Yoga On Tap with Kevin Cross
Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

Yoga On Tap with Kevin Cross

I am a career hairdressing session-master and started practicing yoga in 2008 to balance the stress of running a busy salon and working in the world of fashion runways. My initial perception of yoga was that it was for those who had lithe, flexible bodies, or those who started yoga early in life. I had spent most of his life overweight, out of shape, with a history of unhealthy addictions to chemicals and food. My first class was a one-on-one and from that first class, I knew I’d stumbled on something different, but I had no idea how profound this journey was going to be. I’m continually amazed by how a rubber mat and an open mind can do so much.

Through the unconditional support, guidance and encouragement of wonderful teachers I’ve broken through mental and emotional boundaries and transformed my physical body. The practice, teaching and assisting of Baptiste yoga is a beneficial factor in the quality of communication I have in all areas of my life.

I graduated Yoga One Teacher Training in March 2013 with 200 RYT and have worked hard to attain 200 hour Tier One Baptiste Certification and Advance Art of Assisting through Yoga Alliance and the Baptiste Power Institute.. I am delighted to be working in this field of personal growth and expression with such a wonderful family of students, assistants and teachers. I am committed to reciprocating the gifts I’ve received by sharing and leading others in their own journey. 

http://www.y1now.com

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Jenna Baldi Casper leads Yoga On Tap February 27th
Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

Jenna Baldi Casper leads Yoga On Tap February 27th

Jenna went to her first yoga class 8 years ago in order to "stretch and chill out." She quickly learned that yoga would mean so much more to her. She left that class, and every class since, with a renewed sense of strength and gratitude.

As she furthered her practice, she loved the physical work out she got, but was intrigued by the spiritual and emotional exploration she began to experience. After trying different styles and lineages over the the years, Jenna decided she wanted to share her passion for yoga with others.

She studied under Lizzy Hoffman in Charlotte and received her 200 RYT in July of 2015. Her style of yoga is challenging with a great emphasis on self-discovery and acceptance. Jenna's classes will push you physically and will encourage you to create space in your life for opportunities you may have never dreamed of.

Come and explore the possibilities!

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Jen Fowler leads Yoga On Tap
Mar
13
6:30 PM18:30

Jen Fowler leads Yoga On Tap

"I am a wife, a mamma to two sweet boys, a teacher and the Leader of Teachers & Assistants at Yoga One. I took my first yoga class 18 years ago and after a period of time away from my mat, came back after the birth of my first child ten years ago. What was initially exercise to me when I first found yoga became more than just that. My time on my mat became “me” time away from the demands of parenthood, work and life. It was time that was quiet and gave me space to reconnect with my physical body, explore who I was and what I wanted. My practice was a fire- starter for waking up to my life, what I wanted and how I wanted to be for myself, my family and my children. My practice has given me physical strength, awareness and tools to make big changes in my life.
Teaching yoga is a dream come true. I come from a family of teachers, it’s our craft. I’m so lit up getting to teach students. Seeing my students wake up to their bodies, their lives and take on their own growth is inspiring and wonderful. I lead and teach from experience, intuition, authenticity and FUN. My classes are powerful, fun, accessible to ALL and full of possibility.
I am a Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher, a Certified Pre/Post Natal teacher, a graduate of Baptiste Level 1, II, Art of Assisting, Advanced Art of Assisting and 200-hour training at Yoga One in Charlotte."

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Amy Morris leads Yoga On Tap February 13th
Feb
13
6:30 PM18:30

Amy Morris leads Yoga On Tap February 13th

Get to know Amy... "I began my yoga practice about 10 years ago, after the birth of my twins.  I have 3 children, and at that time, they were all under 3 years old.

A friend suggested it to me as a complement to running for the stretching.  I wonder if she could tell I needed the peace aspect the most but knew I would run from that.  I had tried yoga on and off over the years, but as a runner, I thought it was much too slow for me and the “quieting of the mind” teachers would talk about only made me think of all the other things I should be doing.

This time, however, I stumbled upon a teacher that made the class physically challenging BEYOND measure.  I kept returning to her class and somehow picked up on the importance the breath, the idea of locking my core and maintaining focus and it became super challenging and gratifying.  The steadying and stillness of the mind has benefited me the most though.  Well, I do really love having hard abs too.  But, now I know that is the practice – to quiet my mind IN THE MIDST of everything else…to come back to breathing when I want to lose it or give up, to find my feet on a solid foundation in the present moment…not behind me or ahead worrying about other things outside of the second I am living in and to be mindful of each of my movements as I go through them.

