Weekly Class Teachers
Jill’s first transformative experience in yoga helped her lessen physical pain when she learned how to raise fallen arches in her feet in 2011. As she continued, yoga has helped guide her body into proper alignment to help offset the effects of living with joint hyper-mobility and scoliosis (curvature of the spine). Jill also found prenatal yoga as a way to prepare for childbirth during her second pregnancy. She practiced yoga off and on until coming to Greenville Yoga in 2013. She loved the feeling of home she experienced at Greenville Yoga and completed her teacher training here with Liz and Brian Delaney. Jill is a natural teacher of movement- beginning as an aerobics instructor in 1992 and continuing to lead weekly yoga today. Her gift is guiding each person to feel the yoga poses in his or her body to find the right variation of the poses given. Her cues are simple, easy to follow and will put even the most nervous beginner at ease. Jill teaches breath-initiated movement as a way to help others connect with their breath and body. She, personally, practices yoga and meditation to keep her centered and calm inside and outside of the yoga room.
Liz Delaney, E-RYT, RPYT, YACEP
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; and 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 listening to her mom’s yoga records 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 search of a more meaningful life. 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 (physical therapist and author of “Walk Yourself Well”. Liz continued her training at Yoga Vermont and studied prenatal and postpartum flow-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 half-way through her 500-hour training in Yin / Insight Yoga with Sarah Powers (author of Insight Yoga and current leader in the teaching of Yin Yoga around the globe.) 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. Honestly, a day without breathing and moving mindfully or breathing consciously and sitting still is hard for her to imagine. Liz does her best to practice and live her Yoga each day.
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 11 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 restoration 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.
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.
“I can’t do that!” That little voice in our mind constantly speaks to us. Deb always listened and believed that voice until she found Yoga. She was always afraid to try, but then stumbled on the Yoga for EveryBODY class and fell in love! It has helped not only her physical body, but helped her learn to calm that little voice in her head. Deb completed teacher training in May 2018 and has been teaching at studios around Greenville. Greenville Yoga and the students and teachers here have always been her home and she is honored to start teaching here on a regular basis
Taking dance since the age of 4, Susan was drawn to physical vigor, concentration and the sweat of physical movement. After an ankle injury during her final semester dancing for Clemson, Susan was determined to find a new, HEALING mode of movement. Today, yoga has become that sacred, healing practice and a safe place to show up honestly. Her yoga practice allows her to explore the good and bad, the uncertain, the habitual patterns and the wonder that weave together body, mind, and spirit. Susan’s yoga practice was also the guiding force that allowed for a more comfortable natural birth of her two children. She values all the lessons that yoga teaches her on how to live a quality-filled life as a wife, mother, and all the other roles life requires her to fulfill. Through practice she experiences how positively transformative yoga can be when you actually practice BREATH guiding movement instead of merely “doing the poses.”
Susan was first drawn to Bikram Yoga as it was similar to her effort in dance. However, in college she discovered Ashtanga and the Eight Limbs of Yoga (moving from physical body to concentration of the mind and eventually leading to oneness). In 2007, Susan moved to Greenville and found a yoga home at Greenville Yoga, studying Ashtanga Yoga with Emma Chandler and attending her 200-hour teacher training with Liz & Brian Delaney. She continues to study and learn the value of breathwork through daily practice of Ashtanga and various styles of flow yoga as well as weekend trainings with David Garrigues.
Jill McBurney, RYT-500
As of 2018, Caroline has taught Sivananda Yoga for 27 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 17 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.
“Wow! You must be really flexible.” This is the reaction Elizabeth often gets when she tells people she teaches and practices yoga. “It’s true that being able to put your foot behind your head is usually the image people associate with yoga, but the benefits go much deeper,” she tells them. Through her teacher training at Greenville Yoga, she learned that yoga was invented to prepare the body for meditation and involves more than physical poses. These poses and the breath come together in harmony to balance the body and focus the mind inward and upward.
