Our magnetic teachers guide, challenge, support, and encourage you to work toward your best self. They are here to help you unlock your fullest potential and guide you through an inspiring journey of transformation. Unroll your mat and let's get ready for class!


 
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Emily

“WORK HARD AND BE NICE TO PEOPLE.”

Emily Wallace is the owner and founder of Midtown Yoga. Emily has been teaching for over six years and her love for yoga and movement only continues to grow and evolve. She has studied with Sean Corn, Paige Held, Kelly Green, Kathryn Budig, and many more. She has traveled the world hosting teacher trainings and yoga retreats and has a passion for watching people learn and grow. She is E-RYT 500 certified and the lead instructor for Midtown Yoga's teacher trainings. Emily's classes are a mix of challenge, inspiration, and fun. When Emily isn't at Midtown Yoga she loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling, naps, reading, concerts, and chocolate.

 

Guilty Pleasure

Free samples at Costco

Celebrity who embodies your inner rock star

Zooey Deschanel from New Girl

Go-to Karaoke Song

"Hero" by Enrique Iglesias

 
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Carrington

"When you know better you do better." —Maya Angelo

Over the last 20+ years, Carrington’s study and practice of yoga has been a diverse journey through Bikram, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, and everything in between.  Carrington began teaching in 2010 and is E-RYT 500 certified. Her classes are a canvas of power, prayer, and presence, intertwined with messages of spirit, magic, and social responsibility. On a physical level, her teaching practice is about piecing together the individual parts of the body into the more powerful whole. On a soulful level, her passion both on and off the mat is in helping others find their voice and own their power through the many classes and workshops she teaches. On a collective level, the purpose of her teaching is to correlate yoga on and off the mat, ultimately paving the way from the I to the WE.

She travels with international yoga teacher Seane Corn as one of her assistants and serves as both faculty and Yoga In Action Coordinator for Off The Mat Into The World as well as regional leader for CTZNWELL and is a lululemon legacy ambassador. Having gratefully learned from many teachers over the years, a few teachers that have influenced her personal and teaching practices are Seane Corn, Marianne Williamson, Rev angel KYODO williams, Ainslie Macleod, Carolyn Myss and of course the greatest teacher of all, life.

 

Favorite Travel Destination

Jerusalem

Celebrity who embodies your inner rock star

Chris Martin

If you could change your name what would it be?

President Carrington Jackson

 
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Fero

“You are who you want to be.”

Fero moved to the United States from Brazil when she was 21 years old to learn English. Fero has always been active, trying new gyms and workouts around Raleigh since 2012. In 2015, she took her first hot yoga class and fell in love with it. Yoga is where she finds comfort and peace when her mind starts wandering. In 2016, Fero decided to take yoga sculpt training and that was one of her best moments in a very challenging year. She will push you so you can be the best version of yourself, make you laugh, and welcome you as you are.

 

Guilty Pleasure

Doritos

Favorite Travel Destination

Denver, CO

Hidden Talent

Braiding Hair

 
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Jolene

“There is a crack in everything. That is how the light gets in.” —Leonard Cohen

Jolene grew up a competitive distance swimmer. Later in life, she channeled that competitive energy into other endurance events such as triathlons, half marathons and open water swimming. She was drawn to yoga for the physical benefits but continues to practice because of the “work-in.” Jolene believes yoga practice truly strengthens your mind/body from the inside out and changes everyday with your body and mindset. In this practice, you are constantly presented with new challenges and given the opportunity to learn something new about yourself. The benefits of a regular practice are endless and Jolene loves sharing it with others.  She lives within walking distance of the studio with her husband, Ben, and their two children, Turner and Willow.  Jolene received her yoga teacher training from studio owner Emily Wallace and is a registered 200 E-RYT. 

 

Best Concert

Tom Petty, fourth row back when it was still called Walnut Creek

Interesting Fact

I am the oldest of four and all of us have a first name that starts with “J,” including my parents: Joe, Jean, Jolene, Joel, Jonah and Janna.

