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.
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.
Anna Grey_Anna completed her 'Kunga' 200-hour-YTT at the Wilmington Yoga Center in NC. She is a 200-hour RYT. 'Kunga' is a Kinyarwanda word meaning 'to help', 'to serve', 'to reconcile'. The goal of 'Kunga' is to use our yoga as a path of service to our planet, and to all of the beings that inhabit it. Her mission as a teacher is to encourage strong spiritual growth and body-positivity, to share with her students the beautiful benefits of Ayurveda, and to emphasize creating a life of 'ahimsa' or 'nonviolence' towards all living creatures.
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.
Deirdre Moench_Dee came to yoga in 2014 as a way to stretch after heavy weight lifting. As a beginner she found a place of quiet that suited her need to find introspection. As the quiet became more prevalent than the loud her practice improved. At that time she knew she had to become a certified instructor. She received her RYT-200 certification in the spring and summer of 2017 through Yoga for the Planet in Wilmington. Her passions include the mythology and stories surrounding each pose, in addition to building a body positive flow that is challenging and empowering for all practitioners.
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_As a lover of many things, Jackie DeConti, trusts in the magic of manifesting and the power of connection. She believes that if you see life as beautiful and miraculous, the universe will show you that over and over again. Jackie is a co-founder of Terra Sol Sanctuary in Wilmington, NC and leads yoga teacher trainings as well as a variety of workshops and global retreats. She has studied yoga with Kristin Cooper-Gulak and intuitive plant medicine with Asia Suler. As a singer and multi-instrumentalist, her passion for music is threaded into weekly live music yoga collaborations with various musicians. She is inspired by dandelions and the flowers that grow through sidewalk cracks. Jackie is a seeker of wisdom and aspires to see the light everywhere.
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.
Kelsey Carr_Graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania and first-degree black belt, Kelsey Carr came to Wilmington, NC with one goal in mind: to spread awareness of the importance of self-defense through the art of kickboxing. By teaching proper skills and technique, Carr endeavors to transform each student's mind body and inner spirit, along with a great work out. A kick boxer since age four, Carr helps others find confidence and empowerment. Her upbeat, high energy class is open to both men and women of all levels of experience. Be a Wilmington Warrior today!
Maddy Egly_Madeline Egly, as known as Maddy, started her yoga journey in 2008 to compliment her active outdoor lifestyle. She found yoga as an outlet to find a deeper connection to nature while unveiling the spiritual aspects of yoga as well. Through experiencing a bad ski accident Maddy moved from her home in Colorado to start her yoga training and healing in North Carolina. Maddy graduated from her 220 hr immersion from Wilmington Yoga Center in 2016 under Jamie Annette and Heather Metzler.
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.
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.
Stephanie Ellis_Since early adulthood, Stephanie has recognized and appreciated self-care and mind-body practices as an integral part of maintaining health and happiness. She has been sharing her love of yoga since 2001 after incorporating it into her daily life for several years. To Stephanie, the practice of yoga is the ultimate way to get to know oneself on a deeper level. She is also a licensed massage therapist with a practice in historic downtown Wilmington for over 9 years.
Susan Jalbert_Susan (RYT 200) was introduced to yoga at the early age of four. She completed her first Yoga Teacher Training (YTT 200) in 2007 and deepened her practice in 2017 at terra sol sanctuary, Yoga For The Planet. Her classes are inspired by Susan's desire to help people feel well with a mind, body, and spirit connection. Her classes focus on flow, gentle, and specialty classes for people of all levels.