Our Instructors & Staff
Kishie took her first step on the path of yoga at the age of 16, when her grandfather introduced her to meditation. The world of meditation gave Kishie the courage to embark on unconventional journeys, and instilled a sense of personal power and the understanding that each individual is blessed with the ability to create the life that they want. When she later experienced the physical practice of yoga, she was amazed at the magic of connecting a meditative mind to breath and body movement. The peace and spaciousness she experienced was similar to that created through meditation, and it had the added benefit of soothing her physical aches and pains.
Kishie became certified to teach at The Triad Yoga Institute in 2011, and earned her 500 hour certification in 2014. Kishie’s goal as an instructor is to connect to the inner light of each of her students, and to provide a space for growth and personal discovery. Through yoga, we can all learn to be a witness to our emotional, mental and physical habits. We can gain the power to make profound shifts, leading to a more peaceful, connected, joyful life.
Kishie offers gratitude to her instructor, Terry Brown, and to all who have been a part of her yoga adventure. She gives the deepest thanks to her loving husband and her three spirited children, who, each and every day, prove to be the sweetest blessing.
Susie finds true happiness in teaching yoga and guiding her students to connect with the brilliance and joy that lies within. She encourages a strong mind, body and spiritual connection. Susie was an elementary school teacher, and it was a natural transition for her to combine her love of teaching and her passion for yoga. Her first yoga teacher training was in 2006, and she then completed her 200-hour teacher training at The Triad Yoga Institute with Terry Brown in 2012. A forever student, Susie is currently working towards her 500 hour certification at The Triad Yoga Institute.
Susie finds benefit in all styles of yoga, but her personal favorite is a powerful, flowing vinyasa practice. She loves an intense class that is grounding, uplifting and challenging. Susie is passionate about helping others find the balance between a curious, playful spirit and a deep inner connection, which can provide peace in a chaotic world.
When Susie is not in the studio, she loves being with her husband and three children, listening to live music, and experiencing life with precious friends and family. She believes that each day is an opportunity to choose joy, practice gratitude and embrace the present moment. Each day is an opportunity to live a radiant, full life!
Cheryl’s journey with yoga began in 1975 after a friend invited her to take a class. Little did she know that when it came time to welcome her first child into the world that yoga had provided the best preparation for birth! After giving birth naturally to two daughters, Cheryl felt empowered by the experience.
In 1982, Cheryl graduated as an RN and was employed by Cone and Women’s hospital (1983-2002) as a labor and delivery nurse, certified childbirth educator, pre and postnatal fitness instructor and facilitator of perinatal programs including mommy & me.
Cheryl became a nationally certified yoga teacher in 2000. She pursued additional training and certification in prenatal, postnatal and children’s yoga. Throughout the years she trained with many nationally known master teachers such as Rodney Yee, Doug Swenson, Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten and Doug Keller to name a few.
2002-2010 Cheryl operated Family Yoga, a yoga studio where she had an opportunity to serve the community through teaching a varied population.
Cheryl completed Yoga Therapy Teacher Training with Jenny Otto in 2005. Ongoing studies with Jenny Otto prove to be integral to Cheryl’s teaching, informing her with the skills needed to work with all student populations. Gaining a greater understanding of human anatomy is a must for working with pregnant women to keep them safe and healthy throughout their pregnancy.
In 2007, Cheryl became a certified Relax and Renew trainer with Judith Lasater. This training continues to bring integrity to the art of teaching people how to relax! When it comes to childbirth preparation, learning “how” to relax is a priority!
It is clear that working with pregnant women has been a passion of Cheryl’s for over thirty years.
Her experience as a labor and delivery nurse, childbirth educator and specialized yoga teacher guides her students on their journey as no other teacher can.
