Dayna Gelinas, E-RYT 500, combines her 30 years of teaching and fitness experience in her creative and Christian approach to yoga. An ERYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 - hour level) with Yoga Alliance, she currently teaches classes at various locations in the Atlanta Metro area. Featured in Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Marietta Daily Journal, and on WSB TV and WGST Radio/Georgia News Network, Dayna and her work have inspired interest as she seeks to educate Christians about the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga.
Dayna took her first yoga class in 1998 and realized she'd been doing yoga all her life. The stretches, the breathing, the concentration, the strength and flexibility required of the postures--all had been present in her life-long habits of fitness, health, and prayer. But yoga was different. Taking her first yoga class was like coming home. Never before had all the individual components of health and wholeness come into such perfect, balanced play.
She immediately recognized the place for incorporating her faith in Christ in her yoga practice, and set out on a surprising journey that you can read all about on the About Dayna page of this website.
Dayna's classes focus on alignment, strength, flexibility, and centering the mind on the good things in life, namely Jesus. She teaches her students to realistically assess where they are in body, mind, and spirit, and then she encourages them to advance to the next level with challenging sequences, gentle breath work, meditation, and sometimes chanting. She often gets the comment, "I never know what you're going to do next. I'm always learning something new."
April Brown, RYT 200, is a 2008 graduate of New Day Yoga's 200-Hour teacher training and has always enjoyed being outdoors and exploring body movement. She began practicing yoga in 2002 while in college to supplement her cross country and track training. She quickly noticed that yoga had greatly improved her posture and core strength during her races.
With a focus on flow yoga, April desires to teach her students how to breathe, move, and simply be in the presence of God as children of the Father, servants of Jesus, and temples of the Holy Spirit.
Renee Mango, RYT 200, has always been health conscious--doing everything from aerobics, Zumba, and some light weight-lifting. When she had a shoulder injury in 2008, she found yoga to be a great source of rehabilitation and fell in love with how her body felt as well as how yoga centered her in her relationship with Jesus. When she started using her mind, body and spirit in her yoga practice, she experienced a lengthening in her body and a deepening love of Christ. Renee wanted to share this experience with others, so she attended New Day Yoga School and learned the tools to teach her students yoga from a biblical perspective. Renee is a certified yoga instructor, a wife of 23 years, a mother of a 20-year-old son and a 18-year-old daughter, and has been living free in Christ since 2003.
Rebecca Thurmond, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, I’ve been naturally drawn to a ‘yoga’ practice all my life, although I’d never heard of moving meditation. As a young adult, I used morning runs to quiet my mind, to practice being present, and to pray. My yoga practice began simply—with incorporating sun salutations into my morning routine. After practicing on my own and noticing the physical benefits, I wanted to learn more. So in 2009 I enrolled in New Day Yoga's teacher training. Spending a year immersed in yoga, I discovered a love of teaching it as well. I also found it to be a way to quiet my heart, deepen my faith in Christ, and rest in the presence of God.
- Prenatal yoga
- Restorative & gentle yoga
- Yin yoga
- Yoga anatomy
- Alignment principles
- Introductory-level instruction
Lindsay Pede, RYT 200, is a 2011 graduate of the New Day Yoga 250-hour teacher training. From the time she was a young girl, Lindsay was involved in dance, training in both ballet and jazz. While dance started her journey with physical movement, it was through yoga that she really began to understand the mechanics of the body and the internal work that goes on during poses. Not only did the New Day Yoga teacher training connect the mind-body experience for Lindsay, but it also deepened her walk with Christ. Now as a teacher of New Day Yoga, she also guides others into a mind/body connection and inspires passionate spiritual growth.
Lori Smith, E-RYT 200, RYT 500. Lori began practicing yoga in 2004 and through her yoga practice she began to experience an awareness of the Holy Spirit within her, and her relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ grew in a new way. Moving in an attitude of prayer and worship during the physical postures and breath work, her yoga practice fostered a quieting of her mind leading her into deeper intimacy with God and helping her find healing for the anxiety she had struggled with throughout her life. In 2006 Lori completed New Day Yoga’s first 200 Hour Teacher Training, and in May of 2013 Lori also successfully completed the New Day Yoga, Inc. 300 Hour Teacher Training Program. To remain connected with other practitioners and teachers of yoga from a Christian perspective, Lori has attended various retreats and classes at monasteries and Christian retreat centers in New Jersey, New York, Atlanta, and Cullman, Alabama. She has a passion to share this gift with others and is currently teaching weekly classes in churches and leading workshops and retreats in the Huntsville, Alabama, area.