Erin Messmer

Erin Messmer

Yoga instructor

Erin took her first yoga class in 1995 as a first-year college student and was so intimidated that she didn’t go back for a few years! Once she found teachers who understood different bodies, she came to love yoga and how a practice can benefit the body and mind. Erin completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in July 2020 through Asheville Yoga Center and is currently teaching online. Erin uses humor and a laid back approach to yoga that hopefully makes new yogis feel welcome. She is particularly interested in teaching yoga for people who have experienced trauma and in making yoga accessible for all. Erin has been a school counselor since 2003 and a licensed clinical mental health counselor since 2006. She loves music and rarely misses an opportunity to see a live show. She is conversational in Spanish and has always dreamed of being an interpreter. Erin lives in Kannapolis with her husband of twenty years, and five spoiled pets

Sandy Raper

Sandy Raper

Yoga instructor

A modern yogi, Sandy finds balance and sustainability as a wife and mother of three boys, while cultivating longevity as a yoga teacher, educator, and teacher trainer. Sandy has practiced yoga for almost two decades and continues to seek methods and new avenues of exploring and sharing the beautiful gift of the practice. Her modern approach to the traditional yoga practice is imbued with attention to detail and efficiency in movements, alignment, and techniques. Seeking a functional approach to this traditional practice creates sustainability for the yoga practitioner. Sandy’s desire is for her students to cultivate and grow in their personal yoga practice, building trust in themselves to listen to their bodies and cultivate a practice that serves their lives on and off the mat. Sandy is an E-RYT 500, having received 200-and 300-hour training with Rolf Gates, and an additional 300-hour certification through Yoga Medicine® with Tiffany Cruikshank, she is recognized as a Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist. Sandy offers a 200-hour yoga teacher training, workshops, and continuing education recognized by Yoga Alliance. Sandy is also the host of her newly released podcast, "Beyond Yoga Teacher Training". Listen in through her website or on several other listening platforms. Connect with Sandy: www.sandyraper.com Facebook: Yoga with Sandy, IG: sandyraperyoga

Diane Cevallos

Diane Cevallos

Yoga instructor

Diane began practicing yoga in 1997 and instantly recognized the countless healing benefits yoga has to offer. In 2008, she completed her first 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certification through Yoga Works, with an emphasis on Hatha and Vinyasa. Being a lifelong learner, she continued to study with Baron Baptiste And Mark Stephens. Diane creates a safe, non-competitive space for her students to dive beneath the surface of the postures to explore deeper meaning and inspiration. Her classes emphasize personal alignment, breath, and mindfulness. Her love for teaching stems from the joy of creating a safe space where people of all ages, all backgrounds, and levels can come to move, breathe, connect, and belong. You can connect with Diane at dianecevallos.com

Jenny Blume

Jenny Blume

Yoga Instructor

Jenny is a Vinyasa-focused yoga instructor. She earned her 200-hour certification through Be Kind Yoga Teacher Training with Cindy Purser. She resides in Gold Hill with her family, where her passion is teaching sunset yoga at the farm. Yoga became her lifestyle first in 2001 when she was certified through YogaFit. The opportunity resurfaced in 2018 when she followed her heart once again. Jenny enjoys creating a relaxing, soulful atmosphere that is challenging, rewarding and all-embracing.

Janet Ruffin

Janet Ruffin

Yoga instructor

Janet enjoys the energy that comes from her members that are in front of her in class and uses her passion for fitness to ensure that everyone feels connected with their body in the power of movement. You will always feel welcomed in her class whether you are a beginner or skilled in the movements. She likes to encourage classes to explore their bodies through steady movements that will help to stretch your body, strengthen your muscles, and invigorate your mind. She brings with her 25 years of experience in the fitness arena and is a certified Les Mills instructor in multiple programs. Janet enjoys spending time with her family and her pets. She is an active gardener, bird watcher, and loves to hike and walk. She is, also, the Attractions/Greenspace Blogger for Your Rowan.

Meredith Abramson

Meredith New

Yoga Instructor

Meredith began practicing yoga in 2000 as a newlywed with her sweet husband, Andy. Since then she's discovered the deep and diverse benefits of the practice, so much so that when the opportunity to study with Sandy Raper surfaced in the summer of 2017, she was ready. Since completing her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in February 2018, she has taught at SoFul Yoga and Wellness.  In addition to being in the studio, she teaches in and around Salisbury at some wonderful venues like the Hambley-Wallace House lawn, The Barn at Cedar Hill, Morgan Ridge Railwalk, and City Tavern.  You can follow Meredith on Instagram: @big_love_yoga
When she's not practicing yoga, Meredith spends her days teaching art to high schoolers. An avid athlete-of-all-kinds, Meredith loves to travel and incorporate outdoorsy and athletic adventures while doing so, often with Andy and their daughters, Macy and Miles, by her side. 

Katy Simmons

Katy Simmons

Yoga instructor

Katy has been practicing yoga for over 5 years. With a passion for fitness and helping others, she completed her 200-hour certification through Uplifted yoga teacher training with Brett Larkin. Her goal is to not only help people become a better version of themselves physically, but also mentally and emotionally. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University. In May of last year, Katy married her high school sweetheart. They live in Thomasville with their rescue fur baby named Copper. Katy enjoys interior design, taking barre classes, hiking, and being outside.

Mary Rosser

Mary Rosser

Yoga Instructor

Mary is a native of Salisbury and lifelong fitness fanatic, which led her to earn a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and become a certified personal trainer through ACE, as well as a group exercise instructor for Spinning, TRX, and Pilates. Mary earned a yoga certification through the Deep South Yoga Alliance more than two decades ago after becoming hooked on Rodney Yee’s yoga videos! She loves cycling, hiking with her dogs, hanging with her awesome family, being outside and helping others get healthy.

Bev Maley

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Yoga instructor

Bev enjoys hiking, kayaking, paddle-boarding, traveling to see family, and various projects with her husband.  Her most recent interest has been diving into Feng Shui concepts.  She was certified with American Council on Exercise and taught in upstate NY, where she originates from. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and throughout the last 10, her dedication to yoga has brought her closer to her mat. She is an RTY200 and trained with Sandy Raper.  Through the breath and movement of Yoga, Bev hopes to help others notice and feel the inner calm that is within us all.  It is then available to be accessed, taking our peace ‘off the mat’ and into the world.  She looks forward to practicing with you!

Steve Safrit

Steve Safrit

Yoga Instructor

Steve has been in the fitness field for more than 30 years, serving as an ambassador for people from all walks of life. His journey has provided him with the opportunity to help more folks on a deeper level at SoFul Yoga. His story began in 2001, when he earned a certification from Energy Quest and Teri Reeves, his mentor. He then acquired a level 1 and 2 Karate background from SideKick Karate of Salisbury, and his journey into yoga progressed. After leading classes at Gold's Gym and The Forum of Salisbury and Lexington, Steve began to teach yoga at pediatric centers, health fairs, schools and churches to share with others what he had learned. From 2015-2019, he became certified through Expert Rating. Steve enjoys sharing time and new experiences on the mat at SoFul Yoga. Please come and enjoy the blissfulness.

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