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Sara Doyle (PhD, E-RYT 500) has a Ph.D in Anatomy and has taught anatomy to medical students, residents and undergraduates at Duke University since 2003. She has a thorough understanding of the human body and the anatomy of movement. Sara has spent thousands of hours in the anatomy lab and participated in the dissection of hundreds of cadavers, giving her a unique perspective on how the body works and the anatomical variation between individuals. Her yoga classes and workshops reflect a science based perspective and include the most current research available.

Sara has completed two 200hr trainings - the first with Sarah Trelease, and the second more recently with Srivatsa Ramaswami, direct student of Krishnamacharya. She has also completed a 300hr training. Currently, Sara is enrolled in the MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) teaching program at the UMass Center for Mindfulness. She has attended several retreats and trainings and incorporates mindfulness into her teaching at all levels.

Sara's yoga classes are physically challenging and energetic, with an emphasis on alignment, anatomy and mindfulness. Sara provides clear verbal and physical adjustments to allow the body to discover each pose and each moment. Her goal is to allow the practice to speak for itself.

Visit her website: www.saradoyle.com
Scott took his first yoga class as a teenager in Texas almost 40 years ago. Although fascinated by the experience, he detoured to L.A. for a career in acting, and amidst the craziness, explored the relationship between the mind, body, and the emotions. Seeking balance in his life, he returned to yoga some 15 years ago and used his practice to heal, ground, deepen, and expand what he learned as an actor. He is a student of Taoism and Tibetan Buddhism as well as Indian styles of yoga. His teaching reflects the eclectic mix of his background, using what works to help each student to uncover and move closer to their truth and the peace that eventually comes.
Rachel Campo began practicing meditation and yoga in 2010 to help alleviate the stress of everyday life. Through regular practice, she experienced improvements in physical, mental, and emotional health. Yoga helped her face life's adversities with greater patience and calm. With a desire to deepen her understanding of yoga, Rachel studied with Nicole Nichols at the Republic of Yoga and completed teacher training in June 2014.
Rachel teaches an invigorating class using asana and a focus on breath to encourage students to stay with current sensations and examine habitual reactions. She believes that yoga is a practice that helps us access the balance inherent in all of us. Rachel is a firm believer that yoga is for every single body. She is a huge fan of props, assists, and helping students develop a practice that is appropriate for their bodies.
Andrea Dixon's passion is to support women along their motherhood journeys, so they can embody and embrace the transformation with strength and power. She was introduced to yoga as a teenager and has been practicing ever since, adapting and evolving her practice through her pregnancies and as a mom. Teaching pre-natal yoga combines her deep love and fascination with both yoga and pregnancy. She completed a 500 hour yoga teacher training with the late Esther Myers in 2004 and prenatal teacher trainings with Stephanie Keach in 2004 and Janice Clarfield in 2010. Since 2001 Andrea has been supporting couples as a birth doula, and brings this unique perspective to her yoga teaching. Her prenatal yoga classes focus on postures and exercises that emphasize the breath and relaxation, flexibility and strengthening of muscle groups that are specific to pregnancy and childbirth. Her goal is to help pregnant women create strength, energy and balance in their bodies and lives so they can have a fulfilling and joyful experience of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Andrea teaches prenatal yoga, is a birth and post partum doula, and a holistic health coach. She is currently immersed in the joys and challenges of mothering her two beautiful children, Miles and Zella.
 
*Photo credit Zoe Litaker
Cheryl Fenner Brown (E-RYT 500) found yoga in 2001 as a way to ease chronic back pain and became instantly enchanted by the subtle connections between the breath, body, mind, and emotions. She has trained with master teachers from Piedmont Yoga Studio and the Integrative Yoga Therapy schools and she blends both traditional Hatha teachings and alignment principles with subtle energy work and intuitive healing. Students appreciate her deeply educational approach to yoga and her classes weave anatomy, philosophy, asana, mudra, chanting, pranayama and yoga nidra together for a well-rounded experience delivered with compassion and humor. Cheryl encourages each student to honor where they are in their bodies every time they step onto the mat so deep healing and transformation takes place.