Celebrity who embodies your inner rock star

Drew Barrymore

 
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Megan

“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Megan received her 200-hour teacher training through Emily Wallace in 2015 and has been teaching ever since. She also a personal trainer and group fitness instructor.  Applying her knowledge across all areas of fitness is what inspires her classes.  She believes that finding balance in the mind, body, and lifestyle is what keeps us moving forward.  In a constantly evolving world, finding personal balance is something that will always be a work in progress.  She feels that we should constantly be challenging ourselves not only in our movement practice, but in all areas of life. Megan brings an energetic, challenging, and loving atmosphere to her classes, meeting her clients where they are, empowering them, and encouraging them to grow. 

 

Hidden Talent

Laughing no matter how bad the joke is.

Go-to Karaoke Song

"Juicy" by Notorious B.I.G.

Favorite Music Artist

Alt-J

 
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Gracen

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”

Gracen loves teaching yoga and feels it is a true privilege to connect with her students and to share her calling.  Her passion for teaching and inspiring others to be the best version of themselves is evident in the way she shows up to guide her students and to empower them to become their own best teacher.  Gracen has spent over 500 hours studying the practices of yoga (asana, pranayama, kriya, meditation) and believes it’s important to always stay a student. She believes that yoga can benefit anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, size, and ability. Through her own journey of seeking to understand yoga beyond the physical, she has come to realize that this practice helps us all deal with the inevitable suffering and pain that happens in our lives. It’s not what happens to us that matters most, but it’s how we react to it.

 

Guilty Pleasure

Gummy worms and sour straws

Describe your class in three words

Transformative, Inpiring, Liberating

Best Concert

Kid Rock

 
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Lois

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”

Lois took her first yoga class in 1998 and has not looked back since. It forever changed her life. She has pursued learning and experiencing as much yoga as possible, completing her first 500-hour teacher training in Hatha yoga and her second 500-hour teacher training in vinyasa. Lois has been facilitating 200- and 500-hour YTT's for the past five years and loves teaching teachers, seeing their cathartic journeys unfold, and watching their teaching blossom. She has also presented nationally at yoga events and travels internationally facilitating yoga retreats. Lois teaches Astanga vinyasa, vinyasa, yin yoga, and meditation. When not teaching or taking a yoga class, you can find Lois entertaining at home with her family and friends. She loves to cook and host gatherings thanks to her Italian background. Lois resides in Cary with her husband Larry and their three daughters.

 

Unusual Talent

I can cross one eye while keeping the other straight.

Pineapple on Pizza?

I'm 100% Italian - I don't get it.

Favorite Travel Destination

Istanbul

 
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Kelly

Kelly began practicing yoga over ten years ago in both Iyengar and Vinyasa styles and graduated from the Bliss Body Yoga 200-hour teacher training in 2017.  She has a passion for pre- and post-natal yoga and encourages women to grow in their beauty and strength throughout their yoga journeys. Her classes help individuals feel their bodies both inside and out and explore the connection between yoga both on the mat and in life. Kelly has a 6-year-old son and loves friends, family, outdoor concerts, baseball games, and hanging by the pool.

Happy Place

Hiking with my son

Guilty Pleasure

Chocolate

Best concert

Pink Floyd

 
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Lauren

"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without."

Lauren’s early passion for meditation began with an interest in brain research, and has evolved through training and daily practice into a life-changing spiritual and experiential journey. She has enjoyed seeing the practice of meditation reach mainstream consciousness over the last few years and is thankful to be a part of spreading its benefits to the community. Lauren’s classes blend real life experience with knowledge from both western science and the wisdom traditions to help students cultivate greater inner awareness in their daily lives. She has formal training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Lauren enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and two young sons any chance she gets.

Happy Place

The summit of a mountain

Favorite Travel Destination

The Amalfi Coast

Guilty Pleasure

Frozen gummy bears

 
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Emily

"Whatever you are, be a good one." —Abraham Lincoln

Emily comes to Raleigh from Washington, D.C. where she earned her RYT 200 certification and taught yoga for three years. Born in Boston, Emily began practicing yoga over 10 years ago in high school. She competed in Track & Field in college and that is when she fell in love with vinyasa yoga as an outlet for putting her body to work to allow her mind to rest. In 2015, Emily enrolled in teacher training with the hope of sharing the transformative physical and mental benefits of the practice with others. She is a firm believer that you create your own reality and that, through yoga, all can realize that this is possible. She hopes to empower and motivate her students in her athletically-inspired flow and strength classes. Emily currently lives in North Hills with her boyfriend.

Happy Place

Home in MA with my two sisters

Guilty Pleasure

Dark chocolate. Every. Single. Day.

