Jessi Alexander, Founder/Director/Instructor
As Founder and Director of Your Yoga Louisville, Jessi is an Instructor, yoga practitioner, and constant student. She is a mother of a toddler and married to her Kiwi soul mate. She is dedicated to living and teaching a yogic lifestyle, including a non-harming, non-violent vegan culture. Jessi views yoga as a lifestyle that promotes self-healing, peace toward yourself and others, mindfulness and self-observance, and hopes to inspire others to discover how yoga can alter their life in a positive manner.
AMY ABOUD, INSTRUCTOR
Amy Aboud’s journey toward health restoration brought her to yoga where she was seeking to find an internal balance within her corporate career, gym life, and personal life. After her first yoga class she could feel there was much more to yoga than simply the asana practice. She soon signed up for a 200-hour teacher training to both understand what she was beginning to experience and to deepen her practice. After completing her 200-hour teacher training she continued her studies in their 300-hour advanced teacher training.
After spending 2 ½ years of complete immersion in the study of the yogic lifestyle beside many amazing yogis (including Your Yoga Louisville's Jessi Alexander, Lincoln, and Cheyenne) 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 to 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.
Jim Apone, INSTRUCTOR
Jim works as a weather observer and retired in 2017 after a 32-year career as an Air Traffic Controller. He also served in the USAF for 6 years. He found yoga as a natural extension of his meditation practice in 2009. Jim completed his 200- hour training at Movement Works in Calabash NC in 2016 with the mindset that it would deepen his own practice. During the training his passion for teaching was ignited. He has taught in North Carolina as well as Myrtle Beach. Jim moved to Louisville in 2017 where he resides with his Pitbull/Boxer mix Josie. He emphasizes a balanced Mind-Body-Spirit approach to yoga in his class. He is a student of the teachings of Ram Dass and believes in the Mantra Love-Serve-Remember.
Julie Barlow, Instructor
Julie found yoga over twenty years ago as a way to stay fit while juggling the demands of motherhood and a hectic work schedule. Her love for it grew over time as she began to understand how a yoga practice can heal and restore physical and mental wellbeing. Though her training has roots in Ashtanga, her practice is also heavily influenced by Insight/Yin Yoga as well. Julie is fascinated with the relationship between the physical body and the energy body, as well as the mind body connection. She has traveled extensively across the globe and her love of travel inspired her to co-found Travel to Transform International, an organization hosting international wellness retreats designed to explore mindfulness tools, connect with others and push through inner boundaries. As a personal consciousness trainer, she has a passion for gently guiding others to explore their inner soul and shift their dreams toward reality. She has studied many motivational and self-awareness techniques over the years, but has found the consistency of time on the mat to be one of the strongest vehicles to personal change. Off the mat, she’s happiest digging in her flower and herb gardens, playing in the kitchen or doing just about anything outdoors. Julie has her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification.
LISA BAUMAN, INSTRUCTOR
Lisa brings a vast array of experiences to her yoga students. Lisa is a dentist by training, where her love for science and the “workings of the body” influence her understanding of yoga poses and her ability to convey the biomechanics of yoga movements to her students. As a dance teacher of 12 years as well as a middle school girls’ field hockey coach of 6 years, Lisa brings with her prior teaching experience.
Lisa has been teaching Yoga for over 20 years. Her often-painful journey through practicing and teaching Yoga include many personal injuries. In 2005 she acted on her dream to bring Yoga to the masses, where Yoga poses are modified so that all people regardless of age or condition may enjoy the practice of Yoga without pain or injuries by becoming certified at the 500 hr. level in the Viniyoga tradition..
Lisa is also a 500 hr. certified Yoga Therapist in the same tradition where she uses the tools of the Yoga tradition as a means for promoting healing of the body, mind and spirit. One of her biggest passions is working with those who have suffered brain injuries.
Another passion is mindfulness cultivated by working, for almost a decade, in a mindfulness program with middle school aged children from a local grade school. This passion lead her to study i-Rest, a type of mindfulness meditation and form of Yoga Nidra, where she is Level II certified. She is a practitioner and teacher in this discipline.
Lisa resides in the St. Matthews area of Louisville with her husband and dog. She enjoys spending time with her oldest daughter and son-in-law and youngest daughter and her boyfriend. She loves traveling and reading as many spiritual books as she can get her hands on.
MEGHAN BEKTASEVIC, INSTRUCTOR/STUDIO MANAGER
Meghan practices a non-harming lifestyle, living in such a way that intends no harm in thought, speech, or action to any living being. She is passionate about doing everything she can to positively impact the environment and the life of every person she meets. With the belief that everyone deserves to be happy and free, she lives by a non-judgmental and compassion-centered philosophy.
