Find out what RYT200 and RYT500 mean and read about finding the right Yoga Teacher. 
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Leila Goodwin, RYT500

Chronic neck issues led me to try yoga in 2002, and after my very first class I was hooked - I had never felt so energized and relaxed at the same time. In 2007 I used all the things I’d learned from my yoga practice – deep breathing, relaxation, strength, and flexibility (physical and mental)– to deal with my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.  That experience fueled my interest in becoming a yoga teacher and I completed a 2-year, 800+ hour training Program in 2011, led by Charlotte Ranz based on the Vanda Scaravelli/Esther Myers style.   I've continued my studies through workshops at Duke Integrative Medicine and with Judith Hanson Lasater.

I enjoy teaching people who have never tried yoga before, as well as working with those who want to move deeper in their practice.  After experiencing first-hand the many benefits of yoga, I find it a great joy serve as a guide for students to find their own “aha!” moment as they learn from their bodies.

There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest  philosophy.
    – Friedrich Nietzsche
 

Joanne Wisnosky, RYT500

I have been a yoga student for the past six years and I completed my 2-year teacher training at the Red Elephant School of Yoga.

I trained in the Vanda Scaravelli/Esther Myers tradition which focuses on the anatomy of yoga and bringing the pose to each and every individual person, not the person to the pose.  I have concentrated on working with the senior population and have worked with many individuals with physical limitations.  I have learned to adapt yoga to fit the needs of each person, concentrating on balance, building strength to maintain an active lifestyle and providing a safe environment in which to do these things.

I have also taught gentle and level one classes at Red Elephant Yoga and worked with large groups in an outdoor setting, volunteering as teacher for Fuquay-Varina’s Free Yoga in the Park, and volunteered at Windsor Pointe.
In addition to my Yoga experience, I have a BSE in Physical Education with 10 years of teaching experience in the public and private school sector.

 

Sandy Sferrazza, CYT200


I started practicing yoga because I wanted some peace and calm in my life.  I began in 2007 at NC State University, practicing the Hatha style of Yoga.  In 2008, I started at Red Elephant Yoga, practicing the Scaravelli style under Charlotte Ranz.  

Practicing at Red Elephant Yoga really opened my eyes to many different aspects of Yoga including breathing, meditation and the Chakra system.  As my practice advanced, I wanted to learn more about the philosophy and principles of yoga.  So I decided to join Nina Be's program at
MindBody Centering Yoga.  Her program was based on the Ashtanga style.  As part of our curriculum we also learned about the Chakra system and Restorative Yoga.  After 8 months, I became certified to teach at the 200-hour level.

I really enjoyed the Restorative part of my training.  To see the peace that came over people, how they relaxed and let go and how I did the same as I practiced it, I knew it was what I wanted to teach.  I really enjoy helping students relax, breath and find some calm in their busy lives.  


 

Michelle Waltz, E-RYT200/RYT500, YACEP

I began practicing yoga in 2000.  My classes focus on integrating the whole body through sensory awareness, breath awareness and movement through the yoga postures.  Each student is unique and so the poses are brought to the individual's body and energy level with the ultimate goal being stress reduction, a sense of well being, and increased flexibility, balance and strength.  

I completed my 200 hour teacher training at the North Carolina School of Yoga in Raleigh in 2008 and my 500 hour teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC.  I  hold certifications in hatha, vinyasa (flow), yin, and restorative yoga, as well as prenatal and children's yoga and meditation. I'm also certified in the Yoga Warrior method for trauma, PTSD and TBI (traumatic brain injury) and I have a Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors certificate from Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, NC. I'm also an avid student of Ayurveda as a path of health and well-being.

In 2016, I became a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) to provide continuing education courses to yoga teachers in our community.

 
Delisa Rice, RYT200

Delisa Rice began her yoga journey almost 20 years ago by practicing while watching yoga on the public TV station. Years later, as a "Happy 45th Birthday" present, Delisa rediscovered yoga and began practicing in a studio.  Hooked from the start, yoga brought peace, flexibility and a new outlook on life.  Delisa graduated from Mindful Motion Yoga Teacher Training in Jacksonville, Florida in 2014 and is recognized by the Yoga Alliance as an RYT200.  Delisa is thrilled to offer basic and gentle classes at Yoga on Main to help others find peace and discover the health benefits of yoga.
 
 
I am so grateful to have found yoga several years ago. I was a stay at home mom of two little girls and needed to find balance and peace. My first class was a beautiful outdoor class and I left feeling relaxed, renewed, and completely peaceful. So I continued down the yoga path and studied under wonderful teachers. I finally decided to pursue teacher training with Dharma Richards at the Yoga Garden of Apex and graduated with RYT 200 certification. 
I teach Hatha Raja style, but also add a unique mix of other styles. I focus on breath work, alignment, strength, balance, and flexibility. I love all levels of practice from restorative to challenging vinyasa. My goal is that each student can experience that same overwhelming peace that I have grown to know and appreciate. Yoga has taught me to step out in my faith and allows me to share the true peace of God with others.
 
Pam Callaway, RYT200
Pam’s yoga journey began over 20 years ago, when she was seeking a way to manage chronic lower back pain following a car accident. Little did she know she would fall in love and eventually become a yoga teacher herself! Pam is drawn to many aspects of yoga - health, strength, but most importantly the goal of bringing peace to the mind and spirit, so that one can be happier and more settled in life. Pam brings elements of nurturing and calm to her classes, while still providing a challenging and fun class. She lives in Cary with her husband, two rowdy, yoga-loving boys, and one slightly crazy cat.