Connie Raley Though I began my journey with yoga in the late nineties, I did not come to teacher training until 2012. I was living in the Los Angeles area at the time and discovered YogaWorks, which is a style and a method that blends the alignment of Iyengar, the practice of Ashtanga, and the flow of Viniyoga. I was blessed to study under some amazing teachers that helped shape my perspective and my practice. Through my own personal practice I have discovered the necessity of building both strength and flexibility for the overall health and balance of the body, and how deeply that work penetrates layers beyond the physical. My work, my efforts, and my struggles on the mat have prepared me to better face the world off the mat. My intention in my teaching is to guide others through their own physical and mental limitations to reach a deeper level of strength, resilience, and peace. I have earned all of my 500-hr training through YogaWorks and am registered with Yoga Alliance. I love what I do and hope to make some small difference in the world, or at least our little scope of it. Thank you. Layia Ann Kelly Yoga began my journey of relief from sciatica and other issues. I took all kinds of yoga classes and after 12 years I began my formal teacher training in 2004, with Yoga Fit Levels 1-3, I began teaching at studios and gyms. I have studied and taken workshop after workshop to learn about the nuances of the body, and how we can facilitate our own healing. I have written my own yoga course and taught it in 2015 thru 2017 in Texas. I than continued with Yoga Training in 2015 at the Yoga Institute. I am now a certified 200-hour RYT. I am continuing my yoga journey to become a 500 RYT. My specialty is maintaining balance and strength through yoga, releasing stress, increasing range of motion, and engaging the energy system of the body through breathing and stretching. Yoga has taught me about the power of the body to be strong by engaging the different systems. Our bodies are the most precious and amazing vehicles. I have experienced healing and relief through yoga and look forward every class to sharing my experiences with others and being of service here on the Gulf Coast. Chris Estes Chris’ yoga journey started in 2011 because of back pain and looking for an alternative to surgery. After becoming a regular yoga student, the back pain went away. He wanted to help others with similar problems. As a result, he became certified through Yogafit and has been teaching for 2 years. Chris has a B.A. In Communication from Auburn University with an emphasis in Fine Arts. Over the years, Chris has studied Judo, wrestling and later started the Sleep Center Franchise. He is a licensed Charter Boat Captain and Artist.