OTY Studio Owner, E-RYT500, YACEP, Thai Yoga Therapist, Ayurveda Teacher
Hi! I'm Rachael. I am grateful to introduce myself as a full-time Thai yoga therapist, yoga + Ayurveda teacher, accountability partner, and facilitator of community + authentic, meaningful connection.
Let me be the first to welcome you to our beloved On Track Yoga community!
Since my teaching journey began in 2010 I have completed thousands of hours of training in various styles of yoga and related healing arts, all of which work together to inform my personal teaching style. Although I enjoy teaching a variety of classes including vinyasa flow, gentle/therapeutic, restorative, yin, and aerial yoga among others, my regular classes predominantly consist of strong but accessible mindfully-paced flows with great emphasis on breath, spinal alignment, and core connection. Class rhythms often evolve with the changing seasons in alignment with the teachings of Ayurveda.
Working with people one-on-one is my true passion. I believe in creating authentic and meaningful connections using the healing practice of Thai yoga therapy and through private + small group yoga instruction, whether introducing new students to yoga or addressing the specific needs of any level of practitioner. I am also pleased to offer personalized lifestyle consultations for students committed to tangible transformation and self-healing using the principles of Ayurveda.
My intention is to serve. I teach to help you feel supported and at ease, to encourage confidence and authenticity, to challenge you to step outside your comfort zone, and to inspire you to practice and live with integrity, compassion, and joy!
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you feel that I may be of service now or in the future, or if you have any questions about our studio.
I look forward to connecting!
Thai Yoga Mobility Therapy Sessions; Diet + Lifestyle (Ayurveda) Consultations; Private Yoga Instruction
Monday 9am Yoga Ease, 6pm All Levels Flow; Tuesday 6am Ashtanga Elements (Mysore Style); Wednesday 6pm Slow Flow; Thursday 9am All Levels Flow; Friday 6:30pm Happy Hour Flow Rotation
Tuesday 7:45pm Yoga Ease
Originally from Boiling Springs, SC, Christy relocated to Charlotte in 2004, and has resided in Mount Holly since starting her career with the North Carolina Forest Service in 2010. She has always led an active lifestyle mostly outdoors barefoot, and discovered Yoga while in college. Since completing the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training alongside a good friend and hiking mate in June 2016 through Bella Vita in Charlotte, NC, she has a renewed commitment for balance, core strength, flexibility and presence in and out of the studio. Christy values the benefits Yoga has brought into her life and wishes to share this Growth and Health with others.
Wednesday 6pm Slow Flow
Elizabeth was born and raised in the Charlotte area and still calls the area home. She began her yoga journey when she was 16 years old at the encouragement of her doctor, who offered yoga as a solution to her "bad" knees from playing tennis for almost 10 years. She instantly began integrating yoga into her exercise routine. It didn't take long for her to fall in love with the other benefits of yoga.
In June of 2016, Elizabeth completed her initial 200hr yoga teacher training with Bella Vita Yoga. She loves teaching kids yoga and helping young yogis experience the fun side of the practice all while receiving the stress relieving benefits. She enjoys teaching flow classes, often taking a more gentle and grounding approach. Elizabeth loves practicing the 5Elements Flow series, and you can often find her at Acro classes, as they remind her of her childhood and years of gymnastics.
Wednesday 6:30pm Yoga Ease; Friday 9am Yoga Ease
Wednesday 9am Yoga Ease; Saturday 8:15am Empower Flow + 9:30am Slow Flow
Tuesday 9am All Levels Flow
Aerial Yoga Teacher
Tuesday 6:30pm Slow Flow
Leslie N. Vanden Herik
RYT200, oty Studio Assistant
Leslie spends her days working in the Natural Resource Conservation field, but has recently added yoga teacher to her repertoire. Leslie took private yoga classes for about a year and after a lengthy hiatus returned to practicing yoga a few years ago upon recovering from a flare up of a chronic illness. After building a consistent practice and completing an Aerial yoga teacher training, Leslie decided she was ready to complete her 200 hour yoga teacher training. Leslie is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200 and is excited to begin her journey as a yoga teacher. Due to her scoliosis and joint hypermobility, Leslie has a strong interest in focus on proper alignment and use of props and modifications to make yoga appropriate and accessible for her students (and herself).
