Butterfly Transformation & Healing, LLC

Our vision is to help people to live mentally and physically healthy lives through the practice of yoga. Our logo symbolizes the transformation and healing that can occur through a consistent yoga practice in an environment which is safe, friendly and free of judgment & negativity.  Everyone has a unique journey to explore self-awareness, self-acceptance and mind-body connection.  As you grow, yoga benefits can impact your daily life including your responsibilities and interactions with others.  As you influence and inspire people around you, this growth and energy can become contagious!  Our mission is to share yoga with individuals, families, businesses, academic & athletic organizations, and other community networks.  We will provide safe and therapeutic solutions for overall health & well-being.

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Nikki Jones

Hello & welcome!  I look forward to teaching, learning & practicing with you.  I grew up in the Midwest, mostly focused on classical piano & private girls' school from youth through high school.  I studied chemical engineering & classical piano at Tulane University.  After graduating, I moved to Boston & Philadelphia suburbs, went to grad school for MBA, got married and had 2 boys while working in the consumer products/pharmaceutical/vaccine industries.  During this time, I physically stressed my body with piano, racquetball, long distance running, snowboarding and challenging childbirths (2 cesarean sections). Eventually, knee problems forced me to discontinue high impact sports. I reached peak stress levels when family members were diagnosed with cancer and mental illness.  A close friend & colleague introduced me to Hatha Yoga, Bikram Method.  After several classes, I was surprised by the physical & emotional outlet I experienced, without the physical stress of high impact sports on my joints.  After several months, I noticed stronger tolerance of stress & anxiety, reduced fatigue, increased energy, weight loss, muscle tone, strengthening.  Within a year of starting my practice, my abdominal strength improved along with reduced swelling, scar tissue and numbness from c-sections. Over several years, circulation and motion challenges from my "piano hands" and "running feet" improved (reduced joint ache & stiffness, numbness) ... I have not had knee surgery!  I finally acted on my calling to share my experiences and commitment to yoga more broadly, initially through teaching.  I had the privilege of being trained directly by Bikram & Rajashree Choudhury and certified as a Bikram Method Hot Yoga instructor (500hr certification, studio & instructor member of OHYA, Original Hot Yoga Association). During the last 5 years, I have expanded my Hatha Yoga journey to include traditional Ashtanga as taught by David Garrigues, Rocket as taught by Mary Ketterhagen.  I am also a student of Yin as taught by Areej Elmasry & Nic Bayer.  In spring of 2017, I was certified as an instructor of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) by HIIT creator Monique Crous in New York.  Also in spring 2017, I was diagnosed with osteo-arthritis at 48 years of age, and I credit my dedicated yoga practice (in particular Bikram Method & Ashtanga) for keeping me pain-free, despite my noisy descents into Utkatasana Part 3 (if you practice next to me - lol with me!).  I credit my yoga practice and my yoga family for the mental & physical strength that I have achieved. I've had wonderful experiences teaching and practicing in studios across the United States, Mexico and United Kingdom. I am so proud of being coached & influenced by outstanding instructors, practitioners & business owners in our global yoga community. My husband and teenagers practice yoga to supplement their athletic activities and channel their energy in a productive manner (smile)... I hope they will write about it soon!  I’m inspired and humbled on a daily basis by my yoga family.  My mission is to share this yoga with everyone who is willing to come & try.  I’ll see you in the hot room... no fears … safe space …
Namaste & much love, Nikki

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Areej Elmasry

My name is Areej Elmasry and I'm a citizen of the world. I was born in England, raised in Egypt and have been back & forth to the United States my second home. Being a literature major, I have been introduced to a world of different cultures and atrocities alike and how opposites are always at war.  It was only when I started practicing Yoga in 2012 that all my different roots found cohesion. After years of practice, yoga seemed to be one of the few things in life where people find unity through as each person comes to find refuge and peace from the outside world. Realizing that, I flew to Goa, India in 2015 and got my teaching certification in Ashtanga yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Pranayama.  I came back with a heart full of love and light and began my career as a yoga teacher in Egypt and now in the US.  My passion for teaching yoga is my gateway and tool to help others embark on their journeys of self-discovery and peace of mind. The sole idea of being able to offer a helping hand to others to achieve their goals-whether physical, emotional or mental stability, flexibility or stress relief- thrills me.  Yoga is a sanctuary in which claustrophobic daily routine has no access. In fact, yoga classes are sacred in a way and one's mat is his temple. It is this euphoric feeling of being 100% present that I hope my students experience.  Nothing feels more rewarding than sharing my knowledge with the world.

