Angie Toman


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 other, more academic directions, her heart kept bringing her back to her calling- teaching and offering all 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 Yoga Assist Massage. Most importantly, Angie has dedicated herself to teaching a wide range of ages and abilities for the last 20 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.



Jessica Hendry


Jessica is an authentic fitness enthusiast intrigued by the mind body connection. She received her Barre Certification through Synergence Teacher Training after her own amazing experience. Barre offers an anatomically safe environment to build strength and balance through breath and repetitive motion. Wanting to further her education she began the study of yoga in search for a safe way to progress strength and resilience during rehabilitation. She received her 500 RYT from Mel Marie Yoga Academy in San Antonio TX. This paired with working in the physical therapy industry for eight years has helped her tailor classes to individual needs with an innovative approach and a concentration in therapeutics. In the midst of her study, she also received certifications in The Mix by Piloxing and Piloxing Barre. As the owner of Honey Bee Sweat Virtual Barre and Wellness Studio Jessica is a wanderer at heart on a never ending exploration of health, wellness, and self-care. Her hope for her students is that they will feel empowered to take the lead in their life, deepen their understanding of the power within themselves, and love often!



Vicky Greene


I started regularly practicing yoga in 2014.  During that time I was going through a major life change and I was looking for a way to destress and find peace of mind. Yoga was just what I needed! Yoga taught me how to live in the moment and how to take care of my mind, body and spirit. In November 2016 I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher certification through Embrace Yoga Studio. It was an amazing journey that helped me become a strong and confident woman on and off the mat. I teach many styles of yoga from Vinyasa flow to Beginners Yoga and Yin & Restorative Yoga. I enjoy connecting with my clients and watching them gain confidence in their physical ability.  It truly is a blessing to witness!

Before I had my daughter in 2017, I managed a health food store, and through many trainings and research, I became knowledgeable about homeopathy, herbal supplementation and nutrition. I strongly feel that eating a balanced and healthy diet mostly of fruits and vegetables, supplementation, yoga & exercise and meditation are the perfect combination to creating a long and healthy life. I am also a Reiki II practitioner, and recently became certified in Mat Pilates.  I am currently working on my Pilates Reformer certification and plan to have that completed by January 2021.  



Deborah Teasley


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.



Marissa Strader


Marissa holds a comprehensive Pilatescertification in both mat and equipment through the Kane School of CoreIntegration in New York, NY under the direct instruction of the program’sfounder, Kelly Kane. Her training is heavily grounded in a knowledge of anatomyand an understanding of functional movement. Marissa has worked with a widerange of clients who have diverse needs and goals, and has worked with variousinjuries and chronic conditions. She most recently completed her continuingeducation certification in Pilates through Pregnancy, under the instruction ofDebra Goodman, MSPT. She also continues to study the facial lines in the bodythrough Tomas Myers’ Anatomy Trains workshops. Marissa has been teaching for atotal of five years. She began teaching at Mongoose Bodyworks in Manhattan,working with many dancers, actors, and producers. She then moved to Augusta, GAand taught at Pilates on Riverwatch, working with many equestrians, dancers,and golfers. She most recently taught at Framework Pilates and FunctionalMovement and Allegro Pilates in Southern New Jersey.

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



Melissa Aguirre


Author, Educator and Entrepreneur, Melissa Aguirre is an integrative mind body therapist directing, teaching and authoring therapeutic programs for special populations, mind body education and the military community. Owner of MelMarie Yoga, Boerne Yoga and founding director of nonprofit Trinity Healing Foundation, partner of USO and the Vogel Resiliency Center at Fort Sam Houston, military spouse, and chai enthusiast, Melissa Aguirre is passionate about empowering the community to advocate for individual wellbeing through self care, stress management and connection. For more about Melissa visit 



Ashley Clayton


Initially, Ashley attended yoga classes as a means to counter the negative effects of a high impact fitness routine. She had begun to realize that, over time, the pavement had taken a noticeable toll on her knees and joints. Supplementing her regular exercise with yoga appeared to be a logical solution. It didn’t take long for her to recognize that the benefits of yoga far transcended simply stretching. She had discovered the mind, body and soul connection.

