Trace sahaja Bonner
Trace Sahaja Bonner, E-RYT 500, is the Founder and Director of Holy Cow Yoga Center. She began her practice more than 25 years ago, and is a certified Advanced Integral Yoga teacher (influenced by Sri Swami Satchidananda). Having studied in India and the US, Trace Sahaja continues to draw from a variety of great teachers in the west. She takes workshops with a host of contemporary Yoga teachers to deepen her personal understanding of Yoga. Yoga is about having fun with the journey, so she enjoys bringing her lighthearted teaching style to all levels of Yoga classes, Teacher Trainings, workshops on Meditation, Advanced Studies and the Yoga Sutras.
She teaches: Monday & Wednesday 4:00pm, Thursday 6:00pm and Saturday 8:00am (meditation) & 9:30am and serves on our Teacher Training Staff
Linda Shoyer, 500 Hour came to the practice of Yoga after a long journey which took her from a background of dance, teaching aerobics and strength training both in her native Philadelphia and in Charleston, where she has lived for the last 12 years. In April 2004, she completed her Teacher Training at Holy Cow Yoga and has enriched her life beyond expectation. Her interest lies in the benefits and practice of Gentle and Restorative Yoga for everyone, and she is pleased to have an opportunity to teach at Holy Cow Yoga Center.
She teaches: Wednesday 5:30pm
Kat Hendrix, E-RYT500, began studying Buddhist philosophy, Meditation and Pranayama over twenty years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. She began practicing the physical asanas of Yoga in 1996 and completed her 500-hour Teacher Training at Holy Cow Yoga Center in 2013. Kat's classes emphasize steadiness and strength with a focus on slow, flowing movement connected by breath. Kat encourages students to develop an awareness of their own energetic rhythms as they practice. Outside the studio, she finds a regular Yoga practice also benefits her other interests such as surfing, ceramic sculpting, writing, and rock climbing. Kat is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and holds a PhD in Public Health. She also teaches Anatomy for Holy Cow Yoga Center's 200-hour and Advanced Studies Programs.
She teaches: Monday & Thursday 8:15am, Tuesday 6:00pm and serves on our Teacher Training Staff
Steven Willard began practicing Yoga in order to heal injuries and handle stress, then got hooked on feeling better. After a few years of practicing at Holy Cow Yoga Center, he completed his 200 hour certification in 2007. He is currently pursuing his 500 hour studying with many outstanding teachers and continues to grow his practice through hands on experience. A nurturer and a charmer, Steven is stiff-guy/gal friendly, friendly to people with sore backs, friendly to people with body image issues, friendly to people who are self-conscious or anxious and friendly to people who are yoga-phobic. Steven believes in and embodies the maxim that yoga is for everyone. He sees yoga as the union of body, breath, and spirit with an all-important added dash of humor, and always open to grace. His classes are rooted in the concept of doing less harm - ahimsa. Every class is different, but all are intense, playful, sometimes funny, sometimes loud and challenging. His aim is to provide a supportive, energetic and challenging environment which enables students to discover the life-changing power of the practice for themselves.
He teaches:Tuesday 7:00pm, Wed. & Thurs. 12:00pm (Yoga) & 1:08pm (meditation), Thursday 7:00pm, Friday 9:30am and Sunday 5:00pm & 6:30pm
Michele Aramati Wilson originally came to Yoga class for stress relief, and she quickly fell in love with all aspects of the practice. She finds that Yoga connects body, breath, mind & spirit for a deep experience of well-being and peace. Having discovered her practice later in life, she has deep compassion for those just beginning their Yoga journey and those with physical limitations. Michele's teaching is inspired by the Yin practice, and she hopes to bring a sense of gentle calmness (and a light sense of humor!) to her classes. Michele completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training here at Holy Cow Yoga Center, and is grateful to be a part of the Holy Cow community.
