kelle yokeley, E-RYT-200, lululemon athletica yoga ambassador
Kelle, founder of Yoga Mindset feels a deep connection with community outreach and believes yoga is for everyone. She uses her own experiences to help deepen and encourage the practice of her students. Kelle’s commitment to her students encourages a strong internal body, mind, and spirit awareness. She believes listening to the body’s own wisdom is an integral part of yoga. “By listening to ourselves, we come to a deeper understanding of oneself, we begin to journey inward; this is the practice of yoga.” -Kelle
Kelle has practiced yoga for over 12 years and began teaching yoga 7 years ago after the birth of her 3rd child, throughout this time her practice and teaching has evolved and continues to grow. She invites students to surrender to the moment, creating a sacred space by blending the beauty of devotion and vibrations of mantra with flowing sequences. A focus on the orientation of the breath and structural integrity in her classes helps to deepen and transform ones practice.
Kelle embraces every opportunity to continue her education attending immersions and trainings, she holds a E-RYT 200 certification from LifePower Yoga, Aerial Yoga teacher training certification from Triangle Yoga and is currently a student of David Garrigues’. David is one of the few teachers in the US certified to teach Ashtanga yoga by the late world renowned master Sri K Patthabi Jois.
Kelle believes deeply in the lineage of yoga and is grateful for the opportunity to have attended multiple workshops learning from inspiring yogis such as David Garrigues, Tim Feldman, Kino MacGregor, Jonny Kest and Bryan Kest. Kelle also holds certifications in Reiki Level 1, Reiki Level 2, Reiki Master, Youth Yoga, SilverSneakers, SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, Adult/Child CPR and First Aid.
Kelle was honored in August of 2016 by being chosen as a lululemon athletica Yoga Ambassador.
“i am honored to be chosen as a lululemon athletica Greensboro ambassador and to be surrounded by a community that supports my mission to offer yoga to all people from all walks of life. the lululemon team has supported this journey from day one and to represent a company that means so much to our community means everything to me. i am grateful to be a part of the lululemon family. i am grateful for everyone that has set a higher vibration in our community. may we continue to share, to love unconditionally and to change our world one breath at a time. om shanti.” -Kelle
Kelle is eager to share her passion, love and devotion for Yoga, finding great joy from helping others experience all that yoga has to offer, bringing passion and a deep peace to her classes that is felt by all present.
“surround yourself with people that raise you higher.”
caitlyn overby, RYT-200
Caitlyn always loved creatively expressing herself, especially through physical movements. From a young age she participated in gymnastics, cheerleading, tae kwon do, and color guard in high school and college. She had been practicing Pilates on and off for three years and enjoyed the physical exercise that it offered, however she felt something was missing, that’s when Caitlyn’s Pilates instructor suggested she try taking a yoga class. After that first yoga class, she began incorporating yoga as a daily part of her life. Caitlyn completed her RYT 200 training from Greensboro Downtown Yoga and is eager to share her passion for yoga with our community.
Caitlyn embraces every opportunity to teach yoga but, her heart shines when guiding children and introducing them to the importance of yoga at young ages. She believes that all children are innately intelligent, joyful, and spiritual. Through mindfulness and yoga we can support them in maintaining their unique connection while creating calm and encouraging self-awareness and self-confidence.
“Yoga can bring us back to our authentic selves, and I wish to share that journey with kids young and old. Yoga is my passion and has helped me find my calm through the storm, stay ground and strong, showed me that it’s okay to be yourself, and taught me laughter is extremely important in life. I love yoga’s ability to help foster healthy relationships with the mind, and bring more awareness which inspires other healthy choices. I desire to share all that I’ve learned with others and to grow with them as I deepen my own practice with the help of the yoga mindset family.” -Caitlyn
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“Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces back together.” -B.K.S. Iyengar
melissa macdonald, RYT-200
Melissa found yoga while searching for something physical that would challenge her body and also help relieve back pain that she experienced from her job as a dental hygienist. She immediately fell in love with the physical practice and completed her 200-hour teacher training in power vinyasa in 2014.
