Favorite quote: “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung
My bucket list, must-visit destination before I die: Japan
Sun sign/enneagram: Libra sun, Leo rising, Sagittarius moon
What I know for sure: Yoga heals.
Andrea Rice is a writer, a lifelong student of yoga and meditation, and has been a certified yoga teacher since 2010. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Yoga Journal, Wanderlust Media, SONIMA, mindbodygreen, and NY Yoga+Life magazine, among other publications.
Her teaching style emphasizes safe anatomical alignment, and smart, intuitive sequencing that begins with core strength. Great teachers like Elena Brower have encouraged her to refine her voice and teach with her own words, and her mentor Alexandria Crow has shown her that there is great efficacy in keeping sequencing simple, structured and of course, anatomically sound.
She’s also inspired by music as meditation; the way that a beat can synchronize with the rhythm of breath and movement to cultivate a harmonious union of body and mind—which is integral to the practice of yoga. Drawing from these inspirations, she fine-tuned her methodology after a debilitating health scare in 2016, which resulted in an extensive abdominal surgery that ultimately saved her life. Core strength and self-empowerment continues to inform the practice she shares to this very day. Andrea encourages her students to develop their own sense of body awareness by facilitating an opportunity for deep self-inquiry that leads to personal transformation and growth. She is also passionate about the principles of the Buddhist tradition, and how those can be applied both on and off the mat in a way that’s digestible, relevant and timely.
Andrea has taught at various studios around Brooklyn and Manhattan, most recently at YogaWorks, and she returns to Vermont every summer to teach yoga, meditation and creativity workshops at the annual Wanderlust Festival in Stratton. Her classes and writings explore what she often describes as an unraveling toward knowing the true self, offering practices that are rooted in acceptance and contentment.
E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP
Favorite quote: “Be kinder to yourself, and then let your kindness flood the world” – Pema Chodron
What I know for sure: All those years when I was searching for something, but wasn’t quite sure what it was? It was yoga.
Fun fact: I love trees! Just being around them grounds me and feeds my soul. A friend once joked that I may have been a tree in a previous life. If so, I hope I was Coastal Redwood. There are really no words to describe how phenomenal these ancient trees are.
Angela’s first yoga class was in 1997. She continued to practice sporadically for the next several years until 2005, when she began prenatal yoga classes while expecting her first child. It was then that she realized that yoga had to become an important part of her life.
Angela completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2010 at blue lotus. It was an amazing experience that deepened her personal practice and her love of yoga. She continued advanced training at blue lotus and completed the 500-hour training in 2017.
Angela teaches in the Vinyasa style of yoga as well as restorative yoga, meditation and kids yoga. She strives to bring peaceful, yet uplifting energy to her classes and encourages her students to look inside themselves to connect with their inner beauty, peace and strength during their practice on the mat and off the mat. Bhakti yoga is an important part of Angela’s personal yoga practice. She loves kirtan and sometimes plays the harmonium at the end of class during savasana.
Angela is blessed with two wonderful kids and a supportive and loving husband. When she is not teaching yoga, she can be found enjoying nature- walking in the woods or gardening, playing the piano or reading.
Sun sign/enneagram: I am a type 6 on the Enneagram.
One thing I can’t live without: My Westies, Zoe and Jasper
The books on my nightstand: Why We Sleep, The Bible, and Fascia: What it is and Why it Matters
Anna grew up playing sports and discovered yoga in high school after she heard about its benefits for athletes. It was not until she moved to North Carolina in 2011 that she began to delve deeper, leading her to establish a consistent yoga practice. After suffering numerous injuries on and off the mat, she became immersed in learning how to bring an understanding of functional anatomy into a yoga practice.
Using this understanding to heal herself, Anna then set out to help students gain awareness of yoga’s therapeutic methods in order to find healing in their own bodies and lives.
Anna seeks to guide students in building a powerful foundation that allows them to create ease and sustainability in their practices and lives. In 2014, Anna completed her 200-hour teacher training at the Wilmington Yoga Center with Tamal Dodge. She completed her 500-hour teacher training in 2016 with Grace Morales. Anna is currently training with both Lara Heimann and Tiffany Cruikshank. In addition, Anna has attended trainings with Jason Crandell, Kathryn Budig, Taylor Harkness, Alexis Martin and Dice Iida-Klein.
