Progress Yoga would like to introduce you to our team of talented, certified and experienced yoga instructors.
Marci has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years. She attended her 200 hour teacher training at Johns Creek Yoga, in Johns Creek, GA and is progressing toward her 500 hour certification. She is a RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance and holds special certification in teaching Yin Yoga. Marci has taught over 500 hours of classes since her teacher training.
She describes her teaching style as positive and motivational with focus on alignment and sustainable movements. Her yoga music playlists mix traditional yoga music with pop, folk and rock.
Marci is also Progress Yoga’s Studio Owner.
Priscilla is a former college athlete, has 8 years of physical therapy experience and is a certified Yoga, Group Fitness, and Classical Pilates instructor. She believes that movement is for everyone at all fitness levels, and she challenges each student to reach his or her best potential, while emphasizing how important it is to breathe correctly.
Priscilla holds an impressive list of certifications. These include: Yoga Instructor RYT200 (YA), Pilates Instructor (Peak Pilates), Fascia Rolling (Yoga TuneUP), Corrective Exercise Coach (SCW), Aqua Exercise (SCW), Breath Training (Yoga TuneUP) and Art of Assist (YA).
Just like many of her students, Jana began practicing yoga to improve flexibility and relieve stress and anxiety. She combined that practice with her love of paddle boarding to help others experience yoga and stand-up paddleboarding’s incredible mind-body benefits, founding Hanalei SUP Yoga in 2015.
She holds an E-RYT 200, E-RYT 500 hour certification with Yoga Alliance, a SUP Yoga Certification from Lazy Dog Paddle Yoga in Key West, Florida, and has a World Paddle Association Class II Instructor Certification. Jana is also a Certified aromatherapist and often incorporates sensory experiences with essential oils in her mat-based yoga classes.
Jane was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. Work stresses and a tight body from years of running and biking led her to practice yoga in 2012. What was meant to be her outlet to cope with stress, and a stretch class that kept her from sports injuries, eventually led to a new way of life of finding stillness, honoring her body, opening up, letting go, and self-healing.
Jane has been teaching yoga for just over 2 years. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2017 at Ember Hot Yoga. She holds additional certifications in Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra Level 1.
Her classes focus on alignment over depth to help you build a strong foundation in your asana practice and to help keep you injury free. She also provides opportunities to go deeper, to explore, and to have fun. She loves hip openers, twists, core work, arm balances, and heart openers.
Outside yoga and her day job as an Occupational Therapist/Rehabilitation Director, Jane is an avid hiker, wannabe dancer, endurance runner and traveler.
Chris is a 500 hr Certified Yoga teacher, bringing a heart of the matter approach with clarity and insight into each class. His active practice started as a new years resolution Jan 3, 2012 in Myrtle Beach SC. After 2 years of practice, Chris found his love of yoga which led him into his 200 hour teacher training in the Bhakti Vinyasa style.
Chris has taught well over 500 classes ranging from Vinyasa Flow, Power, Yin, Restorative, Gentle and Hatha Specialty classes. In 2016 Chris received his 500 hr. Advanced Certification in Sedona AZ. Chris further supplemented his yogic education and practice becoming certified in Thai Yoga Bodywork (commonly known as Thai Massage)
His personal perspective shares: “Teaching Yoga has brought me to the next level of my own practice by helping each student/participant to become fully enabled and empowered in their yoga practice and daily life. Thankfully, by helping others, I also improve.”
Lauren Rice is a Certified RYT 200 Yoga Instructor with Yoga Alliance. She began practicing yoga during a difficult season of life primarily to manage stress and anxiety. The physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga were undeniable and motivated her to complete yoga teacher training.
Lauren is passionate about teaching students the physical practice of yoga while providing tools to eradicate mental blocks preventing them from living their best life. She truly cares for each student and it’s evident in her teaching.
Lauren’s friendly demeanor enables students to feel comfortable and confident in their practice. Her classes are challenging yet fun and emphasize personal growth, body awareness, integration of physical and mental health and linking breath with movement.
Jane Ellen Beasley
Jane Ellen completed her Dorje 200 hour Teacher Training in March 2016 and has been teaching regularly since then. She found that yoga was the place where her body and spirit craved to be.
Being on her mat enables her to focus on taking care of herself, which is exactly what she wants to help each of her students do.. both inside and outside. She believes it is so important to take time every day to listen to our heart, mind, and soul.
Everyone is at a different place in their practice just like they are in life itself… Jane Ellen works to help each individual to progress in their practice at their own pace by offering modifications, encouragement, and patience.
Jane Ellen completed her certification in Yoga Nidra level 1 earlier this year and she is currently pursuing certification in Tai Chi. She completed her certification in Yoga Nidra level 1 earlier this year.
An avid DIYer, she looks at everything as a new learning experience… her latest conquest was fixing the lawnmower! With the many hats she wears, yogi, realtor, and designer she would have to say that being your yoga instructor is her all time favorite!
Kristi has been teaching group fitness classes for many years. In July 2020, she completed her 200 hour yoga certification from Breathe Yoga in Cumming. She also has special certification in Silver Sneakers and Yoga Fit. Kristi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Wellness from the University of North Georgia.
When she is not teaching, Kristi is a busy mom of two children and partners with her husband to run his construction business.