Half Moon Studio

WE OFFER A WIDE RANGE OF YOGA CLASSES FROM BEGINNER TO EXPERT Learn More

What We Offer

Here you can view each of our course offerings as well as our level descriptions. We want to ensure that you have the best experience possible so we encourage you to take a little time and find which class is the right fit for you!

Kids Yoga

This class will consist of introductory yoga sequences and playful games involving breath work and mindfulness for children ages 6 to 12. A great tool for young children to gain confidence and awareness of their bodies and minds.

Vinyasa

This class explores the interaction between the breath and movement as the class expertly moves through sequences to invigorate the body and calm the mind. You will find ample opportunity to deepen your practice as each week focuses on new asanas.

Slow Flow Core

This class focuses on developing strength and balance through a slow series of standing postures as well as mat work. Move and breathe first thing in the morning and be ready for whatever may come your way for the rest of your day. This class is considered level II or higher.

Restorative Yoga

This practice promotes profound relaxation with supported poses, breathing practices, and meditation. Release tension from your body and mind, restore energy, and calm the central nervous system.

Yoga Fundamentals

A class for every level of yoga no matter how advanced you are. This class is focused on safety, alignment and proper engagement to gain a much deeper understanding of the postures.

Power Vinyasa

True to vinyasa format, power vinyasa is a vigorous fitness based approach designed to challenge any yogi and provide a more intense experience. This class is an hour and a half to provide ample time for a complete and well-rounded practice.

Therapeutic Yoga

Discover the power of your yoga practice to promote wellness in your body and mind. Drawing on a variety of healing traditions, this class aims to leave you feeling rejuvenated. This class is considered appropriate for all levels.

Aerial Yoga

This is a slow flow class incorporating the use of a prop called an aerial swing. Beginning classes will gain familiarity with the swing through light movements and then transition into deeper standing and suspended postures. Disclaimer

Sun Rise

Sunrise-Designed for the early risers who love starting their day with yoga. This class will vary between Hatha and vinyasa flow.

Hot Yoga

This class is designed for flexibility! Ranging from a gentle to moderate flow set In 100 to 110 degrees. Please make sure you bring a non-slip mat or mat towel for this class if needed.

Yoga For Atheletes

This class is for the challenge seekers. Styled like a vin/yin (power and deep stretch) you get the strength training you crave and the lengthening your muscles, tendons and connective tissues demand for healthy longevity.

Yoga Stretch

This class is wonderful for beginners or anyone who wants a more gentle flow. The focus is more on stretch than strength.

Level Descriptions

Level I

Level I classes are designed for those who have had little exposure to yoga, but are eager to learn and start experiencing the amazing benefits of a yoga practice. The beginner student needs slow-paced direction and a great level of detail so they can become familiar with basic yoga poses and proper alignment.

Level II - III

Level II – III classes are designed for more experienced yogis with a very solid understanding of basic yoga postures who are comfortable performing more advanced poses. The advanced-intermediate student practices yoga regularly and has begun to master connection of breath with movement. These classes are meant to challenge.

Level I - II

Level I – II classes considered to be for the experienced beginner are designed for those who have had exposure to yoga, including an introduction to basic yoga poses and proper alignment. The experienced beginner student would like to explore their practice and begin becoming more familiar with poses, alignment, and use of breath.

Level III

Level III classes are designed for the dedicated and very experience yogi. These classes are the most physically challenging including more complex arm balances, inversions, and deeper yoga postures. Your use of breath is key!

Level II
Level II classes are for the “intermediate yoga student” and are designed for those who have a good understanding of the basic
yoga postures and have begun to explore a wider variety of poses and styles. The intermediate student understands the relationship between breath, movement, and safe alignment.
Aerial Yoga

Aerial Yoga disclaimer:

Please wait to register if any of the following applies to you: Pregnancy, Glaucoma, Recent surgery (esp. shoulder, eyes, back, hips, hands or wrist), Heart disease, Very high or low blood pressure, Easy onset vertigo or dizziness, Osteoporosis / bone weakness, Recent head injury, Cerebral Sclerosis, Propensity for Fainting, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Severe arthritis, Sinusitis or head cold, Hiatal hernia, Disc herniation or acute discogenic disease, Recent stroke, Artificial hips, Radiculitis (inflammation of nerve root in spine), Severe muscle spasms, Botox (within 6 hours). When you sign a waiver at Half Moon Studio, you are acknowledging that you are aware of these risks.

