Lynne McSweeney – Owner – Yoga Teacher
Lynne’s long-time love affair with yoga led her to open Savannah Yoga Barre , where she hopes others will come to grow and develop their own personal practice .
For Lynne, finding yoga was like coming home. Beginning with Power Yoga classes to suit her desire to stay challenged in her workout routine, Lynne eventually left all others behind to study and practice only yoga. During the last 16 years, she has studied with Baron Baptiste, Bryan Kest, David Life and Sharon Gannon, Manuso Manos, Bobbie Goldin, Doug Keller, and others. Her varied experiences on the mat provide her students with a well-rounded practice based on proper alignment. Lynne loves teaching seasoned yogis as well as introducing newbies to the practice.
Being a big music fan, dating back to the early 60s and the Beatles, you’re sure to hear some of your favorite songs in Lynne’s classes. Blending old with new, don’t be surprised to hear the Beatles, Black Keys, MC Yogi, Bach, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, and DJ Drez all in the same playlist.
Lynne’s greatest desire is to create a welcoming space where you get on your mat and be a part of the amazing yoga community in Savannah.
When she’s not on the mat, Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband, children and 4 grandkids, or curling up with a good book or a movie… and giving her cat, Kaboodle, plenty of scratches.
Jillian just loves teaching yoga. She built a strong foundation through a Baptiste Power Yoga practice, and grew from there. Jillian completed 200 hour Teacher Training with Mark White of M.Body Yoga through Dancing Dogs Power Yoga in Beaufort, South Carolina. She also completed an Immersion with Baron Baptiste in Charleston, South Carolina.
Jillian loves to practice yoga as much as she loves to teach. She enjoys learning from, and along with her students. She has a passion for hot, sweaty practices with a strong flow, punctuated with intentional breathing. The thing she loves most about teaching yoga is witnessing the transformation in students who dive deep into a yoga practice, and find out what they are truly capable of.
As the manager of Savannah Yoga Barre, Jillian can be found around the studio getting to know students, keeping things running smoothly, and loving life. This is her dream job, and she’s absolutely thrilled to be doing it. When not at the studio, she spends her time with her husband, Brett, and their two pomeranians.
Daniele draws as a teacher from her well of experience from 12 years of teaching. She has taught around the world, originally using London as her base. Now settled in sunny Savannah, Daniele fuses her teaching from her training and certification in, therapeutic, yin, vinyasa, Sivananda yoga and restorative yoga. Her classes are a sublime balance of anatomical focus and integrative physical therapy. Daniele’s unique style has become known as Britt Yoga Therapy.
Her passion is working with people who are overcoming injuries and are looking to rebuild strength and flexibility. Daniele regularly holds workshops which educate students on back care, creating core stability and working with SI/pelvic misalignments. Each private class is tailor-made to the individual’s needs. She has worked with international rugby players, golf pros, housewives and masonry contractors to overcome acute injuries and to regain harmony of body and mind.
Daniele has also trained with Yamuna Zake, renowned foot fitness expert. Daniele uses foot fitness as a tool to create balance and to overcome long-held patterns in clients’ bodies.
Daniele’s latest venture is an 8-part Yoga T.V. show called Britt Yoga Therapy that she is producing and starring in.
Kendall Beene-Crowder – Yoga Teacher
Kendall Beene-Crowder, RYT-200, has been formally practicing yoga for 15 years and teaching for 7. Certified to teach through the Asheville Yoga Center, she has studied over the years with Stephanie Keach, Asha Wolf, David Swenson, and Baron Baptiste. In addition to teaching group classes, Kendall teaches private lessons, which she loves dearly because they offer the opportunity to cater to the needs of the individual student and reveal yoga’s true power as a healing modality. Kendall is also a certified prenatal yoga instructor and is passionate about empowering women to take ownership of their birth experience and educate themselves about the process of bringing life into the world. She has taught yoga to babies, children, teens, athletes, diabetics, deaf students, elders, and everyone between, so she truly believes there is a way for anyone alive to feel better through the practice of yoga! A yoga ambassador for the clothing company Lululemon Athletica, Kendall is one of the instructors of the free classes in their showroom. Kendall’s group classes are physically powerful, challenging and uplifting all at once, lightly infused with the teachings that she is learning by the bucketful in her own practice on and off the mat. Kendall’s mission is to help people live their lives in the fullest possible expression, and in her own practice to embody this mission, she is gratefully learning how to lighten up, play more, and worry less!
