Our Team

About Us

If you want to learn more about us, you’re in the right place. 

Our story

Janin and Jaclyn’s paths crossed in 2015 when Jaclyn was in search of a massage therapist for her newly launched studio, Yoga Den. Upon meeting Janin, Jaclyn knew she was the perfect fit for Yoga Den and the surrounding community. A friendship was born as they shared in their love of helping others feel cared for and restored. They found soul nourishment as clients stepped off the mat (or massage table) with a greater understanding of the connection between mind and body. It wasn’t long before Janin was joining Jaclyn’s restorative yoga classes to provide therapeutic assists to yogis as they sought to quiet their minds and calm their bodies. As their friendship grew, working alongside one another felt organic and simpatico.

In 2020, Jaclyn and Janin made the natural next step in becoming business partners. Janin is an everyday presence at the studio, greeting clients and serving the community while Jaclyn oversees the studio vision and logistics from her new home base in North Carolina. They look forward to Jaclyn’s visits to SC, where she and her family pick right up where they left off, co-hosting special events and workshops at the studio.

Our Team

 Jaclyn Vanderhoof  Co-Owner

 

Originally from Greensboro, NC- Jaclyn found her love for yoga once moving to Charleston in 2010. Pregnant, Jaclyn found that yoga and pilates helped give her energy and time to quiet her mind. In 2014 Jaclyn and her Husband decided to open Yoga Den with a vision of having Yoga for all. Jaclyn is very passionate about giving back to the community through the donation classes offered at Yoga Den.

Janin Desir-Spann Co-Owner

Janin’s passion for the healing arts came to life through her Swedish massage training in 1993 and has manifested itself in additional training and techniques over the last two decades, including yoga teacher training and graduating from the National Holistic Institute (NHI). She has dedicated her career to helping others alleviate the pain, stress and tension they are feeling in their bodies.

Before moving to South Carolina, Janin’s adventures included life in Venezuela with stops in Germany, California, Illinois and Florida. She immediately felt at home when she arrived in Summerville in 2014. One of the most impactful experiences of her yoga practice was the silent retreat she was a part of at the Satchidananda Ashram at Yogaville in 2017. She felt called to complete her yoga teacher training shortly thereafter, attending Yoga Den’s Durga Yoga School in 2018 where she earned her 200 hour yoga teacher training.

Janin’s favorite pose is Warrior II, she loves tapping into the sense of empowerment it cultivates. Her favorite moments in leading a yoga class are watching people find a deeper connection within themselves. She especially enjoys teaching restorative yoga and understands first-hand the relief it provides for those suffering with back pain.

Her passions also include Shiatsu, myofascial therapy and Chakra balancing through crystal lights. She and her husband are parents to four fur babies: two Siamese cats (Miyu and Yumi), their Great Dane Shiloh and a pit mix, Loba. Say “hello” if you see them dining at one of their favorite eateries or walking Shiloh and Loba at the dog park.

Tracy Strickland

Instructor

Tracy has been actively in the Health and Wellness Field since 1979. She started exploring different ways to move the body through modern dance, water aerobics, and yoga. Her first Yoga Teacher Ragavon encouraged her to pursue teacher training but the timing was not right for Tracy to start that journey. Many years later, 2007: Darcy Jaskwhich, owner of The Yoga Loft encouraged Tracy to go to the Holy Cow Yoga Center and take the 200 Hour Registered Teacher Training.Tracy thanks Trace Sahaja Bonner(The Founder of The Holy Cow in Charleston SC) for supporting her as she took on the 200 Hour training. Trace knew how to make you laugh when you felt like crying. Tracy has had the privilege to study with a variety of master-level teachers who have inspired her. Anusara Teacher Stacey Collins: Vinyasa Flow with Rolf Gates:Jason Crandell for his skillful ways to break down poses to accommodate all students.Power Yoga with Beryl Bender Birch, and Yin master Paule Zinke .Tracy resides in Summerville with her husband Paul Strickland, daughter Perry 18, Midnight and Stuart Little the cats, Abella the dog, and Clergy the horse. Her oldest daughter is studying at The University Of Chicago Illinois. Tracy feels very grateful for her life!  

“Giving into fear doesn’t keep you safe ,it keeps you from trying, learning, and succeeding.”

-Joe Tichio

 

Anne Marie Clifford 

Instructor

Anne Marie Clifford is a Charleston-area native and career educator with a passion for sharing the benefits of yoga with her community. After attending the Yoga Festival in Asheville in 2017, she was inspired to pursue the 200-hour instructor certification, which she completed in March of 2018. A life-long learner, she has already begun to earn her 500-hour certification. With a dedication to promoting the holistic advantages of yoga, she is happy to be practicing and teaching at the Yoga Den.

Lika Elwood

Instructor

Lika’s dream came true when she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2010 in Washington DC, becoming a full-time yoga teacher. Initially Lika ( E-RYT 200) was drawn to yoga as a way to maintain her flexibility and strength but was intimidated by yoga’s spiritual and scholastic side which she did not find in previous experiences with ballet and modern dance. After a short time however she discovered the power of yoga as a path to a more balanced, compassionate, meaningful and happy life.
Lika teaches well-sequenced yoga classes and workshops focused on creating a comfortable, non-competitive and SAFE space where students can explore their practice while challenging themselves regardless of their background and level of their practice. She incorporates guided meditation, pranayama and aromatherapy in her classes, always encouraging her students to find one breath at the time and be their own teachers by taking what serves them and leaving what does not.
Over the years, Lika completed countless additional trainings and workshops in different styles of yoga, including Vinyasa Flow, Prana Flow, Ashtanga, Rocket Yoga, Jivamukti, Kids yoga, Aerial yoga, Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Restorative yoga. She has studied under the guidance of well known teachers such as David Williams, David Swenson, Shiva Rea, David Kyle, Tara Brach, Christina Sell and others. Lika continues to evolve as she sees herself in the position of student and a practitioner first and only then a teacher

