Wendy Holmes, founder & owner. RYT 500
First and foremost, I am a student. I still have much to learn in the art of practicing yoga.
I began my career in fitness with Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation in their employee-based wellness center, HealthPlex. I worked at Baptist for 10 years and still act as a consultant for them on health and fitness topics. I consult and appear on the Baptist sponsored show, Smart Medicine's Look Good and Feel Great segment on WKNO. Check us out on smartmedicine.tv!
My experience also includes work at Hope and Healing, the wellness center for the Church Health Center. After leaving Hope and Healing I had an in-home personal training studio known as workoutwithwendy.
How did I find my way to Pike Yoga? Throughout my career in health and fitness, I have witnessed the unique connection between mind, body, and spirit. During September (Yoga Month!) of 2011, I attended several free Yoga classes around Memphis. I discovered that not only did I really like yoga, but I also needed it! I went on to receive certification with Sarla Nichols at Midtown Yoga and began teaching an all-level athletic vinyasa class several times a week. I soon realized there was a need to offer students more variety, as well as additional class times. Pike Yoga’s studio’s goal is to provide the community of Germantown a place to practice yoga under the guidance of certified instructors with a wide range of both expertise and education.
Kim Anderson, E-RYT 500
Kim Anderson has practiced yoga for over 25 years and has been teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for seven years. She is part owner in True Yoga East Yoga School and is qualified to train yoga teachers for their RYT 200 & RYT 500 certification through Yoga Alliance. Kim focuses on the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois as taught by his eldest son, Manju Jois. Kim has completed three teacher training programs with Manju Jois and has attended Ashtanga workshops with Greg Tebb, Assistant teacher to Manju Jois and David Swenson. One of Kim’s greatest joys is to watch a student feel the benefits of the Ashtanga system. It’s life changing to them and I’m honored to be the messenger. Kim has been married to her husband Mike for 28 years. Kim has three children and one grandchild.
So I have to admit, I was one of those “I can’t do yoga, I’m not flexible enough” people. For years, I wanted to try yoga, but was just too afraid. However, after being on a cruise in 2007, I changed my way of thinking. As soon as I returned home, I walked into Midtown Yoga and took my first “official” class and I am still taking that very same class to this day. I truly believe yoga is the one form of physical and mental exercise that compliments all others.
In 2014, after 7 years of practicing, I decided it was time to teach! I had been teaching step aerobics since 2005 and felt the time was right. I received my 200-hour teacher training certification through Therapeutic Yoga Center of Memphis, as I have a great passion for teaching and helping seniors.
For me, yoga is a daily practice just like brushing my teeth…it has truly given me such great light and happiness. I can’t imagine not sharing the gift with others. I enjoy all types of yoga, from Ashtanga and Vinyasa, to Iyengar and Yin.
I stumbled across yoga during a running injury back in 2012. I found myself wanting to do more yoga not only for the physical but for the mental aspect. I decided to get certified in order to share my new found passion. I received my 200hr YTT certification in 2015. I am also certified in Yogafit level 1.
Yoga for me was a “ New Beginning!” I want to give others a new beginning as well.
Sara Carr, E-RYT 200
I started yoga like many others, it was in addition to other workouts. I began a home practice to stretch. The calm, focused breath is what brought me back again and again and drove me to step into my first studio class. Since then I've come to practice yoga daily.
There are a few big things that yoga has helped me with. I had asthma and was on a daily medication for years, I no longer need the medicine. Like many people, I've struggled with depression, practicing yoga has given me perspective and helps continuously. And last but not least I had a dislocated hip at 17 from a car accident. Lots of aches and pains arrived over the years as the injury got older. Yoga has helped keep my hip healthy.
I became a teacher because I love what yoga has done for me & want to share it with others. I truly believe that when we take care of ourselves we can better serve our family, friends, community and world! I encourage people to take their time, give themselves a break and listen to their breath.
I went through teacher training in 2009 in Dallas, TX. Shortly after that we moved to MEMPHIS and I began teaching here in 2010. I've recently become E-ryt eligible!!
Kathleen Hall, E-RYT 200, LMT, & YACEP
Kathleen Hall is a yoga teacher with a strong passion for guiding people to physical, mental and emotional freedom. She specializes in John Barnes Myofascial Release, and is a Certified Body Roller through Yoga Tune Up. Kathleen is known for her uplifting presence, her creative personal style, and the safe space she holds for her students. She accomplishes this through a unique combination of asana, pranayama, body rolling and MFR, which work together to release pain and tightness, calm the nervous system, create a deeper mind-body connection, and increase range of motion, mobility and flexibility.
Kathleen empowers people to take charge of their own health and equips them with knowledge and techniques to shed the fear and suffering resulting from misuse, underuse, overuse, abuse and trauma. Her love of yoga began in New York City in 1995 at Integral Yoga, where she first found release on the mat from anxiety, depression and chronic pain in her own life. She has spent the two decades since then learning to help others find that same kind of peace.
Kathleen is available for yoga and body rolling private, group and corporate sessions along with Myofascial Release tablework.
