Instructors

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Tanaya Larsen, Owner

Tanaya truly believes that anyone can benefit from yoga regardless of flexibility, experience, age, or injury. Her love for yoga developed once seeing the progress it made on her stiff body and the complimentary nature it brought to her running routine and life. She completed her Registered Yoga Teacher training in 2010 in Boulder, Colorado, where she taught for five years before making Rome (and SpringStone) her home.  Using her background in Exercise Science, Tanaya's classes use science-based approaches to inspire students to be curious about their experience and adapt each movement for a personal transformative experience. Students can expect to connect with breath, strengthen the body and calm the mind. After working in the health promotion field and having three children, Tanaya has started a new adventure in becoming the new owner of SpringStone! She has big dreams to make yoga more prevalent around Rome, and she invites others to share their love of it as well.  In addition to yoga, Tanaya loves running, reading, baking, hiking, and having adventures with her husband and crazy kids!

Lynne Jacobs, Founder

Lynne is gifted in her ability to meet students where they are and make yoga accessible to everyone. She works with a wide range of students from all ages and abilities in a thriving private yoga therapy practice and group classes. Knowing that students come to yoga in different phases of life, Lynne encourages students to listen to their own body, adapt the postures to their unique body, play with their limits without exceeding them, and have compassionate self-observation. Her teachings integrate mindfulness, meditation, and sensory awareness enabling students to find a greater understanding and awareness of themselves both on and off the mat.  Lynne began her yoga practice in 2000 and is a certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is also a E-RYT- 500hr instructor with Yoga Alliance.  Along with her formal yoga training, Lynne is a student and practitioner of mindfulness meditation. She currently only offers limited private sessions.

Gayle Monk

First introduced to yoga fifteen years ago, Gayle has been a practitioner under the tutelage of first Sue Hopkins and later Lynne Jacobs. In 2012 she obtained her 200-hour teaching certification with Yoga Alliance, and then her 300-hour certification in 2015. Perhaps owing to her 36-year career as an elementary school teacher, most recently with Darlington School, Gayle enjoys sharing her love for yoga with students of all levels. When not on the mat, Gayle enjoys reading, hiking, line dancing and playing hand bells with her church choir. She also enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, Charlie. 

Kelly Sanker

Kelly started yoga just after graduating college when a friend started teaching kundalini.  She loved the way her body felt both physically and mentally after practicing. Kelly received her RYT 200 certificate  from her original kundalini teacher in Atlanta in 2020. The training focused on vinyasa, ashtanga, and kundalini, and it ended up taking 6 months due to Covid.  She also has a trauma yoga certificate and experience teaching teenagers and those struggling with addiction.  Ashtanga is Kelly's passion, which she practiced at SpringStone with Shannon for 9 years. She also loves to mix kundalini with ashtanga styles of yoga. Kelly's classes focus on alignment with emphasis on the bandhas and breath. Besides yoga, Kelly loves being outdoors, especially hiking and biking with her family. She also loves to run, garden and spend time with her dogs. 

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Frank Kenney

Frank is certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute and has taught seniors, persons with traumatic brain injuries, the blind and mixed-age groups for 10 years. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition of slow, focused, graceful movement and is recognized by Harvard Medical School as one of the 5 most effective exercises and #1 for improving and maintaining good balance.Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005, Frank continues to stay active and sees Tai Chi as the perfect means to address his medical condition and limitations. The forms of Tai Chi you’ll learn in Frank’s class can be performed standing or seated and are a great way to nurture your mind, body, and spirit.

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Chris Slicker

Chris is a 200 hour E-RYT, who began her yoga journey in 2001 as a freshman in college, and soon saw all the benefits yoga brought to her life, both on and off the mat. In 2012 Chris completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Living Yoga Program in Austin, TX. She began teaching at a small dance studio in Temple, TX, and later co-founded Temple Yoga, the town’s first dedicated yoga studio. Chris enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities, and meeting people where they are physically, mentally and emotionally.

Marie Pieri

Marie started yoga to get stronger and do something social with friends when she was 21. She kept doing it because she had so much fun learning new poses her body could accomplish, plus, she loved the “me time.” Marie completed her 200 hour registered yoga training at Etowah Valley Yoga in Cartersville, and included personal study on chakras and mudras. Practicing yoga through her two pregnancies created a passion for prenatal yoga, and Marie plans to work toward her Prenatal Certification this Fall.  Vinyasa flow incorporated into  alignment-based yoga is Marie's teaching style. When not on the mat, Marie enjoys spending time on her farm with her dogs, babies, and husband. She also loves to cook, read cookbooks, travel, and watch bad reality tv. 

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