MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS
Tori Jones, Owner + Yoga Director
Fun-loving. Self-Aware. Resilient.
Tori is the Co-Owner and Yoga Director of Eden Salt Studio. She grew up in Indianapolis, IN before moving to Atlanta, GA to attend Emory University. Following college, she attended Georgetown Law and practiced law for 3 years in Washington, DC. While in law school and as a young, overworked attorney, she discovered yoga as a means to decompress and stretch out her body after long hours being hunched over doing legal research and drafting documents. Seeking an escape from the everyday stresses of her job and a desire to meet different types of people, Tori signed up for yoga teacher training with Faith Hunter at Embrace Yoga DC. She was drawn to this particular teacher training because of the vibrancy and diversity of the studio. After completing her 300hr YTT in 2012, she taught a variety of yoga styles including vinyasa, power, yoga with weights, and restorative. She has taught well over 2,000 hours of yoga in Washington, DC and Arkansas. She holds designation as an E-RYT 500 and YACEP with Yoga Alliance. Additionally, in April of 2019 she completed Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training at Blooma Nashville and BLM Rocket Yoga training in 2020.
She attempts to make yoga approachable to individuals who have not discovered the practice due to cultural stereotypes, financial difficulties, or lack of yoga offerings in particular neighborhoods or cities. In her classes she loves fusing detailed structural alignment cues with creative sequencing. She likens the physical yoga practice to a dance and loves to get lost in the movement, whether it be fast, strong, and powerful, or slow, fluid, and gentle. Tori likes to create her classes based on the needs of her students at the moment. You can expect a well thought out, intentional, inspiring class that will leave you feeling restored, self-confident, and strong, mentally and physically. Music enhances her classes and she encourages you to sing or dance along, if that’s your jam. In addition to her work at Eden, she is a wife and mother to Bailey Ava Marie and her angel baby, Leila Elizabeth. She loves spending as much time as possible with her beautiful baby girl Bailey (you will see her around the studio for sure!); planning international trips (and going of course!); decluttering her home, dancing, coming up with pitches for reality TV shows, getting pampered, and watching Bravo.
Hips Don’t Lie (Int/Adv Flow)
Salty Yin Yoga
Susie Jacoby, Instructor
Peaceful. Lucid. Harmonious.
Originally from Little Rock, Susie received a BA in Sociology and Documentary filmmaking from Marlboro College in Vermont. After graduation she worked in independent filmmaking for 3 years before becoming a Producer at ABC News in New York for 10 years. After living and working in Washington DC for 3 years she left the rat race in 2009 to seek a life of tranquility in the country. She moved back to Little Rock fulfilling her dream of building a “hobby farm” in the beautiful Pinnacle Valley region.
She has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 16 years and has spent a majority of her free time learning new life skills at various yoga-based conferences and retreats around the world. She is a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, certified Shake Your Soul – The Yoga of Dance instructor, and most recently gained certification as a specialty instructor in Grief Yoga.
She offers a softer, slow paced, safe, self-inquiry based practice designed to promote personal growth and maturity by clearing out the physical and mental congestion of daily stresses. She believes yoga can reveal innate wisdom while tapping into a sense of grace and beauty that ultimately brings the body, mind, heart and spirit to a state of great harmony and vitality. She encourages students of all shapes, sizes and ages to honor the intimate vessel of their bodies and to experience the clarity that comes with the combined arts of Asana, Pranayama, Meditation and Conscious Communication.
Susie is an avid world traveler, tennis player, snow skier, swimmer, tree hugging hiker, music loving- dancing fool, gourmet food and wine lover, oil painter and mother of many fur/feathered babies.
Gentle Yoga + Meditation
Shontel Stott, Instructor
Shontel is a surgical technician. The stress of her job drove her to yoga six years ago and she never looked back. She received her YTT at the Circle Yoga Shala and will be returning next year for her 500 hour training. Along with her 200 RYT she is attuned in Reiki, so she loves to integrate our energy centers into her classes. Slow flows, deep stretches, and heart expansion is what to expect in her classes. Off the mat and out of the OR, you’ll most likely find her with her husband hiking and exploring Arkansas with their dogs.