Ashley completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Hayat Yoga Shala. Later, to further enhance her wellness journey, she became certified in Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 at Saha Happyness. She is also certified in Pre/Post Natal, Restorative and Yin Yoga.

Ashley teaches both vinyasa flow and yin and restorative styles. In her classes, she strives to combine guided meditation, asana and energy healing in order to promote physical growth and health, chakra balancing and positive energy. She supports her students in finding the mind-body-soul connection that began her yoga journey.

When she is not on the mat, Ashley is an elementary school teacher. She also enjoys her time as wife to Rob and mom to two athletic children. 



Air Christie


Air is a highly motivated and passionate instructor who is comfortable working with people of all skill-levels in different styles of yoga. She combines passion, dedication, breath work, & intention to each class to help inspire students to reach their personal fitness goals. She has spent many years of self-study & practice to find her path to teaching yoga. She graduated with her 500-hour yoga teacher certification from Zuna Yoga in Bali Indonesia where she spent over 2 months devoting her life to learn how to guide students through yoga practice in an intensive, immersive training program that awoke the teacher within. She has also obtained two certifications in Buti & Hot Buti Yoga, & has deep knowledge of meditation & Chakra work. She is a life-long student who is always excited to further expand her training and to pass all knowledge learned through classes with students & clients. 

She strives to be a clear & compassionate guide by creating a nonjudgmental environment that encourages students to feel safe, confident, & accepted. She gives precise & effective cues to safely guide students into poses while maintaining breath work & offering respectful physical adjustments. In classes she encourages students to let go of competitiveness, judgments, & distracting thoughts as they breathe and move mindfully to honor & listen to their bodies. She believes that there is no need to force ourselves into shapes that are not right for us, everybody is different. She also believes that in yoga we cultivate kindness to ourselves & honesty about what we need in the moment, being open to honor & trust our flow as we share energy in the space of the studio room. She uses these intentions in all levels of classes, styles of classes, with private clients, & workshops.

Her mission is to guide students to explore & discover their own inner yogi on the four corners of their mat through the journey to heal, build strength, & experience all the benefits of yoga. She utilizes designed asanas to challenge, inspire, & bring focus to the mind, body, & soul, so that nourishing yoga stretches and strengthens our bodies. 



Charla Suggs


Charla has been with Living Balance Yoga Studios since2015 and currently holds credentials as a Licensed Clinical Mental HealthCounselor Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, Mental Health First AidInstructor, and Registered Yoga Teacher. Areas of specialty include trauma recovery,stress inoculation, and psychological healing through movement, self-awareness,and interconnectedness. As a law enforcement wife of 22 years, Charla hasdeveloped a heart for first responders, military personnel, medical providers,and other professionals who have trauma embedded in their work as well as theirunderserved families who serve alongside them every day. With a foundationalbelief that it is as important to be better as it is to feel better, Charla ispassionate about sharing how the practice yoga speaks beautifully to both. 



Kyle Jackson


Kyle has been teaching yoga for more than three years. His teaching style incorporates his experience as a Reiki practitioner and his love for restorative yoga. His more physical practice is a playful and joyful experience of movement that he hopes to share with his students in group classes. He is currently working towards his license in Massage Therapy.

Kyle decided to become a yoga teacher because he felt the need of healing for himself and his students. He also wanted to learn more about the practice and the roots that are so old yet still so necessary to human growth. Furthermore, he wanted to be able to share his education with others in hopes they may find something positive, beneficial, or necessary. Kyle practices yoga to find the part of himself that feels whole. He practices yoga to find a place that his emotions are able to move like water, so he does not cling to what makes him feel less than or not enough.

Kyle received his yoga certification in 2018 from Get Twisted Yoga School. His hope for his students is that they feel welcomed, loved, appreciated, healed and whole.



