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Thorin Hanna

RYT 200

Thorin is a certified yoga teacher, mother and adventurer on a mission to share the happiness yoga has brought to her life. She completed her 200 hour training in 2017 with Yoga and Wellness of Blue Ridge and is currently working towards her 500 hour certification at the Asheville Yoga Center.

Thorin studied Business Management, concentrating on Marketing, at the University of Massachusetts and spent almost a decade in the Boston area. After recovering from an injury, a shift occurred and Thorin decided to travel. She spent 7 years traveling, surfing and living in Central America, where she began a sort of internal journey. Thorin had the pleasure of working with yoga retreats while managing a remote boutique resort in Bocas Del Toro, Panama. Though she had practiced the physical postures of yoga since she was 17, this was where she began a deeper understanding of the practice and truly fell in love.
The interplay between yoga practice on the mat and life off the mat, is what keeps Thorin fired up about yoga. She’s curious about the ways that yoga can help people to find greater peace, self-acceptance and joy in the rest of their lives.

Thorin teaches a range of classes from Yin to Power Vinyasa and is adding new skills to her tool bag with every training she completes. She hopes to, one day soon, organize retreats around the world focused on yoga, culture, adventure and connection.

When she is not teaching or practicing yoga, you can find her at their shoe store, Ballard’s of Blue Ridge or outdoors with their two children. Thorin also enjoys cooking, researching everything about health and wellness, and doing all the outdoor activities; like mountain biking and whitewater kayaking, in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.

Rita Newton

Rita Newton

Rita has been a certified yoga teacher since 2012. She still enjoys continuing her study through only line classes, intensives and workshops. She likes to bring a fun, relaxed energy to her classes she wants her yoga classes to be easily accessible in order to enhance the life of each individual who shows up for practice.

She loves to share time with her family and friends. Her favorite pass time passions include traveling adventures and almost any outdoor activities including, seeing wildlife, mountain biking, hiking, trail running and kayaking. Rita lives in Morganton with her two beautiful furbaby cats, attends Temple Baptist Church and serves as Fannin county tax Commissioner.

Lauren Cole

Lauren graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2006 and pursued a career in marketing for a couple of years before finding herself managing her father’s physical therapy business. It was through this exposure that she found her love of helping people find strength in their body and gain mobility and function. A few years ago she stumbled upon Pilates and decided to pursue an education in STOTT PILATES®, which combines the original teachings of Joseph Pilates with modern principles of exercise science, biomechanics and rehabilitation. Lauren has a deep understanding of the body, alignment and movement with an approachable and adaptable teaching style for a wide variety of client needs.

She has been teaching Pilates for 3 years and is a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels and has completed the STOTT PILATES® Injuries and Special Populations course. She is currently working towards her athletic conditioning and post-rehabilitation specialty tracks.