DeNee Knight, Instructor
DeNee was born and raised in North Little Rock and she received her degree in Psychology from UA Little Rock. She is currently a Sr. Client Operations Specialist. She’s a proud self-taught yoga and has been practicing for 6 years. She completed her 200 hr training from My Vinyasa Practice and is currently working on her 300-hr training. Her style of yoga is a slower paced flow with longer holds. She also likes to lead a very open class where people feel secure, comfortable, and safe. She is a mother of 3 and a lover of dance! She loves breaking out in random songs everywhere! If she had to watch one show over and over again and never be able to watch anything else, it would be Gilmore Girls!
Kacy Long, Instructor
Empowering. Genuine. Kind.
Originally from Panama City Beach, Florida, Kacy is a beach bum transplant to Arkansas. She and her husband are parents to a zoo of four rescue animals: two dogs and two cats. Kacy is a trauma therapist at a local adolescent residential treatment center. She found yoga while in a difficult time at college and has been practicing for the last 6 years. Kacy believes in the healing power of yoga to help those that have experienced trauma and uses it in her counseling practice to help others find peace and power within themselves. She received her RYT through My Vinyasa Practice and is currently working towards her 500 hour certification. She likes to lead Yin, slow flows, mindfulness, and meditations. Body positivity, accessibility, and self-compassion are her jams. Outside of the studio and counseling job you can expect to find Kacy outdoors kayaking, exploring, and camping with her husband and dogs, traveling, or trying new recipes she found on tiktok in the kitchen.
Ashley Poole, Instructor
Generous. Compassionate. Lighthearted.
Ashley Poole is a momma and researcher with a love for yoga. Ashley is from Texas, attended college in South Florida, and eventually made Little Rock her home. Ashley is the Director of Woodland International Research Group, where they conduct clinical trials across multiple indications with a focus on psychiatry. Ashley began practicing yoga 10 years ago and fell in love. With her background in psychiatry she is very aware of the importance for self-care and mindfulness. Ashley loves a strong vinyasa practice and is enjoying the challenge of teaching those who are newer to yoga. She completed her 200 hour training with Big Rock Yoga in 2020. Off the mat, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, traveling, and working in her garden.
LEON AND TORI JONES
We are excited to bring a new type of studio to Little Rock, Arkansas that combines the benefits of yoga with dry salt therapy. As a family-owned business, we seek to bring a unique customer experience to Central Arkansas. We will provide first-class service and an experience you are accustomed to getting at your favorite spa.
Our life together officially began when we got married in April of 2017 in Little Rock, AR. Prior to that, Tori worked as an attorney in Washington, DC. While in DC, she discovered yoga and all of its amazing benefits. She became an instructor and has slowly tried to integrate other aspects of wellness and mindfulness into her life. In addition to her passion for yoga, she enjoys exploring natural treatments for everyday ailments, cooking and eating in a way that nurtures your body, and practicing prayer/meditation to cope with the stress can develop in our everyday lives. Leon, who is also an attorney, and entrepreneur at heart is passionate about bringing families together in a way that benefits everyone. He enjoys grilling and playing golf. He works out at our local gym a few times each week and has become more and more interested in the different aspects of wellness and understands how dry salt therapy can compliment any wellness routine.
While visiting family in Tennessee, Tori’s mom suggested a trip to the “salt cave.” Between the two of us, we were thinking we would be venturing out of the city to go underground (Leon) or to a spa with mud soaks and salt scrubs (Tori). When we drove up to a strip mall, we were a bit perplexed. Once inside, we were greeted by gorgeous Himalayan salt lamps and entered the cave for our first dry salt therapy session. What can we say? We loved it! Within 10 minutes we were both so comfortable and relaxed, all we remember is the lights coming back on and the taste of salt on our lips. After the session, our skin felt smooth and we felt recharged. Tori, a lifelong sufferer of seasonal allergies, could breathe freely for once, and Leon, someone who suffers from asthma and sleep apnea, had one of the best night’s sleep of his life.
After our unique experience we thought this would be a great opportunity to bring a new wellness experience to Central Arkansas. We decided that a halotherapy business would be great for our family, community, and provide us with the opportunity to combine our interests in entrepreneurship and wellness.