Trish Towne Lange has been practicing yoga on and off for twenty years—some years more than others! After moving to East Memphis 14 years ago, she got to know the area by attending different types of yoga classes (including two rounds of prenatal) at various gyms until she finally discovered Ashtanga, the practice she’d been looking for all along. Trish has been teaching for a year and a half and finds inspiration in her students’ progress and growth.
Asta discovered yoga approximately 14 years ago as a compliment to other physical activities. Since that first class, yoga has been a regular part of her life.
Asta is E-RYT 200 certified to teach Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga allows students to focus on the sound and rhythm of their breath, which makes the practice a moving meditation. It is an ancient therapy that creates a true balance in our bodies and our minds.
“My goal as a teacher is to inspire a passion for the practice, because the practice itself, if done consistently, is the real teacher.”
Chanda found yoga (or rather, yoga found her) when the stress of life demanded a change. She immediately fell in love with the practice and philosophy of yoga and its potential for encouraging a more mindful world. While she is enthusiastic about all types of yoga, her primary practice is Ashtanga, and she has recently developed a joy for teaching gentle yoga
Chanda is a wife, mother and professor at Christian Brothers University. She holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Memphis and is co-founder of Pretty Zen, an endeavor to help bring more community yoga and mindfulness to the area. Chanda earned her RYT 200 certification from Kim Anderson and Tamara McColgan of True Yoga East.
Kelsey Phillips, RYT 500
I started practicing yoga in 2011 with the intention of healing back pain caused by a disk injury the year before. For the next 3 years, I developed a home practice that slowly but surely both decreased my pain and increased my range of motion. In 2014, I began attending Ashtanga classes regularly and fell in love with the practice. Through daily practice and constant learning, yoga changed and continues to influence my life holistically – physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. In 2016, I completed my 200 hour Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training with Tamara (McColgan) Daniel and Kim Anderson. My goal as a teacher is to inspire students of all kinds to practice their yoga and be open to the wonderful healing it can bring.
Kelley Seitz, E-RYT 200
Having benefited from the wonderful healing benefits of yoga while practicing yoga for over 25 years and wanting to share them with others, Kelley was inspired to become a yoga instructor 7 years ago. She is passionate about helping students discover how yoga can bring more happiness, inner peace and balance into their lives while releasing self-judgment and allowing space for becoming their authentic self.
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” C.G. Jung
Kelley has a 200 Hr. E-RYT Certification in yoga with additional training in Restorative and Yin styles of Yoga as well as has Reiki 1 and 2 Certifications.
Pamela Rubinstein RYT 200
I first started doing yoga 17 years ago when I was looking for something to calm my mind and add some gentle movement while pregnant with my first child. I’ve been practicing yoga on and off ever since. Yoga was the one form of exercise that I consistently was drawn back to because the benefits I was feeling on and off the mat. After practicing with some great teachers, I soon became hooked and started a consistent practice which lead me to want to share that with others through teaching. My goal as a teacher is to provide a class that is accessible to everyone regardless of age, experience, or physical limitations. I welcome the student who has always been curious about yoga but maybe a little apprehensive about going to a class. My wish for my students is to leave my class feeling more peaceful in their minds and stronger in their bodies.
“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly, live.”-Dalai Lama
Anita took her first yoga class in Oslo in 1980 and fell in love with it instantly. She was a dedicated yoga student until she moved abroad ten years later. Then life became busy with young children and living in different continents, and she finally got back to yoga when moving to Cincinnati in 2003. Inspired by the yoga community and teachers there, she became a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher in 2006. Here in Memphis she has been teaching yoga students at her home, and in 2012 she became a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She has also attended many workshops to learn other yoga styles, and prefers to describe her teaching as just Yoga.
Stephanie Wright has been a certified teacher since 2006 with YogaFit. She has a varied background in Seniors, PreNatal, Fascial Stretch therapist, and Thai massage. She brings her yoga expertise to pike yoga with an offering of specialty enrollment classes such as Couples Yoga and Restorative.
Tamara Mc Colgan Daniel, E-RYT 200 & RYT 500
Tamara McColgan is passionate about helping others discover the benefits she has learned through having a consistent yoga practice. She is authorized by Manju Jois to teach Ashtanga Yoga as taught by his father and is both E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 certified. She will be offers Ashtanga Teacher Training (along with Kim Anderson)-check our teacher training page for more info.
Anne began practicing yoga during her first pregnancy ten years ago, and has not looked back. Completing her certification in 2014 in Memphis, she continued her studies to include a certification in Ayurveda (AYS) through the Himalayan Institute. Anne feels that having a yoga practice invites healing, patience and discipline of practice, as well as flexibility of the body and mind.
For Anna, discovering yoga has been a deeply transformative experience – mind, body and soul. She enjoys practicing gentle, vinyasa, yin and especially Ashtanga. While yoga is certainly a blessing for the body, Anna has been most drawn to its calming and centering effect on her life. She continues to marvel at how the practice of yoga – her own and that of her students – can help unravel both the mysteries of the universe and those within.
Anna is married with three children and lives in Germantown. She is co-founder of Pretty Zen, an endeavor to help bring more community yoga and mindfulness to the area. Anna earned her RYT 200 certification from Kim Anderson and Tamara McColgan of True Yoga East.