yoga teacher bios

John Acree Practicing yoga since 2005, with his first teacher and many hours of dvds. Started teaching yoga classes in 2007/2008. Studied for RYT 200 under Pashupati, completing the training in 2009. Currently teaches the early morning and Sunday afternoon yoga classes, and private lessons, at Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts, a ninjutsu dojo where he is also a student and instructor. Yoga is therapy for the physical, and also the emotional, mental, and spiritual.
Jan Alexiou, RYT Jan is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level who received her training from the late Esther Myers of Toronto. In addition, Jan has completed 92 hours training with Donna Farhi, and has studied with other national and local teachers. She has practiced yoga since 1984, holds a Master's degree in Public Health and has worked in the healthcare field for over twenty years.

Jan teaches small classes in her home studio where students can receive more individual attention and instruction in the use of the breath and body systems to create ease in movement and body awareness.

Individual therapeutic sessions to address a particular health issue are also available. Private sessions help the student develop a personal practice tailored to his/her needs to improve health, control symptoms, help recovery, or prevent further disability. She works with students with fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, mild MS, back injury, joint replacements, anxiety, panic disorder, and depression.

She can be reached at her website: www.yogajanraleigh.com

Cyndi Bulka Cyndi  has been practicing Yoga and meditation for over 25 years and has entertained a curiosity for movement and contemplative practices most of her life. Her teaching reflects an eclectic and individualized approach, focusing on organic movement and gentle unfolding from the 'inside-out'.

Cyndi studied under Esther Meyers (Toronto) for many years with whom she earned her advanced teaching certificate. In 2011, she completed Judith's Lasater's Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga teacher training course.  Cyndi's love for travel brought her to Thailand where she earned her certificate in Thai Yoga Therapy from the Sunshine School in Chiang Mai. Thai Yoga bodywork naturally integrates into her healing approach to Yoga. She also holds a certificate in AcuYoga, a unique healing modality combining acupressure with Yoga, from Michael Reed Gach (CA).

As a result of Cyndi's personal commitment to healing and wellness has grown a curiosity for Yoga as a therapeutic modality. In the last 10 years she has focused her continuing education in that direction. She currently teaches specialized workshops and courses that address structural issues of the body, auto immune disorders, anxiety, depression, insomnia and disordered eating.

Cyndi has been leading Yoga and meditation retreats in the US and abroad for the past 9 years.  These retreats enable students a very special kind of experience where they can transcend the stresses of everyday life and dive deeply in to the quiet beauty of natural surroundings while reflecting on who they are at essence. 

With many years of experience teaching classes and offering Yoga therapeutics to individuals and small groups, Cyndi was inspired to co-create the Whole Heart Yoga Immersion and Teacher Training program in 2012. "I wished to develop a program that not only allows students to deepen their personal practice, but also to train teachers who are well-equipped to help their students grow, heal and stay safe while practicing Yoga and honoring it's roots and spiritual traditions."

"My practice helps me to remain grounded and open-hearted while taking in all life has to offer. I find my way to spirit through the experience of embodiment. Yoga reminds me of who I am at essence. Noticing my breath, following sensation in my body, I am reminded again and again the value of presence in the present. This is the gateway inward for me, and is at the heart of my teaching as well."

Cyndi is available for on site corporate classes, private yoga therapy, individual and small group instruction as well as Thai Yoga bodywork. Contact her to request an appointment.  cbulka@nc.rr.com or 919 449-0530

Ashton Burnette, RYT 200 Hatha Yoga teacher
Jennifer Catlin, RYT Styles: Kripalu, Hatha, Mindfulness. Jennifer, E-RTY200, is a longtime student of yoga and began teacher training in 2001. She holds her Master’s Degree in School Psychology and specializes in working privately with adolescents and adults who experience anxiety and depression through an integrative and mindful approach to healing. She also offers yoga therapy to children with special needs. Jennifer became a certified Kripalu yoga teacher under the direction of Yoganand Michael Carroll and Naresh Ron King, and completed the Duke Integrative Medicine “Mindfulness Training for Professionals” under the direction of Dr. Jeff Brantley and Dr. Maya McNeilly. She is a certified Yoga Ed. teacher, and received specialized training at both the basic and advanced levels of the “Yoga for the Special Child” program. She is currently pursuing hypnotherapy certification. She continues her studies and has completed workshops with several influential teachers including Elise Browning Miller, Judith Hanson Lasater, and Richard Miller. She maintains membership through Yoga Alliance as a registered yoga teacher with the the additional children’s specialty designation. Jennifer is also a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists and Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association. She strongly believes in adapting yoga to the individual, making it accessible to everyone. Giving back to the community is important to Jennifer and she frequently participates in fundraisers or volunteer work for non-profit organizations and elementary schools. Most of all, she loves to laugh and lives life with an open heart. It fills her heart with joy to help others learn how to cultivate self compassion. www.yogaonmainfv.com; Phone: 919-455-1987
Martha Catz, E-RYT200, RYT500 Martha Catz Martha is trained as a yoga therapist and teaches general yoga classes to beginners through experienced students. She integrates her skills in yoga therapy with integrative health coaching, mindfulness awareness meditation, and post graduate education in health psychology. She is the founder and lead instructor for The Yoga Connection. Martha has practiced yoga for over 20 years and over 4000 hours of yoga teaching experience, since her 260-hour training in 2003. She has completed a 700-hour certification in yoga therapy. Martha is the Director of The Yoga Connection, School of Yoga in Smithfield, NC, where she is the primary instructor for a 200-hour teacher training, a Senior Yoga teacher training, and in April of 2014 a 500-hour training that will focus on yoga therapy. This 500-hour training will prepare students for the final requirement hours set by International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Please visit the website or contact 919-971-1431 for more information regarding trainings, services or classes/workshops.
Natalie Chesson, RYT500 Completed her 250 YT in 2007 and her 500YT in 2008 at the NC School of Yoga under her preceptor, Chandra Om and continues her studies over the years in gratitude to her teacher. She has been teaching since 2008 and wishes to share the knowledge she has learned with eager students who wish to gain more peace and balance in their lives through the practice of yoga.
email: natalie@yogaonmainfv.com; ph: 919-796-7128
Kathryn Clarke, RYT Kathryn Clarke Kathryn Clarke, RYT has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2003. She completed her 500-hour certification through the Esther Myers Yoga Teacher Training Program in February 2005 and is registered with Yoga Alliance. Her classes are gentle and well-balanced with emphasis on breathing and finding ease in the postures. Her students have shared that they feel more relaxed and centered, taller and more aware of their bodies, and just better overall after class. Currently, Kathryn teaches for Julie Rosier on Tuesday evenings at the Raleigh Friends Meeting House.
Claudia Chambers

