Alexis Abbate_Alexis began her yoga journey as a way to reduce stress and anxiety in her own life, and was immediately amazed by the abundance of peace, balance and flexibility it brought to her life. This encouraged her to leave her high-demand corporate job, deepen her yoga practice, and become a certified yoga teacher. Alexis’s classes are gentle, allowing space to explore the mind, body and the spirit as students move through their practices. She strongly believes everyone needs yoga in their lives, and keeps her classes accessible for all ages and levels.
Allison Porter_Allison has been practicing yoga for 18 years and teaching for the last 4. She specializes in gentle, restorative, therapeutic, and hatha flow styles (occasionally sprinkling in a hint of Ashtanga). She completed her yoga teacher training at Sundara Yoga Therapy in Austin, where she studied Integrative Yoga Therapy. Allison combines an educational background in nutrition science with training in IYT to design classes which address the unique needs of her students. Allison has taught both public and private yoga classes in Austin, Asheville, and of course our beloved Wilmington. She also has a private nutrition practice in the Wilmington area and works as the dietitian at Wilmington Treatment Center.
Amanda Hutcheson_Amanda was introduced to the yoga community in 2009 and was immediately hooked. The focus on ahimsa and on honoring one's body and working with it, instead of against it, were especially appealing to her, as she worked through her own injuries. She is excited about the chance to help with accessible community yoga in Wilmington.
Aron Lanie_Aron is a lifetime athlete and former Army Paratrooper. She began Yoga practice for physical fitness, athletic recovery, and to address pain from physical injuries. Over time she also saw improvement in her emotional well being. The healing and comfort she experienced in mind and body through yoga is something she hopes to share with others.
Ashley Wildrick_While aimlessly wandering through the aisles of Barnes and Noble in 2002, Ashley discovered Christy Turlington’s “Yogi-biography", Living your yoga: Creating a Life Practice. While this isn’t a sacred authority on the practice of yoga, it planted a mighty seed in her heart which grew slowly at first, but has now bloomed into exactly that: a life practice. Through the ups and downs, yoga as always been there, and Ashley seeks to share that space of solace with others. Her classes are full of imagery, creative sequences, and new challenges, designed to protect the mind from wandering and experience the body and self in new ways. She completed her Kunga Yoga Teacher Training at the Wilmington Yoga Center in 2013, but as also gleaned much from all the amazing teachers she has encountered along the way. Ashley would love to see all individuals find their own practice suiting their needs throughout their lifetime.
Avery Ferebee_Avery is a whimsical and soulful teacher whose heart is fed by yogic devotion. Her classes are a safe space for practitioners of all levels, identities, and walks of life. You can expect most classes to focus on breath, alignment, and mindfulness. As founder of Deepen Your Yoga and president of UNCW meditation club, Avery seeks to open the minds and hearts of our Wilmington community.
Blair Bigham_Blair started practicing yoga after losing her father in 2012 and was healed through her practices. After realizing how beneficial yoga is, she decided to pursue in teaching yoga to show others how powerful of a healing tool it can be. Blair received her training in the Outer Banks through the Wilmington Yoga Center and Village Yoga participating in a retreat style teacher training. Blair's primary teachers include , Kristin Cooper, Noelle Whittington, Katie Kennis, and Jessica Moody. Blair teaches Kunga yoga, which is an open style of mind/body yoga with focused training on service and she is also certified to teach yoga to special populations, 5 elements flow sequences, and pre/ post natal yoga. Yoga has encouraged her to become a compassionate leader and she hopes to make a difference in the world through her teachings.
Danielle Suber_Danielle has been a competitive dancer for most of her life and began practicing yoga in 2013. Danielle began teaching in 2015 after completing her 200hr Kunga Yoga Lifestyle + Teacher Training. Her primary teachers are Jamie Annette, Jess Bichler, and Heather Metzler. Danielle has also completed additional training in Pre/Post Natal Yoga with Heather Metzler, and Restorative Yoga and 5Elements Flow + Ayurveda with Noelle Whittington. Danielle believes that yoga offers tremendous healing opportunities for those who are searching for inner peace and self-love. Her long-term goal as an instructor is to work with individuals suffering from PTSD, Depression, Anxiety and negative body images. She is currently pursuing her 500hr certification with emphasis on Yoga as a therapeutic approach to physical and emotional well-being.
