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.
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.
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.
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.
Shri Brahmananda said, “A miracle is a change in perspective”. Whether someone is just looking for the tools to live a healthier, more balanced life or is recovering from some form of trauma, the yogic path is transformational.
When I practice yoga it is a chance to get out of my head and the mundane of everyday life and connect breath, body and soul in the form of moving prayer to something transformative and divine. I discovered yoga in the early 1990’s and was immediately drawn to the timeless philosophy, while the asanas and pranayama helped my body recover from earlier childhood trauma. More than anything, I craved balance in a chaotic world and yoga was that for me. I began teaching in 2000, wanting to share with others the timeless tools of yoga. Whether practicing on the beach, in a studio, in church, a park, or alone, yoga connects us to something deeper, bigger, more meaningful, and to each other.
Over the years I have taught a wide variety of yoga students and have over 1,000 hours of study in pre-natal, kids, restorative, yin, chair, seniors, power, vinyasa, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, meditation, chakra yoga/meditation and recovery from trauma. I am 200 E-RYT in classic vinyasa and a Reiki practitioner. I live in Glasgow with my husband and two children where I love to cook delicious vegetarian meals, spend time with my four legged friends and teach and practice yoga and meditation in my home studio.
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.
A native to Bowling Green, Lilli first discovered yoga with Susan Polk after searching for healthy ways to cope with her anxiety and depression. Having dabbled in yoga as a dancer growing up, she didn’t realize the profound effects on the mind, body and spirit. Desperate to search deeper for her own truth, she completed her 200 hour teacher training at Be Happy Yoga and Salt Cave and has found her calling guiding Restorative Yoga. Calming the chatter in our minds through guided breath, expanding oxygen intake, lowering cortisol/blood pressure, and allowing the body to heal are just some of the reasons she shares this sacred practice. Outside of the studio, Lilli loves to be outdoors with her friends, attending music events, cuddling with her two cats – Toben & Scrooge with a cup of coffee.
“My love for Yoga began after attending my first class in 1998. As a fitness instructor, I was inspired with the realization that Yoga asanas incorporate all 4 elements of exercise wellness – strength, cardio, balance and range of motion. My passion is finding the right modification to make yoga work for everyone. I completed my 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training here at Be Happy Yoga. I have been a Barber for 32 yrs – married my client and best friend DeWayne in 1990. We have a daughter and 2 grandchildren. One of my favorite quotes is from Richard Faulds. True yoga starts with radical self acceptance. Observe the self without judgement. When the body knows that the mind is kind, it will open and release.”
DeAnn first discovered yoga as a college student. Around 2005, DeAnn rediscovered yoga and its value to her as she practiced multiple times per week and began to learn and understand the history and philosophy of the practice.
DeAnn graduated from the 200hr teacher training program at Be Happy Yoga School in 2014 with the main intention of deepening her own practice. Her journey of study has continued having completed additional trainings in Children’s Yoga, Senior Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Aqua Yoga.
DeAnn believes everyone is able to practice and benefit from some form of yoga. She is excited to share this wonderful practice with all!
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
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!
"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."
I've been practicing yoga since around 2001 and continue to really enjoy the Vinyasa/Flow and Yin styles. Among my favorite influences are T. Krishnamacharya "The Father of Modern Yoga," ayurvedic healer and scholar, his son T. K. V. Desikachar, B.K.S. Iyengar, Indra Devi, Yogi Bhajan (Kundalini Yoga), really enjoy Leslie Kaminoff's exploratory somatic style (Desikachar lineage). In August 2014 I received my 200-CYT through 2021. In December 2017 I completed my 200 RYT from Harmony Therapeutic Yoga.