Owner, Integrative Health & Wellness Coach, Registered Yoga Teacher
In 1987, Lynette began her targeted journey toward health and fitness. Obesity was and is a part of her family’s history; therefore Lynette’s formative years directed her lifestyle choices as a young adult and impacted her commitment to making lasting changes in her habits and lifestyle. Lynette became an avid runner, and quickly developed a desire to help others on their paths toward wellness.
Lynette attended the University of South Alabama and studied health education and exercise science, where she acquired a fascination for human movement and behavior modification. After she graduated from USA, she became a group fitness instructor, completed various certifications, and established a personal training business. Lynette wanted to further her education in order to gain a better understanding of kinesiology and injury prevention. She attended and graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Bishop State Community College. Lynette worked within an orthopaedic rehabilitation setting with therapeutic exercise, sports conditioning, and injury prevention. During her 12 years as a rehab therapist, Lynette began competing in fitness competitions and ultimately won the “Heart of Dixie Miss Fitness. “
In 2001 Lynette was introduced to Pilates and began teaching classes. She immediately recognized the benefits of the mind body connection and core strengthening that, subsequently, brought marked personal relief from chronic lower back discomfort. A few years later, Lynette discovered yoga, and incorporated the concepts she learned into her existing classes. Although Lynette initially had a love-hate relationship with the “slower” pace of yoga, the benefits outweighed the challenge of slowing down, both physically and mentally. Through her experience with mind body exercise, Lynette realized an awareness of one’s breath is invaluable. Such awareness improved physical performance, reduced stress, and enhanced the overall health of the body and mind – within herself, as well as her clients.
It isn’t surprising that Lynette's continued interest in learning and growing led her to explore Integrative Health Coaching through Duke University's Department of Integrative Medicine. Duke is the country's first academic medical center to develop a health coaching program based on clinical experience and research.
"I had always worked with the physical body as a therapist and in general fitness. I felt like something was missing. Unsure what it was at the time, later I realized the missing piece (peace) to traditional exercise was the mind, body, breath, heart, and spirit connection. I've learned health is not just about being fit and eating healthy; it is not just the absence of disease. Health encompasses our whole being and our whole life. It is also about balance and resilience, and a feeling of wholeness and purpose.” [L. Staggers]
Lynette is currently teaching yoga and developing her health and wellness coaching practice. Her combined experience, passion, and education advance her yoga classes, as well as encourage safety, breath and body connection, mindful awareness, core stability, and self-acceptance.
“Integrating my whole self is where I personally find peace and strength. I have to remind myself it is ongoing- it's a journey." [L. Staggers]