At High Country Yoga, there is a broad spectrum of classes offered so that you can come in and get just what you need on a day to day basis. Every class is taught to accommodate all skill levels of practitioners.
Briana (E-RYT 200) first found yoga at the age of 12 years old when she went to class to practice with her dad and sister. As a gymnast at that time, the physical practice was a pleasure to transition into. When she retired from gymnastics in high school, Briana remembered how much she enjoyed yoga and thus continued on her journey into the practice. As she went away to college at Appalachian State University, Briana dove into her daily yoga practice as it helped her to feel at home and grounded in the mountains. She became very involved in University Recreation and became the Fitness Programmer for the Yoga and Pilates program. This experience showed her that this is where she is meant to be. In the summer of 2011, Briana went back home to Miramar, Florida where she completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification at Yoga Connection in Davie, FL. During her studies, she found that the steady poses of yoga are all a gateway into taking control of the mind and creating your own reality. Upon graduation, she spent a couple of years deciding if Boone was her home, and once she realized it was, she opened up High Country Yoga in September 2014. Briana enjoys sharing her passion and experiences with others and strives to make all feel welcome, comfortable, and connected to their highest self.
Check out a video of Briana's practice here!
Lindsay (CYT 500) fell in love with the practice of yoga in her early college years at Appalachian State University. She received her 200 hour teaching certification in Boone where she learned Vinyasa yoga, or "flow yoga." Upon completion of her 200 hour training, she then traveled to Rishikesh India where she earned her 500 hour certification in traditional Hatha yoga with an emphasis in Raja yoga and yoga philosophy. Lindsay is a current graduate student of the religious studies program at UNC Charlotte where she studies Sanskrit, Hinduism, and Eastern Religion. Her thesis work includes examinations of public animal sacrifice rituals at the Dakshinkali Temple just southwest of Kathmandu Nepal, and the history of animal sacrifice in and around the Kathmandu Valley. Sanskrit, however, is probably her deepest passion, and she loves to break down Sanskrit words to find their stems and roots! Come see her in class, and don’t be shy about asking her to define those tricky asana names!
Kathryn (CYT 200) has used yoga as an anchor throughout her moves around the country, zigging and zagging from Vermont to Colorado to North Carolina to Texas and back. Originally from Vermont, she was inspired to take her practice to the next level and complete the University of Vermont's 200-hr. teacher training in 2015 after years of practicing yoga and realizing its power to ground, empower, and help people connect to their most authentic selves. She is passionate about helping others find a way to play with and shift their own energy through their yoga practice. Keeping a light-hearted spirit, Kathryn's classes place a focus on finding unity with others through storytelling, emphasize community, and inspire people to bring their best selves into their day, to others in their life, and consequently, the world.
Carey (RYT 200) received her RYT-200 hour in May 2017 after undergoing a 9-month teacher training through Neighborhood Yoga in Boone, NC. She is a Yoga Alliance approved instructor. Additionally, she received her MA in Sociology with a certificate in Gerontology in 2012. Her approach to yoga is therapeutic in nature with an emphasis on restorative and yin yoga reaching a diverse audience. Carey has been practicing yoga for nearly thirteen years and came to it initially for its physical benefits, as many do in our Western culture. However, she soon realized that she was experiencing growth and healing on a mental, emotional and spiritual level. She then became a student of yoga, as well as a practitioner, in 2012. Her intention within leading her classes is to help others bridge the gaps in their own beings, to provide a space for exploration, reflection, healing, evolution, and the development of peaceful spirit within their own lives as well as personal practices.
Angel (RYT 200) has been a yoga practitioner for 13 years. She has worked in a variety of helping professions over the years; most recently as a Career Counselor. In 2012, her son was born and she quit her full time job to stay home with him. During this time she re-evaluated her career and life priorities, realizing then that yoga had been a constant over the span of most of her adult life. So in 2017 she completed her 200 hour teacher training through Neighborhood Yoga in Boone in order to share her passion with others. She firmly believes that yoga can be accessible to anyone. Through our practice we learn to listen to our bodies and adjust when necessary to honor ourselves. Her classes are a blend of alignment, vinyasa, and longer held stretches to strengthen the connection between body and mind.
Reese (RYT 200) is a power flow instructor. Combining breath with dynamic movement, his classes reach towards collective deepness, connection found through shared practice. Outside of the studio, Reese is currently a graduate student of Appalachian State's mental health counseling program. He lives in a short bus, plays outside a lot, and enjoys reading books about space cowboys.