Erin Simmons_Erin began her yoga practice 10 years ago as a supplement to running. She soon found that along with increased flexibility and strength, coming to her mat provided a sense of inner peace and reflection that she couldn't find elsewhere. After some gentle nudging from her teacher and with the intention of furthering her own practice, she took on the challenge of yoga teacher training and was forever changed by the experience. During her classes, you will learn to embrace life with patience and humility, while also gaining the confidence to explore the true extent of your capabilities and become the best version of yourself.
Holli Terrell-Cavalluzzi_Over a decade ago a friend introduced Holli to yoga and it’s become an integral part of her life. The practice has taken her deeper into body, mind, and times her own heart. The practice feeds Her life and informs the way she teaches. Holli likes guiding people to better connect with themselves. She's an E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) and is certified in Hatha Yoga through Yoga Alliance (2005). She teaches steady asana with flow. Holli is passionate about yoga as the practice stretches who we are both off and on the mat.
Jackie DeConti_Jackie received her yoga teacher certification from the Wilmington Yoga Center in 2010. Her classes are inspired by a love for music and the idea that if you see life as beautiful and miraculous, the world will show you that over and over again. She offers modifications and options that make her classes accessible to all levels of practice. Jackie has studied under the wing of various local teachers as well as participated in workshops to deepen her own personal practice and awakenings.
Jeremy Bradford_ Jeremy was introduced to yoga in October 2009 following a basketball injury. A lifelong athlete, he began practicing with Larry Hobbs as a way to facilitate his recovery, but quickly fell in love with the practice. Jeremy was working as a carpenter, and Larry recommended him for a project at Porters Neck Yoga. This became an opportunity to enroll in their 200-hour teacher training program. He graduated in May 2011 and began teaching soon thereafter. Since, Jeremy has continued his yoga education through workshops in Ashtanga, yoga for injuries, alignment, inversions, and meditation. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. Jeremy enjoys sharing his love for asana through original sequencing that he hopes will provide a playful challenge and the opportunity for personal growth. He teaches a vinyasa practice that is heavily influenced by an interest in mobility, his knowledge of physical therapy, and his own active lifestyle. Hobbies include handstands, rock climbing, and playing in the ocean.
Jessica Metz_Jessica was first introduced to Pilates when she received a gift certificate for private lessons in 2009. She instantly fell in love with the awareness of body and breath connection that Pilates presented. She realized Pilates was becoming a part of her everyday life after noticing improved posture, strength, flexibility, movement with intention, and confidence. After practicing consistently for a couple of years, Jessica was encouraged by her teacher and mentor, Jenny McGaha, to pursue her Pilates Instructor Certification. She completed certification through the In Balance Certification in Wilmington, North Carolina which included 225 hours of practical work, observation, and apprenticeship on the work and equipment of Joseph Pilates in February of 2012. Jessica loves watching her student’s progression and the feeling of accomplishment they enjoy after moving through an exercise they once thought was not attainable. The “a-ha” moments are the best! Jessica brings a sense of humor and accessibility to all her classes, and looks forward to helping you find your movement potential.
Karen Treinen_After experiencing the powerful healing quality of a dedicated yoga practice Karen Treinen was inspired to complete her 500 hour yoga teacher training in 2010. Through the postures and breath awareness, yoga develops a connection between the physical, mental, and spiritual states and gradually brings them into unity. Karen continually expands her practice by attending silent meditation retreats, leading local group meditations and sharing the blissful space of Kirtan - Sacred Indian Chanting. Karen’s intention as a yoga teacher is to help people learn to heal themselves, and to continue to grow within her own practice. Her personal practice includes Ashtanga yoga with Larry Hobbs, Kriya Yoga, and Vipassana Meditation. She is also a trained Thai Yoga practitioner.
