Michele Sturtz

Michele is the founder and owner of PAZ Studios.  She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with an approved Registered Yoga School (RYS).  She has completed and received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification with Triad Yoga Institute in Greensboro North Carolina.  Michele attended High Point University where she graduated with a BS degree in Interior Design. She is a Colorado native and love the outdoors, and glamping when she’s not working.  She is also a wife and a mother to two boys and a 3-year old french bulldog, Ellah Bordeaux.

Elliott Watlington

Elliott, a Lululemon Athletica Ambassador, is a dynamic and compassionate yoga teacher who attended East Carolina University where he was a member of the men’s soccer team. He received his degree in philosophy and religion and specialized in eastern philosophy and religion. While studying abroad in India through the University he took his first Yoga class in Rishikesh and has practiced and studied Yoga daily ever since. He has studied Jivamukti, Sivananda, Intergral, Kripalu, and Ashtanga Yoga traditions throughout the country.

Elliott received his training  in Ashtanga Vinyasa style yoga at the Tattva Yogashala located on the banks of the Ganges River in Rishikesh. He has taught yoga classes at the University level, with sports teams, in India, and in detention centers to at-risk teens. Elliott’s classes are physically demanding yet approachable for even the beginning level student. He teaches his students that they are stronger than they think they are and stays true to the traditional yoga style in which he received his training.

Elliott was also asked by Lululemon Athletica to teach various Yoga classes at the WanderLust Festival 2014 in Vermont.

Noelle Tyner

Noelle was introduced to Pilates over eleven years ago. It was her keen interest in health and fitness and a desire to help others that soon transformed into becoming a Pilates instructor. She then opened her own studio where she taught for seven years.

Noelle is Stott Pilates trained and certified and has also completed their Injuries and Special Populations Course. Stott Pilates is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. Stott Pilates exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. This involves placing more emphasis on pelvic and scapular stabilization, and the integration of all the body parts into one.

In addition to her Pilates training, Noelle has also completed the Core Barre certification program. She can also be found at Inner Strength Pilates where she teaches private apparatus sessions and group apparatus classes.

Prior to taking on the world’s postural problems, Noelle attended East Carolina University where she graduated with a degree in Interior Design. She is also a wife and a mother to three wonderful, nearly grown children.

Bridget Orengo

Bridget is a mother of 2-boys, a hairstylist, massage therapist, poet, dancer, philanthropist, philosopher, and spiritualist.  The 17-years of being a licensed bodyworker, has given her a deeper understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body, as well as different healing modalities from the east to the west.  Her continuing study of massage led her to prenatal/postnatal massage, from there to attending births, and many midwifery courses and workshops.
Bridget took her first yoga class 17-years ago, weaving many different styles into the mix; kundalini, bikram, integral, pre/postnatal, vinyasa flow, yin yoga, and meditation and pranayama practices.  This quest of learning postures has been an undercurrent in her humanitarian services and spiritual journey; traveling abroad immersing herself in different cultures and religions.  Bridget is a believer in unity thru diversity, and in always reflecting love and compassion.  Bridget received her RYS 200HR from the Asheville Yoga Center and is enrolled in the RYS 300HR.

Kate Renganeschi

Kate has been practicing yoga at home since 2011 and first stepped foot in a yoga studio when she moved to North Carolina in 2013. She moved from Babylon, New York to pursue her career in elementary education. She was blown away by the feeling of community and the positive energy she received from others practicing. She continued practicing in studios as a compliment to her home practice. In the summer of 2014, she spent 3 weeks in Nosara, Costa Rica doing an intensive training for her RYT-200. From there she was hired at Paz Studios. She has been teaching vinyasa flow,children’s yoga, yin and restorative classes at Paz. She began working for Wake Forest University in summer 2016 and now teaches yoga full time. In August 2016 she continued her teaching in Koh Samui, Thailand getting her RYT-500. She was also recently certified in children’s yoga and is working to bring yoga to both students and teachers in local schools.

Sarah Jennings

Sarah is from Winston-Salem and a 200HR RYT certified Yoga teacher. She received her training at Ganesha’s Yoga and Wellness of Greensboro North Carolina. She is looking to pursue the 500HR RYT certification in the near future. She is a full-time student attending Wake Forest University, with a major in International Studies with a focus on the Middle East. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys belly dancing, paddleboard yoga, working-out, music, and cooking. She primarily enjoys practicing ashtanga yoga, working with PTSD clients, Seniors, and wants to share the mood and health benefits of many types of yoga with everyone.

Lindley Battle

Lindley was first introduced to a yoga practice in the beautiful country of India, where she fell in love with both the asanas and the yogic way of living. She returned to the States to continue a strong yoga practice, and eventually went to get a RYT-200 hour certification… and that was only the beginning of her learning. Since then, she has been inspired to pull elements from all different types of practices and experiences into one cohesive flow.
Lindley’s goal as a teacher is to create a fun and challenging environment in which students learn more about the poses, their bodies, and themselves.

