Beth has been in the fitness industry for 20 years. Before this time she was a middle school teacher. During her time in the fitness world she has taught a variety of group fitness classes, managed two group fitness programs and has been a personal trainer and running coach. She discovered yoga in 2001 and it quickly became a big part of her life. After several years of practice and training, she received her RYT-200 in 2012. Since 2012 her yoga practice and training has grown to include yoga as therapy. She is also a certified as a Yoga For Warriors instructor working with our veterans and others that may find yoga to help with PTSD or other trauma and mental health issues. She aspires for those taking her classes to feel successful and well-balanced in mind, body and spirit! Beth is an avid runner and cyclist and loves to spend time with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. Favorite Buddha quote: “The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”
Kirsten has been teaching group fitness classes for 31 years. While she loves teaching a variety of classes, she is most passionate about teaching yoga. She fell in love with yoga about 20 years ago at a time when she had chronic pain from compressed discs in her lower back. Through her yoga practice she was able to find relief from the pain and from that point on was a true believer in the vast benefits of yoga. In 2002, she was certified through YogaFit. In 2017, she received her Yoga for Athletes certification with Sage Rountree, an internationally recognized in yoga for athletes. In 2018, she completed her 200 hour yoga certification with Carolina Yoga Company. Kirsten is grateful for the opportunity to teach yoga to people of all ages and abilities. Teaching yoga to athletes is of particular interest as she knows yoga is such an important component of an overall training program. Kirsten is a certified yoga, cycle and group fitness instructor.
Yoga found Corinne during a time of grief and despair. It was during her yoga and meditation practice that she found self love, healing, & an awakened, freeing perspective on life. After leaving the corporate world of over 15 years to focus on a deeper yoga journey, she obtained her 200 hour YTT certification from Lifetime Fitness, Inc. in Raleigh NC. Yoga and meditation have helped her grow stronger, more flexible, and fearless both on the mat and off. She teaches with an authentic, non-judgemental style that stems from a compassion-centered philosophy. Yoga is freedom and release. She is here to help students find that release by connecting both mind and body energetically and encouraging students to push themselves beyond ordinary limits.
Kathi Russell (RYT-200) had a very brief introduction to yoga at a staff retreat in the early 1990s—she loved it but didn’t see room for it in her life. Working in the mental health field for nearly twenty years, she spent a lot of energy supporting her clients, her coworkers and her staff to pursue self care but it wasn’t always a focus for herself. Fast forward past another career and substantial life changes, she moved to Hawaii and ended up living about half of a mile from Aloha Yoga Kula (now Blue Lotus Kailua). She drove by every day on her way into town and kept telling herself that she really should try a class. She was yearning for something, anything. And then she finally did show up for a class, diving in headfirst. She completed her teacher training shortly after her first year of practice under the guidance of her teacher and mentor Brigitte Snyder (E-RYT-500) of Kailua. Kathi’s practice and instruction follows the Hatha yoga tradition in the Iyengar lineage. She uses props to extend your body’s (and mind’s and spirit’s) access to asana and to help guide the modification of poses to meet your current needs. She also uses essential oils during her classes to deepen your connection to your practice. All of her classes are for every body. Come as you are.
Michele’s journey with yoga began early in 2007 with a basic weekly practice, which then grew into a passion. Exploring more classes with different teachers opened diverse avenues with every teacher having their own style and delivery. Her first Vinyasa class was the hook. She soon realized that “the body moved like a song” in flow classes. That passion turned into a desire to not only deepen her own practice, but to get her certification and teach others. She received her RYT 200 certification in June, 2010 from Ann Richardson’s Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga in Virginia Beach, and her RYT 500 certification in December, 2013 from Kathy Donnelly’s Yoga Center of Columbia. In addition, she got certified through Ann Hunt of Evolve Yoga & Wellness in California, MD to become a Certified Pranassage Practitioner. She teaches all types of classes, but her true love is Vinyasa combined with fun music that allows students to experience their practice inside and out, allowing a calming effect while having fun and challenging the body. “Teaching others is equally as rewarding as my own practice on the mat. Yoga brings to me a sense of pause in my life, a reminder to slow down and breathe, and a feeling of satisfaction knowing I am always challenging my body and mind. What a gift this practice is!” Michele enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and dog. Being a true lover of all things sun, water, and sand, her favorite vacations are spent in tropical settings on the beach.
Donna Miller had always been told that yoga would find her when the time was right. In the spring of 2015, Donna completed LifePower Yoga teacher training in Rochester Hills, MI. She became a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) and began her journey of connecting breath, body, and movement and sharing her passion with others. Donna believes that yoga will meet you where you are - it’s an endless practice and journey! Donna finds joy in her yoga practice every day!She also enjoys running, weight training, and any opportunity to be outside.She is an ACE certified group fitness instructor and is dedicated to health and wellness for all. After being away from North Carolina for the last 4 years, Donna is happy to be home. She is excited to be part of the team at Unwined on White and looks forward to meeting you soon!
