Judi “Uma” Maloy, began studying yoga seriously in 1995 and has served as Director and now Co-Director of the Yoga Gallery since founding it in 2002. Judi is a (RYT) Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher, a Certified Integral Yoga Instructor, a Certified Mamaste Prenatal Instructor, and a Certified Yoga of the Heart Cardiac and Cancer Instructor. Her continuing training has been very varied, studying with Doug Keller, Erich Schiffmann,Nischala Joy Devi, Aadil Palkhivala, J.J. Gormley, Roger Cole, Kausthub Desikachar, Felicity Green, David Frawley, John Friend, Baxter Bell, Mukunda Stiles, Leslie Kaminoff and Karen Prior to name but a few. She has combined these teachings to develop a style that focuses first on opening the heart, followed by proper alignment principles, strength building, increasing flexibility and reducing stress. Judi continues to take workshops whenever possible to increase her knowledge in the physical, therapeutic and philosophical aspects of yoga. She has traveled to India three times to gain a deeper understanding of the yogic traditions.
Yoga Gallery co-director Lynn Felder, R.Y.T., received her teacher training from Stephanie Keach at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2001 and founded Arts of Yoga on Brookstown Avenue that same year. Arts of Yoga moved to 717 S. Marshall St. in 2003, and Lynn continued her studies with Anusara teachers Doug Keller, Todd Norian and John Friend. She has subsequently studied and taught Yoga for Cancer patients, Restorative Yoga, expanded her understanding of Integral Yoga, Vipassana meditation and has taken many workshops and classes. She has published several articles about yoga in national and regional magazines. "Although I had practiced yoga off and on since the 1960s, it took a serious illness to bring me into a full realization of the healing power of yoga. Cancer nearly took away my body; yoga gave it back. I am grateful every day for the practice, grateful for my teachers and grateful to my students who teach me with their practice."
Alyson started practicing yoga in 2004, but really began studying movement as a child. She spent her youth and early adulthood as a dancer and athlete, and returned to organized classes as a way to relieve stress. Over the next few years she gradually increased the frequency and intensity of her practice in Winston Salem and by taking advantage of business travel to visit studios around the country. She began to realize that, in addition to the physical and mental benefits of yoga, it could serve as a creative outlet as well. She was inspired by a trip to Sivananda Ashram in 2011 to pursue her yoga study even further and completed 200-hour teacher training with Stephanie Keach at Asheville Yoga Center in 2012. Alyson views teaching as the natural next step on her yoga path. She strives to bring creativity to her sequencing and hopes students have half as much fun participating in her classes as she has leading them.
Angela Savitri , OTR/L, RYT, RCST® and Duke Certified Integrative
Health Coach. Angela is a Kripalu Yoga Teacher and combines all her medical, yoga, and holistic health experience to lead you through an embodied sense of calm and stillness. Yoga and mindfulness practice helped Angela find a new way to BE in her personal struggles with anxiety.
While Ashlee’s journey of moving through life as a dancer has always offered her bits and pieces of yoga, she first caught a glimpse into yoga’s amazing benefits and beautiful perspective when she began taking classes at Triad Yoga in Greensboro, NC. Since then, Ashlee has encountered a variety of styles that influence her personal practice and teaching philosophy including Flow and Power Yoga, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta which she studied at Dhanvantari Ashram in Kerala, India, and Kundalini Yoga. At the same time, as a dancer with a strong background in somatic research, Ashlee’s classes weave into the practice of yoga somatic paradigms such as Body-Mind Centering and Bartenieff Fundamentals. Recently returning to North Carolina after receiving her M.F.A in Dance from Arizona State University, Ashlee attended the Yoga Teacher Training Certification course from Asheville Yoga Center in February 2013. Ashlee has taught yoga and dance courses at Arizona State University, Warren-Wilson College, Enka Middle School, at the YWCA in Asheville and the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina.
New to Winston-Salem, relocated from Los Angeles, California, Courtney Branch's love and style of yoga have been greatly influenced by her west coast experience. She received her yoga teacher training at the 250 hour level, at the Asheville Yoga Center. Courtney is an aspiring, yet adept, yogi. Yoga can provide that special time for someone, to come into a quiet place, and center themselves to the lessons around them. Taking this as a cue, Courtney convenes a relaxed environment where the beginner to the advanced can feel comfortable exploring their "yoga side". With a concentration on breathing and form, we will all come together in a jovial, yet relaxing way, where you are the center! Come join now!
Emily Morgan had her first taste of yoga at Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City in 1998 and has practiced yoga ever since, studying Iyengar, Anusara, and Ashtanga, among others. Emily received her 200-hour certification in Costa Rica in 2010. She is also a dancer and choreographer and has taught at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Elon University, the University of Texas, El Paso, Texas Tech University and the North Carolina Governor’s School. Her yoga classes are rooted in her knowledge of anatomy, as well as her love of movement and yoga’s ability to bring awareness to mind, body and spirit.
Heidi Leigh has been practicing Yoga since 1995 and became a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2005.
She got her first taste of Yoga in Los Angeles when she walked into a class taught by the charismatic Power Yoga teacher Bryan Kest.
In 2005, after getting through some serious medical issues, she decided the best way to rehabilitate herself was by getting her teaching certification at the Miami Beach Yoga Shala with the guidance of Fred Busch and Paul Toluiszis
A graduate of Lynn University with a degree in preschool education and her joyful style invite students to "grow to their full potential -not go"
Relocating to Winston-Salem in 2011- Heidi practiced with Bea Rado at the Yoga Connection in Plantation Florida and Jimmy Barkan of Barkan Yoga.
