Yoga classes came to The Club in 2001, taught by Katherine Quarterman, who was one of the first yoga teachers in our facility to offer yoga. Katherine encouraged the handful of students to keep attending classes and to keep practicing so that we might continue to have a yoga presence at The Club. At this time, only three classes were being taught at our facility, all three at 6:30 a.m. There were about 10 students in those classes, and many of those students are still practicing with us. That handful of people continued coming to those three classes and encouraging others to attend, and Katherine’s intention of building momentum for a yoga program was realized.
A few years later, another inspired yoga teacher, Suzanne Florence, found herself at The Club. Suzanne decided it was time to expand the yoga program to include more classes, more teachers and eventually a beautiful new space. The owners of The Club, The Dineen family, along with Suzanne’s input and recommendations, designed and built out our first yoga studio, “A Walk in the Clouds”. Our beautiful “clouds” for the first studio were hand designed and painted by a local artist and restauranteur, Tyler Roberson. Yoga was “coming in to its own” at our new studio with an increase in the number of students and with heightened interest in the ancient practice.
April of 2017, found the yoga program undergoing more “growing pains” with an increase in special yoga events, additional classes and more students. Once again, THREE NEW STUDIOS were opened within The Club and the concept of our “Mind-Body Loft” was launched. Our new name, THE CLOUDS YOGA STUDIO, now offered yoga classes in two brand new studios. One studio offers a variety of non-heated yoga classes and our new heated studio offers 12+ classes per week. Our Pilates studio is also newly renovated and offers a variety of classes, including Pilates, HIIT, Barre and TRX. Our two new yoga studios were creatively designed and painted by another local artist, Ed Hose, who re-invented our “Clouds” with her wonderful eye for detail and artistic flair, and created our heated yoga space that exudes peace and tranquility.
The Clouds Yoga Studio has grown from having 5 yoga teachers to having 16 teachers on our regular schedule and from 3 classes to 40+ classes per week. The Clouds Yoga Studio offers a multitude of special events, including Master Classes, Workshops, Pre-Natal classes, Yoga Teacher Trainings, etc., frequently throughout the year. Our Teachers have many and varied certifications and have studied both at home and abroad to receive these certifications. We offer classes in Yin Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, Baptiste Yoga, Amrit Yoga, from teachers with 200 to 500 hour certifications and hundreds of hours of teaching experience. Come to The Clouds and experience the Southeast’s premier yoga program.
Lindsey's yoga journey began right here at The Club in 2007 as she was getting married and desperately searching for relaxation in the planning phases. Her first teachers were Connie, Robin, Karen and Lee; their knowledge lit the spark inside of her. After stepping away to run several half and one full marathon, she returned to the path of yoga becoming a certified teacher while living in Miami. Lindsey also completing a Yoga Alliance certified teacher training program at Omcore Yoga on St. Simons Island. Today, Lindsey loves helping students understand the beauty of the yoga practice and most of how it leads to a more peaceful life off the mat.
Lindsey is an Ashtanga Yoga practioner, enjoying the challenge and consistency of this particular method. She often shares pieces of this ancient tradition in her classes. Lindsey enjoys offering opportunities for various levels of practitioners within her classes, from beginner to advanced. She also enjoys sharing her love of music. Her playlists are predominantly classic rock melded with traditional Indian music. Fun fact! Every playlist she shares in class has at least ONE song from her all-time favorite group, The Beatles.
In addition to yoga, Lindsey has been a journalist with The Brunswick News for 10 years. She also writes for the company's Golden Isles Magazine. When not working or practicing, she can be found spending time with her husband, Josh, and fur babies, Byron and Tennyson.
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”-Rumi
…& that she does. Tannis has been practicing yoga on & off her mat for 15+ years. It wasn’t long after being introduced to heated classes she completed her 200hr YTT at Savannah Power Yoga in 2012. Tannis’ classes are known to be creative, challenging & explorative. She uses a unique mix of music to accentuate the flow along with guidance to link breath & movement. She feels yoga is not about skill, but it is about awareness. She encourages her students to remain focused but with a sense of curiosity…to pick up on their own habits, explore edges & comfort zones. Her dynamic practice leaves you feeling refreshed & renewed/having found that happy place within. Tannis has continued her education of yoga thru Yoga Therapy training with Amy Ippoliti, attended several workshops with Kathyrn Budig & of course always a student learning from her fellow yogis each & every time she steps on her mat. Tannis encourages her students to completely surrender to the journey, to be accepting of what is…she believes our practice grows with patience & over time, it becomes the glue that keeps us together. Fun Fact! Tannis earned her Real Estate License in 2015. When she’s not closing a deal or in the yoga studio, you can find her road tripping or exploring the outdoors with her adventure buddy, Charlie, a lab/aussie mix.
