Eliza is the co-founder and director at FlyDog Yoga. She is a Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa teacher and is en route to complete her 500-hr certification in 2017. Eliza is the lead teacher for her Power Vinyasa Teacher Training and she also has certifications in Aerial Yoga, Yoga & Weights, Prenatal Yoga and Children's Yoga. Some of Eliza's favorite teachers that she has trained under include: Baron Baptiste, Kathryn Budig, Rolf Gates, Ray Long and Ana Forrest.
You should expect a creative, fun, athletic style that will get your blood flowing and make you sweat but at the same time tap into your potential- get inspired, be empowered and have fun! Every body is welcome, you can always modify poses and flows to fit you.
Yoga is not about perfection- it is about progress.
Bridget Baylin, RYT(Feb 2015) discovered yoga 1998 and has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 2001. Bridget loves studying other methods of yoga as well, and getting creative with her approach to teaching depending on the preferences and needs of her students. She completed 200-hour Power Vinyasa Training with Eliza Whiteman at Fly Dog in 2015. Bridget is certified to teach aerial yoga (Spark Yoga, 2015) and completed the Baron Baptiste Art of Assisting Intensive in 2016. Bridget has attended workshops and studied with many renowned teachers, including Jennifer Elliott, Kino MacGregor, Tim Miller, Chuck Miller, Sharron Honeycutt and Sadie Nardini and is always eager to learn more. She is now focusing her training on Ayurveda and integrated wellness, and is eager to share what she knows about promoting balance in mind and body with her students. Bridget’s class focuses on building strength, alignment and breath control so that her students can explore the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga. She believes that anyone can do yoga and provides specific practice modifications to meet her students’ individual goals. Bridget loves to share the gifts of a structured yoga practice with others and thinks that yoga allows people to check in with their best selves. She hopes that her students of all levels can enjoy increased energy, physical well-being and serenity through yoga.
Jessica is a 200-hr RYT with Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200-hr training in Power Vinyasa Yoga with Flydog Yoga and Yin Yoga training in 2015. She currently teaches yin, children’s yoga, and an Elementary teacher in Charlottesville, VA. The foundations of Jessica’s yoga practice are rooted in her passion and dedication to long distance running. She incorporates an expanded integration of body, spirit, and breath as she practices with the fellow pilgrims she meets on her yoga mat. Jessica guides her classes with an intention to tune into the core of our being and attention to the collective energy in the surrounding air. She leads a quiet and calm practice that invites you to awaken your heart, breathe, and be.
Shannon Burns, a double WAHOO, has lived in Charlottesville for 20+ years. She has practiced yoga for over 10 years, and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training through FlyDog Yoga in March 2016.
As a Nurse Practitioner, she uses her care, knowledge and understanding of the human body to bring calmness and strength to the body through support and empowerment.
During a Power Vinyasa class, Shannon hopes to motivate students to gain confidence, knowledge, and connect to the mind & body in a kind hearted and nonjudgemental way. Shannon discovered the benefits of yoga practice during a crazy, yet exciting stage of parenting and life. After years of running half marathons and being a gym rat, she decided to see what would happen if she took 25 classes in 30 days at FlyDog, and has never looked back- HOOKED. Yoga continues to bring balance into Shannon’s life, and she hopes to help you discover all of your possibilities in one of her classes!
Jennifer found her passion for yoga as an undergraduate student at James Madison University. What started as a primarily asana practice became a pathway to healing and self love. She practiced under mentors Keala Mason and Amanda Saccone while working for JMU's group fitness program. Her other inspirations include Eliza Whiteman, Mary Ann McIvor, Kathryn Budig and Amy Ippoliti. She graduated from Fly Dog Yoga's 200 hour training in 2016. Inspired by creative sequencing and humor in her practice, expect to sweat, laugh, and work hard in Jennifer's vinyasa and power classes.
In over eight years of practice, Patrick has gone from once-a-week asana dabbler to yoga devotee. Yoga is the pillar that supports some of the other joys in his life: being a loving husband, active father and creating hand-made ceramics. Patrick has studied with local teachers such at Eliza Whiteman, MaryAnn McIvor, Jen Fleisher, and Kevin Warren, each of whom has ignited his desire to improve his personal practice and inspired him to share his love of yoga by becoming a certified teacher. Patrick completed FlyDog Yoga’s 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training in August of 2015.
Patrick teaches an energetic Vinyasa flow, set to great music and designed to activate and open the entire body, with special emphasis on breath and alignment. We sweat together, laugh together, and share in each other’s successes. Show up, work hard and you will never be the same again.
