Casey Sagers began teaching yoga in 2007. She completed her 230 hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification
through Yoga Alliance in 2011 at Inner Sea Yoga in Johnson City, TN and is currently pursuing her 500 RYT certification at Asheville Yoga Center in NC. Just after her third yoga class, she pursued teaching yoga. Casey believes that yoga assists everyone in renewing the mind, supporting the body, and rejuvenating the spirit. She teaches several types of classes including Vinyasa Flow and Restorative. Her classes are often a creative mix of several styles taught from her heart. Her classes can make your body sweat or guide you into total relaxation. With a healthy awareness of alignment, Casey will encourage you to practice yoga all of your life. She loves to incorporate spiritual truths for life in all of her classes. Occasionally, she also gets to teach Partner Yoga with her firefighter husband, which is her favorite type class! Catch Casey at Breathe on Friday mornings at 8:30am for a Gentle Mixed Level Flow
Lydie Ometto An experienced yoga teacher who sees Yoga as her walk of life-her passion. She has studied with many of the leading voice of yoga worldwide, and she honors the love and support from all her loving students and practice ‘buddies’. Lydie is currently deepening her studies under the guidance of Rod Stryker and ParaYoga Curriculum.
She is also an Integrative Yoga Therapist and a voice with International Association of Yoga Therapy. Her background as a Physical Therapist, Massage Therapist, Acupuncturist (BR) and Energy Work define her awareness and knowledge expressed during her classes where she also combines her love for nature and the overall Divine creation. Within her teaching an eclectic array of styles are blended in gentle, focused, balanced, harmonious, powerful and flowing movements of all bodies and in particular the ‘subtle aspects of them’. As a yoga studio owner for 14 years, she well understands the beauty and the urgency of understanding and embracing yoga in every aspects of our life towards enhancing overall health and wellbeing, for this and several other reasons. As a director of InnerSeaYoga Teacher Training Programs Lydie has been an active supporter for the expansion of Yoga in the Tri-Cities area for the past 5 years and is happy to see that the ‘growth of yoga is ON’. Besides leading international yoga and transformational retreats, she is also the author of “The Top 10 Yoga Mudras & Siddhartha” and the producer of a beginners and an intermediate yoga DVD. For more information visit Lydie's website at www.thecenterforlifeexpression.com
Jan Kincaid, RYT recently completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification. Janis a Massage Therapist with a certification in Clinical Lymphedema Therapy. After enjoying a 20 year personal yoga practice she added teaching yoga as a compliment to her other practices.
Jennifer Chisam, MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500
Jennifer Chisam is continually striving to create a yogic life for herself and others. She fell in love with yoga many years ago, as it was the only thing that relieved her back pain. From 2008-2016, Jennifer owned and operated Mountain Yoga, here in Johnson City, with the mission of spreading yoga in our region. Jennifer recently closed her business to spend more time with her husband & 18-month old foster son, whom they will soon adopt. Her teaching style is simple and straight-forward. She believes that so many of our bodies' problems can be healed through yoga. Her degrees in Exercise Physiology show up in her teaching as she gently guides the individual into his or her own perfect pose. Each body is unique, but Jennifer's understanding of anatomy allows her to assist each body into a peaceful position.
Jennifer was recently awarded a certification in Yoga Therapy through the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and is an Experienced Yoga Instructor on the 500-hour level through Yoga Alliance. For more about Jennifer and her teaching schedule, please visit yoga-jennifer.com
Mary Jo Green
Mary Jo moved to the Tri-Cities area during the summer of 2014 from Nashville, TN. She works locally in the Organizational Effectivess/Human Resource field coaching leaders and their teams to drive strategies and plans to achieve strong business results. Originally from the New York/New Jersey area, MJ found yoga on 2002 when she moved to Charlotte, NC. Initially, yoga was paired with running to build strength and flexibility. Over time, yoga became ``medicine`` and the way she was able to center herself and balance the demands of life. To strengthen her personal practice, Mary Jo studied with Saul David Raye in Ojai, CA in as part of his Atma Yoga teacher training program. Mary Jo is pursuing her 300 hour certification at AshevilleYoga Center.
