Erin completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification through Asheville Yoga Center. She uses humor and a laid-back approach to yoga that makes everyone feel welcome. Erin has been a school counselor since 2003 and a licensed clinical mental health counselor since 2006. She loves music and rarely misses an opportunity to see a live show. She lives in Kannapolis with her husband of twenty years and five spoiled pets.
Janet has 25 years of experience in fitness and is a certified Les Mills instructor in multiple programs She loves to encourage her students to explore their bodies through steady movements that will help with flexibility, strengthening, and invigorating the mind. Janet enjoys spending time with her family and her pets. She is an active gardener, bird watcher and loves to hike and walk. She is also the Attractions/Greenspace Blogger for Your Rowan.
Anne Austin (RYT 500) has been a student of the practice for twelve years and a teacher for five. Anne teaches a traditional flow style, linking movement with breath while incorporating anatomy and alignment base principles designed to develop mobility and stability. Always a student of the practice, she strives to make each class accessible for each individual. Anne earned her 200-hour certification and her 300-hour Advanced Yoga Studies certification with Sandy Raper.Anne believes the body is our best teacher, learn to listen to it. Our mind is our biggest distraction, learn to silence the noise.
Gail completed her 200-hour yoga instructor certificate with Peachtree Yoga Center/Atlanta Yoga Fellowship in 1996 and is certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute. Her gentle, slow-paced classes focus on breath, alignment, balance, strength, and flexibility. Gail lives in Salisbury and loves spending time in nature.
A modern yogi, Sandy finds balance and sustainability as a wife and mother of three boys while cultivating longevity as a yoga teacher, educator, and teacher trainer. Sandy has practiced yoga for almost two decades and continues to seek methods and new avenues of exploring and sharing the beautiful gift of the practice. Her modern approach to the traditional yoga practice is imbued with attention to detail and efficiency in movements, alignment, and techniques. Sandy desires for her students to cultivate and grow in their personal yoga practice, building trust in themselves to listen to their bodies and cultivate a practice that serves their lives on and off the mat. Sandy has studied extensively with Rolf Gates and Tiffany Cruikshank having received E-RYT 500 certification with both. She is a Yoga Medicine™ Therapeutic Specialist and the host of the Beyond Yoga Teacher Training Podcast.
Mary has enjoyed practicing and leading yoga for over 20 years. With a degree in kinesiology and background in health and fitness, Mary is an avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast. She uses yoga to balance and complement these activities and provide a strong foundation for sport and for life. Mary is also Director at The Pedal Factory in Salisbury, is married and mom to two teenagers.
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Steve has been in the fitness field for more than 30 years, serving as an ambassador for many people. His story began in 2001 when he earned certification from Energy Quest and Teri Reeves, his mentor. He then acquired a level 1 and 2 Karate background from SideKick Karate of Salisbury, and his journey into yoga progressed. After leading classes at Gold's Gym and The Forum of Salisbury and Lexington, Steve began to teach yoga at pediatric centers, health fairs, schools, and churches to share with others what he had learned. He is certified through Expert Rating and enjoys sharing his knowledge, time, and new experiences at SoFul Yoga.
Todd and his wife Tracy have lived in Salisbury for 26 years and feel like natives. He has two sons and two grandchildren, one girl and one boy. Todd began practicing yoga three years ago and found the metaphysical and spiritual side of the practice to be uplifting and healing. He feels lucky he found a great yoga community to enrich the experience and completed his yoga teacher training with Sandy Raper at SoFul. Todd is a retired retail executive and semi-retired real estate investor. Other than Yoga, he loves to travel and eat. He has visited over 25 countries and has toured the “Our State” magazine top 25 restaurants in North Carolina. He also owns a studio that features artists Cotton Ketchie, Jim Mangum, Bob Timberlake and the largest Disney Porcelain collection in North Carolina.
After practicing yoga for nearly 10 years, Abigail was intrigued to learn more and share her love of the practice with others. Abigail completed her 200-hour teacher training under the direction of Sandy Raper. Abigail personally practices at Soful and has a dedicated love of this wonderful community. She is excited to begin her teaching journey at Soful. Besides yoga, Abigail spends most of her time being a blessed wife to her husband, Erik, and a mother to their four spirited daughters.