Southern 26


This class is taught by:

Heather Weber

Heather was first introduced to yoga over 20 years ago, when her husband encouraged her to try yoga to alleviate the stress of very long work weeks. Over the years, she found that yoga also helped her to recover from sports and military injuries, and helped her and her son to transform their minds, bodies, and spirits while having fun together. Unfortunately, when life became hard and she needed yoga the most, she did not have the time to get to the studio. This motivated her to get her RYT200, so that she could do yoga wherever she is, and to bring the same peace and balance to others wherever they are. She received her RYT200 from Soul Yoga in Greenville, SC in 2018. When she is not in the studio, you can find her teaching knitting and crochet, tutoring math, volunteering, working out, enjoying the outdoors, or getting silly with her boys.

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.

Teri Block

Teri began yoga out of necessity! Her hamstrings were tight from playing racquetball regularly and she knew that a few simple stretches wasn't going to do trick for her. She began experimenting with all kinds of yoga classes, such as restorative, power, flow and HOT YOGA. Hot yoga is one of her most favorite activities. For Teri, hot yoga is an ideal form of expression for relaxation, stretching and an overall mentality that it does the body good.

Teri began teaching yoga several years ago to deepen her practice and learned tools to create inspiring vinyasa yoga classes grounded in proper alignment and the safety of exercise science.

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.

Ginnie Suleyman

Ginnie hails originally from upstate New York. She was trained as a yoga instructor when she worked at Canyon Ranch Resort in Lenox, MA. She has worked with and been schooled by practitioners of Ashtanga, Kripalu, Iyengar, and Hathayoga.

Her full time job is as a sports performance coach at Acceleration Sports Institute, part of Greenville Health System. Her other certifications include Group Exercise Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist. In addition, she is a trainer-educator through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, specializing in coaching other fitness instructors on working with clients with neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and stroke.

Nikki Thomas

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.

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.

Nina Kristeva

Nina came to the US from Bulgaria on a quest for a new life and began practicing yoga in 2002 with the Soul of Yoga group in Encinitas, CA. This group was led by Tom Kelley, a Self-Realization Fellowship monk, who has devoted his life to meditation, humanitarian service, and the sacred art of Raja Yoga. She then made Greenville, SC her home and continued to deepen her yoga practice which was what sustained her through a challenging time of facing cancer. Nina returned to the Soul of Yoga for her teacher training in 2010 and started the yoga program for the Greenville County Cancer Society with the unconditional support from the Greenville Yoga Center in 2012. Nina first practiced hot yoga with the Urban Yoga studio in Seattle, WA. She believes through yoga we can connect to the inner strength and peace we already have. Her favorite motto is "Yoga is life...now and here...". Nina will be teaching the Southern 26 series at Southern Om.

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.
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:

  • Sun Aug 19 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Heather Weber
    at Southern OM West End
  • Sun Aug 19 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Mary Hunt
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Mon Aug 20 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Mary Hunt
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Mon Aug 20 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Teri Block
    at Southern OM West End
  • Mon Aug 20 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm with Silica Larkin
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Mon Aug 20 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Ginnie Suleyman
    at Southern OM West End
  • Tue Aug 21 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Nikki Thomas
    at Southern OM West End
  • Tue Aug 21 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Kelly Baird
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Tue Aug 21 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Nina Kristeva
    at Southern OM West End
  • Tue Aug 21 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Alyssa Taiber
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Wed Aug 22 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Ginnie Suleyman
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Wed Aug 22 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Margaret Koon
    at Southern OM West End
  • Wed Aug 22 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm with Silica Larkin
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Wed Aug 22 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Ginnie Suleyman
    at Southern OM West End
  • Thu Aug 23 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Nikki Thomas
    at Southern OM West End
  • Thu Aug 23 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Margaret Koon
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Thu Aug 23 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Pace Beattie
    at Southern OM West End
  • Thu Aug 23 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Alyssa Taiber
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Fri Aug 24 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Ginnie Suleyman
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Fri Aug 24 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Heather Weber
    at Southern OM West End