I experienced calm and encouraging instruction infused with lots of warmth! And, some of your students were quite helpful to me… grabbing a mat for me, making space for me, and folding the blanket I used. BBC is just as I remembered it.
I plan to continue taking classes. –S. Schneider
Kelly Feder, GCFT
Elizabeth Fryer, LMFT
Mary Laffey Adams
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.
Elizabeth Fryer, LMFT
Elizabeth founded the St. Louis Insight Meditation Group in 1996. She studied Buddhism in Asia for 10 years and then with Jack Kornfield in CA when she returned to the US in 1983 and until moving to St. Louis in 1995. She is trained by SRC as a Community Dharma Leader. Elizabeth, a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in St. Louis, specializes in applying the principles of mindfulness to depth psychotherapy.
Through the exploration and study of Yoga, Christy experiences a deepening connection to Self, others, and Nature. It is her intention to hold the space for others to safely experience that union that is Yoga. Intentionally weaving movement, breath, and hand mudras, she offers nurturing, playful, and thoughtful classes that encourage the paradox of both strength and softness in body, mind, and spirit. She has trained at the Himalayan Institute and various workshops and classes through the years. She is devoted to Self-study and is ever curious and faithful to living her Yoga.
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.
Melanie has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She began teaching while living at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California 10 years ago. She studied yoga with several teachers from all over the world. Mark Whitwell, Saul David Raye, Kitty Daly and everyday life on earth influence the style of her teaching. Her classes are strong, yet softly guided. She likes to teach a heart centered vinyasa flow yet loves to spontaneously co-create with the students that show up in each class. She encourages slow movement with attention on the breath to facilitate inner guidance and connection to the elements of the earth. She loves freedom and peace and most of all fun! Because life is like a box of chocolates…You never know what you’re going to get!
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.
Leila has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years. A long-time student of Kitty Daly and Lyn Magee, she received her 500 hour Kripalu yoga teacher certification in 2011 and regularly returns to Kripalu to assist with teacher training. Her classes emphasize breath work (pranayama) and principles of asana sequencing to open congested areas of the body, improve balance and flexibility, build strength and endurance and enhance energy flow. A mother of three, cancer survivor and internationally recognized human rights lawyer, she brings music, laughter and a breadth of life experience to her yoga classes and deeply believes that yoga can help bring peace and healing to our lives and to our planet.
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.”
Michael has been practicing yoga since 1999 and continues to deepen his practice and understanding of life through the lens of yoga. In 2006, Michael received his 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification through his studies at the Barefoot Studio in Little Rock, Arkansas with Matthew Krepps. He counts Matthew, Kitty Daly, Lama Lobsang Palden, and especially his family as his teachers, inspirations and guides along the way. Michael tries to live his yoga and embody the teachings in all aspects of his daily life as a husband, father and practicing attorney. He brings to the yoga practice balance, strength and sensitivity while encouraging each student to experience their connection 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