[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title=” Keleah Anderson, Owner & Founder” opened=”closed” icon_url=”https://www.abundantyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/map-marker.png”]
“While ‘Christian yoga’ might sound like an oxymoron, you’re encouraged to read further. Abundant Yoga provides something more than a yoga practice – it provides a complete experience of union with God our Creator through movement.” – Keleah, Owner & Founder
Keleah came to yoga through two passions – cheerleading and gymnastics. She was raised in the church, becoming a believer at age 7. She had always experienced movement as an expression of her soul, but in yoga, she found an even deeper connection to the God she knew and loved. She found movement that was sacred, union that was restful, and postures that were powerful. She found home – a place of being, not doing. Her deepest intention is to awaken the heart within others to experience “the flow” of God’s love, and for each class to offer something greater than a physical practice, but rather a connection in mind, body, soul, and spirit.
Keleah’s diverse background and studies of yoga and anatomy have enriched her own unique style of teaching. Her classes provide the body an opportunity for movement, stillness, worship, prayer, and meditation all in one.
Keleah has been teaching yoga since 2001 and is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT200 certified yoga instructor. She has been sharing a passion for the Lord through fitness training for over half her life, beginning in 1991. She currently brings this unique practice of Christ-centered yoga to classes in her studio, churches, and retreat centers. Keleah resides in Franklin, TN with her husband of 18 years and three children.
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title=” Tracey Rogers, Director of Operations & Staff Manager, Instructor” opened=”closed” icon_url=”https://www.abundantyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/map-marker.png”]
“…It’s not about the yoga at all, but about connecting to God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit with our heart, mind, soul, and strength.” – Tracey, Director of Operations & Staff, Instructor
Tracey took her first yoga class in 2007 after an injury kept her out of her normal exercise routine. Over those first few classes, she found herself falling in love with the yoga practice. What started out as a once a week class gradually increased, until in 2011, in which yoga became all she did for fitness! It was also when she began to see the richness available in Christian yoga. That same year, she became a certified Holy Yoga instructor and began teaching January 2012.
Tracey loves to combine upbeat music, interesting sequences, and the Truth of God’s Word for a joy and worship-filled, powerful class. She loves encouraging her students to try for more, believing they are stronger and more capable than they themselves could ever believe. Yet she also believes it’s not about the yoga at all, but about connecting to God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit with our heart, mind, soul, and strength.
Tracey loves to teach yoga, but clearly knows that’s not God’s only calling for her life. She is a Bible teacher, speaker, and writer. She teaches a weekly class at her church and speaks at women’s events and retreats. To learn more about Tracey’s ministry, visit www.traceyrogersministry.com
When she’s not teaching, Tracey enjoys spending time with her husband Kevin of 20 years and their three children. She loves coffee at sunrise, time in the sun, and shopping for a great pair of shoes.
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title=” Madison Swayze, Assistant Manager” opened=”closed” icon_url=”https://www.abundantyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/map-marker.png”]
“Abundant Yoga provides a place to bring together the love of movement with worshiping God through our body.” – Madison, Assistant Manager
From a young age, Madison has always loved movement. She grew up in a Christian home and loved using cheerleading & tumbling as a way to bring glory to God. She started by participating in gymnastics and then transitioned to cheerleading. She cheered throughout college, but upon graduation, Madison knew another place was needed to channel that movement!
After meeting Keleah, she fell in love with the mission of Abundant Yoga. Madison concluded that this was a way to bring together her love of movement and worshipping God, so she is grateful to be able to help out at the front desk.
Madison is married to her husband Chase, resides in Franklin, and is attending MTSU for a Master’s in Counseling. She hopes to minister and counsel children who have been through trauma…and perhaps one day, even use yoga as a means to help them!
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title=” Amanda Low, Director of Trauma Sensitive Yoga” opened=”closed” icon_url=”https://www.abundantyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/map-marker.png”]
“Empowering (many) to reconnect and heal with yoga has allowed me to witness God’s amazing ability to redeem one’s story with the tool of a yoga mat.” – Amanda, Director of Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Practicing yoga for over 15 years, Amanda took her first Christian yoga class as a stranger in a new city a little over 3 years ago. Ever since then, her practice has changed…that first class wasn’t “just about the yoga”, it was spiritual connection. She knew that she could no longer be able to separate yoga from Christian worship – they had weaved themselves together to be the fabric of her current practice. After this refreshing experience, she felt the call to get certified to share and serve others with this new approach to yoga.
After completing her 225 hour RYT yoga training, she continued with additional training in trauma therapy yoga. Empowering trauma survivors to reconnect and heal with yoga has allowed her to witness God’s amazing ability to redeem one’s story with the tool of a yoga mat. With this change in perspective, her new passion is to help the individual who is looking to draw closer to God through yoga, regardless of years of experience. In doing so, she hopes that others can regain a love and confidence in themselves and their bodies, while allowing God to use yoga in achieving complete health.
Being a part of a Christian yoga community is desire that was placed in Amanda’s heart since discovering Christian yoga, and she is honored to be a part of the shared vision that God has given Keleah.
