At True North Yoga, our instructors are a huge part of what makes us special. Our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds with many specialties and are each dedicated to providing a caring and compassionate space where students can explore something more, on their mats and beyond.
Crystal has been teaching and studying yoga for 8 years, with a background as a fitness instructor for 24 years. She has completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training through Wanderlust Studios, and is a 200 Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher. Crystal’s teachers include Meg McCraken, Shari Beard, Gioconda Parker, and our own Tim Whitaker, among many others on her journey. She is currently working toward an additional 300 hour teacher training through Alaya Yoga School. Crystal believes that yoga is more than just yoga poses, that yoga is a way of walking on this earth! We do not have to stick the perfect pose to call ourselves a true yogi. Crystal makes room for all abilities in her classes, understanding that we all have injuries and limitations that we can work around. Modifications can be made to help each student feel challenged and successful. She brings some spiritual nuggets from yogic philosophy to the practice, inspiring her students to live calmer, more peaceful lives. You will leave classes feeling challenged, but accepted, and evolving in mind, body and spirit!
Ginny began exploring yoga on and off in high school. She eventually returned to the practice for good after many years of pain due to a lower back injury. She quickly discovered that her injuries were healed, she felt stronger in mind and body, and that yoga was really fun! With her background as a school teacher, she naturally felt compelled to share the gifts yoga had given her with others. Ginny studied as an apprentice with her mentor Tim Whitaker, and received her 200 hour RYT training from the world renowned Asheville Yoga Center. She is currently working on her 300 hour certification and has studied restorative yoga, yin yoga and meditation. Her personal style of teaching incorporates a strong connection between breath and body, honoring what feels good for your body in that moment and achieving balance between power and flexibility, focus and surrender. She truly believes that yoga is for everyone and tries to cultivate an intention to let go of what you think yoga should be and accept all the practice holds for you.
I’m Ashlee Ball, I have been practicing yoga on and off since 1998. I have been working as a personal trainer and yoga teacher since 2012. I am certified by ISSA as a personal trainer and sports nutrition counselor. I am also certified as a CrossFit L1 Coach, which helps me understand the importance of recovery even more. I have specialized training through YogaFit in kids yoga, and prenatal. I have also taken many classes on using mindfulness, guided meditation, and aromatherapy in yoga. I love to pull from all these educational sources when I teach. If you are in my class’s there are sure to be essential oils involved!
The health and wellness world is something I have always been involved in. My love for yoga stretches beyond the necessity of mobility. I have personally used yoga to help me through the pregnancies and births of my four children, to help myself in overcoming anxiety, and to find inner peace during challenging parts of life. My personal style of teaching varies on the class. Overall I teach with vinyasa flow or power flow. I love to focus on the hips, because we store so much stress and tension in that area. I also enjoy working on standing balances. My favorite thing to teach has to be HOT yoga though. It gives an amazing feeling of rebirth and centering. There is nothing quite like it. I love sharing the power of yoga with others. I consider it an honor and privilege to share this beautiful practice. Namaste.
My journey into yoga started with physical pain. As a college student lugging around a heavy back pack, as a teacher of young kids having to spend time bent over, and as a waitress on her feet all day…my body hurt! A friend lent me his DVD after my chiropractor suggested yoga. Back then I found it dull, and that was the end of yoga for me. Years later, it came back. I started to practice nightly and my home practice began to grow. Then in 2015, I moved to Colorado. My Yoga Training started in January 2016. From there I took any workshop, training, or class that I could find, learning many things along the way! I love to teach those who think only certain people can practice yoga. I firmly believe there is a yoga practice out there for everyone, and I hope to help find it!
Kathy started her yoga journey while living in Los Angeles and quickly fell in love with the physical practice. As her journey continued, practicing yoga became much more than moving the body and found a true connection of body and spirit, ultimately encouraging her to share this beautiful practice with others through teaching. Kathy received her 200-Hour Power Yoga certification through CorePower Yoga in 2017 and continued her yoga education with a 50-Hour Yoga Sculpt certification. She strives to connect students to their breath, bring awareness to their body and guide them through an intelligently sequenced practice with strength and positive energy. Kathy is excited to bring a part of her West Coast experience to her hometown and home studio.