If it sounds like a lot more than a stretching class, that’s because it is.  The mind/body/spirit connection makes yoga my moving meditation and prayer.  The first 3 Oms we take in class remind me of God’s omnipresence, His omniscience and His omnipotence.  The Namaste reminds me to see the light in others and reflect that back to them.  I feel humbled and grateful every single time I get to hit the mat.

Maya Angelou says one of my favorite quotes, “What you learn, teach. What you get, give.”  My hope is that the staples of the practice manifest through my life off the mat as well.  Namaste and Love!"

You can catch Amy's classes at the Harris YMCA and Yoga One.

y1now.com

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Yoga On Tap with Shannon Wiseman-Laub
Feb
6
6:30 PM18:30

Yoga On Tap with Shannon Wiseman-Laub

Shannon has been teaching yoga all over Charlotte for the past 5 years. For Shannon yoga is the opportunity to create a new relationship to her mind and body with focus and breath. She is a Baptiste Methodology inspired instructor and loves to connect with students through laughter and possibility.

You can catch her classes at Yoga One, Charlotte Athletic Club and Melting Point Hot yoga. She also teaches the Chip Ganassi Pit Crew team for NASCAR.

"Yoga has taught me to appreciate and love myself in each moment, that is truly where my power lies". 

When Shannon is not sweating on her mat she is acting, hosting tv shows, or on set in commercials. Yoga has helped her career in learning to show up powerfully and with confidence in whatever project she is working on.  

She lives on Lake Norman with her husband and loves spending time on their boat or cuddling her dog Opie.

"Connecting with students has taught me how to connect to all areas of my life, I look forward to growing with all I come in contact with!"

http://www.y1now.com

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Yoga On Tap with Dawn Ireland
Jan
30
6:30 PM18:30

Yoga On Tap with Dawn Ireland

“Dawn began the life of a Yogi over 10 years ago, while in the middle of her career as an RN in the field of Emergency Medicine. After realizing that a stress-centered lifestyle was at the center of her declining health, she decided to shift her professional focus to that of preventative care- in the forms of teaching various traditions of Yoga, of fitness training, and of nutrition counseling. Now eight years in to her life as a teacher, Dawn finds that the greatest gifts in Yoga are the ones that remind us of our personal sovereignty and our innate beauty, and she is passionate about empowering every Yogi she meets. She teaches Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga at Charlotte Athletic Club, and practices Kundalini Yoga daily.”

Facebook: Dawn Ireland/ Dawn Ireland Wellness
IG: @clt_wellness

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Yoga On Tap with Michelle Ramseth
Jan
23
6:30 PM18:30

Yoga On Tap with Michelle Ramseth

Michelle Ramseth I am the Teacher Community Builder at Yoga One and a 500-hour Certified Baptiste Teacher. I started practicing yoga in 2004. Once a week I left the business of my head and relished in my body with about 10 other ladies - most of them over 60. I did this type of restorative yoga for 2 years and saw dramatic shifts in my life. I began to notice there was more available to me than the pressures I felt from work and past mistakes. I was able to notice others. Then I found Yoga One. I was ready to wake up to life, to be moved, to recognize my inner teacher, to get the party started. I took Yoga One’s first 200 hour teaching training in 2008 and fell in love with the process of teaching, Yoga One’s culture and Baptiste Yoga. I have been a dedicated student of Baron Baptiste since 2009. I am grateful to be a student of this practice and of life, possibility, playfulness and love. This practice has given me the space to be a loving wife and adventurous companion for my husband & two amazing dogs. Together, we live life large - whether it’s canoeing in the wilderness, rock climbing in the desert, banging chains on the disc golf course, or simply looking each other directly in the eye and saying Yes to being together. Each day I celebrate life. I celebrate in the classroom through self expression and willingness to be seen by you - my favorite teachers. Life is a joyous adventure. Come join me!

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Bridget Zapolnik Leads Yoga On Tap
Jan
16
6:30 PM18:30

Bridget Zapolnik Leads Yoga On Tap

In 2010, Bridget began practicing yoga in hopes of relieving the stress of graduate school, as well as dropping a few pounds before her wedding. It took only a few classes for her to become engulfed in the physical, emotional and spiritual practice of yoga. Soon, she wanted to want to share her passion with others.

