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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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gayla caldwell

ryt 200, certified yoga for all teacher

One word that describes Gayla's classes: Inclusive

Something you might not know about me:
I live on my family farm surrounded by woods, animals and space.

Dream day in five words:
Sleep Late, Family, Yoga, Dance

Favorite sweet treat:
Reese's Fast Break Bars

Favorite yoga pose:
Crescent Lunge

When I’m not teaching yoga, you might find me:
Belly Dancing with Village Plains Tribal Fusion

Favorite flying object:
A hot air balloon-There's something magical about them

 
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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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harris montanye

Something you might not know about me:
I spent 75 days backpacking, sea kayaking, and mountaineering in Alaska

Dream day in five words:
Yoga, Hike, Family, Big Lunch

Favorite sweet treat:
Any ice cream involving chocolate

Favorite yoga pose:
Paschimottanasana

When I’m not teaching yoga, you might find me:
Studying for my undergraduate Psychology courses or in the backcountry

Favorite flying object:
Hummingbird

 
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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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megan riley

RYT-500, teacher + mentor

Something you might not know about me:
I love learning languages. I speak German fluently and dabble in a few other languages too.

Dream day in five words:
Yoga, Nature, Dog, Family, Friends

Favorite sweet treat:
Dark Chocolate covered almonds

Favorite yoga pose:
Ardha Chandra Chapasana. YUMMM

When I’m not teaching yoga, you might find me:
At Chewacla or the dog park with my sweet pup, Heidi

Favorite flying object:
Flying fish are pretty darn cool

 
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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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emily unwin

Something you might not know about me:
I fostered kittens for the SPCA for five years.

Dream day in five words:
Food, friends, cats, yoga, books

Favorite sweet treat:
Gelato :)

Favorite yoga pose:
Headstand

When I’m not teaching yoga, you might find me:
Studying for my Nutrition and Dietetics degree or reading a good book.

Favorite flying object:
Ladybug

 
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lee ann wright


ryt 200

Dream day in five words:
Coffee and CBS Sunday morning (they go hand in hand and count as one), homemade brunch, Yoga, Beach with my girls, Dinner Date with my husband.

Favorite candy car:
Currently Almond Joy, but always subject to change.

Favorite yoga pose:
Childs Pose

When I am not teaching you might find me:
Teaching babies and kids to swim.  Or something really exciting like laundry, cooking or cleaning.  

Favorite flying object:
The Dragonfly.  The Dragonfly's scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what's on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life.