In 2001, I took my first yoga class at At One Yoga in Phoenix, Arizona and was instantly hooked. I began the 200 hour teacher training program offered at At One Yoga the next year. At One Yoga was the largest yoga studio in the Southwest, with 3 locations. They offered a wide variety of classes and styles such as Anusara, Ashtanga, Power, Flow, Yin, Restorative, and Gentle. They hosted national and international teachers on a monthly basis. I taught and practiced there for 9 years. The exposure to top level teachers and classes has shaped me into the teacher I am today and I am forever grateful to have had that experience, and to be able to share it in small town Arkansas.
Over the past 20 years, I've had the opportunity to teach yoga in homes, studios, athletic clubs, spas, colleges and a professional athlete training center. My favorite style of yoga is Vinyasa. Vinyasa is very much about linking breath with movement. In this style, the breath is as important as the movement. I believe that this focus on the breath is THE reason why yoga is so meditative. With a mind that is rarely shuts up, it is the combination of breathing and moving together seamlessly that allows my mind to relax and be quiet. I do like a challenging class, but my practice is much more than a physical endeavor. I enjoy working with my body to see what it can do, but as I've dealt with injuries over the years, I've learned to practice in a way that is functional and sustainable. I've always struggled with depression and anxiety and my practice is a major tool in keeping those issues in check. One of the great things that came out of my being injured was that I developed a meditation practice. In 2016, I went to Dharamsala, India to do a 100 hour mediation teacher training.
My teaching is still heavily influenced by the first teacher I truly resonated with, David Romanelli. David's class had a sincere, practical message, great music, fun flows and a nurturing touch. I completed my 500 hour certification with Jason Crandall. Jason loves a vigorous class, but has studied anatomy and mechanics heavily in order to bring more safety and sustainability to the practice, without losing the fun. That training was the best training I've ever done and I'm super excited to share everything I gained from it. I have taught almost 12,000 hours of yoga classes. I have gained so much from this journey and I’m excited to share it with my students.
Brooke Stone has been practicing yoga for close to twenty years as a dedicated student. She has explored many different styles before finding her best match in vinyasa flow, and her yoga home at Go Inside when it opened in 2012 in Conway. She decided to get her online teacher training through YogaRenew during the Covid lockdown of 2020.
Brooke applies a practical approach to her own yoga practice and likes to meet her students where they are! She is a big believer in the use of props to help students stay comfortable and develop a deeper understanding of the poses.
Brooke has two children, ages 19 and 16 and also works full time as a dental specialist traveling all around Arkansas. Yoga keeps her grounded, and she hopes to share that with her students!
Allison Hart has been an educator for sixteen years, working in both public and private elementary schools. After beginning her own personal journey with yoga, she realized that a practice rooted in mindfulness — with a still mind and moving body — was exactly what her soul had been missing. She completed her 200-hour yoga instructor training at Eden Salt Studio in 2022.
Allison is a firm believer that yoga is an inclusive practice for all ages, abilities, and bodies. Her teaching style encourages moving the body, slowing the mind, taking in good music, and having fun along the way. The mother of three energetic girls, Allison is also known for her love of adventuring, nature, and music.
“The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.” – Jason Crandell