I have been teaching since August of 2008 and have been loving every moment of it. I am currently teaching at the Alexander Family YMCA downtown, O2 Fitness Clubs, Durant Park, CC & Co., and various other locations. You may read more by visiting my site at www.RaleighNCYoga.com
Philosphoy on yoga and life: Live, Breathe, Smile...

Kate Cook Kate began practicing yoga in 1999 hoping to reap physical benefits of an asana practice after years of running. Since then it has become a journey of exploration that extends beyond the physical toward discovering how the practice of yoga impacts all facets of life; mind, body, spirit. Kate received her teacher certification through AFPA and began teaching in 2004. Since then, she went on to complete her RYT 200 through Studio DC in our nation's capital. It is her philosophy that yoga can be a powerful tool for both restoring and improving health as well as providing a means for self-discovery and healing.
Jean Costa I have been a yoga practioner for over 30 years. In 2005 I created the Pink Ribbon Yoga Retreat for women breast cancer survivors sponsored by the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program. I was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 1999. In 2006 I received my RYT certification from Kriaplu Yoga Institute. Ester Meyers has had a strong influence on my practice and teaching style. My intention when I practice and when I teach is to nurture and to empower. I believe if I teach with an attitude of love and respect the student will leave feeling cared about and with a renewed sense of power and strength. I also lead workshops on developing creativity and creating positive affirmations. I am a former teacher and also hold an MSW from UNC, CH, NC.
Website: CreatingPositiveAffirmations.blogspot.com/
Yvonne Cropp, RYT 200

Yvonne is known for her soulful, playful, and creative classes. Her classes are designed for you to uncover your own inner teacher. She weaves her practice of yoga and zest for life into groovy and tranquil classes, which are inspired by her daily living with Spirit. Yvonne juggles her busy life with grace, gives of her resources, nurtures herself with compassionate care, exudes her signature style, and lights up the room with her presence. www.bluelotusnc.com

Jen Davis, RYT 200

Jen began practicing yoga over seven years ago and was hooked from her very first vinyasa class. Slowly, she began to realize the many benefits a yoga practice offers that were absent in other physical exercises she enjoyed. Jen began to realize the emotional and spiritual benefits of the practice, as well. Yoga began to facilitate the process of moving through and letting go of many layers of false realities built up through life that keep many of us from our truth.

  The desire to deepen her practice and understanding of yoga led her enroll in the 9 months of transformation: the blue lotus yoga immersion & teacher training program. With the support of many great teachers, her husband Josh, and their three children, she completed the training in 2009 and has since been passing on the blessing of yoga to adults and kids. Jen combines her love of painting with yoga by leading art/yoga classes, workshops and summer camps for kids. Believing that everyone has creative energy, she teaches “flow and create” classes for adults. Jen uses the yoga practice to help students relax and release fears and misconceptions that keep them separate form their creativity, and then leads them through an intuitive art exercise that reestablishes that connection. www.bluelotusnc.com

