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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.
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 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.”
Anne Marie Clifford
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.”
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
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.
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.
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!⠀
Cait Summers began practicing yoga 20 years ago in Virginia and her interest in Biology and Movement led her towards her practice. After moving to the Charleston in 2014, she found a home and a community at The Yoga Den and started her journey to further deepen her practice. The “Yoga Mamas” quickly welcomed her and her eldest son, Emmett with open arms and made them part of the family.
After dedicating much of her time to her young family, Cait decided it was time to invest in her passion. Certified in the multidisciplinary practice of Hatha and Yin yoga from Holy Cow Yoga Center in Charleston, SC; She is now also pursuing her 500hr RYT certification. Cait was given the Sanskrit name of Ambā, meaning Nurturer, during her teacher training do to her caring and selfless nature. She is passionate about helping and supporting others as well as encouraging everyone to be their best.
The balance of Yin (passive) and Yang (active) is important in life and in yoga for Cait. She leads an active life as a mother of two and as a military wife and finds passion and mindfulness in her yoga practice. She loves to sequence her classes with slower, intentional flows and functional movement as well as creating a calming space to let go of the chaos that we all hold onto. Cait also loves practicing the art of Yoga Nidra to help balance the mind as well as the body and soul.
Creating space for the mind, body, and breath to find Union is important for everyone. She welcomes All levels and understands that transitions can be hard but they are also Amazing Adventures!
Lainy is a Navy veteran and wife who turned to yoga in 2018 as a way to maintain her endurance and strength. With a cheerleading and military fitness background, Lainy believed yoga would be a fun and easy way to preserve her fitness lifestyle. Unexpectedly, yoga became part of her everyday life and turned into her life line, aiding in her sobriety journey, spirituality, and her true attainment of strength. She quickly learned yoga was far from easy but a challenging outlet to push her body, find peace, and allow her to enjoy all her favorite snacks 😉
She completed her 200-hour teacher training in Annapolis, MD while 30 weeks pregnant with her son and moved to the LowCountry, her 10th state, in 2020. She is expecting her second child and believes yoga is for everyBODY, regardless of size, prior skill level, age, or background. Her favorite style is hot vinyasa and any inversion or arm balance related poses, but she has recently opened her mind and heart to slower, more mindful motion. Yoga is the connection between mind, movement, and breath. Yoga is listening to your body and moving in a creative way that works for you. Yoga is unity. In her free time, Lainy enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, nurturing her collection of houseplants, and thrifting!
Hi, I’m Meredith! I fell in love with practicing yoga in 2016. Yoga makes me feel like I matter, and it gives me a place to go where I know I am safe, I know what to expect, and where I can just be. Yoga remains the thing I go back to to recenter, to ground myself, to fall into when life gets the best of me. I became an instructor because I want that for you, too. When I’m not practicing, I’m a wife of 20 years, mom to a teen girl, tween boy, and the cooolest goldendoodle named Murphy, a volunteer, Auburn fan, and freelance proofreader. I can’t wait to see you on the mat!