 

 

Nicole Bayer

Hi all! I am excited to be a part of this yoga community! My vision as a teacher is to pass along my own learning experiences that I know to be true. I know that a life focused on self-love, mindful awareness and finding peace in the midst of chaos is the direct path to experiencing a simple, untethered joy. Soham, my 3-year old daughter, has helped me begin the tough journey of unconditional love for all precious beings, myself included. Because of her intentional way of living, free of worries and concerns, she has been my guru.  My quest to harmonize body, mind, and spirit led me to begin practicing yoga asana in 2001. As the awareness blossomed, I knew I finally arrived at the start of my true path to self exploration. I've had the good fortune to experience a variety of yoga styles via world travel and fell in love with Bikram and Sivananda. Bikram satisfied my analytical, sequential mind and Sivananda met my desire to relax and restore the body and spirit. I've earned my 200-hr yoga instructor certification from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center-Bahamas and am a registered Yoga Alliance member. I've also practiced as a licensed massage therapist since 2004 and instructed massage curricula for 5 years. Restorative, self-massage & ball therapy, guided meditation & visualization and Yin yoga are now my specialties. I have incorporated a loving approach and an effective method to creating peace and space deep within the body in my teaching. I am a caring, fun and specific guide whose purpose is to lead with intention and love. Everyone deserves to intentionally practice yoga!
 
“For there to be peace, each person must go within and find that peace that passeth all understandings.” Swami Vishnudevananda

 

 

Mary Ketterhagen

Although Mary dabbled in different styles of yoga for decades, she didn’t really connect with the practice until her mid thirties. She found hot vinyasa yoga in 2011 to compliment her weight training. Through yoga, she developed strength that she had never before accessed from decades of being a “gym rat”. She also found that a daily practice has not only helped quiet the nagging symptoms of old injuries, but calmed the fluctuating mind. As her personal practice grew, she realized that the true gifts of yoga are only revealed over time. Mary loves to explore movement through many disciplines but favors arm balancing, and creative yoga transitions. Her personal practice, Rocket Yoga, is rooted in the Ashtanga vinyasa system. In February of 2016, she traveled to Cincinnati to study ‘the Rocket’ with Amber Espelage. Through teaching, she hopes to share her enthusiasm for the practice and help each yogi tap into his Inner Guru.  When she is not working on her hand balancing practice, she can be found at the grocery store, buying more food for her hungry teenage sons (and geeking out on yoga anatomy books, podcasts, videos, etc).

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Victoria Moody

Hi fellow yogis!!  I am a new transplant to RTP, hailing from the NYC metro area. I found my yoga practice in 2010 at Bikram Yoga Bronx, and fell in love. From then on, Hot Yoga had me!  In 2013 I completed my first 200 hr. teacher training and started teaching variations of the Bikram sequence at several studios.  Eager to learn more about yoga and it's origins, I completed a second 200 hour training with a focus in Core Strength Vinyasa and Holistic Anatomy in 2016 and am currently completing a 300hr teacher training.    When not in the Yoga studio, I love spending time with my Husband and 2 yr old daughter. You can connect with me on Instagram and Facebook @victoriousmood.

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Laura Bacigalupi

I took my first Bikram yoga class in 2011 and was immediately hooked.  At the time I was working as an engineer while completing my MBA.  I was constantly on the go and being in the hot room 90 minutes a day helped to keep me balanced, reduced stress and increased my overall well being.

In the Fall of 2012 I attended the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles, an experience that allowed me to grow personally and professionally.  The time I spent in the yoga room, as both a teacher and a student, inspired me to leave engineering and become a pediatric intensive care nurse.  Now I have the privilege of supporting health in both acute care in the hospital and preventative medicine in the yoga studio. 

I am excited to be a part of this amazing yoga community and look forward to seeing you in the hot room!

