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Patrice Graham

Patrice Graham
Owner, Instructor
(She/Her)

Patrice first attended a yoga class in 2008, but dismissed yoga as “just stretching.” Thankfully, she began practicing yoga regularly in 2012 after a friend persuaded her to try a hot yoga class. Hot yoga felt more like a “workout” than “just stretching” and with a steady practice came the ability to see progress in herself on and off the mat. Patrice fell in love with the mental benefits of inner peace that the yoga practice provides. For at least one hour during class emails, calls, to-do lists and even anxiety were far away. Consistently attending yoga classes several times a week after leaving her high stress job also helped create healthy boundaries to ensure appropriate work/life balance.

Inspired by the life-changing effects of Yoga in her own life, Patrice completed Yoga Teacher Training at Carrboro Yoga Company to help impart the benefits of yoga to others. Patrice’s contagious, bubbly personality help to drive non-judgemental thoughtful yet playful classes that leave participants feeling refreshed. Patrice truly believes that strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet so expect to feel like a friend in her class. During class you are almost guaranteed to hear some of her favorite hip-hop, R&B, pop and alternative jams. Outside of yoga Patrice enjoys traveling, tennis, hiking and reading.

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Amber Brown
Yoga Instructor
(She/Her)

Amber began her yoga journey in 2007, attending yoga as part of a sampling of classes offered at her local gym.  While initially she only enjoyed shavansa at the end of class lying- still and breathing in corpse pose to calm her busy mind, she fell in love with the challenge of both listening to and directing her body to grasp the range of yoga poses.

Kujichagulia is the principle of self-determination. Through yoga, Amber grows in the commitment and practice of choosing for herself her thoughts and actions.  Whether it's holding a balance pose longer, pushing a stretch pose further, or enjoying our days better, Amber believes in everyone's ability to drive change in both their minds and bodies through yoga.

Karen

Karen Burkes
Yoga Instructor
(She/Her)

Karen took her first yoga class shortly after joining a new gym in 2003. Less than a year later, she was living in the midwest and had taken a hiatus from yoga. In 2011, Karen was in DC and looking for a way to relieve stress when yoga re-entered her life. Overtime, yoga became an integral part of her life on and off of the mat.

Motivated to share her love for yoga with others, Karen completed her 200 RYT at Embrace Yoga DC with Faith Hunter. She enjoys teaching flow, slow flow, and yin yoga classes.  As inclusiveness is a passion for her, it is her goal to provide a safe and supportive environment for all to practice yoga. She encourages meditation, self-care and self-reflection in all aspects of her life. Outside of yoga Karen enjoys dancing, traveling, and photography.


Elizabeth

Elizabeth Byrum
Yoga Instructor
(She/Her)

Elizabeth is a Triangle area native who initially began practicing yoga while in college. After moving back to Raleigh, she found herself more deeply invested in her practice and began to explore new opportunities. Elizabeth has found yoga to be incredibly powerful and supportive, particularly as she has navigated personal loss and the stresses of graduate school.

In May 2017, Elizabeth completed the Skill in Action yoga teacher training with Michelle Johnson and earned her RYT 200 certification. She is dedicated to seeking out inclusive and accessible spaces to practice and teach yoga. Elizabeth aspires to integrate yoga into her future work as a public health social worker, as a way for others to find rest, feel supported, and initiate healing.

Elizabeth’s classes center on using the breath to flow between movements, in order to open up space and build strength in the mind and the body.

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Katie Clemons
yoga instructor
(She/Her)

With a lifelong passion for all things wellness-related, Katie’s yoga journey began when she started practicing with her Mom at only twelve years old. Her intrigue in the practice continued to grow, and shortly after she moved across the country to California she realized there would need to be a way to center herself in a busy, unfamiliar place. It was at this point Katie wholeheartedly fell in love with yoga and its ability to steady both her mind and body, while challenging her physical and mental strength. Eager to share her love for yoga with others, Katie embarked the journey to becoming a 200-hour certified yoga teacher on the gorgeous beaches of Costa Rica. Now, she takes honor in holding space for students to go on their own self explorations toward finding an inner peace. Katie’s classes are breath-focused, authentic and warm - allowing you to leave feeling lighter and with a newfound connection to your truest self.

Shawntae

shawntae clark
Yoga Instructor
(She/Her)

Shawntae tried yoga for the first time 10 years ago when she walked into a community center in Colorado. She was freaked out when the yoga teacher encouraged everyone to touch their third eye. Little did she know that she was only talking about a chakra point on the body. She ran out and did not practice yoga again for several years. In 2015 she started practicing yoga again off and on at a local women’s gym in Land O Lakes, FL. Two years ago, she began to take her practice more seriously by practicing almost daily at home on her own as well as at my local Y and at COY. Shawntae is currently enrolled in RYT 200 training through Yoga Legacy and will complete her program in July 2019.

