A message from the Founder and Director:
Welcome to our Studio!
In our two wonderful rooms, we offer a wide variety of Yoga classes serving a wide range of Yoga styles. Each class is instructed by one of our incredible certified teachers and offers detailed instruction and adjustments in various poses culminating in a period of deep relaxation.
All of our classes have a purpose of bringing us inward, teaching us to listen to the body
and observe the mind.
We offer an incredible selection of styles and teachers and host world-class Yoga teachers such as Manju Jois, Cyndi Lee, Doug Keller, Paul Grilley, Roger Cole Desiree Rumbaugh, Doug Swenson, Swami Ramananda, Rolf Gates, Jason Crandall, Beryl Bender Birch, Leslie Howard, Stacey Millner-Collins,
Tim Feldmann and Gabriel Halpern.
Our guest Kirtan artists include Dave Stringer, Donna DeLory, David Newman, Benji and Heather Wertheimer (Shantala), Girish, and Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band.
We also offer one of the most experienced Teacher Training programs in the South, complete with direction from Trace Sahaja Bonner, who has studied Yoga for more than 20 years, and a diverse faculty from various schools and academics.
Holy Cow Yoga Center is also a Healing Center in many ways. In addition to Yoga classes and Community Volunteer opportunites, we are delighted to be a home to Holistic Practicioners who offer Therapeutic Massage and Rolfing.
See their bios below!
Trace Sahaja Bonner, E-RYT 500, is the Founder and Director of Holy Cow Yoga Center. She began her practice more than 20 years ago, and is a certified Advanced Integral Yoga teacher (influenced by Sri Swami Satchidananda). Having studied in India and the US, Trace Sahaja continues to draw from a variety of great teachers in the west. She takes workshops with a host of contemporary Yoga teachers to deepen her personal understanding of Yoga. Yoga is about having fun with the journey, so she enjoys bringing her lighthearted teaching style to all levels of Yoga classes, Teacher Trainings, workshops on Meditation, Advanced Studies and the Yoga Sutras.
Linda Shoyer came to the practice of Yoga after a long journey which took her from a background of dance, teaching aerobics and strength training both in her native Philadelphia and in Charleston, where she has lived for the last 12 years. In April 2004, she completed her Teacher Training at Holy Cow Yoga and has enriched her life beyond expectation. Her interest lies in the benefits and practice of Gentle and Restorative Yoga for everyone, and she is pleased to have an opportunity to teach at Holy Cow Yoga Center.
Kat Hendrix, E-RYT500, began studying Buddhist philosophy, Meditation and Pranayama over twenty years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. She began practicing the physical asanas of Yoga in 1996 and completed her 500-hour Teacher Training at Holy Cow Yoga Center in 2013. Kat's classes emphasize steadiness and strength with a focus on slow, flowing movement connected by breath. Kat encourages students to develop an awareness of their own energetic rhythms as they practice. Outside the studio, she finds a regular Yoga practice also benefits her other interests such as surfing, ceramic sculpting, writing, and rock climbing. Kat is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and holds a PhD in Public Health. She also teaches Anatomy for Holy Cow Yoga Center's 200-hour and Advanced Studies Programs.
Anna Ishwari Cox, 500hr, is trained in Integral Yoga, and completed her teacher certification at Satchidananda Ashram in 2003. She has a gentle approach to the hatha practice, emphasizing breath awareness and finding a sense of relaxation in each posture. The overall sense of well-being and balance that yoga provides has given her a deep respect for the practice. She enjoys sharing the path and feels honored to witness students discover the benefits. She values being a part of the Holy Cow community.
Steven Willard began practicing Yoga in order to heal injuries and handle stress, then got hooked on feeling better. After a few years of practicing at Holy Cow Yoga Center, he completed his 200 hour certification in 2007. He is currently pursuing his 500 hour studying with many outstanding teachers and continues to grow his practice through hands on experience. A nurturer and a charmer, Steven is stiff-guy/gal friendly, friendly to people with sore backs, friendly to people with body image issues, friendly to people who are self-conscious or anxious and friendly to people who are yoga-phobic. Steven believes in and embodies the maxim that yoga is for everyone. He sees yoga as the union of body, breath, and spirit with an all-important added dash of humor, and always open to grace. His classes are rooted in the concept of doing less harm - ahimsa. Every class is different, but all are intense, playful, sometimes funny, sometimes loud and challenging. His aim is to provide a supportive, energetic and challenging environment which enables students to discover the life-changing power of the practice for themselves. Click here to practice with Steven
Michele Aramati Wilson originally came to Yoga class for stress relief, and she quickly fell in love with all aspects of the practice. She finds that Yoga connects body, breath, mind & spirit for a deep experience of well-being and peace. Having discovered her practice later in life, she has deep compassion for those just beginning their Yoga journey and those with physical limitations. Michele's teaching is inspired by the Yin practice, and she hopes to bring a sense of gentle calmness (and a light sense of humor!) to her classes. Michele completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training here at Holy Cow Yoga Center, and is grateful to be a part of the Holy Cow community.
