(Teachers We Honor)

They opened their chest and took out their hearts and they took a beautiful flame from their hearts.  Then they opened my chest, opened my heart, and they put that little flame inside it.

They put my heart back in my chest, and as soon as my heart was inside me, I felt intense love ( like the one i feel when my heart beats) because the flame they put in my heart was their own love and it make my eyes sparkle.

“That flame grew in my heart and became a big fire – a fire that doesn’t burn, but it is my dragon fire! I feel it steaming in my soul and it purifies me and everything that touches.

Yoga OM Studios

Joy McLeod

Joy McLeod

Master & Founder of Yoga OM Studios

Certified Member of: ASFA – ANA – (गुर) – YA
Joy was born as gift after a lost of an older child to the family. Born on a full moon in a northern mountain high altitude peninsula of the southwest region of Asia. Her father worked for her Majesty’s diplomatic services of the United Kingdom of Great Britain. From the age of five, she began to study the Vedas and attend rituals while witnessing her family using yoga as a way of living. At the age of of 6 she joined her mom at one of Iyngar workshops in the UK. Keeping with school at 12, she performed yoga demonstration as an art (Dancing Yoga) that inspired and confirmed the magic to learn more about the ancient practice. She was so excited about this new discovery, she arose early the next morning to be on her mat with the family for practice. Her mother had a great knowledge to the linage of teaching yoga, lovelingly she become her teacher who helped her to learn about the Vedas and rituals. Her father courageously was her pranayam teacher. Practiced under great yogis’ strict and demanding tutelage before and after school.

Yoga makes life better ~ Joy started teaching therapeutic yoga, prima vera of 2006 in Rome, Italy. Traveling internationally to study and serve with US service members, she continued her practice to develop and to create the integral training for one self and to teach its methodology and technicalities to others. Light on yoga, humble knowledge and a tailored yoga Joy was a founder of 3 yoga om’s and on 2012 the yoga om school of Huntersville was opened as the home for the practice where mind, body and spirit can grow.  For students to embrace, heal and understand the Art of Yoga and how to naturally improve their health and quality of life.

Joy studied yoga from great masters like Patabi Jois, David Swenson, Nicki Doane, Kim Zegil,Tim Feldmann, Kino MacGregor, Sharath R. Jois’s, Eddie Stern. Joy maintains a disciplinary practice and voyage to India once or twice a year.

 

Paul Diab

Paul Diab

Master of Operations

Father figure, life teacher / coach and inspiration to Joy and many more.

” The key of possibilities that you CAN DO IT !  ”

Nina McLeod

Nina McLeod

Yoga Instructor

Born overseas Nina McLeod is the youngest child of Master Joy and the youngest certified yoga instructor at the Yoga OM.

Nina started her training at the age of 6 with her first asana, and continues today (under the watchful eye her guru).  Learning all she can from her mother, Nina is the first student teacher to complete the Yoga OM teacher training program.

This early success has enable Nina to expand her horizons to placing in regional gymnastic competitions, winning 1st place and regional competitive ballroom dance, and competing in recreational diving.

Mina Alreja

Mina Alreja

Reiki Practitioner & Masseuse

Certified First & Second Degree – Method of Natural Healing (Usui Shiki Ryoho)

Learn more about Relki

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
She has initiated as a Master Teacher In Magnified Healing of the GOD Most High of the Universe on March 1998.  Mina healing hands and supportive heart has become a part of the Yoga OM growing community since 2014.
Brittney Jolly

Brittney Jolly

Kids Instructor

Tamara Dorce

Tamara Dorce

Office Manager

Tamara is a Certified Meditation Instructor (CMI) has completed her course HRS at the Yoga OM Studios.
Her love for life has awakened her love for the practice of Yoga. It is Yoga that opened her up to the power within. This opening/understanding is what motivates her to assist others in becoming aware of their own power. Even though Yoga is a graceful art form, it is the fall that taught her the greatest lesson, not only in Yoga, but in life as well. She learned, “it’s okay to fall as long as you get back up and continue to give your all.” Thank you for allowing her to share her journey with you and for sharing your practice with her.

