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Meet our Teachers

David Schindler, RYT-200 is a graduate of the University of Utah and the University of South Carolina School of Public Health. After completing yoga teacher training at Holy Cow Yoga Center in Charleston he opened Southern Sky Yoga based on the radical belief that people in his local community shouldn't have to drive downtown to experience yoga in a studio setting. David has a wide variety of interests and loves to learn. Among other accomplishments, he is a Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist and a Reiki Master.

Jessica Smith, RYT-500 has been teaching yoga since 2011. She completed her 230hr yoga teacher training, as well as 300hr advanced yoga studies certification, through the Asheville Yoga Center. Jessica is the mother of two girls and an artist with a BFA from Winthrop University. She began practicing yoga in 2000 while recovering from injuries from a car accident. She discovered that yoga provided a space to enjoy movement and find stillness that is necessary to explore the deeper subtle layers of self within the comfort of community. In that space and stillness she found joy. Jessica hopes to facilitate that space for others.

Martha Frierson, E-RYT-500 began teaching yoga in 2008 after realizing yoga’s healing power in helping her deal with a loved one’s death and other personal difficulties. She completed her 200 hour teacher training through YogaFit, and her 500 hour through Asheville Yoga Center. She enjoys mixing yoga styles, including Ashtanga, Yin, Vinyasa, Jivamukti and Forrest. Martha believes that yoga is appropriate for everyone, and can heal not only the body, but also the soul.

Carlie Flowers, RYT 200 has practiced yoga formally or informally since 1998, and completed her teacher training through the Rolf Gates affiliate program at Yoga Masala. Her specialty is Vinyasa yoga. She is also the mother of a lovely 10-year old and owner of Valet Ventures. In her spare time Carlie enjoys studying and practicing yoga.


Kevin Landers, RYT 200 received his teacher certification through the Carolina Yoga Teacher Training program in 2010 under the auspices of Stacey Milner-Collins, Kelley Gardner, and Sarah Faircloth. Although trained in Anusara Yoga, Kevin’s teaching and practice also incorporate many other styles of yoga. He has taught classes in Ashtanga, Yin, restorative, and chair yoga. Outside of the studio, he is a registered nurse, holds a B.S. in chemistry, spent five years as a construction worker, and currently walk dogs & housesits. All of these experiences help to inform his teaching style, which is light-hearted and engaging while still keeping in mind the spiritual ideal of “highest first.”

Diane Frea has been practicing an eclectic mix of yoga styles for more than 15 years, primarily as a means of managing stress. She has completed yoga teacher training YogaFit, supplemented with schooling from Kripalu, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Asheville Yoga Center. She is a certified Group Fitness Instructor through Health Directions and is pursuing certification as a Personal Fitness Trainer.

Laura Mickelson, RYT-500 Laura has been teaching Yoga since 2010 after realizing that many years of high-impact exercise was taking it's toll on the joints. She taught many types group exercise off and on for over 25 years. Since her introduction to Yoga, Laura learned that Yoga is so much more than exercise—a more balanced way of improving mind, body & spirit. Laura currently holds a 500 hour Yoga Alliance certification, having trained 200 hours in alignment-based Yoga with Lillah Schwartz in Asheville, and 300 hours at Asheville Yoga Center with a focus in therapeutics. Her philosophy is that everyone can do Yoga—if the body is willing to be challenged, the mind is willing to explore new possibilities, and the spirit is ready to soar!