It’s Yoga! Studio Instructors

We encourage you to enjoy the various styles of classes and instructors as you increase your physical and mental fitness.  Your yoga practice will infuse you with strength, stamina, balance and flexibility while creating a life with peace, health and happiness.  The real promise of the practice of yoga is a sense of well-being that permeates every aspect of our lives. Yoga provides you with the strength and clarity to grow from the challenges which come your way. CLICK HERE to see a current schedule of classes.

Yoga is the integration of peace with yourself every moment in all areas of your life. It is the alignment of your mind, your body and your energy. Therefore it is here that solutions are revealed before there is a problem and problems are never problems.
— Guru Deva Kristi
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Kristi Ried-Barton, E-RYT 500, Life Coach,  Amrit Method Yoga Therapy Counselor,  Natural Health Professional,  Reiki III Master, is founder and  director of It's Yoga! Studio™. As Life Coach and Registered Yoga Trainer with Yoga Alliance, she has been teaching yoga on a daily basis to students and clients in Upstate South Carolina for the past 24 years. Kristi combines the methods of Yoga Masters, Amrit Desai, T.K.V. Desikachar, and B.K.S. Iyengar  as well as restorative and therapeutic.

She teaches classes and personal sessions from beginners through advanced levels, pregnancy, retreats, and teacher training classes.  Kristi has classes and workshops throughout the Upstate through the hospitals, clinics and physical therapists working with cancer, cardiac rehabilitation, multiple sclerosis and therapeutic needs.


Susan Gordon, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Instructor, E-200

Susan Gordon is certified through It's Yoga! Studio™ Teacher Training Institute practicing mindfulness as taught by Amrit Desai.  Susan also studied Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan PhD developing a practice of breath and movement to honor the wisdom and healing of the body.  With over 10 years of experience, she teaches Vinyasa Flow and Restorative classes bringing balance, flexibility and strength to body and mind.





June Taylor,  Registered Yoga Instructor

As a certified Yoga Instructor, June has a BA in Health and Wellness from Ashford University. She is certified in Vinyasa Flow, teaching an authentic healing style of classes.  June's playful focus of yoga with awareness to mind and body and her love of others allows her classes to be inviting, calming yet challenging.




Yogi Sharma,  Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Instructor, E-200

Yogi grew up in India, where he learned and did Yoga off and on for many years. In 2005 he switched to a gym, after jogging was not a good option for the knees. Joining Dharma Yoga Studios for regular practice in 2009 he started teaching a Yoga class associated with "Art of Living" group in Greenville. Yogi completed the 200 hour teacher training through Dharma Yoga Studios. He teaches yoga in a style that is both creative and healing, making the practice fun and playful.  Yogi believes mental, physical and spiritual advancement is available through yoga practice.




Kelly Van Deren,  Registered Yoga Instructor 

Kelly began yoga in 2003 after moving to Greenville from Sedona, Arizona. Her desire for a deeper personal practice and a passion for sharing yoga led her to teacher training in 2009.  As a licensed massage therapist she utilizes that knowledge in teaching Vinyasa flow and therapy yoga.  Using the breath as a graceful guide, her intention is to release muscle stiffness while strengthening the core body and gently focusing the mind to the present moment.




Karen Salters, RYT-200

Karen is a graduate of It's Yoga! Studio Teacher Training Institute Program. She is a 2007 graduate of Branford Hall Career Institute, CT and a SC licensed massage and bodywork therapist, using Swedish and therapeutic methods. Her vitality and love for yoga keeps her engaged in health for her students and is the motivation for her to be an aspiring wellness coach.


Alison Strom, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Instructor
Chris Brown, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Instructor




Amanda Barbarito, Registered Yoga Instructor 

Amanda's goal in teaching is to help everyone find something about Yoga that speaks to them, something they can embrace.  Her mindful flow classes emphasize breathing to bring focus, awareness and energy to the movements, combined with balance and calm.  She provides students with options in each pose to meet their needs and to achieve their long term goals in their Yoga practice.  Amanda received her 200 hour teacher training at Greenville Yoga and has been devoted to practicing yoga for 10 years.

Lene Villard, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Instructor, RYT200

Lene,  RYT200, has a Masters in Educational Science and Psychology.   She is certified through It’s Yoga Studio in 2004 and quickly began teaching regularly.  She lived in Germany for the last 12 years.  Lene has continued her training with Yin Yoga, Mindfulness and is currently completing Therapeutically Oriented Teacher Training.  Her experience has shown her that yoga is about the journey as so it is with life.  We adapt our yoga practice to our life.