Connie Brogan, E-RYT200/RYT500, is a 500 hour certified Kripalu Yoga instructor with additional certifications in Yin Yoga and Yoga Therapy. She has over 1,000 hours of teaching experience and has been a yoga practitioner for 20+ years. Connie is a yoga instructor and Director of Yoga Programming at The Clouds Yoga Studio.
Connie’s yoga classes focus on breath practices, strengthening and lengthening the body’s muscles, stabilizing the body’s framework (bone structure), lubrication of joints and stretching tight connective tissue (fascia) which can inhibit movement and full range of motion. Connie’s yoga practices marry strength and gentleness, effort and ease and encourage a meditative experience. Connie’s classes bring into play anatomy, physiology and the movement of energy in the body, coupled with breathing practices, encompassing a full yoga experience.
Sonja Cox has maintained a daily meditation practice since 1990, beginning at the age of 21, and a daily yoga asana practice since 2005, beginning at the age of 37. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500) with Yoga Alliance, completing yoga teacher training with Karen Sifton and Roger Hornsby of Tallapoosa Center for Inner Arts in Carrollton, Georgia, in 2012 and advanced yoga teacher training with Yogi Amrit Desai (creator and founder of Kripalu Yoga) and senior teachers at Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida, in 2016. Additionally, she is a certified Yoga Warriors instructor, completing the Yoga Warriors International (TM) teacher training in 2014; a certified Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Facilitator, completing the 100-hour Amrit Yoga Institute Integrative Amrit Method Yoga Nidra certification in 2015; and she holds a certificate of completion of the Himalayan Institute's Secret of the Yoga Sutra Master Course, taught by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D., in 2014-15. She is continuing yoga studies under Yogi Amrit Desai, Kamini Desai, Ph.D., and senior teachers at Amrit Yoga Institute, currently working toward certification in the Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga and Body Psychology. She teaches Meditation, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Hatha/Flow Yoga, and facilitates Yoga Nidra. Sonja teaches classes in yoga studios in the Darien, Brunswick and St. Simons Island area and offers private instruction in various locations and settings according to client needs and wishes. She teaches yoga and meditation at an in-patient psychiatric hospital, for populations including active military and veterans with PTSD, depression, substance abuse/addiction and other issues; adolescents with depression, substance abuse, and other behavioral issues, and adults with psychiatric and substance abuse issues. She teaches Yoga Warriors classes in the Darien, Brunswick and St. Simons Island community for military, veterans and first-responders.
Lee Dyson is a 200-hour certified Kripalu Yoga instructor. She has been practicing yoga for over forty years and has instructed since retiring from the academic world for eleven years. Her classes always include breath work and yogic philosophy as well as movement that is both gentle and strong. Meditation is encouraged and included in the practice. She believes that the real magic of yoga happens in meditation and mindfulness.
Ashlyn Elze, RYT500, completed both 200hr and 300hr trainings at MBody, a Baptiste Yoga studio, in Jacksonville, Fl. The benefits she experienced in her life from her own yoga practice inspired her to dive into study so she could share it with others. Ashlyn loves and believes in the Baptiste Yoga Methodology. She has used it to teach everything from beginner stretch to her favorite hot yoga. Ashlyn wants to put the common misconceptions of yoga to rest and inspire her students to have confidence on their mat. Additionally she is trained in building yoga programs, stand up paddle-board yoga, and yin yoga. You will see Ashlyn in many classes in the community because she loves the community and is always eager to be a student.
Originally from Western North Carolina, Marcia moved to Saint Simons Island December 2016. A yoga practitioner for over fifteen years and a yoga instructor for over four years, Marcia recently completed a 300 hour advanced yoga training in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with Davannayoga. This training specialized in hot flow yoga, vinyasa yoga along with restorative yoga and private classes. Prior to her 300 hour advanced certification, Marcia completed her 200 hour training at Amazing Yoga in Pittsburgh, PA which consisted of Marcia's favorite vinyasa flow and hot yoga.
An energetic and fun class with modifications suitable for all levels, Marcia's classes focus on the breath, flowing from one asana to the next moving to the rhythm of the music, and as always focusing on the mind, body and spirit.
