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.

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.

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.

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

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 200 hour teacher training program in 2018.

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

susie weigel

Who are your classes for?
My classes are for everyone! 

What can a student expect from your classes?

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 yoga?
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 to your life?
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.

What is your philosophy of teaching?
Start with the basics, and build from there.

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

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