Patience (RYT 200) is an artist, educator, dancer, farmer, counselor, avid reader, and athlete. She enjoys grueling physical activity and dirt under her finger nails. She is mother to three Hobbits and married to an Ent. Her trail running companion is Happy Daffodil (a Blue Tick Hound). Following her passion and curiosity has led to life experiences far and wide: backpacking in 14 countries, living off the grid, a horse and buggy journey across the Great Plains, serving as a Div. I Field Hockey Coach, Sioux Sundance Ceremonies, and responsibilities as una Padrina to a Quechua family in the Andes. Patience is a professional counselor, fitness instructor, and college professor who integrates the mind, body, spirit, and nature into every endeavor. As a teacher, she aspires to create an atmosphere of discovery where each participant can gain a little insight and a large amount of joy. In yoga, she strives to introduce transformation through the sequences exploring vayus, chakras, and holistic psychology during heated vinyasa.
Anna Gray (RYT 200) had been practicing yoga for several years, but really fell in love while living in Florence, Italy. She cultivated a passion for Progressive Ashtanga Yoga and discovered how yoga could bring people together without even being able to speak the same language. After returning home to Boone, North Carolina, she decided to deepen her practice and became certified in “Flow Yoga” at Asheville Yoga Center. Currently, she is working towards completing her RYT 500 certification also at AYC. Anna enjoys teaching colorful sequences that have traditional undertones. She loves sharing her passion for mindful movement and hopes to inspire peace and empowerment within her students. She believes that each breath is an opportunity to evolve and discover one’s own inner wisdom.
Mariel (RYT 200) began consistently practicing Yoga in 2015 after a car accident. She is a graduate student of Appalachian States Nutrition and Dietetics program. Mariel completed her RYT training in May of 2018. She lives on a farm in Deep Gap where she enjoys doing yoga outside with Dinga (pictured). Her practice has developed since completing the Neighborhood Yoga TT program and she is excited to see how incorporating various styles of yoga can help her determine what she mainly would like to focus on as a teacher. Mariel’s main goal in all of her classes is to offer her students guidance to understanding their own unique mind body connections and helping them discover their true inner self through their mat.
Rachel (CYT 200) began yoga at 18 on a search for truth. Since then, she has been pursuing the truth that she understands to be her purpose, which is to spread as much love, joy, light, kindness, and peace to as many as possible. In August 2015, Rachel completed a 200 hour teacher training immersion from Asheville Yoga Center focusing on a vinyasa style. Her teaching style is intuitive and intentional, focusing on cultivating deep body awareness through the connection of breath and movement. Rachel brings many options to the classroom and guides by holding space in order for each individual to listen to their own inner teacher, one's self. Rachel would love to flow with you on the mat, bringing peace, love, light and joy into your yoga practice, so that we may all manifest that beautiful truth into the world we live in.
Emily C (RYT 200) found yoga to be the perfect exercise for the mind and body while studying Nutrition at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. It was there that she also completed the 200 Hour Live, Love, Teach Yoga Training in July 2016. She spontaneously transplanted to North Carolina later in 2016 and has loved being here ever since. She recently graduated with Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Public Health and is excited to get her career promoting health and wellness started. She loves doing anything outdoors or with her dog, Cassie. As a teacher, she aspires to bring awareness and mindful redirection to breath and body sensations as a means of escaping the busy thoughts that occupy our minds off of the mat.
Emily O (RYT 200) first fell in love with yoga during her junior year of her undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia. She started practicing at a Bikram hot yoga studio in Athens, GA. In June of 2018, after about a year and a half of discovering her own practice, she decided to take it to the next level. Emily earned her 200 hour YTT certification in Vinyasa yoga in Bali, Indonesia from Bodhi Yoga Academy. Her training enabled her to become more committed to her own practice and deepened her passion for sharing the practice with others. After graduating from UGA in May of 2018, and earning her certification in June, she is now a graduate student at Appalachian State University earning her Masters in Nutrition. This is where her true passion lies. Nutrition and yoga are two of the best ways we can show love to ourselves, and she enjoys the opportunity to be a part of sharing both with the community of Boone while she is here. In addition to yoga and nutrition, Emily loves to run and hike with her dog Sally.
Jenny T (E-RYT 200) began practicing yoga while studying Exercise Science at Appalachian State. Jenny comes from an active background involving running, cycling, and being an all-around outdoor enthusiast, but values the mindful and gentle movement that yoga provides. After 6 years of teaching yoga, she is convinced that yoga does not discriminate - everyone has something to gain from it. Jenny enjoys teaching to a wide range of bodies and abilities, and delights in challenging her students' perception of what their bodies can do. Jenny was trained as a RYT-200 in Charleston, SC, and is currently pursuing her 500 hour advanced teacher training. Jenny holds a Master’s degree in Health Education, and is adjunct faculty at Appalachian State in the departments of Exercise Science and Public Health, as well as at Lees-McRae College. Jenny enjoys teaching a playful, energetic, and challenging class where every student can feel that they have something to gain and somewhere to work from. Her approach is mindful of considerations due to injury and age, and she prides herself on making the poses accessible to everyone.
