A Taste of Whitetop

This class is taught by:

Karen Baker

Looking to prepare herself for a career change in her life, and having heard the many benefits of yoga, Karen Baker came to a chair yoga class at Whitetop Yoga in 2015. With such a variety of class styles offered at the studio, she found herself 'hooked', finding a deep connection to her practice, the yoga community, teachers, and mentors. 
Karen recently completed her 200 hour certification with Vira Bhava Yoga at Whitetop Yoga with guidance from many experienced yoga teachers and practitioners. She believes that yoga should be accessible to everyone regardless of age, body type, and fitness level. Yoga gives the tools to experience mindful living, lower stress levels, and improve flexibility and strength. 
She has always called the mountains home and feels fortunate to reside in an area blessed with so much beauty. She lives with her husband, Scott, and dog, Brandi, on a farm in Meadowview. She enjoys reading, journaling, crafts, and gardening. 

Tamara McNaughton

Although she didn’t know it at the time, Tamara stepped on the path of yoga in 1992 when she took a Buddhism class in college. The winding journey of the next twenty years took her through experiences like living without electricity for a couple years; road tripping the country; voraciously reading eastern, shamanic, and quantum philosophies; studying Brain Gym and Touch for Health; experiencing Rebirthing; working with youth; and farming. She apprenticed on her first farm in 1996 where the demands of farming’s physical labor yoked her to a practice of stretching and connecting with the earth and seasonal rhythms. In 2012 Tamara graduated from Neighborhood Yoga Teacher Training taught by Valerie Midgett and Kelly Golden to whom she is ever grateful.
Tamara grew up in the country outside Washington DC and left for college in 1991. She began studying Buddhism and sporadically practicing meditation in 1992. Her world was forever altered and enhanced from her solid Christian upbringing. In college she studied Anthropology which gave her the opportunity to learn and celebrate spiritual and worldly belief systems of the civilized and primitive. She lived without electricity and pursued advanced studies in Touch for Health and Brain Gym, learning about the meridian system, the wisdom of the body’s rhythms and more. She apprenticed on her first farm in 1996 where the physical labor of farming required a practice of stretching her body and connecting with earth’s natural rhythms. The combination of all these things would later come together in her practice of yoga. In 2012 Tamara graduated from Neighborhood Yoga 200 hr teacher training in Boone, NC taught by Valerie Midgett and Kelly Golden to whom she is ever grateful. Kelly reappeared in her world in Abingdon in 2017 with Vira Bhava 300 hr training. The path was ripe for Tamara to take her practice deeper still. Tamara spends most of her time at TNT Farm N Greenhouse in Meadowview where she grows organic transplants and vegetables and grass fed beef. Her asana practice is one of tender power, flowing and holding poses, mindful of alignment, and gently infused with intention and philosophy. Let’s practice, walk the path, and grow together.
A Taste of Whitetop will feature a sampling of our teachers! Each week a different teacher will offer a class in the style of their choosing. 
Classes will range from gentle/restorative to flow to partner to playful! Bring an open mind and discover the diverse teachers and styles we are proud to have here at Whitetop Yoga! 

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Dec 22 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Jacqui Pile
  • Sat Dec 29 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Karen Baker
  • Sat Jan 12 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Tamara McNaughton
  • Sat Jan 19 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Breece Dorschel
  • Sat Jan 26 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Willard Robertson

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