MEET THE ENDEAVOR YOGA + PILATES TEAM
The Endeavor Yoga + Pilates Teaching Team is comprised of highly qualified yoga, barre and Pilates teachers, each with their own distinct style and energy level. The EYP Client Support Team is focused entirely on empowering you to make the most of your time in our studio and to support you in meeting your goals. From the moment you contact us, to your one hundredth class, the Endeavor Yoga + Pilates Team promises to engage, enhance, and empower your practice.
Owner, Private and Group Yoga and Pilates Teacher, Lead Teacher Trainer
Katie is the founder of Endeavor Yoga + Pilates. She is a E-RYT500, Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RYPT), YACEP, and a Certified Pilates Instructor on all apparatus and mat through Peak Pilates. She is a Lead Trainer for the EYP Yoga and Barre Teacher Training Programs. Her teaching approach in her group classes focuses on combining creative and functional movements to promote balance, strength, and mobility, and increase overall well-being. Her background is in finance and economics, and she is the mom of 4.
Lead Pilates Teacher
Paola is an experienced fitness trainer and pilates teacher. Originally training in classical pilates in Chile, where is from, she completed the BASI Pilates Certification program in California before moving to Atlanta. Expect upbeat, engaging classes. She specializes in private pilates sessions, and is bilingual, teaching in both Spanish and English.
Lead Mat Teacher
Dani began practicing yoga in 2010 when she was diagnosed with scoliosis. What started as a routine for back care eventually blossomed into a spiritual practice and lifestyle. She brings a light hearted, soulful, and nurturing feel to her classes where you can expect verbal and alignment based assists. Dani loves to drop layers of creativity into her sequencing and encourages a modified practice when her students need it. Her passions include teaching yoga, SUP, playing golf, and all things Atlanta sports. She aims to be a friend and guide to anyone with a hunger to live and speak their truth. Dani received her RYT200, WPA1, and SUP Yoga teaching certificates in 2016 from Ebb & Flow :: Yoga Spa Float in Loganville, GA. In 2020, she trained to become at Barre Teacher in the EYP Barre Teacher Training Program.
For more than a decade, Julie worked corporate jobs in Marketing, Sales, Administration and Project Management. In 2015, she took a break from full-time work to focus on her family and yoga. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2016 and began teaching at Endeavor Yoga + Pilates right after graduation. Starting in 2021, Julie has combined her love of yoga and business experience to support Endeavor Yoga + Pilates's growth. Teaching yoga classes allows Julie to share a healthy, peaceful lifestyle with students. As the Studio Coordinator, she loves supporting employees so students can still experience a healthy lifestyle in a comfortable and nurturing environment.
My name is Carla Franchi, a social worker by profession from Andrés Bello University, Chile. I spent some years in the operations area of a kindergarten chain in my country, which helped me develop my administrative skills and, what I like the most, helping people when they have some difficulties. Sometime later, my sister (Paola Franchi, our lead Pilates teacher) invited me to join her project in Chile, that was working and start a Pilates studio with her!! Which was a very enriching experience to see how people through this discipline achieve a feeling of physical and mental well-being.
A couple years later, my husband was transferred to the United States for his job. This gave me the opportunity to work as a movie extra, which helped me break the language barrier and start daring to speak English!
Working at Endeavor Yoga + Pilates has given me the great opportunity to continue improving my professional skills and communication, together with the experience of being in contact with people.
In my free time I like to run and be in contact with nature, which is consistent with the activities that I developed in my adolescence in which I practiced sports such as athletics and artistic gymnastics.
Amy discovered Pilates in 2010 when she tried out for a roller derby team and ended up in physical therapy for a hip injury. She continued practicing Pilates after her hip improved because she felt so many transformative physical and mental benefits. She moved to Duluth in 2019 and became a student at EYP, and in 2020 she embraced the opportunity to become a Pilates instructor so she could share those benefits with others. Amy holds a Peak Pilates level 1 certification to teach classical Pilates on all apparatus and mat. Her goal is to meet all clients where they are on their Pilates journey and provide support while challenging them to meet their personal goals. When she isn’t at the studio, you can find Amy wrangling her 3 young children, playing with her 2 dogs, co-leading a Girl Scouts troop, or camping in the Georgia mountains.
