Lexi Hawks, E-RYT 500Hr Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher, is the founder and director of Longwave Yoga. Lexi’s teachings are rooted in her belief that the practice of Yoga is available to every body and help create a life of true connection and abundance. With over 10 years experience in her own teaching including private & public classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings Lexi has been dedicated in always remaining a student. Having traveled and studied extensively over the years, she holds immense gratitude for all her teachers and life mentors starting at a young age with dance, learning spirit through movement and the transformational yoga practices and studies she encountered as a young adult. Lexi continues to diversify her education to deliver classes that are both imaginative, fresh and intelligently sequenced. Her classes and teachings will take you on both a journey of the body, as she guides you through integrative movement that flows naturally from one posture to the next, and the spirit as she intricately weaves her intention through each class leaving you feeling connected, balanced and grounded. Her passion extends beyond the class as she finds true joy in guiding others to also become teachers. Since 2015, Lexi has been serving as the Director for the Longwave Yoga School’s 200 hour Yogic Studies and Teacher Training Program and is honored to co-direct the 300 and 500-hour Advanced Teacher Training Programs with Mary Glackmeyer and other senior staff at Longwave Yoga. Her biggest reward is not just in sharing her own knowledge of yoga to other students and teachers but when she witnesses those students and teachers come to realize that the light they find inside is of their own unfolding…
“Yoga is a gift to be celebrated and shared! Every moment, on and off the mat, is another opportunity to cultivate clarity and connection.” - Lexi Hawks
Mary is a 300-hour certified Jivamukti Yoga Instructor and a 350-hour Swan River Yoga instructor. Mary's teaching is dynamic and transformative. Her education in anatomy, kinesiology, and yoga therapy combined with her “natural ability to capture your attention,” creates a unique setting for one to discover their highest potential. She co-created Longwave Yoga’s 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and co-facilitates both the 200-hour and 300-hour programs. She also serves as Longwave Yoga’s Programs Director. Her classes are sequenced to spark our vital fire through yogic techniques like pranayama, asana, meditation, and chanting, building a steady and joyful foundation from which we can develop the strength, endurance and serenity that we need to walk courageously towards our Truth in life while enjoying every step of the journey!
Rachel, a 500-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher, began studying yoga in 2006 while pursuing a degree in theater at Skidmore College in New York. Her first yoga class was designed for theater and dance majors as a way to enhance performance elements, but she was immediately drawn to the profound transformative benefits of the practice. Through breath and movement, Rachel started to uncover a stillness of the mind and a sense of empowerment that she strives to deepen every day, both on and off the mat. In July 2012, she completed the 200-hour teacher training program with the Marianne Wells Yoga School in Costa Rica. She completed the Longwave Yoga 300-hour advanced teacher training program in November 2016. Forever learning and always a student first, Rachel is deeply grateful for her many teachers who inspire her every day. Students can expect a unique and challenging vinyasa practice that incorporates an understanding of alignment, sequencing, and patience. Through a creative flow and a spirit of playfulness, Rachel challenges others to compassionately explore their own limitless potential.
Rebecca received her 200 and 300-hour certification at Longwave Yoga. For many years, Rebecca unintentionally explored yoga by way of ballet and modern dance. After completing a Master’s in English literature and teaching English at the university-level, Rebecca began exploring the expansiveness of yogic studies by way of both physical practice and academic study. Like language and literature, Rebecca found yoga is a vehicle toward one’s personal articulation of what it means to be aware and clear in the world. As a lifelong learner and educator, Rebecca believes that yoga can transform one’s life by recognizing his or her own potential. Rebecca believes there is no one-size-fits-all version of yoga and enjoys witnessing the practice take a personal shape within each person’s life both on and off the mat.
Angela, a 500-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher, took her first yoga class in 2011. Angela reflects, “ I initially approached yoga as a form of exercise, but I gained so much more than flexibility and strength. I gained confidence, and became comfortable in my body. The focus on breath and movement led me to develop inner awareness, and a sense of clarity and peace. Through my yoga practice, I’ve learned how to cultivate balance in my life off the mat.” Angela’s teaching is grounded in her belief that knowledge of the physical body leads to a deeper understanding of self. A nurse for twenty years, her knowledge of anatomy and professional experience inform her teaching. Her classes are intelligently sequenced, and designed to build strength and stability. Through concise alignment cues and compassionate guidance, Angela seeks to empower students to take charge of their own personal practice. Angela received her 200 and 300-hour certification at Longwave Yoga under the direction of Lexi Hawks and Mary Glackmeyer. She is currently studying under Annie Carpenter in pursuit of 300-hour certification in SmartFLOW Yoga.