Favorite Travel Destination

Aspen, CO

 
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Cathy

"Do the work. Show up. Trust yourself."

Cathy hails from the suburbs of DC, where she first stumbled upon a (very sweaty) vinyasa class at a local gym. Like most, she was initially attracted to the physical benefits of a yoga class, but gradually developed an appreciation for the practice and its effects both on and off the mat. Cathy completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training after her move to NC and teaches MYstrength at Midtown Yoga. Due to her healthcare training & science background, Cathy strives to emphasize safe alignment as well as the rationale behind poses and sequences. Her hope is for you to leave class feeling challenged, grounded, and refreshed, Outside of the studio, she works full-time in Cary and tries to spend time outdoors as well as travel as much as possible.

Happy Place

Outdoors on a hike or abroad exploring a new country

Guilty Pleasure

Kit-Kats

Favorite Travel Destination

Kauai

 
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Dakota

“Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile.” —Mark Twain

Dakota is a Georgia native who moved to Raleigh two years ago. Her relocation sparked a desire for personal growth and development. Having a yoga background, she embarked on her journey to become a yoga teacher, participating in Teacher Training at Midtown Yoga Studio. Dakota is someone who will create fun flows to compliment and advance your personal practice. When she is not in the studio you can catch her at Triangle Rock Club, where her strong devotion for climbing shines through. Like yoga, climbing brings awareness to be in the present moment. When she is not on the wall herself, you can catch her fueling her other passion as a Coach for youth competitive climbers.

Guilty Pleasure

I like rolled oats and I cannot lie. Also cake, all kinds!

Favorite Travel Destination

Eleven Mile Canyon, CO

Happy Place

North Carolina Museum of Art

 
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Leia

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” —Charles Swindoll

Leia has been practicing yoga since 2014 and received her 200-hour certification through MY 200 hour teacher training at Midtown Yoga with Emily Wallace. She found her passion in yoga once she realized the infinite benefits the practice brought to her life, on and off the mat. Leia brings her energetic spirit to each class and practices a mantra of living through faith and not fear. She was born and raised here in the great state of North Carolina and loves calling Raleigh home, where she lives with her boyfriend Hunter and their Labrador Sugar. When Leia is outside of the studio, she is most likely cooking up her newest recipe, traveling to the next place on her bucket list with Hunter, or spending time with her friends and close-knit family.

Happy Place

Christmas morning at my mom's

Favorite Travel Destination

Bermuda

Guilty Pleasure

Red wine

 
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Jacq

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger and smarter than you think.” —Winnie-the-Pooh

Jacq was born and raised in North Carolina, about one hour west of Raleigh. After coming to college in Raleigh, she knew it would be the place she called home later in life. So she is here to stay in Raleigh with her husband, Matt, and their two dogs, Lola and Kady. From coaching CrossFit to now teaching yoga, Jacq enjoys helping others find an outlet to move and learn more about themselves. With practicing yoga she is able to understand herself better to be able to empathize and help guide others through their journey.  Jacq received her 200 hour certification through MY 200 hour teacher training with Emily Wallace. She looks forward to growing and learning alongside others at Midtown Yoga and in the Raleigh community. Jacq believes that love makes the world go ‘round and through yoga we find time for ourselves and therefore find the time and compassion for others.

Happy Place

Exploring outside with my love

Favorite Music Artist

Paul Simon

Go-to Sing-Along Music

90s Country Music

 
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Lipsa

"Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences." —Sylvia Plath

Lipsa began her yoga practice as a way to calm her mind ten years ago and became so fascinated by the physical and mental benefits that she went on to receive her certification in New York. Lipsa believes in creating a space that allows her students to show up as they are to feel and move with intention. Outside of the studio, Lipsa is a writer for Midtown Magazine who enjoys travelling and dedicating all free time to her sweet puppy, Benji.

Favorite Concert

311 concerts in the summer never disappoint

Favorite Travel Destination

Belize

Guilty Pleasure

True crime documentaries

 
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Christy

"Figure out who you are and do it on purpose." —Dolly Parton

Christy is an E-RYT 500 certified yoga instructor who has been teaching for over a decade in the Triangle area. She has traveled and trained extensively with Baron Baptiste. Christy left a long career in the legal industry to pursue yoga full time. In 2019, she joined Midtown Yoga as Director of Business Operations, bringing years of experience with one of the nation's largest yoga brands. When Christy's not in the studio, you can find her living her best life in downtown Raleigh with her husband, Lynn, and their dog, Oliver.

