Deep Southern Flow

This class is taught by:

Christen Palombo

I am a ceramic artist, art teacher, mom and wife, biker, hiker and lover of Yoga. Since stepping onto the mat in 2009, my yoga journey has been an amazing experience. A year into my practice, I met a teacher who was able to make yoga in a school gym a very spiritual, healing experience. That began my journey with yoga.

A few months later I discovered hot power flow yoga and felt the healing power of heat and yoga work magic on my body. My yoga practice was transformed from being just a physical exercise into an entire mind, body and life experience.
Knowing how greatly this practice affected my life, I decided to join the teacher training experience and share this practice with others.
I love to see the changes in students... They are sometimes like flowers, closed and tight at the beginning of class, then opening into a full, peaceful, beautiful blossom by Savasana. It is a true gift to share this practice with others.

Brian Delaney

If you are walking through life with pain or limitations, Brian can totally relate. In a devastating fall off a forty-foot cliff in 1995, Brian sustained massive injuries, including crushed facial bones, a torn rotator cuff, a broken wrist, and twenty breaks in his forearm. Two years after his accident, Brian went to his first yoga class. After just a few classes, he found that yoga relieved his pain and increased the range of motion in the injured parts of his body. With a dedicated practice, yoga brought him back to life – and today he is pain free.

Knowing yoga’s transformative power firsthand, Brian encourages his students to integrate yoga into their daily lives in a balanced, sustainable way. Brian’s approachable nature allows him to share his honest take on the world, which will let you know you are not alone in your daily challenges. His words will inspire you, make you laugh, and will have you seeing the world in a whole new way.

In 1998 Brian moved to Los Angeles. There he practiced with Bryan Kest, the creator of Power Yoga. Bryan Kest’s no nonsense approach to yoga put Brian at ease and allowed him to explore yoga in a new way. Brian found a sense of peace he had never known before.

One day, he stumbled into a class with Max Strom. Max paid attention to Brian’s injuries and helped him heal further, physically and emotionally, by adding deep breathing to his yoga practice. After these classes, Brian discovered the meaning of being content for the first time. Max had such a huge impact on Brian’s life that he took his first teacher training with him and Sherry Brourman, a physical therapist, in 2000. In 2007 Brian completed Max Strom’s 200-Hour training, Yoga as a Way of Life, and in 2013 he completed Power Yoga teacher training with Bryan Kest. Brian continues to travel and learn from both of his teachers each year. He now lives yoga as a lifestyle and is committed to help others live and be the best version of themselves.

Stephanie Benbenek

If you ask Stephanie what she loves most about the practice of yoga, she will ask you,
"How much time do you have?". A student since 2003, teaching since 2011, Stephanie's class is a mindful blend of breath and body that strengthens and lengthens the muscles with special emphasis on deeper holds, deeper breaths and thoughtful sequences that allow the body to move in a more natural way transitioning from one asana (posture) to the next. This allows each student to find the fullest expression of their pose. Grateful to see students transform from the inside out, Stephanie believes that on the mat - a sacred and deeply personal space - anything is possible.

Wednesday Cooper

Wednesday enjoyed a long, fulfilling career as a stay at home mom but had always enjoyed fitness. When her children were grown, becoming a yoga instructor was an obvious choice for her. Yoga offers her calmness in her mind as well as strength in her body. She also enjoys running, healthy cooking and spending time with her family and friends.

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.

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!

Kristen Albert

Kristen moved to Greenville in 2011 from Austin, TX, where she was blessed to live in a city with an abundance of amazing yoga. She found yoga in 2004 to compliment her marathon training. Because of her gymnastics background, she was immediately drawn to Vinyasa Flow due to its creative rhythmic element that included strength, balance, and total body awareness. Her practice began very physical, although she was always interested in diving deeper into herself and her spiritual knowledge. She finds great joy in the truth that yoga is never mastered, never mechanical or habitual, and it continuously provides opportunity to experience deeper and more profound moments.
Yoga has transformed Kristen’s life positively on so many levels. Her personal practice and teaching style have evolved and changed with her though the years to include whatever makes her feel most alive and authentic in body, mind, and heart. Most recently, yoga helped her immensely with two pregnancies, natural childbirth, and all the profound and magical changes that motherhood has brought to her life. Being a new parent has humbled her, opened her heart to allow more vulnerability and compassion, and stoked a fire within her.
She is very grateful and honored to share her passion for yoga and life with others.
Her classes are challenging and creative, yet also reflective and replenishing, with emphasis on alignment and breath. Her style draws from a variety of different lineages and mentors. Her intent is to cultivate freedom, fun, strength, and loving kindness while holding space for each student to discover their own inner teacher and their own authentic expression of yoga. Kristen is certified through Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 200, RYT 500 level. Outside of yoga, her joys are traveling, spending time outdoors, photography, dancing, music, and cherished time with family and friends.
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:

  • Mon Aug 20 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Christen Palombo
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Mon Aug 20 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Brian Delaney
    at Southern OM West End
  • Mon Aug 20 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jessica Wilson
    at Southern OM West End
  • Tue Aug 21 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Stephanie Benbenek
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Tue Aug 21 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Brian Delaney
    at Southern OM West End
  • Tue Aug 21 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Christen Palombo
    at Southern OM West End
  • Wed Aug 22 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Wednesday Cooper
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Wed Aug 22 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Brian Delaney
    at Southern OM West End
  • Thu Aug 23 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Melissa Howard
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Thu Aug 23 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Brian Delaney
    at Southern OM West End
  • Fri Aug 24 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Char Wederbrand
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Fri Aug 24 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Brian Delaney
    at Southern OM West End
  • Mon Aug 27 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Christen Palombo
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Mon Aug 27 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Brian Delaney
    at Southern OM West End
  • Mon Aug 27 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Jessica Wilson
    at Southern OM West End
  • Tue Aug 28 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Christen Palombo
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Tue Aug 28 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Brian Delaney
    at Southern OM West End
  • Tue Aug 28 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Kristen Albert
    at Southern OM West End
  • Wed Aug 29 8:15 am - 9:30 am with Wednesday Cooper
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Wed Aug 29 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Jessica Wilson
    at Southern OM West End