Instructors

I am MC Yogi

Headlining Musician & VIP Session

From living in a group home for at-risk youth to becoming known as yoga’s modern day ambassador to the West, hiphop artist, MC YOGI is on a mission to introduce yoga to large, mainstream audiences. His latest album, RITUAL MYSTICAL (feat East Forest), made history by going #1 on the Electronic charts — Aug. 2016. In 2015, his ONLY LOVE IS REAL album debuted #12 Billboard Heatseekers + #24 iTunes Hip hop — featuring guest performances from Matisyahu, Trevor Hall, and Dominic Balli. In September 2017, MC YOGI released his first book “Spiritual Graffiti” with HarperOne. In 2011, MC YOGI and his wife Amanda were named ambassadors by Michelle Obama for her “Lets Move” initiative and have taught yoga at the White House five times since. Additionally, they have performed and taught yoga at Stanford University, The Smithsonian, San Francisco Asian Art Museum, and Dallas Asian Art Museum.

I am Jahson & The Natty Vibez

Live Music

Always a positive and uplifting musical experience, Jahson & The Natty Vibez Band know Reggae music from A to Z! It's no surprise since most of them have been deeply link to Reggae music and Rasta culture for many years! Jahson Wildes, the founder and frontman for the group, has been a Rasta for many years now and he lives the words and messages within his songs. The band is comprised of 6 members consisting of instruments like guitar, keys, saxophone, trumpet, percussion, drums and bass! With smooth guitar, blazin' hot horns, and bouncing drum and bass riddims from the Natty Vibez band you can count on them to move any crowd, any time, any place! Their one love message and universal sound transcends boundaries of race, gender, age, and nationality! It's music to move your body, uplift your soul, and enlighten your mind. The band perform originals off their first two releases as well as classic reggae covers from Marley and Tosh to Dennis Brown, Burning Spear, Steel Pulse, and more! Also, they are a self-sufficient band and have their own soundsystem available when needed. The band prefers to book out of town shows Friday thru Sundays and in town shows any evenings throughout the rest of the week. Their available for booking clubs, bars, festivals, weddings, and more!

I am Brad Ellsworth

Druminyasa

Drumming was the earliest form of tribal communication and has been used to celebrate significant ceremonial gatherings in many primitive cultures. The beat of the drums can be used to call in good energy, remove bad energy and put one’s mind, body and spirit in a hypnotic and meditative state. Feel the vibrations of the drums as you connect breath, heartbeat, mind & body to your practice. As featured by The Washington Times, CBS, and Washington’s WTOP news, Brad Ellsworth of Druminyasa® has been playing drums and percussion for over 25 years. Brad is a yoga teacher and founded Druminyasa by connecting his love for rhythm, drums and movement.

I am Belinthia Elder

Druminyasa - Instructor

Belinthia Elder is a Registered & Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and life-long student of yoga and Ayurveda. As a self proclaimed bliss seeker she is forever on a lifelong quest for beauty, love, and truth in every breath. Belinthia received her RYT 200 training from Inlet Yoga in Murrells Inlet, SC in February 2014. She is a mama bear and a loving wife and if she's not on her mat you can find her enjoying wine or coffee and lounging in her PJ's devouring a good read. She completed her 500 hour training with The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute in 2018 with Beryl Bender Birch, the founder of Power Yoga. Belinthia is currently in a 300 hour Ayurveda Health and Lifestyle Coach Training with Katie Silcox, a New York Times Best-Selling author, yoga teacher, and Ayurveda practitioner. Beinthia's practice has been an anchor during both the bright and rainy seasons in life. She believes that a yoga practice constantly showers you with blessings, truth and grace and invites you to live life with a heart wide open. Belinthia has been incredibly honored to teach two years in a row at the SC Yoga an Healing Arts Festival in Hartsville, SC. In addition to Belinthia teaching yoga she also offers nutrition assessments and Ayurveda lifestyle coaching.

