Meet our instructors.
Kristi Canecchio, Instructor
Kristi Canecchio is the mother of 2 precious children, Landen and Abbie. She was born in Albany, GA and moved to Atlanta in 1991. Kristi started her journey into yoga 8 years ago when she was introduced to Baptiste Yoga and experienced the amazing transformation that Baron’s "Journey Into Power” sequence facilitated and created in her life. She immediately fell in love with not only the physical benefits of yoga, but also the spiritual and mental empowerment that yoga brought into her life. It enhanced her relationship with her kids, her friendships and most importantly her walk with the Lord! She can not wait to share her passion and this journey with everyone in her life!
Linda Bowman, Instructor
Linda is a long time yoga enthusiast and has been practicing since her high school days. She also has an active Pilates practice and meditates regularly. Linda is a Registered Yoga Teacher with 200 hours, White Belt certified NIA (dance, martial arts and mindfulness) instructor and certified in mat Pilates.
Yoga has contributed to her recovery from knee replacement and other injuries and compliments her wellness journey. Deepak Chopra and significant other scientific research suggest that yoga, movement, and pranayama or breath are essential pillars to our wellness and longevity. It is through stillness that we seek our Truth and receive Love and Grace.
In expanding her knowledge and practice, Linda became certified through Wendy Marshall at Mind Body Heart Yoga. As a teacher and guide, she hopes to assist in the transformation of others with a focus on post injury recovery and reaching beyond physical and mental limitations. Additionally, Linda conducts annual local and international retreats with an emphasis on daily yoga practice, mindfulness, connections, creativity, and adventure.
Mary Beth Howell, Instructor
Mary Beth is a Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher, RYT-500 and dedicated to Baptiste Yoga and sharing inspirational teaching an love for building community and empowering others. Her teaching is dynamic and physically challenging, yet fun and educational, with a focus on alignment and and methodology.
Many paths and master teachers have contributed to her journey and education but none as powerful as her training with Baron Baptiste.
Hollie Lytle, Instructor
Hollie had almost 60-degree curve in my spine and yoga has kept her out of traditional office physical therapy and given new life and healing to her bones! She began practicing more than ten years ago and has been trained in both Hatha and Ashtanga. Hollie is an RYT-200 teacher. She was a collegiate athlete, so her practice is typically challenging in both muscle and mind. Faith led her to Christ-centered yoga which has only deepened her relationship with God and has opened a new door for praise and worship. Her intentions are to serve and guide students / warriors into a new-found expression of confidence and strength. Yoga is for everyone!
Kat Baird, Instructor
Kat is a yogini who feels that the real work of yoga comes from the spiritual side and the emotional, energetic and spiritual balance that is provides. Yoga is part of who you are and a quiet mind and an open heart serves us both on and off the mat.
A registered teacher with the National Yoga Alliance, Kat has an RYT 200 in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga as well as being certified in Grounded Kids and Radiant Child Yoga. She studied under Sheila Sullivan McVay of Johns Creek Yoga for Hatha Yoga and under Mukta and Gurusay Khalsa of GRD Yoga Center for Kundalini. Kat also studied Grounded Kids Yoga with Amy Haysman and Cheryl Crawford as well as Radiant Child Yoga with Shakta Kaur Khalsa. She loves teaching Yin and Restorative Yoga and continues to further her practice through continual learning; forever a student. She wants to leave her students renewed, joyful and alive. Kat is also a fulfilled mother of 4.
Sal Broes, Instructor
Salvatore Broes III is former military and served 12 years active duty around the world. He completed multiple combat tours, both as a soldier and as a government contractor. Sal has always had a desire to stay in shape. The need to be ready has always been at the forefront of his mind. His physical readiness and mental toughness developed into a desire to help other achieve their own physical readiness.
Through the years, Sal has worked as a physical trainer. Through his years in the Army and working in some of the world’s toughest environments, Sal has needed to stay in shape. He believes in staying physically ready and mentally tough. Sal has a passion to help others achieve their own goals through physical training!
Gabriel Broes, Lion Meditation Instructor
In Gabriel’s words, “My name is Gabriel Broes. I am in a wheelchair. I was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder (CMT). I am a student at DCMS, and I am in band and chorus. The way I got into lion meditation was with my friend, Miss Kristi, who does yoga. When Miss Kristi introduced me to meditation, I fell in love.”
Sydney Burgess, Instructor
Sydney began practicing yoga when she was 15 after she finished her career as a competitive gymnast. She quickly fell in love with the organic movement yoga had to offer. Sydney was first drawn by the physical practice, then came to learn that there was so much more to it. Just after about a year of practicing she began her 200 hour teacher training with Bethany Vaughn at Red Hot Yoga. The heated practice is something she’s very passionate about and love to teach power style yoga. Sydney continued on to complete her 500 hour training in the summer of 2017. Now she’s currently finishing her degree at UNG in Business while still teaching as much as life will allow! Namaste
Kendall Maze, Instructor
Kendall began practicing yoga her senior year of high school when declining health prevented her from continuing her career as a competitive swimmer and triathlete. Through her fight with anorexia, her yoga mat became a safe place where she was able to connect mind, body, and soul. Helping her regain both mental and physical strength, yoga has allowed her to live a life she never thought possible. Today Kendall is a student and research/lab assistant at the University of North Georgia while perusing her passion of marine biology and conservation. She is also thrilled to be able to share her love of yoga; to help others let go, connect, and find the strength they don’t realize is inside of them.