"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken
joy in creative expression and knowledge."

Albert Einstein

Lynda Heymen, Psy.D. - NIA


lynda heymen, nia pittsboro, nc - joy of movement cm

Lynda Heymen, Psy.D.is the creator and facilitator of "The Joy of Movement at Chatham Mills." A certified Black Belt Nia® teacher, Lynda discovered Nia in 2002 and has been teaching classes in Raleigh and Pittsboro since 2003. Lynda is also a clinical psychologist and has a practice in Cary and Pittsboro. On a personal and professional level, Nia has enhanced her efforts to promote healing and well-being through movement and the integration of mind, body and spirit. She also brings a background in dance to her classes. It is her hope that all her students discover the power and magic of "dancing through life" that the Nia Technique offers.


Nia Classes: Sunrise Nia Tues. & Thurs. at 8:30ish am. Dance with the sunrise and to the new day!
Saturdays at 8:30ish. Come play with us! And feel free to join us for breakfast afterwards at the Chatham MarkePlace Cafe.

Nia Bundle of 12 classes - $100.00

Nia Bundle of 5 classes - $50.00
Drop-in fee of $15.00


Javier Gayo - NIA


Javier Gayo is a certified Blue Belt Nia instructor who, since childhood, has used dance to escape the "real world"; and replenish the spirit. An avid fitness seeker, he integrates Nia into his fitness routine to achieve balance of body, mind and spirit. His Nia journey began in the mid-2000s when his Mom introduced him to Nia as a way to relieve stress and tension caused by graduate studies in Engineering.

The rest, as they say, is history.

 Ilarion Updesh Kaur (Kelsey LaPoint) - YOGA



 Ilarion Updesh Kaur (also known as Kelsey LaPoint) began her yoga journey in 2004. She understands yoga to be a path of connecting with our ultimate potential, our highest health, and our individual commitment to living our truth. Ilarion has attended 4 200-hour yoga teacher trainings~ 2 in hatha yoga and 2 in kundalini yoga. She has been teaching since 2011. She is thrilled to now be offering kundalini yoga to her local community. Yoga has shifted her life in ways beyond her imagining, and she hopes she can inspire such benefit in other's lives.

Please visit The Joy of Movement online calendar for class times.   Classes are $14 each.
Emily Silverman - YOGA


Emily Silverman (RYT 500) has been teaching yoga since 2007. Emily’s classes create an atmosphere of joy and inner reflection, yielding a physically strong and heart-opening experience of yoga. She teaches “Dharma Yoga,” in the tradition of yoga master Dharma Mittra. Emily received yoga teacher certifications from Nirvana Yoga in Amherst, MA (200-hour) and from the Dharma Yoga Center in NYC (200- and 500-hour). She also completed the Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors professional training at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, NC. Emily is a former librarian and library fundraiser, and a certified therapy dog handler.
Yoga Classes: Sundays 5 - 6:15 pm, and Thursdays 5:30 -  6:45 pm, $5 - $15 sliding donation scale per class, drop-ins welcome
Yoga Nidra (guided meditation): 6:30 - 7:30 pm selected first Sundays of the month
Private Yoga by Appointment: [email protected]

Dharma yoga warms up the body, brings flexibility to muscles and joints, and wakes up the nervous system. Students will experience a gentle yet powerful series of stretching, bending, balancing, twisting, and inverted postures. Classes include warm-up, yoga postures (asanas), breathing practice (pranayama), and guided deep relaxation (savasana). Emily welcomes beginners to advanced students, and offers modifications for various levels of experience. Yoga Nidra is a rejuvenating guided meditation practice in which we progressively relax the body and mind.



Teacher/coach Dan Pasek has been studying Taijiquan since 1979 and has been in NC since 1990 training with the Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School. Dan has been a tournament judge for both forms and push-hands since 1998.

Dan currently emphasizes interactive work both without and with weapons.


Interactive Taijiquan Class Information

(see class page for more details)
Taijiquan’s push-hands training (tui shou) was developed as a method for learning and improving ones understanding of the principles that underlie this art. It is not fighting, although it trains principles that may be applied to fighting. Sensitivity (especially through the sense of touch) is emphasized, and the class is suitable for all fitness levels without requiring any special equipment or clothing.

Push-hands skills involve connecting with incoming energy or force, and understanding it and controlling it without directly opposing it.

When in contact with a training partner, one should learn to recognize what is happening in ones own body

as well as what is happening with your partner’s body.

