Our mission is to create an environment that encourages continuous participation and progression on and off the mat. Our instructors care about your well-being and will work to provide classes and events that excite you about healthy living. We offer a wide variety of yoga classes and events that aim to improve your strength, flexibility, and overall body awareness. Our goal is to help you find better balance for the way you live your life, improving your physical balance, reducing stress, and developing a more positive outlook on life.
Our community is nonjudgmental and noncompetitive, yet challenging. It is an environment that is supportive of YOU: where you are now and where you want to be.
Pat Sorrell, RYT 200 found her way to yoga after teaching fitness classes for many years. “My body was slowly breaking down. I was experiencing leg and back pain and my muscles always ached. I didn’t know how to listen to my body.” Yoga changed all that and more. In 2009, Pat became a certified yoga instructor. Slowly, she began to introduce yoga poses into the fitness classes, emphasizing body awareness, and relaxing the body at the end of each class. Now, Pat teaches only yoga. “My path has changed, but I continue to study and to learn. My passion is yoga and my purpose is teaching. I love to see the light in a yogi’s eyes when the breath connects with the movement and the soul is in the moment.” Pat also leads monthly DRUM CIRCLES at the studio and other locations: Pat attended her first drum circle over 10 years ago in San Francisco. “I was intrigued. The rhythmic beat of the drums made me want to join in. Everyone seemed to be having such a good time.” Since that day, Pat has enjoyed and participated in drum circles from Asheville, NC to the Bahamas. She always enjoyed participating in the drum circles, so Pat decided to learn how to lead the circles to help form one closer to home. “There was a lot of interest in the area, but I had to learn some skills.” Pat began working with Julie and Greg Florin, well known percussionists in the Triangle area, and studying the facilitation methods of Arthur Hull and Jim Donovan. She learned the skills necessary to facilitate a drum circle and with the help from friends at Uptown Yoga Studio, Pat formed a monthly drum circle. “I love it. We have become a drum circle community. Each month we seem to have another new face ready to join in. It’s amazing. Now when I think back to that day in San Francisco, I realize it wasn’t just rhythmic beat that drew me in, it was the music community, playing together, making that rhythmic beat!”
Andreas Boe, RYT 200, Licensed Massage Therapist LMBT 17030- Andreas is a local father, friend, and humble helper. Drawing inspiration through health, surfing, and yoga, he has a bright and open-minded approach to all forms of wellness and longevity practice. After studying Massage Therapy at Carteret County Community College, he moved on to complete his 200 hour YTT yoga certification in Costa Rica. Andreas believes that body work, in congruence with a powerful movement routine, is pivotal in the path to growth and health. Working in Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Sports Massage, his techniques are coupled with specific mobility cues to engage those in their own healing. "I am joyed to be a part of the team at Uptown Yoga in our quest to better lives. Let's create a healthier world."
Meredith Cross, RYT 200, Reiki Master Certified- "Hey y’all! It’s Meredith. I am a practicing speech pathologist of 18 years with a Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology from East Carolina University. Although I’m a native of Eastern North Carolina, I took my first yoga class as a Sophomore at the University of Utah way back in 1993. Fast forward to 2011, I rediscovered the joy of yoga and meditation when I attended a summer series of beach yoga aboard Camp Lejeune. Autumn came, and so did the desire to continue taking yoga classes. I was so very fortunate to have instructors who had world class training from varied backgrounds. I learned so much from them which I carry with me today. I received formal yoga training through Transcending Yoga School in 2016, with a current Yoga Alliance registration designation of RYT200. Fast Forward to the Fall of 2016, I found myself helping others discover the benefits of yoga in the very same classroom spaces aboard Camp Lejeune where I became hooked. Realizing that yoga also affects the subtle body, I pursued study in the healing arts of Usui Reiki methods and received Reiki Master (Usui Reiki Ryoho) certification in December 2017. I consider myself a yoga “guide”. I can offer you guided practice in honing your skills. How you weave the eight limbs of yoga into your own practice, is completely up to you. As you cultivate, nourish, and prune your yoga tree, one day it will bloom inside of you. When I’m not helping children achieve their best speech, or on a mat, I am living my yoga on a paddle board or fishing with my husband, connecting with beautiful Gaia on the Carolina Coast."