I am Jamie Martell

Matters of the Heart

Jamie Martell believes in the magic of yoga, the ultimate in shifting perception within yourself and the community. The girl who walked into her first yoga class is not the same woman today; she is physically stronger, mentally calmer, and has faith in higher power. Jamie has her feet firmly planted in the world, but doesn't live of the world; she lives in a land of unicorns, fairies, and all things magical. After over a decade of practice and teaching, she is still enchanted with the practice and how it continues to transform her mind, body, and spirit. She wants to assist her students in accessing the magic within through practice, patience, and persistence. Jamie began teaching yoga in 2009 and teaches an eclectic blend of transformative yoga. Her yoga classes are influenced by intuition, humor, yogic philosophy and psychology, Ashtanga vinyasa and Iyengar alignment principles, and the specific needs of the students, creating a person-centered approach. Each student is encouraged to find personal relevance that can enrich their lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually while maintaining the freedom to enjoy the process. Jamie completed her 200-hour teacher training with Dave and Cheryl Oliver at Authentic Yoga Teacher Training and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level (E-RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance. Jamie owns Our Sacred Space Yoga in Hartsville, SC, facilitates a Registered Yoga School, Our Sacred Space School of Yoga, and organizes the SC Yoga & Healing Arts Festival. Jamie holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology.

I am Mary Beth Bender

Twist Kids Yoga & Yogastrology

Mary Beth Bender is a registered 500 hour yoga educator who began practicing yoga and mindfulness nearly 20 years ago. She is a creative spirit currently living in Charlotte, NC. She founded Twist Kids Yoga, a children’s yoga school where she teaches yoga to small children and trains adult to teach. In addition, She is also an astrologer and teaches yogastrology(r) inspired classes. She believes that yoga is for everybody, no matter the shape, size or level of flexibility. She encourages everyone to show up and breathe. Doing this means showing up for life.

I am Hannah Rose Williams

Prayer Circle - Healing Oasis

Hannah Rose is a free spirited yogi with a deep passion for healing. She discovered yoga during her first years of college while she experienced feelings of depression, anxiety & self doubt. She found that yoga helped her relax and become comfortable in her own skin which opened her eyes to seeing the world in a more understanding way. Now she feels called to assist others in discovering their own personal liberation, as she lives by the sentiment that true freedom can only be found within. Her classes are focused on synchronizing the movement of breath & body to cultivate presence in the here & now. Hannah Rose received her Yoga Teacher Certification (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance in Darjeeling, India. In addition, she offers Reiki therapy & chakra healing energy services.

I am Luna Trix

Intro to Partner Acro & Acro Jam

Exploding onto the south eastern circus arts scene in 2010 with amazing balance and strength, the husband and wife team of LunaTrix Arts began their journey seeking an exciting activity to experience together. Adrenaline junkies at heart, the couple found circus to be the perfect combination of laughter and challenge. Coaches at the New England Center for Circus Arts, the San Francisco Circus Center, San Diego Circus Center and Pitch Catch School of Acrobatics led the couple through Adagio, Icarian, and Dutch acrobatics studies. In 2013 they co-founded South Carolina based Soda City Cirque, a full length theatrical circus company which teams with non-profit groups to increase social awareness of critical issues facing southern communities.

I am Aimee Cox King

The Power of Play

Cypress Adventures believes humans can become healthier and happier in their personal and working lives by honing foundational interpersonal skills through structured play. Aimee Cox-King has been guiding groups through playful experiences that illuminate personal growth for 12 years. She founded Cypress Adventures, Inc. in Hartsville, South Carolina in 2015 with the mission to “cultivate leadership through personal reflection.”