Heather began taking barre class at EYP in 2019 and was immediately hooked. She quickly got certified and loves teaching and continuing to learn and grow. She has always had a passion for fitness and has a background in the medical field. She loves Duluth and really enjoys meeting and empowering others in her community to feel stronger and healthier. Heather also enjoys creating and has her own business designing and making essential oil diffuser jewelry. She spends much of her time creating and sewing costumes for her kids on-going theatre performances, which she loves. Aside from that, her greatest passion is being a fully engaged mama to her 2 incredible teenagers Otis and Ruby and her joyful, fun-loving 8 year old Esmé, and enjoying life with her sweet husband James dreaming up various adventures, doing remodeling projects, boating, camping and eating yummy food.
Jennifer comes to Endeavor Yoga + Pilates with a strong background in classical ballet. While Jennifer’s dance training took her to such schools as International Ballet Rotaru, The Juilliard School, among others, it wasn’t until after she hung up her pointe shoes, received her BBA from Mercer University, and began working full-time in international business that she discovered Pilates. Initially beginning her Pilates training many years ago under Paola Franchi, Endeavor Yoga + Pilates's Lead Pilates Teacher, Jennifer had the opportunity to take Pilates in such places as California, Korea, and Australia. She fell in love with the way Pilates made her body feel and wanted to share that experience with others. Having traveled to 36 countries spanning over six continents, Jennifer is passionate about helping people from all cultures discover how Pilates can transform their life. Jennifer holds personal trainer and group fitness instructor certifications from the American Council on Exercise and a comprehensive Level 2 Pilates certification from Peak Pilates. She is currently pursuing her Level 3 certification. When she’s not teaching, Jennifer enjoys hiking, biking, and spending time with her husband and young son.
Laura, who goes by “MacKenzie” was born in Canada but raised in Georgia. Traveling to Canada since she was born fueled a love for international travel, visiting 15 countries over the years. Her passion for travel led to a career in hospitality for an international hotel company as a special events manager planning weddings, celebrations and conventions. It’s no wonder that she wants to serve others and help them achieve their goals. She wants you to feel your absolute best, healthy and loving life. MacKenzie’s love of group fitness classes led her to pursue the Barre teacher certification at Endeavor Yoga + Pilates. She’s a mama of two energetic little boys, a German Shepherd and three cats.
Lauren is an Atlanta native who first fell in love with barre classes while pregnant with her daughter. Now as the mom to a spunky, energetic toddler, she is excited to be able to teach barre to the community. Lauren graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. After college, she and her husband traveled across the United States with the National Park Service living in Nevada and Maine over the course of five years. Lauren returned to Atlanta in 2017 and she is happy to be able to raise her daughter so close to her family. She is an avid home chef who loves trying new recipes and putting a healthy spin on her family’s favorite dishes. You will almost always catch Lauren with a smile on her face and her high energy and positivity shine through in her teaching style. Lauren completed the EYP Barre Teacher Training program in 2019.
Meagan Honea is a 500-RYT yoga instructor and Ayurvedic Health Counselor working towards her Ayurvedic Practitioner certification. She began her yoga journey as a power yogi, but now teaches slow, powerful, Iyengar-inspired sequences, utilizing props, pranayama, mantra, and meditation methods in every class. Meagan's love for human anatomy guides her as a teacher, and she strives to encourage each student to explore postures during longer holds to create shapes that make the most sense for their bodies.
Yoga Teacher, Yoga for Seniors/Chair Yoga, Yoga for Beginners, Mat Pilates Teacher
Patty is received her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification in 2016 at John's Creek Yoga, and completed her 300 Hour Yoga teacher Certification in 2021 from the Asheville Yoga Center. She also completed her Basic Mat Pilates Certification from Peak Pilates in 2021 She was raised on the plains of South Dakota: Simple lines and endless sky and stars. She became a Graphic Artist. She received a BA in Visual Communications from the University of Minnesota and an MFA from CalArts in Visual Arts and Communications. Within the creative process, yoga was always interwoven, to help with creativity, clarity, focusing, anxiety, problem solving, testing the limits, and finding the edge. Throughout her graduate studies, she practiced with an Iyengar trained dance student/yoga instructor from India. Patty has practiced yoga for many years and has become passionate about its benefits. It has helped her in so many ways: connecting the mind and the body, being present in the here and now, not worrying about the “what ifs”, the anxieties that can take over so easily, learning to breathe, not hyperventilate. Patty is an avid cyclist and finds yoga is the Yin to cycling's Yang. She is grateful for so many things her in her life, yoga being one! Patty wants to give back to others, so they too can benefit from having yoga in their lives. Patty is married to her high school love, has two lovely grown boys, who were raised in the sunshine and sandy beaches of San Diego, CA. She and her husband relocated to Georgia in 2012.
