Cindy Brewer / owner, 500 hour E-RYT
Cindy is a native of Albemarle and one of the owners of The Yoga Pilates Barre. She graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a Bachelor of Creative Arts degree in Dance and a certificate in Dance Education. Cindy taught dance in studios and public schools in Albemarle, Charlotte and Atlanta and performed and choreographed professionally.
Several injuries led her gradually toward Pilates and Yoga as a way to both use the body and be very kind to it as well. But it was what these two practices did for her esteem and spirit that gave her the need to share it the most.
She received her Pilates Teacher Certification from Leslie Clayton of Body Awareness in Atlanta, GA, her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Lesa Crocker of The Bodhi Tree in Charlotte, NC and completed her 500 hour RYT with Rolf Gates, the author of “Meditations From the Mat” and “Meditations on Intention and Being”. She is the director of the Be Kind Yoga Vinyasa Teacher Training School.
Cindy is very grateful to be able to work in and help out in her community through teaching Yoga, Pilates and Barre and using those practices to host fundraisers for local charities.
Susan Farrell / owner, 200 hour RYT
Susan is a native Texan, growing up in Dallas and attending The University of Texas at Austin. She and her husband, Todd, have lived in Dallas, Atlanta and Charlotte and have been in the New London area for ten years. Susan stumbled into a Yoga class about seven years ago and immediately fell in love with the practice. She completed her 200 hour Registered Teacher Training with Cindy Brewer at Be Kind Yoga School in May 2015.
Susan loves exploring different studios in different parts of the country, always bringing new ideas and knowledge home with her. In visiting different studios, she realized how special Albemarle Pilates and Yoga was and decided she wanted to partner with Cindy to grow APY into The Yoga Pilates Barre. She is now thrilled and enthusiastic about all YPB offers and adds to our community.
Susan enthusiastically shares her love of the practice with others, always with the message of inclusion. She truly believes Yoga is for everyone.
Lisa Biddle / 200 hour RYT
Lisa wanted to learn to live her passion and learn to live with peace. She wanted her heart to be open and moving forward. She is enjoying beginning to teach yoga and make new friends. She enjoys showing people what she loves about yoga and what it has done for her.
Along with her Be Kind Teacher Training at APY, Lisa also received certification in Yoga Warriors which will enable her to teach yoga for Veterans, those with PTSD and amputees. She looks forward to giving back in any way she can.
She is forever thankful and grateful for her amazing teachers and the wonderful friends made with such inspiring stories shared throughout the six months. They are quite possibly some of the most valued moments of her life. She only hopes and dreams of being able to help others in such ways they are able to find themselves in a beautiful light.
Whitney is an Albemarle native. She has two active and vibrant daughters that bring light into her life and practice yoga with her.
Whitney began practicing yoga to counter the physical stress of weight training and marathon running. She soon realized it wasn’t just “stretching” and her practice began to blossom. In March 2014, after finishing her first marathon, she completed YogaFit teacher training in Raleigh, NC and began teaching yoga at the YMCA along with other fitness classes.
Her favorite pastimes include running, hiking, swimming, dancing with her daughters, handstands in peculiar locations, trail running, and hot yoga. Her yoga practice has helped guide her through life’s seasons and rooted her deeper into God’s love. She loves to share her practice.
Jessica Henderson / 200 hour RYT
Jessica is a traveling yogi who enjoys taking and teaching many styles of yoga all over Charlotte and surrounding areas. She began taking yoga quite a few years ago and has had the opportunity to practice multiple styles under several teachers. Understanding the strengths of diverse yoga styles has given her tools to better meet the needs her students. While she respects and honors the principles of each style she have practiced, she chose power vinyasa yoga for my teacher training. She completed her 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and 85 hour Prenatal RYT at Charlotte Family Yoga Center, a Baptiste inspired yoga studio. She is a teacher who is dedicated to helping students meet their goals, whether their goal is a good workout, reducing stress, clearing the mind or increasing sports performance. She tailors each class to meet the goals of her students.
Jessica holds a PhD. in Neuroscience from Wake Forest University in North Carolina and has taught anatomy and physiology at Washington State University. She has also enjoyed teaching dessert wine tasting and pairing classes, and is currently venturing into an artisan chocolate tasting business.
Alia King / 200 hour RYT
Alia found yoga while exploring alternate forms of exercise and quickly discovered the beauty, peace and calmness that yoga can bring. She is excited to help others find the same stress relief and inner calmness that she has found and is currently working on her 200 hour training with Sandy Raper in Concord, NC. Alia lives in Oakboro with her fabulous husband and daughters where she enjoys planting flowers and being part of the nature around her. She works with volunteers and a wonderful team at Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, and though she practices yoga throughout the area, she loves the warmth and family feel of YPB.
Madeleine is an Albemarle native and moved to Chapel Hill to earn a BA in English and a Master of Arts in Teaching. After college, she relocated to Concord, NC and currently teaches 10th grade English at Central Cabarrus High School.
For Madeleine, yoga is a tool and spiritual practice that allows for a deeper understanding of oneself. Her goal as a yoga instructor is to create a space for self study and help others to develop a positive self-image. Her passion lies in helping young adults and teenagers unplug and turn inward, finding confidence, peace, and love within themselves so that they may be a light to others on and off their mats.
Kellyn is an Albemarle native and began working for YPB in July 2012. She has since completed 100 hr Yoga Teacher Training and Pilates Mat & Reformer Certifications with Cindy. She began practicing Yoga and Pilates in high school and continued throughout college as a form of exercise and stress relief. Currently, Kellyn is doctoral student at UNCG studying Literature. She has also earned a BA in Art History, minor degrees in Dance and Classical Studies, an MA in Liberal Studies with focuses in History and Literature, and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from UNCC.
A lover of meditation and hip openers, Kellyn believes that yoga truly saved her life and desires to encourage all people to experience the self-confidence, spiritual balancing, and peace of mind yoga cultivates. Yoga isn’t about just stretching and arm balances; it’s about finding the place in yourself that believes you are capable of anything, whether that be child’s pose or some crazy one-handed inverted pretzel.
She has a quirky and calming teaching style, specializing in guided meditation and invigorating flows. Kellyn also loves reading, chia tea, Harry Potter, and big-eared dogs.
Mariah is a Stanly County local and resides in Albemarle with her husband, Lee. She attended Stanly Community College and is working now to receive her 200 hour RYT with Cindy Brewer at Be Kind Yoga School.
Three years ago Mariah began yoga as a hobby, but quickly realized it was so much more than just physical exercise. Yoga is about finding a connection between the body, mind and spirit. With guided meditations and vinyasa flows, she aspires to help people find their freedom in a playful and welcoming environment.
In her free time you can find Mariah hula hooping, making new scents with essential oils, or simply hanging out with her family and friends. She radiates inner light that she hopes will shine onto others, inspiring them to do the same.