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New Years Yoga On Tap with Terrie Reeves
Jan
2
6:30 PM18:30

New Years Yoga On Tap with Terrie Reeves

Terrie has a smashup fitness background including, dance, gymnastics, competitive aerobics, martial arts, and has taught about every type of organized exercise class possible, to include providing over two decades of personal training. However, she believes nothing holds a candle to yoga because in her words, the asana (physical practice) helps improve flexibility, strength, balance, posture, body awareness, cardiovascular endurance, and so much more.

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Ann Hardison leads Yoga On Tap December 19th
Dec
19
6:30 PM18:30

Ann Hardison leads Yoga On Tap December 19th

ANN GREW UP WITH A LOVE OF DANCE.  HER INTEREST IN FITNESS CONTINUED TO DEVELOP STRONGLY AFTER COLLEGE.  AN AVID RUNNER AND “BOOT CAMPER” FOR YEARS, SHE ATTENDED HER FIRST YOGA CLASS 10 YEARS AGO AND WAS INSTANTLY HOOKED. YOGA QUICKLY BECAME HER PRIMARY FORM OF FITNESS TRAINING.

SHE COMPLETED HER 200 HOUR CYT IN THE SPRING OF 2011, AND HAS BEEN TEACHING SINCE AT VARIOUS STUDIOS INCLUDING Y2 YOGA, LAUGHING BUDDHA YOGA AND CHARLOTTE YOGA.  SHE HAS ALSO BEEN PRIVILEGED TO TEACH THE COMMUNITY CLASS AT OMB YOGA ON TAP SEVERAL TIMES.

HER PASSION FOR TEACHING CONTINUES TO BE FUELED WITH EACH CLASS.  SHE PREFERS A STRONG ASANA PRACTICE THAT ENCOURAGES HER YOGIS TO FIND THEIR EDGE BUT ALSO GIVES THEM PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITY FOR MODIFICATION.  SHE HOPES TO LEAVE THEM FEELING POWERFUL YET PEACEFUL EVERY TIME THEY COME TO THEIR MATS.

BEYOND YOGA, ANN IS PASSIONATE ABOUT HER FAMILY, INCLUDING FOUR AMAZING CHILDREN, MUSIC, COOKING AND THE OUTDOORS…ESPECIALLY THE BEACH!

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Jen Fowler leads Yoga On Tap
Dec
12
6:30 PM18:30

Jen Fowler leads Yoga On Tap

"I am a wife, a mamma to two sweet boys, a teacher and the Leader of Teachers & Assistants at Yoga One. I took my first yoga class 18 years ago and after a period of time away from my mat, came back after the birth of my first child ten years ago. What was initially exercise to me when I first found yoga became more than just that. My time on my mat became “me” time away from the demands of parenthood, work and life. It was time that was quiet and gave me space to reconnect with my physical body, explore who I was and what I wanted. My practice was a fire- starter for waking up to my life, what I wanted and how I wanted to be for myself, my family and my children. My practice has given me physical strength, awareness and tools to make big changes in my life.
Teaching yoga is a dream come true. I come from a family of teachers, it’s our craft. I’m so lit up getting to teach students. Seeing my students wake up to their bodies, their lives and take on their own growth is inspiring and wonderful. I lead and teach from experience, intuition, authenticity and FUN. My classes are powerful, fun, accessible to ALL and full of possibility.
I am a Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher, a Certified Pre/Post Natal teacher, a graduate of Baptiste Level 1, II, Art of Assisting, Advanced Art of Assisting and 200-hour training at Yoga One in Charlotte."

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Sajeedah Jones Leads Yoga On Tap
Dec
5
6:30 PM18:30

Sajeedah Jones Leads Yoga On Tap

"I live a very fast paced life!  The Gemini in me usually leads to me having my hands in more fires than one at a time!

I am the Business Manager and heavily involved in Event Planning for a very intense lifestyle company known as Heights Entertainment.  

So Yoga is where I find peace and solace at the end of the day!  Or as I like to say, Yoga is the Yin to my Yang.

From a very early age, fitness and health played a major role in my everyday life. Three of my brothers and sisters played Division 1 college basketball. My youngest brother is a successful professional basketball player overseas. I decided that athletes would be my primary but not my only focus.

fter a 10 year love affair with Yoga, I decided that I wanted to share my love for this art form with those around me. This led to me acquiring my 200 hour Ashtanga Teacher Certification and becoming a Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor. I then went on to complete my Yoga for Athletes Certification and have since worked with some of the top Teams and Athletes in the country teaching them the benefits of Yoga for Athletes.

