Co-Founder and Yoga Instructor
Liz has always had a love for group fitness. Whether she was on the basketball court as a kid or running with her husband and STUDIO 33 co-founder, Frank, you can bet she was always active. She came upon yoga in college and has been moved by it ever since. When she's not in the studio you can find her playing tennis, walking the beach with Gator, or lost in the most recent nutrition articles. She has been teaching yoga since 2009 and has been astounded by the benefits she's experienced from the practice herself and through her students. Liz is extremely excited for STUDIO 33 to make it's way into Freshfields Village this summer and to meet everyone that comes into the STUDIO to continue their wellness journey!
Fitness has been a passion for Frank since his first days of football in high school. Finding great motivation and inspiration from his football coach Frank has since lived a life focused on being the healthiest person he can be. Not only is he a wealth of knowledge for living a happy and healthy life, but he also runs the business end of STUDIO 33. If you have any questions regarding numbers or how to run your business more efficiently, Frank is your guy. When he's not at the STUDIO you can find Frank playing with Gator, fishing or hiking.
Celia was certified through Holy Cow's teacher training program in 2014 and has been cultivating her practice since 2007. She is drawn to the combination of chanting, mindfulness and physicality that yoga offers and strives to incorporate these components into her classes. She believes yoga is accessible to everyone and works to dispel the belief that flexibility is required to practice. Celia's teaching style is grounded in alignment and moving with intention. She has additional trainings in Yin and Prenatal yoga and is currently working towards her 500-hour certification.
Zumba and Pilates Instructor
“Kelly has been a fitness fanatic her entire life. She began playing team sports in elementary school, was a gymnast in high school, and after college started playing softball, volleyball, running, yoga, snow skiing…basically enjoying anything that allows her to “go outside and play!” Kelly took her first Zumba® fitness class in 2010, and was immediately hooked! So much so that she became an instructor in June of 2011. She continued her fitness journey by obtaining her group exercise certification, her personal trainer certification, and Pilates certification. Kelly is also licensed in Zumba® Toning, Zumba® Gold, Aqua Zumba®, and STRONG® by Zumba. Her most recent certification was WERQ. When Kelly isn’t teaching a class or training clients, you can find her biking, walking on the beach, or volunteering her time to Kiawah Island’s Turtle Patrol. Kelly’s enthusiasm for fitness translates to her classes too. Be ready to smile and sweat during her classes at STUDIO 33!”
Jessica has been a professional dancer for over 10 years and is currently on the Dance Department faculty as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Charleston. She received her Pilates mat certification in 2012 and Barre training in 2013 and since then has taught at some of the top fitness centers in the industry. Jessica most recently received her certification as a Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in January. If you're looking for an intense workout to lift, tuck and tone, come take Jessica's barre fusion class.
Katie is an Integrative Nutrition + Soul Coach, Yoga Instructor, and essential oil enthusiast. Katie spent 10 years in bilingual education teaching in Spain, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Charleston before transitioning to be a full time Yoga Teacher and Holistic Health Coach. Her yoga journey began in high school after quitting ballet and needing an outlet for moving her body. She quickly saw how the practice also helped her build a better relationship with her body and build confidence. Katie went through her first 200-hour yoga teacher training in Las Vegas in 2013 while also attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and plans on completing her 300-hour Yoga Therapy Training through Phoenix Rising this fall. She is the founder of ROOT to RISE, a holistic health and soul coaching program + sisterhood that helps women get to the root of their physical + emotional health concerns so they can rise above them. When she is not teaching yoga or on coaching calls, you can find Katie on the beach, a patio, or strolling downtown Charleston.
Katherine's unique brand of Zumba explores the intersections of spirituality and movement by blending dharma (or words of inspiration and knowing) with a super fun dance party that reunites class participants with their joy, with themselves and ultimately with the Divine. Her class breaks participants of any kind of poker face with fun music and routines, and will leave you feeling that you've done more work on yourself that simply breaking a sweat. Think the clarity of yoga plus the energy of a Friday night dance hall! Aside from teaching "spiritual" Zumba, Katherine is also a business development executive in nearby Charleston in addition to running her infant and toddler clothing company, ModaBaby (link to www.modababy.com). She is also a writer and public speaker, using the success of her business as a platform to advocate for child abuse victims and adult survivors of child abuse. She lives on Folly Beach, with her husband and her three-year old son, where she also enjoys surfing, yoga, real estate and design, and cooking in her free time
It all began with ballet. After seeing the Nutcracker at age four, Kimi knew she had to dance. From then on movement and performance has always been a huge part of her life. From dance, to group fitness classes, to aerial silks, to physical training, to yoga, being active in some way has always been important to her. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Richmond with a double major in Theatre and Dance. Two years later, she received her 200 hour yoga teacher training through LifePower yoga, where she found an even deeper connection with herself and her body. Today, Kimi is a local Charleston actress and artist. During her time off between performances, she teaches private yoga classes around the island. When she isn't performing or teaching yoga, she can be found in the gym, on the tennis courts, walking dogs, painting, spending time with her bunny, Loki, or baking sweets!
