ONE Yoga Sanctuary owner and teacher, Dragana Pavic-Zappia, has always had an experimental approach to the yogic science and art. She has been a professional student of hatha yoga since 2000. Whereas some people view yoga as a powerful form of exercise and stress relief -both of which it certainly is- Dragana's approach to yoga is simpler and deeper at once. For her, yoga is an exploration of the light within each one of us. It is body work and light work, because the practice puts us in touch with the infinite source of happiness and joy that is constantly available to us.
Dragana Pavic-Zappia, a native of Serbia and Montenegro, and citizen of Earth, has lived near Beaufort, South Carolina since 2004. Through Yogic Arts, Nia and Thai bodywork - Thai Yoga Therapy - she’s found her heart’s home.
Dragana’s initial yoga instruction was with Kim Cech, a dancer, choreographer, and founder of Yoga Chandra Center on Lady’s Island. She then became a Certified White Belt in Nia, which combines yoga, dance, and martial arts. Dragana completed intensive Kundalini Yoga teacher training and is Kundalini Research Institute certified. Subsequent trainings with a variety of teachers continue to shape her path.
Dragana also has a natural healing touch, enhanced by Reiki training in 1997. In 2010 she began learning Thai yoga bodywork - Thai Yoga Therapy - and since has completed 200+ certification and practice hours of hands-on Thai body work.
Living with her husband and young daughter on Lady’s Island, Dragana calls herself “a fortunate Mom, Spouse, Friend, Sister, Daughter ...and a Student forever.”
“Always feel that what you are doing is the most beautiful thing, the prettiest dance, because you are dancing with the UNIVERSE”- Yogi Bhajan
When I opened the door to my first yoga class fourteen years ago into the soft embrace of Kim Cech I felt there was a space and support for me as I began my Yoga journey. My intention is to hold this space for each individual who walks through the door at One Yoga Sanctuary.
My training blends the structure and alignment of Iyengar with the heart opening fluidity of Kripalu from my 200-hour training at The Lotus Room in Tampa, Florida. In the years since then I have been inspired by and studied with many extraordinary, talented teachers. My areas of study and focus include, Therapeutics, Seniors, Trauma Sensitive and Chakra Yoga.
Some of the qualities I strive to bring to my teaching include:
Integrity- bringing my best self, knowledge, training, intuition and heart to my teaching.
Purpose- to offer thoughtful Yoga that supports each person on his or her individual journey.
Passion – to continue to grow as a student, learn, practice and teach in a way that is authentic.
I believe that the benefits of yoga are accessible to all, regardless of age, socio-economic status or emotional and physical challenges.
I hope to see you on the mat…embrace the journey…the door is open!
Carol has been teaching Yoga full time for more than 12 years and while she is an exceptional teacher, Carol considers herself to be a Student of yoga first, foremost and forever. Carol has never drifted from her love affair with the myriad of ways to practice and teach yoga. While much of Carol’s training has been in alignment based forms of yoga, she is well versed in vinyasa and therapeutics and blends these skill sets into creative, exploratory classes that she has dubbed Practice Lab.
When not practicing yoga you can find Carol digging in the dirt, roaming the beach and quiet dirt roads of St. Helena Island and practicing the yoga of family.
Jaimee Sørlie received her Yoga Alliance RYT-200 hour certification after completing the YogaWorks Teacher Training at the Yoga Co-Op in Savannah, GA in 2009. Her classes blend the attention to detail of alignment-based yoga with the creative expression of vinyasa flow. Jaimee began her yoga practice over ten years ago as a means to manage the stresses of everyday life. Whether it be through practice of deep breathing exercises, active and relaxing postures, or meditation, yoga has built her physical and inner strength needed to face challenging situations. Jaimee looks forward to helping others discover how yoga can enrich their own lives. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Jaimee relocated to Beaufort, SC six years ago and lives in the Habersham community with her husband, daughter, son and Golden Retriever. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Villanova University.
Miranda has been certified in and teaching the art of yoga since 2002, emphasizing in vinyasa flow and ashtanga disciplines. She is a prime example of how a consistent and dedicated practice will help one to successfully cope and manage anxiety. Yoga is a journey into learning how to respectfully slow down, honor oneself, and find inner peace.
Miranda became certified in 2007 to teach children’s yoga and meditation through Karma Kids Yoga in NYC. As a Montessori and Social-Emotional Learning educator for ten years, she weaves these contemplative practices throughout her teaching philosophy. Luckily, yoga can start in the womb. While pregnant with her first child in 2009, she received her pre-natal yoga certification through Holy Cow Yoga Center in Charleston, SC.
As a master herbalist, master naturalist, and shamanic reiki master she is able to find connections within the environment for healing, meanwhile concocting remedies for Punkee Herbals, her herbal salve and balm business, and writing for The Indigo Teacher, her blog on progressive-contemplative education.
