Teacher Profiles

Sara Bonar

Originally from Lafayette, LA, Sara Bonar moved to New Orleans over a decade ago to study film and fine arts at UNO.  Graduating cum laude in 2011, she's worked as a multi-disciplinary artist since then. She has practiced yoga off and on since high school but rededicated her practice at Swan River in 2013. Sara received her Reiki Master Level 3 certification in June of 2017 and completed Swan River's 400 hour yoga teacher training program November of 2017. Usually found behind the desk at Swan River, Sara is beyond excited and honored to serve the New Orleans yoga community in these additional ways.

With a background in art and rooting in her family's Cajun heritage, expect a mix of film/art theory, Cajun folklore, and yogic philosophy blended into classes.

Having gone through many body changes, including severe injuries, Sara turns to yoga as a healing modality and is interested in how every pose has modifications that are accessible energetic expressions for any person. If yoga is truly connecting your mind to your body through breath, then anyone can do it!

Sara bows to all the teachers that have come before her, especially Kelly Haas, Jacksun Slaughter, Tracey Duncan, TQ Sims, Cassie Segal, Michelle Baker, Keith Porteous and all the teachers that exist around her every single day.

To keep up with Sara, visit her website: www.sarabonar.com 

Melissa Breedlove

Melissa Breedlove has been teaching challenging yet accessible blended-style yoga classes since the Spring of 2018.  She is an eclectic yoga teacher with a special focus on developing safe alignment and strength in beginning practitioners, and helping beginners with static practices transition to flow.  She is additionally skilled in teaching challenging vinyasa yoga classes and deeply restful restorative yoga classes, and has trained in teaching kids' yoga.  Melissa is also a life coach, wife, and mother.  Find out more at www.MelissaBreedlove.com, or email Melissa at mb@melissabreedlove.com.

Jacqui Gibson-Clark

Jacqui Gibson-Clark has been practicing yoga since 2000 and has been teaching since 2016.   Through years of practice Jacqui has been able to find peace in mind and body through her yoga practice.  As a large woman, her greatest challenge in finding peace in her practice was realizing the absolute goodness of her body.

It is Jacqui's belief that all bodies can practice yoga.  As a teacher it is her goal to hold a safe and supportive space where she can guide students to develop a practice of their own.
Keep up with Jacqui at www.thoughtsbreathactions.com.

Meghan Johnson

An anatomy nerd at heart, Meghan loves teaching yoga from a playful yet focused perspective. Her yoga practice started in high school and has been an on-and-off support to her life. She completed a 200 hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training at the dhyana Center in California in 2015 and has continued her teaching studies in New Orleans with a Restorative Teacher Training at Swan River and Ashtanga Intensive at Balance Yoga & Wellness.

Meghan has a background in education, and continues to work with children teaching yoga.  She currently works as a licensed massage therapist. Meghan works to create a welcoming environment for everyone and her classes are well rounded, medium-paced, and supportive.

Jill Tatarski

Born and raised in New Orleans, Jill Tatarski is a certified Acro Revolution teacher and has taught acro-yoga in New Orleans since the spring of 2015. Jill is a graduate of Get Bent Nola's Yoga Teacher Training. She has practiced in many yoga studios around the city. She is eternally grateful for her teachers, especially Tracey Duncan and Tyler St. Jean (as well as her acro-yoga teachers Aaron Lind and Joseph Stein), who have been instrumental in deepening her understanding of movement.

When she isn’t upside down or attempting to practice mindfulness, Jill can be found working in various gardens around New Orleans. Like yoga, working outside has brought a sense of calmness into her life. She would like to bring yoga to those who want to slow their roll. As someone who is constantly trying to multi-task, yoga allows her to focus on much needed self care. She is committed to integrating this release in her classes.

Jill can be reached at Jill.Tatarski at gmail dot com.

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