Favorite Quote: “My heart can take on any form: A meadow for gazelles, A cloister for monks, For the idols, sacred ground, Ka’ba for the circling pilgrim, The tables of the Torah, The scrolls of the Quran. My creed is Love; Wherever its caravan turns along the way, That is my belief, My faith.” – Ibn Arabi
If I could have any superpower: It would be teleportation
Yoga is … the pathway of remembering our interconnectedness. Our bones, our breath, our blood. The I, the You, the We.
Over the last 20+ years, Carrington’s study and practice of yoga has been a diverse journey through Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa and everything in between. Carrington began teaching in 2004 and is E-RYT 500 certified.
Her classes are a canvas of power, prayer, and presence, intertwined with messages of spirit, magic, and social responsibility. On a physical level, her teaching is about piecing together the individual parts of the body into the more powerful whole. On a soulful level, her passion both on and off the mat is creating a catalyzing container for folks to remember their who, what and why. On a collective level, the purpose of her teaching is to correlate yoga on and off the mat, ultimately paving the way from the I to the WE.
She travels with international yoga teacher Seane Corn as one of her assistants and serves as Yoga in Action Coordinator for Off The Mat Into The World. Carrington is a regional leader for CTZNWELL and is a lululemon legacy ambassador. Having gratefully learned from many teachers over the years, a few of the teachers that have influenced her personal and teaching practices are Seane Corn, Marianne Williamson, Rev angel KYODO williams, Ainslie Macleod, Carolyn Myss and of course the greatest teacher of all, life.
Favorite quote: “Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” – Pema Chodron
Sun sign/enneagram: Scorpio, Enneagram type 2w3
Yoga is … coming home to the heart, where we authentically and fully connect with ourselves, each other and all beings.
What I know for sure: That I do not know much and am forever learning and growing.
Glenda is grateful to share her passion for yoga and its ability to address wellness in a holistic manner. She guides her students to connect with their personal power while releasing unnecessary tension, and cultivating ease in the body, mind and spirit.
Glenda encourages her fellow practitioners to listen to and honor the teacher that lies within, breath by breath, on and off the mat.
A professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer, Glenda has always connected with the world through expressive movement and somatic practices. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Additionally, she has trained extensively in Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Technique, Tai Chi, Contact Improvisation, Release Technique, and Body Mind Centering. After rupturing a disc in 1997, Glenda was inspired to find a new approach toward injury prevention and healing. Yoga provided this and SO much more!
In 2004, she completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Embodiyoga with Lisa Clark, David Beadle and Patti Townsend. A high school dance teacher, she co-authored a yoga course, Whole Body Wellness, which she joyfully taught at Enloe High School for nine years. Glenda was elated to find blue lotus and its gifted teachers in 2014. She completed both the 200 and 300 hour trainings offered at blue lotus to become RYT500. Glenda is thankful for her teachers and those who share her journey.
Artist, E-RYT 500
Three words that describe me: Creative, motivated, loving
If I could have any superpower what would it be? Flying, of course!
My perspective: Yoga is for everyone, and I mean everyone!
One thing I can’t live without: My family
Jen has been creating art since childhood and began practicing yoga over a decade ago. She was hooked from her very first Vinyasa class. It was the desire to deepen her practice and understanding of yoga which led her to enroll in the teacher training program at blue lotus in 2008. She completed the 200-hour training in 2009, Therapeutic Yoga Training in 2013 and the 300-hour advanced training in 2015. Since becoming a certified instructor, Jen has been passing on the blessing of Vinyasa, gentle and restorative yoga to adults and children in the Raleigh area.
In 2017, Jen and her business partner Jen Fisher opened Little Guru Kids Yoga Studio. Raleigh’s first and only studio dedicated to offering yoga classes and workshops for children, they also developed the 95-hour Little Guru Kids Yoga Teacher Training program for others who aspire to share the love and benefits of yoga with children.