Kate Hudson discovered the grace of a devoted yoga practice in 1996. She completed the 200-hour Teacher Training program at Holy Cow Yoga Center in 2003 and is registered E-RYT through Yoga Alliance since 2004. Yoga has helped her cultivate self-awareness and self-confidence, and her greatest joy in teaching yoga is watching these qualities grow in her students. She is grateful to her teachers, and she hopes to share their energy, wisdom, and compassion through her classes. She is honored to be a member of the Holy Cow community.
Elyse Overdyk, RYT 500, aims to create a safe atmosphere in class where students are encouraged to practice mindfully in a way that nurtures their body, mind, and spirit and guides them to wholeness. In 2008 she completed the 200-hour training at Holy Cow and attained the 500-hour advanced training in January 2014. Elyse completed an additional 300 hours as Advanced Teacher of Yoga Therapy through Integrative Yoga Therapy. Her belief in yoga’s healing ability has lead her to trainings with Joseph LePage of Integrative Yoga Therapy, Amy Weintraub of LifeForce Yoga, Gabriel Halpern, an Iyengar teacher, and Doug Keller, a therapeuitic yoga teacher. She received a Restorative Yoga certification through Ishta Yoga and is also certified in Prenatal Yoga. Filled with a heart of gratitude, she is happy to call Holy Cow her home! Click here to practice with Elyse
She teaches: Monthly Yoga Nidra
Deborah Kaufman begins her day with a personal mantra as a 'go-to' for the mind and an overall reminding message to trust in the movement of life. Her yoga practice began more than 20 years ago during her time as a professional ballet dancer, and she studied at several different yoga schools while in NYC. In 2009, she completed the breathing course, the Art of Living’s Sudarshan Kriya, traveled to India, and completed Holy Cow Yoga Center's Teacher Training program. Deborah has been teaching ever since and is also certified in Prenatal Yoga and Yin Yoga. She is the founder of Pretty Bride Yoga, a service for all things yoga for weddings. Deborah has worked on Wall Street and as a consultant in diverse industries, which inspired her to create Body Mind Cook, a Wellness and Yoga approach for private individual and group sessions, and workshops for outside of a traditional yoga studio. Her classes at Holy Cow focus on a combination of balance and strength, Pranayama techniques, and inspirational readings and teachings. Deborah is grateful to Holy Cow, as an integral and beneficial part of her path for friendship and learning. Click here to practice with Deborah
Ursel Sarala Harmon, 500 RYT, came to yoga in search of relief from the stresses of daily life. Ursel Sarala went to her first yoga class 7 years ago , and decided she'd found her peace. Passionate about the yoga practice she began teaching in 2004, earning certifications in Gentle/Chair Yoga from Satchidananda Ashram, VA, and PreNatal Yoga from Holy Cow Yoga Center, among numerous certifications. Ursel Sarala enjoys working with and assisting yogis with limitations and her teaching style embodies the calmer aspects of the asana practice.
Tony Beard came to yoga around 2005 as an escape from the fast paced city/nightlife of Chicago, IL. He found some thick layers being quickly shed through a very intense Bikram practice early this year and came to the realization that teaching yoga was what he was supposed to do. So he jumped into it as soon as he could. He received certification through Corepower Yoga in Chicago along with an intense course in guided meditation through Invision just before he moved to Charleston. He currently specializes in making people sweat through the stylings of Baron Baptiste but just hopes to continue on in helping others to find the spiritual/mystical connection that yoga can help bring into their lives and is grateful to be doing it all at Holy Cow!
Jill Keefer began her practice 11 years ago shortly after having her first child and realized how Yoga was changing her life. She not only became physically stronger, but was more calm, patient and able to live life with a clearer mind. After years of being a stay at home mom and much soul searching, Jill decided to deepen her Yoga practice and journey with the 200-hr Teacher Training at Holy Cow Yoga in 2011. Jill loves to teach kids yoga and holds two kids teaching certifications, one from Holy Cow and the other from Yoga Kidz. Jill volunteers with Yoga Kidz at Mitchell Elementary School. She is also certified to teach Yin, Gentle, Restorative and Prenatal yoga. She hopes to inspire students of all ages and walks of life to let their practice on the mat enrich their lives off the mat.
