Mary has enjoyed the practice of yoga for over 20 years and has been a certified instructor since 2005. She has been studying Anusara yoga with John Friend, Noah Maze, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Scotta Brady. Her classes can be described as meditation in motion. Mary's love of yoga and its benefits come through in her approach - encouraging all to try it and most importantly to "Breathe!" Her classes aim to guide students through postures (teaching flexibility and strength) while learning to relax and remain mindful of the breath. Students are encouraged to honor the body's limitations at any given moment and to adjust their practice and mind accordingly. Mary is the co-owner of Southern Star Yoga Center and the co-director of Southern Star's 200 Hour Teacher Training.
"The breath helps bring clarity and focus to the mind. When we become more mindful of our practice, we bring this awareness to our lives and our loved ones"
Stevi Self is a certified yoga instructor and yoga therapist with over 1,000 hours of training. She has been practicing yoga since 1995 and received her first teacher’s certification in 1998. She is co-owner of Southern Star, the co-director of Southern Star's 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, and assistant director of the Inner Peace Yoga Therapy program.
Stevi brings many years of teaching experience and a genuine commitment to the practice and philosophy of yoga to her gentle, pre-natal and vinyasa flow classes. Her experience gives her the ability to offer a wide variety of alternatives for the poses--making her classes accessible to anyone who is willing to participate. She believes that the breath is the most important aspect of the practice, and for that reason anyone can do yoga even if they can't touch their toes or balance on their hands.
Stevi offers private instruction in yoga asanas, pranayama, meditation, yogic philosophy, and personal yoga therapy. Stevi is a member of the Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Linda moved to Mississippi from California in 2007, seeking a more relaxed and enjoyable way of life. She practiced yoga for a few years while attending university in California, but several moves and life changes pulled her away from her practice. After being diagnosed with an autoimmune condition in 2009, she knew she had to find a way to get back her strength, energy and quality of life. With the help of her friend Stevi at Southern Star Yoga Center, she was able to start out slowly, bringing flexibility into her joints and becoming stronger. Eventually her yoga practice enabled her to bring her condition under control, increase her strength and manage her pain.
Linda completed Southern Star’s 200 hour teacher training (RYT 200) in May 2014. She loves teaching yoga and does so with a spirit of compassion, driven by the desire to pass along to her students the life-enhancing benefits of yoga.
Alison first started practicing yoga in her teenage years after being introduced to it by her mom. She began her practice of yoga simply as a way to stay in shape, but as she continued her practice when she found the many benefits it brought into all aspects of her life. As a moving meditation, yoga has helped her find peace, strength, stability, and insight to live a happier, lighter life. In the fall of 2014 she was able to fulfill her dream of completing her teacher training through The Yoga Underground in Provo, Utah.
Alison teaches an upbeat, challenging class centered around breath and creative sequencing of Ashtanga variations and vinyasa flow. She is passionate about creating a lighthearted, optimistic, and fun atmosphere where students can come to better know, love, and appreciate themselves and their bodies.
Haley began practicing yoga at 17 in order to heal from injuries sustained during years of competitive swimming and running. The yoga practice came naturally, and she couldn't get enough. The practice offered balance and serenity that had been missing before and allowed for a much more peaceful mindset. It only took a year and a half for her to want to share this new found passion with others.
She completed YogaFit's Level 1 certification in March 2012 and began teaching on campus. About a year later, she also completed a certification through the American Counsel on Exercise for personal training.This summer, Haley completed her 200 hour RYT to deepen her own practice and enrich her classes. Haley's classes are a flowing vinyasa style, rooted in the traditional theories and alignments of Ashtanga. Her classes are intended to challenge and strengthen your mind and body. She is so excited to have the opportunity to teach at Southern Star and hopes to build a wonderful yoga experience for all who attend her classes!
Beth took her first yoga class in 1999 and it was here the seed was planted. Unfortunately, this class was short lived and ended and yoga fell off her radar until 2005, where she joined a studio that offered Pilates, Body Sculpt, and Yoga. She actively participated in all three. The seed was being watered. In late 2010, after changing careers, she found Southern Star. It was here she found a home and her absolute love of yoga. Here she found the true meaning of yoga and all its amazing benefits in combining mind, body, and spirit. The seed was growing roots. In 2013 she decided she wanted more and began her journey, wanting to learn more and share this love of yoga. Beth achieved her 200 hour Teacher Training Certification at Southern Star in 2014. The seed continues to grow and the journey continues…
“Your passion is not random, it is your calling.” – Unknown
Lisa began practicing prenatal yoga in 2003 while pregnant with her son Miles. Lisa's love for yoga blossomed during those months, as her practice brought forth both mental and physical well being.
