Instructors

 

Kim Armstrong

Born and raised in Jacksonville, NC Kim Armstrong is a life long local and is staff-logoproud to call our area home. She has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and has experience with many different studios as well as different styles of yoga. After the very first class she took, she knew yoga would be a lifetime pursuit. In 2018, Kim graduated from Yoga-Mojo teacher training as a certified instructor with 230 hours of course study. With the love of her community and yoga, Kim brings her own personality to her classes by creating an open and inviting atmosphere for everyone and especially those who are interested in starting their own yoga journey.

Greg Bogard

Greg has been practicing yoga since 2011 and teaching since 2014. His MOMENTUM yoga instructorsyoga journey began when, after seeking relief from years of typical middle-aged ailments, he decided to see if yoga could do what meds and physical therapists could not. Within months of beginning his practice, Greg was not only living free of pain, but through the inspiration of his instructors, had begun to realize there was wellness within the practice of yoga that went beyond the physical body. Desiring to learn more, Greg underwent teacher training and graduated the YogaWorks 200-hour program at MOMENTUM Yoga & Fitness in 2013 and completed his 300-hour program through Asheville Yoga Center in 2018. Greg is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500) with the Yoga Alliance®. He is grateful for the opportunity to instruct while continuing to learn and grow as an enthusiastic student of the yoga tradition.

Ginny Crothers

Ginny Crothers is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and an environmental scientist living in Beaufort. She has practiced yoga for nearly 15 years, but she recently got certified as a teacher with Asheville Yoga Center in an effort to grow her knowledge of yoga and share the profound benefits of the practice with her community. Ginny is an avid road cyclist, as well, and raced with the Duke Cycling Team when she was in graduate school. She’s motivated by movement, meditation, and how these practices can bring us closer to our life purpose.

Alicia Durham

Alicia Durham is a graduate of the Yoga Mojo Teacher Training and is a RYT200 with Yoga Alliance. She brings to the mat a refreshing positive energy, as well as a lifelong love of teaching. Her relaxing stretches, playful Vinyasa flows and moving mediations will help you expand your flexibility, increase your strength and calm your mind. Her goal is to guide you to connect with your body, your mind and your spirit.

Katy Dyer

I have always been a person of movement: a competitive cheerleader, softball player, and long distance runner. In an effort to shed my shell of intensityMOMENTUM yoga instructors hardened by competition, I stepped on a yoga mat for first time in 2013 in an effort to find peace, light, and stillness.  Today my intensity can be seen in my passion for a continuous practice and study of yoga. I offer space for others on all paths on a yoga journey to rid themselves of the rigidity that life and competition create – a place for them to find the energy and vigor of fluid movement and a quiet stillness to find the grace and peace that is created when we rid ourselves of the expectations and find contentment in our present wholeness.

I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Transcending Yoga in Swansboro, North Carolina. I am deeply grateful for the compassionate guidance that my teachers have shared with me, for they have shown me that yoga is an ever-developing wholeness, a contentment with who you are in a present moment and an understanding of all the variances and changes that exist within you.

Ashley Foster

Ashley is humbled to become a contributing part of the Momentum community. She has been practicing yoga on and off for 15 years, deciding to dive in and deepen her commitment with Yoga-Mojo teacher training in 2020. Shew, what a year to make a commitment!

Ashley believes that Yoga is to be practiced on and off the mat through our love for ourselves, love for others, love for the world, and love for the practice.
Her teaching allows you to tap into your playful and joyful spirit through heartfelt genuine dharma talks, lots of laughter, and strength practices. Just show up and be yourself 💜.

Megan Leach

Megan moved from PA 10 years ago and feels the happiest living near the beach. For her, peace is found in nature leading an active lifestyle through yoga, paddleboarding, and surfing. In 2014, her yoga journey began which stemmed naturally from a dancing background. Megan’s interest in anatomy and wellness led her to receive an associate degree in therapeutic massage. She believes her purpose is to help people feel freedom in their bodies and strives to be a positive influence on their healing journey. A yoga retreat in Bali inspired her to deepen her studies and she recently completed a 200hr YTT at Doron Yoga Center in Guatemala. The disciplined Ashtanga Vinyasa training helped Megan connect with her true nature. She aims to teach a foundational practice of strength, stability, and the ultimate presence of the mind.

Jake Lilly

Yoga became a primary source of truth and well-being for Jake after he came face to face with his own mortality. After several near-death experiences, brought on by a hereditary heart condition, Jake was obsessed with finding an answer to a fundamental question. What is my purpose as it pertains to the purpose of humanity? In his pursuit of finding an answer, Jake became a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2017. Not long after he became an instructor, he traveled to Oaxaca Mexico for 3 months to study Yogic Philosophy at Hridaya Yoga. In that time, Jake became very aware of life’s inherent suffering. During his stay abroad, Jake made a vow to reduce the unnecessary suffering of all divine beings. He has since become a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist and is still diligently striving to find answers to subsequent questions that naturally follow his pursuit of purpose.

