Cindy Purser / owner, 500 hour E-RYT
Cindy is a native of Albemarle and the owner of The Yoga Pilates Barre. She graduated from UNC-Charlotte in 1992 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 in 2000 from Leslie Clayton of Body Awareness in Atlanta, GA, her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification in 2007 from Lesa Crocker of The Bodhi Tree in Charlotte, NC and completed her 500 hour RYT in 2014 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.
Jessica Henderson PhD, E-RYT200, RPYT
Jessica has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. Upon moving to Charlotte, she began teaching in 2011. As a student, she enjoys exploring many styles of yoga. She has studied with Sadie Nardini, Kathryn Budig, Leslie Kaminoff, Bryan Kest, David Keil, Peter Sterios, David Swenson and Rolf Gates. Understanding the strengths of diverse yoga styles has given her tools to better meet the needs her students. As a teacher, she strives to teach students to understand, challenge and accept their physical bodies. Jessica holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Wake Forest University and has taught college level anatomy and physiology. She is also trained to teach prenatal yoga and yoga for athletes. Jessica teaches weekly classes, leads workshops at studios in and around Charlotte, and instructs the anatomy and physiology portion of several 200 hour yoga teacher trainings.
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 completed 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.
Born and raised in Charlotte, Frankie came to Stanly County looking for a job with the Parks and Recreation Department. Not only did she find a job, she also found the love of her life and stayed.
One fateful day while in the midst of raising her family, she was asked if she would be interested in teaching an aerobic class at the YMCA. After twenty plus years, she is still at it! From A to Z, high impact Aerobics to finding Zen in Yoga, she has tried it all. Her philosophy for fitness is “Find what you love to do because you’ll do what you love.”
Samantha grew up in Norwood, NC and then attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She worked as a social worker for people struggling with addiction for three years before returning back to Albemarle to pursue her Master’s Degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling. Samantha currently works as a support trainer for individuals with Autism. Mental health has always been something close to her heart. Samantha is pursuing her 200 hour RYT with Be Kind Yoga Teacher Training with Cindy to incorporate the mindfulness and meditation aspect to her therapy practice. She believes that yoga can help a person’s self-image, increase coping skills, and help eliminate symptoms of anxiety and depression. Samantha aspires to help people struggling with mental disorders and life crises by combining yoga practice and therapeutic interventions.
Jaclyn Pastorini / 200 hour RYT
Born and raised in Albemarle, Jaclyn is enjoying this recent return to her hometown! She has spent eight years as an educator in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago and received her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification in India. Love and rigor have come to be the guiding forces in Jaclyn’s classroom, and her yoga mat continues to offer her a way of exploring the delicate balance of these forces in herself. Jaclyn believes that breath is divine, our body holds life’s experiences, and uniting with this breath and body has immeasurable benefits. She is excited for the opportunity to join in YPB’s journey and community!
Meagen Clavey / LMBT 8121, 200 hour RYT
Meagen moved to Stanly County from Texas in 2000. She is a former military daughter and has lived all over the US and Germany. Meagen has been a Massage Therapist since 2008. She has several certifications including Thai Yoga Bodywork, Cupping, Hot/Cold Stones. She has her Associate in Arts degree and is always learning something new to add to her practice. One day, in 2008, she took a Yoga class taught by Frankie, and she got hooked on yoga. She has been practicing yoga off and on for several years. In April of 2017, Meagen got her 200 hour yoga teaching certification from Be Kind Yoga Teacher Training with Cindy. She loves what she does and helping people to find their calm, peace, relaxation, pain free self. Meagen is excited for where her path may take her.