All Triangle Yoga Instructors are available for private
sessions.Please email them if you are interested.
David Beadle, MFA, is a professional dancer, movement
teacher, licensed massage therapist
,and certified practitioner of
Body-Mind Centering. Influenced and inspired by many years
with outstanding teachers in Somatics, Meditation, Iyengar, Vinyasa,
and Kripalu Yoga,
he has been seeing private clients and teaching yoga
in various settings since 1984.
approaches asana mindfully, gently, and deeply. He is interested in
helping students embody a unique blend of alignment, movement, and
David's classes will enrich your yoga
practice with insight, subtlety and depth. Shedding new light
inner workings of the poses, his approach offers an embodied
exploration of the
transformative and creative potential of Hatha Yoga.
David's students can gain new levels of
awareness resulting in a
radiance that is both clearly and profoundly experienced. Email
Bogart, E-RYT, has yoga roots that stretch back to
her Waldorf School kindergarden 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 25yrs, 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 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.
She has been Co-founder
and Director of the studio since 1995. Prior to that time, yoga was
not openly accessible in the
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
American 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. As senior teacher at Triangle Yoga Shala,
recognizes howprofoundly yoga
transformed her life and
gave it a purpose. Grateful for everything the practice
has provided, sheis
dedicated to sharingher
enthusiasm for as long as she can through mentoring teachers,
empowering new students, and
motivating continuing students to keep their yoga practice authentic. Email Tracy
Amy Calhoun's love of dance started young. She trained in Aerial Dance with Jill Menard, with Amy Powell of Chattanooga Aerial, with Caroline Calouche in Charlotte, and Caroline Wright of the NECCA. Amy is a fan of AcroYoga and an avid partner dancer having studied blues, tango, and fusion.
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 occasiona 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
Sinead Corrigan is a recent graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in “The Biophysics of Preventative Medicine”. She finds yoga to be one of the greatest "preventative medicines" available! Sinead is a certified BiJa Hot Yoga Instructor (2009 with Monica Bradfield of Open Door Yoga in Raleigh, NC), a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor (2012 with Hardarshan Khalsa in Chapel Hill, NC), and an instructor of Lady Niguma Yoga (a Buddhist form of yoga she learned while studying abroad in Hong Kong). As a former gymnast, dancer, and NCAA college track athlete who came to yoga at a young age, Sinead has experienced both physical and mental benefits from yoga that bring greater awareness and enjoyment to
all her passions. She also practices Qi Gong, a chinese form
of martial arts, which gives her class a soft and more grounded approach, while still getting your heart beating! Her aim is to bring energizing-ly relaxing vinyasa classes that will challenge both your ability to be still, and your ability to MOVE! She hopes to one day combine dance choreography, qi gong, yoga, and physiology into one large, fun health-mantinace practice.
Nicole Dagesse, has an MFA in dance, and is a 200hr CYT, currently completing her 300hr training. 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, sheI 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 inspecializing in fabricfoundations and technique, as well as choreography
Molly Deweesebegan flirting with the practice of yoga in college and soon regular practice revealed the healing power of yoga, both physically and spiritually. She received her 200-hour teacher training from the Asheville Yoga Center and teaches mindful vinyasa flow linking the breath with movement. She believes that everyone, regardless of physical ability, can benefit from yoga and strives to create a safe and open environment. She encourages students to quiet their mind so they can tune in and listen to the intelligence of the body. Email Molly
Mali Drakehas been practicing yoga since 1973. Through studying, practicing,
and teaching Iyengar yoga, she gained respect for the intensity and awareness
that one brings to 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 particpated in dozens of workshops and teacher trainings. Particularly
inspired by the teachings of Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten, Molly now
teaches ina 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 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 Tracy Bogart. 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, 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 also has performed at the NC Museum of Art, Fletcher Opera Theater, and National Music Festivals.
Lauren Ford started taking yoga with local teacher Ti Harmony to balance out her passion for running, and ten years later she completed a 200hr Baptiste style Power Flow Teacher Training. Early on Lauren came to consider yoga as the most fulfilling form of physical exercise she'd ever encountered. It revitalized her body and awakened her mind, giving her an unparalleled sense of strength and alertness. The combination of physical movement tied with the conscious attention to breath fostered a new ability for her to relax and reduce the negative effects of stress. Lauren believes that a regular meditation and yoga practice can help anyone re-imagine their life, improve their social creativity and capacity for generosity and gratitude.
There's more to Lauren than being a dedicated yoga teacher. She also teaches sewing classes, makes clothes, and bartends. Lauren went to UNC Chapel Hill from 1998-2002, majored in English and Spanish, minored in creative writing and taught English as a foreign language from 2004-2008 in NC, Argentina, and New York. Lauren has a degree in fashion design from FIT in New York (graduated 2011), she worked briefly in fashion straight out of school, but wasn't enamoured, so she moved back to NC to get part-time jobs and do a yoga teacher training so that she could have more time to live her life and do the things she enjoys. Email Lauren
Dara Fort's first yoga class brought new-found physical and mental awakenings for her. Being a competetive gymnast and dancer for years, yoga was a refreshingly non-competitive way to feed her body while nurtring 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 Shiffmann 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 recieving 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
Mary Justice photos coming soon
As a massage therapist, Mary Justus is very hands on during her classes. She offers assists and energetic touch to her students, but is careful to let them know up front, making sure everyone is comfortable with her style.
