Mary Morgan was convinced yoga was not for her. Between her work schedule and raising a family, her work-out time was limited, and she preferred her high-impact kick-boxing and circuit training classes. Ironically, it was a kick-boxing instructor who encouraged her to try a yoga class. Surprised at how physically challenging yoga was, the competitor in her went back for more. With every practice, she experienced unexpected feelings of strength and ease while gaining a greater appreciation for both her body and her life. Through yoga, she learned to quiet her mind, let go of fear and expectations, live in the moment, and listen instinctively to her body. Mary Morgan began craving time on her mat; time to breath deeper, to move freer, and to simply be present in the moment.
Employing yoga as a way of being of service to others is also close to her heart. She volunteers for Africa Yoga Project as a mentor for an AYP yoga teacher. AYP programs offer free classes to over 6,000 students per week, simultaneously building schools and funding education, critical operations, and environmental endeavors in Africa. She also serves on the board for Small World Yoga. SWY is a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that connects yoga instructors and volunteers to those in the community with limited access to yoga. SWY is expanding its borders and is now serving the Oxford community. Mary Morgan is honored to be able to help make yoga accessible to more people so they can share in its mental, physical and emotional benefits.
Mary Morgan is a 300-hour Certified Baptiste Yoga Leader, an E-RYT 200, RYT 500. Her intention for Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford is for it to be a safe and nurturing space to build community and empower others to live an inspired life.
After practicing gymnastics for 12 years, Price decided to try her first yoga class during her freshman year of college. After that first power flow class, Price was drawn to the physical challenge that came with each yoga class. Price soon learned that yoga was more than just a physical practice. She went through teacher training in the Spring of 2017 where she completed her 200-hour certification. Even as a teacher, Price is excited to try new classes and teachers all the time. Price’s mission statement as a teacher is “to encourage a connection with my students by sharing my vulnerability and strength through my teaching on and off the mat”. Price plans to attend Baptiste Yoga Level One: Journey Into Power training in the summer of 2020.
Hannah’s yoga journey began when her mother, a devoted yogi, convinced her to take a class. Right away, she felt a greater sense of body awareness and has been hooked ever since. Apart from teaching yoga, Hannah spends her time teaching high intensity fitness classes, training for marathons, and performing stunts on horseback. Hannah completed her 200-hour certification with the Aura Wellness Center. As a part of her training, Hannah expanded her knowledge of anatomy and different forms of meditation and breathing techniques.
Yoga is important to Hannah because of the positive impact it has on her life, causing her to care more about her health and happiness. During a practice she finds it easy to clear her head and focus on what is truly important to her. Hannah thrives on helping people find purpose and strength on and off their mat. Her uplifting spirit and positive attitude will make it easy to leave her classes feeling refreshed and motivated.
Since 2012, Kirsten has had yoga in her life on and off. It wasn’t until September of 2018, she began practice weekly as she joined Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford. With it being her first year of graduate school at Ole Miss, she found herself coming to yoga as a way to stay connected with herself both mentally and physically. Having a strong yoga community was something that kept her coming back, and she took her practice one step further in the summer of 2019.
Kirsten earned her 200 hour RYT certification through Baptiste Power Yoga Nashville and has completed the Baptiste Institute’s Yoga Teacher Course. She feels that teacher training transformed her life and wants to help everyone experience yoga, and hopes it will encourage others to go through a transformation of their own which they can take with them on and off of the mat.
One of her favorite phrases is from Baron Baptiste and it is “Be a Yes!” Baptiste yoga teaches us to face the uncomfortable with comfort and to find ease in the dis-ease. On our mats, we find our inner “Yes” in Tadasana which is our True North. When we have a strong foundation, we can achieve anything, and that is so powerful.
