Our Teachers

BIOGRAPHIES

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Laura Martier (RYT200)

is a professional Gong Master, vocalist, musician, and freelance writer who utilizes her gifts in order to bring an authentic expression of her heart into the world. Drawing from a rich tapestry of influences and experience, Martier's work is in constant development. Her recent studies in her beloved second home, Nosara, Costa Rica have taken her deep into a path of service through sound, movement and word all coming from her heart. "My commitment to curiosity about myself and the world around me and to cultivating my most authentic voice, keeps me moving forward into the magic of music and creativity with gratitude.”

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Scott Lawlor (AKA Pickles)
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is a longtime board member and athletic coach for Dare County Parks and Recreation. Owner and operator of Hatties Wholesale Produce and Culinary Specialties, Scott is a proud and devoted dad to three beautiful, smart and kind children and an Outer Banks resident for over 20 years. Born and raised on the beaches of the New Jersey Shore, Scott's desire and goal for teaching the ancient practice of yoga is that everyone who comes to his class will feel exactly how he feels when he himself is a student in an amazing class that leaves him so completely relaxed and yet so incredibly energized. In essence, self aware and full of peace. "I am so completely grateful and dedicated to my yoga practice, everyday absorbing more and more knowledge of the practice and of myself, that I'm driven to share, if I can stimulate even the tiniest spark of desire in someone or make even the smallest Improvement in how someone feels on or off their mat then I am complete.”

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Shree Fulcher (ERYT200, Y12SR)

is a healer at heart. She brings a 200 hour ERYT certification, with the addition of over 108 hours of training in Bhakti yoga and Tantric philosophy. Extensive Yoga Nidra, Meditation, and Restorative Yoga training gives her a deeper understanding of the more subtle experiences of yoga. Shree has also received certification, through Y12SR, to teach Yoga for Recovery and relapse prevention. Having studied under powerful leaders such as Janet Stone, Nikki Myers, Tommy Rosen, Dana Walters, Jeremy Wolff, Patrick Harrington, Hareesh Wallis, and Jason Neemer, her education and understanding of yoga is both expansive and eclectic. She continues her learning journey, as she travels the world to find new and exciting ways to bring Yoga, as a way of healing, to the people and places that she loves. Shree` has been an intuitive/spiritual massage therapist for over 10 years and received her Reiki 1&2 attunements in 2015. She also offers her intuitive gifts through readings, from a variety of Oracle Cards, and facilitates personalized Star Seed Awakenings, from The Human Design.

Meg Ericsson (RYT200)

I am an Aromatherapist and my company is Nags Head Apothecary. I became interested in Essentrics ® when I was dealing with neck and shoulder pain. When I started practicing Essentrics ® it was only a short time before the pain was gone. I had tried many different therapies to aid in reducing this pain, but it wasn't until I started practicing Essentrics ® regularly, that I found fast relief. I decided to become a certified instructor. As another tool for holistic health. I offer Aromatherapy, integrated reflexology and now Essentrics ®. Not only have I had pain release. I have also had an increase in strength, flexibility and mobility! My passion is to help others. Essentrics ® has a big roll in this!

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Amy Wells (RYT200):

Generations of my family have lived along the Outer Banks. I grew up on this coastal strand where weather and water shape lives and land; it has made me who I am. I have four young adult children who I love and adore, and they have been my best teachers. Received my yoga teacher training through Amalam School of Yoga in Kitty Hawk in 2013 . I had been a lifelong fitness and sports enthusiast when a series of life and health challenges forced me to find a new way of being. Yoga found me. Yoga helped me breathe and be brave until I could get on my feet. The paths to yoga are varied and diverse. We arrive with all different levels of ability and unique bodies. We honor and respect our differences, but we find similarity in the breath and being present. From here, we begin to move and explore. I invite all to come, breath, move, and connect the circumstances that bring you to the mat.

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Michelle Dorer: (RYT200)

Director of the Ashtanga Yoga Center in the Outer Banks which opened in 2005. In January 2019 Michelle decided to close her long standing and beloved space to join the Co-operative offering her freedom to reorganize her teaching career. She began practicing yoga in 2002 when she was a student at the University of Virginia. She was happy to meet her teacher Tim Miller in Charlottesville, VA in April 2004. She has and continues to make annual trips to Encinitas, CA, attends his workshops and conferences worldwide, completed his First Series Teacher Training, Second Series Teacher Training, and Third Series Teacher Training. Tim has taught her well into the Fourth Series of the Ashtanga Yoga sequences. Michelle had the opportunity to practice with Pattabhi Jois at the tale end of his life and has also studied with several other prominent Ashtanga Yoga teachers within the Lineage, has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga daily uninterrupted for fifteen years, has attended several workshops on various areas of spirituality such as Meditation, Chanting, Astrology, Ayurveda, studies of sacred texts, and has a love for lore, dancing, and gathering around Fire. She has a BA in psychology from the University of Virginia. It is her intention as a teacher to help facilitate the continuation of her students’ physical practice while nourishing their spiritual and emotional growth symbiotically. She is interested in the global movement of Awakening that is currently happening and supports any holistic practice that facilitates this process. For more information please visit Michelle’s website at; http://www.ashtangayogaobx.com/