Jennifer Warnock


Jennifer began practicing yoga in 2010 in Fayetteville, NC as part of physical therapy for a shoulder injury. After realizing the benefits of yoga in her personal life, Jennifer pursued her 200hr RYT certification in 2012 through The Yoga Connection in Smithfield, NC with focus on Hatha Yoga. Her studies continued with formal Yin training and she went on to complete Prenatal Yoga certification (RYPT) in 2013. In 2015, Jennifer completed Group Fitness certification through AFAA, Reiki level 1 and 2 training, as well as receiving restorative yoga training again through The Yoga Connection.

As a military spouse, Jennifer has an eclectic range of teaching experience. In addition to teaching Hatha Yoga, she has taught yoga to physical therapy patients in an office setting in Fayetteville, NC as well as hot yoga classes in both Fayetteville and Dunn, NC. While living in Northern Virginia, Jennifer owned Timeless Yoga LLC, which brought private and prenatal yoga instruction to military service members and their families.

Jennifer started Sunrise Yoga through The Red Cross at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, offering for the first time, classes for the hospital's Soldiers, Sailors and civilian employees. Jennifer moved to Kentucky, where she maintained her relationship with The Red Cross by volunteering to teach yoga through Fort Knox's Behavior Health Warrior Wellness Program. She taught yoga at NTouch Spa, renamed Karma Yoga in 2017, Gammon Gym on Fort Knox and for the VA. Jennifer returned to Northern Virginia in 2016, where she went back to teaching on Fort Belvoir and The Workhouse Art of Movement Studio.

Jennifer is now a certified Reiki Master and is pursuing her associate degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant. Jennifer is a mom of three kids and finds yoga is a great way to bring peace and clarity to her life and at the same time helps her with her arthritis pain. She hopes to see you on the mat.



Lindsey Lawrence


Lindsey is a motivated instructor with a collaborative and curious spirit to consistently learn. She pursues all opportunities to bring the practice of yoga, meditation and self-work to her students off the mat and into their every day, busy lives. Yoga has been a part of Lindsey’s life intermittently, but it wasn’t until 2015 during a tough divorce while moving to a new city she found herself in need of a refuge. Yoga has been that refuge ever since.

As a military member and a lifelong athlete, Lindsey continued to practice during TDY’s and deployments as a means of growth, quiet and athletic recovery. On her most recent deployment, she began teaching herself to instruct others on her team and saw the privilege that comes with instructing other in their practice. In 2018 Lindsey was awarded a Scholarship to Hot Asana University, in Southern Pines where she attended her 8-month Yoga Teacher Training in 2019. Lindsey discovered she was pregnant in 2019 and learned the value of appreciating modifications, and body work through yoga throughout her pregnancy. In 2020, Lindsey graduated her YTT.

Lindsey has been teaching online to various students, mostly military during quarantine. She continues to evolve through continued education and toward her 300 YTT. She has become certified in Yin yoga, Long Slow Deep (LSD), Yoga for Athletes and advance anatomy. Lindsey believes that no body is the same and she has a deep passion for teaching the value in personalized modifications and props. She also enjoys guiding recovery for high performing individuals (athletes, military, etc),as well as finds passion in teaching foundational yoga, and the mind-body connection. 



Manyla Putnam


Manyla took her first yoga class in college as an elective, doubtfulit would benefit her.  A tragic caraccident had put her on a downward spiral for several years and left her void ofhappiness, motivation, and a positive outlook.  Her initial time on the mat was literally lifesaving. She felt thestirrings of life and positive energy reemerge after being dormant for so long.  After the course, she practiced on and off usingDVD’s until she moved back home in 2011 and found a studio. She was introduced tohot yoga by a friend and instantly fell in love.  Over the next few years she learned to control her PTSD, depression and anxiety through yoga and meditation. She is eternallygrateful for the healing path yoga opened for me.

She married her husband in 2015 and the Army brought them to Ft.Bragg, North Carolina. In January 2016 she began practicing at a studio inFayetteville.  The incredible energy andinstructors she found gave her a place to nurture her mind, body and soul as she continued her full-time job as a dental hygienist. In 2018 she decided to take her loveof yoga a step further and completed her RYT-200 certification.  Yoga has taught her it is possible to bounceback from what life throws at you and to look for the lesson in those moments.  It has developed resiliency in her and helped her find her inner strength.

