Circles Around the Sun Yoga was founded in the summer of 2016 by Sarah Wray and Deana Clark.
I completed my 200 hour RYT in June 2016 at Sacred Space yoga studio in Mount Airy, North Carolina under the instruction of Melody White, founder of Samdhaana Yoga®. Following the completion of our Yoga Teacher Training, I decided to continue to follow my passion of empowering and building our community by sharing the joys of yoga. I am so excited to embark upon this journey and hope to provide a welcoming and relaxing space for all people to enjoy. I full-heartedly believe yoga is for everyone, with this at the forefront, this studio will feature a wide array of class types to support all student levels; from the very beginner to the advanced yogi. Each of our teachers will work to empower each student to cultivate their own personal practice and work to identify what aspects of the yoga practice resonate with them. We are just mere guides upon the path and look forward to sharing yoga with you all. ~Sarah
What is Samdhaana Yoga?
The beauty of Samdhaana Yoga® is that it is a practice of healing. Its principles govern movement both anatomically and energetically using complementary sequencing of poses, with a focus on balance, symmetry and the body’s flow of energy. The remarkable synergy created by the practice of these principles can be transformative, promoting and supporting the healing and strengthening of the body, mind and spirit.
In June 2016, we completed our 200 RYT Samdhaana Yoga® Teacher Training under the direction of the wonderful Melody White, the founder of Samdhaana Yoga® and owner of Sacred Space yoga studio in Mount Airy, NC.
Melody is a certified Yoga Alliance E-RYT and has been training and certifying 200-RYT teachers since 2009. Through her many years of practicing and teaching yoga, along with studying various forms of Alternative Medicine including Energy Medicine, Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, Melody developed Samdhaana Yoga® and has been sharing it through her classes and her teacher training program.
What we love about Samdhaana Yoga® is that it can be can be practiced and taught in multiple formats, beginners, alignment based, or vinyasa, and it allows for each individual yoga teacher to infuse her own creativity and spirit into the classes she teaches. We are so excited to bring this extraordinary practice to Stuart, and to create a space with a true sense of community, where everyone feels welcome, supported and uplifted. If you’d like to learn more about Samdhaana Yoga® or the Samdhaana Yoga® teacher training program, please visit www.sacredspacenc.com.
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Meet our teachers
Sarah Wray, Owner and Teacher
I am passionate about family, friends, live music, building community, volunteerism and educating and empowering students of all ages. My passion for yoga continues to grow as it gives me the ability to find release, channel creativity and spend time focusing on myself in order to fully immerse myself in the service of others. Yoga gives us the opportunity to step away from our everyday responsibilities; allowing us to bring our focus and attention to ourselves: mind, body and breath. I enjoy bringing creative sequences alive to move students around the mat in a soothing and balanced way. I strive to empower students by sharing postures that are accessible to everyone. I look forward to providing an authentic experience in which students can feel connected to the yoga practice and begin deepening their own personal practice. 200 hour registered yoga teacher, restorative yoga certification.
Deana Clark, Teacher
200 RYS Samdhaana Yoga, for both foundations and vinyasa styles. Senior Yoga certification. Mindful Yin certification. And Restorative Yoga certification. I began yoga much later than your average yoga instructor. Growing up in a small southern town yoga was extremely foreign to me. In the mid 80s I was a certified aerobics instructor. By my thirties was a faithful Pilates practitioner and into strength training. In my early forties, as my body changed, I began having physical pain from workouts and stepped away. As I became depressed, feeling old, and not in control anymore, I reached out to yoga. I admit in my early years of yoga I had a hard time letting go of that “power through” mentality that often comes with fitness. It was when practicing yoga brought me in touch with my inner self again that I was hooked. I started feeling confident about aging. I woke up every day grateful and happy. I was amazingly calm instead of this high strung person my husband was used to. I believe everyone should feel welcome in a yoga class or studio. It is not a “one size fits all”. Yoga is very personal and we are all on different paths. I enjoy gentleness, slow flow vinyasa, pranayama ( breath work) and meditation in my classes. And I enjoy teaching in a way that reminds us of the mind, body, and spirit connection. I have taken the word power out of my yoga vocabulary and enjoy being more intentional with each movement. I like the #gentleisthenewstrong. I hope that my students see me as friendly, kind, fun, uplifting and a little sassy. I am all about celebrating life, movement, our passions, and authentic selves. I want that to show up in my practice.
Kristin Hylton, Teacher
I have been cultivating a yoga practice for several years, and completed Certified Yoga Teacher training at White Crow Yoga in Nashville, TN. I began a regular practice as a way to find a few moments of self-care when my children were young, and my yoga has evolved into a family practice, with my children frequently joining me on the mat. My experience is mostly in Hatha style yoga, linking movement to breath, and I enjoy introducing the philosophies behind the practice of yoga. I focus on building sequences that feature variations to make the poses successful for all bodies, and I place a strong emphasis on alignment, safety, and integrity. I strive to help my students explore their yoga beyond the mat, making their practice an experience for the body, mind, and spirit.
Anna Wallace, Teacher
I come from a background in dance, pilates, and traditional Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. Although I had already been practicing for several years, my journey with yoga really began in 2013 after I underwent a major spinal surgery and yoga became my means of recovery. During this time I started practicing under Selena Garefino, and eventually completed my 200 RYT training at a month-long immersive course with Selena in Phuket, Thailand. I am educated in traditional Hatha and Vinyasa yoga asana practices, as well as yogic history and philosophy. My training put special emphasis on anatomy, proper alignment, and strong cuing skills to help students achieve poses effectively. I love sharing my knowledge of the yoga system with others because it has been a transformational practice in my life.
Lauren Kipreos, Guest Teacher