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. She is also certified in Broga, Men’s Yoga and is working on her Yoga Therapy Certificate through the IAYT Accredited school, Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy out of NY.
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.
Frankie Schooley / 100 Hour Teacher Training
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 Allman / Be Kind Teacher Trainer
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.
Heather Raborn / Be Kind Teacher Trainer
Heather grew up in Stanly County, enlisting in the Navy shortly after high school spending 5 years as an electrician aboard an aircraft carrier. She decided to get out of the military to pursue a more fulfilling life and career. Spending a few years living, working and attending school all along North Carolina’s outer banks, her new outlook on life as a free civilian lead Heather on a path that would merge yoga and meditation together from two completely different angles and changing her life completely, sparking a spiritual awakening.
Heather’s love for yoga began in her second class, during final resting pose, when her overactive mind stopped thinking for the first time in 25 years. Realizing there was really something to this. She immediately went home and started doing research and falling more and more in love with yoga with everything she learned. This is still true today. Heather loves that there is always somewhere to explore, more to learn and so many ways to grow in practice in all aspects: physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
It was during her third yoga class Heather had a vision where she saw herself teaching and has known since that day that it would become an important foundation to build her life upon. Her passion is to help others find the peace, healing and strength that yoga has brought to her life. Returning to Albemarle in 2015 Heather became a part of the YPB community in 2016 and began her 200 hour teacher training certification in 2017 at Be Kind Yoga Teacher Training with Cindy. She is excited and thankful for the opportunity to share her practice with this 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.
Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and loved ones. Also her idea of relaxing is sitting on the beach with a good book to read. Traveling to Key West for the first time she realized that she loves it there too! She has a bucket list of different places she wants to someday visit!
She first came to Albemarle Pilates and Yoga to practice yoga just a few years ago with a friend. She immediately loved practicing yoga. It made her feel good: mentally, physically, and emotionally. Maybe a year or so after practicing yoga, Cindy mentioned teaching yoga to her, and she started thinking about it. Knowing that she loves helping people feel better about themselves, teaching yoga would be a great fit. Michelle is finishing up Be Kind Teacher Training, and is now teaching yoga at the Yoga Pilates Barre.
Amanda Horton / 200 Hour RYT, Reiki Level 2 Therapist
Amanda is a public school educator with a lifelong love of all things fitness. She found yoga at Albemarle Pilates and Yoga 10 years ago and actually attended our very first class! She knew immediately it was for her. Yoga has improved every aspect of her life and in 2015 she decided to merge her love of yoga and teaching to help others discover the secrets yoga can unlock. She completed Be Kind Teacher Training with Cindy Purser.
In addition to loving all things fitness, she also has an obsession with water. She lives on Lake Tillery with her family and enjoys paddleboarding. She went to the Keys and received a specialized training in paddleboard yoga. She now teaches Paddleboard Yoga at Lilly’s Bridge Marina for The Yoga Pilates Barre.