We welcome all to Om Shanti, a place where you can take a breath and let go! We are passionate about yoga and we look forward to helping you on your yoga journey. We are a hands on studio and are mindful of your needs by making gentle adjustments during class. We have been creating peace since 2009. Please unroll your mat and join our community!
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)...more
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...more
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,...more
Charlene is a Yoga Alliance RYT200, having completed the 200-hour teacher training program at the Triad Yoga Institute in March, 2011. She became a YogaFit instructor in 2006 and has an extensive background teaching group fitness classes since 1993. Charlene has also been certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise since 1995. Her teachers include Terry Brown, Baxter Bell, Elise Browning Miller, and Beth Shaw. She...more
Richard completed the 200 hour Triad Yoga Teacher Certification program in March 2011. He is a RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance. Richard has also attended yoga workshops with Baxter Bell, Elise Miller and Bo Forbes. He began practicing yoga six years ago after suffering serious neck and shoulder issues. He is employed as a Technologist at LabCorp. Richard enjoys reading, music and gardening.more
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...
Michelle was first exposed to yoga as a child in her own living room. Her mother taught yoga classes in their home and later became a published yoga scholar and professor. Her mother’s lifelong dedication to a daily meditation and yoga practice profoundly influenced her, and Michelle began teaching yoga in 2004. She is also a Doctor of Pharmacy. It didn’t take long for her to notice that while her yoga students were becoming healthier and...more
Lydia is a Yoga Alliance RYT200, having completed her training at Asheville Yoga Center in June 2017. She has been practicing and teaching yoga since April 2015, primarily as a group exercise instructor at Elon University. Her classes encourage individuality and introspection, and a sense of peace. When she is not teaching yoga, Lydia is an avid photographer and artist. Her other loves include hiking, nature, and overall health and...more
Tricia first got on her mat in 2007 as a sophomore in high school. She entered the studio alongside her mom and, 10 years later, they still practice together! Yoga was initially cross training but quickly became much more than exercise. It transformed her mental state by decreasing stress and anxiety while teaching her PRESENCE. In 2017, Tricia received her RYT- 200 with Dancing Dogs Yoga School and trained with the Baptiste Yoga Institute at...more
Eleanor was certified through Yogaworks in the summer of 2011. She grew up running, biking, and swimming regularly. She first came to yoga as a way to improve her breathing, but soon found it was a perfect expression of what she enjoyed most about exercise: meditation through movement.Her classes encourage self expression and a spirit of gratitude, joy, love and personal strength. She teaches a warming and invigorating class with emphasis on...more
Katherine discovered yoga while still in high school when she was invited to attend a yoga retreat. In 2016, she received her 200 level one teacher training from Corepower in Raleigh. She is influenced by hot power vinyasa flow and Baron Baptiste. She loves to share her passion of yoga with others.more
Brittney is delighted to be a part of the Om Shanti community. After practicing for several years, she decided to channel her passion for yoga and became
certified. Sharing yoga with others is her favorite thing to do because she truly believes that yoga has something to offer everyone. Brittney is certified in Baptiste, HIIT, and kid/family Yoga and hopes to be an RYT-500 by end of 2019.
Brittney will challenge you both mentally...more
Shelli has benefited from yoga practice many years for work/life balance, and as a compliment to cycling and running, but it was through research in her field of social work she became aware of the benefits of yoga for mental health and decided to pursue yoga teacher training. She will complete a 200-hour yoga teacher training at Carolina Yoga Company in April 2018. While she already integrates mindfulness into her social work practice, she...more
"When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others"