She hopes to share the incredible benefits of yoga with her students and show them that anyone can practice yoga at any stage of life.  Manyla teaches heated and unheated flows tomulti-level students, as well as Yin Yoga. She is a Certified Yoga WarriorInstructor as of November 2018 and looks forward to helping Veterans and othersliving with PTSD. She loves nature, reading, traveling and food.  She invites you to join her on your mat and startwith one breath, one moment to see the possibilities yoga holds for you.



Teresa Sykes


Born and raised in N.C. my husband's career brought me to Fayetteville. In 2014 I started running and kept getting injured, so my husband suggested Yoga. My first class was at the YMCA. I fell in love with the practice.  In 2016 I decided to take my practice a step further and become a certified Yoga instructor and graduated from Get Twisted Yoga in Hope Mills in 2017. Yoga has taught me to live life to the fullest and so much more. 

Namaste Y’all. 



Brittany Moore


My love for yoga stemmed from my first yoga class as a young professional.  I was chronically stressed and turned to yoga as a way to cope.  It soon became a way of life, as I noticed lower levels of stress, mental clarity, improved digestion and more confidence.  Yoga became a vital part of my career as a school psychologist and certified holistic health coach.  I began practice as a certified holistic health coach in 2018 after graduating from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, New York and my 200-hour RYT from Guiding Wellness Institute in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  At the end of the year, I will also be a
level 1 iRest teacher.   

I feel called to yoga and holistic health coaching as a way to support individuals to be their vibrant and authentic self, rather than stressed or worn out.  As a certified holistic health coach, I support women and busy professionals with balancing hormones, decreasing stress (as well as the many chronic health ailments that come along with it) and improving overall clarity.  Together we cultivate a plan that is supportive, effective and personalized.  

It is one of my greatest joys to get to serve the collective on the mat.  I enjoy teaching a wide range of classes, but love leading gentle flow, yin and meditation classes.  I believe that yoga is more than just holding a posture, it is about reconnecting with the breath, the body and ultimately the inner self.  
Can’t wait to meet you on the mat!



Alvin Carter


I came to yoga through my wifeand I will always be thankful for her opening the door for me.  Since that introduction I have found my ownpersonal practice and narrowed down my enjoyment of The Yoga to Ashtanga Yogain the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and many othersenior instructors.  I share a modifiedashtanga class introducing students to the practice in a fun and light-heartedway.  My classes aim to cultivate formyself and students a sense of balance – simultaneous strength and surrenderwith a goal of building a regular personal practice. 

In 2016 I completed my yoga teacher trainingwith Embrace Yoga Studios, and after helped teach the Ashtanga modules fortheir YTT program for a few years.  I amalways on the lookout for any chance to practice or attend workshops withashtanga practitioners.  I considermyself lucky to have had the opportunity to catch David Swenson and ShellyWashington spending seven days learning under them for David’s 40-hour AshtangaYoga Teacher Training.  I have attendedworkshops from David Garrigues, David Keil, Kino Macgregor practiced underBoonchu Tanti in Thailand, Larry Hobbs (my teacher) and many other practitionerswho I am forever thankful for their guidance.





My first yoga practice started when I was a young child living inThailand and has continued throughout my adult life. My yoga training over theyears includes many styles of yoga such as Hatha, Anusara, Yin-Yang,Iyengar, Meditation, Ashtanga and Capoeira movements. While I do enjoy teachingthese varied styles of Yoga, my personal practice focuses mainly aroundAshtanga Yoga.

Although I have a deep amount of experience with yoga, I always look tocontinue expanding my practice and knowledge, learning from both masters and mystudents. I find profound joy in sharing this great passion of mine withothers. My classes are energetic, fun, and creative with an emphasis onstrength. Join me and let’s journey together exploring all that Yoga has tooffer. 

