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
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.
To schedule your massage with Lindsay, contact 843-986-7134
Sam recently retired and moved to Beaufort after 41 years as a Presbyterian minister. He took up the practice of yoga nearly 10 years ago and for the last 7 years has practiced in the Iyengar tradition. Sam was certified to teach in 2015 and began teaching in Nashville. In 2014, he attended Geeta Iyengar’s intensive in Pune and will return to Pune in December to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute for two months. Sam has participated in numerous workshops let by senior Iyengar teachers including Manouso Manos, Lois Steinberg, Dean Lerner, Eddy Marks, and Mary Obendorfer. His primary teachers are Gary Jaeger, Rachel Mathenia, and Jan Campbell in Nashville.
Sam is deeply committed to the study of the art, science, and philosophy of yoga as disseminated by B.K.S. Iyengar and the systematic intelligence that it brings to his practice. A naturally curious person, Sam enjoys exploring the asanas, both new and familiar, to see what they have to offer on any particular day.
Sam and his wife Lily have three grown sons. An avid fisherman, Sam restored a 1969 SeaCraft which he named SeaWhatHappens, a name that reflects his approach to life.