All Triangle Yoga Instructors are available for private
sessions.Please email them if you are interested.
Liz Alwaybegan taking ballet at the age of three and began a personal yoga practice at the age of twenty four. After many years of experimenting with different schools of yoga she discovered Aerial Yoga and fell in love with the marriage of dance and yoga that aerial embraces. Liz knew at an early age that she wanted to teach young children and began teaching in nurseries at the age of twelve. Since then, she's worked in various nurseries and kindergartens up and down the state of California. During that time she also became involved with the Haight Ashbury Play Program for Youth in San Francisco, working with high-risk children up to the age of sixteen. She also worked with the AmeriCorps Project, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and The Resource
Conservation District to provide urban elementary aged children with school vegetable gardens and environmental education programs. Liz was introduced to the Waldorf educational system In Phoenix , became heavily involved in the community, and transferred that interest to North Carolina where she has taught in an assistant role at the Emerson Waldorf School. Email Liz
Bogart, E-RYT, has yoga roots that stretch back to
her Waldorf School kindergarten curriculum when she was introduced to Eurythmy (the art of speaking
and singing through movements and gestures that are intended to reveal
to the eye what language and music bring to the ears). Tracy's personal
teaching style is directly connected to these roots. She creatively
emphasizes the liquid- like coordination of breath and movement, along
with the direct connection of expressionof oneself through the heart
and the body as a whole. When she teaches, each class organically unravels a unique sequence of poses
designed to unleash the movement of energy within, tap into the energy
around the body, and connect with the infinite space outside the room. A yoga instructor for over 27yrs, Tracy's traditional teaching
experience was adopted in So. California where she lived, studied
and practiced yoga at the renowned YogaWorks in a variety of styles with master teachers Erich Schiffmann, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Brian Kest, Rod Stryker, Ana Forrest, Lisa Walford, Max Strom, Steve Ross, Rian Shumacher and Remy O'Neal.
opened Triangle Yoga Shala in 1995 as a way to continue studying with her
teachers, find new teachers to study with, and stay close
to home to raise her two daughters. Through theyears she has hosted (and studied with) dozens of master teachers at the studio. Prior to that time, yoga was
not openly accessible in the
Triangle area and it was difficult establishing classes for the public, so
in 1992 she developed yoga programs in a number of
local gyms and fitness centers, creating a new awareness for 'the
practice' in the area. In addition to Tracy's teaching, and managerial duties at the studio she has also started yoga programs for to the Men's
Football and Women's Lacrosse teams at UNC Chapel
Hill, theAmerican Dance Festival in Durham, and Duke-Diet and Fitness. Tracy is
certifiedas an Advanced Yoga Teacher by the White Lotus Foundation, an Advanced Yoga Alliance
Teacher, in Thai Yoga Therapy with Saul David Raye and has a certificate of completion in Anatomy and Physiology with Carol Verner's 'Form
& Flow' program. Recognizinghowprofoundly yoga
transformed her life, giving it a more meaningful and purpose, she is grateful for everything the practice has provided.As senior teacher at the studio sheis
dedicated to sharingher
enthusiasm through mentoring teachers, empowering new students, and
motivating continuing students to keep their yoga practice authentic. Email Tracy
Below, Tracy and Rebecca rehearse a sequence for a Rhythmic Flow Workshop
Campbell took his first yoga class in Texas more than 40 years ago. Although fascinated and moved by the experience, he took a very long detour to L.A. for a career in acting. Amidst the craziness and excess that is L.A.., through the craft of acting, the occasional yoga class, and the reading of many esoteric books, Scott explored the relationship between the body, mind, and emotions. Eventually seeking greater balance in his life, he returned to regular yoga practice some 15 years ago, and used his practice to heal, ground, deepen, and expand what he learned as an actor in L.A.. He is a student of Taoism and Tibetan Buddhism, as well as Indian style of yoga. His teaching reflects the eclectic mix of his background, using what works, with encouragement, compassion, and humor to help each student to uncover and move closer to their truth and the peace and acceptance that eventually comes. He is grateful for the many teachers who have helped alon the way, including Gabriel Halpern, Ti Harmony, Vincent Bridges and the Dalai Lama to name just a few. Email
Margaret Chesson,PT-GCS, RYT, graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in Physical Therapy in 1976.