  1. We use mats to incorporate floor postures, so if you have your own, please bring it with you.
  2. Please leave any protruding jewelry at home, as it may snag the fabric of our swings.
  3. Please refrain from wearing strong-scented lotions, oils or perfumes to class, as the they may stain the fabric. Shirts which cover the armpits are also recommended.

Massage

Thai Yoga

About Thai Yoga

What is today called “Thai yoga massage” or simply called “Thai massage” is a 2,500-year-old Ayurvedic-based body science developed and popularized by Buddha’s doctor, Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha. The philosophy behind Thai yoga massage techniques focuses on energy points called “sen.” As the Thai massage therapist stretches the participant, she also presses and massages along the sen lines or points.

Benefits Of Thai Yoga

Today, therapists utilize ancient and modern healing techniques combining acupressure, massage and assisted yoga postures. Clients are able to relieve body stiffness, gain flexibility and stimulate energy lines which help promote overall balance throughout the body. Thai massage interacts directly with the muscular, circulatory and nervous system to enhance your body’s natural healing ability. Thai massage is a wonderful alternative if you have had a strenuous day and lack the energy for traditional yoga or if your body just needs a routine tune-up with hands on guidance!

Here at Half Moon Studio, we have a Thai Massage therapist available as well as a designated massage room. Scheduling for this service is directly communicated through our studio via phone call. For scheduling please call:

Rebecca Goldberg: 843-340-2848

Other Massage Offerings

  • Integrative Therapeutic Massage – 70 minutes $95 & 90 minutes $120.00
  • Deep Tissue Massage – 70 minutes $95 & 90 minutes $120.00
  • Swedish Massage – 70 minutes $95 & 90 minutes $120.00
  • Thai Massage – 70 minutes $120.00 & 90 minutes $145.00
  • Hot Stone Massage – 70 minutes $120.00 &  90 minutes $145.00

Who We Are

Half Moon Studio

Half Moon studio was created with intention and love. We as instructors have known each other and taught in the same spaces for almost a decade. Although we have different specialties and styles of teaching, our understanding is the same. We live yoga. Yoga is not just a form of exercise, it is a way of being. Here at Half Moon, we want to give our students all that yoga embodies set in a peaceful environment surrounded by nature. With our many years of experience and a continuing quest to grow within our own self-practice, we as teachers will provide a yoga experience from our heart to yours.

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Meet Our Team

Elena Bradford

Yoga Instructor

Elena's Bio

Elena has been teaching yoga for 10 years now and 200 RTY certified, as well as 300 RTY, and Aerial certified. At first, she was more focused on the physical fitness benefits. As time went on, she deepened her practice through meditation, breath, and discovering the connection between the mind and body. Through her own personal journey, she has found a new outlook on life. Having a full time job, teaching yoga, and having two small children, life can be challenging and rushed. Yoga has taught her to slow down, enjoy, appreciate, and cherish the good moments while learning and growing from the not so pleasant moments.

Yoga is great for your body, but it also teaches us patience, gratitude, and the joy of living. In today’s busy world, living in the moment is key, even it is just for the hour on your mat. In her class, her main focus is safety and proper alignment, keeping you present in the moment (mind and body) and leaving feeling balanced from a well-rounded class. She has a very strong and dedicated self-practice. Through her continuing yoga education, she is able to provide new ideas to keep her classes fresh and engaging, sprinkled with fun and good music!

