Karen Altenpohl, E-RYT500 - Founder
Karen took her first Yoga class in 2002 and is the first to admit she found the physical practice first. Yoga has become an ongoing journey for her into grounding, centering and moving into a place of greater compassion. Yoga has been transforming on all levels for her, and she continues to study and practice for herself, and to share the gift of Yoga with others.
Karen earned her E-RYT500 through Yogafit and began teaching in 2005. She has studied and been influenced by many different teachers, particularly; Doug Keller, Cyndi Lee, Anand Mehrohtra, Judith Lasater, and Michael Stone. Her classes are alignment-based with special attention to the breath, and moving into mental awareness. She infuses her slow, free flow style classes with strength work, and attention to stabilization of the joints during deep stretch. Teaching Yoga to others is a humbling experience and she considers herself always the student first and the teacher second.
"The purpose of Yoga postures is not about mastering the pose, its about using the pose to understand and transform ourselves. " Gary Kraftscow
Caitlyn Overby, LMBT #17553/E-RYT 200 - Massage Therapist/Yoga Instructor
Caitlyn completed her RYT 200 training in 2015 from Greensboro Downtown Yoga, and is eager to share her passion for all that yoga encompasses. Her desire is to help people in finding balance and peace in all aspects of their life by teaching a wide range of classes; she strives to make Yoga accessible to all, regardless of their background and experience. She is also a licensed massage therapist with a love of anatomy and physiology, which shows through her teaching. Caitlyn loves Yoga’s ability to foster healthy relationships with the mind, and strives to bring awareness and inspire other healthy choices. Her goal is to share all that she has learned with others while continuing to grow with them.
“Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces back together.”
Contact Caitlyn at www.caitlynoverby.wixsite.com/balance
Jennie Latimer, RYT-200 - Instructor
Jennie is a RYT-200 certified Yoga instructor who has been teaching for over 10 years. She came to Yoga through running and overuse injuries and quickly discovered the benefits of a Yoga practice.
Jennie is a native High Pointer but has not lived in the area since college. She is married to Tom Latimer, also from High Point, who is a United Methodist pastor. While living in several areas in the western part of NC, Jennie worked as a counselor in public schools and on the college level. She is happy to be back in the area and to have the opportunity to share this Yoga journey with others!
Sandy Howell, RYT-200 - Instructor
Sandy received her RYT200 Yoga training from Ganesha’s Yoga and Wellness in Greensboro in 2017. Her studies concentrated on vinyasa, yin and restorative Yoga. Fitness and health have always been a priority and she has always had an interest in Eastern studies. Sandy took her first Yoga class 15 years ago at the YMCA and has been practicing yoga on and off over the years. To cope with her over-active mind, she decided to deepen her practice and so, enrolled in a teacher training program. The intention was not to teach Yoga, however, she learned that Yoga is transforming on many different levels. Sandy realized sharing Yoga is Yoga.
Sandy’s style of teaching takes one on a journey through breath, alignment and strength, encompassed in a vinyasa flow teaching style.
Sandy grew up internationally and attended High Point University. She is married with two children and dog.
"Yoga is a light which once lit will never dim, the better your practice the brighter your flame." - B.K.S Iyengar
Katia Yurko, RYT-200 - Instructor
Katia started practicing yoga 16 years ago in Charlotte, NC. After a workout related injury, her trainer recommended it to her. Since the first class, Katia was hooked. Yoga was extremely challenging both physically and mentally. Being able to strengthen your body and create flexibility was a game changer.
Katia and her family moved to High Point In 2010.
Because of her passion for Yoga, she decided to go to teacher training and earned her 200 hr RYS in 2011 with Grace Morales at Charlotte Yoga. In her classes expect an all levels creative, challenging flow that will leave you feeling strong, lean and energized.
Lesley Theriault, E-RYT200 - Instructor
Lesley Theriault, E-RYT200, has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. She completed the Triad Yoga Institute’s 330-hour teaching certification program in 2005 and has been teaching ever since. She has attended a variety of workshops over the years, and been influenced by several wonderful teachers, including Bryan Kest, David Garrigues, and Beryl Bender Birch. Lesley’s classes merge a dynamic flow of postures and breath with a focus on alignment in the body. She is fascinated by the effects of Yoga on stress relief and hopes for each student to leave her class feeling open in the heart as well as in the body.
"Penetration of our mind is our goal, but in the beginning to set things in motion, there is no substitute for sweat." – BKS Iyengar
Laura Galbraith, RYT-200 - Instructor
Laura Galbraith, RYT-200 came into her love for Yoga while attending her first Yoga class in 2012, as a form of exercise and coping with anxiety. She began strengthening her practice over the next six years and decided it was time to leave her desk job and pursue her dream of being a Yoga instructor. She is passionate about the teachings of Yoga and helping others to connect with their inner light through movement and mindfulness.
Marti Lillich, Tai Chi Instructor
Marti is originally from PA where her “martial arts life” began with 6 years of Karate. After moving to High Point, she enrolled in a 2 year instructor training program at the Golden Flower School under Master San Gee Tam who has studied with some of the most well known masters of Tai Chi, QiGong, meditation and personal cultivation. She continues to train regularly and has been teaching for almost 20 years.
Her most rewarding teaching moments are when students get a sense of their own energy and how to manage it. As they discover that real relaxation is the key to their mental and physical power, they begin to integrate the principles on which Tai Chi is based and find an inner peace.
Shanon Greig, RYT-230 - Instructor
Shanon Greig is a certified 200 hour Yoga instructor (and new Occupational Therapy Assistant) who has been consistently practicing a vinyasa style Yoga since 2014. Originally, Shanon unearthed the light of Yoga after experiencing “gym burnout” and a spiritual craving for something more. In the habit of going to the gym regularly and trying Cross-Fit, Shanon realized aggressive fitness routines were wreaking havoc on her joints and simultaneously not nurturing her spirit. She found that Yoga filled the void of a missing mind/body connection, and has stayed highly committed to this path ever since. Through regular practice, Shanon discovered Yoga could strengthen her body and help diminish anxiety and depression. On the mat, Shanon encourages not taking one’s self too seriously, forgiveness, and acknowledgment of imperfection. Shanon likes to incorporate Yogic principles with her Occupational Therapy clients to encourage connecting with the true self. She also utilizes breathing techniques with clients for pain management and anxiety reduction. Shanon has practiced various styles ofYoga under many different teachers in different cities over the years. She attributes her teaching style to remaining a student of Yoga first and foremost.
Rob Ware, RYT-200 - Instructor
Rob began practicing Yoga as a way to stretch after a cycling class. He soon realized Yoga was much more than flexibility and stretching. Yoga became a major part of his fitness routine when he saw the benefits both on and off the mat. In 2016 he completed his 200 hour teacher training through LifePower Yoga.