Meet Our Team
Passion & energy in motion
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Studio Owner, RYT 200
Jill found her way to the mat seeking balance in the midst of raising a family and a busy real estate career. As the yoga began, there was a gradual reorganizing of heart, mind and body as the desire to understand the science of yoga grew. With a passion for heated yoga & community it was clear that the suburbs were in need of place to move, breath and connect. After years of faithful commuting to area studios and jokes with fellow yogis about the long and stressful drive to yoga, it was clearly time to build a yoga community closer to home.
An athletic lifestyle that invariable included injuries fueled Jill's desire to move more consciously. Jill loves that regardless of age or athletic ability, yoga and infrared heat have healing properties. Many students with injuries and past surgeries find that heat can be an important part of their rehabilitation and facilitate greater mobility, reduction of pain and a general feeling of well being. Creating a safe space to feel better in your body, cultivate physical awareness and make meaningful connections is what Element is all about. Jill believes that yoga is for every body and encourages all students to move at their own pace and pay attention to their bodies.
Studio Manager, E-RYT 200
Katelin received her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification from the Wilmington Yoga Center in Wilmington, NC in 2016. Katelin found yoga at a time when she felt lost, and she immediately felt that she had found what she was looking for all along. Her love of spirituality, wellness, and community all came together with the practice she found, and she has found peace in Yoga’s deeply healing and empowering effects. With roots in Kunga Yoga, an open mind/body style with an emphasis on service; Katelin’s classes are strong, encouraging, and centered. Her teachers include Keegan White 500-ERYT, Jessica Bichler 500-ERYT, and Kristin Cooper 500-ERYT. Focused in Vinyasa, Power, and Fundamental Flow, Katelin offers a wide range of teachings welcoming all levels of ability. She offers modifications, strong alignment cues and attention to breath in every class. Katelin is happy, warm, welcoming, and loving. She thrives on sharing her knowledge and love of yoga with every student that comes to the classroom and aims to guide them to connect to a deeper sense of self. She knows there isn’t any feeling quite like that of strength and contentment in one own’s skin and feels confident that yoga can bring that to all of her students.
Assistant Studio Manager, E-RYT 200, YACEP
Kimmy is a 200-ERYT, YACEP and working to complete her 300-hour training. Kimmy loves working with athletes and has worked with several athletes in various sports. She is completing her 300-hour training with a focus on yoga for athletes. An athlete most of her life, she finds a connection to the dedication to a specific sport but understands the need for yoga in an athlete’s life to keep their body in peak performance. She has been introduced and practiced many styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Jivamukti, Iyengar, Bikram, Yin, and Restorative. Kimmy also has two undergraduate degrees in Geology and Biology from the College of Charleston and is currently earning her masters from NC State in Geospatial Information Sciences in Technology.
In her classes, you will learn alignment and anatomy while moving with the breath with a smile no matter what level you are. It is important to not become dedicated to one frame of mind. It is important to have a balance of mind, body, and breath but what does this mean. Understanding that when we move, that movement is initialized by the mind which is empowered by the breath. To take this further, there is a balance of how we find this connection. Yoga is not about creating shapes to look trendy but the benefit of the posture. Yoga isn’t about touching your toes but maintaining the elasticity while maintaining the strength to hold or obtain. There is a trend between being strong but not flexible, flexible but not strong. In order to keep the body healthy, there needs to be a balance of the two and that is where the challenge lies no matter your level.
Instructor, RYT 200
Jennifer discovered the benefits of a consistent yoga practice just a few years ago. Yoga provided a sense of calm to balance her role as a medical sales and marketing manager. She continues to feel the life-changing effects--better sleep, less anxiety, a clearer lens to handle any challenge that life throws her way. She feels stronger both inside and out. Yoga has also rekindled her love of movement, one that developed at an early age. In her teens, Jennifer stayed active through competitive dance, cheerleading, acrobatics, softball, and in college as a member of the University of North Carolina dance team. Her first part-time job was actually as a dance instructor. Though she enjoys getting the body moving through the physical practice of yoga (asana), yoga is not a sport. She values the grounding effects of pranayama and meditation, the ability for physical postures to be modified and made-accessible to everyone, and the healing power to move scar tissue throughout (be it from physical injury or emotional scars).
Instructor, RYT 200
Shannon was drawn to yoga after the birth of her third daughter and quickly realized that her practice made her shine brighter in all areas of her life. The mind, body connection had a profound effect on managing daily stress while creating a beautiful awareness of life on and off the mat. Shannon knew she could not live without her practice and was inspired to share this gift of yoga with others. With the encouragement of her family, she immersed herself in teacher training in 2012 at the Wilmington Yoga Center.
Shannon is a certified Kunga, E-RYT 200 yoga teacher, which focuses on yoga as service and helping one another, as we are all connected. As a teacher her intention is to offer a fun vinyasa flow class that will inspire personal empowerment and guide students to grow in their practice. Shannon has so much gratitude for both her teachers and students whom she continuously learns from on this lifelong journey.