Miranda’s style of teaching yoga is based on the mental, spiritual, and physical aspects, while incorporating pranayama and vigorous asanas into a flow. For children, she integrates fun yogic principles based on building inner and outer peace, concentration, and self-confidence. Believing that we are all still embryos to this ancient and spiritual practice, her love for yoga and ambition to continuously learn more is reflected in her classes and daily life.
Miranda’s heart is full with her husband and two young daughters. You can often find them combing the beach, surfing the waves, and exploring the woods. If she’s not doing that, then she’s probably reading fantasy novel
I began practicing yoga about 3 years ago due to a lower back injury that had haunted me for 15 years from my days in the Marine Corps. I had used a chiropractor and a massage therapist, which helped for a day or two at the most, and then the pain would return. They recommended I try yoga. So I did.
After 30 days of a four practices a week schedule, 90% of the pain in my back was gone. I was hooked. Nine months into practicing, I started working with Mark White from MBody Yoga out of Jacksonville, FL. He was kicking off a teacher training certification program in Beaufort at Dancing Dogs Yoga. I thought not only would hisapproach help my back pain, but I was becoming more interested in going deeper into my mind and soul as well as my body. It was time for me to tune into myself. I completed my certification in June, 2012.
Over the past two years,I found and married my soul-mate, Erin Kelly West, a fellow Yogi and overall amazing woman. Erin and I welcomed our son, Keegan Donald Lewis, this past June. With this new role as Dad plus a few to-do lists, I have made it my goal to find simple and new ways to incorporate my yoga practice into my everyday routine. My practice has gotten more precise: I focus on lower back release by using my own strength and flexibility.
I begin my classes with breath-work that creates body awareness. I then move on to sun salutation variations, allowing for modifications, arm and/or leg balancing and lower back release which all contribute to strengthening one's whole body, mind and soul.
Facts & quotes that inspire me...
- 10% of yoga is Asana, 90% of yoga is mental awareness & breathing: “All it takes is the flip of a switch in your head that only YOU can control, to start being your true self.”
"An angry or reactionary mind is not only unhealthy but a danger to yourself, your loved ones and to society as a whole."
After moving from the big city of Philadelphia to the sweet seaside town of Beaufort almost 6 years ago, Erin tuned into her home practice while longing for a sense of community among fellow yogiis. The search ended when she found the teachings of Carol Morissey, who has become one of many inﬂuential teachers and mentors to Erin. Seeing the potential Erin had, Carol soon presented her with a life-changing opportunity: to teach yoga. Carol introduced Erin to Kim Cech.
Kim welcomed Erin into her heart and studio. Erin was humbled to be brought in by such an amazing teacher and then welcomed by the entire Yoga Chandra family. Workingalongside such remarkable and inspiring teachers, Erin has been able to bring her passion and knowledge of yoga to a whole new level.
As One Yoga Sanctuary embarks on its path of spreading yoga and oneness, owner Dragana Pavic-Zappia continues to embrace Erinʼs talents. Erin is ﬁlled with joy, wonder and awe to be part of this beautiful new studio and teaches from her mind, body and heart through creativity, play and music.
Off the mat Erin is most happy when she is laughing, loving, creating, playing or breathing in the sea air! One of her newestdelights is the ever-changing balancing act of mothering their sweet, giggly baby boy Keegan. With her soulmate and fellow yogi Kevin Lewis by her side, Erin strives to journey through life wearing an open heart and smile.
Lindsay Neese is a Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist and a certified yoga instructor. For the past 12 years she has dedicated her life to being a student, practitioner and educator for holistic healthcare.
Lindsay’s training in Thai Yoga is what recently led her to teach yoga. She has a strong passion to help people feel better, encouraging and nurturing a healthy lifestyle. In her spare time, you can find her with her family, at the beach, camping, and boating.
Jenna Webb started practicing yoga in 2010, and immediately became hooked. She completed teacher training for Vinyasa yoga in 2013 with the Bodhi Hot Yoga/Honest Yoga program in Stuart, Florida. Jenna is dedicated to her practice and is excited to now be able to share her love of yoga with others.
Jenna's Vinyasa flow classes focus on getting the students moving. Her classes are designed to build muscle strength while creating a connection between movement and breath. These classes will make you sweat!
Carrie indirectly found yoga after years of dancing, where, for her, the connection of the body, mind and Spirit was always prominent. Always considering yoga for solely its physical benefits, she quickly learned through teachers like Marty Crocker, Carol Morrissey, Kim Nichols Cech and Dragana Pavic-Zappia that it was so much more, a continuation of the dance, so-to-speak. Yoga was prayer, yoga was - is - a way of life, a never ending journey and a constant state of learning.
In 2013 Carrie felt impressed to consider teaching herself - through the lens of the Christian faith. And so entered Holy Yoga, which ensures a space of non-judgment, grace and love. Classes will be fun, worshipful and open to all - regardless of spiritual preference, background or beliefs. Holy Yoga is 100% yoga and 100% connection of body, mind and Spirit.