Ron Divon E-RYT500 I have been practicing Hatha Yoga since 2000, certified as an instructor in 2005. Studied primarily (initial studies) with Keshava Das, and then, over the years, with a host of teachers in various styles. I am an E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance instructor. Prior to moving to Cary, while residing in NY, I owned the Monroe Yoga & Tai Chi studio where myself and other instructors gave classes in Yoga, Meditation and Tai Chi. I my classes and workshops I stress elements of relaxation, elongation and breathing. The practice itself includes the various classic asanas, yoga series, relaxation and breathing techniques. My primary interest is in individual and personal exploration of the body, and through it, a glimpse into the soul.
http://www.ncyogi.com/
Vanessa Doherty, RYT 200 I have been practicing yoga since 1994, mainly Ashtanga yoga. In 2008 I switched to Hatha yoga and was inspired to teach after a year of practice at the NC School of Yoga. In September, 2010 I was certified in Hatha yoga, 250 hours. In March of 2011, I was certified in Children’s yoga, and in April 2011, I received my certification in Yoga for Seniors, 55+. All my certifications are from NC School of Yoga. I have been teaching Gentle, Level I and Level I-II at the NC School of Yoga since I received my certification. My teaching focus is on helping practitioners of all levels find yoga within themselves--those who struggle with concentration, calming the mind and body, identifying with the true self, as well as improving strength, health and flexibility.
Marcy Edwards, RYT 200 New teacher. Recently completed 200 hr training at Blue Lotus.
Susan Fenimore Susan earned her B.A. degree in Psychology and her M.S. in Therapeutic Recreation.
She earned her yoga teacher certification in 1995 through the Yoga Vedanta Science and Arts Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In addition she has also completed certification training with Esther Myers in 1997.
In 1999 she earned her certification in Acu-yoga with Michael Reed Gach. Susan's approach to yoga is gentle and individualized incorporating Eastern healing arts such as: Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and the Chakra system. Her speciality is teaching to beginner, intermediate adult, and senior adult students. Susan is also a certified Healing Touch Practitioner and a Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist practicing in Cary where she also gives private yoga lessons and conducts small classes & workshops.
Taralyn Farrell Taralyn Farrell is certified through YogaFit, Les Mills, and Silver Sneakers. She has been teaching yoga classes since 2009. Taralyn leads weekly classes throughout the Triangle, including the IBM Fitness Center, UNC Wellness Center, Lifestyle Family Fitness, the Town of Cary and the Amberly Fitness Center.
Jennifer Fenn A dance performer and educator (MFA, FSU) for the past 20 years, Jennifer practiced Yoga for many years as part of her dance training and received her Ashtanga Yoga certification in 2009 at Anala Yoga in Clearwater Florida with Ally Ford (Ashtanga-based style). She believes Yoga is a gift to the human race and should be available to everyone.
Jill Furgurson Jill practices and teaches yoga as a physical, mental, and spiritual guidebook for life. Recognizing physical expression as a means for maintaining harmony and balance, she creates classes that integrate the breath and body to cultivate physical health, a satvic mind, and an open heart. Trained in India in traditional hatha yoga, Jill draws upon a variety of yogic styles and traditions to offer classes that meet the needs of her students, while staying in tune with nature and the seasons. Yoga offers practitioners a profound science and philosophy for life, and Jill hopes the experience on the mat will unfold into enriched and awake living off the mat.
Teresa Ferlotti Teresa Ferlotti Teresa began practicing yoga in 2005, and received certification through the NC School of Yoga in 2010. Since then she has trained for additional certifications in yoga therapy, gentle and restorative yoga, children\'s yoga, mom and baby yoga, as well as yoga for ages 55+. Teresa\'s meditative style gives space for introspection and going beyond the physical practice. She enjoys sharing the yogic path with students of all ages and abilities.
Nicole Folk Nicole is a graduate of the 2008-2009 Yoga Immersion and Teacher Training program at blue lotus. She attended a nine-month master level certification program in Feng Shui at the New Hampshire Institute of Feng Shui and Intuitive Arts in 2010-2011. Nicole’s Raleigh-based firm, Refocus Design, combines Interior Design and Feng Shui to create beautiful, functional, and energetically supportive spaces for clients. She also teaches yoga around the Triangle, including William Peace University.
Patty Frey, RYT CPCC Patty Frey, RYT CPCC is a certified and registered yoga teacher with over 30 years of experience. She currently teaches Hatha Yoga, with an emphasis on mindfulness, in Burlington. Please see her website at www.pathfinderscoaching.com for further details.
Sharri Gaines, RYT is a graduate of the Asheville Yoga Center and has been teaching since 1998. Her style is influenced strongly by Iyenger, Anusara and Integral Yoga. Sharri presents a balanced approach to yoga that focuses on breath, flexibility, strength, balance and compassion. She is also a certified Reflexologist in private practice. You can contact her through her website: SharriGaines.com
Leila Goodwin, RYT 500
Styles: Scaravelli, Hatha. Practicing since 2002 and teaching since 2010. Yoga Alliance registered (RYT500). 800+ hour certification from Red Elephant School of Yoga (owner Charlotte Ranz) in Esther Meyers/Vanda Scaravelli style. Duke Integrative Medicine/Power of Meditation. Personal experience with back and neck pain brought me to yoga, then my yoga practice carried me through diagnosis, treatment and recovery from breast cancer. I enjoy bringing people and yoga together in a way where each individual can have the experience of bringing yoga to their bodies and lives in their own way. www.yogaonmainfv.com; Phone: 919-302-0033
Marc Cristobal Guilarte, RYT
Marc Cristobal Guilarte Marc's mother introduced him to yoga as a child, giving him an early taste of the mind-body connection. Introverted and eccentric, Marc grew up feeling he was always on the outside looking in: a catalyst for introspection and self-exploration. As a teenager and young adult, he lost himself in academia, eventually achieving a master's degree focused in English and Latin. In the coming years, he became a private tutor.

