Michelle Dorer is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga Center in the Outer Banks which opened in September 2005. She began practicing yoga in 2002 when she was a student at the University of Virginia. She was happy to meet her teacher Tim Miller in Charlottesville, VA in April 2004. She has and continues to make annual trips to Encinitas, CA, attends his workshops and conferences worldwide, completed his First Series Teacher Training in June 2004, his Second Series Teacher Training in August 2014, and his Third Series Teacher Training in August 2015. Tim is currently teaching her the Fourth Series. Michelle has also studied Ashtanga Yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, David Williams, Nancy Gilgoff, Dena Kinsberg, David Garrigues, Sharath Rangaswamy, and Eddie Stern, has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga daily uninterrupted for fourteen years, has attended several workshops on various areas of spirituality such as meditation, chanting, astrology, ayurveda, studies of sacred texts, and has a love for lore, dancing, and gathering around Fire. She has a BA in psychology from the University of Virginia.
Sarah started practicing Vinyasa Yoga in 2012 with Anne Howard and is a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200, Amalam School of Yoga, Outer Banks, NC). Shortly after completing her teacher training in early 2014, she began studying with Michelle Dorer and developed a daily Ashtanga practice. Additionally, she has attended workshops with Tim Miller and David Garrigues and is currently exploring Nadi Shodhana, or Intermediate Series. Along with her regular Ashtanga practice, Sarah enjoys mixing it up and channeling her creative energy by crafting fun, challenging sequences for her Vinyasa flow classes. Outside the studio she enjoys the beach, running, hiking, swimming, plants, animals, reggae music, traveling, and being outdoors.
Chel encourages her students to find health, happiness and prosperity by practicing yoga and embracing creativity and play! She studied for her Yoga Alliance RYT-200 at South Okanagan Yoga Academy under Mugs McConnell, based in British Columbia. She’s trained all over the world and is passionate about sharing her vibrant blend of life experiences – meditating in the Himalayas of Nepal and visiting Hindu and Buddhist temples throughout Southeast Asia, studying yoga, Reiki (level 1&2 certified) and circus arts in California, hoop and fire dancing on magical islands of Bali and Thailand. She has learned a great deal about compassion by volunteering with orphans and underprivileged kids in Sri Lanka, Peru and Mexico. When she’s not practicing yoga, you will find her instructing and performing hoop, fire and pole dance and other circus arts.
I am inspired by love, movement, and freedom. I began my yoga journey in 2012 as a former student of dance and completed my RYT 200 hour in 2016 at Tribal Yoga in Virginia with aspirations to grow! Using tools of vinyasa (linking breath to body), yoga has shown me how to slow down and appreciate the gift of being in the moment even if life turns me upside down. It has both taught me about and guided me through darkness showing me that I already have the power to light up my whole world. I want to share this experience with you, as we dance through the rhythms of life. By offering a class that is both accessible and subject to challenge you, I do my best to create an atmosphere where others from all walks of life are invited to freely express their mind, body, and spirit with positive reflection rather than judgement. Much love and hope to cross your path!