I started practicing yoga in 2002 and fell in love right away. After working 10 years as a radio host and getting my Masters in Education, I turned to yoga looking for an answer and a purpose. Yoga helped me lose 60lbs and lowered my cholesterol/blood pressure from life-threatening numbers, to optimal health. As my yoga practice grew, my friend encouraged me to do Yoga Teacher Training. The decision to do the training changed my life forever. I started teaching anywhere I could. In August of 2015, I purchased Vital Yoga Center(Matthews), and in January of 2017, Vital Yoga Studio-our 2nd location located in Ayrsley(South Charlotte). Prior to owning “Vital”, I started my own corporation, Yoga Moves You, to help patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, and other pain-related conditions. I was fortunate enough to team up with Dr. Alireza Nami of Ballantyne Rheumatology, where I worked with patients from his practice. As an active member of the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists), I am very interested in this evolving field. Many students I teach privately are referred by their Chiropractors, and other medical professionals. I am an E-RYT 200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 200), and immensely gratified to train students in our Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training School. Vital is also a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider). When we provide workshops, other certified teachers can earn continuing education credits. Yoga was and is a huge part of my life. It is an honor every time I get to teach a class, and/or assist someone on their path to wellness!
I began my journey with yoga while in undergraduate at UNCC. I took the weekly Hatha Yoga class at the student union and loved it. After undergraduate I occasionally could find a yoga class at the YMCA or gym. After years of cycling, I began to take regular yoga class at the gym I went to. In one of those classes a “Yoga buddy” told me about hot yoga and how much it helped his stretching. I went and checked it out and spent the next several years working on a hot vinyasa practice. This lead me to a Baptiste practice at a local studio. After several years of a regular yoga practice, I wanted to deepen my practice and selected a 200 hour teacher training program that would fit with my work schedule. I completed my RYT-200 in March of 2015 and began teaching in treatment centers with adults in early recovery. I love working with new students and beginners and that lead me to audition at Vital Yoga Center in 2015. I strive to provide a safe, open and encouraging environment for all students to explore their strengths and possibilities through a yoga practice.
Amanda completed her training and earned her RYT-200 certification in 2016. She was warmly welcomed to the team and began enthusiastically teaching at Vital Yoga! Amanda brings her kindness and generous spirit to every class she teachers. We are grateful for all of the care and attention she has given to Vital!
Since she was young, Cassandra always found herself staying active and looking for ways to improve her health and well-being. However, when she suffered a sudden loss, she needed something more than the traditional health and fitness routine. Her yoga journey began in 2013, and Cassandra quickly fell in love. Yoga has helped her maintain a healthy lifestyle – body, mind and soul – while also overcoming the many obstacles life pitches.
Excited and eager to share her love and knowledge with others, Cassandra completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2017. Her classes are energetic, empowering and sequenced to promote strength, confidence and flexibility on and off the mat. In addition to yoga, Cassandra enjoys hiking, walking her dog and traveling with her husband.
Heather found yoga after dealing with chronic back pain and looking for an alternative to the traditional gym. She soon fell in love with more than just the workout yoga provides. The deep feeling of relaxation after class, and time for self, became addictive-triggering a deeper interest and understanding of yoga. Heather completed her 200 hour training with Bella Vita in Charlotte, NC. She is a Vinyasa style trained teacher who loves slow flow classes. Heather is also a Holistic Health Coach who helps women slow down, eat healthy, and develop self-care practices. When she is not practicing yoga, you can find her walking/hiking, hula hooping, traveling, checking out a band, and hanging out with family and friends.
Since earning her RYT-200 certification, Lizzie has participated in several workshops-both as a teacher-and a student, including a continuing education Deep Stretch Teacher Training with Ashley Masters. Lizzie teaches a powerful Vinyasa flow with creative sequencing and focus on alignment. She pays special attention to the breath and how it is used in deep connection to the movements of the body. Because of her love and knowledge of Yin Yoga and deep stretch and its importance to a well-rounded yoga practice, she also incorporates a lot of long holds during the cool down to really open the joints and stretch the muscles and connective tissue. Lizzie discovered yoga at the age of 12 when she wandered into a yoga studio completely curious and open-minded. The studio owner asked her to get a permission slip signed and she came back the very next day ready to give it a try. The rest is history.