Mitzi Johnson-M.S., RYT-200
Mitzi Johnson has a passion for teaching! She is an elementary school teacher with an interest in Social-Emotional Learning. She teachers kids the importance of mindfulness by focusing on the breath, finding stillness and creating calm in the body and mind. This naturally led to a personal practice of self-acceptance and self-love.
As a yoga teacher, Mitzi hopes to teach her students how to “take it slow” on and off the mat, to breathe during difficult moments and to be still. Most of us lead lives that are Yang in nature, active and busy. MItzi is drawn to Yin Yoga because it allows space to let go of the need to always be busy, learn to truly relax and be in the present moment exactly as you are. It reduces stress, targets connective tissues and joints, improves flexibility and encourages mindfulness. Yin Yoga has something to offer everyone!
Christine Yovanovich, B.A., RYT- 200, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Christine Yovanovich is Founder and Owner of Indiana Yoga Studio and serves as director/lead trainer for the 200 and 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training programs. She served as Social Worker in the long term care industry for over 10 years before she found yoga. Chris serves on the board for “Girls For Success” school in Costa Rica and feels blessed for having been able to work with so many talented and dedicated yoga students over the years. She has begun teaching her 27th semester of nationally accredited teacher trainings and loves working with her staff of senior instructors.
Chris has been involved in meditation since childhood and began studying Paramahansa Yogananda’s Kriya yoga in 2005. Chris has studied with prominent yoga teachers around the world including Todd Norian, Desiree Rambaugh, Ramaswami, David Swenson, Sean Corn and others in Rishikesh, India. Chris loves sharing the healing aspects of yoga that has helped her relieve her symptoms of fibromyalgia so many years ago. She has directed the 200-Hour nationally accredited teacher training at Butler University and serves as adjunct professor teaching “Yoga and Spirituality” at Christian Theological Seminary next semester. This course was co-created with Dr. Helene Russell specializing in studying the symbiotic nature of spiritualism in the eastern and west.ern traditions. She is thrilled to bring yoga to Lebanon, Indiana. She serves on the board for the Heart of Lebanon and loves giving back to the commiunity. She loves sharing original music and specifically designed yoga classes to help reduce stress, rejuvenate and self-heal.
Terri Popielarz, RYT 200, Certified in Silver Sneakers Yoga, NAFTA Power Stretch & Pilates
“My life is full throttle! Practicing yoga has allowed me to still my mind, and enjoy the ride.” Terri is not only a yoga teacher, she is certified in Pilates, Power Stretch and Silver Sneakers Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Her personal practice is usually on the more challenging side, Ashtanga and Vinyasa II, III. She often substitutes for a multitude of different classes but her favorite class to teach is Power Stretch and Flexibility and Vin to Yin offering insight on how she is so flexible! Terri’s classes are fun and accessible. You will feel well cared for by this eclectic teacher!
Alena Sentir, M.S., RYT-200
Alena entered yoga teacher training when her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer as a way to cope and learn how to encourage others to seek solace in times of stress. Alena enjoys seeing new yogis discover the benefits of yoga on their own terms and cultivate their own personal yoga journey. She has a light-hearted style, appealing to those that are new to yoga and those that enjoy a playful and accepting atmosphere, welcome to all levels of practice. Initially beginning her personal yoga journey in 2007, it wasn’t until she became pregnant with her daughter in 2011 that she started a regular practice. Feeling the physical effects of yoga on the pregnant body and discovering how pranayama techniques aid in the labor process has inspired Alena to pursue further specialization in prenatal yoga.
Lille Terrill, RYT 200
Lille graduate from Indiana Yoga Studio in 2018 with a RYT 200-Hr.. She took the course during her 2nd & 3rd trimester and now has 2 beautiful little girls! She is passionate about teaching yoga to anyone willing to improve their overall health and well being. Lille has creative and fun flows that are fun and effective in toning and strengthening. You can find her at 6 a.m. on Thursdays for Power Yoga!
