedicating myself to consistent practice until I stopped taking ballet classes after almost 10 years. Yoga was a way to continue to build strength and flexibility, but it was not until I began college in 2013 when I really began to dig into yoga as more than a physical workout. This exploration led me to gain my  200 RYT that same year. There is just something incredibly beautiful about the way the practice of yoga is able to allow one to move deeper within themselves to better center both the mind and body. That aspect is also what I love about teaching. There is nothing more fulfilling than helping to lead people towards peace, and the realization that they are capable of so much more than they believe. I hope to meet you soon in the studio and walk beside you as you move through your yoga journey. 

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Maria Lacagnina

(She/Her)

Born on Long Island, New York and moved to southwest Florida at the age of 5 where she lived most of her life, until relocating to Asheville, North Carolina in early 2021. Maria has a BA in Communications as well as an AS in Opticianry along with certifications in yoga, barre & crossfit. She has been teaching for over 6 years at various gyms and is excited for the opportunities to teach outdoors thanks to the beautiful weather here in North Carolina. She has a brother and a sister & also her extended family lives here in Asheville and owns 828 Family Pizzaria off Merrimon. Her best friend is her new dog Titan who is a mix black retriever and is 2 years old & she is excited to explore the outdoors of her new town with him by her side!

Andie Morgenlander 

(She/Her)

As a yoga teacher, Andie Morgenlander (she/her) offers a supportive atmosphere where students can get radically present with themselves to use their practice of self-inquiry to show up for collective wholeness. She shares yoga rooted in the Hatha yoga tradition influenced by trauma-informed practice and anti-racist yoga philosophy.

We are all having different lived experiences. In her yoga classes, Andie honors this truth by giving options for different bodies, and by leaving plenty of space for you to move in the way that makes the most sense for you. Each person's healing looks and feels distinctive.

Andie is also a director, writer, and producer of both short and feature-length narrative films. She is in the early stages of developing Justice Film Collective, a creative collaborative dedicated to equity and compassion at every stage of the filmmaking process. By sharing movement and through the practice of filmmaking, she strives to create platforms that propel mutual healing and awaken conscious conversations, ultimately leading to a more liberated way of living.

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Kari Parker 

(She/Her)

As a lifelong athlete of many sports, including as a competitive strong-woman, Kari began her yoga journey over 20 years ago as a recovery day from one of the various trainings she was doing. Through several hardships in life, yoga evolved into a safe space to let go and forget the crap life throws at you; however, yoga further evolved into using the tools her mind and body learned through yoga to fully face and cope with the crap (versus forget and push emotions away) but also appreciate the good.  Kari is an E-RYT 200 licensed teacher who has completed several trainings and mentorships over the past 7 years, including two 200-hour Vinyasa-based trainings, an 8-month Yin and Restorative mentorship, and is certified in Yoga Nidra. Kari’s style of teaching includes a specialty in strength-based creative Vinyasa, gentle Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra.  What you can expect from Kari’s teaching is a fun class where you may do something you’ve never done before, an unspoken request to stay open minded to what you think yoga is, many option for poses and your own autonomy to decide what is best for you with no judgement, probably a deep beat playlist that helps you stay focused and in flow, some jokes that may or may not hit, some screwing of up words and cues here and there, building a good sweat during a Vinyasa class, feeling like your body and mind are relaxed and floating during a Yin or Restorative class, and leaving feeling better than when you walked in. Maybe you will learn how strong and capable you are in areas you haven’t noticed before. Kari firmly believes that all bodies are beautiful, all yoga teachers and students can have any body type and still practice the type of yoga that speaks to them. There is no wrong or right way to look or be in yoga.   

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Mike Ptaszek

(He/Him)

My journey with yoga began several years ago, like many, during a transitional period in my life. While I don’t recall feeling particularly drawn to the practice of yoga specifically, I do know I was completely desperate to feel like an active participant in the healing process. What initially began as a primarily physical practice - using the body to “feel better” - quickly evolved into a holistic, dedicated journey of self-care, exploration, discovery, growth, expansion and love guided by the eight limbs of yoga. It’s nearly impossible, now, to imagine how I was living before the practice of yoga was the common thread that weaves together all the aspects of my daily life experience. I guess I wasn’t really.
“We don’t use the body to get into the pose, we use the pose to get into the body,” gently reminds us that the breath, heart, mind, feelings, spirit, soul, the entirety of the universe all live within this body, right now. And it is my hope that in asana practice, together, we are able to step through this doorway of the body and witness, connect with, our absolute truest selves - if only for a breath. 

