Yoga Chaplains

 
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Rev. Bethel Lee
(Founder of Yoga Chapel)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Born in beloved Seoul, Korea, Bethel has pilgrimaged across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, but has always had a heart-connection with the West Coast. She lives in Vancouver with her soulmate David, their son Moses and his furry sibling Chance.


Bethel Lee earned her Bachelor of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. She is an ordained minister with the United Church of Canada and a Campus Chaplain at the University of British Columbia .

After attaining her 200-Hour Hatha Teacher Certification through Open Source Yoga in Vancouver, BC, Bethel has continued advanced training for her 500-Hour Certification through Semperviva Yoga College, specializing in Yin, Vinyasa, Prenatal and Kundalini yoga. She loves designing classes that are creative, incorporating various styles and approaches, while remaining sensitive to anatomy because she believes that participants should be both challenged and empowered.

Bethel is deeply grateful to the United Church of Canada's New Ministries Foundation, the Davey Family Endowment Fund, the Leadership Endowment Fund and the Kingscourt United Church Endowment Fund, which have supported the dream of Yoga Chapel to become a living, breathing reality.

 
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Rev. audrey warren
Florida City, FL (USA)

A native Floridian, Audrey did not venture too far from her hometown of Naples to plant some roots. Audrey currently resides in Florida City, FL, an urban suburb of Miami, where she and her husband Jose Luis are active members of their very diverse community.


Audrey B. Warren earned her Bachelor of Arts from Florida Southern College where she majored in Religion and her Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC. Audrey then continued her studies at Wesley Theological Seminary where she earned her Doctorate of Ministry focusing on Children and Spirituality. She is an ordained Elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and currently serves as Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church of Miami. She is also the co-author of the book Fresh Expressions.

Though Audrey has been practicing yoga for eight years now, it was not until the death of a close friend that her practice took on a spiritual dimension. She found the deep inhales and exhales to be a form of prayer that carried her through a crisis of faith. Yoga became a profound gift and spiritual practice that continues to nurture her faith daily. With the desire to share this gift, Audrey received her 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certificate through Sunshine State Yoga. Audrey strives to create an experience of renewal and refreshment within each class that can be taken off the mat and then shared with the world.

 
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Rev. Jennifer Witten
Los Angeles, CA (USA)

Jennifer is passionate about the intersection of movement and Christian meditation. She marvels at the mystery of the human body, mind and spirit, and how God meets us there. When she’s not practicing yoga, she is raising her boys in Agoura Hills, CA along with her husband Jeff. They share life with two dogs and a bearded dragon.


Raised in Sunnyvale, CA, Jennifer Witten graduated from Westmont College with a B.A. in Religious Studies and from Princeton Theological Seminary with a M.Div. She is also trained in Spiritual Direction. Since 2001, she has served PCUSA congregations on both the east and west coasts. She leads Yoga Chapel classes monthly at Lightshine Church and weekly at Moorpark Presbyterian Church, where she is currently serving as Associate Pastor.

For years Jennifer found yoga to be a powerful way to pray. Over time, she felt compelled to share this practice with her faith community in hopes that others might experience the deep nourishment found through this ancient moving meditation. This led her to yoga school! She received her first teacher training through Holy Yoga and her second teacher training through Yoga Works. In her yoga classes, she strives to a create a safe and welcoming space for people to breathe, move and find a deeper connection to God.

 
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REV. ANNA LAYMAN KNOX
Camp Hill, PA (USA)

Born in Central Pennsylvania, after moving nineteen times since high school, Anna has returned to serve God in the same community where her life began. She currently serves as a pastor in Camp Hill, a suburb of Harrisburg, PA and is grateful to share this precious life with her spouse and partner-in-life, Simon, and their son, Dominic.


Prior to serving as a pastor for more than 3 years in South Africa, Anna Layman Knox earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Carleton College in Northfield, MN and her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC. She became an ordained Elder in the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2014 and currently serves as Lead Associate Pastor of Camp Hill United Methodist Church. While Anna had practiced yoga off and on over the years, her love of meditation and movement was cultivated during the 4 years she served as a pastor in the beautiful Pocono community of Hawley, PA. Attending Roots Yoga Studio became a sabbath ritual that sustained and nurtured her faith and her body. Upon arriving in Camp Hill, she discovered that others in the wider community also craved the opportunity to engage in prayer through movement and meditation. For Anna, sharing yoga is a transformational way to interpret scripture and live its story through the fullness of our bodies, minds, and spirits. She is Level-One trained through YogaFit and is currently pursuing her 200-Hour certification, while offering experiences for people in and beyond the traditional church to experience worshipping God through yoga.

Anna is passionate about listening, exploring the unknown, authenticity, and Five Roses tea with milk and sugar. She loves the challenge and joy of walking alongside others, and at any given moment in the day, you'll probably catch her singing.

 
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KRISTIN MOONEY
Camp Hill, PA (USA)

Through a morning practice of the Ashtanga yoga sequence following her devotional time, Kristin discovered the beautifully meditative aspect of yoga as a pathway to a deepening relationship with Christ. Combining breath and Scripture, movement and prayer with mindful awareness of God’s presence, Kristin enjoys yoga as a spiritual discipline. She loves sharing prayer yoga with her community as a fresh and creative way to live out God’s call to share His light and truth with the world.