 

Dante Baker

Dante Baker has been a native to the Washington DC area his entire life, growing up in Reston, VA. Since his childhood years, Dante has always had a fascination with the human anatomy and all of its abilities to heal, move, and process. This interest led Dante to studying and receiving certifications through AFAA and NASM in 2007. As he pursued personal training he worked with wide a range of clients such as over-weight clients, young athletes and elderly adults. As he gained more experience and confidence in his teaching he extended his expertise to larger classes such as boot camp, athletic conditioning, kids physical education, kickboxing and body pump.

Through Dante’s own personal life experience and the influence of family and peers, he embarked on a journey that would ultimately move him in the direction of providing health on a more holistic level. In 2009 he enrolled in the National Massage Therapy School and completed his 600- hour massage certification in 2010, all while learning transcendental meditation from Dr. Mahapatra Gyanendra -- one of the personal physicians of the Mararishi meditation course.  After receiving his certification, he studied under Dr. Akmal Muwwakkil where Dante started to explore Eastern practices and philosophies. In the same year of completing his massage certification, he took a course in Tui Na—an ancient form of Chinese bodywork.

Dante was fascinated by the Eastern philosophies such as Chinese medicine and enrolled in a nine month Qi Gong and Tai Chi Ball certification with Master Nianzu Li (L.Ac) in 2013. He went on to strengthen his Qi Gong practice and began to teach personal clients as well as larger classes at various health studios.  The more he explored the holistic side of health, he started to incorporate sound healing with singing bowls as a way to heal the body, he received his Reiki Master certification in 2015, researched more deeply the symbolism of tarot, and most recently received his Yoga certification -200 hour from SOYA in January of 2016.

Dante personally trains and sees private clients for massage, physical exercise and Reiki, teaches meditation, yoga, qi gong classes, performs crystal and Tibetan Sound Concerts.  His personal philosophy is that the body has an innate wisdom within itself and the tools and services he provides, allows the body to perform the healing that it knows how to do.

 

Brittany Ploss

Brittany earned her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with InnerLight Yoga School in 2013 and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance. She had practiced yoga off an on for over ten years, but came to her practice with new dedication in 2012 after realizing all that yoga had to offer in addition to fitness. In 2015, Brittany attended an Ashtanga yoga intensive in Mysore, India with Mv. Chidananda and has loved teaching this physically intense practice since then. When she is not in the studio, Brittany is dedicated to her work in Global Health (and often travelling to some quite remote destinations for research), or hanging at home with her husband and dogs!
 
Excited to see you in the hot room!
Brittany

 

Shawna Murrie

Shawna began practicing yoga nearly 20 years ago while living in California, and started teaching while volunteering at the YMCA in Chicago with a group of senior citizens doing chair yoga.  She found herself naturally drawn to teaching, and completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification in addition to becoming a certified Spinning Instructor. Her study and personal practice is hatha-based (vinyasa, ashtanga), however, she also has experience teaching restorative and beginner's yoga.  She has a passion for helping others achieve their goals, knowing it helps her grow as well.  She looks forward to helping individuals of all fitness stages and sharing her unique perspective and uplifting spirit with others.

 

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Wendy Westmoreland

I started practicing the Bikram method of hot yoga in 2002. I was certified by Bikram Choudhury to teach his method in 2006 and have been teaching varieties of hatha yoga ever since. Bikram taught me that all asana is good, as long as you breathe – if you’re not breathing, you’re not doing yoga, you’re not living. I’m inspired by witnessing the healing powers in breath, both in myself and others. I believe it is my karma yoga to share this understanding with everyone. My hope is that all realize their own power. I am honored and blessed to travel this path of self-realization with so many wonderful beings.

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The first time I took Bikram Yoga was in the summer of 2000 in Arizona when I thought to myself, "what the hell am I doing here?" You can understand why I didn't return to the hot room again for another 5 years after moving to New York to pursue my career as a professional dancer. I enjoyed the heat and the sequence, but didn't find a deep connection until 2007 when a hip injury led me to surgery. Thankfully, there was a Bikram Yoga studio around the corner from my apartment where I found refuge in the community and the process of relearning how to rebuild my body. It was here on my mat, every day, that I found a deeper understanding of who I am inside out, bones to skin, fingertips to toes.

