The importance of having Yoga Alliance Registered instructors.
ISY has high standards, ensuring that our teachers are very well trained. Yoga Alliance is the central governing body for yoga teachers in the US, and sets standards for yoga teachers across the nation. Yoga Alliance also sets requirements for continuing education, ensuring that teachers registered with them (RYT) are remaining current in their skills and knowledge.
Carrie Klaus: E-RYT200, RYT500, YACEP Owner/Director
Inspired by the Jivamukti Yoga Method, you'll find Carrie's classes to be a mix of serious yoga focus and light-hearted fun. Each class is different and challenging, covering a wide variety of yoga postures to help you transcend the limitations of your mind. Carrie believes that every person can practice yoga and will help you find your most comfortable pose through the use of props and various modifications. Carrie's classes also include a good dose of yoga philosophy. Her classes will encourage you to challenge yourself mentally and physically all while you're having fun!
Carrie began her yoga practice in 2003 after the birth of her first daughter. She started yoga as a way to get her body in shape after pregnancy, but quickly realized that yoga had so much more to offer. While continuing her physical practice she began to deepen her knowledge of yoga. As a result of experiencing greater peace in her life, Carrie decided to begin sharing her love of yoga with others. She enrolled in teacher training and has been sharing her love of yoga ever since.
Carrie and her husband, Rob, opened Inner Spring Yoga in 2013 with the intention of creating a heart centered community in which Southern Indiana and Louisville residents can learn the teachings of yoga and equip themselves to spread peace and kindness into the world.
Carrie completed her 200 hour teacher training at Eternal Health Yoga under the guidance of Shelli Carpenter, and an additional 300 hours of Advanced Yoga Studies at Asheville Yoga Center. In addition to holding a 500 hour certificate and being registered with Yoga Alliance, Carrie also holds a teacher training certificate in Yin Yoga Practice and Theory which she received under the guidance of Paul Grilley, Carrie has practiced under many amazing teachers including Sharon Gannon, David Life, Doug Swenson, Anna Ferguson, Julie Kirkpatrick, Michael Johnson, Desiree Rumbaugh, Saul David Raye, Libby Hensley, Leslie Kaminoff, and many others. Carrie continues to learn new information to share with her classes by participating in workshops and trainings.
Carrie is a lifelong resident of Southern Indiana, where she lives with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 cats. When Carrie isn't teaching yoga she's busy watching her daughters compete in swimming and gymnastics.
Laura DeMent: E-RYT, Certified Health Coach
Laura was first introduced to yoga in 2002. At first, she enjoyed yoga as a form of exercise that did not bother her knees. As she continued her practice, yoga became a way to live her life in a balanced and healthy way. In 2005, Laura was asked to sub a yoga class and realized she would enjoy teaching. That fall she enrolled in OM yoga's Weekend Warrior teacher training in Indianapolis and graduated in 2006.
Laura's teaching is inspired by her teachers, Seane Corn, Chris Crews, Frank Mauro, Ramanand Patel and Laura Spaulding. Her classes focus on alignment, breath, flow and the use of props to make the asanas (postures) accessible to all students.
Laura is also a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and owner of Integrating Healthy Habits health coaching services.
Sarah Collins: RYT
Sarah teaches Hatha and Yin classes that emphasize flexibility, stability, strength, the art of letting go, and yoga as a lifestyle. Sarah graduated from Inner Spring’s Yoga Teacher Training program in 2018. She began taking yoga classes in college. From those early years, she knew she would eventually share her love of yoga with others. She explored different styles of yoga over the years, but found her home base at Inner Spring in 2017. Sarah has found yoga to be invaluable in her own life. It has offered her a vehicle to tap into a sense of balance, a sense of focus, a sense of community, a sense of strength, a mind/body connection, and a joyful way to work out the kinks, improving her ability to exist happily in her own life.
She believes if every person practiced yoga, this world would improve exponentially. Sarah considers herself a perpetual student and plans to continue to deepen her practice and her knowledge of the guiding principles of that practice.
Crystal Edwards-Hutsell: RYT
I decided to become a yoga teacher after practicing yoga for six years, so I could help others find the same peace that yoga has brought to me. I believe there is a style of yoga for everyone. I am also a pediatric nurse. When I'm not working, practicing or teaching yoga I can usually be found outdoors with my two sons.
Crystal is a compassionate teacher who enjoys teaching a flowing style of Hatha Yoga. She completed her 200 Hour Training through Inner Spring Yoga in 2015.
Esther richmer: RYT
Esther started practicing yoga in 2011 when she joined a fitness club as a form of exercise and to complement her running and cycling hobbies. Years later, while pregnant with her daughter, she started going to a yoga studio for the first time and started to connect to her practice in a more spiritual, personal way. After her daughter was born, she sought out this experience in other yoga studios that didn’t just specialize in prenatal yoga. Her search brought her to Inner Springs Yoga. At the time she felt like yoga was very helpful not only to getting back into physical shape postpartum, but also more significantly it helped her navigate through the changes and challenges she was experiencing as a new mother.
As she grew her personal practice, she started feeling a deeper connection to yoga and decided to she wanted to share her experience with others through teaching. She begin teaching yoga at a fitness club and devoted time to learning more about yoga- mainly about the poses, alignment, and sequencing. Her passion for learning and practicing yoga led her to pursue her yoga teacher training certification. Esther attended the 2018 Yoga Teacher Training program at Inner Springs and received her RYT200 hour certification in September 2018. While she loves to explore and learn about the different types of yoga, she especially likes the Hatha flow and Vinyasa styles, and also enjoys teaching those types of classes. She loves the energetic, fast-paced sequencing of flow and vinyasa classes, in addition to focusing on pranayama. She also likes to incorporate yoga philosophy in her class themes to teach her students more about yoga and help them connect to their yoga practice off the mat.
When she’s not teaching or practicing yoga, she loves to spend time with her family, travel, and enjoys outdoor activities like running, cycling, and hiking.