She teaches: Wednesday 9:30am & 11:15am (meditation) and Friday 10:30am
Kate Hudson, E-RYT 200/RYT 500, discovered the grace of a devoted yoga practice over 20 years ago. She completed her teacher training with Holy Cow Yoga Center and Asheville Yoga Center and has been teaching since 2004. She is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. Yoga has helped her cultivate self-awareness and self-confidence, and her greatest joy in teaching yoga is watching these qualities grow in her students. Kate's classes incorporate functional movement with traditional asana, pranayama, and meditation, and her intention is to help her students develop stability, mobility, and curiosity through a slow, mindful flow. She is grateful to her teachers, and she hopes to share their energy, wisdom, and compassion through her classes. She is honored to be a member of the Holy Cow community.
She teaches: Tuesday & Thursday 6:30am and Sunday 10:30am and serves on our Teacher Training Staff
Deborah Kaufman Watt
Deborah Kaufman begins her day with a personal mantra as a 'go-to' for the mind and an overall reminding message to trust in the movement of life. Her yoga practice began more than 20 years ago during her time as a professional ballet dancer, and she studied at several different yoga schools while in NYC. In 2009, she completed the breathing course, the Art of Living’s Sudarshan Kriya, traveled to India, and completed Holy Cow Yoga Center's Teacher Training program. Deborah has been teaching ever since and is also certified in Prenatal Yoga and Yin Yoga. She is the founder of Pretty Bride Yoga, a service for all things yoga for weddings. Deborah has worked on Wall Street and as a consultant in diverse industries, which inspired her to create Be Mindful Yoga, a Wellness and Yoga approach for private individual and group sessions, and workshops for outside of a traditional yoga studio. Her classes at Holy Cow focus on a combination of balance and strength, Pranayama techniques, and inspirational readings and teachings. Deborah is grateful to Holy Cow, as an integral and beneficial part of her path for friendship and learning.
She teaches: Tuesday & Friday 8:15am
Ursel Sarala Harmon, 500 E-RYT, YACEP came to yoga in search of relief from the stresses of daily life. Ursel Sarala went to her first yoga class many moons ago and decided she'd found her peace. Passionate about the yoga practice she began teaching in 2004, earning certifications in Gentle/Chair Yoga from Satchidananda Ashram, VA, and PreNatal Yoga from Holy Cow Yoga Center, among numerous certifications. Ursel Sarala enjoys working with and assisting yogis with limitations and her teaching style embodies the calmer aspects of the asana practice.
She teaches: Tuesday 1:08pm (meditation), Thursday 10:30am, Friday 5:30pm, Sunday 2:00pm and Sunday 3:30pm (Prenatal) Teacher Trainer for Restorative and Gentle Teacher Training
Heidi Crotts, 500 Hour lives the practice of yoga on and off the mat. Whether exploring the skyscraper canyons of New York City, or chasing her son Everette (her daily teacher, guru, and little love munchkin) on the beach of a South Carolina summer, she is never without a sense of gratitude for the transformation – in mind, body and spirit – that the study yoga has given her. Injured from youthful pursuits as a gymnast and diver, she once assumed balance and body confidence were lost to her forever. But, her first yoga class in Chicago in 2005 allayed her fears, and a resurgence of strength and vitality began. Influenced heavily by Ashtanga Yoga and David Swenson, she continues to absorb lessons of Leslie Howard, Doug Swenson and other illuminating souls into her personal practice and classes. “Pure joy” is how Heidi describes her return to Holy Cow, where she completed her 200-hour TT in 2010, and Charleston, where she is privileged to breathe in the healing marsh air every day.
She teaches: Wednesday 6:30am (Ashtanga), Thursday 9:30am, Thursday 4:30pm (Ashtanga), Saturday 8:15am and serves on our Teacher Training Staff
Tony Beard came to yoga around 2005 as an escape from the fast paced city/nightlife of Chicago, IL. He found some thick layers being quickly shed through a very intense Bikram practice early this year and came to the realization that teaching yoga was what he was supposed to do. So he jumped into it as soon as he could. He received certification through Corepower Yoga in Chicago along with an intense course in guided meditation through Invision just before he moved to Charleston. He currently specializes in making people sweat through the stylings of Baron Baptiste but just hopes to continue on in helping others to find the spiritual/mystical connection that yoga can help bring into their lives and is grateful to be doing it all at Holy Cow!