As a yoga therapist with over 500 hours of individual client experience, Cheryl co-creates home practices that meet the lifestyle needs of her wide variety of clients. As a teacher, she has taught over 4,200 hours of public classes, workshops and retreats in studios and cancer centers nationwide, and serves on the faculty of several teacher training and yoga therapy schools. As a mentor, she helps to develop both aspiring and seasoned yoga teachers. As a researcher, her Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivorship study on the benefits of yoga for reducing side-effects of cancer treatment has been presented at IAYT's Symposium on Yoga Research and the Society of Integrative Oncology's annual conferences in 2015 and highlighted in Yoga Journal. Cheryl is also a published author with three Yoga Nidra CDs and a companion DVD to the cancer research available from her discography.

Bryanna tried yoga for the first time many years ago and thought that it was the worst “fitness” class that she had ever taken. Luckily for her, friends talked her into attending another class almost seven years later and she left the studio with a new sense of calm and contentedness. Hooked on this “yoga glow”, she began attending classes regularly and was captivated by the perpetual joy and increased mental and physical awareness that came from the yoga practice. For the first time in her life, she was able to truly slow down and tune in to her mental and physical queues, which manifested in sixty pounds of weight loss, a deep sense of purpose, and an heightened ability to find gratitude.
She graduated from Dallas Yoga Center’s 200 hour teacher training, and is dedicated to spreading the joy of yoga to new and experienced practitioners. Her teaching style and practice are influenced by Vinyasa style Hatha yoga with Iyengar based alignment principles. She is an avid fan of using props to encourage proper form and to make poses accessible to a wide range of bodies. She hopes that every student will leave her class feeling connected to their body and calm in their mind.
Jessica (MA, RYT-200) began practicing yoga in 2010 with the intention of finding a regular exercise regimen to counterbalance her sedentary academic lifestyle. She quickly discovered the combination of yoga and pranayama to be effective in managing her stress and chronic migraine pain. Yoga for her is a time to play, to challenge the physical and emotional limits she puts on herself, and to ground herself within the space of her mat. After years of daily personal practice, Jessica decided to complete her 200-hour teacher training at Blue Point Yoga Center with Sara Doyle in the summer of 2016 as a way to deepen her knowledge of physical alignment, pranayama methods, and meditation, as well as how to extend yogic philosophy to her life beyond her mat. Her goal is to make yoga enjoyable and safe for others who would benefit from the practice, including fellow graduate students and those suffering from migraine symptoms. She is also excited to offer yoga classes for young adults and professionals in the Triangle Jewish community as a way to explore the intersections between yoga and Jewish identity, social justice, and community organization. Jessica is currently working on her Ph.D. in Literature at Duke University.
Vivian Haesloop began practicing yoga 7 years ago simply because she wanted the physical benefits of regular exercise, but she quickly realized the benefits of yoga aren’t merely physical. By 2013, when she first moved to Durham and began attending classes at Blue Point, she already had come to see yoga as fundamental to the way she thought about and moved through the world.

This past year, Vivian moved back to Durham after several years of traveling and practicing yoga on the west coast, and decided she wanted to help others discover how yoga could improve their lives the way it had improved hers. To that end, she enrolled in the Blue Point 200 hr Teacher Training program with Sara Doyle. Vivian’s classes are designed to help her students focus on the present, connect to their breath, and take the time to settle into poses and find alignment. When she’s not teaching and practicing yoga, Vivian enjoys spending her free time painting in her studio and biking the Ellerbe creek trail in Durham.