Sonia Lennartz discovered Yoga when she randomly attended a class in 2002 in Italy. She found the effects of the class to be similar to a massage, a fitness class and a therapy session all combined into one. She became immediately fascinated with yoga's self-healing properties. Soon after discovering this new passion she moved to the United States where she pursued a career in banking. During that time, her yoga practice continued to grow while she balanced career and family. After the birth of her second child, she decided to abandon the corporate world an dedicate herself to what mattered most in her life, her family. She then decided to deepen her immersion in the practice by becoming a yoga teacher. Teacher training started in Virginia, but mid-way through, life moved her to Charleston. Determined to finish what she started, she completed her 200 hr certification in April 2012 through Holy Cow Yoga Center. She firmly believes that “obstacles are opportunities in disguise."
Maria Kelly discovered Yoga right after graduating college and has been hooked ever since. Starting off as a means to balance her body and complement her other activities, it quickly became more than just a physical practice. She completed her 200 hr. certification at Holy Cow in May of 2010 and believes that teaching is another means of learning. Learning about her connection with others and her truest Self. When not teaching Spanish or Yoga, she is surfing, traveling, playing Capoeira and keeping the Costa Rican saying "PURA VIDA" (pure life) alive. She is honored and excited to share her practice at Holy Cow and help others cultivate a deep sense of peace within themselves so that we can enjoy this gift of life together.
Barbara Halpern Barbara Halpern, E-RYT 200, RYT 500. Barbara first stepped into a yoga class 40 years ago, but it wasn’t until 1999, after many years as a marathon runner and coach that she returned to the mat with a committed personal practice. A registered yoga teacher with The Yoga Alliance and a member of the Integral Yoga Teachers Association, Barbara completed her 200-hour teacher training from Holy Cow in 2009 and attained the 500-hour Advanced Studies certification in 2014. In 2010, she completed the 80-hour Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors program at Duke Integrative Medicine. Her teaching reflects the gifts she receives from her own practice: an awareness of strength, self-healing, equanimity, and contentment. She encourages her students to come to yoga just as they are, and to explore how the experience on the mat will unfold into enriched and awake living off the mat. Barbara is honored to be a part of the Holy Cow community.
Alex Rogers, RYT500, is grateful to be the daughter of a Yogi. She grew up watching her mom practice sun salutations (Surya Namaskaaram) every morning and legs-up-the-wall (Vipareeta Karani) at the end of each day. By 2003, Alex was undoubtedly a yogi too. She practiced Iyengar Yoga and Meditation regularly while working as a sportswriter in Georgia and loved practicing at Holy Cow Yoga Center when in Charleston visiting family. She graduated from Holy Cow's 200-hour Teacher Training program in 2013 and completed her 500-hour Training in 2016! Alex teaches a mindful flow (plus a wall class on the first Saturday of every month!) and sees Yoga and Meditation as a way to raise the universal vibration and human consciousness. With these practices, we recognize the peace we feel inside as our true selves. Alex is truly honored to be a part of Charleston's longest-running yoga studio!
Monica Dawn Jung has been practicing massage since 2006. She is a graduate of the Charleston School of Massage and is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist licensed in South Carolina. Monica specializes in Therapeutic Massage, Hot Stone Massage, and Swedish Massage. She has a genuine passion for Massage Therapy and finds it vastly rewarding to help a client’s body through the healing process. She provides a relaxing environment through both movement and natural sounds, which are essential elements of healing for both client and therapist. Monica believes that total body wellness transpires when you are aware of your own body and its magnificent precision.
Contact for appointment at 843-367-6909
Meet Our Teachers
Massage Therapists and Holistic Practitioners
Jeremiah Evers is a graduate of the Rolfing Institute in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to Rolfing, he has taught yoga for the last 6 years and draws from this movement experience to help reeducate people to use their bodies in healtheir ways as they engage in their daily lifes. He is committed to creating a safe environment for people to access their own healing potenntial, connect more deeply with their bodies and facilitate growth toward a fuller expression of their authentic selves.
