For more than a decade, Susan has passionately taught yoga throughout the southeast and abroad, having completed course work and practicums in professional Yoga Therapy which includes Prenatal Yoga and Thai Yoga Therapy in South Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky.
A member of the Integral Yoga Teachers Association, Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Susan is one of only a few experienced registered yoga teachers in the region with more than 2000 hours of teaching experience and more than 800 hours of training.
Susan received her 200 hour training from Holy Cow Yoga Center in Charleston, SC where she was trained in the Integral lineage of yoga. She then received her 500 hour and Yoga Therapy training from Etowah Valley Yoga north of Atlanta, GA which is heavily influenced by the Iyengar lineage of yoga. Among all of Susan’s great yoga mentors and teachers, Susan also trained with Marlysa Sullivan who has served on the board of The International Association of Yoga Therapy. Susan has also attended workshops and/or classes with Erich Schiffman, John Friend, Doug Keller, Paul Grilley and Matthew Sandford. She also earned the designation of RPYT during her yoga therapy training, becoming one of only two Registered Prenatal Yoga Teachers in the state of Kentucky.
While at EVY, Susan trained with Michael Sitzer in Thai Yoga Therapy. Michael served as the core faculty member at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health for years and has studied in Thailand with Pichest Boonthume and also with Kam Thye Chow, Ken Nelson and Jonas Westring.
My first experience with yoga surfaced as healing a major sports injury. Over the past 10 years, yoga has turned into a relaxing, awareness awakening, revitalizing, powerful use of this life. One year after graduating college I ventured to Costa Rica for my first training with Amazing Yoga. 200 RYT in a power vinyasa, I have completed trainings in Maya Tulum, Mexico and locally over the past few years. I am now teaching yoga full time. Yoga means so much more to me than I ever believed possible, the benefits of mindfulness are endless! It truly brings me such joy to share with others this practice in an upbeat class just for you!
Amy Lindsey is a 2002 graduate of Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Recreation with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation.
In 2004, Amy received her Registered 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification from TMAA inc. (Together, Mind, Anatomy, Air) at Ashby’s Yoga of Owensboro,KY. Amy has been registered as a certified yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance since September 2004. Her speciality in yoga is Hatha yoga, restorative/relaxation and kids yoga.
In 2006 Amy received her physical therapy associate Degree in Physical Therapy in from Volunteer State Community College. Amy has been a practicing PTA for now over 10 years. This education and background has given Amy more understanding and background on movement and the human anatomy.
Amy has had the opportunity to teach yoga to various populations including adults and children.
Shigeko is originally from Tokyo Japan and studied flower arrangement (Shihan), tea ceremony and Calligraphy as she grew up there. She also studied different disciplines of martial arts: Tae Kwon Do (3rd Black Belt), Kung Fu and Thai Chi. They have helped her tremendously to study Yoga as the importance of breathing, controlling energy flow and mind are the pillars of those disciplines.
She completed RYT 200 training with Shanda Packard at Harmony Therapeutic Yoga in May 2015 and has been teaching at local studios since then. Her goal is to help the students to ease the tensions that they hold on their bodies and minds.
DeAnna began her yogic path more than ten years ago, while completing her degree in Sociology and Women & Gender Studies, and working as a counselor, advisor, and educator in her community. She has grown her knowledge through practice and study of a variety of yoga philosophies, in the United States, Southeast Asia and Western Germany. She completed her Teacher Training for Hot Yoga in Bowling Green, Kentucky and began teaching in both Kentucky and Indiana. She later completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and began studying Sanskrit and Ayurveda, while teaching Vinyasa and instructing private yoga sessions there. DeAnna is a Certified Reiki Practitioner and is currently working towards her 200 Hour Meditation Certification. She really enjoys doing fun yoga workshops, festivals, energy work, spending family time in nature, and adoring her fur babies. In her classes you may receive a mix of Yin and Vinyasa Hatha styles and will definitely end with a thoughtful, guided meditation. DeAnna inspires students to grow, to look inward to find connection and peace. If your goal is to move your body with purpose while examining the details of your existence, then this is the teacher for you!