Sharon Maloney

In 2008, Sharon graduated from Glenmore Yoga and Wellness with 200 hours of course study in the Himalayan tradition. This style explores the

spiritual heritage of mankind that united East and West, spirituality, science and the ancient wisdom. She is registered E-RYT teacher with Yoga

Alliance. As a teacher for fourteen years, she enjoys teaching individuals and groups and leading workshops. Ayurveda, the sister science of

Yoga is learning to live a balanced life, in harmony with your inherent nature, or Ayurvedic constitution. This is a passion she shares with Yogis

that is beneficial to a reduction in stress, increased energy and a improved quality of life, Sharon guides students in their exploration of Yoga,

helping them to achieve personal goals and find ease in their body and peace of mind.

Tabatha Mann

I have lived in Carteret county for more than 30 years. The 2 things I’m most proud of are my daughters Sydney(15) and Sophia(14). My husband, myself, and our girls enjoy active family time, boating, and CrossFit.

I was a gymnast beginning at age 8. I was a competitive cheerleader in middle school, high school, and college.

After graduating from ECU with a major in Recreational Therapy, I earned my Personal Training and Group Fitness certifications (2001). I began practicing yoga that year and earned a certification soon after.
I began teaching Pre/Post Natal Yoga during my first pregnancy (2003).

I’ve been a cheerleading coach and tumbling instructor for over 20 years. I also coach Outdoor Track at Croatan High School.

Currently, I teach a wide variety of classes in different locations in our county including Yoga, Cycling, Water Aerobics, Silver Sneakers, and Cardio Yoga/willPower Method.

I love teaching group fitness and I have a heart for seniors. I like to bring a laugh to all of the classes I teach!

I hope to see you soon!

Kristin Martin-Owner

Kristin has practiced yoga for 15 years.  She came to Momentum Yoga in 2016 after moving from Roanoke Rapids, NC.  Kristin believes practicing yoga with teacher Leilani Walker changed her life.  “Every time I came to Leilani’s class she awakened my soul more and more.  Through her yoga flow, breathwork and mediation I began to connect to my authentic self.  In 2018 Momentum Yoga offered a teacher training program through Yoga Mojo and Kristin jumped at the opportunity to learn more about yoga.  “I never went into this journey with a desire to teach but a desire to learn!”  She embraced the training with her whole heart.  “I’m so thankful and grateful to Loretta Jo!  For the experience and her teachings!  There isn’t a day that goes by that she doesn’t use some of what she learned in the program.  For me the program was life changing!”  Teaching yoga has now become my passion!  I want to hold space for others to practice yoga, to connect with breath and each other that is safe so that they too can connect to their authentic selves.

Stacey Morris

I found Yoga on the path of my healing journey.
An inspirational meeting with Jade Morton started a life changing adventure that began with her Gentle Yoga and health classes that further led me to become a graduate the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Certified Health Coach where I learned holistic ways of healing from anxiety and illnesses that had me on 8 prescriptions a day!
After visiting Momentum I discovered a variety of yoga styles, where I met Kristin and her contagious Love of everything Yoga, which led me to become RYT 200 from the Yoga Teacher Training offered there with the incredible knowledge and guidance of Loretta Jo of Yoga Mojo.
Yoga continues to be the calming of my mind, improving my mobility & flexibility, finding my breathe and the healing of my Spirit.
After a class with Jade, she asked me if I ever saw myself teaching, I did not. Yet I fully embraced going through these amazing learning, healing journeys that now has me prescription free, it has become a practice I wish to share…

…a relaxed style infused with soothing music, aromatherapy & stretches mixed with gentle and organic movements in a comfortable, safe space to practice or start from wherever you are,
I hope to meet you on the mat. 💖

Steve Reilly

Steve has been practicing yoga and meditation since 2010. His practice focuses on the exploration of our minds and building a strong mental framework to ground our practice. With an educational background in History, he likes to use the lessons of the past to guide our present and set the waypoints for our future.  You can expect a session that focuses on mindfully accessing each pose, a flow with available modifications so everyone can participate regardless of physical limitations, and guided meditations that seek to build a safe and understanding environment.

Courtney Rose

As a dance major in college, yoga was a required class each Saturday morning. Courtney quickly appreciated the physical benefits, gradually developing an emotional and spiritual connection to yoga. Yoga has helped her navigate many of life’s challenges including depression, pregnancy and injury. Courtney has studied yoga for 25 years of varying intensity. Her studies have primarily been with two instructors Suddah Wexler of Chicago Yoga Center and Sasha McClure of Morehead City. Majority of her studies have been Hatha and techniques of Ashtanga and Vinyasa. Courtney has studied with a wide variety of instructors, but Sudda and Sasha have helped her make the connection between the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga. She understands the need for humility in ones’ practice and desires to share the healing effects of yoga. Courtney completed her RYT 200 with Loretta Jo Schaltzer of Yoga-Mojo.

