Jessi Cagle was a licensed physiotherapist assistant who became a certified yoga instructor to provide another service to her patients. Her daughter, Kyla Pugh, is also a yoga instructor.
With the economy slowing due to COVID-19, Cagle lost his job as a physiotherapist, but found a new calling as a yoga instructor. Best of all, she’s her own boss and works with her daughter.
Cagle and Pugh opened Shine Yoga and Health at the end of August. Located at 39 Cother Street in Crossville, the studio offers classes, taught by Cagle and Pugh, for all skill levels and includes strength training and yoga circuits.
They developed the latter last summer with Tom and Cid Griffin, who both lost over 30 pounds. Cagle also offers personal training and / or yoga for private or semi-private sessions.
The staff also includes Joanie Gilbert, who recently started teaching a dance and fitness class. With five years of teaching experience, she brings a lot of energy and fun to her class. Rachel Hawn, who has been teaching dance for over a decade and yoga for five years, brings experience, variety and variety to her morning Power Yoga classes and a chair class starting in July. New visitors receive a free course.
Summer activities and food include water gun fights, bubbles, watermelon, and popsicles.
Cagle’s yoga career began when she signed up for a 200 hour teacher training with Rebecca Dennis of Laughing Bodies. To prepare for his certification test led by Dennis, Cagle trained with his family, friends and colleagues. She passed the test and then taught weekly classes to members of her practice group and some of her physiotherapy patients.
For two years, Cagle, courtesy of his physiotherapy clinic, taught weekly classes on Saturdays. She was joined by Pugh, an eight-year-old yoga practitioner who performed the most difficult version of a pose. Cagle demonstrated the modifications so that students would have visual clues of both versions.
Then COVID-19 happened, canceling classes and putting Cagle on leave from her job as a physiotherapy assistant. Following a company decision not to bring PTAs back on leave, Cagle was unemployed. She started sending resumes, praying, and researching different avenues, one of which eventually led to her own studio.
Shine offers classes every day except Sunday, and her schedule can be viewed on Facebook and her website, shineyogaandhealth.com. Zoom courses are available on request.