Instructors - An extraordinary group, each with their own extraordinary practice and passion, committed to serving an extraordinary community.
Yoga sort of fell into my life… at the time I was ready to listen! Over the years, many friends had suggested yoga as a way to de-stress, become more physically fit and find some peace in life - but at the time I was too pre-occupied to stop long enough to give it a chance. About 4 years ago I actually needed something to focus on - and yoga surfaced to help provide that! I received my 200 hour training in Aug. - Sept. 2013 from Jimmy Barkan. It was the most rewarding experience of my life.
Chloë is a Winston-Salem based yoga teacher specializing in Ashtanga and Vinyasa style classes. She is an E-RYT500 and has also received Aerial Vinyasa education hours for Aerial Yoga. Her passion for yoga began 5 years ago when she was studying Human Biology at UNCG. She has since trained, practiced, and taught all of the world with renowned yogis and programs. Chloë utilizes yoga to heal her body, mind and spirit of damaging experiences and trauma. She uses her teachings to awaken students to their limitless potential and compassion. She believes the true spirit of yoga isn't something that can be taught, only experienced, so she shares her practice open and freely in order to inspire others to do their work and shift their life by way of a regular asana and meditation practice.
After practicing Bikram yoga on and off for 14 years, Megan did her Hot yoga teacher training in Fort Lauderdale FL in early 2018. She and her husband have moved around the country a good deal over the past 10 years, many of which were in an RV. Some locations have been better than others, but she feels that there is beauty and love everywhere; you just have to open yourself up to it.
Megan is an avid Masters swimmer and has been a Masters swim coach/Adult swim instructor for the past 8 years. She believes in a healthy lifestyle rich in yoga, art, exercise and eating a diet of sustainable GF whole foods. She brings an energetic and sympathetic nature to her classes, and enjoys helping others find their beauty and love. When she's not swimming, eating, or practicing yoga, she and her husband are building a retreat on their property so people can enjoy the beauty NC has to offer, while participating in art and yoga classes, or learning about sustainable farming/gardening.
I have always maintained a very active lifestyle. Maybe too active! I ran numerous marathons through my twenties which gradually destroyed my knees and compressed my spine. I realized I needed a new exercise plan or I was not going to have a very mobile and pain free life in my future. I became more interested in group fitness and obtained my first certification in 2006. I currently hold eight licenses and teach forms of martial arts, dance, yoga, and pilates on a regular basis.
Since I work full time as a Lead Engineer, my focus during the day can be quite different from other yoginis. I must analyze features, develop new concepts, then test and validate designs to ensure my company maintains a competitive edge in our rapidly changing market. A typical work day for me can be quite stressful so yoga helps to bring peace and balance back into my mind and body. My passion resides in sharing this life/work balance with others. I invite all types of people to use yoga to achieve their optimal wellbeing.
Deanna’s extensive fitness background includes team sports, gymnastics, rock climbing and fitness training. In her 30’s, yoga was just another workout that quickly grew into a journey of self-love and personal growth, as well as awareness with compassion.
In Thailand, Deanna enrolled in a month-long yoga and meditation certification course. After receiving her Yoga Teacher certification, she moved back to Winston-Salem to start her own business. She focuses on making yoga more accessible and appealing, planting seeds of self-love and cultivating wellness and strengthening community.
Deanna enjoys working with beginner yogis as well as athletes. She focuses on building transferable strength, fluid movement and mindful balance; working out the imbalances in one’s body in order to create a more functional and less injury prone container to live in. Deanna is a 200 E-RYT.
Courtney believes that yoga can take many forms but a daily physical practice of perfected asanas (poses) has its indisputable benefit. She developed her practice in bikram, power yoga, vinyasa flow, and kundalini in NC and California and has taught yoga since 2012. She is a dedicated teacher and works hard to make a comfortable space for all people to develop a basic knowledge and understanding of yoga.
After moving from California, Courtney played a hand in the local Winston-Salem studio the Breathing Room, while also teaching a variety of classes at the Yoga Gallery, the YWCA, Yoga Dogz, FCC, in private spaces, and at Village Yoga. She has been practicing for over 12 years and continues to delight in discovering the benefits of the practice along with her students.
Courtney has studied and taught various styles including meditation, restorative yoga, chair yoga, to more vigorous vinyasa flows and power yoga.
I was introduced to hot yoga in Winter 2010 and began teaching in Spring 2011. Yoga has taught me what it means to truly let go and connect with my inner self. Each practice brings me a step closer to a journey of self-discovery and healing. I am grateful for the opportunity to share yoga with others through the Hot Yoga Therapy studio.
I took my first yoga class 12 years ago after a sports related injury prevented me from doing high impact exercise and have been practicing ever since. Each time I roll out my mat, it is there for support, for protection. It helps me find balance, build strength and take rest. It doesn't care if I'm tired, angry or unhappy. My mat invites me to breathe, listen and give my full effort and awareness to what my body and mind need that day. In return, I am given 2x6 square feet of space dedicated to me.