Mary had practiced various styles of yoga for about 15 years before completing her 200 hour teachers training with Nina Be and Bart Westdorp in Mind Body Centering. The training transformed her life by delving into the emotional body and the chakras. As a mother of two, yoga was the foundation for both of her pregnancies, and it was those pregnancies that introduced her to Paula Huffman, who has mentored her throughout her prenatal study and teaching.
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 boombox 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
Danielle Koppel has dedicated the majority of her life to the study of the performing, fine, and healing arts. She focuses her yoga practice on the cultivation of creativity, vitality, and inspiration. Danielle was introduced to Hatha Yoga in 6th grade by her very wise mother, and continued to study yoga, Tai Chi, music, drama, gymnastics, and dance throughout high school and college. Danielle most recently underwent a formal teacher training program in Anusara with Sommer and Paul Sobin in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has also studied with Gabriel Halpern, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Saul David Raye, John Friend, Sarah Powers, and Andrey Lappa. She began teaching yoga in 2002, and considers herself to be a perpetual studentas well. Danielle is grateful to all of her teachers of yoga, both formal and informal.She believes there are many windows into the temple that is yoga, and that they all contribute something to the yogic experience. Her practice has been heavily influenced by many limbs of the yoga treincluding Vinyasa, Iyengar,Yin, Anusara, and Restorative Yoga. Her classes are also noteworthy in that they incorporate chanting, guided meditation, and extended relaxation techniques in addition to traditional asana instruction. Danielle is also a classically trained stage actor, opera singer, and visual artist. She received her degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied Theater and Opera. Recently, she completed her first album as a singer/song writer, entitled "Looking through Illusion" with her Chapel Hill band Buddhacat. She also sings Kirtan, a form of meditative devotional chanting. As a healing artist, Danielle's primary focus is Reiki, a gratitude-based meditation that promotes stress reduction and healing. She is a Reiki Master-Teacher, and provides both Reiki treatments and attunements. Email Danielle.
Amanda Leoni 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
Laura Baron-Nickerson, a recent transplant from NYC, came to yoga for the awesome, constantly intriguing workout--unable to touch her toes and much more interested in learning cool yoga tricks than in meditation or spirituality. Several years later (after, of course, mastering some very cool yoga tricks), she realized that yoga had quietly and relentlessly changed her life. Laura completed her teacher training at Sonic Yoga in New York and has since worked with Connected Warriors to create programs for veterans and active-duty military personnel at the Brooklyn Vet Center as well as the Durham VA. She brings humor and a fierce joy in practice to her classes and encourages students to challenge themselves. Email Laura
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, our in-house Massage Therapist, 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
Sam Sather MS, BSN, RYT is certified to teach Seniors, Kids, Teens, and Prenatal Yoga. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Niagara University and later her Master’s of Science in Education. Out of college Sam taught fitness classes and was a personal trainer for over 20 years. She left fitness training for 5 years in the mid-1990’s to build a business with her husband called Clinical Pathways. The business continues to help companies develop new therapies to treat disease through western medicine, but during the time away from wellness Sam was diagnosed with an adrenal disorder caused by that extremely busy schedule many of us live by. She decided it was time to get back to wellness and help herself and others. This led to the participation in yoga classes and eventually to completing a 200 hour yoga teacher certification. Sam has completed some of her wellness continuing education at Duke Integrative Medicine and Asheville Yoga Center and is also certified to teach Yin Yoga, a practice that is designed to focus on the health of the energy meridians within the body. She uses her love of educating and facilitating in all her classes to combine an experience for the mind and the body.
Sam's pix coming soon!
Margie Satinsky,RYT 200, took her first yoga class 22 years ago in an effort to recover from back surgery. She continues to enjoy the physical benefits of her practice while focusing on the many ways in which yoga has enabled her to deal with life off the mat. Without the grounding and confidence that she gained through yoga, there would not be Satinsky Consulting, LLC, Margie’s successful consulting business for physicians in private practice, nor her popular classes in opera appreciation! Margie has been teaching for 10 years. Her style is eclectic and always evolving. It includes elements of Iyengar, Yin, and Vinyasa and has been heavily influenced by teachers Lisa Clark, Tracy Bogart, Yvonne Cropp, Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, Angela Farmer, Gabriel Halpern, Sean Corne, Gary Kraftsow, and Doug Kelleher. Margie has completed the Y4c Yoga for Cancer Survivors program and is particularly interested in making her classes accessible to all students.
Margie's photos coming soon...
Kate Studwell began her aerial dance adventure over three years ago at the Carrboro Arts Center.She trained at the New England Center for Circus Artsin Vermont, with Jill Menard in NC and is now a member of the Flowjo Family Cirucs in Carrboro. Her experience comes from training on the Aerial Silks, Trapeze, and Lyra (aerial hoop). Kate's approach to Aerial Dance involves working with the body to find beauty in air, and stretching the body to become stronger and embrace new challenges. She looks forward to sharing the journey from the ground into the air with you! Email Kate
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 takenl 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 Philadelphia, 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
Morris Arthur, creator of Triangle Yoga's database, 'Mula Bandha'.
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.