Despite, in a sense, finding himself as an adult, Marc still suffered from "loud" emotions and anxiety. He was drawn to Ashtanga for its ability to completely transform and wash away his fears and melancholy while practicing. The challenge of the practice has helped him become more confident and comfortable in his skin.

Besides yoga, Marc enjoys passing his time with fabric arts (doll-making, crochet, tatting, knitting, and embroidery), his cats, horror movies, and many other interests. Marc's classes tend to have more of a workshop feel to them, as he is interested in moving you towards independence by encouraging you to not only practice yoga in the classroom, but also by yourself in the privacy of your own home.
Cat Tilt Studio ; Phone: 919-867-1133
Jody Khosla, RYT has been in the field of teaching and research since 1975. In addition to the study of humanities, fine arts and medical sciences, she has studied Yoga with several recognized teachers including, Erich Schiffman, Cora Wen and others. Her yoga roots stretch back to India, where she grew up with yoga
discipline. She studied and practiced yoga in a variety of meditative styles with great inspiring teachers. Her passion for yoga is reflected in her teaching approach, which focuses on a unique blend of ujjayi breathing, gentle and aligned concentrated movements with deep meditative
mindfulness. Currently, she is enrolled in NC school of yoga. I will be graduating in April 2003.
Angie Kimbel, RYT 500
Styles: Scaravelli, Hatha. Angie began her journey on the path of yoga in 2003. She apprenticed at Red Elephant Yoga, received her 200-hour certification from the North Carolina School of Yoga, followed by 800+ hour certification from Red Elephant School of Yoga. Yoga Alliance registered -RYT500 Angie has been involved in service to her yoga community through outreach projects like the 2008 Yoga Aid Challenge and tYoga in the Park - Fuquay Way. She has continued yoga study with Charlotte Ranz, Monica Voss and Paul Grilley. Angie is teaching in gratitude to her teacher and mentor, Charlotte Ranz, and hopes to add value to students\' lives by helping them explore the miracle of their bodies. \"Yoga promotes an attitude of mindfulness, stillness, and balance. It provides a place in our busy lives where we can connect to a deeper part of ourselves. www.yogaonmainfv.com; Phone: 919-387-3750
Carrington Jackson, E- RYT 200, RYT 500

Carrington took the first steps along her yogic path in Denver, Colorado, in 1994. Her journey began with Bikram yoga and after a few years, she found herself drawn to the strength and beauty of Vinyasa. Through the creative process of marrying movement to breath, the transformation from a physical practice to a spiritual practice was born. Carrington realized yoga was much bigger than just a physical endeavor of asana. But rather it was a way to connect to the very core of self, which is the place of spirit ... the place of connection … the place of the divine. Ultimately, the soul of her practice is about bringing peace and healing to the world. Carrington uses her own experience with her practice to help deepen and encourage the practice of her students. Her commitment to her students encourages a strong internal body, mind, and spirit awareness, as well as core strength and grace. She believes listening to the body’s own wisdom is an integral part of yoga. By listening to ourselves, we realize everything we’ve ever wanted to know is already there. Her journey of yoga has had many teachers along the way. A few teachers who have influenced Carrington’s personal and teaching practices are Seane Corn, Sharon Gannon, Ainslie Macleod, Terry Brown, Suzanne Newton, and of course the greatest teacher of all … Life. Carrington gratefully attained RYT status in 2004 and RYT500 in 2010. www.bluelotusnc.com

Susan Kilmon, RYT
Susan is a 500 Hour Certified Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. She is a member of KYTA the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association, a professional association with over 2000 yoga teachers in over 30 countries. Susan is committed to her own personal growth educationally, spiritually, and professionally. She brings safety, compassion and support to her students. Susan is currently teaching at Sertoma Arts Center with Raleigh Parks and Recreation. Susan has been teaching Yoga since 1997.
Acharya Pashupati Steven Landau, MD, ERYT

has practiced yoga since 1971, training India, Jamaica, the United States. He has been teaching for 25 years in prisions, hospitals, mental health centers, schools, health food stores and yoga centers. Pashupati means, "he who controls the base propensities" and is one of the names of Hindu god Shiva. After becoming a 200 hour RYT, he was honored to be elected as a member of the Yoga Alliance Board of Directors. A practicing family physician, he is board certified, Family Medicine, he has given lectures on the medical aspects of yoga and meditation at various medical schools. A deciple of of Shirii Shirii Anandamurti, he has also studied with Peter Sage, (DaDa Vishvarupanada). Focus of teaching is the attainment of bliss and rendering of service to humanity.

A practicing guitarist, music plays an important and magical part in his classes. He is also president of Amurt (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team) in the USA, and has traveled extensively to third-world countries rendering medical relief to hurricane, earthquake and poverty-stricken victims. He has taught classes in Spanish and French. He is happily married, with three wonderful grown children. Recently he completed the Tony Robbins/Cloe Madanes Strategic Intervention Coach training, also including Marriage Education and Divorce Prevention. "Do something concrete for suffering humanity," Baba told him. And so he does.

