Boro Yoga Fest

Instructor Bios

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Kira Whitaker, Yoga Therapeutics

Kira Whitaker, C-IAYT is the owner and operator of Arden Yoga & Wellness, LLC located in the heart of Murfreesboro, TN. She teaches workshop, small therapeutic group classes, private yoga sessions and private yoga therapy sessions. Before opening Arden Yoga in 2012 Kira worked as a certified wound care nurse and nurse manger at a subacute rehab facility. Kira has a deep passion for yoga as therapy and it’s future as a recognized and respected therapy.

Kira is a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She also holds an active Tennessee nurse’s license through the Tennessee Board of Regents along with Certifications in Wound Care through the National Alliance of Wound Care Credentialing Board (NAWCCB®) , 40 hour Intravenous Therapy through the Tennessee Board of Regents and CPR and BLS Certification through the American Heart Association. Kira is a local ambassador for Juice Bar Murfreesboro, a brand ambassador for Manuka yoga and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

When Kira is not teaching at Arden she is a mom to Ory(7) and Willow(4) and wife to Boone. They live on a farm in Lascassas, TN.


Courtney Sabbagh, Restorative

Courtney Sabbagh is a light-hearted, fun-loving, joyful and energetic teacher. She teaches group Yoga classes, leads private life coaching sessions, creates online audio & video practices and meditations, all with the purpose of providing tools for personal transformation and healing. Some of her favorite practices include Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Translation: Practices that bring profound relaxation. Practices where you can learn to actively relax, and do less to receive more. She believes that these are the most powerful and important techniques for balancing ourselves in the current state of our fast-paced culture.
Courtney has been teaching yoga since 2008, first receiving her certification from the Cloud Nine Yoga School in Southern California. Always a student, Courtney is currently studying in the Tantric lineage of Sri Vidya with her teacher, Katie Silcox and the Shakti School. Courtney is the founder of Transparent Heart Yoga, and recently opened a studio in Murfreesboro under the same name. Transparent Heart Yoga is an independent space that caters to anyone interested in self-improvement via the tools of Yoga, in a supportive and uplifting environment. When not at the studio, you can find Courtney dancing erratically on Facebook every Friday during her Friday Morning Dance Party.

Sarah Kurtz, Hot 26

Sarah started practicing yoga in 2001 using books and at-home DVDs. She slowly built a personal practice over the next several years, and when her son was born in 2009, she left the IT world and decided to pursue her dream and become a yoga teacher, she wanted to help others the way yoga has helped her (both physically and mentally). Sarah is certified in Hatha, Children’s, and Prenatal yoga. She has been teaching yoga in various fitness facilities and studios of Rutherford county since 2010, and currently oversee the Hot Yoga program for Gold’s Gym of Middle Tennessee.

“Yoga has opened my mind and body to more things I ever thought I was capable of, and I love helping others do the same! I enjoy working with children and adults alike, and am so excited to share my love for yoga with you! Namaste ॐ” – Sarah Kurtz

Shae Bryant, Ashtanga

Shae Bryant is a Movement Therapist and Wellness Consultant who helps clients achieve a Lifestyle of Wellness – integrating physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health into daily living. Shae has studied many different movement modalities extensively including multiple styles of Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Ballet, Martial Arts, and Massage Therapy. Her personal yoga practice is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and she was Authorized by the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in 2010 – she’s the ONLY teacher in Tennessee with this distinction. She has made 5 trips to study in Mysore, India with Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath. Shae practices and teaches Ashtanga Yoga as a transformational method of therapy for healing the body, calming the mind and emotions, and expanding the spirit. Shae teaches Ashtanga through private lessons and in November 2017 started a Mysore program at Liberation Yoga in Nashville. Shae has studied and practiced yoga extensively for over 17 years and plans on continuing for the next 17! 

Kim Dunaway, Buti Yoga

Kim is the organizer of Boro Yoga Fest and Boro Yoga Conference. Kim became a group fitness instructor in 2011 and began teaching mind/body classes in 2012. After falling in love with hot yoga in 2013, Kim decided to complete her 200 hour teacher training the following year. Kim is an E-RYT 200 and a registered prenatal yoga instructor. She plans to complete her 500 hour teacher training later this year under Daphne and Tom Larkin at Sanctuary for Yoga in Nashville, Tennessee. Kim currently teaches at Patterson Park Community Center, Gold’s Gym, and as an adjunct faculty member at MTSU. Kim likes to incorporate meditation and yoga philosophy into all of her yoga classes as she feels mindfulness is the real power of yoga.

Michelle Harris, Vinyasa

Bio coming soon

Chant Ram, Kirtan

Chant Ram is a kirtan band featuring Kenneth Robinson (vocals and guitar), Michelle Hall (vocals), Jess Lawton (vocals), Matt Kerske (percussion), Adrian Larbi-Cherif (bass), James Weinberg (harmonium) and Greg Martin (violin) . Their style is groove-driven, percussive bhakti rock. Chant Ram leads kirtans for various yoga events, sacred celebrations and yoga classes.