Kate Healy Dykes, ba, lmt, e-ryt500
Kate has been practicing Yoga for Better Health since 1979.
She has been teaching Classical and Fitness Yoga since 1985,
and Therapeutic Yoga since 1997.
Kate has been listed on the National Yoga Alliance Registry of Accredited Instructors
She is qualified to certify new teachers, as well as offer
Yoga Alliance approved CEU’s for ongoing instructors.
Kate has also earned more than half the Graduate Credits required for a
Masters of Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania
in Sanskrit and the History of Yoga Philosophy in early India (1700BCE-500CE).
She plans to eventually complete her Masters Degree and work
towards a Doctorate, focusing on an aspect of Yoga’s lengthy history as a Medicinal Art .
Dedicated to communicating the ancient healing benefits of Yoga to her modern day
health conscious students, Kate keeps on top of research in the emerging field of
Medical & Therapeutic Yoga, applying proven methods of instruction
for consistently positive results on the mat.
She is also the mother of three beautiful children,
all of which have benefited tremendously from the practice of Hatha Yoga.
Kate discovered Yoga on a wind swept beach on Florida’s gorgeous Gulf Coast.
During the years her Father was dying of cancer in his 40’s,
Yoga Postures and Breathing helped Kate deal productively with the intense stress
of losing a parent as a young adult.
Wishing to share the benefits of regular practice with others,
she began teaching soon after her Father’s passing in 1985.
She dedicates her work to his memory.
In addition to supervising Staff, running our Dyersburg Sister Studio (Big River Yoga),
giving Private Yoga Sessions and Providing Medical Massage Therapy
for those with Chronic Pain Conditions, Kate teaches our Monday Morning
All Levels Hatha Class, 8:30-9:45am & our Monday Noon Restorative Class, 12-1pm.
She also teaches our Saturday Sampler Class on a rotation with the other Teachers.
Jason Taylor, ryt200
here in Martin. He has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 27 years and has two sons
Spencer and Hendrix, as well as two beautiful Grandchildren.
for both Body and Mind. He hopes that people will leave his Classes understanding that
Yoga is not just for the flexible. He draws from his own history of back pain and his
extensive and ongoing commitment to Continuing Education
in planning his Classes, bringing a fabulous gentle flowing synergy of Movement & Breath
that relieves pain and enhances well being.
Jason also teaches our Saturday Sampler Class on a rotation with Kate and the other Teachers.
Jennifer Connell, mba, ryt200
Jennifer lives in South Fulton, Tennessee and works full-time in health care administration. Her personal interests include travel, dogs, cats, food, music, and people. Jennifer began
Home Yoga Practice in 1990. She then began studying under various teachers
with diverse Yoga Styles from 2002 through 2007.
She attended and completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Registered
Teacher Training through YogaWorks in California in 2008. YogaWorks is a highly reputable
Yoga Studio of long standing in the both
International and National Yoga Communities.
YogaWorks Teacher Training emphasizes correct alignment, breath work, linking postures
together with the breath in a Vinyasa, or, Sun Salutation Based Practice. Jennifer’s Classes
emphasize a balance of flowing movement and proper alignment. Her Vinyasa flow
segments are accessible for All Levels of Students.
Jennifer seeks to support all of her students to reach that magical place on the mat,
where peaceful breath and graceful movement are synchronized creating focus,
harmony and lightness of spirit.
Jennifer joins the other Martin Yoga Studio Instructors as one of only a handful of
Nationally Registered and Yoga Alliance Accredited Yoga Teachers
in all of West Tennessee.
Jennifer teaches All Levels Vinyasa Flow Yoga from 6:00-7:15pm
on Monday Evenings.
Jennifer also teaches our Saturday Sampler Class on rotation with Kate
and the other Teachers.
Angie Mackewn, ph.d., ryt200
Dr. Angie MacKewn is a Psychology Professor at UT Martin. She came to our community
from Canada 14 years ago and fell in love with the South. Her passion is health and
wellness, so becoming a Certified Yoga Instructor was a natural fit. After taking Classes with
Kate for a year, Angie joined the Martin Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training Program
in January of 2016 and graduated in March of 2017, joining the other Studio Instructors
as one of only a handful of Nationally Registered and
Yoga Alliance Accredited Yoga Teachers in all of West Tennessee.
Outside of being a full-time professor and C Yoga instructor,
Dr. Mackewn currently works with college athletes developing Mental Toughness Programs
and Sport Specific Comprehensive Programs combining the principles of
Meditation and Yoga. Angie is engaged to David Reeves, who is currently Defensive
Coordinator Coach for University of Alabama, Birmingham. They plan to marry
sometime in the Summer of 2018. Congrats Angie and David!
Angie teaches All Levels Hatha Yoga on Thursdays from 6:00-7:15pm, and
Thursday Morning Beginners Vinyasa Flow Yoga from 8:30-9:45am.
Angie also teaches our Saturday Sampler Class on rotation with Kate
and the other Teachers.
Jayne Parrish, bs, ryt200
Jayne Parrish moved to Martin when she was 8 years old. Jayne graduated
Summa Cum Laude from UTM in 1990 with a BS in Business Administration.
For over 20 years she has worked in Real Estate.
She is a Real Estate Appraiser and a Real Estate Broker.
Jayne is married and has 2 children and 5 grandchildren.
Having suffered with severe low back pain for over 30 years, she had tried many things to
get some relief. Nothing has helped her more than Yoga. She had tried it before with
videos at home and with a couple of teachers. But her first Therapeutic Yoga Class
with Kate Healy decreased her pain significantly.
She knew she had found the answer to her prayers. She took classes for about 7 months
and then began Yoga Teacher Training. Jayne graduated from the
Martin Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training Program in March of 2017,
and joins the other Martin Yoga Staff members as one in only a handful of
Nationally Registered and Yoga Alliance Accredited Yoga Instructors in West Tennessee.
Initially, Jayne just wanted to learn everything she could to help herself.
But, then she realized that she wanted to share what she had learned and help others.
Jayne likes to say that she does not teach pretzel yoga.
She prefers Restorative Yoga which involves stretching,
relaxing and healing areas that hurt.
Jayne teaches our Noon Restorative Class on Thursdays from 12-1pm.
She also teaches our Saturday Sampler Class on rotation
with Kate and the other Teachers.