In February 2007 Lisa studied at a Sivananda ashram on Paradise Island, Bahamas, where she completed the Teacher Training Course (RYT 200). Lisa returned to Oxford and began teaching; she is a Registered Yoga Teacher and a member of The Yoga Alliance. In 2010, as part of her ongoing journey, Lisa returned to Sivananda Ashram to study Yoga of Recovery (108 Hrs), a course integrating Yoga and Ayurveda with the 12 Step principles to help those overcoming addictive and self-destructing behaviors. This led her to the exploration of Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga. The profound effects of the knowledge gained through this course lead Lisa back to the ashram a year later, where she completed her Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification (108 Hrs).
Together, yoga and ayurveda are the original holistic system of care, facilitating health through the unity of spirit, mind, emotions, and the physical body.
Lisa's practice and study of yoga and ayurveda together, has helped create wholeness and balance, and a genuine passion for continuing her studies and sharing her discoveries.
Corrie has most recently trained in Los Angeles, CA with choreographer, Dana Foglia, who works frequently for Beyoncé and others in the industry. As director of her company, Dana Foglia, has created her own style of dance which is a fusion of contemporary and hip hop movement. After completing that three month mentorship Corrie was invited to train with her in a one week intensive in NYC. Corrie's early dance training began at age 3 and continued in Tupelo, MS, Oxford, MS, Nashville, TN, and NYC. She has performed as a back up dancer on tour, was a member of Oxford's Hinge, the Dance Company and performed in various showcases. She is a graduate of the University of MS in Music, Theater Arts, and Education. She has studied dance pedagogy, and taught both in studios and privately.
Being a dancer, Corrie has always been interested in health and fitness. She understands the necessity of a strong body, particularly the core, and fluid movement for flexibility both being key to health. Corrie has been drawn to and has taken classes in various practices of yoga, pilates, and strength and cardio in all the cities where she has lived.
Corrie is excited to bring the Vow workout to Oxford. She believes it to be the perfect complement to the classes already being offered.
Olivia has practiced yoga for 8 years now. It has provided consistency,stability, and personal strength for her through many changes in her life, including moving several times and the birth of her 3 children. She enjoys starting each day with a yoga practice because of the peace it provides her, and she wishes to help others achieve this peace. She believes every one looks beautiful in a warrior pose. She is currently completing the 200 hour yoga teacher certification through Southern Star.
Meg first started practicing yoga in high school as a means to help rehabilitate after reconstructive knee surgery. She has a degree in Exercise Science and is a graduate student at Ole Miss studying Health Promotion. Her strong background in anatomy and physiology enable her to always offer safe modifications and poses for all levels of students.
Meg is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher through The Yoga Alliance and has been teaching classes since March 2013.
Meg says, “Yoga is so much more than a practice I choose to do several times a week. It has spilled into nearly every aspect of my life and greatly affects the way I think, feel, and act on a daily basis. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without it.” Meg hopes to share her passion for yoga wherever she goes in life and believes that yoga truly is for everyone.
Ann Fisher-Wirth has practiced yoga for over thirty-five years, since her children were babies, and has taught yoga for about twelve years. For her, yoga has become a source of lasting tranquility and joy, despite experiences of aging or illness, and to offer this path of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being is why she loves to teach. Her classes in Gentle Yoga combine elements of Hatha, Iyengar, and Yin Yoga. Ann is also a widely published poet, and will be developing workshops in yoga and creative writing. She is honored to be teaching at Southern Star, and was thrilled to complete her 200-hour Teacher Training in May 2011, as part of the first group of students to be certified through Southern Star.
Josh has been a student at Southern Star Yoga since 2012 when, after repeated injuries from his regular exercise routine, he decided to seek a more balanced approach to physical health. Yoga provided just that: a balance between strength and effortlessness that transformed his approach not only to exercise, but more significantly to life in general. Josh immediately began to see benefits of the practice both on and off the mat and was hooked. He has since maintained a regular practice and has completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training through Southern Star in May 2015. He credits much of his personal growth to these experiences, his wonderful teachers, and the amazing community overall, and this has inspired him to share these things through the service of teaching. He is excited and humbled to have the opportunity to teach at Southern Star and hopes his classes provide a welcoming atmosphere for individual growth, where students of all levels can join in on a dynamic, challenging (but fun!) vinyasa-based practice.
Dawn did yoga off and on all through college but did not have a consistent practice till a few years later. She rediscovered the benefits of yoga, because it helped her with rock climbing. She noticed if she took a class before she climbed she would have a wider range of flexibility, strength and just all around more relaxed. Finally after consistently practicing for 2 years, she decided to take the plunge and get her RYT in the spring of 2014 in Charlotte North Carolina. "I love teaching students to appreciate every aspect of their practice, and it is a passion watching each student's practice grow and transform.