I am Kennea Miller

Rootz

Kennae Miller was born in Frankfurt, Germany in a strong military family and was raised in Colorado Springs, CO where her father completed his military career and her family planted their roots. While living in Colorado and being exposed to many different experiences and forms of art she discovered yoga as a junior in high school. Initially lured by the invitation of a free class for relaxation as she navigated her teenage years she enjoyed the calmness of mind a yoga practice provided for her. It was only after the beginning of her parent’s difficult divorce was she able to observe and benefit in different aspects of life, from focus to self-inquisition, stemming from a yoga practice. Kennae credits the practice of yoga as the only place she could go to just be herself and relax her mind. In Spring 2005 she enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserves and as she traveled around the country, found stability in continuing her yoga practice. As Kennae approached motherhood in 2012, she dreamed of having more freedom outside of wearing a uniform where her individuality and desire to serve others could be of better use. She recalls in 2013 Tweeting, that she would become a Yoga Instructor and own a yoga studio. In 2015 she completed her first Yoga Alliance compliant 200-hour teacher training at Hawaii Yoga Institute on the island of O’ahu, Hawaii. She has since furthered her knowledge base by training with Dr. Gail Parker on Restorative Yoga for Race-Based Trauma Injury, Dr. Chelsea Jackson-Roberts on Yoga and Social Justice, Gentle and Restorative Yoga, as well as Yoga Nidra and CTZN Summit with Kerri Kelly, Seane Corn, Michelle Cassandra Johnson, Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams and Marianne Williamson. As a yoga instructor or what Kennae likes to call ‘Space holding’, she enjoys sharing her truth, of difficulties and triumphs, and what she has learned on her journey to hold space and encourage others along their journey. Kennae believes as she continues to grow as an individual through her personal practice, she has been able to learn and experience more of all yoga as to offer. Her goal now is to hold sacred and safe space for others to reconnect with their truth and live it daily on and off their yoga mat to transform their lives and thus the world around them. Kennae is a giver that enjoys pouring back into people and the community through her time, talents, and skills. Because of this Kennae is a strong believer in connecting with nature through urban farming, community skills classes, and fun yoga experiences to relax each individual. In the future Kennae strives to further her training to better serve the members of her community through the use of Ayurveda, essential oils, Reiki, and other holistic healing therapies. Kennae is currently co-creating a multiple city workshop all over the lowcountry, called Enough, where inclusively they bridge yoga and social justice together. She is also working diligently to open a yoga studio to serve her offerings more regularly.

I am Anne Miller

Creative Impulse

Anne was born in Ohio, but calls Columbia home after being here more than 30 + years. She is happily married to Mike, mother to two wonderful and athletic boys, a school volunteer, active in the community, and deeply committed to her faith and church. She was a dance major at Columbia College, an ACE certified group fitness instructor, personal trainer and had her own personal training business. After receiving a yoga certification through Yoga Fit as a means to fulfill continuing education credits for her fitness certifications, she immediately fell in love with yoga! Years later and now a RYT 200 E Yoga Alliance certified instructor beginning with Stephanie Keach of Asheville Yoga Center, and pursuing her 300 hr with Trace Bonner of Holy Cow Yoga Charleston. Anne is also certified to teach children on the autism spectrum having studied with Sharon Manner. And is a trauma informed teacher. Anne passionately loves to teach and is honored with each person’s presence in the classes she teaches as well as in her studio. Anne does not see yoga as a means of perfecting ones self or physical accomplishment, but a very personal way to journey through life as a healthy, happy, contributing part of the community. As she pursues further studies in this ancient discipline, she looks forward to sharing the path and journey of exploration with many other wonderful yogis.

