Yoga called my name for years before I found my first class. Then in 2013, my path directed me to a class at Yoga Loft and ever since then, my love for yoga has grown deep and dedicated. I finally feel as if I am living a more authentic and joyful life. Through yoga, I found a community of people I feel connected to, and I continue to be inspired by fellow students and teachers. I completed my 235-hour RYT through Yoga with an Edge in Hickory and also completed my 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training at the Edge in September, 2016. I am an E-RYT-200 and RYT-500. I will remain a student through advanced studies and workshops. As a practitioner, I love flying in arm balances, turning my world upside down with inversions, and binding myself into twists. I love all classes from dynamic flow to yin, and remain open to practicing all schools and styles of yoga. As a teacher, I hope to pass on my love and passion for the path of yoga to anyone with an open heart. I feel truly honored to share my practice and energy with the community, and hope to see you on the mat! Namaste
I stumbled across the practice of yoga asana years ago through the P-90X workout series. One of the workouts was a 90 minute vinyasa flow style practice, and I immediately fell in love. Yoga has been a part of my life ever since. This practice has been a steady friend to me through many life transitions, and I believe it has the power to transform lives. In my desire to deepen my practice, I attended the 2019 235 hour yoga teacher training at Yoga With An Edge. I graduated from the program in September. I am an RYT-235, but I will, first and foremost, always be a student. The classes I offer are extensions of what has helped me grow in my asana practice as well as what has helped me grow as a human. The work that is put in on the mat transitions over to all aspects of life. Expect a sprinkling of yoga philosophy combined with movement and small doses of meditation and pranayama in an effort to unite mind, body, and spirit. My aspiration through teaching is to be of service. To offer up to students the life changing practice of yoga with the intention of planting a seed in their hearts and watching it grow.
When not deepening his meditation practice with teachers such as Joseph Goldstein, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Cornfield, and Carol Wilson, Richard is a cardiac surgeon at Frye Regional Medical Center. He is a RYT-200 certified yoga instructor and has hundreds of hours of training in Mindful Based Stress Reduction. In addition to his class at Yoga with an Edge, he offers Mindful Based Stress Reduction currently at Frye Care in Hickory.
Sally Fanjoy – Currently not teaching
My yoga practice began at birth and I continue to explore and learn. I am a photographer, videographer, and artist with a background in dance. For many years I alternated between ballet class, yoga, swimming, and marathon running, and eventually my yoga and meditation practice deepened. For the past twelve years, I have devoted my energy to the study of yoga and yoga philosophy. My teachers are numerous and include my students, my family, my friends, and the yoga community. A Yoga Alliance certified instructor, I completed the Heart Center Yoga 200-hour teacher training in May 2009 and the Asheville Yoga Center 500-hour certification in October of 2012. I am an RYT-500. My hope is to teach classes that are energetic, playful, mindful, and rooted in compassion, and that we continue to grow together through the infinite love that is our true nature. Maxi Hedin
After my first yoga class, some fifteen years ago, I felt wonderful. I kept taking classes from different teachers, exploring and learning the different styles of yoga. Then one Saturday, I stumbled into a class at the YMCA and my yoga journey truly began. I felt the connection of mind, body, and spirit coming together! An amazing experience. I studied with Lorri Curtis, whose practice is Iyengar based, for five years, and then I completed my 235-RYT at Yoga with an Edge in 2012. I have continued my learning of yoga through workshops and attending classes wherever my travels take me. My personal style is vinyasa flow with a compassionate self awareness . . . moving into each asana with purpose, grace, and the breath – truly, beauty in motion. Namaste.
In 2000, I first studied yoga and meditation to learn centering/grounding during massage therapy training at the Harmony House in Dilworth; but, I felt there was so much more to learn. Soon after I started practicing yoga at home from yoga kits, books and DVDs. After 9 years of home practice I began attending various yoga classes at the YMCA, CVCC and area yoga studios. I completed 235 hours of Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga with an Edge in the autumn of 2016. At home I learned centering and autonomy. In classes I earned physical strength and an open heart. With teacher training came technique and philosophy. Collectively, these three areas of practice have given me physical wellness, mental clarity and emotional balance. My goal as a teacher is to unify these qualities on the mat and share my practice with you in class. Namaste.
