About Us


James Island Yoga, founded by Tymi Howard Bender, is COMMITTED to excellence in teaching. We welcome you as an inclusive community with a mission to provide a modern yoga practice to all, while still honoring tradition, promoting mindfulness, and ultimately- helping you realize your best self. Expect a friendly staff and the area’s top yoga teachers leading synergistic classes designed to EMPOWER, INSPIRE and CELEBRATE your physical and mental wellness. JIY is located just off Maybank Highway, in the heart of James Island – Charleston, South Carolina. 

Inspiring People to discover their life’s purpose through the Art of Yoga

Tymi Howard Bender is an internationally known Yoga Alliance 500 E-RYT yoga teacher. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, creator of Manifest Yoga International Teacher Trainings, founder of Guruv Yoga Studios and currently owns and operates James Island Yoga in Charleston, South Carolina. Tymi helped pioneer the vinyasa and yin yoga movement throughout the world. She believes that yoga is not a separate practice, but a life’s journey. It begins with the spirit and does not end with rolling up the mat. Yoga is a way of life; not just an exercise. Teaching the science and art of yoga is her passion. Her approach to teaching yoga is by bringing people closer to this “yoga is a lifestyle” philosophy and using it to achieve their life goals.

In typical Tymi fashion, she took injuries from her days as a ballet dancer and turned to yoga in 1993, finding both physical and spiritual comfort in its adoption. Receiving her BA in Theatre and Dance from Rollins College and Masters Degree from NYU/ Circle in the Square, and yoga trainings with some of the renowned yogis of the world—John Friend, Dharma Mittra, David Swenson, Steve Ross, Jonny Kest, Barron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, David Life, Sharron Gannon, and others—Tymi has developed a unique approach to teaching that finds its roots in a devotion to God, Service and Yoga.

To invite Tymi to teach or for media inquires please email:  admin@tymihoward.com