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.
I completed my 235 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga with an Edge in September, 2019. I have been practicing yoga for many years, and the journey continues.
I love all things fitness. I am a triathlete, a certified personal trainer, a spin/fitness instructor, and a Duke Integrative Health Coach. I believe that movement is medicine. I definitely work out to “burn off the crazy.”
Yoga is so much more than fitness. For me, yoga is home. It is the Yin to my Yang, the calm to my intensity. Yoga simultaneously lifts me up and grounds me. I love that through yoga we can explore movement while honoring our bodies in a way that is non competitive.
I achieved my RYT 235 at Yoga with an Edge in 2012 and have taught at various locations in Hickory.
I love a challenging, sweaty hot class and also appreciate a gentle stretch. My class usually lands somewhere in the middle. A balance between strength/heat and flexibility/release infused with a bit of sass and hopefully lots of smiles. My goal is to help my students leave class with an awakened body, a calm mind, and a light heart.
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 hour-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.
I was introduced to yoga by a coworker in 2017 and fell in love with the practice from my first class. I found that the challenge of mind and body in any yoga practice creates a sanctuary from the rushes of everyday life. As my personal practice grew, I decided to complete the 235 Hour Teacher Training at Yoga with an Edge in 2021. The journey continues!
I have always carried a love of yoga in my heart. For many years my focus was on flexibility and stretching and a home practice. After my husband was injured and began practicing yoga to gain strength and mobility, I decided to join a group class with him. We have never looked back. I am 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 my 235 hours of Hatha Yoga training at Yoga with an Edge in Hickory, NC in October, 2014. I completed my 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training at Yoga with an Edge in September, 2016.
I am registered with Yoga Alliance. I am an E-RYT-200, YACEP, and 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 RYT-200, E-RYT-500/YACEP. 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:
Carol Amrani – Pilates
Kellie Allie – 500 Hours
Jade Mundy – 235 Hours
Twyla Deese – 500 Hours
Nicole Arnot – 200 Hours
Pete Daggerhardt – 235 Hours
Andrea Leisure – 235 Hours
Stephan Raddatz – 235 Hours
Mary McMahan – 500 Hours