Teacher Bios

Ti Harmony

Ti Harmony

Ti has been practicing yoga and meditation as personal spiritual and healing disciplines for 3-4 hours per day since 1990, beginning as simply “organized stretching” before realizing all the benefits to the body and mind. Ti studied to become a yoga teacher at Kripalu and returned for continuing education for one month each year for several years. He has been teaching yoga since January 1993, and began teaching in Carrboro since 1996. Ti has studied with many great teachers over the years, including his main yoga influences Angela Farmer and Victor Von Kooten as well as Erich Schiffmann. He also took Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy training and then mentored in that program.

Ti is a disciple of Amma and follows her teachings for spiritual practice and living, taking a pilgrimage bi-annually to visit her. Ti gives her credit for taking him deeper on the path of yoga than he had ever dreamed he would be able to go.

In 2004 Ti started Chapel Hill/Carrboro’s first and longest continuous running yoga teacher training. In 1999 he began the area’s first and longest running weekly kirtan. Ti cofounded Carrboro/Chapel Hill’s first and only donation yoga school in 2010 and continues to run Carrboro/Chapel Hill’s only donation yoga space.

Ti’s likes to keep a sense of humor and to connect with students. He views physical yoga as intended to increase energy flow and to calm the mind. He tends to give a lot of hands-on assists and is open to students letting him know what does and doesn’t work for them. Ti likes to work “hard” and deeply and strives to be rigorously attentive, peaceful, honest, energized, loving and thankful.  He also is very intent on instructing where NOT to feel it in the poses.

In his spare time Ti assistant coaches the Chapel Hill HS boys Ultimate frisbee team and takes walks in the woods with his dogs while repeating his mantra with his footsteps. To read a more in-depth biography, check this blog post.

Total time dedicated to practice of October 11, 2018:
Asana (physical) practice: 13,660 hours
Meditation practice: 14,290 hours
Yoga teaching: 16,400 hours

Colie Taico, LCSW, RYT

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Colie believes that yoga is a healing arts practice that can guide us towards living more wholeheartedly. Her vision in teaching yoga is to create a safe space where every{body} can cultivate their own healing relationship with yoga. Her classes are infused with intentions of practicing inward-kindness; gently supporting students to connect with themselves in more loving and accepting ways.
Colie’s main yoga teacher and style influence is Ti Harmony. She graduated from his 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2012 and continues to follow his teachings on and off the mat today. Her yoga practice with Ti and her personal home practice both greatly influence her work as a psychotherapist for people who struggle with low self-esteem, negative body image, disordered eating and eating disorders. Colie’s work as a therapist also influences her yoga teaching style and class themes. She has studied with Anna Guest-Jelley, as well, and she is certified in Curvy Yoga. Her time studying with Anna has guided her intention to offer safe and nurturing practice spaces to people of all sizes, shapes and abilities.

Contact Colie:
Website: www.colietaico.com
Email: chrysecollayoga@gmail.com

Katie Souris

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Katie found yoga during her junior year of high school and has been sold ever since. Practicing for over 15 years and teaching since 2012 after completing her training at the Asheville Yoga Center, Katie’s yoga draws on the guidance of many teachers and styles. She incorporates a ‘back to basics’ style teaching with a slow, methodical flow aimed at increasing physical strength and reducing anxiety. When not doing yoga, Katie works as a public health researcher and enjoys exploring the woods, playing music with friends, and writing.

Eric Goldman

EricGoldmanAs an 18 year old entering college Eric experienced a lot of anxiety. Transitioning from home life, where most was provided to him, to becoming self sufficient in college was difficult. Fortunately he brought solid study skills and an effective dose of discipline. Managing schedules, laundry, cooking, getting from place to place, adjusting to dorm life, waking himself up (instead of my Mom) etc. was a juggling act he hadn’t mastered.

A therapist recommended a time management course and yoga. Eric learned Hatha Yoga in the home of a local instructor close to FSU in Tallahassee, FL. Along with Hatha yoga he discovered meditation and vegetarianism. And he loves to cook. His favorite is Indian food!

30 years later many challenges, storms, restrictions, changes and expansions have occurred – an on-going cycle that continually repeats itself in various forms, frequencies and intensities. Eric’s yoga practice has been a constant in one form or another. It continues to nurture him, wring him out, sooth him, kick his a** and teach him to be ever more kind and gentle with himself and others.

In the past 3 years he has completed a 220 and a 330 hour Yoga Teacher training. He just returned from his first pilgrimage to South India. Life experience and on-going study and training include various forms of Yoga: Hatha, Karma, Kriya, Bhakti, Patanjali, Vedanta, Jyotish (Vedic/ Sidereal Astrology), Sanskrit, Chanting and Harmonium.

