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 Sheets, 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!
Bri is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and has spent over 200 immersive hours studying under Dr. Liz Lindh in Costa Rica. Bri has received education regarding yoga philosophy, the 8 limbs of yoga, Ayurveda, anatomy, public speaking, and communications and she regularly integrates them into her classes. Bri’s classes allow her students the opportunity to experience the cosmic prana flowing throughout their bodies by integrating physical movement, mental concentration, and strategic pranayama. Bri’s mission is to raise the consciousness of humanity and promote healing through the practice of yoga, holistic living, and love.
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.
Emily Suhrheinrich- Weeks
I feel like fitness is often marketed to the fit- if you don’t have a particular body type or athletic ability, it can be difficult to find a place to increase your physical activity where you comfortable and confident. I designed my class as a gentle and safe space for people to move at their own comfort level, and to push themselves as they see fit.
I am a Paducah resident who has lived here much of my life. I currently am the studio manager at AMPA Academy of Movement and Performing Arts, where I also teach movement to little ones and grown-ups alike. I am so happy to start teaching at True North, the studio that has been my yoga home for over a decade. I started taking class at True North with @timothyyogi back when TN was located in the basement of United Church of Paducah, among the youth center. Some of my favorite yoga flows come from Tim’s classes, and I attended as able while on break from Murray State University. Since graduating, I have taken class on and off over the years, and loved my time taking Ginny’s slow flow yoga class while pregnant with my daughter a few years back. I am so honored to be teaching at a place that has strengthened my own practice, and help me solidify my own inner peace.
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.”
Megan Cadmus Emmons
Megan was drawn to yoga for its physical benefits, but stayed with yoga for it’s spiritual and mental rewards. She was introduced to yoga as a child. It wasn’t until 2016 as she struggled to hike to the top of a volcano in Costa Rica, that she made the promise to herself to reconnect with her body, and return to yoga as a serious practitioner. After years of coping with chronic pain, she found that yoga was finally healing her body, and she looked forward to the day that she could share her love of yoga with others. In 2020, she completed her 200hr Hatha yoga teacher certification through Heartwood Yoga Institute, a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School. She is currently working towards completing an additional 300hr certification. She prioritizes proper alignment and breath work during her practice, to help students find ease and comfort in postures. She loves to use props and modifications to make poses not only more accessible, but more dynamic. Her classes are lighthearted and seek to incorporate a bit of play with traditional yoga. Her hope is that students leave her class armed with the tools of yoga that they can incorporate into their lives both on and off their mats.
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!