Jen is on the blue lotus 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and Immersion teaching staff and serves as Lead Trainer for the 300-hour Trainer Program. In her diverse classes and workshops, Jen weaves her yoga knowledge, understanding of art, and her awareness of the meaningful connection between the two into inspiration-filled offerings for kids of all ages.
E-RYT 500, RCYT
Favorite quote: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
Guilty pleasure/favorite vice: Wine
Words that describe my classes: Fun. Powerful. Challenging. Full of surrender.
Most important book I’ve read: A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield. Life altering
Jen grew up as a dancer and a swimmer, and with a love of time spent outdoors. When her mother was diagnosed with stage 3-C ovarian cancer in 2003, Jen found refuge and peace in yoga as she juggled caring for her mother as well as her newborn daughter.
A few years after the birth of her second daughter, Jen completed trainings with Karma Kids in New York City, YogaKids, and Mini Yogis, and became a registered children’s yoga teacher. Friend and teacher Carson Efird gave Jen her first opportunity to teach children’s yoga, which she continues to enjoy today.
Jen earned her RYT 200 certification in Carson Efird’s program in 2008, now a Prana Flow Yoga Affiliate Program through Shiva Rea’s Samudra Global Living Yoga School. Jen has since completed her 300-hour training under Shiva Rea and now is E-RYT 500 certified.
In 2017, Jen and her business partner Jen Davis opened Little Guru Kids Yoga Studio, Raleigh’s first and only studio dedicated to offering yoga classes, workshops and series to students from babies thru high school kids! She and Jen have also created a 95-Hour Little Guru Kids Yoga Teacher Training.
Jen has lived in Raleigh ever since her 1995 graduation from Pennsylvania State University. She continues to draw inspiration from her two young gurus, her daughters. She also is the happy bonus mama to her stepson and daughter and will forever be the smiling, fulfilled bride to her superstar hubby, George.
Favorite Quote: “Be still and know that I am God” – The Bible
Three words to describe me: Driven, compassionate, recovering control freak
Ideal vacation spot: Somewhere that puts me out with nature. My two all-time favorites are Korčula, Croatia, and the Grand Canyon.
Words to describe my classes: Introspective, explorative, full of choice, worshipful
One of Jennifer’s favorite aspects of yoga is the way in which it meets you where you are – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Jennifer first began yoga in 2005 to help cope with stress and anxiety; however, her reactive approach grew into a lifelong passion as she experienced the self-discovery, transformation, acceptance and healing that can be found through the many facets of yoga.
In 2013, Jennifer completed her yoga teacher training at blue lotus. Since then, she’s undergone specialized training in Yin Yoga, empowering self-acceptance, from Heather Tiddens. She’s also trained with David Emerson, who developed Trauma-Sensitive Yoga with guidance from Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a physician and leading expert in treating trauma. In addition to teaching, Jennifer sees herself as a lifelong student of yoga, continuing to study under the guidance and support of her teacher, Jill Sockman.
During class, Jennifer creates a space of safety and trust through various yoga shapes to enhance students’ awareness of the physical body. Through the poses, Jennifer invites students to experience the empowerment of freedom and choice through movement.
E-RYT 500, YACEP
blue lotus Founder and Studio Director
Favorite quote: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
Sun sign/Enneagram: Capricorn Sun, Cancer Moon, Enneagram type 1
What I can’t live without: Deep and steady connection to my loved ones and adventuring around this spectacular planet.
What I know for sure: There is a mighty force that carries us — a grace which is present through the darkness and the light.
Movement arts have forever been a part of Jill’s life; perhaps it all began when she was just a wee girl, practicing her own form of acrobatics around the yard. Since then, the style and intention may have changed dramatically, but the innate and unquenchable desire to physically express the life and light within remains the same.
For over 20 years now, Jill’s art of choice is yoga, ranging from the soft and meditative to the sweaty and vigorous. With grace and compassion she holds the space for practitioners from every walk of life to uncover for themselves what they’ve lost along the way: strength of will, flexibility of character, clarity of mind and contentment of heart. The root of her gift is helping students uncover their potential and harness the power of the unique truth that resides within; that they might be a greater force for good in their own lives and in the world.
