Yoga in the Park

Yoga In The Park Takes Place All Summer Long!

Join us for Jonesborough’s Yoga in the Park beginning May and going through the end of September.
-Sundays at 4 p.m. in Jimmy Neil Smith Park behind the International Storytelling Center in downtown Jonesborough lasting about an hour


Yoga in the Park


All levels are welcome from beginners to advanced and there is no fee and no registration required. Bring your own yoga mat, towel or blanket along with friend and enjoy the many health benefits of yoga while getting some fresh air.
This series will be taught by certified area instructors. Class is free but teacher donations are accepted. This event series is weather permitting.

Yoga in the Park

Meet Your Instructors!

Krista Karin

May 5, 2024 4 - 5 PM

Krista found her passion for wellness in college and became a personal trainer. She later discovered hot yoga as a means to stay injury-free during her trainings for half and full marathons. She began teaching yoga in Indianapolis over ten years ago. After moving to Tennessee, she taught at the majority of the Tri-Cities local studios until going private in 2020. Her greatest passion in life is empowering others to evolve into the best version of themselves. She inspires others to encompass all points in their everyday life-physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. She does this through private sessions via Zoom, podcast meditations, or in person at All points whole Sanctuary, a 13 acre farm and healing retreat center in Johnson City, TN. Her other passions include writing, music, traveling, hiking, the arts, dancing, and being a total foodie!

Ahauve Orusa

May 12, 2024 4 - 5 PM

Ahauve Orusa has been practicing yoga for 9 years. She was introduced to yoga through one of her high school science teachers who now owns a yoga studio in her hometown. When she moved to Atlanta for college at Emory, she dived deeper into her yoga practice by exploring different studios until she found one that helped her find peace and healing on and off her mat. Medical school brought her to Johnson City where she fell in love with hot yoga and completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Real Hot Yoga through Baptiste Power Yoga Nashville. She aims to teach accessible, inclusive classes that leave people feeling empowered, inspired, and with a deeper mind-body connection. While she majored in Human Health in college, she minored in Dance and Movement studies, so her yoga classes are heavily influenced by her dance background. She teaches power and flow/yin classes at Real Hot Yoga and ETSU’s campus recreation center.

Jeri Fowler

May 19, 2024 4 - 5 PM

As part of her 2021 New Years’ resolution, Jeri tried hot yoga at Real Hot Yoga in Johnson City. Jeri was optimistic and curious about the many benefits she heard came from yoga and was searching for a release in an effort to better her mental health and physical health, and a way to ultimately reduce stress/depression. She took a leap of faith and fell in love with the practice of yoga so deeply that she wanted to share those benefits with her community. Jeri’s main style of yoga is Power Flow Yoga. She believes yoga is a beautiful way to reconnect with yourself on all levels, and also with others!

In March 2023, Jeri completed 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training with Baptiste Institute of Nashville through Real Hot Yoga in Johnson City, Tennessee. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT-200 Hour, through Yoga Alliance.

Jeri is a Firm Administrator and Litigation Paralegal for The Seeley Law Firm in Johnson City, Tennessee. In her free time, Jeri enjoys practicing yoga, dancing, basketball, simply being in nature, spending time on the open water, and spending time with her fur babies.

“Come join me for a beautiful day in the park. Bring your mat. Take what it is that you need, and leave the rest behind. Everybody is welcome, from beginners to advanced, and yoga is truly for every BODY. I can’t wait to see you friend! Namaste.”

Audrey Talcott

May 26, 2024 4 - 5 PM

I fell in love with yoga in 2019 and it did not take long for yoga to become a passion of mine. I felt the urge to extend and deepen my knowledge of yoga and to find out what it truly is, so in 2020, I decided to train to become a yoga teacher.

That was one of the best leaps of faith I have ever taken. I love having the opportunity to be able to share something that makes me feel like my truest self and guide yogis through my own creative flow.  I am very grateful.

