Kindness & Intention
You are loved and fiercely accepted....
Our teachers are kind and supportive and want you to feel at home in our studio! Each of our experienced and knowledgeable teachers bring their unique style and passion for sharing yoga that is practical and mindful to meet you where you are. All of the teachers on our schedule have between 12 months and 10 years of teaching experience so you get the best care and quality.
Alix is an E-RYT® 200, YACEP® and has been teaching many styles of yoga for the past eight years including flow, gentle, yin and restorative yoga. She enjoys teaching classes that are accessible while creating a safe space for her community.
Alix specializes in offering yoga that allows you to restore physically, mentally, and emotionally and has dedicated almost a decade to teaching people how to relax and helping them heal and cope with stress, grief, anxiety and depression.
In her classes, Alix’s calm voice guides you through a practice that is suitable for beginners and advanced students, offering various options throughout the class. Focusing on proper alignment, breathing techniques, Alix’s intention is to create a safe and welcoming environment where students are comfortable and feel supported and safe throughout the class. Alix is an experienced registered yoga teacher and currently working on advanced studies.
Since opening Bella Yoga, she has accumulated over 1000 teaching hours, and completed several trainings focusing primarily on restorative and yin yoga.
Alix has studied with Judith Hanson Lasater and is a certified Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga Trainer and recently completed Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher Training. In her Restorative Yoga classes, Alix guides you through a sequence of restorative poses which will bring your mind and body back to a state of calm so you feel relaxed and rested.
Carrie has been a student of Yoga since 2008 and became a teacher in 2014. She received her certification from the ashram, Paramanand Institute of Yoga Science in Indore, India, where she spent a month immersing herself in her own practice of Yoga and Meditation.
According to Carrie, life brought her to Yoga: going through a divorce in her twenties, recovering from many physical injuries, and taking care of her mother during cancer treatments. After her mother’s passing, she knew she would teach others how to not only use this sacred practice as a way to cope with grief and the many struggles of life, but also as a way to heal and allow completely the richness of the human experience.
Formerly a massage therapist for 12 years, she now holds a master’s in clinical mental health from MSU, is certified in Hatha Yoga and in different styles of meditation and mindfulness. She is certified in Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Cancer, Trauma Informed Yoga and Somatic Therapies for anxiety and PTSD. She also works part time as a mental health counselor and specializes in grief counseling and mindfulness.
Her style of teaching is slow and meditative, focused on using breath and body movement as a guide to deepen inner awareness. Her goal is to show that it doesn’t matter what body type, injuries, experiences, mental state, or emotions someone has, anyone can benefit from Yoga and find peace and healing.
Yoga gave me a place to relieve stress and breath deeper. I was always wanting more, so in 2014 I completed my 200 hour certification while expecting my first child, and living in Florida. Working on my certification while pregnant forced me to slow down and get to know my body in a different way.
Our bodies are strong, and are meant to move and flow. Everyone deserves to feel the strength their own body possesses. After taking a barre training, I was eager to fuse strength techniques into a yoga practice. Barre helps us strengthen the muscles in our bodies, and I find students are able to enjoy the yoga practice more because the postures aren’t as challenging. I love hearing students say they feel stronger.
Yoga found me at a time I was anxious and stressed. I’ve learned that I can find calm when I’m surrounded by chaos. Doing yoga before, during, and after three pregnancies has taught me that yoga is for everyone. I teach because I want everyone to know that anyone can do yoga at any stage and feel amazing in their own skin. We are all beautiful and capable beings.
My first introduction to Hatha yoga was in a church community center around 15 years ago whilst living in England. Movement and learning to consciously breathe had a huge impact on my ability to manage life with a new baby and a full time work schedule. Since that time I have tried many different styles of yoga and I am always drawn to a more gentler flow of yoga movement. I completed my 200hr integrative yoga therapy teacher training with Nurture Soul Therapeutics in December 2016. Since that time I have taken an intensive restorative yoga workshop and completed a prenatal teacher training. I am also a Reiki practitioner.
My passion lies in making yoga accessible to everyone. We are all unique and our bodies are not built the same so our yoga can look and will feel different to the person next to us. Through slowing down the breath, moving mindfully with the help of props (yes they are our friends !) we can all experience the joy of yoga.
Why I teach is quite simple. I have experienced the benefits of yoga in all aspects of my being and life, and I wanted to share this beautiful practice with the world around me. No matter who you are or what your capabilities are, you can benefit from some aspect of yoga, whether that be breath work, meditation, self inquiry or a physical practice to name a few.
In my class I offer you space. Space in your body to breathe and to move the energy within you. Space for your body to move and flow and space for your mind to experience stillness and peace.
Niki is currently working on advanced studies in Yoga Therapy.
I went to my first yoga class with hopes of finding a new way to exercise. Little did I know that it would have an impact on my entire being. I fell in love with the practice of yoga in 2018 when I discovered how my body, my mind, and my spirit were renewed through regular practice. I found a peace in learning to live in the moment and be present in my body. Yoga calms me in a way that nothing else in my life has. I am at peace with who I am, who I was, and who I will be.
I found Bella Yoga in 2021 and fell in love with its community. The teachers and students genuinely care about and care for each other. Since retiring from teaching after 34 years, I have wanted to constantly be at a yoga class to feel that peace and contentment. When Yoga Teacher Training at Bella Yoga and Wellness was announced, I truly felt that becoming an instructor was the next step in my journey. I believe that the practice of yoga is for everyone, and everyone can access the benefits of yoga. I chose to become a teacher so that I could share it with others.
I completed my Yoga Teacher Training right here at Bella Yoga and Wellness in March of this year! I hope to continue my training in the future by adding Children’s Yoga and the Veterans Yoga Project.
In my classes, I hope to give you the time, space, and ability to look within to find your inner-peace.