Liz  Alway - Tracy Bogart - Scott Campbell - Margaret Chesson -

Molly Drake - Rebecca Drake - Kate Flores - Kaity Granda - Eartha Harris -

Paula Huffmann - Heather Hutson - Abby Hylton - Mary Justice - Joanne Marshall -

Kathy Peillot - Meg Poe - Stephen Sheikhli - Paula Shile - Faith Towner - Anne Wright


All Triangle Yoga Instructors are available for private

sessions. Please email them if you are interested.


Liz Alway began taking ballet at the age of three and began a personal yoga practice at the age of twenty four.  After many years of experimenting with different schools of yoga she discovered Aerial Yoga and fell in love with the marriage of dance and yoga that aerial embraces. Liz knew at an early age that she wanted to teach young children and began teaching in nurseries at the age of twelve.  Since then, she's worked in various nurseries and kindergartens up and down the state of California.  During that time she also became involved with the Haight Ashbury Play Program for Youth in San Francisco, working with high-risk children up to the age of sixteen. She also worked with the AmeriCorps Project, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and The Resource Conservation District to provide urban elementary aged children with school vegetable gardens and environmental education programs. Liz was introduced to the Waldorf educational system In Phoenix, became heavily involved in the community, and transferred that interest to North Carolina where she has taught in an assistant role at the Emerson Waldorf School. Email Liz





Tracy Bogart's was raised in New York where she attended the Waldorf School and was introduced to Eurythmy (a breath centered practice that guides the body through imagery and movement), but her yoga roots stretch back to Southern California where she studied and practiced yoga in a variety of styles with some of the greats; Erich Schiffmann, Richard Freeman, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, John Friend, Sarah Powers, Ana Forest, Judith Lasater, Donna Farhi, and many more. Some of her lesser known teachers, Remy O'Neal and Riayn Shumacher, were her most influential, but Tracy credits her education in Eurythmy as having the greatest impact on her teaching style. A yoga instructor for over 30 years, Tracy founded Triangle Yoga in 1995, a time when yoga was absent from the area. She has remained it's director since the beginning and has never lost her desire to share this life altering practice with the community. In addition to her teaching and managerial duties at the studio, Tracy also created yoga programs for the UNC Men's Football team, the UNC Women's Lacrosse team, the American Dance Festival in Durham and a number of local gyms. She is certified as an Advanced Teacher by the White Lotus Foundation, completed an Anatomy training with Carol Verner, a Thai Yoga training with Saul David Raye, an Aerial Yoga Teacher Training with Rebecca Drake, and has successfully brought over 4 dozen master yoga teachers to the Triangle for workshops and teacher trainings. Email Tracy









Scott Campbell took his first yoga class in Texas more than 40 years ago. Although fascinated and moved by the experience, he took a very long detour to L.A. for a career in acting.  Amidst the craziness and excess that is L.A.., through the craft of acting, the occasional yoga class, and the reading of many esoteric books, Scott explored the relationship between the body, mind, and emotions. Eventually seeking greater balance in his life, he returned to regular yoga practice some 15 years ago, and used his practice to heal, ground, deepen, and expand what he learned as an actor in L.A.. He is a student of Taoism and Tibetan Buddhism, as well as Indian style of yoga. His teaching reflects the eclectic mix of his background, using what works, with encouragement, compassion, and humor to help each student to uncover and move closer to their truth and the peace and acceptance that eventually comes. He is grateful for the many teachers who have helped alon the way, including Gabriel Halpern, Ti Harmony, Vincent Bridges and the Dalai Lama. Email Scott





Margaret Chesson, PT-GCS, RYT, graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in Physical Therapy in 1976. She has worked most of her PT career in orthopedic or geriatric physical therapy, working the past ten years at Carol Woods Retirement Center part time where she also teaches senior gentle yoga classes. Her attraction to yoga was a natural extension of her interest in intersection of western and eastern thought. She first trained with Ginger Garner, MPT, RYT, ATC, a long time physical therapist and yoga teacher who specializes in chronic pain management. Most recently she successfully completed the 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training with Body, Mind and Spirit of Chapel Hill.