Annie was introduced to yoga at an early age in the most improbable of places….the Mississippi Delta, where most people thought she had just mispronounced the word “yogurt”. Annie’s interest in yoga was inspired by her mother who has been teaching yoga since the 90’s. It was during college that Annie consistently added yoga and pilates to her fitness repertoire. Her yoga practice continued to deepen throughout all three of her pregnancies. After the birth of her third child she began to realize there is more to yoga than the physical practice and began to translate yoga philosophy into a daily lifestyle. For Annie, yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that requires dedication and consistent practice for a lifetime.
Annie recently earned a 200 hour yoga teacher certification from Southern Star. She hopes to bring yoga to the little ones by encouraging children and teens to develop a yoga practice early in life. Annie enjoys teaching an upbeat vinyasa style yoga class with lots of popular funky music to keep the tempo and spirits high. You can expect to stretch, sweat, and strengthen all while having fun. Seeing the need and benefits of yoga in her life, she now finds joy in sharing her love of yoga through teaching others.
After swimming competitively for most of her life, Katie came to the mat for the first time her freshman year at Ole Miss. Having never taken a yoga class before, she was truly amazed at the immediate benefits she experienced. After the first class, Katie was hooked and continues to be amazed at the long-term benefits she has experienced and still finds every time she practices yoga. Katie is currently furthering her training through Southern Star's 200-hour YTT program and believes that yoga is a practice that is for everyone and every body.
After years of competitive sports, Laura found yoga in 2002 and was immediately taken with a form of exercise that offers a runner's high without leaving the yoga mat. She has been practicing ashtanga and vinyasa yoga ever since. In 2011, Laura completed a 200-hour vinyasa teacher training with Gioconda Yoga in Austin, Texas, where she mentored with wonderful teachers who inspired her to cultivate her teaching from a place of service.
Students can expect a dynamic class that balances energizing sequences with opportunities to turn inward and find stillness. Laura believes that yoga has something to offer everyone. As a teacher, she is committed to tailoring classes to her students so they can experience the transformative benefits of yoga in their lives.
Jeff first came to Southern Star Yoga in 2010 in curious hopes of finding an alternative way to stay fit. He was immediately hooked by the aspects of yoga that aren't physical. The breath, calm, and balance was a huge surprise as well as the community. Jeff has been a personal trainer since 1985 and has a background in weight lifting and mountain biking.
Jeff completed his 200 hour Yoga TeacherTraining with Southern Star in May 2014 and is working toward his AcroYoga certification to be completed Fall 2015.
Lee New is a graduate of our Southern Star Yoga Teacher Training. His unique style infuses fun, dynamic sequences with the meditative aspects of ancient teachings. His class is a gem and one not to be missed!
JoLynn first discovered yoga in 2000 while in graduate school. She appreciated the extra energy it gave her, allowing her to both work and study full-time. An injury disrupted the flow, causing a pause in her practice that extended nearly a decade. However another injury brought her back to yoga, this time in search of healing. She found the restoration she sought, as well as a general increase in joy and happiness and a greater sense of inner calm and peace. Upon her 36th birthday she gave herself the gift of a daily practice and has continued to enjoy that gift ever since, relishing in the continuously opening flower of her physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. Jolynn completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Southern Star in May 2014.
Jennifer is an adjunct music instructor at Ole Miss, where she teaches Applied Studio Voice, Voice Class for Instrumental Majors and Voice Class, where she works with Music Theater majors. She recently completed her 200 hour teacher training with Southern Star. She has also worked with certified Yoga instructor Robert Swedberg, Director of Opera and developer/teacher of Yoga for Performers at the University of Michigan. She has presented Yoga for Performers classes for the U. of M. Opera Theater, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and is currently developing a Yoga for Performers class for submission to the music curriculum at Ole Miss. As a singer/yoga instructor, she treasures the joy of the breath and the spiritual centering that true Yoga practice brings, and she is excited to share that with others.
Lydia Siniard has been practicing yoga since 2008. In 2011, she completed her 200-hour certification and in 2013, her 500-hour certification with Etowah Valley Yoga in Cartersville, Georgia. Lydia is also currently in the process of completing her Professional Yoga Therapy certification. In addition to her love for yoga, Lydia is also passionate professional ballet and contemporary dancer. She is the founder and co-owner of Hinge Dance Company, LLC and Associate Director of Oxford Academy of Dance Arts.
Living with gratitude allows what we have to be enough and more and Lydia encourages her students to find that place of appreciation in all aspects of life. She aims to offer quality therapeutic information and encourages each student to truly listen to their own selves when practicing yoga on (or off) the mat. With the idea that the breath is the most important part of our yoga practice, Lydia often says, "If you can breathe, you can do yoga" and strives to make yoga accessible to any and everyone that comes to her class.
Lydia offers private sessions for asana and yoga therapy.
Liv completed her 200 hour teacher training with the Integral Yoga School.