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.
Alison Boyce_Alison believes in the transformational power of yoga, breath, and healing touch. She is most interested in the effect yoga can have on the nervous system, allowing the body a place of deep rest and unwinding. She is dedicated to empowering people to take agency in their own healing. She first discovered yoga as a musical theater performer, when she kept losing her voice and was told yoga would be a good tool to address that issue. It has since become her lifelong practice. Alison has been a dedicated yoga practitioner for 10 years, and became a certified 200hr Yoga teacher in Nelson, BC, Canada at Shanti Yoga Studi in 2010, and received her Advanced training 500 hr YTT in Yoga Therapy from the Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC in May 2017. She teaches group classes in Burgaw, NC, and in Wilmington, NC. She also teaches private yoga sessions, where she meets with clients privately for yoga classes or yoga therapy. She is also a licensed NC massage therapist, having graduated from the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga in Sep. 2017. She currently practices in Burgaw and in Wilmington, NC. She combines yoga and massage to help practitioners become aware of the postural, movement, and thought habits that contribute to their suffering, and also to help them understand the power of breath and self-reflection in their healing journey. www.alisongboyce.com
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.
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.
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.
Joe Abbate_Joe was first introduced to Chinese medicine during his college years. His interest in Eastern philosophy of holistic medicine led him to adopt a macrobiotic diet which incorporates Qi Gong. He quickly experienced the benefits of the holistic combination and it fueled his desire to learn more about this ancient healing art. Joe continues his study and practice of Qi Gong with Leon McKay and Master David Coon. Joe believes strongly that daily Qi Gong practice improves overall health and well being- physically, emotionally & spirituality.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah Rohrman_Sarah is a certified 200 hour yoga instructor registered through yoga alliance. Sarah studied under Rebecca Niamtu, founder of teacher training, Yoga for the Planet. Sarah has been practicing yoga since 2008 and has been leading classes since 2014. Sarah believes each and every person has been designed specifically for their life's calling and she wants to help you help yourself tap into the essence within. In Sarah’s classes, she fearlessly and unapologetically talks about moving through uncomfortable emotions, opening your heart, and connecting to God. She hopes to hold a safe space for students so they can gently push themselves through asanas to have a stronger connection to their spirit and come to their own forms of enlightenment to apply to their life on and off the mat.
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.
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.