Breathe is pleased to announce that MJ will be teaching a new Chakra series at the studio. to find out more read the description below. If you have any questions you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cathy Taylor is a native of the area, growing up in Kingsport and moving to Johnson City in 1974. She graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School and East Tennessee State University. She began a career as a dental hygienist in 1973 is currently employed part time at Tusculum Dental Care. She has been married since 1973 and has a nine year old poodle. Cathy began practicing yoga in 2006 as an adjunct to massage therapy for back pain. She struggled physically for a while, but loved expressing herself through movement. As she began to improve physically, she realized that she had already changed and improved in other aspects of yoga...breathing better, connecting mind and body through movement, freedom of spirit and overall elevation of consciousness.the breathing and the mind-body connection. The desire to teach yoga was soon born. She wanted to help others overcome their struggle on the mat and find that connection of completeness and wholeness that she had experienced. In 2013 Cathy's dream of teaching yoga was finally becoming a reality as she began her training with Lydie Ometto at Inner Sea Yoga. Completing the 230 hour course in January of 2014 she was thrilled to begin teaching at the new Breathe Yoga Center. She continues to learn and deepen her skills through workshops and plans to begin study for a 500 hour teacher training soon. Cathy's favorite style is a vinyasa flow at moderate level with the challenge in connecting asanas, emphasizing pranayama. She likes to include mudra and mantra in her classes to deepen the yoga experience for the students. And laughter is encouraged in her classes!! She also loves private sessions so that full emphasis can be given to what is needed for the individual. In her spare time Cathy loves natures walks, growing herbs and flowers, making candles, practicing qigong and visiting her coastal retreat in Navarre Beach, Florida with her husband and little doggie. Join Cathy for Vinyasa I on Wednesdays at 9:30am and Mixed Level Flow on Saturdays at
Though Amy didn’t realize it at the time, her progression toward yoga had already begun in college with simple breathing and relaxation techniques to manage the stresses of academic life. Later, while living in Charlotte, she expanded her practice of Kripalu-based yoga and knew that yoga would always be a part of her life. It was through Amy’s explorations on the mat that she was inspired to expand her personal yoga journey to include her community. So in the spring of 2015, through the instruction and guidance of Lydie Ometto of InnerSea Yoga and Shelly Bullock of Bristol Yoga Center, she completed their 230-hour yoga teacher training program. In her classes, Amy will invite you to listen to your body, your mind, and your heart as you move and explore in a supportive environment. She is here to uplift and assist you in your journey towards your most authentic self through the practice of yoga. Starting in January, join Amy Thursday mornings at 9:00 for a yummy Yinyasa practice where you combine the beauty of movement and stillness as you surrender to the beautiful unfolding of your body and mind.
“Any change into a new state of being is a result of the fullness of nature unfolding inherent potential.” The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali
Karieʼs yoga interest was sparked after a dance class she attended at ETSU was cancelled and she happily found BUTI YOGA. Karie's class combines yoga moves with a variety of hip-shaking tribal dance with an abundance of plyometric moves. She is also a certified personal trainer, as well as a spin instructor. She graduated from ETSU last spring with her Masterʼs in Nursing and is currently working as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Betsy came to yoga over 14 years ago as a runner with sore legs; she continued her practice because of the many other benefits yoga gave her. In 2014, she completed her RYT 230 hour certification at Inner Sea Yoga so that she could share some of these benefits with others. Betsy began teaching flow and restorative yoga classes at Breathe in 2014; she has also taught aerial yoga at Azure Aerial Arts and flow at Yoga Tree since then. In 2016, she completed a Pre-Natal course through Inner Sea Yoga.
In addition to teaching yoga, Betsy is an adjunct faculty instructor at ETSU. She is the mother of 2 grown sons, volunteers at the VA with her dogs and is an avid crossfitter. She is looking forward to being at Breathe again to teach Yin Yoga on Thursday evenings this winter.
``Yoga has been a part of my life for the past 13 years. My yoga practice has helped me to come out of years of chronic pain and at the same time it has helped me to balance my busy lifestyle. Yoga has been one of several different practices that has helped me to grow stronger, more flexible, and fearless, both on and off the mat.
Seeing the many opportunities for healing in my yoga practice, my love of yoga has inspired me to share with others. After finishing my nutritional counseling degree in 2014, my path led me to yoga teacher training at Mountain Yoga, in Johnson City, Tennessee, where I am currently completing my program.
Along with my full time job of being a high school media specialist, yoga and nutrition have been a major part of my path to healing.
In my classes I love to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness, and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice.
I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing the mind, body and soul with yoga and nutrition. When we practice together my hope is that you step off the mat feeling inspired, nourished and balanced.``