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I found yoga in the late spring of 2021 after searching for a fitness routine that would not only train my body but provide me mental clarity as well. I had previously enjoyed many other group fitness classes and even spent time in the gym on my own, but never found a fitness routine that left me feeling satisfied yet challenged. After my first class at Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford, I knew that the search was over and that I had discovered a space where I could be challenged and supported both mentally and physically.

After practicing for a few months, and falling absolutely in love with the benefits yoga had brought me, I decided to elevate my understanding of my practice by going through 200-hour teacher training in January of 2022. Teacher training taught me more about myself than I ever thought possible and it is my absolute joy to share that passion and understanding through my teaching style. My goal is to guide students through not only a physically invigorating class, but also to foster mindfulness through breath work and, in turn, uncovering the strength to face life’s challenges.

I have lived in Oxford for 5 years and recently completed my MBA. When I’m not in the studio practicing or teaching, I enjoy playing tennis and going on walks with my partner, Drew, and our dog Memphis. I look forward to seeing you on your mat!

Cole Barnhill, 200-hr RYT

I first encountered Baptiste Power Yoga in 2012.  I was sure that my preference for “high intensity” workouts and yoga would not mesh. I left my first class surprised at how physically challenging it was, and the competitor in me went back for more. With every practice I experienced unexpected feelings of strength and ease while gaining a greater appreciation for my body and my life.

I was so profoundly impacted by my yoga practice that I left my career job, moved my family from Nashville, TN (after having lived there 23 years) to Oxford, MS to open Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford. I can honestly say I am doing what I love. To be able to share this life-changing practice with others is a dream come true. My intention for Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford is that it is a safe and nurturing space to build community and empower others to live inspired lives.

I am a certified Baptiste Yoga Leader and an E-RYT 500 through Yoga Alliance. I also co-facilitate 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher training programs in Oxford and Nashville.

My classes are rooted in Baptiste methodology, providing simple tools to access a deeply physical experience that will awaken and empower you both on and off your mat.

Mary Morgan Bryan, 500-hr E-RYT; 300-hr certified Baptiste leader; Y12SR certified

Although I was introduced to yoga a handful of times in elementary school, my yoga practice really began in the summer of 2020 when I attended my first class at Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford. Since then, yoga has become an important aspect of my life. I’ve used my practice as a way to clear my head, while adding structure and discipline into my life.

I signed up for yoga teacher training without any consideration of my fear of public speaking, but it pushed me to find a confident voice that I never thought I would.

I completed my 200 hour teacher training in January 2021 and I can’t wait to see the continued impact that teaching will have on me and Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford students. I hope to make my students feel like they are in a comfortable environment that they can use as an escape from stress and worry, while building a self-rewarding practice.

Margo Esarco, 200-hr CYT

I found yoga in 2013 after the loss of my mom. I was desperate for relief from insomnia and hoping to find a way to create more structure in my life. I was working from home, most of my college friends had moved off, and not dealing with the loss of my mom. I could go weeks without seeing another person. Yoga brought connection with others and myself back into my life. I was first attracted to physically demanding, hot classes. Over time, I discovered that yoga was so much more than just exercise. The shift was internal and changed my life. My yoga mat became a place of solace. I knew I had to share my practice and became a 200-hr RYT in 2016.

I have been a part of Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford since the beginning. When I found BPYO, I was dealing with a lot of neck and back pain from past injuries and concussions. With the help of six months of corrective care, Baptiste Yoga, and incorporating weight training into my routine, I finally found relief. It was a long road, but it totally changed my life and yoga practice. What I love most about Baptiste Yoga is how it fits in any body, gives you a challenge to rise to the occasion, and the community.

In January of 2019, I became Buti Yoga certified, making me Oxford’s first Buti certified teacher. What I love most about Buti is how it empowers you and gives you a safe space to let your hair down. Buti Yoga is for everyone. You don’t have to be able to hear a beat or be a stellar dancer. We have dads, moms, boyfriends, and college students. You just need an open mind and to be able to laugh at yourself.

I am passionate making yoga accessible for every body and making every mat a safe space. In my classes, I use movement, breath, and intention to be totally present on your mat. I am fond of laughter, getting upside down, and arm balances.

Daniella Howard, 500-hr CYT, Buti certified

My yoga journey began in April of 2020 during the pandemic.  Although I tried yoga in the past, I didn’t feel led to begin a committed practice until I came to Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford.  Initially, I bought the 30 days for $30 intro pass and thought “what do I have to lose?!”  At the end of my 30 days, I realized there was nothing to lose, and everything to gain.  Yoga gives me a true sense of love, light, and peace.  It also gives me the opportunity to shut out the busyness that life brings and turn my focus inward.     

