Joy Of Yoga in St. Louis is a warm and welcoming neighborhood studio with classes designed to meet
students at all levels of the practice. We offer well rounded classes, and are here to help our students
grow- physically, mentally and spiritually. Our teachers are all certified and have a deep
love of teaching and the practice. We think our slogan says it all:
ONE PEOPLE | ONE YOGA | ONE LOVE
JOY MONTES | Joy started practicing Hatha Yoga in Portland, OR in 1994 while in college. She immediately realized the significance her yoga practice brought to her body, her mind, her heart and her life. It wasn't until 2012 when she became a teacher (200HR-EYRT) and opened up a studio. Joy's classes interweave intention with pranayama, precision in alignment with quiet contemplation, subtle body awareness with refinement. Her classes invite us to attune ourselves to the needs of our bodies and adapt our postures to create more ease, to experience and explore the simplicity of being.
ANNIE TRACHSEL | Annie has been “officially” practicing yoga since 2001. However, even as a young child at the age of 10, she found relief from muscular pains caused from an injury that lead her to a body cast for several months, by doing many stretches which later in life she learned to be yoga poses she practices today. Yoga is her passion. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2009 at Yoga Source. As a rehabilitated patient herself, having to relearn how to walk, twice in her life, she has experienced the therapeutic benefits of yoga. She was searching for a complete system that would merge the traditional essence of yoga, sport’s medicine, and stress reduction which is how her practice has bloomed. She strives to be an inspirational and creative leader who guides students toward awareness and control of their own bodies and minds. As a yoga teacher, her goal is to enable others to experience a release through mindfulness, stretch and strength. Annie has been inspired through yoga to work with awareness of the physical body and mind to help alleviate pain and resistance, mentally and physically. She wants to share with others what she has learned through her yoga practice.
TIFFANY WEIL | Tiffany's classes are vinyasa based, taking inspiration from an array of yogic styles she has studied. She loves variety and offers a diverse practice that is geared towards the energy of the class. Look to have fun, and be challenged!
ALYONA KOMOLOVA | Alyona has been teaching since 2003 and has never lost her love for her practice, her students and her teachers. She is aspiring to practice playfulness, gratitude and loving kindness on and off the mat.
GLENNA BEDOYA| Glenna began her yoga practice in 1994. A teacher since 2011, her classes focus on alignment and breath for a powerfully grounded practice. In 2003 she completed her first Teacher Training with Ana Forrest. Glenna went on to immerse herself in the study of Anusara Yoga at Virayoga in New York City. She’s assisted Elena Brower’s Advanced Teacher Training, and is now a certified yogaHOUR® teacher under the guidance of Darren Rhodes. Her influences include study with Angela Farmer, Douglas Brooks, Sarah Powers, and Thom Knoles. She offers an empowering, aligned flow yoga that invites students to play intelligently at their edge to reconnect with their own inherent wisdom and power.
NICOLE THOMPSON | Nicole first began practicing yoga to ease her joint discomfort during pregnancy. By exploring the many facets of yoga, she discovered that she found not only physical relief, but emotional, mental, and spiritual peace as well. In 2014, Nicole decided to journey further into yoga and completed her RYT-200. She guides her students through their practice in order to help them cultivate a greater perspective in life, on and off the mat. Her classes will offer a challenge as well as a retreat from the stresses of everyday life. Throughout the ebb and flow of our lives and throughout our practice, we can return to our true selves for a constant steadiness.
LIZZIE SALSICH | Lizzie is passionate about the power of peaceful hearts in creating a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world. Her classes emphasize mindful movement, deep breath and body awareness, skillful alignment, self-healing, and sacred rest. She also loves to incorporate qi gong into her yoga classes. Lizzie has completed two teacher trainings at the 200-hour level. She is always exploring and deepening her practice and she loves to share these life-giving tools with her friends and students. For more information about the trainings Lizzie has completed and the philosophy behind her practice and teaching, please visit www.celebratingthecall.com
KATE BEE I Kate started practicing yoga over 20 years ago. After practicing in many studios and many styles she began teaching six years ago after completing her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 in the Dynamic Yoga Method at Jane's House of Wellbeing. The Dynamic Yoga Method is a unique approach to Yoga presented with a deep grounding in the Yogasutras of Patanjali and focuses on the awakening of intelligence. It is based on the nature, needs, capabilities and intelligence of the body. Sensitivity to the sensations being generated by the intelligence of your body, moment, by moment, breath by breath, action by action will allow you to cultivate deep, lucid intimacy with the intelligence of body, mind and consciousness. Kate began her 500hr training in the same method in October of 2017.
Erin Vehige was first introduced to yoga through her mom’s VHS tapes almost 20 years ago. She practiced yoga off and on in her teenage years and through college, but once she moved to Saint Louis found yoga more accessible than ever. After a great class by a local teacher, Erin knew it was the mind/body connection that she craved. After years of injuring herself in traditional sports and trying to make her body conform to today’s conventional beauty standards, she cancelled her gym membership and found a yoga studio. In 2014 Erin completed her 200 YTT training and has been teaching ever since. It is her goal to create an environment that is welcoming and will ease people into a better mind/body connection through movements and stories that resonate with their everyday lives. Her classes are vinyasa based with options and modifications along the way. She will challenge you to move to your edge with the grace and kindness your body deserves.
LIZ GIORDANOI A native Kentuckian, Liz (RYT-200) is certified in Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Adaptive Yoga. She spent 17 years living and working in France, Mexico, Argentina and Chile before returning to the US in 2012 (Minneapolis) and finally landing in St. Louis in 2014. Her journey into yoga began in 2002, at a 7 am class in a drafty dance studio opposite the Moulin Rouge in Paris. A curious person by nature, Liz loves trying out new classes and yoga studios wherever she happens to be. Liz has practiced many different styles of yoga, including Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar, Agni, Ashtanga, Anusara, Jivamukti and Restorative yoga. Different elements of these styles weave their way into her classes, and she loves sharing new knowledge with her students. Liz teaches creative, varied classes that help students build strength and increase flexibility safely. She hopes her students will fall in love with the practice of yoga and develop a sustainable practice that can evolve with their needs.
KELLI MCFARLAND Kelli experienced her first yoga class in 1998 and it was love at first sight. Always an active person, it was the asana that drew her in initially. Soon after, she began to realize yoga had so much more to offer; on and off the mat. Kelli says, "My practice keeps me grounded during times of uncertainty, keeps me humble during times of growth, and provides refuge when I need security.
TRACY PETERSON As a yoga teacher and doula, Tracy believes that wellness starts from within. The individual journey to find the self through mental, emotional, and physical balance brought her to India and Yoga Vidya Gurukul where she was trained in traditional Indian hatha yoga. Recently, the call to become a doula developed, and Tracy completed her DONA-certified doula training in Idaho. Tracy is the founder of Balanced Birth, a doula and yoga service in St Louis. As a traveler, yoga practitioner, and lover of food, she finds new ways to experience these every day and loves to share what she has learned with others.
MAGGIE COMPERNOLLE I Maggie has been always been interested in the mind-body connection. After finding healing and strength through yoga and meditation, she sought to explore this connection professionally in nursing and teaching yoga. After working in oncology, she realized the great potential for yoga to help people touched by cancer, but also acknowledged that the population has certain needs and considerations that may not be addressed in a typical yoga class. Maggie studied formally and is certified to teach through Yoga 4 Cancer. She is very excited to both share with and learn from students.
Our studio knows the importance of giving back to our community, and we are always looking for new opportunities to do so. If you have someone or something close to your heart in need of funding, reach out to us and let yoga help you with that too!