Michelle Dorer is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga Center in the Outer Banks which opened in September 2005. 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 in June 2004, his Second Series Teacher Training in August 2014, and his Third Series Teacher Training in August 2015. Tim is currently teaching her the Fourth Series. Michelle has also studied Ashtanga Yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, David Williams, Nancy Gilgoff, Dena Kinsberg, David Garrigues, Sharath Rangaswamy, and Eddie Stern, has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga daily uninterrupted for twelve 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.
Erin first experienced yoga while studying at the University of New Hampshire and instantly recognized her spiritual, physical and life path reflected in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. She was fortunate to study for three years with Kimberly Dahlaman and Jonas Zev Amberger at Yoga East in the traditional lineage. This study cemented a deep love and appreciation for the practice and discipline exacted by the Ashtanga tradition. While she has explored other vinyasa styles of yoga, she has found an anchor in the teachings and tradition of Ashtanga. Since 2001 has strived to maintain regular practice. Through the years she has studied and attended workshops with Kimberly Dahlamann, Jonas Zev Amberger, Nancy Gilgoff, David Williams, David Garrigues. Erin currently studies and practices with Michelle Dorer at the Asthanga Yoga Center, while also working professionally as a scientist at the NC Coastal Federation. Her free time is spent enjoying time at the beach or on her sailboat with her husband and two boys.
Sarah started practicing Vinyasa Yoga in 2012 with Anne Howard and is a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200, Amalam School of Yoga, Outer Banks, NC). Shortly after completing her teacher training in early 2014, she began studying with Michelle Dorer and developed a daily Ashtanga practice. Additionally, she has attended workshops with Tim Miller and David Garrigues and is currently exploring Nadi Shodhana, or Intermediate Series. Along with her regular Ashtanga practice, Sarah enjoys mixing it up and channeling her creative energy by crafting fun, challenging sequences for her Vinyasa flow classes. Outside the studio she enjoys the beach, running, hiking, swimming, plants, animals, reggae music, traveling, and being outdoors.
Hannah Elizabeth Buckley has been writing and performing her own music for over six years. Often drawing from literature, poetry, films and personal experience, Hannah interprets the world through her music. She is a graduate of The College of William & Mary, with a degree in Musicology. She has also studied at McGill University (Canada), Bates College (Maine), and Berklee School of Music (Boston). Hannah has practiced yoga for almost as long as she’s been writing music and is a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200, Charlottesville Yoga School). After exploring several genres of yoga, Hannah found Ashtanga yoga in 2012 and began studying under Michelle Dorer. She is a dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioner and is currently beginning to explore second series. Aside from her yoga practice, Hannah enjoys running, reading, films, and living by the sea, but her greatest passion is her music.
Amanda started practicing Bikram yoga in Brooklyn in the late ’90’s. In December of 2013 she received her certification as an RYT 200 yoga instructor from John and Chris Yax of Hot House Yoga in Virginia Beach, VA. At age 14, Amanda had a spinal fusion for scoliosis. This has helped her share the perspective with students that we all have different bodies, and we do what we can do and feel good about it! Yoga is a wonderful way to bring more of this into our lives. Amanda’s classes concentrate on good form in all of the poses. Our mental ‘to do’ lists fall by the wayside. Effort, concentration, focus…we become present. It’s not just the increase in flexibility and strength that we enjoy with continued practice, but also the groundedness, the ‘being okay in our own skin,’ that nourishes us more and more.
Nancy Engelhardt Furlow 200 RYT. Nancy originally began practicing yoga nearly 20 years ago in Oregon to recover from a serious ankle injury. She developed a home practice and took classes when available but a few years ago found her way back to the mat on a regular basis as a way to deal with personal stress and a feeling of being out of balance. As a marketing professor in Arlington, VA, Nancy found refuge from her career (and traffic) through mindfulness, meditation, aromatherapy, and yoga. In 2014 she enrolled in a yoga teaching program with the intent of deepening her own practice but once she taught her first restorative yoga class, she knew she wanted to share the benefits of yoga and essential oils with others. Since she couldn’t keep them off the mat, she began incorporating her dogs into her own yoga or “doga” practice and discovered the benefits of essential oils for her dogs dealing with anxiety and physical ailments. Nancy has received additional training in aromatherapy and using essential oils with pets.
All human emotions are derived from fear or love. By studying the yoga philosophy, and through my own daily practice, I’ve learned to develop a silent awareness. I use my heart’s innate intelligence to find a balance between survival and happiness: the logical mind and loving soul. Through compassion and contemplation when at a crossroads, you can act dynamically without reacting on charged emotions, expectations, and circumstances inflicted upon us. Contentment can be found in any moment of our journey. It’s about working towards what we choose to become and not being a victim of what happened in the past. The path of love and light. It’s bringing the God light within us to the outside world. When teaching I can only hope to inspire students as my teacher Anne Howard has done for me. Namaste