The link between the mind and the body, the brilliant and amazing connection between the two, fascinates me! I feel like my life has come full circle. My experience as a school counselor, dance teacher, business owner/travel planner, wife and mom to 3 has led me here today. Being a yoga instructor to both children and adults is my passion that I am grateful I was able to pursue. I've seen how yoga changes lives of all ages and am honored to be a part of your transformation! Bringing essential oils into my yoga practice has become a favorite of mine! I also love learning about the fascia system and have experienced in my own body the great benefits that myofascial release and yoga can have! The beach is my happy place...My standup paddle board is close second, and everything having to do with dance and Broadway ♥♥️♥️
RYT 200 - Vinyasa Flow for ALL Bodies
RCYT 95 - Grounded Kids Program
Level 1 Aerial Yoga Teacher
AFAA Group Fitness Instructor
Licensed School Counselor NC/ FL
Born and raised in Concord, NC, this is home and being able to bring yoga and holistic health to the local community is a dream. Ashlyn found yoga in 2013 while trying to combat the stress of being a full time student at WCU (graduated with B.S. & B.A.) and working part time. It quickly spiraled in to a journey that led her to do an intensive yoga teacher training in Southern Spain with Frog Lotus International, practicing Vinyasa yoga and studying the deep underlying meaning & philosophy of yoga that dates back thousands of years. Currently working on her 300 hour yoga teacher training and going back to school for Ayurveda, she is passionate about giving others the tools to heal themselves through a more holistic approach. Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science is her other love and involves working with nutrition, daily habits & routines, times of day & year along with individual needs for a holistic approach to a balanced life. Other interests include all things food, traveling & nature.
Yogi, mom, and social worker, I have always felt a calling to serve others.
I took my first yoga class ten years ago as I was looking for an effective way to deal with the stress and anxiety of graduate school. My weekly yoga classes became the one hour I felt completely relaxed and at ease.
After graduating, my love for travel and activism inspired me to volunteer with an organization in Delhi, India. At night, I would practice yoga at the Sivananda Yoga Center. Yoga classes again became my refuge from busy days in the crowded city.
Years later, burnt out from my desk job, I was eager to do something new. By divine intervention, I ended up at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
For the next six months, I lived in the Sivananda Ashram and served over 2800 hours as a Karma Yogi, practicing selfless service. I enrolled in the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training program, an immersive, month-long study into a yogic lifestyle, under the direction of Swamis and senior staff members of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center.
I love teaching yoga and sharing this ancient practice of peace with others. I strive to incorporate the philosophical and traditional elements of Yoga into each unique class while maintaining a lighthearted and inclusive presence for both new and experienced yogis.
In 2017,Lydia began practicing yoga and immediately recognized the numerous healing benefits it has to offer. As someone who struggled with back pain from scoliosis, yoga was better than anything the doctor could have prescribed. She quickly developed a passion to dive deeper and become a bigger part of the yoga community so she found a studio to start attending regular classes. Soon after, she received her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification under Kim Zegil. Now, she is focused on learning more about the therapeutic side of yoga so she can pass that healing and happiness on to others.
Movement has always been an essential part of Rayna’s life. When she danced, she felt a deep connection in mind, body, and spirit. Rayna’s main draw to yoga always revolved around spirituality, mental health, and accessibility for all. After moving to Charlotte, she completed her 200-hour training with Jaimis Huff as well as a 30-hour Accessible Yoga training. Rayna’s style is a nod to her dancing days, where rhythmic movements meet yogic breath. While movements drew Rayna in, it was the spiritual growth and sense of inner peace that kept her coming. Through her classes, Rayna hopes to provide a yoga practice – beyond the physical – to all individuals.
Originally, from Odessa, Ukraine. Natela has her Master's degree in psychology and is currently teaching psychology at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College part-time. Teaching is her passion. She was introduced to yoga after a massive back injury playing tennis many years ago. Pain was overwhelming and medication did not help. Yoga was not as popular and well known in Ukraine as it is now, but it was exactly what she needed! She found "Universal Yoga" training in Odessa and started studying yoga as a science, philosophy of yoga, and biographies of Guru yogis. Yoga helps her stay balanced and connected to spirit, mind, and body, and it leads her to a healthy lifestyle as a whole. She stays active all the time: cycling, hiking, walking, traveling, reading, listening to music to make life interesting, exciting and joyful!
Taylor is no stranger to movement! She began dance training at the age of 2 and for the last 6 years moved from dancer to instructor/choreographer. During her dance years she experienced a back injury that prevented her from certain movements and made it difficult to add strength to her body. Yoga was introduced to her and she instantly felt the improvement. A gentler way to stay active, flexible and increase her strength was a positive result of her training. The classes led her to wanting more YOGA! She has completed her concentrated Yoga certification with a 220 hour Hatha teacher training program and is certified aerial yoga. Her goals include helping others find strength, movement and physical improvement with the Joy of Yoga!
Melissa, who also enjoys being called/going by "Bliss" has been teaching yoga since 2003. Having taught many different styles of yoga, her passion has become deep stretch.
Outside of teaching yoga, she teaches high school chemistry and loves working out. She enjoys playing soccer, swimming/water sports, & hiking with her husband and daughter. She has 2 cats currently & loves all animals.
Bliss really hopes to help others find inner peace, balance & space through yoga.
200 hr E-RYT,
Aerial Yoga Teacher
Kat is the quintessential urban yogi. A professional dancer and fitness enthusiast throughout her life, she has brought new dimensions to her spiritual life and physical wellness through her personal experience with yoga. She incorporates her down to earth spirit and inspirational teachings into every yoga class to create a challenging physical practice as well as an inspiring one so all practitioners live their best life. Kat has expander her expertise through her training at the Circus Center of Boulder,CO as an Aerial Yoga Teacher and has started the premiere Aerial Yoga program in the North Charlotte area.