Tuesday 6am All Levels Flow + 6:30pm Stretch + Restore
Natalie's love of yoga started in 2008 as a means of stress relief. After leaving her job in 2009, she began to volunteer at Peachtree Yoga Studio in Atlanta to be able to attend classes. It wasn't long before she decided that there was more to it and finished the 200-hr teacher training course through Peachtree Yoga, a Yoga Alliance certified program, in 2010. She enjoys sharing the gift of yoga with others, especially relaxation through hands-on-assist.
Sunday 5:30pm Slow Flow Rotation; Monday 7pm Stretch + Restore, Wednesday 9am Yoga Ease
eryt500, unity yoga
began her journey with yoga in 2009, reconnecting with herself in her early 40’s.The physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga were life changing and she received her first few Yoga Alliance Certifications with Stephanie Keach and her staff at Asheville Yoga Center in 2012. She completed Advanced Yoga Training in 2017 with Mara Healy at Be Yoga expanding her knowledge to include the Principles of Universal Yoga, spirituality, and mysticism. She has also spent years learning the principals of and building a strong personal foundation of Anusara yoga as a student of Sarah Faircloth, studied Sanskrit with Zoe Mae of the American Sanskrit Institute, trained with Gary Kraftsow, Douglass Brooks, and various other masterful teachers. This ongoing process of learning is what provides the fresh insights that inspire her teaching. Healthy breathing, alignment, and balanced energy flow are consistent points of focus in her classes. An alignment based teaching style is intuitive and nourishes the hidden strengths of her students while challenging them to reach beyond their perceived limitations. Her descriptive posture placements help the student create more space in their yoga practice, hopefully transforming their way of thinking off the mat. You will leave her classes feeling enlivened and renewed.
Friday 6:30pm Happy Hour Flow Rotation - Unity Yoga
e-ryt200, Reiki Practitioner
Katherine was introduced to yoga asana as a pre-teen with scoliosis. In college she fell in love with yoga nidra and in the late 1990s began a dedicated personal practice. Katherine’s goal in teaching yoga is to guide students to move into a deeper connection to the subtle energy and knowledge in their own bodies. Katherine has a therapeutic yoga certification from Subtle Yoga with Kristine Kaoverii Weber and is beginning a certification program in Ayurveda with David Frawley. Katherine also teaches private sessions at On Track Yoga and in Charlotte and focuses on spinal health, chronic pain, and mental health/wellness.
Private Yoga Instruction; Reiki Energy Healing
Sunday 4pm Rotation Yoga for Back + Neck
E-RYT200, YAcep, rys, Aerial Yoga Teacher, reiki practitioner
Jheni was born in South Korea but grew up in Los Angeles. Her professional dancing career began at age 14 but came to a halt after 8 years due to several injuries that progressively became worse. With the goal of healing her body, she began practicing yoga which re-routed her path to eventually becoming a yoga teacher.
Jheni comes from the Tantra lineage of The Himalayan Institute. She is certified to teach various styles of yoga including Hatha, Vinyasa, Prenatal, Restorative, Yin, Yoga Nidra and Meditation. She also holds a certification in Aerial Yoga through Aerial Yoga Houston.
Jheni is also a Certified Level 2 Usui Reiki Ryoho and Holy Fire Karuna Reiki® Practitioner in the lineage of International Center for Reiki Training.
In addition to providing private reiki sessions and teaching yoga/aerial yoga classes and workshops, Jheni leads 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, 30-Hour Aerial Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Workshops.
Outside of the wellness sphere, Jheni is a lead choreographer for The Charlotte Church Dance Ministry and homeschools her daughter.
Reiki Healing Sessions, Aerial Workshops and YTTs
Lisa’s Journey to Yoga began in a small town located in the foothills of NC. In the beginning her practice started quietly at home and amongst the great outdoors where she deeply developed a more mindful practice that slowly generated into the physical form.
In 2009 she decided to extend her practice and knowledge of yoga both "On and Off the Mat" and as the divine plan unfolded, in 2010 she obtained her 220-hour Certified Yoga Alliance training in the Kunga Teacher Training & Lifestyle Immersion at the Wilmington Yoga Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Now a Life merged with yoga has helped her in many forms both physically and mentally, it has taken her on a journey that she wouldn’t have otherwise taken and it continues to be a beneficial factor through her ebbs & flows of life.