Teachers on Teachers: Our Favorite Teachers in the Triangle, NC

and, in completely un-ranked, random order…

Sage Rountree

Sage Rountree is an endurance sports coach specializing in athletic recovery. She is on the faculty at Kripalu, is an author,  and is co-owner of Carrboro Yoga Company where she teaches Yoga for Athletes.

Allison Dennis

Allison Dennis is a musician and massage therapist in addition to being a yoga teacher. She is the co-founder of Open Heart Yoga School in Carrboro where she teaches Jivamukti.

Amanda Hale

Amanda Hale has been influenced by many teachers, but right now her primary studies are with Rusty Wells in Bhakti Flow.

Michael Dorman

Michael Dorman earned Anusara-Inspired Yoga Teacher status in April, 2009, after much study with his primary teachers, Paul & Sommer Sobin and Lila Brown, as well as Anusara Founder, John Friend.

Bryan Carey

Bryan Carey has been studying yoga for the last quarter century, beginning with his introduction by psychologist John Thomas Payne. He is the founder of Patanjali’s Place in Durham where he teaches 5 days a week, a schedule limited only by care for his boxer, Buddy.

David Beadle

David Beadle is a practicing Buddhist and a faculty member at Yoga Body Mind Spirit. He has been influenced by intensive study with teachers in the Iyengar, Ashtanga and Kripalu yoga traditions, and he has been teaching yoga in a variety of settings since 1984.

Molly Drake

Molly Drake has been practicing yoga since 1973. Particularly inspired by the teachings of Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten, Molly now teaches in a gentle, yet powerfully fluid, internal, open, and playful manner.

Sommer & Paul Sobin

Husband and wife team Sommer & Paul are both Certified Anusara Yoga Instructors having trained extensively with founder, John Friend. They are co-directors of the Triangle Anusara Yoga Teacher Training Institute, they co- lead immersions programs, workshops, retreats and lead yoga teacher trainings locally and nationally.

Ti Harmony

Ti Harmony has been a student of yoga since 1989. He is certified in Pheonix Rising Yoga Therapy but his hatha yoga now is mostly informed by Kripalu yoga. Ti has also studied Iyengar, Anusara, and Integral Yoga. He leads kirtans and plays the harmonium. His guru is Amma and he considers his main teachers to be Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten. He is the co-founder of Open Heart Yoga School.

Alison Hinks

Alison Hinks is the author of this here blog. She likes dogs, costume parties, making art, and singing blues covers. She teaches Power Yoga and Emotional Rescue Yoga, a class of her own creation.

Other notables:  Andrea Martinez, Lori Burgwyn, Brooks Rainey-Pearson, Amy Hambrick, David Nowotny, Helen Tapper

Lila Rasa Brown

Lila Rasa Brown (Lila Pierce Brown) is the founder and director of Gateway Yoga in Raleigh. She has been Anusara Certified since 2005 and she has been part of the faculty at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, since 2008.

Melinda Thomas Hansen

“Greetings! My name is Melinda Thomas Hansen. I am, among other things, an Anusara-Inspired yoga Instructor, writer, artist, aspiring healer, wife, daughter, sister, and proud mamma of a greyhound called Apollo and a cat called Magnum.”

Michelle Corey

Michelle Corey has been teaching in the physical health and fitness community since 1987. She is a graduate of the NC School of Yoga. Currently, Michelle is on her way to becoming an Anusara-inspired yoga teacher.

Michael Ward

Michael Ward is an Anusara Certified teacher. He attributes his skills as a practitioner and teacher to Marc St. Pierre, Paul & Sommer Sobin, Lila Pierce Brown, Desiree Rumbaugh, and of course, John Friend.

Julee Snyder

“Julee Snyder is here to be a partner in your health and well-being by supporting your connection to your embodied self. Techniques include massage, yoga, craniosacral therapy, movement education, breath, and meditation.”

Tina Ventrella

Tina is certified in Reiki, is a Qi Gong healer, and a registered nurse as well as a yoga teacher. Her formal training includes: Sadhana Yoga Chi Certification through Doug Swenson, 300+ hours Anusara Yoga, 300+ hours Yoga Alliance credits and Yoga Therapeutics Certification with John Friend.

Carson Efird

Carson Efird is certified in ISHTA, Pre-natal Yoga, and Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow. She continues to be a mentor in Shiva Rea’s teacher training, as well as holding the director of yoga programming at Evolve Movement in Raleigh. She also leads the teacher training program there.

Jen Bluestone

Jen Bluestone was introduced to yoga through Ashtanga. She enrolled in a kid’s yoga training and began children’s yoga program at Evolve Yoga. Jen recently completed her RYT-200 with Carson Efird (2010) and is a CYKF (Certified YogaKids Facilitator) as well completing Karma Kids Training and Mini Yogis Training.

Jill Sockman

Jill Sockman teaches Vinyasa classes at Blue Lotus in Raleigh, which she founded. She also leads their teacher training. She has been influenced by Gordon Sharpe, Warren Grossman, Shiva Rea, Suzanne Newton, and Terry Brown.

Other notables:  Conni Sithes, Yvonne Cropp, Kate Cook, Joanne Wisnosky, Leila Goodwin, Cyndi Bulka, Jennifer Catlin, Carrington Jackson

Methods: 8.5% anonymous response rate from 294 known Triangle teachers asked the question, “Who are your 5 favorite yoga teachers?” One vote per IP address. Poll open for roughly 36 hours. Participants requested not to vote for themselves. I (me, Ali) did not vote. There was an 8-way tie for 10th place in the Raleigh poll, so I opted to show only the top 9 instead of the top 10. Teachers listed in random order. This is very unscientific. Sorry ’bout that.

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