She has worked most of her PT career in orthopedic or
geriatric physical therapy, working
the past ten years at Carol Woods Retirement Center part time
where she also teaches senior
gentle yoga classes. Her attraction to yoga was a natural extension of
her interest in intersection
western and eastern thought. She first trained with Ginger Garner, MPT,
RYT, ATC, a long time physical
and yoga teacher who specializes in chronic pain management. Most
recently she successfully
the 220 hours of Yoga Teacher Training with Body, Mind and Spirit of
Margaret also credits the
nurturing and attentive tutelage from the instructors of Triangle Yoga
her own personal practice. It is Margaret's desire to share
her enthusiasm for the health
yoga with every Body and reassure you that it is never too late and you
are never too old
the yogic exploration. With the ample aid of props and supports, her
where you are and invite you to experience the benefits of merging the
of movements of your own body and breath
with the focus of your mind. Email
Christina Conleyhas been dancing since age 3, she received her BA in Modern Dance from the George Washington University in 2005 and has been teaching various dance styles to children and adults and performing modern and West African dance in the area since then. Christina was introduced to yoga by Tracy Bogart at the American Dance Festival one summer in high school, and in 2006 she completed a 220 hour teacher training in Hatha Yoga blended with Body-Mind Centering principles with David Beadle and Lisa Clark in Chapel Hill. Since then, she has completed a Pilates-Mat Teacher Training with Amy Michaels of NC Pilates, and a Pilates Apparatus Teacher Training with a rehabilitative focus with Radonna Patterson in Durham, NC. In 2013 Christina became a licensed massage therapist in NC. She enjoys continuing study in anatomy and somatic practices, particularly using imagery and sensory awareness to discover how our bodies can relax into more comfortable movement. Her classes encourage students to immerse themselves in the experience of their body and to rely less on outside rules, trusting their own inner awareness, and discovering more the joy of movement.Email Christina
Nicole Dagesse, has an MFA in dance, and is a 500hr RYT. She teaches a vinyasa style class that explores physical alignment and energetic embodiment in the flow. Nicole helps students re-engage with the power of the moving body in a sustainable practice. From the beginner to the advanced practitioner, she finds great joy in witnessing the progression of her students as they navigate the weaving together of mind, body and spirit. She also has developed workshops that emphasize the chakras, as well as Wildwomen Workshops that are designed to help access the divine feminine and the wild nature of the soul, through movement, breath work, kriyas, and myth. Nicole also teaches Aerial Dance, having taught at Frequent Flyers Productions in Boulder, Co. She is especially interested in specializing in fabric foundations and technique, as well as choreography and improvisation in the air. Email Nicole and visit her website.
Mali Drake began her yoga practice in college and her
teaching career in 1996 for Triangle Yoga. Through studying, practicing,
and teaching Iyengar Yoga, she gained respect for the intensity and awareness that
one brings to the practice. In pursuit of her own authentic expression of the spirit of
Hatha Yoga, Molly has explored and studied with many nationally known teachers
and has participated in dozens of workshops and teacher trainings. Particularly
inspired by the teachings of Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten, Molly now
teaches in a gentle, yet powerfully fluid, internal, open, and playful manner.
Her classes are not about rigid discipline or intense striving; she teaches the poses as a means to explore and study our inner selves. She sees yoga as being about the empowerment of our inner being through the vehicle of our personal body...an internal exploration, a journey, a continual unfolding and revelation of our true self. Email Molly
Rebecca Drake, Vinyasa Flow Teacher and YogaWorks certified, began practicing yoga with Tracy Bogart while attending the American Dance Festival in 1999. Rebecca has had the privilege of studying with many master teachers, and has been deeply influenced by Sarah Powers, Shiva Rea, Andrey Lappa, and Erich Schiffmann. She is committed to everyone in her classes, and aspires to create a safe and supportive environment for her students. She has a sweet sense of humor, and encourages a playful approach to practice, while gently and lovingly challenging her students.
