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 loves the outdoors, glamping when she’s not working and Lake Life with her husband on their Sea Ray boat. She is also a wife and a mother to two boys and a 3-year old french bulldog, Ellah Bordeaux.
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 was introduced to Pilates many 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 grown children.
Sarah is from Winston Salem and is a 200 hr Certified Yoga Teacher. She received her training from Ganesha’s Yoga and Wellness Center in Greensboro, NC. She is also currently studying for her 500 hour certification through Sunrise Yoga in Clemmons, NC. Sarah is a full-time student at Wake Forest University majoring in Eastern Religion and minoring in Creative Writing. She enjoys belly dancing, working out and cooking. She primarily enjoys Ashtanga yoga, teaching yoga and meditation. She loves teaching students to use their practice to heal whatever their struggle may be.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Ryan began practicing yoga in 2013. After his first class, he was hooked. The feeling of relaxation, physical and mental, that he felt after practicing yoga was life-changing. After a few years of practicing, Ryan’s yoga teacher encouraged him to pursue teacher training. He was hesitant at first. As a shy, quiet person, getting up in front of a crowd of people and telling them what to do seemed daunting. Teacher training gave Ryan the confidence to start teaching others. Soon after earning his RYT-200, many opportunities to teach presented themselves. Since then, he has taught over 500 hours of yoga. Ryan enjoys sharing the gifts that yoga practice has brought to his life with others.
Lionel comes to us with more than 500 hours worth of dance experience. He creates a fun environment for dancers (and aspiring dancers) of all levels to learn the art of Salsa dancing! Need more inspiration? Check him out on YouTube as Lionel Villalta!
Hallie, a Winston Salem native, was first introduced to Yoga 15 years ago in the very same building that Paz Studios lies today. More recently, she began studying with Elliott Watlington in 2013 and her practice has continued ever since. Hallie currently teaches at the UNCG Kaplan Center for Wellness and is in the process of attaining her 200 hr RYT certification from Triad Yoga Institute in Greensboro, NC. Hallie believes the study of yoga is life changing and her practice is ever-evolving. She holds a passion for studying the traditional aspects of yoga and using the practice as a medicine. Hallie is an aspiring Art Teacher and hopes to be able to bring yoga and mindfulness teachings to schools in the future. In her free time, she enjoys painting, ceramics, and studying West African music and dance.