Yoga has opened the door for a lifetime of learning, self-discovery, and an opportunity to do what I love, teach. Committing to daily practice has taught me how to navigate life’s uncharted waters with grace and strength and instilled in me a desire to share that same sense of personal power with others. My yogic journey has encouraged a deeper connection within, and a better understanding of my relationship to what exists around me. It allows me to walk a bit softer in a hard world, and gives me peace in knowing that I am capable of creating the life I desire to live. As an instructor, I strive to always give others the love, positivity, and space to journey closer toward their own Self discovery.
In January 2019, I will graduate from Longwave Yoga’s 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training, a 2-year program that has provided me more insight and knowledge than I ever imagined possible, and inspires me to deliver yoga with the highest integrity and skill.
Through training and teaching, I hope to instill in students confidence, strength, and self-love in a strong and powerful, yet compassionate and vulnerable way, inspiring those around me to unearth their truest potential and tell their authentic story, always.
Carolyn's studentship began in 2007, and as a 200-hour RYT, she continues learning and cultivating her personal practice to more genuinely translate knowledge to her students. She firmly believes that the physical postures help bring you into the present moment, leading you towards mental stillness and clarity. In this quiet space, mindfulness, kindness, and compassion with oneself and others can thrive. Having always felt a strong connection to the ocean, the paddleboard soon became her floating yoga mat. Carolyn enjoys using SUPY as a means to unplug students from the chaos of daily life, using the water to elevate their practice and emphasize connection with themselves and the elements. Carolyn is committed to helping others cultivate a joyful and authentic life, no matter their unique path. Based in Wilmington, NC, Carolyn is an AcroYoga JAMbassador, Standup Paddle Yoga instructor, and guide of vinyasa flow committed to inspiring a community based on love, sensitivity, and play.
”Through yoga, you begin to learn to accept life as it comes and realize that every breath is a gift and a new opportunity to create your own existence and happiness!” Brittany completed her 200-Hour Teacher Training with Tamal Dodge in 2014. Immediately following she entered into an apprenticeship with Lexi Hawks, owner and co-facilitator of the teacher training program at Longwave Yoga. It was a natural progression into her world teaching as Lexi was and remains to be a huge influence in not only her teaching but her studentship. Brittany started teaching immediately after her training. Her intention in each class is to share the same joy and beauty that yoga has brought to her life, just as her teachers share with her. “There is no greater gift than to watch your students transform themselves right before your eyes.” Believing that happiness and love are the foundations for living a full life…you can expect a fun, light-hearted (and powerful) flow in Brittany’s classes! Brittany is also the Marketing Director at Longwave Yoga.
When I think of myself as a yoga teacher, I think of how I am just like my students. Every time I teach, my students make me a better teacher by showing me the way. They are my teachers. I try my best to make sure that there is no barrier between teacher and student because we are all experiencing the yoga class together. I find it is my responsibility to provide my students with a safe space where they can respect themselves and see their infinite worth. I want to make sure that I am there for them when challenges arise or questions are asked. I want to be raw and real. I am not the kind of teacher who is poetic or uses fancy language, but I like to think that when a student leaves my class they have made a new friend. Prana Pump is a style of yoga I created and trademarked. It is yoga, HIIT, and weight training all in one class. If you just got a rush of intimidation and said “I can’t do that” in your head, you can. It’s fun, upbeat, and probably the least serious class you will ever take. We work hard, but we laugh and shake our booty’s doing it. Afterwards, we feel strong and confident. There is no other class like it. I am also a Yin Yoga teacher. Who’d-a thought someone who invented a crazy class like Prana Pump would also teach Yin Yoga?! In Yin, we don’t leave the floor. We stress the connective tissues in the body to build strength in the ligaments. It’s pure nourishment and I feel so honored that I am able to teach it. Do yourself a favor and give yourself Yin after a Prana Pump class. You’ll thank me later. I hope to see you soon in my classes. If not, I hope you find your yoga journey to be fulfilling in so many lovely ways.
My personal study and implementation of yoga began many years ago. It started with the desire of flexibility within the physical body and has since developed into every part of my being. In 2015, I knew I wanted to begin yoga teacher training to take my practice further so I began my studies as a 200-hour Yoga Teacher at Longwave Yoga. Linking breath to movement has a profound way of calming every aspect of life. To study gentleness and to quiet the everyday chatter around us is a beautiful way to live. I have found that living yoga is not just a practice on the mat, but how I treat myself, others, and the universe off the mat. I have had the opportunity to learn from teachers such as Jules Febre, Nikki Costello, Noah Maze, Kelly Haas and Maria Garre. My classes, and personal practice, incorporate pranayama, asana, meditation, and compassion.