As her student, she will invite you to open your mind and heart so you can start to connect with the divine and become the best version of yourself. After being recharged you can go out into the world and help others. Her yoga practice helps her breathe more deeply when talking to families with a sick child at her job, stretch better after a run, and enjoy the present moment when hiking to watch a sunset. She invites you to share in this ancient and sacred art form. Her classes are geared for newcomers to yoga and are accessible, fun, and full of surprises.
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 9 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
As the mother of a six month old baby, Lene enrolled in her first yoga teacher training in 2004. Shortly after she graduated she gave birth to her second son. A few months later her brother passed away. Within those two years her whole life changed and Lene felt forced to reinvent herself and her whole life.
In this turbulent phase of her life, Yoga proved to be more than the theoretical connection between body and mind. Yoga helped her to breathe and to stay grounded in her body. It helped Lene deal with the pain and the big, deep sorrow. It gave her strength and stamina to go through the sleepless nights and it helped rebuild body after two child births.
Lene started teaching yoga about a year after life turned her upside down. Due to this, her own view of yoga and the way to teach has changed immensely. It can best be summed up in saying that in the beginning she tried to help her yoga students to do the poses right. She tried to help them fit their bodies into the poses. Now works to make the poses fit her students’ bodies. The way Lene teaches yoga embraces a variety of different bodies- including the sick, disabled or injured body.
Support Staff / Substitute Teachers
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.
Ted is one of our dedicated support staff and substitute teachers. You can find him teaching in Clemson twice per week.
At the suggestion of his wife Pete began his yoga practice in 2009. At the time an ankle injury prevented him from walking, hiking and backpacking—sources of solace for him. Pete was skeptical, but, he soon found the practice improved not only his body, but, also his heart and mind. A few years later, at the suggestion of Liz Delaney, Pete began a daily meditation practice which added to yoga’s effect on his heart and mind. He completed teacher training at Greenville Yoga in 2018. Pete encourages students to move slowly and breath deeply. He incorporates elements of chi gung and meditation into his teaching. Pete helps his students be more mindful of their bodies, thoughts, and emotions.
Mary Raven DeMarco, RYT and 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 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
Mary is our anatomy guru in teacher training and leads Prenatal as well as Mom & Baby yoga when she isn’t chasing her two littles around.
When her two boys were small, Angela Murphy often visited the gym near her house—for adult conversation and uninterrupted showers. The only downside was they expected her to do some exercising while she was there. Then she found yoga. After her first class, she noticed she felt better than she had when she walked in. Soon she was stronger, more flexible, and, most importantly, a better, calmer mom to her sons. After a lifetime of hating exercise, no one was more surprised than Angela when her yoga practice led her to the teacher training program at Greenville Yoga. But that’s how profound the benefits of yoga are—on her mat she learned to focus, relax, and master her emotions—so she no longer overreacts to difficult situations (most of the time). Yoga taught her to quiet her mind, so she can better hear that still, small voice that always knows what to do. Now with her boys almost grown, Angela is more grateful than ever for her yoga practice, and firmly believes the world would be a better place if we’d all just do more yoga!
Angela is one of our dedicated support staff and substitute teachers. You can find her leading her very own yoga classes each week at Riverside Tennis Club.
Jill Wrenn discovered the benefits of a daily yoga practice while on a women’s kayaking trip in Mexico in 2011. Starting each day with yoga and breathwork helped her meet the challenges of adventure travel with a clear mind and relaxed body. Not wanting to lose this feeling of being calm and centered, Jill began a regular yoga practice at Greenville Yoga upon returning home. Consistent yoga practice helps Jill maintain an active lifestyle while calming her overactive mind. She completed teacher training with Liz Delaney at Greenville Yoga in 2015.
Jill is one of our three Jills. She is one of our support staff and dedicated substitute teachers. When not here, she is often paddling in some wild river or teaching at Clemson.