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!
Monday 9am Yoga Ease, 6pm Slow Flow, + 7:15pm Ashtanga Elements; Tuesday + Thursday 6am Ashtanga Elements; Friday 6pm Empower Flow Rotation
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.
Sunday 5pm Flow Rotation; Wednesday 6pm Slow Flow
RYT200, Kids Yoga Teacher
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
Saturday 8:15am Empower Flow + 9:30am Slow Flow
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.
Tuesday 12pm Aerial Yoga + 1:30pm Aerial Yoga for Special Needs
Jennifer spent her early years on a dairy farm in Davie County, North Carolina. A tomboy who loved nature and the outdoors, she began taking dance at age five and loved the feelings such movement provided. She began her yoga practice at the Dowd YMCA in 2004 and continued her practice through several studios in Charlotte, NC. It was 2012 when she met Rachael in a studio in Denver, NC and discovered a slower, more alignment focused approach to yoga. Wanting to deepen her own practice, Jennifer enrolled in and completed her 200-hour teacher training with Bella Vita Yoga, a Yoga Alliance registered program, in the spring of 2015. She has a passion for Yin, Gentle/Restorative, and trauma-sensitive yoga. Jennifer has experience with energy work, too. She has received her Reiki level I and level II training from the Reiki Education and Research Institute and received additional Reiki instruction under Reiki Master Sara Sharkey. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in Business and Accounting. In her spare-time she enjoys design, photography, and travel.
ryt200, Holistic Nutrition Educator
Kassi is a passionate teacher of yoga and holistic nutrition and wellness. She has 12+ years of experience as a committed yoga practitioner and wellness expert and has been teaching for nearly 4 years. She believes yoga’s ability to improve the physical body is only the beginning. As most students soon discover, a better connection to the physical leads to a better understanding of the heart and soul. Kassi’s classes offer a deep and often slow flow of yoga postures with a focus on breath, alignment technique and modifications. In every class, she aims for her students to experience the clarity and peaceful strength that comes from intentional breath and body movement. Her mantra: Breathe and move, wake up every cell, then listen deeply; feel all the feelings, both physical and emotional. Her classes are nurturing and full of love, as she serves to empower her students in ultimately becoming their own best teachers - mindfully guided from within. She believes yoga is not a practice of attainment, but an unending process of self-discovery and transformation. Kassi is also certified as a Holistic Nutrition Educator and offers personalized consultations and small group workshops in Eating for Health, Ayurveda and Mindfulness.
Wednesday 9am Yoga Ease
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.
Tuesday 6pm Yoga for Back + Neck + 7:15pm Deep Stretch
Friday 6pm Empower Flow Rotation
Aerial Yoga Teacher
Sunday 8am Slow Flow; Friday 7:30pm Aerial Yoga
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).
Thursday 6pm Essential Yoga Elements + 7:15pm Deep Stretch
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.
Monday 6:30pm Yoga Ease
Sandy's yoga journey began several years ago while taking yoga classes at the gym as a way to stretch her aching "runner's body". Yoga was there, but only as a compliment to her rigorous training. In 2013, after being diagnosed with late stage Gynecologic Cancer, she underwent a grueling treatment that included internal as well as external pelvic radiation and chemotherapy. The treatment weakened her pelvic bones and her running, as well as her kettlebell training had to stop. She once again turned to yoga for exercise, but this time something happened. She felt a different sort of shift in her body, but more importantly, a bigger shift emotionally. Through her exploration with her new body, she found a great love for Power Vinyasa Yoga, as it satisfied the need for intense training, but with the compassion and self-love of Yoga- It was a match made in HEAVEN for Sandy!
Her time on the mat became a place of release, of prayer, and of deep internal healing. Her yoga practice had a profound effect on her view of life, and for finding gratitude in life's everyday gifts. She felt that this shift was a deep emotional and intuitive calling to help others find their own peace- their own true power to know what it means to feel fully integrated in mind, body, breath, and heart. She had to teach this magic to others. Her 200hr teacher training took place in Charlotte with Bella Vita Yoga.
Sandy's Power yoga classes will challenge you, make you think outside the “Yoga pose” and find a place that both inspires and empowers you. She strives to empower her students with a sense of deeper connection to their bodies once all the barriers of self-limiting beliefs are removed. Join Sandy to move, breathe, sweat a little and empower each other!
Wednesday 7:15pm Empower Flow - WARM; Friday 6pm Empower Flow Rotation