Instructors

Andie Fuller, RYT200

Andie Fuller MOMENTUM yoga & wellness

Andrea, originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, started yoga when she was looking for a new workout and stumbled upon a Groupon Deal at Arrichion Hot Yoga. Being a soccer player for most of her life, she was looking for a high intensity workout and immediately fell in love with the flow and heat of the yoga studio. After trying multiple studios throughout Charlotte, she realized yoga was a lot more than just a work out and wanted to learn more. She received her RYT 200 studying under Quinn Reynolds at Arrichion Hot Yoga through Yoga Alliance in June 2015 and has been teaching ever since. Andrea is certified in Vinyasa, Hatha, and Hot Yoga.


Annette Tersigni RN, E-RYT500
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Annette is a former cover girl and Hollywood actor turned nurse and stress-management expert. Her programs are endorsed by doctors and nursing organizations as a safe adjunct therapy to increase quality of life. For more than 20 years, she has been educating people around the world to lead healthier, more spiritual lifestyles.  Annette is the founder of the YogaNurse® Model of Care.


Cheryl LeClair, E-RYT200MOMENTUM YOGA CHERYL LECLAIR

Cheryl has completed Duke Integrative Medicine’s Yoga for Senior’s Therapist program and is certified to teach trauma sensitive yoga through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Center.  In addition, she has completed advanced training in iRest Yoga Nidra training with Richard Miller, PhD of the Integrative Restoration Institute.  Cheryl taught iRest and yoga at Camp Lejeune for Lejeune Naval Hospital’s “Back on Track” program for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  She was selected for the February 2011 “Hero Spotlight: by the Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury “DCoE in Action” publication.


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Donia Robinson

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Donia found yoga in LA in ’95 as an actress and has followed her curiosity and love of movement through the years. Receiving her basic and advanced teacher training from the White Lotus foundation in SantaBarbara with Ganga White and Tracey Rich ’03, she’s completed various trainings and certifications over the years including Shiva Rae, Erich Schiffmann, Angela Farmer, Stephanie Keach and the Business of Yoga.
She owned and operated Carrboro Yoga Company, NC in 2004 and moved on to teaching yoga in the finest resorts and spas in the Napa Valley and Big Sur California. Life led her to teaching yoga, giving massage and living at Esalen Institute in Big Sur where her love of movement led her to study massage, dance, Soul Motion, quantum physics, neuroscience, cranio sacral and energetic healing. She’s led workshops in Bali on Self Care for Body Workers and is mapping out modifications for various yoga asanas.
“I love working with various levels in movement, beginners to pros, stiff to loose, closed to open. And joy is found in the most simple of meditations, movements and play.”
Her journey has led here to the crystal coast to enjoy and savor the sweet simplicity of life on the edge of the earth.


Gerlinde Geier, E-RYT500

Gerlinde has been practicing various styles of yoga for 14 years. In 2007 she became an Integral Hatha Yoga teacher, following the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda Maharaj. She also studied Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy with Chinnemasta and Mukunda Stiles, Yoga Therapy with Dr. Timothy McCall, M.D. and Ayurveda with world renowned teacher Dr. David Frawley. She is continuing her studies in yoga therapy and recently received her certification in Yoga for Arthritis.

 


Greg Bogard, RYT200

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Greg has been practicing yoga since 2011 and teaching since 2014. His yogajourney began when, after seeking relief from years of typical middle-aged ailments, he decided to see if yoga could do what meds and physical therapists could not. Within months of beginning his practice, Greg was not only living free of pain, but through the inspiration of his instructors, had begun to realize there was healing within the practice of yoga that went beyond the physical body. Desiring to learn more, Greg underwent teacher training and graduated the YogaWorks 200 hour program at MOMENTUM Yoga & Fitness in 2013. Greg is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) with the Yoga Alliance® and is currently working to complete his 300-hour training through the Asheville Yoga Center. He is grateful for the opportunity to instruct while continuing to learn and grow as an enthusiastic student of the yoga tradition.


Juli Saylor, RYT500

Juli_SaylorJuli’s desire is to spread her passion for yoga on and off the mat. Teaching comes naturally to Juli and she brings great energy to the studio. She graduated from Seaside Yoga of Wilmington with her 200 RYT in September 2008 with an emphasis on Anusara yoga. Juli completed her 300 hour program in January 2016 through Asheville Yoga Center. She honors her teachers Lisa Colletti, Susan Koepp, Ashley Ludman and Rachael Crawford Goolsby.


Kate Francesa, RYT200

After two decades of practicing yoga in New York and North Carolina, Katemomentum yoga kate francesca decided to enrich her practice and her life by becoming a teacher.  She completed the 200 hour RYT training in 2011, graduating from Transcending Yoga, a Yoga Alliance registered school.

