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Our Instructors

April Bell

April started her yoga journey in 2015. She found the health benefits that came from having a consistent yoga practice shortly after being diagnosed with cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. This fueled her drive to learn as much as she could about yoga and to become a certified yoga teacher. Yoga heals your body, mind, and soul. April is a Reiki Master, and will be completing her Aerial Yoga Teacher Training certification in October. 

"I want other people to feel the way I feel after doing yoga. It is life changing if you allow it to be."

April is the owner and operator of Mountain Yoga and is passionate about sharing the positive benefits of yoga to everyone.

Heather Devereux

Heather initially found yoga as a way to heal and maintain her physical health.  After trying yoga she immediately felt different.  Since then, yoga has been her go to for helping her to be successful with life's challenges & helping her to reach her goals.  Heather's goal with opening a yoga studio is to introduce the benefits of a consistent yoga practice to everyone, regardless of age, no matter their physical limitation.

As a runner, swimmer and diver Heather had common sports injuries such as knee, shoulder and joints issue.  Alignment style yoga helps her move freely in her body and without pain.

Heather completed her yoga instructor certification course in Asheville NC w/ Stephanie Keech in 2011 at the Asheville Yoga Center.

Jassany Rodriguez

Jassany is a 24 year old yoga teacher from Cuba who grew up in South Florida. To her, yoga has been a coming home to her true Self.


She’s bringing to our studio something unique. A rich & gentle yoga practice that focuses primarily on rest, healing, connection & relaxation; the art of just being. The flow is slow, mindful & deep. 

The intention is for the student to explore their body as well as their emotional & mental health. Through breathing techniques, the student will be guided to a place of release & surrender in the poses. 

This is where the healing happens. There are many benefits that come through deep rest & relaxation. Including, but not limited to; physical healing & regeneration (the body can do the most healing on disease when the body is truly relaxed & resting), balancing to the nervous system, relief from anxiety, stress & tension, flexibility, vitality, fresh energy levels, rejuvenation, emotional health (rest gives the way for love & compassion through caring for the self).

The spine will be taken in all directions for optimal physical health. 

Brooke Strickland

Brooke completed her yoga teacher training in South Carolina, and graduated in June 2020.


Her practice began as a teenager like many millennial/gen z borderlines...anxious,depressed, and dealing with personal traumas. The practice of concentrating and stilling the mind through meditation called to her first, through that she began her physical yoga practice. There would be a few years between this and attending her training, and her practice was strictly personal, at home. In the years between she attended The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, a 2.5 year program based out of NC, and also acquired her mushroom foraging license.


Through these studies she began to truly feel at one in nature. Hungry to continue on this path of personal wellness she decided it was time to take her yoga practice to a real studio. She walked in the first day to inquire with the owner about applying for teacher training. This request was met with an approving smile and was told "why don't you come in and make sure you like us first." Six months later teacher training began, and by the end Brooke learned that the practice of yoga is truly to still the ripples of the mind, because when the mind is still, that is where your true self will be found.

Jessica Draper

Jessica Draper is a certified yoga instructor and Gilmer County native. She has a passion for international traveling, herbalism, spending time with family, and hiking. 

Jessica's love for yoga began in the spring of 2011 while she was living in Salt Lake City, UT. However, her first experiences with yoga did not incorporate the spiritual components of yoga and were more workout based. Once she experienced the beauty of joining the physical and spiritual aspects together she was hooked. She completed her 200YTT at Yoga and Wellness of Blue Ridge during the summer of 2018 and has been teaching since that time.

Crystal Robbins

Crystal started her yoga practice over ten years ago, and from the very first class she was hooked. It didn’t take her long to know that she would like to dive deeper into the philosophy of yoga, and maybe even teach one day. But with her focus on building her career as an RN, she set that dream aside and continued a home yoga practice. After years in the healthcare field, she began to study alternative healing modalities and the human energy field. In June 2019 she became a Reiki Level II practitioner, and completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga and Wellness of Blue Ridge in early December 2019. She will be receiving her Reiki Master training in September 2020! With plans to continue to study and learn new energetic healing techniques, she currently offers private and public yoga classes and workshops, as well as individual healing sessions.

Megan Hume

Megan's yoga journey began in Miami, Florida in the early 90s. Knowing that yoga was going to play a special role in her life, she continuously came back to her mat for 20+ years before taking the plunge & diving into a teacher training program


Yoga teacher training was transformative, showing Megan a true glimpse of just how powerful this practice is and how every body can benefit from this ancient tradition.

Megan loves the inner & outer awareness that comes along with a solid practice and wants to help people of all ages learn how to breathe and to incorporate yoga into their everyday lives.

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