The longer Melissa taught and practiced, the more she gravitated
toward the spiritual journey of yoga. She attended an Ashtanga workshop in March 2015 with Kino MacGregor and knew she had found a style of yoga that really worked for her. She dove into the Ashtanga practice and attended a two week 100-hour Ashtanga immersion in London with her teachers Tim Feldmann and Kino MacGregor. Melissa is loyal to the Ashtanga lineage, practicing the traditional 6 days a week, and traveling several times a year to take workshops from her Ashtanga teachers, maintaining the Ashtanga lineage of teacher- student relationship.
Melissa enjoys all styles of yoga but her true passion is sharing the joy of Ashtanga. She says it doesn’t matter who you are, you can practice Ashtanga Yoga. It is for everybody! When you take an Ashtanga class with Melissa, you can expect to learn the foundations of creating a moving meditation by using breath, gaze, and pose.
“Yoga takes you into the present moment, the only place where
life exists.” -Sharath Jois
amy lilly, RYT-200
Amy Lilly has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. She initially came to the practice as a way to stretch and recover from running and weight training. Over the years her practice has transformed from being solely physical into one with emotional and spiritual value as well.
In 2015, while living in NJ, Amy completed a 45 hour teacher training to grow as a student and cultivate a strong home practice. In 2016 Amy completed her 200hr YTT through Life Power Yoga in NC and in May began teaching at Yoga Mindset. Since completion of her 200hr YTT Amy has attended workshops with David Garrigues and David Williams. Amy is looking forward to attending David Garrigues’ Teachers Intensive, Level 1 training in November of 2016 in Phoenix, AZ.
Amy’s teaching style is more flow and strength based for all levels of practitioners; as she believes in taking students to their edge wherever they are in their practice. Amy’s passion is to share her love for yoga with everyone because everyone can benefit from taking time to breath and move with intention.
“Do your practice and all is coming”- Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
lesley theriault, E-RYT 200
Lesley is consistently amazed at the transformative power of yoga, both physically and mentally. She loves the feeling of lightness she finds in yoga – in her hamstrings from a simple triangle pose, and in her spirit from a few rounds of focused breath. This lightness is what she wants to help her students find in themselves.
Lesley earned her RYT 200 through the Triad Yoga Institute’s teacher training in 2005 and recently earned her E-RYT 200 certification. In addition, she completed Sadie Nardini’s Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga training in 2013 and Triangle Yoga’s Aerial Yoga teacher training in 2015. She’s attended multiple workshops over the years, with David Garrigues and Bryan Kest topping the list.
Lesley teaches her students how to use bandhas to find strength from deep inside the body and how to use that strength to find freedom in their practice. In her Core Strength Vinyasa classes, each pose is built from the ground up, with an emphasis on a firm foundation coupled with lightness in physical expression.
The concept of equanimity (staying calm in uncomfortable situations) is one that Lesley reinforces on her teaching mat as well as on her own practice mat. She strongly focuses on stress relief in her classes and loves to help others learn to relax through the breath. She believes that our breath is a God-given stress reliever, and enjoys teaching her students how to tap into that. Lesley loves music as much as she loves yoga, and she enjoys creating fun playlists for her classes. She believes that yoga should be fun and tries to ensure that her students leave class with a smile on their face and a tune in their heart.
“Calmness in an uncomfortable situation—that’s yoga.” -Bryan Kest
“Penetration of our mind is our goal, but in the beginning to set things in motion, there is no substitute for sweat.” -BKS Iyengar
Jamie Forbes began practicing yoga close to five years as a form of exercise and to find a more natural way to help decrease anxiety and stress. She never would have thought that yoga was going to be a way of life for her. Yoga has not only benefited her physically, but also mentally and spiritually. She has found her balance in life through yoga and meditation. With everything she goes through in life, her mat is where she goes to allow herself to embrace it. Her favorite forms of yoga are Ashtanga and Vinyasa. Yoga has combined the spiritual, mental and physical aspects of her life together so beautifully. She feels that she has a purpose in life, which is to teach yoga to the people in the community.
Jamie is originally from Newport News, Va and now resides in High Point, NC with her beautiful children. She is a 200hr RYT, which she obtained her certification at MindBodyFitness Yoga in Greensboro, NC. The classes she enjoys teaching are Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Deep Stretch and Flow and Power Yoga. Before her journey to become a yoga teacher, Jamie had been in the healthcare profession since 2002. She feels now instead of taking care of patients in a hospital, that her purpose is to teach yoga and give back to the community.
