Meet the Teachers

Kelly Jean Moore

Kelly Jean Moore

Mission Yoga Co-Owner, Creative Director, Certified Rolfer
E-RYT 200

Teaching yoga for over a decade, Kelly first became a student of Taoist and Zen philosophies in the mid 90’s as a teenager seeking a way to better navigate the challenges of a difficult home-life. While studying theatre and art history in college she began exploring the psychology of movement and the nature of the mind. Stumbling upon modern postural yoga in the early 2000’s she found all of her interests converging and began a life long dedication to the practice and teaching of yoga.

Kelly intuitively weaves elements of Yin, Vinyasa, Hatha, and experimental movement into a seamless exploration of humanness. She is an inspired storyteller known for her humor and patient commitment to students. In 2011 she became a certified Rolfer(tm). The experience of becoming a Rolfer and then working one on one with clients helped to expand the lens through which she looked when creating Sarayana. Not a style of movement, Sarayana is more of a method of seeing and contextualizing the varied elements of healing and awakening in our lives. She has trained teachers at the 200 hour level since 2008. She and her partners Shelly Wolfe and Wes Carter  launched  Mission Yoga in 2013 and she can be found teaching on the weekly schedule and leading trainings regularly. She lives in Charleston with her son who continues to offer her the most challenging and gratifying yoga that she has had the pleasure to practice.

 

You can reach kelly@wearemissionyoga.com or at www.kellyjeanmoore.com

Shelly Wolfe

Shelly Wolfe

RYT 200

Shelly initially came to yoga in 2007 after being invited by a dear friend to try Hot Yoga. At the time she was also in a very demanding job in Medical Device Sales working with Ortho and Neuro Spine Surgeons. Her yoga practice continued to evolve from the 90 minutes she could be away from my cell phone to something that began to change her outlook on life and more importantly her outlook on herself. Continuing to climb the corporate ladder, work became her center. In 2011 she made the decision to enroll in Blue Turtle Yoga's Teacher Training with Kelly Jean Moore. Little did she know what a life changing experience this would be. Shortly into the program, she came to a crossroads and had to make a decision between the two. Without having answers to what the future would bring, she followed her dharma and changed her life.  Her hope is that Mission Yoga will be a space for each student to accept who and where they are, inquire about the possibilities, and provide a vehicle for change and growth.

Sal Familia

Sal Familia

E-RYT 200, RYT 500

Sal began Classical Yoga training and study in 1972 and has been both an active participant in and astonished witness to the evolution of yoga in the US ever since. He began teaching Yoga in the late 70’s before the “branding” of asana.  An early interest in the philosophy and psychology of Yoga led him to an academic education in Western and Eastern Philosophy (SUNY Stony Brook), and economic needs led him to a career in Information Technology, web design, publishing and non-profit development.  Many of Sal’s entrepreneurial pursuits have revolved around his interest in bringing these two worlds together. Although he is thrilled by the explosive popularity of Yoga today, he is convinced that other traditional dimensions of Yoga like spiritual inquiry, meditation and an openness to embrace all contemporary forms of wisdom would bring greater balance and insight to its practice.  Sal’s teaching style is dialogical in nature and is informed by the insights of the ancient Yoga shastras (the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, etc.) as well as the contemporary arts, modern psychology and neuroscience.

Elli Richter

Elli Richter

RYT 200
Certified Life Coach

Elli is a passionate truth seeker and holistic healer. The German Holistic Life Coach has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology, a masters in Physio Therapy, and is certified in Ayurveda and Life Coaching. Her life's purpose is to use her understanding and compassion to inspire others to empower themselves to live their life to the fullest. Her classes are liberating for mind, body, and spirit. She blends a playful and powerful physical practice with life coaching insights and tools. She encourages awareness and presence while honoring the body, tuning into your Intuition, and having fun.      http://www.ellirichter.com
Caryn Antos O'Hara

Caryn Antos O'Hara

RYT-200
Ayurveda-200

Caryn believes anything is possible. She has under her belt a bachelors degree in Elementary Education, a masters degree in Graphic Communications, a 200-hour yoga teacher's certification and many additional hours of trainings in children's yoga. A wellness enthusiast since she learned to walk and talk, Caryn left her day job to create a career where she could teach others to live mindfully. Since then she has founded a preventative wellness non-profit and directed a mobile yoga studio. Caryn prefers not to draw lines between each facet of her life, so you will often catch her encouraging yoga and meditation to strangers. Which is somewhat laughable, because Caryn doesn't really meet a stranger. She a natural connector. A forever student and innate teacher, she uses her unique combination of formal training, life experience, and interests to connect with others as a health consultant, published writer, and public speaker. When Caryn isn't pursuing her next wellness project, she is often riding her bike on the Charleston Peninsula, spending time with her family, or staying active outdoors: running, hiking, surfing, or climbing.

