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Shelli Carpenter

Meet Our Instructors - Shelli CarpenterFounder and Co-Owner of Eternal Health Yoga, Shelli Carpenter, has been practicing yoga since the 1990s, and teaching yoga since 2004. She recognizes yoga as a community of seekers who strive to create and maintain a peaceful, compassionate world. Shelli feels very connected to humanity, to other beings, and to the Earth; and, she understands that yoga, by its very nature, deepens this feeling of connectedness. Shelli is dedicated to building community, living a non-violent vegan lifestyle, and to sharing the healing, peace-centered benefits of yogic living with others.

In 2006, in alignment with her goals of creating an informed, welcoming, peace-centered yoga community, Shelli founded Eternal Health Yoga. She is the creator of EHY’s 200-Hour and 300-Hour Teacher Training programs; and, she currently leads the 300-Hour Teacher Training program. Additionally, Shelli is passionate about studying and teaching Sanskrit, and
continues to study with Zoe Mai of the American Sanskrit Institute, and with scholar, Antonia Ruppel, PhD. Shelli is an Experienced Yoga Teacher who is committed to the yoga community, and she cannot wait to share yoga with you!

Shelli’s education:

  • MA in the Traditions of Yoga and Meditation,
    SOAS, University of London, UK
  • Graduate of the American Sanskrit Institute’s Apprentice Teacher Training 1 program
  • 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification, World Peace Yoga with Anna Ferguson
  • 500-hour Sadhana Yoga Chi Teacher Training with Doug Swenson
  • BA in Humanities (Medieval Studies), minor in Psychology
    University of Louisville
  • MA in Humanities (Medieval Studies)
    University of Louisville

D’Arci Freeland

Meet Our Instructors - D'Arci FreelandD’Arci is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English, and of the University of Louisville where she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching. She is an E-RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance, and has been teaching yoga since 2006. Currently, D’Arci serves as Assistant Director of Eternal Health Yoga and regularly teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin styles of Yoga at Eternal Health Yoga and various locations in the Louisville Metro Area. D’Arci is an open, caring, and compassionate teacher and is happy to be able to share her love of yoga and her love of teaching with everyone at Eternal Health Yoga.

Amy Aboud

Meet Our Instructors - Amy AboudAmy completed her 200-hour and 300-hour teacher trainings under EHY’s Shelli Carpenter and has experienced the internal stretching and transformation that a yogic lifestyle can bring to one’s life.   She considers it one of the true honors of her life to be able to share the beauty of the yogic lifestyle and philosophies as a teacher.

Amy was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from Kentucky Country Day School, Miami of Ohio University, and has a Masters in English Literature from University of Louisville. She is active in local, national and international animal rescue.  She currently lives in Louisville with her 3 dogs: Tootie, Baby Cashel and Asha.

Marie Coma – Thompson

Meet Our Instructors - Marie ComaMarie Coma-Thompson loves sharing the healing practices of yoga and meditation and making them accessible to everyone.  She has been practicing yoga since childhood, first learning from her parents.  Marie completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Eternal Health Yoga in 2007 and has been teaching ever since.  She is a registered yoga teacher (E-RYT-200) and loves teaching Hatha, Kundalini, and Vinyasa yoga. Her classes are lovingly inspired by her own yoga and meditation practice, and the focus is on feeling safe in your body through the union of breath, movement, and awareness. When she’s not teaching yoga, she works as a mental health therapist. In her free time, Marie enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, going for long walks, and eating yummy food with friends. She also has a passion for creative endeavors such as writing, painting, photography, and music. Marie and her husband live in Louisville with their two beautiful cats.

Shellie Crow

Meet Our Instructors - Shellie CrowShellie Crow began teaching yoga in 2008 at Western Kentucky University. She graduated from WKU with a bachelors in Humanities and a certificate in Women and Gender studies. Yoga informs her work as a human rights activist. She is inspired by leaders such as Gandhi and MLK who approach social, economic, and political progress from a place of love. She completed Eternal Health Yoga’s 200 hour yoga teacher training program in 2013, and the 300 hour YTT program in 2017. Shellie is a full-time yoga teacher, teaching regular weekday classes in Elizabethtown and Saturday morning classes at EHY. She also enjoys being an instructor in the 200 YTT program and a regular contributor to the EHY blog.

Adriena Dame

Meet Our Instructors - Adriene DameAdriena Dame is a hugger, healer and & lover of HighVibe Living (a way of showing up in the world and the name of her private healing arts practice). She delights in the magic of helping people live healthy, happy and whole using an array of compassion-centered tools. From massage, bodywork, energy medicine, and integrated therapies to intuitive guidance, teaching, coaching, magic making, and motivational speaking, Adriena is seasoned in the mystical art of serving humanity.

It is from a foundation of holism, joy, humility, compassion, curiosity, and an abiding appreciation for our individual humanness and energetic oneness that Adriena teaches all subjects within her scope of practice. Additionally, she understands that when we awaken to the abundance of our higher-dimensional consciousness and allow it to infiltrate the limiting beliefs that are rooted in the subconscious dimension of our human experience, we enter into a spaciousness of being that is pure peace. Freedom. Bliss. Love. And more love.

Not only does Adriena live in and through these powerful truths, she is on a mission to slather the world with as much goodness as she can before she dies. She is committed to radiating the highest of high vibes to everyone she meets, to honoring her partner, to goddess-style mothering her only child, to showing up for friends, family, strangers, . . . to continuing her off-beat, passion-infused work as a literary artist, to traveling, exploring, learning, teaching, serving, making life amazing . . . .