Shelly Onderdonk

Yoga Instructor

Shelly's Bio

Shelley Onderdonk has been a devoted practitioner of yoga since 1997. She views yoga as a vehicle for the exploration of the infinitely fascinating relationship between the body and the mind. Through her Hatha yoga practice, she has become accustomed to using the breath to meld the physical and mental aspects of the asanas, and to meeting stress with equanimity. She reminds herself daily that the best measure of progress in yoga is how much peace you are experiencing in your life.

Shelley is certified by the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA, and has been teaching since 2010. She was inspired to start teaching in order to expose people to what her own yoga practice fosters in herself: feelings of calm, gratitude, and self-empowerment. She hopes to give her students a glimpse of how settling one’s mind on the present time/space continuum, as is practiced in Vinyasa flow yoga, can exert a profound positive impact not only on their own well-being but also upon all those with whom they come into contact. Creativity and variety are key to Shelley’s teaching style; she endeavors to deliver fresh flows, ideas, and impromptu responses to her students’ needs in every class she teaches. Mindfulness practices are taught in order to develop focus and recognize that what we think, how we feel, and how we use our bodies truly create who we are.

Above all, safety is accomplished through proper form, alignment, and self-awareness. Through teaching, Shelley has benefitted from the bliss of teacher and students joining together on a path towards self-transformation and health. Yoga practice and teaching has integrated well with many of Shelley’s life-long interests: in healing (she is a practicing holistic veterinarian); in neuroscience (which was her undergraduate major); and in movement (she was trained as a modern and classical dancer). Shelley lives with her family on their horse farm in Aiken, SC.

Jamie Duffy

Yoga Instructor

Jamie's Bio
“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” ~Dalai Lama
My masters degree is in engineering but I fall somewhere between engineer, nomad, and nature-loving hippie. I’m constantly balancing my creative free-spirit and my desire for structure. I spend my time working at a hospital, teaching college classes as an adjunct professor, practicing/facilitating yoga, playing volleyball, hiking, and trying my hand at making homemade dark chocolate and brewing my own kombucha. 
Mother Nature is an abundant source of inspiration to me. Between the strength of the women in my life and the love of the men in my life, I am beyond blessed. 
I started practicing yoga at a Bikram Yoga studio in my hometown of Manhattan Beach, California. The studio was within biking distance from my house, and it sounded like a fun new thing to try. When I was in class, there were so many things to think about and focus on. I felt free from all judgments and found comfort in the liberating ability to explore and discover my own body and ultimately, my own being. When leaving the class, I felt mentally and physically detoxed. I was in love.
I didn’t get my teacher training until after college, when I was working in Seattle, WA. There, I found an Iyengar Yoga studio and became fascinated by the structure and alignment based teachings of the practice. The concept of “lengthen to strengthen” spoke to me as a college athlete. 
My mission as a teacher is to facilitate the feedback you receive in the process of practicing yoga. I am passionate about finding safe ways to practice by using tools: straps, swings, blocks, blankets, bolsters, walls, etc. which gives you the full benefit of the pose, at all ages and at any level. 

Cate Dopson

Yoga Instructor

Cate's Bio

At the age of 15, Cate Dopson was introduced to hot yoga and immediately captivated. Yoga serving Cate well in the most challenging teenage-years led this native South Carolinian to turn a hobby and a passion into a career. Cate is a certified Pranakriya Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), a Pranakriya Prenatal Teacher and an energy/body healer with a background in Thai Yoga Therapy and Bio Energy Healing. She is currently continuing her education, pursuing a Pranakriya Professional Yoga Certification (RYT 500).

Cate has been teaching yoga since 2012. Her gentle spirit, nurturing touch and helpful language guides Cate’s students through a yogic experience that’s one of a kind. Move your body with love and respect, finding your true meaning of being happy with oneself in Cate’s inspirational and fun classes.

Krissy Dopson

Yoga Instructor

Krissy's Bio

Enthusiasm to love your life and to explore your inner depths is contagious around Krissy Dopson.  Her yoga passion helps people achieve bliss while on one’s journey.  Krissy loves life in such a big way that you can’t help but leave her classes, workshops and sessions joyful, spiritually uplifted, and connected to your inner self!