Instructor, RYT 200
The first time Connor did yoga, he arrived begrudgingly to his mat. As an avid runner, Connor wasn’t sure yoga was for him. After his first hot yoga class, he realized just how wrong he was. Connor was instantly hooked on how yoga made him feel calmer and physically stronger. In Connor’s classes, expect to sweat a lot through an energetic vinyasa incorporating strength, balance and breath.
When Connor is not practicing and teaching yoga, you can find him spending time with his wife Jen, biking the American Tobacco Trail, exploring Durham breweries, or having a five-hour Netflix binge.
Instructor, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP, Reiki Master Angela began practicing yoga just as a means to increase her flexibility for skydiving. She competed in the discipline of freestyle, which is like dancing and acrobatics in the sky. Unfortunately, many years of competitive swimming had slowly tightened her body up. She knew that increasing her flexibility would assist greatly in achieving her skydiving goals. However, yoga soon became so much more than just being stretchy and bendy. In addition to the physicality of yoga - the mental and spiritual benefits quickly came to light - and it has since become an integral part of not just her skydiving career, but a way of life.
"If you asked me when I started yoga if I could ever see myself teaching, I would’ve said no. I feel like a perpetual student, there is always still so much to learn. So how could I possibly be a teacher?" But since graduating from Yax Yoga Concepts 200 Hour Vinyasa and Hot Yoga Teacher Training in 2011, Angela has been featured in the documentary Why We Breathe, is a Lululemon Legacy Ambassador, and was featured in ORIGIN Magazine as part of their "Women who eat impossible for breakfast" series.
She is currently pursuing additional training through Yoga Medicine with Tiffany Cruikshank. She is also a certified Reiki Master. As a result, her teaching style is a unique combination of all her skills and ongoing education. She offers a wide range of classes, accessible to everyone - from healing and meditative, to very challenging and dynamic - regardless if it's your first yoga class or you've been practicing for years. To learn more about Angela, please visit, www.AngelaTaraHsu.com
Instructor, RYT 200
Annie went to her first hot yoga class in high school, a crowded, dripping Bikram class in the suburbs of Chicago. She loved the heat and energy shared amongst a group of practicing yogis. After experiencing chronic injuries from running in her 20s, she turned to yoga as a consistent practice, which developed into to a daily one over time in the cities she's called home: Boston, Los Angeles, Austin and now Raleigh. In early 2018, she received her RYT-200 certification and has been teaching everywhere she can since then - in corporate offices, friends' homes, and now Element Hot Yoga. Annie came to yoga initially seeking a dynamic physical experience but has found the rich benefits of a gentler, more mindful practice in recent years. She is inspired by other yogis, especially beginners, and is honored to share a practice that she loves so deeply here at the studio and beyond.
Instructor, RYT 200, ACE Certified Trainer
Susan is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance where she completed her first 200hr teaching training with an approved Registered Yoga School (RYS) YogaFit, founded by Beth Shaw. The YogaFit method of “name, cue, do,” in which the instructor announces the name of the pose, cues the breath and body position, and lastly demonstrates the pose, resonates with visual and auditory learners new to yoga, as well as giving experienced yogis the freedom to begin a pose upon hearing the name. Prior to becoming a yoga instructor, Susan was Certified by ACE – the American Council on Exercise, as a personal trainer. Susan welcomes students to explore each visit to the mat; inviting students to choose a more meditative pace or perhaps experiment with challenging poses that require concentration, balance, and strength. In her class, you will hear meditative options as well as strength options for poses. The healing and meditative aspects of yoga have carried Susan through sports injuries as well as emotionally trying experiences. You will often hear Susan offering simple one-word meditations followed by an inspirational quote.
Instructor, RYT 200
I won’t lie, I found my way to “yoga” via P90X. And when first asked to try a real hot yoga class at a real studio I resisted… I was pretty sure that I’d die in the heat. It took several months to get me there, but after my first class I was hooked and immediately began practicing almost daily. Of course, hot yoga provided the strength and cardio I wanted (I like a pretty hardcore workout), but the mental effects were the most profound. I’ve been dealing with ADHD my entire life, but when I would practice, I’d notice that my focus and my sense of calm were drastically improved without medication. This “moving meditation” worked and I wasn’t the only one who noticed - everyone around me saw the difference as well.
Although I started practicing under the Bishnu Ghosh lineage, and competing nationally under that style, I have found that there is something to learn from all of the yoga varieties out there, and I currently teach both stationary and vinyasa style classes. When I’m practicing, I want to find the balance of effort and ease on my mat (with a heavy dose of sweat), and when I’m teaching, I want to bring the same to you
Chris helps keep things fresh & together in the studio. You might meet him at the front desk assisting with check in on the weekends or practicing any time of the week. Chris began as a “karma” yogi (work exchange) but quickly became an integral part of the team. Prior to moving to Raleigh, Chris practiced and taught aerial yoga in Charlotte NC.
Operations Manager. There is no task too big or small for Brian. Have you ever noticed how clean the studio is every visit? Brian manages & coordinates all tasks, keeping everything in great order, from the floors to the sound & computer systems.