Betsy’s love of yoga sparked when she attended her first class at age 12. After nearly a decade of practice, she earned her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification at Kripalu in 2011. Since then she has completed the Shake Your Soul Yoga Dance Teacher Training with Daniel Leven, the Thousand Petals Yoga immersion and the meditation programs, and a leadership workshop at the Omega Institute. Betsy believes yoga is for people of all ages, shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. She seeks refuge and rejuvenation in the natural world.
Betsy is a lifelong student. Trained from an early age in classical ballet, she began studying and practicing hatha yoga more than 25 years ago, while living in Mumbai, India. She has participated in retreats and yoga teacher trainings under Desiree Rumbaugh and completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Sommer and Paul Sobin in May 2018. In her day job, she directs a team of behavioral and social science researchers at FHI 360.
Dr. Brad Kershner is an educator, independent scholar, and longtime student of Zen, Vipassana, Mahamudra, and Dzogchen meditation. You can find a selection of his recorded public lectures and academic writings on YouTube and Academia.com, respectively. For additional recordings, and to support his work, go to www.patreon.com/bradkershner. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
Chris Holt took his first yoga class with his daughter, who was 9 at the time, as a bonding experience with her. Soon he was hooked, and sought out opportunities to practice and learn various forms, from Acro Yoga to Yoga Nidra. A recovering extreme endurance athlete, Chris believes in the power of yoga to provide healing to both mind and spirit. He has uncovered a better version of himself through yoga, and hopes you will to. You may come to stretch, but may stay to grow!
Christa teaches from a place of self-acceptance and respect for however you show up on the mat. Her teaching encourages you to love, honor and care for your whole self all the while challenging your personal edge. Her classes blend athleticism with alignment instruction, playfulness and care for yourself so you may, in turn, give back out into the world. Christa's classes promote student choice while cultivating deeper body and emotional awareness and accepting what shows up. Her classes draw from her ever evolving personal practice and the desire to empower her students to grow, love, shift perceptions, release judgments, and reacquaint people with themselves. Her practice is grounded in her work as a social worker, care as mother of young children and her partner, Ramin.
Danielle enjoys sharing the Arts. She practices and teaches in the: Healing, Performing, and Fine Arts. With a passion for the practice of the Arts, believing it a balm of health and compassion for the times, and in the society in which we now dwell, Danielle is happy to be teaching healing arts tools at Thousand Petals Yoga. She would like to thank her Parents, Teachers, Mentors, lineage and Sanga; including Usui Shiki Ryoho, her family both chosen and born to, and Sommer and Paul.
For more information on Danielle and her offerings please visit Tejase Healing Arts.
Helen has a private practice in yoga and massage therapy, and teaches Gentle Yoga and Moving Meditation. She is trained as a Massage Therapist (1989), Dance/Movement Therapist MA (1993), Yoga Teacher (1998), Professional Yoga Therapist (2014), and is inspired by dance and daily meditation. Her goal is for students to find ease, wisdom and joy in body and mind.
A Physical Therapist since 1998, Laura became a yoga teacher in 2008 to integrate yoga into her Physical Therapy practice and to incorporate Physical Therapy into her yoga practice.
Laura’s teaching style is anatomically and biomechanically driven with an eye for injury prevention in and outside of yoga practice. She offers and encourages adaptations, modifications and variations of poses so that the practice can fit the student’s body, physical and energetic needs and avoid potential injuries. Her classes incorporate self care and Physical Therapy techniques and are liberally sprinkled with (easily understandable) anatomical explanation of the benefits of yoga as a movement practice.
She has specialized training and experience in yoga for athletes, yoga for seniors, yoga for breast cancer survivors, and yoga for chronic pain. Laura has her own Physical Therapy practice in Chapel Hill.