Mackenzie Calhoun

Mackenzie has an extensive background in classical and contemporary ballet training and performance art. As a young adult, Yoga became a healing and centering part of her life. She had suffered with back pain as a teenager due to scoliosis and yoga helped her begin to heal. She fell in love with Pilates after the birth of her first son in 2001, when adding Pilates to her yoga practice, her back pain went away completely. After many years of being a student of both she became certified and began teaching at the YMCA in 2008.

Mackenzie is also a NC licensed massage therapist and has studied and taken many courses using yoga and Pilates to assist with client’s goals and rehab. Having a deep understanding of muscle mechanics from schooling as well as body awareness from ballet, she has developed a teaching style that utilizes her knowledge.

Mackenzie has a BS in Biology from The University of South Carolina. She and her husband, Kevin, own a local lighting business, Lucent Lighting Inc and have three beautiful children.

Hannah Suttle

Hannah’s training was done in Belize in 2015.  She then went on to do another certification in 2016 at CorePower in Washington D.C.

She is a student in many ways, a senior studying Art and Psychology at Wake Forest University.  Hannah is creative with the sequence of each and every one of her classes.

Sandy Delgado

Sandy uses a movement and sequence methodology approach. Her classes are playful, lighthearted and focused around the breath; called Vinyasa Krama. 
Sandy uses hands on as a way to connect and assist you in the poses. She is known for being a Bhakti Yoga, chanting vedic mantras and singing lullabies in savanna.
Sandy is founder, director, and course coordinator for savvy soul yoga. Sandy holds the highest level of accreditation with Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 500! Sandy has taught international yoga teacher trainings and lives in Winston Salem. She also studies indian classical music in her free time.

Julianne Harper

Julianne was born and raised in Dallas, Texas.  Since graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Contemporary Dance, Julianne has trained and performed internationally in various types of dance forms, her favorite being tap.  She has had the honor of dancing with Gregory Hines and tapping for the premiere of his film Bojangles, as well as being selected for
the casting bank of STOMP and Cirque du Soleil.  She currently performs, choreographs, and directs various projects for dance and theater companies around the state.  Julianne also teaches for Dancing Classrooms, a social development program for 5th grade utilizing ballroom dance, and jazz classes for UNCSA.  Playing the drums and learning how to Balinese dance also keeps her busy in the Camel City.

Natalie Johnson

Natalie is an energetic RYT-200 and CPT from North Carolina. With a background in personal training and pilates she loves all things fitness. Yoga surfaced in her life as a way to recover from strenuous activities of other fitness endeavors but quickly took the front row in her routine. It wasn’t long before she truly found her yoga on the mat in so much more than a physical context. Enrolling in YTT to deepen her personal practice and dive deeper into yoga philosophy she never dreamed of becoming a teacher. Now she can’t imagine life any other way. With a passion for learning, exploring and discovering she’s enthusiastic about sharing her yoga and truly making it accessible to everyone whether you’re here for the workout or much more. When not in the studio practicing or teaching you can find her practicing with her two boys, hiking with her dogs, riding horses or paddle boarding.

Andrea Rigby

Andrea is a fitness professional, with a distinct passion for the therapeutic elements of Barre and Yoga. Fitness and athleticism have been a vital part of life from a young age, from studies at Academy of Dance Arts, high school dance team competitions, to a member of her college dance team. Her early years of dance training, performance and teaching developed into a passion for sharing fitness and a healthy lifestyle with others. Several years ago, she decided to leave her career to pursue her passions. Andrea expanded her knowledge with certifications in Barre, Buti Yoga, Hot Core, Buti Sculpt, and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. She is an RYT 200 hr instructor, completing her studies with K10Yoga. Her focus in classes is to bring engagement to connecting the mind and body to correct unhealthy movement patterns, to release and empower. Andrea is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a BS in business and a MS in Accountancy from UNCG as well as a former CPA. Beyond her passion for wellness she is passionate about the relationship with our canine companions. She is a mom to 3 canine fur-kids, professional dog trainer for Off Leash K9 Training: Winston-Salem, wellness coach, line dance instructor, dancer, model and performer for Elevate.

Ashleigh Rainko

Ashleigh is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. With more than 13 years of experience practicing yoga, she completed her teacher training from a Registered Yoga School (RYS) in Winston-Salem, NC. She practices yoga for a greater sense of balance, fitness and mindfulness. She was initially drawn to the practice as a workout, though has grown to believe that yoga is a fundamental necessity to develop and nurture body, mind and spiritual wellness. She teaches classes that are both challenging and approachable. Ashleigh earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan and her master’s degree at Wake Forest University. She works in the advertising industry and is a mother to a Golden Retriever named Parker.