FlyDog Yoga
Millmont Shops
1039 Millmont St
Charlottesville, VA 22903
info@flydogyoga.com
(434) 964-1964

Our Team at FlyDog Yoga


 
At FlyDog Yoga we offer you only the best in our staff and instruction. Meet our Certified teachers today, we look forward to meeting you and your goals!
 
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Eliza is the co-founder and Director at FlyDog Yoga. She found yoga initially as a cross trainer for her post collegiate athletics but it wasn’t until her husband was deployed for a year in 2004 that yoga figuratively and literally showed her that she could hold herself up on her own. Eliza wants every student to feel that same possibility on and off of their mat as well.

Eliza is a RYT-500, Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher and graduate of the Fit to Lead Training Program. She is the lead teacher for FDY's Power Vinyasa Teacher Training and she also has certifications in Aerial Yoga, Yoga & Weights, Prenatal Yoga and Children's Yoga.

In 2017, Eliza was the winner of the Tory Burch Fellowship for Small Business Women Entrepreneurs. As a military spouse, Eliza is passionate about helping other military spouses pursue their own business dreams and goals and is on the Advisory Board of MilSpo (Military Spouse) Project and is a regular contributor to their conferences and meetings.

To no surprise, the first class Amy took with FlyDog was a barre class back in January of 2017. From there, Amy started taking a variety of classes and soon realized that this was a community she wanted to be more a part of. She jumped at the idea of attending FlyDog Yoga’s Barre Teacher Training and teaching at FlyDog. Amy looks forward to providing fun and upbeat classes that encourage any and all people to try barre, take barre or become a barre regular!
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.
 
Ingrid began practicing yoga at FlyDog in 2015 and graduated from FlyDog's 200 hour Power Vinyasa training in 2018. She wholeheartedly believes in the energizing, transformative and restorative power of yoga, whether in a challenging Power Vinyasa class or a calm Yin flow. Ingrid encourages her students to appreciate their bodies and all that they can do wherever they are in their practice. She aspires to create an environment free of self-criticism and a place where students can find joy, strength, equanimity and possibility. With music playlists to complement the sequences, Ingrid’s classes will make you sweat, smile and breathe deeply. Ingrid teaches Power Vinyasa and Flow to Yin.
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.
After having been an educator and a yoga practitioner for ten years, Carly Nicholson is now bringing these two together as a yoga teacher, designing and teaching experiences on the mat that will leave you with meaning and purpose.
 
As a cancer survivor, Carly was inspired by the several teachers, such as Eliza Whiteman, who welcomed her and whatever she could offer on her mat throughout treatment, in practice towards healing. Now Carly teaches classes with the same individualized welcome and attention, using music, rhythm, and breath as a quickening tool for building community. Carly is an RYT-200 and has also completed the Teen Yoga Teacher Training Intensive with Karma Kids Yoga. Carly teaches Power Vinyasa, Heated Vinyasa, and Teen Yoga.
 
Carly strives to be an old person one day, one who smiles back at the play, laughter, and spirited appreciation of this body she found through yoga. In teaching, she simultaneously receives and offers up the perspective of survivor, the perspective of yogi, and this life we lead when we get to meet on our mats.
Sarah loves to share her joy and passion by teaching others. With an active background including everything from ballet to weight lifting, she brings body positivity and love of movement into her practice. Sarah discovered FlyDog and aerial yoga while recovering from a back injury, and fell in love with the combination of healing, strength, dance, and yoga. In Sarah’s fun and playful classes, you can expect to step outside your comfort zone, build confidence, and find strength you didn’t know you had!
Elizabeth first found yoga in a tiny room attached to a children's gym in Lynchburg, VA. She was instantly hooked, but it wasn't until moving to Charlottesville that she found a community of yogis where her study of yoga could flourish. She received her 200hr certification in 2016 and has been teaching ever since. Elizabeth has also completed 27 hours of Thai Yoga Massage training and incorporates many of these techniques into her hands-on assists during class. Elizabeth's mantra: "May you be happy, healthy & strong!"
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.
Lisa is a Charlottesville native who rediscovered her love for yoga both on the mat and in the air when a friend convinced her to "try" an aerial yoga class at FlyDog with Eliza Whiteman. She was immediately drawn to the balance of both fun and strength in the hammock. The incredible support of the FlyDog community inspired Lisa to complete her certification in Aerial Yoga training at FlyDog in 2017. Lisa's classes will focus on building strength and confidence while still having fun and feeling like you are playing in the air.
Kylie Hibshman shifted from an avid distance runner to a yoga devotee in 2016 after a triathlon injury. She quickly realized the immense mental and physical benefits of a regular practice and has not turned back. She completed her 200-Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training under the guidance of Eliza Whiteman and MaryAnn McIvor in 2017. In her classes, Kylie offers a variety of modifications to challenge students of all skill levels. She encourages her students to find balance, strength, breath and compassion both on and off their mats. Her vinyasa and yin classes incorporate music, low heat, moderate tempo and thematic structures to promote self-inquiry and joy.
Lauren dabbled in yoga, running, and dance for years before moving to Charlottesville and finding her home at FlyDog Yoga. In 2017, she completed her first Aerial Yoga Teacher Training. She enjoys transitioning skills developed in an aerial hammock to practice on the mat and vice versa. She encourages students to let go of judgement, and find lightness and strength in their practice and in their lives.
 
Andrea is a relative newcomer to yoga but fell in love instantly. The emphasis on encouraging personal growth as well as building community has enriched her life in ways that words cannot adequately express. She completed her first teacher training in 2017 and hasn't looked back. Andrea has her FlyDog Yoga Barre as well as FlyDog Yoga Aerial level 1 & 2 certifications. With a background in sports medicine, she particularly enjoys the balance between strength and flexibility and structure and playfulness that these classes provide.
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.  Jennifer also has her FDY Barre Certification as well as Aerial Level 1 & 2 Certifications from Aircat Aerial Arts.
Jennifer is the Lead Aerial Teacher at FlyDog Yoga. 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!
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