Margot Martin, RYT 200

Margot has been immersed in the art of movement for 23 years. She has studied ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and yoga with numerous well-known teachers throughout her life. In 2005, Margot studied with Alan Finger at ISHTA yoga in New York City and achieved her 200-hour certification as recognized by the Yoga Alliance. Through her six years of teaching yoga locally, she has earned a reputation as both a challenging and light-hearted instructor. Most recently, Margot retired from the stage after performing with the Carolina Ballet as a soloist for 13 seasons. This led to her creation of The Ballet Burn, the latest craze in ballet fitness. Margot has also been teaching beginner to advanced ballet to children and adults nationally and internationally for nearly 10 years. After years of dealing with the critical world of ballet, Margot has found a new passion in making others feel good about their bodies, starting from the inside out. She is committed to helping others achieve health and happiness through creative movement, total body awareness, and positive intentions. www.bluelotusnc.com

Anna Maynard

http://annammaynard.weebly.com/blog.html

Pam McCarthy, RYT

I have been teaching yoga in the Holly Springs for 7 years. I studied with Stephanie Keach from Asheville Yoga Center where we were introduced to most styles of yoga.
I then went on to get my prenatal, restorative and vinyasa flow from AYC. This past winter I studied Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers.
I have recently become a student of hot yoga and hope to get certification in 2011.
My philosophy about yoga is very simple...it is a life changing experience...drawn to yoga as a way to heal chronic muscle pain, I learned how to breathe better and to slow down. I was/am able to  have no pain and an increased enjoyment of life.

Claire McCullough, RYT

Claire McCullough has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaches individual and partner yoga. She has taught beginning yoga at Meredith College in Raleigh, as well as classes for breast cancer patients and survivors at Rex Cancer Center. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher and graduated from the NC School of Yoga.

Kate Millen, E-RYT 500 http://givingtreewellness.net/
Debra Miller, RYT 200 Practicing since 2010, completed 200 YTT in 2014 with Kristin Cooper and Noelle Whittington through Wilmington Yoga Center in conjunction with Jess Moody and Katie Kennis Village Yoga in Duck, NC.
Currently teaching at Raleigh Womens Minimum Security Prison with Sunitha Misra and Shyama Nair.
Subhash Mittal, E-RYT,
Subhash Mittal
Subhash received his yoga certification in 1996 from the Satchidananda Institute in VA. Subsequently he has obtained certification in Cardiac Yoga, Stress Management and Prenatal Yoga from the same Institute. In his classes, Subhash combines the elements of physical posture (asana), breathing, meditation, relaxation and an understanding of yoga philosophy so the students can experience the benefits of yoga which go deeper than just pure phyical well-being. He keeps his classes safe, non-competitive and joyful. For a detailed bio, please visit the bio page on his blog. For detailed instructions on many of the commonly practiced poses and breathing techniques, including pictures and some videos, visit his blog here.
Jessica Mollet, RYT Jessica Mollet Jessica is a certified Sivananda Yoga Teacher and also uses aspects of Integral and Kripalu styles in her classes. Her class focuses on the inward path of yoga - integrating breath with movement to stay present, respecting the body's intelligence, and keeping the mind open and curious to the unfolding moment. 
She continues her studies of Yoga Therapy thru the Integral Yoga Institute, Himalayan Institute, Kripalu, the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, and teacher Gary Kraftsow.
She began teaching group fitness classes 1990 and started teaching Yoga in 2001. Jessica teaches Group Yoga classes, Corporate Yoga, Yoga Therapy for People with Cancer, Chair Yoga for Seniors, Yoga for Youth, the Art of Relieving Stress (based on Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program), Meditation, and Yoga to People with Cancer.
For more info., visit www.yogainraleigh.com
Sharon Norton, RYT

is organizer of Yoga in the Park. She is certified in Integral Yoga (1990) and is also certified in Cardiac Yoga Therapy thru Integral Yoga Instititute and the University of Virginia (1992). She has taught yoga for Healthworks at Wake Medical Hospital in Raleigh since 1999.

I have been practicing yoga since 1979 and teaching since 1990. I have been teaching Yoga at Healthtrax International, a medical and fitness center in North Raleigh, since it opened in 2007.  Healthtrax is a preventive health care organization providing rehabilitation, fitness, and wellness programs to individuals, companies, and insurers.

My personal approach to a beneficial yoga practice is based on releasing stress both physically and mentally. I teach tension release through the asanas and proper breathing and stilling the body and mind through quiet reflection and meditation.
I also begin each class with a short inspiring thought for daily living.

Young Park, RYT200 She completed 200-hour Power Vinyasa Yoga teacher program at Franklin Street Yoga with Lori Burgwyn, and attended the pranayama and medication workshop at Integral Yoga with Subhash Mittal. She is interested in teaching at the women center and prisons for the community service.

During her class she wants to integrate the asansa, pranayama, meditation, and some good stroies. Also she wants to help the students have the most peaceful time and strengthen their body and mind.

Please email her yopark.kwise@gmail.com if you need more information.

Sarah Pountain, RYT200

Graduated Asheville Yoga Center May 2013 (RYT 200) and have been teaching Yoga at MAFC in Morrisville, Firefly Hot Yoga in Cary and OpenArts Studio in Morrisville since then.

Believes in the potential of Yoga to transform every one and every body.

Please email her sarah.parisi@outlook.com if you need more information.