Karlin Broscious_Karlin welcomes you and your child to experience the joy of yoga in a Kidding Around Yoga class. Each class offers a fun environment for participation in a yoga program. Your child will be greeted with a smile as Karlin encourages and guides your child through the yoga class. Kidding Around Yoga, developed by Harris Lender, is an exciting yoga program designed specifically for children. The program includes music,games, songs and stories galore which help children participate in a yoga class. The program focuses primarily on children ages 2-12. When she is not teaching yoga Karlin is teaching preschool dance with Little People’s Creative Workshop, and hiking with her dogs, Dooley and Hogan.
Kim Beller_Kim, RYT200, is certiﬁed in Kunga Yoga, and Reﬂexology. Kim was introduced to yoga in 1995, and began deepening her knowledge and her practice in 2013. She received her 200 hour teacher certiﬁcation at Wilmington Yoga Center in 2016, with Kristin Cooper-Gulak, and Jess Bichler. Kim teaches Kunga Yoga gentle ﬂow and basic classes, with a focus on the planet and the environment through meditation and music. A passionate artist, teacher, and peaceful activist, her mission is to give, share, and grow through yoga and art.
Martha Marello_Martha is a graduate of the Wilmington Yoga Center’s 200 hour Kunga Yoga Teacher Training program, and has been a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher for over seven years. Martha’s teaching focuses on alignment and balance, increasing body awareness, and enjoying your time on the mat. She will also offer breathing techniques and meditation that you can use for relaxation and stress management in your daily life. It is Martha’s goal to share with you the benefits of a mindful yoga practice – including but not limited to increased flexibility, self-confidence, physical strength, and mental fortitude. Modifications will always be offered, and every level of experience is welcomed.
Megan Henry_Megan has been practicing yoga since 2008, and graduated from the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Wilmington Yoga Center in September 2017. She originally started practicing yoga as a supplement to dance conditioning, however, over time she began to embrace the spiritual aspects of a regular yoga practice. She enjoys teaching Restorative and Flow classes, and loves offering her students a sacred space to create their own mind-body connection.
Meghan McCloghry_Meghan found the physical practice of yoga early on during her high school years. As she grew older and found herself in North Carolina, she began to delve deep into the mind-body connection. As she found Terra Sol and Yoga for the Planet she finally found herself feeling inside her own body. Addicted to the endless yogic journey for inner peace and content, Meghan finds teaching as a humbling way to never stop learning. Most of her classes will focus on deepening breath and creating space for the body and mind. Meghan hopes to create loving space for open minds and hearts in our beautiful community.
Owen Howell_Owen was drawn to yoga as a stress relief for work and life. Through practice she found it cultivated more awareness of the present and helped decrease anxiety and stress in her hectic job. Owen hopes to help others find balance with work, life, and self. Utilizing asana, alignment, and breath; she aims to help others find meaningful presence in their lives.
Renee Zoppe_Over 28 years ago Renee was introduced to yoga while living in Los Angeles. It wasn't such a common practice then, but was very pure. In the hectic lifestyle of L.A. she found yoga to be just what she needed, something to develop and balance herself spiritually, physically and mentally. It took her some time after moving to Wilmington, N.C. to find her yoga practice again. Finally she did with her teacher Becca Niamtu. Becca's yoga teaching style helped her find balance again. She was, and is truly inspiring, so much so that when she introduced YOGA FOR THE PLANET teacher training Renee was one of the first in line to sign up. She wanted to share this beautiful experience with others. Renee completed the 200 Hr training in 2014. Her teaching style is structured to offer a yoga practice that is suitable for all levels. Proper alignment is important in her classes, it provides a solid foundation. It lends to feeling grounded and provides for fluid movement of breath throughout the body. Effective breathing is crucial in calming the mind, giving us the ability to heal ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually. Renee's intention in teaching is to share the wonderousness of all that is yoga, offering a practice that inspires all who practices with her to carry their experience with them off the mat, sharing joy, peace and happiness.