He teaches: Sunday 12:00pm, Tuesday & Friday 12:00pm, and Saturday 4:00pm
Jill Keefer began her practice 11 years ago shortly after having her first child and realized how Yoga was changing her life. She not only became physically stronger, but was more calm, patient and able to live life with a clearer mind. After years of being a stay at home mom and much soul searching, Jill decided to deepen her Yoga practice and journey with the 200-hr Teacher Training at Holy Cow Yoga in 2011. Jill loves to teach kids yoga and holds two kids teaching certifications, one from Holy Cow and the other from Yoga Kidz. Jill volunteers with Yoga Kidz at Mitchell Elementary School. She is also certified to teach Yin, Gentle, Restorative and Prenatal yoga. She hopes to inspire students of all ages and walks of life to let their practice on the mat enrich their lives off the mat.
She teaches: Tuesday 9:30am, Wednesday 12pm (Prenatal), Saturday 9:30am (Kids) and teaches our Kids Teacher Training
Sonia Lennartz, 500 Hour discovered Yoga when she randomly attended a class in 2002 in Italy. She found the effects of the class to be similar to a massage, a fitness class and a therapy session all combined into one. She became immediately fascinated with yoga's self-healing properties. Soon after discovering this new passion she moved to the United States where she pursued a career in banking. During that time, her yoga practice continued to grow while she balanced career and family. After the birth of her second child, she decided to abandon the corporate world an dedicate herself to what mattered most in her life, her family. She then decided to deepen her immersion in the practice by becoming a yoga teacher. Teacher training started in Virginia, but mid-way through, life moved her to Charleston. Determined to finish what she started, she completed her 200 hr certification in April 2012 through Holy Cow Yoga Center. She firmly believes that “obstacles are opportunities in disguise."
She teaches: Monday 12:00pm, Wednesday 8:15am and Friday 5:30pm and serves on our Teacher Training Staff
Maria Kelly discovered Yoga right after graduating college and has been hooked ever since. Starting off as a means to balance her body and complement her other activities, it quickly became more than just a physical practice. She completed her 200 hr. certification at Holy Cow in May of 2010 and believes that teaching is another means of learning. Learning about her connection with others and her truest Self. When not teaching Spanish or Yoga, she is surfing, traveling, playing Capoeira and keeping the Costa Rican saying "PURA VIDA" (pure life) alive. She is honored and excited to share her practice at Holy Cow and help others cultivate a deep sense of peace within themselves so that we can enjoy this gift of life together.
She teaches: Monday & Friday 6:30am (Ashtanga) and Tuesday 4:30pm (Ashtanga)
Barbara Halpern, E-RYT 500 first stepped into a yoga class in her teens, but it wasn’t until 1999, after many years as a marathon runner and coach that she returned to the mat with a committed personal practice. A registered yoga teacher with The Yoga Alliance and a member of the Integral Yoga Teachers Association, Barbara completed her 200-hour teacher training from Holy Cow in 2009 and attained the 500-hour Advanced Studies certification in 2014. In 2010, she completed the 80-hour Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors program at Duke Integrative Medicine. Her teaching reflects the gifts she receives from her own practice: an awareness of strength, self-healing, balance and contentment. She encourages her students to come to yoga just as they are, and to explore how the experience on the mat will unfold into enriched and awake living off the mat. Barbara is honored to be a part of the Holy Cow community.
She teaches: Monday 10:30am, Tuesday at 10:30am and serves as the Director of our Karma Crew
Alex Rogers, RYT500, is grateful to be the daughter of a Yogi. The Charleston, SC native grew up watching her mom practice sun salutations (Surya Namaskaaram) every morning and legs-up-the-wall (Vipareeta Karani) at the end of each day. By 2003, Alex was undoubtedly a Yogi too. She began teaching in 2006 and completed both her 200-hour training and advanced 300-hour certification through Holy Cow Yoga Center, Charleston's longest-running yoga studio and school. Alex has practiced at studios across the country and studied with numerous international teachers including Erich Schiffmann, Seane Corn, Kathryn Budig, Faith Hunter, Jason Crandell, Doug Keller, Gabriel Halpern, and Trace Sahaja Bonner. Alex teaches a mindful flow and Yin (plus a wall class on the first Saturday of every month!), and she sees Yoga and Meditation as a way to raise the universal vibration and human consciousness. With these practices, we recognize the peace we feel inside as our truest selves.
