Nichole Baker is the owner of StudiOm Yoga and is a Intermediate Junior 2 certified Iyengar Yoga instructor CIYT, and a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapist IAYT.
Nichole began taking yoga classes 26 years ago to strengthen her back. She wore a back brace for her scoliosis but continued to feel weak and unbalanced and has found the Iyengar method with precision based alignment just what she needed.
Nichole has dedicated herself to Iyengar Yoga and continues to study with Senior Iyengar teachers like Randy Just, Dean Lerner, Gabriella Giubilaro and Patrica Walden. Nichole has studied with the Iyengar family at the Ramamani Institute in Pune India and travels regularly to continue and further her knowledge of Iyengar Yoga.
Nichole opened StudiOm Yoga 11 years ago and has been teaching for over 25 years. StudiOm offers a safe, open and welcoming atmosphere for everyone at any age , with or without any knowledge of yoga
Lauren is an Introductory I/II certified Iyengar Yoga instructor and has been teaching for 9 years. She has been a student of Iyengar yoga for the past 19 years and continues to further her knowledge of the Iyengar tradition through teacher training and attending workshops with several Senior Iyengar teachers. Lauren enjoys yoga as a way to maintain her strength and flexibility and finds yoga to be a great way to release and relax from the daily stresses of life. She is also an architect working as a Project Manager with the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Rebecca Andrews is pursuing Introductory I/II Certification, and has studied at StudiOm for over one year. Her yoga practice began by taking flow classes in high school and college to help enhance her ballet training. Rebecca has attended Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training with Senior Teacher Randy Just and studies with Nichole Baker as her mentor teacher. Rebecca chose Iyengar Yoga because of its focus on proper alignment, much like ballet. Rebecca also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, majoring in Human Resources Management and minoring in Dance.
Meg Outlaw has been teaching Group Exercise classes in the Jackson area for the past 36 years, including hi/lo, step, body sculpting, group indoor cycling, Mat Pilates and Pilates Reformer. She began teaching Mat Pilates classes in 2000 after extensive training through BASI (Body Arts and Science) at Ballet Mississippi, and Pilates Reformer classes in 2008 after completing certification through NETA (National Exercise Trainers Association) in Minneapolis, MN. Other certifications include AFAA, YMCA, Reebok Group Cycling, as well as receiving certification as a Personal Trainer, and certification through the YMCA of the USA to train other potential instructors.
Richard Balestre has been studying and teaching TaiChi for over fifteen years. He was invited by a friend to attend a Tai Chi class and became intrigued after he felt a surge of cool energy move up his spine, this inspired him to learn more. Richards studies brought him to focus on yang style forms, with attention to function, as well as form. Classes will challenge the student to learn the basic science of breath,
and mind/body continuity.
MissiHIPPY is central Mississippi’s premier dance troupe and has been preforming together for more then 12 years. Members include Michele Campbell, Randi Young Jerome and Sheila Norwood. The troupe is lead by Kristina Kelly, who began studying belly dancing in 1990.