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 & 300-hour teacher trainings at The Triad Yoga Institute with Terry Brown in 2012. 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!
Amanda has always had an intuitive passion for movement science, and has been practicing yoga for 10 years. She has been a physical therapist for 5 years, and enjoys fostering the mind body connection for patients as they progress through rehabilitation. She recently earned her RYT200 in 2022 with Stream of Consciousness Yoga, and is excited to share her practice with the Radiance family. Her personal practice involves vinyasa, slow flow, and power yoga, but she enjoys teaching a variety of styles. She carefully applies biomechanics and anatomy to her practice and teaching. Amanda loves promoting movement and breath as medicine for the body, mind, and soul.
Virginia’s yoga practice began in the early 1990’s. As a dancer and former gymnast, she was drawn to yoga for the mindful and healing aspects of the physical practice but she soon came to appreciate how yoga is a moving meditation. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at the Ahimsa Yoga Center in Baltimore in 2001. This experience inspired her to take the leap of becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife where she incorporates yoga into her midwifery practice. In 2022 she completed her 300-hour yoga teacher training at Radiance Yoga with Lois Cromwell and began teaching at Radiance.
Cindy began practicing yoga over 20 years ago and found it to be the perfect way to recharge and nourish her mind and body in the midst of raising young children and working full time. In 2019 she completed her 200-RYT training at Triad Yoga Institute and joined the Radiance family. She loves teaching Vinyasa, Slow Flow and Slow Stretch with a focus on alignment and breath. She encourages students to focus on the present moment and trust where they are in their yoga journey. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys tending her garden and chasing her crazy pups on their favorite trails.
Thad started his yoga journey right here at Radiance after the stress and anxiety of a fast paced life style really started to pile up. Over time, he felt his practice quickly evolve into a way of life and received his RYT200 from Stream of Consciousness yoga teacher training in 2021.
Outside of yoga he loves to adventure through life with his growing family. You can expect classes with him to be very mindful as you move through fun flows and long holds. He can’t wait to see you on the mat!
Andra West LeBauer is a Registered Yoga instructor, a Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist, an Integrative health coach, and a mindfulness teacher. Andra began her study and practice of Hatha Yoga in 1996, as a way to relax her mind and heal her body. She incorporates her understanding of massage, meditation, yoga, and the human body into every thing she does with the intention of making the experience a complete mind, body, spirit interaction.
Anna Kate Fuller
Anna Kate completed her 200-hour RYT training at The Triad Yoga Institute in 2020. A native to Greensboro, she returned to the area in 2009 after completing her Speech Pathology degree at Western Carolina, and now lives with her husband and two dogs.She enjoys teaching a Vinyasa flow but loves the variety that yoga offers and how it opens up the possibility for healing. Anna Kate believes that yoga should be a safe, non-judgemental space where you can grow as an individual and as a community. Your practice should be fun and allow you to take what you need from it.
Originally from Baltimore, MD, Melissa started her yoga journey nearly 20 years ago in NYC after graduating with BA in dance and performing professionally in Europe and the states. She has two 200 hour certifications from CorePower Yoga in Los Angeles and became E-RYT200 within her first year and a half of teaching. She will complete her 300 hour certification by 2023 and is excited to hold the title of E-RYT500. Melissa’s classes borrow from her dance background and focus deeply on safe anatomical alignment and the connection of breath with movement. Her detailed and specific cues are always tailored directly to the bodies in the room. Melissa loves nothing more than to be a part of those lightbulb moments when she gets to see her students grow their practice first hand.
Linda’s first introduction to yoga was as a young child, when she would watch her mother practicing yoga in front of the television, long before it was widely practiced or popular. Little did she know, her mother was modeling something that would later become a profound anchor in her own life.
Many years later, Linda found herself in a fast-paced career that was both mentally and physically demanding. As an antidote, she began practicing yoga. She discovered the gifts of yoga: awareness, stillness and balance.
In 2020, she was able to take the time to accomplish her dream of becoming a certified yoga instructor, studying with Terry Brown at the Triad Yoga Institute. Linda especially enjoys practicing and teaching slow paced classes that touch the entire body, from head to toe, and achieving deep states of relaxation.
Christopher grew up in Greenville, NC and moved away years ago after graduating from UNC-G. He first discovered yoga in 1997 after moving to San Francisco. As a therapist, he was fascinated with the mind-body-spirit connection that yoga provides. He has taught and trained for 25 years, and has extensive experience with studios, teacher trainings, churches, schools, and non-profit programs. He leads groups in meditation and contemplative practice. He returned to NC in 2019. His classes are sequenced to build strength and balance, and move on the breath to flow into rest. His passion is showing you, how you can do, what you thought you couldn’t do!
Jamie Forbes Mercadante began practicing Yoga close to ten years ago as another way to help her in the early part of her Recovery, along with finding a more natural way to help with her anxiety and stress. She would never have thought that Yoga was going to completely change every aspect of her life. Yoga has not only benefited her physically, but also mentally and spiritually. She has found her balance in life through Yoga and meditation. Her mat is where she goes to allow herself to embrace life’s challenges, is a guide to connect to herself, and gives her the space to allow her mind to slow down to draw deeper inward.
