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

Chrysecolla Taico, LCSW, RYT

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Chrysecolla 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 Chrysecolla:
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 his fiancée Debbie, their Jack Russel Gracie, Kitty the Squirrel-cat, a lovely school of fish and an adopted leopard gecko named Squirmy.

Josh Levenson

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Josh 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.