I became a 200-hour RYT in February of 2022 and am thrilled to be teaching in the Oxford community that is so dear to my heart.  Always a student, I am continuing to grow and deepen my knowledge in all areas of my practice.  Yoga has given me so much more than I could have imagined, and I want to share this gift with as many people as possible.  I will bring energy, positive vibes, and fun to my classes rooted in Baptiste methodology.  I feel very at home with this loving community of yogis that inspire me daily and I know you will too!  

Off my mat, I love fishing, reading, watching baseball, traveling, and being outdoors.  I am a wife and mother of three boys that keep me rolling and shaking.  I absolutely love connecting with people and cannot wait to meet you on your mat!  I encourage you to give BPYO a try – the only regret you may have is not beginning your own journey sooner.

Jennifer John, 200-hr RYT

My journey on the path of yoga began over 15 years ago. I immediately was drawn to the physical yet spiritual aspects of the practice. I was blessed to have many excellent teachers in my early years of practice that inspired and encouraged me and helped guide me to a healthier and happier life. After practicing for several years I had the misfortune of losing my 23 year old son. Without my yoga practice and community I am not sure how I could have gone on. Stepping on to my yoga mat every day at that point gave me a place to grieve, reflect, shed tears, and find strength to move on.

I am drawn to the Baptiste style of yoga for the physically challenging practice but also for the self inquiry work it asks of me. I am trained to teach yoga for recovery from substance use disorder and teach in a local inpatient treatment center as well. I love helping guide newcomers to yoga on how the practice can help bring a sense of peace, strength, and wellbeing to your whole being- mind, body, and soul.

I am thankful to be part of the Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford team since the studio opened. I hope to inspire deeper inner wisdom so that others may have positive transformations in their life as well.

Kent Magee, 200-hr CYT; Y12SR certified

Rebecca Nosef, 200-hr CYT

I first began exploring yoga on and off when I was in college, but I found a home and routine practice at Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford in July of 2020. I quickly came to love and appreciate the physical and mental health aspects the practice offered and I was grateful to find a space where I felt challenged, welcomed, and supported. It was an easy decision to take the next step and complete my 200-hour certification in January 2021. I am excited to continue growing in my practice and now share the benefits of holding time and space to nurture the body and mind. I believe every practice is an opportunity to experience growth and self-empowerment and I can’t wait to meet others on their mat!

Brittany Power, 200-hr CYT

I’m a native of Jackson, TN. I moved to Oxford in the fall of 2014 for a job opportunity and have been blessed to live in this beautiful “little big town”.

With some guidance from my loved ones, I tried yoga in 2015 to find a way to help with grieving the loss of my mother. I tried my first Baptiste Power Yoga class in the 2018, thinking I would probably never do that again because of how hard it was and that could I not keep up with everyone else, and yet something called me back to try again.

In 2019, I became a member at BPYO to help with my weight loss journey and to build strength, both mentally and physically. I enjoy the challenge of the poses and balance of the Baptiste Power Yoga JIP sequence, as it resembles the same sequences of poses I developed from my taekwondo days throughout my childhood.

I have never felt so appreciated and loved by such an amazing community. Our team is super supportive!

I earned my 200-hour RYT certification through Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford in February 2020. I aspire to bring joy to yoga classes in hope that others feel confidant and safe enough to let loose on their mats. I love to laugh and my personality is powerful.

Scarlett Sage, 200-hr CYT

I moved to Oxford in summer of 2019 after finishing undergrad at Indiana University. I came to Ole Miss to get my graduate degree not knowing a single person in Mississippi. The first weekend I was here, my new roommate brought me to a free Sunday class at Baptiste. Immediately, I was taken back by the love and community I was welcomed with. It was so refreshing to feel a part of something being new to the town and the University. 

The kindness and welcoming from the studio was what kept me coming back. As I continued coming to the studio, I began developing my personal yoga practice. I noticed the benefits of yoga in all aspects of my life. My background being in Public Health, I had years of experience teaching a range of fitness classes. However, yoga offered a practice that helped my mind in another way. 

Three years of consistent practice later, and the opportunity came up to participate in a 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training. I knew it was the time to participate so that I could elevate my skill-set and further my personal growth. It was the best choice I ever made! 

I am passionate about bringing yoga to beginners, as I have experienced first hand how life changing it has been. I look back and am forever grateful for the roommate who brought me in. (Kayla, hi!) I am a firm believer yoga is for everyone, and the benefits are immeasurable.

