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
When stress began to shadow my sense of self-love and doubt became an obstacle, I knew I needed a mental and spiritual transformation. Serendipitously, a friend invited me to attend a Core Power Class. I was new to yoga, but I knew the class would help with my fitness goals. What I did not know, was within one class my life would be changed. I not only learned about myself and my body, but I found a lifelong calling and an answer to the transformation I was searching for. To this day, I still view yoga just as I did after that first class: a gift. Yoga found me, and when it did, I embraced every step of the journey. The next step of my journey became giving the gift I had received to others. Through Tamal Dodge's teacher training I received my 200 hour certification. In my classes, you will find yourself moving through sequences inspired by Sadie Nardini’s Core Strength Vinyasa. These sequences activate and utilize core muscles with each inhale and exhale. Combined with a variety of yoga postures (asana), my students enhance their strength, flexibility, and breathing. One of my greatest pleasures in teaching is watching my students discover how once difficult postures become accessible through dedication to their practice. I am honored to be there with them through every stage. To me, yoga is infinite. Yoga is honest. Yoga is love. Yoga is where you find who you are. It is a journey of so much more.
”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, specializing in power vinyasa in 2014. 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 studio manager of Longwave Yoga.
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.
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.
Through an invitation to a local class, Monica began her journey with yoga in 2010. She was inspired by the grace of her teachers and fascinated with the exploration of the internal world thatmonica the practice of yoga offered her. The values she learned through various yogic techniques, including, asana, pranayama, self study and chanting soon permeated off of her mat and into the details of her life. Certified as a 200 hr Yoga Alliance teacher, through the Kunga School at the Wilmington Yoga Center, she feels fortunate to have the opportunity to share the gift of yoga with others. Her intention as a teacher is to provide a space where her students are encouraged to explore their bodies, breath, and spirit at a level they consciously choose. She hopes to inspire her students to unleash the joy that springs from following their own intuitive wisdom and heart.
Angela took her first yoga class in 2011 while recovering from an injury. As a nurse, she knew the importance of maintaining strength and flexibility during her recovery, so she thought she would give yoga a try. "I soon began to enjoy the many physical benefits, and became dedicated to a regular practice. In addition to physical injury, at this time I was also dealing with some significant anxiety and fear. Like many, I initially approached my practice as a workout, a form of exercise, but I soon began to notice a change in my emotional well being. This shift in perspective led me to a deeper exploration of the mind body connection that is yoga. As I learned to link the movements and sensations of the body with the mind and breath, I discovered how to truly be present in the moment. The practice of yoga has taught me to journey inward and examine my own true nature, allowing me to see the light within myself and others, leading me to an abundance of joy and freedom in my life off the mat.” Eager to share the gift of yoga with others, Angela became Yoga Alliance Certified upon completion of the 200 hour Teacher Training Program at Longwave Yoga in May 2015. "Yoga is accessible to everyone, regardless of age, physical ability, or life stage. I look forward to sharing this beautiful, life changing practice with my students." Angela is currently completing the Longwave Yoga 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.
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.
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.”
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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.