Juli Saylor

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Juli’s desire is to spread her passion for yoga on and off the mat. Teaching comes naturally to Juli and she brings great energy to the studio. She graduated from Seaside Yoga of Wilmington with her 200 RYT in September 2008 with an emphasis on Anusara yoga. Juli completed her 300 hour program in January 2016 through Asheville Yoga Center. She currently holds her 200-ERYT and 500 RYT. She honors her teachers Lisa Colletti, Susan Koepp, Ashley Ludman and Rachael Crawford Goolsby.

Michelle ThornellMOMENTUM yoga instructors

C-IAYT , E-RYT 200, RYT 500

Now a retired law enforcement officer, Michelle began practicing yoga in 2001 while searching for stress relief from her job. Yoga inspired her to become a yoga teacher in 2003, studying with Master Purna yoga teacher Aadil Palkhivala as well as Tias Little, Elise Browning Miller, Terry Brown and others. She continues her studies and is now a C-IAYT, ERYT200/RYT 500, with a wealth of knowledge on safe alignment in asana, as well as many yoga therapy techniques . She is also certified in Somatic Movements,  SATYA (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement) with Tias Little   She has now attained her certification as a Yoga Therapist through  East Coast Yoga Therapy’s  4 year program.. She is known for her sense of humor when presenting, while adapting her classes and workshops to the level of her students and their needs.

Leilani Walker

Leilani loves yoga. She believes that it has the power to connect us to our inner guide, reveal the truth of who we are, reset our happiness meters, and expand our compassion as we evolve from practicing yoga on the mat to the real beauty of being our practice.MOMENTUM yoga instructors

Leilani has been practicing yoga since 2000. She completed a 240 hour certification in 2008 with The NC School of Yoga from the lineage of living yoga master Sri Dharma Mittra. In 2010 she completed an advanced yoga teacher training course with her teacher, Erich Schiffmann. She received her 500 hour certification after studying with Jill Sockman in Raleigh.

Mary Winter 

“Yoga will come to you when the time is right.”  Mary came to yoga later in life after a traumatic experience in her life.  She was invited to try a free yoga class at which time her love affair with yoga began.  She has been an instructor for several years, and is a Certified RYT 200.  She is also a certified Aerial instructor, and has taken many workshops to expand her knowledge including with David Swenson, world renown Ashtanga Instructor, and Sarah Powers, Yin and Mediation instructor.
Her emphasis is on proper alignment, and the use of props and modifications, she works to make not only safe but accessible to everyone no matter what your age or fitness level.  She combines both yin yoga (a cooling practice that allows for the opening of the fascia and joints) with slow flow (Vinyasa) providing instruction on aligning breath with the fluid movements.  Classes are intended to meet all practitioners needs-and to honor and empower the students journey towards personal growth and well-being.  She believes that you “don’t use your body to get into the pose, rather use the pose to get into the body.”
With her passion for yoga as well as a light hearted sense of humor, she hopes that the student will not only gain increased physical strength, flexibility, and pain relief; but a deeper connection with Self, yoga, and the present moment that can be applied both on and off the mat.

Battle Witherington

For over 10 years, Battle Witherington has been teaching an uplifting style of yoga to people of all abilities.  As a lifelong dancer, she developed a physical consciousness that has fueled her interest in fitness and wellness, first the body then the mind. This interest inspired her to complete 200HR teacher training with Sri Dharma Mittra in New York City in 2011 and her 500HR training with her dear friend and mentor, Sheryl Light with Open Studio NC. The true importance of yoga began to take on a new meaning as she shared her passion with others. Battle fulfilled a dream of having her own yoga studio at BeUnlimited Yoga, Wilmington NC before being offered the opportunity to fulfill another dream of moving to New York City to teach yoga. While there, she was able to broaden her experience and knowledge even more by completing BarreFit certification and working with some of the best barre and yoga teachers in the industry. Currently, she is splitting time between two beach towns that she loves, Wrightsville Beach and Atlantic Beach and offering her yoga experience to both communities.

Battle’s mission is to inspire students’ by creating an inviting, energetic vibe that enhances yoga practice on and off the mat. She believes that with daily asana practice based on the Ashtanga foundation, the other limbs of yoga ease into life as well. Battle offers high energy guidance that involves a strong vinyasa flow challenging and balancing the body. She genuinely loves seeing how people benefit from building strength, increasing flexibility and overall self-awareness.  Her light and humorous approach eases and inspires, ultimately cultivating a community of laughter, kindness, strength and joy.