As a child, Jimelle performed on many television shows and appeared with the Sacramento Ballet Company and the Los Angeles Regional Opera Ballet. Through the 1970’s and 80’s she taught classes in dance and for several years ran her own studio. In 1989, Jimelle moved to Raleigh and began teaching at Center Stage School for the Arts. She is a Reiki II degree healer, writer and Nia White Belt. Now Jimelle enthusiastically offers adult ballet classes to the Pittsboro community at the Joy of Movement studio.
Jackie is a self-taught Belly Dancer who later on studied from multiple instructors in Israel, New York City, and Boston. Jackie is also a certified Belly Dance instructor from the 2014 BellyQueen Teacher’s Training. Jackie was a part of the professional belly dance troupe Raks Al Zahra and taught weekly belly dance classes in Upstate NY, while also running her own student troupe. Jackie has also helped create the UMass and Northeastern Belly Dance Clubs. She is so excited to share her love and appreciation of the art form and cultures with everyone at the Joy of Movement. Belly dance is an ancient art form that celebrates the natural form of the human body. Join her on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to shake, shimmy, and laugh in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. No prior experience necessary...Yallah!
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For four decades, Glenna Batson has drawn from multiple forms of movement expression as catalysts for artistic growth, teaching, and wellness. She is an internationally recognized teacher of the Alexander Technique (qualified 1989) and has introduced somatic practices into a variety of dance venues worldwide, including the American Dance Festival. Former professor of physical therapy, Glenna continues to teach for The Poise Project (www.thepoiseproject.org), an organization committed to bringing the Alexander Technique to people living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. At 70 years young, she believes that dance brings the kind of empathic knowledge vital to connecting across generations and meeting today’s challenges.
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Maria has been dancing most of her life, performing and teaching Jazz and Modern dance through the years. When her son with Down Syndrome was born, her journey into the world of Inclusive Dance began. Maria shares her passion for grassroots community inclusion where movers and dancers of all levels and abilities are invited to her classes. In addition to choreographed sequences and technique, students are guided to co-create movement their way, inspired by their unique experience and creative expression. Maria received her training in Inclusive Dance and Art at the American Dance Festival; Arts Together with NC Arts Council; practicums at Enloe High School, The ARC, and other disability groups; Liz Lerman Dance Exchange Hallelujah Project, community-based dance; and Arts for ALL at the UNC Developmental Disability Training Institute. Maria has her Nia Blue Belt and FreeDance Certifications, is an engineer, homeschool mom, and loves animals, trees and celestial mystery.
Lindsey’s love for dance began at a young age and was the catalyst that nurtured the young shy artist into a confident and professional Instructor. After graduating from Lees McRae College with a BS Degree in both Dance and Performing Arts, Lindsey lived in New York City where she was first introduced to Ballroom dance. This love affair with Ballroom grew as she continued her work and training with a nationally recognized franchised dance studio for ten years. Throughout the last five of those years, Lindsey used her entrepreneurial skills to successfully build, own, and operate a Ballroom studio in Cary, NC. She moved on from that organization and now resides in Chatham County with her husband and daughter. Lindsey offers both group and private dance instruction.
Movement and music have always brought great joy and inspiration to Maia throughout her life. She began sharing this love for the arts with children of all ages more than 15 years ago and has spent the last five years practicing and teaching Nia at the Joy of Movement Studio. 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. In 2015, she completed her White Belt and Green Belt trainings and began teaching classes and workshops. Currently, Maia is sharing her love for movement and the arts in a class for girls, age 11-14 where they learn simple and fun movements that blend the dance arts, martial arts and healing arts. And the children create art through collage and journaling. As well as teaching Nia, Maia is a singer-songwriter, outdoor educator for young children at Learning Outside in Orange County, and a mother of two.
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.
