At Namasté Yoga in Irmo, we know the importance of placing you in the practice best suited for your physical abilities, your personal desires, and your time schedule. For this reason, we ask each person to call and let us help you decide which class is best suited for your needs, 803.315.9442.
E-RYT 500, Yoga Teacher
In 1997, I began teaching yoga after experiencing the well-being, freedom and strength yoga was creating in me. In 2002, I opened my first yoga studio, and in 2012 I created a Yoga School. Namaste Yoga is a studio for students and teachers. Certifications are in Vinyasa Yoga, Viniyoga, Prenatal Yoga, and Anatomy and biomechanics. Yoga is a physical, mental, emotional, physiological, and spiritual practice. I hope to see you on the mat soon!
Marsha (Divayajyothi) Harris
E-RYT 200, Yoga Teacher
Thai Yoga Deep Stretch Practitioner
I completed the 200 hour teacher training at Holy Cow Yoga Center in Charleston, SC under the direction of Trace Bonner. During this training, I discovered City Yoga right here in Columbia, fell in love with their style of yoga, and completed the 100 hour Anusara Immersion with Stacey Millner-Collins. My interest in anatomy then led me to a workshop with David Keil, where I was introduced to the Mysore Ashtanga Style; I have completed an Ashtanga Teacher Training with David Keil, and also David Swenson. In 2014, I completed a 200 hr. Ashtanga-based teacher training with Kino Mcgregor of Miami Life Center. I continue to practice with one of my first yoga teachers, Amy Sizemore. With these teachers as my models, I teach fun, light-hearted classes with options for everyone. I am certified level one and two in the practice of Thai Yoga, (best stretch ever).
RYT-200, Yoga teacher
I love practicing, teaching and sharing yoga! I am a full time mom of three and discovered yoga shortly after my oldest daughter was born. It didn't take long to realize this was something that was helping me become a healthy, happy and well-balanced mom. I wanted to become a yoga instructor because I wanted to share this practice that has made such a big impact on my life! I completed my 200hr teacher training right here at Namaste with Amy and Marsha. I am always open to new adventures and believe that taking care of yourself should be fun and that is what keeps me coming back to my mat. I love to challenge myself and motivate others to do the same. Yoga really is for any body--no matter the age, the experience, or the fitness level. Anyone can learn to practice and everyone who tries can benefit from practice!
Randa Haddad Downs
RYT-200, Yoga Teacher
I started my yoga journey while in college with - I'm not kidding - a copy of "Buns of Steel Yoga." At the time, it was just another form of exercise to try. But even that silly video with an even sillier name opened a door for me. I took my first yoga class shortly after and was immediately intrigued by the deeper side of yoga. In 2003, I enrolled in teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Center. Thirteen years, literally thousands of yoga classes, and three children later, I continue to be amazed at the transformative power of this practice (and yeah, it's good for the "Buns" as well!). I draw inspiration from a variety of hatha yoga styles as well as a variety of spiritual traditions, illustrating my belief that "Truth is One; Paths are Many."
RYT-200, Yoga Teacher
I started taking yoga classes from Amy way back in the Gold's Gym years.
Amy also did my first teacher training. I've been teaching now for about 10 years and enjoy a strong flowing practice with emphasis on opening the hamstrings, hips and heart.
Yoga has allowed me to evolve into who I am meant to be and live in that truth.
Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu.
RYT-200, Yoga Teacher
I came to yoga through my study of the world’s religions. I had a spontaneous mystical experience in 1994, after which I became an avid spiritual seeker. I traveled to the far east, the middle east and India in college studying the religious traditions of various cultures. I then moved to South Carolina to study with Dr. Hal French at USC. I received a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from USC and my yoga teaching certification through Satchidananda Ashram at Yogaville. Most recently I have been studying meditation with Sally Kempton, the author of Awakening Shakti.
I also have a very normal day life as a wife, mother of two and a CPA.
I hope you will join me in learning how to apply the ancient yogic teachings of meditation to your modern life. I have experienced emotional healing and a deep sense of peace from practicing meditation regularly. I would love to share what I have learned with you!