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nicole agostino

E-RYT 500, owner and director

Yogafly Studio owner and director Nicole Agostino originally found her way to yoga as a complement to her life as a musician, and it did not take long for yoga to become her primary focus. She has been practicing yoga consistently since 2012, teaching since 2013, and leading teacher trainings since 2014. Nicole has trained extensively in alignment-based vinyasa and hatha yoga, and is experienced in leading workshops in addition to her studio teaching. She has completed several 200- and 300-hour teacher trainings and is committed always to being a student.

Nicole has years of study under California-based yoga teacher Peach Friedman, and has also studied closely with internationally-esteemed teacher Noah Mazé. She receives additional training and mentorship from Gina Minyard of Yoga Collective in Atlanta, GA, and somatic psychotherapist Livia Cohen-Shapiro, of Boulder, CO.

Nicole is based in Auburn, AL, where she teaches weekly classes, workshops, and trainings, and has also guest taught in the Southeast, Southwest, and New England regions.

In addition to her life as a yogi, Nicole is also a pianist and has been playing since she was 3. She has a Doctorate of Music degree in piano performance from Florida State University. Nicole enjoys teaching yoga workshops for musicians and finds the practice and discipline of yoga to be complementary to that of music.

 
 
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anya bertolet

ryt 200, certified prenatal yoga + yoga for all

One word that describes Anya's classes: Attentive

Something you might not know about me:
I was born and grew up in Moscow and started my path as a teacher at 12, giving English lessons to a 9-year old (my first paying job).

Dream day in five words:
Music, garden, yoga, friends, books.

Favorite sweet treat:
Ice-cream.

Favorite yoga pose:
Urdva Danurasana (Wheel)

When I’m not teaching yoga, you might find me:
Reading, teaching Renaissance English literature, geeking out on Shakespeare, knitting or embroidering, cuddling with my cats.

Favorite flying object:
The wings of the soul.

 
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Katharine Brown

Who are your classes for?
My classes are for everyone, regardless of age, yoga experience, or ability.

What can a student expect from your classes?
The practice will be grounded, peaceful, and welcoming to all.

Why would a student recommend your classes to a friend?
Poses are taught in a way to make them accessible to everyone.

How are your classes different from the average yoga class?
They are alignment-focused, using props and modifications to help everybody achieve safe, healthy alignment.

How long have you been practicing yoga?
I began practicing in 2006.

Why is yoga important to your life?
To me, yoga is freedom from anxiety and back pain. I've experienced both of these over many years, and in yoga I find relief.

What is your philosophy of teaching?
I teach writing and literature classes, too, so my philosophy of teaching yoga is influenced by that. I teach student-centered classes, and I like receiving feedback from students so I may make adjustments to better meet student needs. Overall, students should feel safe, supported, and challenged. I am always learning, and I learn with and from my students.

What is something interesting about you that isn’t related (directly) to yoga?
I cook delicious vegan food and grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs in my garden.

 
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sarah doyle

Who are your classes for?
I've nicknamed my prenatal classes "happy uterus classes" because they promote well-being throughout the entire reproductive journey. Classes prepare pregnant people for birth, promote recovery and self care for postpartum mothers, and can even provide a fertility boost and stress relief for those hoping to conceive. Birth workers will learn new skills to help their clients. 

What can a student expect from your classes?
Come leave your stress at the door. I design each class to provide deep stretching, hip opening, and pelvic floor strengthening. Sessions are appropriate for all skill levels.

How long have you been practicing yoga?
I've been growing my practice since 2005.

Why is yoga important to your life?
Yoga is where I slow my mind. I find focusing on my breathing and connecting it to my movements the best way to ground myself so I can be present in the moment. 

What is your philosophy of teaching?
I want students to leave feeling accomplished, refreshed, and with new skills they can revisit daily.

What is something interesting about you that isn’t related (directly) to yoga?
I'm also a doula! Wanting to better serve my birth, postpartum, and fertility clients is what gave me the final push to become a yoga teacher.

Dream day in five words:
Tea, outdoors, deliciousness, family, and yoga. 

Signature yoga pose:
Goddess dance

When I’m not teaching yoga, you might find me:
Hip-squeezing at a birth, snuggling a baby, or empowering an incarcerated mother through the Alabama Prison Birth Project. 

Favorite flying object:
I love creepy crawlies & honey bees fascinate me.

 
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katie dyer

ryt 200

One word that describes Katie's classes: Empowering

Katie’s comfort as a teacher is apparent from the moment you walk into her class. You’ll feel like you’re practicing under the guidance of your best friend as she casually (but powerfully & knowledgeably!) takes you step by step into a journey of physical & energetic awakening. Her eclectic & sometimes quirky playlists steep as the class builds, manifesting in a beautiful peak expression of the vinyasa experience that is uniquely Katie. Whether you walk in at the end of a long work day or just as your night is beginning, you’ll walk out with a new zest for taking your yoga practice off your mat and into your evening.

Something you might not know about me:
I have deep roots in Auburn dating back to 1835

Dream day in five words:
Brunch, pedicure, yoga, nap, family

Favorite sweet treat:
Cake! Caramel or coconut — I cannot choose

Favorite yoga pose:
Trikonasana

When I’m not teaching yoga, you might find me:
Teaching 6th grade or enjoying my family at home

Favorite flying object:
Lightning bugs — they remind me of long Alabama summer nights

 

 
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Kat Mincey

Who are your classes for?
Anyone! I hope that seasoned yogis will appreciate my well-structured and challenging sequences, while new yogis can expect both instruction and encouragement. No matter the experience level, all are welcome. There are always modifications to make the poses work for each body.