Certifications and Training

2013   Yoga Fit Certification

2014   200 Hours Certification from Embrace Yoga 

2017 40-hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in Bangkok,Thailand with David Swenson. 

2019 300 Hour Certification from Ashtanga Yoga Mysore MysoreIndia.

(In addition to those highlighted above, I have attended numerous othermini-workshops covering Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, with David Gariff,Kino Macgregor,Dean Lerner,Graham Williams,Booncho Tanti,Larry Hobbs and morerespected teachers ) 



Lydia Tuten


Hello friends, Lydia here! I have been a student of yoga since it found me in 2012 in my home state of Colorado. It may not come as a surprise that I am obsessed with getting outside as much as possible to enjoy the sun, and nature. Flash forward to 2019- I find myself married to my best pal, and following his military career to North Carolina. 

As I adjusted to leaving all that I knew, yoga became paramount in almost every aspect of my life; so, I decided it was time to chase after what had been calling me. I completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Garden of Apex & found a focused passion for the knowledge within yoga, and sharing this with others. 

My intention while teaching is to guide your mind to the breath, allowing you to listen to what your body needs; while, moving through a series of balanced movements. I’m excited to tune in together to a higher level of awareness & consciousness together. ~Much love & see you soon!



Cindy Valihora


This Canadian farm girl has over 20 years combined experience as a Certified PTA and a yoga instructor. She’s a self described healer, who is drawn to help people heal the mind, body, and soul. She played competitive sports during her school years and decided to switch to noncompetitive activity after college. That’s when she discovered yoga at her local community center.
She was fortunate enough to have yoga offered on her lunch hour at the hospital she worked at, which she took full advantage of. After moving to the United States in 2008 she continued on her yoga journey taking multiple classes at the YMCA and Lifetime Fitness. 

Her love of yoga lead her to earn her 200 hours certification in 2012 at the Houston Institute of Yoga. She has been teaching across the United States ever since. Lifetime Fitness in Houston, Texas was where she started as a student and ended up a teacher and the department yoga coordinator. It was during this time as a yoga student when she realized yoga wasn’t just a workout, it was helping her in other areas of her life.

She has taught in Orlando, Florida and Bluffton, South Carolina. Bluffton is where she started her own business The Caring Yogi LLC. Cindy taught a wide variety of yoga classes at community gyms and at the breast cancer center for survivors. She taught Vinyasa, power Vinyasa, slow burn, Yin, chair yoga, warrior sculpt ( yoga with weights) and a therapeutic yoga class designed by her which she calls Feel Good Yoga. Along with her group yoga class she built up a private clientele. She worked with her clients for years, which was very rewarding for her to see them heal and grow. Her journey to becoming a certified holistic nutritionist and health coach was inspired by how she healed herself from multiple autoimmune diseases using food as medicine and lifestyle changes. Holistic nutrition is founded on evidence-based and holistic practices. By using natural foods and products instead of conventional medical treatments they seek to remedy the whole person mind, body, and soul as opposing to curing isolated symptoms. She recognizes how important it is to have a healthy lifestyle not only with food but with sleep, stress management, hormone balance, and exercise. Cindy has helped a variety of clients with high cholesterol, weight loss, high blood pressure, and autoimmune disease. She has a keen interest in women’s health, autoimmune diseases and hormone imbalances.

Cindy’s life philosophy is “We are not trying to be perfect or compare ourselves to others. We are all on our own path and having an attitude of gratitude helps us along that path.”



Erica Virgen


Erica discovered hot yoga when she moved to Fayetteville in 2015. It was through hot yoga she fell in love with all the benefits yoga provides. Yoga offered a space for a mind-body connection to help decompress after a stressful work day. 

A year later, she decided it was time to further her practice by completing her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Get Twisted Yoga. She loves teaching hot yoga, beginner yoga, hatha yoga, vinyasa flow, and inversion poses. Her goal is to create a safe place for students to unwind, meditate, connect with their body, and ultimately have a great time on their mat. 

When she's not at her daytime job in the office or on her mat, you can find Erica traveling (before Covid), enjoying nature, or sitting on her couch curled up with a good book. 



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