Our Teachers2021-06-09T02:00:26+00:00

Our Teachers

Rachel Gerrity

Drawing inspiration from everyone from Tony Robbins, Glennon Doyle + Drake to Pattabhi Jois, Baron Baptiste and Larry Schultz, Rachel leads classes that are high energy and physically challenging, while based on classical yogic philosophy and an underlying sense of tranquility and stillness.

 

Rachel is an E-RYT 500, receiving her 200-hour yoga teacher certification at Midwest Power Yoga and her 300 hour advanced yoga teacher certification at greenmonkey yoga under Kiersten Mooney and Debi Grilo.  Since then, she has pursued her passion for Rocket Yoga by training under both David Kyle and Carson Clay Calhoun.  In 2017, Rachel travelled to Nairobi, Kenya to assist with Africa Yoga Project’s 200 Hour Teacher Training Program. 

Rachel teaches dynamic Power practices that will improve your flexibility, balance, stamina and all-around strength.  Beyond transforming your physical body, however, Rachel strongly believes in yoga’s ability to transform lives off the mat as well.  By tapping into one’s own power on the mat, you will be inspired to see where else your power can take you. 

With the mission of creating a diverse and feel-good yoga community, Rachel opened Homegrown Yoga in 2016 now with locations in both Warner Robins and Macon.  Rachel also directs Homegrown Yoga’s 200 Hour Teacher Training Program and School that is currently in its 5th year. 

Follow Rachel on Instagram @rachelgerrityyoga   

Tammy Urbansky

Tammy was introduced to yoga in 1997 while living in Cincinnati. Little did she realize how that experience planted the seed which would grow a future teacher. Since she wasn’t fully aware of the transformational benefits of yoga, she took a six-year yoga hiatus to focus on running marathons. She rediscovered her yoga practice in 2004 in Pensacola, FL with the primary intent of temporary escape from the demands of new motherhood.

 

Tammy studied with Laura Tyree at Dragonfly Yoga Studio in Fort Walton Beach, FL and completed her 200-hour certification in 2007. She has also taken numerous workshops and classes with a variety of teachers such as Cat McCarthy, Nancy LaNasa, Allison West, and Doug Keller. Most recently, she completed an online training through Yoga Detour. Tammy moved to Warner Robins, GA in 2015 and was happy to find a yoga community. Tammy combines humor and humility in her classes and invites people to access their own light-heartedness and curiosity. She is especially interested in kinesiology and functional movement and helps her students explore how poses feel within their bodies and minds, not necessarily creating the picture-perfect pose. Tammy believes in yoga for every body.

Jenni Saddler

Jenni Saddler is a Warner Robins native, mother of two inspiring children, and she lives in a loving and adventurous partnership with her best friend. After the birth of their firstborn, Jenni and Ryan began the work towards a stronger and healthier lifestyle. Jenni attended her first yoga class at a local YMCA and realized it wasn’t the “work-out” that inspired her, it was the “work-within” that made a powerful impact. This led to the development of a passionate in-home yoga practice and her devotion to teaching.

 

Jenni attained her 200-hour RYT certification through Homegrown Yoga in 2017, graduated Yogaslacker Teacher Training in 2018, and persists in her Continued Education Units including Yin, AIReal Yoga, and Adaptive Yoga for Veterans. Jenni’s classes are a movement medicine incorporating rhythm and steady flow for both body and breath. She strives to ensure that every class is approachable and challenging to beginner and advanced yogis alike. Jenni found healing through yoga and has devoted herself to the betterment of her community through sharing mindfulness and practice. You can also find Jenni teaching Homegrown Yoga’s donation-based community classes once a month throughout Warner Robins, Centerville, and Perry.

Lauren Queen

As a disabled veteran Lauren is no stranger to mental toughness, challenge, and perseverance. After separating from the Air Force, she found her adult self removed from the very things that brought her peace such as her love for music, art and dance. Lauren was introduced to yoga as an attempt to regain flexibility as a segue back into her passion for dance. A three year independent journey to flexibility, with yoga workshops and classes, matured into a love affair with practicing yoga. In 2019 Lauren completed her 200hr teacher training at Shanti Yog Peeth in Rishikesh, India.

