Cindy Brewer / owner, 500 hour E-RYT
Cindy is a native of Albemarle and the owner of APY. She graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a Bachelor of Creative Arts degree in Dance and a certificate in Dance Education. Cindy taught dance in studios and public schools in Albemarle, Charlotte and Atlanta and performed and choreographed professionally.
Several injuries led her gradually toward Pilates and Yoga as a way to both use the body and be very kind to it as well. But it was what these two practices did for her esteem and spirit that gave her the need to share it the most.
She received her Pilates Teacher Certification from Leslie Clayton of Body Awareness in Atlanta, GA, her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Lesa Crocker of The Bodhi Tree in Charlotte, NC and completed her 500 hour RYT with Rolf Gates, the author of “Meditations From the Mat”.
Cindy is very grateful to be able to work in and help out in this community that she and her children consider home.
Jessy’s love for helping and inspiring others has had a great impact on her Yoga practice and style of teaching. Her intention for each class is to make everyone feel comfortable in their own practice whether they are beginners or advanced students.
To Jessy, Yoga is not about touching our toes or bending like a pretzel, but more about the way we connect to our inner wisdom through the asanas. Yoga has taught her patience, inner peace, loving-kindness and presence.
She completed her 200 hour Vinyasa teacher training with Dolly Stavros of Asmi Yoga. Jessy’s hope is to share with you what she has learned so that you, too, can pass along this wonderful practice of Yoga!
Kellyn is an Albemarle native and graduate student at UNC-Charlotte studying Art History. She graduated from UNC-C with a BA in Art History and minor degrees in Classical Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Dance. Love of dance and expression through movement led her to yoga during high school.
She continued practicing Yoga and Pilates throughout college as a form of exercise and stress relief. Yoga is especially appealing to Kellyn because, like dance, it focuses on strength from the center and promotes flexibility and endurance. She has several years of intermittent dance instruction in which she had the pleasure of teaching children between the ages of 2 and 12.
Her background in Women’s and Gender Studies also inspires to her to encourage all people- women and men- to practice yoga and experience the self-confidence and peace of mind it cultivates. Yoga isn’t about just stretching and arm balances; it’s about finding the place in yourself that believes you are capable of anything, whether that be child’s pose or some one handed inverted pretzel, balancing-with-your-eyes-closed-craziness.
Kellyn began interning for APY in July 2012 and is now working toward Yoga Teacher and Pilates Teacher Certifications with Cindy. She is beyond excited to be part of such a wonderful and giving studio and loves teaching classes ranging from high energy to restorative practices. She is very grateful for the guidance she has received and inner-strength she has learned to recognize from Cindy and everyone APY.
Terri is a native of Albemarle. After the birth of her daughter in 2007, Terri and her husband relocated from Charlotte back to Albemarle. With the opening of Albemarle Pilates and Yoga, Terri began taking classes to get back in shape.
After her first class she immediately knew that Yoga was something that would become part of her daily life. Not only for the health benefits but for the sense of peace that she felt after spending time on her mat.
As a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, she is accustomed to taking care of others. Through Yoga she has learned to take care of her body and mind as well. Training with Cindy has now given her the opportunity to share her love of yoga with
Jessica Henderson / 200 hour RYT
Jessica is a traveling yogi who enjoys taking and teaching many styles of yoga all over Charlotte and surrounding areas. She began taking yoga quite a few years ago and have had the opportunity to practice multiple styles under several teachers. Understanding the strengths of diverse yoga styles has given her tools to better meet the needs her students. While she respects and honors the principles of each style she have practiced, she chose power vinyasa yoga for my teacher training. She completed her 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and 85 hour Prenatal RYT at Charlotte Family Yoga Center- a Baptiste inspired yoga studio. She is a teacher who is dedicated to helping students meet their goals- whether their goal is a good workout, reducing stress, clearing the mind or increasing sports performance- she tailors each class to meet the goals of her students.
Throughout her school years she struggled with body awareness (yeah, she was always picked last for EVERY sport) until finding a love for physical activity in swimming then studying several martial arts during her early college years. Enjoying these physical activities gave her the confidence to try weight lifting, rock climbing, mountain climbing, belly dancing and of course – yoga. Upon moving back to North Carolina after a few years in Oregon- this time Charlotte- she found a fantastic yoga community that helped her thrive. With over ten years of yoga practice at this point, and experience teaching college level anatomy classes it was a natural step for her to move into teaching. She likes teaching a style of yoga that is accessible to everyone. With some modifications the newest yogi and the seasoned yogi can practice the same sequence and both feel the energizing yet calming effects of the practice. She likes a class that allows students to balance challenging themselves with showing themselves compassion. She also likes to infuse laughter into classes as laughing instantly gets people out of their ego and into their bodies, as they let their guard down and smile.
Jessica holds a PhD. in Neuroscience from Wake Forest University in North Carolina and has taught anatomy and physiology at Washington State University. She has also enjoyed teaching dessert wine tasting and pairing classes, and is currently venturing into an artisan chocolate tasting business.
Alia King / 200 hour RYT
Alia found yoga while exploring alternate forms of exercise and quickly discovered the beauty, peace and calmness that yoga can bring. She is excited to help others find the same stress relief and inner calmness that she has found and is currently working on her 200 hour training with Sandy Raper in Concord, NC. Alia lives in Oakboro with her fabulous husband and daughter where she enjoys planting flowers and being part of the nature around her. She works with volunteers and a wonderful team at Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, and though she practices yoga throughout the area, she loves the warmth and family feel of APY.