Jena Skai Rowland, RYT 200, Licensed Massage Therapist-NC LMBT 6986, Shamanic Reiki Master Certified Teacher, Crystal Healer, Sacred Soul Coach- Jena’s journey into energy healing began almost 20 years ago as a teen living in Hawaii. Surrounded by culture steeped in ancient traditions, she realized we are much more than just our bodies and began to focus on mind, body and spirit centered living. While there she studied astrology, aromatherapy, herbalism, shamanism, crystal healing, oracle reading and mediumship. After moving to NC in 2001, she experienced Reiki for the first time and was amazed at the deeply profound peace she felt within. She knew immediately it was something she had to learn and share with the world. She graduated from Carteret Community College with a degree in Therapeutic Massage and was on a mission of healing others. After spending many years as a massage therapist, Jena started to experience injuries of her own from years of hard work. She looked to yoga to help restore her body and found it offered so much more. The path of yoga rekindled her spirit and initiated yet another life transformation. She weaves energy healing throughout all of her sessions to spark a deeper connection within, creating a shift into a higher state of awareness and offer healing for the mind, body and soul.
Alexandra Kleinhans, 250 RYT, 225 R-HYI, 500 M-HYI, Pre & Post Natal Certified- My yoga journey started when one of my best friends invited me to go to a class with her. I instantly fell in love. Yoga quickly became a space for me where I could breath, and do something that was good for me- mind, body, heart, and soul. A few years later, the door was opened for me to get certified, and my passion turned into something I could share with others.
One of my favorite things about yoga is it is accessible to everyone. The flexible, inflexible, young, old, beginner, and advanced. Everyone needs to have place where they can celebrate what their bodies are capable of, the goodness of taking a deep breath, and how time can slow down- and that place is on our mats. For me, attending classes, practicing yoga on my own, and furthering my yoga education really helped me get through times of anxiety and stress. It has also brought some really amazing people and opportunities into my life!
My hope and prayer is that I can use yoga and encouragement to leave my students feeling empowered and strong. Do it afraid! Allow yourself time to do something for YOU. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Johanna Burkhardt- The Soul Shaman, specializes in ascension and transmutation by shifting your vibration and igniting your light. Our Energy and vibration is everything, let's shift it, transmute it and raise it up! The ascension process doesn’t have to be painful, it a process for remembering our truth not the lies we told ourselves. She is a clear channel, an energy facilitator, and physical medium here to be of the highest service for you and the collective. After being brought to her knees in 2015, she decided that living in a fear based, controlling, and low vibrational state was no longer serving her. She made the choice to face it head on, and embark on a healing journey that would forever transform her life. This journey showed her everything she was seeking was already within her, she just needed to remember her truth. On this journey, she answered the call to light the way for others who are ready to to do the same. We are all here for a reason. Our greatness awaits. All we need to do is be willing. Services Included but are not limited to:
Quantum Soul Sessions: Bringing to the surface, releasing and moving through one “issue or block” at a time.
Remote Quantum Energy sessions
Shamanic and Psychic Journeys
Child emotional awareness sessions including Human design reports: To help understand how you can help your child best by understand how they were designed to operate.
Prenatal Sessions: Releasing the karmic, ancestral, and your personal fears that won’t be of service, lessening “born with diseases” and preparing your body and the baby for birth.
1:1 Personal ascension, activation and understanding of your soul's purpose in this life, and how to move from fear to love & and so much more!
Brittany Segur, RYT 200, Reiki Level I & II Certified - Born in the Blue Ridge Mountains and raised on the Crystal Coast, I am from all over the state of North Carolina. I began practicing yoga in 2010 as a college student at East Carolina University. I was looking for a workout that would incorporate balance and flexibility but found so much more. I was amazed by the physical, emotional and energetic shifts that occur in just one hour of practicing, and I knew I wanted to share the power of yoga with others! After getting my degree in psychology, I began to realize the power of yoga and meditation in cultivating mental and emotional wellness. I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training at Embrace Yoga Studio in Fayetteville, NC in 2016. As a proponent of holistic wellness, I also began to explore energy healing and am Reiki II certified. My goal as a teacher is to help students incorporate the principles of yoga in their daily lives to aid with physical ailments, stress management, and improve overall well-being. I encourage students to move in their own bodies, knowing that each pose looks different for everyone, and to take whatever it is they need from a practice to truly make it their own. Outside of yoga, I enjoy paddle boarding, rollerblading and relaxing at the beach. I look forward to connecting with you on the mat!
Mary Willis, RDH ERYT 500- is a local native of Carteret County. She has practiced yoga all her life and has been formally trained for 10 years. Her specialty is gentle yoga with a restorative emphasis. Mary has studied with some of the great Yoga and Reiki Masters throughout the world and is grateful to have the good fortune to enjoy an unusual blend of yoga studies. This allows her to have a special twist on her yoga style.