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Not only is Yoga a total body workout, it also helps prevent injury while increasing recovery time, concentration, discipline, focus, calmness and clarity. All of these elements are extremely important when participating in professional sport, as well as a fast paced life.  My goal is to show you how, through Yoga, 

you can take your game to the next level, both on the court and in the game of life.

Namaste "

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Jenna Baldi Casper leads Yoga On Tap November 28th
Nov
28
6:30 PM18:30

Jenna Baldi Casper leads Yoga On Tap November 28th

Jenna went to her first yoga class 8 years ago in order to "stretch and chill out." She quickly learned that yoga would mean so much more to her. She left that class, and every class since, with a renewed sense of strength and gratitude.

As she furthered her practice, she loved the physical work out she got, but was intrigued by the spiritual and emotional exploration she began to experience. After trying different styles and lineages over the the years, Jenna decided she wanted to share her passion for yoga with others.

She studied under Lizzy Hoffman in Charlotte and received her 200 RYT in July of 2015. Her style of yoga is challenging with a great emphasis on self-discovery and acceptance. Jenna's classes will push you physically and will encourage you to create space in your life for opportunities you may have never dreamed of.

Come and explore the possibilities!

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Sumanah Khan Leads Yoga On Tap
Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

Sumanah Khan Leads Yoga On Tap

Sumanah Khan is leading Yoga On Tap

Get to know Sumanah...

"My yoga journey began when I recovered from congestive heart failure, and I walked into a class at Yoga One. I was 26 when diagnosed, and now, at 37 years old, I am living life to capacity with my loved ones and my yoga mat at my side. I am forever a student of the craft, and when I teach, I embrace each class as an opportunity and a privilege to connect with my students, as WE explore our most authentic sense of self together."

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Charlotte Ballet & Rodolfo Tandazo Come to Yoga On Tap November 7th
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

Charlotte Ballet & Rodolfo Tandazo Come to Yoga On Tap November 7th

The Charlotte Ballet will be participating in Yoga On Tap this Tuesday! Come our for a great time and meet their awesome dancers! 

About Rodolfo

Rodolfo discovered yoga in 2014 while training with the Miami City Ballet School. Practicing yoga daily helped Rodolfo cope with the constant stresses and demands of being a ballet dancer. It has taught him how to embrace, trust, and send love to every part of himself. Rodolfo continued to practice yoga while dancing professionally with Ballet Austin and later decided to stop dancing and continue his passion for yoga, as well as his love for teaching. 

Rodolfo’s teaching is inspired by the idea that each time we step onto out mats, we are choosing the practice of creating space to slow down, turn inward, reconnect and explore. He combines alignment and flow to empower students to grow in their practice, inviting fluidity, strength and grace. He will be a founding team member at Lifetime Athletic Charlotte opening up in early December, near Ballantyne.

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Shane Lucas leads Yoga On Tap October 24th
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Shane Lucas leads Yoga On Tap October 24th

Shane teaches yoga in Charlotte at Yoga One, Y2 and nationally, East to West coast with hopes that students will leave feeling empowered and ready to take charge of their own life. He believes all workouts should have a strong focus on physicality, mental challenge and most of all, fun. His classes powerfully combine all three element to create a challenging, all levels yoga flow. You will leave his class feeling open & energized.

“The time is NOW to get to work! Will you join me?”

When Shane is not on his yoga mat you can find him teaching at Flywheel Sports (indoor cycling), training for a 5K, watching Netflix with his dog, Ivan, or at a OMB enjoying a beer.

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Kellen Williams leads Yoga On Tap October 17th
Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Kellen Williams leads Yoga On Tap October 17th

Kellen is a lighthearted, non-judgmental yoga instructor who is passionate abou creating a welcoming environment so that all students feel comfortable in her classes. hroughout her challenging yet accessible sequences, various expressions of poses are offered so that everyone can be supported. 

You can expect to move and breathe slowly while building heat and listening to atmospheric musi, ending with a long, rejuvenatin savasana and a cultivation of gratitude.

 In a typical class with Kellen, there will be lots of hip openers and a heart-centered intention with reminders to remain fully present throughout the flow

Her students describe her as uplifting and encouraging, caring and gifted, but most importantly - they feel accomplished, peaceful, grateful and happy when they leave her classes.

Kellen can be found teaching at Siskey YMCA and Total Being Yoga in Mint Hill.