Lauren Sacks began practicing yoga in 2000, and completed her first
teacher training in Hawaii in 2002. Her practice and study of yoga has
undergone many changes and shifts, but has remained a constant in her
life throughout an abundance of change. In 2016, she co-founded
Whole Mama Yoga with Alexandra DeSiato, with the intention of
providing yoga, community, and commiseration for all of motherhood.
Whole Mama Yoga provides yoga resources, workshops, teacher
training and other education, and community and believes in supporting
motherhood and parenthood in an authentic way. Yoga has been vitally
important to her during her own experience of motherhood and her
children, Simon and Laine, continue to be her biggest teachers. In addition to yoga, Lauren enjoys, reading, the (very occasional) nap,
travel, good food with good friends, walks in the woods behind her
home, and time with Simon, Laine, and her partner, Roy.
With over 15 years of yoga teaching experience, Olynda is a versatile teacher, able to guide new yoga students as well as inspire and challenge advanced students. She is known for her caring and insightful teaching style. Olynda has a deep understanding of the total yoga practice, which includes: the physical alignment, the energetic body, the texts, the myths and the lived practice of yoga. In her offerings she brings the philosophy and spiritual teachings of yoga to life in a grounded and usable way. She is a true life-long learner and in addition to her own spiritual exploration she has earned the highest certifications for yoga teaching available: Experienced 500 hour Yoga alliance Certification and Anusara Certification (2012). She is also a total geek - about yoga, scifi/fantasy, early childhood education, Montessori, the divine feminine, healthy food, herbs, conscious parenting and community.
Paul Sobin, co-founder of Thousand Petals Yoga, has dedicated the last 20 years of his life to teaching yoga, meditation, and spiritual practice. He was a certified Anusara teacher from 2004-2012 and served on the Anusara certification board for many years assisting teachers through the rigorous certification process. He is passionate about movement, healthy eating, playing music, and traveling with his family. Paul's classes have philosophical depth and are very playful. While his kids think his jokes are corny, his students think he's pretty funny. At least sometimes they do.
Rebecca teaches a sustainable, and progressive vinyasa style class. Some of her most influential yoga teachers have been Tracy Bogart, Erich Schiffmann, Sarah Powers, and Doug Keller. Rebecca began teaching yoga in 2000 and is as dedicated to continuing her studies as she is to teaching. She is a certified YogaWorks, Vinyasa Flow, and Aerial Yoga teacher.
Rebecca draws on her training in modern dance, improvisation, and axis syllabus universal motion principles to add richness and depth to the physical alignment in flow. Rebecca’s classes are kind and supportive, challenging in unexpected ways and inspired by her appreciation of community, relationships, nature, and art.
Sam starting practicing yoga in 2008, exploring many different styles of yoga. In 2012, she discovered alignment-based yoga and has used this as the foundation of her practice ever since. In 2016, she completed her 200-hour teacher training through Thousand Petals Yoga with Paul and Sommer Sobin. Sam's classes encourage deep exploration for all levels of practice, with sequences that build up to poses that challenge and inspire coming back for more. Sam emphasizes physical alignment while also encouraging presence, reflection, and playfulness. Off the mat, she enjoys surfing, cooking for friends, and spending time outdoors with her two dogs and husband, Mark.
Sommer Sobin, co-founder of Thousand Petals Yoga, is a life long yoga practitioner, spiritual seeker, and meditator. Sommer has been teaching inspiring yoga classes for over 20 years, weaving in universal dharmic teachings, bio-mechanical alignment, and playful sequencing to empower people of all ages and body types to discover their fullest potential. Sommer offers in-depth training programs and workshops, on-line yoga videos, retreats, and meditation trainings. Known as a 'teacher of teachers', Sommer served on the Anusara Yoga Certification Committee for five years, mentoring aspiring teachers from all over the world through the vigorous and highly regarded certification process. Along with her husband Paul, she co-anchors a thriving local yoga community in the Triangle Area. Sommer has a passion for making yoga, ayurveda and meditation accessible to all, and seeks to empower everyone to live a thriving, more awakened life.