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Born and raised in Raleigh, NC, Shelly trained as a dancer from preschool to high school and has always enjoyed creative movement and exercise. As a teenager her sisters introduced her to yoga and they continued to practice together for years.
After high school, Shelly decided that dance was no longer the path for her and she began to practice yoga more. She took a break from college and received her RYT 200 hour from Indigo Hot Yoga in 2017. She immediately fell in love with teaching and sharing yoga with others. Now, as she teaches, she is back in school and studying Health and Fitness Science at Wake Tech full time.
Shelly’s main goal as a yogi is to never stop growing her knowledge or deepening her practice.
Lauren began her journey with yoga back in 2010, when a friend suggested yoga as a form of exercise. As she started going to more and more classes, she quickly began to realize that while yoga is a beautiful way to move the body, the real magic was coming from how good she felt on the inside after each class. Wanting to learn more about what was happening on a cellular level, she decided to pursue her 200-hr Teacher Training Certification and graduated under Nicole Nichols from Republic of Yoga in October 2018 and will be earning her 20-hr continuing education credits specializing in Restorative Yoga in April 2019 from Evolve Movement.
Lauren is also a Shamanic Reiki level 1 and 2 practitioner, and feels that the combination of reiki and yoga together are a beautiful combination of opening up energy flow in the subtle body to allow for ultimate healing and expansion. Lauren's goal is to share her knowledge with others so that they can feel grounded and whole on and off the mat, and hopes to show diversity in the yoga world so that others know that it can be accessible for every body who chooses to experience it.
Jamie McQuiggan has been teaching yoga for more than 2 years. She loves to create flows that challenge students physically and give them space to find that mental and emotional connection that can lead to deeper personal insight and growth. By focusing on the connection to the core, she aims to cultivate greater stability and strength in her students' practices.
Jamie did her 200-hour teacher training at Indigo Hot Yoga in Raleigh, and a second 200-hour training focused on core and alignment at 110 Yoga in Raleigh.
One thing she loves is the way yoga can highlight how different life can be day-to-day. Maybe one day you can balance in Eagle pose all day and the next you’re a wobbly mess! Making peace with these fluctuations, and coping with our humanity and imperfections, is an amazing takeaway from the practice of yoga.
Jamie is a North Carolina native and a graduate of Appalachian State University. She believes the benefits of exploring the mind-body practice of yoga improves every aspect of life.
After being diagnosed with Lupus, Jamie found yoga to be healing and helpful in maintaining the disease. As her body became stronger and healthier, she soon discovered her yoga mat was a place to find a sense of contentment, self-awareness, and a strong connection between the mind and body. This leads her to complete 200-hour yoga teacher training with Raleigh NC Yoga. Jamie first enrolled in teacher training to deepen her own practice, however, the more she grew and learned, her intention turned to teaching and sharing the practice she loves with others.
Jamie realizes yoga is not “a one size fits all” practice and each person is on a different path. She tries to offer her students the opportunity to take their path at their own pace, to modify when needed, and to honor how they feel at all times. Jamie finds great joy, satisfaction, and inspiration in witnessing students discover their own personal yoga journey and hopes to nurture them along the way.
Renée Baker received her ERYT-200 and RYT-500 trainings from Asheville Yoga Center. She also has an M.Ed. with 11 years teaching experience in the Montessori classroom. She discovered yoga during her college years as a way to maintain balance and focus and has been practicing ever since. She recently completed a six month intensive study of the yoga sūtra with her teacher, Michael Johnson. Other influential teachers include: Paul Grilley, Kimberley Puryear, Angela Farmer, Joe Taft, Gary Kraftsow, and Donna Farhi.
No matter how many trainings she attends, she still feels that there is more to learn and more space to grow. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and two vivacious daughters.
Renée’s yoga classes are thoughtfully planned and guided, sprinkled with yogic philosophy, life wisdom, poetry, pranayama and meditation. She seeks to guide students towards a connection with their innate wisdom of the heart and body. She enjoys teaching and learning from yoga students of all ages, from children to seniors.
Meditation and connection with the breath helped her to remain grounded when facing the challenges in life.
Diana began practicing yoga to counteract her loss of flexibility from weightlifting and running. She soon discovered that yoga had much more to offer than stretching.
After a few years of steady practice, Diana completed the 200 hour yoga teacher training at Blue Lotus in order to deepen her personal practice. Along the way, she found that she enjoyed sharing the gift of yoga with others.
As a teacher, Diana aspires to make yoga accessible and enjoyable for all yogis.
Karyn’s yoga journey began in New York City in the 90’s when she took a class at her local gym and was immediately hooked. She continued to practice whenever she could, always searching out yoga studios when she traveled for her career as an opera singer.
When she was pregnant with her first child, she found prenatal yoga, and realized what a powerful impact yoga had on her ability to handle pain and stress. With a desire to delve deeper into the practice and understanding of yoga, she completed the 200-hour teacher training at blue lotus in Raleigh.
Karyn seeks to create a safe and supportive space, where students are encouraged to meet themselves where they are. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and three children.