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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.



Lindsay Brown

LindseyLindsay attends Jefferson Community and Technical College and is studying to be a Physical Therapist Assistant. Lindsay went through Eternal Health Yoga’s 200 Hour Teacher Training program with Shelli in 2014. Her yoga journey started in a college course she took with her friend for fun. Yoga sparked an awareness in Lindsay’s life,and she’s continued to explore different styles of yoga. Since she went through the  program, she has spent time focusing on self care and love to enrich the mind, body, and soul. She enjoys using her energy to help others to be their best self. Yoga has depended her awareness of the importance of human anatomy and the vitality of life. Lindsay is a lifetime student sharing the tools she has been taught in hopes to inspire others to always continue to practice. Lindsay teaches our 7:30 Monday night yin yoga class. Come join her for deep stretching of the mind and the body.



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 was born in Harrisburg, PA and grew up learning Kundalini Yoga from her parents Dan and Paulette. She studied Kundalini throughout high school in New Cumberland with Siri Neel Kaur Kalsa, and continued to take classes in the Pittsburgh area during her college years at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Since moving to Louisville in 2005, Marie has been studying Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga with Shelli Carpenter (Jap Dharam Kaur), with whom she did her Teacher Training; she is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, and currently teaches Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. Marie’s classes are beautifully inspired from her own personal practice which brings joy into all aspects of her life. Passionate about vegetarian food, music and art, Marie lives in Crescent Hill with her husband, Kyle and three amazing yoga cats, Boscovs, Omar, and FDR.


Bridget Coraz

BridgetBridget first discovered asana practice while in high school. While she loved it, she did not begin a regular practice until several years later. Halfway through law school, feeling lethargic and out of shape, Bridget began her regular practice at Eternal Health Yoga. She soon found that the benefits she obtained went beyond the physical, and attributes this to EHY’s comprehensive approach to teaching the yogic tradition. Nearly seven years after beginning her practice at EHY, Bridget decided to enroll in the 200 hour teacher training program, with a goal of sharing the many benefits of yoga with the community.

A native of Indianapolis, Bridget obtained her bachelors degree cum laude from Indiana University in 2008. She obtained her JD from The Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 2011. Her law practice focuses on medical malpractice defense. When not working or teaching yoga, Bridget enjoys hiking and cycling with her husband, Travis.


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

KatherineFor 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 two dogs.  She is expecting her first child in July.


Adriena Dame

adrienaAdriena Dame is an avid philomath and an unapologetic alchemist. She believes in all things loving, healing, and kind, and she embraces her existence with a spirit of gratitude that makes her quick to cultivate human connection, to laugh and hug with her whole heart, and to play like a child–silly, and whimsical, and free. Her work is fueled by her genuine love for helping to bring out the best in others–a passion that has manifested in many ways over the course of many years. A former college writing professor, high school English teacher, and international literary publisher, Adriena has discovered her highest calling as an integrated healing artist. She teaches yoga; guides multi-sensory meditations; channels Reiki, Shamanic, and other ancient healing energies; practices Tibetan acupressure, Emotional Freedom Techniques, and Art of Touch Therapy; writes fiction and creative non-fiction, and is a Psychic Medium. She also serves as an Intuitive Vegan Chef and co-owner of LOVAFARE, where she creates compassionate, plant-based foods that support the livelihood of all sentient beings.


Sarah Denison

Sarah-DenisonWhen Sarah first took a yoga class in college, she fell in love with the calming and rejuvenating practice. For a long time, she had been wanting to deepen her practice,  and in 2015 she enrolled in the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Eternal Health Yoga. During the training she realized she really enjoyed teaching. She has been teaching in her home and at Eternal Health Yoga studio ever since. She especially loves bringing the gifts of yoga to beginners and watching as they realize the incredible difference that yoga can make in their lives.

 

 




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.


Chelsea Flint

Chelsea-FlintChelsea began practicing yoga in 2013. It had such a profound effect on her life in such a short amount of time, that just a few months after beginning her practice, she began yoga teacher training, which she completed through Eternal Health Yoga in 2014. Chelsea particularly enjoys the mental and emotional benefits of the yoga practice, and strives to share this with her students through mindful movement, self-acceptance, and positive affirmations that can be taken off the mat and into their daily lives. Chelsea is pursuing a degree in Anthropology with a minor in Social Change from the University of Louisville. She hopes to use her degree to follow her passion of traveling while advocating for underserved communities on social justice issues and empowering others through yoga and mindful living. When she’s not at school or tromping around outside, Chelsea can be found playing music with her band or slinging craft brews at Akasha Brewing Company.


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.



Ashley Hammerbeck

ashleyAshley believes that living your life with clear intentions, compassion, consciousness, and receptivity illuminates our paths and ultimately leads to positive transformations thereby creating the lives we are meant to live. It is her mission to bring this awareness to others.

Ashley began practicing yoga 20 years ago after signing up last minute for an elective Hatha yoga class offered at her University. It seems that coincidences really are indications that we are on the right path, as she immediately felt she had discovered something that brought a new sense of serenity and balance into her life.

Yoga continued to be in integral grounding force in Ashley’s life throughout medical school, residency, moving to the northeast and then relocating back to her hometown of Louisville.

As a practicing medical doctor (and someone who is eternally curious), Ashley began to notice and explore both the strengths as well as the limitations of traditional western medicine. Through her experience, it became clear that true health and healing involves wellbeing and balance on multiple levels. The mind, body, and spirit must be aligned in order for us to reach our full health potential.

With this in mind, Ashley felt called to become a yoga teacher and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Eternal Health Yoga in 2014. She feels a deep sense of gratitude for this experience and for her incredible teachers, Shelli Carpenter, D’Arci Freeland, Raj Shah and her fellow “TT’s, who inspired her to not simply “do yoga” but to “live yoga.”

A lover of music, dance, and art, Ashley was particularly drawn to Vinyasa flow, which she teaches Saturdays from 12:30-1:30. She spends time crafting creative sequences that she hopes will be challenging, balancing, and fun for her students.

In her free time, Ashley also loves photography, travel, distance running, hanging out with her 13 year old, 100 pound rescue (Jake) and spending time with her fiancé, Jason.



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.


Nicole Sharp

NicoleSharpNicole Sharp graduated from Eternal Health Yoga with her 200 hour teacher training in 2012. At that time, she was also studying hypnosis and learning to combine her methods to form her own unique teaching style. Always the student, Nicole finished her advanced Teacher Training and graduated with her 500 hour certification once again from Eternal Health in 2017. Since then, she has opened her own holistic salon, spa, and wellness center in New Albany Indiana called Balance. Because Eternal Health will always be her home, she continues to teach here and taking workshops to continue her yoga studies. Nicole feels at home here and enjoys being a part of this community!


Amy Smock

Amy-SmockAmy would describe herself as a lifelong student of everything. She’s insanely curious, and passionate about learning, reading, and exploring the world within, and around her. After completing her formal education (BA from WKU and MBA from UofL), she was drawn to yoga for its benefits of stress relief. As an overachiever type, finding moments of stillness to relax the mind was a challenge! She has been practicing yoga now for 8 years, and found her home and groove in her practice upon coming to Eternal Health Yoga. Outside of yoga and her day job, her favorite ways to experience life are through travel, camping, hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband Sam and beagle-child Coop. She hopes to share with others her love for yoga, in all 8-limbs, not just asana. Her personal mantra is to practice “getting comfortable being uncomfortable,” and growing beyond what you thought was possible for yourself.



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

As 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.

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