Emily Frazier

Instructor

Emily relocated to Summerville, SC summer of 2019 from Scottsdale, AZ. She is a married mother of 5. Her careers include training reining horses alongside her husband, vet-tech and vendor coordinator for the Arizona Quarter Horse Association.⁣⁣
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Emily’s journey to the mat began in 2017 when her husband’s job moved them back to Arizona from Texas. Their youngest daughter was 8 months old at the time. She was feeling overwhelmed, tired and was trying to rebuild her community. It was during this time she went to a barre class for the first time after a friend asked her to join her. “ I remember feeling nervous and felt like everyone was staring at me. I didn’t know the moves, I was uncoordinated and all over the place. But when the lights dimmed and the music started pumping every worry, negative thought and emotion just flew out of my body. From that moment on I knew I had found my calling.”⁣⁣
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Since that day in 2017, Emily has pursed her career in the fitness industry. She became a certified Barre above instructor in October 2018 and hasn’t looked back. She now holds many certifications including her AFAA group fitness certification. Emily had the pleasure of working with Scottsdale Arizona’s Figure Skating program athletes last summer at the Coyote’s Ice Den. Where she taught barre classes to the young up and coming athletes to help them build their strength, core stability and balance. “ It was such an amazing experience to work with theses incredibly talented students.”⁣⁣

Emily recently began her journey into the world of yoga and is continuing her education to include 200 hr yoga instructor

Liza Wilson

Instructor

Liza is a certified kids yoga teacher who completed her training through the Charleston based company, Kids Yogaverse (kidsyogaverse). Before becoming a mom, she received her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and taught first grade for four years. After her first daughter was born, Liza began working part-time as a behavior specialist, doing ABA therapy with children with autism. Liza’s sister who is a yoga instructor in NC introduced her to yoga after her second daughter was born. Liza immediately knew she wanted to combine her new love of yoga and her passion for working with children. She loves seeing the excitement and joy yoga can bring to kids, as well as the calming peace they can attain through the postures and breathwork.

KristÍn Cotton

Instructor

Kristín comes to the Lowcountry from NYC where she was the lead singer of the band Audio Fiction, as well as hot yoga instructor. She found yoga quieted the chatter in her mind and helped her find peace amongst the crazy rock and roll life of NYC As her practice developed, she found it cleared her mind of distractions, gave her the ability to focus on her craft and unleash her spirit. In 2008 Kristín started practicing Hot Yoga and soon after felt inspired to teach and share this amazing feeling she found in her yoga practice. In 2010 she became certified to teach by Jimmy Barkan. www.thebarkanmethod.com. In 2012 and 2015 she went back to Jimmy for her Level II and III Hot Vinyasa Certification and is on her way to her RTY with The Barkan Method.. Since moving to SC, her practice has helped her adjust to her new community and lifestyle away from the Big Apple. By day she is in event planning and sales at Embassy Suites and Convention Center, but mostly she is excited to bring The Barkan Method and her love of Yoga to the Lowcountry! Her classes are geared to the individual students-mixing many genres of music and postures for each class.
“Never before have I experienced such a feeling of personal satisfaction and pride. Whether you are an artist, in business, an educator, in the military, a parent or whatever your path may be, yoga can help you find focus and positive energy allowing your best self and your greatest dreams to come true. My yoga practice has changed my life.”

Jessica Munday

Instructor

Jessica is a mom to four boys raising them intentionally with her high school sweetheart in Summerville South Carolina.
Her commitment to self work and self growth, along with her natural lifestyle, led her to the yoga world.
As a yoga teacher, she encourages her students to show up exactly as they are; there is no need for perfection.
With her warm, light hearted and humorous way of tackling life, Jessica knows that each and every person is on their own path in life and she encourages them to show up just as they are. There is room for everyone on the mat.
Mikayla

Instructor

I am from New Jersey and started off my college career getting an Associates Degree in Science. About a year later is when I discovered my huge passion for yoga and realized that I want to teach others and guide them through their practice to better themselves.
I used to take Ariel Yoga classes as a teen and fell in love with it. Years later I got back into practicing yoga, and have been taking classes at Yoga Den for almost a year. It has helped my find a balance in life and my relationships and become more comfortable with who I am. I recently finished my 200 hour teacher training through The Yogi Life School and have expanded my knowledge on yoga immensely.
My favorite types of yoga classes are anything gentle or a Vin/Yin, and my favorite pose is crow! I am a huge animal and nature lover and would love to incorporate my knowledge of crystals and the chakras into my yoga classes. I encourage my students to show up to class as they are and take what they need from the mat that day.
 
 
 

Gess 

Instructor:

I’m Gess, I’m from Gilbert Arizona. After a few years of trying to find my way, I graduated Arizona State University with a bachelors degree in Global Health. I took a Yoga 101 class my junior year of college, and it was there that I became more knowledgeable and aware of the possibilities of yoga. Even though I enjoyed it, I didn’t stick with it much after my class ended. It wasn’t until my move to South Carolina in 2019 with my husband and dog, that I was reintroduced. I decided to step out of my comfort zone and check out a yoga studio in Summerville. Being across the country from family and familiarity, I was desperate to find a space that made my heart feel homey. To my surprise I found so much more than that, I found myself for the first time ever. I found a space that made me feel strong, capable and resilient. I found a passion to get out of my head and into my heart and body. After a few months of practicing, becoming an instructor was the only goal I had in mind. An incredible opportunity presented itself through the Navy allowing me to receive my 200 RYT. Sharing this light and knowledge with the commUNITY is such a treasure, join me and find what you’re capable of!⠀