Contact for appointment at 843-670-2882
Katy Firth (Studio Manager), Debbie Seabrook, Brit Washburn,
Patty Toussaint, Allura Henderson, Devon Gage,
Kristen King and Jessica McAlister
Bernadette Leland (Monday 10:30am)
Chad Segars (Monday 4:00pm)
Debbie Seabrook (Monday 5:30pm)
Erika Vidor (Monday 6:00pm)
Kristen King (Tuesday 6:00pm)
Danielle Parker (Wedneday 8:15am)
Teresa Dufine (Wednesday 9:30am)
Brit Washburn (Friday 10:30am)
Tracy Huchingson (Saturday 9:30am)
Kelly Bailey (Saturday 9:30am KIDS)
Devon Gage (Saturday 11:00am)
Michael Sonka (Sunday 10:30am)
Heather Tracey (Sunday 4:30pm)
Front Desk Hours:
Monday - Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm
& Sunday 2:00pm - 6:30pm
Cathleen Miller was first introduced to asana practice in 2002 as an undergraduate, but did not have a regular practice until 2010. That regular practice started right here at Holy Cow Yoga Center and progressed through several studios in Charleston. Three years later I returned to Holy Cow for teacher training as I was seeking to become more involved with the practice of yoga. What I found was a profoundly rewarding personal practice and a wonderful yoga community. I completed my 200-hr teacher training in October 2013 and am certified through Yoga Alliance. I am currently enrolled in the advanced studies program and previously served as a teaching assistant for this studio. I think there's something special in a group of people coming together to practice yoga. I look forward to sharing a hatha yoga practice with the many yogis who make their way to Holy Cow.
Holy Cow Yoga Center has always been dedicated to the sincere pursuit of new teachers to find their voice through an apprenticeship style program. We made it official quite a few years ago with the introduction to the Assistant Teacher - Mentor Program, which allows new, 200-hour certified teachers to participate and learn under the guidance of a mentor, as well as assist students within a classroom setting. You may find them not only assisting in a class, but also participating in the Advanced Studies of Yoga Program and occasionally subbing & carrying the lineage of Yoga!
Heidi Crotts lives the practice of yoga on and off the mat. Whether exploring the skyscraper canyons of New York City, or chasing her son Everette (her daily teacher, guru, and little love munchkin) on the beach of a South Carolina summer, she is never without a sense of gratitude for the transformation – in mind, body and spirit – that the study yoga has given her. Injured from youthful pursuits as a gymnast and diver, she once assumed balance and body confidence were lost to her forever. But, her first yoga class in Chicago in 2005 allayed her fears, and a resurgence of strength and vitality began. Influenced heavily by Ashtanga Yoga and David Swenson, she continues to absorb lessons of Leslie Howard, Doug Swenson and other illuminating souls into her personal practice and classes. “Pure joy” is how Heidi describes her return to Holy Cow, where she completed her 200-hour TT in 2010, and Charleston, where she is privileged to breathe in the healing marsh air every day.
Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian is a Cell Biology researcher currently studying mechanisms involved in resistance to cancer therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is also a Yoga Biology researcher. Two of his recent research papers have provided scientific evidence on how Yoga practices promote well being. Sundar grew up in Tamilnadu, India in a traditional Yoga and Siddha medicine practicing family background. He attended Swami Chitbhavananda's Vivekananda College in India where he further learned Yoga, Meditation, and Kirtan practices. Sundar has been continuously learning from various Yoga Masters from the East and West. He is a member of International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Integral Yoga Teachers Association.
In honor of former Holy Cow Yoga Center students who have left the body (MahaSamadhi). They are missed!
Beth Lundquist began practicing yoga after moving to Charleston in 2008 as a way to reduce the stress of a new teaching position and to connect with the community here. While she was initially focused on the physical aspects of yoga, she soon discovered how truly transformational yoga could be to body, mind, and spirit. Her practice became a priority and passion. She finally took the plunge and enrolled in the 3-month 200-hour teacher training at Holy Cow, finishing in April 2014. She is currently working on her 500-hour certification. Beth uses steady, vinyasa flow in her classes to balance our more sedentary, modern lifestyles. Her classes build strength, balance, and flexibility. In her class, you will likely work up a sweat but leave feeling balanced and strong. She believes the peace and centering offered in yoga can benefit people of all ages and abilities. Beth is most grateful to her family, Trace Sahaja and other inspiring teachers, and the loving yoga community she has found at Holy Cow Yoga Center.
To me life is all about discovering patterns, and Yoga is a great tool that helps us to see certain patterns of body, breath and mind. For instance, I had a terrible hip/sacral issue that became chronic a few years back. I was in pain almost every day…and I kept thinking, why am I feeling this way? I do Yoga!! I should be able to stretch or strengthen some area and feel better. But, the subtle pain was still there. Then one day I was meditating and (I swear) a small voice said, “do you see it?” I wondered what I was suppose to see. Then it hit me like a brick…the pattern. As I contemplated more deeply, I realized not only did I have a pattern in the body of tilting to the right, but also I had a mental pattern of resistance to moving forward. Which came first the chicken or the egg? I made an appointment with my long-time Rolfer, Jeremiah, and he helped me see my physical issue. But, the real pain was way deeper than physical. It had its roots in a mental pattern which was still not clear.