Ashley Dodd – Yoga Teacher
Ashley is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher and a lover of all things creative. After practicing yoga for 8 years, Ashley realized that her true passion was not only to sustain a deep personal practice, but to share her love of the practice with the community. Since discovering the physical asanas, yoga has evolved into an entire lifestyle of Ashley’s as opposed to simply a form of exercise. Yoga invoked complete transformation to every area of Ashley’s life, bringing balance to areas that were previously in complete disarray, clarity of the mind, and a deeper awareness and understanding of how to live a compassionate life. There are numerous healing aspects of yoga, which have brought Ashley to the mat day after day, year after year, always yearning for more. The physical asanas have humbled Ashley in ways never thought possible, shown her that her potential is limitless, and demonstrated that in moments of challenge nothing is as important as the breath. Ashley believes that yoga is a metaphor to life, and through continual practice she can succinctly unite her mind, body, and spirit. Ashley is grateful and excited to have the opportunity to share her love of dynamic vinyasa, yin, and meditative yoga to the Savannah community!
Training: YogaWorks 200-hour Teacher Training
Dancing Dogs Yoga 100-hour Teacher Training
Christina Maher has been in love with dance since the age of three when she begged her mother to enroll her in a ballet class. Since that time, she has blossomed into a total lover of dance, enjoying it from all aspects– as a performer, teacher, and avid supporter. Currently, Christina is a 2016 Physical Therapy Doctoral Candidate at Armstrong Atlantic State University, where she is continuing to study the effects of movement from an anatomical perspective to heal and transform the body.
Christina received a Master of Arts in Dance Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Dance from the University of Georgia. She is a Certified Yoga Instructor through Yoga Alliance, and a Nationally Certified Ballet Instructor through American Ballet Theatre’s Training Curriculum. Christina most recently served as Dance Department Chairperson and Ballet Instructor for Savannah Arts Academy. While at Savannah Arts, she formed the SAA Dance Company, National Dance Honor Society, and Outreach Programs for local elementary and middle school dance programs.
Christina has combined her knowledge of ballet, yoga and pilates to create Ballet Lab, a low impact, high intensity full body technique that uses a 4-step formula to work deep musculature for a total body transformation. Emphasis is placed on correct form, as well as the ballet principles of length, strength, and proper carriage of the body. No previous ballet experience is necessary to try a Ballet Lab class.
Halle Rubnitz - Yoga Teacher
Halle started practicing yoga as another exploration into health and fitness, but it quickly developed into part of her daily lifestyle. Yoga is much more than just a great workout, and the strong mind/body connection it has helped Halle build is what keeps her coming to her mat day after day. Halle’s classes reflect her love for a sweaty, powerful flow! She enjoys sharing what she loves most with others and hopes that her students leave class feeling more grounded and in touch with themselves.
Training: Dancing Dogs Power Yoga 100-hour Teacher Training
Christina Zimmerman – Yoga Teacher
Christina learned soon after graduating from college that the plans we make get us started, but the meaning, growth and wonder are more often than not derived from the unexpected twists and turns. Practicing yoga, Christina discovered a sense of peace, stillness, and joy during her life’s twists and turns. The practice became a way to become “one” with what her life was, rather than what she thought it would be. Most importantly it taught her to laugh at herself and not to take anything too seriously! Christina’s classes are vinyasa style with an emphasis on breath and body awareness. Christina wants her students to enjoy their time together, so there is also music and laughter alongside a focus on mindfulness. It is her hope that by taking the time to connect to ourselves and others, while remaining thoughtful of the moment, will enable us all to journey on with renewed feeling and purpose.
