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 and 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 her roommate's 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 likely find her in 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.
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. In 2014, she completed 200-hour level yoga teacher training and became Yogahour® certified.
Kristina finds the challenges, while practicing yoga, is what she loves about it. Often, this means finding the strength and flexibility that are required for physical poses. Sometimes it's finding a modification needed to practice safely. 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 or at work as a nurse. Her goal when teaching 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).
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 has to offer. She loved it all so much that in 2018 she completed a 200-hr Yogahour Teacher Training and the rest is history! For Kimi, the most crucial part of yoga is finding balance: Be kind to yourself, but give yourself tough love when you need it. Be silly, but know when to be serious. Do ab work and lunges to your capacity, but allow yourself to relax fully in savasana. 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.
Natalie's optimistic nature, and ability to see the good was apparent from an early age. As a young child, she would look out the window on a gray, rainy day and say, "Look, mom! Isn't it a BLUE-ful day!". Yoga, for Natalie, 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. Yoga is, to Natalie, 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. She knows just how possible it is to build a healthy and nourished body with proper support and self-love. Natalie strives to share with others, the strength and the forgiveness, the endurance and the softness that is yoga.
Savannah's journey with yoga began in 2011 when she found herself joyfully stumbling, laughing, and smiling through a Yogahour class in Tucson, Arizona. Since then, her practice has become both her biggest challenge and her safest refuge. Savannah loves yoga because it continuously shatters her perception of what she can and cannot do, both physically and otherwise. It is, for her, a celebration of human potential. Savannah became Yogahour certified in 2015, and in 2021, she will complete a doctoral degree in physical therapy.