So grateful to be able share Yoga with you.

Om. Shanti. Shanti. Shanti.
Namaste.

Eric lives in Chapel Hill with a Jack Russel named  Gracie, Kitty the Squirrel-cat, a lovely school of fish and an adopted leopard gecko named Squirmy.

Josh Levenson

JoshLevensonJosh initially found yoga to recover physically from years of pushing the limits of his body with almost every kind of adventure sport. Gradually gravitating towards a balance of Ashtanga and Iyengar for a balance between conscious alignment and motion which his teachers called Maya Yoga (Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane). This style centers around Pattabhi Jois and BKS Iyengar, two of Krishnamacharya’s first students.
Two years ago Josh found Mark Whitwell and the Heart of Yoga which is inspired by Desikachar. This second teacher training awoke a new awareness of the breath which breathes life into our practice and our world, relating more clearly to internal and external harmony.

Josh is also a math teacher, environmental/social justice activist and aspiring organizer if you ever care to share a conversation on sparking collective action in our local and broader communities.

Lauren Sacks

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Lauren Sacks, E-RYT200, PYTT began studying yoga in earnest when the mental turmoil of her postcollegiate years required a kind of peaceful structure. A teacher training program in Hawaii called to her fairly soon after, and Lauren has been teaching yoga since her graduation from that program in 2002. She has completed hatha yoga teacher trainings with Kathy Elder and Todd Norian and prenatal teacher trainings with Stephanie Keach, Libby Hinsley and, most recently, Andrea Dixon. While her practice changes and shifts, waxes and wanes, it has been one constant throughout the years, seeing her through moves, jobs, health issues, relationships, marriage, and the birth of two children. She loves the balance, community, and internal and external connection that yoga provides, and loves sharing her love of yoga through her classes, her work with Whole Mama Yoga, and the workshops and prenatal/postnatal teacher trainings she leads with Alexandra DeSiato.

Alexandra Desiato

AlexandraAlexandra DeSiato, MA, E-RYT 500, is co-creator of Whole Mama Yoga (wholemamayoga.com), which offers prenatal yoga, postnatal yoga, kids yoga, and parent-focused classes and is a Yoga Alliance-certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training program. Co-author of Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses and Lifelong Yoga, Alexandra has been teaching in some capacity for over 15 years. She’s mom to Seraphina Rose, and sees her yoga practice as the heart of her mothering.

Liz Harden

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Liz’s longtime yoga practice was transformed in 2011 due to the birth of her first child. She initially struggled, feeling completely out of balance without her regular yoga practice, which had been a godsend during pregnancy. With ample time for reflection on her hands (endless hours of feeding, rocking, strolling and so on), she realized she could recommit to her practice, with this reimagined version of yoga including her baby. Alongside her little yogi, she discovered the joys of baby and kids’ yoga. She trained and became certified with Rainbow Kids Yoga in 2013 and has been practicing and teaching yoga on the playground, in her living room, in schools, and studios ever since. In 2015, her second child was born, adding to the messiness and joy that is life. Her two children are an endless source of inspiration, and a constant reminder of the beauty of living in the now. Babies and children are natural yogis, and she is forever grateful for the opportunity to learn from their youthful wisdom as she leads yoga classes for youngsters of all ages.
Liz completed her 200-hour training in Spring 2015 with Ti Harmony and the Y.O.G.A. for Youth teacher training Spring 2017, deepening her own yoga practice and bringing greater depth to her work with children and their caregivers. Liz founded Little Dipper Wellness LLC (littledipperwellness.com) in 2016 and joined the Whole Mama Yoga (wholemamayoga.com) teaching team in 2019, and spends her days endeavoring to support families in finding balance and wellbeing.

Christine Abernathy

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Christine came to yoga to manage the back and wrist pain that she was experiencing from her work. As she moved from waiting tables to a 9-5 desk job, she was amazed that both types of work still created stress and presented back pain. Yoga started to help!

Yoga was also helping Christine in so many other ways: figuring out what she wanted in her life, managing conflict, and prioritizing her health and healing.

As a teacher, Christine focused on finding emotional, physical, and mental freedom through yoga. She offers classes for folks of all ages, abilities, shapes, and sizes. Christine is here to share yoga with you wherever you are: your office, your classroom, your living room, you name it. Come breathe, move, and feel good!

Say hi and learn more:
yogaforjedis@gmail.com
yogawithchristine.org