Lauren’s classes focus on mindfulness, flexibility, and strength. She incorporates her life lessons from military, motherhood, and personal  mantras to everyday class. Come enjoy a safe space to challenge yourself in the physical, find yourself in the mental, and love yourself in the raw!

“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go one and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” – Mae Jemison

Judi Swords

It is said that yoga finds you when you need it the most. Judi is a retired primary teacher who originally sought out yoga in 2007, hoping to find a way to deal with the stress of teaching. She found that yoga fit beautifully into her life, helping her to be a better teacher, mother, and wife.

 

When Homegrown Yoga opened its doors in 2016, Judi was delighted to have access to a variety of yoga classes nearby and took full advantage. When Homegrown Yoga offered Yoga Alliance Instructor training for the first time, Judi embraced the opportunity and completed her 200-hour training in December 2017. Judi believes everyone can benefit from yoga in their life. The physical benefits are numerous, but the mental benefits are something you don’t get in other types of workouts. You learn things in your yoga practice that you can take out into your everyday life and put into practice to keep yourself balanced, content, and present.

 

Judi is a flow girl. In her classes, she shares a down-to-earth accessible approach to yoga. Her flow sequences are fun and challenging with a bit of alignment work while offering many modifications and options so that, no matter where you are in your yoga journey, you feel her classes are a perfect fit. One of Judi’s favorite yoga quotes is: “Yoga is not about touching your toes. It’s about what you learn on the way down.” Let yoga fuel your soul and enjoy the journey.

Jenny Curtin

Jenny was raised right here in Middle Georgia. She discovered yoga at a small studio on Hilton Head Island when she was 23. It was love at first downward-facing dog! Wherever life led her, Jenny always found a way to keep yoga as an integral part. At the end of 2015, Jenny found herself in a devastatingly difficult situation. She turned to yoga as a means of healing during a time of deep grief and recovery. She discovered firsthand how this practice can settle the mind and renew the spirit. Jenny found Homegrown Yoga and came to one of Rachel Gerrity’s “Hot Power Flow” classes. All it took was one cold lavender towel and she was hooked.

Jenny began to deepen her practice and embarked on the journey leading her to follow her dream of becoming a yoga teacher. She knew then she had to share this centering, balancing, and life-changing practice of healing and connection with others who were seeking truth, light, and love. In December 2019, Jenny completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Homegrown Yoga in Warner Robins under Rachel Gerrity and Tammy Urbansky. Come join Jenny as she leads you through an invigorating yoga practice that will leave your body more flexible, your mind more at ease, and your spirit refreshed and wanting more!

Jamie Schneller

Yoga found Jamie at a time in her life when she wanted to find an exercise, fall in love with it, and stick with it! Her journey began in January 2016. Jamie did not know all the words the teachers said and most of the poses she could not do. Chaturangas were her nemesis! Month by month, class by class, she became stronger. She started to learn, little by little, and finally, she could do a chaturanga. Then, Buti Yoga came to Homegrown Yoga! As Jamie thought about how to further her practice, she took her first Buti Yoga class. One class and she was hooked! In February 2017, Jamie took the leap and decided to get her Buti Yoga certification. With much support from her husband, her son, and Rachel Gerrity, she flew out to Denver in March 2017. The training proved to be Jamie’s hardest and most intense weekend to date, but one of the most rewarding, empowering experiences of her life.

 

After teaching Buti for almost two years at Homegrown Yoga, Jamie decided to get her 200-hour certification with the Yoga Teacher Training program at Homegrown Yoga. During this training, she made many new friends, discovered new things about herself, and participated in many kinds of yoga. Jamie states, “The 200-hour YTT was, without a doubt, one of the highlights of my 2019!” Jamie graduated from the Yoga Teacher Training program in December of 2019. Under the leadership of Rachel Gerrity and Tammy Urbansky, she learned that movement is truly vital to humans. The body loves to move and needs to move. Fast, slow, hot, warm, Vinyasa, Hatha, Kundalini, holding poses, or amping it up with some cardio, movement is mandatory! Since graduating, Jamie continues to learn daily and looks forward to learning and teaching at Homegrown Yoga. Whether it be Flow Down Plus or Slow Deep Stretch, come out and join her to experience movement together. Jamie’s hope is that you come to class, have fun, become stronger, and enjoy the journey!

