YogaSource Instructors

Monica Benassi has been trained in various aspects of yoga. She completed her first 200 hour training in St. Louis at Yoga Source and went on to a full immersion into a yogic life living in a Sivanada ashram and completing a second teacher training under head Swamis (monks) and master teachers. She has since been training under international master teacher and acupuncturist Tiffany Cruikshank in yoga medicine focusing on various aspects of yoga with a primary focus in sports therapy. She has a broad understanding of yoga and does not see yoga for merely the asanas instead she focuses on yoga as a holistic practice that can eventually turn into a lifestyle and furthermore into a way of being. She understands the art of yoga as a serious lifestyle that includes scripture, chanting, pranayama (breath work), asana, meditation, service and much more but has also been able to adopt the practice to benefit all. Her belief is that yoga is medicine and that each person needs a different "prescription" or practice that will benefit them to the fullest extent. Yoga has the ability to heal on a physical level but also on a deep internal level and she hopes to guide classes that help each person understand themselves even the slightest bit more.

Carl Bringenberg is currently completing his 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification through Studio Gaia. Carl began studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga around 2009, primarily as a home practice. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is the traditional system of yoga passed down by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya that is the predecessor of the myriad power, vinyasa, and flow styles popular today. Carl's background includes many movement disciplines including gymnastics, dance, and martial arts. He is currently a practitioner and teacher of Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dancing and acrobatics with flowing kicks into a strategic game all set to traditional Brazilian music.

Tarraugh Flaherty has practiced yoga since 1989 and massage therapy since 1991. Her classes are inspired by the Anusara, Ashtanga, Sivananda lineages as well as Kundalini and Yin traditions. Tarraugh's teaching creates a strong foundation for the practice of Hatha Yoga, focusing on synchronization of breath and movement and she creates a safe and encouraging environment. Her latest explorations include Certification in Thai Yoga Therapy in 2003 and Heart Sound Seminars, The Physics of Sound and Healing. She holds a degree in Sociology and Certification in International Studies from Webster University. Tarraugh enjoys meditation, reading about quantum physics and health. She offers gratitude to the teachings and to those who support expansion of consciousness and compassion for the entire planet.

Amanda Garner Since beginning her yoga study in 2004, Amanda has studied Vinyasa, Iyengar, and Kundalini. She now teaches classes in the tradition of Kundalini, with some inspiration from Iyengar alignment. Her classes are community based- all are welcome, including those who are young or young at heart, are currently pregnant, families with babies/tots/kids/teens. Although classes are often casual and sometimes chatty, breathwork and meditations are woven into class, along with the movements of yoga. She gleans much of her insight from personal study and practice, her residential stay at the Sat Tirath ashram in Kansas City, and the founders of the Sat Tirath ashram in Kansas City.

Cindy Haines Hi, it's Cindy Haines here. Teaching health and fitness has been a part of my life for decades. It all started with aerobics in the 80s, then step in the 90s, now yoga in the 21st century. I strive to help people help themselves via access to everyday tools for well-being, yoga being a great such tool!

Kelly Hogan, Kelly Hogan is delighted to share her yoga practice with the YogaSource community. Kelly studied with international Ashtanga yoga teacher and scholar, Kino MacGregor, to earn her RYT200. She holds a degree in Exercise and Sports Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and is also a Registered Nurse. In her personal practice, she unrolls her yoga mat 6 days a week, and finds the practice both invigorating and grounding.

Kelly makes yoga accessible to every person, regardless of age or abilities, to bring each practitioner into optimal wellness. Her classes are based on the principles of the Ashtanga yoga tradition, and she offers individualized attention and adjustments. Kelly’s wish for you is to experience the benefits of yoga – reduced chronic pain, reduced tension, improved mental clarity, and an overall sense of vitality. Expect to come out of her class feeling stronger, more flexible, and vibrant! Visit Kelly at or on Facebook.

Lucy Holmes, E-RYT 500, is a licensed, certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and an Experienced, Registered Yoga Teacher with over 500 hours of training. Lucy began practicing yoga in 1988 with the Bikram series. She continued to explore various traditions over the years (Kripalu, Iyengar, Astanga, Anusara), finally ending up with the Dynamic method she currently teaches. She brings her knowledge and expertise as a teacher and therapist to her classes, offering a functional, dynamic, and experiential approach that offers inquiry into, empowerment and understanding of Self. For more information go to

Sat Inder, E-RYT, began studying yoga at the Solar Yoga Center in 1999 but in 2000 discovered Ashtanga Yoga and quickly realized this practice was his calling. Studying it exclusively until 2008 when he began an in depth study of Anusara yoga with Desiree Rumbaugh to better understand the biomechanics of the body. Also in that same year began a study of Kundalini Yoga, which he became certified in 2011. In late 2011 he came back to his practice of Ashtanga Yoga which is his current area of study again, coming full circle. He just recently made his first of many trips to Mysore, South India to study Ashtanga at its source with R. Sharath Jois, the grandson of K. Pattabhi Jois who is now the head of the lineage. And whom Sat Inder studied with to begin his practice of Ashtanga.  

