Vinyasa | Open - Holiday Open House!


This class is taught by:

Carolyn Royce

Carolyn and yoga fell in love following a lifelong swimming career. The physical practice of yoga came naturally and helped her regain physical strength, reinforcing the connection between body and mind, and bringing an element of balance back into her life. In 2013 she completed her 200-hour RYT to deepen her practice and pursue her love of helping others. Trained in Vinyasa, meditation, pranayama and assisting technique, she places an emphasis on being a student before a teacher; learning and cultivating a personal practice in order to translate knowledge authentically to her students. She feels a strong connection to the ocean and appreciates the beautiful unannounced moments of meditative clarity that are brought about when surrounded by nature. Carolyn is committed to helping others cultivate a joyful and authentic life, no matter their unique path, finding peace within themselves. Carolyn is also a proud representative of AcroYoga as a JAMbassador, helping cultivate an inspired community based on love, sensitivity, and play in the Wilmington, NC area.

Rachel Taylor

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.

Lexi Hawks

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

Brittany Roy

”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!” Taking a yoga class here and there, it wasn’t until a difficult life transition that Brittany fell in love with the practice. Never really feeling a strong urge toward any profession, one night after a yoga class, a strong sense of passion washed over her…“I want to be a yoga teacher!” About a year later, Brittany completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training with Tamal Dodge, specializing in power vinyasa. “When I decided I wanted to teach yoga, the decision was made and I didn’t even flirt with the idea of, ‘What if it doesn’t work out?’ There was no question. I decided this was my path and the Universe delivered!” 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.

Vinyasa classes mindfully synchronize intention, breath, and movement. This class will include meditation and pranayama (breath work) to begin, as well as warm-ups and sun salutations that heat the muscles and allow energy to flow more freely. The body will continue to build heat throughout the practice as it flows from one asana (posture) to the next, building physical strength, increasing stamina and reducing stress. The flow-like quality of vinyasa guides the mind into a peaceful and connected place. The pace of the class can vary and each teacher tailors their sequence to their own philosophy, offering diversity and creativity in each class. 

All ability levels are welcome, as there will be modifications, options and specific alignment cues given throughout the class that appeal to all levels of practitioners. It is highly recommended that brand new beginner yogis partake in the beginner and /or basic level classes before joining an open-level class.