Anne Cote Hoffman
Anne Cote loves sharing her joy of yoga through teaching. She received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher training at Yoga One, a Baptiste Affiliate Studio in Charlotte. Originally from California, Anne Cote is a world traveler and has led two yoga retreats to Costa Rica. For more than a decade, she has served as Upper School Counselor at Cannon School in Concord, where she teaches a daily yoga class. Anne Cote also consults with non-profits as a Certified True Colors Interpersonal Communication Facilitator. She loves to read, walk on the Catawba Nature Preserve, listen to music and laugh with friends and family. She is passionate about encouraging self-care, particularly for those in the helping professions such as parenting, teaching and healthcare/wellness.
Terry became a yoga teacher in 2011 after she retired from a career as a speech pathologist in the public schools of Michigan. She has 200-hour certification for Ashtanga, slow flow and Yin styles from Red Lotus Yoga Studio in Rochester Hills, MI. After experiencing the healing and invigorating effects of yoga, pranayama and meditation, Terry is grateful to be able to share the wealth of yoga with her students. Her personal experience has taught her that we are all on a journey of not only coping with what life throws at us but coming out of it as a stronger and happier person. The inner strength she gained through her practice helped her immensely as she cared for her husband until his death from Alzheimer’s disease. Since moving to Salisbury to be closer to family in 2016, Terry has enjoyed connecting to SoFul Yoga, traveling to visit her three sons’ families and working on her home and garden.
Emily began teaching yoga in 2014. She’s been a student of the practice since 2008, when she took her first yoga class and experienced relief from back pain while discovering the power of connecting breath to movement. She was hooked! A group fitness instructor since 1996, she felt led to share yoga with others and completed her 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Sandy Raper Yoga. Emily encourages her students to take the experience they create on the mat with them, as they live their yoga. When she’s not teaching, Emily works as a communicator for the Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. She and her husband have three children.
Yoga & Tai-Chi Instructor
Gail has been teaching yoga for more than 25 years. Her gentle, slow-paced classes focus on breath, alignment, balance, strength, and flexibility. Instruction features verbal cues to help students stay aware of their bodies as they inhabit and hold each posture. Trained in Kripalu Yoga (Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health), Iyengar Yoga (Rodney Yee) and Anusara Yoga (John Friend), Gail earned a 200-hour yoga instructor certificate from Peachtree Yoga Center/Atlanta Yoga Fellowship in 1996. She also teaches qi gong, meditation, and tai chi and was certified by Tai Chi for Health Institute in 2010.
Vanessa completed her 500-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher training with Rolf Gates of Gates Enterprises, based in Santa Ana, California. She is certified in Laugh-A-Yoga with Barata Wingham of Yogaville in Buckingham, Virginia. Vanessa has also received certification in Y12SR (Yoga for 12-Step Recovery) from R. Nikki Myers, the executive director and founder. Vanessa has extensive workshop experience in Yin yoga, Restorative yoga, and Slow Flow yoga. She believes that yoga can change the world. She asks that you find your passion and go boldly forward to help this change. It can happen one breath at a time. Breathe!
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. Completing her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in February 2018, she has enjoyed beginning her yoga-teaching journey here at SoFul Yoga and Wellness. When she's not practicing yoga, Meredith spends her days teaching art to high school students. An avid runner, Meredith loves to travel, listen to live music and incorporate outdoorsy and athletic adventures while doing so, often with Andy and their lovely daughters, Macy and Miles, by her side.
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.
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.
Dominique has been practicing yoga since 2013. She believes in the importance of a strong mind-body connection and uses yoga to cultivate that connection within herself. Dominique favors a slower paced flow, when it comes to yoga. She likes to give students the opportunity to connect their breath to their practice so that they may feel deeper physical alignment. Dominique received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher certification in the winter of 2019. She is excited to have the opportunity to share her own practice with others.
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.
French-born, open-minded and enthusiastic, Christine’s life journey to wellbeing is led by yoga and cooking. Through her experiences, she has found her recipe for balance and peace. While living in France, Canada and the United States, Christine has practiced several styles of yoga with many teachers. With the guidance of her yoga mentors, she obtained her 210-hour teacher certification in Hatha yoga. She is an experienced teacher with Yoga Alliance E-RYT/YACEP, affiliated with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and certified in both Yoga for Cancer and Laughter Yoga. Hatha yoga builds strength, flexibility, and helps students take the time to sit and be, through a holistic path including asana, pranayama, mudras and meditation.
Sharon began her personal yoga practice in 2009. As a school nurse, she began to share her yoga practice with students and teachers. Seeing them benefit from learning yoga techniques sparked her desire to become a certified yoga teacher. In November 2018, Sharon completed her 210-hour Yoga Teacher Training through Samadhi School of Yoga. Sharon enjoys practicing and teaching various types of yoga, with special interest in teaching beginners and children. As a teacher, her goal for each class is that her students leave feeling that they have been given tools to handle daily life, through breath and movement, allowing them to become more resilient. In her free time, Sharon enjoys spending time on the water with her husband David, their children Andrew and Melanie, and friends.