For online articles about interactive Taijiquan written by Dan Pasek, please see:


Classes are $12 each if paying for at least a month at a time (4 or more classes),

and $15 for drop-ins (one class at a time)


Frank Apodaca Sensei - AIKIDO



Frank Apodaca Sensei began his Aikido training in November 1985 at San Diego Aikikai under the direction of T. K. Chiba, 8th Dan, Shihan (Master Instructor). In 1987, he was accepted into Chiba Sensei’s Kenshusei program and as an Uchi Deshi. This is an intensive and comprehensive Aikido instructor’s training program. During this training, he progressed to the rank of sandan (3rd. dan) and received his Fukushidoin certification (assistant instructor) in December 1990. After additional years of committed study,

he was promoted to yondan (4th dan) and certified as Shidoin (instructor) in February 1994.
Upon completing his apprenticeship in December 1994, he moved to Portland, Oregon to teach Aikido full-time as the Chief Instructor at Multnomah Aikikai. In January 2000, Apodaca Sensei was promoted to godan (5th dan). In October 2000, he moved to the mid-michigan area where he resided with his family.  In April of 2008 he was promoted to Rokudan (6th dan).

In August of 2010, Apodaca Sensei relocated to North Carolina and now resides in Pittsboro.


Aikido classes for are taught on Saturdays at 10:00am

For class information contact Frank Apodaca
[email protected]

Kate Finlayson - NIA



Kate Finlayson began her Nia journey in 2005, stepping into Marty Broda’s class and finding her Purpose.

She received her White Belt from trainer Stephaney Robinson that same year and taught Nia classes for five years in Carrboro, Durham, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Elon before relocating to Louisiana in 2010.  She has gone on to receive her Blue, Brown, Green and Black Belts, as well as Nia 5 Stages certification. She is honored to be one of 50 Nia White Belt trainers all over the world and her passion is to share this powerful week of personal growth with all who are willing to step in!

Kate has lead Nia trips to Nicaragua, Greece and Brazil and created numerous Nia jams, fundraisers, celebrations, healing ceremonies, playshops and White Belt Trainings in North Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, St. Louis, Portland and Las Vegas. She brought Nia to New Orleans, Baton Rouge and the Northshore area for three years. Her vision to create a vibrant community on the Gulf Coast has been seeded with 13 new White Belts in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

            She is happy to be back in her Heart Home of North Carolina and the fabulous community of Triangle Nia! Teaching at the Joy of Movement is fulfilling a dream that she and Lynda had, once upon a time, long ago on a Saturday morn at the General Store.




Kim offers a gentle midday class on Thursdays from 11-12:15.  Bring a friend and join us for this relaxing and refreshing practice--all levels of experience are welcome! Enjoy a mindful and playful exploration of movement and breath, leaving with stress-relieving tools that can be integrated into everyday life. Kim, also a massage therapist and herbalist, weaves anatomy, easy self-massage,

deeply restorative poses, and her love of nature into class in an accessible, inspiring, and unique way.

Save money and commit to your weekly well being by signing up for a whole 7 to 8 series for $12/class. Drop ins: $10 your first time; afterwards $14.  Dates for Kim's yoga series, free introductory classes, and popular Partner Yoga & Massage Playshops can be found at her website along with details on her educational background and other healing arts offerings: www.AbunDanceHealingArts.com

Scott Campbell - Yoga



Scott took his first yoga class in Texas more than 40 years ago. Although fascinated and moved by the experience, he took a very long detour to L.A. for a career in acting. Amidst the craziness and excess that is L.A., through the craft of acting, lots of therpay, the occasional yoga class, , and the reading of many esoteric books, Scott explored the relationship between the body, mind, and emotions.


Eventually seeking greater balance in his life, he returned to regular yoga practice some 15 years ago, and used his practice to heal, ground, deepen, and expand what he learned living as an actor in L.A.. He is a student of Taoism and Tibetan Buddhism, as well as Indian style of yoga. His teaching reflects the eclectic mix of his background, using what works, with encouragement, compassion, and humor to help each student to uncover and move closer to their truth and the peace and acceptance that eventually comes.


Scott is grateful for the many teachers who have helped along the way, including Gabriel Halpern, Ti Harmony,

Vincent Bridges and the Dalai Lama to name just a few.

Haven Carter - NIA



Haven Carter is a certified Black, Green Belt Nia, and 5 Stages Technique® instructor. Wildly enthusiastic about Nia since her first class, Haven dances every day to promote a healthy body, calm mind, and joyful spirit. She received all of her Belt Certifications in Portland, OR, with Debbie Rosas Stewart and Carlos AyaRosas. She received her 5 Stages training with Debbie in Sante Fe, NM. Haven is also a Reiki Jin Kei Do Master and a Buddho~EnerSense Energy Therapist.  In Nia and energy therapies, Haven is led by Spirit to help others feel better.