Rebecca was the first Aerial Dance and Aerial Yoga teacher in North Carolina. She currently is the teacher trainer for her MomentOm Arts Aerial Yoga Teacher Training program at Triangle Yoga, and continues to teach Aerial fabric techniques to students of all levels at Triangle Yoga. She specializes in Aerial Dance choreography, having had her work performed by varied artists such as Archipelago Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, and the Carolina Friends School dance program. She has also performed at the NC Museum of Art, Fletcher Opera Theater, National Music Festivals and teaches the only Aerial Yoga Teacher Training Program in North Carolina.
Amanda Durnell received her education in Aerial Fabric and Static Trapeze from the New England Center for Circus Artsin Vermont. She studied with Elsie and Serenity Smith (the Trap Twins) formerly ofthe CirqueDu Soleil, and continues to focus on the foundations of teacher trainings in Aerial Acrobatics. In addition to her tainings at the New England Center for Circus Arts, Amanda furthered her studies in LABAN Movement under Susan Murphy. She has a genuine love and passion for performing, teaching children, and helping others pursue their goals in acrobatic fitness. Visit Amanda's website... Email Amanda
Dara Fort's first yoga class brought new-found physical and mental awakenings for her. Being a competitive gymnast and dancer for years, yoga was a refreshingly non-competitive way to feed her body while nurturing her soul. She found a sense of balance between having always pushed her edge and learning to be where she was in a moment. Through this balance Dara began to realize yoga's ripple effect within herself and within her community. Her relationships became stronger, her grip on life was softer and her appreciation for the connectedness of the universe was finally realized. After a year of practice Dara decided she wanted to teach. She wanted to spread the word, to share the gifts of this practice that others may not have experienced. Erich Schiffmann was one of her first inspirations to teach and take her personal practice further. She became a certified Level 1 and Level 2 Yoga Instructor and continued her education by attending classes and workshops. Over the next few years Dara's life and learning was enriched further by teacher trainings and the births of her daughters. Dara's favorite "gurus" are David Swenson, Beryl Bender Birch, Ana Forrest, and Seane Corn. Over the last nine years of teaching, Dara has learned more about life and people through the giving and receiving of this practice than any book, teacher or formal education could ever provide. It has been a strong, continuous thread that has weaved itself into her life and connected her to others...and for this, she is thankful for yoga. Email Dara
Kaity Granda, professional dancer, yoga teacher and aerialist, started dancing at the age of five and hasn’t ever really stopped. After college she moved to Philadelphia where she danced and choreographed both as an independent artist and also with several modern dance companies. It is during this time that she started studying and teaching yoga. With the help of a choreographic grant from the American Dance Festival, she moved to the triangle in 1996. She began teaching dance at Ninth Street Dance and the Durham Arts Council and yoga at Triangle Yoga. During this time she began preparing to become a Physician Assistant, (PA) and became certified at Philadelphia University in 2000. Currently she works as a PA in Durham caring for low income and uninsured families. She began studying Aerial dance with Rebecca Drake in 2009, and is excited to be bringing her choreographic skills to the fabrics. Email Kaity
Jillian Howden is California native and recent North Carolina transplant. She has been an educator for over 20 years, working with students of all ages. In the last decade, Jill focused on her yoga practice and became an RYT 200 Hatha yoga instructor in 2010 under the loving guidance of Purusha Hickson. Jillian is the first high school teacher in over 30 years to teach yoga classes for credit to students at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, which consistently ranks among the top public schools in California. This course changed her life trajectory and fueled her desire to both escape Los Angeles and teach yoga full time. As a teacher of teens and mother of 3 young beautiful children, Jill realized first hand the challenges parents face in attending yoga classes and managing child care. With the critical illness of her youngest child, Jillian spent many days on her mat behind her daughter's hospital bed. Yoga helped her keep her sanity and sense of calm during those rough days. The need and desire to teach yoga to parents and children together developed from her life experience, so it was only natural for Jillian to navigate toward teaching family and children's yoga. She completed her Rainbow Kids teacher training in May 2014 and is now focused on her yoga teaching practice and spending time with her children. Email Jillian
