Our Current Teachers

These talented teachers are leading our Winter Yoga classes
January 10 — March 19, 2022

JJ Gormley

JJ GormleyChair Yoga sponsored by Active Healthcare, Monday @ 11 AM
JJ Gormley: (M.S., C-IAYT, E-RYT) has been a practitioner of yoga since 1979 and teaching since 1989. She has been steeped in the therapeutic approach to yoga since 2003. 
Using her therapeutic approach, she works with clients who have many different types of ailments and issues, including those with cancer, autoimmune disease, neurological disorders, trauma/PTSD, substance abuse, and addictions. She also works with the caregivers for people with chronic issues.

Facebook:  JJ Gormley
Instagram: yoginijj
LinkedIn: JJ Gormley
Website: Surya Chandra Healing Yoga
Contact: j@schys.yoga

Michaele Woodhouse

Michaele WoodhouseGentle Yoga sponsored by Waverly Hematology, Monday @ 1 PM
Michaele’s practice on the mat began about 9 years ago, when a vinyasa class became much more than the asanas; it became a dance for her soul. Her love for yoga led to becoming a teacher through Yoga-Mojo Studio in Cary, NC. In addition, Michaele has trained in Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors through the UNC Lineberger Center. Michaele teaches several styles of classes: vinyasa, gentle, restorative, and yoga for cancer survivors. For her, it is about meeting everyone on their level.

In addition to You Call This Yoga, Michaele partners with  Waverly Hematology Oncology in their Healthy Movements Program. She has been a Reiki Master since 2010 and recently became certified in Thai Body with Michael Sitzer. Find her on Instagram and Facebook.

Kristen Rae

Kristen RaeActive Yoga Basics sponsored by Waverly Hematology, Tuesday @ 10:30
Stretch & Rest, Friday @ 10:30

Kristen Rae is a Yoga Therapist with over 13 years of experience — teaching many types of classes, workshops, providing private instruction, and organizing yoga events. When Kristen isn’t teaching yoga, she is hanging with her family, rarely very far from a beach. She enjoys traveling and teaching yoga annually in Jamaica, Australia, and Indonesia. Kristen is currently You Call This Yoga’s social media manager and programming co-chair.

Please join her weekly classes. All levels welcome, all the time!

Facebook: Yoga with Kristen Rae
Instagram: kristen.rae, yogioasis
Website: Yogi Oasis
Contact: Yogawithkristenrae@gmail.com

Carolina Chávez

Carolina ChavezBilingual Gentle Flow, Thursday @ 7 PM
Carolina es de Viña del Mar, Chile y se trasladó al área de Raleigh, North Carolina en el 2014. Le encanta llevar un estilo de vida activo y saludable y agregó el yoga a su vida en 2011. Descubrió los cambios físicos, mentales y espirituales que trajo a su vida y por eso en el 2017 decidió compartir su pasión y completó su formación RYT-200. Enseña yoga vinyasa, flow y restaurador. Cuando no está enseñando, a Carolina le encanta hacer ejercicio, disfrutar del aire libre y cocinar.

Carolina is originally from Viña del Mar, Chile and moved to the Raleigh area in 2014. Being passionate in leading a healthy active lifestyle, Carolina added yoga into her life in 2011. She discovered the physical, mental and spiritual changes it brought into her life. In 2017, she decided to share her passion and completed her RYT-200 training. She teaches slow flow, power flow and restorative yoga. When she’s not teaching, Carolina loves working out, enjoying the outdoors, and cooking.

Facebook: Carolina Chávez
Instagram: carolina__healthandyoga, carolina__chile
Email: carolinachavezg@gmail.com

Anjana Rathores

Yoga for Back Care sponsored by Active Healthcare, Friday @ 12 PM
Anjana began yoga as a way to fight-off polymyalgia rheumatica and adopted it as part of her daily routine. Having personally benefited, she developed a passion for yoga and made it her mission to spread the goodness of yoga as a way of life to seniors with similar age-related conditions and to communities in need.

She received her first yoga teacher training in 2016 and is continuing to train in various forms of yoga including chair yoga and yoga-trapeze.