Jamie Forbes began practicing Yoga close to six years as a form of exercise and to find a more natural way to help decrease anxiety and stress. She never would have thought that Yoga was going to be a way of life for her. Yoga has not only benefited her physically but also mentally and spiritually. She has found her balance in life through Yoga and meditation. With everything she goes through in life, her mat is where she goes to allow herself to embrace it. Her favorite forms of Yoga are Ashtanga and Hatha. Yoga has combined the spiritual, mental and physical aspects of her life together so beautifully. She feels that she has a purpose in life, which is to teach Yoga to the people in the community. The gift that she has been given with Yoga, she only wants to do one thing with it……to give it back!!!Jamie is originally from Newport News, Va and now resides in High Point, NC with her beautiful children. She is a 200 hr RYT, which she obtained her certification at Mind Body Fitness Yoga in Greensboro, NC. The classes she enjoys teaching are Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Deep Stretch, and Flow and Power Yoga. Before her journey to become a Yoga teacher, Jamie had been in the healthcare profession since 2002. She feels now instead of taking care of patients in a hospital, that her purpose is to teach yoga.“In the beginning it is always dark. The mind thinks (and leads us to believe) that this darkness is forever. But the body can feel the light, and as soon as it’s allowed, will always grow towards it. That isnature. That is yoga.”-Amy Jirsa Quiet Earth Yoga
Audrey MacNamara Sheldon
Audrey is a doTerra Wellness Advocate, Reiki Teacher Master, Intuitive Yoga Teacher and light worker offering many different types of classes and private sessions that guide people to a place of Self Healing. Her background comes from the Traditional Holy Science of Yoga, Feminine Earth Wisdom, Reiki, Shamanic Breathwork and Ecotherapy combined with her devotion and obedience to the essence Within. This translates into the ability to hold space for people to connect to their own path of self-healing in a powerful and transformative way. Audrey is dedicated to facilitating a space of safety, inspiration, and acceleration along ones unique personal path.
Tessa Ramezane Procton
Tessa Ramezane Procton lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband, daughter, two dogs and a cat. Originally from California, she’s now lived on the east coast for the last 13 years and has totally adapted to the humidity and climate. Tessa has considered herself a “runner” for the last 20 years since graduating from high school and realizing sports would not be an option in adult life. Not enough time! Running is easy and convenient and its a great way to do something physical and beneficial while working out things in the mind. In 2000, Tessa found yoga and has never left. Yoga is a great complement to an active life. After working through two marathons and many many long runs, yoga became not only a complement to running but a requirement. Throughout the years and practice, Tessa has appreciated the breathing techniques and spiritual and philosophical components to Yoga as well, also translating them into her day to day life. Tessa strives to create and maintain an inclusive, warm and engaging environment in her classes. She looks to meet everyone at their level and help them get to where they want to be. Working towards feeling good on and off the mat, physically and spiritually.
Lauren is forever grateful for the day she was introduced to yoga. She was performing and teaching at a local dance studio, when the mother of one of Lauren’s students invited her to come take her yoga class. The minute she tried Susie Beekman’s power class, she was hooked!
Breath, balance, strength, and stillness were among the many aspects that drew Lauren to yoga. Over time, she transitioned from the ballerina balancing on her toes to the yogini balancing on her hands, and knew she wanted to continue to teach and share her passion with others.
Lauren is attending the Triad Yoga Institute’s 200 hour RYT training program under Terry Brown, and will earn her certification in April 2016. She feels so blessed to be on this journey God has designed for her. Yoga is a constant reminder of her belief that there is always something new to learn and experience in life. When she’s not on her mat, you’ll find her outside exploring Greensboro with her husband, playing games with family, or exercising in the community with her Lululemon coworkers. When you practice with Lauren, expect to try new things, flow with breath and experience true joy!
Sheila has been practicing yoga on and off since college, and in the late 1990’s she decided to make the life changing decision to deepen her yoga practice. Gradually, the tools offered in a yoga practice brought a greater integration of mind, body and spirit, and helped her to face life with a greater sense of purpose and joy.
Sheila earned her 200 hour certification in 2006, and her 500 hour certification in 2013, both at the Triad Yoga Institute, under the tutelage of Terry Brown, to whom she offers love and gratitude. She would also like to thank her students, who are her greatest teachers and a source of daily inspiration.