 

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Lauren MacWhinnie leads Yoga On Tap October 10
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

Lauren MacWhinnie leads Yoga On Tap October 10

"Because I was a competitive dancer and athlete from the age of three, through my first year of college, the physical aspect of yoga was something that seemed to come naturally to me. Following college, I logged a lot of miles in my running shoes, and I completed several half marathons.

It wasn’t until 2008, when I showed up for my very first hot class, that I quickly realized how much I missed the graceful movement of the body. Since that day, yoga has become one of my deepest passions that allows me to discover new territory, both physically and mentally. I now use my mat as a space to gain clarity and to strengthen my body, mind, and heart.  

I completed my 200- RYT with Grace Morales in October, 2013 and completed my 500- RYT with Grace Morales in May 2016.  As a teacher, I guide my students through a practice that invites them to move through postures with intention and encourages self- study.   From this place, students have the opportunity to practice the power of possibility through poses like arm balances, inversions, and deep twists.  "

 

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Christina Longobardi leads Yoga On Tap October 3rd
Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

Christina Longobardi leads Yoga On Tap October 3rd

Christina Longobardi Paradiso has been practicing and teaching yoga since college. With a background in performance, her journey has included a post college performance stint in NYC followed by a few years in the country woods of Virginia for some soul searching, medical massage school and ashtanga yoga teacher training. 

Since 2010, she has been living as a bodyworker, yoga and wellness teacher helping to fuse the gap between people and their bodies. One of Christina's favorite experiences was traveling to the burbs of Detroit, Michigan to study with Johnny Kest at Center for Yoga for a 200 hr intensive in 2012. Since 2011, Christina has travelled near and far to the ACC and NCAA Swimming and Diving Conferences and Olympic Trials as the Medical Sports Massage Therapist for the NC State Wolfpack.

Her hobbies include long solo car trips to beaches far and wide and hip hop. She keeps a home office in Southend Charlotte when she is not traveling for all of her bodywork and wellness clients. 

phone: 1.540.230.6859 // email abitofbliss@gmail.com // IG: @christinalongobardi (personal) // @christinalongobardimassageyoga (biz)

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Leslie Petrovic leads Yoga On Tap September 19th
Sep
19
6:30 PM18:30

Leslie Petrovic leads Yoga On Tap September 19th

"I have been loving and teaching yoga for over 15 years. Within the past four years I have been teaching for the Life Time Matthews club. I was quickly drawn to Life Times yoga style LifePower Yoga. My first LifePower yoga class was taught by Jonny Kest the mastermind behind this yoga style. Our LifePower Yoga Vinyasa is a dynamic and challenging flow that helps bring participants to their edge. We create space to allow the student to let their breath drive the free flow of moments.  

I am a certified LifePower yoga instructor as well as a certified LifePower Yoga faculty member. I have a passion to bring people into this practice to love the freedom of movement and liberation to truly find themselves in their practice."

Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company, 2902 Corporate Place, Chanhassen, MN 55317.
 https://www.lifetimefitness.com/en.html   

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Suzanne Bergen leads Yoga On Tap September 12th
Sep
12
6:30 PM18:30

Suzanne Bergen leads Yoga On Tap September 12th

Competing in stair climbs across the country, Suzanne is currently ranked among the top 10 female tower runners in the U.S. and ranks 2nd in her age group. She and her husband, Joe, are currently the volunteer race directors of The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Stair Climb held at the Duke Energy Center. This years climb is on Saturday, April 29th beginning at 8:00am. 

The Siller Family started the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to honor the memory of their brother, Stephen, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers. The goal of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is to continue Stephen’s legacy by supporting our nation’s first responders and service members. Building for America’s Bravest, a proud program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, constructs specially adapted smart homes for our most catastrophically injured service members. 

The mission of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. We also honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country. 

 

What does 343 mean to you? That’s the number of firemen who died on September 11th. To celebrate these heroes and honor their legacy, join Suzanne in climbing the Duke Energy Center in April. All are encouraged to register for the climb and to form a team. For more information and to register, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/T2TTowerClimbCharlotte. 

 

By incorporating the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga together, her classes at Charlotte Yoga link the application of alignment, meditation, intention and prayer, creating an inner journey towards healing and empowerment.

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Kate Dullaghan leads Yoga On Tap September 5th
Sep
5
6:30 PM18:30

Kate Dullaghan leads Yoga On Tap September 5th

"I attended my first yoga class in 2004 with my Mom. At first I was drawn to yoga because I was looking for an alternative to dreaded gym visits. I have always enjoyed athletics and making time for exercise, but when it started to feel like a chore I wanted a change.

