Guides, Instructors, Healers, Facilitators

Your highly trained and dedicated instructors provide you with a detailed and thorough yoga practice. Whether a new student or an experienced practitioner, you will find that your instructors are here to guide and support you, and to give you the encouragement and confidence to step onto your mat and into your practice!

We look forward to meeting you soon  🙂



Planet Peace Affiliates

Sister Facility of y Respira…. A sacred Space to breathe and be with family, friends, farm animals & a community garden. Here is your place where we can take our practice of mindfulness and coexisting from our mats and into the world. Director of Wellness & Health- Claudia Chambers

Planet Peace Affiliates is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping youth become active Peacemakers. Our mission is to instill a sense of purpose, responsibility & recognition in an environment that cultivates inner peace.
Executive Director- Jules Cohen

Jules Cohen CRYT 200, Graduate of RNCY

Executive Director, Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, and Yoga instructor, Jules finds joy helping others transform and is passionately creating a peaceful planet by mentoring youth. An award-winning manager, communicator, and expert in organizational change, she brings 25+ years of experience and leadership to the Planet Peace Affiliates team.

Catherine Campbell, MDiv, Graduate of RNCY

Catherine is an eastern North Carolina native and two time graduate of Campbell University. Her time in Raleigh has been spent networking among non-profits and pastoring in Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations where she is an ordained clergy member. Catherine has worked closely with young people and their families over the years as a mentor and spiritual guide. She is passionate about diving into tough conversations around spectrum of culturally relevant topics including stress, peer pressure, life choices, mental health, sexuality, and goal setting. Catherine is also available as an officiant for weddings and funerals.
After a cervical spine injury and a broken leg, Catherine found her way to the RYT-200-hour yoga teacher training certification with Claudia at Y Respira Raleigh NC Yoga. What began as a next step on her journey to better strength and wellness, teacher training became a whole new way of connecting the mind and body. At Y Respira, Catherine found freedom in the yin and yang harmony between western and eastern medicine, adding another layer of vocabulary and expression into her own practice and her role as a teacher alongside others. She loves to weave the words and stories from a variety of traditions into the practice of yoga, inviting mindfulness and intent into a moving meditation.
Catherine currently teaches Spiritual Soleil Sunday at 9:30am

Becca Michael, RYT 200

Becca Michael is a yoga instructor, writer and consultant passionate about helping folks find alignment in their bodies, hearts, minds and actions.

A lifelong writer passionate about crafting effective stories, Becca’s professional work in community outreach and marketing following years in the service industry and graduate studies in cultural anthropology inform her life’s guiding truth that connecting to ourselves and with those around us is our greatest purpose.

Becca’s life is dedicated to creating inclusive spaces and opportunities for all to share a journey of creating our own intuitive embodied practice. By sharing the tools and teachings she has learned along her own, ongoing path to wholeness, Becca invites us to explore what it is to seek alignment in our bodies and souls and to express that alignment through our actions, in community.

Patricia Pace, MA, MDiv., LPC, NCC, LCAS-A 

I hold a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and a Master of Divinity
degree, both from Campbell University.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate, and am certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional.  I believe that we all are in a journey from birth to death, and I want to help people live that journey well, no matter in what stage one may find oneself currently.  Your journey may be about recovery, it may be about reconciliation, and it may be about really living well – reclaiming your identity and your life.  Wherever you may find yourself along this continuum, I would like to help.

My work experience has been both in agency and hospital settings, including helping survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse, trauma, addictions,and the complicated grief of loss or illness.  I have specific experience in helping parents through the loss of a child or family member, and in both pre-marital and marriage counseling.

My favorite work is to help individuals and families find a way forward into a
satisfying life after a difficult time.  I like to utilize stories (our own and our
family’s) as a way to see ourselves in the world and how we relate to the world. My goal in therapy is to encourage people to reclaim the dreams and goals for life that have been forgotten or left behind, and to take control of choosing their own future.  Some of my techniques include:  narrative therapy, family systems work, identification and replacement of negative thoughts that hold us back with cognitive behavioral therapy, creativity and artistic expression, mindfulness, relaxation, and meditation. I am currently training in DBT therapy and addictions including both substance abuse and eating disorders.

When I am not at work, I am usually making music, cooking, walking with my 3 dogs, or spending time with my three adult children.  I am also a certified Qi Gong instructor and practice Tai chi for strength and relaxation.

