Jill started practicing yoga in 2001 in her hometown of Portland Oregon. Her first transformative experience with yoga helped her to learn how to raise her fallen arches in her feet. Yoga has continued to guide her body into proper alignment as she lives with hyper mobility and scoliosis. During her second pregnancy she prepared for child birth using prenatal yoga. She practiced off and on until coming to Greenville Yoga in 2013. She loved the feeling of home she experienced at Greenville Yoga. Jill has been an aerobics instructor since 1992. Jill is currently enjoying her time in Liz and Brian’s 200 Hour Teacher Training (for Nice People). Jill teaches breath initiated movement and wants to help others connect with their breath and body. She uses yoga and meditation to keep her centered and calm.
Ted Balk, RYT
Ted unexpectedly came to yoga after retiring from a thirty plus year career as an engineer working construction projects.. A skeptical drop-in to one class in July of 2012 led to a dedicated practice that turned his life around from a downward spiral into cynicism, alcoholism, and a failing body. He found healing in his body, mind, and spirit and a rekindled interest in life and wholeness of being.
After a year and a half of regular practice, Ted began a deeper study of himself with a year-long study with Lillah Schwartz in Asheville, followed by a second year in formal Yoga Teacher Training with Liz Delaney at Greenville Yoga.
Ted’s classes emphasize alignment and breathing in the yoga poses and movement, with a leaning toward teaching basic poses and working toward the integration of mind and body through a sustained Yoga practice. His classes are accessible to all bodies and levels of experience. The beginner will find a nurturing environment to learn the basics of breath work and proper alignment in simple poses. Those with a regular practice will find the emphasis on fundamentals a way to re-energize their poses, refresh their focus, and renew their practice in a deeper, more internal direction.
Kimmie Hale, RYT
Kimmie is a curvy, down to earth, friendly spirit of a woman. She has practiced yoga and meditation to overcome obstacles in her past. In 2001, Kimmie was in a car accident that left her with a metal plate, a metal rod, and 12 screws in her right leg. Suffering from chronic pain from these injuries, she used (and continues to use) yoga to create a safe place of non-judgment on and off the mat.
With Kimmie’s yoga classes, she expresses how everyone can do yoga and that they can make it their own. She shows all levels in her classes and always emphasizes that yoga is a safe place for everyone, for healing and of non-judgment. Kimmie is registered with Yoga Alliance at their 200-hour level through Greenville Yoga in October of 2013. She also attended Max Strom’s yoga teacher training workshop in the spring of 2013, and has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Kimmie is currently working on a 500-hour teacher training through Asheville Yoga Center. Kimmie also received her B.A. in Art Therapy from Converse College in May 2015.
Victoria Chance~ RYT, MA Contemplative Ed
Victoria began her formal meditation practice in 1976. A southerner and (nearly) a native of the Upstate, she began teaching Yoga in 2000 at St James Episcopal Church after receiving her 200-hour training in alignment based yoga from Lillah Swartz at Lighten Up! Yoga in Asheville, NC. She is devoted to teaching and living the eight limbs of Yoga because of her experience of its power of transformation and healing, especially for addictive behaviors. In 2009, Victoria received a Masters in Contemplative Education from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Her Balance, Breath, and Being classes focus on the benefits of the physical postures intentionally combined with the contemplative aspect of breath work and meditation. “Meditation does not make the mind dull. Rather, in meditation the mind is still but razor sharp, silent but vibrant with energy…the mind descends and dissolves in the consciousness of the heart.” B.K.S. Iyengar. Victoria also teaches English and Theory of Knowledge at Travelers Rest High School where she sponsors the environmental club and its organic garden.
Liz Delaney, E-RYT, RPYT
Ten years before discovering Yoga, Liz suffered with asthma and anxiety. Shortly after discovering breath-centered yoga, Liz was able to throw away her inhaler for good. In these classes she was taught the tools she still uses today to keep herself at peace and the anxiety at bay.
Liz uses this knowledge to teach breath-inspired movement, which leaves students feeling emotionally centered and more comfortable in their physical bodies. Whether you know yoga is good for you, or if it is your first class, Liz’s care for each student and the clarity of her instruction will immediately put you at ease. Liz’s life experience and dedicated time studying forgiveness and self-acceptance will inspire you to live your best life.
Liz’s first introduction to yoga was in the late ’80s, but a love of yoga wouldn’t emerge until ten years and many life changes later. After moving from Kentucky to California, Liz began taking many different yoga classes. In 2000, Brian Delaney took Liz to Max Strom‘s breath-centered flow class. The very first time in “final relaxation”, she knew this was something different. In 2000, Liz completed her first teacher training with Max Strom and Sherry Brourman. Liz continued her training at YogaVermont and studied prenatal and postpartum yoga. Then, in 2007, she completed a second training with Max Strom- “Yoga as a Way of Life.” In 2011, Liz completed Hi! Yoga Kids Teacher Training, a 30-hour training and practicum in yoga and meditation for children. Currently, she is working on her 500-hour training in Insight Yoga with Sarah Powers. This is a combination of Yin / Yang Yoga, Meditation, and Psychology.
With two children, she may finish the training in the next ten years! Liz gets on the mat each morning to meditate and practice yoga. These practices allow Liz to have time for herself, so she can replenish her energy and give more to her family and the community that surrounds her.