Marie has been practicing yoga for more than 11 years, but has only recently come into teaching. She believes in the expansiveness of Yoga and its ability to meet anyone exactly as they are. She has completed two 200 hour teacher training, studying under Kristen Cooper, Lexi Hawks, and Mary Glackmeyer here in Wilmington. Marie is inspired by those who live and love authentically. She works to stoke love and peace within all beings so that they might live genuinely, truly loving themselves and the world around us as well. Marie is thrilled for the opportunity to practice, grow, and teach with the community at Longwave.
I began my relationship with Yoga in 2005 at a local YMCA while living in the Midwest. Originally looking for a way to de-stress, I soon realized the scope of potential lessons Yoga has to offer. In 2010, I felt an urge to deepen my commitment to my yoga practice and took a week-long retreat in Valle Crucis, NC. While at this retreat, the effects of taking time and space for oneself became clear, and I found a new stillness through my breath. I am certified as a RYT 200 in 2013 with Ashley Ludman and am currently in my second year of the 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training at Longwave Yoga in Wilmington, North Carolina where I live with my husband, Scott, and our dog, Della Lu. I have always traveled the creative path, spending time in painting, photography and jewelry as well as the physical expressions of dance, theatre, and even as a circus clown. In my life, I look to celebrate the details--the bits and pieces that make up our surroundings. As I express myself and share my discoveries through art and yoga, I hope to help others slow down and see the details that make up their lives.
Devan is a certified 200 RYT from her second home, Longwave Yoga. She got her yoga bite 3 years ago when she moved to Wilmington from NYC. She heard through the grapevine that Longwave Yoga was hiring a manager so she showed up in her Ninja Turtle shirt, and white blazer ready to be interviewed. Loving the enthusiasm they hired her as their intern for six months! She worked her way to receive her 200 RYT and is now working with Mary Glackmeyer for her private apprenticeship. Longwave Yoga has always been home for Devan and she’s honored to finally be a part of the teaching team. Her goal is combine the artistic healing background she has already cultivated and mix it with her fun loving nature. "Om namah shivaya”.
Genevera studied in an eight-month 200-hour teacher training program with Frances Murchison that focused on mindfulness and the eight limbs of yoga. What began as a way to find reprieve from the busy word turned into a toolbox for living well within the world.Genevera believes that one’s true essence is lighthearted and loving. As such, practitioners in her class can expect playful sequencing and dialogue. Genevera invites self-inquiry and exploration in her classes. And she gives opportunities for students to cultivate the wisdom to know the difference between effort and ease. Genevera believes you are your own best teacher, and as your guide, she will offer options, allowing you to choose your own path within the practice. Moreover, Genevera sees yoga as a reflection: how we practice on our mats is how we live our lives. To transfer the teachings on the mat into everyday life, Genevera offers mindfulness and meditation techniques in her classes. Genevera invites you to come fill your cup and learn new tools for living well and spreading peace in the world!
Justin began his fitness journey back in 2013 when he decided to put down the McDonald's cheeseburger and pick up an apple and a dumbbell instead. Once weighing in at over 325 pounds, Justin has since transformed his life to a much healthier and wholesome one. After being a body builder for several years, he began to realize that physically he was in more pain than he ought to be, and mentally he was unsatisfied with life. Because of this physical discomfort and mental unease, yoga came into his life.
Justin began practicing in late 2016 and immediately fell in love with the practice. Yoga has brought him balance and harmony, peace and tranquility in all aspects of his life. He took a 200-hour teacher training beginning in the summer of 2017 and has since set a goal to be the best yogi and yoga instructor that he can be. Recently, Justin moved to Wilmington from his home in Hollywood, Florida. His only wish in life is to help others to become better versions of themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Holly Konrady is the Stress Management Specialist for the Dr. Dean Ornish Heart Disease Reversal Program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Additionally, she teaches yoga and stress management sessions in her business, Shine Yoga, guiding people to better health and well-being. She trained at Seaside Yoga (RYT-200 hours), Yoga Life Institute (RYT-300 hours), Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, and completed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at Duke Integrative Medicine. Parallel to practicing and teaching yoga, she obtained a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership at Colorado State University, and taught teacher preparation courses at University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2004-2017. She received honors from students every semester as a "teacher who made a difference in their years at UNCW." As a lover of outdoor sports she inspires her students of all levels to move daily, eat real food, connect to people, and pay attention purposefully.
