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.
Iman Ali is the founder of IMAN, Integrative Medicine and Nutrition, and is dedicated to bringing Eastern healing techniques to clinical and non-clinical settings across the country. As a certified Urban Zen Integrative therapist, Iman specializes in addressing the classic symptoms of illness: pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, constipation, and exhaustion, using Eastern modalities such as restorative yoga, mindfulness meditation, reiki, aromatherapy, and nutrition.
Iman is a former research assistant for the Feinberg School of Medicine for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern - one of six academic centers (Harvard, Vanderbilt, etc.) dedicated to the study and practice of integrative medicine.
Iman is a Reiki Master Teacher, practitioner, and Integrative Health Coach. She has over 25 years of meditative practice in mindfulness & transcendental meditation. She sits on the board of the David Lynch Foundation Chicago which helps take meditation into schools across the country. You can see Iman for classes on Urban Zen at the Clouds Yoga Center on St. Simons Island.
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.
Gratitude like faith is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed and, and your capacity to draw upon its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything. That is the most powerful attitude to adopt for there are blessings in everything. -Adam Cohen
Anne’s yoga journey started in New York 8 years ago with the intention of increasing her flexibility. Overtime yoga became so much more. She realized that through yoga you can release stress, strengthen and lengthen your body and eventually find bliss. Her path brought her to Saint Simons Island where 3 years ago she completed her 200 YTT training with Omcore Studio. Her classes will typically have a theme and an intention to reinforce the theme.
She brings with her a deep belief that humility and compassion go a long way, and reminds students that we easily give humility and compassion to others, yet we forget to give them to ourselves. Her hot yoga and Daybreak classes are challenging and varied but she sees her purpose as to help build up each student’s strength and practice so that they can achieve whatever it is they desire out of their practice. She truly loves yoga and is grateful for not only the ability to practice yoga but to be able to share her practice and her gratitude with everyone. Anne is a Stand-up Paddle Board (SUP) certified instructor and Yin Yoga Yoga Alliance Certified.
Amanda completed her teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center (200YTT & 300YTT) and is a yoga universalist, drawn to the philosophy of this ancient practice along with somatic movement and embodiment.
She studied with Michael Johnson (bhakti yoga, jivamukti, neuroscience, epigenetics), kundalini teachers Sierra Hollister in Asheville and Leigh Mallis in Atlanta and completed another 200 hr YTT ashtanga immersion with Tim Feldmann at the Miami Life Center. She has studied Ayurveda with James Bailey of the Sevanti Institute in Kerala, India, Thai yoga bodywork with Michael Sitzer in Chiang Mai, Thailand and is a trauma-informed practitioner and health & wellness counselor.
Amanda loves to incorporate dance and spiral movements into her practice and teachings.
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.
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.
John Hartland teaches a unique hybrid brand of yoga. HartYoga combines several styles of yoga including; kundalini, vinyasa, chakra and restorative. This gentle practice is open to all levels from novice to expert. HartYoga is all about radical acceptance, and love. The focus is on meditation, breath work, chanting and poses to music. HartYoga allows everyone to access the benefits of Yoga regardless of physical limitations. Each class session begins with a centering meditation and the ancient Kundalini seated spinal series. We explore ancient mantras, pranayama and asanas. The standing series often includes a vinyasa sequence. We close the practice with an extended yoga nidra and savasana. Sound and music is a unique element to HartYoga. We explore meditation music from Tibet to Scotland. HartYoga is about opening the heart and balancing the chakra energy centers on your journey to bliss and connection to the divine.
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
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.
“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.
Allie discovered yoga in 2014. She knew nothing about yoga and had not worked out in years when she walked into her first class. Allie immediately fell in love with the practice and the way it made her feel both mentally and physically.
She began taking classes a couple times a week, but within six months, Allie was practicing almost every single day. This was a transformational period as health & wellness became Allie’s driving force, and she has continued with that momentum ever since.
Allie enrolled in a 100 hour and 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2018 with the intention to deepen her personal practice, but upon completion, she immediately started a new career teaching. She knew right away that sharing this life-changing practice and seeing firsthand how it changes the lives of others was her passion. Allie believes yoga is for everyone, despite age or fitness level and encourages everyone to start and/or stay in their yoga practice. She often feels more of a student than an instructor, as she learns and grows from every student and class she teaches.
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.
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.
Janita was born in South Africa and grew up in Johannesburg. She spent a lot of time as a child and young adult in the bush of Botswana, camping and living with wild animals. She studied Fine Art Majoring in Print Making at the University of the Witwatersrand then went on to study Ceramics At the University of Witwatersrand of South Africa.
Janita completed her Vinyasa Flow Yoga 200-hour yoga teacher training at the Ashville Yoga School in 1998, and is currently working on her 500-hour certification. She has studied with Shiva Rae, Bryan Kest, Doug Keller, Desiree Romberg, Stephine Keach, Shala Worsly, Yin and Meditation with Sarah Power. Janita's specialities include Vinyasa Yoga Flow, Hatha Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga and Yin Yoga.
Janita is passionate about giving people a better understanding of yoga, the benefits the practice; helping to facilitate a happier, healthier more peaceful life style.
Reanna discovered yoga several years ago in Columbia, Missouri, and began incorporating it more and more into her regular fitness schedule. She feels yoga is the best form of exercise due to the physical and mental benefits it provides. When she moved to St. Simons Island she sought out places to do yoga and discovered The Clouds and 2MPower. She was able to build a sense of community and make friends through yoga and loves how welcoming the welcoming nature of the yoga community. Reanna completed her 200-hr RYT program at 2MPower, a Baptiste Affiliate with owner Lawanda Mann in August 2019. She specializes in Baptiste methodology and believes the series is the best for a thorough “meditation in motion.” She believes regular meditation is important and incorporates a few minutes of it into each class.
Reanna has come to appreciate other forms of yoga and the benefits they bring to practitioners during her continuing exploration and education on yoga. She continues to build her knowledge of yoga and deepen her understanding; usually finding that it opens even more areas to explore. She loves teaching hot yoga and encourages her students to drop their egos at the door and be open to possibilities during their practice. If you attend one of her hot classes expect a few chaturangas. Her classes focus on being grounded, flow and the body-to-breath connection. Her regular, gentle and yin classes are tailored to the style of the class and level of the students.
You’re sure to receive a warm welcome to class and plenty of encouraging words along the way!
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.