Angelica Parker began a few years ago as a fitness instructor teaching Pilates/Barre and Strength Training. I had been going to yoga classes for about a decade but saw myself attending classes more regularly. First, for the physical stretch I needed after teaching a lot of classes, but then also for how it benefits mentally as well. As a mom to two young kids I realize how important it was to just slow down and breathe. I enrolled in yoga teacher training because I wanted to share my love and passion for yoga with my students. I strongly believe that yoga is for anyone and every body so I always try to pay attention to all the students in my class and offer modifications to make it accessible for all.
Beth began 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 this time 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.
Beth is an ACSM and ACE personal trainer, biomechanics specialist, USA Track and Field running coach, and certified cycle instructor.
Favorite Buddha quote: “The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”
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 teacher at Rolesville Middle School.
Kirsten has taught group fitness classes for 29 years including yoga for the past 13. Despite all the different types of classes she’s taught over the years, teaching yoga has truly been the most rewarding to her. She is inspired to continue to learn and grow in her yoga teaching and personal yoga practice. In May 2017, she received her Yoga for Athletes certification. In April 2018, she will complete her 200 hour yoga certification. She aspires to work with athletes of all levels and ages as yoga is such an important, but sometimes overlooked, component of an overall training program. Kirsten is a certified yoga, Pilates, group fitness and cycle instructor. Kirsten works full-time for the City of Raleigh in the budget office and is raising two daughters…one in high school and one in college.
Michele Doiron, E-RYT 500. 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.
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 continues 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 yogic 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 with her husband. She also loves attending Kirtan, travelling, reading, and time outdoors.
Sammantha has been teaching Cycle classes for four years, and Barre classes for three years locally in the triangle. Prior to that she was a long distance runner; but after three hip surgeries within three years, she hung up her sneakers and opted for a low impact yet insanely effective workout! Sammantha loves Barre as it is challenging and targets muscle groups using small isometric movements. She also loves that barre is perfect for everyone regardless of their experience level. You can expect a fast paced, high energy, and invigorating workout while still having fun and not regretting a second!
Sammantha completed a Booty Barre instructor course in 2015. She lives here in Wake Forest with her husband and two Great Danes. They enjoy traveling, spending time on their road bikes, and trying new restaurants!
Shelly is a Physical Therapist, Wellness Coach, Fitness Instructor, outdoor enthusiast, and lover of life. Her yoga practice started out as a very physically based experience, and has greatly evolved over the past few years in a way that created a sacred space for tuning inward and growing as a person. She believes that healing the mind, body, and soul is a practice that begins from the inside-out. She has connected to the yoga lifestyle on a spiritual level; and has pursued yoga instruction as a way to align with her passion to serve others. She believes that every time you carve out the time for yourself to show up on your mat, there is an opportunity for growth. Shelly loves to make classes fun, engaging, edgy, and truly transformational. She aims to inspire more light, love, and inner peace in the world through her authentic expression of self in yoga and other forms of holistic health & wellness.
Tiffany Carnes 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!