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Karen Hennigan


(RYT200)

I recall doing yoga with my mom -and loving it- when I was very little. My daily devotion and dedicated journey did not begin until 2009, my passion growing to eventually earn a 200-hour RYT certification in 2014. In the face of some health-related setbacks for the next three years, I discovered that - through yoga-everyone truly has the capacity for miraculous healing and transformation. I personally have found yoga to be that catalyst for change. As a teacher, my goals are to meet students right where they are while providing a safe, peaceful and loving environment. Through my experience, I hope to provide assistance in facilitating physical and spiritual wellness and healing while maintaining a lighthearted and whimsical atmosphere.

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Kate Cartwright (RYT200)

Born and raised in North Central Florida, Kate has always marched to the beat of her own drum. Feeling held back by her small hometown, she left after graduating high school to attend The Savannah College of Art and Design for photography. After working for one summer in Corolla while still in college, Kate fell in love with the magic of The Outer Banks. So much that when she decided to leave SCAD, she chose The Outer Banks to call home. Kate began practicing yoga at home using videos in 2014. After making a move back to her hometown in Florida in 2015, she took a 200 hour yoga teacher training at the Ayurveda Health Retreat in Alachua, Florida, owned and operated by Richard Masla, who is a well respected yogi and ayurveda practitioner. Kate had no intentions on teaching when she began the training but after graduating and moving back to The Outer Banks, she felt a calling to share what she had learned. Yoga has been a way for her to connect to her true self, and sharing that peace she finds on her mat is her favorite part of teaching. In 2019 she was given the opportunity to teach at a music festival hosted by her favorite DJ, Bassnectar, in Mexico with over 100 students in attendance. With music and yoga as foundations of her life, this was one of the greatest blessings she has received since beginning her walk down the path of yoga.

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Fiona Thieking (RYT200)

Fiona Thieking is a 200RYT, Vibrational Sound Healing Specialist, & Reiki Master. Growing up on the Western Slope of Colorado, she has been inspired by nature & the mountains.

Fiona has experienced Western Medicine both physically & mentally, but her true healing began when she was introduced to Eastern Philosophy & Yoga. Through her own inward journey to find wholeness, Fiona has transformed her life & her health. Her calling is to empower others to unlock their own essence of wellness; breaking outside the chains of everyday life & tapping into the whispers of the soul.

She took her Yoga training in 2017 at Samadhi Center for Yoga in Denver, Colorado, studying under Master Yogi’s such as: Santosh Powell & Jeremy Wolf. She is a certified Vibrational Sound Healing Specialist through The Vibrational Sound Association, offering sound healing one-on-one as well as in the classroom. In January of 2019 she received her Master Reiki Attunement in the Outer Banks, & has since been called to return to the ocean to teach.

Fiona’s approach to healing is open & receptive, always returning to the mat as a mere beginner & cultivating stillness for intuition to blossom & guide the way.

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Sharon Roderer (RYT200)

Sharon Roderer is an elementary school teacher who was born and raised on the Outer Banks. She received her bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University in 2013 and soon found herself back on the beach diving straight into a career in education. During this time she also developed an interest in yoga and began practicing. Her hobby quickly advanced into a lifestyle as she felt herself being drawn to the mat more and more. She began to feel a sense of power, grounding, openness, and balance- both on and off the mat. Her desire to strengthen her personal practice and deepen her understanding of yoga drove Sharon’s decision to enroll in a teacher training program in 2018. After earning her RYT 200-hour certification, she was eager to combine her love of teaching with her growing passion for yoga. Sharon views teaching yoga as an opportunity to further cultivate her own experiences as well as a platform to share the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits of yoga and meditation with her students. Her wish is to shed light on the hidden gifts we all carry within us and to help others discover a sense of harmony and wellness in their lives through yoga. Yogis of all skill levels are invited to join Sharon on the mat to move, breath, and explore with her playful, relaxing, and slightly challenging vinyasa-style flows.