Angie Toman, E-RYT 200

Owner of Living Balance Studios, Angie began her journey into body awareness and movement at the age of 5 when she put on her first pair of ballet slippers. She immediately felt at home in a studio where movement, discipline, and fitness for all ages were a priority, a way of life. Although her life (and head) tried to take her in another, more academic directions, her heart kept bringing her back to her calling- teaching and offering al that she has learned through many years of dance, fitness, yoga, and Pilates.

Angie’s 200 hour Yoga Alliance and STOTT Pilates Certifications are supplemented by certifications in Anatomy, Pre/Post Natal Yoga/Pilates, Kids Yoga, Senior Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Thai Massage. Most importantly, Angie has dedicated herself to teaching a wide range of ages and abilities for the last 12 years. Angie truly believes she has found her purpose in life. She looks forward to being of service to an ever-expanding community.

“Angie possesses an uncanny ability to work with individual needs ... her blend of professionalism and personalization is unsurpassed.”  local dentist

“Because Angie was an attorney, she is living proof that the world would be a far better place if more lawyers taught yoga!”  local doctor

“Training with Angie after my back surgery changed my world.  I can assure you your quality of life will change for the better if you are trained by her.” local builder/developer.

 


 

Susie McFadyen

Susie McFadyen has been teaching Pilates since 2004. Her inspiration to teach came from Angie Toman, studio owner, using Pilates to rehabilitate after neck surgery in 2000. "It was the only exercise that didn't hurt," she remembers. Officially "hooked" on Pilates, she then pursued her own certifications to understand the method. Continuing her feed her curiosity resulted in numerous trainings, including Pilates Certification Center, Stott Mat and Reformer (certified 2010), Yogafit I and II, TRX, Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Post-Surgical Rehabilitation, Pre/Postnatal, and Scolio-Pilates. She also teaches at Advanced Physical Therapy Solutions, specializing in therapeutic/rehabilitative Pilates.

When not teaching or learning more about Pilates, Susie enjoys being a wife to Bill and mom to three very busy children, gardening, cooking healthy food, practicing yoga, training for triathlons occasionally, and enjoying friends and family.

 


 

Deborah Teasley RYT 500

Deborah began practicing yoga regularly in the 1990’s when, as a corporate senior executive, she needed to control stress and maintain fitness. She has taught meditation and practiced Reiki for over thirty years and became a yoga teacher in 2014 through Embrace Yoga Studio. She has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in nursing and a PhD in health administration with a minor in health education.  She believes teaching yoga is the perfect combination of wellness and mindfulness practices. Her style combines a blend of flow, yin and therapeutic yoga. Her desire is to help her students develop self appreciation, presence and gratitude. Outside the yoga studio, Deborah is an avid SCUBA diver committed to marine conservation.

 


 

Charla Suggs LPC, NCC, RYT 200

Charla Suggs is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Yoga Teacher in North Carolina with over 10 years of specialized experience in group work. Charla completed her yoga training through Subtle Yoga TM for Behavioral Health Professionals in 2014 and incorporates tailored yogic interventions in her practice with individuals and groups. Charla's specialty is using Yoga to address anxiety, depression, stress modulation, and trauma recovery. A native of this area and a law enforcement wife of 18 years, Charla is passionate about our community and currently lives in Cumberland County with her husband, a retired police sergeant, and their 2 children.

 


 

Vicky Greene 

Vicky started practicing yoga about 8 years ago but, didn’t begin practicing regularly until 2014 when she was looking for a way to relax and find peace of mind. With yoga, she found just that and much more! Yoga taught Vicky how to live in the moment and how to take care of her mind, body and spirit. In November 2016 she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification with Embrace Yoga Studio. It was an amazing journey that helped her to become a stronger and more confident woman on and off the mat. Before becoming a mom, Vicky was the manager of a health food store, and during her time there she did many trainings and became knowledgeable about homeopathy, herbs and supplements. Vicky feels that eating a healthy diet, supplementation, yoga and meditation are the perfect combination to a long and healthy life. In January 2017 Vicky received her Reiki I certification and plans to complete her Reiki II by the summer of 2019.  

 


 

Sandra Sierra 

I first came to yoga,over 20 years ago, looking for some time for myself. Needless to say, I foundso much more. A practice that challenged me (still does) yet closed withrelaxation and meditation. I found my passion to share with anyone that wouldlisten as well. I received my 200 hour and Advanced Certifications fromNosara Yoga Institute with Don and Amba Stapleton. Through my trainings and bypracticing with some amazing yoga instructors, I blend all that I haveexperienced and lead Warm Flow yoga classes that incorporate a strongpractice in a warm room. Emphasizing awareness of breath and encouragingstudents to move from within at their own pace, I teach to a multi-level class,offering modifications to allow beginners the opportunity to build strength,confidence, beauty, and grace while practicing alongside experiencedstudents who are encouraged to try more advanced variations in a safeenvironment. With practice, laughter, and play, I hope to spark a desire foryou to continue to explore and make your yoga practice lifelong.

