Deep Southern Flow

This class is taught by:

Stephanie Benbenek

A native South Carolinian, Stephanie discovered the transformative power of yoga seven years ago, and has been a devoted practicioner ever since. Stephanie is Yoga Alliance Certified, (230 RYT), through The Asheville Yoga Center, and is enthusiastic and passionate about sharing and introducing people of all ages, body types and skill levels to the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga as part of one's daily life.

Jo Lynn Skelton

I was born and raised in Greenville, SC and didn't start practicing yoga until I was in my early forties. I walked into a class one day at my gym and am still there. The perfect instructor came into my life and encouraged me to do more with my practice and suggested I become an instructor. 8 1/2 years later I am still instructing and love every minute. My only wish Is that I could have found yoga in my teens or twenties. I point out to my classes that you're never too young or too old to practice yoga and it's unlike anything else you will ever do. Although temporarily sidelined by eye surgery, I will continue my work this year in Asheville on my 300 hour certification. I am so excited to be a part of the Southern Om family and look forward to meeting each and every one of you.

Char Wederbrand

Char Wederbrand has been teaching yoga since 2005 and is a 200 hour ERYT certified through yoga alliance. Char has trained with many master teachers including Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman, Beryl Bender Birch, Tias and Surya Little, Sri Darma Mittra, Simon Park, Angela Farmer, Seane Corn and Rudy Peirce. Yoga is for everyone and Char easily modifies postures to make the practice available to all. Char has a deep love of yoga and loves to share this with her students as she leads practice. With Char you will never have the same practice twice!

Melissa Howard

Melissa's been practicing yoga since before she really knew she was practicing yoga. She worked on crow and handstand in her front yard as a young girl and begged her mother to put her in gymnastics. Her mother finally gave in and from 7th grade until 12th grade Melissa practiced gymnastics. After graduating high school she continued this love of gymnastics, for 2 years, by teaching tumbling classes to children. It wasn't until 2001 that Melissa stepped into her first yoga class and after several months of finding the right class, she knew she was hooked. Yoga helped her though depression and anxiety, as well as many of life's milestones. By 2010 she decided she wanted to teach yoga and share this gift that she so cherished. She completed her 200 hr RYT at Dharma Yoga Studios with the love and guidance of Chris Brown. She continued on her learning journey by completing her 300 hour RYT at Asheville Yoga Center with the help of Stephanie Keach. Also getting a certification in Prenatal Yoga and Children's Yoga. Melissa loves teaching Flow as well as Yin/Restorative and continues to grow herself as a teacher to better benefit her students. In addition to her yoga certifications she is also certified in Mat 1 and Mat 2 Pilates. When Melissa is not on her mat, she's running, cycling or hanging out with her husband and 3 kids.

Kristen Albert

Kristen recently moved to Greenville from Austin, TX where she was blessed to live in a city with an abundance of amazing yoga. She found yoga 8 years ago when she began training for marathons. Because of her gymnastics background, she immediately fell in love with Vinyasa flow because of its creative, rhythmic element that included balance, strength, and total body awareness. She finds great joy in the truth that yoga is never mastered, never mechanical or habitual, which has provided her opportunity to continuously experience deeper and more profound moments within herself, transforming her life positively on so many levels. Kristen is certified through Yoga Alliance (200RYT) in Vinyasa flow through Frog Lotus Yoga and is very grateful to have the opportunity to share her passion for yoga with others. Outside of yoga, she enjoys making jewelry, photography, music, spending time outdoors, and enjoying time with her husband and dog.  Visit her website at
A conscious sequence of Yoga postures held for longer periods of time, challenging students with awareness to find their “edge” in body, breath and mindfulness. Develops strength, endurance and concentration.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Mar 29 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Stephanie Benbenek
  • Thu Mar 30 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Jo Lynn Skelton
  • Fri Mar 31 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Char Wederbrand
  • Mon Apr 03 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Melissa Howard
  • Tue Apr 04 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Stephanie Benbenek
  • Wed Apr 05 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Stephanie Benbenek
  • Thu Apr 06 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Jo Lynn Skelton
  • Fri Apr 07 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Char Wederbrand
  • Mon Apr 10 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Kristen Albert
  • Tue Apr 11 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Stephanie Benbenek
  • Wed Apr 12 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Stephanie Benbenek
  • Thu Apr 13 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Jo Lynn Skelton
  • Fri Apr 14 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Char Wederbrand
  • Mon Apr 17 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Char Wederbrand
  • Tue Apr 18 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Stephanie Benbenek
  • Wed Apr 19 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Stephanie Benbenek
  • Thu Apr 20 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Jo Lynn Skelton