Maria Pramaggiore, RYT500
Maria Pramaggiore
Maria Pramaggiore completed her 240 hour and 500 hour training at the North Carolina School of Yoga in Raleigh, NC, where she is currently teaching. Her focus is on traditional hatha-raja yoga practice, and she has been certified in prenatal and senior yoga.
Julie Realon, RYT 200

Julie’s life growing up was filled with a wide variety of opportunities for exploring movement and physical activity, including dance, cheerleading, gymnastics, basketball, and running around to escape her big brother! After college, her work life and raising three children put some of that activity on hold. But at age 40, Julie decided to check out a yoga class taught by Julie Suiter, and was instantly "hooked." It brought back all of the joys of moving the body in a challenging but pleasurable way, and she loved the way it made her feel young again! After practicing yoga for four years, Julie pursued her 240-hour teaching certificate, so she could share her passion for yoga with others. Since her graduation from the North Carolina School of Yoga in April 2005, Julie has taught a wide variety of classes, including Yoga Basics, Kids Yoga, Gentle Yoga, and Vinyasa Yoga. Julie enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities. Her teaching style reflects her love of yoga and the many joys it brings to body, mind, and spirit. “On my head, pour only the sweet waters of serenity. Give me the gift of the untroubled mind.” www.bluelotusnc.com

Julie Rosier, RYT
Julie Rosier
Julie Rosier has been practicing yoga since 1992 and has been teaching yoga full time since 1997. She received her Yoga Instructor’s Certification through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health of Lenox, Massachusetts. She is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is also a Certified Acu-Yoga Instructor through the Acupressure Institute of Berkeley, California. In addition to her Kripalu certification, Julie completed the North Carolina Esther Myers Teacher Training Program in the summer of 2000 and is the mentor and organizer for the current training. A long-time student of Esther Myers, Relaxed Hatha yoga with an emphasis on finding the breath and being in the body for students of all fitness levels. Yoga With Julie
Zora Savage, RYT 200 Zora learned her first Sun Salutation in her teens in the Czech Republic, where she was born and spent the first 30 years of her life. As a life time fitness fanatic, runner and swimmer, she rediscovered yoga first to offset her high impact routine. Zora\'s dedication to yoga continued to grow and by 2007 it became her dominant physical practice. In 2009, she decided to study yoga more in depth and completed her teacher training at Yoga Garden with Dharma Richards. She currently continues her study of Yoga Sutra with Subhash Mittal. Zora is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance. Yoga is not just a physical practice, but it is the way of life that Zora wishes to share with others.
Sandra Scherer, RYT 200

Sandra’s yoga journey began years before she first stepped onto a mat, as like many she contemplated for a long time what seemed to be the mystery behind this ancient practice. In 2002, she cracked open the door to her own practice with a series of semi-private lessons in the Vinyasa style with Jill Sockman. For the next six years, yoga became a great source of balance to Sandra's hectic professional work life in corporate communications. With Jill as virtually her only instructor, Sandra’s practice evolved to include appreciation and love of all the beauty that is yoga. In 2009, she completed 285 hours of teacher training as a student of the first class of 9 months of transformation, the blue lotus yoga immersion and teacher training program. In yoga, Sandra has found a home as well as a place from which to encourage her students to explore yoga beyond the mat, to how they move physically, emotionally, and spiritually in the world. www.bluelotusnc.com

Peggy Selby, RYT Peggy received her certification through All People Yoga Center (APYC) in Indianapolis, IN and is Registered through Yoga Alliance. Peggy has been practicing yoga for many years and has been teaching for over 10 years. Peggy brings her intuitive and spontaneous teaching methods to her yoga classes where her approach to teaching is compassionate and heart centered. Peggy's long-time personal practice includes Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Anusara and Integral yoga. Peggy is also certified in Water Yoga and has attained her Second Degree level of the Reiki method of natural healing.
Sandy Sferrazza, CYT
Sandy started practicing yoga in 2008 at Red Elephant Yoga - the Scaravelli style - and as her practice advanced, she wanted to learn more about the philosophy and principles of yoga. After 8 months of study in the Ashtanga style with Nina Be at MindBody Centering Yoga, Sandy was certified to teach at the 200-hour level. She really enjoys helping students relax, breath and find some calm in their busy lives. www.yogaonmainfv.com (919) 649-6829
Howie Shareff DDS LVCYT

Howie began his yoga journey 15 years ago as a way to manage his stress and strains from arthritis, dental practice and sports. He found that easy, low impact yoga reduced the tension in his mind and as well as his body. Yoga has been crucial to Howie’s management of disabling arthritis. His condition resulted in multiple surgeries and complications that prematurely ended his dental career. His gentle yoga practice prepared him for surgery and rehabilitation from these events.
In 2008, Howie received certification to teach Chair Yoga at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health under the supervision of Lakshmi Voelker. In 2009, he became an apprentice of Cyndi Bulka.
In 2011, Howie founded You Call This Yoga, a 501c3 education nonprofit organization to bring gentle, accessible, restorative yoga to the American public. In 2011, he published the book and DVD, Sit Stretch Smile for beginner and novice Chair Yoga practitioners. In 2012, You Call This Yoga hosted YogaFest NC, where 250 attendees shared yoga and wellness information, classes and programs in Raleigh, NC. In addition, Howie produces a weekly yoga program on Raleigh Cable Channel 10.
Howie’s background allows him to create many classes that are gentle, informative, and fun. He understands limitations, has knowledge of the body and brings 25 years of experience in calming and humoring his patients to yoga. Visit www.youcallthisyoga.org for more information.

