Jordan Wade began her journey into yoga over ten years ago when she started taking classes during a summer break from college. During those few months she found a depth of body, mind, and spirit that she had never before experienced and yoga became a way of life. Her journey deepened when she entered graduate school to follow the intellectual pursuit of yoga where she studied and researched yoga cultures, practices, and lifestyles in the United States. Soon after earning her MA she also earned her RYT-200 certificate through the Nadi Yogis in Austin, TX. Jordan’s commitment to yoga is the commitment to a conscious life; one that asks hard questions, attempts to alleviate suffering, and aims to better walk the path of the Yoga Sutras. In her classes Jordan encourages anatomical alignment, explores the nuances of the body, creates fluid movement, offers challenges through strong poses, and allows time to rest, recover, and restore. She believes, like B.K.S. Iyengar that “there is a beginning but no end to knowledge.”
Allegra has taught yoga since 2001, is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200 hrs.) with Yoga Alliance and a 200 hour graduate of Neel Kulkarni’s Authentic Yoga System (AYS). She’s also a certified energy medicine practitioner (Shaman) with the Four Winds Society. Back in 1995, she never guessed that her search for relief from lower back pain – with a Yoga book and gymnastics stretches – was the first step on a new life path. Soon, she began taking classes at Sun & Moon Yoga Studio in Arlington, VA, where the inquisitive atmosphere, supportive community and Yogic scriptures cast her attitude in a new light. After a few years of Yoga study, it became clear that this alchemy must be shared with others – a teacher was born! Allegra’s teaching career has spanned from beginning through advanced levels, Vinyasa (flow), Prenatal, Postnatal, and children’s classes. Each class is a Sacred Space and a unique creation, designed in the moment to therapeutically meet your needs. Students can expect a slow to moderate pace, with an emphasis on compassion and healing our divine connection with the natural world. Special care is always given to alignment, the breath, and observing the dance of the mind – always with warmth and humor. Contact her at www.yogishaman.net for Shamanic healing sessions too. Allegra is grateful for the continued guidance and inspiration from: Neel Kulkarni; TKV Desikachar and his son Kausthub; Anodea Judith; Sri Swami Satchidananda; Paramhansa Yogananda; Erich Schiffman; Rodney Yee; Alberto Villoldo; Linda Fitch; Ona Sachs; Peter Bonaker; Victoria Johnson; and her loved ones and spirit guides.
Path: Having been raised with an open hand and exposed to a variety of belief systems, I began practicing yoga on a whim in 2001. After a few years of intense practice, my life focus diverted toward theater, filmmaking, digital animation, art and music. In 2009 I found myself inspired by suffering to deepen my practice, completing a 200-hour teacher training through YogaWorks. I am currently enrolled in the Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, NC, to become a Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist.Inspiration: My mother and father, my family, my friends, and everyone and everything by which I am changed. Fellow students of life. Love and light. Happiness! Laughter! Favourites for kicking it: Flow yoga, contra dancing, connecting with the world, listening to and playing music, creating art, feeling alive and free. Favourites for grounding: Feeling my ground and center, petting my cats, connecting with the world, practicing yoga and massage therapy, deep breathing, being present. Practice: Tuning in to my inner teacher—staying within my edge to challenge myself in a safe way. Finding my ground, intention and aspiration, and uniting these forces. Intention: To honor myself and others. To facilitate the fulfillment of one’s highest aspiration, intention and ground. To hold a space with a strong and gentle, profound and beautiful love.
I am fascinated with the mind-body-spirit connection and have a great appreciation for the uniqueness that is expressed with each of us as we live in our bodies. My intention is to live more fully and peacefully in my body and I enjoy helping others to do the same.
I have been a licensed massage therapist in NC since 2002, taking my training at the Body Therapy Institute in Siler City. I have long felt a deep connection with yoga that goes beyond words. In May of 2011, I completed my yoga teacher training with Ti Harmony. I have found that deepening my yoga practice as I move in the last third of my life is a perfect way to embrace this time with beauty and grace.
I look forward to meeting you and what we can learn from each other.
Earliest memories are the sound of the waves gently breaking onto the beach… this is where I grew up, felt most connected, alive and at peace. When I left the beach, I believe I searched for this same connection… eight years ago I stepped onto my mat and felt I had come home. The path of yoga is uniquely different for each of us, yet completely the same. Mine includes different styles ( Iyengar, Vinyasa, Anusara and some others) which have challenged me, healed me and helped me grow physically and emotionally. My path included workshops, immersions, which led to a teacher training in 2009 (with Ash Ludman) and more immersions since (including with Somer and Paul Sobin, Lila Brown, John Friend, Desiree Lumbaugh, Leslie Kaminoff).
I teach small classes of beginner to intermediate and privates for students with medical issues out of my home. I also teach gentle and chair yoga to seniors in Chapel Hill, Cary and Durham… I have a 97 year old student that practices every day! My classes reflect my physical, spiritual and philosophical experiences. Lightheartedness, creativity, mindfulness and trust are important components of each practice… and I have been known to break into spontaneous song!
For over 20 years my Yoga practice has been a journey of love, courage and self-discovery. While traveling extensively in Northern India in 1998, I spontaneously attended my first yoga teacher training. This expansive & heart opening experience was, and remains the guiding light on my spiritual path. Once I returned back to the U.S., I attended a 3-month intensive, 200 hr. yoga teacher training in Santa Monica, CA with Ana Forrest. After this course, I moved to San Francisco where I studied Zen Shiatsu Massage and in 2003 became a certified massage therapist deepening my understanding of the body & healing touch.
My practice has evolved through many teachers and traditions and currently (with tremendous gratitude) I draw inspiration through my studies with Ti Harmony. After attending my first yoga class with Ti, I knew I had found my teacher & immediately enrolled in his 9-month yoga teacher training in 2012. It was around the fifth month of this 9 month course that I came to the realization that, in order to deepen my personal practice, I needed to begin sharing it with others…
And, it has been this work as a teacher that has transformed my practice of Yoga into a language that connects and communicates beyond words. It feels now, after many years and many ups and downs, that I “practice” not for self-improvement but for self-acceptance. And it is my intention and hope that I share this experience of self-acceptance with all those I meet on & off the yoga mat.
(* in addition to group classes I also offer Private Yoga, Zen Shiatsu Yoga & Integrative Life Coaching)
Like so many others, I first began practicing yoga to help address chronic illness and quickly fell in love. Like any good love affair, despite igniting more than 15 years ago, I continue to learn new aspects of yoga and new ways to move deeper in asana poses every day. Yoga has also been a gateway to meditation and forms the foundation and backbone of my spiritual practice, which is rooted in loving kindness. My intention in teaching is to wholeheartedly share love with others and I’m grateful for each opportunity to open my heart to my students.
I found yoga at a local gym when I was in high school. Since then it’s been a practice that has guided and supported me through all of my transitions and life experiences. I completed a 250-hour yoga teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Center in December of 2012. I’ve taught ‘Yoga Basics’ classes at the YWCA, low-income senior apartments and even a law office. I love that yoga is as a tool that everyone can pick up right away, whether they’re doing it in a chair, on the ground, or standing on their hands. At the YWCA I taught a special class called, ‘Yoga for Blood Sugar Balance.’ As a person living with Type 1 Diabetes, I’ve experienced firsthand the physiological benefits that yoga has on endocrine functioning and noticed that my blood sugar is more stable when my practice is vibrant.
I am a first year student in Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Public Health. I hope to explore the changing climate of chronic condition management and focus on the intersection of emotional and physical health.