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 and his Second Series Teacher Training in August 2014. 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 eleven 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 . 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.
I’ve been a Real Estate Broker since 1996. In 2004 I started trying to have a baby, and after much work and many medications my Dr. said my only option was invitro. I had a real estate team with 2 buyer agents and 2 assistants, and we were working day and night trying to keep up with the demands of the real estate boom. In my heart I knew I couldn’t continue this pace while trying to conceive. In 2006 I sold my real estate business and left for the jungle of Costa Rica to study under world-renowned yogis, Don and Amba Stapleton, at the Nosara Yoga Institute. 200 hours later I became certified as a Yoga Alliance recognized Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher. In 2008 a special miracle happened, I ended up having a beautiful baby boy, Ike VanderMyde. De-stressing and un-clutterring the mind through yoga and breath was my salvation. Now, my son is 4, I’m back in Real Estate at REMAX Ocean Realty,and I have a daily Mysore practice with Michelle Dorer. When time permits I sneak away for hot vinyasa yoga classes at Hot House Yoga in Va Beach. I’ve attended workshops in Anusara with Todd Norian, Vinyasa with Rolf Gates, Ashtanga Yoga workshops with Jennifer Elliott of Charlottesville, Tim Miller, David Williams, Richard Freeman, and David Garrigues. Recently Heather traveled to Maui and took classes with Nancy Gilgoff, who is said to be the first American woman to ever practice with Pattabhi Jois.
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.
Chip started doing yoga in 2010 and a year later was practicing daily with Michelle Dorer at the Ashtanga Yoga Center Outer Banks. He has continued a daily practice there for three years. Chip completed Tim Miller’s Teacher Training in Tulum, Mexico in February of 2014. He has studied yoga with David Garrigues in India, attended the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence in San Diego, California and taken workshops with David Williams, Nancy Gilgoff, Tim Miller, David Swenson, David Garrigues, Dina Kingsburg, Eddie Stern and others. Chip’s other passion is hand drumming and he leads regular drum circles and performs with the percussion ensemble, Mamba Jamba.
Roger first became introduced to Yoga in 2002 when a friend suggested yoga might help a painful hip. This led to a regular yoga practice and desire to become a yoga instructor. Roger has studied Ashtanga Yoga under Michelle Dorer on the Outer Banks since early 2009 and during the fall of 2009 attended the Integral Yoga Institute’s month long Yoga School in Yogaville, Virginia where he studied Yogic Science and earned a 200-hour Yoga teacher certificate. Registered with Yoga Alliance, his classes connect classical hatha postures with the breath and contain the teachings and knowledge of all of his previous yoga instructors combined with his own life experiences.