Renée fell in love with yoga in her early twenties when she learned about the practice in a wellness book and began teaching herself the basic poses. The combination of movement and breath brings her back to the present moment again and again. Over the years she explored many styles of yoga before pursuing her training in Vinyasa Flow. She completed her 230 hour training and Kids Yoga training at Asheville Yoga Center. She completed her 500 hour training at AYC; studying mindfulness with Kimberley Puryear, philosophy with Michael Johnson, therapeutics with Joe Taft, and Yin Yoga with Shala Worsley. While much of her yogi experience has been alignment based, she is strongly influenced by her creative yogic exploration with Angela Farmer at Kripalu. Her classes are a unique synthesis from all of her yoga experiences, bringing an experience of feeling and expansion both intellectually and physically to her students. Expect to practice pranayama and meditation in her classes of all levels. Renée strives daily to bring her yogic practice off of the mat, as she parents her two daughters. She also loves attending Kirtan, art, traveling, reading, and time outdoors.
Jana's love for yoga began at an early age when it was a tool to improve her figure skating career. Fourteen years later after hanging up her boots, she played golf competitively at Catawba College, in Salisbury, NC. Post-college she enjoys running half-marathons with her canine running buddy, Sadie.
Jana is a RYT- 200 certified instructor. Yoga for athletes and sharing yoga with new practitioners is a passion. In addition to teaching yoga, she is a middle school science and math teacher at Rolesville Middle School.
With a lifelong passion for all things wellness-related, Katie’s yoga journey began when she started practicing with her mom at only twelve years old. Her intrigue in the practice continued to grow, and shortly after she moved across the country to California she realized there would need to be a way to center herself in a busy, unfamiliar place. It was at this point Katie wholeheartedly fell in love with yoga and its ability to steady both her mind and body, while challenging her physical and mental strength. Eager to share her love for yoga with others, Katie embarked the journey to becoming a 200-hour certified yoga teacher on the gorgeous beaches of Costa Rica. Now, she takes honor in holding space for students to go on their own self explorations toward finding an inner peace. Katie’s classes are breath-focused, authentic and warm - allowing you to leave feeling lighter and with a newfound connection to your truest self.
Monica has been involved in the fitness wellness yoga world teaching since 2007. She completed the 200 hour RYT Prana Vinyasa Yoga training in June 2013 with her mentor and teacher Carson Westerlund at Evolve Movement Cameron Village Raleigh, NC. She has participated in trainings and workshops with Shiva Rea, Simon Park, Maria Garre, Coral Brown, Kathryn Budig and worked with many talented amazing yogis in the Triangle area. She enjoys all types of fitness activities. And has completed certifications through Schwin Indoor Cycling, Group Fitness and Personal Training. Monica enjoys being mom to her three children and two pups. She and her husband, Jon, love hiking and trying classes at new yoga studios when traveling near and far. She has hopes to plan and lead retreats as well as grow her lifestyle/wellness social media blog pages in this upcoming year! She absolutely is thrilled to practice with everyone at Unwined!
Tiffany began her yoga journey in 2008 originally seeking new fitness challenges. The total balance of mind, body and spirit she began to experience motivated her to pursue teacher training so she could share the love she had unintentionally found. In December 2014, Tiffany completed her 200 hour certification with Wilmington Yoga Center at 9 months pregnant. This helped her to realize her true passion for teaching special populations such as prenatal, trauma sensitive, seniors, kids, etc. Whatever the need, it is her hope that every student leaves feeling refreshed, renewed and ready to accept all of life's blessings and challenges. Tiffany believes yoga is for everyone. Come as you are!
Julie Ducatte has been in the health and fitness field for over 25 years and has been teaching yoga since 1999. She is an Anusara-Inspired Yoga teacher and a Yoga Alliance registered teacher at the E-RYT200 level. Julie discovered the heart-opening and transformational aspects of Anusara Yoga in 2004 and is deeply grateful for the Universal Principles of Alignment that helped heal her body after an injury. Julie deeply enjoys every minute she spends teaching and practicing yoga. She loves sharing yoga with the community and is committed to teaching a safe and mindful yoga practice aimed at opening the body, heart and mind. She welcomes you to discover how the practice of yoga can create more joy, happiness and peace of mind in your life.
“Finding your own way through the teachings of many” is Dana's philosophy.Trained in Ashtanga, Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa, Pre-natal, and Post-natal, Dana brings you a unique blend of every teacher before her.While the physical aspect of yoga is the primary focus of each class she facilitates, you will find themes of peace, kindness, compassion, self worth, open mindedness and acceptance are woven through the class.Dana’s experience and compassion enable her to cater to various fitness levels, ages, and physical limitations all within the same class.Dana became enthralled with yoga as an outlet to corporate life in the early 2000's. It was the perfect creative outlet for a childhood dancer who loves movement, breath, and living in the present moment. Dana has been sharing her passion for yoga with others for over 15 years. Dana’s devotion to healthy active living is always driving her to learn more and she would love for you to join her on this journey.