When Mary Justus took her first yoga class over 15 years ago, she knew she was 'home'. Since then she has studied many styles and various forms of Hatha, including Ashtanga, Bikram, Anusara and more recently, Yoga Nidra, Kundalini, and Yoga Therapeutics. Mary completed a very transformative Yoga Therapy curriculum with Nina Be and Bart Westorp in MindBody centering and also studied prenatal yoga with Paula Huffman. Her studies in Polarity Therapy with Janice Durand nourished, grounded and awakened her to the profound power of energetic medicine. In Mary's classes her students cultivate deep listening and mindfulness. Her intention is to hold a space where students can explore together their physical body, breath, energy body, mind and heart. As a massage therapist, Mary offers gentle assists, energetic touch and her own experience. Mary believes that our systems are naturally oriented towards health and well being, and as we develop this inner resource, we learn to support and accept ourselves; we give ourselves permission to receive this gift. Yoga was a healing force for Mary when she recovered from physical and mental dis-ease, and trauma in her system.
It brought her into a deeper relationship with herself, and living an embodied life.Yoga was also the foundation for her throughout both of her pregnancies, and most importantly, yoga taught her about self acceptance and that the present moment is the doorway to peace. She is grateful for these elegant teachings from the gifted teachers she has studied with, and is honored to share her experience.Email Mary
Barbara Karas first became interested in learning Qigong and Tai Chi when she saw people practicing slow graceful movements in a hospital atrium. Led by a man dressed in scrubs and playing Chinese music on a boom box she knew immediately that this was something she wanted to learn and share with others. She began instructor training in 2009 with Master Ping Zhao at Authentic Eastern Health in Bethlehem, PA. and was certified to teach Tai Chi and Qigong 18 steps I and II, Tai Chi 24 Steps, Eight Pieces Brocade, and Yijinjing. She is also a disciple of Brother Bernard Seif, a monk, therapist, Qigong healer, and member of the Knights Hospitaller who certified her in a form called Five Elements. Barbara seeks to emulate her teachers by encouraging every-BODY to learn these health-building and longevity-promoting Chinese exercises. Barbara teaches all forms step by step so that students can learn the movements at their own speed without feeling awkward.
As participants progress, they practice the foundational principles of Tai Chi and Qigong and begin to explore deeper levels of self-healing. Barbara would like to see people in the United States practicing in parks and gardens just like people in China, where they are part of the landscape. A relaxed class atmosphere and gentle music provide inspiration for people of all fitness levels to improve their health and cultivate the universal energy of Qi! Email Barbara
New to Chapel Hill from the Washington DC area, Tammy Kenney,RYT 200,
has been practicing yoga for many years. She found herself drawn to her mat to combat external demands of living in a hectic area and emotional challenges of a daughter’s health issues and other special needs. Physically, she loved a challenging class, but found what she most needed most was what she fought - letting go.
Prior to yoga certification, Tammy taught mind/body classes in fitness studios for several years. Feeling a missing piece in her practice and wanting to deepen her knowledge and understanding, she completed yoga teacher training through East Meets West yoga center in Vienna, VA. It was through training that she began to fully realize the healing and therapeutic nature of yoga, influenced greatly by workshops and writings of Max Strom, Doug Keller and Nischala Joy Devi and her teachers, Ladan Judge and Dawn Curtis. Her approach to not only her practice, but her life, began to be met with more ease, positivity and joy. It was then that old repetitive-use injuries from a youth in gymnastics and competitive power lifting and daily life in general began to repair.