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Alex Seaman

Alex Seaman

Alex specializes in the teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.  While she loves all forms of yoga, she knew upon first experiencing Kundalini that this was it: for her, there was no quicker way to awaken creativity, energize the body or break through body blocks.
Alex's classes are described as challenging yet safe, and students claim to leave feeling like they could take on the world.  They are designed to be suited for all.  We are working to strengthen the nerves, balance the glands, and give you an overall experience of Self.  Don't know what that means? Come to class.
Alex is KRI certified in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Mindfulness I and II certified through Mindful Schools, and children's yoga certified through Grounded! ATL and Yoga Kidz.  When not in the studio you'll find her in the classroom or on the streets sharing yoga with at-risk youth.  Her values include hard work, integrity and diversity, and you'll see this always reflected in her practice.  Join her on the mat.  Sat nam!

Micky Kerwick

Micky Kerwick

In early 2011, Micky practiced her first yoga class at the request of a friend. As a former gymnast, dancer, and runner, she’d aged into a serial athlete, willing to test any sweaty pursuit. After trying every studio New York City had to offer and enjoying aspects of each, it was yoga that Micky realized would challenge her physically & mentally - providing a reminder that the body is an intuitive entity.

Later that year, Micky moved to Turkey where she struggled to maintain a healthy fitness routine until she discovered an English speaking yoga teacher with a nearby studio. The next 6 months flew by with Micky practicing 4 days a week by the studio owner’s side, nourishing body and spirit.

Back in NYC, Micky was bombarded by an influx of yogic styles, teachings & opinions on the practice. She longed for the effortless environment her mentor created in the small Turkish studio. Eventually, she learned to create her practice by surrounding herself with teachers she resonated with & learning from the ones she didn’t, all the while trusting that she was her most valuable teacher.

Now, as an instructor, Micky relates to yoga as a deeply connected life practice, leaving little separation between who we are on the mat and off the mat. She enjoys sharing the timelessness of the asana practice while enriching the journey unique to each student. Her classes are playfully straightforward, music centric, and influenced by teachings from instructors at Jivamukti NYC, PureYoga, Katonah and Mission Yoga.

Brittany Leigh Azar

Brittany Leigh Azar

In Brittany's classes, you will find a thoughtful curated play list to facilitate your journey into your mind body moving mediation. You will experience dance like sequencing and a inspiring practice that is heart felt and empathic. Her teachings are inspired by Todd Norain, Anna Forrest, as well as her own personal journey of trying to heal her own self reflective in self study. In seeking the balance of these worlds, she has developed her own style of yoking movement with words of spirituality, honesty, truth, in a real life down to earth approach. She continues to explore and expand her practice through workshops and studying along side of her sister who lives in NYC, Taryn Toomey, who has developed a cathartic movement practice called The Class. She also uses her crystal singing bowl to chant and find healing and peace through sound along and medicinal essential oils to bring the wisdom of the earth to our cellular understanding.  Brittany believes in a whole body experience and with these threads we can create healing, insight, and empowering our spirits to inspire higher.

Brittany has been an athlete her whole life. When she wasn't on the soccer field, horse back riding, or at the ballet studio, she was playing in her back yard and creating stories through movement. After being certified and leading more fire filled practices of spin,weight training, Stott Pilates, she evolved into a Yoga teacher craving for a more breath centered mindful practice  She is launching her business called the Habitual Bliss Project which encompasses rituals of bliss to create utter joy in every day of our life. She has three little girls and balancing daily life stresses and understands that even just one movement, one breathe, or one smile can create a sense of bliss in your day. She has taught up and down the east coast since 2003 and now is thrilled to be part of the Charleston community.

