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Greg Bogard

Greg has been practicing yoga since 2011 and teaching since 2014. His yogaMOMENTUM yoga instructors journey 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.

Cindy Cash

Cynthia Ruth Cash, a resident of Wilson and Beaufort, is a retired teacher who has called North Carolina home since the 1980s.

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Born in Brevard, Cindy’s childhood was a nomadic one spent in Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, and finally, Kentucky. She received her undergraduate degree in education from the University of Kentucky, and an MaEd in English from East Carolina University.
Cindy has been an involved community volunteer in Wilson, serving on the boards of the Wilson Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary, the United Way, Wilson on the Move, and the Arts Council of Wilson. She and her husband Jim have been active supporters of the Imagination Station Science Museum, and are members of the First United Methodist Church.

Cindy and her husband are the parents of three adult children and grandparents of seven. Her interests include travel, teaching yoga, and reading. Her passion remains education, particularly in non-traditional and alternative environments.

Kay Dixon

Kay practiced yoga for many years and, as a special education teacher, Momentum yoga instructorsrecognized the power of stress reduction.  As the first Certified Conscious Discipline Instructor (CCDI) in North Carolina, she found herself saying to teachers, “Before you can help children behaviorally, you must be calm.” The program moved on without teaching the adult how to self-calm when “take a deep breath” wasn’t enough.  She began looking for something to meet that need and came full circle, back to yoga.

Kay completed RYT-200 through the Yoga Works teacher training program at MOMENTUM yoga & fitness in 2013.  She enjoys working with seniors and beginning yogis.

 

Katy Dyer

I have always been a person of movement: a competitive cheerleader, softball player, and long distance runner. In an effort to shed my shell of intensityMOMENTUM yoga instructors 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.

Kate Francesca

MOMENTUM yoga instructorsAfter two decades of practicing yoga in New York and North Carolina, Kate decided to enrich her practice and her life by becoming a teacher.  Shecompleted 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.

Jamie Jones

Jamie Jones is the mother of 4 boys and is from Draper Utah. She grew up Jamie Jones momentum yogaplaying basketball, skiing, and wakeboarding. She started practicing Yoga in College while studying Photography at Utah Valley University in Orem Utah. After moving to St. George and having 3 boys yoga became her survival. She fell in love with with practice and the way it strengthened her mind, body and spirit.  Jamie received her 200 RYT Yoga  certification from BeHot yoga in St. George in 2013.  She started teaching immediately and got pregnant with another little boy…She taught yoga all through out her pregnancy which was very beneficial for her and the baby. He is her yoga baby and came out practicing yoga. Jamie loves to share her practice and connect with others by teaching 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 MOMENTUM yoga instructorscompleted 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 Navel 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.  Cheryl is also a Reiki Master in the Usui Reiki tradition.

Betsy Mercer

Betsy has been practicing yoga for 30 years and was introduced to laughter yoga 7 years ago. Betsy was certified as a Laugh-a-yoga instructor in 2013 at Yogaville. Presentations include Cancer Transitions at Carteret General Hospital, “Ready, Set, Laugh” at Bogue Banks Public Library, and “Laughing Matters” to the Age Friendly community of Pine Knoll Shores among many others. Each presentation is tailored to the intended audience and includes results from some of the more than 350 clinical studies of the physiological effects on the body mixed with a wide variety of laughter opportunities. My introduction always includes the medical contraindications.

Juli Saylor

Juli’s desire to spread her passion for yoga on and off the mat.  She graduated MOMENTUM yoga instructorsfrom Seaside Yoga of Wilmington with her RYT 200 in September 2008 with an emphasis on Anusara yoga.  She honors her teachers Lisa Colletti, Susan Koepp, Ashley Ludman and Rachael Crawford Goolsby.

Annette Tersigni

Annette is known as the Yoga Nurse, is a former cover girl and Hollywood actor turned nurse and stress management expert.  Her programs areMOMENTUM yoga instructors endorsed by doctors and nursing organizations, as a safe adjunct therapy to increase quality of life.  For the past 16 years, she has been educating people around the world to lead more spiritual lifestyles.  A sought-after coach, trainer, speaker and writer, she has been featured extensively in the media.

Michelle Thornell

Now a retired law enforcement officer, Michelle began practicing yoga in 2001 while searching for stress relief from her job. Yoga inspired her to become a yoga teacher in 2003, studying with Master Purna yoga teacher AadilMOMENTUM yoga instructors Palkhivala as well as Tias Little, Elise Browning Miller, Terry Brown and others. She continues her studies and is now an ERYT200/RYT 500, with a wealth of knowledge on safe alignment in asana. She has studied yoga therapeutics with Aadil, SATYA (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement) with Tias Little and is currently attending East Coast Yoga Therapy program to become a Yoga Therapist. She is known for her sense of humor when presenting, while adapting her classes and workshops to the level of her students and their needs.

Leilani Walker

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.MOMENTUM yoga instructors

Leilani has been practicing 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.