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 a 500hr Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT-500), a Level 1 Balanced Athlete ™ Certified coach, Yin Yoga & Meditation certified, a Souluna Life Coach and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Liz is extremely excited that STUDIO 33 has found it's home in Freshfields Village and can't wait to meet everyone that comes 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.
Carrie’s first class at STUDIO 33 was on the Fourth of July in 2017, and by the time she left that day she knew she’d found her studio home. She was immediately taken with the warm, welcoming atmosphere and thrilled with the variety of classes offered. Since joining STUDIO 33, she’s taken all the yoga, barre, pilates, sculpt, and ballet she can fit in her schedule!
Carrie grew up in the South Carolina Midlands and started lifeguarding on Kiawah during her college summers. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame and settling in Charleston, she soon felt the pull back to Kiawah. She met her husband Jeff on the Island, and they now split their time between Kiawah and downtown Charleston. When Carrie’s not at the studio, you’ll find her arranging flowers, gardening, fixing up their historic cottage downtown, or riding her bike to King Street. Look for her on the mat in class with you!
For Kristen, fitness has always been a way of calming the chaos and busyness of everyday life. Growing up, she was a big cardio fan, but as she has gotten older she has realized the importance of slowing down and listening to her body. She now gravitates towards barre and especially yoga, which has become her biggest and most rewarding release; even going a day or two without just a little movement on her mat makes her feel out of whack. Since coming to her first class at STUDIO 33 and now working with us, she considers the studio a great outlet and community of amazing people. When she's not at the studio, you can find her on her computer designing, cooking, reading, or ogling over every dog she sees. Say hi when you see her working the front desk or practicing in class!
Fitness and wellness have always been a big part of Linda's life. Throughout her life she has been active in some sort of physical activity whether it was dance, tennis, kickboxing or yoga. Nowadays, when she is not working the front desk at the Studio or taking a class, you'll find her chasing her 5 year old son around and/or working her full-time job, teaching 8th grade. She also loves to go out and about in the Charleston area, walk the beach, explore new restaurants and most importantly spend time with family & friends. She is a graduate from Clemson University so during football season, you'll definitely find her glued to the TV cheering on those Tigers!
Jennifer began her yoga journey many years ago. She felt so drawn and connected to the practice she began incorporating it into her daily life. She attended as many yoga classes as she could fit into her schedule. Yoga has helped her learn presence, patience, allowance, how to breathe, to listen to her body, self-love, and so much more! It was that love that led her to enroll in a 200 hour teacher training program. In 2016, she began teaching in the Charleston area shortly after receiving her certification. Jennifer has lived on Folly Beach for the last 6 years with no intention of leaving… ever. She is a true lover of Folly Beach and all of its magical energy. Outside of yoga, you can find her biking around Folly, paddle boarding and spending time with her family, friends, her boyfriend, and two adorable dogs.
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.
Michele comes from a background of photography and painting, as well as nursing (pediatrics & hospice). She started the yoga practice later in life to alleviate stress & injuries. Michele fell in love with the practice and became a certified instructor in 2007. For Michele, yoga combines the creativity of art and the compassion of nursing; using the body, the breath, the mind and the heart. She loves that there is a yoga for EVERYONE and EVERY BODY. She believes you do not have to be young and flexible to enjoy the benefits of yoga. Michele’s classes are slower and thoughtful. She encourages students to listen and get to know their own bodies. Breath work, centering, and savasana are as important as the physical part of the practice. With a feeling of lightness and a sense of humor, her classes will start where you are and move you into stillness. Two of Michele’s favorite teachers that she continues to learn from are Erich Schiffman and Doug Keller.
It all began with ballet. After seeing the Nutcracker at age four, Kimi knew she had to dance. From then on movement and performance have 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!
Yoga and Fitness Instructor
A class with Lauren always begins with a beautiful intention. Her yoga sequences are vinyasa based, well balanced, and full of gratitude. Lauren grew up in the Lowcountry and started at the College of Charleston in 2007 where she graduated in 2011 with her BA in Communications. She met her husband, Chris, after she graduated and they’ve been paddleboarding and practicing yoga together since their first date. After a tragic event, Chris was unable to walk for some time. Yoga and mindfulness were the foundation for their healing and strength as a family. The challenges of recovery deepened Lauren’s practice, and as Chris learned to walk again, Lauren received her 200 RYT Certification from Holy Cow Yoga Center. Lauren loves spending time at the beach, paddleboarding, singing and writing poetry. Lauren’s most favorite thing of all is spending time with her daughter Marlee, her little yogi bear.
Erin Collins Kimball
Yoga and Fitness Instructor
Erin comes to us from Portland, Maine, but now calls Charleston home. She is a 500 Hour Registered Certified Yoga Instructor with 8 plus years of experience. Erin not only teaches Yoga, but lives a yogic lifestyle and loves to share her skills and knowledge within the community. Her classes are fun, lighthearted, alignment based, and adaptable to all levels. She will give you a solid foundation if yoga is new to you or guide you in enhancing your practice and technique if you are a seasoned yogi. Erin loves the beach, being outdoors and enjoying nature.
Jennifer Hess Mitchell
A believer in alternative therapeutic treatments, Jennifer approaches yoga from a holistic perspective—from the inside out. Dedicated to healing of all kinds, she brings her background in mental health to her teaching. She made connections between the physical practice and internal healing in the beginning stages of her career and never looked back. Jennifer has been doing therapy, yoga, and teaching since the early 2000’s. Her trainings vary from formal education at USC & GWU, to hatha and vinyasa styles of yoga, yin and restorative, leadership symposiums and the therapeutic realm of mental health and yoga since 2013. Jennifer has trained extensively with 2000+ hours in yoga and yoga therapy alongside her graduate school and various other philanthropic endeavors and programs.Jennifer is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a current staff member with Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy, facilitating their Therapeutic Teacher Trainings. Every class is a chance for renewal with fresh ideas and a heightened sense of self-awareness.
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!
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!