Cara McGowan, B.S., M.P.H., C.H.E.S., RYT 200
Cara has always had a passion for health and fitness. She studied at Indiana University where she obtained a B.S. in Kinesiology and a Masters in Public Health. She teaches in the Kinesiology Department for Ivy Tech Community College and Wellness courses for Southern New Hampshire University online. She has always wanted to add Yoga Teacher to her resume and in 2019 made the goal of completing teacher training a reality. She enjoys creating flows that are fun and a little challenging while focusing on safety and good form. Her hope is that everyone will feel a little bit better when they step off their mat after attending her class. Cara lives 90 miles away in Bloomington and is excited to be able to join Indiana Yoga Studio as a Virtual Instructor.
Elise Gallagher, J.D., RYT- 500
Yoga was first introduced into Elise’s life in 2000 as a tool to help combat wrist pain from overuse playing tennis and the violin. While she recognized the physical benefits, she lost her practice over time and didn’t stick with it. There were times in life that Elise would feel a current pulling her towards yoga, and would come back to it every now and then, but never gave it too much attention. In 2016, Elise found herself at her worst, battling severe depression, anxiety, weight gain, and overall poor health after going through a divorce, drinking, smoking, and doing very little physical activity. Yoga kept coming up in her mind, as it had at different times over the years, and this time she felt compelled to bring it back into her life and slowly worked up to a daily practice of yoga and meditation.
Committing to the practice, and becoming a dedicated student of yoga, changed Elise’s life. Elise credits her yoga practice for a complete turn around in her health over the past few years and was able to quit smoking, become more active, lose 30 pounds, manage her depression, and begin making better choices to take care of herself, both physically and emotionally. Elise found confidence, and love for herself on the mat that she was able to carry off the mat into her daily life and wants to share that with others. Along with teaching Ashtanga inspired Vinyasa, and Shivananda Hatha, Elise is also certified in and has a passion for teaching Yin Yoga. Yin is very beneficial for calming the mind, reducing stress, maintaining mobility and increasing flexibility. The postures are done seated or lying on the floor, and is suitable for all levels. If you already have a yang practice, such as ashtanga, vinyasa, hatha, running, weight lifting, etc., then Yin will be a great complement to that and will bring balance into your life.
Alli Louthain, B.A., RYT-200
Studies have shown that yoga for kids improves self-esteem and develops gross motor skills. It also aids their ability to self-calm while giving them a healthy outlet for energy. Yoga increases kids’ abilities to concentrate and focus, as well as deal with stress. The younger we can give our children tools to handle their emotions and exercise their bodies, the better able they will be to make healthy decisions and handle the fast-paced, high pressure society they are growing up in! Alli Louthain RYT is one of the leaders in the Indiana Yoga community when it comes to teaching kids yoga. She knows just how to connect with kids, help them feel empowered and provide a fun environment to enrich them; mind, body and soul!
Sally Brown Bassett, Ph.D., RYT 200, E-RYT 500
Dr. Sally Brown Bassett is a yogi, humanitarian, and world traveler. Sally’s enthusiasm toward life as well as her creative and spiritual approach to yoga have been keys to her success. She is the founder of Peace through Yoga studios and the Peace through Yoga Foundation. Sally continues to teach yoga, facilitates Yoga Teacher Trainings, and is also an adjunct professor at Butler University, teaching yoga basics and philosophy.
Sally has traveled to over 140 countries and has held numerous positions from airline stewardess to C.E.O. She went from the galley to the boardroom in 30 years in the travel industry. Trips eventually evolved to a mixture of volunteering (later to a term she helped coin called “voluntourism”). She completed her doctorate degree at Purdue University in tourism with the emphasis on international humanitarian work.
Sally’s desire has been to make more of an impact with global sustainable projects on the trips offered. Projects have included building a birthing center and an elementary school in Uganda, supporting a children’s home in India and a preschool in Kenya, and building a Halfway House and Bakery in South Africa.