 
My teacher and mentor was consistently pushing me to take the steps to become an instructor, but I wasn't ready for another 5 years. In the fall of 2013, I knew it was time to bite the bullet and make a career change; this was one of the best decisions I have made thus far in my life. Not only do I get to travel and teach throughout the world, I have the opportunity to learn and see others grow. That gift is the most beautiful thing to see. The struggles, the hopelessness change to strength, Warriors facing their fears and overcoming. This is Bikram Yoga! This is the community we are all apart of. Challenging ourselves daily to be become better mentally, physically and spiritually, and in turn making the world a better place. How cool is that! I am happy to be a part of this family and I look forward to seeing you on the mat!

 

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Cheryl Adnet

My yoga journey began in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2010. My first class was ironically on May 24, my daughter’s birthday, as she was the person who convinced me to try Bikram yoga. I clearly remember my first class, and it wasn’t pretty! At some point during the standing series, I hastened to roll up my mat, grab my empty water bottle, and crawl to the nearest exit! I am so grateful that the teacher, Jane B, gently and confidently encouraged me to remain in the hot room. Jane was m yoga angel and she planted the seeds of determination and tolerance of temporary discomfort. I returned to the hot room the next day, determined learn the 26 postures.

I did not start practicing yoga to cure or relieve any chronic or acute physical condition. I was simply curious about what yoga is all about. The benefits of my introductory week became quickly apparent to me and my family. I felt happier than ever, more patient and no longer disturbed by the “stuff” that life presents. Physically, my body just worked better inside and out. So without much deliberation, I applied for teacher training and successfully earned my Bikram Yoga Teacher Training Certification in the fall of 2011.

Shortly after a period of mentorship, I combined my passion for teaching and traveling and began guest teaching in various yoga communities. I’ve had the honor and pleasure to teach at most of the North Carolina studios, East Harlem-New York, Marietta- Georgia, Capitol Hill- DC, Indianapolis- Indiana, and Maui-Hawaii. My teaching style is dialogued-centered, motivational, humorous and alignment-focused. My teaching goal is to encourage students to relax their mind and body for 90 minutes, to connect to their breath, to conceptualize the postures, and then to allow the mind /body connection to happen, in time. I look forward to practicing with yogis worldwide and to planting a seed that may help take their practice to the next level.

Namaste, Cheryl

 

Hadeer El'Masry

Social Media/Marketing Specialist

I was born in Manchester, England and was raised in Alexandria, Egypt. I graduated from Alexandria University (Faculty of commerce, Accounting English Department).  I am an Artist, I love creativity and colors!  I'm passionate about photography, drawing, painting, calligraphy, music and any kind of art. I started practicing photography in 2010 and until this day, ​I have continued expanding my techniques & variations. I'm also an active member of Rotary Cosmopolitan Alexandria in Egypt and I've completed many projects while living in Egypt. In 2014, I joined "Cross Egypt Challenge" as the Media Coordinator through Rotary Cosmopolitan Alexandria in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism.  Every October since 2011, we have crossed Egypt for 10 days to flourish the tourism in Egypt. It was an experience of a lifetime filled with adventures and fun. Since then, I have committed myself to work based on my love for socializing, learning about various cultures.  I currently provide marketing consultation for Carolina S.T.R.I.V.E (Raleigh, NC).  I'm also a Social Media/Marketing Specialist for Hot Yoga RTP/Cary/Morrisville.  My expertise is with Project Management, Media Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Public Relations, Event Planning, Photography & Videography.  My favorite yoga practice is Yin, taught by my sister Areej.  I love new experiences and I look forward to meeting you!

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April Turner

A Massage Therapist since December 2007 and an Esthetician since June 2010, April has worked in many atmospheres providing Massage and Esthetics treatments.  She specializes in Deep Tissue and Therapeutic massage, including stretching, heat therapy, and other modalities to address the needs of her clients.  April started a massage practice in the Triangle area and then moved to Fayetteville for 4 years, where she worked alongside a Medical Massage Therapist who trained her in a variety of specialized techniques.  While in Fayetteville, April also taught Massage Therapy at MMC and ran her own business providing massage and esthetics services including facials and body waxing.  April returned to the Triangle area to practice and work with a Chiropractor for the last 2 years.   April has completed CEU training in diverse areas such as NMT upper body, Thai Massage Intense training, Thai side lying position, and Thai foot massage.  She has recently become licensed as a personal trainer and plans to leverage her skills to help others reach their personal goals as well as reaching her own personal goals.