Jill has been a student of meditation and yoga since the early 1990s, gathering well over 1000 training hours and attaining RYT status in 2000 and E-RYT in 2006. She offers profound gratitude to all of the teachers who have influenced her practice and teaching along the way, the greatest of which have been her own injuries, heartbreaks, failures and disappointments. She has come to understand, as Rumi so eloquently states, “that all evolves us.”
A lifelong quest to create true community led Jill to establish blue lotus in 2007 as a place where people are welcome to arrive just as they are into a space of learning, of healing, of Self-discovery. It is every bit as true today as it was then: this is yoga for real life.
E-RYT 200, RYT 500, PRYT
Guilty pleasure/favorite vice: Eating a giant bowl of cereal every night right before bed.
Fun fact: I have biked from West Coast to East Coast in the U.S. I also eat a Ricola drop every night before bed as my “neti pot” and for the elderberry immunity boost.
What I know for sure: I am grateful for the love in my life.
What I hope to share in my teaching: It is OK to be imperfect. Perfection is unattainable and exhausting. You just need to be!
After multiple cross-country moves and several difficult life transitions after college, Jordyn was in search of balance, a sense of community and inner peace in her chaotic life. She took one yoga class in 2007 and never looked back – her journey began.
She found that the yoga community, no matter whether in a large city or small town, provided the fellowship and harmony she needed, and she hopes to offer that to her students.
Not only does Jordyn like maintaining balance in her life, but she also loves keeping that balance in her yoga practice. She appreciates the benefits of a restorative or meditative class, but also knows and loves that a more physical Vinyasa flow or Ashtanga format keeps her strong and focused. She tends to integrate the two aspects in her classes as she appreciates the benefits and strength of a slow Vinyasa flow format.
Jordyn completed her 200-hour teacher training program at Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center in Richmond, Va., and completed her RYT500 certification with Carrboro Yoga Company in Carrboro, N.C., specializing pre-natal yoga. In April of 2017, Jordyn obtained her official RPYT certification (registered prenatal yoga teacher) through Blue Point Yoga in Durham. She is also certified to lead Y12SR classes and does so throughout the Triangle.
Jordyn is now comfortably settled in Raleigh with her husband, Kirk; her two sons, Oxford and Henry; and one sweet soul (a very old dog) Ruth. When Jordyn is not in the yoga studio, she enjoys sunny days, cycling, paddle boarding, attending live music shows (a good jam band is her favorite!) and traveling to new places.
E-RYT 500, YACEP
Favorite quote: “On my head, pour only the sweet waters of serenity. Give me the gift of the untroubled mind.” – Joshua Lorn Liebman
Words that describe my classes: Inviting, nurturing, accessible
Fun fact: I lived on the campus of the NC School for the Deaf in Morganton throughout Jr. High and High School (my dad was the superintendent)
What I hope to share in my teaching: My unending enthusiasm for yoga.
Julie discovered yoga at age 40 and was instantly “hooked.” All of the joy, focus and exhilaration she felt as a child when moving her body in ballet and gymnastics came flooding back. After practicing yoga for 4 years, she earned her teaching certification and is now RYT 500 through the blue’s advanced teacher training program.
Since 2005, Julie has taught a wide variety of classes, including Yoga Basics, Kid’s Yoga, Gentle Yoga, and Vinyasa Yoga. In 2017, she began offering Yoga for Osteoporosis classes, workshops and training modules to educate students and yoga teachers on the many ways a specially-designed yoga practice can help those diagnosed with osteoporosis.
Julie enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities. Her teaching style reflects her love of yoga and the many joys it brings to body, mind and spirit.
blue lotus Director of Education
Ideal vacation spot: Blue Ridge Parkway, mile 424 to 304. With a side order of Maui.
One thing I can’t live without: Side orders.
Sun sign: Scorpio. The cuddly kind.