In 2011 Peace through Yoga started its own English Center and Library in a rural village in Costa Rica. Trips offered there include an afternoon working with the children. This center has been renamed to the International Center for Peace and that includes English and a Girls for Success program. There are field trips, guest speakers, and much more!Sally’s passion has always been traveling the world. Home bound for over six months while in third grade with rheumatic fever, she began collecting postcards from exotic vacation spots throughout the world. That was the beginning of a long, deliberate path toward a life of travel—a path that would lead Sally to every corner of the world with her career and later her family.
Sally has hosted weekly TV travel segments as well as weekly travel tips on Indy radio stations. She is the author of Where Journeys Begin—Tips for the Novice and Seasoned Traveler and a children’s adventure book entitled Alexandra’s Travel Adventures. She says the two keys to success are passion and perseverance. She also stresses a balanced life in five areas of your life: physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and last but not least, spiritually. Sally enjoys exercising every day through her yoga practice, hiking, horseback riding, and swimming. Her goal is to also to be the best role model as possible to her two daughters, Ashley and Laura. They have traveled with her to more than 40 countries. Sally is married to Dennis Bassett and has a step-son, Darin. Sally is the Founder of Girls for Success school in Costa Rica.
Dawn Mann, R.N., M.S.N., M.A., Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist A.C.S.M., RTY-200
Dawn received her RTY-200 certification at Indiana Yoga Studio in April 2018. She is a Yogafit Level 1 certified yoga instructor and has taught college classes for 5 years. With 15 years experience as a group fitness instructor and wellness coach, teaching yoga has become an important component to assist students in achieving a healthy lifestyle. Teaching others the benefits of yoga has become a personal goal. She currently teaches yoga in a corporate fitness center setting. Dawn has a special interest in the fields of meditation and mindfulness, and studies these subjects intensely. She is currently enrolled in IYS 300-Hr. Adv. Teacher Training.
William, “Will” Lowe, RYT-200
Will Lowe is a 200-Hours Certified Yoga Instructor, certified through National Yoga Alliance. He completed his training in 2014 at Peace through Yoga with Christine Yovanovich. Will has been practicing Yoga and Qigong for over 20 years. The Chinese healing art of Qigong is a part of his Yoga practice and helps bring energy to his daily routine and his teaching practice. Will is currently working with Veterans to teach them the benefits of yoga, and is happy to be a part of the Irvington Wellness Center.
Nancy Raute Trapp, M.S., RYT 200, RYT-500
Nancy has been interested in various forms of fitness throughout her life as a way to remain healthy and minimize stress. Over the years she found no greater sense of balance than being on her mat and wants to share this feeling with her students. Her practice focuses on creating a connection with mind, body, and breath. She invites you to come and join her for a Slow Flow or Restorative practice and to leave feeling ‘blissed out’. No matter how crazy the day is, after spending time together on our mats, a feeling of contentment will surface as our minds and bodies are placed at ease.
Trina Rose, B.S., Wellness Coordinator/Witham
I started my venture into Yoga in 2000 after the birth of my first child. I’ve always been an athlete and very interested in fitness, but felt I needed something more to transition into motherhood. I was intrigued right away! Yoga was something my body definitely needed, but the mental aspect was a surprise to me. I needed that just as much! Health & wellness is my passion. Encouraging others to be their best self really fills my cup. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Wellness. I’ve been the Wellness Coordinator at Witham Health Services since 2008. I am a Level 4 YogaFit instructor, STOTT Pilates instructor, Barre Above instructor, Certified Health Coach & Spinning instructor.
Paula Lamey, B.A., RYT 200
Paula has had years of experience helping others achieve their goals whether it be in fitness, overall health, or just quieting the mind. Her understanding of how it is all connected brings new meaning to your regimen as she guides you to a happier, more healthier you. Paula is originally from Brazil and brings in the passion and fun into her classes. Paula also serves as Manager for our Brownsburg IYS Studio. Bring a friend. Make new ones and come see how starting your day off right can make all the difference!