Loretta Jo Schlatzer, E-RYT500
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A Yoga practitioner for many years, Loretta Jo earned her 220-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Lisa Clark, EmbodiYoga, her 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification with Stephanie Keach, Asheville Yoga Center, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500) with the Yoga Alliance. Loretta Jo's classes feature creative sequencing of standing and seated asanas, twists, backbends, inversions and more. A dynamic approach that purposefully links guided breath control with sequenced movements. Each practice is an original and energetic combination of elements incorporating pranayama (breath control), asana (physical postures), and dharana (concentration) ~ followed by a peaceful Savasana (relaxation). With practice, students build stamina, increase their physical strength, improve flexibility and concentration and gain confidence ~ balancing body, mind and spirit, what Loretta calls, "Yoga-Mojo". Visit www.yoga-mojo.com for more information.

Michele Shipley, RYT 500 Michele Shipley, RYT 500, was a dancer early on prior to transitioning to the corporate world. She discovered the power of yoga in 2002 and continued evolving in her practice as it became a healing mechanism for her chronic pain. Yoga has profoundly impacted her – providing not only physical pain relief but aligning the mind, body and spirit connection. Michele completed a Forrest Yoga Teacher Training course in NYC, November 2005. She went on to complete Stephanie Keach's Training in Asheville, NC, June 2007. Michele's compassion plays a big role in her teaching, and she encourages her students to stay in the present, focusing on their breath as a channel to healing. Knowing first-hand the therapeutic benefits of yoga, Michele is committed to sharing her passion of yoga with the community. Her extensive global travels, as part of her corporate role, have also provided her with significant insight into the struggle to maintain balance from within. She is eternally grateful for the many influences that continue crossing her path and inspiring her journey. www.bluelotus.com
Jill Sockman, RYT 500, E-RYT 500

Movement arts have always been a part of Jill’s life. Perhaps it all began when she was a wee girl, practicing her own form of acrobatics around the house -- most often in an attempt to get the attention of her older brothers. Since then, the style and intention have changed dramatically, but the innate desire to physically express the energy of the life and Light within remains the same. Now Jill’s art of choice is yoga, ranging from the soft and meditative to the sweaty and vigorous. With grace and compassion, she holds the space for yoga practitioners young and old -- people from all walks of life -- to uncover for themselves what has been lost along the way: strength of will, flexibility of character, clarity of mind, and contentment of heart. This is yoga for real life. Jill has been a student of meditation and yoga since the early 1990s, attaining RYT status in 2000 and E-RYT in 2006. She offers deep gratitude to all of the teachers who have profoundly influenced her practice and teaching: Gordon Sharpe, Warren Grossman, Suzanne Newton, and Rod Stryker. www.bluelotusnc.com

Diane Stakoe, RYT

After living with chronic back pain for several years, Diane was introduced to the therapeutic benefits of yoga. She has been pain free for over 20 years with a regular practice of yoga, deep breathing, prayer and meditaion and massage therapy.

Diane received her 200 hr. yoga teacher training at the Anahata Integrated Teacher Training in Newburyport, MA, and has been teaching Hatha yoga since 2006. Recently, she completed a 95 hr. teacher training with Holy Yoga Ministries, and is so excited to bring this ministry, connecting to Christ on the mat through prayer, poses and worship, to Raleigh!

Diane is also a licensed massage therapist and has her own medical and therapeutic massage practice in North Raleigh.

For more information, visit Diane's website: www.dianestakoe.com
Jennifer Stanigar, M.Ed., RYT Jennifer Stanigar

Practicing since 1996.
Kripalu 200 hour yoga teacher training (August 2000) Certified Pre-Natal yoga teacher (Janice Clarfield 2003) Thai Yoga Therapy Certification (Saul David Raye 2001) Have attended numerous retreats with many different teachers (White Lotus/Omega/Amrit Desai/Sara Powers) Have been actively teaching from 1998-2009 at shaktimindbodyfitness.com in Kingston, Jamaica.

My classes integrate pranayama, asana, and meditation weaving philosophy, poetry, and witnessing silence. My goal is to lead students to have an experience of yoga in every class. I prefer to teach 1 1/2 or 2 hour classes. My intention is to offer free classes in the park, prisons, womens centers and also available to teach privates.

For more information about upcoming classes, call 919-909-3155 or email jstanigar@gmail.com

Judith Valerie, M.A., RYT
Is an educator with 27 years of teaching experience in Britain and the United States. She has been practicing yoga since 1977 and teaching since 1979. Yoga teaching has been her professional livelihood since moving to Raleigh, NC in 1990.

The first 13 years of Judith's yoga education were in the Iyengar tradition. In addition, Judith is certified through White Lotus Foundation (CA, 1988) and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (MA, 1991) In 2002, she recieved her 500 hour professional level teaching certification from Kripalu. Her studies continue to inform and deepen her understanding of the poses. Judith has also completed month-long residential programs at Satchidananda Yoga Center (VA) and a three-week intensive in Greece with Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten.