I am Kiesha Battles

Manifest from Within

Kiesha Battles, 500 E-RYT is a full-time yoga teacher and trainer who has studied under the tutelage of Maya Breuer. Kiesha earned a graduate degree in Asian Studies with a certification in International Business with a focus on Asian humanities of philosophy, religion, and modern language. It is through her academic studies where she was exposed to East Asian philosophies (Taoism and Buddhism), Indian philosophies (Hinduism), and the science of Yoga. Kiesha began practicing Yoga in 2000 at a quaint studio located in Morristown, NJ. At home she inquisitively practiced with videos and the book Yoga The Iyengar Way. In 2010 Kiesha enrolled in Kristine Kaoverii's 200 Hour Subtle Yoga Teacher Training and Personal Transformation Program. Since then she has continued her studies with a focus on specialty populations including Grounded Kids Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Curvy Yoga, and Restorative Yoga for Race Based Trauma. In 2016, Kiesha completed a second 200 Hour Teacher Training, CorePower Yoga's Intensive Teacher Training, and the Heart of Yoga Training with Mark Whitwell. Over the past seven years Kiesha has created yoga programs, lead yoga retreats, managed the daily operations of a yoga studio, and currently promotes and assists yoga events including the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color at Kripalu Retreat Center. Kiesha has taught for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte for 5 years at multiple locations and was a R.OS.E. Award Recipient. Kiesha has been featured as a teacher in the book Yes Yoga Has Curves, on the Black Yoga Teacher Alliance website, and Pride Magazine. Kiesha has written articles for Yogasteya and Nourrir online publications. In 2016, Kiesha was honored as an inaugural Self Care Charlotte Ambassador. In her role she promotes the principles of self care for the purpose of nurturing healthy lives and relationships for individuals, families, and communities in the City of Charlotte. Kiesha also co-founded Yoga in Action Charlotte, a group of Yoga Teachers and practitioners united to build community through yoga and service. Kiesha is also an active member of the Black Yoga Teacher Alliance. In addition to her Yoga experience, Kiesha has over 15 years of corporate experience in business with an expertise in project management, IT audit, and training and development. Kiesha lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two school aged boys. Follow her on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/IAMYOGACLT/.

I am Richelle Mathieu

Social Beer Yoga

Richelle Mathieu - RYT 200, Certified Yoga For All Instructor, Owner & Creator of The Yoga Scene Richelle founded The Yoga Scene to practice yoga, meet new people, and build community. Richelle has been practicing yoga since 2003 and after having twins in 2011, she encountered chronic lower back pain which was relieved with a dedicated yoga practice. To deepen her personal practice, Richelle became a certified yoga teacher in April 2015. Richelle aims to make yoga accessible to all, and enjoys teaching many styles of yoga, including gentle and power yoga. Richelle brings a fun and energetic personality to her teaching and encourages her students to have fun, especially when being challenged. She has studied with Bryan Kest, Seane Corn, David Williams and Dianne Bondy. Richelle has been working in computer technology for 20 years, and in her day job she works with government social programs agencies to create innovative solutions using artificial intelligence to solve pressing issues in government. She also coaches professional women and small business owners to help them confidently achieve their career and business goals.

I am Deb Adams

Yoga Nidra

Deborah is a long time yoga practitioner and has studied Ashtanga, Anusara, and Amrit yoga methods. She is a RYT-200 and teaches the Integrative Amrit Method of yoga. She is a Certified Amrit Method Yoga Nidra facilitator. Deborah has a devotion to bringing the transformative power of Amrit Yoga to others to help them relax, rejuvenate, and renew. Off the mat Deborah is a political, environmental, and social justice activist. She works with Pee Dee Group SC Sierra Club and Our Revolution SC. Deborah lives in Chesterfield, SC.

I am Mandy Wozniak

Therapeutics for the Lower Body

Mandy has been teaching yoga in the Charleston area since 2002, shortly after graduating from The College of Charleston. When not doing yoga, you can find her toting around one or more of her 4 kids, reading, sleeping or eating. Yoga training being an on-going pursuit, the training doesn’t stop, but started with 200 hours at Holy Cow Yoga Studio followed by 4 years of intense Anusara training, Ayurvedic study and Thai Yoga Bodywork. With over 1000 hours and 15 years, she still swears the best instruction and inspiration come from nature, art and listening to the teacher within.

