Jennifer Craze, Hatha
Jennifer Craze has been teaching yoga full-time at MTSU for 16 years, instructing over 6,000 hours, over 200 yoga classes in academia, and over 5, 000 students. She coordinates scheduling for all the yoga classes at MTSU’s Health and Human Performance Department; recruits and initiates hiring for all the yoga instructors; and ensures consistency in curriculum and excellence in instruction. She has over 16 years’ experience teaching yoga in the local community and even taught at Murfreesboro’s very first yoga studio. She also currently teaches at the Barre 11 studio. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Health and Wellness, a Specialist in Education Degree and is currently working on her dissertation towards a Doctorate Degree in Administration and Supervision in Higher Education.
Jennifer’s yoga path began in 2000 with her mentor Johnny Johns at Murfreesboro’s first yoga studio. She completed a 13 month 1,000 hours yoga teacher training program at the Southern Institute for Yoga Instructors with Betty Larsen and John Charping in 2003. She has completed numerous teacher trainings and has over 2,000 hours of yoga training to include Stephanie Keach’s Vinyasa Teacher Training, Yoga Therapy Foundations Program from the Desikchar lineage, Prenatal Yoga from the Iyengar tradition, and also Ayurveda training.
Her teaching is a fusion of yoga styles, incorporating the alignment principles from the Iyengar tradition to the fluidity of Vinyasa with sprinklings of a modified Ashtanga method. Jennifer’s intentions for teaching are to cultivate an atmosphere for exploration and many opportunities for growth, empowering students to become the best version of themselves on and off the yoga mat. She instructs class in a manner that is safe and effective. Her goal is to share the gift of yoga and make it accessible to everyone!
Lacy Welker, Power
Lacy Welker began practicing yoga during college close to a decade ago and throughout a semester long course at MTSU. She fell in love with the transformative power of breath and body awareness the practice brings. After many years of practicing, it was time to take the practice further with teacher training, which she began in October 2013 and completed in July 2014, graduating with a 200 hour RYT designation from Nadia Shakti Yoga in Brentwood, TN. She began teaching power vinyasa and restorative classes at Gold’s Gym Hot Yoga South/North in June 2015 and began Yoga+Beer classes at Mayday Brewery on Old Salem in August 2015
Thomas Stevenson, Yin
Thomas is a Registered Nurse, yogi, and martial artist. He completed his 200 hour teacher training at the Yoga Nest in Murfreesboro in January 2015 under Pedro Franco. Thomas has a calm presence and loves to lead a slow flow style class. He has practiced Tai Chi for years and it has heavily influenced his style of teaching. He currently teaches at the Murfreesboro Athletic Club.
Ryan Bearden, Yoga Nidra
Ryan is a local and a prior service Marine who returned to his hometown of Murfreesboro in 2014. He first approached a yoga from an athletic perspective and began a practice in Washington state. The Summer of 2014, he completed a Hatha Yoga course through AAAI/ISMA and the following year earned his 200-Hour certification through the Yoga Alliance. Previously, he taught community, power, and restorative classes at the Yoga Nest on the square in Murfreesboro. While he enjoys the fitness challenge the asanas, Ryan actively seeks to help others reach a calm, relaxed and restorative state at the end of every practice.
Jami Jackson, Vinyasa (Rutherford County Prison Yoga Program)
Jami went to the gym to take a pilates class and that class turned out to be a Vinyasa yoga class. The class was physically challenging but she went back. Class after class she showed up eager to practice and just breathe. Her strength and flexibility improved significantly, responding to the breath and movement. Yet another more important transformation happened, a deep personal shift occurred from the inside out. Jami was calmer and more focused. Loved ones noticed she was kinder, more patient, and less irritable. She was enamored with the idea that anyone, anytime and almost anywhere can do yoga, regardless of age, size, flexibility or fitness level.
In 2013, she made the commitment to share her love of yoga with others. She participated in a nationally certified and highly respected yoga teacher training with Kali Yuga Yoga Yo University based out of Nashville, TN under the instruction of Leah Lillios King and Liz Workman Mead. Jami is certified to teach 8 different styles of yoga and in 2016 she earned her E-RYT 200 designation by teaching over 1,000 hours. “It is my humble honor and joyful pleasure to share the profound benefits of yoga, one breath at a time. ” Jami Jackson
Kim Dunaway, Meditation (Boro Yoga Fest Organizer)
Kim started attending yoga at a low time in her life and now enjoy sharing the same uplifting light with her students. She did her 200 hr training at the Yoga Nest in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She loves learning and remains a student of yoga. In 2015, she completed her 85 hour Prenatal & Postnatal training with Jessalynn Hakanson at Sanctuary for Yoga in Nashville, Tennessee where she is currently doing her 300 hour training. She teaches at Patterson Park Community Center and Gold’s Gym.