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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." 

 

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. 

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.

Born in Canada, Michelle's love for movement and exercise began at a young age in professional dance. She started practicing yoga in 1998 in LA. Michelle's passion is to connect with people. She lives to share her knowledge and experiences to help those on their path of self-discovery and personal growth. She successfully completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training program in May 2015, led by Johnna Smith and Maria Lages. She is grateful for her wonderful husband and 2 beautiful children who fill her heart with love. I believe in the benefits of hot vinyasa and power yoga to increase strength, flexibility, stamina and the possibilities within the physical body while exploring the power of breath and the mind. I recently finished a 100 hour Rocket Yoga certification with Patrick McCleaf and Jaimis Huff Flynn. I love teaching this style because it makes advanced postures accessible to everyone. Rocket is very energetic, and allows you to play with fun arm balances, and gets you used being upside down! 

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. 

 

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.

I have been practicing yoga for over 12 years. Growing up as a gymnast, I was naturally drawn to the Asana practice. I have always been fascinated by and in awe of what the body is capable of doing. The possibilities are endless! As a physical therapist for over 25 years, I continue to utilize this same passion for movement, alignment, breath, strength, and balance, not only in rehabilitating patients but also in the role of preventing injuries, managing chronic conditions and ultimately maximizing functional mobility and strength.
I received my 200 hour Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher training through Ayana Yoga in 2014.
And completed Charlotte’s first 50 hour Rocket Vinyasa Training in May 2018 led by Patrick McLeaf and assisted by Jaimis Huff. I am so grateful for the amazing teachers who continue to instruct, encourage, support and push me. I feel physically stronger now than 5 years ago. Who says you can’t get stronger with age? I love this physical practice but I now see what my yoga teachers have been saying all along.. “As you continue to consistently practice yoga on your mat, you start to see how it transforms your life “off the mat”. The pranayama, the yamas, niyamas, etc. Basically, everything that makes you a good human being. These teachings are powerful and have been an incredible tool in raising my 2 daughters. 
Amani discovered a love for yoga at a young age. Her self discovery and natural healing path brought her to her first yoga teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2002. Through the ongoing and energizing passion for yoga and teaching Amani completed a 500hr training with an emphasis in the "Classics" track. Learning sparks more desire for growth and in August 2015 she completed her Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor certification. Her teaching style is both light-hearted and challenging, and she encourages her students to balance effort with ease and find peace and self-awareness in their practices. Amani has 5 kids, she focused much of her continuing education on Prenatal Yoga and is currently one of only a few experienced, certified RPYT teachers in the region. Amani has the unique ability to ignite, inspire, and uplift her students while maintaining the core teachings of the 8 Limbed path of yoga. She holds space for students to breathe, move, and evolve.

Exercise has always been an outlet in Niki's life. She began doing yoga as a way to complement her love of running. Niki's daily yoga practice helps her achieve more than just a healthy body - she also discovers peace of mind. She is a proud mom to three amazing children. Niki credits yoga with giving her the energy to keep up with them! Niki believes that while life can be hectic, it is beyond important to make time for your own physical and mental health. Yoga is where she takes time to quiet her mind and recharge her soul. It's rare to catch Niki without a smile on her face - her mat truly is her happy place. Niki completed her 200-hour teacher training with Maria Lages and Johnna Smith at Om Yoga in May 2015. Niki loves teaching yoga because it connects her with others and allows her to share her passion.

Devon was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Charlotte in 2013. She has been an avid marathon runner for 15 years and turned to yoga in 2013 while struggling to get pregnant. Her love for the practice has continued to grow over the years and she fulfilled her goal of completing teacher training with Jaimis Huff and Jennifer Busco in 2017. She loves to flow, sweat, and get upside down whenever she can. She also loves spending time with her twins, husband, and dog. Devon credits the practice for getting her through a tough pregnancy, recovery, a stressful job, and being a busy working mom of twins. Devon is a medical sales executive in South Carolina and has a passion for health and wellness.

Pam's yoga journey began around 6 years ago, as a path to physical health. It then became a journey inward that led Pam to a stronger connection to her intuition and heart. Pam's practice has helped her grow on and off the mat, not only physically, but also mentally and spiritually. This path of learning continues to fuel her and her teaching. Pam completed her 200-hr training in 2016 at Enlighten Yoga in Charlotte, NC. She likes to combine aspects from different styles of yoga in her classes including ashtanga, vinyasa universal, and jivamukti yoga. In Pam's classes, you will move with your breath through sequences to build strength and flexibility. Balancing poses on your feet and hands will be offered. Pam likes reminding her students that falling isn't failing - it's a chance to try again. She also believes you are stronger than you realize!
Erna took her first yoga class on her summer break between sophomore and junior years in college. While slow to start, the love of the practice and a deep appreciation for the cultivation of mindful living past the physical asanas grew strong over the following years. In 2009, Erna received her 200-hour RYT training from Melody White & Greg Labarbera, and has been teaching Vinyasa Flow in the Charlotte area since. Her sequencing is designed to create a thoughtful mix of effort in movement and ease of flow, which aids practitioners in developing grace in body, mind, and spirit. Life moves fast. The practice of yoga allows us to steady the mind, strengthen the body, and expand the heart, opening ourselves to endless possibilities.
Jen loves the physical and mental challenge of a yoga practice. She sees yoga as a way of constantly learning about yourself, accessing your personal power, and viewing the world with compassion and love. Jen was raised in CA but now she’s definitely a Tar Heel for life. Jen has been practicing yoga in Charlotte since 2002 and earned her RYT200 with Jaimis Huff. She loves a challenging Power Vinyasa and can often be found practicing Ashtanga or in an arm balance. Away from the mat, you’ll find her with her husband and daughter on a journey across the Queen City or across the ocean. In the studio, you’ll find her welcoming new and experienced students with a warm smile and a great attitude. You can expect a rocking playlist and an intelligently sequenced class, full of creativity and lots of laughter. Jen hopes you can feel her love for yoga while taking her class and wants to help students develop a lifelong love for their own practice.
Christine was born and raised in Southern California where she grew up extremely active in dance and gymnastics. She then moved to New Hampshire where she studied early childhood education, special education, modern dance, massage therapy, and yoga. She moved to South Carolina in 2011, and received her 230-hour yoga certification  from the Asheville Yoga Center in 2012. Yoga has always been a spiritual practice for Christine, and she credits her practice with keeping her grounded.
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