Margaret also credits the nurturing and attentive tutelage from the instructors of Triangle Yoga with the development of her own personal practice. It is Margaret's desire to share her enthusiasm for the health  benefits of yoga with every Body and reassure you that it is never too late and you are never too old  to begin the yogic exploration. With the ample aid of props and supports, her classes meet  you where you are and invite you to experience the benefits of merging the therapeutics  of movements of your own body and breath with the focus of your mind. Email Margaret



Molly Drake began her yoga practice in college and her

teaching career in 1996 for Triangle Yoga. Through studying, practicing and teaching Iyengar Yoga, she gained respect for the intensity and awareness thatone brings to the practice. In pursuit of her own authentic expression of the spirit of Hatha Yoga, Molly has explored and studied with many nationally known teachers and has participated in dozens of workshops and teacher trainings. Particularly inspired by the teachings of Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten, Molly now teaches in a gentle, yet powerfully fluid, internal, open, and playful manner.

Her classes are not about rigid discipline or intense striving; she teaches the poses as a means to explore and study our inner selves. She sees yoga as being about the empowerment of our inner being through the vehicle of our personal internal exploration, a journey, a continual unfolding and revelation of our true self. Email Molly




Rebecca Drake, Vinyasa Flow Teacher and YogaWorks certified, began practicing yoga with Tracy Bogart while attending the American Dance Festival in 1999. Rebecca has had the privilege of studying with many master teachers, and has been deeply influenced by Sarah Powers, Shiva Rea, Andrey Lappa, and Erich Schiffmann. She is committed to everyone in her classes, and aspires to create a safe and supportive environment  for her students. She has a sweet sense of humor, and encourages a playful approach to practice,  while gently and lovingly challenging her students.

Rebecca was the first Aerial Dance and Aerial Yoga teacher in North Carolina. She currently is the teacher trainer for her MomentOm Arts Aerial Yoga Teacher Training program at Triangle Yoga, and continues to teach Aerial fabric techniques to students of all levels at Triangle Yoga. She specializes in Aerial Dance choreography, having had her work performed by varied artists such as Archipelago Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, and the Carolina Friends School dance program. She has also performed at the NC Museum of Art, Fletcher Opera Theater, National Music Festivals and teaches the only  Aerial Yoga Teacher Training Program in North Carolina.






Please contact Rebecca for private lessons,

choreography, or performance.

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Kate Flores has been teaching, and offering private, guided, and therapeutic Yoga to both new and experienced practitioners in the Triangle area since 2006. She "discovered yoga" in Tracy Bogart's class while working at the American Dance Festival in her twenties, and the practice sustained her through the crazy years of rearing a young family. At 40 Kate realized that yoga had brought her such great peace and health, it was a practice she wanted to share and teach. She is now a certified 300RYT of EmbodiYoga, with three years teaching assistant experience in the EmbodiYoga RYS Yoga Study and Teacher Training Program. She never tires of continuing her education hours with master teachers such Erich Schiffmann, Gabriel Halpern, Sarah Powers and her principle teacher Lisa Clark. Kate's teaching is built on the foundations of functional alignment principals, conscious breath, body mind centering techniques and a lifetime study of dance. In practice, this translates to a teaching style which explores asana from the standpoint of guided skeletal alignment while encouraging a deeper visceral support and meditative fluidity. "As our physical, mental and emotional bodies are always changing, my purpose is to guide students to discovery and stillness through a safe and accessible yoga practice which meets them where they are, according to the needs of the day."





Kaity Granda, professional dancer, yoga teacher and aerialist, started dancing at the age of five and hasn’t ever really stopped. After college she moved to Philadelphia where she danced and choreographed both as an independent artist and also with several modern dance companies.  It is during this time that she started studying and teaching yoga. With the help of a choreographic grant from the American Dance Festival, she moved to the triangle in 1996.




