Charlotte has been practicing yoga for over a decade but started a dedicated practice in college and at Back Bay Yoga Studio in Boston, MA with Lynne Begier. After graduating from Northeastern University, she moved to Louisville to try her hand at a career in creative. With few connections in town and lots of free time, she began a regular post-work practice at Yoga on Baxter. After several years in corporate creative, local news, and college admissions she left the office environment to pursue yoga teaching.
Charlotte received her 200 Hour teaching certification at Yogaia with Heidi Bartholomew in the Fall of 2015. You can find her about town teaching different styles of vinyasa to all bodies and experience levels. Mudras and meditations sneak their way into most of her classes so that students leave feeling a bit more mindful and grounded than when they entered. Charlotte's goal is to always make each person in her classes feel empowered in their body every class, be it their first or 500th time on the mat. Charlotte's classes fluid, playful, and accessible - everyone is welcome as they are.
When she's not on her mat you can find her outside (in the sunshine, preferably), cooking breakfast, or spending time with her partner and her cat, Pickle.
Laurie started yoga as cross-training and injury prevention for running. She found that yoga not only allowed her to run faster and longer, but also kept her joints and muscles healthy. After several years of practice in various styles of yoga, Laurie completed her 200 hour training in Ashtanga Vinyasa at Infinite Yoga in San Diego, California. Laurie also completed 300 hours in advanced yoga studies at the Asheville Yoga Center. She also has specialized training in pre- and post-natal yoga, restorative yoga, yoga for seniors, and therapeutic elements of yoga.
In addition to her yoga practice, Laurie runs and is an assistant cross country coach. She also has a Master of Arts in German Studies and teaches German at Bellarmine University.
Laurie is the owner and founder of Yoga Baum Yoga School and offers workshops and 200-Hour Yoga Alliance approved yoga teacher trainings in Louisville, Kentucky.
Carrie found yoga a little over three years ago when she was seeking relief from chronic low back and sciatic nerve pain. Carrie began her yoga journey with an exclusive Bikram practice and found amazing relief from her pain and made incredible gains in core strength, along with gaining mental focus and an enhanced ability to concentrate both on and off her mat. She was also was amazed to find that yoga helped with symptoms of other chronic health issues she had spent a lifetime battling. She soon expanded her practice to other types of hot yoga classes including Power Vinyasa and Yoga Core. She fell even more in love with yoga, both the physical challenges and flowing poses together, which allowed her an emotional and spiritual release she has come to cherish.
Carrie has always enjoyed athletic pursuits, including playing and teaching tennis, so the challenges of hot yoga were right up her alley. It became readily apparent after adding Vinyasa to her regimen that she wanted to share her love of yoga with others. She completed her 230 hour teacher training through Asheville Yoga Center in June of 2016 and immediately began to seek opportunities to teach and share her passion for yoga with others.
Carrie has been in the social services field working with children and families for over 17 years. She is a nurturer by nature and her experiences and natural disposition have readied her to lead, teach and care for her students utilizing the transformational power of yoga.
During her free time she loves spending time with her husband, reading and hiking. Carrie is the proud mother of two adult daughters and an adult stepson. She has been a student at Bend and Zen since its inception and she is very excited to start her journey as a Bend and Zen instructor.
What really sold her on yoga was the moving meditation she experienced on her mat. She gained an incredible ability to breathe through just about anything that life throws her way and she is eager to help others discover this for themselves!