Sway Downtown: A Place For Wellness through Yoga, Dance & Art
Sway Downtown was founded in the fall of 2017 with the dream of contributing to the ongoing revival of downtown Mobile through community involvement and the arts. Sway’s studio and gallery is located in a historic building that offers beautiful architecture and a relaxing environment, with the convenience of a location just a couple of blocks from most office buildings and hotels.
Noel Hanley, Owner
Noel is a native of Brandon, Mississippi and studied at the Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Academy under Jennifer Beasley. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, where she was a member of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theater for four years.
After college, Noel danced professionally for two seasons with Alabama Ballet under the direction of Tracey Alvey. With the Alabama Ballet, she performed in works by George Balanchine, Teri Weksler, Christopher Bruce, Agnes de Mille and Anthony Tutor. Noel also danced with Southern Danceworks, under the direction of Teri Weksler, and Sanspointe Dance Company, under the direction of Shellie Chambers. While dancing in Birmingham, Noel was on faculty with Samford University and Birmingham Dance Theater. Noel was a principal dancer with Mobile Ballet, as well as Ballet Mistress and Associate Director of Mobile Ballet School. As a principal dancer with Mobile Ballet, Noel was known for her roles as Swanilda in Coppelia, the title role in Cinderella, Mina in Winthrop Corey’s Dracula and the Dewdrop and Arabian in The Nutcracker.
Noel began practicing yoga as a way to move and stretch when she stopped dancing professionally. She fell in love with the movement to breath and the way she began to feel after practice. Noel is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Kindness Yoga in Denver, CO under Jen Hicks and Lindsay Gonzalez. She is also certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet. Noel loves teaching and making connections with each of her students.
Kristine has been a yoga instructor since 2013. After being trained with YogaFit, she began teaching yoga at the University of South Alabama, where she graduated with a biology degree. Since then, she’s taught at several local studios, gyms, and retreats.
Taylor is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA Certified Group Fitness
Instructor and recently completed her 200 Hour Yoga Certification in Rishikesh, India. Exposed to athletic training at a young age through tennis, she has lifelong knowledge of and a passion for the benefits a fitness regimen can have on both mind and body. After graduating from The University of Miami in 2012, Taylor stepped into the fitness industry and it quickly became clear to her that she wanted to work professionally within the fitness environment where she could simply harness her innate talents and positively impact the lives of others. Taylor has since expanded her offerings to include personal training, circuit and strength training, HIIT, indoor cycling, barre and now yoga. She believes all roads have led to yoga and that the discipline provides her the tools for growth, resiliency and balance on and off the mat.
Sybil is a Yoga Educator and Therapist newly transplanted in the Mobile, AL area. Sybil, Canadian born and educated has lived in Oregon for 19 years and Charlotte NC for 4 prior to this recent move. Sybil has worked both part time (while raising three children) and full time in the health and wellness industry for 39 years. For many years as a professional Caterer, a pharmaceutical sales representative, and Yoga Teacher, international trainer and now Therapist. Sybil has Lead retreats and teacher training internationally for 20 years. Her influences were felt in countries as far afield as Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, South America, Canada and Great Britain.
Sybil is an author and inspirational speaker leading quarterly workshops, retreats and seminars both nationally and internationally. Wherever Sybil lands and calls home she creates a strong following of students interested in slowing down connecting inward and seeking the deeper spiritual questions on being, living and service to community.
Bridget has been practicing yoga since 2005 and teaching yoga since 2016 after receiving her 200-hour RYT through the Bodhisattva School with Tracey Glover in Mobile, AL. She is a former gymnast and cheerleader, and works as a full time Registered Dietitian with The Delicious Dietitian. Healthy & wellness have always been a passion for Bridget, as well as a love for animals (especially her furbaby, Chunk). She loves how yoga incorporates physical, mental, and emotional wellness, as well as creating a wonderful community!