Contact Haven at 650-704-2444, via email at [email protected]
or review her experience at http://www.linkedin.com/in/havencarter.

Caroline Dyar - NIA



Caroline Dyar is a Green and Black Belt Nia teacher who was introduced to Nia in 1999 and began her teaching journey in 2008. Her Nia practice guides her to be aware of sensation, to open her mind to endless possibilities, to allow emotions to flow and release, and to listen to and embrace her unique spirit. Caroline delights in applying what she has learned from Nia to every aspect of her life, and she loves to share the Joy with everybody! Contact Caroline and read the story of her Nia journey by visiting her NiaNow profile: http://www.nianow.com/carolinia

Katie Johnson - Yoga



Katie loves being a river guide of the flow…when everyone in the room is completely present in the moment and simultaneously catching the same wave of Prana!  In her class, she strives to cultivate a sense of love and gratitude that washes away the heaviness that we sometimes to bring onto the mat from our everyday lives.  From the beginning OM to the ending OM, everyone, regardless of experience, is radiating loving intention to their own bodies and those around them.  Prana Flow classes are energetic, dynamic offerings of vinaysa yoga, created and constantly sustained by Shiva Rea.

Katie has taught close to her roots in North Carolina and as a wandering yogini/snowboarder/soul-searcher in Vail, Colorado and throughout the beautiful Rocky Mountains.  She is a graduate of Carson Efird's Evolve Vinyasa Yoga 200hr program and the 200hr Prana Flow®: Energetic Vinyasa Yoga, embodiment, energetic alignment sequencing, philosophy, + Ayurveda program.  Katie teaches locally and serves on the faculty of Evolve Movement's Prana Flow affiliate teacher training program in Raleigh.

Carrie Boone - Mom & Me


Carrie and Will have a combined 25 years experience as musicians and early childhood specialists, and strive to make these classes a welcoming and engaging experience for you and your little one.  Group music experiences help kids in so many ways - from language learning to socialization - but the main thing is just how much fun we have! 


Babies up to 18 months meet on Tuesdays, Toddler 2s and 3s meet on Thursdays.


Class description: Mom-and-me-style music and movement classes at the Joy of Movement Studio!

Come sing, play, and groove along with live music geared to preschoolers and under in a beautiful, sunny setting. 



Kat Lee - Yoga



Kat Lee, a former Ballet Dancer stepped on a yoga mat for the first time in 1999. In her journey with yoga over the years Kat discovered a deep inner peace, mindfulness, as well as physical body toning. Yoga has guided her to find inner and outer harmony.
Kat completed her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training at Franklin Street Yoga, a Baptiste inspired studio in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill. Kat feels purpose in helping others discover their own yoga practice. Kat finds balance offering deep Yin Yoga classes
In addition to rapid flowing Vinyasa classes. Kat also teaches Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Yoga on the Haw River.


Contact Kat @ [email protected] 

Shelley - Kindermusik



Shelley is a former French teacher and a life-long lover of music. She is a licensed Kindermusik Educator as well as a private music teacher in piano, guitar, ukulele, recorder and flute for fellow music lovers of all ages and levels. She founded Music In Me! on the desire to provide access to musical expression for all ages and learning styles and is thrilled to offer Kindermusik classes to the youngest members of our community (0-7 years) and their caregivers.
Kindermusik is the premier music-based program for little ones! Join us for singing, movement activities and instrument play in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, where, at the same time, your child will learn new and important developmental skills. It is an exciting musical adventure that will give your child a solid foundation for future learning!
For more information on classes contact Shelley
[email protected]

Aja Dematerra - Creation Goddess



Aja Dematerra is a Visionary Artist, Storyteller and Creativity Inspirer. She is the creator of Awaken the Jewel Alive,

a business developed to guide people in awakening to their true radiance. She is a certified ARTbundance Coach and Practitioner

with many years of experience working with and teaching people of all ages.

Throughout her life, she has studied, taught and performed the art of ancient women’s dance.
At Joy of Movement, Aja teaches Creation Goddess 4 Elements Movement which is devoted to the embodying, experiencing, embracing and expressing of the jewels of creativity. Aja’s Creation Goddess 4 Elements Movement is a dance of 4 ancient, gentle gestures connected to the elements of earth, fire, water and wind. These 4 movements inspire radiant alignment with the creative spirit within. As long as you can breathe and walk, this class is for you! 

Woven through this class is Aja’ signature 7 Jewels Process (Breathe, See,Feel,Dance,Voice,Write,Paint)

and her magical story,  “ The Goddess Who Created the World.”


