MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

Kelly Bonk

I am a 2019 graduate of Vinyasa Arts Yoga teacher training. Before yoga, I had been a weight-lifting and cardio junkie for over ten years and always had the misconception that one must be flexible in order to practice yoga. During my first class, I quickly realized yoga was so much more than just stretching as I navigated around my mat and transitioned from one yoga pose to another in a purposeful flow. I left the studio feeling energized and inspired and was already yearning to take another class. My yoga journey also began during a very dark period of my life when I was experiencing an overwhelming amount of mental and emotional instability. Little did I know that, over time, Yoga would have such an incredible impact on restoring my well-being. My class is a great compliment to any endurance or athletic program and for those looking to gain more strength, stability, flexibility and mobility in their bodies. You can expect a challenging sequence that incorporates deep lunges, high planks, low planks, backbends, twists, fun inversions and tricky arm balances. Come with an open mind and a willingness to try!

Bethany Anderson

Yoga has been a constant pillar in my life for over five years. The awareness I have experienced when on my mat has opened me up to the abundance that life has to offer me when I am off of my mat. When I am not on my mat practicing yoga, I enjoy skating with my nine-year-old son, playing with new vegan dishes in the kitchen, and reading until I fall asleep! I love cultivating connections with others and learning to love and grow in new ways. My classes are powerful, heart-centered, and often sweaty with a focus on drishti, physical foundation, alignment, breath, and flow.

Danielle Bisheit

I am originally from California, though I have lived all over the country including in Arizona, Maine, and Florida and moved to North Carolina in 2005. I am the mother of two beautiful girls and am fur mama to one rescue pup. I began practicing yoga in 2002 in an effort to quit smoking, but it wasn’t until after the birth of my second child in 2011 that I began to take my practice seriously and grow it into a lifestyle. I received my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in November 2013 as well as my aerial yoga teacher training in October 2015. I consider yoga as appropriate for everyone at all ages and degrees of health. I teach Vinyasa style yoga as well as Power Flow, Deep Stretch, Slow Flow, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, and Aerial Yoga. My latest passion in the yoga world is yoga for anxiety and helping people who struggle with anxiety use the tools, or practices, we learn in yoga to manage it better daily. In addition to yoga, I love traveling, hiking, all things organic, and I am an aspiring gardener.

Saowaluck Bugansky

I began learning my asanas for the first time in my home country, Thailand, in 1991. I started with one of the Thai yoga pioneers when yoga was still very much ancient and rooted to the traditional practice of “mind and body.” In 1994, I moved from Bangkok and relocated in my hometown. I then rediscovered Tai Chi and continued practicing it for another 15 years along with other physical exercises, such as running, swimming, golfing, etc. I did not return to my asanas until 2013 after I moved to Singapore where I practiced yoga more consistently. In 2018, I took my first private 200-hour yoga teacher training in Thailand. Later in the same year, I took another 200-hour yoga teacher training in the USA. As I practice asanas even with physical injuries I have sustained, I journey through the challenges with awareness of how solid foundations can guide one’s practice through asana conflicts. My classes, therefore, emphasize on recognizing individual physiques and coordinate their alignments, inner energy, and breath to increase the possibility of obtaining other perspectives about body, mind, and asana. I am now based in North Carolina with my family. I allocate time outside my business for my spiritual path of meditating, chanting, and yoga. 

Guixia (Xia) DeHaven

I was born in the mountainous Three Gorges area of central China in the Hubei Province and emigrated to the United States in 2015. Although I casually practiced yoga for many years before coming to the US, I began practicing yoga more seriously beginning in 2016. In March 2019, I completed my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Vinyasa Arts Yoga Studio at Lake Norman, in Mooresville, North Carolina. My yoga instructors were Andy and Tamara Totman, and I am currently a member of the Yoga Alliance. I began teaching Vinyasa Flow Yoga to students in April 2019 at the Camino Community Center, University City, Charlotte, North Carolina. Currently, I also teach Vinyasa Flow at the YMCA and Gold’s Gym, both located in Harrisburg, North Carolina. I enjoy all types of fitness activities, organic vegetable gardening, and preparing healthy and nutritious foods. 