Kelsey Gillan has been practicing yoga since 2007. She is a graduate of James Madison University, where she studied Public Health which gave her the foundation to build a life dedicated to holistic living. As her practice rooted, Kelsey recognized an opportunity and desire to expand her health degree by teaching yoga. Kelsey studied under Eliza Whiteman and graduated from Fly Dog's 200 hr Teacher Training in February of 2015. Kelsey blends her health knowledge and personal experiences to develop yoga classes accessible for all levels. Kelsey teaches yin and vinyasa to the rhythm of music, with the use of props, gentle assists, and personal attention. She hopes to inspire her students' growth in their yoga journey, and to find courage that transpires off the mat.
Stephanie discovered her passion for yoga accidently three years ago. An avid runner through high school and college, she injured her back while training for a marathon. While turning to yoga to strengthen her core, she fell in love with the practice and traded her running shoes for a yoga mat and never looked back.
Her practice provided her the discipline and calmness to complete an accelerated nursing degree in 15 months. For one hour a day, every day, she could recharge, refocus and renew her energies. Two years later working as a pediatric nurse, she relies on her yoga practice to provide balance, clarity and calmness to her days.
Stephanie graduated from FlyDog Yoga 200-Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training in July of 2016. She draws her inspiration for practice from many of her teachers, including Eliza Whiteman, Mary Ann McIvor, Debbie Taneyhill, and her fellow teacher trainers. Stephanie teaches a Power class where you can expect a fast paced, fun workout that focuses on balance and strength. She believes yoga has the power to transform lives and hopes to empower others on the journey to a stronger body and calmer mind.
Upon moving to Charlottesville in 2013 Jenn took Eliza's class by accident and instantly knew her practice would transform.
She found her 'home' with Flydog and completed 200-hr YTT with Eliza Whiteman while also recieving her Aerial level 1 certificate from Aircat Aerial Arts.
Her passion for teaching Aerial stems from 'stepping outside of your comfort zone'- she was hooked first flip!
Every class is taught with the intention of creating a playful yet informative experience, she likes to focus on building strength, body-breath awareness, and proper technique. She lives for the look on a students face when they achieve a skill - Priceless!
When Anne finally took a yoga class to help heal after a car accident, she was amazed at how good she felt afterwards. She was hooked from the first, flowy, mindful class. Her classes are inspired by the belief that yoga can heal and strengthen the body both physically and emotionally.
Anne teaches all levels of Vinyasa. Her classes are a Fun, creative Flow that will both challenge and inspire you. Come ready to work hard, sweat, breathe deep, and leave empowered. In her classes, you will work through invigorating sequences set to an eclectic mix of tunes, allowing you to grow, stretch, and reflect. Anne has her 200 Yoga certification from FlyDog Yoga. Her main influences are Eliza Whiteman, Mary Ann McIvor, Baron Baptiste, Rolf Gates, and Kerri Verna.
MaryAnn took her first ashtanga class in 2009 and fell in love with what quickly became a physically healing and mentally calming practice. In 2012, she graduated from Charlottesville Yoga School and began teaching. She's thankful for the large yoga community in our little town, and very grateful to have had workshop opportunities with Tim Miller, Andrew Eppler, David Keil, Kino MacGregor, Richard Freeman, and Kathryn Budig.
MaryAnn is also FlyDog's Lead Barre Teacher and is in the process of getting her 500 hour Vinyasa certification from Om On Yoga in Richmond.
Her creatively sequenced vinyasa classes have a strong focus on alignment and overall strength, offering something new and different to both beginners and seasoned practitioners.
Sarah first discovered yoga in high school as a silent and peaceful way of escaping the stress and rigor of athletics and academics. Throughout her college years, she wandered across and outside the country, finding yoga in various places and eventually landing in her own solid practice that grows with her each and every day. The more yoga she does, the more peace and serenity it brings to her life. Sarah's classes reflect her various travels and adventures, emphasizing styles and poses that inspire greater self-love, appreciation of our surroundings, and wonder for the unknown. Sarah has her 200hr certification from Opal Yoga as well as her Aerial certification from AirCat Aerial Yoga.
Jamie has been teaching Vinyasa Yoga since 2014 and practicing yoga for over 11 years with a consistent practice starting in 2013. Her inspirations include fellow teacher trainers, Stephanie Jesteadt, Eliza Whiteman, Kathryn Budig, and Gina Camputo. Jamie graduated from FlyDog Yoga 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training in March 2016. Jamie is a full time Registered Dietitian with Veterans Affairs and she also organizes local nutrition challenges and nutrition related workshops and speaking engagements. Jamie is certified in Indo-Board Yoga through YogaFit and she completed over 100 hours of training under YogaFit trainers. You can expect a heated fast paced, fun, and athletic class that will leave you feeling strong, confident, and sweaty. Jamie loves to teach whether it is nutrition or yoga and she hopes to share her love of healthy living with you on and off the mat.