“Very cozy and pleasant space, Christine is amazing at making you feel like you belong into the group..”

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

— Jordana, B.

Yoga Classes & Teacher Training:

800 W. Williams St. Suite 260,

Apex,  NC  27502 

919-388-3380

Located on the 2nd level, accessible by both elevator & stairs.

Enter in the center of the building.

questions email:

 info@zenyogacentercom

©2019 by ZEN YOGA CENTER

Lydia Binanay

Lydia Binanay, Certified Yoga Teacher,  has been enjoying yoga for over 16 years. She completed her 220 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga: Body, Mind & Spirit in 2008. Since then she has shared her love of yoga with adults and children in a variety of settings. She is both a teacher and a mother and finds that yoga is her place of peace. She enjoys a strong vinyasa class that builds heat and incorporates the whole body, thus quieting the mind and settling the spirit. She welcomes yogis of all levels to come and join her judgement-free practice.

CYT

Christine Donovan

Christine Donovan, Director and ERYT-500.   I discovered yoga in 1998 while pregnant with my first child and immediately fell in love with the practice.  As a mother of four and business owner I have relied on yoga and meditation to cultivate inner peace, patience and tranquility  -balancing my personal needs, while meeting  the needs of both family and business.   

 

I completed my  RYT200 hour at Asheville Yoga Center, under the guidance of Stephanie Keach, Kimberley Puryear, Michael Johnson, Libbey Hinsley, Joe Taft,  Shala Worsley and several more fabulous teachers, each of whom brought their unique style to the program creating a blend that was both amazing and  inspirational.   I will always hold a deep gratitude in my heart for their teachings.  The 200 hour program at AYC ignited me to continue my studies and I enrolled in AYCs 300 hour Yoga Therapeutics, under the direction of Libbey Hinsley.  Libbey managed the Yoga Theraputics program in such a way that exceed all expectations, she held space for all of the students with integrity and grace - I will forever use her as a model to aspire to.  Forever at student, I'm eternally grateful for all my teachers, past and present, especially my parents, husband and children.

 

In 2015, after completing my RYT300, in therapeutics from Asheville Yoga Center,  I decided to change gears and begin teaching full time.  In 2016, I found a perfect location to open Zen Yoga Center - a place to be, with hopes of sharing the practice of yoga and meditation with others.  At Zen Yoga Center, we use our extensive training from teachers both past and present to teach and cultivate awareness of one’s own practice and life process.

 

My aim is to teach students how to be present, content and happy,  just as they are today - this  is sometimes challenging but is the first step in a beautiful process of self awareness and wellness.  At Zen Yoga Center we focus on wellness, by recognizing the joy and beauty and happiness that resides naturally within, that is available to everyone no matter what challenges life presents to us.   

I hold a BA degree in Business/Psychology, summa cum laude, KSU.   I enjoy my time with my family, I love to hike, travel and find new adventures.  Learning something new is my favorite pastime. Naturally a skeptic, I question everything  - always searching for the truth.

Director ERYT-500

Brianne Gollwitzer

Brianne is a RYT-200 as well as a certified Massage Therapist, and Reiki Master. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Colorado in Boulder and Received her Massage Therapy license from the Institute of Psycho Structural Balancing in Los Angeles, CA. She became certified as a Yoga Instructor and Reiki Master from Urban Yogi in San Diego, CA.

Growing up as a competitive dancer, Brianne always had a passion for movement.  As a Yoga Instructor she incorporates the power of movement and breath into her sessions.  Her Yoga practice is rooted in gentle, alignment-based Vinyasa Flow, while utilizing other styles such as Restorative, Yin, and Meditation. In her bodywork practice, Brianne specializes in Circulatory/Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage and injury prevention.  As a Reiki Master, she strives to awaken and harmonize the human energy system (Chakras). 

Brianne encourages the combination of Yoga and Bodywork to find peace and balance within one’s life.  She is excited to share her training and career experience from California with her new community in North Carolina.

RYT-200

Karin Johnson

Karin has been teaching hatha yoga since 2007 and has experience as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. She completed the Yoga Servesª Kunga Teacher Training 220 RYT at Wilmington Yoga Center in July 2011.  Karin’s students can expect clear instruction, positive coaching and creative movement, with an open invitation to pause whenever it’s necessary. Past workshops and classes include flow yoga, prenatal yoga, gentle and restorative yoga. She believes coming to your mat should always be a safe, welcoming and positive experience. Time dedicated to practice is a time to discover your own potential, individual strength and ability while working within your body's limitations. Karin works full-time for UNC Rex Healthcare and her special interests include being vegan, hiking, self-care, teaching her dog new tricks and spending time with family in Apex and in Banner Elk.

Certified Yoga Instructor

Chelsea Smith

Chelsea Smith, RYT200, started practicing yoga in 2015 by discovering how yoga can reduce anxiety and stress, give clarity of mind, and strengthen self-awareness. Her classes guide students' movement with each breath, quieting the mind, and strengthening the body.

Chelsea is inspired to share the physical and mental benefits that yoga brings to others and a true believer that yoga does not require flexibility or being “good” at the practice, yoga only requires a willingness to learn and come to the mat as you are.

Outside of her passion for yoga, Chelsea loves to read, go hiking, travel, and spend time with her husband and 2 rescue dogs. 

RYT200

Kelsey Swartz

Kelsy first started practicing yoga while her soon to be husband was deployed to Afghanistan as a means to pass the time.  Quickly, she fell in love with the practice and it became a part of her daily routine.   After practicing for several years, she decided to pursue yoga full time and become a teacher.  

 

Kelsey studied under Laurla Spauding, an authorized level 2 Astanga teacher in Louisville, KY.   She earned her 200-hour training certificate in 2017, studing Hatha and Ashtanga yoga.   She then went on to teach at Yoga East as well as the local YMCA.

She strives to give her students an encouraging, safe, and renewed practice where they can grow in mind, body and soul.

RYT200

Dana Vitolo

Dana Vitolo, RYT-200, MS in Education.  Dana is a nine-year veteran teacher in the Montessori classroom and is a fully accredited member of the American Montessori Society. During her years in the Montessori classroom, she realized the importance of peace education and mindfulness for young children. After relocating from New York to South Florida in 2013, she began a yoga practice to help with stress and anxiety. Dana has found Yoga and meditation to be the most beneficial in her healing journey; it has helped her with feeling calm, centered, balanced and empowered. While a Montessori teacher, Dana shared yoga with her students during the school day and immediately noticed great results, such as increased confidence, empowerment and focus. Dana resigned from her teaching job and started a yoga program; to spread peace and mindfulness beyond the classroom to help more children and families through yoga, storytelling, and fun, peaceful activities. 

 

Dana completed her 200-hour RYT yoga training and certification at Native Yoga Center in Juno Beach, FL in 2016 and completed her 85-hour prenatal yoga training in 2017 before becoming pregnant. She is a certified Kids Yoga Instructor through Kidding Around Yoga and has her Master of Arts in Education. Dana has taught yoga classes of all ages including mommy and me baby and toddler to middle school to adults, as well as prenatal yoga. Dana believes that yoga is a beautiful tool to help with stress management and anxiety relief for all ages. She and her husband recently relocated to the Triangle area with their two cats and just had their first baby girl in August of 2018.

RYT-200, MS in Education

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