Alexis Abbate 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 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.
Ashley began her yoga journey over 15 years ago and has enjoyed exploring the practice with many teachers over the years. She decided to take the plunge and certify with Terra Sol Sanctuary's 200 hour program intending to share her love of the practice with others. More recently, she was deeply drawn to the practice of Buti yoga, combining her two loves: yoga + dance. She aims to bring her passion for movement to every class while facilitating a supportive community environment.
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.
Georgia's career has ranged from the world of media (Ms. Magazine and CNN) to writing horoscopes for magazines (InStyle, Child and Sassy) and writing astrology and fortune-telling books which have been translated into 17 languages (Seventeen Total Astrology, The Oracle Book: Answers to Life’s Questions and The Oracle of Love: Answers to Questions of the Heart). Passionate about yoga for 16-plus years, she finally took the teaching plunge and added “RYT 200” after her name. Though Georgia was born with an innate fear of inversions, she nailed a headstand at the ripe, old age of 50! She describes her classes as high-spirited and inclusive with a focus on alignment and takes pride in providing kick-ass playlists. Besides teaching at Porters Neck Yoga Co-op and instructing private clients at the beach, Georgia also teaches at the Figure Eight Yacht Club and is a living testament to the adage, “Never say never”.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.”
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 is an educator and an explorer. She began practicing yoga almost 20 years ago and has been teaching for more than 10. She became interested in yoga because of the way the practice joins the body to the mind and the heart. Her classes merge passion for empowerment through conscious connection and living a sustainable life with purpose. Her style is fluid whether in the studio or on a paddleboard, anchored by the foundations of alignment and pranayama. While she practices asana daily, she believes the true practice begins when we step off the mat. A lover of language, Meghan has a Master’s Degree in Literacy Education with a specialization in English as a Second Language. She is a writer, published in Elephant Journal, Yoga Trade, and Sri Lanka Travel Magazine. She is the previous program facilitator and current marketing director for the Peace Through Yoga Foundation, a non-profit empowerment program-serving girls in rural Carbon, Costa Rica. She is most at home near salt water or holding a suitcase. Subsequently, she has lived and taught extensively in North Carolina, South Africa, and Costa Rica. She has co-led workshops in both Nicaragua & Aruba. Her most influential teachers include: Ashley Ludman, Kristin Cooper-Guluk, Melanie Castleman, Susana Harwood Rubin, Adriana Leiva, and Ancel Mitchell. She is currently pursuing her 500 hr. training with phoenix Rising yoga Therapy in Charleston, SC.
Michelle began attending yoga classes in 2015 and immediately fell in love with all of the mental, spiritual, and physical benefits yoga provides. After just 4 months of practicing, Michelle knew she wanted to become a yoga instructor. In October 2017, she completed a 9-month, 235-RYT Hatha Yoga Certification at Yoga with an Edge in Hickory, NC. Yoga has been a tremendous blessing for Michelle, and she desires to help bless others through the practice. Added with a love of music, each class has an inspired playlist that is sure to relax, or energize the students. Michelle has experience teaching strength/cardio flow, deep stretch, slow flow, beginners, and private practices. She is a member of Yoga Alliance and will obtain her 300-hour certification in 2019 - totaling to a 535-RYT.
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.
Rachel began her yoga journey in 2012 after attending a local Wilmington class and was immediately drawn to the practice. She felt inspired by the freedom of self-expression, personal discovery and the holistic approach to well-being as an emotional, spiritual and physical journey that the yoga practice offered. Eager to share this gift with others, Rachel became Yoga Alliance Certified upon completion of the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program through Terra Sol in 2018. Rachel believes that through the practice of yoga, meditation, self-study, and consciousness we are able to open ourselves to the infinite possibilities to make our desires manifest and become our brightest and most authentic selves. When we choose to live from a place of alignment, appreciation and love, we feel more connected, joyful and fulfilled. When we feel empowered and true to ourselves, we consciously create a life that is boldly and bravely ours. Forever learning and always a student first, Rachel believes yoga is an inclusive practice for all and aims to embody this in the classes that she teaches. Through creative flow sequences and a spirit of playfulness, Rachel challenges others to compassionately explore their own limitless potential, on and off of the yoga mat.
Ryanna Battiste is a Board Certified Health Coach trained at Duke Integrative Medicine. She helps people eat more Real Food so they can heal their bodies and love themselves. Ry believes unequivocally in the power of food to heal not just physical ailments, but emotional and spiritual ones as well. She practices yoga and mindfullness, wishes she were more of a gardener, has a deep and abiding love for maple syrup, and skims cookbooks and self-help books in bed every night.
“Nothing happens until something moves” Albert Einstein-After spending her life creating physical shapes as a gymnast, Shelly was introduced to yoga almost 30 years ago. She felt captured immediately because for the first time, her heart was connected to the movement. From yoga she found answers to questions she didn’t know she had, and laughter that had long since been forgotten. With a Master’s Degree in Education, and a 200-HR RYT at Sutra Midtown in Phoenix, AZ , her goal as a yoga teacher is to help others find the same freedom and joy from their practice that she is so grateful for in hers.
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.
"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.