Anne has been a yoga and meditation practitioner since arriving from France in 2003. She has since been deepening her practice under the guidance of amazing teachers such as Janita Nelson, Stephanie Keach, Michael Johnson, Joe Taft & Shala Worsley. She has completed her 200-hour teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2017 and is currently working towards her RYT500.
Inspired by her creative background, Anne will explore each week new themes and sequences deeply rooted in our lives. Her welcoming and uplifting classes invite you to breathe, stretch, strengthen, balance, relax, and cultivate happiness you can take back into the world.
Anne is excited to take her studies deeper and share the transformative power of Yoga with our community.
Off the mat, Anne can be found at h2o creative group, where she is the creative director and partner, in her studio designing and painting, or on Jekyll Island, her OM away from home.
Pat is an energetic, fun-loving, yoga teacher who is eager to share her passion and love of yoga with her students. Pat practiced yoga for several years in her twenties, but it wasn’t until she returned to the mat in 2003 that her passion for yoga and its philosophies flourished. In 2015 she completed her 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Program at Omcore Yoga and Body in St. Simons Island, GA, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Pat is dedicated to a lifelong study of yoga and its philosophies and has attended workshops with Yoganand Michael Carroll, Deva Parnell, Christopher Baxter, Max Strom, Kim Holton, and Janita Nelson.
Pat offers fun, multi-level Vinyasa flow, Restorative and Gentle yoga classes with a Kripalu influence, for all bodies and ages in a safe and nurturing environment. She encourages students to develop their awareness of the body-breath-mind connection; practice with kindness and self-compassion; as they explore, refine and deepen their yoga practice and cultivate a deeper understanding of yoga philosophy and traditions. Pat’s deepest joy is witnessing her students’ transformation as they grow in their yoga practice, discover their authentic selves and let their light shine!
Susanne has been a member at some gym somewhere since age fifteen. She began incorporating yoga into her weekly routine when she turned forty. A few years later she placed a sticky note on her mirror that named a yoga teacher training she could enroll in. She decided that yoga was something that she could do for the rest of her life. She opened a studio and began igniting the yoga community in her area. Today she teaches yoga in a variety of venues which include studios, schools, gyms, parks, corporate businesses, churches, nursing homes, lakes, rivers, and etc. She also enjoys teaching yoga during retreats. Her goal is to share yoga with everyone everywhere.
Susanne’s trainings include:
Savannah Power Yoga's 200 Hour Teacher Training, 2012
Dancing Dogs Yoga - Blufton, SC - 100 Hour EDGE Advanced Yoga Teacher Training, 2014
Stoked Yoga (Paddle Fit and SUP Training) 40 Hours, April 2015
Connected Warriors Training 5 Hours, June 2016
Thai Massage Yoga Massage Practitioner Training, October 2016
Dancing Dogs Yoga - Savannah, GA - 500 Hour Teacher Training, February 2017
Dawn is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and a Yoga Alliance Certified Education Professional. She has spent the last five years traveling and teaching yoga all over the globe. She is an adventure seeker who loves to teach yoga in the studio, on the top of a mountain, on a beach, in the jungle or on a stand up paddle (SUP) board. As a Personal Trainer, Dawn also leads fitness classes that serve as a complement to yoga.
Dawn also recently completed school to become a Licensed Massage Therapist. Her style is one that will promote relaxation and well being in the whole body. Her specialties are Headache Therapy and Ayurvedic Aromatherapy.
As a motivational speaker, Dawn combines her education in Human Services & Chemical Dependency with her life experience to form the foundation for her personal style of teaching, empowerment and transformation. Dawn also offers a Yoga For Recovery for people dealing with all types of addiction issues.
Dawn Jex Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT)
Yoga Alliance Certified Education Professional (YACEP)
ATA Human Services & Chemical Dependency
Karen has been practicing yoga for 30 years and teaching for 20 years in Saint Simons, Jamaica, and Greenville, SC. She creates a space for people to release tensions and discover the therapeutic powers of yoga. Karen instructs classes with compassion, gentleness and attention to the details of form for a safe practice. She can accommodate people with past injuries and other limitations.
Karen's classes will not only make you feel wonderful inside and out, but they will restore and revitalize your life. Expect to learn yoga techniques for improving strength, balance and flexibility for your body and your mind. Karen brings experience from years of personal practice and study with many of the world's most highly regarded master teachers. She is available for class and private instruction.
