At True North Yoga, our teachers are a huge part of what makes us special. While they each have their own areas of specialty, all are dedicated to providing a caring and compassionate space where students can explore something more – on and off the mats.
Crystal has been teaching and studying yoga since 2010, with a background as a fitness instructor since 1993. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training through Wanderlust Studios in Austin, Texas and Lake Tahoe, California. She completed her RYT 500 through Experience Alaya Yoga School, and her 1000HR Experience Alaya Yoga School Apprenticeship Program. She leads classes, workshops, retreats, and 200HR Teacher Training & Immersions.
Crystal is a co-owner of True North Yoga and is passionate about providing transformative yoga experiences in a safe and welcoming environment. Crystal believes yoga cultivates awareness of opportunities that allow us to evolve as human beings, to live from a place of gratitude, and to become more comfortable in our bodies. Crystal’s love for yoga inspires her life as a mother, grandmother, and an active member of her beloved community.
Ivey is a yoga teacher with over 20 years of experience practicing yoga. Her passion for yoga began during her time in college as a Division 1 swimmer, where she discovered the power of yoga to improve performance and mental clarity. She enjoys helping students cultivate a deeper understanding of their minds and bodies so they may reap the benefits of a lifelong, pain-free yoga practice. Ivey earned her 200HR yoga teacher certification with the Experience Alaya Yoga School.
Ivey is a co-owner of True North Yoga and is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students of all backgrounds and experience levels.
Scotty’s journey with yoga began in 2020. He was at a point in his life where he found himself seeking purpose instead of ‘just going through the motions’. As much as he loved the physical aspect of yoga, the real magic happened when he discovered and fell in love with the spiritual aspects of the practice. Scotty enjoys helping students better connect to their true self through the practice of yoga, breath work, and meditation – and teaches for those moments when studesnts are able to reconnect with their hearts and to begin listening to their bodies with non-judgement. Scotty earned his 200HR yoga teacher certification with the Experience Alaya Yoga School.
Stefany’s 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 – her body hurt! A friend lent Stefany his yoga DVD after her chiropractor suggested she try it. Back then, Stefany found the practice dull, and that was the end of yoga for her. She came back to it years later and started to practice nightly. In 2015, she moved to Colorado began her Yoga Training shortly after. She is a lifelong learner and continues to take whatever workshops, trainings, and classes pique her interest. Stefany loves to teach those who think only certain people can practice yoga and firmly believes there is a yoga practice out there for everyone.
Dana is a self-described yoga nerd, cat lover, and silly introvert. She discovered yoga in 2016 and received her 200HR 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 and fun. She hopes to encourage students to open their minds and explore what their bodies can do through their practice.
Julie 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 she needed to continue running. As she continued to explore the art and science of yoga, she also recognized the amazing union achieved between body, mind, and spirit. Eager to experience more, Julie completed a 300 hour yoga certification program with Nicole Brown and the Southern Institute of Yoga Instructors. Since then, she has taken many courses with other teachers, including Bryan Kest, Libby Hinsley, Sean Corn, Kathryn Budig, and Leslie Kaminov. She continues her education with periodic trips to the Asheville Yoga Center for workshops where she most recently completed yoga training for Sacroiliac Joint & Pelvic Inflammation, Yoga Psychology & Trauma, and Yoga for Seniors and those with back injuries. Julie recently entered her 60s and embraces this wonderful sentiment from Mahatma Gandhi: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Sierra first fell in love with yoga nearly 20 years ago while regularly attending a yoga/pilates/Tai Chi class at a big box gym. Since then, her practice has grown by exploring different types of yoga, breathwork, meditation, and mindfulness techniques, culminating in completing the 200HR teacher training with the Experience Alaya Yoga School. Sierra is committed to creating a safe and fun space to welcome people of all levels, abilities, and bodies to her classes. Her intention is to inspire students to practice mindfulness, movement, and breathwork both on and off their mats.
Amy took her first yoga class in 2000 as a way to find balance in her life and de-stress. Her first yoga experience was a power yoga class, which was not only physically transformative, but also transformed the way she related to the world. After 22 years of yoga practice, she decided to take part in the 200HR yoga teacher training with the Experience Alaya Yoga School. Through her training she has learned to experience and translate her yoga practice from the mat into daily life – and she looks forward to sharing this experience with all who join her class.
Kirsten has practiced yoga off and on since 2012. She began practicing more frequently as a first-year graduate student at Ole Miss in Fall 2018, when she joined Baptiste Power Yoga in Oxford, MS. She found that coming to yoga regularly was a way to stay connected with herself both mentally and physically. Having a strong yoga community was something that kept her coming back, which is one reason why she loves the True North Yoga community. She earned her 200-hour RYT certification through Baptiste Power Yoga Nashville and has completed the Baptiste Institute’s Yoga Teacher Course. The teacher training transformed her life. She wants to help everyone experience the power of yoga in hopes it will encourage them to go through a transformation of their own which they can take with them on and off the mat.
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 your most authentic self. She enjoys seeing the many benefits and blessings that come with a dedicated yoga practice in herself and her students. 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.
Grace took her first yoga class in 2013 while mending a broken heart and immediately fell in love with the practice. Her journey started with meditation, after which she was introduced to Kundalini yoga and vinyasa yoga. Yoga became the magical medicine her body, mind, and soul needed. In 2019 she moved to Paducah and the first thing she googled was “where can I practice yoga?” True North was the very first option. The spiritual and physical parts of yoga made her feel so good that she decided to complete her 200-hour yoga teacher training with the Experience Alaya Experience Yoga School so that she could share this way of living with other people. Her intention is to create a safe space for students of all levels to experience the benefits of yoga, and to inspire them to live a more conscious and peaceful life.