Southern Yin


This class is taught by:

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 (& each other!) 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 a Tier One Baptiste Certified Teacher. Sarah teaches the Southern 26 and Southern Flow series at Southern Om and is also the studio operations manager. Sarah is a breast cancer survivor and is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.
 
She is active with her church, Holy Cross Episcopal in Simpsonville, and volunteers for Gateway, a Clubhouse model of psychiatric rehabilitation for adults with severe mental illness located in downtown Greenville. 
 
Pace & Sarah share a home in downtown Greenville with her true love - Lady.  
In a Yin Yoga class, you will hold a pose for 3-5 minutes. When holding a pose for longer periods of time the practitioner is able to get into the deeper parts of the body, the Yin parts. Tendons, ligaments, and joints are exercised, not stretched and the benefits of Yin are endless. We'll focus on the spine, forward folding, back bending, twisting, and side flexion, as well as the hips. As good as it will be for the body, a Yin practice can be challenging for the mind, because we rest into the poses. You will be talked through each posture and gently guided from one pose to another with more yang like movements to help the continuation of the blood flow to these yin-like places in the body.

Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Dec 14 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Melissa Howard
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Sun Dec 16 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Kristen Albert
    at Southern OM West End
  • Wed Dec 19 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Stephanie Benbenek
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Wed Dec 19 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Christen Palombo
    at Southern OM West End
  • Fri Dec 21 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Heather Weber
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Sun Dec 23 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Heather Weber
    at Southern OM West End
  • Mon Dec 24 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Heather Weber
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Tue Dec 25 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm with Sarah Beattie
    at Southern OM West End
  • Wed Dec 26 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Heather Weber
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Wed Dec 26 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Christen Palombo
    at Southern OM West End
  • Fri Dec 28 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Melissa Howard
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Sun Dec 30 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Heather Weber
    at Southern OM West End
  • Wed Jan 02 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Stephanie Benbenek
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Wed Jan 02 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Christen Palombo
    at Southern OM West End
  • Fri Jan 04 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Melissa Howard
    at Southern OM Woodruff Road
  • Sun Jan 06 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Kristen Albert
    at Southern OM West End