Southside at McEwen

Amanda McGown

Hot Yoga Plus Cool Springs

I have the heart and soul of an artist. I am passionate and I love deeply. I have known searing pain, and I have known immeasurable joy. And it takes living through both to know who you truly are as a person. I have spent time in the academic world, the corporate world, the creative world, and finally…I have made my home in the yoga world. My greatest desire is to help others on their mat find their inner-strength, the will and ability to press on when their days are dark and their world is grim, because all of us come to yoga for healing at some point in time. Read the profile >>

Amy Weber

Releve One Fitness

Amy is a Master Level Instructor and International Teacher Trainer for BarreAmped at the Flagship Studio, which she also owns, Releve' One Fitness Studios in Franklin, TN. She trained extensively under the direction of her mentor, fitness celebrity, and daughter of original barre fitness, Suzanne Bowen. Amy also holds 28 years of dance experience, specializing in tap and choreography. An avid fan of many realms of fitness, Amy found her passion in isometric deep muscle conditioning and loves sharing BarreAmped's amazing form focused and postural method. In addition, Amy is certified by the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) in Group Fitness, Total Pilates, and Pilates Anatomy. She previously held a position with ABC as the Director of Affiliate Relations and holds... Read the profile >>

Angie Kirk-Alumni

Angie's Body Shop, Hot Yoga Plus

Angie Kirk is a health and fitness professional with over 30 years of experience in the fitness industry. Angie holds a B.A. in Physical Education from the University of West Georgia and also earned the following certifications through continuing education: A.C.S.M. Group Exercise Leader; A.C.S.M. Personal Trainer; AFAA certifications including Group Exercise, Personal Trainer, Step, Weight Room Certified Instructor; Power Pilates Certified Instructor; RYT 200 Yoga Instructor; TRX Suspension Training; Johnnie G. Spinning Instructor; Thomas The Promise Kick Boxing Instructor. Angie's experiences in the fitness industry range from teaching cheerleading clinics for the NCA and ICF throughout the country to holding nationally ranked titles in Power Lifting and Body Building. Angie won the... Read the profile >>

Blaire Foster-Alumni

Hot Yoga Plus

I have my 230hr teaching certification from Asheville Yoga Center, getting to study under Stephanie Keach, Shala Worsley, & Joe Taft. It was the most trans-formative, challenging and rewarding thing I have done in my life thus far. What started as a father daughter bonding experience, when I was 16, has turned into a lifelong practice. Each moment brings me into a deeper awareness of the phenomenal effects yoga has on the body, mind and spirit. I come to my mat and I practice opening, physically & energetically. I practice compassion for myself and others. I practice gratitude, for every inhale & exhale. I practice patience & acceptance. Yoga is my practice. I am transparent, never expecting life to be perfect, my choice only to have a positive attitude. I learn from the... Read the profile >>

Holly Garcia-Alumni

Hot Yoga Plus, Prairie Life Fitness, Sanctuary For Yoga Green Hills

Holly was first introduced to yoga 12 years ago by a friend who suggested she try it to relieve her constant migraine headaches. She found healing through At One Yoga in Phoenix, AZ. Healing her body and growing to love yoga was easy, but being consistent was not. Never forgetting the practice and its foundations, Holly found her way back onto the mat shortly after moving to Nashville in 2008. She began to realize the benefits of making yoga a constant part of her lifestyle and decided to take it a step further by becoming an instructor. In 2009, while pregnant with her second son, Holly completed her 200-hour RYT Yoga Alliance certification. Since then, Holly has been on a quest of continued education through her daily practice and by attending numerous workshops. Having been blessed... Read the profile >>

Mandy Oakes

Sweat Franklin

“The Ponytail Girl” – a nickname that has followed Mandy Oakes for the last 15 years of competitive racing and over 1,000 long runs. Running is Mandy’s happy place. It has kept her grounded through growing her own fitness business Sweat Franklin, which features a variety of high velocity workouts, and through the adventures of raising two boys. Whether it’s teaching dance fitness classes, leading a group run, or blogging, it’s been Mandy’s mission for more than a decade to share her excitement for exercise with others. It’s personally fulfilling for her to see people transform through getting healthy. Mandy has competed in over 70 races from 5k to marathon, winning the Overall Female title in 14 of those races and securing a spot as the Top 3 Overall Female Finisher... Read the profile >>

Mark Cimarosti

Team TaeBo Fitness

Mark’s interest in fitness started at a young age when his Mom used to take him along with her to run local road races, and soon started winning them. His success continued throughout his high school athletic career by winning the Illinois State High School Football Championship, being selected “Intercity Player of the Week”, for his play in the game and nominated “Most Improved Player” by his fellow teammates. And in track, Mark broke the high school pole-vaulting record. Outside of school he acquired a Black Belt in Goju-Shorei and became an avid barefoot water-skier (trained by World Barefoot Champion: Mike Seipel), Mark continued playing football in college as well as jumping into an amateur boxing career with a bang by winning the Championship Belt and “Best Overall... Read the profile >>

Matt Blankenship -Alumni

Tennessee Kettlebell

I am a runner who was looking for a way to supplement his running with strength training. After being sidelined several times by injury, I was in need of a serious overhaul in my training regimen. I read about different forms of cross training in running magazines and on the internet but was unable to find a program that I could stick with. I found mild success with some barbell programs but those required too much time. Instead of spending hours a week at a gym and working only a few muscle groups each day, I searched for something quick, efficient and something that would work the entire body. A friend suggested I try kettlebell and a year and a half later, I was the newest RKC certified instructor at Tennessee Kettlebell. The gains I have seen since starting kettlebell have been... Read the profile >>

Robbie Short

Half Moon Yoga

Robbie graduated from UNC-Charlotte, studying Sociology and Religious Studies, before spending the next 12 years traveling the world as a flight attendant. The tragedy of 9/11 brought her to the mat emotionally drained, physically exhausted, and mentally scarred. Her love, passion and respect for Yoga began to blossom as she dove into the deeper aspects, realizing a gym environment no longer served her needs. As she began attending Yoga studios, near and far, she discovered the healing power of Yoga and the multiple possibilties if offers. Wanting to share her experience with others, she obtained both her yoga and meditation certifications from The Expanding Light in Nevada City, CA. She taught at One2Yoga in Donelson, TN for 5 years, as well as teaching Ananda Yoga for a brief period... Read the profile >>