I discovered yoga 20 years ago after experiencing multiple injuries sustained from long distance running. The physical practice of Yoga provided much needed muscle lengthening and stretching that I needed to continue my running. However as I continued to explore the art and science of yoga I recognized the amazing union to be achieved between body, mind, and spirit. Yoga’s objective in using the breath and body to foster an awareness of one’s self as individualized beings connected with me. In short I felt I was achieving the balance and equanimity to allow me to continue my life in peace, good health and harmony. Eager to experience more, I completed a 300 hour yoga certification program with Nicole Brown and the Southern Institute of Yoga Instructors. I have also have taken many other courses of study with other teachers, including Bryan Kest, Libby Hinsley, Sean Corn, Kathryn Budig, and Leslie Kaminov. I continue my education with periodic trips to the Asheville Yoga Center for workshops where I’ve most recently completed yoga training for Sacroiliac Joint & Pelvic Inflammation, Yoga Psychology & Trauma, and Yoga for Seniors and those with Back Injuries. During the 15 years I’ve been teaching yoga I’ve learned so much from other teachers and from students and know there is much more living to do. I turned 60 this year and embrace this wonderful sentiment from Mahatma Gandhi…. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
As a graduate of the Atma Buti School of Sound and Vibrational Medicine in Boulder CO, Barbara is a certified Himalayan singing bowl practitioner and sound healer. This class asks you to lie comfortably on a mat and receive the vibration of 21 bowls – three sets of seven bowls – based on the system of fifths using the Tibetan Note System. The bowls align with the seven-chakra system. Most of the bowls that Barbara uses come from the Nepali Shakya Clan that has been making these bowls for generations. The Nepali Shakya Clan infuses the bowls with love and positive energy as they hand-hammer the bowls. It is Barbara’s honor to be a part of this tradition and to bring these bowls to Paducah, Kentucky. How do singing bowls heal? When invited, each bowl produces a deeply soothing vibration that dissipates negative energy and restores the receiver’s natural state of vibration. There will be time at the end of each class for questions and sharing, if desired. Come, receive!
Dana is a self-described yoga nerd, cat lover, and silly introvert. She discovered yoga in 2016 and received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in 2020 from The Maze Method through Yoga International. Off the mat she loves tending to her small jungle of house plants, playing video games, and listening to pop hits. She enjoys creating sequences for her students that are challenging but always fun. She hopes to encourage students to open their minds and explore what their bodies can do through their practice.
Lindsay’s love of fitness began in 1996 when she started working at a Curves franchise while in college. Over the next 15+ years she would open several of her own franchises, as she found her purpose through helping others achieve their goals and find self confidence through movement and exercise. In 2009, she quickly became a regular in Shannon McGee’s vinyasa flow yoga class. She was initially drawn in by the physical challenge, but found herself craving the sense of peace and calm that followed each class.
Lindsay began student teaching in 2013, and received her 200 hr certification in May 2014 through Aura Wellness Center. Her classes, while challenging, are lighthearted and fun, and she strives to make them accessible for all levels. When she’s not teaching, you will find her working in her flowers, hiking in the forest, watching the night sky, or reading a good book.
Dell comes from a dance and gymnastics background. She began teaching yoga in 2011 and enjoys teaching power vinyasa, the hot sequence and yin. Dell brings creativity, curiosity, attention to alignment, balance and transitioning, strength, breath, faith and playfulness into the classroom. She enjoys setting students up for success in their practice and providing a challenge. She is passionate about teaching and exploring the connection between the mind and the body, and journeying toward our most authentic self. She enjoys seeing the many benefits and blessings in her students and self, through a dedicated yoga practice. One of her greatest privileges is the opportunity to teach yoga and be part of space filled with like-minded individuals, moving and breathing together in the present moment.
