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Tiffany Ingersoll

Founder and Director of Wandering Spirit Yoga, Yoga Instructor, Pilates Instructor

tiff-photoTiffany’s journey into the world of yoga began in 1999 with a Rodney Yee yoga DVD in her dorm room.  From there it took Tiffany several years of sampling many flavors, styles and lineages of yoga to find a practice that resonated with her mind and body.  She found this in the Ghosh lineage, from which Bikram pulled his 26 posture series.  After three years of serious consistent practice in the this lineage she took the plunge into the Biji Yoga teacher training in 2008 that focused on the Ghosh lineage and has been teaching actively at Open Door Yoga in Raleigh, NC ever since.   The study and of yoga is an endless adventure for Tiffany.tiff-photo2

So how did come to start a yoga travel business?  Tiffany moved to Raleigh in 2005 to work for a student educational adventure study abroad company for whom she had worked previously as summer staff and before that as a student.  When she came to the organization she took on new program development as well as directing Caribbean operations.  Over the following 8 years she learned much about how to design interesting, active and educational international programs, working with foreign outfitters, international logistics and travel, and group dynamics.  It is from this base and with 5 years teaching yoga under her belt that Tiffany chose to combine her two passions of travel and yoga.  Hence came to life Wandering Spirit Yoga Travel!

Monica Shannon

Yoga Teacher

Monica Shannon is the founder and director of Open Door Yoga and the Bija Hot Yoga Teacher Training program. Monica draws upon a lifetime of exploring the potential of mind/body relationship through sports and professional dancing, extensive backpacking, pregnancies and motherhood…not to mention her ten years and thousands of hours of teaching, studying and practicing Hot Yoga in the lineage of Bishnu Ghosh (Bikram Choudhury’s teacher and Guru).

Her journey as a yogi and teacher began with Bikram Yoga in 2001. Her inspiration for Open Door Yoga was a desire to simplify the path toward optimal benefit from Hatha Yoga. She has found the modern versions of Hatha Yoga to be complicated and often times intimidating and inaccessible to most people. Striving to make yoga accessible to old, young, injured and the chronically unhealthy, Monica started studying with Tony Sanchez and has begun to develop sequences (or rather a method of creating sequences) that honor all limitations and potentials.


Melissa Kakavas

Pilates Teacher

Melissa Kakavas has been teaching Pilates for the past eighteen years. She is currently the Director of Pilates Education at Evolve Movement in Raleigh, North Carolina and a faculty member of Balanced Body Inc. Pilates teacher-training program.  A native of North Carolina and former professional dancer, she found Pilates through rehabilitating a chronic hip injury. She was originally certified to teach in 1998 through Power Pilates Inc. and the Physicalmind Institute in New York City. While in New York, she ran successful Pilates studios, developed teacher-training programs, and traveled as a master teacher across the country and to Bermuda and St. Lucia. She continued her education by becoming a certified Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis instructor as well as a Thai Yoga Body Therapist. She holds specialized certifications in pre and post natal Pilates, gait patterning, and Pilates for Osteoporosis.
After relocating back to North Carolina, Melissa has dedicated her career to teaching the Pilates method to students and teachers alike for the past twelve years. Her teaching style is warm and energetic, and she has a strong passion for movement. She is most rewarded when students learn to develop new strengths, overcome weaknesses, and develop a strong sense of self through holistic and intelligent movement.

Kate Farthing

Community Service Director

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Yoga Kitty, Secretary, Professional Distractor

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