Quickly I found yoga to be more than just a physical workout -- and I was hooked. In 2008 I landed at my “yoga home”, Yoga One, after moving to Charlotte.  I’ve continued to grow my personal dedication to the practice since then, and decided to begin my professional training path with Yoga One in December 2013. I left my corporate job to become a fulltime mommy and professional yoga instructor.

Over the last 4 years I have given birth to two beautiful girls, completed Assistant Training, Advanced Art of Assisting, and my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification. In February 2016 I completed Level 1 training with Baron Baptiste in Sedona, Arizona, and I remain on the path to achieving my Baptiste Teaching Certification.

In addition to power flow vinyasa classes, I regularly teach and participate in Prenatal and Mommy and Mini classes at Yoga One and Baby & Co, and lead Prenatal workshops.

Off my mat, Penelope (almost 3) and Mila (born 6/2/17) create a fun, fast-paced and entertaining joy-filled life for my best friend/lifelong teammate/husband, Mike, and me.

When I’m not with family you can find me grinding away in a MADabolic class, cycling at Flywheel, working as professional assistant to a local Ad Exec and Radio Personality, sharing coffee or champs and conversation with a friends, listening to loud beats in my car or at a live music venue, or dabbling in anything cooking or craft related."

http://www.y1now.com

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Beth Campbell leads Yoga On Tap August 29th
Aug
29
6:30 AM06:30

Beth Campbell leads Yoga On Tap August 29th

 I first stepped onto my yoga mat 17 years ago when I was pregnant with my first born.  From that first breath that I took I became hooked.  Stepping onto my yoga mat taught me many things but mostly to SURRENDER in each breath that I took and to LET GO and LET GOD.  

      I have been in the fitness industry for over 20 years teaching group fitness classes and personal training.  Yoga is a form of exercise to heal the mind, body and soul.  In order to heal you need to FEEL the pose in your own body.  My body craves the vinyasa flow style of yoga so I teach mostly slow flow classes.  I currently teach classes at Sara's YMCA, The Laughing Buddha yoga studio and beginning July 31st I will be teaching at the new Vibes in Southpark.

    One of my favorite quotes is this "Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart."  Unknown

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Kacy Pleasants leads Yoga On Tap August 22nd
Aug
22
6:30 PM18:30

Kacy Pleasants leads Yoga On Tap August 22nd

This week we will be joined by AMBUCS to raise awareness for their organization! 

I entered the door of yoga to find yet another way to exercise, and lose weight. It wasn’t long before I realized it was so much more than that. I could let go of my destructive over-ambition and settled into a practice that kept my body healthy while allowing myself to relax into the beauty that is my life.

I believe we are given hardships so that we can have compassion and help others who struggle with similar things. I struggle with anxiety, and yoga has helped me to just let go. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in November of 2011, and yoga helped me to stay focused on my breath and my recovery.  

I am now in remission and I truly feel that yoga is part of that recovery.

I have been practicing yoga since 2007, and teaching since 2010. I am still amazed and inspired by the power of the practice. I feel that it is a vehicle for self-discovery, and a journey that teaches us to connect with our breath but also to one another on a deeper level.

When I teach, I try to create a space in my classes for students to gain a deeper understanding of a pose and of themselves. My classes are both physically and mentally challenging, but are taught with a lightness and humor that almost allow you to forget you are working so hard!

Check out my blog at www.itsapleasantlife.com

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Amy Morris leads Yoga On Tap August 15th
Aug
15
6:30 AM06:30

Amy Morris leads Yoga On Tap August 15th

Get to know Amy... "I began my yoga practice about 10 years ago, after the birth of my twins.  I have 3 children, and at that time, they were all under 3 years old.

A friend suggested it to me as a complement to running for the stretching.  I wonder if she could tell I needed the peace aspect the most but knew I would run from that.  I had tried yoga on and off over the years, but as a runner, I thought it was much too slow for me and the “quieting of the mind” teachers would talk about only made me think of all the other things I should be doing.

This time, however, I stumbled upon a teacher that made the class physically challenging BEYOND measure.  I kept returning to her class and somehow picked up on the importance the breath, the idea of locking my core and maintaining focus and it became super challenging and gratifying.  The steadying and stillness of the mind has benefited me the most though.  Well, I do really love having hard abs too.  But, now I know that is the practice – to quiet my mind IN THE MIDST of everything else…to come back to breathing when I want to lose it or give up, to find my feet on a solid foundation in the present moment…not behind me or ahead worrying about other things outside of the second I am living in and to be mindful of each of my movements as I go through them.

