Abbey graduated in the spring of 2015 from UofL with a Geosciences degree and has pursued her yoga teaching career full-time. Abbey loves to play with fun transitions and creative flows in her classes, but most of all, she wants her students to feel empowered and have fun! You will always see a big smile on her face - on and off the mat.
In her most recent endeavor, Abbey has become an essential oils wellness advocate! Like yoga, she sincerely believes in the healing powers they possess and loves sharing the benefits she’s experienced by using essential oils. Abbey is thrilled to continue her yoga career teaching at Bend and Zen Hot Yoga and looks forward to sharing her warm smile and sense of joy in each and every class!
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!
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.
Danielle’s focus soon began shifting away from her dance career and she began to play with the idea of becoming a yoga instructor and sharing this “yoga high” with others. The similarities in movement and flow between yoga and dance were what first turned her on to the idea. In 2013 Danielle embarked on a new adventure and moved to Sydney, Australia, where she lived for nearly two years studying photography and earning her 200-hour RYT in Power Vinyasa. After going through her training and now being an accredited yoga instructor, she realized being a yoga instructor was so much more than flow and graceful movement - that the physical aspects of yoga were just the tip of the iceberg.
Beyond the obvious fact on how physically challenging hot yoga is, it is just as good for your mind and your spirit. Danielle thrives on inspiring her students to live your yoga on and off the mat. She strives for authenticity while teaching, often sharing personal experiences to better relate and connect with the folks in her class as more than just students, but as fellow human beings – to improve not just physically, but mindfully. She likes to come from a place of having a “beginners mind”, not knowing more than her students, but rather being on the same journey of inquiry and figuring things out right along with every person on their mat. She invites her students to be on their personal journey of changing and growing, because the moment we are no longer evolving, we have become stagnant.
Danielle has been teaching around Louisville at various studios and gyms for a year now and is very excited to be a part of the Bend & Zen Hot Yoga team.
After moving back to Louisville in 2007, Elizabeth continued her Bikram practice. She attributes her love and knowledge of yoga to all the incredible teachers and dedicated practitioners she has encountered over the years.
Her most memorable and humbling yoga experience thus far has been competing in the USA Yoga regional and national competition, AKA the Bishnu Ghosh cup. Elizabeth placed 1st in Kentucky in 2014 and went on to represent her state at Nationals later that year placing 30th in the nation. An incredible experience!
Above all, her biggest claims to fame are her 2 children, Cooper(5) and George(3) and her husband Big George. Elizabeth loves being a mom and watching her children grow each day.
Fitness and nutrition have always been important to Jacquelyn. As a competitive soccer player early in life, she was introduced to the power of the mind-body connection, preparing her for the physical and mental challenge that is hot yoga. After her soccer career ended, she attended Indiana University, solidifying her understanding of the value of health and nutrition. Watching her grandfather suffer with cancer, she adopted clean eating and became an avid runner.
After college Jacquelyn moved to New York City, where she became a Buyer for Donna Karan. After six years in NYC, she decided she wanted to live closer to friends and family. Today, she lives in Louisville and is the second-generation owner of Koerber’s Fine Jewelry in southern Indiana. After living away from home for so many years Jacquelyn loved that yoga enabled her to meet so many new people. Yoga has a community unlike any other she had experienced. This tight-knit yoga community quickly recognized Jacequlyn’s practice and she was approached to begin leading Quiet Bikram classes. Humbled by the opportunity, Jacquelyn happily accepted the challenge. With every class Jacquelyn wants to ensure each student has a great workout, but also has fun. You won’t find the ‘typical’ yoga music in her class, as she likes to keep the mood lifted with upbeat tunes.
Jacquelyn is attending a 230 hour teacher training course this summer at the Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC to further her practice and become a certified yoga instructor! She is ecstatic to expand her knowledge and hopes to diversify the classes she teaches at Bend and Zen upon her return.
Jacquelyn currently teaches Quiet Bikram classes.
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. She also has a certification in pre-natal yoga. Laurie emphasizes alignment and breath in her classes and hopes to help others develop a lifelong practice.
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 the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University. Laurie is an animal enthusiast and enjoys playing and spending time with her ferrets, Maude and Hans, and her parrot, Pete.
Laurie currently teaches our All Level Flow Classes.
Those thoughts quickly turned to action as she took a leave of absence from her corporate job to travel to Brazil for a five-week intensive training in the Moksha Yoga practice. Upon her return to Kentucky she began teaching part-time developing her skills until she exited the nine-to-five world to do the work she truly loved – teaching yoga!
Meredith earned a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville and this aspect of her background influences her teaching style and how she leads class. She knows that many students begin hot yoga for the physical results and stress relief, but a good class provides the opportunity to go deeper. Her goal is to support students who are ready and willing to shift out of an everyday state of mind and into one that enables internal exploration, learning and growth.
Her teaching style is relaxed and joyful and her goal is to tailor each class to the individual and ensure every student leaves her class feeling better than they did when they came! Meredith’s clients have ranged from students with no yoga, or even much exercise experience, to professional athletes. Her philosophy is that yoga should be accessible to all levels of ability, from beginners to advanced practitioners and it is her intention to meet all students’ levels of ability in each and every class.
Meredith loves being a student and has a goal to do at least one training every year. Don’t be surprised if you see her on the mat, maybe even next to you! Every class is a chance to see the same poses from a different perspective and to continue to evolve her practice and instruction.
Along with being a partner at Bend and Zen, Meredith teaches our Yoga Core, Power Vinyasa, Hot Fusion, Bikram Flow, Not So Hot Vinyasa, Karma Flow and Yang/Yin classes.
Adding to her background in yoga, dance and athletics, Natalie became a Registered Dietitian and earned a Masters degree in nutrition from Columbia University. As a nutrition therapist in private practice, she sees clients for weight management, sports nutrition and eating disorders. Natalie's approach as a dietitian is similar to teaching yoga. She focuses on mindfulness and trust- two qualities she believes help nurture one's relationship to their body and food.
She is thrilled to be back in her hometown of Louisville and part of the Bend and Zen community.