Meet Mary Ann Somers, yoga instructor

While remaining rooted in the heart of yogic teachings, Mary Ann's “accessible to all” classes are a mix of traditional yoga and functional and therapeutic movement practices. She encourages her students to engage in self-study on the mat and guides them towards a foundation of healthy movement. Come to a class with Mary Ann!

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Meet Angee Croxford, MPT, CPI

Angee has been certified in Pilates since 2007 and has done numerous continuing education classes, including how to manage difficult shoulders in women. We are so grateful to have such a talented and caring instructor working with clients on the Pilates Reformer machine, here at YTC. You can access MindBody below to schedule a session with Angee:

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Meet Kaye Sharp PT

A Licensed Physical Therapist, Kaye specializes in Manual Therapy, Trigger Point Dry Needling, Therapeutic Yoga, and Women’s Health Coaching. She offers private therapeutic yoga sessions at YTC for clients struggling with pain, chronic health conditions, and other musculoskeletal injuries. You can read more about the therapy options that Kaye offers here. She also teaches ongoing weekly therapeutic yoga and mobility classes, as well as specialty classes and workshops. You can register for classes with Kaye below, by accessing Mindbody.

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Meet VaLesa Magee, LMT

VaLesa feels that caring for the hurting is a privilege and an honor. Her goal is that her clients leave without pain and tension, but also in a calm state that will allow the body to continue the healing process. Please contact VaLesa at 205-516-1643 to book your session.

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Meet Marcus Dunning, LMT

Contact Marcus Dunning at 256-404-3264 to make an appointment or online at  You can request Chair Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Aroma Therapy, Headache / Migraine Therapy, Knee Pain Massage, Pelvis Placement For Low Back pain Treatment, Trigger point, Sports Massage, Energy Work, Relaxation Meditation Therapy, Bemer Physical Vascular Therapy (electromagnetic therapy treating pain and inflammation).


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All Natural Allergy Relief Tips

All Natural Allergy Relief Tips

Why suffer from seasonal allergies when you can use a few items from your pantry to ward off symptoms- even before they start! Most of my family suffers from seasonal allergies.... this year we are being proactive and treating them BEFORE they get terrible (the pollen is already sifting through the air, even as I speak.... and it is just the beginning of March). Here are a few proven tips to get you ready to take on this allergy season:

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar- good for so many different ailments from digestion to weight loss! Try mixing 1 teaspoon of organic, unfiltered ACV (Braggs is a good brand) with a glass of water.... take up to 3 times per day depending on severity of symptoms. WARNING- the taste may be a turn off ,but the results are amazing!

  2. Neti Pot Saline Rinse- my teenagers thought this was really gross until they realized how great it works! Easy to do in the shower , just make sure you rinse with sterilized water and use the saline packet included in the kit. The saline washes out any bacteria and allergens BEFORE they set up residence in your sinuses. Rinse daily to avoid allergy symptoms.

  3. Quercetin- this is a natural plant pigment and antihistamine. It is affective in treating allergies and it also blocks high cholesterol (LDL) in the body. You can take this in supplement form as a chewable tablet- as always consult your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing, or taking other medications.

  4. Local Honey- just like taking a natural "allergy shot" .... but with no side effects! PLUS- honey tastes good on just about everything! Try taking 1 teaspoon of honey (harvested as close to your home as possible) at least once a day ... more if needed.

  5. Probiotics- increase the "good" bacteria in your gut by eating more fermented foods like kefir, kimchi, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, and kombucha. You can also take a high quality probiotic supplement.

  6. Diet changes- sticking to an anti inflammatory diet plan improves many common health issues- including allergies. Eat more foods that fight inflammation :  turmeric, ginger, garlic, onions, leeks, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, greens, flax seeds, walnuts, and many more.  Avoid foods that create inflammation in the body including any processed foods and foods containing gluten and sugar.

  7. Essential Oils-  make an "allergy bomb" using Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Basil, and Eucalyptus in a roller ball - apply to the bottoms of the feet.  Frankincense can also defeat allergens - use it  in a diffuser or add it to your laundry detergent. You can also make a chest rub by mixing a few drops of Eucalyptus with some coconut oil for nighttime relief. Lemon and Tea Tree oil can be mixed with some water and a little vinegar in a spray bottle for cleaning around the house.

Good luck with the Alabama pollen this year.... allergy season is just beginning!