Dan has been studying Taijiquan (T’ai Chi) since 1979, first learning a Yang style variant and interactive practice, and later learning Chen and other styles and weapons including saber, sword, staff and spear. He has been a tournament judge for both forms and push-hands since 1998. Health benefits are derived from the unique approach that this art takes towards conflict, with non-resistance and smooth and flowing circular movements that activate the calm parasympathetic nervous system rather than the “fight-or-flight” sympathetic nervous system. Attention to structural, movement and energetic details, stress reduction and abdominal breathing, all enhance the potential health and wellness derived from this art. Dan is the author of a book’s worth of articles on Taijiquan concepts (http://slantedflying.com/author/dpasek/), most of which have not been written about extensively elsewhere; it is principles like these that differentiate this art from other martial arts, simple exercise or dancing. For more information: EntwinedDragons@gmail.com or 919-545-9185
Frederico Lemos Castellões is from Brazil, where he started his capoeira journey under Mestre Valdenor. His teaching career started in 1995 when he created his school “Capoeira Arte e Movimento” in Boone, NC. In 2018, he became a Contra-Mestre of Capoeira under Mestre Doutor of ASCAB Association, Philadelphia. He has also taught capoeira, languages and culture at Appalachian State University, Caldwell and Mayland Community Colleges, and currently teaches Capoeira and Portuguese at the Romance Studies Department, UNC- Chapel Hill. He believes that the synergy of capoeira and his life interwind in his personal moto: “…everything that we lively imagine, sincerely believe and enthusiastically put into action, inevitably will become reality…” (Brazil, Personal Development Department)
Fifteen years ago, Christine was captivated by the transformational effects of yoga. Receiving her RYT-200 Hatha Yoga Certification, she taught in Behavioral Health at a hospital. After being introduced to Kundalini Yoga, Christine found her true passion. She is a Certified KRI Kundalini Instructor, a Certified SuperHealth Instructor ( Kundalini Yoga for Breaking Habits and Addictive Behaviors), It was in a Kundalini class that Christine was first introduced to the Gong. She began studying sound healing and through her personal experience of healing she began offering public Gong Sound Healing Meditations. Christine also facilitates the Divine Feminine Circle, a monthly meet up for women to gather, uplift, share and hold space for each other building community and friendship. Her classes are for everyone, every body, every age. She believes teaching yoga to be the greatest service, each class an offering from her heart.
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What Is A Vocal Bath?
In our busy world, our spiritual and energetic health is impacted by stress, sensory overload, and constant motion. Using singing bowls, voice, and percussion instruments, a soundscape is created that facilitates restorative rest, deep relaxation, and integrative healing. By granting ourselves the permission to know stillness, quietude, and peace, our bodies receive the message that we are valued, and holding in great care.
Jenn Hansen has been a sound practitioner for over a decade. She employs various modalities to facilitate the optimal conditions for healing, whether for individual clients or larger groups.
Sandy became interested in Zen when he was 16 and heard Alan Watts speak on the radio. At age 29 he heard a radio interview with Joshu Sasaki Roshi and immediately knew he had found his teacher. In 1971 he was ordained as a Rinzai Zen teacher (Osho) and became Vice-Abbot of the Cimarron Zen Center (now Rinzai-ji in Los Angeles. In 1975 he was appointed abbot of the Jemez Bodhi Mandala (now Bodhi Manda) in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Three years later he moved to North Carolina with his wife Susanna and step-daughter Lara. Susanna and Sandy founded the North Carolina Zen Center. He teaches sitting quietly, chanting wholeheartedly, walking attentively, and conversing about Buddhadharma among friends.
Kate is passionate about sharing her love of Nia with every Body! After years of chronic pain, Nia brought healing to her joints, weight loss, and a zest for life again. She feels that Nia brings it all together by teaching us to move our bodies, choosing pleasure and joy, and by integrating mental, spiritual, and emotional elements into every class routine. Nia makes moving fun, creative, and highly conditioning. Kate welcomes all who come to dance, heal, and play in community with Nia! In addition to being a Nia first degree Black Belt and a Nia education trainer, she is also a professional actor and an environmental educator. Kate holds Nia licensing in Five Stages, 52 Moves, Moving to Heal, and FreeDance and offers two Nia White Belt intensive workshops each year.
Lynda is the creator and facilitator of "Joy of Movement at Chatham Mills." A licensed Nia Black Belt 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.
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Anne is a Brown Belt licensed Nia teacher. As a retired obstetrician/gynecologist, her knowledge of physiology informs her interpretation of music and emotional expression through movement. She is delighted to help people help themselves through their experience of movement, music, and magic. When not dancing Nia, she helps others learn how to teach literacy skills to children struggling to read, makes pottery, and helps her garden grow.
