Our Teachers

Penny Gregorio - RYT500, Anusara Immersion Teacher, Owner

Penny was trained under the expert eye of Mary Bastien and Jennifer Reuter at OSY. Penny has been deeply influenced by the teachings of Anusara Yoga and has also studied with: Rod Srtyker, founder of Para Yoga, Max Strom, Skeeter Tichnor and Anne Carpenter. In the summer of 1996, she found herself trying a yoga class in Atlanta Georgia. Her life had changed and the world as she knew it would never be the same. Yoga found its way into her soul and it made a home there.

Dennis Mack - Certified Schwinn Cycle Instructor, RYT200

Originally from what is now Rocky Mount- North Carolina, Dennis Mack has lived in the Abany area now for the past 30 plus years and recently retired from the MillerCoors Brewing Company.  Dennis has always pursued an athletic identity and has artfully played basketball, tennis and golf.  A fanatical golfer, Dennis was advised to take up yoga for increased flexibility.  He joined the 229 family and became a certified yoga teacher under the tutelage of Penny and Casey.  Dennis recently received a Schwinn cycling certification as well.

RYT 200.

Jessica Carr- Certified Schwinn Cycle Instructor, RYT-200

Jessica moved to Albany, GA in 2010 when she took a position as Spanish teacher with Deerfield Windsor School. She also serves as assistant coach to the varsity track and field and cross country teams at DWS and teaches Spanish part time at Darton State College. She has been active in the indoor cycling world since 2012 and loves the stress relief that comes from the loud music and dark room. Jessica also loves to practice yoga, enjoys cooking, and traveling to Spanish speaking countries.

Katie Sullivan - Certified Barre Instructor, RYT-200

Originally from Ellijay, Georgia, Katie has lived in Albany since graduating from the University of Georgia in 2012. While at UGA, she earned a bachelor's degree in Foreign Language Education, with an emphasis in Spanish. Katie moved to Albany to take a position at Deerfield-Windsor School teaching middle school Spanish. Katie has always had an interest in personal fitness and loves being active. She enjoys Barre classes for their efficency and effectiveness as an exercise method. Outside of teaching, Katie and her husband Victor love traveling, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the outdoors.

Certified Pilates Instructor.

Levent Gokcen - Certified Schwinn Cycle Instructor

Levent holds a life-long passion for fitness; from his days of swimming competitiely in high school through long distance triathlons today, including the Chatttanooga and Miami Half-Ironmans.  Levent is thrilled to join 229Yoga as a RIDE instructor, combining his love of cardio and strength conditioning for the athlete in all of us. Each class jump starts your fitness and is a great way to incorporate fitness and health into your busy life.

Lucie Beeley - Certified PiYo Instructor

Lucie has been passionate about sports, exercise and fitness since childhood. At the urging of another fitness instructor, Lucie decided to become certified to teach group fitness in 2004. She began teaching Spinning and added other class offerings over time including Pilates, Core and Strength Training, Kickboxing, Barre/Matt, Interval Training, Plyometric Training and Aerobics. In addition to group fitness, Lucie also holds specialty certifications in Barre, PiYo, Pilates, UGI, and Indoor Cycling.

Certified Pilates, Barre & Group Fitness.

Madye Carter - Certified Schwinn Cycle Instructor

 I never imagined I would become an athlete and fall in love with fitness! It all started about 6 years ago when I went to a 5:30am spin class. My husband Chip thought I was crazy to get up that early to exercise! My husband's parents bought me a bicycle for Christmas, and that was it. I fell in love with cycling, and then trained to run with the couch to 5k program. In 2011 I got really crazy, and hired a coach to teach me how to swim. So at age 33, I finally learned how to swim and I completed 2 sprint triathlons that year! In 2013 I formed the Flint River Triathletes, a local team here in Albany. In 2014 I completed my first full Ironman in Chattanooga!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Patricia Bennett - Certified Pilates Instructor

When she discovered 229Yoga in September of 2015, she was drifting in her fitness routine, going from one program to another, trying to find an answer to the bewildering changes her body was going through as she moved through her mid-40’s. Her first class was a Pilates class and to her complete joy and amazement, not only did the class have a lot of the familiar Joseph Pilates moves that she knew and loved, it also had many more Pilates-like exercises that challenged her in a way that she hadn’t been in the past. She left the class that day sore, exhilarated and totally hooked! After doing Pilates 3 days a week (and some awesome Barre classes) for a couple of months, Patricia began to see incredible changes in her body and strength.

