The Yoga Center Staff
Claire Blumig took her first yoga class at 19 and was immediately drawn to the practice. She has since done extensive training in Kundalini and Iyengar yoga. After several years off the mat, she returned to her practice when her daughter was in high school. Claire has her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification from Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, and her second 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate from the Kripalu Center in Lennox , MA. Claire is also certified in Yoga of the Heart, developed for cancer and cardiac patients by Nischala Joy Devi collaborating with Dr. Dean Ornish, who developed the internationally acclaimed Reversing Heart Disease program. She continues to take workshops to deepen her understanding of yoga and strives to share all she learns with her students.
Kathee Cammisa has a Master’s Degree in Health Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She is a 200 hour Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist. Kathee also holds certificates from Yoga for the Special Child and Radiant Child Yoga. Additionally, she is certified with Mindful Schools to teach mindfulness to children. Kathee has worked with children as an occupational therapist for over 25 years and has taught yoga to children for the last 10 years.
Kathee feels her yoga practice helps her connect with a deep peace in her mind, body, and spirit. For her, this is an amazingly powerful and joyful experience. She believes children start out living from this kind of peaceful space. However, today’s fast-paced, stressful world tends to distract all of us from this type of inward focus. As a teacher, Kathee is delighted and honored to offer children opportunities to reconnect with the power of being present in their bodies & minds through yoga that is centering, relaxing and fun.
Krissy Dopson, ERYT
Krissy has a contagious enthusiasm for loving life and exploring one’s inner depths. Born in South Carolina and raised traveling around the globe, she is a wholehearted citizen of the world and spiritual adventurer. Krissy is a Parankriya Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), a Pranakriya Yoga Therapist, Pranakriya Prenatal Yoga Teacher, and an energy/body healer with a background in Thai Yoga Therapy and Bio Energy Healing. Krissy has been teaching and practicing yoga since 2008. She serves as a Pranakriya Yoga Director who travels the Eastern seaboard teaching Yoga Teacher Training Programs.
Through yoga, she became more connected to her inner self — spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. She leads transformational classes, one-on-one private sessions, and workshops with practical ways to promote inner peace and strengthen the body. Krissy’s intentions are to positively impact every person she encounters and make the world a better place, one yoga practice at a time.
Cammy Fisher has been teaching Pilates for the past 11 years to children, athletes, and adults. She received her Certification in Pilates from the Physicalmind Institute. Cammy is a former professional dancer who has toured with Theatre Ballet of San Francisco, and the Augusta Ballet. She has taught dance for over 30 years in our community and has a deep understanding of how proper alignment keeps students safe. Cammy believes that Pilates strengthens her students physically and mentally, and encourages their efforts to maintain a healthy body.
Yvonne obtained her 200 hr. Pranakriya Yoga teacher certification at The Yoga
Center (formerly Radiant Well-Being) in 2010 under the tutelage of Yoganand Michael Carroll. Yvonne discovered yoga rather late in life, and that discovery blossomed into a profound love. She became a teacher in order to share that love and the belief in the myriad benefits yoga provides - the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the practice as taught by Yoganand and carried on by The Yoga Center. Yvonne teaches Gentle Stretch and leads the Yin Yoga class. She also teaches the "Begin At The Beginning" series. Yvonne is currently working towards her 500 hr. certification in the Pranakriya tradition.
Originally from Idaho, Brandie settled in Aiken after traveling and living around the world. With a background in dental assisting and massage therapy, yoga reappeared in her life while she was competing in a workout competition. She had been practicing Yoga and Pilates on and off for years, but it was her journey back to the mat that liberated her in a way that ‘woke her up inside.’ Brandie has a true love for yoga that she feels has changed her life in so many positive ways. This love led her to enroll in a Yoga Teacher Training program at Asheville Yoga Center where she received her 200 hour Teacher Certificate. She is currently working towards her 300 hour Pranakriya Yoga Certification and would love to help disabled Veterans through Yoga.
Veronica became interested in yoga as a means of exercise, but quickly discovered that through her practice she was able to calm the "noise" in her head and explore the depths of herself. Yoga teaches ahimsa, that one must not harm any living creature, a concept many of us tend to overlook when dealing with ourselves. So from Veronica’s beginning experience with yoga, she was learning to be compassionate and loving toward the being she is. Once she began treating herself with care, it was easy to look beyond herself and treat others the same way. Veronica decided to deepen her practice and knowledge of yoga, and took the Pranakriya Teacher Training course. She has learned that teaching yoga is "not just about telling folks where to put their feet and hands." It is about sharing your own love of yoga and life with others while respecting and helping them on their own yogic journey. Veronica is very interested in bringing yoga to those with larger bodies, so that they too, may benefit from the power of yoga.
When Kathi began her yoga journey in 2000, in a class offered at a gym, she realized this was not just another exercise class. Her yoga mat became her sacred haven where she came to know the beauty of the mind, body, spirit union experienced through yoga. Pursuing her interest in yoga, her path eventually led her to The Yoga Center in 2011 where she discovered how perfectly Pranakriya Yoga fit with her personal practice. In 2015, Kathi completed her 200-hour Pranakriya Yoga teacher certification at The Yoga Center. She continues to deepen her experience and knowledge through training programs for the 500-hour certification. Kathi’s passion for helping others on their healing and self-care path led her to become an RN, Certified Life Coach, and Reiki Level II practitioner. For Kathi, yoga has become her personal path to self-awareness and healing
Nicole, our business manager, studied architecture and worked in several large firms, but left the corporate world to pursue her own architectural computer rendering business. Nicole has always been active running, or mountain biking, but found yoga helped her ease the stress of a deadline driven career. When she became pregnant, Prenatal yoga became an intricate part of her life as she developed a deeper understanding of yoga’s mind/ body connection. After moving to Augusta in 2009, she became a stay at home mom, painting as a creative outlet and attending “fitness” yoga at the local gyms which left her longing for a deeper practice. In January 2015, she joined the Pranakriya Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga Center to find that deeper connection she was searching for. Since receiving her 200 hour certification, Nicole is continuing her training towards her 300 hour certification. Nicole enjoys sharing her love of yoga with students of all levels.
Taylor Watts has always had an active life, including gymnastics and other various forms of body movement until 2008 when a high school teacher recommended yoga. She was quickly drawn to the practice. In 2011, she began to practice regularly at home with a concentration on flexibility and inversions. As her practice deepened she realized that asana is only the tip of the iceberg and found herself longing for a deeper connection with the world she lived in. Then she found Pranakriya yoga. After working with a few teachers of this discipline, she decided to enroll in The Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts training program held at The Yoga Center. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2015 and is currently pursuing an additional 300 hour certification. Yoga has given Taylor an opportunity to create a safe space within herself, which in turn has helped her to grow into a more mindful, happy, and loving human being. It is her mission to share the endless benefits yoga can provide.