Sheila lives in Greensboro with her husband, Greg, and her son, Joe.
When Shannon Rooney discovered yoga, over a decade ago, she was searching for something besides running to fulfill her active lifestyle. She instantly connected with the practice, and it was a perfect fit with her dance background and love of movement. Shannon’s classes are powerful, encouraging you to engage with breath and body in a new way. A certified Pilates instructor, Shannon is a master at weaving core work and balancing postures into her classes to keep you centered and strong. Shannon teaches with clear instruction, coupled with a sense of humor and playfulness, and is able to connect with students of all levels. She obtained her RYT- 500 training through Yoga Works, and is also certified to teach prenatal yoga.
Shannon’s goal is to empower and inspire you to connect to your strength, breath, and overall well-being, and for you to have fun while you are doing it! You will leave her class with a combined sense of empowerment and ease in both your body and your mind.
Nancy, a well-loved fitness instructor in the Greensboro community, has been inspiring people to reach their fitness goals for 32 years! She was certified in mat Pilates 15 years ago by The Physical Mind Institute. She fell in love with the practice immediately, and was amazed at how it enhanced her fitness routine and worked her body and mind in a new, unique way. Nancy has seen the positive effects of a mat Pilates practice in her own body and in the bodies of her students. Her Core Sculpt class offers a balance between strength and flexibility, mind-body connection, and an understanding of the deep muscles of your core. She enjoys helping students find their untapped strength and loves the sweet reward of seeing them reach out of their comfort zones. She welcomes students of all experience levels; all that is required is an open mind and a desire to grow.
Brittney took her first yoga class in college solely to fulfill the physical education course requirement. She quickly fell in love with the practice and recognition that it’s not about being the best, it’s about doing your best. Several years into her practice, Brittney decided to channel her passion for yoga and get certified. Brittney has completed kid & family, HIIT, & Baptiste yoga training. Brittney loves a creative vinyasa and guarantees to bring the heat & jams!
Sarah Rose Mostafa
Sarah Rose began practicing Hatha yoga in 2005 as part of her martial arts training, but her passion for yoga truly ignited when she started exploring the mind-body-spirit connection found beyond the strictly physical practice. Sarah Rose believes that yoga serves many purposes and loves to play with the duality of an energetic and a calming practice through asana and pranayama. Sarah Rose loves vinyasa classes, particularly open level flow and slow flow and has experience teaching yoga for kids. Sarah Rose’s favorite yoga partner is her toddler, Zeke, who is constantly on the mat with her at home. Off the mat, she adores her job as a 5th-grade science teacher.In Sarah Rose’s classes, you will find thoughtful, creative flows, as well as deeper, more calming postures, always with a focus on the breath. Her intention is to meet you where you are in your own practice and work with you to grow your practice in a direction that is appropriate for you. You will leave Sarah Rose’s classes feeling strong, connected, and GOOD!
Lauren discovered yoga in college and found it to be a great tool for the connection of the mind, body, and soul. Upon graduating, Lauren dove deeper into the study of yoga, earned her RYT-200, and is honored to be an instructor and to share yoga’s gifts with others.
Radiance Yoga has given Lauren a beautiful place to bring two of her passions together–retail and yoga! Lauren has a strong background in retail, fashion, and entrepreneurship and is so happy to bring her strengths into managing our boutique and studio!
Finding that yoga helped with sports injuries over the years, Margee sought out various yoga books and videos. But it was her discovery of a welcoming studio and inspiring teachers in the early 2000’s that led her to truly love the practice of yoga. Margee has found that yoga has helped her recover from injuries, better manage stressful situations, and find greater joy in all aspects of her life. Building on her love of running, exercise, and yoga, Margee got her RYT200 in 2010 from Triad Yoga Institute, and then became a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2013. Margee enjoys a light-hearted practice with a focus on safety, strength, and balance while deepening one’s connection to the physical body. She hopes to help others discover the many benefits of a joyful and steady yoga practice.