Jacob Felder has been practicing yoga consistently since 1969. He is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level. His teaching abilities include gentle, intermediate, advanced and partner yoga, and meditation. He teaches a unique form of partner yoga that includes a gentle introduction and moves into extreme partner poses seldom seen outside of circus performances. He is also a meditation trainer, successfully using a training method that he developed, "The Awareness Approach." Jacob has two yoga DVD's published with a third soon to be released. His latest project is the production of an audio Meditation Training CD that will be available in the fall of 08'. He can be contacted through his website or 336-407-8602.
Jennifer Haydon began practicing yoga in 1980, while in college at the University of Tennessee and became immediately smitten. She has remained deeply in love with yoga ever since! She received her certification in Hatha Yoga from The World Yoga Center in Manhatten in 1986. She is also certified to teach prenatal, postnatal and those with heart disease. While living in California for the past 20 years, Jennifer immersed herself in the Iyengar, Anusara and Yin Yoga traditions. She also studied restorative yoga extensively with Judith Lasater. One of her objectives as a yoga teacher is to help her students discover the poses from the inside, rather than force them from the outside. She focuses on the breath and in slowing down in order to really feel the poses and their effects and after effects on the body, mind and spirit. Her classes are deeply relaxing, joyful and fun. Please see her website: jenniferhaydon.com for further information.
Kirtan Coan, LPC, CAGS, SEP began her eight-limbed yoga practice in 1965 in New York City. She was certified by the founder of Ananda Ashram, Dr. Rammurti Mishra, to teach hatha yoga in 1978. She then taught in NYC at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy and International Jain Meditation Center; in Winston Salem at Pretzel Logic Yoga Studio, Whistling Women, and Golden Flower Tai Qi Studio; and at silent mindfulness meditation retreats led by nationally-renowned Buddhist teacher Shinzen Young. A founding teacher at the Arts of Yoga Studio 2003-08, and certified in Mindful Yoga with Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, Kirtan has taught at The Yoga Gallery since 2008. Since 1997 she has taught Mindfulness & Creative Arts practices, T'ai Qi, and Mindful Flow Yoga in the curriculum of the School of Drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and for spirituality groups in North and South America. For the past 20 years, she has been practicing a wide range of researched-based modalities as a psychotherapist in private practice and as clinician at The Mood Treatment Center in Winston Salem. Kirtan fosters the moment-by-moment awakening of body/heart/mind/spirit and finds that her love of our yoga community deepens with every wrinkle.
Louisa Klein, RYT through IYTA (International Yoga Teachers' Assoc. based in NSW Australia with branches worldwide), began her yoga training as a child living in India. She continues to this day studying and attending workshops on a regular basis. She is a fountain of yoga knowledge and teaching experience.
Marcia McCall, RYT 200, has practiced yoga for twenty years, treasuring its many benefits: how moving through yoga’s postures feels amazing, how it counteracts the forces of stress and gravity, and how it brings calmness and energy to her life. Her primary interest is in power yoga, with its balanced emphasis on strength, flexibility and breathing. Marcia draws experience and knowledge from many other yoga styles, especially deep stretch from Yin Yoga, alignment from Iyengar and Integral Yoga, and breathing-movement coordination from Viniyoga.
Marcia’s teacher training occurred at the Asheville Yoga Center, where she was guided by expert instructors Stephanie Keach, Shala Worsley, Libby Hinsley and Michael Johnson, among other outstanding teachers. Locally, Marcia spent several years each with Deb Lazer, who ignited her love for power yoga, and with Candi Lavendar, whose attention to alignment has informed Marcia’s practice ever since. She is grateful for the many talented and dedicated teachers in Winston-Salem, who provide her daily with new insights into yoga, and who are helping bring this valuable practice to an ever-widening circle of students.
As a teacher, Marcia hopes to help her students treasure yoga as much as she does, to develop their own consistent and joyful practices, and to enjoy yoga’s many benefits for their bodies, minds, emotions and spirits.
Sara Breyfogle Sara began her yoga journey in 2006 when she discovered the wonders of yoga for stress reduction. Sara is a certified yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. She completed her 240-hour teacher training at Neighborhood Yoga in Boone, North Carolina in 2011. Since then, Sara has enjoyed teaching at various studios, for staff at a healthcare facility, and for festivals and retreats. She later deepened her practice as a Living Yoga Trainee, a one-month program at Satchidananda Ashram in Yogaville, Virginia. She has also attended a bhakti yoga training with Kirtan artist Kristin Luna Ray. Sara’s teaching style is reflectively peaceful, yet lighthearted. Sara, also a board certified music therapist and kirtan leader, often weaves live music into her classes to deepen relaxation and encourage self-exploration. Her passion is bringing yoga to all with love and devotion.
Sue Evans (RYT200) has just completed a month long intensive immersion Integral Yoga Hatha teacher training program at Yogaville, VA. Her practice started in 2000 on a screened in porch on Ocracoke Island while on vacation and she was hooked. She has practiced regularly ever since, deepening her practice through teaching. She has found yoga to be calming, helping to manage stress and to help relax, with any physical benefit as icing on the cake. She is the mother of two almost grown boys and enjoys time off the mat on a horse, with her dog and gardening.