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. Lynne’s greatest desire is to create a welcoming space where you get on your mat and immediately feel you’re part of our amazing yoga family. 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 alt-3, Chet Faker, Fatoumata, Phosphorescent, Bach, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marvin Gaye and Etta James all in the same playlist. When she’s not on the mat, Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband, children and 4 grandkids, curling up with a good book or a movie, listening to amazing music… and giving her cat, Kaboodle, plenty of scratches.
Sara Marby - Studio Manager – Yoga Teacher
Sara – yoga instructor, yoga student, avid adventurer, magic-maker, grand manifester, stillness seeker, yoga instructor, mistake maker, lesson learner, lover of life, lover of love, lover of music, lover of food, lover of books, ayerveda addict, timeless traveler, monkey-mind meditator, soul shaman, laughter maker, inspiration junkie, grace gatherer. never finished.
Sara’s journey to yoga began before she even realized the destination WAS yoga. Living in New York City, working 80-hour weeks in the Fashion Industry, she sought refuge and solace from the high-stress environment within th poetry and writings of Rumi, Thich Nhat Hahn, Pema Chodron, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Knowing something had to change, she boldly left Manhattan behind and moved to Savannah to create a new life. Immersing herself into a dedicated personal yoga practice, she sought to learn more about the philosophy and mystery behind yoga and its teachings. This curiosity for knowledge and truth led her to complete a 200-hour yoga teacher training, and she knew she had found her life’s purpose. Sara’s classes offer up music, joy, humor, and a grounded intention so her students may explore their own practice without judgment. Her yoga classes combine a glowing asana practice with deep static poses; the sequencing is fun and challenging, yet compassionate and accessible for all levels. Sara’s hope is that students find their own joy within and mindfulness in their own practice and carry that into their daily lives off the mat.
Daniele draws as a teacher from her well of experience from 13 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. 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 – Yoga Teacher
Kendall Beene, 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. Kendall believes that with an established practice, yoga’s true power as a healing modality is revealed. 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!
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 barre classes that are low impact, high intensity full body technique, using 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 Barre class.
Mary Crouse began dancing at age three, and continued dancing, cheering, choreographing, and performing through college. Along with her love of dance, her other passion was music. Mary attended Troy University on a vocal scholarship studying music and dance. Being part of 4 collegiate choirs, the university spring dance team, fall dance competitions and step shows, and regularly choreographing for various groups has given her the ability to create an effective, yet fun ballet barre based class. Her goal is to give you a low impact, yet effective practice to work your body like a ballerina. Great music, challenging choreography, and personal attention to form–this class is your time to focus on perfecting your form, lengthening and toning your body. Feel proud of the work you have done when class is over.
Emily has been practicing yoga for 7 years and teaching for a little over 2. She aims to create a secure classroom where everyone feels comfortable to practice regardless of how new they might be to their practice. She strives to offer something new to her students every time she teaches as a way to help them deepen their practice on and off of the mat. Emily’s practice really began to deepen while she was attending Massage Therapy school in 2008. “This year long study of massage and the body really opened my eyes to how sensitive yet resilient our bodies are and how beneficial a regular yoga practice is on our bodies and our minds.” When not practicing yoga you will find Emily on the water paddle boarding, teaching SUP yoga or hanging at the beach.
Kristjan Thompson – Yoga Teacher
Kristjan is a teacher through and through. She spent most of her life involved in gymnastics (participating- 20 years, coaching- 12 years, and judging- 10 years) and is currently an anatomy professor at Mercer University School of Medicine here in Savannah. Expect dynamic and playful classes from her with a focus on anatomic foundations. She became interested in yoga in graduate school after finally hanging up her leotard and has been practicing seriously for 7 years. She is a recent graduate of the 200 hour teaching program at Savannah Yoga Center. She taught yoga for several years while living in the Caribbean and wanted to keep teaching after she moved to Savannah. She truly loves the excitement she sees in her students faces when they progress to places they never thought they could. She hopes that you’ll challenge your limits in her classes.
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
Ashley Demonbreun-Chapman – Yoga Teacher
Ashley is a certified yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance. Ashley has practiced yoga for 7 years and instructed for two years. She has practiced and studied many types of yoga including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Mindfulness, Yin, and Restorative. Ashley enjoys pulling from this diverse experience when teaching, and in her own practice. She is passionate about yoga because she has, and continues to experience it’s healing qualities and ability to bring a deeper more authentic presence in her own life. Ashley is also a student and practitioner of Vipassana or Mindfulness Meditation and weaves that into her teaching as well. She believes one of the best things you can do for your self, and others is practice being present to life unfolding in front if you right here in this present moment. Mindfulness has played a huge role in healing and health in Ashley’s own life and enjoys sharing what she knows with others, though she considers herself to be a beginner on the path to Mindfulness, she has much to share for those who are just starting out in the practice. Ashley teaches with compassion and deep gratitude to her students, and believes her role is to simply guide each student inward to their own innate wisdom, as each of us truly have all we need at our center, and asana practice is the path to discovering that inner wisdom.
Betsy Hughes – Pilates Teacher
Betsy began her fitness training at the tender age of four with dance and competitive swimming. Being the daughter of an ex-NFL quarterback and University of Alabama cheerleader, exercise was a regular part of life in her household. During the school year there was ballet, jazz, and modern dance up to 4 days a week, while in the sweltering heat of the summer on the Alabama Gulf Coast days were spent training in the pool. After 11 years, at the age of 15, dance won out. She went on to the University of Alabama where she was awarded a scholarship for dance. She studied abroad at Hunter College in New York City where she completed her BA in Theater & Dance. While working for Crunch Fitness of NYC, she was exposed to a variety of fitness approaches, including Yoga, Weight training, and Boxing. She decided that teaching fitness and empowering people through movement was the right fit. In 2001, she moved to Atlanta and started her own personal training and corporate fitness business. After building a successful referral system, she was introduced to the Pilates world through Studio Lotus. After one session, she knew this was the missing link in her own body and decided she wanted to be able to teach Pilates, not just do Pilates. With six hundred hours of apprenticeship and numerous test-outs, Power Pilates presented her with a certificate of completion. Since 2005, she has worked with hundreds of clients ranging from pre-natal to post-rehab to triathletes. She has continued her studies with certifications in Redcord, Barre, Kettlebells, Anatomy, Stretch Therapy, and Nutrition Coaching. Betsy always strives to teach her clients to approach health and fitness with intelligence, thoughtfulness, and consistency. As a recent graduate of The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, she now can include a full nutrition program with her fitness instruction. She loves guiding people to become their best through quality of movement and quality of nutrition. The two make a fierce combination with results that will last.
Marianne Forti graduated from The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Dance. She danced professionally in Boston and New York and taught dance in the children’s divisions of Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and Ballet Academy East in NYC. In 1999, Marianne completed her Pilates certification through Power Pilates in New York and has been teaching Pilates ever since. In 2012, Marianne opened Studio 40 on the coast of Maine where she enjoyed teaching a wide variety of mat and equipment classes to groups and private clients ranging in age and ability from injured to elderly to elite athletes. Marianne is excited to bring Studio 40 to Savannah where she now lives with her husband and two children. She brings her knowledge of dance and Pilates together to create a challenging barre class with a serious emphasis on core and more core!