Tammy teaches a challenging class, but enjoys offering modifications and meeting students where they are. She offers clear guidance and alignment cues so that postures are safe and accessible to everyone, but she enjoys giving students space and time to just be. Tammy teaches with an open, light-hearted nature. She encourages students to explore their own individual physical, spiritual and emotional needs - whatever they may be in that moment. Email Tammy
Jessica McGovern, RYT 200, started her path to Yoga upon reading Erich Schiffmann’s' Moving into Stillness'. Taken as an avenue to connect and, perhaps more accurately, re-connect with the body, mind, and spirit, Yoga has proven to be a transformative experience. After several years of home practice, extensive research into the teachings of Iyengar, David Coulter, Desikachar, Yin and Restorative schools of Yoga, she completed her 200-hour training with Yogaworks under the tutelage of Sarah Bell at Triangle Yoga Shala. Jes believes that Yoga does not need to be constrained by one particular method or style but, rather, by synthesizing (and continuing to incorporate new knowledge) one can maximize the benefits of many different avenues to achieve internal harmony. She feels it is critical to embody the foundational principles of yoga: Sukha (ease and flexibility), Sthira (strength) and, above all, Ahimsa (do no harm). Yoga should uplift, inspire, ground, support, and relax the body, mind, and heart, with the intent that its positive effects be felt “off the mat,” present in everyday life.Email Jess
Kathy Peillot grew up in France and is now a Parisian of the Piedmont! Over the years, Yoga has been a powerful tool for enhancing her health and happiness through a cultivated connection between the different layers of her being. In 2011, she completed a 200-hour training with the Triangle Anusara Yoga Institute in order to share her experience with the community. Her intentions are to help students maintain a compassionate dialogue with their body, to carry that sense of compassion and connection towards others, and to deepen our connection to the heart while having fun. Kathy's classes integrate inspiring themes, principles of alignment to work mindfully through the poses, and a variety between precise instruction, gentle flow and deep relaxation. She is so thankful for her rich community and her many graceful teachers. Email Kathy
Natalie Sablina has spent most of her adult life serving the community with her healing energy work and massage therapy, life coaching, volunteering with local ambulance shifts, and disseminating the ancient knowledge of how to achieve radiant health and spiritual development through the classical system of Yoga. Natalie was born and raised in Russia where she started her path of “unity”. Her yoga practice is influenced by Paul Grilley, Andrey Lapp and Sri Dharma Mittra. Natalie’s classes at Triangle Yoga are dynamic, fun, accessible to most people, beginning with a short informative dharma talk, emphasizing the teachings of traditional yoga. Every class is different and inspired by her students. Email Natalie and visit her website
Sage Santmier is 200-hour certified twice in Power Yoga from Corepower Colorado, and Hatha Yoga from the Wilmington Yoga Center. Having fallen in love with the practice of yoga in college, Sage as since been exploring the many yogic practices and completing her 500-hour advanced training. AcroYoga, Kunga Vinyasa (Vinyasa with the motivation of service behind the posturing),
Gentle Yoga and Meditation, as well as Pre and Postnatal Yoga have all played an important roles in Sage's life as a practitioner and growing teacher. Practicing yoga as moving meditation, as a body prayer, and as a way to reconnect to the infinite energy we all flow inside of gives Sage the most joy and inspires her to share her knowledge. Open your heart, break a sweat and reach beyond yourself in Sage's powerful classes. Email Sage
A native of Jackson, MS, Elizabeth Simmonsfirst discovered yoga 14 years ago as a means for managing the everyday stresses associated with college life. She quickly realized that the asanas were wonderful tools for creating discipline, improving concentration, and releasing tension. In 2010, she decided to deepen her understanding by attending an intensive Living Yoga Training Program in Yogaville, VA. It was here she delved into the therapeutic benefits of incorporating both breath work and meditation into a daily practice. A year later, she received her 200-hour RYT certification from the Holy Cow Yoga Center in Charleston, SC. Elizabeth aims to strike a balance in her classes by creating an environment that is challenging yet nurturing, playful yet focused, energizing yet relaxing. She firmly believes that what we do on the mat mirrors how we live our lives, and that one should adjust his or her practice accordingly. Email Elizabeth