Ariel Marcoux is a seasoned yoga teacher, personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist. Originally from Nantucket Island, MA, she has trained and taught at some of the nation’s top fitness facilities including David Barton Gym and Equinox in Chicago and New York in addition to co-leading retreats for yoga and horsemanship in Costa Rica. Ariel has received over 1,000 hours of training from some of the industry’s top trainers, coaches, physical therapists, and master yoga instructors. Largely influenced by the Ashtanga lineage, she considers herself a “yoga mutt” and draws from a variety of teachers including Shiva Rea and Prana Vinyasa Flow. Her classes are predominantly vinyasa flow and incorporate creative sequences, core training and inspired music playlists. Besides fitness and yoga, she is passionate about horseback riding, animal rescue, and music. She works and lives on Seabrook Island for St. Johns Fire District as a Fire Fighter/EMT.
Group Fitness Instructor
Michelle Peterson, RN is an ACE certified personal trainer and a group fitness and Pilates instructor. After a long and fulfilling career as a nurse, Michelle decided to pursue her other greatest passion: fitness. The transition from her first career as a nurse to her current career as a personal trainer and certified fitness instructor was a natural progression, since wellness has always been a focus in Michelle’s life. Michelle's exercise philosophy is centered around challenging yourself and your body to reach your personal best every day. Michelle focuses on total body wellness through integrated core, balance, strength training, cardio and flexibility exercises. When she is not training or working out herself, Michelle enjoys spending time at the beach with family and friends.
Kids Yoga Instructor
Courtney Rae first stepped onto a yoga mat in 2003 as an outlet for inviting a new form of exercise into her life. She quickly found a deeper intention and was drawn not only to the physical practice but also to the beliefs of the yogic philosophy – the use of Prana (breath) and energy in manifesting the rich and vibrant happiness she likes to call “soulshine”. She believes in the power of mindfully moving and breathing through all of life’s moments, especially the messy ones, and has eternal gratitude to the yoga philosophy for instilling this awareness. When her mat is rolled up you’ll likely find her learning to surf with her son, writing as a hobby or admiring fantastic sunsets alongside her pup. Courtney earned her Kid’s Yoga Instructor Certification at Holy Cow Yoga Center, with additional studies through Kids Yoga Academy, and she offers an authentic class space filled with light & whimsy. She is delighted to share her love of yoga with the little yogis of STUDIO 33 and hopes to cultivate in them the habit of lifelong practices, on and off the mat. Namaste!
Sara started practicing yoga in 2001 after being active in many sports that were taking a toll on her injured knee. Yoga first presented itself as alternative way to keep in shape, and through the years has unfolded as an integral part of all aspects of her life! In 2009, Sara received her 200-hour certification from Saraswati’s Yoga Joint in Norwalk, CT, and taught for 7 years in Connecticut before moving to, and teaching throughout the Charleston area. Her goal is to share with others the countless benefits yoga has brought to her own life. In addition to teaching yoga, Sara is a Registered Architect and Principal at Senst Architecture, where she specializes in residential architecture. Her yoga classes explore the manipulation of body structure, along with the ability to access one’s own unique interior environment, in order to create internal space. Spaciousness is cultivated through a generous flow of movement, breath, and consciousness. Her classes are upbeat, with an emphasis on letting go, becoming light, and expanding outward from an authentic place.
Natasha first discovered yoga in college during the 90’s. in Britain. Instantly hooked, she took her 200hr teacher training certification in 2003 and began teaching breathing techniques and restorative yoga to the sales team of the company she worked for. Inspired by the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar and his student Dr. Judith Lasater, Natasha likes to focus on alignment and breath work. Her classes are steady and focused, using breathing techniques to calm the mind and relax the body. Join her for Vin/Yin Yoga on Friday mornings.
Joe is a passionate truth seeker and a lover of yoga, learning and technology. He thrives on instructing students in yoga of all levels and ages. Joe's journey with yoga began in 2012, taking his first yoga class in Manhattan, NY. Joe quickly discovered the benefits of mind and body connection, and took his own practice to different yoga studios around the NYC area. He studied with numerous instructors including Tao-Porchon-Lynch, who at 99 years old has over 70 years of teaching experience and is recognized as the world’s oldest yoga instructor.
After becoming more interested in the ancient philosophical path of yoga, Joe found himself on a plane to India, the birthplace of yoga, just two years after his first class, taking a leap of faith and leaving his job in NY. Looking to deepen his practice and knowledge of yoga, his journey led him to Dharamshala, where he studied the yoga asanas, meditation, philosophy, pranayama, anatomy, teaching methods and received his 200-hours level certification. In August 2014, shortly after returning from India, Joe moved to Charleston and immediately became involved in the yoga community there, and has been teaching in studios and fitness centers all over the Charleston tri-county area ever since.
Steven Willard began practicing Yoga in order to heal injuries and handle stress, then got hooked on feeling better. He completed his 200 hour certification in 2007. His classes are rooted in the concept of doing less harm - ahimsa. Every class is different, but all are intense, playful, sometimes funny, sometimes loud and challenging. His aim is to provide a supportive, energetic and challenging environment which enables students to discover the life-changing power of yoga for themselves.
Official STUDIO 33 Team Mascot
Meet Gator the Corgi! He is our STUDIO dog and full of much love. He loves cookies more than any being we know, so his wellness focus is creating happiness for everyone he meets. Gator loves to run around and play, but his favorite morning routine before breakfast is Downward Dog! He has a loud bark but there is no bite to this short four legged friend. Gator will most often be at the STUDIO so if you have allergies please don't hesitate to let us know. When Gator is not at the STUDIO you can find him walking, chasing his ball on the beach or rummaging around the kitchen for snacks!