JASMINE IRVIN, PhD
200 hour Yoga Teacher
Jasmine Irvin, PhD, grew up practicing yoga and meditation in the triangle area. She received her certification in Hatha Raja yoga from the North Carolina School of Yoga with Chandra Om in 2005. Since that time she has taught yoga at various studios in the triangle area, as well as offering private instruction, and maintaining a personal practice.
She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in 2012, and incorporates mindfulness instruction, meditation, and movement practices into her therapeutic work. Jasmine has also had a life-long love of writing, and often uses creative journaling with her clients, and pursues her own writing projects as well. She brings her sensitivity and grounded nature to her work as a therapist and into her yoga instruction, and aims to help others increase their compassion for self and others. It is also deeply important to Jasmine that her classes be a safe place for everyone. She practices anti-racism and is an ally for all identity expressions. For more information, see: drjasmineirvin.com
200 hour MBCY Yoga Teacher
ISABEL CASTELLVI is a versatile musician, sound healer, yogi, lover of plants, herbal medicine and Ayurveda, and student of life. Isabel share’s music with audiences all over the world and has performed, recorded and taught throughout North America, Europe, Asia, South and Central America and the Middle East. Inspired and informed by her travels and the chance to connect with beings around the globe through music Isabel aspires to share this insight of oneness. The experience of being able to play music for and with others, often without sharing a spoken language and cultural identity, has been deeply insightful about the power of sound energy speak to all of us, to open our hearts and unite us both in our bodies and in formless space.
Isabel has led workshops on nada yoga, toning/chanting and various forms of sound healing in New York, Chicago, Los Angelos, India and Nicaragua alongside masterful yoga teachers. In February 2015 she co-led a week long yogascape retreat with yoga teacher Dana Rizer in Nicaragua. There she was able to play live music for two classes each day, and in the evenings led meditations, sound healing workshops, chakra chanting and walking meditations on the beach. In the summer of 2014 season she was invited to be the Bard, musician in residence The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. There she had a chance to exchange with the community, compose new music, perform and teach workshops on creative improvisation, sound healing & nada yoga.
She currently studies North Indian Classical Music with renowned vocalist Sri. Rajyasree Ghosh in Kolkata, India and New York City. Isabel received a Bachelor’s in music performance at DePaul University and a Master's in the Contemporary Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music.
PT, ScD, MA, & Master Teacher in Alexander Technique and Somatics
Glenna Batson, PT, ScD, MA is an independent movement educator with nearly four decades of teaching experience in somatically informed dance education. She was the first person to be trained by Irene Dowd in Ideokinesis in 1977. She is also an internationally recognized teacher of the Alexander Technique. She has been taught in various capacities for the American Dance Festival for 29 years. She is the author of Body and Mind in Motion: Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation and editor/contributor of Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives (both by University of Chicago Press, 2014). At 67 years young, she remains inspired by many inroads to embodied knowledge – contemplative to expressive, artistic to scientific. She lives in Durham.
Kathy’s love and appreciation for yoga began ten years ago after a very powerful yoga nidra session. Those fifteen minutes of bliss and deep relaxation set her on a path to study yoga, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Ayurveda. After spending a weekend at Kripalu, she became even more interested in Ayurveda and completed a 200 hour Foundations of Ayurveda program. Slowly weaving in small Ayurvedic lifestyle and diet changes into her existing yoga practice, Kathy experienced the power of uniting the yoga and Ayurveda.
Kathy holds a Master’s degree in Leadership and Bachelors in Healthcare Management. As a member of “Corporate America”, she is passionate about finding ways to integrate the teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda into all aspects of life, both on and off the mat. In today’s hurry and scurry culture, she is convinced that incorporating these ancient practices in our daily lives allows us to show up better for ourselves, our loved ones, colleagues and to best serve our communities.
Kathy considers herself a lifelong student. She is currently enrolled in both the Ayurvedic Health Coach program and 300 hour Yoga and Ayurvedic Teacher Training program at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She is also a student in the 500 hour Integral Yoga Mentored Teacher Training Program at Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville. Her interests include Raja yoga, yoga for recovery, stress management, and pranayama.
You will find Kathy at the local farmers market picking up ingredients to create seasonal Ayurvedic dishes, in her rose garden, or enjoying outdoor practice (most often vying for mat space with her rescue dogs and cats).
Madelyn is an herbalist, musician, medicine crafter, artist, reiki practitioner, yogi, teacher, and student of Body Dialogue™ .
Madelyn began formally studying herbal medicine in 2012 at the Florida School of Holistic Living with Emily Ruff. This initial course propelled her into a period of deep study in the herbal healing community, and service to the land, attending herbal conferences and classes across the country, and living on and working with organic farms, eco-institutes, and environmentally conscious summer camps and homeschooling programs.
In 2016, Madelyn earned a certification in energetic clinical herbalism from Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine with Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes.
Madelyn currently teaches the youth programs for both the Florida Herbal Conference and the Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference in Western North Carolina. She works as a music teacher for an organization called MusicWorks, offering very low cost music classes to children in the West Asheville area. She sees clients in the Asheville, NC area and remotely over the phone.
Madelyn is a dedicated and passionate teacher and is happy to facilitate connection between people and plants whenever possible.
200 hour MBCY Yoga Teacher
RACHEL NIKETOPOULOS is a certified instructor of the Alexander Technique, and has been teaching since 2002. She completed her MindBody Centering Yoga Teacher Training in the summer of 2010. Her passionate interest in conscious anatomy has inspired many MindBody Centering students to move out of holding and grasping and into greater fluidity and flexibility.
When not working at Global Breath, Rachel plays French horn in the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra — which she joined in 2005. She started playing the horn when she was 11, earned music degrees from the Universities of Iowa and Missouri in Kansas City, and has been playing horn professionally since 1989. Rachel is the 7th of 8 children, growing up in a house full of music, art, and bicycles. As an animal activist, especially for the pithy pitbull breed, Rachel is an unstoppable champion of non-violence for all living beings. And she bicycles to work.
As part of her MBCY training, Rachel began volunteering with JobStart in Raleigh - the yoga program for current women inmates. She is grateful for the weekly opportunity to introduce many new ideas under the giant umbrella of yoga: mindfulness, self-healing, movement, meditation, diet choices, and health.
Rachel also teaches a semester-long Alexander Technique course at the UNCG School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
200 hour MBCY Yoga Teacher
Abbey began her yoga journey in 2010 in order to supplement running. She quickly noticed both the physical and emotional benefits of her yoga practice.
After spinal surgery in 2012, Abbey turned to yoga for healing and strengthening. Through her years of practice, Abbey has experienced the therapeutic benefits of yoga for both mind and body. Yoga has helped her become more mindful and compassionate towards her own body and has helped her find emotional balance and freedom from the constraints of anxiety and depression. She found her yoga practice profoundly beneficial during her pregnancy and birth of her daughter. She finds that she relies on her yoga practice more than ever now as a new mother.
Abbey believes that yoga should be accessible to everyone, regardless of physical limitation. She encourages an attainable approach to yoga, rooted in alignment, breathing, and mindfulness practices that she learned while studying MindBody Centering Yoga with Nina Be and Bart Westdorp. She enjoys sharing her love and practice of yoga with individuals from all walks of life. Her classes include a deep emphasis on the integration of breath in order to allow the body to reach its full potential.