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Josephine McCrann
co-OWNER, E-RYT 200, RYT 500

 Since her childhood in North Carolina, movement, health and creativity have been a central focus for Josephine. She is a visual artist, dancer and traveler. It is through yoga that she has best found a way to integrate these passions.

Josephine began practicing yoga in 2006. In 2013 she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yax Yoga Concepts, for both Vinyasa and Stationary systems. She completed her 500-hour Advanced Teacher Training, also with Yax Yoga Concepts, in 2015. She has practiced in studios all over the world, participated in workshops with leading teachers and continued her education with various trainings. Sharing this knowledge with others is her great joy. Thankful to be a part of the Durham yoga community, she is honored to assist as others move forward, wherever they may be in their practice.


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courtney Owen-Muir
co-Owner, ryt 200

Courtney OM brings her Toronto strength and soul straight from Canada.  In 2004 she began her practice as a means of cross training for her demanding dance career. It quickly became a regular part of her physical and spiritual regimen.

She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 while in Tulum, Mexico with Hot Asana Yoga University. Coming from a long history of technical dance training, her classes are dynamic and rhythm driven. Expect to get lost in movement, sweat and energy; for struggles to be met with ease, and challenges to turn into victories. 


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Lindsay Michel
RYT 200

Lindsay’s life always has been centered around adventure. A graduate of both Outward Bound and NOLS, Lindsay believes that the path to growth requires you to get out of your comfort zone. It’s that spirit that led her to cycle across the United States twice, run 14 half marathons and summit mountains in four continents. It’s also what led her to 200-hour yoga teacher training with Hot Asana University, where she learned that stillness is often more challenging than running, biking, hiking or climbing.

Lindsay strives to create classes that help yogis of all levels “feel each pose from the inside out,” stretching, strengthening and engaging their minds, bodies and spirits to facilitate personal growth, health and wellbeing.

 

 
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Maria Ratliff
Ryt 200

Maria begrudgingly accompanied a friend to her beloved yoga class at Down Dog Yoga, a studio offering heated vinyasa practices, in Washington D.C. And her life changed. Awed by the simultaneous intensity and serenity of that practice, she returned home seeking heat. Almost immediately, she began practicing Bikram yoga consistently while continuing to explore various yoga styles. An arm balance near miss led her to a workshop at Franklin Street Yoga Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. There her mind, body, and heart nestled deeply into Ashtanga vinyasa and Baptiste power vinyasa yoga. After cultivating a consistent practice for a couple of years, she completed her 200 hour training at Franklin Street Yoga Center. She still regularly practice Ashtanga as it offers a consistency that provides stability and an essential framework for her evolving asana practice. But the creativity and fluidity of vinyasa yoga allows me to "live out loud" in her practice and teaching style. She incorporates music, a sense of playfulness, and a bit of daring into her classes because rhythm, fun, and courage foster vitality. (Which is the stuff life is made of!) In class, she'll continue to draw your attention to your breath--the vitality you take with you everywhere you go. A breath of steadiness, a breath of ease, a breath of fun, a breath of courage...vitality in all its many forms, cultivated and practiced on the mat so that it's with the practitioner off the mat. 


 
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michelle odgers
RYT 200

The first time Michelle was invited to "om" she gracefully declined. The next time she experienced yoga was right before going on stage for a dance performance. The choreographer led the dancers through a series of sun salutations and in that moment, it struck Michelle that she had never felt so calm and strongly connected to the surrounding cast members before.

Michelle returned to yoga while struggling with a life-changing event. During difficult times, her asana and meditation practices brought her a sense of inner peace, understanding of self, and acceptance of situations outside of her control.

After completing her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 with Hot Asana Yoga University, Michelle strives to create inviting, accessible and fun classes with the hope that students will step off their mats feeling refreshed, calm and blissful.


 
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Nora Viniotis
RYT 200

Nora’s love for exercise began at a very young age. She fell in love with ballet at 6 years old, and didn’t miss a day of dancing until the age of 18, when she began college, studying applied mathematics at UNC-CH. It was there that she was introduced to the world of yoga and personal training, which served as her new outlets for stress management and overall well-being.

In 2012, she received a scholarship to UNC-CH’s Applied Mathematics Ph.D. program, but just shy of completing her first semester, her mother passed away. Following her loss, Nora struggled to find motivation, and it wasn’t until she rediscovered yoga when she finally felt a sense of peace again. Nora received her 200-hour teacher training certification studying under Nicole Nichols at Republic of Yoga in Cary, NC. Nora teaches vinyasa style with choreographic sequencing, a strong emphasis on breath and body awareness, and hands-on assists, while incorporating a modern view of ancient yoga philosophy. Her teachings are accessible to all levels and encourage each student to dive inward and explore their own journey to what we all really step onto our mats for – personal transformation. She is dedicated to bringing a positive atmosphere to her classes, sharing her story, and helping others find their path to happiness!


 
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Drew Gardner
Cyt 200, CYT 500

 

 


 
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Lara Goodrich Ezor
RYT 200

Lara came to yoga with a tired body and an anxious mind and - over time - found both renewed on the mat. Through her classes, Lara encourages others to embrace the present moment and their whole selves with fearlessness and compassion, focusing on strength, fluidity, and quieting the mind. She began and deepened her yoga practice at O2 Yoga in Massachusetts and completed her 200-hour teacher training through Carolina Yoga Company. 

An avid hiker, Lara has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. She also takes her love of joyful, expressive movement off the mat by teaching BollyX, a Bollywood-inspired, cardio-dance class.