She began teaching dance at Ninth Street Dance and the Durham Arts Council and yoga at Triangle Yoga. During this time she began preparing to become a Physician Assistant, (PA) and became certified at Philadelphia University in 2000. Currently she works as a PA in Durham caring for low income and uninsured families. She began studying Aerial dance with Rebecca Drake in 2009, and is excited to be bringing her choreographic skills to the fabrics. Email Kaity



Eartha Harris is a Yogi, musician, and certified nutrition nerd. Eartha's fascination with yoga began at a young age and it has continued to be her ally through challenging professions in both the newspaper and music industry. Now, as a touring musician and full time nutritional therapist, not a day goes by in which she does not hit the mat. A 200 hour graduate of The Kripalu Institute, 500 hour graduate of Sacred Lasya Vinyasa Yoga, and aerial yoga instructor, Eartha has been teaching yoga since 2011 and uses her knowledge as a yoga instructor, nutritional therapist, and musician to weave soothing to challenging classes that simultaneously strengthen the body, uplift the spirit, and sooth the mind. When not teaching yoga and coaching nutrition clients, Eartha produces world-fusion, yoga-inspired electronic dance music under the name Living Light. You can Email Eartha and visit her websites here;,

Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT, Mindfulness Instructor, started practicing yoga in the mid 70’s.  She now has a committed personal yoga and meditation practice that has evolved since that time. Combining her life’s work experience in the health care field with her yoga teaching, Paula’s focus is on the healing and restorative aspects of yoga through the development of both physical and spiritual awareness. Her style of teaching encourages a quiet, gentle, reflective approach to asana with the belief that yoga can be adapted to meet students needs regardless of any limitations they may be experiencing.  Paula is also perinatal educator and teaches prenatal and postpartum yoga, mommy baby yoga, couples yoga in pregnancy, prepared childbirth classes and is trained as a doula. She studied with Jon Kabat Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Mass, and teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Pain Management Classes at the UNC School of Medicine’s Program on Integrative  Medicine. She received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2001 and has specialty certifications in Restorative Yoga, Perinatal Fitness, and Prepared Childbirth Education. Email Paula





Photo of Heather coming soon...
Heather Hutson came to the mat to decompress, but quickly realized during yoga teacher training that yoga is much more than an antidote to a stress. Reconnecting with breath helped her to reconnect with herself, and the world at large. By simply being, the magic of life started to unfold.
Heather enjoys teaching slow flow, gentle yoga, restorative yoga, as well as yoga for seniors. She believes that gentle movement can bring ease and strength, paving the way for a life of grace and compassion. Heather enjoys helping people, through movement, find a way to live comfortably and rediscover their innate magnificence.
Heather started practicing yoga more than 10 years ago. The more she explores yoga, the deeper her love for the practice becomes. Heather (200 RYT) has more than 100 hours of additional training, and is working towards her 300/500-hour certification. Email Heather




Abby Hylton an aerialist and youth organizer with the Reintegration Support Network and the Youth Community Project, both based in Carrboro. Abby completed Jill Menard's Aerial Dance Teacher Training in 2014, and then received additional training at the New England Center for Circus Arts. Abby loves teaching (especially children and and young adults), choreography, and performing, and hopes to combine working with youth and Aerial Dance instruction in the future.

When Mary Justus took her first yoga class over 15 years ago, she knew she was 'home'.  Since then she has studied many styles and various forms of Hatha, including Ashtanga, Bikram, Anusara and more recently, Yoga Nidra, Kundalini, and Yoga Therapeutics. Mary completed a very transformative Yoga Therapy curriculum with Nina Be and Bart Westorp in MindBody centering and also studied prenatal yoga with Paula Huffman. Her studies in Polarity Therapy with Janice Durand nourished, grounded and awakened her to the profound power of energetic medicine. In Mary's classes her students cultivate deep listening and mindfulness. Her intention is to hold a space where students can explore together their physical body, breath, energy body, mind and heart. As a massage therapist, Mary offers gentle assists, energetic touch and her own experience. Mary believes that our systems are naturally oriented towards health and well being, and as we develop this inner resource, we learn to support and accept ourselves;  we give ourselves permission to receive this gift.



