Welcome to Om Shanti, where you can take a breath and let go! We are passionate about yoga and look forward to helping you on your yoga journey. We prioritize our teachers, allowing them the freedom to share their unique styles and classes based on what truly ignites their passion. This approach ensures a diverse range of classes, catering to the varied needs of our students. We have been creating peace since 2009. Unroll your mat and join us!

Our Team

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Mary Faucette, RYT® 200

Mary, co-owner first discovered yoga in 2003 at Gold’s Gym Burlington taught by Diane Hall. She knew she was crossing over into the wonderful world of teaching yoga when she tried to figure out what was next in the sequence of Diane’s asana. She started her teacher training with Yogasteps (2004) but completed the Triad Yoga Institute 200 hour teacher training in 2010. She has her MS in Sport Psychology from Florida State University (2002)...


Susan Hearn, E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Susan Hearn, co-owner is certified in both Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga. She likes to mix these styles to create a flowing Vinyasa based class with a focus on alignment. Susan has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 10 years. Prior to opening Om Shanti, she owned a yoga and wellness studio in Cleveland, Ohio. Susan has a tremendous interest in health and overall wellness. Over the last 20 years she has worked in many aspects of the...

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Daryl Bozovich, RYT® 200

Daryl, co owner received his 200 hour certification from Franklin St. Yoga of Chapel Hill in 2014 and continues to develop his passion for Yoga through attending workshops and additional training. He has had a regular yoga practice since 2011. His classes include reflection, flowing asana connecting the breath with movement, fun, and renewal. He is grateful for these teachers who have influenced his practice: Lori Burgwyn, Susan Hearn,...


Cricket Foster, E-RYT® 200

Cricket’s love of movement arts began about the age of seven. Her passion for dance led her to the practice of Pilates that in turn led to the wonderful world of yoga. While working as a personal trainer in a gym in New York City, she pursued her Pilates certifications so that she could encourage others to keep moving for a better quality of life.

She obtained her Sundial Yoga and SilverSneakers certification while she was in...


Jill Clayton-Dunn, RYT® 500

  • Jill , a practicing licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist of 21 years started her Hatha Yoga practice in 1993. She received her 200 hour yoga certification at Triad Yoga Institute from Terry Brown, a Purna Yoga and alignment based training at Triad Yoga Institute in April 2016. Through sharing teachings and wisdom of the healing arts along with the philosophy of the eight limbs of yoga, she beckons her students in integrating the...

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Lisa Rizzo, RYT® 200

Lisa completed her 200 hour Live In Discovery Teacher Training Program in March 2018.

She was born and raised in Wayne, NJ and lived around the US after college before planting her feet permanently in Burlington, NC to work as a Senior Product Manager. When she isn’t working and practicing yoga she spends time with her husband, 2 stepsons and beloved cats and dogs. She also fosters kittens for Sparkle Cat Rescue.

In 2016 Lisa...

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Sara Walls, RYT® 200

Sara received her 200 hour YTT certification from Om Shanti Yoga and maintains both a home and studio practice. Her classes incorporate breathwork, reflection on the eight limbs of yoga (not all in one class, of course!), a continual call to presence, and a chance to play. For Sara, yoga is as necessary as food and water, and she finds it a joy to share the practice with others.


Katherine Cortes, RYT® 500

Katherine discovered Yoga in 2010 while attending a wellness retreat. In 2016, she received her 200 RYT from Corepower in Raleigh. She’s influenced by the teachings of Baron Baptiste. Her classes are challenging and dynamic. In March of 2021, Katherine completed her 300 Advanced Teacher Training. At Republic Of Yoga located in Cary NC.

"The pose begins when you want to leave it."



Padma Om, CYT 500

Padma began teaching yoga in 2006. She trained in the traditional system of yoga, passed down through generations. The foundation of her classes is the eight limbs of yoga. She is practiced in various forms of yoga, including bhakti, hatha-raja, mantra, and karma yoga. All of Padma's classes are meditative in nature, encouraging self-reflection and peace of mind. Her hatha classes offer challenge according to each student's ability and...

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Amanda Haefner, RYT® 200

In the year 2000, on a chilly day in upstate New York, Amanda fell in love with heated yoga. Her personal yoga journey continued, gaining experience with various styles and sharing her home practice with a few confused pets. In January of 2022, Amanda completed her RYT 200 certification course through Om Shanti & Zenitry with the goal of sharing her love for yoga with a community. When not practicing yoga, Amanda can be found cooking,...

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Jessica Newcomb, RYT® 200

Yoga found Jessica after she began suffering from lower back pain. A short 30-minute daily home practice eliminated the pain in just a few weeks. With the pain gone and feeling better than before, she started seeking out yoga classes at her local gym. When the opportunity to become a certified teacher presented itself, she pursued this new found passion. She completed her 200hr training from Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga with Ann Stevens...


"When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others"