Alecia (RYT 200) started practicing yoga 15 years ago during graduate school, and it was love at first asana. Yoga transformed her relation to her self, and she discovered a true practice of freedom on and off the mat. She pursued her teaching certification in 2010 at Asheville Yoga Center, with her teachers Stephanie Keach, Joe Taft, Shala Worsley, and Michael Johnson. She also has 50 hours toward her advanced 500 training. She encourages a yoga practice that is grounded in the breath, focused on playfulness as well as healing, and a vigorous exploration of what the body can do (while accepting, with love, its limits). In addition to teaching at HCY, Alecia offers two classes per week at Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff at ASU. Alecia is also a devoted runner and mountain biker, mama to two boys, and professor of educational research at ASU.
Pam (RYT 200) is a native of New Orleans but found her true home in the NC mountains as a teenager. She met yoga in her late 30s and began her own journey of self-healing, which led her to pursue teacher certification. She continued her training with Ashley Turner’s Yoga.Psyche.Soul curriculum, which teaches a holistic, therapeutic approach to healing through yoga psychology. She is currently a master’s student in clinical mental health counseling at Appalachian State. In her classes she strives to empower students through their own mind-body wisdom, combining creative flow, good music, and a fun, supportive environment. Incorporating chakra work and yoga philosophy, she encourages students to practice radical self-care, find ease and joy in their bodies, and achieve their fullest expression, on their mats and in their lives.
Jenny W (RYT 200) has been a yoga practitioner for 6 years. She has worked in the mental health field and most recently as an Adviser at Wilkes Community College where she also teaches yoga. Jenny comes from an active background including running, hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities and appreciates not only the physical benefits of yoga but emotional health benefits as well. In 2017 she decided to deepen her yoga practice and completed her 200-hour teacher training at Neighborhood Yoga in Boone. Jenny is currently a graduate student working towards a master’s degree in Higher Education at Appalachian State University. Jenny’s classes are a blend of vinyasa, alignment, and yin where students can expect to nurture their bodies through a yoga flow and find peace through mind body connection.
Connie (RYT 500) is a fresh Virginia transplant. Having fled the chaos of NYC after 12 years, she’s happy to plant roots in greener, quieter place. After owning & guiding for an outdoor adventure company (after careers in Wealth Management and teaching Science to 8th graders), attaining her climbing guide’s license and realizing she was spending more time in nature & traveling than the big bad city, she made the big jump…to a sweet little town in VA with a thriving yoga community! Her practice has sustained her thorough many radical life changes over the past 18 years of practice.
Connie acquired her 200 HR Yoga Teacher Certification at Sonic Yoga in NYC, and is most of the way through the 500 HR Teacher Training under Will Duprey. Her style of teaching is vinyasa flow, but she loves to break it down, workshop poses, get the Pranayama brewing and best of all, meditate. She’s up for kirtan anytime. She credits yoga as the central transformative force in her life, and loves to share it with others. This past year, she’s had the privilege of teaching to 5th graders and senior ladies, showing how yoga works for every body.
Connie is currently in Acupuncture school at Jung Tao. When she’s not out climbing or doing massage work, find her cooking, scoping out good wine, digging in her garden and threatening to bring home chickens and a pygmy goat. She is also an Advanced Wilderness EMT and MS Ed.
Sybil Harmon, owner of Root Harmony Healing Arts, has been a practitioner of Tai Chi and Qigong for over 16 years, having trained with lineage masters on-goingly. She is certified in Qigong, Meditation, and Qigong Energy Healing by Master Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen), Taoist priest and martial art master from Wudang Mountain in China (wudangtao.com). Sybil is also a certified Tai Chi Instructor with Golden Flower Tai Chi International by Master San Gee Tam, whose integral "Golden Flower" method of Tai Chi and self-cultivation is a unique system, comprehensive for Westerners and accessible for anyone with an open mind (goldenflower.org).
Sybil is a native of North Carolina and resides in the northwest mountains in Creston, NC. In addition to teaching self-healing practices and providing Qigong Energy Healing sessions, Sybil actively supports sustainable businesses and non-profits of Appalachia as a marketing and design consultant. She loves to be in nature hiking, kayaking, and gardening.
It is with great honor that Sybil brings the ancient Wudang Taoist practices to the High Country, helping others to realize their “master within”.