Kelly Haas, Yoga Therapist, Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, and avid Spanish-speaker, is sought after for her skilled eyes and hands in therapeutic and alignment-based yoga. She created a 32-hour Yoga Therapeutics Teacher Training and authored Yoga Therapy Manual, to serve teachers and therapists with continuing education. Her passion is to share the gift of yoga with all beings, ignited by decades of traveling the globe and experiencing a variety of cultures, languages, and landscapes.
Kelly teaches all levels yoga asana classes, privates, restorative, as well as pre-natal and specializes in specific conditions and integrative yoga therapies to make yoga accessible to every body. She facilitates Restorative and Pre-Natal Teacher Trainings through Swan River Yoga in New Orleans, LA. And, she travels extensively to offer workshops and trainings, and leads an annual retreat on Maui.
She has thousands of hours in intensive yogic studies and trainings and over a decade’s teaching experience. She had the great fortune to manage the world tour for the Founder of Anusara Yoga, for nearly 7 years, receiving countless hours of philosophy, asana, therapeutics, and hands-on adjustment training. Prior to, she directed the yoga program at Pura Vida Spa in Costa Rica (www.puravidaspa.com), where she was introduced to many influential teachers and a variety of yoga and healing therapies.
Kelly prides herself on being an eternal student, and is grateful for all teachers along her path. Learn more at http://www.kellyhaasyogatherapy.com/
William K. Mahony, PhD, is known in the international yoga community for his informed and warm teaching that is accessible to students at all levels. Bill travels frequently to many countries to lead seminars, workshops and on yoga philosophy and practice. He has written numerous books on the spiritual traditions of India, including Exquisite Love: Reflections on the spiritual life based on Narada’s Bhakti Sutra.
Bill has a deep understanding for the yogic life grounded in nearly five decades of his own spiritual practice. He is Professor of Religion at Davidson College in North Carolina, USA. For more information, visit wkmahony.com.
Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is recognized internationally as a specialist in the fields of yoga, breath anatomy and bodywork. For over three decades he has led workshops and developed specialized education for many leading yoga associations, schools and training programs in America and throughout the world. His approach to teaching combines intellectual rigor, spontaneity and humor, and is always evolving.
Leslie is the founder of The Breathing Project, a New York City based educational non-profit dedicated to teaching individualized, breath-centered yoga. Leslie created and teaches The Breathing Project’s unique year-long course in yoga anatomy, also available online at yogaanatomy.net. He is the co-author, with Amy Matthews, of the best-selling book “Yoga Anatomy.”
Learn more at YogaAnatomy.org.
Jules Febre is an internationally acclaimed Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher. In his early teens, Jules spent time traveling in India with David Life, sharing satsang with Swami Nirmalananda and Shyam Das, and studying Ashtanga Yoga with Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. Currently, he travels the world teaching Jivamukti Yoga, Hip-Hop Asana, and immersion programs and retreats, and leading and mentoring Jivamukti Yoga teacher training and apprenticeship programs. Jules also teaches in youth development programs, prisons, and probation centers. He is a featured teacher at many international yoga festivals and has appeared in multiple magazines, on television, and on radio. He gives thanks to his gurus Sharon Gannon and David Life and his lifelong mentor, Yogeswari. Learn more at julesfebre.com.
Maria Garré, M.Ed, E-RYT 500, is an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, and Prana Vinyasa Instructor. A sought after teacher, educator and innovator in the field of yoga + ayurveda, Maria delivers practical and inspirational information that is accessible to all. She brings together over 20 years of experience in biomedical sciences, philosophy, yoga and ayurveda to not only train yoga and ayurvedic practitioners world-wide, but to also lead workshops and rejuvenating retreats. She is the founder and director of the The New Mexico School of Yoga, pioneering educational programming in yoga, ayurveda and the vedic sciences. Devoting more then 15 years of study with her root teachers Vasant Lad and Shiva Rea, Maria has created transformational programs through her Live in Balance courses and wellness consultations. For more information you can find her at www.mariagarre.com.
A Sanskrit scholar, graduate of Columbia University, and founder of Luminous Soul™ & The Sanskrit Studies™ Method of Learning Sanskrit, Manorama is a renowned, highly respected teacher. Manorama tours the globe offering Sanskrit Studies™ programs for yoga teacher trainings, and Luminous Soul™ teachings; a unique method that guides students through key principles and practical tools to unlock the keys to happiness. Class with Manorama promises to be filled with tradition, humor and heartfelt devotion. You will learn how to bridge your everyday experiences with the meaningful spiritual. For more information visit www.sanskritstudies.org.