Daniella grew up in Louisiana competitively riding horses and having a passion for the outdoors. She came to Oxford for college and graduated from Ole Miss in 2012. She loved Oxford so much that she never left. In 2013, Daniella found yoga after the loss of her mother. She tried yoga in hope of finding ways to cope with grief and to find relief from insomnia and stress. She was first attracted to physically demanding, hot classes. Over time, she discovered that yoga was so much more than just exercise. The shift was internal and changed her life. Her yoga mat became a place of solace. In 2016, Daniella graduated from Southern Star’s 200 hr RYT training and in January of 2019 she earned her Buti Yoga certification, making her Oxford’s first and only Buti certified teacher.
Daniella is passionate about making yoga accessible for every body and making every mat a safe space. In her classes, she uses movement, breath, and intention to be totally present on one’s mat. She has a fondness for laughter, getting upside down, and arm balances.
Kent began practicing yoga in 2008 and immediately connected deeply with the practice. The challenging physical aspect of the practice was initially what attracted her, but very quickly she began to notice the way the practice was showing up in her life off the mat. Kent realized that the mind, body, soul connection is a powerful one, and she learned that yoga is very healing for the body and the mind. Kent completed a 200 hr teacher training at Yoga Landing in Chattanooga, TN in 2013 and began teaching immediately. She has a passion for using yoga for recovery and is a certified Y12SR leader, a program that combines yoga and the 12 step program for relapse prevention. She aspires to make her classes nurturing yet challenging and to create an environment for each student to explore and expand within their own body and soul.
Chyna’s first yoga class was in 2000 on the Ole Miss campus. She instantly fell in love with it but due to her work schedule and her life on the softball field, yoga took a back seat. She spent 18 years working with Ole Miss Football and has been involved with all types of athletics since she was five years old.
After a year of back and knee issues, doctor appointments, MRI’s and injections, it was time to slow down and take a different approach. Pridefully, she stepped away from the hardcore exercising and finally stepped back on her mat. This time however, a few years older and wiser, it was for healing – both physically and mentally.
Chyna has volunteered with North Mississippi Regional Center/Communicare since 2000. Her main goal after teacher training was to help bring Small World Yoga to the Oxford area. SWY is a Nashville based nonprofit that connects yoga instructors and volunteers to those in the community with limited access to yoga. She now serves as the Outreach Coordinator for SWY Oxford.
Chyna graduated from Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford’s 200-hour teacher training program in February of 2019. In addition, she completed the Baptiste Foundation’s Social Impact Training in November of 2019 certifying her as a Baptiste Foundation Social Impact Leader. This program is designed to lead individuals to impact social change into every population with the art and mastery, tools and techniques of Baptiste Yoga.
Tate started practicing yoga during a time of healing and grieving. A friend of hers convinced her to try out the 30 days for $30 at Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford (the Yoga Space at the time). During those 30 days, she fell in love with the practice and how strong it made her feel. Being on the mat allowed her to get out of her own head and into her body. She began to change physically, mentally, and spiritually. Long story short, when the 30 days ended, she boldly used her mother’s credit card to pay for 1 year of unlimited yoga…without permission (whoops). At first she got in trouble, but now her mom would have said yes 100 times over after seeing how much it has positively affected Tate’s life.
Tate completed her 200- hour training through Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford in February of 2019.
After many years of Pilates, barre, and interval training classes, Ginger was initially drawn to power yoga for the workout and sweat it provided. From the moment she began, she was committed to getting on her mat daily and soon learned that the physical was only a small part of the yoga equation. The powerful practice has been a wake up call to feel, heal, and tap in to a source of strength never experienced before.
In the summer of 2019, Ginger completed Level 1: Journey Into Power through the Baptiste Institute and holds a teaching certificate credential through the Institute. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in April 2015 and has loved evolving as a teacher as much as evolving as a yogi. Forever a student, Ginger seeks out new and different teachers to learn from.
Ginger’s classes offer attention to breath and mindful movement. She encourages her students to seek challenge as well as joy in the process of listening to and moving their bodies. Through flows created for both strength and openness, she creates space for her students to grow in grace and courage so that they can face whatever next comes their way.