Mikki is a mother and full-time science teacher who first acknowledged the benefits of yoga over a decade ago. She began a consistent practice while living in Washington state, connecting with an instructor who had roots in Asheville. Being a native North Carolinian, this inspired Mikki to keep returning to classes week after week, not only for the benefits of Hatha yoga, but also for a sense of home. Through the years, consistency has varied through life changes, but she has always found solitude when practicing yoga. It brings a sense of calm in the midst of everydayness, hurried lifestyles, and varied life experiences. Her goal in teaching is to share the benefits to everyone, regardless of their journey. Yoga requires us to put our intention forward through the use of postures, breathwork, and meditation that help to strengthen and nurture the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga grounds Mikki in her daily intentions each time she shows up to create space on the mat. Whether it is Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha, Yin, or Restorative, yoga is a gift to each and everyone one of us: our minds, our bodies, and our spirits.
Welcome to Community Yoga!
Yoga found me in the mountains of upstate New York when I took yoga for the first time with Rob Greenberg. As I walked away from that first class, my cells were floating. I had found home and have never left. Yoga started a conversation between my heart and soul, and it’s a conversation I have continued throughout my life and which has inspired and sustained me as I built and nurtured Community Yoga.I honor my other teachers who have inspired me on the path — Brian Kest, Alan Finger, and I love sharing what it is like to be in your body, to experience each unique sensation, from the placement of your fingerpads on the mat for Down Dog to the extension of your arms in Virabradrasana. Yoga for me is much more than achieving the perfect Triangle. As we move past the physicality of yoga practice and unearth the sacred, emotional, personal and spiritual practice, we find the real beauty of yoga.As a teacher and studio owner, I strive for inclusivity. All ages, body types, yoga levels are invited and welcomed to the studio. I am a believer in celebrating our many similarities rather than counting our differences. *Amy has completed 2, 200 HR Teacher Training Programs. Sivananda was by far the highlight for her, where she gained the greatest understanding and depth of the science. Still she is a firm believer that a piece of paper doesn’t make a “Great Yoga Teacher”. A sincere humility and love of the practice as well as a love for humanity/life.
Uni Smith (meditation instructor)
Uni Smith is an Insurance Sales Professional and has worked in a Sales Organization for over 20 years. Her occupation was draining her physically, emotionally and mentally. She was seeking something to help ease the stress from my daily life. She was introduced to the Twin Hearts Meditation in March 2013. The difference it made in her life was immediate and simply incredible. She has been practicing Twin Hearts Meditation almost daily ever since.
Since practicing the Twin Hearts Meditation, Uni has cultivated love, peace, joy, patience, balance, and good health and is still in Insurance Sales. The Twin Hearts Meditation has truly blessed Uni’s life. In return, she decided she would like to be in and of service to others by teaching others how this simple guided meditation can bless them too.
Meditation on twin hearts – is an advanced, guided meditation technique for individuals 16 years of age and older, with the focus on an act of service and loving-kindness to promote peace in the world.
Amy Parrott (instructor)
Although she didn’t know at the time, Amy’s life was forever changed in 1998. That was when she first started practicing yoga and meditation on a regular basis. That led to her insatiable desire for knowledge about health and wellness. Since then she spent years avidly studying and practicing a variety of healing arts – tai chi, qi gong, Reiki, Touch for Health, and nutrition to name a few. She consistently continued her yoga practice through two pregnancies and a debilitating back injury. These experiences are how she arrived at her revelation of most recent mission. She feels her purpose now is to share the message that anybody can use gentle movements to create physical and emotional well-being, no matter what their current physical condition. She believes that the mindfulness and self-awareness that gentle movement creates is as important as it’s physical health benefits. She promotes a practice that: reminds us to honor and respect the present needs of our bodies, discourages judgment, promotes mental clarity or spiritual connection, and teaches us how to lovingly accept our limitations.
Meredith Luber (instructor)
Yoga guided Meredith back to laughter and joy through learning to nurture her true self after her mother passed. Wanting to share the light and healing she learned through yoga, Meredith completed her 220 hour teacher training through The Bodhi Tree with Lesa Crocker in 2007. Wanting to share the light and healing she learned through yoga, Meredith completed her 220 hour teacher training through The Bodhi Tree with Lesa Crocker in 2007. The other joys in her life besides yoga are her husband and two small children. She enjoys taking family walks, dancing in the living room with her children, jewelry making, reading and watching college sports with her husband.
