Our Tribe

At Integrative Yoga Therapy, we are proud to call some of the most talented and experienced leaders in yoga members of our team. They are fully committed to creating the welcoming, encouraging environment that our yoga studio is known for.

Beth Ashley

E-RYT-200, YU-QP3, Owner

Beth started practicing yoga at Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2014. Beth enjoys the mindfulness and strength that yoga brings to her mind and body. She completed 200-hr teacher training at IYT in 2016.  She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Yoga Therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health. Beth is a certified Curvy Yoga and Yoga for Amputees instructor and brings modifications into her teaching style to make body types of all shapes and sizes feel welcome. She is also a certified Reiki practitioner. When she isn't teaching yoga or interacting with students at the front desk, Beth might be found gardening or playing with her dogs and goats. She has a certificate and professional experience in plant-based nutrition. She is a native of upstate South Carolina and currently resides in Pickens.

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Cherise Wilson

RYT-200

Cherise specializes in play and fun, coming from a background working in all things related to games. She began taking yoga classes as a fun way to relieve stress in 2015, and returned in 2020 to begin her training as a certified instructor through the IYT 200 Hour program. Down to try anything twice, Cherise enjoys all types of ways to practice yoga, including just about any mat class, but she finds the most joy in the swing. While quiet and stillness are important aspects of yoga, Cherise's classes strive to bring an atmosphere of fun and levity to her student's practice. Cherise enjoys playing games, creating art and making music.

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Cheryl King

LMBT, CPT, CES, Yoga Instructor

Cheryl is a Licensed Massage and Body Work Therapist in South Carolina, with certifications in ACSM Personal Training, NASM Corrective Exercise, Functional Integrative Therapy, ACE Health Coaching and CPR. She also has BA in Sociology and is a graduate of the 200 hour YTT program at Integrative Yoga.

Cheryl believes in whole body wellness through proper nutrition, natural pain relief, strength training and bodywork therapy. With a love for helping people find pain and stress relief, her desire is to see clients proactively take charge of their health.

Cheryl’s path to massage and yoga began through a personal desire to find relief of the symptoms of Lyme’s Disease. A Jersey girl at heart, she loves to be around her family, enjoys outdoor music, and has a special place in her heart for the beach.

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Erin Nutz

Yoga Instructor

Erin is a YogaFit instructor with 19 years experience teaching vinyasa and senior yoga. She looks forward to using her new aerial training to teach at Integrative Yoga Therapy! She is married to husband Hans and is mom to 3 kids. Erin's family loves to camp, hike, kayak or pretty much anything outdoors! She is an interior designer and the owner of Circa Makers & Merchants on Main St. Easley.

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Karen Sonnenwald

Meditation Instructor

Karen is a woman on a mission. It is her firm belief that taking care of oneself is not a luxury but a necessity, especially for women! It is through her own personal journey that she discovered the power of meditation, yoga, and the chakra system early on in life. She has studied many spiritual traditions that allow her to form a daily practice that is unique and welcoming to individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. She holds a BA in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies from Montclair State University. She studied MBSR at Ramapo University and Yin yoga at Jaipure yoga. She taught meditation and held labyrinth walks at Cedar Crest Active Retirement Community in Pompton Plains, NJ. When she is not working in the healthcare industry, she enjoys being outdoors, taking photos of nature, practicing qigong (a recent addition to her daily practices), listening to podcasts and audiobooks, and sitting in quiet contemplation with her cat, Shakti.

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Leeann Brown

Yoga Instructor

Leeann was a runner for many years and found her personal peace by trail running.


In 2016 running came to an abrupt end after an accident. She came to yoga to find more strength and balance in her injured body. Leeann soon found that yoga not only helped her physical being, but brought strength and balance to all aspects of her life.


She completed her 200 hour teacher training at IYT in 2019 and is working towards her 300 hour. Leeann loves the benefits of Yin and Restorative yoga and she enjoys sharing those benefits with others. 


Leeann's career has been in nursing and has found that through yoga, breath work and mindfulness her ability to connect and treat patients has been greatly enhanced.


Her hobbies are kayaking, reading, gardening, traveling and walking.

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Linda Drozda

RYT-200

Linda retired and moved from the Pocono Mountains in PA to the SC mountains in 2020. Always having a home practice because of her busy life before, she was happy to find the family at IYT. Starting her new journey in her second act in life, she completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2021. Linda’s goal is to give her students the same peace that she found from yoga whatever the type of class it is. She loves the mountains and everything in nature. If she’s not in yoga class you’ll find her hiking, gardening, or reading on her porch.

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Linda Patterson

E-RYT 500, yoga therapist, and founder of IYT

Linda completed her Yoga Therapy training at Asheville Yoga Center. Linda has also studied with Anna Guest-Jelly of Curvy Yoga for certification in teaching Curvy Yoga to teachers and students. She is also certified to teach Aerial/Swing Yoga. In 2017, Linda received Yoga Therapist Certification through IAYT. 
Linda's personal yoga journey has included overcoming negative body image issues, working past chronic pain and overcoming asthma and hypertension.

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Suzanne Jones

Yoga Instructor

Suzanne transitioned from a home practice to one at IYT in 2014. She loves all forms of Yoga, but Aerial yoga has come to be her passion. After months of daily practice, Suzanne completed IYT’s Aerial teacher training and began teaching in 2015. She is excited to continue her training, as she pursues her 200-hr teacher training in 2016. When she’s not on her yoga mat, Suzanne loves to spend time with her husband, their children and grandchildren. You can often find Suzanne in her garden or on the lake.

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Zachariah Peterson

Yoga Instructor

Zachariah’s journey in health and wellness began in 2003 when he earned his black belt in Kuk Sool Won (a South Korean martial art). His interests since have included Tai-chi, Qigong, and Yoga. As a recent RYT-200 graduate, his current approach to teaching is that of a generalist: “yoga is for every body.” A designer by trade, his other hobbies include botany, photography, and time in nature. You may find him at IYT taking classes with his wife, Cherise Wilson!

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Vanessa Bonet

Yoga Instructor

Vanessa Bonet is a former Social Worker in the state of Florida with several years of experience in the field of health care, helping families dealing with medical situations and systems of care. She also worked with vulnerable communities in different neighborhood programs to help improve their quality of life and create change. Her personal and empowering approach to finding wellness led her to create a home-based business that supports self-care for private clients.


She is the owner of Moon Goddess Yoga, LLC and an Advanced Reiki Practitioner, Yoga Nidra Certified, and Vibrational Sound Healer who specializes in the restorative healing power of working with the Parasympathetic Nervous System.

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