White Crow Yoga, LLC is committed to offering a truly different Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapy Training to our students. We offer a fun, educational, and non-judgmental environment where you can connect to your mind, body and spirit through the practice of Yoga.
To fellow Yoga Teachers and Fitness Professionals Looking to Further Their Education:
White Crow Yoga strongly believes that ANYONE who has felt the calling to teach Yoga should have the opportunity to participate in a teacher training, no matter what their fitness level, race, religion, gender, age or dietary beliefs. We offer teacher training that will enable you to teach a variety of populations including seniors and those with health issues or physical limitations. We believe that Yoga is in the heart, not in the posture. You don't have to be able to do the most complicated Yoga poses, or be the most strong or flexible person in class to be a Yoga teacher.
Our 300 hour Yoga Therapy Training is an RYT-300 course (RYT-500 Eligible) that prepares students to work one-on-one with clients to help them live life to the fullest. We study yoga asanas, movements, pranayama, meditation, and lifestyle choices to enhance physical, mental and spiritual well-being. We focus on teaching you how to assess posture and health conditions and then apply yogic principles (including Ayurveda) to each individual client to get the best possible outcome for each person.
While we offer some very challenging poses in our 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training, we realize that not everyone is well-suited to do every pose, and we will teach you WHY this is true in your training. We believe that a yoga teacher training should be informative and fun...not stressful. After completing our training, you will leave being able to teach and demonstrate modifications for every pose to ensure the most beneficial class experience for your students. You will also receive a comprehensive education of the 8 Limbs of Yoga, as we believe that all are necessary to have a complete Yoga practice.
Please browse our website to learn about other courses we offer, including Aqua Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, and Intro to Yoga Therapy. Several of our courses are available via distance study. All courses are eligible for Yoga Alliance CEC's and several are also eligible with other accrediting bodies. See individual course pages for CEC information.
Jill Munson, RYT
Jill fell in love with the practice of yoga in 2010 when she took her first Vinyasa class at Yoga of Dickson. She had practiced yoga occasionally on her own prior to this, but had never been to an instructor-led yoga class. After dealing with a high-stress job and daily headaches due to head/neck injuries for over a decade, Jill was drawn to the practice as a form of physical therapy, balance, and stress relief.
Her passion for yoga has only increased since that day and her goal is to share the joy of yoga with as many people as she can. Jill has a strong desire to bring the joy and power of yoga to people who want to lead a healthier and more fulfilled life. Her passion is to share the healing benefits of yoga that have helped her to find peace of mind, internal cleansing and experience transformation through the breath. Jill enjoys reading, fishing, scuba diving, and being anywhere in mother nature's great outdoors.
Alicia Trotter, RYT
Alicia studied Nursing at Tennessee Technological University and earned her BSN in May 2005. She has always had a passion for health and nutrition. She helps individuals with learning about proper nutrition and healing through food.
When she herself became ill with Adrenal Fatigue in the fall of 2012, it was her Yoga practice that helped to heal her. This healing has deepened her desire to not only practice Yoga on a personal level, but also to teach Yoga.
Her desire is to help others find healing within their own body through mediation and a consistent Yoga practice.
Mary Irby - E-RYT 500, CTP (Certified Thai Practitioner)
Mary is an E-RYT 500 and has been practicing and teaching Yoga for over 30 years. She has completed three 200-hour training programs in the US and finished her 500-hour yoga therapy training through the International Yoga Academy in India, where she studied Thiramoolar's Therapeutic Ashtanga Yoga. One of her 200-hour training programs earned her a designation of a Certified Thai Practitioner (CTP), as well as holding an advanced certificate in Thai Yoga from a White Lotus Foundation instructor. She is also certified by ACE and AEA. Mary's teaching style is a blend of many styles she has experienced, creating a class that incorporates all eight limbs of yoga.
In addition to teaching, Mary has experience training candidates to teach group fitness and preparing them to sit for the ACE exam, as well as experience teaching in the 200 hour program for an international Yoga Alliance Approved School. Mary holds a Masters degree from Colorado State University in Education, and a bachelor's degree from MTSU with a double emphasis, one of which is in Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
Christy O'Brien - E-RYT
Christy began practicing Yoga several years ago out of curiosity. She originally chose Yoga hoping to lose the fifty pounds of baby weight she had accumulated with her first born. Tired of her repetitive daily exercise, she desired something more creative, yet still challenging. She soon discovered the benefits of Yoga went beyond just the physical body and balanced her mind and spirit as well.
Christy was recommended Yoga at the age of 25 after being diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Overcoming many levels of childhood abuse, she was too dark at the time to give it a try.
Christy spent the next few years in therapy and heavily medicated. It took giving birth to her first born child to wake her up!
"Born into the darkness, Yoga helped me become better planted in the light."