Yoga was a healing force for Mary when she recovered from physical and mental dis-ease, and trauma in her system. It brought her into a deeper relationship with herself, and living an embodied life.Yoga was also the foundation for her throughout both of her pregnancies, and most importantly, yoga taught her about self acceptance and that the present moment is the doorway to peace. She is grateful for these elegant teachings from the gifted teachers she has studied with, and is honored to share her experience. Visit Mary's website for more info on her body work. Email Mary






Joanne Marshall received her Advanced Teacher Training Certificate from Donna Farhi, International Master Teacher and author of many well-known books on yoga. She has also served as a Teaching Assistant for Donna in teacher trainings and intensives in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Joanne completed additional Teacher Training based on Body-Mind Centering as well as Teaching Yoga to Seniors at the Duke Integrative Medicine. Joanne has also studied with numerous master teachers at Triangle Yoga and elsewhere. She has taught yoga for over 10 years and is certified by the Yoga Alliance at the RYT 500 level. In her everyday life, she is a Professor of Information and Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill where teaches and conducts research on health and workforce issues. Joanne is inspired by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his work on mindfulness meditation. She describes her teaching style as a form of “meditation in motion” and believes that, with appropriate modifications, there is a yoga for everyone, regardless of age, physical limitations or fitness level. Joanne's classes take a slower, deeper approach to yoga cultivating an inner awareness and presence. Students are encouraged to practice in a way that they find to be safe, stable and supported from within. Her classes are excellent for newcomers. Email Joanne






Kathy Peillot's classes integrate inspiring themes, principles of mindful alignment, and a balance between precise instruction, slow flow and deep relaxation. She strives to help each student maintain a compassionate dialogue with their body, to carry that sense of empathy and connection towards others, and to deepen the heart-mind awareness while having fun. Kathy grew up in France and is now a Parisian of the 'Paris of the Piedmont' in Carrboro! Over the years, Yoga has been a powerful tool for enhancing her health and happiness through a cultivated connection between the different layers of her being. In 2011, she completed a 200-hour training with the Triangle Anusara Yoga Institute, after falling in love with Aerial Yoga she completed the MomentOm Arts Aerial Yoga Teacher Training with Rebecca Drake at Triangle Yoga, she is continuing her a 500-hour teacher training along with Thai Yoga Massage, and recently completed a Pre-Postnatal Teacher Training through Whole Mama Yoga. Kathy is very thankful for her diverse community and her many teachers. Email Kathy

Meg Poe has been fascinated by both movement and cognition for as long as she can remember. Whether mind or body, she observes the ability to move, think, feel, learn, problem-solve and to accept and overcome challenges. Her formal education of the mind body connection began over 20 years ago when she had the honor of working with a wide range of audiences in the exploration for improved quality of life (children, healthy adults, police officers, cardiac rehab patients, health care professional, physicians, educators, senior citizens 75-100+ years and community members). Pilates and Yoga entered her life in 2004, and having always been very active (running, biking, sports, etc.), she was shocked how these more mindful practices changed many aspects of her life, and has maintained her personal practices of multiple activities. Meg believes that increased strength and balance for your body will lead to improved strength and balance in your life.


Meg completed her RYT 200hrs in MindBody Centering Yoga Therapy, in 2014, as well as receiving an Advanced Pilates Certification of NC with Roxanne Woods in 2010, a Basic Pilates and Pilates Certification of NC with Roxanne Woods in 2009, and a Fitour Primary Pilates in 2004. Email Meg and check out her WELLNESS PAGE!