If it sounds like a lot more than a stretching class, that’s because it is.  The mind/body/spirit connection makes yoga my moving meditation and prayer.  The first 3 Oms we take in class remind me of God’s omnipresence, His omniscience and His omnipotence.  The Namaste reminds me to see the light in others and reflect that back to them.  I feel humbled and grateful every single time I get to hit the mat.

Maya Angelou says one of my favorite quotes, “What you learn, teach. What you get, give.”  My hope is that the staples of the practice manifest through my life off the mat as well.  Namaste and Love!"

http://www.y1now.com

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Kevin Cross is leading Yoga On Tap August 8th
Aug
8
6:30 PM18:30

Kevin Cross is leading Yoga On Tap August 8th

I am a career hairdressing session-master and started practicing yoga in 2008 to balance the stress of running a busy salon and working in the world of fashion runways. My initial perception of yoga was that it was for those who had lithe, flexible bodies, or those who started yoga early in life. I had spent most of his life overweight, out of shape, with a history of unhealthy addictions to chemicals and food. My first class was a one-on-one and from that first class, I knew I’d stumbled on something different, but I had no idea how profound this journey was going to be. I’m continually amazed by how a rubber mat and an open mind can do so much.

Through the unconditional support, guidance and encouragement of wonderful teachers I’ve broken through mental and emotional boundaries and transformed my physical body. The practice, teaching and assisting of Baptiste yoga is a beneficial factor in the quality of communication I have in all areas of my life.

I graduated Yoga One Teacher Training in March 2013 with 200 RYT and have worked hard to attain 200 hour Tier One Baptiste Certification and Advance Art of Assisting through Yoga Alliance and the Baptiste Power Institute.. I am delighted to be working in this field of personal growth and expression with such a wonderful family of students, assistants and teachers. I am committed to reciprocating the gifts I’ve received by sharing and leading others in their own journey. 

http://www.y1now.com

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Tarra Dahlke leads Yoga On Tap August 1st
Aug
1
6:30 PM18:30

Tarra Dahlke leads Yoga On Tap August 1st

Tarra’s yoga journey began in Columbia, SC in 2011 during a college course at USC, where she learned about the history and foundation of the practice. When a new hot yoga studio came to town, she was one of their very first clients and quickly became hooked. As an athlete and a runner, she found that yoga helped alleviate her chronic back pain, while increasing her range of motion through strength and flexibility.

Tarra soon set a goal that she would start saving and begin teacher training within 2 years of graduating college and 18 months later was enrolled. To this day, it was the best decision she ever made for herself and is forever grateful for the path that led her on this yoga journey at a young age. During training, she tried a class at Charlotte Yoga, and from the sense of community to the vibe at the studio, she instantly felt a connection. In 2015, she completed her 200 RYT Training with Grace Morales and was eager to start teaching at Charlotte Yoga as soon as possible!

 

Working full time in the fast-paced environment of corporate retail, she enjoys coming straight to her mat after a long day of work to calm the mind and sweat it out. She loves the challenge of new poses, but is also drawn to yoga for the invitation to slow down, be present and enjoy the journey of life rather than rushing to the destination. Tarra enjoys teaching for the ability to share her passion for yoga with others, and hopes to inspire her students in ways that so many teachers have done for her. Proud to be a Charlottean, she embraces the growing yoga community in the Queen City, and can be found on social media @QCyogi.foodie, leading a powerful, fast-paced hot vinyasa class at Charlotte Yoga or teaching at a brewery around town.

 

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Melissa Hickock leads Yoga On Tap July 25th
Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

Melissa Hickock leads Yoga On Tap July 25th

Melissa considers herself fortunate to call yoga teaching her career. Since 2011, she has been an   integral part of the Charlotte yoga community, instructing in studios, schools and gyms and anywhere you can roll out a mat. As a former high school art teacher, she has long loved the environment of education. Helping her students along their journey of self-exploration and ownership of their growth and learning is ever present in Melissa’s instruction. Prior to becoming an instructor, she helped form the all female roller derby league, Charlotte Roller Girls. She, along with other passionate, tough   ladies, skated and competed in the sport for five years. As the league’s trainer, she incorporated yoga   for injury prevention and strength building and soon, there was a natural pull towards a daily yoga practice and study. She earned her 200hr E-RYT certification through Y2 Yoga in Charlotte and is delighted every single day to be sharing her passion for yoga through teaching. Melissa is a painter, photographer and animal lover. She is newly married and has two step children, vivacious 8 year old twins.