Laura Vidales

June 2, 2024 4 - 5 PM

Laura began her yoga journey six years ago. When in high school, a friend invited her to a hot yoga class. Laura fell in love with yoga for its mental and physical benefits and began practicing regularly. Particularly enjoying hot yoga for its therapeutic sweating. She never imagined teaching yoga was in the cards for her until her husband encouraged her to pursue teacher training ,with him at her side, she completed 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training. Through her yoga journey Laura discovered the emotional and spiritual impact yoga can have and learned how to use her breath to empower herself on and off the mat. Laura believes yoga should be accessible to everyone with a focus on mind and body connection through breath work and creative sequencing. She hopes to see experienced and new yogis alike in the park.

Lorelei Goff

June 9, 2024 4 - 5 PM

Lorelei Goff is a yoga, meditation and fitness instructor registered with Yoga Alliance and certified through Silver Sneakers. A graduate of VMC Drum Circle Facilitation Training, and certified in drum circle facilitation and leading healing drum circles, she founded Rhythm Element LLC to share the many benefits of rhythm, yoga and meditation.

Tereza DiFrancesco

June 16, 2024 4 - 5 PM

Tereza first encountered yoga in 2013 during her gym sessions. Her instructors showed her that yoga goes beyond mere stretching or flashy poses, and within months, she knew she wanted to enroll in teacher training. In 2018, after relocating to East Tennessee, she finally found the time to become a certified yoga instructor. During the shift to online platforms, Tereza reconnected with her first yoga teachers from Spain and earned her RYT 500 certification. Tereza likes to understand yoga as a way to connect with oneself, pamper the body and soul, as well as create space to have fun and explore. Off the mat, Tereza enjoys a range of activities such as paddle boarding, hiking, exploring caves, organizing events that benefit animals, and looking for any excuse to speak Spanish.

Brittney Trivett

June 23, 2024 4 - 5 PM

She has been practicing yoga for 10 years and began teaching in 2020. She found yoga as a great stress relief in college. Also as a way to heal the body, mind and soul. She enjoys teaching everyone from senior citizens in restorative chair yoga to younger adults in flows, and everyone in-between.

Emily Presnell-Lee

June 30, 2024 4 - 5 PM

I’m Emily, I’m a certified Yoga Teacher based in East Tennessee – RYT-200, Paddle Board Yoga certified & currently working on my Sound Healing Certification.

I own a Traveling Yoga Company called Terra (Earth) & Tides” where I can teach Yoga on Land & Water!

My Yoga Journey started in 2019 after going to Physical Therapy for a Lower Back Injury. I was trained under the influence of Traditional Ashtanga Yoga, or “Power Yoga”. I love to challenge my students, help them find their inner Goddess, work up a good sweat and make that mind to muscle connection!

My Intention for all of my classes comes down to simply just moving your body…by shifting stagnant energy that’s lingering & clearing out blockages that are holding you back! I want my students to leave feeling refreshed, energized, zen & see yourself & the world in a new perspective!

Lesley Musick

July 7, 2024 4 - 5 PM

I started my yoga journey with a desire to provide stress relief through movement for my coworkers.  During my 200-hour yoga teacher training, I discovered the strengthening, mobility, and emotional benefits of yoga. I work to create a class  that allows self-exploration with a challenge of your edge regardless of your yoga experience.

I strive for my classes to blend strength, mobility, and balance. I earned my RYT-200 Certification in June 2021 from The Yoga & Ayurveda Center, and I am currently studying for my RYT-300.

Runae Conner

July 14, 2024 4 - 5 PM

Although new to teaching Yoga, I’ve been a Registered Nurse for more than 30 years.   I love helping people, my Mama taught me that.  I developed some back issues, and my doctor told me that the very best thing I could do for my back would be to start a yoga practice.  I joined a local gym that offered a variety of classes 4-5 times per week, and never looked back!  I am 200 hourcertified and love teaching Elder Chair Yoga and Yin Yoga, using restorative poses to help those who have lost some of their mobility due to age or injury.  I enjoy practicing Power, Yin, and Elemental Yoga – add some heat to any style and I’m in!!

