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The blue mountain difference

We’ve been a practicing Wellness Studio since 2015. The foundation of our studio combines the physical with the inner emotional and spiritual journey. By integrating body, breath, movement, and meditative awareness, we promote awareness of the interdependency of all these aspects in personal health and wellbeing. At blue mountain Yoga Health and Wellness, we use our extensive training and in-depth understanding of the human body and psyche to teach and cultivate awareness of one’s own practice and life process.

 
 
Our History

     Our love for wellness goes all the way back to 1988 when Diane Ryland began to teach group fitness (known at that time as aerobics!).  Out of the beginning 1988, blue mountain Health and Wellness has grown and evolved. All of our team members are certified, well educated and have lots of experience to pass on to our members. We offer an array of wellness classes including cardio dance, Cardio interval, yoga for beginners, Power Yoga, Fit classes for kids and personal training. We will work with you as health and Wellness coaches to help you meet your goals. We also offer Message therapy. 

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Diane Ryland, E-RYT 500, ACSM CPT

Owner, Lead Instructor

Diane is the owner and lead instructor for blue mountain Yoga. She is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and has been in the group fitness industry for over 30 years. She was raised in Alabama and received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of AL in nursing. Diane continues to work as a traveling nurse while operating the studio. She and her husband live in Ringgold, GA with their sweet dogs and a wonderful cat. They have one adult son who is currently serving the the Army in Germany. Diane has a passion for practicing and teaching yoga and cardio. She also enjoys backpacking, hiking, car camping, and live music. She started blue mountain Yoga because she believed that if people have a place to come to that has a caring and supportive community, combined with yoga and cardio practices they can become healthier and happier and the best version of them selves.

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Sherry Vaughn, E-RYT 200
 

Sherry was born in Macon, GA, but grew up in Bristol, VA. While she has lived in Ringgold for 25 years, and loves it here; her favorite place to live is Orlando, FL where she lived with her husband for the first 6 years of their marriage. It has everything- it has close beaches on both gulf and Atlantic coasts and you are next door (sort of) to Disney World and Harry Potter world (Universal).  Her "wish for " place to live is on a non-touristy beach, with temperatures in the 60's in winter and 70's in the summer. Why - because BEACH and ocean view. When she has time for hobbies, Sherry loves to read- horror, mystery, romance, history, self-improvement, non-fiction, fiction...She also enjoys day hiking, working in the yard, kayaking, playing pokemon go, playing video or board games, especially with her family. She recently began embroidering. Sherry and her husband, Barry, have a 22 year old son and twin girls who are 25 and they recently added a son-in-law. They are all pretty nerdy and love sci-fi stuff. Since her children were babies, they would try to go to Disney at least once a year (but haven't been since Covid) She also has 2 fur-babies (a cat and a dog), and 3 fur-grandbabies. In college she enjoyed aerobics classes, and later took Karate classes with her children, then kickboxing.  Sherry came to BMY for Zumba classes, and enjoyed coming to all of the classes offered -Barre, cardio, pilates, and yoga.  She took the 16 hour yoga training to help her son who is autistic and had just ended physical and occupational therapy and found that she loved learning about yoga, its philosophy, history, and benefits. Prior to having children, she had obtained a master's degree in social work, and discovered that yoga and social work share many similar principles. She is now a 200 RYT with 2-1/2 years’ experience and has recently completed a children's yoga teacher training program.

 

One of Sherry’s favorite quotes is by A.A. Milne: "YOU ARE BRAVER THAN YOU BELIEVE, STRONGER THAN YOU SEEM, SMARTER THAN YOU THINK, AND LOVED MORE THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW".

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Lamar Ryland

Lamar was born in Miami Florida in 1961 then moved to Central Florida where he grew up and attended high school. After high school he joined the United States Navy and served as a hospital Corpsman. He received a ROTC scholarship and attended Auburn University and got his commission to the United States Navy as an Ensign. Lamar served seven years in the Navy. He then started teaching mathematics and has been teaching for 29 years. He is married to Diane. They have been married for 33 years and have a son, Roman. Roman Lee will be 26 in May and has been in the army for several years stationed in Germany now. Lamar’s hobbies are traveling with my wife, hiking, backpacking, and in a nerdy kind of way mathematics. Lamar and Diane share their home with five dogs and one cat. Their favorite dog is the Jack Russell. He always been a runner, but his knees now have arthritis, so he turned to yoga and swimming. Lately, Lamar has been teaching the weight lifting classes and enjoys the feeling of gaining muscle mass back. He know it’s good for him, and feels good about doing it. Lamar been teaching fitness just over a year, and is glad that it keeps him more fit. His favorite quotes would be “just let it go” and “this too shall pass.

