Dayna Gelinas, E-RYT 500
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."
Becky Bialko, RYT 200
Becky Bialko, RYT 200, is a 2010 graduate of New Day Yoga Teacher Training. Before the training Becky had been taking yoga classes as a source of relaxation and exercise following days of teaching Family and Consumer Science to high school students. After retirement, she knew she wanted to continue the wonderful practice as well as put more focus on her Christian faith.
God always has a plan! At a yoga retreat at Holy Spirit Monastery with Dayna Gelinas as the instructor, she began her journey. Today, as she has the opportunity to teach, she finds total joy in sharing yoga with the integration of prayer and Christian contemplation.
Jennifer Prescott, RYT 200. 2015 Graduate of New Day Yoga’s YTT 200
I began practicing yoga consistently in 2007 after a knee injury. I was a former ballet dancer in my youth and a runner in my 30’s. I used to think a work-out meant tough physical activity, and I was not kind to my body. A physical therapist mentioned yoga to me, so I began taking classes. I found New Day Yoga after seeking more out of my yoga practice and turned to my own church where Dayna held many classes. I learned how to connect the spirit with the mind and body, and I learned how to be kind to myself. After seeing how this connection changed my mind and my body, I wanted more knowledge and transformation. With God’s intervention I was able to participate in New Day Yoga’s teacher training, and now I want to share my practice with others.
I hope to bring awareness to people that anyone can practice yoga—it is about what your own body can do—and help others to incorporate that awareness into daily life.
Be calm in your heart and mind – Be grounded in your faith – Be restored in your body.
My current teaching focus is to bring breath awareness and alignment into Level 1 – 2 classes and Gentle/Restorative classes.
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.