Kristin Mooney is Level-One trained through YogaFit and is currently pursuing her 200-Hour certification. She completed her first yoga teacher training, “Yoga from a Christian Perspective,” through New Day Yoga. She enjoys creating time and space for students to meet with God where they can experience transformation of body, mind, and soul.

Off the mat, Kristin spends her time as a freelance editor, mother, and leader in her church. She is an entrepreneur and steward of the environment with her husband Dave whose patented technology Ecoremedy converts problematic and messy wastes into renewable energy and useful animal and plant nutrients. With a passion for building Christian community, her past and current lay leadership endeavors include launching new Bible studies for young mothers, establishing a multi-generational women’s ministry, and developing a ministry for parents in the midst of raising their children. She holds a bachelor of science in communication studies from Virginia Tech.

 
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Shannon Savage-Howie
Los Angeles, CA (USA)

Although Shannon has called California home now for the better part of 20 years, her roots run deep from the Montana Rocky Mountains to the fertile soil of Eastern Washington. After college, she married a true California boy, and together they are raising three more California boys in Thousand Oaks. When they’re not soaking up as much sunshine as they can with their oh-so-sweet mastiff “Baby,” they like to travel and see the world.


Shannon is a certified Spiritual Director who loves to hold space for people to explore faith, spirituality, art, and yoga. She has been deeply impacted by the intersection of these pieces in her own life and is passionate about using these elements to draw people into deeper relationship with themselves, with others, and with the Divine. She is a certified 500-hour yoga teacher through YogaWorks. In addition, Shannon received her undergraduate degree from California Lutheran University, majoring in Religion with a minor in Ethnic Studies, and her Master of Arts degree from Luther Seminary in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry. She is rostered as a Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Throughout the many manifestations of her time in ministry—whether mentoring youth, providing adult spiritual direction, working with clients in substance abuse treatment centers, and now teaching yoga—Shannon’s deepest joy is in helping people find wholeness and balance of body, mind, and soul.

 
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Dawn O'Bar
Santa Barbara, CA (USA)

A child of the midwest and longtime resident of Santa Barbara, Dawn has been leading fitness classes for over 20 years. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband, and hops over to Nashville regularly to see her grandsons.


Dawn O’Bar earned her liberal arts degree from UC Santa Barbara, and has worked with non-profits for over 25 years. Her last full-time position was President of Unite to Light, a non-profit that provides solar reading lights for children in developing countries. She is an active member of Goleta Presbyterian Church where she has served as an Elder and Sunday school teacher, and still serves on the Mission and Peace committee.

Dawn has been teaching fitness classes since 1995 and was a National Trainer for the YMCA of the USA. Her yoga practice began in 2000, and she completed her 200-Hour RYT training through Sue Ann and Jim Parsons’ Let it Go Yoga. She has taught thousands of students in various venues, including Westmont College as well as domestic and international yoga retreats. She brings a sense of joyfulness and mindfulness to all of her classes.

In partnership with Anna Beebe, Dawn offers Yoga Chapel at Montecito Covenant Church.

 
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Anna Beebe
Santa Barbara, CA (USA)

With roots in Orange County and Spring Arbor, Anna has been living, learning and working in Santa Barbara since she was a young teenager. As the Director of her church’s Youth Ministries, she’s often awe-struck by the great privilege of getting to be with youth as they come to understand God’s love for them for the first time.


Anna Beebe received her B.A. in Religious Studies and Psychology from Westmont College and is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity through North Park Theological Seminary. She is a licensed minister with the Evangelical Covenant Church and serves as the Youth Pastor at Montecito Covenant Church.

She has a passion for creative outreach to the parents of the youth who participate in her ministry, and is excited for all the ways that Yoga Chapel can help her community foster a connection with God, comforter and healer, as it it recovers from recent natural disasters.

In partnership with Dawn O’Bar, Anna helps facilitate Yoga Chapel at Montecito Covenant Church.

 
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Rev. Charissa Jaeger-Sanders
Jacksonville, FL (USA)

A native Floridian, raised in Tallahassee, Charissa practiced yoga for the first time in college, but it was her reconnection with this practice in 2013 that she found truly transformative; an experience that would set her on a path toward wholeness and peace.


Charissa Jaeger-Sanders earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University, where she majored in Studio Art and minored in Spanish. She completed the first half of her Masters of Divinity at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC and finished her degree at the Orlando, FL campus of Asbury Theological Seminary. She is an ordained Deacon in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and currently serves as the artistic missionary, director, and founder of Grace Works Studio, LLC.

Yoga is grounding, centering, and embodies prayer in motion. Thus, for Charissa, it is a sacred, life-transforming practice that reminds her to be actively present in this moment. Charissa completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification through Many Rivers Yoga Teacher Training in February of 2018. She especially loves teaching Vinyasa flow-style yoga, which pairs postures with breath, creating a moving meditation while improving strength, flexibility, and balance.

Charissa has been married to her husband Chris since July of 2000. They have 2 dogs: a cockapoo named Molly and a labradoodle named Magdalena Mae. When Charissa is not practicing yoga, she is a teacher, professional artist and writer, lifelong learner, amateur chef, food connoisseur, globe trotter, and beach bum.

She currently offers Yoga Chapel at Asbury United Methodist Church in Orange Park, FL.