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.
Dannie Mercuro_In 2009, Dannie Mercuro signed up for a yoga class at her college with a mission: to find balance within her mind, body and spirit. During the summer of 2017, after practicing yoga for eight years, she decided she wanted to help guide others on their self-love journey and became YTT200 certified. Being in tune with her artistic nature, Dannie hopes to inspire students to practice balance, love and imagination both on and off the mat.
Erin Gillespie_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.
Gordon "Gordie" Roach_Having battled addiction throughout early adulthood, Gordon rediscovered his light through yoga as a tool to connect with his highest self and community. He is a second generation yoga and meditation teacher, having first studied at a yoga and arts school in Santa Cruz 2016. And 2017 pilgrimaged to India twice studying during the spring and fall with master teachers from Sattva Yoga Academy and Parmarth Niketan Ashram in the Himalayas in India. Gordon is an R.Y.T. 500 specializing in teaching yoga to people in recovery, holds certification in H2Yo Paddleboard yoga.
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.
Justin Wilson_Justin began his fitness journey back in 2013 when he decided to put down the McDonalds cheeseburger and pick up an apple and a dumbbell instead. Once weighing in at over 325 pounds, Justin has since transformed his life to a much healthier and wholesome one. After being a body builder for several years, he began to realize that physically he was in more pain than he ought to be and mentally he was unsatisfied with life. Because of this physical discomfort and mental unease, yoga came into his life. Justin began practicing in late 2016 and immediately fell in love with the practice. Yoga brought him balance and harmony, peace and tranquility in all aspects of his life. He took a 200 hour teacher training beginning in the summer of 2017 and has since set a goal to be the best yogi and yoga instructor that he can be. Recently Justin moved to Wilmington from his home in Hollywood, Florida. His only wish in life is to help others to become better versions of themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Koda Brinker_Koda began his yoga journey 6 years ago when introduced to Aerial Yoga while attending school in the Windy City, Let's go Blackhawks! He quickly fell in love with the practice and found himself drawn to Yoga as a lifestyle. It took moving to Wilmington to realize he didn't need a silk to continue his practice and was empowered by the mat to further his learning by attending Terra Sol's RYT200 training with Jackie DeConti and Alexis Abbate. To say he found myself in that time would be a cliche, but he found a better version by pushing himself to the limits both on and off the mat. His practice involves activating the body and mind to empower you to go that last stretch. He believes that Yoga is being a better individual than he was the day before. Life can constantly bog you down, but his asana practice and spirituality allows him to lift these burdens and clear his mind to live life to the fullest and taking in all this world has to offer.
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.
Leigh Ann Mertens_ Leigh Ann has been teaching yoga full time for 18 years. After taking her first yoga class in 1997 she was “hooked!” She had been dancing professionally for twelve years, and yoga was the expansive experience she had been yearning for to encounter Spirit through body. She completed her first of several year long teacher trainings in 2001 and immediately felt compelled to begin sharing this path with others which led her to open Brightwater Yoga in Hendersonville, North Carolina. After selling the studio in 2012, Leigh Ann continued teaching there as well as at other facilities in the area until she and her family moved to Wilmington, NC in 2015. As a teacher, Leigh Ann’s enthusiasm and passion are infectious and her knowledge and clarity are reassuring to students of all ages and levels. She wholeheartedly believes that yoga is a personal journey that cannot be adequately described in words but, rather has to be experienced to be understood. Her mission is to create a space for students to encounter themselves with compassion and awareness, and to give them the opportunity to find their edge allowing them to step a little closer to freedom and to go beyond resistance into an acceptance they may have never realized was there. It is her honor to remind them that they already possess the tools “I know it’s been a good class when students don’t immediately jump up to leave, but instead sit and savor the experience they have just had.”
Lezlie Matthews_Lezlie was introduced to yoga 10 years ago to help relieve back pain. It wasn't until the birth of her son that her spiritual journey began. What a beautiful adventure it has been. She completed her 200 hour teacher training through Yoga for the Planet in the summer of 2017 and enjoyed that so much that she will start working towards her 500 hour certification in 2018 through Asheville Yoga Center. She likes to teach joyful and loving classes for all levels.
Rebekah Todd_Rebekah, musician and artist was looking for a path to connect both spirit and mind to her body. She found this path through yoga, starting around 2009, when she began her practice in Raleigh, NC. It wasn’t until she moved to Wilmington that she really got serious about deepening her practice. Her first year in Wilmington, she spent almost every day on the beach meditating, journaling and reconnecting with her true self. That is when she was magically guided to Terra Sol Sanctuary, where she eventually attained her YTT200. She is now working towards finding ways to blend yoga with sound healing through a variety of instrumentation. She enjoys teaching a basic flow to all levels!
Staci Mitchell_Yoga has been a part of Staci’s life for over 10 years. She has always found that yoga brings peace, strength, and flexibility to her life. In 2016 Staci decided that she wanted to deepen her yoga practice and share yoga with more people. This led her to become a certified yoga teacher. Staci hopes to share the inspiration that yoga brings her with others both on and off the mat. Staci’s classes are relaxed with a spirit of playfulness. Her intention is to keep classes accessible for all levels and ages.
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.
Terri Diecchio_"Whatever we are waiting for - peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance - it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.” Accordingly, the teachings of yoga were revealed to Terri at the time in her life when she was especially open to receiving them - when she was faced with the uncertainty of what was next, after leaving an industry she was deeply invested in for over a decade. It was the physical practice of yoga, including asana and pranayama that helped her create space for stillness and surrender. Terri’s classes embody creative flow and mindful movement, with a focus on anatomy, alignment and breath. In navigating the balance between effort and ease in her own practice and life, Terri invites her students to slow down, cultivate a quieter space and receive the benefits of yoga as an integrated and embodied practice.