Who We Are
Southtown is a collective of diverse, open-minded individuals connected to yoga, learning and healing. We've studied with the best in health and wellness and made them accessible to our community. Drop into an all levels yoga class or zen out at a new moon meditation—Southtown's schedule is as inclusive as our community.
Southtown connects you to integrated wellness through St. Louis’ expert healing professionals, daily yoga and special events. Southtown Yoga’s flagship location in Lafayette Square offers daily yoga classes, workshops, teacher trainings and retreats. Southtown Healing + Arts, located in midtown, is dedicated to healing, learning and practice through workshops and professional healers.
Candace is the owner of Southtown Yoga and Southown Healing + Arts. She founded Elephant Power: Mindfulness and Yoga for Kids.
Candace, E-RYT 500 with certifications in hatha yoga, children's yoga, yogahour, prenatal yoga and mindfulness. Candace's teaching is informed by the knowledge, experience and wisdom that over 20 years of teacher experience provides. She continues to teach children, educators and yoga practitioners and those who want to teach yoga.
As a student, on her mat and off, Candace delves deeper into self-growth, with a strong emphasis on mindfulness and meditation as a practice. Yoga combined with mindfulness steered Candace to greater clarity, purpose and self-love. Candace remains a student first, which she believes is vitally important to being a strong teacher. She believes in joy, in practicing yoga with humility and effort, doing your best and giving yourself some grace along the way. As often as possible she can be found spending time in her garden, sipping chai and loving on her pup, Samson and cats, Luna and Soleil.
Roxanne Frank, E-RYT 200 and Certified Yogahour Teacher, started her yoga practice in her living room with a yoga DVD and a borrowed mat. A few years later she met her first yoga teacher and celebrates that date every year as her “yogaversary.”
Four years of regular studio classes, three weeklong immersions, a handful of focused workshops and a move to a new city later, Roxie completed her teacher training at Southtown Yoga and has been teaching since 2012. When she is not teaching or planning a class you can find her creating in the kitchen or playing in the garden. A good book is often close at hand, and the kettle is always ready for that next cup of tea.
Johanna started practicing yoga as a way of taking time for herself in a life that felt a little chaotic. Yoga has taught her to stay at peace. Johanna has a quiet and shy nature, but yoga helps to bring out her playful side and loosen up. In Johanna's classes, you'll work hard and have fun doing it. You'll also get a sweet long savasana that will leave you refreshed. When Johanna isn't teaching or on her mat, you'll find her outside with her pup, Molly, or curled up with a cup of tea and her journal or a good book.
Kiley came to Southtown Yoga after years of hassling from her mom. Despite her initial resistance, she was quickly consumed by the benefits and challenges that her practice and the community offered. She completed Southtown’s Teacher Training in 2012 and became yogahour certified in 2014. She recognizes that her mom was right and admittedly, now drives the yoga ‘bandwagon.’ Away from the studio, Kiley spends her time with her pup, Goose, and taking the drive back home to Springfield, IL to visit with her family.
Kristina started practicing yoga after completing a 30-day yoga challenge in January 2011. She quickly fell in love with the practice of yoga, the teachers and the community at Southtown Yoga. Kristina finds the physical challenges the most rewarding. Often, this means finding the strength and flexibility that are required for physical poses. Other times, the most challenging part of the practice is off the mat, breathing while faced with tough or difficult situations in her everyday life. Her goal is to offer a class that is difficult and doable for all of her students. Kristina enjoys reading, traveling, cooking and spending time with her family and friends. She lives in the city with her husband (Nathan), dog (River) and cat (Zelda).
Natalie's optimistic nature and ability to see the good was apparent from an early age. Yoga started when she began to accompany her mom to yoga classes and liked how it made her feel. Later on, it became a solace and necessity as she struggled with injury as a collegiate athlete. It ultimately became a way to show forgiveness, softness, love to her body and herself. For Natalie, yoga is a pathway to one's inner landscape. With self-knowledge, the ability to navigate the spaces and places she moves through in the world with kindness and understanding. Natalie strives to share the strength, forgiveness, endurance and softness of yoga.
After getting hooked on yogahour, Lara completed teacher training at Southtown in 2015 and has been teaching at the studio ever since. She found yoga to be a major positive force in her life, both physically and mentally and is thrilled to be able to share this with others. Lara spends her days working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in a school and often turns to her practice to get through challenging weeks. When she's not at school or the studio, she can be found in the park with her pup, Omar, exploring the STL restaurant scene or planning her next adventure.
Kimi joined the Southtown Yoga family as part of the work trade program in 2016, and she fell in love with the sense of community Southtown Yoga offers. For Kimi, the most crucial part of yoga is finding balance: Be kind to yourself, but take tough love when you need it. Be silly, but know when to be serious. Get the stretch, but keep the strength. She carries these philosophies with her while she's teaching yoga and in her everyday life. When she's not on her mat, Kimi loves traveling and spending time with her family, her friends and her dog Mosby.
Savannah's yoga journey began in 2011 when she found herself stumbling, laughing and smiling through a yogahour class in Tucson, Arizona. Since then, her practice has become her biggest challenge and safest refuge. Yoga continuously shatters her perception of what she can and cannot do physically and otherwise. For her, it is a celebration of human potential. Savannah became yogahour certified in 2015. In 2021, she will complete a doctoral degree in physical therapy.
Sam came to Southtown on a whim and from her first class, she was hooked. The combination of movement with breath have helped her overcome life’s obstacles and her inspiration to teaches comes from just that. Sam’s classes emphasize strength and stretch with a smile. A coffee lover, outdoor enthusiast and mama bear of two; Sam is a go-getter with a passion for the practice.
Sherry offers energy healing sessions integrating intuitive coaching. Sherry is a Traditional Usui and Karuna®️Reiki Master. In addition, she holds a Master of Arts Degree in Forensic Psychology. Using intuitive guidance, she holds space for others on their healing journey. She has experienced the life-changing impact of energy work in her own life and is passionate about assisting clients on their path of healing.
Krystal has been a full-time licensed massage therapist since graduating from the Healing Arts Center (St. Louis, MO) in 2016. She is a practicing Usui and Kundalini Reiki Master as well as a Certified Sound Healer. She believes we all contain the innate ability to heal and uses an intuitive approach to create an environment to unwind. Her knowledge of restorative massage techniques (swedish/deep tissue/myofascial release) as well as vibrational and sound therapy offers each individual a variety of options for their experience. When not in the healing room she is getting her feet dirty in the mud, teaching workshops on natural building techniques to spread the love of DIY earthen building and the joy of community!
Melissa was first introduced to the physical benefits of massage during her time playing sports. Suffering from anxiety, it didn’t take long for her to learn of the mental benefits as well. After many years of working jobs she wasn’t passionate about, Melissa decided to attend the Healing Arts Center to help people like she had been. Melissa graduated in the fall of 2015.
Not long after starting her massage career, Melissa realized how taxing this work was going to be on her body. That is when she was introduced to barefoot massage. She studied Thai Massage followed by Ashiatsu and in the spring of 2017 made the switch to only barefoot work. Melissa believes that in order to help a client’s full body, it only makes sense for her to use her full body.
Outside of massage Melissa's other passion is an outdoor group she started called Womxn Who Wander. She believes that her love for barefoot massage stems from her connection to Mother Nature. Melissa was once told that she has the “forest in her feet” and only hopes to pass that strong energy to every client.