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nicole agostino

RYT-500, owner and director

Nicole Agostino holds two degrees both in piano performance from the renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She earned her Bachelor of Music with high distinction in 2005 and her Master of Music with an emphasis in music theory in 2007, both under the tutelage of Dr. Karen Shaw. In 2015, Nicole completed her Doctorate of Music in piano performance from Florida State University, where she studied with Dr. Read Gainsford. During her studies at Florida State, Nicole also completed certificates in Music Theory Pedagogy and in College Teaching.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Nicole has performed several recitals across the northeastern, midwestern, and southern states. She has toured as a guest artist giving recitals and lectures across the Southeast on Bach’s Goldberg Variations and has also recorded the work. Presently residing in Auburn, AL, Nicole has served as faculty at Southern Union State Community College, as well as a member of the accompanying staff at Auburn University. In addition to performing, she maintains a busy schedule as a teacher and adjudicator. Nicole has maintained a private piano studio for over 15 years, she serves regularly as a judge for music competitions throughout the Southeast, and is currently president of the Auburn Opelika Music Teachers Association.

In addition to her musical life, Nicole enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, and is the owner of Yogafly Studio in Auburn. She has been practicing yoga since 2012, and this past November, completed her advanced teacher training certification with California-based yoga teacher Peach Friedman. In addition to her regular studio teaching, Nicole also teaches yoga workshops for musicians, focusing on posture and breath for injury prevention, as well as visualization for performance preparation. The practice and discipline of yoga are complementary to that of music, and Nicole enjoys these parallels in teaching both yoga and piano.

 
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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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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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Lauren Lynch

Who are your classes for?

My classes are for those willing and ready to experience and deepen their own yoga practice. Whether this is your very first time on a yoga mat, or you’ve been practicing for years, my classes will serve you well.

What can a student expect from your classes?

In my classes you can expect to be challenged and empowered. It is my intention to guide you through your own individual yoga experience, one that will leave you feeling stronger and more balanced, both physically and mentally.

Why would a student recommend your classes to a friend?

My students might recommend my classes to their friends because I am a welcoming and approachable teacher. I am eager to connect with new students and to form meaningful relationships with all who attend my classes.

How are your classes different from the average yoga class?

My classes standout from the average yoga class because it is about more than just a workout, or a calming experience. I see my yoga practice as a way to honor my body and my mind, and I hope my students will feel compelled to honor themselves in the same manner. Your body is a temple, therefore I encourage you to treat it as one.

How long have you been practicing yoga?

I first tried yoga in college, as a supplement to my rigorous workouts. After many years of beating my body up in the gym, I realized I needed to focus more on the balance of mind, body, and spirit. About two years ago, I decided to take my yoga practice deeper and it has completely transformed my life, both physically and spiritually.

Why is yoga important in your life?

Yoga benefits my overall well-being, and without it I would never be the same. Through my yoga practice I have gained discipline and strength, and ultimately acceptance. This process never ends, it is a cyclic practice, like the rising and setting of the sun. There will be highs and there will be lows, but the sun will come out tomorrow and there will always be more yoga to experience.

What is your philosophy of teaching?

William Arthur Ward once said, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” I find that this statement speaks to who I strive to be as a teacher. I want to do more than simply instruct my students, I want to be the catalyst for their improvement. I hope to instill an attitude of mutual encouragement in each of my classes.

What is something interesting about you that isn't related (directly) to yoga?

In addition to teaching yoga, I am a pilates instructor, a professor of nutrition, and a follower of Christ. I spend almost all of my time teaching, whether it be in the college classroom or a group fitness setting. I feel teaching is truly my calling and I give all the glory to God for blessing me with the opportunity to do what I love across so many different formats.

 
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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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Laura Mulqueen

Who are your classes for?

My classes are for anyone and everyone looking to enter into a symbiotic relationship with their body. For those curious about the abilities and possibilities of their own bodies.

What can a student expect from your classes?

Students can expect an emphasis on alignment, and encouragement to listen to their own bodies in order to find the practice that is best suited for them on any given day.

Why would a student recommend your classes to a friend?

They come away knowing more about their own bodily experience, and more about each pose. To share in the environment of exploration and growth.

How are your classes different from the average yoga class?

I offer students to view themselves from a fresh perspective, encouraging a gentle curiosity about the bodies, but no pressure to perform a certain way.  

How long have you been practicing yoga?

Casually for 6-7 years, but my heartfelt practice began around 2014

Why is yoga important to your life?

Yoga gives me the tools to be at peace with both my internal and external world.  It offers me a chance to practice respect and patience, for myself and all that is around me. I find reprieve from the noise of life and a softening in my mind. I enjoy pushing the limits of my own body, and love learning new poses.

What is your philosophy of teaching?

My teaching philosophy reflects an intersection of the physical and mental aspects of yoga. I like to build from the ground up in a pose, offering thorough dissection of the big and small actions of a pose. I also like to teach from the inside out, encouraging students to tap into the sensations they experience both physically and emotionally, and to then use that information to make decisions both in their yoga practice and in their daily lives.

What is something interesting about you that isn’t related directly to yoga?

I lived in Prague, Czech Republic for a year, teaching English and frequenting as many cafes as possible.  I still miss the beautiful views, parks complete with fruit trees, and plentiful beer.

 
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tal peretz

One word to describe Tal's classes: Directed

Born to an Iyengar yoga teacher, Tal has been practicing some form of
yoga for most of his thirty-odd years on this beautiful planet. His
practice and his classes incorporate aspects of Ashtanga, Vinyasa,
Iyengar, Power, Anusara, and Forrest yoga. Tal is always striving to
make his classes safe, exciting, and enriching through encouragement
and individual attention. He brings variety, creativity, and humor to
his classes, along with a sense of compassion that makes students feel
more comfortable during class. Believing that no one knows your body
better than yourself, Tal encourages you to make the practice your
own. He wants you to take yoga with you, off the mat, out of the
studio, and into every aspect of your life; that is where the true
importance of what we do on the mat is found.

Something you might not know about me:
I have a PhD in Sociology and Gender Studies, and teach at Auburn University.

Dream day in five words:
Centered, relaxed, motivated, excited, balanced.

Favorite sweet treat:
Peach's vegan chocolate chip cookies - for real, they are amazing.

Favorite yoga pose:
Really, do you want me to choose between my children, too?

When I’m not teaching yoga, you might find me:
Playing guitar or rock climbing.

Favorite flying object:
Whoever I'm doing partner/acroyoga with!

Visit Tal's yoga website here

 
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bekah turner

One word that describes Bekah's classes: Heart-ful

Something you might not know about me:
I’m a huge hip-hop fan. Especially old school gangsta rap/90’s hip-hop.

Dream day in five words:
Backpacking across Europe with friends.

Favorite sweet treat:
Pistachio Gelato or Raspberries

Favorite yoga pose:
Bakasana (Crow pose)

When I’m not teaching yoga, you might find me:
Reading up on astrology and/or other types of esoteric study.

Favorite flying object:
Heron

 
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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.