Courtney Gendron

My goal is to provide yoga to those that would otherwise not practice yoga. I have a background in dance and started my yoga practice in a modern dance class warm-up without even realizing I was practicing yoga. I enjoy the benefits of yoga and continued my practice at local DC studios until moving to Charlotte, NC. I continued my practice and in 2017, began to pursue my 200 Yoga Teacher Training Certification. I completed my 200 RYT in the Tantra Lineage. I am an Accessible Yoga Ambassador and certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.

Susan Gwaltney

I received my Barre Certification in 2015 through the “International Ballet Barre Fitness Association” and I bring a fun and high energy quality to my classes. In addition to fitness, I am an international Yoga teacher and received my teacher’s training in 1997 in San Diego, California- and at the award-winning destination spa in Rancho la Puerta, Mexico where I have been a part of the contemplative and fitness faculty since 1989. I am a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation teacher and just completed one of the five Level 2 courses this February. To compliment my practice and studies, I am a certified “Vibrational Sound Therapist” and trainer and play the crystal bowls in sound concerts. I have taught Yoga and performed sound baths at global wellness events as well as 5* resorts. Recently I have been added to the elite list of “Visiting Master” for the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Six Senses Destination Spas. I moved to Lake Norman in 2016 and have taught Barre, Yoga, and Kundalini locally and throughout the region and am looking forward to sharing my wellspring of experience and passion for teaching with “Yoga and Barre LKN” students!

Alexa Mancillas

I began practicing yoga in 2017 to increase my flexibility and decrease stress, but I found it was also incredibly calming and empowering. I found my anxiety was less than when I started, and my body was getting stronger. Soon enough, I was hooked, and in 2019 I decided to pursue my 200- hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification! It was an intense eight weeks, but I made great friends and learned a lot about myself in the process. My sequences will incorporate progressive poses and options for modification to accommodate what each student may need in the moment while also providing a fun, balanced workout of the mind and body. Hands-on adjustments are used from time to time to help students achieve proper alignment or experience a pose more deeply. I hope to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment where students of all levels can deepen their personal practices and have fun. 

Meg Smeaton

I began practicing yoga in 1999 as a compliment to my long-distance running hobby. In 2003, an injury curtailed my running to a large extent and yoga came to the forefront. In 2004, I graduated from my first 200-hour teacher training, taught by Lesa Crocker of The Bodhi Tree Yoga Studio in Charlotte. I appreciate the diversity of the yoga styles, and in 2009 I took another 200-hour training in Subtle Yoga taught by Kaoverii Weber of Asheville. In 2007, I had the good fortune of traveling to India for three weeks which included attending the International Yoga Festival in Reshikesh, India. I graduated from Rolf Gates’ 500 (300)-hour teacher training in 2012, and in 2018 I was fortunate to serve as Rolf’s assistant in a 500(300)-hour training held in the LKN area. Yoga has so much to offer, and I love learning. I have taken workshops with many wonderful teachers including Erich Schiffman, Desiree Rambaugh, Gurmukh, Bryan Kest, Sarah Powers, Doug Keller, Tommy Rosen, Sienna Sherman, Sean Corn, Nikki Meyers. I study locally with Lisa Tendler. My teaching tends to be traditional with the emphasis on movement, breath, and holding poses. I look forward to sharing the joy of yoga with you. Namaste. 

Brianna Spallino

I have been practicing yoga for over ten years and received my 200-hour certification in Costa Rica in October 2017. I then received certification in children’s yoga in June 2018. I teach a wide range of classes: Yin, Chair, and Power Yoga. I have experience teaching all age groups and will always offer assists and modifications. I am currently teaching high school science and love to incorporate yoga into my curriculum. I love ALL animals, especially my dogs, Chip and Ruby! 



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