Jamie is originally from Newport News, VA, and resides in High Point, NC with her husband and children. Before Jamie’s journey to become a Yoga teacher, she had been in the healthcare profession. She now feels instead of taking care of patients in a hospital, that her purpose in life is to teach Yoga and give back to the community. She feels Yoga has combined the spiritual, mental, and physical aspects of her life so beautifully.
Jamie obtained her 200-hour RYT certification at MindBodyFitness Yoga in Greensboro, NC. Jamie’s favorite styles of Yoga to practice are Ashtanga and Vinyasa. She really enjoys teaching Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Yin, and Power Yoga.
Lois took her very first yoga class in 1999 and from that moment on fell in love with yoga. Since then she has studied extensively. Lois completed her first 200-hour teacher training in 2003, her first 500-hour Teacher training in 2014, and a second 500-hour training in 2015, and third 300-hour training in 2019. It’s safe to say she loves to be a student!
Lois teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa, Vinyasa, Yin, and Meditation. Her passion is teaching yoga and training students to become yoga teachers.
Lois moved to Greensboro from the Raleigh area. When she’s not practicing or teaching yoga she’s spending time with her husband and three grown daughters. They love to vacation and cook family meals together.
Audrey Sheldon Ortiz
Audrey’s love of movement and connection began as a child. Filled with creative and rambunctious energy, her mother put her into figure skating at a young age. That coupled with acres of untouched land to explore and the natural beauty of Skaneateles Lake to call home, Audrey began to discover her connection to all of creation through movement and exploration.
In the midst of the wild energy of her 20’s, she met her teacher, Chandra Om. A senior disciple of one of the last living western masters, Sri Dharma MIttra, Chandra guided Audrey in the traditional practices of the Holy Science of Yoga with a focus on renunciation and union with the Divine. Audrey formally studied at the NC School of Yoga for 5 years before she spread her wings and left the safety of her discipleship to become the teacher, healer, and facilitator she is today.
The remainder of her training has been in Shamanic Studies with a focus on Feminine Indigenous Wisdom. Audrey is a seasoned shamanic practitioner and healer, Reiki Teacher Master, Frame Drum Builder, and successful entrepreneur.
Jynné Harris (pronounced J’nay), RYT200 has been practicing yoga for over 7 years.
“I went to a beginner yoga class in 2015 after going through a divorce. It was January 2 and I walked in seeking a new beginning. Little did I know that day would change my life. Bringing a new light into my heart from the breath and exploring how my body and mind reacted, it quickly became my passion Yoga is a journey and we never stop learning. Every yogi you practice with is a teacher in some way.”Jynné became a certified instructor in 2020. During Covid, studios were closed so she offered yoga in her driveway as a way to provide her friends and neighbors a place to find peace during a turbulent and scary time. “Everyone loved it and it became a thing: Driveway Yoga. Soon, my driveway was full and people I’d never met were dropping notes in my mailbox, asking if they could join us. I didn’t charge, it was my way of giving back.”Jynné’s practice is thoughtful and deliberate, focusing on the breath as it takes you in and out of poses. Her classes are meant to be therapeutic, designed to make the practitioner feel calm and revived after the practice. Her intent is to make yoga accessible for everyone in a safe, non-judgemental environment.When not on her mat, Jynné is working as VP of Client Solutions for Kreber, a commercial photography/content studio and marketing agency. You can also find her on the golf course at Starmount Forest CC, another new found passion.She has a loving, supportive husband, Mike, 2 grown children and 2 spunky French Bulldogs.
Brandi Thompson Scott is originally from High Point. She received a BA in Dance from UNCG, and has been teaching dance in Greensboro since 2001. Brandi began practicing Yoga in 2015 and started teaching Yoga in 2018.
She completed her 200hr YTT with Stream of Consciousness Yoga with Jamie Mercadante and Audrey Sheldon. Brandi lives in Greensboro with her husband, 3 children, and sweet labradoodle. I am so looking forward to being a part of the radiance staff.
Kristin first discovered Yoga as a form of mind-body medicine around 2009, when a nudge from a friend helped her commit to a gentle home practice as a way to move through the grief of her father’s passing. She quickly fell in love with the way it made her feel, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. She knew she had to follow this path and completed her first teacher training at Blue Lotus Yoga in Raleigh, NC in 2016. A forever student, she has gone on to deepen her studies through multiple 200-hour trainings and is excited to embark on a 300-hour advancement guided by a senior teacher in the lineage of Anusara Yoga in 2023.
Kristin loves to weave seasonal themes and ayurvedic principles into her classes, which are inclusive, light-hearted, and challenging in all the best ways. In her classes and workshops, you can expect never to be forced into shapes, but to be invited to look beyond them as a means of exploring your inner landscape.
Sarah Rose Mosh
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!
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.