I am Carrie Schell

Yoga Recovery

Carrie has been immersed in health and wellness since beginning her career as a licenced midwife twenty-five years ago. Her career has evolved over the years with her doctorate studies, work as a health consultant, physical activity practitioner and yogi. Carrie’s involvement in addiction recovery spans decades. Her passion for recovery, physical activity, nature and yoga merged in her role as Director of Health and Wellness at a residential addiction recovery facility where she developed a unique and highly successful recovery program rooted in yoga, physical activity and meditation. Carrie has been invited to speak at addiction conferences around the world, sharing the evidence and research supporting her approach to recovery. Carrie is excited to be launching her new book, Yoga Recovery…a mind, body, spirit journey to welless, and its accompanying yoga dvd and guided meditation cd at this year’s San Diego Yoga Festival. An innovator in her field, she has developed physical literacy programs for schools to help improve the physical and mental wellness of children and youth. She is presently launching Moral Compass Therapy, for veterans suffering from PTSD. Carrie believes in a mind, body, spirit approach to wellness and recovery as evidenced in both her personal and professional life, seeking to reconnect others to the Divine source of love in the Universe. http://carrieschell.com/

I am Bodhi Deva Ma & Jane Ritz

Spiritual but Not Religious

Jane is a spiritual guide and channel of Divine Guidance who focuses on living a heart centered and practical spiritual life. She clears the lens so that you can see the Truth of Love in your everyday life. She has a BS in Psychology and has worked with individuals perception of Self through reflection for over 15 years. Bodhi has a BS in Philosophy & Religious Studies and has taught Eastern religions and philosophy for the past 20 years. She has studied the major world religions and is trained in indigenous spiritual traditions. She also has a Masters Degree in Counseling with special training in Energy Psychology and Stress Management. Bodhi is a yoga and meditation instructor and has taught Reiki and Energy Healing throughout the Southeastern US and in Central and South America since 2002. *Please see full bio and pictures at www.newparadigmlifecoach.com

I am Dustin Martell

Handstand Clinic

After years of playing sports and heavy weight lifting in the gym, Dustin found true strength, fortitude, and a welcomed mindfulness through the practice of yoga. In recent years, the yoga practice has helped shape Dustin into a true student of God and the Universe. Dustin Martell has been practicing yoga since 2010, but he has been practicing movement, mindfulness, and meditation his entire life. Dustin's guru, or teacher, is his 4-year-old daughter, Deyla while his wife, Jamie Martell, has been his primary yoga teacher. However, Dustin is inspired by the yoga teachings and philosophies of Alexandria Crow, Dylan Werner, Kathryn Budig and His Holiness, the Dali Lama, just to name a few. Dustin has studied with Alexandria Crow, Kathryn Budig and Jamie Martell and continues to expand his knowledge and love for yoga by participating in yoga festivals and workshops around the country. Dustin enjoys teaching strength-based movement, principles of alignment, and philosophy. He is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level. He completed his yoga teacher training program at Our Sacred Space School of Yoga in December 2017. Dustin has also been practicing reflexology for over 20 years and is available for private healing sessions. Dustin Martell teaches an intriguing mix of strength, in both body and mind. There is a heavy focus on physical power while exploring the exciting aspects of mindfulness and philosophy as it applies to body movement and breath. Dustin’s classes will challenge your thought process as well as your physical body in both alignment principles and strength based postures and asana. Dustin Martell teaches yoga to share what he loves with those that he loves. It is as simple as that.

I am Sandra Diehl

Fairy Games

Fairy-in-Training, Sandra Diehl, is on her way to earn her wings, wand, and powers as soon as she finishes up her Yoga Teacher Training program. Sandra started off not believing she had the magical powers to be a fairy and soon learned with her yoga practice that there is more to life and who she really is making self discovers that she can be more humble, can give up control and is born to be a healer. Sandra has always believe in magical powers, but didn’t believe in herself until she discovered yoga. Since that discovery, she has begun to understand so much of where she has been and where she will go and now that she has been living fully in the present and allowing herself to live in the present she has come to a deeper, more peaceful understanding of what it is she wants, values and desires. Once Sandra has earned her Fairy status, she would like to continue to pass along what she has learned to future fairy and help those that need healing; she sees herself teaching an energy filled class that will get you up and moving ready to tackle any kind of day you may encounter in a positive and effect manner that one doesn’t lose that calm, peaceful and good feeling when leaving the mat.

