Our Team

 
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Kara Palmer

Kara is the Executive Director of Outstretched, Inc dba Pneuma Yoga Studio. She took over the helm as Executive Director in July of 2018. She is a certified Holy Yoga instructor and has been practicing yoga since 2009. She loves all styles of yoga from Hot Power and Bikram yoga to Slow Flow and Yin Yoga. Her favorite style of yoga to teach and practice is Christian yoga where she feels her deepest connection to God through her practice. She became a yoga teacher because God had placed a yoga ministry on her heart and in obedience to Him, she left corporate America to pursue this calling. She resides in Fairhope, Alabama with her husband Justin, and three kids, Chloe (13), Noah (7), and Shiloh Rose (2).

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Susan Bordenkircher

Susan is the founder of Outstretched, Inc and Pneuma Yoga Studio. She is the author of Yoga for Christians and created Outstretched in Worship classes and video & DVD series. Susan became a yoga teacher in 2001 after many years of teaching various group fitness classes. She was desiring a more wholistic approach to wellness and found that yoga brought together all the parts of who we are and what we could be through all stages of life and age. Susan is actively involved in her church, City Hope, in Daphne, Alabama. Susan has been married 29 years to her husband Greg and has 2 sons, Trent and Ty. She resides with her husband in Daphne, Alabama.

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Michelle Taylor

Michelle began practicing yoga when she was around age 19 after reading a Kundalini book where she found yoga postures. She was seeking a spiritual connection and found that as she practiced the yoga postures there was an element of this connection that she was seeking. She often practiced at home with books without a teacher or guru. Her yoga practice was on and off until local studios opened up in the area where she was introduced to yoga flow and she was able to connect with intuitive movement which transformed her practiced.

Michelle became a yoga teacher though Soul Shine Yoga School because she was passionate about yoga and her other career endeavors did not bring her the fulfillment and life balance that yoga brought her. 

Michelle learns alignment and balance in life through her practice. The asana practice touches on every element of life. While Michelle works her asana practice, other areas of her life transform as well. This is why she practices. It is a work that will never be complete. 

Michelle says, “Yoga is the longing in the heart to be seen by, known by and in communion with the heart of all creation. Your yoga practice is the creation of your life and it is expressed in your practice.”

Michelle enjoys practicing and teaching at Pneuma because she considers herself a seeker and loves this quote by St. Thomas Aquinas. “The highest knowledge of God is to know that we do not know.”

Michelle resides in Fairhope and has two children, Christopher and Joan. 

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Chloe Carson

Chloe will soon be Mrs. Rowan on Sept 28th! She is a 21 year old full-time hairdresser with a passion to live life to the fullest. She has a heart for loving and serving like Christ and has found her yoga mat to be a place of worship. “I feel like I’m doing a dance or worship for God. It fills my heart with light and joy.” One of Chloe’s favorite poses is Wild Thing which makes her feel graceful and Bird of Paradise which gives her the feeling that she can conquer anything. Chloe began practicing yoga to gain flexibility but found that yoga offered so much more for her than just flexibility. It has become a safe haven from the stress of life. Chloe loves teaching and practicing at Pneuma because it is a place where she can express and share her faith and because of the environment. Chloe says, “Pneuma is so loving and accepting, it is truly a judgement free place.” Chloe has been a teacher for a little over a year and will reside with her soon to be husband, Derek, in Daphne, Alabama.

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Mary Reddinger

Mary has a background in performance and started ballet at a very early age. She fell in love with theatre in high school and after college, pursued an acting career in New York. She found her calling in her personal yoga practice where she noticed that the practice facilitated a deep discovery and work within herself. She practiced, meditated and did inner work for years before taking the step of teacher training in 2018. Mary loves yoga because it reminds her of who and whose she is. Having struggled with anxiety, Mary has found that through the movement, breath, and staying in the present, she is able to affirm that she is not her thoughts-in fact, she is capable, worthy and loved. Mary resides in Daphne, Alabama with her husband Sam and two boys, Sawyer and Fitzgerald.

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Sara Howard

”Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” Eckhart Tolle 

Sara fell in love with yoga in her first class and it quickly became her mission to learn and practice as often as she could. Becoming a yoga teacher was the next natural step to satisfy this new passion.

Four years ago, Sara found her yoga home at Pneuma. She was thrilled when offered an opportunity to teach Stress Relief on Monday nights. Her teaching style is gentle, slow paced with a strong emphasis on the breath. She also teaches Yin Yoga on Monday mornings. Her goal in every class is to strengthen, lengthen, nurture and connect the mind, body and spirit. Ultimately, quieting the mind so that we can listen to God.

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things that you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

Sara is Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher 200, Certified Aroma Yoga* teacher, Certified Chair Yoga teacher through Holy Yoga

My favorite things are the kind, lovely people in a yoga class, and taking time to research, learn and plan classes.  Sara is a life time learner. She says, “yoga takes a life time and more, and I love it!”

Sara resides in Fairhope with her husband Andy. She has 3 kids, AJ, Michelle and Will, a dog named Cooper and a grandson, Ward.

        

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Lynette Mattina

With 25+ years experience in the health field, Lynette has accumulated invaluable knowledge from the various wellness sectors she has specialized in: physical therapy, group fitness instructor, personal trainer, pilates instructor, fitness studio owner, and presently yoga teacher and life coach. Lynette has a passion for helping people improve their quality of life by recognizing patterns and habits that are holding them back from creating the changes they desire. Lynette often works one on one with clients in private yoga sessions and/or lifestyle coaching. For more information, check her website: lynettemattina.com As a yoga teacher, her concentration is on mindfulness and creating functional movements that will strengthen, balance and realign the body towards optimum health. She focuses on core and back strength and pelvic floor health. Lynette joined the Pneuma team in July of 2018. She resides in Fairhope, Alabama with her son, Trase.