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Angela Funderburk
Yoga Instructor
(She/Her)

I began my Yoga journey in 2002 using VHS tapes as a way to calm my busy mind.  In 2004, I began taking group classes through the local YMCA. Soon thereafter, I found Hot Yoga when a new studio came to the area.  As my practice continued to grow, my interest in teaching also grew. I wanted to share what I’d learned with others.

I completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Hot Asana Yoga Studio in Danville, VA but the learning is ongoing. A lot has changed since I received my certification, but yoga has been one constant that never fails to bring me solace. In my personal practice it’s just me and my mat. Everything else falls away. There’s no fear, anger, shame, sadness, anxiety or frustration.  There is simply time and space, breath and movement. I guess you could say it’s the feeling an artist gets when they’re alone with a fresh canvas, the musician when they strum the strings or tickle the ivories, or the dancer as they float across the floor. It’s an experience that I look forward to whenever I practice and it’s an experience I’d love to share with you.

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Angela Griffin
Yoga Instructor
(She/Her)

Angela Y. Griffin is a management analyst and a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Angela received her training from Indigo Hot Yoga Center in Raleigh. She has been a life long fitness and health advocate as early as childhood and through adulthood. She was a track star in high school earning a state record and college scholarship for triple jump. Outside of “living” yoga, Angela loves to run, cycle, and swim.

Angela started yoga in 2013 gravitating towards hot yoga and the Bikram 26 hatha postures and their many benefits. Her passion is for Gentle and Yin yoga. Angela finds that the practice of yoga brings clarity, calmness and an overall sense of peace to her life.  Her passion is to share this with everyone she comes in contact. A message that Angela tries to spread is that you do not have to be flexible to do yoga.  Yoga is a lifestyle and we have so much power in our breath.

You are invited to join Angela at one of the yoga sessions that can be tailored to help you stretch your mind and body, thus helping to alleviate stress, and encourage whole body wellness.

Chanelle

ChaNelle M.
Yoga Instructor
(She/Her)

Chanelle’s journey with yoga began as a ladies night out. Her first class was a challenge but the stillness of Savasana made it easy to keep coming back to the practice. She completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training program at Blue Lotus in Raleigh and has since taught both active and gentle yoga classes. In all classes, she seeks to facilitate a space for productive inner work.

Chanelle’s teaching interests are: slow flow vinyasa, yin, and restorative yoga. She identifies as a creative and as a renaissance woman. Outside of class you'll find her listening to all types of music, cooking, learning new languages, experiencing new cultures and traveling.


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Michelle Neumann
Yoga Instructor
(They/She)

Michelle began her yoga practice with mindfulness and meditation in college. However, after earning her MSW in Colorado and moving to Durham, she really started to embrace yoga as a way to heal, to understand, and to be. As a survivor of sexual violence, Michelle has struggled with depression and anxiety most of her life. Yoga has been her primary method of healing and feeling whole again. Through the offering of yoga, Michelle aspires to support others in connecting to their bodies and breath, in creating nourishing self-love practices, and ultimately in embracing individual and collective growth and healing. Because of her experience in non-inclusive yoga spaces, especially as an autistic queer nonbinary femme, she strives to create inclusive ones (which perfectly aligns with the Colors of Yoga way)! Michelle aims to create accessible and inclusive yoga practices in an intersectional, body positive, affirming, and trauma-informed environment. Her classes are gentle and slow, and intend to help you feel more connected and grounded.

 

Michelle has completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training through MindBody Centering Yoga in Durham, and an additional 200 hour training, Skill in Action, in Chapel Hill. Michelle is also a Sacred Passage End of Life Doula, author of children’s book Soni and the Storm, and business owner (www.embodiedpresencenc.com).

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Donnae Ward LaughingHouse
Yoga Instructor
(She/Her)

Donnae Ward Laughinghouse is originally from the Bahamas. She is a certified personal trainer, fitness educator and nutritionist. Donnae started teaching dance and fitness classes and later stumbled upon the benefits of Yoga for stretching. She created spaces for Yoga for Social change and continues to blend Yoga with other fitness formats to make it fun, engaging and inclusive.

Her main focus has always been minorities battling racial inequalities and health disparities. Donnae is the owner of her wellness business, Hey Donnae LLC and she continues to practice and teach Yoga to bring communities together.