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Jessica Summers

Jessica was born in New Smyrna FL, and spent her younger years moving across the US, but at age 10 her family moved to Alaska where she spent her remaining formative years. She currently resides in Cleveland, TN and enjoys living in the greater Chattanooga area. There is a small-town feel, plenty of farmers markets, and the amenities of a larger city nearby. In her extra time, she greatly enjoys making things; whether it is cooking, fiber arts, building, gardening or anything else, if it gives a tangible result she will probably give it a try. Jessica and her husband, Luke, are celebrating their 10/15 year anniversary this year (married/together). They live with their 2 very energetic young sons and several cats. After deciding to begin a family, Jessica found that conceiving was harder than expected. She decided that improving her heath was the best way to improve her chances to have a healthy pregnancy. She began attending a local gym and soon found that if she had to exercise, she preferred doing it in a class setting. She particularly enjoyed yoga, but found the instructor to be unreliable. Jessica thought to herself “I can do that,” and that is exactly what she did. She has been teaching predominately yoga for about 6 years and loves watching beginners progress in their practice and making yoga accessible for everyone. Though never belonging to a scouts organization, Jessica has always followed the motto of “always be prepared.”

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Rachel Wright

Rachel Wright is a Chattanooga native who moved to Ringgold in 2016 so she could be closer to her “other job” in the flooring industry. When she’s not working or teaching yoga, Rachel enjoys reading, traveling, running and crafting. She is a dog mom to Peanut, Posey and Remus, and a spouse to Hal. Rachel initially came to yoga as a way to help calm her mind while she was working full time and going to grad school. After finishing her master’s degree, she decided to share her passion by completing teacher training. For her, the best part about teaching yoga is helping people develop greater functional fitness and providing an opportunity to slow down mentally. Rachel has been a teacher at Blue Mountain Yoga since 2018, and her favorite classes to teach are slow flow, yin yang and power. A lifelong Disney fan, one of Rachel’s favorite yoga mantras is, “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” — Captain Jack Sparrow.  

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Trista Carter

Trista was born and grew up in Dalton, GA. Her favorite place to live is the Chattanooga/North Georgia area because she loves the mountains and there is plenty to do as a family! Her hobbies include spending time with her husband and 2 yr old daughter. She also loves music and watching cooking shows. Trista has always been active; she began dancing from age of 6. Dance was always an outlet for her and she LOVED it! She started teaching dance when at the age of 16. While working out at the Rush in Dalton, she took her first yoga class and met Diane! There were so many reasons for her to love yoga, and when Diane opened the blue mountain Yoga studio, Trista began attending classes and took the 16hr cert in both beginner and intermediate yoga. She taught yoga for a few months, but then moved to Cookeville after getting married. After returning to the Chattanooga area, she was able to begin attending classes at BMY again. She then took the 200hr cert and finished May 2020. Trista has been teaching since. She enjoys yoga because it has made a difference in how she is able to manage stress, and her mental, physical, and emotional health. There are so many facets to yoga and there is something for everyone! And it’s all about listening to YOUR body and what you need. The saying “Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently” resonates strongly with Trista.

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Kaitlin Thomas

Kaitlin was born in Knoxville, TN and grew up in Ringgold, GA. She loves living in Ringgold, it’s what she knows and is comfortable with and loves the charm of the small town. Kaitlin has two young daughters and likes to tell people that her house is full of giggles, squeals, and hair! She enjoys travel and exercise. As a young girl, she was always in dance, they were required to workout regularly and fortunately it is something she has always liked doing. While she has taught and choreographed dance, this is the beginning of her fitness instruction career. She feels like it is very different from dance, and is enjoying the challenge. Kaitlin enjoys fitness and health because of the way it makes her feel, and she enjoys being able to offer that experience to others. She has been known to shout “Let’s rock and roll!”