Meet Our Instructors
Kim Tull-Esterbrook is certified through both the 200 and 500 hour teacher training programs at Whole Life Yoga, and is the current owner of Whole Life Yoga Studio. Kim uses yoga as a tool to help her know and understand herself and the world more fully. She has found that yoga, as a practice, helps her move with courage and grace through all the beautiful and challenging things she finds through that searching. She is drawn to the deeper tools of practice and she tries to infuse her asana classes with the richness of the other limbs of yoga. She is drawn to mediation, myth, and sound. She delights in ritual and play, and feels incredibly blessed that her path has led her to the viniyoga tradition. In taking leadership of Whole Life Yoga, she hopes to nurture and foster the vibrant community that already exists and offer practices and tools to deepen connection to self, to spirit, and to one another.
Tracy Weber is the founder of Whole Life Yoga. She is a certified yoga instructor and yoga therapist through the American Viniyoga Institute's teacher training program and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has also completed advanced studies in prenatal yoga. She originally came to yoga for relief from chronic back pain, and discovered the balance and stress relief yoga provides. Tracy believes that the benefits of yoga are much broader than physical exercise, and that yoga can help people achieve what they want in all areas of life. Note: The yoga therapy components of Tracy's teaching are based on her certification and additional training as a yoga therapist from the American Viniyoga Institute, not derived from her status as an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance Registry.
Monique McFadden is a certified yoga instructor through Whole Life Yoga at the 200 hour level. She is also registered with Yoga Alliance. After teaching in the classroom and practicing yoga for the last several years, Monique decided to combine her passions and go through a yoga teacher training program. Monique truly believes in the power of yoga - mental, physical, and spiritual - to transform and enhance life, mindfulness, and awareness. She is a committed, nurturing, and focused practitioner and teacher who believes that yoga should be accessible to students of all ages, levels, and abilities. Monique believes there is always something to be learned in the realm of pranayama, asana, and meditation. She is beyond happy to be sharing her love for yoga and her belief in the mind-body connection with others.
Cassidy Clowe is a certified yoga instructor through Whole Life Yoga's teacher training program at the 200-hour level and is registered with Yoga Alliance. Having dabbled in various yoga lineages over many years it wasn’t until discovering Viniyoga that she felt at home in her yoga practice and in her body. Cassidy passionately believes that yoga is for everybody and every body and loves introducing Viniyoga to those who find any aspect yoga intimidating or inaccessible for their needs. Living with OCD has provided her a unique perspective in adapting her yoga practices, particularly meditation, to work for her energetic and creative brain. She hopes to use what she’s learned to help others find the peace that yoga can provide. Cassidy most loves that the journey through yoga is ever changing and offers many paths to meet our changing needs, wherever we are in life physically, mentally and emotionally. Cassidy balances her yoga practice with weight lifting and stays grounded by nurturing her connection to nature, family and friends and her beloved fur baby, Peanut.
Julie Miller is a certified yoga instructor through Whole Life Yoga's teacher training program at the 200-hour level and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200. She has also completed the iRest Level I Yoga Nidra training. Julie is especially interested in the use of mindfulness practices to address the effects of stress on the body and create a greater sense of peace and wellbeing throughout daily life. Julie seeks to support students in creating practices that suit their individual needs. Her intention is to facilitate awareness of the physical and energetic impact of poses and she encourages taking time throughout class to become aware of subtle shifts. Off the mat, Julie enjoys spending time studying herbal medicine and exploring alternative healing modalities.
Sarina Abbasi is a certified yoga instructor through Whole Life Yoga's teacher training program and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200. She also was a TA for the 200 - hour program. Sarina discovered Viniyoga in 2016 when she began taking classes at Whole Life. She’s passionate about using yoga to help her students with physical and mental relaxation.
Jocelyn Hess is a certified yoga instructor through Whole Life Yoga's teacher training program at the 200-hour level. She has found that in this day and age, it is so easy to become disconnected, and that yoga reconnects her to her true self. She has felt so much more joy and balance in her life since having a regular yoga practice, and wants others to feel that joy as well. She feels that our minds, body, and breath have so much to offer us, if we can just learn how to use them all together. She loves helping people find yoga and how it can benefit them personally.
Grace Glanton discovered a sense of serenity and balance when she began practicing yoga in 2006. She has dealt with chronic health conditions throughout her life and turns to yoga to help bring union to body, breath and mind. Viniyoga has shown her how to experience the benefits of yoga authentically and holistically. She completed the 200-hour teacher training program at Whole Life Yoga and will begin the 500-hour training in April 2019. She serves as a yoga guide to help facilitate safety, adaptability, individuality and unity for all people. Grace also has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and seven years of experience working in community mental health. She can be found making magic crafts, incorporating nature into her daily life, and hanging around her cat and partner. Come as you are, and she will meet you there."
Shelley Curtis is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level through Whole Life Yoga’s teacher training program and is also a registered prenatal teacher having completed Colette Crawford’s 85-hour pre- and post-natal training. She wishes yoga had found her in her younger years but imagines there is a reason her first yoga class wasn’t until she was in her late 30s. Practicing through two pregnancies, a back injury and two foot surgeries has taught her to meet her body where it is with non-judgement and compassion. Yoga (teaching and her own practice) brings a bit of calm to her joyful and full life as a mom of two very active boys.
Alice Mason is a certified yoga instructor through Whole Life Yoga's teacher training program at the 200-hour level. Alice has been practicing yoga since 2000 and discovered Viniyoga in 2012 when she began taking classes at Whole Life Yoga. It is through these classes and it’s teacher training program that Alice began to realize that yoga had always been more than just a form of exercise to her. Alice came to an awareness that she had been benefitting from the stress relieving aspects of yoga and that yoga allowed her to navigate the daily challenges of life with more ease. Alice enjoys making connections with her students and is enthusiastic about sharing Viniyoga with people of all ages, abilities and body types.
Patricia Hedtke is a certified yoga instructor through Whole Life Yoga's teacher training program and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200. She uses yoga as a means of letting her mind, body, and spirit join hands in partnership. Her goal is to make yoga available to those of a larger, rounder body type.
Julia Fay is a certified yoga instructor through Whole Life Yoga's teacher training program at the 500-hour level, and has been teaching yoga since 2006. She has studied chant with Gina Salá and Sanskrit with Kathryn Payne. Julia finds Viniyoga to be the perfect companion to her own personal chant and meditation practice, allowing one to find a deep level of attunement and connection. She is honored to share her love of chant and spiritual exploration with others and welcomes people of all backgrounds in finding their own connection to Source and the stillness within.