Nichole Baker is the owner of StudiOm Yoga and is a Intermediate Junior III certified Iyengar Yoga instructor CIYT, and a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapist IAYT. Nichole holds the highest certification in the state of MS.
Nichole began taking yoga classes 27 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 10 years. She has been a student of Iyengar yoga for the past 20 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 two years. 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.
Stephanie Mimms practiced various forms of yoga off and on for 5 years, before adopting a regular practice when she discovered Iyengar Yoga 4 years ago. She has been mentored by Nichole Baker, participated in yoga teacher training with Randy Just, and attended workshops to improve her knowledge and practice. Stephanie also has a career as an Occupational Therapist working with patients with neurological diagnoses, where she incorporates yoga into her sessions to improve body awareness and postural control. "We all have poor posture and weakness on some level, it is just more apparent after you've experienced a traumatic event. If yoga can work for my patients, it can work for everyone." Although Stephanie finds the physical benefits of yoga a wonderful way to promote health and well-being in the body, she also appreciates the meditative/mindful components of yoga, and the effect it can have on life outside of the studio. Her mission is to inspire people to be present in their bodies, so that they can learn to slow down and be present to enjoy their daily lives. "It is wonderful to witness a student progress from attempting a pose, to feeling successful in that pose, to finding peace in the pose, and most importantly, taking that peace into all aspects of life."
Meg Outlaw has been teaching Group Exercise classes in the Jackson area for the past 37 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 sixteen 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.