When I am not teaching yoga, you can find me hanging with my dog Ollie, traveling the world, or watching a sunset. Grab a friend & I will see you soon on your mat! 

Maddie Scales, 200-hr CYT

Sara Shade, 500-hr CYT

Since 2012, I have had yoga in my life on and off. It wasn’t until September of 2018, I began to practice weekly when I joined Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford. With it being my first year of graduate school at Ole Miss, I found myself coming to yoga as a way to stay connected with myself both mentally and physically. Having a strong yoga community was something that kept me coming back, and I took my practice one step further in the summer of 2019.

I earned my 200-hour RYT certification through Baptiste Power Yoga Nashville and have completed the Baptiste Institute’s Yoga Teacher Course. I feel that teacher training transformed my life and I want to help everyone experience yoga, and hope it will encourage others to go through a transformation of their own which they can take with them on and off of the mat.

One of my favorite phrases is from Baron Baptiste, and it is “Be a Yes!” Baptiste yoga teaches us to face the uncomfortable with comfort and to find ease in the dis-ease. On our mats, we find our inner “Yes” in Tadasana which is our True North. When we have a strong foundation, we can achieve anything, and that is so powerful.

Kirsten Simpson, 200-hr RYT

I began practicing yoga in the fall of 2000 on the Ole Miss campus. I instantly fell in love with the practice. However, with my work schedule at that time, yoga took a back seat. I would find a place that offered yoga and would kind of practice, but again, made excuses to not be on my mat.

I’ve been an athlete and in athletics for over 25 years and all of those years on the softball field took a toll on my body. After a long year of back, neck and knee issues, doctor appointments, MRI’s and injections, it was finally time for me to slow down and take a different approach and stick with it – both mentally and physically.

Pridefully, I stepped away from hardcore exercising and found Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford and got serious about being on my mat, digging deeper into my practice and learning about the methodology as well. Baptiste Power Yoga has taught me to meet myself right where I am, today. I’m a few years older and much wiser when it comes understanding my body’s needs and my personal expectations of what I think I should be able to do.

I graduated from Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford’s 200-hour teacher training program in February, 2019. In addition, I also completed the Baptiste Foundation’s Social Impact Training in November, 2019 being certified as a Baptiste Foundation Social Impact Leader. This program is designed to lead individuals to impact social change into every population with the art and mastery, tools and techniques of Baptiste Yoga.

I’ve been a volunteer with North Mississippi Regional Center / Communicare since 2000. My main goal after teacher training was to do what I needed to do to help bring Small World Yoga to Oxford. SWY is a Nashville based nonprofit that connects yoga instructors and volunteers to those in the community with limited access to yoga. I now serve as the Outreach Coordinator for SWY Oxford.

Chyna Sinervo, 500-hr RYT; certified Baptiste Foundation Social Impact Leader

I discovered Baptiste yoga in 2021 after injuring my hip jogging. I needed a different workout to fill in until I recovered.  After signing up for the 30 day for $30 promotion at Baptiste Power Yoga Oxford, I was hooked.  I immediately joined the studio and became a consistent practitioner. 

When teacher training was announced, I knew I needed to learn more.  I earned my 200-hour certification in February 2022.  It was so much more than I imagined.  If you are considering teacher training, I would highly suggest it.

I’ve been a fitness instructor for over 25 years, teaching classes ranging from Zumba, Pound, Step  and many other cardio/weight training classes.  Baptiste Power Yoga has taken my fitness routine to a whole new level. I’m also married with a wonderful blended family of 5 children.  As a realtor in Oxford, I enjoy sharing my hometown with friends.  I look forward to joining each of you as we grow our yoga practice together.

Caysie Werner, 200-hr RYT

After many years of Pilates, barre, and interval training classes, I was initially drawn to power yoga for the workout and sweat it provided.  From the moment I began, I was committed to getting on my mat daily and soon learned that the physical was only a small part of the yoga equation.  The powerful practice has been a wake up call to feel, heal, and tap in to a source of strength never experienced before.

In the summer of 2019, I completed Level 1: Journey Into Power through the Baptiste Institute and hold a instructor credential through the Institute. I completed my 200-hour teacher training in April 2015 and have loved evolving as a teacher as much as evolving as a yogi.  Forever a student, I continue to seek out new and different teachers to learn from.

My classes offer attention to breath and mindful movement.  I encourage my students to seek challenge as well as joy in the process of listening to and moving their bodies.  Through Baptiste inspired flows created for both strength and openness, I hope to create space for my students to grow in grace and courage so that they can face whatever next comes their way.

Ginger Whitwell, 500-hr RYT; Baptiste Instructor credential

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