Katie Ashley

Katie Ashley

Katie Ashley believes in living life on purpose. Practicing and teaching yoga in a way that acknowledges the vastness of the practice and the practitioner helps her do so. Through her writing, workshops and individual mentoring Katie offers ancient teachings from a modern perspective in a way that is practical, actionable, and inspiring. Her first book, Living Life on Purpose, was published in September 2016 to rave reviews. She has studied with and trained under some of the most renowned and respected teachers in the disciplines of yoga, Pilates, integrative movement therapy, yoga therapy, and meditation.

In her teaching she blends the knowledge of her lineages with personal insights and observations gained through her dedicated personal practice and many years of experience teaching classes and individuals. Her teachings offer students simple ways to develop and ever more intentional and intelligent movement and mindful practice so that they may bring their insights off the mat and meditation cushion and into their ever more purposefully lived lives.

Erin Harrington

Erin Harrington

E-RYT500

As a lifelong athlete Erin came to yoga after breaking both achilles tendons. At the time she had three children under five and life was moving super fast. It was through her injury and the forced slow down that she experienced the regenerative and strengthening aspects of yoga. Two decades later Erin's classes combine playful sequencing, poetry and music leaving you refreshed, nourished and balanced.

Erin completed teacher training with Beryl Bender Birch and Cyndi Lee. She met Shiva Rea in 2002 and became a devoted student and friend. She holds a 500 hour Prana Flow certification and continues to study and travel with Shiva who inspires her all ways. In addition to her living yoga practice Erin is a Functional Medicine Health Coach and an Integrative Nutritionalist. She believes that the foods we eat are secondary to the things that really “feed” us - relationships, career, spirituality and the ways we move our bodies. Erin moved to Charleston from the Philadelphia area and is loving low country living.

Crystal Wellman

Crystal Wellman

Crystal Wellman began studying yoga as a supplementary movement practice while attending professional ballet school before she was even a teenager. From that young age she saw the effects that mindfulness and mediation had on her psyche.

In her fifteen year career has a professional ballet dancer performing with companies across the nation, Ms. Wellman has had the pleasure to teach many different styles of movement. Since moving to Charleston in 2013, she has taught yoga at local studios, for special events and to private clients in homes and corporate offices. Crystal has completed trainings in Yin Yoga, Power Vinyasa, and Hatha, and is currently working toward her her 500-hour certification through Yoga Medicine, a program which “fuses of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics with the traditional practice of yoga”.

Crystal’s unique teaching style weaves together the many modalities through which she has studied and practiced movement, using intentional sequencing to guide students toward a deeper experience of embodiment. Currently Crystal dances locally with Ballet Evolution and develops, choreographs, and produces original contemporary ballet performances in unconventional spaces through her Unbound Ballet Project.

Kate Ledbetter

Kate Ledbetter

Kate began practicing asana in 2005 while living briefly in London and her yogic path has continued to amaze and guide her since. Her first movement practice was as a ballet dancer where, from a young age she began to hone body awareness and proprioception. Kate (RYT-200) received her 200 hour YTT and Yin Yoga training at Mission Yoga in Charleston. Kate’s classes offer a tonic for modern western living through strengthening and stabilizing practices. Thoughtful sequencing with the intention of aligning body, mind and soul are central to her methodology.

A native of the Lowcountry, Kate moved to Charleston in 1998 to attend the College of Charleston. Kate has enjoyed supporting the community she loves through working for local non-profits including Drayton Hall and the South Carolina Aquarium. Kate and her husband, Brian, now live on Johns Island with their two young sons, one dog and three chickens. Through the yoga of gardening their family grows fruits, vegetables and flowers. These practices allow them to remain grounded to the earth and connected to one another.

Lauren Moore

Lauren Moore

Although her journey in yoga started years prior, Lauren began regularly practicing yoga while in graduate school for psychology. Over the next few years Lauren used her knowledge from her many years studying psychology and incorporated it with what she was learning on the mat to deepen her practice on and off the mat. After completing her 200 hr training with Kelly at mission in 2016, Lauren immediately sought out opportunities to teach others.

Lauren’s classes are designed to allow you to fully drop in to the moment using intelligent sequencing and breath work. Although her classes can be challenging, Lauren wants to make yoga accessible for every body, and encourages you to really begin to listen to what it is you are intuitively craving in this moment.