What I know for sure: There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in our philosophy. And even if we are accidents of the universe, we are beautiful accidents and we must not live as though we were ugly. (Many thanks to Shakespeare and Peter S. Beagle for the perfect phraseology.)
Kathleen Yount, E-RYT 500, began practicing yoga in 1999 — in her apartment, accompanied by a Patricia Walden VHS tape, because she was intimidated by the thought of doing yoga in a class setting. Over time, as her love of the practice grew, so did her willingness to attempt yoga outside her living room. Now she finds yoga most everywhere.
Instead of trying to fit students into a standard mold of what yoga looks or feels like, Kathleen’s goal is to share universal tools that her students can use to navigate life on and off the mat, from triumphs to traffic jams. She loves working with beginning students; people working with anxiety, depression, trauma, or an overactive lifestyle; and anyone who wants to (re)connect to their bodies and their sense of inner well-being. Her group classes offer a safe, calming environment in which students can use their yoga practice to explore and cultivate their innate capacity for strength, healing, compassion, integrity, and authenticity.
Kathleen has been teaching yoga since 2009, and her training and experience include Vinyasa (flow) yoga, restorative yoga, meditation and pranayama (breath work), and yoga anatomy. In addition to her group classes and workshops at the blue, Kathleen serves on the faculty of blue lotus’s 200- and 300-hour yoga immersion and teacher training programs.
An unrepentant, multi-passionate Kathleen also teaches Pilates and carries on various sordid affairs with writing, painting, vegan cooking, forest-bathing, wine tasting, and storytelling/hearing of all varieties. When she’s not teaching, Kathleen can usually be found lollygagging around downtown Raleigh or curled up at home with a cat and a coloring book.
E-RYT 500, CIAYT, YACEP
Ideal vacation spot: Anywhere the water is turquoise and the palm trees sway
Words that describe my classes: Therapeutic, meditative, fun, pressure-free
Music I keep on replay: Basically anything by Pretty Lights
Kristen became serious about yoga in 2007 while living in the beautiful, amazing Southwest of this country—LA, Vegas and Scottsdale to name a few! Her love for yoga and what the practice has done for her over the years keeps her on her mat today.
As a kid, she seriously injured her spine while figure skating, dramatically changing her options for physical activity. When Kristen found yoga, a physically, mentally and spiritually challenging practice that also made her feel better, she was hooked! In her very first year as a full-time yogi, she had the opportunity to complete her 200-hour TT. Teaching yoga was never even on her radar until someone suggested she do so. She remembers simultaneously thinking, “you’re crazy!” and “maybe I should!” The 200-hour TT program was life changing, and it led her on a path of cultivating a healthy, grateful and happy lifestyle.
Kristen continued her education and is now E-RYT500 and a certified Yoga Therapist. She has studied through Sumits Yoga and Yax Yoga Concepts as well as various workshops and self-study along the way. She is a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Certified Educational Provider) and offers many formats of classes and workshops for continuing yoga education. Kristen is so grateful to everyone who has supported her through her ever-continuing yoga journey and looks forward to being a supporter in YOUR journey!
E-RYT 500, CPT, NCLMBT
Most important book I’ve ever read: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
My bucket list, must-visit destination before I die: My grandfather’s farm in el Fayoum, Egypt
What I know for sure: That everything I think I know today will be completely different tomorrow.
Locally grown in Raleigh, Kristina’s journey into the healing and movement arts began as a high school student in search of a greater meaning to life. An avid reader, she began pouring over texts from existential poets to ancient religious musings in an effort to answer one of our greatest questions: what is our purpose? As a competitive cellist, her teacher encouraged her to try Alexander Technique and movement to prevent early tendonitis and create more support and balance in her playing. Flash-forward to 2005, Kristina moved to the Big Apple to finish her bachelor of fine arts in Photography and B.M. in Music Performance at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
While in university, Kristina had the opportunity to travel and study Buddhist Art and Architecture in the Himalayas of Northern India. It was during that summer her love affair of all things yoga and meditation began. Upon returning to NYC, Kristina began diving deeper into her yoga practice in an effort to find more balance and self-study time during her hectic days. She found herself a home at Yoga High NYC, a small, community-driven studio on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Kristina completed her 200-hour and 300-hour Vinyasa Yoga teacher training under the incredibly dedicated and beautiful guidance of Liz Buehler Walker, Mel Russo and Patricia Milder. She continued to study pranayama and meditation techniques with Alan Finger and Anatomy and Therapeutics with Kristin Leal of the ISHTA lineage. Most recently, she completed the Yoga4Cancer Teacher Training with Tari Prinster (of OM Yoga, NYC). She is forever grateful to all her teachers, new and old, to their continuous dedication to serving their higher purpose.
