Kitty is one of the two partners of the Big Bend Yoga Center. Kitty’s roots are in the Sivananda Yoga lineage and she has had the good fortune over the past 30 years to study with many teachers in the U.S. and India. For 15 years, she has organized yoga workshops for many national and international teachers. Through her understanding of the wisdom of yoga, she encourages her students to live life fully; to embrace and cherish our very being.
Lyn is a seasoned yoga practitioner/teacher who is influenced by her Buddhist
meditation practice and the Kripalu, Iyengar and vinyasa styles of Hatha
Yoga. She combines energetic practice and a strong focus on breath and
alignment with gentle, hands-on support.
Erin is a minister and soul midwife. She deeply believes in the unique journey of each human life and experience, and desires to honor the truth of this embodied experience. She believes something unique and wonderful is being born through each of our authentic selves! She has been moving forever and practicing authentic dance for over 15 years. She has dabbled in various movement modalities like 5 Rhythms, Soul Motion, Dancing Freedom, Ecstatic Dance and Authentic Movement. Dancing is her favorite way to pray!
Kelly Feder, GCFT (Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher®)
Kelly is a Master Practitioner and Teacher of the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education. Bringing 20 years of teaching and training experience to the method, Kelly, is a sensitive, articulate and careful instructor. Her rhythm is consciously attuned to the class and each individual, empowering students with the self-awareness to change ineffective habitual patterns. A rigorous student of the method, Kelly has traveled nationally and abroad to mentor with many senior Feldenkrais trainers, including those who trained directly with Moshe Feldenkrais. Kelly leads workshops, offers private Functional Integration® lessons and weekly Awareness Through Movement® classes throughout the St. Louis area.
Carolyn is drawn to yoga as a lifelong practice free from the achievement orientation so prevalent in modern society. With twelve years of study, Carolyn’s teaching is grounded in the Iyengar method of precise alignment, the use of props and intelligent action to develop a mindful awareness of balance, strength and flexibility. Vinyasa and energy flow complement the asana and pranayama practices. With a background in journalism, marketing and public relations, Carolyn ran a small communications business for 17 years while raising her children before turning her passion for yoga into a vocation. She likes to hike, bike, garden, travel and read. The leadership and wisdom of many teachers have contributed to Carolyn’s presentation style and she is grateful for the opportunity to present a new way of life — one heart, one breath at a time — through practice.
Mary Laffey Adams
Mary offers students her eclectic background as a holistic nurse, a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor and a practitioner of the Trager® approach of movement education. Mary has studied and trained in over 800 hours of a variety of bodywork modalities and holds a certificate in Pastoral Care from Aquinas Institute of Theology. Her yoga classes provide a gentle and mindful opportunity to explore the endless possibilities that the body, mind and spirit offer.
Karen discovered yoga more than 20 years ago while living in Chicago. She has practiced at Big Bend Yoga Center and enjoyed workshops with many teachers from around the U.S. Karen’s teaching style reflects the Dynamic Yoga Method (DYM). The DYM guides students through movement and stillness so that, through self-inquiry, they find joyful steadiness and see themselves in an honest and compassionate way. When she’s not doing yoga, Karen works as a freelance graphic designer and enjoys hiking and nature.
Christy began teaching body conditioning and dance in 1980
at the Clayton Fitness Center. She also taught at Modern Fitness
and eventually started her own company and cable-TV program entitled,
Energetics. Her methodology and experience was influenced from her
training in Martha Graham’s method of modern dance. She graduated
with a BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University in 1979. Beginning
in 1998 she taught dance, flexibility, the barre class, body conditioning
and core training classes in Chicago, Illinois. Then in 2000 she
became certified in Pilates and taught group and individual Pilates
classes. There she taught Pilates mat classes in levels I, II AND
III. She is a certified Pilates instructor from Physical Mind, The
Pilates Center and STOTT. She has been actively teaching all ages
in Pilates for nine years in Chicago and currently at Wellbridge
Town and Country. Her passion is teaching and inspiring her students
to do their best, and to “Just Breathe.”
Mike Shabsin has been practicing yoga and meditation since before the turn of the century and continues to deepen his practice and understanding of life through the lens of yoga. After practicing consistently for many years, his long time teacher Kitty Daly encouraged him to undertake his Yoga Alliance Certification, which he completed in 2006. Michael has been living his yoga for nearly 20 years and has been teaching for more than half of that time. He embodies the teachings in all aspects of his daily life. He brings strength and softness to teaching while encouraging each student to fully connect with body, mind and spirit.
Judith is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher who also studied extensively in the UK. As her personal practice developed over the last 20 years, she experienced the transformative power of yoga and its profound healing effects. She aspires to embody the essence of yoga in all aspects of her life and is passionate about sharing the benefits with others. Judith’s style blends traditional yogic teachings with an acceptance of the innate wisdom of the body. Her classes foster self-expression and openness through body awareness, inviting students to rediscover a sense of wholeness within themselves and in their
Jenn Tara Ward
JennTara has been teaching yoga since 2003 and sees herself an ongoing student of this very deep practice. JennTara’s understanding of how to pace a class and keep the flow going offers a fun, yet challenging learning environment. Her knowledge of body mechanics and alignment make her classes safe for all skill levels. Her gentle spirit supports and nurtures students and helps them feel a sense of self-acceptance. She is attentive and her clear, creative instructions help student’s progress in their practice and work up to poses that may have previously been difficult for them. JennTara’s theme-based classes offer a way to unplug from daily routines, play, and deeply relax.
She has formal yoga training in the tradition of Anusara Yoga and was certified as an Anusara-Inspired Instructor in 2010. In addition, she has accumulated more than 500 hours of additional studies in multiple disciplines of yoga and meditation. JennTara has been a licensed massage therapist since 1998. She loves traveling, dancing, cooking for her family, being outdoors in nature, and spending time with her husband and her delightful five-year-old son. She is passionate about natural health, well-being and living a balanced life.
Chris began practicing yoga in the early 70s and began teaching yoga in 1993. Over the years she has received teacher certifications from White Lotus Foundation, Integrative Yoga Therapy and Santa Barbara Yoga Center in addition to studying with master teachers in the Ashtanga, Iyengar, Viniyoga and vinyasa styles of yoga. She currently studies and practices Mindfulness and Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers and draws inspiration for her classes from these studies as well as her deep appreciation for Vinyasa flow yoga taught in an accessible and straightforward manner. Chris has an extensive background in dance, athletics and massage therapy. She was one of the founders of Big Bend Center in St. Louis and in 2003 opened YogaSource to further promote yoga in the St. Louis area. She believes that yoga can (and should) be accessible and fun. Chris earned her 500-hour certification from Kripalu in 2012.