Amanda Borghi - Certified Schwinn Cycle Instructor, RYT200

Things to know about Amanda ... The Top 10 List:

 

1.) She is originally from Michigan (born & raised in South Detroit- Journey reference, hope you got it) & moved to Albany in January 2016

2.) Her 4 rescue dogs pretty much run the show at her home.

3.) Amanda is married to a pretty cool guy that she reports having a large crush on.

4.) Her favorite color is black (unless you locate a color that is darker). 

5.) Her favorite holiday is Halloween... seriously, she is really into it.

6.) Coffee is a very important part of Amanda's life. 

7.) She is looking forward to adding a Yoga Instructor Certification to her list in 2019!

9.) Her classes have been rumored to be a bit of a challenge, but everyone leaves smiling from her cheese jokes and thankful for the rock it and ride it like you stole it theme.

9.) She loves Johnny Cash.

10.) Full Moon Yoga once a month is one of her favorite classes to teach, be sure to join the full moon fun once a month!

 
Brandi Ivy - Certified Barre Instructor

I was born in Albany and returned to Albany after graduating from the University of Georgia where I received a Masters in Accountancy.  I work at Draffin & Tucker, LLP as a Certified Public Accountant.  I am married to my high school sweet heart, Clint Ivy, and have 2 beautiful daughters.  I started attending 229 Yoga as a student of the Pilates and Yoga classes and began taking barre classes once they were offered.  I was hooked!  It is such a unique exercise that is not offered anywhere else in Albany.  I am very excited to be a part of the 229 Yoga family teaching my favorite exercise - Barre.

 
Joy Holway - Certified Barre Instructor

I fell in love with Barre because it was the only exercise I've ever performed which prevented all lower back pain! After taking barre classes for over 4 years, I became an instructor with IBBFA. I absolutely LOVE spreading the barre-joy with anyone who wants to safely tone and exercise micro and macro muscle groups at once! Results happen so quickly with barre, and as a registered dietitian and nutritionist wellness is my top priority. Food is my first love, and barre reigns in a sweet second place! Here's to your health!  Love, Joy!

 
 
Stephanie Fountain - Certified Barre Instructor

I am an Albany native. After graduating with my Masters in Accounting from Georgia Southern University, I spent several years in public accounting before becoming a full time stay at home mom.  My wonderful husband, Heath, son and daughter keep me pretty busy; however, in my free time I enjoy taking and teaching classes at 229 Yoga. After joining the studio as a student, Barre classes quickly became a natural favorite in my fitness routine. I love that Barre focuses on achieving a long, lean and toned look. Since I’m only 4’11”, I need all the help I can get with looking long and lean!

 
Anna Mettrick - RYT200

Originally from New Mexico, Anna dabbled with yoga for years but it wasn’t until 2013 and 229Yoga that she embraced a regular practice. As her practice grew, Anna found a balance from her analytical career and a love for yoga’s versatility and holistic approach to wellness. In 2017, she decided to train as a yoga instructor.  Anna is excited to now be part of the 229Yoga studio and hopes to share the love and benefits of yoga with others (and use her right-brain creative side a bit).

 
Kevin Landers, RTY200

Kevin is a south GA native that moved to Columbia, SC after college.  After 17 years, he has recently returned home to spend more time with family.  While in Columbia, he discovered yoga as a remedy to his recurrent lower back pain and began attending classes regularly at City Yoga, with owner and head instructor, Stacey Milner-Collins, as his primary teacher.  The studio was predominantly Anusara Yoga, so this is the style that he “grew up” practicing and learning. In 2010, Kevin finished the Anusara Immersion and teacher training and received his RYT-200 certification.  He has taught in numerous venues and among various demographics, including gyms, hospitals, yoga studios, and retirement communities.  In addition to Anusara, he has practiced extensively in Ashtanga, Bikram, Yin, Kundalini, and various types of vinyasa flow styles.  He has also completed a teacher training in Yin Yoga, which he also enjoys teaching as a counterbalance to the more active yang styles of hatha yoga.

               Kevin is a believer in the playfully serious/seriously playful style of teaching, so be prepared to work hard and hopefully laugh hard (or at least giggle) in most of his classes.

Adrian Whearry, Certified Schwinn Cycle Instructor

I'm a 31 year old Indoor Cycling Instructor/Microbiologist from Albany, GA.  I have experience with teaching Indoor Cycling & Rhythm Ride group classes.  Rhythm Ride incorporates free hand weights with the Indoor Cycling Class.  I have a deep passion for motivating others to do their very best and to push beyond their perceived limits.  This, I feel, induces spiritual and physical evolution.