Carly Bogen

In December 2019, Carly completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Homegrown Yoga under the teachings of Rachel Gerrity and Tammy Urbansky and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. After relocating to the Warner Robins area in September 2018 for her husband’s job, finding a home studio was top of the list. After just one class at Homegrown Yoga, she was hooked.

Carly has a 15-year background working in children’s fitness, but after the move was looking for something new. Always having a passion for yoga and twelve years of practice in many styles, the opportunity of YTT seemed to be a perfect fit. She instantly fell in love with the welcoming vibes and community atmosphere at Homegrown Yoga. Carly loves that yoga is just as much a mental practice as a physical practice. Carly has used yoga through personal ups and downs in life. She hopes, through her teaching, she leaves you feeling more centered, encouraged, powerful, and energized. She can’t wait to see everyone at the studio soon.

“Be a light for someone’s darkness, be brave when facing fear, and always be kind to everyone.”

Allison Orjala

Allison came to yoga casually in high school – an occasional class here and there, a yoga DVD every now and then. She stayed semi-active with yoga until the year after she graduated from her undergraduate degree and started teaching middle school in New Mexico. It was then that yoga became a form of therapy and sanity-saver. She has been practicing regularly ever since!

Allison completed her Yoga Teacher Training in Minneapolis, MN at Devanadi Yoga in August of 2016. Since then, she has taught studio classes, a yoga club for middle school students, and yoga private sessions. She has taught beginner’s yoga, hatha yoga, vinyasa flow, power flow, and restorative. When welcoming new students to yoga, Allison strives to make yoga approachable and welcoming for every age, body, flexibility range, and limitation.

Wendy Brahney

Wendy moved to Georgia in 2012 and joined a gym to avoid housework. She quickly became a group fitness junkie and slowly worked her way from the back of the room to the stage as an instructor. It was after a nasty bout of pneumonia and a doctor’s orders to slow down that Wendy found herself in her first yoga class, coughing and wheezing on a borrowed mat. In yoga, she found the restorative energy to heal. Wendy completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Homegrown Yoga in Warner Robins, GA.

Rene’ Langlois

After completing her first yoga class, Rene’ knew she had found something meaningful. Rene’ says, “For me, yoga is a tangible practice which ignites my faith, challenges my mind, and conditions my body.” Rene’ loves the individual growth she can achieve within a community where everyone belongs. As a teacher, her goal is to encourage others to develop their practice while enjoying the journey. Rene’s classes offer varied experiences into the many facets of yoga. Rene’ believes in continually challenging herself and those around her to cultivate a healthier lifestyle.

Rene’ completed her 200-hour teacher training at Homegrown Yoga and is a registered member of the Yoga Alliance. Rene’ states, “I am truly grateful for the amazing people I have met within the Homegrown community. It continues to be an honor to practice together!”

Rachel McInnis

Rachel first stepped into a yoga class in 2010 in Macon, GA, and after rising back up from her very first Savasana, she knew there was something so special about this practice, and she was a dedicated student. After a stretch of years of simply raising and growing babies (she is the mother of 5) and working as a bedside RN in the Neonatal ICU, Rachel found herself struggling with an overflowing plate and a limited supply of energy to keep up with it all. In 2018 she became a daily meditator and found her way back onto her mat, remembering how open and clear and awake she had felt after those yoga classes. Yoga and meditation started out as escapes from a very hectic lifestyle, but soon became tools to equip her with more strength and patience and grace to show up in her life in a more open way, and to see clearly the magic that was there inside the mess.