Judith continues her professional development as a yoga teacher by attending additional workshops and training in a variety of styles.
For more information: http://www.judithvalerieyoga.com/about.html

Leilani Walker, RYT 200

Leilani loves yoga. She believes it has the power to connect us to our inner guide, reveal the truth of who we are, reset our happiness meters, and expand our compassion as we evolve from practicing yoga on the mat to the real beauty of being our practice. Leilani has practiced yoga for 12 years. She completed a 240-hour certification in 2008 and has also taken Erich Schiffmann's advanced yoga teacher training course with a focus on teaching Freedom Style Yoga and meditation. www.bluelotusnc.com

Robin Walls, RYT200

Robin received her yoga teacher certification from Asheville Yoga Center and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance. She is also a life-long qigong student of Master Zhongxian Wu and is currently working to finish her Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy certification.

While Robin does host classes, her primary focus is on teaching individual how to use yoga and qigong tools for healthier, balanced living.

When she is not practicing or sharing these tools with others, you can find her hanging out in a coffee shop with her husband, Nathan or at home reading a book and hugging on her dog and 8 feral cats. Ask her about Trap Neuter and Release (TNR) and how yoga & qigong benefit you AND your pet!

Ann Baker Ward, RYT, SYT Has practiced yoga for several years and is a certified teacher in Integral and Accu-yoga. She has studied with Annie King, Esther Myers, Michael Gach (Acu-yoga) and Structural Yoga Therapy under Mukunda Stiles.
Suzanne Weiner, RYT 200

Suzanne grew up in Trinidad doing yoga with her cousins and singing Kirtan with her grandmother. A consistently inconsistent asana practice for many years evolved over time and has led to an ongoing love affair with the practice of yoga. Finding vinyasa yoga several years ago and discovering the amazing power of linking breath and movement with spirituality continues to be a transformative experience. Physically, the strength building and stretching that are integral to a vinyasa practice have helped her to control chronic lower back pain. However, it is the inner journey of discovery, and the clarity that comes when the mind is quiet and the heart is open that keeps her on the yogic path. Sharing these practices with others is the most joyous way of giving back the greatest gifts she continues to receive from yoga – a healthy body and an open heart. In her classes, Suzanne works on developing strength, encouraging exploration, looking for laughter, and helping to find contentment and peace. www.bluelotusnc.com

Linda Wishart, RYT
Styles: Kripalu, Pranakriya, Hatha. Linda, a certified Kripalu and Pranakriya Yoga Teacher at the 200 level, has been an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga since 1997. She received her dual RYT certification with Yoganand Michael Carroll and is registered with the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association. Linda has enjoyed many workshops and trainings with Yoganand Michael Carroll as well as Stephanie Keach, Bryan Kest, Shobhan Rochard Faulds, Dean Hudson and Sudha Carolyn Lundeen. She enjoys bringing the many benefits of yoga to her students and teaching the concept of breath and body awareness. www.yogaonmainfv.com; Phone: 704-860-6451
Joanne Wisnosky, RYT 500
Styles: Scaravelli, Hatha. Joanne started as a yoga student in 2004 and completed her 2-year 800+ hour teacher training at the Red Elephant School of Yoga in 2011, in the Vanda Scaravelli/Esther Myers tradition which focuses on the anatomy of yoga and bringing the pose to each and every individual person, not the person to the pose. Joanne has concentrated on working with the senior population and has worked with many individuals with physical limitations. She adapts yoga to fit the needs of each person, concentrating on balance, building strength to maintain an active lifestyle and providing a safe environment in which to do these things. She volunteers by teaching at Fuquay-Varina’s free Yoga in the Park and at Windsor Pointe Retirement Community. Joanne also has a BSE in Physical Education with 10 years of teaching experience in the public and private school sector. www.yogaonmainfv.com; Phone: 919-779-6230
Shin-Yiing Yeung, RYT Shin-Yiing Yeung Since 2008 after becoming a registered yoga teacher, she has practiced her therapeutic-based style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse populations at various medical centers, studios, and private homes in the Triangle/Triad Area. She encourages her students to gain an awareness of postural alignment, mindfulness, and breath on the mat as well as in their day-to-day activities. With her previous work experiences in the healthcare field and continued yoga teacher trainings, she strives to make yoga is accessible and safe to all people, people of various body types, flexibility ranges, and medical conditions. She is due to complete her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Elon University in 2013. Please visit her website for more details: www.RootToMove.com
Kathleen Yount, RYT 200

Kathleen, also known around the studio as Cupcake, began practicing yoga in 1999--in her apartment, accompanied by a Patricia Walden VHS tape, because she was intimidated by the thought of doing yoga in a class setting. Over time, as her love of the practice grew, so did her willingness to take her mat out of her living room...and now it goes with her most everywhere. Her teaching style reflects the gifts she receives from her own yoga practice: an awareness of strength, self-healing, equanimity, and the contentment that comes from the recognition of our connection to the living, breathing world around us. Her classes are a grounded space in which students can nurture their own awareness of the body, the breath, and the energy that exists in all things. Kathleen is honored to be a graduate of the first class of blue lotus's teacher training program. She is currently pursuing advanced anatomy training through the New York-based Breathing Project's Yoga Educators program. www.bluelotusnc.com