Sarah Wennogle

July 21, 2024 4 - 5 PM

Sarah Wennogle is YTT-200, MTT-200, and breath coach certified. She has been teaching yoga and meditation for over four years. Her training has included hatha and yon yoga as well as body- mind ball work. She is passionate about helping her students settle into their bodies and experience peace within its movement. Join her in the park for an all level yoga class!

Allyson Neilson

July 28, 2024 4 - 5 PM

After dabbling in yoga for many years, Allyson’s journey truly began when she attended her first Baptiste inspired class in 2011. After falling in love with that practice and how it made her feel on a physical, emotional and spiritual level, Allyson became a Level 1 Baptiste trained teacher and then acquired her 200 hr teacher training in Portland, Maine. Her qualifications and experiences reflect a deep commitment to holistic wellness and helping others. Her background in social work, personal training, and fitness instruction has equipped her with a diverse skill set that she now channels into her yoga teaching. Her affinity for yoga lies in its holistic approach, which resonates with her values of nurturing mind, body, and spirit. Allyson has honed her expertise in guiding students through transformative yoga practices. Her favorite classes to teach, Yin and Gentle Flow, indicate her emphasis on both getting still in the body to connect with mind and spirit and gentle movement to keep the joints and muscles limber, catering to diverse needs within her yoga community. Beyond yoga instruction, Allyson’s certifications as a Life Coach, Group Coach, and Precision Nutrition Level 1 Nutrition Coach illustrate her commitment to supporting individuals in various aspects of their well-being journey. Her natural gifts of compassion, empathy, and curiosity in human behavior undoubtedly enrich her yoga teaching, enabling her to connect deeply with her students and guide them towards holistic wellness. Allyson is blessed to spend her summers in Tennessee and winters on Amelia Island, Florida. She shares her life with her husband and best friend, David, their three kids and five grandkids that are scattered about the country! She loves to read and walk in nature. She aspires to grow a beautiful flower garden someday in the near future.

Ferris Kort

August 4, 2024 4 - 5 PM

My connection with yoga started in the early 2000’s with a couple of fitness center classes and some DVD’s. I enjoyed the practice right away and thought it was something I could share with others. In 2013 my dream came true and I earned my RYT-200 certification from InnerSea Yoga.  I LOVE to lead vinyasa classes set to eclectic music with a strong focus on breath. My classes are for everyone, as I incorporate lots of modifications and options so all feel comfortable and challenged.  Being a yoga instructor has brought me so much joy! Over the years I have had the pleasure of watching so many of my students transform physically, mentally, and spiritually through their connection to the practice.

When I’m not practicing yoga you can find me relaxing on my porch in Limestone with my husband and son.

Maria Lovelady

August 11, 2024 4 - 5 PM

From Chile to California to the Tri-Cities. I moved to the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee over 12

years ago and I am happy to call this place home.

I am a proud graduate of East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a

Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Community Development.

During my time at ETSU, I spent several semesters working in programs that serve and benefit the

Hispanic community in the area. I am a true believer that a strong community can change lives. After graduating college, I began my career in property management which ultimately led me to become a real estate agent. I love helping clients and their families to find the perfect home and to achieve the ‘American Dream’.

I discover yoga in 2018 and fell in love with the physical and spiritual combination of the practice. I received my 200-hour RYT at Real Hot Yoga through Baptiste Power Yoga Nashville.