Stephen Sheikhli was a very inflexible marathon runner before struggling through his first yoga class in 2007. A year later, he became a 200-hour certified yoga instructor through YogaWorks, hosted by Triangle Yoga. Since then, he has taught at numerous studios and corporate gyms in the Raleigh area. His classes follow the YogaWorks style in their blend of flow plus Iyengar-based alignment, but they add influences drawn from the workshops of the many master teachers Stephen has studied with over the years, including Gabriel Halpern, Doug Keller and Ray Long. When not teaching, Stephen practices various styles of Hatha yoga and works as a freelance editor. Email Stephen







Paula Shilehas been a lifelong celebrant of movement and sport. Her modern dance classes began at the age of 4. The passion for dance led her to the Boston Conservatory of Music as a dance major. Paula's athletic pursuits have included cross-country running, gymnastics, skiing, and sailing. As happens for so many people with a background in dance, the transition to yoga and Pilates was natural for Paula. As her spiritual life developed, yoga became a path for sacred expression. Her Pilates classes are a blend of several movement traditions, honoring a lifetime of influences. Paula is certified in yoga and mat Pilates through IFTA. She has taught in the area for the last 12 years. Off the mat, Paula is a travel agent in Chapel Hill and a Reiki master. She loves sharing her joy and gifts with others. Email Paula

Faith Towner began her aerial silks practice under the tutelage of Rebecca Drake here, at the Triangle Yoga Shala. Once she learned to climb she never looked back (or down!). Faith completed her Fabric Teacher Training at the New England Center for Circus Arts, and continues to attend workshops on a regular basis with them. She also completed Jill Menard’s Aerial Teacher Training and has taken workshops with Caroline Calouche (Aerial Dance), Susan Murphy (Laban Movement), and Kelly Jo Stull (Aerial Lyra-Hoop). Faith has a passion for the Aerial Arts because they produce strength, flexibility, endurance and prove to be a wonderful creative outlet. Email Faith



 Anne Wright, RYT, grew up moving every few years from Berkeley to PA, Kansas City to Chicago, New York to Toronto. She studied Art History and Educational Psychology at R.M.W.C in Virginia and was the first female student to attend Washington & Lee University. She received her M.Ed. in Counseling from Duke University and began work on her doctorate in Education before realizing she really belonged in design school! Anne taught grades 3-5 and oversaw the Homebound Program for Durham County. She also taught Visual Arts in middle school for many years. Today she is a professional painter. She loves color and lives for light. Diagnosed with Premature Osteoporosis and instable joints, at a young age, she credits yoga and Pilates with allowing her to toss aside her handicapped placard and live pain-free. A  series of injuries led her ultimately to yoga. In recent years she has studied with Master Teachers Gabriel Halpern, Paul & Suzee Grilley, Doug Keller and Ray Long. Philosophically,


Anne finds that yoga resonates with the beauty she sees in the world and the goodness in each of us. Yoga teaches us to pay attention, to be awake/aware for each moment, and to live our lives to the fullest. This helps foster a sense of well-being, relaxation and calm even in a stressful and competitive world.  Anne believes that though we come to our mats for physical reasons, we are gifted with much more. Through simple being, attention, acceptance and love, we meet ourselves there and learn how to live. Email Anne


Morris Arthur, creator of Triangle Yoga's database, 'Mula Bandha', 1995

'Mula Bandha' The application of Mula Bandha means drawing up the muscles of the perineum. Although difficult, one practices contracting and relaxing the whole of the pelvic floor until muscle tone is gained. The importance of Mula Bandha is the foundation for core strength in the body. On a psychic level, the contraction of Mula Bandha also activates the base chakra, muladhara. This is the chakra for spiritual awakening and earth energy, and its activation

can lead to rapid progress in the spiritual aspects of yoga when the energy released is

channelled in the right direction.