 

Kiesha Battles

Keisha BattlesYin for Bedtime/Anytime sponsored by Tyndall Treehouse, Friday @ 7 PM
Kiesha Battles (E-RYT 500) is Yoga Director at Charlotte Family Yoga Center and a full-time yoga teacher and trainer who studied with Maya Breuer and Kristine Kaoverii. Kiesha speciality is in Yin Yoga under training by Bernie Clark. Kiesha earned a graduate degree in Asian studies, with a certification in international business and a focus on Asian philosophy, religion, and modern language. Through her academic studies, she was exposed to Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and yoga. Kiesha has taught for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte for eight years and was a R. O. S. E. Award recipient. She has been featured in the book Yes Yoga Has Curves, interviewed by the Charlotte Post and in Pride Magazine.

In 2016, Kiesha was honored as an inaugural Self-Care Charlotte Ambassador. In her role, she promotes self-care for the purpose of nurturing healthy lives and relationships for individuals, families, and communities. In 2018, she was appointed Co-Director of the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color™. In 2020 Kiesha joined the Board of Directors for Amplify and Activate, and the Development Committee for You Call This Yoga. Both are North Carolina yoga non-profits.

Facebook: I AM YOGA
Instagram: iamyogaclt
Website: Kiesha Battles
Contact: yogadirector@kieshabattles.com

Amma Fandiño

Amma FandiñoYoga en Silla y Pie, sábado @ 10 AM
Amma Fandiño (RYT 500, MSc) ha sido una devota yogini por más de 28 años y una bióloga apasionada por 27 años. Con maestría en ciencias ambientales de la Universidad de Yale, es profesora certificada de Hatha Yoga Integral y Yoga Accesible. También cuenta con entrenamiento en mindfulness, yoga terapéutico, yoga para artritis, yoga para adicciones y depresión. La pasión de Amma es compartir el yoga con comunidades con desafíos y condiciones de vulnerabilidad a nivel físico, mental y emocional. Amma se dedica a enseñar a pacientes de cáncer y a sus cuidadores, apoyando el mejoramiento de su calidad de vida y su capacidad para asumir las difíciles circunstancias de la enfermedad. También ofrece clases en dos cárceles en Bogotá promoviendo espacios hacia el empoderamiento, la rehabilitación y la sanación de las personas privadas de libertad. Amma participa del Programa de Yoga Accesible desde 2015, representa al grupo regional de YA en español y hace parte del grupo de profesores del entrenamiento de Yoga Accesible apoyando la formación de maestros de la comunidad de habla hispana. Vive en Colombia con su esposo y sus dos hijos y le encanta pasar su tiempo libre en contacto con la naturaleza

Website: Amma Fandino
Facebook: Accessible Yoga- Español
Contact: amma@accessibleyoga.org

Juan Martinez

Juan MartinezYoga en Silla y Pie, sábado @ 10 AM
Juan es profesor certificado en Yoga y Meditación, Hatha Yoga y Ashtanga Yoga, como en Yoga Accesible, Yoga Inclusivo (Yoga Terapéutico especializado en discapacidades, adicciones, patologías y persona adulta mayor), Yoga y Encarcelamiento, Yoga y Trauma Informado. En la actualidad está realizando una maestría en Yoga Terapéutico.

A compartido la práctica del yoga a través de distintos programas, en centros penales, rehabilitación de adicciones, adultos y adultos mayores, personas de la calle, salud mental, personas con discapacidad física y hospitales.

Su enfoque va más allá de la práctica postural y busca mostrar a través del Yoga, un santuario, un laboratorio, una oportunidad, un lugar para la contemplación y la expresión de la compasión y respeto a nosotros mismos como a la vida misma, descubriendo así nuestras virtudes y fortalezas, todo desde el punto más positivo de cada experiencia hacia la transformación y dándole importancia a la técnica como a la filosofía y la psicología de la práctica, acercando el yoga desde el Yoga inclusivo, adaptado, accesible y diverso, hacia todas las personas con o sin discapacidad y procesos de vida, integrando a las práctica de asanas, las técnicas de respiración, atención plena, meditación guiada, relajación profunda, sonido terapia y reiki, todo como una terapia no solo para el cuerpo, sino para la mente y el alma.