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Amy Aboud

Amy-AboudAmy Aboud’s journey towards health restoration brought her to Eternal Health Yoga where she was seeking to find an internal balance within her corporate career, gym life, and personal life. She could sense through the classes at Eternal Health Yoga there was much more to yoga than simply the asana practice. She immediately signed up for the 200-hour teacher training, under Shellie Carpenter, to both understand what she was beginning to experience and to deepen her practice. After completing her 200-hour teacher training she felt led to enroll in Eternal Health Yoga’s 300-hour advanced teacher training. After spending 2 ½ years of complete immersion in the study of the yogic lifestyle, under Shellie, and beside many amazing yogis, she has experienced the internal stretching and transformation that a yogic lifestyle can bring to one’s life. She is passionate about sharing the love and the learning she has experienced under Shellie’s guidance and through the Eternal Health Yoga community to all those around her. She believes and experiences how the lessons learned are intrinsically connected to her daily life both in the workplace and in her interactions with the world. 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 Aboud 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 currently works as the Marketing Director at a national company she was a part of creating. Her partner is a working artist, and they live in Louisville with their English Bulldog, Tootie.


Amy Carlson

amyAmy has practiced yoga since 2001 and received her 200-hour certification to be an instructor in 2010. Combining her experience in somatic movement, mindfulness meditation, and dance, Amy choreographs a mindful, therapeutic flow within the practice. She hopes to offer understanding on how to quiet the mind to live in present awareness. She has a B.A. in Studio Art and a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications. She is Reiki certified in the Usui Tradition.


Shelli Carpenter

shelliAs Founder and Director of Eternal Health Yoga, a yoga practitioner, teacher, and perpetual student, Shelli is dedicated to working toward world peace by practicing and teaching yoga, living a non-violent vegan lifestyle, and being open to the thoughts, feelings and ideas of others. Because she views yoga as a lifestyle that promotes inner joy, peace, and self-awareness, Shelli hopes to inspire others to experience its holistic, peace-centered benefits. She practices Reiki in the Usui tradition, teaches Kundalini Yoga, a variety of styles of Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga, meditation classes, and leads various Yoga and Nutrition Workshops. She is especially happy to have been a part of the, World Peace and Yoga Jubilee in 2009 and 2010, and looks forward to continuing to work toward World Peace through this conference and other venues with this amazing group of peace-filled beings! Shelli is a graduate of the Kundalini Research Institute, Aquarian Teacher Program in Espanola, New Mexico, a graduate of the 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification with Anna Ferguson of World Peace Yoga, and Doug Swenson’s 500-hour Sadhana Yoga Chi Teacher Training; currently, she is the Director of the Eternal Health Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training program. Shelli holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities with a minor in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Humanities from the University of Louisville. Shelli has been blessed with opportunities to work with many wonderful Hatha Yoga teachers, including Doug Swenson, Anna Ferguson, Sharon Gannon and David Life, as well as Kundalini Yoga Instructors, Mahan Deva Singh and Mahan Deva Kaur (Dan and Paulette Coma), Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, PhD, Nirvair Singh Khalsa, Tarn Taran Singh Khalsa, Hari Charan Kaur Khalsa, and others. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, and is a Reiki Master certified in the Usui tradition.


Marie Coma – Thompson

Marie-ComaMarie Coma, E-RYT-200, loves sharing the healing practices of yoga and meditation and making them accessible to everyone. She has been practicing yoga since childhood, learning from her parents, who were students Yogi Bhajan, the man who brought Kundalini Yoga from India to the west. 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. In 2018, Marie completed her master’s degree (Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) at the University of Louisville and became licensed as a professional counselor (LPCA) in Kentucky. She currently works full time as a mental health therapist for Kentucky One Health. In her free time, when she’s not doing yoga, 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 three black-and-white cats.


Shellie Crow

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.


Katherine Culbertson

Katherine_CulbertsonFor many years, Katherine tried out various yoga classes but never found one that resonated with her personal ideology. This all changed when she entered the doors of Eternal Health Yoga in 2014. Since then, she has completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through the studio. She especially enjoys learning about yogic philosophy and finding ways to integrate these ways of living into her daily life. In her classes, she tries to incorporate not only the physical postures, but meditative practices, breathing techniques, and other various practices to help students feel more connected to their own essence and being. Katherine is also a nurse practitioner that provides care to cancer survivors. She enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband and daughter.


Shavaun Evans

ShavaunShavaun 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.


D’Arci Freeland

dArciD’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.


Peggy Garrison

PeggyPeggy 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

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

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.


Jen Solomon

JenSolomonAs a teenager, Jen had an interest in yoga but felt rather intimidated by a yoga instructional video featuring an amazingly graceful and serene yogi walking across sand dunes and effortlessly contorting her body into all sorts of seemingly impossible poses. As a spiritual person, Jen was especially moved by a shortened translation of the Ramayana that she read as a teenager. It wasn’t until her freshman year of college, about a year after her 5th heart surgery, that Jen enrolled in a yoga class and began to experience yoga as a path of healing and empowerment.  In the following years, Jen had an intermittent relationship with yoga, though she continued to return to it, finding strength, grounding, and peace in its integration of the body, mind, and spirit.  As Jen began to deepen her yoga practice, her interest in becoming a yoga teacher grew. When she moved to Louisville in May of 2015, Eternal Health Yoga quickly became her “yoga home” and in fall of 2016 Jen began Eternal Health Yoga’s 200 hour teacher training program. She is so grateful for the wonderfully transformative year of yoga teacher training, and is excited to share her love for yoga with others. Jen has a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts with a focus in interactive theatre and a master’s degree in expressive arts therapy with a specialization in mental health counseling. She currently works as an expressive arts therapist in an inpatient psychiatric hospital setting.  When she is not doing yoga, she enjoys spending time with her amazing fiancé, hanging out with her adorable furry family members, and walking at the park. She is passionate about many things including the arts, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, protection of wolves and other endangered animals, and Fair Trade.


Amber Switzer

AmberI’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

angieEHYAngie 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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