Christy has been studying Yoga for over 7 years now. She is an RYT and became certified through Nancy Wile Ed.D. E-RYT, founder of Yoga Education Institute (Registered Yoga School through Yoga Alliance). Other inspiring teachers: Aretha Mckinney Blevins, Linda Mills, Jan Campbell, and Jami Grich Ph.D. In addition to her Yoga studies, she has an associates degree in Photography and Graphic Design (Visual Communications).
Charlie Byers - CYT
While studying for her first bachelors degree in 1991, she became pregnant and sick...very sick. Always trying to think outside of the box, she says, "I found a college yoga course for possible refuge. Remarkably, it changed everything...inside and out. That experience was one of many, as I continually reached out to deepen and lift myself out of my ordinary perception of, and relationship to, the world. Life, it's difficult and it doesn't choose it's favorites, but it does give you helpful tools, once you are paying attention."
Charlie has a bachelors in psychology and one in cardio pulmonary science. Throughout her time in college, she opened a yoga studio in Louisville, Kentucky. Charlie shares, "I think that ones body knows what it wants and my body fell in love with many varieties of Vinyasa Flow. It always felt like I was deep into a slow dance with myself. My yoga business and education gave me many opportunities to help others."
Charlie enjoys sharing yoga with her family: "Every morning I send out a text to my family with a thought or theme of the day. It engaes and warrants a response from them. Little by little, they are learning and living the 8 Limbs.
As a yogini, I want to share my experience with others. That person could be you..."
Kim Gray - RYT
Kim Gray has been at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) since 2003. She earned her B.S. in Physical Education (emphasis in Athletic Training & Sports Science) from Chowan College (now Chowan University) & her M.S. in Athletic Training from Indiana State University. She is nearing the completion of her doctoral degree.
Along with her certification in Athletic Training, she is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), a certified Curvy Yoga Teacher and a Corrective Exercise Specialist.
Kim has also completed Thai Yoga Therapy Practitioner Training via the White Lotus Foundation.
Karen first found yoga in 2004 after the birth of her second son, shortly after leaving corporate America. Karen has been teaching since 2006 and training teachers since 2009 including 3 years traveling for an an international RYS500 Yoga Alliance School.
She's an E-RYT 500 yoga alliance certified instructor, group ex certified through ACE and holds multiple certifications through IFTA including Pilates and Barre.
She has attended trainings and workshops from 9 different yoga schools including in the "birthplace of yoga," Rishikesh, India at both Parmarth Niketan Ashram as well as Sattva Yoga Centre.
Karen holds specialties in yoga therapy, back therapeutic yoga, restorative yoga, prenatal yoga, yoga for the larger body, seniors yoga, chair yoga, kids, yoga for eating disorders, Pilates and Barre. Karen has had many and nearly countless inspirational teachers along the way.
Her philosophy is that yoga should be accessible and safe for everybody. We should each be honoring our bodies where they are on any given day. Each time we step on our mat it's a new opportunity to transform mind, body and spirit. And on a grander scale, that gives us opportunity to transform the world around us on our journeys to be the best version of ourselves that we can be on each given day.
Dana Will - E-RYT
Dana has worked in the Spa and Fitness Industry since the early ninety's. Working as a massage therapist and ACE Certified Personal Trainer lead to her interest in yoga. Her clients would complain of sore muscles while in the massage establishment so as a personal trainer she could direct them to help themselves with strengthening exercising. However, she soon learned that clients held on to much tension and needed another way to help let things go.
Dana's first experience with yoga was not positive and she stayed away for over six years. Finally finding a teacher she understood she found a new love and way to help her clients. Dana wants her students to have a good experience in the yoga classroom and feel better after class than before coming to the mat.
Cathleen is a compassionate and knowledgeable health and wellness advocate who is able to promote positive growth with everyone she works with. She has been leading people to healthier and happier lives for over a decade.
After completing a 200 hour Yoga certification she was excited to learn more and became certified as a Holistic Life Coach. She pursued a degree with Kaplan University and earned a Bachelors of Science Cum Laude in Health and Wellness with a focus in Nutrition. Cathleen continues to evolve with training in Reiki, Pilates, Barre, Group Exercise, Healthy Lifestyle Principles and many non-credited courses.
Cathleen currently lives with her husband Johnny, a career Navy Chief and two children- Tim age 13 and Cailee age 10 in Virginia Beach. They love time together as a family whether playing at the beach, Mt. Trashmore, taking in dinner and a movie, cuddling with pets or curling up with a good book.
Linda Jaeger - RYT 500
In early 2007 she began teaching yoga. She practiced yoga as a child without knowing it was yoga, then officially tried yoga classes as an adult. Resistant at first to the philosophy part of yoga, she has found that her beliefs and life philosophy are much more in line with the 8 Limbs of Yoga than she expected. She enjoys practicing and teaching many different styles of yoga. Learning and teaching both bring great joy to her heart, and she loves sharing that joy with others.
Her own education includes bachelor (BA) and master (MS) degrees from Oklahoma State University. She holds an RYT-500 and is currently studying yoga therapy.