teacher bios

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Sara Doyle (PhD, E-RYT 500) has a Ph.D in Anatomy and has taught anatomy at Duke University School of Medicine since 2003. She has a unique perspective on how the body works and the anatomical variation between individuals. Her yoga classes and workshops reflect a science-based perspective with an emphasis on smart movement and mindfulness.
Sara has completed two 200hr trainings - the first with Sarah Trelease, and the second with Srivatsa Ramaswami. 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. She 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 prenatal 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
Katelin started practicing yoga her senior year of college. She played Division 1 soccer her freshman and sophomore years and was looking for something to help with chronic injuries and anxiety. She found yoga frustrating at first but her competitive nature and the improvement in her overall well being kept her coming back for more.
Eventually realizing yoga wasn’t about competition with others or even oneself, Katelin was able to begin to deepen her practice by trying a variety of different styles of yoga and meditations. In the fall of 2015, she decided to take her 200hr teacher training at Blue Point Yoga Center, Durham NC. She hoped it would help not only her personal practice but also her public speaking skills, with no real intention in becoming a yoga instructor. But she quickly realized how much she enjoyed teaching and after completing her teacher training in May of 2016 she immediately started teaching at Blue Point Yoga Center.
Katelin was born and raised in Durham, and though she’s lived in different states and countries, she keeps coming back to her hometown. She received her MS in Art and Design History from the Pratt Institute, is an avid art enthusiast, and is a fine artist trained in mosaic art, oil paint and watercolors. She also enjoys circuit training, biking, inferno pilates classes and pretty much anything that gets her moving.
Katelin’s personal practice and teaching style focuses on the use of mindfulness in every pose and through transitions. In her classes you can expect to hear comprehensive physical cues that will help you find proper alignment and also help you to modify the pose for your body that day. You’ll always have the choice to comfortably challenge yourself in each pose and to always listen to your body above anything else.
Holland began practicing yoga five years ago when she decided she needed some time carved out to better herself during a hectic college schedule. At the suggestion of a friend, Holland went to a vinyasa flow class and fell in love with the physical, spiritual, and mental transformations she felt. Having suffered a lower back injury as a child and finding decreased pain and symptoms, she had finally found the workout for her body and never looked back.
Holland moved to Durham from MS one year ago and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Blue Point with Sara Doyle. As a nurse, Holland uses yoga as her main source of stress reduction and hopes to give her clients that same feeling of release in their own practice. As a level 2 class, clients are given the opportunity to build strength, endurance and concentration with a fast-paced flow and breathing techniques. Each student is encouraged to do what feels right for their body and practice while being given options for a more vigorous or simplified practice. For your practice, Holland encourages working with your own body and mentality based on the current day and not previous practice. She believes yoga is a day to day journey that each and every person can participate and flourish in. She is currently working on her MSN in Nursing Informatics through the University of Colorado.
Castle started yoga after graduating from Massage Therapy school in 2015 when her best friend had suggested it to help relieve the stress of transitioning from a student to a full-time therapist. After a few home videos she was hooked. She realized she was capable of way more than she ever thought and took on the journey of becoming a dedicated and full-time Yogi, on and off the mat.
After two years of practice, Castle decided it was time to overcome her fears and take the next step to becoming a certified yoga instructor. Summer of 2017 she tackled the three week intensive 200 hr YTT with the lovely Sara Doyle at Blue Point Yoga, and it took her practice to a new level of knowledge in a spiritual, physical, and mental way.
In Castle's class, you will learn unique flows to enhance flexibility and muscle strength while applying different breathing techniques. She believes yoga is for everyBODY and as long as you can breathe, then you can do yoga.
You can usually find Castle upside down in a handstand somewhere in her favorite city of all time, Durham.
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.
Shanon Greig is a certified 200 hour yoga instructor who did not predict the practice to hold such a special place in her heart. In 2014, she unearthed the light of yoga after experiencing “gym burnout” and a spiritual craving for something more. In the habit of going to the gym regularly and trying Crossfit, Shanon realized aggressive fitness routines were wreaking havoc on her joints and simultaneously not nurturing her spirit. Working a full-time desk job revealed a strong missing mind/body connection and she found yoga to be invigorating and nurturing, filling the void that other “workouts” could not. In practicing, Shanon discovered yoga could heal her body and help conquer anxiety and depression. A regular practice has helped her find her roots, connect with her spiritual side, and realize true contentment comes from within. On the mat, Shanon encourages not taking one’s self too seriously, forgiveness, and gentle acknowledgment of imperfection.
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.
Emily took her first yoga class in 1997 and knew immediately that yoga would always be an important part of her life. Interested in the mind/body/spirit connection, she sees yoga as an important tool for fostering overall health and encouraging personal growth. After experiencing the benefits of yoga to alleviate stress and gain a sense of calm and contentment during her career in academia and during pregnancy, Emily realized the importance of sharing yoga with those around her. She enjoys practicing yoga with her children, and they inspired her to enroll in the teacher training at Blue Point Yoga with Sara Doyle. Emily strives to create a welcoming atmosphere that is free of judgement, competition, and expectations. She is a New Englander turned Southerner who lives in the Triangle with her husband, two children, and way too many adorable pets.
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.

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