White Crow Yoga, LLC is committed to offering the a truly different Yoga Teacher 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 trainings 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. While we will offer some very challenging poses in your 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 one of our trainings, 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.
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 Lilly – 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.
In her 20 years of professional fitness management and group fitness training Lara Garda has worked to bring positive energy and motivation to both team members and clients. She strives to provide a fun, safe and effective workout experience with every visit.
Lara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education, Sports and Nutrition. She is a PMA certified Pilates Teacher with trainings from Stott®, Peak®, Balanced Body® and The Pilates Coach. On the fitness spectrum, Lara is an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and active presenter with the barre fitness movement that is sweeping the country. She also is a presenter for the National Association for Fitness Certification. After running two marathons Lara searched for an active workout that was much kinder to her body and discovered her true love and passion in Yoga. Lara began teaching with YogaFit® in 1999 and has eagerly pursued many educational experiences since then with workshops from; Baron Baptiste, Natasha Rizopoulous, Beryl Bender Birch, Joseph LePage, and more. She completed her 200-hour RYT with the organization of Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2002.
Lara is currently the studio director for Core Pilates & Yoga, a private and small group training facility in Pittsburgh. Upon opening Core Pilates & Yoga Studio, she began creating the eclectic blend of Pilates, Yoga and Core Fitness Movements – ZenLates™ – offering the experience of prana in Pilates. She also instructs Mom and Baby Yoga and Preschool Yoga with her program, Hello Toes™.
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.