Southern 26

This class is taught by:

Mary Hunt

I started yoga in 2010 at Southern Om after a dear friend brought a month membership for me as a gift. I was recovering from a sports injury and had always thought high intensity or else. My immersion into the Southern 26 practice helped me learn and appreciate a practice that could physically challenge me and develop a mental discipline (This is also a practice that you can continue the rest of your life). Like my yoga practice I’ve learned to slow down enjoy the moment, be present and not to listen to the stories in my head and enjoy life. I completed 200 hour yoga teacher training with Ally Ford October 2015. I am excited to be a teacher at Southern Om and to share my Love for this transformational practice with others.

Silica Larkin

Silica Larkin made yoga her primary physical practice three years ago, after ACL reconstruction surgery. Beginning with a mostly at-home practice of the Bikram beginning series (26). She found yoga to be such a powerful, positive tool for working on both body and mind that she decided to undertake a 200-hour teacher training to further her practice. She studied breath-centered Vinyasa Flow style yoga through North Main Yoga in Greenville, S.C. Silica's prior athletic background included training and coaching in running, triathlon, and martial arts. She believes in the power of yoga to transform us, body and soul and loves being able to introduce people to yoga and to lead them deeper into it. Ms. Larkin has done additional training in restorative/therapeutic yoga and laughter yoga and is also interested in Ayurvedic medicine.

Kelly Baird

Kelly Baird, is a certified Holistic Health Coach, passionate yoga practitioner and dedicated mother of three who relishes the transformative journey of yoga through teaching at Southern Om. After completing a 200 RYT Teacher Training through Greenville Yoga, her heart is brimming with gratitude and a desire to assist others on their personal yoga path; she is passionate about helping others develop improved wellness. Although she used to spend her days running small businesses in Downtown Greenville, you will most likely find her in the yoga studio, working with clients or running carpool in the local Greenville area.

Cindy Farmer

Cindy is a native to Greenville, SC. She found her way to yoga in 2010 when she walked into the doors of Southern Om, took a power hour class and has been in love since. Cindy is yoga alliance certified, 230 RYT, through Asheville Yoga Center and is currently studying Ashtanga based yoga with Ally Ford. Cindy hopes to inspire people of all ages, body types and backgrounds to practice yoga. It has been transformative to her physically and emotionally, bringing peace and balance. Cindy considers it an honor to share yoga with others.


Nikki McCauley

A Greenville native, Nikki became hooked on yoga after she took her first yoga class in 2005. Over the years, her yoga practice has helped Nikki embrace the fact that she is an imperfect person, trying to find balance, peace, strength, and self-love -- not perfection (on and off the mat). Nikki became a certified RYT200 yoga instructor in 2010 through Yoga Alliance, and feels passionate about teaching students the postures, breath, and connection that keeps bringing her back to her own mat.

Kira McKeown

Kira McKeown, originally from Pittsburgh, always loved being physically active in gymnastics, swimming, and long distance cycling. After becoming a mother of two daughters, she knew she needed something deeper than just the physical exercise. After taking her first yoga class she realized it was the first time her mind was quiet. Knowing that there was work to be done on the inside, yoga became an integral part of her life. Taking care of herself through breath and the mind body connection. Kira received her 200 hour teacher training from Asheville Yoga Center and looks forward to sharing the gift of yoga.
When she is not in the studio she is enjoying all the outdoor activities she can with her two daughters Benner and Juno, her husband Scott and their dog Suki.

Pace Beattie

A Greenville native, Pace learned to cultivate health in all areas of his life through his late parents, Sam and Catherine, who were dedicated to healthy living. Pace discovered a passion for hot yoga while trying to neutralize the stress of his job at the Chicago Board of Trade and increase inner strength and peace. In 2009, Pace decided to pursue his dream to open a hot yoga studio in his hometown of Greenville and Southern Om Hot Yoga opened its doors in June 2010. Pace has completed Levels 1, 2 and 3 with the Baptiste Yoga Institute. With decades of experience in meditation and alternative health, Pace inspires students with his courage and creativity. Pace is married to Sarah Beattie, a fellow yoga teacher and integrative health coach. He serves on the board of directors for the Fullerton Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to funding healthcare and education initiatives in North and South Carolina.

Sarah Beattie

A longtime fitness enthusiast, Sarah had never tried yoga until meeting Southern Om owner Pace Beattie at a local health fair in 2011. She quickly became addicted to the physical and mental benefits of the workout, and found that the heat greatly alleviated her symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. Sarah and Pace also quickly realized they shared a love for both physical and mental health and began a strong partnership, and were married in 2013. Sarah has completed Levels One, Two and Three with the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute, in addition to Art of Assisting and Advanced Art of Assisting. She is in the process of becoming a Tier One Baptiste Certified Teacher. Sarah teaches the Southern 26 and Southern Flow series at Southern Om and is also the studio manager. Sarah is a breast cancer survivor and is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.
She sits on the board for Gateway, a Clubhouse model of psychiatric rehabilitation for adults with severe mental illness located in downtown Greenville.  She is also active with her church, Holy Cross Episcopal in Simpsonville.
Pace & Sarah have an affinity for moving, and share homes in Greenville and Fountain Inn with her dog Lady.  
Southern 26 is a classic series of 26 postures held for 20, 30 or 60 seconds and repeated on the other side, known worldwide as ‘hot yoga’ and based on the work of Bikram Choudhury.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Sep 21 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Margaret Koon
  • Thu Sep 21 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Mary Hunt
  • Fri Sep 22 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Teri Block
  • Fri Sep 22 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm with Silica Larkin
  • Sat Sep 23 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Kelly Baird
  • Sun Sep 24 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Cindy Farmer
  • Mon Sep 25 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Mary Hunt
  • Mon Sep 25 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm with Nikki McCauley
  • Tue Sep 26 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Kira McKeown
  • Tue Sep 26 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Cindy Farmer
  • Wed Sep 27 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Pace Beattie
  • Wed Sep 27 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm with Mary Hunt
  • Thu Sep 28 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Margaret Koon
  • Thu Sep 28 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Mary Hunt
  • Fri Sep 29 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Sarah Beattie
  • Fri Sep 29 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm with Teri Block
  • Sat Sep 30 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Silica Larkin
  • Sun Oct 01 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Mary Hunt
  • Mon Oct 02 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Mary Hunt
  • Mon Oct 02 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm with Silica Larkin