Originally from Greensboro Cameron has spent several years backpacking around the world gathering inspiration from other cultures and experiencing life-changing moments. She received her RYT 200 hour in Bhagsu, India after practicing yoga for 4 years. Cameron was drawn to yoga by the use of breath to obtain inner peace and the connection of the body, mind, and spirit. She sees yoga as an extension beyond the physical practice into every aspect of life. She strongly believes lessons learned on the mat help prepare us for the opportunities and obstacles each day brings. When she is not practicing yoga, Cameron is in the kitchen creating healthy recipes for her small business Root to Rise, or she is outside enjoying nature’s many wonders. Namaste.
Celeste’s yoga journey began in 2007 as a quest to find stillness. What started out as a weekly practice evolved into a deep passion and a way of life. This path led her to workshops at the Yogaville Ashram, a retreat in Costa Rica, numerous workshops and finally a three week immersion teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center in May 2015. Her education continues with intensive training in Yin Yoga which is incorporated into her classes. Celeste’s classes combine breath and movement, music and stillness and poetry and laughter. When not in a yoga studio, Celeste can be found in the pottery studio or hiking with her husband and fabulous puppy, Guinness or volunteering in our local arts community.
Sarah, who has been a group fitness instructor for over ten years, began her yoga journey in 2007, when she took her first yoga class at James Madison University. She immediately fell in love with the practice, and went on to recieve her 200 hour certification through YogaFit. Sarah is also a certified personal trainer, but of all of her areas of expertise, her greatest passion is teaching yoga.
Sarah’s goal regarding fitness, health and wellness, is to help others find their best self. As an instructor, she is able to fine-tune her classes to make yoga accessible to everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. She is a firm believer that the road to wellness is about the journey, not the destination. Sarah aims to create a space where students feel challenged and supported, and infuses her classes with gratitude and humor. She honors the fact that, as yoga students, we come from many different walks of life, but when we step onto our mats to breath and practice together, collectively we can find balance and harmony.
Sarah is excited and blessed to be teaching at Radiance Yoga and thanks her husband and new baby boy for their encouragement and support.
Barbara originally began practicing yoga as part of a cross-training activity for triathlons, considering herself to be a runner and cyclist first. After experiencing an achilles injury, which resulted in having to stop running, she turned to yoga – as exercise initially – but was suddenly transformed by its spiritual and mindfulness aspects. A trip to the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in the Bahamas in 2015 made Barbara realize she wanted to teach. Barbara completed her 200-hour certification at The Asheville Yoga Center in 2016. Her training quickly made her realize how much more she has to learn, and how important it is to find her authentic voice in how she shares each practice – that yoga is about more than doing the postures, but also a beautiful connection to ourselves and to others. Barbara loves a vinyasa flow-type class and has also come to greatly appreciate restorative yoga. She hopes her students will leave her classes feeling connected, centered and joyful!
Karen received her RYT 200 Hour in 2003 and her E-RYT 500 Hour in 2014 through Peachtree Yoga Center in Atlanta. With over 25 years of experience in wellness management and teaching; she holds a Personal Trainer, Senior Fitness Specialist, and Health Coach certifications through the American Council on Exercise. Karen has completed three intensive levels with Tias & Surya Little of Prajna Yoga in New Mexico and is continuing her studies locally and abroad. She recently completed the Christina Phipps Foundation Certification in offering cancer survivors the gift of yoga. Karen has an inclusive, light-hearted approach to her teaching. Holding space for students and encouraging them to explore their individual practices with curiosity, delight, and fascination one deep breath at a time. She is committed to the ancient practice that honors the guiding wisdom within each of us as a teacher and as a student. Karen spends her free time in nature by gardening, paddle boarding, hiking, and biking with her husband.
Amy Whitfield (RYT200) is very passionate about helping people unleash the healing power of their bodies. Every class focuses on breath-work, meditation and Yoga postures. Her intention to release, relax and realign the body and mind guide each practice. She is so grateful to share and grow with the Radiance community.