Abby began practicing yoga in 2008 when she tagged along with her neighbor to a class at the YMCA. Since then, in both her personal practice and her classes, she has focused on linking movement with breath to connect the body and self. In 2015, Abby completed 200 hour yoga teacher training with Allison Dennis at Heart of Yoga School in Carrboro and 85 hour prenatal yoga teacher training with Andrea Dixon and Sara Doyle at Blue Point Yoga. She has always been drawn to work with women in the childbearing year because of the joyful and intense time that conception, pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood can be, which she experienced firsthand around the birth of her daughter in February 2016. Yoga has also brought her a strong sense of community, which she hopes to cultivate in her classes and is especially important for new moms and moms-to-be.
Karla Johnston-Krase (M.Div, RYT-200) is passionate about helping people find balance in the day to day living. Her practical and compassionate applications of yoga and Ayurveda offer an invitation to see health in body, mind, and soul as an ever-evolving journey. Karla first stepped onto a yoga mat in 2003 to address lifelong back pain. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Poonam Gupta in 2011. Since then, she co-founded YogaRootsRacine in Wisconsin and created DiscoverYourCenter, LLC, where she supports and coaches adoptive and foster mothers. She is certified in Aerial Yoga, Core Functional Fitness™, has completed studies Living Ayurveda and Yoga Health Coaching studies with Cate Stillman, and is an Access Consciousness® Bars Practitioner. A mom of three, Karla knows the power of a beautiful Yin or Restorative Yoga practice and takes delight inviting others to experience how we can balance our active yang lifestyles with a grounding yin yoga practice.
Jacque (EdD, RYT-500) has been practicing yoga since 1976, and after much coaxing began teaching in 1992. She teaches several styles of yoga, primarily Sivananda and more recently Viniyoga. She also teaches vinyasa flow, restorative, Vipassana meditation, guided imagery meditation, and yoga therapy. She has been an academic in health behavior, health psychology, and health promotion for 15 years. As an academic, Jacque has collaborated on research investigating the changes in brain activity during specific elements of yoga. She was also one of the developers of a 200hr yoga teacher training of a university curriculum as a minor. She has recently moved to NC from DC, and is excited to inspire others on their journey towards a fulfilling life.
Lynn added yoga to her repertoire of chronic pain management strategies in 2007 and then started thinking about how to follow her career as a Duke professor of environmental science with something that didn’t involve sitting at the computer for the rest of her life – yoga teacher! In January 2014 she completed her 200 hr certification at Blue Point Yoga, with Sarah Trelease from Portland, Oregon, and BPY’s own Sara Doyle as instructors. She has since earned a Certificate of Completion in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors from the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine and attended workshops on yoga injuries and their prevention and on yoga for a healthy back. She is most interested in adapting yoga for those who believe they are too old, too stiff, too weak, too fat, or too something else to do yoga – not true! Since completing her training she has enjoyed teaching yoga for beginners, for the desk-bound, and for older adults with a range of sensory and physical limitations.
Linda graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in sociology/anthropology; received a Masters in Library Science from Simmons College and a Masters in Education from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She is currently the engineering and computer science information specialist in Duke University's Perkins Library.

Her interest in teaching yoga grew from her diagnosis of early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 2006. As her yoga practice deepened, she is convinced that the physical and mental benefits of yoga contributed to her RA's remission.

Linda received her 200 hour yoga certification through OM Yoga. She has earned a Certificates of Completion in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors and Yoga of Awareness for Cancer from Duke Integrative Medicine. Her particular interests are in working with students who are new to yoga, or students who have physical issues that lead them to believe that yoga is not available to them. Among her classes are students who are living with cancer and others who have suffered from trauma. There is a yoga practice for every one and every body. Yoga is not about what you can't do, it is all about what you can do.

Ashley's first experience with Yoga was in college dance classes where her teachers often included Yoga in class. The first time she ever did Yoga in a dance class she could not stand it. She hated holding poses for so long, could not get her mind to shut up and the deep breathing made her dizzy… so she stayed clear of Yoga for a while. A couple years later, after graduating from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s in Dance, Ashley found herself taking a little break from performing. Wanting to keep up her strength and flexibility, she decided to try Yoga again. In November 2011 Ashley stepped into her first Yoga class… this time, falling in love. After two months she signed up for teacher training at Yoga Bliss in Baton Rouge, LA earning her RYT-200 in April 2012.

Ashley loves the mind body connection and how every thing can relate to Yoga. She fills her classes with themes and puts an emphasis on intentions guiding the practice in order to keep your mental focus and find a specific purpose for each practice. Due to her dance training she tends to keep her students moving but enjoys finding still points, especially in balance postures.

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