I was introduced to yoga in 2001 and was intrigued by the calming effects on the nervous system. In 2017 I received a 300 hour teaching certification in alignment yoga, I studied trauma informed yoga with the Connected Warriors in 2019. I am SUP yoga certified through SUP Yoga Center in St. Augustine.
I hope to bring my alignment based yoga and sense of peace to more people and make yoga more than stretching, make it a way of life!
Suzi Renaud while living in Dallas, Texas in 1998 began teaching part – time for a fitness network called THIN, acronym for The Health Instructors Network/AFFA affliate. She taught aerobics and stretch classes in offices and gyms around the Dallas area, as well as gym franchises. She joined the YMCA fitness team in 1990 and received a YMCA/AFFA Group Fitness Certification to teach for the YMCA.
In 1993 she certified with Kripalu Yoga for the YMCA to teach Kripalu Hatha Yoga. Other YMCA/ AFAA certifications included Aerobics, Step, Reebok Slide, Spin, NIA Technique, Pilates, Boxing Aerobics, Power Yoga, PiYo. Other certifications include AAAI/ISMA Yoga I and II, Mind/Body, Advanced Pilates, Advanced Yoga, Senior Fitness, Primary Barre, and Group Fitness. In 1997-98, Suzi’s passion for fitness and teaching took her around the world teaching Yoga, Pilates, and Chair Yoga for Steiner International of Great Britain, on Holland America cruise ship. She also held motivational and inspirational workshops on: Visualization, meditation, aromatherapy and motivational inspirational talks on fitness.
In 2001, Suzi returned to Paducah, KY and she began teaching Yoga and Aerobics at Baptist Family Fitness and Lourdes Fitness. She continued Yoga, Pilates, and Dance training and continuing education with Savannah Yoga, Miami Life Center, YMCA/Atlanta, and the premiere dance studio Pineapple in London, England. In 2003, she opened The Yoga Room for Yoga and Pilates, and also began teaching at Paducah Parks and Recreation. In 2007, she trained with Dr. Paul Lam in San Antonio to be certified in Sun Style Tai Chi, a modern form of Tai Chi easily accessible to all ages and levels. She also attained 31 hours of study in Healing Taoist Qigong with Dr. Roger Jahnke at NICABM Psychology of Health and Immunity Conference in 2007. Suzi has taught Yoga for children at Oscar Cross Boys and Girls, Girl Scouts of America, Juvenile Detention Center in Paducah, KY, and after school programs at the Parks and Recreation and in Dallas, YMCA. She also produced a fitness show called, “A better you with Suzi Renaud” for Public Broadcasting: Cable 2, Paducah, KY.
When Suzi’s not teaching she enjoys playing games such as bridge or scrabble, listening to opera or going to music festivals and competitions. As an avid reader, she enjoys historical fiction. And she loves to travel and visit art museums.
My journey with yoga began in 2020. I was at a point in my life where I simply found myself seeking purpose, all while ‘just going through the motions’, as so many of us are programmed to do. As much as I loved the physical aspect of yoga and noticed how it was helping me, the real magic happened when I discovered and fell in love with the spiritual aspects. I found myself becoming aware of my breath. For the first time in my life, I was listening and connecting to my body. I discovered true unity with my mind, body, and spirit. In 2021, I found myself seeking more guidance and purpose, as I navigated a difficult and trying season. I dove headfirst and deeper into my yoga practice to help me find my way back to FEELING again. Boy, did I ever find the answers I was seeking…
Knowing now the POWER of the practice, my intention is to get people to their mats and show them how to better connect to self through the practice of yoga, breath work, and meditation. I want to show people how to bring awareness back to their hearts and to begin listening to their bodies with non-judgment. I am in the process of attaining my 200-hour RYT yoga certification with the Alaya school of yoga. I am also the facilitator of a local men’s group where we are dedicated to holding a safe space for men to heal, grow, and embrace their inner strength together in a supportive environment.