Jayme Johns Jayme began her yoga practice in 2010 and fell in love during her first class. Growing up a dancer, she was immediately drawn to the slow dance of body with breath and completed the 2011 Yoga Source Teacher Training and received a Yin yoga certification from Urban Breath in 2012. Jayme's classes are a slow-flow vinyasa with strong emphasis on alignment and breath, beginning with pranayama and/or meditation and often including a Yin pose or two. Her classes offer a nurturing, safe space to both play with your edge while honoring your limitations and to deeply relax. Jayme is constantly continuing her study of yoga and anatomy and eventually plans to pursue her 500-hour certification. She is profoundly grateful to the teachers (and students!) she's encountered, as well as for the amazingly therapeutic benefits of the practice for both body and soul. Jayme also enjoys reading, quality time with her beagle, meditation, time with close friends, and exploring this beautiful city.

Jen Jones completed the YogaSource Yoga Alliance 200 hour teacher training program in 2007 and Earned her 500-hour teacher training in 2012 with Asheville Yoga in North Carolina. Jen loves to integrate both the Yin and Yang aspects into her classes, drawing inspiration from instructors such as Bryan Kest, Baron Baptiste, Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley. Jen has experienced a variety of benefits in her life as a result of her personal yoga practice, and through teaching she hopes to help her students discover the many joys of yoga in their own lives. She encourages students to challenge themselves and also honor and respect their own bodies during their yoga practice. She also encourages students to discover ways to integrate the philosophy of yoga into their everyday lives.

Michelle Moran Michelle began practicing yoga over 15 years ago and has had the privilege of studying with many wonderful local teachers. Moved to share the benefits of yoga with others, she completed her 200 hour RYT training in October 2013 through St. Louis Yoga Source. As a massage therapist since 1998, her understanding of anatomy and the body help her guide students into mindful alignment in their practice, allowing them to safely find greater strength and flexibility. Her goal is to help students tune into the relationship between the breath, body and mind, creating deeper self awareness. Michelle believes that yoga can lead each of us into a more compassionate way of being with ourselves and with others. Her wish is for you to leave class feeling connected, centered and at peace.

Michael Palumbo, Michael discovered yoga during a 2010 summer vacation to Estes Park, Colorado, when a close friend and recent teacher training graduate asked him if he would be interested in a private lesson. Never one to turn down an opportunity for a new form of physical activity, Michael accepted the offer and has never looked back, completing his 200-hour certification in October 2013. Initially drawn to the physical benefits of asana, he now treats his practice as a moving meditation and believes that yoga aligns the inner dialogue between the mind, body, and spirit.

Erica Sparks Erica Sparks, RYT-200, received her certification at YogaSource in Saint Louis, Missouri in September of 2010. She studied the Ashtanga Primary Series at Yoga On High in Columbus, Ohio. Erica has been teaching both group and private instruction in Hatha, beginner’s Ashtanga, and Vinyasa yoga in Saint Louis, Columbus, and Northern California since her certification. Erica has been practicing yoga for over ten years and her personal experience of the many benefits of yoga are a continuous source of inspiration, motivating her to share these benefits with others. She has found that vitality, clarity, balance, strength, relaxation, and lightness of being are just a few of the wonderful effects of a consistent yoga practice. Erica explores the poses as a journey rather than a destination, inviting students to do the same by turning inward and listening to their bodies as their guides. She believes that through yoga, all can tap into the wisdom of the body, mind, and spirit, and bring this awareness into their daily lives.

Kathy Vanderselt, E-RYT, CPT, took her first yoga class in 1995 and began a gradual shift from professional fitness training (1987 Singapore National Aerobic Champion) toward the inner focus and precision of yoga, completing the YogaSource teacher training program (250 hours) in 2006 and the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Instructor training (200 hours) in 2012. Since 2006, she has accumulated close to 4,000 hours of teaching and led many yoga workshops (power vinyasa beginner’s series) and two retreats. Her more than 20 years in the fitness industry have allowed her to work with a variety of people, everyone from “pre-school,” yoga kids to an older, active adult population. Kathy graduated summa cum laude from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She is also a certified personal trainer.

Kathy’s creative and upbeat approach to the practice is informed by her passion for an energetic, flowing style of yoga with an emphasis on core strength. She believes that everyone, at any age or level of fitness, can find their place in the yoga room and her experience and enthusiasm ensures that her classes are open and accessible to all. Kathy says, “It’s a privilege to introduce any student to yoga.””