Guilty Pleasure

Shoes

Favorite Travel Destination

Southern France

Hidden Talent

Calligraphy

 
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Sarah

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” —Rumi

My yoga journey began when I was just getting out of high school and going into college, where I studied exercise science. I have always had a passion for all different forms of movement, anything that keeps me active I am open to try. I love exploring different classes in the area - Krav Maga, kick-boxing, Pilates, cycling. After taking my first yoga class in 2014, I immediately fell in love with the way it made me feel afterwards, internally and externally. I received my 200hr certification through Midtown Yoga 200 hour teacher training with Emily Wallace. Yoga has become so much of than just the physical practice for me. I believe that the practice of yoga on and off the mat is truly healing. It has taught me how to connect with myself, to appreciate the body and become aware of the mind and the noise it creates. My hope is to help others leave class feeling a little more grounded, a little more grateful, and a lot more loved. I’m not practicing yoga, you can find me anywhere outside - hiking trails, paddle boarding, or sun bathing on my porch with a good book in hand!

Guilty Pleasure

SWEETS. Just thinking about dessert gives me the goosebumps.

Happy Place

Anywhere outside in nature

What color crayon would you be?

Yellow

 
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Ashley

“Dance like nobody’s watching, love like you’ve never been hurt; sing like no one is listening, and live life like it’s heaven on earth.”

Ashley began practicing yoga 22 years ago in California while working as a traveling RN in an ICU setting as a way to combat the emotional and physical stress of her job. She strongly believes that by taking care of yourself, you are better equipped to care for others. She also danced growing up and felt an incredible connection to her dance when she started practicing Prana Vinyasa. This led to her 200 hr training with Carson Efird in Prana Vinyasa Yoga in 2013. She faced a diagnosis of a brain tumor four years ago and with the help of her yoga and meditation practice, her community of friends and family, and her faith, she found peace and tremendous healing. She has been working towards her 500 hr through Shiva Rea and has recently studyed Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, with Dr. Lad. She has shared yoga with her 99 year old granny and other folks in wheelchairs and loves teaching kids yoga. She has a passion for helping others discover their true selves. Ashley lives in Raleigh with her three girls ages 4, 11, and 14 and husband. She loves to read, hang out with her family and friends and being outside.

Interesting Fact

Has lived in 9 states

Happy Place

The mountains

Guilty Pleasure

Eating cold pizza for breakfast

 
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Macey

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Macey was born in Burlington, Vermont. Her mother, a life-long yogi, infused her childhood with mantras, chants, and mandatory yoga classes on events like her Birthday and Mother's Day. Her dad, a retired psychologist, allows encouraged her to look within and begin the journey of self exploration. His common saying was "if you don't do the work now, you do it later". Macey went to Northeastern University in Boston where she was a Hip-Hop Dancer. When she stopped dancing, Macey embraced yoga into her life as a way to reduce stress, find peace, and for its physical exercise. Macey took Emily Wallace's MY 200 hour teacher training and is thrilled to be part of the MY community. She truly believes in the power of yoga to connect people and that the lessons one learns on the mat are the lessons that one needs to take out into their daily lives.

Guilty Pleasure

Rewatching childhood shows (One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, etc.)

Celebrity That Embodies Your Inner Rock Star

Rihanna

Favorite Travel Destination

Turkey

 
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McKenna

"If your nerve deny you, go above your nerve." —Emily Dickinson

McKenna began her practice nearly five years ago and earned her RYT 200 certification in 2017. With a strong dance background, McKenna grew up training pre-professionally as a ballet dancer and continued her dance career in college as part of the NCSU Modern Dance Company. McKenna believes in creating a safe space that encourages students to show up authentically themselves. Outside of the Studio, McKenna is a digital video producer who enjoys hiking, traveling, and watching Game of Thrones (#TeamTyrion).

Happy Place

Christmas Eve dinner with my fam - we're very Italian, so it's a big deal.

Best Concert

Toss-up between Julien Baker at the Cradle backroom or Coheed & Cambria at Red Hat.

Guilty Pleasure

Nikes and glasses