Spiritual Direction for Yoga Teacher Trainees

Spiritual Direction is an ancient tradition in the Church and we are blessed to have a number of Spiritual Directors in our midst.

Spiritual Directors are trained listeners – they’re not there to give you all the answers or counsel you on a change of behavior, but to hold space with you, God, and the longings of your heart. As opposed to pastors who counsel or therapists who help to facilitate change, Spiritual Directors are companions on the journey of faith, there to help you notice the presence of God in your life.

Yoga Teacher Training – and LIFE – can bring up a lot of things that long for a compassionate witness, good listener, and keen question asker. To that end, trainees are invited to schedule one 30-minute Spiritual Direction session per month with one of our Directors listed below, free of charge.

If interested, please connect directly with a Spiritual Director below and mention that you are a current yoga teacher trainee.

Kate Lee SD

Kate Lee | Charleston, SC

Trained by Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.

Kate (she/they) is a certified spiritual director as well as an RYT-500 certified yoga guide; specializing in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She loves holding deeply affirming, brave spaces at the intersections of identity, spirituality, & embodiment.

As a trauma informed spiritual director & yoga guide, Kate comes alongside others with love and compassion for the human experience. Her role is not to teach, coach, preach, fix or judge. Instead, Kate works to embody God’s love, care and desire for others as they journey toward becoming & belonging. Kate is LGBTQ affirming and currently accepting new directees!

Contact Kate

Melissa Reed | Columbus, OH

Trained at Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction

To me, Spiritual Direction is a luxurious, sacred hour of resting in God’s presence. It’s a slow, quiet conversation about what God is stirring in your heart. It’s about uncovering your deepest, truest desires. It’s about discovering who you were created to be.

Lori Ferrell | Vero Beach, FL

Spiritual direction training with Selah, Leadership Transformations Inc., 2016-2018

200-hr YTT with The Yoga Abbey, 2021

Supervision training with Companioning Center, 2022

I began my journey with spiritual direction in 2013 after experiencing burnout in a cross-cultural context. This was a significant turning point in my life towards healing and wholeness as I met with a spiritual director and began to know my identity as God’s beloved—not marked by what I do (or don’t do). I studied through Selah (Leadership Transformations, Inc.) and completed my certificate in 2018. My heart is to offer safe sacred space to listen to both the heart of the one I am sitting with, and the Spirit’s invitation for them. My desire is that others would know themselves as God’s Beloved, and I believe that this knowing will transform the way one lives her life.

Elizabeth Stover

Elizabeth Stover | Annapolis, MD

Trained at Loyola University Maryland 2020-2023

“Where are you?” God asked Adam as he wandered. Where are you wandering at this moment in your precious life?

Can you imagine Jesus’ face before you, looking at you with love in his eyes? Can you hear Him ask, “Where are you? What do you seek?”

As we stand on the shifting ground of life in this fast-paced world, you may be longing to re-center; to feel the safety of God’s presence.

I’m a mama of seven, working in Psychology at Loyola University Maryland and a 2022 graduate of The Yoga Abbey’s training!

Connect with Elizabeth on her website.

Carroll Lane Parsons | Memphis, TN

Spiritual Director training with The Institute of Christian Spirituality

With a background in social work and hospice, I wanted to become a Spiritual Director when I first sat in that sacred space and felt my soul come home and come alive at the same time. Spiritual Direction has helped me to notice more the work and whispers of God, helped me to notice and discern my questions and desires and helped me to notice graces, big and small, in my daily life. It is my desire for you to experience this as well.

I’m also a certified Enneagram coach, certified yoga instructor and artist – three more offerings that I love to share with people in their faith journey. My husband Brad and I have four children, two dogs and a cat without a tail. When I’m not outside with my family or reading a book, I love to paint, take walks and laugh with friends.

Amber Jaworsky | Highlands Ranch, CO

Trained at Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction

It is my pure delight to help women care for their souls and connect with God. And, nothing excites me more than seeing hope, healing, freedom, and true identity blossom in another person’s life. 

Spiritual Direction is all about experiencing God in the middle of life’s circumstances. As a Spiritual Director, my role is to hold space, journey with, listen, ask questions, pray, and guide you through soul-nourishing spiritual practices. I get to come alongside you as a friend/companion to help you notice your life and your relationship with God.

Spiritual Direction sessions are not meant to be a substitute for professional counseling. While there is some overlap, counseling primarily focuses on one’s relationship with others and the issues surrounding them or on a particular situation in which one is seeking resolution, while spiritual direction focuses on one’s relationship with God. Sometimes God brings issues to the surface that need to be worked through and require the help of professional therapy in addition to or in lieu of spiritual direction. Spiritual direction does not include financial, professional, relational or health care advice and any decisions or actions taken in that regard are done without the advice or recommendation of the Spiritual Director or The Yoga Abbey.