Guides, Instructors, Healers, Facilitators
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Summer started practicing yoga by way of DVDs back in 2004 as part of her physical work out. Her practice quickly became her passion and eventually a fully integrated part of her lifestyle. Not only to help stay trimmed and toned but as a way to maintain balance and nurture the relationship between her body and mind. Summer has maintained a home practice for nearly a decade, but fell in love with Y Respira – Raleigh NC Yoga from her first class and so it has become her second home! She recently completed Claudia’s 200hr Teacher Training Program in March 2018 and her passion for yoga and living a yogic lifestyle is stronger than ever. She truly believes that practicing yoga is an act of self love and has the potential to change the world. Her other passions include creating and enjoying nourishing, whole food meals, making, sharing and talking about tea (especially Japanese teas), spending time outdoors and in nature, travelling the world and continuously learning and growing!
For me, yoga means peace.
What should students expect to experience from your class?
Slower paced classes so that we can explore alignment, energy and balance in poses. I like to encourage students to ask questions because, not only do they learn, but as a new teacher I learn as well.
What is the hardest things to understand about yoga?
Yoga is not about being able to stand on your head or twist like a pretzel. It is a very personal experience and we will all experience it differently. So, we really need to open-up our heart & mind and listen to what our body is telling us. That turning inward and listening is probably one of the most difficult things to grasp.
Why do you want to teach others?
Because I think yoga is a wonderful way to not only improve your physical strength and flexibility but also your mental strength and flexibility. Yoga is such a gift and to be able to teach and share that gift with others can bring about tremendous change both individually and in larger communities.
What is your favorite pose and why?
Vryksasana (tree). Balancing on one leg and pulling the energy up out of the earth, I can feel it moving all the way up my leg, through my spine, opening up my heart and shooting out through the crown of my head. Of all the different yoga poses this is the one where I can most feel it all come together – the rebound effect, energy, bandhas – and where my mind is fully turned inward to help me balance.
What do you like about Raleigh NC Yoga and the space?
The first class I took at the studio was a Monday evening class in late October in 2015. There was a light rain, the doors were open and it was so peaceful that I felt like I’d come home. I love the sense of community that Claudia has created with the studio.
What would you like others to know about you as a person?
Married for 23 years with no children but two cats that are like our children (Pearl & Edie). I was born and raised in California. Other places I have lived besides NC are South Africa and Arizona. I’ve lived in NC for 12 years now.
I work full-time for a non-profit organization that supports programs and partnerships that advance affordable and sustainable quality health services to improve the overall health of communities in North Carolina and beyond.
What got you into yoga? Teaching?
I took my first yoga class in 2006 when a friend recommended it to help me with some anxiety I was experiencing at with at the time. Over the years I took classes here and there but nothing full time. In 2015 I had decided that I wanted (and needed) to practice on a more regular basis and discovered Raleigh NC Yoga. My path took me there for a reason and I absolutely loved it and was learning so much. I wanted to learn more so that is why I decided to enroll in Yoga teacher training with Claudia. Teaching is a part of my journey.
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.
Angie’s first experience with yoga was in the early nineties. Having three kids under 3- years of age gave her little opportunity to get away, so she bought several VHS yoga tapes and began doing them. She thought of yoga a simply a form of exercise. She soon found out how mistaken she was. After following the instructor’s voice and guidance she began noticing an entire new world of peace, calm and joy opening up to her. A welcome addition to her busy life! Regrettably, yoga was eventually put on the back burner as she raised her three children. When her twin daughters went off to college, she began attending yoga classes at a local gym. Then one birthday, her daughters surprised her with a gift card to Raleigh NC Yoga. Claudia’s caring, yet detailed style of teaching was perfect for her. After practicing with Claudia for several years Angie obtained her teaching certificate.
As a profession, Angie is a learning specialist who works one-on-one with children with learning challenges. She finds that she is most successful when she stays present moment by moment to the children’s needs and experiences. Her students remind her daily that facing our personal challenges is hard, but rewarding work.
Angie is a passionate lover of nature. She spends many long and joyful hours among her flowers, trees, herbs and vegetables. She enjoys going for solitary hikes around Falls Lake or longer hikes with her children. Angie has also been studying and meditating at the Won-Buddhist center since 2015. Regular meditation creates space and clarity in her life. Her meditation and yoga practices complement each other perfectly. Each reminds her to stay present and true to herself.
Ceremonialist and Reiki Healer
Christy Blankenship (Kit) LMBT#2630
Massage Therapy & Body Work with Kit
Kit’s Specialties :
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
Swedish Massage Therapy
Sports Massage Therapy
Kit enjoys Massage & Body Work Therapy bc she likes being present with people. Kit is very intentional with her work and listens to what the body is telling her. Being present she can hear what someone needs. People need to be heard. The body has a story and Kit enjoys listening and asking questions to understand the validation of discomfort. She enjoys communicating with the body and sees Massage Therapy and Body Work as an art and a dance. She loves feeling the moment of acceptance of the body thru bodywork with being present, communicating, and practicing, conversing, and the art form of Body Work itself.
Why Massage & Body Work Therapy?
Kit enjoys nurturing and healing with her hands. As a therapist you cannot ignore your own body and by being in a field such as Body Work and Massage Therapy, a Therapist must be aware of their own body mechanics. It is an awakening all around. The connection, mindfulness, presence and knowing that she is helping others.
How can body work help people?
Kit knows bodywork can help people, bc it puts them in touch with themselves. The first step to improving ourselves is by developing an awareness of ourselves. These bodies that we own and operate are perfectly designed. Like a machine, there are rules, and when we follow the proper rules of self care then the body or vessel will run better. The only problem is that we are not given an owners manual to operate our vehicles (body). We are supposed to be healthy, but so many people are not in touch with their bodies, their emotions, and theirselves. Through awareness of our bodies, it brings closer to our higher selves.
Kit also studied martial arts & bellydancing for years.
Master Shahram Ghalikar
Master Shahram Ghalikar is an 8th degree black belt in Hapkido and Tai Chi, and Yoga instructor, which he has been studying for over 30 years. His main training was under Late Grand master Pak In Suk (Tae Joo Nim) and Grand Master Hwang. He has traveled the world to advance his knowledge, and spent time learning in Holland, Canada, India and Himalayas. In addition to Hap Ki Do, and Tai Chi, Master Shahram studied several other arts including Kick boxing, Qigong, Northern Shaolin, and Jujitsu.
He has trained all ages in a multitude of settings (dojo, law enforcement centers, schools, military bases, retirement facilities, and educational co-operatives).
Master Shahram loves sharing his knowledge with others to positively impact their health and harmony, and is excited to bring his expertise to Raleigh, NC.
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. www.BarTHorsemanship.com