Inspired by her own yoga journey, she decided to train for her 200 hour yoga teacher certification under the guidance of Jessi Alexander, Founder/Director/Instructor of Your Yoga; and Tiffany Bright, Co-Founder of Bright from the Heart.
Meghan offers a guided practice through a series of authentic movements to help strengthen the body, relax the mind and nourish the soul. Through a dedicated practice, she has discovered her passion for living a holistic lifestyle both on and off the mat.
Cheyenne Deblois, INSTRUCTOR
Cheyenne is a wife, mother of three amazing daughters, lover of animals, food, books, and music. A long time yoga practitioner, Cheyenne started her yoga journey about 15 years ago in her hometown of Richmond, VA. After a few years of practicing, she found herself wanting to deepen her knowledge and share her experience with others. In 2006, she completed her 200 hr training and received her teaching certificate with Yoga Source in Richmond, VA. Cheyenne believes in living a yogic lifestyle. Vegetarian since she was a teenager, she slowly adopted a vegan way of living. She believes all beings deserve a chance at life and that compassion is essential. She volunteers weekly at a local farm sanctuary where she helps with animal care and barn chores (goat snuggles are the best!). You will often find her at live music shows, cooking, or curled up reading a book somewhere.
Cheyenne moved to Louisville in the summer of 2014 and has fallen in love with the town where she has pursued her yoga training and has acquired her 500-hour Yoga Alliance certification. She is super excited to be a part of the Your Yoga family and to share her practice with her students as they move along their own journey.
Dawn Dones, INSTRUCTOR
Dawn Dones is a listener, leader, facilitator, instructor, cook, and companion.She is a cultivator of authenticity, her own and those who seek her in this capacity. For twenty years, she has accompanied people into deep questions that encourage a fuller understanding of who they are and how they aspire to be in the world.
She is attentive to the movement of her heart and willing to speak honestly to the light and dark edges of her life. She has led hundreds of retreats for women encouraging them to realize the truth that we all are enough, we all are worthy of love, we all are good exactly as we are.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Bellarmine University, a Master of Arts in Spirituality from Bellarmine University and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (to be completed June 4, 2017) with focus on Restorative Yoga, Spiritual Direction Certification through the Nazareth Spirituality Center, and is a member of Spiritual Directors International.
Dawn enjoys yoga, cooking, baking, tending to her garden, and spending time with the people she loves most in the world.
Elizabeth elliott, instructor and massage therapist
Elizabeth Elliott is a mother of two teenagers! She is a seeker of all things that inspire growth and creativity. She is a certified yoga teacher and received her training at Yogaia Yoga School. She found her passion for yoga in her early twenties after a running injury. Having always found solace in individual sports versus team sports, and having a spinal fusion due to scoliosis at the age of 12, she finally felt like she found her home in yoga and its spiritual journey. She has a love for the mind, body and spirit. With her dysfunctional physical patterns and her love of the human body, she was drawn to know more so that she could help her students on an even more profound level. She became certified in Fascial Stretch Therapy as well as Reiki energy healing, and the blending of the two create a truly unique healing experience. Both in her yoga teaching and healing sessions, Elizabeth integrates breath, body, mindfulness, and movement which promotes a heightened state of awareness and clarity. Elizabeth strives to empower others to understand of the inter-dependency of all these aspects in their personal health and well-being.
jaime seelmeyer , instructor
Jaime is a local yoga student and teacher, yoga therapist, energy therapist, and healer. Jaime began her yoga practice as an outlet for stress and self-care while in graduate school studying clinical mental health. She quickly learned that the benefits of yoga reach far beyond stress-management, discovering an unparalleled form of healing and management of her own anxiety and depression through yoga, as well as a deep connection to self and beyond. Jaime is passionate about sharing the healing elements of yoga with her students as they find inner strength, harmony, and remembrance of their wholeness. Her classes emphasize body/mind balance, the power of breath, subtle anatomy (chakra system), mindfulness, spirituality, and self-acceptance. Jaime received her 200-hour training at Yogaia Yoga School and studied Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan with Sierra Hollister. In 2017, Jaime opened Omology, a holistic mental wellness practice.
Lincoln Snyder, INSTRUCTOR
Lincoln 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 the science of yoga with joy and humor. Lincoln has completed his 500 hour Yoga Alliance recognized certification and is excited to share his knowledge and passion for yoga.