Leslie Rhinehart 

(She/Her)

The practice of yoga meets you where you are.”  After a life altering experience two years ago I was left physically , mentally and emotionally drained.  I decided to try a Restorative Yoga class and I knew afterwards the this statement was true.  I also came to understand that I wanted to share this beautiful transformative practice with others.  This sent me on my continuing journey to practice, learn and share the joy of yoga with others.  I consider myself a servant and a life long student and am grateful to share and learn yoga with my community.

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Kathryn Rinaldi

(She/Her)

Katie is a passionate student and teacher who has found herself embarking on a journey dedicated to becoming her most authentic self through Yoga, Meditation, Plant and Animal Medicine, self-study, travel, and devotion to Mother Earth. Fueled since childhood with a spirit of adventure, exploration, and spontaneity, she felt unsettled conforming to fit in with societal norms, so she embarked on her own path of self-discovery to reconnect with her inner self and reveal her life calling. Now, she is dedicated to the expansion of consciousness and guiding others in shedding layers and removing blockages within all layers of their human constitution to feel confident in their body, mind and spirit, so they can connect with their true nature, uncover their life’s purpose and lead their lives guided by their hearts.

Katie is a registered 200-hour Yoga teacher, as well as currently in the process of completing her Yoga Therapist Certification with 300-hours already completed in the study. Her mission is to transform the way Yoga is viewed, so that all beings can feel that Yoga is accessible to them. Katie incorporates her love for sacred ceremony, ancient Yoga philosophy, Kirtan, Vedic chanting, and other holistic modalities into her teachings, practices, private sessions, workshops and retreats.

Most of her teachings come from the Viniyoga tradition of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar. In private and group yoga classes, she focuses heavily on the breath and breath/body coordination incorporating gentle, mindful movement, breath work, sound/chanting, mantra, and visualization. Katie mostly focuses on a Therapeutically-based style of teaching, but is also experienced in and enjoys teaching Restorative Yoga, Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra and Meditation. 

She expresses her deepest gratitude for her teachers, ancestors, ancient healers, elders, Mother Earth (Alpamama), Pachamama, Father Sky (Inti Tai Tai), Mountain Spirits (Apus) and the sprits of the four directions. 

Celeste Vitello

(She/Her)

Celeste is a Florida native who started practicing yoga on a daily basis in 2006. At 26 years old she had just undergone a lot of personal healing, deep change and transformation. She was seeking more depth and authenticity in her life. She found it in yoga. Yoga was the perfect vehicle to take her deeper into her body, mind and spirit. A Yogi at heart, once she found yoga, the rest is history.

 

After giving birth to her daughter in 2010, she knew she wanted to teach her the Yogic way of life as she grew up. She took a 95 hour RCYT and became a kids yoga instructor. She took yoga into schools and summer camps and continued her education toward a 200 hour YTT, in the meantime.

 

Because of her own personal experience with yoga and how it changed her mental, emotional, spiritual and physical bodies for the better, she was inspired to teach others how to do the same. Her end goal being Moksha or liberation, for herself and others.

 

Celeste is a mother, Yogi and Energy Healer that lives her yoga on and off the mat. Her teaching style is in finding an intuitive way to help her students move safely through Asana. Through movement and breath she guides them in releasing pent up emotional, mental, spiritual and physical blocks and helps them get their energy flowing in a healthy way. Her classes have been called “Gentle and Strong” which might sound conflicting but somehow she is able to blend the two harmoniously. She knows that yoga has only just begun when you step off your mat and out into the world and tries to prepare her students for this.

 

As an Energy Healer she received her Reiki level I, II and Master degree amongst other certifications in Shamanism, Soul Retrieval, Crystal Healing and more as the years went by. She uses her intuition to connect on a deeper level with her clients. She holds an unconditionally loving presence that allows her clients to feel safe enough to heal and explore their spirit. By blending different energy healing modalities she is able to create a specific session each of her class. The goal is to help them get in touch with their true nature and empower them to work with their own intuition for personal transformation and healing. She connects with Divine guidance and grounds those energies here on earth in a practical way so her clients can heal and grow while staying present and supported. She is a bridge for those looking to do the work it takes to truly heal and elevate their mind, body and spirit. She works with Earth Magic and Reiki to assist her on her mission.

 

Celeste is currently working toward her 500 hour advanced YTT and is constantly learning new things to share with her students. It is her passion and privilege to serve the yoga community and the community in general and she looks forward to connecting with each and every one of her students that walk through the door.

 

 

Celeste is on the class schedule and is also available for Virtual and In Person Private Yoga Sessions, Private Reiki, Shadow Work and Crystal Healing.

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