Rachel finished her 200HR Yoga Teacher Training from Homegrown Yoga in Warner Robins and counts the experience as one of the most profoundly transformational of her adult life. Rachel is a self professed yoga nerd and loves all things Yoga and is over the moon to be teaching with the Homegrown family. Rachel believes that the Yoga is the real teacher, and that the lessons the body teaches the student, with consistent practices of movement and meditation, and sweat and stillness, are life changing. Expect lots of heart opening in her classes with cues aimed to allow you to refine and expand your personal asana practice.

Tonia McGhee

A 2021 graduate of Homegrown Yoga’s 200HR Teacher Training program, Tonia brings with her years of health care experience as a retired U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Officer. She possesses a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Health Care Administration. 

Social media highlights of Homegrown’s Yoga in the Park series in 2019 started her lifetime journey into the practice of yoga. 9 months after taking her first class she enrolled in Homegrown’s Yoga Teacher Training Program (YTT) where she’s truly realized the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of a passionate practice of yoga. Through yoga, Tonia has managed to find the healthy work life balance so many speak of as she manages a full-time job caring for our country’s veterans, raising a family, attending weekly yoga classes and actively participating in her community. Tonia’s passion and dedication to yoga has led to an immersion in other trainings, books and online seminars to further deepen her understanding and strengthen her practice of yoga. 

As a teacher, she realizes yoga is not a “one size fits all” practice, every person is on a different path. Her goal is to provide students an opportunity to pursue  their individual self-paced journey into the practice of yoga. Tonia finds immense joy, satisfaction and inspiration in the personal growth of students as their practice of yoga deepens, where they realize yoga’s many benefits for the mind, body and soul.  Her motto is “Every day is a good day to be barefoot and practice Yoga.” Tonia’s favorite styles to practice and teach are Slow flow, Yin and Restorative.

Lala Tambora

Lala has been teaching group fitness classes since 2011.  She first discovered yoga in 2012 at her local gym where she taught boot camp classes.  She was initially drawn to the strengthening aspects of yoga, but these days she teaches classes that offer a mix of strength training, flexibility, balance, and relaxation.  In addition to her yoga certification, she also holds certifications in Regymen coaching, Les Mills Body Combat, and Raised Barre.  You can expect a safe and effective experience in her classes, which are suitable for students of all ages and physical levels.  She has five dogs, three cats, and a passion for yoga, boxing, and gaming.

Amy Winfrey

Amy stumbled into yoga around 2012 in an effort to manage anxiety and improve her physical well-being. What started out as an off-and-on practice eventually became a routine way for Amy to reconnect with her mind, body, and soul (and cake! lots of cake!) after the daily grind. In 2021, she completed Homegrown’s 200 hour teacher training in the hopes of helping others recognize and embrace the benefits of a regular yoga practice.

Amy seeks to create an inclusive, supportive space that leaves you feeling empowered and better connected to yourself, others, and the world around you. With creative sequencing and dynamic playlists, she encourages you to be brave, be playful, be present, and most importantly be YOU.

Candace Hopkins

Candace found yoga in 2006 and immediately felt the benefits. She used it periodically to provide mental clarity and supplement physical fitness training. After college, Candace took a job as an English teacher in Korea and developed her home practice. The following year, she moved to San Francisco to become an art teacher and worked at a yoga studio in the evenings. It wasn’t long before Candace decided to include yoga, fitness, and holistic health with her teaching experience and built a creative event company focused on wellness. Her organization provided corporate wellness programs to hi-tech companies in California. In 2016, Candace moved to Southern California, where her focus narrowed to teaching yoga to individuals and professional athletes.

She has several certifications, including specializations in nutrition, corrective exercise, and perinatal fitness. Candace is 200 RYT, and PRYT certified through Yoga Alliance.

Janet Harvey

From a young age, Janet has been physically active with sports, military services and a rotation of various fitness clubs. In 2016, a friend invited her to her very first hot power flow at Homegrown Yoga. Janet immediately fell in love with the practice and it quickly evolved beyond just physical training. For over a decade, she had been battling various disabilities from a previous military deployment. Yoga became therapeutic and healing for her in so many ways, and she wanted to share her experience with others. She grew extremely passionate with her practice and decided to help expand the yoga community in Middle Georgia with the purpose of physical health and mental wellness.

