Our Yoga Instructors
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A passionate group fitness instructor, RYT-200 Yoga Teacher, and holistic health practitioner. Born in Switzerland, she moved to the USA in 2015 and currently lives in beautiful Charleston, SC, with her husband and high-energy Siberian husky. After moving away from her family for
the first time, being in a foreign country (238 times bigger than her home country), and working too many long hours at a corporate job, Virginie dealt with different stress-related health conditions. That’s when she started her holistic journey to getting better.
Focusing on daily yoga practice, meditation, teaching group fitness, and connecting with others helped her overcome challenging times. She is certified as a health and mindset coach and is now on a journey to helping others through their struggles.
Virginie puts her heart into every class she teaches and offers her creative approach to your yoga practice. Find her on instagram @vszenden.
Her mantra: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu
From Orangeburg, SC. A 37-year-old breast cancer survivor and mother of 2 girls: Karmen, her amazing 12-year-old, and Keyonna, who was 15 when she passed away in November of 2021. Candance’s hobbies include reading, gardening, yoga, outdoors, and spending time with people who
genuinely care for her soul. Candance has been practicing yoga for five years and teaching for three years. She loves yoga in general, but Yin Yoga and Yoga for kids is her true passion.
She started yoga to gain more mobility in her left arm during her battle with breast cancer. It ended up not only helping with the physical but also helping to calm her mind, heart, and spirit.
Candance is also a certified Meditation Practitioner (100hr).
Her mantra: “Never think that your rough times are the end of the road. They are merely detours on your road to greatness.”
Jim is a committed fitness professional and Wellness Coordinator with over 38 years of fitness and wellness experience, passionate about fitness and healthy lifestyle choices, he is very excited about the opportunity to bring this experience and knowledge to the
Thrive Yoga team as a certified fitness professional and yoga instructor. Jim is an Experience Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT) with Yoga Alliance, certified in CPR and First Aid, an AFFA certified personal training and group fitness instructor, skilled at designing and implementing a safe, effective, healthy, high quality, physical and mental experience intended to help participants obtain desired results. In addition to training clients, he currently serves on the Smoke Free Lowcounty Coalition (SFLC) and Eat Smart Move More (ESMM) Coalition here in the Tri-county area. Both Coalitions work to promote community and individual health and wellbeing. He also patriciate with the Trident Hospital Wellness quarterly roundtable events as they work to implement Corporate Wellness Programs and improve existing programs for over 300 local businesses in the Tri-county area.
Jim has a full-time corporate job as a Financial Service Representative for TD Bank, and currently teaches and personally trains clients before and after work at various locations in the Charleston metro area. Cross training is very important, so he teaches a variety of classes each week, which allows him to train the body mentally and physically in different ways, including Yoga, Barre, Chisel (Body Sculpting), Step Aerobics, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Boot Camp, and Indoor Cycling/Spinning. The variety of workouts significantly helps reduce the risk of injury caused by repetitive exercise and overtraining. All the classes and styles that Jim teaches work together to keep him and his clients well balanced in Body, Mind and Spirit all of which are important to maintain good physical and mental health.
When time and energy permits, Jim’s hobbies also include traveling and camping in his RV, hiking, tennis, outdoor cycling, kayaking, theater, movies, and getting together with friends. He is very energetic and enthusiastic; always work hard so you can play harder! He lives in the moment and enjoy life to the fullest; always taking the necessary steps to take care of himself to share his knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm with others.
Melissa has been practicing yoga for approximately 4 years. She was first introduced to the practice while living in Knoxville, TN. She recently received her 200-hour Baptiste-inspired power yoga certification from Charleston Power Yoga and is registered with Yoga Alliance. Yoga
has allowed Melissa to find her way home to herself. She wants to create a safe space for breath, movement, laughter and release.
Rita is a certified ACE group exercise instructor, as well as a certified Barre and Yoga instructor. She has been developing safe and effective exercise classes for over 30 years. She likes to challenge her students, but it's important to her to have fun at the same time. She would love to
assist in your yoga journey, whether it be Yang, Yin, or a combination of both
Megan started her yoga journey in high school as a compliment to the high intensity sports she played. Over the years, her practice evolved, and now the mental and spiritual benefits of the practice are even more valuable than the physical benefits. She believes yoga should
be accessible to all bodies and all practitioners. Her adult classes balance strength and flexibility, ease and challenges, and movement and stillness.
After earning her initial teacher training, Megan knew something was missing, so she completed Kids Yoga Teacher Training. Her background in elementary and preschool education combined with her passion for yoga, made kids yoga the perfect fit. Her kids practice includes songs, games, props, books, and more. She combines physical activity with mindfulness instruction all in a safe and loving space. When Megan's not on her mat, she and her husband are trying to keep up with their three active kids.
Lover of Christ, people, and all things hippie. New mom, California born, Texas raised. I've been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching for 5. 200 RYT through LifePower, founder of Seventh Day Wellness, and licensed massage therapist.
Called to Serve…
At age 11 I discovered my ministry. My mother suffers from migraines, and I learned that, using my hands, I could facilitate relief from her symptoms. God had placed a calling onto my life to become a massage therapist, a healer, and I never looked back. After getting my Bachelor’s, I graduated from Cortiva and became an LMT in Texas. There, I practices massage therapy, alongside other bodywork, for 7 years. Now licensed in South Carolina, I look forward to helping a new community with their aches, stresses, and sleeplessness.
open to more…
As an athlete in high school, my favorite part of our workouts were the stretching at the end. I always wanted more; going home to spend an hour of my time just stretching. I discovered a program that evolved stretching into a mentally-focusing, muscle-developing, balance-facilitating practice called Yoga. After years of practice, on my own and in-class experience, I was blessed with the opportunity to teach at my local gym. I received my 200hr with LifePower Yoga, and now have 5 years background of leading others, through yoga, to creating their own health.