Contact Patricia at:
m. 919-345-6290



Jamie Fordin

Jamie is a North Carolina native and a graduate of Appalachian State University.  After college she spent 10 years managing programs in public schools to improve education for children experiencing homelessness as well as students with disabilities. This gave her the chance to work very closely with children and their families. She was able to see first hand the impact that stress can have on children and adults alike. As adults we don’t always think about the stressors kids deal with today. Stress has become something we have learned, adapted to and has unfortunately become part of our daily lives. For kids, however, stress is something they are just beginning to learn about and it is up to us as adults to provide them with effective and appropriate tools to help them manage their emotions. Jamie believes the benefits of exploring the mind-body practice of yoga improves every aspect of life.

After being diagnosed with Lupus, Jamie found yoga to be healing and helpful in maintaining the disease.  As her body became stronger and healthier, she soon discovered her yoga mat was a place to find a sense of contentment, self-awareness, and a strong connection between the mind and body.  This lead her to complete RYT-200-hour yoga teacher training certification with Claudia at Y Respira Raleigh NC Yoga. Jamie first enrolled in teacher training to deepen her own practice, however, the more she grew, her intention turned to teaching and sharing the practice she loves with others.

Jamie realizes yoga is not “a one size fits all” practice and each person is on a different path.  She tries to offer her students the opportunity to take their path at their own pace, to modify when needed, and to honor how they feel at all times. Jamie finds great joy, satisfaction, and inspiration in witnessing students discover their own personal yoga journey and hopes to nurture them along the way.


Tony Middleton

Tony has always been athletic and active. He found the stretching and stillness led to breathing. Breathing lead to releasing. Releasing allows space for something new. The more Tony practiced yoga, the more he knew he had to share a practice with others.
Newly re-certified as a Yoga instructor, Tony attended his first yoga teacher training in 2003 with Bobbie Golden of The Yoga Institute of Miami. His first job as a yoga teacher was shortly thereafter at a martial arts school. Tony’s practice is rooted in the Hatha Yoga methods of B.K.S. Iyengar,  which encourages stillness in a pose and the use of props. As part of Tony’s life transition after retiring from the military, he had the opportunity to attend the a second yoga teacher training and possibly teach yoga again. With the assistance of the Veterans Administration, my tuition was paid as part of a disability rehabilitation plan.
Tony received my RYT-200 Yoga Teacher Training certification from Y Respira Yoga Studio in Raleigh, NC. His teaching style continues to be heavily influenced by the B.Y.S. Iyengar style of Hatha Yoga. While moving into a pose in class, using props help demonstrate how yoga can be done anywhere with anything. In Tony’s opinion, the different poses allow an opportunity to explore different aspect of body movement which help bring balance in the body. Move as far as is comfortable into a pose, breathe, and be still. He currently teaches Thursdays at 3:00.


Sophia Collett

Ceremonialist and Reiki Healer & Massage Therapist

Sophia grew up in sunny Southern California, frequenting the beaches and hiking in the golden hills before making the big move to North Carolina. Her hobbies involve working with ceramics, in which the shaping of clay with one’s own hands is profoundly grounding, concocting new soap recipes, cooking, hiking, and road trips. Having an affinity with the natural world and its healing benefits and mysteries, Sophia pursued her master training in energy work in Costa Mesa under the tutelage of Ariel Hubbard and ceremonial work with The Fellowship of the Illumination. She then taught Reiki levels one and two and has attuned many students into the modality. She then went on to receive her license in massage and bodywork. Most of her life has been immersed in sacred rituals from intimate gatherings to large.


Jim Thomas

Jim’s training philosophy is results-driven, producing  soft, willing partners. The Bar T assumes the role of the leader:  providing clear signals, consistency, patience and the understanding that the horse should look to his Owner for direction.

“My goal is for you to understand why your horse acts as it does, and what role you must play to gain his trust,” Jim says. “Horses are much like children. Provide the proper environment and they will be yours forever. All things accomplished with a horse are through trust.”

He is a firm believers in groundwork. Regardless of the training level of the horse upon arrival at the Bar T, we will spend a substantial amount of time from the ground before we ever approach the horse with a saddle. Good groundwork is a solid foundation. Just like you wouldn’t put the framework of a house directly on the ground, we wouldn’t dream of moving forward without a foundation.