Susan Volkan Susan Volkan currently teaches Pilates and yoga for the Somatic Studies Division of Washington University’s Dance Department. She began practicing Pilates and yoga in the early 90’s while working as a professional performer in San Francisco. In 2004 and 2005, she completed her Pilates teaching certification with master teacher Ellie Herman. In 2012, she became a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher. Susan also has extensive training in stage movement and dance and teaches college courses in Performance Art, Acting, and Movement for the Theatre.

Amy Vonderheydt Amy’s journey into yoga began in 2006, when she wandered into an open-levels class at her local gym. Shortly thereafter, yoga became an integral part of her life. After six years of devoted practice, she completed her first 200-hour teacher training in 2012. She is an enthusiastic learner, who is constantly striving to improve her practice through reading, asana, meditation, self-reflection, teacher trainings, and any other growth opportunity she can find.
Amy is a gifted instructor, who is especially attuned to making every student feel comfortable and appropriately challenged in her classes. Her training as a psychotherapist shines through as she guides students to a deeper understanding of the interactions between one’s physical sensations, breath, emotional state, and clarity of mind. Yoga is Amy's passion as well as a deep and personal part of her life. She enjoys nothing more than being able to share the practice with those around her.

JennTara Ward JennTara’s classes are fun and challenging in a safe and systematic way. Her gentle spirit supports and nurtures students of all levels and helps them feel a sense of self-acceptance. She is attentive and her clear & creative instructions help students progress in their practice and get into poses that may normally be difficult to them. She has a deep understanding of the body and alignment and students enjoy the pace and flow of her classes. Her theme based classes offer time to unplug from the day, play, and deeply relax. JennTara has been teaching yoga since 2003 and has been a licensed massage therapist since 1998. Her formal yoga studies are in the tradition of Anusara Yoga and she has studied many hours with John Friend and other senior teachers of the Anusara Tradition. She enjoys spending time with her husband and her son, and loves being outdoors in nature. Therapeutic massage and private yoga: $70/hour. Available for massage or private yoga on Fridays at 11:00 or Saturdays @ 2:45 (I am working limited hours because I am choosing to stay home with my 21 month old son most of the time) Call 314-497-8452 to schedule an appointment

Julie Webb Julie Webb began her yoga journey in 2011. The therapeutic effect a yoga practice has to enable one to feel physically comfortable in one's body, and the energy gained from reduction of tension kept her coming back. At the same time, her consistent yoga practice was bringing an increased sense of peace and ultimately joy to her being. To be able to share this practice with others and witness the positive developments occurring in the mind, body, and spirit of her students has fueled Julie's desire to teach yoga. Julie's classes are calmly energetic with an emphasis on the breath and a focus on the whole body, while honoring each student where they are. In 2014, she became RYT 200 trained through St. Louis Yoga Source and registered through Yoga Alliance.

Michael Webb Michael began his study of yoga in 1992 and soon after was fortunate to be trained by Tias Little. He is a Polarity Therapy Therapist as well as a Massage Therapist and teaches Prajna Yoga which is blend of Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga combined with wisdom teachings from yogic traditions. He brings authenticity, compassion and a knowledgeable presence and expertise to his classes!

Sandy Weiss Sandy is a Physical Therapist, cyclist, and triathlete and came upon The Feldenkrais Method as a means to recover from her own discomforts related to athletics. She found that this gentle mindful, sensory based movement opened a whole new way of approaching athletics as well as daily living.

Kim Winn Kim was introduced to yoga in 2005. After several months of practice and with the encouragement of her teachers, she started her teacher training with Mitchel Bleier, studying with him again the following year.

With Kim you can expect a powerful and challenging vinyasa flow class with a great music playlist to keep you motivated. She’s great with hands on adjustments to help you get deeper in your postures. “Kim has a great knack for encouraging and safely pushing you to your edge all with a sweet tone of voice while simultaneously kicking your asana.”

Chris Yonker began practicing yoga in the early 70s and began teaching yoga in 1993. Over the years she has received teacher certifications from White Lotus Foundation, Integrative Yoga Therapy and Santa Barbara Yoga Center in addition to studying with master teachers in the Ashtanga, Iyengar, Viniyoga and vinyasa styles of yoga. She currently studies and practices Mindfulness and Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers and draws inspiration for her classes from these studies as well as her deep appreciation for Vinyasa flow yoga taught in an accessible and straightforward manner. Chris has an extensive background in dance, athletics and massage therapy. She was one of the founders of Big Bend Center in St. Louis and in 2003 opened YogaSource to further promote yoga in the St. Louis area. She believes that yoga can (and should) be accessible and fun. Chris earned her 500-hour certification from Kripalu in 2012.

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