She teaches: Monday 9:30am & 6:00pm, and Saturday 11:00am and serves on our Teacher Training Staff
Beth Lundquist began practicing yoga after moving to Charleston in 2008 as a way to reduce the stress of a new teaching position and to connect with the community here. While she was initially focused on the physical aspects of yoga, she soon discovered how truly transformational yoga could be to body, mind, and spirit. Her practice became a priority and passion. She finally took the plunge and enrolled in the 3-month 200-hour teacher training at Holy Cow, finishing in April 2014. She is currently working on her 500-hour certification. Beth uses steady, vinyasa flow in her classes to balance our more sedentary, modern lifestyles. Her classes build strength, balance, and flexibility. In her class, you will likely work up a sweat but leave feeling balanced and strong. She believes the peace and centering offered in yoga can benefit people of all ages and abilities. Beth is most grateful to her family, Trace Sahaja and other inspiring teachers, and the loving yoga community she has found at Holy Cow Yoga Center.
She teaches: Tuesday 4:00pm
Kristen King completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Holy Cow Yoga Center in October of 2015. She is currently working towards her 500-hour certification and is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. Kristen started practicing yoga to balance stress and fell in love: In love with the breath, the body and the mind and how they are all connected. In love with the light within and how humbled, grounded and inspired she felt on her mat and how that changed her life off of the mat. Her wish is for you to have the same experience. She offers a fast paced and powerful yet reflective flow, open to students of all levels. Her aim is to strengthen the physical body while finding a balance within the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies in a safe, empowered and community focused environment. Expect to leave feeling powerful yet calm and peaceful yet strong. Kristen believes that yoga is for everybody and every body, join her on the mat with an open heart and an open mind and a joyful sense of curiosity. Meet yourself wherever you are, do what you can, let go of what holds you back and don’t be afraid to laugh as much as you breath. "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step". Lao Tzu
She teaches: Monday 6:00pm, Friday 2:30pm, Thursday and Friday 4:00pm
Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian
Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian, 200 Hour, is a Cell Biology researcher currently studying mechanisms involved in resistance to cancer therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is also a Yoga Biology researcher. Two of his recent research papers have provided scientific evidence on how Yoga practices promote well being. Sundar grew up in Tamilnadu, India in a traditional Yoga and Siddha medicine practicing family background. He attended Swami Chitbhavananda's Vivekananda College in India where he further learned Yoga, Meditation, and Kirtan practices. Sundar has been continuously learning from various Yoga Masters from the East and West. He is a member of International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Integral Yoga Teachers Association.
He teaches: Tuesday 5:30pm - Pranayama Class
Devon Gage was born and raised in Lexington, KY. where her practice began as a dancer for 8 years. As she moved to Charleston, she embarked on a Hatha journey through the yoga teacher training program at Holy Cow. She received her 200 RYT certification in April 2016, and is pursuing the 500 RYT certification. She teaches with an easeful, down to earth style while offering a meditative quality. Come join her class as she offers guidance on finding patience, mindfulness and love for the yoga practice. "Where there is love, there is light." -Gandhi
She teaches: Wednesday 7:15pm
Debbie Seabrook began her yoga journey started with a yoga course at the College of Charleston in 1985. She began practicing at Holy Cow Yoga Center in the early 2000’s (very sporadically). ”I always knew that yoga was there for me even if I wasn’t always there for it.” After dedicating 25 years to a law enforcement career and retirement loomed, yoga was calling and it soon became a more significant part of her life. Debbie completed her 200 hour certification through Holy Cow in October 2012 and offered lunch time yoga classes at the workplace 2 to 3 times a week in the year before retirement. She is honored to have served at Holy Cow assisting with Anna’s Gentle class on Monday evenings since November 2013 and now leading that class. Her passion is to make yoga accessible to all.
