Liz Sprague Holt, MA, E-RYT200, completed her 200 hour teacher training at White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California and a 60 hour course in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors at Duke Integrative Medicine, both followed by additional work, a research project and internship. She has also taken many courses and workshops over the years including Tai Chi, Ayurvedic Healing, Thai massage, Contact Improvisation, iRest (Restorative Yoga or Yogic Sleep), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Liz is registered with the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT-200), received the additional certification in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors at Duke and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. In 2010 Liz completed a 50-hour program in Yoga of Awareness for Cancer from Duke Integrative Medicine, an intensive course of study designed to prepare teachers to help those living with cancer and their caregivers to enjoy a high quality of life through yoga asanas (postures), breathing and meditation techniques. This method of intervention has been tested by scientific studies (in the Western medical trial model) and has been shown to make a difference. Liz has been involved in dance for over thirty years with instruction in many forms of dance and performances of modern, ballet, jazz and tap with several companies and community groups. Modern dance is her passion along with yoga, music, documentary film making, travel and studying Eastern philosophy. She was introduced to the Journey Dance™ form at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts and completed her certification at the teacher training held at Earthdance Center for Contact Improvisation in Massachusetts. She was the Administrative Director from 2010-2012 for Even Exchange Dance Theater in Raleigh. She worked with Carolina Parent Magazine from 1992-2010 and was the publisher for 12 years until 2010. She currently works at North Carolina State University with The Caldwell Fellows Program and the Music Department. Liz opened her yoga studio on Hillsborough St in November 2010 and has since moved to Cameron Village at Raleigh Yoga Center; she also teaches at Arts Together and in her home studio near Crabtree Valley Mall.
"Be kind to one another"
Suzanne Ballantyne (RYT325) is pursuing a 500 hour certification with Yoga Club & The Holistic Yoga Therapy Institute out of Charlotte, N.C.
She completed her 200 hour certification in Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Carson Efird in 2010. Teaching for more than 5 years and practicing for close to 18 years now, Suzanne has experienced the
transformation that yoga enables and enhances as it guides one’s life both on and off the mat.
Suzanne studied psychology and education at university. These studies, 3 children, several pets and Yoga have taught her that we are each our own guru and getting to know ourselves - our own beat & rhythm in this life - is fundamental to a life of peace, joy and fulfillment.
Along side her yoga practice, Suzanne has been practicing and studying Vipassana meditation and attending silent retreats once or twice/year since 2008. She also spent
one year in a Dharma teacher program - reading, studying and meditating - with John Orr, the guiding teacher of New Hope Sangha and members of this community.
Suzanne’s greatest challenge is balancing her own goals and passions along side her active family life. She is a Health & Wellness Coach (since 2005), a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Communications Chair on the Board of the local Raleigh Chapter of ICF. Suzanne teaches yoga at SAS Inc. in Cary and privately in her home in east Cary where she lives with a dog and a cat (occasionally, if her clients have allergies: she ‘has props, will travel’ ;)
Yoga is the way Suzanne finds the space and energy to “flow” more in her every day life. And her philosophy toward yoga and life (because yoga is life ;) is to approach them with both reverence and humour!
"Show up, do your best, don’t take yourself too seriously. Stretch, grow, bloom!"
Julie Williams Dixon has been practicing yoga for almost two decades and completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2013 at Whole Heart Teacher Training at Moving Mantra in Raleigh. She continues to deepen her own studies and training with a committed regular practice as well as workshops including studies with Judith Lassiter and Gary Krafstow. She taught a beginning yoga class at Moving Mantra in Raleigh immediately upon finishing her studies, and currently teaches at a facility for women who are recovering from domestic abuse.
She personally knows the power of yoga as a therapeutic tool and is especially interested in the use of breath to cultivate energy and prana. She has also studied Reiki and brings this healing knowledge to her teaching. She loves the strengthening and stretching of yoga, but says that the learning to be still and turn inward is where she believes we begin to connect with the divine.
Julie is a filmmaker and photographer and says that her yoga practice has deepened her approach to her art by living every moment with an open heart, an open mind, and open eyes.