Adriena is a graduate of Eternal Health Yoga’s teacher training program and Advanced Massage Therapeutics’ massage therapy training program. She earned her MFA in Writing at Spalding University, and her BA in English at East Carolina University. She is also a former professor of Creative Writing, Literature, and English Composition at Spalding University, Indiana University Southeast, and other collegiate, as well as secondary, schools.

Shavaun Evans

Meet Our Instructors - Shavaun EvansShavaun began practicing yoga in 2012 with a small group class in her Washington, DC neighborhood. After sharing practice together, students shared a vegetarian meal together, helping Shavaun see the possibilities for creating community around the mat. After living in Nashville and DC for nearly eight years, Shavaun moved back to her hometown of Louisville in 2013. She continued her yoga journey and eventually enrolled in Eternal Health Yoga’s 200-hour teacher training program. She soon began teaching yoga to her family, friends, and neighbors, reminding her of the powerful healing and community-building possibilities of yoga and meditation. Shavaun teaches Yin/Yang and Hatha, incorporating a combination of asanas, meditation, and mudras in each of her classes. Shavaun graduated from Centre College and received a M.Ed in Community Development Action from Vanderbilt University. She has worked for grassroots non-profits focused on sustainable agriculture and economic justice for nearly 10 years.

Peggy Garrison

Meet Our Instructors - Peggy GarrisonPeggy Garrison, RYT 200 and certified Mini Me yoga instructor, is a student of life with a passion for pursuing her truth and embracing changes needed to elevate life’s journey. Peggy weaves thought-provoking readings into her Hatha and Yin classes to encourage a connection in her students physical and spiritual selves, each other and the world. Peggy began yoga teacher training at EHY with the intention of deepening her 10+ year practice. Upon completion, she was inspired to share the joy, understanding and benefits of yoga with others. In addition to teaching at EHY, Peggy is a volunteer yoga teacher at Gilda’s Club and holds a BAS in Communications.

Shanna Portman

Meet Our Instructors - Shanna PortmanShanna was Introduced to yoga as a small child; her Mother embraced the hippie era and surrounded her world with all sorts of alternative health modalities. Yoga was one that stuck. Shanna’s yoga practice has been primarily an “at-home” practice for over twenty years with maybe a handful of studio practices. In 2016, she decided it was time to deepen her practice, and enrolled in the 200 hr teacher training at Eternal Health Yoga. Two months in to her studies she realized that there was no turning back. Fully embracing all that she has learned and looking forward to the constant learning and practice that the future holds for her, Shanna is now a teacher at EHY.  Additionally, Shanna holds a degree in Interior Design and is a professional color consultant. In her free time she enjoys dancing, painting, drawing, hiking, and reading.

Lincoln Snyder

Meet Our Instructors - Lincoln SnyderLincoln Snyder is an IT Professional who started his yoga journey in 2013 as a way to cope with mid-life and the stress of a demanding career. What started as a twice a week exercise class quickly turned into a daily passion as Lincoln tapped into the transformative power of yogic living to overcome chronic health complaints while developing strength, peace and purpose. Having fun is of great interest to Lincoln and he infuses his holistic study of yoga with joy and humor. Lincoln completed his 200 hour teacher training in 2015, his 300 hour advanced teacher training in 2017 and has studied with Anna Ferguson, Dennis and Kathy Lang as well as Jules Mitchell.  Lincoln regularly teaches pranayama, hatha and hatha flow classes as well as men’s yoga workshops and loves to write about yoga as well. A graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lincoln has a BA in English literature.

Amber Switzer

Meet Our Instructors - Amber SwitzerI’m Amber! I am an animal lover, dog mom, and hair stylist. I love being creative and I love yoga. Yoga brings me peace of mind, feel goods, and reminds me to stay positive. I’m so happy to be a part of the eternal health family and look forward to practicing with you all! Namaste!




Angie Toerner

Meet Our Instructors - Angie ToernerAngie began practicing yoga in response to chronic neck and shoulder pain, but quickly learned that yoga’s benefits extend far beyond healing and strengthening the physical body. As someone who struggled with severe stress and anxiety she was pleasantly surprised to discover her yoga and meditation practice helped her to become more calm and centered. As a result, she decided to pursue teacher training and graduated from Eternal Health Yoga’s 200 ryt program in 2010. Angie incorporates all aspects of yoga into her classes including breath work, meditation, mantra and yogic philosophy. She believes that yoga awakens something from within that once recognized has the potential to help you better cope with stress, pursue a healthy lifestyle, deepen your spiritual practice and live more compassionately and mindfully with greater appreciation and love for your life. Angie is inspired to live a full authentic life not only through yoga and meditation but through celebrating the earth’s seasons and the cycles of the moon, traveling, honoring sisterhood, howling with her pup, Reba, spending time at her cabin and laughing every day.

Kristin Wood

Kristin’s yoga journey began 8 years ago while exploring alternate avenues for physical health outside of a standard gym routine. Living in Florida at the time, she enrolled in a class at her gym and fell in love with the physical practice of yoga. It wasn’t until moving back to Louisville in 2011 that she was introduced to the transformative mental, and spiritual aspects. While developing a home practice for herself, she searched for her forever yoga home throughout the city, attending various classes at different studios. In 2016 she decided to deepen her love and understanding for the practice by enrolling in the EHY 200 hour teacher training program, thus finding her forever yoga home. She’s excited to share all that she’s learned, and her love for yoga with others with hopes that the incredible benefits of the practice as a whole will aid and inspire others as they travel through their life path. A lover of music, food and travel, she’s often found at live music shows, in the kitchen experimenting with recipes, or on a plane going somewhere, anywhere. Outside of yoga and her day job, Kristin enjoys experiencing this thing called life with her husband and 2 fur-babies.


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