Instructors

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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.

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Kerryann Conway

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Kerry Ann grew up in Encinitas, California. Kerry Ann is a 500 Hour RegisteredYoga Teacher, Certified Personal Trainer, Wellness Coach, Fitness Instructor and Rehab Aide. Kerry Ann has worked with Olympians, Actors, Musicians, Pro-Athletes and Autistic children. She teaches coast-to-coast at camps, workshops and teacher trainings.

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.

Mike Dunn

Growing up in a military family and then pursuing an international careerMOMENTUM yoga instructors 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

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.MOMENTUM yoga instructors

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.

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

After two decades of practicing yoga in New York and North Carolina, Ka

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te 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.

Andie Fuller

Andie, 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 MOMENTUM yoga instructorsintensity 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.

Gerlinde Geier

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 MOMENTUM yoga instructorsChinnemasta 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.

Alex Kluttz

My name is Alexandra Kluttz and I have lived in Carteret County since 2006. My primary profession is in education, and I taught in the public schools for five years and have trained adults in early childhood on base for the past six years. I am passionate about helping others be the best they can be, both personally and professionally. My interest in group fitness started while I was at ECU, and I started teaching spinning classes at the Student Recreation Center while I was in undergraduate school. I have always enjoyed working out, running, and swimming, but I especially appreciate the camaraderie that I found partaking in group fitness classes. I have taught a couple of different formats of Spin at Cape Carteret Aquatics and Wellness Center since 2009. I look forward to meeting new people and helping them reach their fitness goals at Momentum Yoga and Wellness.

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.

Donia Robinson

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 Santa Barbara 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.MOMENTUM yoga instructors

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.

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.