Robin’s yoga journey began after an accident left her with severe back pain. Within a couple of years after taking her first yoga class (from her sister!) Robin was hooked and simply in love with yoga. She took her blossoming love for yoga to Asheville and studied with Stephanie Keach and other wonderful teachers at Asheville Yoga Center for her 200 hour training. Robin enjoyed learning about the different types of yoga but her heart is with Vinyasa Flow and Power Flow. With over 350 hours under her belt to include Restorative and Yin Yoga, Kundalini, Ashtanga and Anusara, Robin intends to continue her education and vows to never stop learning as she shares her love of yoga and is endlessly inspired by other teachers.
“The conjunction of effort, concentration and balance in asana forces us to live intensely in the present moment, a rare experience in modern life”- BKS Iyengar
Megan has been practicing yoga off and on for about 10+ years and now has a daily yoga and meditation practice. She completed a 200-hour National Yoga Alliance certified teaching program at Omcore Yoga & Body on St. Simons Island and has been teaching ever since.
Megan encourages her students to step out of their comfort zones while exploring all poses in a variety of ways to find what fits their body best. She enjoys teaching non-traditional flow classes that incorporate active flexibility and mobility work as well as breathing exercises and/or meditations. When practicing active flexibility in the classes students will learn to stretch not only the muscles, but also the connective tissue that surrounds them. Her classes emphasize creating space in the body to slowly, but efficiently increase levels of strength and flexibility in a safe manner.
She enjoys challenging herself by practicing various styles of yoga such as ashtanga, dynamic flexibility, vinyasa, hot yoga, yin, and many more. Some of her favorite teachers include but are not limited to Meghan Currie and Melini Jesudason. She believes that to become a better teacher one must always remain a student.
Mandy did her yoga teacher training at Active Sol in Atlanta, Georgia and has been teaching for several years. Her specialties are Restorative and Hot Yoga and she has advanced certifications in Prenatal and Yin Yoga. Mandy has also been a Licensed Massage Therapist for over 15 years, as well as a Labor Doula and a Childbirth Educator. She brings her Doula expertise into her Prenatal Yoga classes to teach relaxation and to educate the expecting mothers about their bodies and the journey ahead of them. Mandy also has a way of bringing her passion for massage into all of her classes, giving her students a truly unique and unforgettable yoga experience.
Born and raised in Valdosta, Georgia Lauren made the Golden Isles her home in 2005. A yoga practitioner for ten years, she recently completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training at Asheville Yoga Center in November 2017. Teaching yoga is the first step into a new chapter of life for Lauren as she transitions from administrative office duties to a new way of assisting others on the mat. A firm believer that yoga can transform lives on as well as off the mat, she is eager to share her fun loving passion for yoga and its countless benefits with everyone she meets. Outside of the yoga studio you can find Lauren playing beach volleyball with her husband, Aaron, or simply having fun with her family and friends.
Margie Varnadoe has been a resident of Glynn County since 1973. After practicing yoga at The Club for many years, she obtained her certification in Hatha yoga in St. Augustine in 2006. Now retired from her full time job in education after 35 years, Margie enjoys teaching at The Club and feels like those in her class are now part of her family.
She enjoys a gentle yoga practice with plenty of warm up time and gentle progressive relaxation at the end.
International Yoga Teacher and Lifestyle Coach, Kristy Yager, specializes in training high-end spas, resorts, and private clients on creating accessible, easy-to-follow Self-Care rituals and how to implement these 'mini retreats' into any lifestyle. She loves to blend the understanding of health science and anatomy into harmonizing with the emotional and spiritual body, and beyond. Her clients call her work inspirational, transforming, and profoundly simple. She emphasizes the importance of daily integration to renew the mind, body and spirit. Kristy brings a mindfulness and presence to any subject creating space for effective learning. She has studied globally with many well known teachers and powerful, lesser known teachers. Her own depth of experience provides space for all things. She loves to work with all people everywhere that are committed to a path of evolution.
Joyce teaches alignment based flow classes that focus on cultivating mindfulness through movement. With her clear instruction and down to earth style, she creates classes that are both challenging and soothing at once. She received her 200 hour teacher training through Discovery yoga center in St Augustine, Fl. With over 16 years of practicing yoga and 12 years of teaching yoga, she has learned patience, compassion, and an ever unfurling intrigue in the mechanics of life in the body. In addition to teaching yoga, she is a licensed massage therapist with 21 years experience. She has traveled all over the world studying and practicing yoga and meditation. She extends deep gratitude to her teachers Sabine Vera, John Friend, Elena Brower, Mathew Sweeney, Janita, Goenecka, Lama Zeupa and many more.