She teaches: Monday 5:30pm
Danielle Parker came to yoga via meditation. As an undergraduate, she decided to get an "easy A" by taking a course titled Meditation in Indian Culture. While she did not get an A, she did become hooked on meditation. More than a decade later, after kids and jobs and way too much Real Life, she came across yoga as she attempted to rediscover her meditation practice. She was amazed at the connection between body and breathe and the corresponding effect it had on her mind. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Holy Cow in 2016. She is currently working towards her 500-hour certification and is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. She is grateful for the opportunity to spread the light. "Let the beauty we love be what we do" ~Rumi
She teaches: Thursday 5:30pm (Prenatal) & Sunday 4:30pm
Teresa DuFine RYT 200 holds degrees in Social Work and Nursing and worked in those fields as well as real estate and fashion. Five years ago during a period of great stress and sadness, she returned to yoga at the urging of a friend. Unexpectedly she found a sense of release, peace, and a new and deep appreciation for all aspects of the practice. In 2016 she completed teacher training at Holy Cow Yoga and soon began teaching in the wellness program of Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. She continues to deepen her practice at Holy Cow and is pursuing advanced studies toward 500 hour certification. The realization that youth is soul deep not skin deep, learning to live in the moment with awareness, and to consciously create space in body, mind and heart have been invaluable yoga/life lessons. She shares these in a gentle, introspective, and joyful practice. Off the mat Teresa enjoys family time, exploring other forms of exercise, book club, and playing bridge. Grateful to be part of the Holy Cow community!
She teaches Saturday 2:00pm
Katy relocated to Charleston in 2013 from Boston to attend the Yoga teacher training program at Holy Cow. She completed the training in the spring of that year and has been a part of the studio ever since. She began by working at the desk and has been the studio manager since 2016. Katy was an athlete growing up, mostly playing soccer. She has found yoga is a valuable addition to her activities, which now include mountain biking, to keep her flexible and also to help her take the time to slow down. She hopes to provide her students with a sense of peace and ease in class, and to not take themselves or the practice too seriously. She’s grateful she can share her love of the practice at a studio she loves.
She teaches Monday 2:30pm
After discovering yoga in the 90s, it took years for Martha to lie still in Savasana. Gradually, the magic of a regular yoga practice manifested as she learned to juggle work, motherhood and sport: Finding some space to breathe, awareness of thought, or in those incredible moments when her shell would crack open just enough to flood her with long-forgotten inner light. When not in the yoga studio, Martha can be found teaching Art at the museum, leading tours in the creeks, or gracefully demonstrating how to fall out of headstand on a paddleboard. Since completing her 200hr teacher training in 2016, she has been honored to be part of the Holy Cow staff, gratefully holding her teachers here in highest esteem for their depth of skill, knowledge and spirit. Martha celebrates the sacred, the self, and the wellbeing that yoga rekindles in all of us: from every walk, in every body, at every stage of our yoga journey.
She teaches Wednesday at 6:00pm
Assistants and Subs
Holy Cow Yoga Center has always been dedicated to the sincere pursuit of new teachers to find their voice through an apprenticeship style program. We made it official quite a few years ago with the introduction to the Assistant Teacher - Mentor Program, which allows new, 200-hour certified teachers to participate and learn under the guidance of a mentor, as well as assist students within a classroom setting. You may find them not only assisting in a class, but also participating in the Advanced Studies of Yoga Program and occasionally subbing & carrying the lineage of Yoga
Jena Pilar (Friday 10:30am)
Tracy Huchingson (Saturday 9:30am)
Kelly Bailey (Saturday 9:30am KIDS)
Victoria Davich (Saturday 11:00am)
Hannah Weber (Sunday 10:30am)
Amy Gaffney (Sunday 2:00pm)
Lea Austen (Monday 8:15am)
Jean Sutherland (Monday 10:30am)
Jessica Conway (Monday 4:00pm)
Shoba Kousik (Monday 5:30pm)
Jenny Goshorn (Wednesday 4:00pm)
Martha Criscuolo (Thursday 8:15am)