What can a student expect from your classes?
While my classes can be challenging, they are also attainable. I work to thoughtfully sequence classes to prepare and address the entire body. I work to provide options for all ability levels to promote growth, while creating a non-judging and welcoming atmosphere.  

Why would a student recommend your classes to a friend?
In the studio, I work to foster an inclusive and warm atmosphere aimed at building community as well as providing an enjoyable practice experience. I hope this keeps students returning to my classes and bringing friends with them.

How are your classes different from the average yoga class?
I work hard to teach each sequence with clarity. I structure each yoga class keeping my students in mind. I aim to focus on breath with movement while also making sure my students are practicing safely with correct alignment.

How long have you been practicing yoga?
I have been practicing yoga since January 2016 and graduated from Yogafly’s most recent 200 hour teacher training program this past February.

Why is yoga important to your life?
Yoga has completely changed my life. I practice to connect with my body and my breath. It helps me to stay grounded and calm through the stresses of my life. I am so thankful for the family that I have found at Yogafly through beginning my practice here and through teacher training.

What is your philosophy of teaching?
As a student of yoga, I am always looking for ways to expand my knowledge of anatomy and the history and philosophy of yoga. As a teacher, I hope to use my knowledge to keep my students safe and help them to grow and build strength in their own practice. I hope to be welcoming and accessible while challenging each student who comes into my class. I hope that my students leave feeling healthy and refreshed physically, mentally, and spiritually.

What is something interesting about you that isn’t related (directly) to yoga?
I love science, nature, plants and cats. I am currently working on my Ph.D in biology at Auburn University and I teach general biology classes at the university. My research focuses on a plant that can help eliminate pollution in areas of heavy metal contamination. In my spare time you can find me baking, hanging out with friends, or curled up with a glass of wine and a good book. I also own (or am owned by) two cats whom I love dearly.

 
 
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Natasha Madeline

Who are your classes for?
My classes are for anyone who is willing to examine and expand their practice. That means challenge yourself where you feel there's room to do so, and dial back when that is what your body, mind, and breath are signaling.   

 What can a student expect from your classes?
Work and consistency. You can expect a solid foundation of sun salutations in the beginning of class to help get you right into your body, followed by some vigorous and fun flow, and some time to turn inward as we cool down. Expect music (class dependent) with heavy but soothing beats.

 Why would a student recommend your classes to a friend?
I think students appreciate the chance to try something new, and I try to incorporate a new pose, or a new approach to a pose, in my classes.

How are your classes different from the average yoga class?
I believe my style lends itself to a balance between focusing on the many aspects of asana, while still taking a lighthearted approach to class. They are, after all, just poses! Put the work in, but be ready to let it go. 

How long have you been practicing yoga?
I started practicing regularly after graduating from college in 2012. Although my practice has been consistent since then, there are long periods of time when I only practice once a week! I balance yoga with other forms of exercise (lifting heavy things!) and self-care (bubble baths!).

Why is yoga important to your life?
Yoga is important because it is one of the only areas of my life that does not have a goal attached to it. It is a time where I practice for the sake of practice, not to achieve a particular pose. Although there are certain things that seem like a fun challenge to me (handstands!), my yoga practice is about a nonattachment to the final result. If I stand on my hands, cool. If I don't, I'm still putting in the work, and that is what matters (to me).

What is your philosophy of teaching?
Honor a student's choices, above all else. Giving students the choice to say no to an assist, or no to trying a pose, or no to a vinyasa is absolutely part of the practice. If a student is observing their own practice, and makes a choice to not do something, that is their yoga.

What is something interesting about you that isn’t related (directly) to yoga?
This is my first experience in the South. I started my life in Canada and have been slowly moving my way to warmer winters.

 
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Susie Weigel

Who are your classes for?

My classes are for everyone!

What can a student expect: My classes focus on alignment and finding a balance between effort and ease in poses.

Why would a student recommend classes/how are they different?
I aim for efficiency, consistency (through alignment), and natural transitions between poses/asana families. That, and savasana assists for those who desire them!

How long have you been practicing?
I began practicing yoga regularly in Fall 2015. I initially came to yoga as a supplement to running.  An unexpected benefit was that it helped me cope emotionally with loss that I had been grappling with from the previous year.  As it turned out, it was the mental benefits of doing yoga that kept me coming back. Physically, it improved my overall strength and flexibility and also helped me recover from a running injury I suffered in early 2016.  Now, yoga is my mainstay (no more running)!

Why is yoga important?
Yoga is important in my life because it helps me find focus and a little bit of peace in an otherwise busy (& sometimes chaotic) life.  Between my work as a high school English teacher and my responsibilities as a wife and mother of three, it's sometimes difficult to find focus and clarity. My yoga practice requires me to slow down and focus on breath and alignment through asana.  In turn, this helps me focus on breath and the important "little things" in my life as a wife, mother, and teacher. In sum, it improves clarity and calm and helps me keep a healthy perspective in all aspects of my life.

Philosophy of teaching:
Start with the basics, and build from there.

Something interesting:
I love cooking, and I'm really good at it.  I find immeasurable joy in making good food for good people--usually my family and close friends. My kitchen is my "happy place."  Oh, and I speak German.