Born in South Carolina and raised traveling around the globe, she is an wholehearted citizen of the world and spiritual adventurer. Krissy is a Parankriya Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), a Pranakriya Yoga Therapist, Pranakriya Prenatal Yoga Teacher, and an energy/body healer with a background in Thai Yoga Therapy and Bio Energy Healing.  Krissy has been teaching and practicing yoga since 2008.

Through yoga, she became more connected to her inner self — spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically.   Krissy found teaching yoga to be the vehicle through which she can share the exhilaration and positivity of her experience.  She leads transformational classes, one-on-one private sessions and workshops with practical ways to promote inner happiness and experience a glowing sensation.

Krissy’s intentions are to positively impact every person she encounters and make the world a better place, one yoga practice at a time.

Rebecca Goldberg

Massage Therapist

Rebecca's Bio

When Rebecca was first introduced to yoga she immediately felt a strong connection to the practice. In the beginning it was the physical benefits of yoga that first drew her to the yoga mat. As her practice grew she began to understand and feel the deeper effects of a regular yoga practice. As her practice got stronger so did her spirit, body and mind as she learned to use yoga as a light of self exploration to sine light on the dark, closed off areas of her body, mind and spirit

She felt compelled to study yoga more in depth while studying other forms of healing. She has a background in Thai Yoga Therapy and Bioenergy Healing. The decision to study to be a yoga teacher felt like a natural step along the path.

Rebecca strives to lead her students safely along this path of healing mentally and physically through self-exploration, acceptance and love. She hopes for her students to leave her classes feeling more connected to themselves and the world in which they inhabit.

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Our Studio

Studio Rental Information

Rent Our Studio

Our studio offers the ability to rent our state-of-the-art space for private functions or parties by businesses or individuals.

Rental rates are $150.00 an hour. Availabilities are Friday’s and Saturday’s from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Special requests are  considered at higher rates, but not guaranteed. 

A refundable damage deposit of $300.00 is required.

Half Moon Studio Amenities:

  • 1400 indoor square
  • 2 Bathrooms/1 handicap bathroom
  • 5 acres of outdoor space for tents/tables/chairs
  • Private meditation garden with outdoor shower
  • Free off-street parking
  • Wireless Speakers For Entertainment Use
  • Great natural lighting
  • Climate controlled
  • Accommodates up to 50 participants indoor
  • Fully functioning kitchen
  • Variable-speed ceiling fans
  • Wifi access
  • Handicap Access
  • Wedding Packages
    • More information coming soon.
    • For immediate questions please call Elena Bradford at 803-640-7781

Schedule Your Class

Monday

6:30 am – 7:30 am – Sunrise Flow Level I – II – Teaching In Alternation By Cate, Shelley and Jamie

10:00 am – 11:15 am – Yoga Fundamentals Level I – III – Taught By Krissy

6:30 pm – 7:45 pm – Yoga Stretch Level I – II – Taught By Cate

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Tuesday

8:15 am – 9:15 am – Slow Flow Core Level I – II –  Taught By Shelley

6:00 pm – 7:15 pm – Vinyasa Level II – III – Taught By Elena

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Wednesday

10:00 am – 11:15 am – Vinyasa Level II – III – Taught By Shelley

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Therapy Yoga Level I – Taught By Shelley

6:00 pm – 7:15 pm – Yoga For Athletes Level II – III – Taught By Elena

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Thursday

8:15 am – 9:15 am – Slow Flow Core Level I – II – Taught By Shelley

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm – Kid’s Yoga Ages 6 and Up  – Taught By Cate

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Aerial Yoga All Levels – Taught By Jamie

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Friday

6:30 A.M. – 7:15 A.M. – Hot Yoga Level II – III – Taught By Cate

8:15 A.M. – 9:15 A.M. – Restorative Yoga All Levels – Taught By Cate

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Saturday

10:00 am – 11:30 am – Power Vinyasa Level II – III – Taught By Elena

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Sunday

No Classes At This Time

 

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