Julie Smoot is a licensed Blue, Green Belt Nia® Teacher, Certified in Nia Moving to Heal and Nia FloorPlay. In 2015, she found her way to Nia One Billion Rising Nia Jam where she fell in love with dancing, sounding and connected to her body, mind, spirit and emotions. Shortly after the Nia Jam, Julie took Nia White Belt Training with Kate Finalyson where she came home to herself and her body. Julie dances almost every day to promote a healthy body, calm mind, and joyful spirit. She received her Nia FloorPlay Certification with Debbie Rosas at Soma Ranch and Moving to Heal Training with Jules Aguire at the Joy of Movement Chatham Mills. Julie is also a Reiki Jin Kei Do Level 2 Energy Practitioner.
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Comfortable Engagement Yoga
Tim Keim is a 25 year yoga practitioner, certified Yoga Therapist and Ayurvedic Health Counselor. He specializes in back pain, osteoporosis, age related loss of capacity and robust, healthy aging through lifestyle modification, customized food regimen and herbal supplementation. Tim teaches comfortable engagement yoga, encouraging students to embody each pose and breathe in a comfortable, gentle way. Just because something is gentle doesn't mean it cannot be strong. Hatha Yoga makes specific demands on our bodies even in the gentlest expression of the poses. Tim insists that students practice comfortably so that they'll enjoy improving their health and body awareness and continue to practice. email@example.com
Yoga is life; this is something I have integrated into my living path for over a decade. Being called to vinyasa based yoga and movement, this journey has brought my education and synthesis of movement alchemy , rooted in love, into focus through the Samudra School of Living Yoga with Shiva Rea as Prana Vinyasa Flow yoga. After completing an initial 200hr Certification in Vinyasa based yoga in 2010 at Evolve Movement in Raleigh, NC I began teaching in Colorado and North Carolina. Now as Teacher Training Coordinator for Shiva Rea and certified at the 500hr level in Prana Vinyasa Yoga within the Samudra School, I live, practice, raise a family, and teach an array of intelligently sequenced yoga offerings locally in Pittsboro, NC. This lineage offers seasonally balanced, evolutionary movement meditation and Namaskars, Pranayama, creative movement, yoga asana, ritual flow, mudrasana, healing + wellness, and Yoga for All. firstname.lastname@example.org
Gentle Evening Yoga
Kim offers gentle yoga classes to nourish our connection of mind body and spirit. She facilitates a mindful and playful exploration of movement and breath, sharing stress-relieving tools that can be integrated into everyday life. Kim, also a massage therapist and herbalist, weaves anatomy, easy self-massage, and her love of nature into class in an accessible, inspiring, and unique way. Folks of all shapes, colors, orientations, and levels of experience are welcome to come and unwind during her evening classes. Kim came to yoga over 22 years ago and has been blessed to teach the last decade.
Scott took his first yoga class in Texas more than 45 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., 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. Scott 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.
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Lisa Clark, Founder and Director of EmbodiYoga® brings 40 years of study, personal practice, teaching and living yoga to her workshops and teacher trainings. A teacher’s teacher, she has spent a lifetime merging enigmatic yogas with current up-to-date somatic experience and exploring how the body-mind expresses itself. Lisa, E-RYT500 with Yoga Alliance and a registered International Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist, is a certified Teacher/Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®. She has been a featured teacher at Yoga Journal Conferences, Omega Institute, Kripalu Center, and studios in the USA.
Amelia is considered a specialist in Energy Medicine with advanced training in trauma work, past life work, complex relational patterns, and energy medicine in Surgery. She has worked over the last 8 years integrating intuitive methods and an expanded 13 chakra system into her practice. She has a deep connection with the Earth and weaves the underlying cosmological laws into her work. Her training in the earth-based knowings come from a long history with speaking with the elemental realm and dedication to her indigenous practices. The Energy Gym is a container that uses of the expanded chakras to hold a container for deep transformation through ritual, embodied movement, and group healing. One of the newest areas of her practice includes the resurrection of some of her first loves: writing, spoken word prose, and music. She's finding new ways to creatively bring these three passions into her practice and events to deepen the healing potential of her offerings. www.AmeliaVogler.com