 


 

Mimi Coker

Mimi Coker is a certified Pilates Instructor, Health Coach, Soul-Centered Life Coach. She is also currently earning her 200 hour yoga teacher certification at Embrace Yoga Studio. Mimi began teaching Pilates in 2006 in Greensboro, N.C. and currently holds certifications in Pilates Mat, Reformer, Cadillac and Foam Roller through the Pilates Certification Center in Raleigh, N.C. She earned her certification as a Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in July 2013, and her Soul Centered Coaching certification through Cora Poage and the American Council of Holistic Healers in January 2016. 


Through her work as an instructor and coach, Mimi’s intention is to help her clients experience balance and freedom in their bodies, minds and spirits. She has been trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching techniques. Using this knowledge, coupled with her experience as a Pilates Instructor, Mimi supports and guides her clients towards their own emotional health and physical health.

 


 

Clare Tran Burnett

Clare takes many things seriously, but not herself. She considers herself a mother, friend, spouse (military!), student of life, and nerd. After 16 years in the legal field, she turned to yoga teacher training to share her meditation and yoga practice with everyone who would come. She has found that yoga and meditation have brought her more than peace of mind and a (fairly) flexible body; they have brought her people who have taught her, befriended her, and enriched her life.

She continues to share yoga with anyone and everyone and learns from all she meets in class - and life. Her yoga philosophy is to let go and enjoy the moment, finding clarity, and to feel the peace in us all. She believes that yoga is for all, and all who enter will be welcomed with kindness and humor. 

 


 

Marissa Strader

Marissa holds a comprehensive Pilates certification in both mat and equipment through the Kane School of Core Integration in New York, NY under the direct instruction of the program’s founder, Kelly Kane. Her training is heavily grounded in a knowledge of anatomy and an understanding of functional movement. Marissa has worked with a wide range of clients who have diverse needs and goals, and has worked with various injuries and chronic conditions. She most recently completed her continuing education certification in Pilates through Pregnancy, under the instruction of Debra Goodman, MSPT. She also continues to study the facial lines in the body through Tomas Myers’ Anatomy Trains workshops. Marissa has been teaching for a total of five years. She began teaching at Mongoose Bodyworks in Manhattan, working with many dancers, actors, and producers. She then moved to Augusta, GA and taught at Pilates on Riverwatch, working with many equestrians, dancers, and golfers. She most recently taught at Framework Pilates and Functional Movement and Allegro Pilates in Southern New Jersey.

Marissa came to Pilates through dance. Her movement experience began when she started dancing at age three. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Muhlenberg College. She fell in love with Pilates after taking courses in Pilates and Somatic Practice and Anatomy and Biomechanics. Pilates informed and improved her dancing by helping her to find an ease and efficiency in her movement through breath, mindfulness, and balance. Marissa is also an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.  Marissa also holds a Master of Social Work degree, and so has a passion for making her clients feel present, competent, and empowered. Marissa interweaves her mind/body training and social work practice to create a safe movement environment for her clients. Marissa fell in love with mind/body work because she loves to think with, move with, and experience the presence of others. She strives to create a positive atmosphere for her clients, working with them to craft fitness/corrective sessions that will leave them feeling stronger. She is passionate about meeting her clients where they are, and challenging them to reach their full movement potential!
In her free time, Marissa enjoys spending time with her husband and snuggling with her Jack Russel Terrier, Heidi!

 


 

Melissa Aguirre, C-IAYT

(Studio Advisor and Marketing Director)

Yoga Therapist C-IAYT, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, Stress Management Specialist, and Reiki Practitioner, Melissa Aguirre, became a certified Yoga Therapist through Stephanie Keach’s 230 hr therapeutic yoga teacher training at The Asheville Yoga Center and 500hr Yoga Therapy Certified with Subtle Yoga. She is a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists, an ambassador for Yoga Across America, a volunteer for The American Heart Association and registered with Yoga Alliance. Having taught for The University of North Carolina Asheville, T.H.E Center for Disordered Eating, Wounded Warriors, and private yoga therapy sessions has instilled a realm of therapeutic styles of yoga she uses to generate a safe, healing environment to encourage healthy aging and wellness for her students. Melissa’s desire to teach yoga comes from the intention to ultimately calm the mind, develop a healthy body, and achieve an optimistic energy in her life. She is inspired to create a balanced practice that focuses on physical wellness, relaxation, and the unity of the mind, body, and spirit.

Melissa is also an alumni of Fayetteville Observer's 40 under 40 class of 2015.

Learn more about Melissa Aguirre at www.melmarieyoga.com