“In the beginning it is always dark. The mind thinks (and leads us to believe) that this darkness is forever. But the body can feel the light, and as soon as it’s allowed, will always grow towards it. That is nature. That is yoga.” -Amy Jirsa, Quiet Earth Yoga
fred hoffmann, E-RYT-200
Fred, or YogaFred, as he became so aptly named through the years came to yoga as a means of intense stretching for injuries related to rock climbing. After practicing for close to a year, he began his yoga teaching career in 2009. Fred’s initial intentions with yoga were for the physical aspects, he wanted to
be a better climber, he wanted to further his alethic hobbies such as USTA Tennis, Running, Road Biking and Ice Hockey. Fred found self transformation, well being on a physical, mental and spiritual stand point. Fred teaches a creative and energetic flow class that combines movement with breath, expression, and a bit of humor.
Fred holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Sciences from Campbell University, Lateral Entry Teaching Licensure – Middle Grades Science (6-9) from High Point University, completed his 200hr. yoga certification from YogaFit along with Anatomy, Balancing Moods, Seniors and Kids certified YogaFit Instructor. Fred is now a YogaFit Master Trainer who thrives on learning more about how yoga aids the body, clears the mind and nourishes the soul then shares this knowledge with his students. Visit Fred’s Blog
“Yoga has become more than just an exercise routine for me and I hope to share
that fun with you. See you soon! Namaste.” -Fred
gerri mcneer E-RYT 200, E-RYT 500
Gerri came to yoga over 10 years ago via an injury from weight lifting. Looking for a way to stay busy until she felt comfortable enough to train again, she instead fell in love with the practice.
Gerri loves rock and roll, heavy metal and all things wild and free. She completely integrates her high energy into all the classes she offers. These classes provide students with a safe and sacred vessel to let go and explore both their light body and shadow self – cultivating an authentic and fully rounded practice.
Gerri’s first 240 hour training took place at the North Carolina School of Yoga under the direction and guidance of Chandra Om, senior disciple of Dharma Mittra. This training asked for more than she ever imagined and gave back even more. While sitting in Sangha with Chandra, Gerri was gifted with teachings in the manner they were given centuries back. Chandraji shaped her into the teacher she was to become.
From there Gerri met Grace Morales and Mylinda Hutchins of Charlotte Yoga and felt the need to experience a totally different style of yoga. This practice was based on the tradition of Jivamukti blended with alignment yoga blended with the wild child style of Bryan Kest. So different from her first YTT, it was, yet again, life changing. Power flow yoga was now her signature class style and it has remained that way.
Never wanting to stay still for long, she decided to enhance her education yet again. Asheville Yoga Center was offering a 500 hour YTT where Gerri had the extreme good fortune to meet and practice with Paul Grilley (yin yoga), Scott Blossom (restorative & ayurveda), Doug Swenson (ashtanga yoga), Leslie Kaminoff (yoga anatomy) and many more. She also became certified in kids yoga and seniors yoga during that time.
Being an athlete, crossfit level 1/crossfit kettlebell/crossfit powerlifting trainer, Gerri knows the need of yoga in the world of tight bodies. Meeting Sage Roundtree and taking Sage’s 5 day yoga for athletes helped her better understand those bodies. Pilates training seemed to positively accentuate the yoga training and Gerri found absolute pilates in Charlotte where she received her Stott Pilates mat and core barre certifications. Fast forward to more present times and you’ll find her popping into Baptiste trainings such as being of power, true north and the art of assisting.
In 2008 Gerri was invited by the department chair of exercise science at HPU to create their very first mind-body program. It all started with one pilates and one yoga section and has blossomed over the years into 11 sections and over 200 students per semester, all designed and taught by her.