 
Ramonda Brooks, Certified Schwinn Cycle Instructor

Ramonda discovered fitness after the age of 30. In 2015, just a couple years after walking into her first spin class, she received her first indoor cycling certification. Since then, Ramonda has attended educational classes and received additional certifications in order grow as an instructor.  She uses music to emphasize each profile in order to create a killer workout. She knows each student participates for different reasons. Whether it's to burn fat, increase cardio activity or just relieve stress, her goal is for everyone to have an awesome experience.

 
Thad Minick III - RYT200 

Thad Minick is a licensed paramedic instructor and ACE certified health coach. He has completed certifications in yoga, HIIT, strength & conditioning, and triathlon coaching. He is a self-described student of natural movement and human endurance. As a weekend warrior, he enjoys the challenges of tail running, triathlons, and obstacle course racing. He discovered yoga while seeking a way to balance out the effects of these physically demanding activities. His yoga journey has brought him to embrace a Yin style of practice which inspires and is featured the classes his teaches.

 
Melissa Ellis - RYT200 

I am a South Georgia native that moved back to Albany in 2012, with my husband Luke. Fitness and sport has been a big part of my life since middle school. I even made it my career with a degree in exercise science and then my Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. I first found yoga as a way to improve my mobility and become a better runner. But I quickly fell in love with yoga as more than just a workout. I completed my yoga teacher training this year but will always be a student. I try to make my classes a blend of my backgrounds as an athlete and Physical Therapist, with the traditions of Yoga. A goal of mine to help others live a life they love and are proud of.

 
Melody Ellis - RYT200 

I was born and raised in Albany, and I currently live in Leesburg. I am a mom, a wife, an attorney, a cyclist, and a hiker. Despite having a very busy life, a consistent yoga practice     is so important to me because it allows me to bring the peace I find on ultra-endurance cycling events and hiking adventures into my everyday life. Yoga refills my cup and     restores my soul. I love being a part of the 229Yoga family, and I am thrilled to be able to share my passion with others.  

 
Jamie McCullough - RYT200 

I was born in Albany, and grew up in the rural area surrounding it. I have always enjoyed physical activity, using it as a release both physically and mentally. A friend and fellow yoga instructor bought me a drop in pass for Penny’s hot yoga class. I immediately fell in love with not only the physical asana, but the true meaning of yoga. In my classes I hope to bring the love of the yoga I have found, in mind, body, and emotionally both on and off the mat. When I’m not on the mat,  I love running, reading, spending as much time on the beach as possible, dogs, and spending time with my husband, two beautiful children, family, and friends.

 
Major Skinner - RYT200 

 My studies were in Kriya Yoga, which is associated with Yogananda (Autobiography of a Yogi). My teacher was a student of one of Yogananda's direct students. 

 

I received a Masters of Divinity in 2004 and was ordained as an interfaith minister in 2008 at www.csecenter.org (center website). I took a long break from ministry shortly after. I have spent most of the last 10 years raising my two daughters (now in college) and pursuing creative endeavors. I made a small documentary and have spent a lot of time with photography, improv comedy, and a little stand-up.

 

I recently moved from Santa Cruz, CA to south Georgia to support my mom who is 79 years old. She lives in Baker County. The call to reconnect with teaching has come up for me since moving down here, specifically, a strong desire to teach meditation. 

 

I have taught meditation in the past. Meditation has been at the core of my life for many years. I started having panic attacks at age 19. Meditation was the first thing that gave me any relief. I was a meditator before I ever found yoga, so I come to it from both a pragmatic and spiritual perspective. 

 

Client Testimonials

Angela Flood

Favorite Class(es):

I love barre and all of the yoga classes. 

Why is that (are those) your favorite(s)?

 

  The barre classes give you a full body workout. You will definitely be “tucking” and “shaking” by the end of class!  The yoga classes are structured for all levels from beginning to intermediate to advanced. This is a judge free zone!  If there is a pose or position I am not able to do, there is always a modification that I CAN do! 

What makes 229 unique?

229 Yoga is a very friendly and welcoming studio.  The instructors are amazing. They explain all the moves so that you are challenged but also safe. 

Anything else you want to share or would want someone to know who has never visited 
229?

Penny, Amanda, Kevin and Katie have really helped me deepen my yoga practice. All of the instructors at 229 Yoga AWESOME!!!

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2620-C Dawson Rd

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What makes 229 unique?


229 is unique because of the variety of classes that the studio provides. There is truly something for everyone. 229 is also unique in that the instructors are intentional about getting to know you. The instructors are invested in your fitness journey and you'll always feel welcome at the studio. We are so thankful we found the 229 community when we moved to Albany!


Anything else you want to share or would want someone to know who has never visited 229?

Carving time out of your day and getting to the studio is the hardest part - once you get to class, you won't regret it!

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