So I was teaching one day, and while everyone was in deep relaxation I once again (I swear) heard a voice say, “do you see it?” This time a mental pattern revealed itself to me that I had held onto an emotional drama for way too long. I could see this pattern which I had held not just for a few years, but for my life and beyond. I tried to keep that awareness for as long as I could until the end of class, and then into my meditations for the next year. Each contemplation revealed more and more layers of this pattern, and this is why Yoga is such a great tool. Because every practice on and off the mat gives us an opportunity to create space for us to see our individual stuff (patterns) which we all hold onto, and ask whether they are working for us. Some patterns are helpful in making wonderful decisions and creating good experiences. Other patterns are downright dangerous to our psyche. We have two choices: one is to feed the good qualities with hopes the dangerous are diminished (Pratipaksha Bhavanam). The other is to see and root out the dangerous qualities. It is a process that might be assisted by others, but in the end no one can do it for us. This is the practice of Yoga. And, the process is called Tapas (heat or purify). We literally purge the dangerous patterns out of our psyche through hard work.
Now about my hip…well, I have been pain free for over a year, and I have learned a lot about myself. The hip represents being stuck and fearful of moving forward. My affirmations became ‘I joyfully move forward supported and into my greater good, and I am secure.’ But, I am far from finished… that is what Life is about. My teacher, Swami Satchidananda, once said, we are each a Gem. Life is the smoothing out of our rough edges and all that rubbing and scrubbing makes our Gem polished, shiny and luminous.
Namaste, T. Sahaja Bonner
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Celia Ballou began her yoga practice in 2007 to deal with stress and anxiety. She was drawn to the combination of chanting, mindfulness and physicality that each class brought. Celia believes yoga should be accessible to everyone and wants to dispel the idea that flexibility is required to practice. She completed the 200-hour certification program at Holy Cow in 2014 and loves being part of the Charleston yoga community!
Terri Martin walked into her first Yoga class in 2000, and what started as curiosity soon became a realization that she had found something special. And so her regular practice began. Terri's passion for yoga and teaching inspired her to complete the 200-hour and Gentle Yoga teacher training at Holy Cow in 2014. Through the years, Terri has come to respect our ever-changing bodies and views class as a personal practice. She encourages being mindful of your body and finding a steady breath to discover the joy and well-being that Yoga provides. She is happy to continue her Yoga journey with the Holy Cow community.
Devon Gage was born and raised in Lexington, KY. where her practice began as a dancer for 8 years. As she moved to Charleston, she embarked on a Hatha journey through the yoga teacher training program at Holy Cow. She received her 200 RYT certification in April 2016, and is pursuing the 500 RYT certification. She teaches with an easeful, down to earth style while offering a meditative quality. Come join her class as she offers guidance on finding patience, mindfulness and love for the yoga practice. "Where there is love, there is light." -Gandhi
She teaches: Wednesday 7:15pm
Kristen King completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Holy Cow Yoga Center in October of 2015. She is currently working towards her 500-hour certification and is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. Kristen started practicing yoga in college to help deal with stress and fell in love with the inner peace and balance yoga helped bring into her life, on and off the mat. You'll find her classes down to earth and energizing to both mind and body. Kristen is extremely grateful to be a part of the Holy Cow community and to be surrounded by so many inspiring teachers and students.
She teaches: Wednesday 2:30pm and Thursday 4:00pm
Brit Washburn began practicing Iyengar-style yoga while studying religion at the University of Hawaii in 1999. She moved to Charleston in 2005, and immediately found a home at Holy Cow Yoga Center. Ten years in, her practice began to deepen as she attended Holy Cow’s Living Your Yoga program, visited the Satchidananda ashram, and participated in a Sanskrit immersion course in 2009. She went on to study Ashtangha and Jivamukti yoga and completed her 200 hour teacher training at Holy Cow in 2015. That same year, she had her fourth child and underwent back surgery, both of which have informed her practice. A vegetarian since age 8, Brit is as devoted to Yogic philosophy as she is to the physical discipline, but feels she is still very much a beginner. Brit holds additional certifications in Gentle and Prenatal yoga and is deeply grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Holy Cow Community.
She teaches: Thursday 5:30pm