Wanda Rowland

August 18, 2024 4 - 5 PM

Wanda is a dedicated yogi with a passion for both the physical and spiritual aspects of the practice. With a decade of yoga experience under her belt, Wanda initially turned to yoga as a complement to her running routine. In April 2022, she discovered hot yoga, and it became a transformative experience, capturing her heart and soul.Eager to deepen her understanding and share her newfound passion, Wanda embarked on a journey to become a certified yoga teacher. In May 2023, she successfully completed her 200hr teacher certification with Real Hot Yoga, specializing in the Baptiste Method. Wanda now finds immense joy in not only practicing yoga but also in imparting her knowledge to others and crafting creative flows. She enjoys curating playlists that enhance the overall yoga experience, adding an extra layer of joy to the practice.Wanda’s personal life is enriched by the presence of her 18-year-old son, Jack, who is set to embark on his journey at the University of Tennessee. Their family also includes a beloved rescue dog named Parker, who adds an extra dose of love and warmth to their home.

Lindsay Yarger

August 25, 2024 4 - 5 PM

I started feeling drawn and connected to yoga around 2018. I was never a person who enjoyed the more traditional work-out routines. There was something deeper that the yoga practice offered that my soul was longing for. It not only gave me deeper access to my physical expression and movement, but also connected me to my breath, my awareness, my thoughts, my emotions and my energy. Yoga was and is a way of life. It isn’t just about the postures, it’s about how we show up in life for ourselves and for others. It’s about connection, connection between our breath, mind, spirit, body, feelings and all aspects of ourselves, as well as other people, the world around us, and the worlds we cannot see. I received my first 200-hour training in Richmond Kentucky in 2019, which was based more in the Hatha tradition. I then taught Mindful Slow Flow (a type of Hatha flow) at Elemental Yoga in Versailles Kentucky until moving to Johnson City last year. I also had the opportunity to complete another 200-hour training in 2022 with Inner Sea Yoga. I am finishing a 300-hour training this summer with Real Hot Yoga.

I have been a massage therapist for 12 years, and also starting to learn the path of Reiki energy work. I received my level II Reiki training in 2023. I am also interested in studying sound bowl sand the power of sound energy healing more. I am fairly new to teaching yoga and feel honored to share what I’ve learned to help others awaken to their own inner power and magic. We are all on our own unique paths in life; and we are all here together. Figuring it out as we go and learning lessons along the way. Yoga is a beautiful, humbling, healing and sometimes challenging practice. But it also holds ancient wisdom and offers a path to finding our way home back to ourselves.

Emily Dillon

September 1, 2024 4 - 5 PM

Deborah Byrd

September 8, 2024 4 - 5 PM

Rhonda Lacey

September 15, 2024 4 - 5 PM

Rhonda Lacey has been practicing yoga for 24 years and began teaching in 2007 after completing her teacher training in Austin, Texas. She has a heart for teaching beginners and is a firm believer that everyone can practice yoga, regardless of age or ability. Her favorite style to teach is “Slow Flow,” which is a steady, slow-paced practice that combines movement for strength, balance, and flexibility.

Chrissy Righi

September 22, 2024 4 - 5 PM

I started my yoga journey with the intention to help my coworkers relieve stress and pain in the body. I completed my RYT-200 Hr in June 2021 and am currently working towards my RYT-300 Hr. For me, yoga has become a way for me to find my way back home, back to center,  back to balance.  What I enjoy the most is watching and helping others on their journey, wherever that may be. Yoga is for everyBODY.!

Erin Horton

September 29, 2024 4 - 5 PM

Erin Horton began her yoga journey in 2014.  Seeking relief from hip and back pain, she was Immediately hooked! The healing benefits for the body and mind surpassed anything she ever imagined. Inspired by her incredible teachers and mentors she completed her 200 hr YTT at Real Hot Yoga with Baptiste Power Yoga of Nashville, and a 300 hr YTT with Yoga Landing in Chattanooga. Now a 500 RYT and 200 E-RYT, Erin loves leading and inspiring others to grow on their own yoga journey. She cannot wait to share her passion for this practice with you and is certain you will fall in love with the gift of yoga too! Erin is grateful to partner with the Town of Jonesborough to bring Yoga in the Park to our community.  You can find her teaching locally at Real Hot Yoga Johnson City, Victory Fit in Jonesborough, Underground Fitness, Serenity Knoll Farm, and with David Crockett High School’s athletic teams.