I am Axia Roberts

Fairy Games

Axia Roberts has been practicing yoga for three years and will graduate from yoga teacher training in October 2018 from Our Sacred Space School of Yoga. Axia began practicing yoga in her living room with friends, and found that she really loved it as well as it helped to reduce her anxiety. Axia teaches classes at the Cheraw Arts Commission in Cheraw, SC. Her classes are a fusion of fluid movement, alignment, and yoga philosophy. Axia Roberts hold a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

I am Devin Jennings

Fairy Dance Party

Devin Jennings began her yoga practice as a way to help with her dance career while in college. After taking a hiatus, she found her was back to the mat as a way to cope with anxiety, which inherently led to her pursuing the 200-hr yoga teacher training. She has found her passion in teaching beginners and basics as a way to introduce new people to yoga and help them safely learn asana with an anatomical focus. She is currently teaching yoga at Brenda Cranford School of Dance and Soulshine Yoga of Florence. She received her BA in Dance with an emphasis on Movement Therapies from Coker College and her MA in Dance Education from New York University.

Introducing your festival instructors… click on the image to see the full description of each teacher.

MC Yogi

Headlining Musician & VIP Session

From living in a group home for at-risk youth to becoming known as yoga’s modern day ambassador to

Jahson & The Natty Vibez

Live Music

Always a positive and uplifting musical experience, Jahson & The Natty Vibez Band know Reggae mu

Brad Ellsworth

Druminyasa

Drumming was the earliest form of tribal communication and has been used to celebrate significant ce

Belinthia Elder

Druminyasa - Instructor

Belinthia Elder is a Registered & Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teac

Jamie Martell

Matters of the Heart

Jamie Martell believes in the magic of yoga, the ultimate in shifting perception within yourself and

Mary Beth Bender

Twist Kids Yoga & Yogastrology

Mary Beth Bender is a registered 500 hour yoga educator who began practicing yoga and mindfulness ne

Hannah Rose Williams

Prayer Circle - Healing Oasis

Hannah Rose is a free spirited yogi with a deep passion for healing. She discovered yoga during her

Luna Trix

Intro to Partner Acro & Acro Jam

Exploding onto the south eastern circus arts scene in 2010 with amazing balance and strength, the hu

Aimee Cox King

The Power of Play

Cypress Adventures believes humans can become healthier and happier in their personal and working li

Kennea Miller

Rootz

Kennae Miller was born in Frankfurt, Germany in a strong military family and was raised in Colorado

Anne Miller

Creative Impulse

Anne was born in Ohio, but calls Columbia home after being here more than 30 + years. She is happily

Kiesha Battles

Manifest from Within

Kiesha Battles, 500 E-RYT is a full-time yoga teacher and trainer who has studied under the tutelage

Richelle Mathieu

Social Beer Yoga

Richelle Mathieu - RYT 200, Certified Yoga For All Instructor, Owner & Creator of The Yoga Scene

Deb Adams

Yoga Nidra

Deborah is a long time yoga practitioner and has studied Ashtanga, Anusara, and Amrit yoga methods.

Mandy Wozniak

Therapeutics for the Lower Body

Mandy has been teaching yoga in the Charleston area since 2002, shortly after graduating from The Co

Carrie Schell

Yoga Recovery

Carrie has been immersed in health and wellness since beginning her career as a licenced midwife twe

Bodhi Deva Ma & Jane Ritz

Spiritual but Not Religious

Jane is a spiritual guide and channel of Divine Guidance who focuses on living a heart centered and

Dustin Martell

Handstand Clinic

After years of playing sports and heavy weight lifting in the gym, Dustin found true strength, forti

Sandra Diehl

Fairy Games

Fairy-in-Training, Sandra Diehl, is on her way to earn her wings, wand, and powers as soon as she fi

Axia Roberts

Fairy Games

Axia Roberts has been practicing yoga for three years and will graduate from yoga teacher training i

Devin Jennings

Fairy Dance Party

Devin Jennings began her yoga practice as a way to help with her dance career while in college. Afte