Savannah Yoga Center 200 hour Teacher Training
Yoga for Athletes certification by Sage Rountree
Certified Personal Trainer, ACE
Biza Mabry – Barre Teacher
Doris Mobley – Barre Teacher
Motivated and Honest Mom, Wife, and Trainer…
Best known for cardio endurance, Doris is a motivating instructor, who will definitely make you sweat! Doris loves to challenge her clients and make them feel they have accomplished more than they expected (in every class)! Doris has been teaching since 1999, she is AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, FitTour Certified Group Fitness & Cycle, QiForze Certified, and has accomplished many workshops/trainings…to include: Zumba, Aqua, Pilates, Yoga Basics, PunkRope, CarioBarre, and the list goes on! Doris is very creative in her style, and will speak in basic terms, so you definitely know what she is talking about. If you are interested in a challenging class that will burn mega calories, then Doris is your instructor. Doris believes in you feeling and SEEING the results from her classes.
Catherine fell in love with the art of dance as a little girl. She began with Irish Dance at the age of five, taking classes at the Irish Dancers of Savannah under Maria Buckhaults. At the age of thirteen, she discovered her love for classical ballet. Majoring in dance at Savannah Arts Academy, she studied under Christina Powell Maher and Christine Shawl. During her time as a dance major, Catherine was exposed to something that would change her life forever, and that was yoga. Vinyasa flow became her favorite dance. At the age of sixteen, Catherine studied under Hala Khouri at Savannah Yoga Center and became certified through YogaEd to teach At-Risk Youth and Adults. In the spring of 2013, she pursued her dream of becoming a yoga instructor. She studied under Kate Taylor at Savannah Power Yoga and graduated from the Advanced Vinyasa Teacher Training Program in September of 2013.
Catherine values the gifts of yoga and dance in her life, and intends to spread her love for yoga and dance with those around her. In those practices, she finds balance and freedom through breath and movement.
YogaEd Teaching At-Risk Youth and Adults (May 2009)
Savannah Power Yoga 200HR Advanced Vinyasa Teacher Training (September 2013)
Adrienne Bell – Yoga Teacher
Adrienne left the corporate world in 2006 to pursue her passion for health and fitness. Her background in personal training began in college while she was working towards her BA in Journalism from UGA. After moving to Savannah in 1998, Adrienne pursued a Master’s Degree in Public Health at Armstrong while working in various positions in the world of news and public relations. Adrienne decided to follow her true passion and her path led her to Memorial Health’s fitness center where she now trains and teaches classes full time. Adrienne holds certifications from AFAA, Johnny G, and Silver Sneakers. She is also a certified PHI Pilates apparatus and mat trainer. When Adrienne was pregnant with her son, Hal, she also became certified in Pre and Post Natal Pilates training. Most recently, Adrienne received her 200 hour Yoga certification and is also certified through Savannah Power Yoga’s advanced vinyasa training program. She is thrilled to bring her own style and flow to Savannah Yoga Barre – where she teaches Vinyasa II, Power and her own fast and funky version of Cardio Barre.
Aaron Edwards – Barre Teacher
Aaron Edwards has been a dancer for most of her life, developing a passion for moving. She attended Florida State University on a dance scholarship and after graduation, marriage and baby, developed a passion for all things fitness. She has since combined her love of dance and fitness in Ballet Barre. Her certifications include Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Group Fitness Instructor, and Licensed Zumba Instructor.
Stephanie Moon – Yoga Teacher
Stephanie brings a style of yoga developed from years of studying and practicing different modalities of yoga and healing arts. This comes thru in her classes by creating an atmosphere of self- acceptance with the element of fun. Her teachings invite you to explore your limits, physically and mentally while offering compassion in a safe exploration. Students experience movement in vibrant new ways, through breath, strength, flexibility, grace, and relaxation.
Her calling is working with Active Duty Military. Married to a former Navy Seal and a Current Army Aviator she has witnessed firsthand how yoga can transform a warrior.
She continues her studies in variety of yogic fields with a focus of yoga as medicine. After working with the 3/85th WTU in Fort Drum NY she continues offerings to separated and active duty soldiers. Stephanie is a Kripalu Yoga certified teacher, a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Instructor, Ashtanga, Chakra Vinyasa and is a Level II iRest teacher pursuing a certification from the Integrated Restoration Institute