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.
Andrea Amanpreet Kaur, LMBT, IKYT, is a healer, artist and international teacher. With her extensive training and work in holistic wellness she brings self-awareness, creativity and consciousness training to her students.
She is a trained SoulCollage® facilitator, licensed Massage and Body Therapist and throughout her life has been mentored by many spiritual teachers.
In 2013, Andrea Amanpreet undertook a year long pilgrimage to Germany where she embarked on intensive training to become an international trained Kundalini Yoga teacher as taught by Yogi Bhajan. With the ability to guide herself, teach and serve within different cultural settings, and the magic she experienced from this journey into the unknown, she initiated her calling to a life of service through teaching.
As a mother and woman, I find that I have a deep sense of compassion and desire to support others in their personal growth, nurture their desire to become whole and cultivate a sense of wonder of what is possible.
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.
In addition to teaching yoga, Catherine practices a little law, is on the board of Preserve Historic Forsyth, and last fall began to study the cello. She especially enjoys practicing yoga with her two delightful grown children.
An amazing yoga class is one that is filled with students of all ages, languages, and cultures -- where all bodies are welcome and our common spirit celebrated.
What excites me about teaching yoga? The peacefulness that even one yoga practice brings to students – and the strength, flexibility, confidence, and insight that comes over time.
Ten years of practice and teacher trainings in Anusara Yoga at the Bindu studio in Cornelius and in Hatha Yoga at Asheville Yoga Center prepared me to teach. But the readings, journaling, and practice in my teacher training helped me feel the loss of my parents and to let go of my grief.
Every time I practice yoga - bringing mind, body, and spirit to this moment – whether I’m sitting in meditation or doing a physical practice, I am refreshed.
Yoga practice is a little vacation every day.
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.
Jeremy Thomas received his Yoga Teacher training through the Triad Yoga Institute in Greensboro, and is a Certified Master Teacher of Reiki. Trained in Design and Production techniques at NCSA, and working for Cook Medical helping to design life-saving devices and tooling, he has taken his love of structural engineering into the art of yoga. His personal practice has developed over the last several years, stemming from the deep desire to heal his own body from a serious injury which had left him nearly crippled. Now, at the peak of his own physical fitness, even compared to his days as a young athlete, he is primed to share the techniques which have helped him bring his body and mind into greater states of peace, harmony and alignment. The key to a successful practice, he feels, is in meeting the physical body’s limitations with peaceful acceptance and moving fearlessly into the possibilities of greater strength and flexibility through patient and persistent practice.
Kathy Tozier, MDiv, KYT-200, RYT-200
Kathy has recently relocated to Winston Salem from Mendham, NJ endeavoring to find a warmer climate for all the outdoor activities she enjoys, including gardening, running, and playing with her two black Labrador retriever puppies.
Balancing a love for physical activity with mindful awareness, she has had a meditation practice for over 25 years.
When Kathy was first introduced to yoga in 2009 she was hooked by the mind, body, spirit integration and has been an avid learner ever since.
Kathy saw yoga teacher training as an apt vehicle for transitioning from her previous vocation as a pastor, and received her 200-hour teaching certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2014.
Her primary teachers are Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Edmunds, whose teaching follows the lineage of Swami Kripalu.
She has a light hearted, compassionate and playful approach to teaching, and helps her students focus on self-observation without judgment.
Breath awareness and proper body alignment are also key aspects of Kathy’s classes. She has a keen interest in translating the lessons learned ‘on the yoga mat’ into the practice of the yoga of life.
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.
Leslie Newsome, MFA, RYT-200, began studying yoga with Judi Maloy in 2005 and has continued her practice at the Yoga Gallery since then. In 2012, she completed her yoga teacher training through Sunrise Yoga with Valerie Kiser.
Her training is in Iyengar style yoga, however she also loves to teach prenatal and restorative. She sees yoga as a personal journey and means to understand one's self from the inside out. As a teacher, it is her goal to meet each student on their individual path, helping them to find their own place of personal expression through asana, breathwork, and meditation. "Yoga extends so far beyond the mat; it is what we choose to bring from our hearts and our minds to the world each day. If we are able to slow down, connect with ourselves and others, amazing things can happen. Yoga truly is a gift to be shared."
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.
Curiosity led Melissa to her very first yoga class sixteen years ago. Her practice started slowly, attending one class per week. After many moves and three pregnancies, practicing yoga as often as she could, she has made yoga a part of her day to day life. When her youngest daughter started kindergarten Melissa signed up for the 200 hour Teacher Training certificate to deepen her practice and to share what she has learned about yoga with others. Melissa completed her training in 2011 and continues to take workshops and classes to stay current and deepen her practice.
Melissa has taught in private studios in the area and in the public school system. She strongly believes that anyone can benefit from taking yoga not only from doing the poses, but also the balance and peace it brings to your daily life. Melissa has lived in Winston Salem for eight years with her husband and three daughters. She would love for you to come and try one of her classes and allow her to help you start your yoga journey.
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.