Janet has completed her 200-hour RYT yoga certification at Homegrown Yoga. Students will step into a space of physical rigor, mental stimulation and self-exploration. Her classes are structured with an artful blend of strength and mobility along with breath and awareness. Expect to move, sweat, surrender and discover your superpower.

Linda Hall

Linda Hall began her journey with yoga under the advice of her chiropractor who was treating her for a chronic lower back condition.  Under the tutelage and guidance of Molly Martin, whom she refers to as” The Goddess of Yoga, ”she fell in love with the practice. She believes that yoga is a holistic experience that provides healing to mind, body and soul. Linda’s first Yoga Teaching Certification was in Body Flow Yoga, and she later received her 200 hours of Vinyasa Yoga Training. She currently instructs Gentle Flow, Beginners’ and Restorative classes at local Gyms, Health Clubs, Recreation Centers, Senior Citizen Centers, Youth Summer and After-School Programs and Community Pop-Up Events.

She has a PhD in Counseling and in addition to her certifications as a Yoga instructor, she teaches Group Fitness classes, is a Certified Life Coach and is a trained Reiki Practitioner. This combination of experiences, training and education enables her to appreciate the emotional and mental benefits of a holistic lifestyle. Linda loves introducing new practitioners to yoga. With a focus on proper alignment and clients experiencing physical limitations, chronic illness and injury, her classes are very instructional, gentle and restorative to body, mind and soul. She’s at her best when implementing her customized individual, couple and small group Yoga practice, Reiki healing, and Health & Wellness Coaching sessions.

Brandy Wellman

Brandy found yoga early in 2019. She learned that yoga is powerful at building a harmony within your body, mind and breathe, and easily became addicted to the peacefulness it brings. She signed up for YTT to gain a deeper understanding of yoga for her personal practice but what she found during that journey was life changing. Brandy completed her yoga teacher training at Homegrown Yoga in 2020.

Brandy is known for her authenticity and playfulness in class putting together creative sequences that teach us to both grow and open up. Brandy has a passion for sharing yoga with her students and hopes to inspire others to get outside of their comfort zone and try new things.

Trey English

Trey walked into his first yoga class on December 1st, 2020!  He was just giving it a shot after talking to several friends about whether or not Yoga was something his body would allow him to do, or if it was something that could help him reach several goals in physical well-being and anxiety control.

After that first class, Trey was hooked!  He began taking at least one class per day if not two and sometimes even three if he could!   Trey had found something in his life that was challenging but also attainable, and found a group of people that were supportive and welcoming!   He quickly realized that Yoga was not only a full body practice but also a spiritual and mental practice, and he wanted to know all about it.  Trey is currently enrolled in the 200 Hour teacher training program through Homegrown Yoga and cannot wait to be a certified Yoga instructor in December!

In Trey’s classes you can expect him to combine his love for Yoga with his passion for music and teaching!  Trey presents sound healing therapies with the use of Crystal Bowls!  In Trey’s classes you can feel safe, loved, and supported as you learn more about Yoga and Sound Healing!

Tarah Faiella

“Stop trying to calm the storm. Calm yourself. The storm will pass.”

This is the best representation of what Yoga has given to me.

As a woman in her 40’s, I have certainly felt life’s storms. I have spent the majority of my life ruled by intense emotions. Although I never wanted to change how I am, I have searched for an understanding of how to better navigate my experiences. The practice of Yoga gave me a foundation of trust, in myself, that I never had. I am no longer in fear of being swept up in a tornado of emotions not knowing if I’ll be okay when it’s all over. This is the gift, of Yoga, I offer to you.

Yoga is for anyone and everyone. It does not require you to be anything other than your authentic self. Every time you step on your mat, you have the opportunity to change your narrative. What do you want your story to be?

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