“If you want to fly you have to give up the stuff that weights you down.” -Toni Morrison
murielle daniels, RYT-200
Murielle came to Yoga Mindset 2 years ago, after being intrigued by yoga and wondering just what yoga was. She has always been active in fitness and clogged competition for many years, so finally one day she walked into Yoga Mindset and took a class with Kelle Yokeley and immediately knew there was something special and different about yoga and knew Yoga Mindset was where she needed to be. However, shortly after walking through Yoga Mindset’s doors she had a unfortunate shoulder injury while lifting weights and soon found herself having rotary cuff surgery. Within 4 months of her surgery she was able to come back to yoga with the help, support and unconditional love of the Yoga Mindset community. During that time she learned to listen to her body, modify poses and fully accept herself on her mat; she then knew that she wanted share this gift with others.
In May 2016 Murielle completed her 200RYT through Life Power Yoga and Yoga Mindset, and began teaching offsite Yoga Mindset classes in July. Since completion of her 200RYT Murielle has attended workshops with David Garrigues and Bryan Kest.
Murielle’s desire and passion is to share and teach everyone the benefits of yoga and just to “breathe”.
Murielle is a full time employee with Thomas Built Buses, and proudly offers lunch hour yoga for her co-workers. “This class offers my co-workers the opportunity to step away from their desks and busy workdays and gives them the chance to show up on their mats and embrace their breath.”
Murielle continues to deepen in her own practice with the help of the Yoga Mindset family and is honored to serve our community as a Yoga Mindset Ambassador and member of our offsite instructor team.
“Learn from yesterday, live for today.” -Albert Einstein
Caroline, our off site Karma Kids yoga teacher travels to preschools and schools teaching kids of all ages yoga. Caroline became aware of yoga in 2009, life and work situations took a toll on her body and well-being. She realized that practicing yoga, whether it was at home, the YMCA, or at a studio, was what she needed to be a calmer wife, mother of twins, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. The answer was really that simple.. pray, meditate, and do more yoga!
Caroline felt that there was something else out there. “I feel that there is way too much stress put on our youth today. They move from one activity to the next: school, homework, softball, guitar, scouts and the list goes on and on. I want to make a difference in these young lives. I want to teach them how to breathe, stretch their bodies, and to be empowered.”
After research, Caroline decided to train with YoKid… Stretch Your Limits in Alexandria, VA. She has received her 20hr. Basic Kids’ Yoga Training. “I want to take what I’ve learned into school systems, after-school care, and youth friendly centers. I want each child to know that their circumstance does not define them; that there is a kinder, less stressful way of dealing with life.” Caroline is very eager to achieve the 95hr. RCYT training through YoKid.. Stretch Your Limits.
“If you have good thoughts, they will SHINE out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” -Roald Dahl
Leah is a certified Spinning Instructor and has been teaching indoor cycling for four years at High Point University. After many years of Spinning, she was ready to find a different form of exercise that created strength and flexibility. After attending her first class at Yoga Mindset in January of 2016, she was immediately drawn to the physical practice, but soon she fell in love with the mind body connection that yoga helps create.
Leah will be working as an auditor at an accounting firm in NYC after graduation in May 2017. While she knows that accounting can be a stressful job, she will always look towards yoga to stay grounded and calm.
Leah loves to share her thoughts and experiences about her yoga practice and started writing blog posts for Yoga Mindset. She is a big believer in living yoga “off the mat” and she hopes that other people can connect to her posts and find inspiration for their own yoga practice.
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – The Bhagavad Gita
Priscilla found yoga 10 years ago during pregnancy to alleviate back pain and has been practicing with passion ever since. Priscilla has been a certified yoga instructor with Yoga Mindset since our doors opened in 2012, she has loved watching our community grow. In 2014, Priscilla’s first workshop with Kino MacGregor sealed her passion for the Ashtanga practice. This year Priscilla began her Ashtanga studies under Kino MacGregor, Taylor Hunt and David Garrigues.
Priscilla graduated with an Associates Degree in Nursing in May 2016 and passed her board exam to become a Registered Nurse. While settling into her career at High Point Regional as an RN you will find her supporting Yoga Mindset any way she can from advertising to subbing. Priscilla is looking forward to a more consistent yoga teaching schedule in the near future.
Priscilla believes that a regular yoga practice brings the student both physical and emotional wellness. Her students comment that her calm voice and lighthearted demeanor keep them coming back. As a full time nurse and a mother of three girls, Priscilla finds balance on her mat and always hopes to guide others towards that type of restoration.
“You take practice you think God.” -Sri K. Pattabhi Jois