Anne Cote Hoffman
Anne Cote loves sharing her joy of yoga through teaching. She received her 200-hour training at Baptiste Affiliate Studio, Yoga One in Charlotte. Originally from California, she is a world traveler and has led two yoga retreats to Costa Rica. For the past 10 years, 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, meditation, Terry is grateful to be able to share the wealth of yoga. 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. 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 Ford began teaching yoga in 2014 and has been a student of the practice since 2008 when she took her first class and experienced relief from arthritis pain in her back 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 their 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 and parents three amazing young people with her husband, the love of her life!
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 tai chi, (certified by Tai Chi for Health Institute 2010), qi gong and meditation.
Maia Janashia Smith
Yoga Instructor, Certified Nutritionist
Maia is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher, certified integrative nutrition coach, published author, and motivational speaker. She considers herself a health activist and is determined to help as many women as she can on their journey to health. She integrates yoga to help her clients to achieve mind-body-spirit connection! Maia came to the mat from a demanding business position, so she has a keen ability to connect and understand the needs of modern-day professional yogis for balance and relaxation. Type A by nature, she herself was in a great need of balance. Always a student at heart, she grows with her students as a teacher and as a person. Maia's passionate and inspirational style of teaching is a balanced fusion of a vinyasa and power yoga with attention to holistic alignment, personal evolution, and humor.
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.
Vanessa is a 500-hour vinyasa trained teacher. She received her certifications from Rolf Gates Enterprises, based in Santa Ana, Calif. Vinyasa is connecting movement with breath. Vanessa loves movement, from slow flow to pulse-increasing fast flow, and anything in between! Her philosophy is to be happy, be healthy, and move!
I am a native of Salisbury and lifelong fitness fanatic, which led me to earn a BS in Kinesiology and become a certified personal trainer through ACE, as well as a group exercise instructor for Spinning, TRX, and Pilates. I earned a yoga certification through the Deep South Yoga Alliance nearly 20 years ago, after getting hooked on Rodney Yee’s yoga videos! I love cycling, hiking with my dogs, hanging with my awesome family, being outside and helping others get healthy.
Jenny is a vinyasa-focused yoga instructor recently certified through Be Kind 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Cindy Purser. She currently 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 got 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
I have been in the fitness field for over 30 years serving as an ambassador for people from all walks of life. My journey has afforded me this exciting time to help more folks on a deeper level at SoFul Yoga. So I am excited to lead all interested people from a backstory that started in 2001 with a certification from Energy Quest and Teri Reeves as my mentor. Afterward, I approached SideKick Karate of Salisbury and acquired a level 1 and 2 Karate background that helped further my journey into yoga. After leading classes at Gold's Gym and The Forum of Salisbury and Lexington, NC I decided to take the teachings to pediatric centers, health fairs, schools and churches to share with others what I have learned. From 2015-2019 I was certified through Expert Rating. I look forward to sharing time and new experiences on the mat at SoFul Yoga. Please come and enjoy the blissfulness.