Our teachers are full of dedication and love for the classes they teach and the people in them, as well as experience in the areas in which they specialize. If you are interested in teaching any of our family, young people or adult classes, or bringing your own type of class that fits our focus on families and diversity, we would love to talk to you! Please contact us.
Shannon Miller, RYT 200
I began practicing yoga regularly about 6 years ago. I started teaching Zumba classes and found yoga was the perfect thing to balance out the loud music and high Zumba energy. I fell in love with the way yoga made me feel. Strong and Peaceful. I completed a one-month yoga immersion teacher training in 2014 from an Iyengar studio. Iyengar yoga focuses on the use of props to help students obtain and grow in poses. The use of props flows beautifully into prenatal yoga, which I really enjoy teaching. I also enjoy teaching restorative and vinyasa classes. I’ve been teaching a fusion restorative/vinyasa class for over two years. I like students to leave my classes feeling invigorated, yet relaxed. I believe that with a devoted practice, yoga reaches beyond the mat, bringing positivity and balance into life.
Jennifer Soames, LMP, KMI/BCSI
I’m Jennifer Soames, and though I first started practicing yoga at least 15 years ago, it wasn’t until the end of 2011 that I just “knew” that getting back into a consistent yoga practice was part of my life’s journey. At first, it was just about my physical body: allowing stretch and challenge in different ways to offset my weight training in the gym. But then, as I further explored the greater tradition of yoga, I was hungry for more as I kept taking so many lessons off of my mat and into my life. As a bodyworker of over 10 years (specifically offering Structural Integration) and a certified yoga instructor, my passion is to help students discover movement and space in their bodies, minds, spirits and lives where they didn’t even know it could exist. Teaching safe, effective, mindful, meaningful movement, however that looks and feels to you, is my goal. As Max Strom says in his book, A Life Worth Breathing, “Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go- what does matter is who you are when you get there.”
Sarah Walter, E-RYT200
Sarah Walker earned her RYT 200 certification at Be Unlimited Yoga in Wilmington, NC in 2014. She teaches Addiction & Trauma Recovery Yoga, Special Needs Yoga, and several other classes here at YogaFamily.
Sarah began her own personal recovery from drugs and alcohol over four years ago. She dedicated her time to 12-step meetings, a completely different outlook on life including a spiritual practice, and began practicing meditation and yoga early in recovery as well. She soon learned that the entire body requires healing- emotional, physical, and spiritual. Soon after receiving her 200-hour certification, Sarah started a Recovery Yoga class and series of Recovery workshops in Wilmington, North Carolina, which had great success.
During this time, Sarah began tutoring an 11 year old on the spectrum. She calls him “her angel,” because he changed her life forever. Sarah started reading books and information on children on the spectrum. Over the past three years, she has worked one-on-one with children and young adults with special needs through the ARC of North Carolina.
She consistently volunteers her services, including teaching yoga classes in schools for children with special needs, families and their special needs children, in homeless shelters and for recovering veterans. In 2015, she began working at Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers as an alternative therapist for recovering clients - teaching yoga, meditation, law of attraction, journaling, and energy work. In 2016, she completed the Yoga for Self-Regulation and Trauma course. She has also completed many trainings in energy work such as Reiki which she weaves into her classes.
She is grateful for the hardships she has endured, because it has molded her into an extremely compassionate teacher. Her teaching is extremely intuitive and it encompasses body, mind and soul. She has found freedom in the practice of yoga and her purpose is to offer this freedom with as many children, teenagers, and adults as she can!
Teaches Yoga for Young People and Family Yoga Ages 2-5
With her Masters in Education, and background in teaching both school classrooms and sign language classes, Laura brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the programs for young people at YogaFamily.
I have been practicing yoga for over 15 years. My practice roots are in Bikram yoga, however, as my family grew and expanded, so did the types of yoga I enjoyed. Today, I still love my hot yoga, but I also love doing yoga with my 5 year old, Amelia, who has been practicing yoga since before she born! My child yoga practice is rooted in my Little Flower Yoga training. I have received a Level One training through Little Flower Yoga. I believe that everyone expresses and practices yoga in different ways, and that it is a very individual experience. The type of yoga practice that a person loves may be very different than their neighbors. And what practice you thrive in today, may be different tomorrow. The most important thing is that to concentrate on your own yoga practice and do what is best for your body!
Pemehana Halahuni Thompson
Born and raised in Hawaii, I bring my love of Hawaiian dance to my classes, as well as my belief that it is for every body, of every color, shape and size.
Teaches Slow Flow & Beginner/Basics Yoga
I began practicing yoga off and on about 15 years ago. I was away from yoga for quite a while, then rediscovered it in and began practicing consistently in early 2016. I was on a journey to wellness, trying to find relief from symptoms related to thyroid disease and Hashimoto’s disease. I found that through practicing yoga, I felt better physically as well as emotionally. Wanting to share this feeling with others, I received my 200 hour vinyasa certification from Sattva Yoga in Redmond. My goal is to lead others on their own wellness journey by sharing my knowledge and experiences with them. I really enjoy working with beginners and helping them to feel comfortable with yoga.
I received a second certification shortly after, Yoga for Athletes. Having been an athlete for most of my life, I know what an impact yoga can have in the life of an athlete. Yoga helps athletes of all ages and disciplines with breathing, focus, proprioception, flexibility, and strength. Yoga is a great addition to any sports or exercise regimen and I enjoy bringing this practice into my teaching.
Teaches Nidra / Adult Community Yoga
Patanjali defines yoga as the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind in the Yoga Sutras. As a busy mom and with a high stress job, I have been called to yoga for just this reason--to calm the mind in a world where information and activity can overwhelm. I completed my 200-hour teacher training in 2013 with the intent of being able to share the peace and tranquility I find on the mat with others. My focus is on safe alignment, cultivating a practice space that is welcoming and accessible, and creating an oasis of calm in a busy world.
Co-owner, Family, Young People & Adult Instructor
I love working with children and families and am committed to people having lives and communities that work. I have a passion for helping families reconnect through times of struggle. My idea for YogaFamily came from a time in my life when my own family was working through emotional trauma and my husband and I were both working a lot of hours. I wanted to have a place to do yoga with my son, so I could have quality time together and an opportunity to bond in a safe, healthy space. Since then, I have discovered all of the amazing things yoga really can do for both kids and adults, and am focused on creating a safe space for kids and adults to practice together.
I have completed Next Generation Yoga’s training for Young People Ages 2-7, Global Family Yoga’s family yoga teacher certification course, and my 200-hour adult training certification through Sattva Yoga in Redmond with Ali Valdez. Each piece gave me an important part of working with adults and young people, as well as important info about yoga and mindfulness and what’s available to people through it. I also worked with staff and leadership at Landmark Worldwide, completing their Curriculum for Living, work that focuses on creating breakthrough performance and designing one's life. I coached one of ther Self Expression and Leadership programs, where I got to empower and enable people to create community projects that gave them joy and fulfillment. The transformational programs of Landmark, along with all of the other training I have had throughout my life, are together what gave me the tools to reach beyond the things I knew myself capable of and create an innovative yoga business without having to know all the answers of how it would turn out!