Paula attended her first yoga class over 20 years ago during her lunch hour, and immediately felt the physical and mental benefits. Her practice has been an oasis to a very hectic and fast-paced life balancing multiple responsibilities. With regular practice, she began to notice the transformational effects of yoga that garnered a newfound connection between her mind and body, beyond what she thought was imaginable. Her passion for yoga grew and she deepened her practice by completing 200 and an additional 300 hours of Yoga Teacher Training through Blue Lotus Yoga and is RYT 500 certified through Yoga Alliance.
Paula is passionate to share her yoga experience and help others feel the significant physical and mental benefits that yoga has provided her. She believes that yoga is for everybody, regardless of age, body type, gender, strength, or flexibility. She loves sharing the healing powers of yoga with students, and believes that yoga strengthens, centers, and makes you stretch your abilities. Through a combination of a calming approach, creative sequencing, a focus of breath, and optimal alignment, she helps students thrive and deepen their practice to step off their mat feeling refreshed, nourished, and balanced. Yoga inspires her to live each moment more mindfully. She will always be a student of the practice.
Sara started her yoga journey as a source of physical and mental “therapy,” but she soon saw her practice as something much more. As a former athlete, the importance of “healthy mind and body” became all too real after a life changing diagnosis. She quickly found the healing powers of yoga and its community was something she longed for even before her diagnosis. Now, there’s not a day that goes by without her getting on her mat.
Sara hails from Louisiana, and brings a joyful yet soulful style, “joie de vie,” in both her teaching and way of life. Her compassionate nature facilitates a welcoming environment that allows her students to comfortably learn about their own bodies and minds, from physical strength to mental calmness. She believes that yoga is much more the just the poses; it’s about learning from your past, strengthening your present and building your future. Most importantly, it's about you, ALL of you, from "soul to sole”!
Sara completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Grey Owl in 2020 and is certified with Yoga Alliance.
An active runner, Susan thought yoga would help overcome a tight hamstring. Running at Bunten Park, she was drawn to the colorful chalk writings on the asphalt trail to sign up for Endeavor Yoga + Pilates classes at the park activity building! It was as if the trail had read her mind! That was the summer of 2016. Since that first class, her yoga practice has helped her improve physically as well as spiritually.
After retiring from her accounting career in April 2019, she decided to start the second chapter of her life by learning to share yoga with others. Susan was a member of the Fall 2019 EYP 200-HR Yoga Teacher Training, earning her certificate in March 2020. Her goal in teaching yoga is to focus on increasing mobility, building strength, and enhancing the mind-body connection.
Susan and her hubby, Bob, enjoy DIY home projects, cooking, baking bread, reading, gardening, and taking care of their four-legged family – Petey, Oscar, Toby, Miss Gray and Mooch.
Taylor first started practicing yoga in college from her living room (Thanks to youtube). She came to find yoga during the time in her life when she felt she would forever be a victim of her anxiety + depression. Taylor quickly realized how much yoga had changed her life + freed her from a depressive state. Taylor graduated with a 200 hour Yoga Teaching Certificate from Performance Power Yoga in November of 2019. She enjoys showing how much fun you can have with your practice, how mediation is married to your practice, and how everyone is a yoga person. She hopes to continue her Yoga education in 2021!
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We are always interested in meeting individuals who may have something to offer to our clients. If you have a background in yoga, pilates, barre, or a related field and live in Duluth or the surrounding area, please reach out to us! Please include your full resume, teaching experience, availability and a short statement regarding your teaching philosophy.