Kristina’s classes guide students to explore the interdependence of breath and movement, effort and ease, balance and imbalance. Her background in music, love of movement, and obsession with metaphors informs each of her classes and hopes to yield to her students, and to herself, a natural intelligence and exploration of one’s own body. Kristina remains dedicated to investigating the transformative, therapeutic, and educational aspects of movement throughout her life, devoted to empowering diverse populations with the knowledge of how to move with grace, instinct, freedom and creativity.
Rani Margolin, PhD
Favorite quote: See God in each other. (If I remember to do this, everything goes better!)
Guilty pleasure/favorite vice: Really good bourbon, but not too often
Fun fact: I was a teenage runaway
Sun sign/enneagram: Capricorn with Leo ascendant — a tough combination!
What I know for sure: We are more than we seem.
In the 1980s, while in grad school, Rani wandered into a life-changing experience — a program with a true Indian meditation master in an Atlanta ashram. Since then, she has been practicing and studying the teachings she learned there: chanting, meditation, self-study, offering service as sadhana.
Throughout the US and in Maharastra, she’s met accomplished and compassionate teachers, including Bill Mahoney, Sally Kempton, Paul Mueller-Ortega, Issho Fujito, Janet Stone, Todd Norian, and Anodea Judith, learning about yoga, Kasmir Shaivism, mindfulness, Zen, and insight meditation. Rani has facilitated meditation programs and led kirtan for more than three decades.
Despite a regular practice of chanting and meditation, and despite lots of exercise– running, hiking, swimming– asana practice was elusive for years. Living in ashrams, Rani attended hatha yoga classes (after the morning meditation and chant, at 6:30 am!) but never felt competent or clear on how to develop her own asana practice until another life-changing experience occurred in 2006. It was then she found Lila Brown, a yoga teacher who wove embodied practice into philosophy, and made it personal, accessible, and joyful. Rani completed her RYT 200 in 2011 through the Triangle Anusara Yoga Institute, with Lila Rasa Brown and Sommer and Paul Sobin, and RYT 500 in 2016 with the Rasa School of Yoga.
Rani completed her PhD in 1991 and is a psychologist at NC State University. She serves as music coordinator at the local Siddha Meditation Center and leads kirtan with the Temple Monkeys. With gratitude to Lila, Rani dedicates her efforts to her beloved guru, Swami Chidvilasananda.
Guilty pleasure/favorite vice: Sweet treats. Especially ice cream.
If I could have any superpower, it would be teleportation so I could visit the ones I love and travel the world, at the snap of my fingers.
Yoga is … everything. It’s how I connect more deeply to the world that lies within and around me. It’s how I let go and rest in the knowing that everything has been, is, and will be exactly as it’s meant to be. It’s how I am able to step more fully into the roles I play – student, teacher, devotee, wife, daughter, sister & friend. Ultimately, it’s how I am BEcoming who I am meant to be.
Rayneen Thebeau is a certified yoga teacher, personal trainer, and health coach who longs to guide others toward a more fulfilling life. She believes this process begins with awareness, acceptance, and discipline, and that’s exactly what you can expect to cultivate in her classes.
Whether you’re strengthening the body through movement, steadying the mind through stillness, connecting to self through breath, or honoring the divine through song, Rayneen invites her students to take the teachings of this ancient practice off the mat and back into their everyday life.
Join Rayneen for Slow Flow on Wednesdays, Yin Yoga on Fridays, and keep an eye out for the Kirtans, special classes and workshops she regularly offers at blue lotus.