Karen Sifton MEd, E-RYT500
Karen has been studying and practicing mind-body arts yoga, tai chi, meditation, and qigong for over 40 years and she has been teaching these arts much of that time. Besides all her study of yoga and Tai chi, Karen also completed instruction in both basic and advanced pranic healing and for 14 years directed the Tallapoosa Center’s nationally recognized yoga teacher training program. She combines her knowledge of the physical body and its background matrix of energy to lead groups and individuals toward wholeness. Her teaching in workshops, group classes, and private sessions is focused on listening to inner guidance and exploring ways of unblocking our energy flow so that we might achieve our fullest potential in both our physical health and our emotional well-being. She is the co-author, along with husband Roger Hornsby, of the nationally distributed book Energy which is now available as an e-book online.
Gerry L. Cofield, RTY200, MA
Gerry spent over a dozen years working with children and families. She studies mind-body health and wellness and humanistic psychology. She follows the person-centered method of Carl Rogers. She enjoys the beauty of nature and loves animals- especially the six who live with her!
Gerry has taught yoga in studios, gyms, wellness centers, and on a college campus, but she particularly enjoys teaching gentle and chair yoga for Seniors. She is a member of Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. In her therapeutic yoga training with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, she has learned ways to use meditation, breathwork, and mindfulness-based practices to help and empower people who live with chronic pain and the experience of life trauma. “My goal is to bring peace and light through awakening the ability to heal and grow that it is within each of us.”
Serena has 200 hour yoga certification through Evolutionary Education. Serena expresses yoga in multiple unique forms while continuing to deepen in her personal growth, passion, and knowledge of yoga's tradition. Serena's classes range from gentle, restorative, and Vinyasa Flow. She is known to engage with he community, partnering up with the Carroll County Humane Society and local businesses to present events such as ‘Cats on Mats,’ which raises awareness and much needed funds for our homeless fur-friends. With ‘Baby & Me Yoga’ Serena offers an open and fun bonding experience for parents and their babies. Also offered is ‘Hoop Yoga’ where the hula hoop is incorporated for added support in balance, alignment,breath and body awareness. The hoop creates a space to flow within the movements!
Pamela Stubbs has always been intrigued by the body’s ability to move, adapt, and heal. Active in school as a gymnast and cheerleader, she entered Middle Tennessee State University as a Physical Education major, looking to a future as a gymnastics coach. Life, such as it is, changes things, and a husband and children interrupted that track, and she eventually ended up attending Georgia Highlands College, and Berry College and finally finishing with a degree in business.
Later in life she decided to return to her earlier intention and pursue her certification as a yoga instructor. Through her years of practice she had found how yoga not only helped the body, but it also brought a mental fitness that few other disciplines can. She completed her certification at the Tallapoosa Center for Inner Arts in 2011.
An avid equestrian, she uses her yoga training to create awareness, breathing, balance, and fluidity to enhance her riding skills. She lives on her Full Circle Farm in Roopville, Georgia with her husband, 5 miniature horses, 1 mule, 1 miniature donkey, 2 dogs, and 4 cats.
Andrea Laubstein graduated from the Department of Psychology at the University of West Georgia. She has been teaching yoga to children for several years and she also leads Kids Yoga Teacher Training Courses in India and Italy. With an extensive background in yogic studies in India and the US, Andrea bridges the ancient practices of yoga with a kid friendly approach that children are sure to love.
Christie is a mother of three. In June 2017, Christie found herself at her heaviest weight. She began going to exercise classes, then she tried “Pound.” She fell in love with it and took every class she could. When the opportunity arose, she completed the instructor training. To date, she has lost 40 lbs and is still working towards being the best and healthiest she can be.