Maria was born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in the mountains of Minas Gerais, Brazil. She opened Om Yoga in 2010. Maria completed her first 200 hour Yoga Certification with her beloved teacher, Grace Morales, in 2008. She traveled to India to study Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore with V. Sheshadri in 2012, completed a 500hr certification with Johnna Smith in 2015, and her Prenatal Yoga Certification with Amani Murray in 2017. Maria credits her entrepreneurial success to being incredibly passionate about making a difference in other people's lives. She encourages everyone who is a part of the Om Yoga community to incorporate and convey values such as compassion, mindfulness, integrity, and purpose in their daily work and in their relationships with others. "My goal is to provide a peaceful and supportive space for people to breathe, move, and connect."
Stacy began practicing yoga in the summer of 2006, just a few days after graduating college. She began studying yoga at home with the help of books and DVDs, then attended her first studio class a few months later. Over the next few years, Stacy moved around a lot. However, her yoga practice remained a constant anchor. She practiced different styles of yoga all across the country. After moving to Charlotte, Stacy received her 200-hour RYT certification through Melody White and Greg Labarbera in May 2010 on her 26th birthday. Stacy teaches Samdaana Yoga (developed by Melody White) as well as vinyasa classes, allowing her to develop and share her own sequences, which she is particularly passionate about. She shares, “Yoga gives you back what you put in and more, but the benefits can take time to manifest themselves, and often in ways you hadn’t even imagined. Sometimes you have to surrender a little to truly receive. This is why I know I’ll practice yoga for the rest of my life.” When she’s not doing yoga, Stacy enjoys cooking and exploring the Charlotte food scene (she is a trained chef), reading, writing, running, traveling, music, and looking for reasons to laugh.
In 2009, Tammy took her first yoga class, beginning a life-changing journey. She frequented the gym daily and was an avid walker; however, after her very first yoga class, she never lifted another weight. She replaced her previous work-out routine with a dedicated yoga practice. She still enjoys taking daily walks to experience the world and its beauty. Each day, Tammy looks forward to sharing yoga with others.
April has been practicing Yoga for over 15 years. She has studied with many amazing teachers such as Laruga Glaser, John Bultman, Tim Miller, Michael Gannon, and Baron Baptiste to name a few. As a result, April brings to Om over 800 hours of Yoga education and training. Her classes are full of charisma, laughter and community, as well as many opportunities to take your practice to the next level. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned practitioner you will leave her classes with a greater understanding of postures and alignment. Not to mention some yummy assists! April is a survivor of Sepsis, a life threatening complication of an infection in which the body begins to shut down to protect itself. 28-50% of people with Sepsis die annually. Those who survive often have organ damage, PTSD, and/or loss of limbs. She is grateful for her recovery and strives to share with her students the importance of gratitude for even the smallest of things. She holds a BA in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Texas at Dallas and has been married to her husband John for 20 years.
Jaimis, a certified Rocket Vinyasa teacher (E-RYT 500), is dedicated to sharing yoga teachings to empower, love, connect with, and inspire those around her. She has had the great honor of studying with many incredible teachers along the path: Shiva Rea, Maria Garre, Andrew McAuley, Hilly Flora, and Ben Heath. Jaimis is currently studying The Rocket Progressive Ashtanga Vinyasa with David C. Kyle. She believes we are all students and all teachers, so she continues her yoga and self-studies at every opportunity. Jaimis is an ambassador for Lululemon Athletica and spends as much time as possible in handstands, the sunshine, living in the moment, and practicing compassion, love, and yoga in all forms. Her classes are powerful yet playful, and always full of opportunities to get upside-down. It’s her wish that students leave feeling inspired and with a deeper sense of trust in who they truly are.
Rodolfo discovered yoga in 2014 while training with the Miami City Ballet School and continued his yoga practice while dancing professionally with Ballet Austin. Practicing yoga daily helped him cope with the constant stress and demands of being a ballet dancer. It has taught him how to embrace, trust, and send love to every part of himself. Rodolfo’s teaching is inspired by the idea that each time we step onto our mats, we are choosing the practice of creating space to slow down, turn inward, reconnect and explore. He combines alignment and flow to empower students to grow in their practice, inviting fluid movements, strength and grace.
Pam is an RYT-200 (certified in 2013) and a Certified Reiki Practitioner / Energy Healer who has been practicing yoga since 2000. Her true passion is helping others find relief from suffering so that they may fully experience joy in all its forms. Yoga provided deep peace and acceptance during a time of severe depression when she first began practicing, and has since then continued to offer her an opportunity to practice mindful and present living daily. Her attention to the details of alignment in the poses provides a strong practice base for her students, especially those who have dealt with injuries in the past. Pam lives in Fort Mill with her youngest daughter Taylor, in a 216 square foot "tiny house" and is loving the minimalist lifestyle!