I use to fly single engine airplanes and now I fly on my yoga mat. A Midwest girl at heart, I have lived in many places from Plymouth, England to NYC. Bowling Green quickly became home to our family of five after moving here in August of 2012. I have practiced and studied under many dedicated teachers for the past 17 years, receiving my first 200RYT in 2015 with a Therapeutic focus. Currently I am working on my second 200RYT at a Jivamukti affiliated studio. I have practiced many styles of yoga and still have many to try. Yoga is a practice I live by; it is a poetic discipline that I love to share.
Chie Tanaka, from Yokohama, Japan, has faithfully practiced Hatha Yoga since 2004. In 2011, she completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training under the supervision of Debbie Marquette and Heidi Crocker. Since then, Chie has taught yoga as a service to many people in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with special classes designed for individuals in Bowling Green’s Japanese community. Aside from her commitment to practicing yoga, Chie is active in other recreational activities such as hiking, running, and rock-climbing. She loves hanging out with friends, cooking Japanese foods, and designing personal crafts.
I have been practicing yoga since 1999. I started my practice with Heidi Crocker as a winter fitness activity during my lunch breaks when I was a counselor at SKY Community and Technical College then known as Bowling Green Technical School. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, but after a few classes, I was hooked. I continued on with Beverly Veenker and Debbie Marquette as they expanded yoga opportunities in the Bowling Green area.
I started my teacher training in 2013 with Shanda Packard at Harmony Therapeutic Yoga and completed my 200-hour Yoga Alliance Training in 2014. I believed then and now that yoga is a perfect adjunct for counseling for those who can use yoga as a way to work through times of personal crisis and trauma, as well as a great way to become healthier in mind and body for anyone.
I am currently a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and will complete my 500-hour yoga training in November 2016.
Lisa Kearny Lerner has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She completed the 200 hour teacher training at Yogaworks, studied restorative yoga with Judith Lasater, and obtained her therapeutic yoga certification at Integral Yoga. She lived in New York City for the past 16 years where she completed all her trainings and discovered Iyengar yoga, which she has practiced for the last 10 years. Iyengar, which focuses primarily on alignment, is the foundation for her teaching today.
A graduate of Columbia University, Lisa works as an Occupational Therapist providing both physical and cognitive skill training related to activities of daily living. She enjoys incorporating therapeutic yoga in a rehabilitation setting and has worked with clients with a variety of injuries and health concerns. In addition, she is certified in teaching children of all ages and has primarily worked with those with special needs
“Your body is the child of the soul. You must nourish and train that child.”
– B.K.S Iyengar
My over two decades long experience as a yoga practitioner and teacher has taught me that yoga is like a door which opens you to your inmost self. Once you walk through, the interiors unfold in unexpected ways, illuminating areas that you never knew existed, and eventually making the promise that every thread and fold that is you will be filled with light. It begins with a desire to balance body and mind harmoniously and, with sustained practice over time, brings knowledge and insight as to how powerfully interconnected the are.
I spent my first ten years in the world of Ashtanga yoga, studying in India and elsewhere with Pattabhi Jois, as well as many senior western teachers, and the last ten developing a unique method of teaching yoga stemming from inner experiences, which integrates tension-release breathwork, flexibility training, yoga postures, dance, partner work, and strength training, to detoxify and revitalize the spiritual and physical aspects of the body. I call it BodyWorks Yoga.
“Having spent years with low back pain, and then recently hip pain, I was hoping that yoga would give me some relief. In 2015, I started a regular yoga practice with Susan and Jessica Tuntino and it didn’t take long before I started feeling a lot of relief. But my favorite part of my practice turned out to be; the freedom from being in my head for the hour I was in class.
Wanting to deepen my knowledge of the 8 limb paths and to grow in my practice, in 2016 I started my first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Susan Polk at Be Happy Yoga and Salt Cave. I finished in May 2017 and am excited to start teaching others on this fabulous journey.
I have been married for over 30 years, have 2 adult children, a daughter in law and 3 grandchildren. I have an Associates Degree in Business Administration and work in accounting.”