Amanda is a native of St. Louis, MO, but now calls Nashville home. She resides in Nolensville, TN with her husband of 13 years and two sons. She enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, and spending time with her family. Amanda can be emailed at: firstname.lastname@example.org
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title=” Dana Taft, Instructor” opened=”closed” icon_url=”https://www.abundantyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/map-marker.png”]
“In yoga, there is no ‘perfect’ – just practice!” – Dana, Instructor at Abundant Yoga
Dana is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. After being a practitioner for over 10 years, Dana discovered Baptiste Yoga, a style of vigorous asana, self-inquiry, and meditation, and it is also the Power Vinyasa yoga style in which she received her formal teacher training. Through the Baptiste Institute, Dana has trained directly under founder Baron Baptiste and completed over 150 additional hours in the Art of Assisting.
It was through teaching Power Yoga she began to add her love of Christ in yoga classes. As a daughter of a pastor, Dana had always believed that in “everything she did, it would be done as unto the Lord” (Colossians 3:23)…and so is the case with yoga! Her classes are themed to biblical lessons, Christian music, prayer, and spiritual introspection. Additionally, Dana enjoys anything upside-down and fun arm balances as well. Currently, she teaches corporate and private clients in the Metro-Nashville area. She is married to former NBA Player Chris Taft, and together they have 3 children who attend Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville.
When not teaching yoga, Dana enjoys time with her AlureVé team, volunteering in the community, and running the occasional road race. Dana believes that in yoga, there is no “perfect” – just practice! Her personal mission statement is:
“I am here to bring out the God-flavors of this earth; shine to bring out the God-colors in the world; be open and generous with my life, prompting others to open up with God, this generous Father in Heaven.” – Matthew 5:13-16 (MSG)
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title=” Abbey Harris, Instructor” opened=”closed” icon_url=”https://www.abundantyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/map-marker.png”]
“Having found inner healing for my heart and physical healing for my body (through yoga), I want to be able to provide a safe space for the same to happen in others.” – Abbey, Instructor at Abundant Yoga
In 2004, having just started nursing school in Colorado, Abbey was introduced to yoga by a dear friend who was teaching beginner classes. A small yoga group spent hours learning basic poses in an upstairs room of an old office building, with chairs pushed aside, meditating on Christ, and opening space in their bodies. Needless to say, Abbey was hooked! She spent years taking this class and slowly added in varying styles of yoga at different studios. She discovered that yoga classes, at large, while creating strength and flexibility, strayed far from the intentions of filling the mind and body with the presence of Jesus.
After 10 years of practice, she decided that she longed to teach a style of yoga based on encountering Christ. Having found inner healing for her heart and physical healing for her own body, she wanted to be able to provide a safe space for the same to happen for others. In 2013, she moved to Franklin to marry Shaun Harris and promptly started taking classes from Keleah.
In 2014, she completed her 225 hour RHT through Holy Yoga and began teaching private sessions. Abbey loves combining the knowledge of human anatomy with yoga postures to promote expansion in the body. In 2017, she completed her certification in Prenatal and Postpartum Holy Yoga. She also currently works as a birthing RN with midwives, combining the elements of yoga to support both mothers giving birth and postpartum moms reengaging their bodies after birth.
She and her husband Shaun love active adventure, whether that’s hiking a new trail, exploring by bike, or taking a yoga class together.
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title=” Shaun Harris, Instructor” opened=”closed” icon_url=”https://www.abundantyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/map-marker.png”]
“I feel that yoga improves all aspects of other physical activities, because yoga helps men to find strength under control in heart, mind, and body.” – Shaun, Instructor at Abundant Yoga
Shaun was introduced to yoga in 2010, but didn’t attend a Christian yoga class until 2011. Shaun’s background in martial arts created his curiosity into Christian based yoga. His Karate instructor was a Christian man that fathered his students in the gospel as he taught them, and Shaun saw that this was possible as a yoga instructor. Shaun went on to complete his 225 Hour Holy Yoga Teacher Certification in 2011 and then his Master’s Holy Yoga Certification in 2012.
Shaun thoroughly enjoys seeing people experience freedom and the love of Christ on their mats. “I still remember the first time I experienced how much ego, pride, shame, and anger I was carrying onto my yoga mat, and how it felt to release it to the Father and allow him to comfort me in child’s pose!”
Shaun also likes working with other men who are unsure of yoga, who are physically tight from other sports activities/injuries, or just curious about yoga in general. He feels that yoga improves all aspects of other physical activities, because yoga helps men to find strength under control in heart, mind, and body.
Shaun was introduced to his wife Abbey through two of his dearest friends in Colorado Springs (also Christian yoga instructors) and the rest is…well, just see Abbey’s bio!
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title=” Connie Haley, Instructor” opened=”closed” icon_url=”https://www.abundantyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/map-marker.png”]
“(Through yoga) I watch people release years of stuck negative emotions, and in the process, they begin reconnecting with themselves and God.” – Connie, Instructor at Abundant Yoga
Connie is a Certified Life Coach and a 200 hour RYT Yoga Instructor. She began doing yoga in the 90’s with Jane Fonda VHS tapes (ha!) after she put her toddlers to bed. She loved the physical benefits of yoga, but wasn’t aware of the entire mind, body, and spirit connection until she attended one of Keleah’s yoga classes around 2011.