Lisa Konstandt (instructor)
10 years ago when Lisa discovered the joy of yoga and its many benefits she fell in love with the sense of calm, peace, and inner awareness she acquired from her practice. Since then, she has dedicated her time to practicing, studying, and sharing yoga with others. In 2016, she was compelled to complete her 200-hour teacher training with Awakenings Yoga Studio. The training deepened her understanding of the history, foundations, movements, body mechanics, breath work, and spiritual nature of this centuries old practice. She sees yoga as a way of life, threading the knowledge of its teachings throughout her connections, relationships, and the daily grind. Lisa strives to bring a sense of lightheartedness, spirituality, and compassion to her classes where ALL are welcome. Her intention is to cultivate happiness and balance through increased awareness and mindful living, and hopes to inspire students to do the same.
She has a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and is a certified holistic health coach as well. When Lisa is not teaching or practicing yoga, you can find her in the kitchen cooking healthy, organic, whole food meals, running and exercising with friends, having fun adventures with her husband, or hanging out with her college-aged daughters.
Yvette Harrold (instructor)
Yvette began practicing yoga in 1997 in the basement of a Charlotte church, and she greatly values this early learning experience with Kripalu teacher Mary Lou Buck. Yvette quickly determined that yoga was a powerful way to enhance her physical workouts and to bring better life balance. She knew that the practice of yoga would become a permanent part of her world. As a student Yvette’s love for yoga grew through the influence of teacher Amy Schneider; and in 2004 Yvette was introduced to Anusara™yoga. Yvette finds the principal of alignment to fit well with her approach to life. Becoming a yoga teacher was a natural step for Yvette as she has been a business executive trainer by profession for over 15 years. Taking her teaching skills into the yoga discipline has enriched all facets of her life. Yvette is a 2009 graduate of Carolina Yoga, a 200-hour teacher training program offered by certified Anusara™ teachers, Kelley Gardner, Sarah Faircloth, and Stacey Millner-Collins.
Yvette has a natural ability to assess her student’s needs. She physically challenges her students to explore their edge and to enjoy the moment. She also encourages the application of yogic principals to life off the mat as a vital nutrient to relationships and life challenges. Yvette loves to travel and finds herself practicing yoga in studios all over the country. In addition to Yvette’s regular yoga practice she recharges through reading and hiking, and spending every moment she can outdoors. Yvette has also published two children’s books. As a writer, Yvette is inspired to instill in children awareness in conservation, nature, and simplicity.
Ann Hambright (instructor)
Ann Hambright, RYT 200, completed Subtle Yoga teacher training in 2009 under the guidance of Kaoverii Weber. Ann was introduced to yoga in 2003 by a dear friend. The two decided to walk into their first yoga class almost on a whim; it turned out to be an Ashtanga inspired class that changed her life. She has been practicing regularly since that first class and almost exclusively at a place she calls home, Community Yoga Studio. Ann enjoys sharing her passion for both subtle yoga and vinyasa flow in her teaching method. She is originally from Charlotte, NC and currently lives in the Davidson area with her partner, three dogs and a cat.
Julie Flanagan (instructor)
Julie Flanagan, 200 CYT and 500 Yoga Therapist, has been teaching for 9 years. Julie began yoga asana practices to relieve a very troubled and painful back, which she’d been suffering since childhood. With scoliosis, degenerated discs, an extra lumbar vertebra and extensive arthritis throughout, she actually walked with a cane and utilized a wheelchair in airports, etc. As a last ditch effort to avoid going under “the knife” she began very gently, moving just as much as she could manage more than 12 years ago. After months of improvement and a growing love of the yoga practice Julie wished to share the gifts of yoga with others suffering ‘bad backs.’
Julie first studied with the Subtle Yoga 250 hour yoga Teacher Training program with Kristine Kaoverii Weber. The Subtle Yoga system is a well-rounded philosophy encompassing all 8 limbs of yoga. Julie again participated in and completed the intensive Subtle Yoga & Sarva Health Systems’ Yoga Therapist 500 hour training.
Encouraging ‘deep breathing’ and various asana, stretching, restorative practices and meditation techniques she believes that connection with the body is necessary in healing and will work well with western style medicine.
In Julie’s class starts with mindful focus on centering breath, and intention, and continues utilization of breath work or pranayama throughout the practice. Asana’s are movements or postures that with the breath and intention lead to grace and help us to heal, gaining freedom from pain in our body, mind and spirit.
Julie was born in Texas, grew up in Nebraska and has lived in North Carolina for nearly 10 years. She most loves her family and friends, and adores her two sweet pups: Gibbons and Grady. She lives in Huntersville.
Cornelius, NC 28031