Faith Towner began her aerial silks practice under the tutelage of Rebecca Drake here, at the Triangle Yoga Shala. Once she learned to climb she never looked back (or down!). Faith completed her Fabric Teacher Training at the New England Center for Circus Arts, and continues to attend workshops on a regular basis with them. She also completed Jill Menard’s Aerial Teacher Training and has taken workshops with Caroline Calouche (Aerial Dance), Susan Murphy (Laban Movement), and Kelly Jo Stull (Aerial Lyra-Hoop). Faith has a passion for the Aerial Arts because they produce strength, flexibility, endurance and prove to be a wonderful creative outlet. Email Faith
Jordan Wade, RYT, began her journey into yoga over ten years ago when she started taking classes during a summer break from college. During those few months she found a depth of body, mind, and spirit that she had never before experienced and yoga became a way of life. Her journey deepened when she entered graduate school to follow the intellectual pursuit of yoga where she studied and researched yoga cultures, practices, and lifestyles in the United States. Soon after earning her MA she also earned her RYT-200 certificate through the Nadi Yogis in Austin, TX. Jordan continues to study and question how yoga can create safe and healing spaces for people of all bodies, races, classes, genders, sexualities, and abilities. Her commitment to yoga is the commitment to a conscious life; one that asks hard questions, attempts to alleviate suffering, and in which she aims to better walk the path of the Yoga Sutras. In her classes Jordan encourages anatomical alignment, explores the nuances of the body, creates fluid movement, offers challenges through strong poses, and allows time to rest, recover, and restore. She believes, like B.K.S. Iyengar, that “there is a beginning but no end to knowledge.” Email Jordan
Reese Wells didn't willingly go to his first yoga class, he was dragged by his mother and father! It took months before he found his passion, Vinyasa Flow, and now (8 years later) he's a dedicated practitioner. Reese credits his first teacher Deb Lazer from Pretzel Logic Yoga in Winston-Salem for instilling the spirit and enthusiasm he carries onto his mat, and then Franklin Street
Yoga in Chapel Hill for his RYT 200 hour teacher training. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill, he backpacked throughout Southeast Asia, and bicycled across the US using his daily yoga practice to keep him grounded through his travels. Reese is excited to be living in Chapel Hill again, and is especially excited to be back in a yoga studio, surrounded by his yoga peers.
Anne Wright, RYT, grew up moving every few years from Berkeley to PA, Kansas City to Chicago, New York to Toronto. She studied Art History and Educational Psychology at R.M.W.C in Virginia and was the first female student to attend Washington & Lee University. She received her M.Ed. in Counseling from Duke University and began work on her doctorate in Education before realizing
she really belonged in design school! Anne taught grades 3-5 and oversaw the Homebound Program for Durham County. She also taught Visual Arts in middle school for many years. Today she is a professional painter. She loves color and lives for light. Diagnosed with Premature Osteoporosis and instable joints, at a young age, she credits yoga and Pilates with allowing her to toss aside her handicapped placard and live pain-free. A series of injuries led her ultimately to yoga. In recent years she has studied with Master Teachers Gabriel Halpern, Paul & Suzee Grilley, Doug Keller and Ray Long.
Philosophically, Anne finds that yoga resonates with the beauty she sees in the world and the goodness in each of us. Yoga teaches us to pay attention, to be awake/aware for each moment, and to live our lives to the fullest. This helps foster a sense of well-being, relaxation and calm even in a stressful and competitive world. Anne believes that though we come to our mats for physical reasons, we are gifted with much more. Through simple being, attention, acceptance and love, we meet ourselves there and learn how to live.
Morris Arthur, creator of Triangle Yoga's database, 'Mula Bandha', 1995
application of Mula Bandha means drawing up the muscles of the perineum. Although difficult,
one practices contracting and relaxing the whole of the pelvic floor until
muscle tone is gained. The
importance of Mula Bandha is the foundation for core strength in the
a psychic level, the contraction of Mula Bandha also activates the
base chakra, muladhara. This
is the chakra for spiritual awakening and earth energy, and its
activation can lead to rapid progress
in the spiritual
aspects of yoga when the energy released is channelled
in the right direction.