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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 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.

Diane Frea, RYT 200 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 through YogaFit, with additional trainings from Kripalu, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Asheville Yoga Center. YogaFit is part of the Hatha Yoga tradition and is a vinyasa (flow) style designed to be accessible for all body types and experience levels. Sequencing enhances strength, flexibility, endurance and balance while paying attention to the breath to calm and relax the body and clear the mind. Diane also is a certified personal fitness trainer, working one-on-one with clients to deepen their yoga experience. Diane's training in yoga and meditation also supports her work in the field of alternative dispute resolution and the practice of mediation.

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!

Suzie James, RYT-200 began practicing yoga in 2007. Her desire to further her knowledge of yoga and advance her own practice led her to enroll in a teacher training program through Yoga Alliance. While in training she quickly found the opportunity to grow personally and share her experiences with others. During the day Suzie works for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina where she also has the joy of teaching a weekly yoga class. As a yoga teacher her goal is to blend a variety of yoga styles and offer something for students of every fitness level. Yoga opens the heart, the mind, and body.

Johnny Stowe, RYT-200 is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, SC Registered Forester and Wildland Firelighter specializing in human ecology and restoration of endangered species in mperiled ecosystems. Johnny first became interested in yoga as a means of finding inner peace. As his practice developed, he began recognizing and embracing the profound parallels between yoga and his life as an ecosopher, author, lecturer and lover of wildlands. As a yoga teacher Johnny incorporates his passion for nature into his classes through the use vivid landscape imagery and ecological wisdom to emphasize the importance of our connection to the natural world.