Instructors

Tanaya Larsen, Owner

Tanaya truly believes that yoga creates self acceptance and is for every body 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 Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification in 2010 in Boulder, Colorado, where she taught for five years before making Rome (and SpringStone) her home. Her classes combine prana (breath) with creative transitions creating opportunities to open both body and 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. As the director of SpringStone Yoga Center and its yoga immersion and teacher training program, she aims to provide a nurturing space where students can cultivate greater sensitivity, strength, and a deeper understanding of oneself. Om shanti.

 

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​Shannon Kennedy-Newby

Shannon has been practicing and studying Ashtanga Yoga for over ten years. Maintaining a consistent daily practice of asana, pranayama (breathing exercises,) chanting, and study of the Yoga Sutras, Shannon is dedicated to this transformative practice and experienced as both student and teacher. In addition to being a Yoga Alliance registered teacher, Shannon spends approximately 100 hours over the course of every year in intensive study of the Ashtanga Yoga method with her teacher, David Garrigues. It is her firm belief that Ashtanga Yoga is a lifetime practice. Under proper guidance, it is suitable for anyone who truly wants to do it. The breath is the tool for awareness. Asana, breathing, and mastery over the body and senses brings discipline to the mind, and fullness to the experience of being human.

 

 

Shelly Peller 

Shelly is a practicing physical therapist and has been infusing principles of yoga into her treatment sessions for many years.  She became a certified yoga instructor while studying with Lynne Jacobs/Springstone Yoga in 2015, is registered with Yoga Alliance at the RYT 200 level and actively participates in continuing education to learn new ways to blend her yoga and physical therapy experiences.  While embracing the connection of mind, body and spirit, her background complements her focus on adapting and modifying postures for herself and for the individual student. Emphasis is placed on acceptance, compassion and freedom, rather than expecting conformation to a certain ideal. Shelly loves to share and explore the yogic path with others while infusing this exploration with a bit of playfulness, inner joy and laughter. 
 

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.

 

 

 

 

Beverly Beck 

Beverly completed her Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification with Lynne Jacobs at Springstone Yoga in 2017 and she has been teaching gentle yoga and yoga for seniors since then. She has also taught yoga to children at the South Broad Youth Home. She is especially interested in the benefits of yoga for one's physical and mental health. She attended an 8 Week course on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Dana Mangraviti as well as Sue Hopkin's workshop on Yoga for Special Populations. Beverly has a background in teaching spanning from teaching 2 year olds to instructing on the college level. In addition to yoga Beverly enjoys traveling, cooking, pottery, reading, walking, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Beth Novian Hughes

Beth has been studying yoga for over 15 years, is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and Yoga Alliance Registry. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT having completed her second Masters of Science degree in Yoga Therapy through Maryland University of Integrative Health and is an iRest(c) Level 2 Teacher of Meditation. She has over 2000 hours of therapeutic experience qualifying her for Yoga Alliance's highest designation eRYT500.  She has also studied Thai Bodywork in-which she moves you in and out of shapes, and applies acupressure, to release the muscles.  Beth is a Reiki Master (healing touch), member of the Sound Healers Association and was a licensed Brain Gym® Instructor (educational kinesiology). She incorporates all of these elements into her therapy sessions and teaching. Beth loves working with the breath to both assess the physical body and lower stress in her clients, and with meditation, specifically iRest (c), to aid in processing issues. She can help with chronic pain, injuries, diseases such as cancer, diabetes, scoliosis, and heart disease to bring health and healing to you.