 

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Ann Hardison leads Yoga On Tap July 18th
Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

Ann Hardison leads Yoga On Tap July 18th

ANN GREW UP WITH A LOVE OF DANCE.  HER INTEREST IN FITNESS CONTINUED TO DEVELOP STRONGLY AFTER COLLEGE.  AN AVID RUNNER AND “BOOT CAMPER” FOR YEARS, SHE ATTENDED HER FIRST YOGA CLASS 10 YEARS AGO AND WAS INSTANTLY HOOKED. YOGA QUICKLY BECAME HER PRIMARY FORM OF FITNESS TRAINING.

 

SHE COMPLETED HER 200 HOUR CYT IN THE SPRING OF 2011, AND HAS BEEN TEACHING SINCE AT VARIOUS STUDIOS INCLUDING Y2 YOGA, LAUGHING BUDDHA YOGA AND CHARLOTTE YOGA.  SHE HAS ALSO BEEN PRIVILEGED TO TEACH THE COMMUNITY CLASS AT OMB YOGA ON TAP SEVERAL TIMES.

 

HER PASSION FOR TEACHING CONTINUES TO BE FUELED WITH EACH CLASS.  SHE PREFERS A STRONG ASANA PRACTICE THAT ENCOURAGES HER YOGIS TO FIND THEIR EDGE BUT ALSO GIVES THEM PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITY FOR MODIFICATION.  SHE HOPES TO LEAVE THEM FEELING POWERFUL YET PEACEFUL EVERY TIME THEY COME TO THEIR MATS.

 

BEYOND YOGA, ANN IS PASSIONATE ABOUT HER FAMILY, INCLUDING FOUR AMAZING CHILDREN, MUSIC, COOKING AND THE OUTDOORS…ESPECIALLY THE BEACH!

 

 

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Shannon Wiseman-Laub is leading Yoga On Tap July 11th
Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

Shannon Wiseman-Laub is leading Yoga On Tap July 11th

Shannon has been teaching yoga all over Charlotte for the past 5 years. For Shannon yoga is the opportunity to create a new relationship to her mind and body with focus and breath. She is a Baptiste Methodology inspired instructor and loves to connect with students through laughter and possibility.

You can catch her classes at Yoga One, Charlotte Athletic Club and Melting Point Hot yoga. She also teaches the Chip Ganassi Pit Crew team for NASCAR.

"Yoga has taught me to appreciate and love myself in each moment, that is truly where my power lies". 

When Shannon is not sweating on her mat she is acting, hosting tv shows, or on set in commercials. Yoga has helped her career in learning to show up powerfully and with confidence in whatever project she is working on.  

She lives on Lake Norman with her husband and loves spending time on their boat or cuddling her dog Opie.

"Connecting with students has taught me how to connect to all areas of my life, I look forward to growing with all I come in contact with!"

http://www.y1now.com

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Sajeedah Jones leads Yoga On Tap July 4th
Jul
4
6:30 PM18:30

Sajeedah Jones leads Yoga On Tap July 4th

"I live a very fast paced life!  The Gemini in me usually leads to me having my hands in more fires than one at a time!

I am the Business Manager and heavily involved in Event Planning for a very intense lifestyle company known as Heights Entertainment.  

So Yoga is where I find peace and solace at the end of the day!  Or as I like to say, Yoga is the Yin to my Yang.

From a very early age, fitness and health played a major role in my everyday life. Three of my brothers and sisters played Division 1 college basketball. My youngest brother is a successful professional basketball player overseas. I decided that athletes would be my primary but not my only focus.

fter a 10 year love affair with Yoga, I decided that I wanted to share my love for this art form with those around me. This led to me acquiring my 200 hour Ashtanga Teacher Certification and becoming a Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor. I then went on to complete my Yoga for Athletes Certification and have since worked with some of the top Teams and Athletes in the country teaching them the benefits of Yoga for Athletes.

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Not only is Yoga a total body workout, it also helps prevent injury while increasing recovery time, concentration, discipline, focus, calmness and clarity. All of these elements are extremely important when participating in professional sport, as well as a fast paced life.  My goal is to show you how, through Yoga, 

you can take your game to the next level, both on the court and in the game of life.

Namaste "

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