Sterling Trainers

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Lucille Allen

Lucille has been practicing yoga since 1997 and went to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2008 and Tony Sanchez teacher training in 2013. She is RYT-200 certified. Lucille is also trained in Hot Pilates, Iron Hour and Yin.  Lucille is co-owner of Sterling Hot Yoga in Mobile, Alabama. She has received training from nearly a dozen senior instructors from the Bishnu Gosh lineage of yoga. Lucille’s background includes work as a corporate communications director for high tech companies where she coached corporate executives on how to effectively communicate to their customers, shareholders and employees. She also holds a master’s degree in communication studies with an emphasis on instructional communication and leadership. Her unique combination of yoga knowledge, communication expertise, pedagogy and andragogy has allowed her to co-create and execute a strong and effective training program.

Jodi Orr

Jodi has been practicing yoga since 2006 and attended Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2008 and Tony Sanchez teacher training in 2013. Jodi is RYT-200 certified. She is owner of Sterling Hot Yoga in Lexington, Kentucky. She has received training from many senior teachers in the Bishnu Gosh lineage and represented the state of Kentucky in the 2009-2010 USA Asana Yoga Championship Regionals and Nationals.  Jodi is trained in Inferno Hot Pilates, Yin, Vinyasa, Bikram Yoga and Iron Hour (yoga with weights).  Jodi received a degree in Environmental Science with a focus on Environmental Communications while playing softball for Oregon State University. Transitioning from professional sport is how she found the healing aspects of yoga. Jodi has studied Business, Marketing and Managing with Graceland College Center for Professional Development. Jodi’s background includes work as an international and national professional athlete and coach in the sport of Softball. She has earned several championship rings including the Women’s Professional Softball League and the Europe Cup championship. Jodi has coached and mentored international clubs, national team staff as well as NCAA Division I and Division III programs. She has trained yoga teachers, athletes and coaches and has lead seminars in coaching, motivating and managing. At the Sterling Hot Yoga training, Jodi will share her knowledge of coaching, managing and motivating so that you can become the best yoga instructor you can be.

Debbie Vojik

Debbie has practiced yoga since 1999, is a graduate of the Spring 2006 Bikram Yoga Teacher Training program and is the owner of Baltimore Hot Yoga and Wellness in Baltimore, Maryland. She studied nursing at The University of Maryland at Baltimore, and has been a practicing nurse since 1993. In addition, Debbie graduated from the Maryland University of Integrative Health with a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy. Debbie has a clinical understanding of how yoga benefits the body and her personal experience as a yoga instructor and studio owner has allowed her the opportunity to apply that understanding for years. Debbie teaches Bikram Yoga, Yin, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Inferno Hot Pilates, Barre, and Vinyasa and Yoga Therapy. Debbie leads the Anatomy and Physiology elements of Sterling Teacher Training.

Colene Elridge, BA, MBA, Transylvania University, Sullivan University

Colene, better known as Coach Colene, is the coolest person you haven’t met. Let’s change that! She is a Success Coach living in Kentucky, and works with individuals and entrepreneurs to help them “Be More…” However they define the more. She leads her clients with head, heart and a little bit of humor to empower them to reach their goals. She is a Change Agent ready to help you change your life and live your dreams. Her career in Human Resources provided her with keen insights on how people work and thrive! She is passionate about sweet tea (with lemon), empowering others to grow, and laughing as much as possible. After practicing hot yoga for a year, Colene came on board at Sterling Hot Yoga Works in Lexington as a yoga advisor. Now almost a decade later, she has a wealth of knowledge about what makes teachers excel. From her experience working with teachers, staff, owners, and customers, to more than a decade working in Human Resources and conflict resolution, she brings a unique perspective to the Sterling Teacher Training. Colene has seen it all, and is ready to share her best practices in communication, managing conflict, and finding purpose with passion. She is excited to engage and challenge trainees to break through to be the best yoga teacher, and more importantly, person possible.

Jamie Testa, E-RYT. B.S., UC Davis

Jamie discovered yoga while a student at UC Davis, reliant on three-plus visits a week to the chiropractor to stave off debilitating headaches caused by multiple car accidents. After her first hot yoga class, she knew the practice would be part of a life-long journey. The practice challenged Jamie physically and mentally…some days it took all her will to go to class. After several months of consistent practice, the headaches were nearly gone. Her quality of life was significantly improved. In 2006, it was time to start giving back by teaching. Jamie attended the Bikram Yoga teacher training program in Spring that year. She taught for four years before she realize her dream of opening a studio in Vacaville, California in 2010.  In 2012, Jamie joined forces with a long-time friend and fellow yogi to open a second studio in Davis, California. Jamie teaches Inferno Hot Pilates, Bikram yoga, Yin, Yoga Nidra, Vinyasa and meditation. Jamie is a Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor with an E-RYT-500 Designation. Jamie is the Yoga Alliance lead instructor for Sterling Hot Yoga.

Carly Conatser

Carly has been practicing yoga since 2002 and completed her 200- and 500-hour teacher trainings at the Kripalu Institute in 2009 and 2013. During that time, she was awarded an internship in the Kripalu School of Yoga where she organized, managed, and taught in over twenty-five 200- and 500-hour teacher training programs. Since leaving Kripalu, Carly has developed curricula for and led yoga teacher trainings in Ohio and Kentucky. Carly also holds certificates in restorative, yin, and trauma informed yoga. Additionally, Carly is the author of a collection of poems, the steam sequence, and the editor of an anthology of poems, the why and later. She holds a Master’s degree in creative writing and has taught creative writing and other writing courses since 2005. A lifelong learner, she blends her love of language, yoga, and teaching to create engaging and empowering experiences for all of her students.