Nancy P. Gilbert, ERYT, RPYT – Director
When you research the story behind the name of our school, your heart will melt as mine did years ago when I first read the story of Tittibha. The story resonated with my dreams of opening a Pre-natal Yoga School to share this form of yoga. I was then encouraged by fellow yogis to start a 200 Hour Teacher Training Program which was created in 2012. The student – teacher relationship does not end at the end of a training for me: it is a relationship that ends when the student feels a sense of confidence, strength and faith.
Yoga is my passion, and I am so excited to be able to offer our services to others who are like-minded!
Because yoga training schools are not available to all, I established a program that uses recycled materials to construct yoga mat bags. The proceeds from the sale of these mat bags goes toward funding a scholarship for yoga teacher training (see image below). For more information, to suggest a potential student or to donate, please contact us.
These past few years have been spent raising three boys who are grown and creating lives of their own. This has freed up time to share my passion for yoga with other studios.
Tittibha Yoga is unparalleled, and we want to stay that way so that we can provide other yoga studios with 1:1 personal instruction.
I look forward to connecting with the students, and it is my hope that they will feel the kindness and openness created from a relationship with their teachers.
Kim Wood Rajnish, ACE Cert. Trainer
Kim comes to us with a long history of fitness and wellness. She enjoys running, yoga and teaching fitness classes to those who want to have fun while getting healthy. Her Personal Training Program has helped people to set goals, achieve those goals and maintain their zeal for fitness. Kim has a passionate interest in her students’ wellness and goals. She recognizes different levels of fitness and honors those – she meets you where you are in your life.
Chrissy Hawthorne, RYT 200
Director of Kids Yoga
With great passion for yoga, and the awareness of setting a healthy lifestyle pattern as early as possible, I have dedicated my practice to our youth.
In the yoga Sensory Kids class I put emphasis on teaching the next generation techniques for calming, nutrition analysis, compassion, affirmation, self-awareness, sleep regulation, focus, and balance.
Let’s not forget our smallest treasures, and the importance of sharing yoga with our babies & toddlers in a Mom and Me class. Plant your roots deep by learning self regulation, stress management, and relaxation techniques, strengthening your mother and child bond while both teaching and experiencing the value of regular exercise and self care.
I strive to knit a community of togetherness, acceptance, and appreciation in a non-competitive atmosphere. To reach each child on their level and understanding. I believe we all have different yet beautiful gifts that are ready to flourish and blend together in class, and in life.
Dianne Reid, RYT 200
Dianne has always found yoga to be a wonderful practice for reconnecting with herself, others, the earth and the universe. She is excited to share her practice with others for their growth and her own. Her yoga journey started with Bikram Yoga in 2004 to assist in healing her overworked mind and body. Since then she has practiced Kripalu, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and LifePower Yoga. Her path recently lead her to completion of LifeTime Fitness’ 200 hour YTT in 2015 and her current participation in Blue Lotus’ 300 hour YTT. Dianne is also in the “You Call This Yoga” mentoring program to be able to teach underserved populations such as seniors, women in transition, and people with neuromuscular diseases. In addition to moving energy through bodies with yoga, Dianne is certified as a Reiki Master and in Huna I & II (Hawaiian Energy Work).
“Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path…exactly where you are meant to be right now…And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.” – Caroline Adams.
Audrey is a certified 225 hour Holy Yoga instructor. She has been practicing yoga for about 15 years, and recently completed yoga training in May 2017. Audrey has a
passion for building community and desires to spread God’s love through the practical modality of yoga. She is also a full-time wife, mom (of one awesomely wild 3 year old boy), and a pediatric nurse at Wake Med.
DeeAnna Kennedy, RYT200
DeeAnna began her journey in 2000 with her first Bikram Yoga Class. Her passion for Bikram burned for several years before she ventured out into other styles of yoga. In 2014, DeeAnna took the plunge and started a new journey in her 200 hr Teacher Training with Tittibha Yoga School. She found herself leading a powerful Hatha yoga class encouraging students to go to their edge with ease and stability. Aerial Yoga was a natural transition for DeeAnna’s strength and creative style. She studied Aerial Yoga with one of the best teachers in our area, Rebecca Drake.
DeeAnna values the precious time spent with her 2 daughters and husband – plus the family dog Scamp. If DeeAnna isn’t with her family then she can be found running, biking (Team Tittibha Flyers), paddle boarding and many more outdoor adventures.
Her classes range from peaceful moving asana to sweat inducing Vinyasa flow. She hopes to share with her students an awareness of a balance between flexibility, strength and the connection with their true self.