Mary Raven DeMarco, RYT & LMBT
Mary is a Thai yoga massage practitioner of six years, and a licensed massage therapist of ten. Mary began her yoga journey in 1997, and for years yoga served as a counter-pose to other physically demanding activities. More recently, with regular breath-centered yoga and mindfulness practices, she has found the courage and self-compassion to wrestle the afflictions of anxiety, emotional reactivity, and distractibility. Mary is enthusiastically engaged in Liz and Brian Delaney’s 200-hour Teacher Training (for Nice People!) and is grateful to be part of the Greenville Yoga community. Her intention is to encourage students of yoga to tune into the aliveness of their bodies, while practicing being present and compassionate, in order to achieve greater health, joy, and sense of well-being. For more information on Mary’s Thai bodywork and therapeutic massage, please visit: greenvilleravenmassage.com.
Lynn’s classes are breath-inspired flow classes that will give anyone the tools and wisdom to have a more calm and centered life. Lynn teaches students to pause and take time for themselves; allowing them to listen to their own internal wisdom. Lynn began her personal yoga practice in 2006 when looking for something to give back to herself after mothering two young children. What she found was a new relationship with herself and a sense of self-esteem. After moving to Greenville, Lynn began taking classes at North Main Yoga (now Greenville Yoga). She completed her 200-hour training with Liz & Brian Delaney in 2009 and has been teaching ever since. Today Lynn continues to practice yoga and meditation because she is able to better hear her internal wisdom which helps her in every day life and in all of her relationships.
Following high school graduation, Susan took her first yoga class at a hot Bikram studio in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Taking dance since the age of 4, Susan was drawn to the physical vigor, concentration and sweat that the practice required of her. She continued to visit the studio anytime she was home from college. During her final year at Clemson University, Susan took an elective course on Ashtanga yoga where she was first exposed to the complexity and entirety of the 8 limbs of yoga. After an ankle injury during her final semester dancing for Clemson, Susan was determined to find a new, HEALING, mode of movement.
She moved to Greenville and found a yoga home at Greenville Yoga. She learned the value in Liz and Brian’s emphasis on breath work. Through practice she experienced how positively transformative yoga can be when you actually practice BREATH guiding movement instead of merely practicing stretches.
Susan truly connected with Emma Chandler and her teaching of Ashtanga Yoga. She began practicing consistently with Emma starting in 2007. Susan grew committed to the discipline, beauty, art, and spiritual journey of Ashtanga Yoga. It has become a sacred practice and a safe place for her to honestly show up as she is when she steps onto her mat. It is a space that allows her to explore the good, bad, uncertain, habitual patterns and wonder that weave together her body, mind, and spirit. Susan’s yoga practice was the guiding force that allowed for a more easy and comfortable natural birth of her daughter. She values all the lessons that the yoga teaches her on how to live a more quality filled life as a wife, mother, and all the other roles of her life.
When Heather came to her first class at North Main Yoga in 2008, she was stressed, depressed and anxious — she had three children, a full-time job, and was on 14 volunteer boards. She couldn’t say, “No,” to anyone but herself. Although she had attended yoga classes sporadically and tried to learn some poses from a book, she didn’t feel the full benefit until she developed a regular yoga practice at Greenville Yoga. Yoga helped her reconnect to herself and to what was truly important to her. Now she does less and enjoys more. Heather completed yoga teacher training (for Nice People) with Liz and Brian Delaney in October, 2013. She is registered with Yoga Alliance. Her breath-initiated mindful flow yoga classes offer students a place to become fully present with themselves amid busy lives and to accept themselves and their bodies as they are.
Caroline has taught Sivananda Yoga for 25 years in California, the Bahamas, New York, and South Carolina. She has taught in Greenville for 15 years. She was on staff at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in the Bahamas for 10 years and was an assistant teacher in their International Teacher Training Course. Her classes are a full 90 minutes, so that final relaxation is extended and deep. If you have any sleep problems or just in need of deep silence, try the Monday and Wednesday 7pm classes and see what changes. Caroline explains that she teaches yoga because it requires her to practice. And, she practices yoga because she loves to teach. She believes that sharing the restorative powers of yoga with students is not her occupation — it is her joy. In the words of her teachers: Health is Wealth, Peace of Mind is Happiness. Yoga shows the Way.
Sarah Rhodes, RYT
Kyla always loved being physically active and played soccer and ran track competitively in college. After college, her identity as a student athlete was gone and she needed something else to let out all of her physical energy. So she trained and completed a marathon, but something was missing.
Kyla stumbled into her first yoga class in 2003, a Bikram class and immediately was hooked. At first the desire to practice yoga was to satisfy this physical need and competitive side, but as her practice has evolved, she realized she was still “running” from something (herself!) or this identity she had created. Being an athlete and that was all she knew. Her body had taken a toll, and it was time to slow down.
Yoga has been a constant now in Kyla’s life for the past 10 years, and she has been teaching for 6. Her exploration of yoga continued through all 3 of her pregnancies! Kyla loves teaching yoga, especially yoga geared towards the overall health of Women, because she enjoys sharing in this transformation with her students. Yoga for Kyla is like the prescription that you can customize through all aspects of your journey in life. Kyla trained with Allison Lindquist and is registered through Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level.
Kelly Nicole VanDeren, LMBT
Kelly Nicole (VanDeren) began her yoga practice in 2003, after moving to Greenville from Sedona, Arizona. Her desire for a deeper personal practice and a passion for sharing yoga, led her to her first teacher training with Liz and Brian Delaney in 2009. Kelly is a licensed massage therapist of 7 years and utilizes that knowledge in teaching Vinyasa flow yoga. Using the breath as a graceful guide, her goal in class is to release stiff areas within the body, strengthen, and gently focus the mind to the present moment. For massage therapy info, please contact Kelly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org