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About

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!

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)...

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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,...

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Charlene Knapp, E-RYT® 200

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...

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Richard Knapp, RYT® 200

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.

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Jill Clayton-Dunn, RYT® 200

  • 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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Michelle Spurlock, PharmD, RYT® 200

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...

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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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Tricia Teter, RYT® 200

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...

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Eleanor Dillon, CYT 200

Eleanor grew up running, biking, and swimming regularly. She first came to yoga as a way to improve her breathing, but soon found it was the perfect expression of what she enjoyed most about exercise: meditation through movement and also connection with the divine. Since then, yoga has been a constant through many life changes, including and perhaps most significantly, through a twin pregnancy and the subsequent recovery. The mind body spirit...

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Katherine Cortes, CYT 200

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. Her classes are challenging and dynamic. You will leave feeling calm and strong. In 2018, Katherine received her certificate in Piloxing Barre with Jennifer Hopkins. Barre is a great equalizer to...

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Kristina Meinking, RYT® 200

A running injury brought Kristina back to her mat in 2018; this journey led to her completion of Om Shanti-Zenitry’s 200-hour YTT in 2019. As a yogi, Kristina enjoys exploring different styles of yoga, working on inversions and arm balances, and taking time to nourish her spirit. As an instructor, she loves helping students to be present, to listen to and to strengthen their bodies, and to cultivate awareness of how their yoga practice...

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Ashlee Coley, RYT® 200

Ashlee is a practicing massage therapist, reflexologist, and polarity therapist with over 13 years experience. She received her RYT-200 level certification in 2017 through Triad Yoga Institute in Greensboro, NC. She has also studied with Baxter Bell, Aadil Palkhivala, and Bo Forbes. She was inspired to add yoga to her menu of services as a way to give clients a home practice to assist with strengthening, pain relief, flexibility, and...

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Amanda Sommer, CYT

Amanda is an exercise physiologist and licensed massage therapist. She loves to help everyone feel their best through movement and self care. She has over 20 years experience teaching many formats of group exercise . Pilates and yoga are some of my loves because you can tell you’ve worked your body but don’t feel like you’ve beat yourself up.

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Chelsey Lanter, RYT® 200

After years of avid running, a heavy focus on cardio + weights, and a “go go go” mentality, Chelsey came to yoga with a lot of muscle tightness, the desire for an intense work out and need to greatly reduce stress. Through yoga, Chelsey learned how to find balance, rest in the stillness, and find joy in the many challenges that oftentimes lead to growth. Chelsey’s passion for yoga eventually led her to study yoga and obtain her RYT 200. She...

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