Kate is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others through the transformative power of yoga.


Katy Dyer, RYT200

Katy has always been a person of movement:  a competitive cheerleader,Katy Dyer Momentum Yoga softball player, and long distance runner. In an effort to shed my shell of intensity hardened by competition, I stepped on a yoga mat for first time in 2013 in an effort to find peace, light, and stillness.  Today my intensity can be seen in my passion for a continuous practice and study of yoga. I offer space for others on all paths on a yoga journey to rid themselves of the rigidity that life and competition create – a place for them to find the energy and vigor of fluid movement and a quiet stillness to find the grace and peace that is created when we rid ourselves of the expectations and find contentment in our present wholeness.

 I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Transcending Yoga in Swansboro, North Carolina. I am deeply grateful for the compassionate guidance that my teachers have shared with me, for they have shown me that yoga is an ever developing wholeness, a contentment with who you are in a present moment and an understanding of all the variances and changes that exist within you.

Kay Dixon, RYT200

Kay began practicing yoga during high school and college.  She put it down because of time constraints and lack of a studio for many years but came back when she moved to Carteret County.  She completedRYT200 YogaWorks Teacher Training at MOMENTUM yoga in 2013.  Kay enjoys the peace that yoga giver her and wants to help others find that balance in their lives.  She has received training in restorative and senior yoga and is an Aqua Yoga instructor.


Leilani Walker, E-RYT 200, 500

Leilani loves yoga. She believes that it has the power to connect us to our inner guide, reveal the truth of who we are, reset our happiness meters, and expand our compassion as we evolve from practicing yoga on the mat to the real beauty of being our practice.

Leilani has practiced yoga since 2000. She completed a 240 hour certification in 2008 with The NC School of Yoga from the lineage of living yoga master Sri Dharma Mittra. In 2010 she completed an advanced yoga teacher training course with her teacher, Erich Schiffmann. She received her 500 hour certification after studying with Jill Sockman in Raleigh.


Michelle Thornell, E-RYT 200, RYT500

 

Michelle Thornell MOMENTUM yoga & wellness

Michelle began practicing yoga in 2001 while searching for” stress relief” from her job in law enforcement. She began teaching in 2003 and has over 1000 hours of experience. Her practice is founded on the ancientIndian tradition of classical yoga as described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. She has integrated teachings from Tias Little, Master Purna Yoga teacher Aadil Palkhivala, Elise Browning Miller, Terry Brown and others. Known for her clarity and focus on alignment, Michelle presents students with powerful opportunities to gain tangible yoga knowledge and improve balance, strength, posture and ability. Her classes and workshops are transformative, challenging and therapeutic as she focuses her teaching on breath, alignment and the interconnection between mind, body, and spirit while providing clear instruction filled with compassion and humor. She is currently continuing her studies to become a Yoga Therapist through East Coast Yoga Therapy, Greensboro, NC and her studies in SATYA ( Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement) with Tias Little in Santa Fe, NM


Mike Dunn, RYT200

Growing up in a military family and then pursuing an international career taught me to become a world citizen. This led to a realization that all people and situations are my teacher because I can learn from them, and that deep down we all share an innate desire to be happy and free. And in this manner we are all connected.

My path to Yoga was unconventional, but when this student was ready, my teachers, Annette Tersigni and Kate Francesca appeared. I was fortunate to have been a member of the first Republic of Yoga Studio 200 hour Teacher Training in 2014, taught by Nicole Nichols in Cary, North Carolina.
Before becoming a Yoga teacher, I was a newspaper delivery boy, grocery bagger, French horn tutor, bus boy, bar back, gas station attendant, construction worker, waiter, nursing assistant, dishwasher, pizza deliverer, math tutor, men’s clothing sales clerk, mechanical engineer, nuclear submarine test engineer, scuba teacher, Caribbean resort dive master, senior corporate executive, husband and father.
I see Yoga as a journey of getting to know and accept one’s true, authentic, perfectly-flawed and lovable self.

Nikki Dunn, RYT200 Nikki's Headshot

Nikki has been practicing yoga for over 20 years on both coasts of the U.S. as well as Japan and Hong Kong. She completed her 200-Hour Teacher Training at The Republic of Yoga in Cary, NC, specializing in the art of Yoga Assists.
Nikki teaches Hatha style yoga with Vinyasa flow for every “body” to increase your flexibility and strength, inside and out. Her classes encourage each student to explore his or her personal potential while making choices that feel good to YOU, breath-by-breath. She will challenge students physically and mentally while maintaining a sense of fun and humor.

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