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.

Cindy Cash

Cynthia Ruth Cash, a resident of Wilson and Beaufort, is a retired teacher who has called North Carolina home since the 1980s.

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Born in Brevard, Cindy’s childhood was a nomadic one spent in Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, and finally, Kentucky. She received her undergraduate degree in education from the University of Kentucky, and an MaEd in English from East Carolina University.
Cindy has been an involved community volunteer in Wilson, serving on the boards of the Wilson Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary, the United Way, Wilson on the Move, and the Arts Council of Wilson. She and her husband Jim have been active supporters of the Imagination Station Science Museum, and are members of the First United Methodist Church.

Cindy and her husband are the parents of three adult children and grandparents of seven. Her interests include travel, teaching yoga, and reading. Her passion remains education, particularly in non-traditional and alternative environments.

Kay Dixon

Kay practiced yoga for many years and, as a special education teacher, Momentum yoga instructorsrecognized the power of stress reduction.  As the first Certified Conscious Discipline Instructor (CCDI) in North Carolina, she found herself saying to teachers, “Before you can help children behaviorally, you must be calm.” The program moved on without teaching the adult how to self-calm when “take a deep breath” wasn’t enough.  She began looking for something to meet that need and came full circle, back to yoga.

Kay completed RYT-200 through the Yoga Works teacher training program at MOMENTUM yoga & fitness in 2013.  She enjoys working with seniors and beginning yogis.

 

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.

Kate Francesca

MOMENTUM yoga instructorsAfter two decades of practicing yoga in New York and North Carolina, Kate decided to enrich her practice and her life by becoming a teacher.  She completed the 200 hour RYT training in 2011, graduating from Transcending Yoga, a Yoga Alliance registered school.

Kate is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others through the transformative power of yoga.

Linda Fulcher

Linda graduated from the 200 hour Yoga-Mojo Yoga Teacher Training Program at Momentum Yoga and Wellness in 2018.  Linda’s personal practice of yoga and her teaching are informed by her background in physical therapy, personal life coaching, and longstanding practice of meditation and service to others.

Linda holds a certificate in the Yoga of 12-Step Recovery, and is actively working to offer the support and healing of yoga to people suffering from the disease of addiction, their families and friends.

Linda enjoys bringing devotion, intellect, humor and inspiration into her classes, and invites practitioners to join her on a journey that balances the spiritual, mental and physical aspects of yoga by connecting each breath with movement, and joy.

Lexi Godfrey

Hi! My name is Lexi Godfrey and I am thrilled to be teaching here at Momentum! I came to yoga as a child and have benefited tremendously from incorporating a personal practice throughout my life. I started teaching preschool in 2011 and began weaving yoga into our daily routines in the classroom. In 2018, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to complete teacher training with Loretta Jo Schlatzer here at Momentum!  Our wonderful training program deepened my love of yoga and I feel incredibly blessed to have studied under such an accomplished teacher. I am passionate about bringing yoga to children and I strive to bring a fun and playful approach to all my classes. I look forward to seeing you on the mat!!

Elizabeth Hickman

Elizabeth initially began practicing yoga as a way to relax and restore. After her first class she quickly learned how much yoga has to offer, both physically and mentally. She later chose to pursue formal teacher training as a way to deepen her personal practice and to provide her with the necessary skill foundation so that she may eventually share the practice of yoga with others. Elizabeth graduated from the Yoga Mojo Teacher Training (YMTT) program in September 2019 with her RYT 200. Elizabeth has always been fascinated with the intricacies of human anatomy and how movement of the body can help promote healing. With a doctoral degree in physical therapy, Elizabeth has a unique knowledge of the physical body and values how important movement is for health. She believes kindness should be the foundation of all actions and aims to teach her yoga classes following this guideline. In her classes you may expect a dynamic and breath centered flow with multiple opportunities offered for self reflection.

Jamie Jones

Jamie Jones is the mother of 4 boys and is from Draper Utah. She grew up Jamie Jones momentum yogaplaying basketball, skiing, and wakeboarding. She started practicing Yoga in College while studying Photography at Utah Valley University in Orem Utah. After moving to St. George and having 3 boys yoga became her survival. She fell in love with with practice and the way it strengthened her mind, body and spirit.  Jamie received her 200 RYT Yoga  certification from BeHot yoga in St. George in 2013.  She started teaching immediately and got pregnant with another little boy…She taught yoga all through out her pregnancy which was very beneficial for her and the baby. He is her yoga baby and came out practicing yoga. Jamie loves to share her practice and connect with others by teaching yoga!

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 that had been buried under decades of bull shit!”  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.

Jessica Minks

Jessica Minks is a Yogi trained in Hatha and Ashtanga yoga principles. She was born in North Carolina, but has traveled and taught yoga all over the world.  She received her formal training on the island of Møn in Denmark, but had been training under the guidance of two very seasoned Yogis from India while she was living for many years in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was while she was studying with them that she became inspired to receive to get her formal Yoga training and dreamed of teaching in Europe. She has successfully taught yoga in 5 different countries and eventually opened her own studio in Denmark called The Zen Den. She is passionate about yoga, meditation, natural medicine and wellness and loves to share this passion with all she meets!

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.

Annette Tersigni

Annette is known as the Yoga Nurse, is a former cover girl and Hollywood actor turned nurse and stress management expert.  Her programs areMOMENTUM yoga instructors endorsed by doctors and nursing organizations, as a safe adjunct therapy to increase quality of life.  For the past 16 years, she has been educating people around the world to lead more spiritual lifestyles.  A sought-after coach, trainer, speaker and writer, she has been featured extensively in the media.

Michelle Thornell

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 AadilMOMENTUM yoga instructors Palkhivala as well as Tias Little, Elise Browning Miller, Terry Brown and others. She continues her studies and is now an ERYT200/RYT 500, with a wealth of knowledge on safe alignment in asana. She has studied yoga therapeutics with Aadil, SATYA (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement) with Tias Little and is currently attending East Coast Yoga Therapy program to become a Yoga Therapist. 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.

Susan Toms

Susan taught physical education and ESL for 30 years. Twenty summers were spent leading trips for a boy’s camp in Maine. During her last five years of working, she was an aquatics director at an international school in Seoul, Korea. Retired now, Susan loves spending time with her grandchildren, playing tennis and bridge, and traveling to new hiking places. Susan says that yoga has been great for managing an aging body.
Susan has a Masters degree in health and physical education.  Her certifications include first aid, wilderness first aid and life saving. She received her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Kripalu.

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.