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.

Erin Harrington

Erin Harrington

Erin came to yoga after bilateral Achilles' tendon ruptures in 1998.  At the time she had three children under five and life was moving at an accelerated pace. Growing up, Erin's mother practiced meditation and her father incorporated yoga to balance his marathon running.  Years later, it was through her injury that she reconnected with both the regenerating and strengthening  aspects of yoga practice.  As a result Erin's classes combine playful sequencing, poetry and music to awaken the soul and leave you refreshed, nourished and balanced.

Erin completed teacher training with Beryl Bender Birch and Cyndi Lee and began teaching in 2000 in the Wilmington, Delaware area.  She met Shiva Rea in 2002 and became a devoted student and friend, eventually receiving her 500 hour Prana Flow certification.  Erin continues to study with Shiva who has inspired her to live with spontaneity and fearlessness, to stay close to the source and move with the rhythms of nature.  You can find Erin in her new home of Charleston, South Carolina where she loves to play tennis, cook, garden and be on the water as much as possible.

Chelsea Vurgason

Chelsea Vurgason

RYT 200

Studio Assistant

 

Movement has always played a vital role in Chelsea’s life.  Her childhood and adolescence were dedicated to the world of competitive dance, which created the foundation for her professional career as a performer and dance teacher.  She jumped into her first yoga class while working at a gym in 2007 and began a regular practice.  Around this same time she found herself being drawn toward Eastern traditions and Mindfulness practices.  When she moved to Charleston a few years later she realized that the 2 converged in the full practice of Yoga.  She began practicing regularly at Mission Yoga upon its opening and completed her training under Kelly Jean Moore in 2014.  In Chelsea's classes you will be quietly guided through a practice that strikes a balance between detailed anatomical direction and playful sequencing with the intention to move you into a deeper exploration of the body and breath.  Her mission is simply to hold space for people and give them the necessary tools to move forward in their practice with a sense of discernment and connection to the self with a never ending curiosity.  She's passionate about introducing yoga and mindfulness into the education system through her work with YogaKidz and is excited to be a part of what she thinks is a necessary change in the way we educate future generations.   When she's not teaching or practicing you can find her behind the front desk at Mission Yoga answering emails, designing posters and basically being awesome.

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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Laura Jarrait

Laura Jarrait

E-RYT 500

Laura Jarrait, E-RYT500, is dedicated to creating a safe environment in which students are challenged to explore their edges in order to increase their body and life awareness. Her classes include philosophical and physical inquiry that are rooted in her own deep yogic education and experience.  Students in Laura’s classes can expect sound alignment instruction, moments of challenge that may take a variety of forms (advanced asana, simply standing, or attending to subtle movement to name a few), an invitation to think and feel more fully, and a bit of light-heartedness to help it all sink in more easily. Laura has been a dedicated yoga practioner for seventeen years; her main influences come from the alignment-based schools of Iyengar and Anusara yoga and Shaiva Tantra philosophy.  She was certified as an Anusara teacher in March, 2009. She also helps facilitate healing and increasing awareness using the energy system of BodyTalk and spiritual coaching through the Akashic Records.  She is thrilled to be able to use all of these to lead people into a deeper understanding of themselves and their world. To read more about Laura and her work, visit www.alamkarayoga.com

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.

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!

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
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.