Classes are the first 4 Thursdays of each month, 7-8 p.m.                    

$35 a month/ $10 a class.

Contact Aja at 

Phone: 919–444-3563 

Email: [email protected] 

Website: www.ajadematerra.com 



Andrea Sapienza- Yoga



I came to yoga many years ago in search of a rigorous fitness challenge and some stress management.

I was quickly humbled in many, many ways by the practice of yoga.

Across the span of years, I have come to experience yoga as a deposit & withdraw system for far more than just fitness and stress management. It truly is a toolbox for repairing, maintaining, and cultivating a deeply rich and awakened life.

I believe the yoga mat is a place for sweat, tears, and immeasurable expansion both in your

physical and energetic body and this is my aim in teaching and sharing the practice.

These days my yoga practice is still physically challenging but is also steeped in grace, self-awareness, and self-accetance.

It is a way to link breath and body for the full expression of all that I am.

I actively adore food (A LOT - no doubt you’ll hear a good bit about this in my yoga classes!)

and I believe deeply in laughing, learning, and second chances.

I hope to see you in yoga class!!



Maia Derewicz - NIA




From the moment she stepped into her first Nia class in 2012, Maia felt at home. She immediately knew she had found a healing practice that her mind, body, and spirit had been yearning for. "Through Nia I feel strong, balanced, centered, and connected to my body in a positive way. Nia inspires me to embrace my unique, creative self and live in the present moment." Maia is grateful to have found a practice that honors everyone and wants to spread the joy, ease, and healing powers of Nia to others.

In 2015, she completed her white belt and green belt training. As well as teaching Nia,

Maia is a singer-songwriter and outdoor educator for young children.

Join Maia on Tuesday evenings for Nia and relaxation from 6:30-7:30pm starting April 5.

Christine Chase - Yoga



Christine has been captivated by the transformational effects of yoga for over 15 years. She completed her first RYT 200 Teacher Training at Grace Yoga School in 2012 followed by KRI Kundalini Teacher Training at Tenth Gate Yoga in 2015. Christine believes teaching yoga to be the greatest service. An Advanced Reiki Practitioner and Gong Master, Christine also offers Gong Baths and incorporates them into her classes. She currently teaches Good Vibrations Class on Thursdays @ 7pm.


Christine Chase 919-200-1943

[email protected]

Good Vibrations Class Thursday's 7pm

Lindsey Gionfriddo - Ballroom Dance



Lindsey Gionfriddo is a graduate from Lees McRae College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in both Dance and Performing Arts. Her love for dance and the performing arts began at a young age as it was the catalyst that nurtured the young shy artist into a confident and professional instructor. After college Lindsey moved to New York City which is where she was first introduced to ballroom dance. This love affair with ballroom dance brought her back home to Florida where she began working at a nationally franchised dance studio. For five consecutive years she was awarded a top instructor position which was recognized among the franchised dance studio corporation worldwide. It was then when her dream of becoming her own boss and running her own studio brought her to Cary, North Carolina. Lindsey successfully built, owned and operated the studio in Cary for five years before leaving the organization. Now she lives happily in Chatham county with her husband and is proud to be teaching ballroom dance at The Joy of Movement Dance Studio. Lindsey offers private and group instruction to all ages and abilities as well as wedding dance preparation. For more information about upcoming classes please visit chathamsocialdance.com.

Anne Shelton - NIA



~ Nia Anne is a white/green/blue belt certified Nia Technique teacher. As a retired obstetrician/gynecologist, she is delighted to help people help themselves through the experience of movement, music and magic. Her knowledge of physiology informs her interpretation of music and emotional expression through movement. When not dancing Nia, she helps teach people how to teach literacy to those who struggle to read, makes pottery and helps her children and garden grow.

Roberta Marasca - Yoga


Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1990, and teaching since 2001.  She completed a 200 hr. Yoga Alliance 
approved training  with Lillah Shwartz in Asheville.  Using the Iyengar techniques of alignment and attention to detail as a foundation, Roberta has created her own style of teaching which also incorporates yoga philosophy, body mind centering,

and the use if imagery to bring balance and healing to those who practice. 
Roberta also works as a bench jeweler, and it is, in part, to counteract the negative effects of this physical work that she practices yoga.  Her teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief that we are all injured and out of balance in some way, and no two beings are alike.  She works with each student to help him/her look inward and find their own unique way to unite

the various aspects of the self and promote healing.


 Class is Thursday evenings, 6:00-7:15.  



480 Hillsboro St - Suite #410

Pittsboro, NC 27312


To get more information about The Joy of Movement at Chatham Mills, please call us at 919 548 6114