Toni Smith – Currently not teaching
I was introduced to the practice of yoga in 2009, while I was a caretaker. I realized almost from the very first class that savasana (final relaxation) was an amazing way to relieve stress and bring rest. I practiced for many months at the YMCA learning the basic poses. Little did I know there were so many styles of yoga. A co-worker invited me to a local studio, and I fell in love with the challenge, the many styles, and the depth of the teachings. To join consciousness, the Divine, and self into practice was so much more than what I had imagined. It gave me a confidence and a desire to learn more. In 2013, I completed my 235-hour Yoga Teacher training at Yoga with An Edge and my 300 -hour teacher training at the Edge. I continue to be drawn to the health benefits, as well as the desire to learn how the ancient teachings bring peace, compassion and love for all. My hope is to share the love I have for yoga, to bring desire, interest, and opportunities for change to others. Once you have experienced the stillness and peace in the midst of a challenge, you will want more practice. I am a RYT-500. Suzanne Teague
I have always carried a love of yoga in my heart. For many years my focus was on flexibility and stretch and a home practice. After my husband was injured and began doing yoga to gain strength and mobility I decided to join a group class with him. We have never looked back. I’m a little quirky and a rebel at heart and I believe this shines through in my teaching style. I like to keep my classes fun but also challenging all while staying rooted in pranayama (breath) and Dhyana (meditation). My classes combine sweat with love and inner perspective, always encouraging my students to listen to and honor their bodies. My class is a judgment free zone! I have a sincere desire to share my love of yoga with others and to show them the peace and mindfulness that a yoga practice can give. I completed 235-hours of Hatha Yoga Training at Yoga With an Edge in Hickory, NC in October, 2014 and I am currently registered with Yoga Alliance. I completed my 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training Certification at Yoga with an Edge in September, 2016. I am an RYT-500.
I began practicing yoga in 1996. I attended my first yoga class at the YMCA and never looked back. I attended all of the yoga classes offered around town and many out of town. I attended numerous one, two, and three day workshops anywhere I could find them. And then, I made a decision to enter a Five-day Intensive workshop at Asheville Yoga Center. It changed my life. Just a few months after completing the Five-day Intensive, I began teaching at the YMCA, one class a week, then two classes, then three classes, etc.. In 2007, I completed the 230-Hour Teacher Training at Asheville Yoga Center, and in January 2010, I completed the 500-Hour Teacher Training at Asheville Yoga Center. I also completed the Baron Baptiste Level I Teacher Training in 2013 and the journey continues with dozens of weekend trainings in-between. I am an E-RYT-500. It is complete yoga love for me, and my dream is to convey that love to my students in a sometimes nurturing, sometimes intense, and always fun environment. The true sweetness comes from the students and simply seeing the yoga light in their eyes as they shine standing in mountain pose. My practice is often edgy, offering flow, strong holds, long stretches, lots of core – whatever is in my heart is what I offer and that varies day to day. Truth is, I love all schools of yoga and may offer up about anything. Did I mention I love HEAT? All of my classes are at least warm. ¶ Yoga teachers I have studied and trained with are numerous and from all different backgrounds and schools of yoga. My dream is to continue to find and study with as many teachers as possible so that I may bring back the magic to my students. Continuing my yoga journey, I am the owner of Yoga with an Edge in downtown Hickory and the Director of the 9 Months/235 Hour Yoga School and Teacher Training Program at the Edge, as well as the 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training Program. I am deeply and eternally grateful.
Yoga with an Edge~Amazing Sub List:
Autumn Hight – 235 Hours
Katheryn Harlan – 500 Hours
Carol Amrani – Pilates
Kellie Allie – 500 Hours
Laurie Urland – 235 Hours
Bonnie-Lynn Crenshaw – 235 Hours
Mary McMahan – 500 Hours
Twyla Deese – 500 Hours
Joe Condeelis – Pilates