All Triangle Yoga Instructors are available for private
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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 500, 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 30yrs, 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, an Aerial Yoga certification in 2013, 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 Drake rehearse a sequence for a Rhythmic Flow Workshop
Campbelltook 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.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
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 thatone 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 theempowerment 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 Mali
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.
Kate Flores has been teaching, and offering private, guided, and therapeutic Yoga to both new and experienced practitioners in the Triangle area since 2006. She "discovered yoga" in Tracy Bogart's class while working at the American Dance Festival in her twenties, and the practice sustained her through the crazy years of rearing a young family. At 40 Kate realized that yoga had brought her such great peace and health, it was a practice she wanted to share and teach. She is now a certified 300RYT of EmbodiYoga, with three years teaching assistant experience in the EmbodiYoga RYS Yoga Study and Teacher Training Program. She never tires of continuing her education hours with master teachers such Erich Schiffmann, Gabriel Halpern, Sarah Powers and her principle teacher Lisa Clark. Kate's teaching is built on the foundations of functional alignment principals, conscious breath, body mind centering techniques and a lifetime study of dance. In practice, this translates to a teaching style which explores asana from the standpoint of guided skeletal alignment while encouraging a deeper visceral support and meditative fluidity. "As our physical, mental and emotional bodies are always changing, my purpose is to guide students to discovery and stillness through a safe and accessible yoga practice which meets them where they are, according to the needs of the day."
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
Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT, CCE started practicing yoga in the mid 70’s. She now has a committed personal yoga and meditation practice that has evolved since that time. Combining her life’s work experience in the health care field with her yoga teaching, Paula’s focus is on the healing and restorative aspects of yoga through the development of both physical and spiritual awareness. Her style of teaching encourages a quiet, gentle, reflective approach to asana with the belief that yoga can be adapted to meet students needs regardless of any limitations they may be experiencing. Paula is also perinatal educator and teaches prenatal and postpartum yoga, mommy baby yoga, couples yoga in pregnancy, prepared childbirth classes and is trained as a doula. She studied with Jon Kabat Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Mass, and teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Pain Management Classes at the UNC School of Medicine’s Program on Integrative Medicine. She received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2001 and has specialty certifications in Restorative Yoga, Perinatal Fitness, and Prepared Childbirth Education. Email Paula
Abby Hylton an aerialist and youth organizer with the Reintegration Support Network and the Youth Community Project, both based in Carrboro. Abby completed Jill Menard's Aerial Dance Teacher Training in 2014, and then received additional training at the New England Center for Circus Arts. Abby loves teaching (especially children and and young adults), choreography, and performing, and hopes to combine working with youth and Aerial Dance instruction in the future.
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 withoutfeeling 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
Joanne Marshall, RYT 500, has been teaching yoga and Tai Chi for over 10 years at UNC Group Fitness, the Ackland Art Museum and the YMCA. She completed the Mindfulness Meditation program at UNC Integrative Medicine and the Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors program at Duke Integrative Medicine. Joanne’s yoga combines mindfulness and movement to provide a deeper insight into mind and body. She has found that these practices improve strength, flexibility, balance and concentration and contribute to a general feeling of well-being. Joanne believes that there is a suitable yoga practice for everyone and that the benefits can be lifelong. Email Joanne
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
Jill Menard trained in dance at the University of Arizona in Tucson and the Wellington Performing Arts Centre in New Zealand. She ran her own dance studio and non-profit dance company in New Zealand for 5 years before moving back to the States. Jill began her aerial training at the Asheville Aerial Arts in 2008 and did her teacher training at the New England Center for Circus Arts. Jill now teaches and performs aerial arts in the Triangle Area. In her free time, she writes novels, creates healthy desserts, knits, goes on hikes, and has fun exploring life with her physicist husband.
Tracey Olivetohas been teaching yoga since 1995 and owned Yoga Bliss Studio in Raleigh from 2000 to 2006. Initially trained as a teacher in the Iyengar style, she integrated her practice (and eventually her teaching) to the Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series. Tracey is also a certified Phoenix Rising Therapist, working with individuals, couples and groups. She has studied with Annie Grover Pace, Tim Miller, David Swenson, David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff.
Tracey's Ashtanga classes integrate the balance of work and surrender, while incorporating details of alignment, breath work (pranayama), and energy locks (bandhas). Her goal through teaching is for every student to develop his or her own practice. Email Tracey
Kathy Peillot's classes integrate inspiring themes, principles of mindful alignment, and a balance between precise instruction, slow flow and deep relaxation. She strives to help each student maintain a compassionate dialogue with their body, to carry that sense of empathy and connection towards others, and to deepen the heart-mind awareness while having fun. Kathy grew up in France and is now a Parisian of the Piedmont (Carrboro)! 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, after falling in love with Aerial Yoga she completed the MomentOm Arts Aerial Yoga Teacher Training with Rebecca Drake, and is currently enrolled in a 500-hour teacher training to deepen her practice and teaching even more. Kathy is very thankful for her diverse community and her many teachers. Email Kathy
Jennifer Robancho is certified at the 200-hr Level of Hatha Yoga, and has been teaching since 2007. She teaches a variety of levels, focused on the exploration of optimal alignment and true functionality within the body. She seeks to empower her students to achieve wellness of mind, body and spirit. She encourages students to find peace within, through patience and understanding towards themselves, by providing a space of gentle and compassionate guidance. Jennifer's ultimate goal of balance is achieved by teaching classes that are appropriate to the students individual abilities.
It was a close friend that attended one of Jennifer's yoga classes and heard her chanting the Gayatri Mantra. He heard the gift of her voice and, as Jennifer calls it, gave her a "Love Push" to sing a song in front of a group at a local Talent Jam. Since then, Jennifer continues to sing and develop herself as a musician and artist. It is her deepest desire to reach the hearts of the world through sharing the gift of song and teaching yoga.
Adept at teaching multiple levels of students in a single class setting, Jennifer keeps safety as her top priority when teaching. Balancing the effort that can sometimes come with learning to still the mind and learning something new, fun is another key recipe in Jennifer's classes. Don't be surprised when you hear Jennifer singing while you rest in the peace of sweet Savasana! Email Jennifer
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
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. Email Anne
Soojin Yoon stepped on a yoga mat for her first class 20 years ago in New Mexico. After an on-and-off relationship with yoga for many years, she decided to deepen her practice by signing up for a yoga teacher training in 2009. During her certification, she discovered that she loved sharing this healing and transforming practice of yoga with others. Although her training roots were in Power Flow, she has moved towards teaching more of an alignment-focused, energy-balancing practice, at times incorporating somatic movements and restorative poses. In her classes, Soojin strives to create space where her students can feel free and empowered to explore and adapt the yoga practice to fit their journey....all while breathing and moving mindfully. Email Soojin
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
can lead to rapid progress
in the spiritual aspects of yoga when the energy released is