about bend

photo by m. spieth @ cleveland museum of art

photo by m.spieth @ inlet cove dock

photo by m.spieth @ inlet cove dock

jen spieth, cyt                              studio director and instructor                                                                   

jen began practicing yoga in 2003 as a means to unwind and keep her stress levels in check. while the calming effects were near-immediate, it would be another two years before jen would find her teacher and a physical practice that was both challenging and mentally stimulating. in 2009, jen completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training through karma yoga studying with local teachers susan smola, deanna black and sally brooks, as well as international teacher psalm isadora. for jen, the practice of yoga continues to cultivate strength to help balance out her natural flexibility.  her playful and empirical approach creates a supportive environment for her students to learn and explore their practice.  


tanya henkel, ryt-200 instructor

always a fitness enthusiast, tanya first discovered BUTI Yoga in 2015 and instantly connected to the feminine energy of the practice. inspired by incredible physical and mental changes BUTI brought to her life, tanya became a BUTI instructor in june of 2016. her classes are energetic, well-balanced and inspired. she believes that the journey to success and true happiness has to begin with self love.


vicky smith, cyt  instructor

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“i bend so i don’t break” has been a mantra for vicky for some time now. having found BUTI Yoga in 2017, her approach to life has changed for the better. utilizing BUTI’s values and promotion of self love, vicky’s self esteem and mental strength has soared to new heights. she believes that when you are finally able to look the person in the mirror in the eye with love, support and appreciation that only then are you able to truly grow into who you are meant to be. vicky became BUTI Yoga certified in 2018 and she is a certified medical assistant as well as bls/cpr certified. time to release your true self.


christine lang, cyt - 200 instructor


christine was drawn to the Iyengar tradition of yoga more than 10 years ago due to multiple sports injuries, and researched alternative healing methods, as opposed to surgery.  She fell in love with the attention to detail Iyengar provided, and has loved sharing this wonderful foundational style of yoga with all of her students!  Forever a student of yoga and life, she completed a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training at Asheville Yoga Center… The experience exposed many different yoga traditions, and enhanced her study of yoga philosophy inspiring Christine to cultivate a style of her own.  In her classes, Christine stays true to proper alignment but encourages playfulness in practice.  She is full of life, energy, and the desire to help people feel the best in their own body…her favorite quote, “be the change you want to see in the world,” Ghandi


laura bender, ryt 200 reiki master/teacher


yoga made an appearance in Laura's life in 2014. Being an avid runner, she had heard yoga could play a huge part in a runners form, mental control, breathing, flexibility and balance. Over these last few years she discovered that it's all much more than that. While her practice has helped her grow stronger and more flexible, it has taught her a lesson of mindfulness and gratitude. Yoga inspires Laura to shine from the heart and open up her soul, to be her most authentic self.  Laura completed her 200 hour Vinyasa Flow training with Omnipresent Yoga in 2017,  & Reiki Master/Teacher Certification in 2017, She also has additional Yin Yoga training and 45 Hour Certification of a Chakras Master course also in 2018. Laura believes she will always be a student of the practice and deeply grateful for the loving and passionate spirit her teachers have shared with her. When told by one of her favorite teachers how life changing teacher training was for her, Laura shares with her students, "To call it life changing is an understatement, it's changed my entire universe.”  


susan smola, cyt                      instructor

nothing moves you like the practice of yoga. we strengthen the body and the mind becomes stronger. we learn to stand and how to take a stand, how to balance our lives on and off our mats. we twist to gain perspective. we root and we soar. we submit, withstand, yield, bend.

it's the practice of yoga.

and we do it with an open heart, a smile on our face and hella good music. swaha... it's all good.