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.
The 17 years of being a licensed bodyworker, has given Bridget a deeper understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body, as well as different healing modalities from the east to the west. Her continuing study of massage led her to prenatal/postnatal massage, from there to attending births, and many midwifery courses and workshops.
Bridget took her first yoga class 17 years ago, weaving many different styles into the mix; kundalini, bikram, integral, pre/postnatal, vinyasa flow, yin yoga, and meditation and pranayama practices. This quest of learning postures has been an undercurrent in her humanitarian services and spiritual journey; traveling abroad immersing herself in different cultures and religions. Bridget is a believer in unity through diversity, and in always reflecting love and compassion. As Sri Swami Satchidananda said," Many paths, One truth."
Bridget received her RYS 200hr from the Asheville Yoga Center and is enrolled in the RYS 300hr. She is humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve as a yoga teacher and vows to always be a student on this great path.
Her classes incorporate pranayama, meditation, attention to proper alignment, yoga philosophy, and world inspired music. Each class helps to create a space where you can be fully present in the moment, allowing you to tap into your inner awareness.
Courtney is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. She is trained in Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal, Children's Yoga, Restorative, and Yin Yoga. She has also studied Meditation, Chakras, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy, and Anatomy.
Courtney continues to take classes and workshops to increase her knowledge and inspiration. She has a special interest in Holistic Healing and Nutrition.
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.
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.
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.
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.