Armed with a new appreciation for yoga and its healing benefits, Connie got her yoga certification and began offering restorative yoga sessions to her private clients and Williamson County DUI Court Program coaching clients. The results were incredible. Through yoga, she watched people release years of stuck negative emotions, and in the process, they began reconnecting with themselves and God. She is grateful to be a part of the Abundant Studio’s mission and to have a place to practice Christian Yoga.
When she isn’t teaching or coaching clients, she is either on her own mat (trying to “be still”) or hanging out with her husband, a brood of chickens, and a trio of grandkids. “Be still, and know that I am God…” (Psalms 46:10)
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title=” Brittany Bannon, Instructor” opened=”closed” icon_url=”https://www.abundantyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/map-marker.png”]
“I want kids to experience Christ through playful yoga, so that they know the One that made them and delights in them.” – Brittany, Instructor at Abundant Yoga
Brittany remembers the first time trying Toddler Yoga with her own two girls and leaving feeling more stressed than when she got there. But isn’t it funny how God draws us into the most unlikely places? The places we don’t think we will go? Perhaps that’s why she loves the story of Jonah and the whale so much.
After developing a consistent yoga practice during her first pregnancy, Brittany was relieved to have finally found a way to connect to her changing body (and life!), but was unsettled by parts of the secular teaching, and craved to end her practice with prayer and a hearty AMEN! After sharing her thoughts with a good friend, she was encouraged into discovering Holy Yoga, which led her to Keleah’s classes in 2013. God pulled and pushed and in 2015, Brittany said “I will go!” and became a Holy Yoga instructor. At a retreat, she knew He wasn’t finished yet and she enrolled in Kids Holy Yoga training. Since then, she has been teaching a delightful group of elementary-aged “backyard yogis” who inspire her to enter the kingdom with a childlike faith.
Brittany has a background in theatre, worked in Film & TV for 15 years, and lives in Nashville with her husband of 10 years, two little girls, a gaggle of chickens, and Abby the fish.
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title=” Sonja Peterson, Instructor” opened=”closed” icon_url=”https://www.abundantyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/map-marker.png”]
“…Movement and music have always been a part of my life…and I have a passion to help others grow in God and find freedom (through Him) in their lives…” – Sonja, Instructor at Abundant Yoga
Until May of 2016, Sonja had just taken a handful of yoga classes. She never thought she would regularly practice yoga…let alone teach it! But, the Lord often says “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8)
It was in that month of May Sonja started to follow some online yoga videos for stress relief, and it was also around that same time she felt God calling her to teach yoga. She found out about Abundant Yoga and then…everything started to fall into place! She recently finished Abundant Yoga’s 200-Hour Teaching Training and is excited to be working at her “dream job”. And when she looks back over her life, it all makes sense that it would lead up to this point! As a child, she used to spend hours in her room putting together routines for cheerleading, and one of her favorite things to do is turn on praise music while cleaning or organizing the house. As such, movement and music have always been a part of her life.
Sonja has a passion to help others grow in a relationship with God, and find freedom in areas such as anxiety, eating disorders, and body image. Sonja studied theatre in college and has spent some of the last 20 years in the film/theatre industry.
Having lived all over the world from Japan to Chicago to Naples, FL, she now calls in Franklin, TN home. She is married to her husband of 18 years, and they have two fast-growing boys. When she’s not teaching or at one of her son’s sports games (or in the car driving them somewhere), she likes to take walks and sit on the porch with a good book.[/otw_shortcode_content_toggle]
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title=” Faye Collins, Front Desk” opened=”closed” icon_url=”https://www.abundantyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/map-marker.png”]
“I really look up to Keleah for her dedication to Christ, to others, and fulfilling God’s purpose in her life…and I want to use my life to glorify Jesus in the same way!” – Faye, Front Desk at Abundant Yoga
When Faye began looking for her first job at age 15, she really prayed about finding a position that was right for her. As a people-person and someone who needed flexible hours, she was first led to be a receptionist at a hair salon. But little did she know that God was only preparing her to work the front desk at Abundant Yoga!
Faye was first introduced to the studio when Keleah hosted a prayer session for high school girls the night before the first day of school. Since that night, Faye has really looked up to Keleah for her dedication to Christ, others, and fulfilling the purpose God created her to carry out. Faye began to wonder what her purpose was, and how she could use her life to glorify Jesus the same way she saw Keleah do. She was asked to be part of the Abundant Yoga team several months, yoga classes, and prayers later! In January, Faye will have worked for the studio for a year, and she couldn’t be any more excited!
Faye is a junior at Centennial High School and takes part in many clubs, activities, and honoraries at her school. She takes on the role as an 8th grade girls’ small group leader at her church, as well as leading worship on some Wednesday night services. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, training for marathons, and traveling. She does not know where she would like to attend college, however, she is very excited to see where God will take her!