 

Michelle Placzewski

Michelle Placzewski

Michelle Palczewski is currently a student in the Mentor Program and is pursuing her Certification of Meditation at the Yoga OM Studio. Originally from Long Island, New York.  She moved to Huntersville North Carolina in 2007 to attend University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received her BA Psychology. Palczewski continued her education at the University of Phoenix and graduated with her MS in Psychology in 2011. She currently lives in Huntersville with her husband, two little boys, and two dogs.
Jaeda Sykes

Jaeda Sykes

Jaeda Sykes is currently a student in the Mentor Program and is pursuing her Certification of Meditation at the Yoga OM Studio. Her love for the practice of Yoga was awakened by their passion to lead her prospective to a life of abundance. Yoga is a graceful art form that has brought revelation and understanding to Jaeda’s life and in turn has motivated her to assist others in becoming aware of their own power. It is Yoga that taught her to be present, a great lesson that reminds her “life is about the journey, not the destination”. Thank you for allowing her to share her journey with you and for sharing your practice with her.

Professionally is a Life Coach and Army Reservist.
Angela Demis

Angela Demis

Angela Demis has completed The Meditation Course and foundation in Aura and currently a student in the Mentor Program in pursuing her Certificate of Meditation at the Yoga OM Studio. I born in South America, Ecuador, my mother introduced me to yoga at the age of 15 years old. I moved to the United States when I was 18 years old. My practice for yoga was not consistent until I moved to the Middle East. My practice to yoga continued to be inconsistent, but that all changed when I moved to Charlotte NC. My 2 daughters did not need as much attention considering that they were all grown up. That left me with time, spending months looking and trying for a yoga studio that felt homey, Finally after 6 months I have reached my goal of finding a welcoming yoga studio. I have to give a lot of gratitude to Joy for spreading her knowledge to her students. Joy has been guiding me to my new path of healing, success and health.

Stephen Zsiga

Stephen Zsiga

Physical Trainer

Stephen is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT).  As a requirement of NCCPT, Stephen must take and successfully complete continuing education credits.  So, he is always learning and bettering himself within his trade.  He is currently enrolled and taking classes in a Weight Management Specialist course through NCCPT.  He is CPR/AED Certified through the American Safety Training Institute.  He is also a dotFIT Certified Fitness Professional.  DotFIT is a fitness and wellness company that offers a variety of related services.  Stephen integrates some of what dotFIT has to offer into his services as an Independent Trainer on their Independent Trainer Network (ITN).  He has been training people for over 10 years now.  Stephen has also received his Diploma in Personal Nutrition from Shaw Academy and is a certified INSANITY Live instructor.

Office Support Staff

Mariam Demis

Mariam Demis

Marketing Manager

Curtis Mac

Curtis Mac

IT Support

Carole Frey

Carole Frey

Yoga Instructor

Certified in Pokara, Nepal, September 2014. She completed a 200-hour teacher training.
Carole is currently a student in the Mentor Program at The Yoga Om studios. Her passion for yoga and meditation came from her strong interest in Buddhism. She took a World Religion class her junior year of high school which helped develop her desire to learn more about meditation and yoga. Carole also took two study abroad trips in College to India and Cambodia to further her education on Buddhism. This was the most powerful and wonderful experience of her life, as well as confirming her desire to make yoga a lifestyle. Carole has found so much love, passion, inspiration, balance, and happiness through yoga and wants to share it’s beautiful benefits with everyone. She offers challenging classes with all levels of variations and modifications. She teaches from the heart and wants to inspire others to be happy and empowered. Carole encourages everyone to try yoga and discover their true path!
Maricel Tufty

Maricel Tufty

Yoga Instructor

Yoga Alliance certified. She has completed a 240-hour teacher training.
Maricel is a graphic designer by trade and a yogini by heart. Her yoga journey started a few years ago after she attended her first class with her sister. Due to a minor slipped disc in Maricel’s lower back, physical therapy sessions introduced her to a few yoga poses but it wasn’t until she had a full experience of yoga that she found her true calling. Since then, yoga has become a part of Maricel’s life and she considers the practice a daily ritual. Along the way, she has learned patience, kindness, endurance, spiritual guidance and self confidence.

Maricel encourages everyone to find a path that makes them feel happy inside and out.

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