Noah Mazé has devoted his life to the subject of yoga. Noah is best known for his clear, precise and methodical teaching style, his tangible knowledge, and his ability to transmit with openness, curiosity, and wit. In the words of his students: Noah’s fierce and compassionate dedication to yoga inspires and holds space for students to journey deeper into body, heart, mind, and spirit than they ever could have imagined.
Noah began a regular hatha practice when he was 14 years old and has spent his life in learning. He has collected, gathered, experienced and embodied this vast subject: seeking out the best teachers, learning from different lineages and absorbing much of what has been on offer. Ever-advancing the conversation and curriculum in yoga education, Noah co-founded his school, YOGAMAZÉ, with his wife, Tracy, in 2012. Together they have pioneered training content to enhance and sharpen the skills of yoga teachers. Noah believes that always remaining a student is one of the most essential skills a teacher needs, and has thus devoted himself to creating pathways for teachers to continue their learning and cultivation of voice and skill. In addition to creating and developing the YOGAMAZÉ curriculum, Noah serves as faculty for teacher trainings around the world, and acts as a consultant to corporations developing yoga education programs. He is a regular presenter at Wanderlust Festivals and contributes to publications including Yoga International, Yoga Journal and more. He offers online classes at Yoga International, on Wanderlust TV, and offers a vast array of online content via his own site, which can be found at yogamaze.net.
Noah lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tracy, his two children Madeleine and Oliver; three rescued dogs, two rescued kittens, and (usually) at least one goldfish.
Yoga is my home base. It is the place where I lay my head, pour my weight, trust myself, find courage, and quieten or stimulate my mind into creative, flowing, joyous thinking. I have practiced yoga since 1990 and am a Yoga Alliance 500 E-RYT since 2007. Yoga class is the place where I meet friends, old and new and commune with the great teachings and practices of yoga. My studies have delved into a range of styles with incredible teachers. Yoga is the time to steady & still the mind. It can also be a time of great upheaval- where falsities are dislodged, and truths are suddenly, viscerally clear. When we bravely choose to step into those openings, whole new worlds appear. Yoga is a life-long love. The more I integrate its overflowing and gracious teachings into my body, my mind, my heart, my spirit, the more I realize how much I don't know! I like to open those places as a teacher, where wonderment and surety meet. I love collaborating on retreats and trainings with talented teachers and professionals. I graduated massage school in 1993 and am a licensed NC Massage Therapist, specializing in Thai Massage. My BFA is in Dance and Choreography from VCU (2002) and I dance locally with the Dance Cooperative and Alban Elved. My family is tops- two girls and one husband- keep me real and busy! I am thrilled to be joining the Longwave Camp of Yogis.
Mesmerizing gypsy guitar and incredibly soulful vocals create the unique and highly celebrated music of Eddy Nataraj. His kirtans create a sacred space for intuitive knowing to thrive and true interconnectedness to be revealed, quickly establishing this brilliant kirtan artist as a pillar of yoga in the West. At 20 years old, his journey in the world of kirtan music began when a small, elderly woman pulled him aside after his stand up comedy routine in Seattle, WA, to tell him he had a beautiful voice and should pursue music. He went out, bought a guitar, and embarked upon his yogic path through sacred sound.
Shortly after he began playing the guitar, he moved to Hawaii where he lived for 7 years, mostly homeless in the jungle, with Mother Nature as his greatest teacher. While living in the jungles, he studied nature, yoga, buddhism, meditation, music, and himself. He spent entire days practicing his guitar and writing song lyrics. As time went on his song lyrics transformed into mantras, which he found energizing and useful for inducing deep meditative states.
When he returned to the main land, he immediately became a spark in the kirtan world. His kirtans have been called a “high-bhav …nonstop rolling joyride from Ganesha to Krishna.”
He has played Bhakti Fest, Ahimsa Yoga & Music Fest, Montreal Yoga Chant Fest, and the 20thAnnual Yoga Teachers Conference at Kripalu. He has had the great honor of playing his guitar with Snatam Kaur, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Andy Aledort, Nina Rao, Shimshai, Durga Das, Mike Cohen, Adam Bauer, and many other great artists.
He is humbled that the Universe guided him to this sacred path of kirtan and bhakti, and is inspired to follow in the footsteps of Shyamdas, Ram Das, and Krishna Das in making bhakti yoga and mantra music a fundamental element of the Western Yoga world. He is a new and exciting member of the yoga music revolution, and is making quite a name for himself with his infectious joy and dynamic gypsy flamenco kirtan style.