Meet your Group Instructors

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Jenna Skarda-Higgins

Studio Manager

Yoga Instructor

 

Jenna was first introduced to practicing yoga at 15 years old and soon fell in love with the personal, physical and spiritual benefits  She started instructing six years ago and prides herself on creating a communal feeling in a small and connected group. Jenna is currently E-RYT200 and Group Ex certified. She has also earned her Decision Education and Risk Management certification from Stanford and uses it to help clients evaluate their own needs. Her professional passion is working one on one with clients who are recovering from acute injuries and chronic illness as well as supporting individuals who are new to fitness. Her teachings are strongly focused on physical alignment and helping people build their individual practice and healthy lifestyle on their own terms. 

 
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Masha maddux

 

Pilates

Masha Dashkina Maddux is a professional concert dance performer and dance educator. A native of Kiev, Ukriane, she was first introduced to dance through the classical Vaganova ballet technique. After moving to United States she studied at the New World School of the Arts of Miami, FL where she received her BFA. Upon graduating, Masha joined the renowned Martha Graham Dance Company where she rose to the rank of principal dancer, performing major roles in classical Graham repertoire along with works by some of the most influential contemporary choreographers. Currently she resides in Wake Forest where she founded and directs the Wake Forest Dance Festival.

Masha received her Beginner and Intermediate Pilates Mat Certification from Core Pilates of New York City. Combined with her extensive dance training, Masha’s classes focus on detail and flow to bring awareness to the whole body, while identifying correct alignment essential for strengthening and injury prevention.

 
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Vivien Green, mba, ryt200

Yoga

Vivien’s focus is on healthy aging. Being an older adult herself, and having more than ten years of experience working with seniors, she understands the limitations we all experience as we age, and believes that yoga should be accessible to every human being, regardless of age, physical limitations or level of fitness.
Vivien came to yoga practice 7 years ago, and decided after moving to North Carolina in 2016 to pursue becoming a yoga teacher – which was a life changing experience. Prior to moving from New England to Raleigh, NC, she ran two senior centers in New Hampshire, designing, implementing and managing life enrichment activities for older adults aged 50+; including health and wellness classes, yoga and meditation. It was there she found great joy in working with seniors.
As a teacher, Vivien specializes in Gentle Yoga for 50+ and chair adapted yoga classes which are particularly beneficial for older adults, those with chronic health concerns or limited range of
motion due to injury, surgery or age. Chair Yoga can be done by everybody!
Her desire is to encourage older adults at any age to explore the wonderful wellness and health
benefits of yoga, and incorporate it into their daily life.

 
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Macy Rupska

Yoga

Macy started teaching fitness part-time in the early 2000's. Soon after starting, she noticed how much she enjoyed being part of her class participants’ healthy lifestyle. She stepped out of her full-time advertising job and pursued a M.S. in Exercise Science at Indiana State University, an ACE personal training certification and a 500 hour yoga instructor certification . Macy also trains yoga instructors through YogaFit International and leads continuing education classes for instructors in a variety of topics. She loves to keep class routines fresh by tailoring classes to the class participants’ needs. No two classes are the same! 

 

In Macy’s spare time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her husband and well as their dogs, Kubota and Caesar and their cat, Kami. 

 
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Jeff simonton

Tai Chi

Jeff Simonton has been teaching Tai Chi, Qigong, and Meditation around the Triangle area since 2003.  He has had the honor of working with some of the top health care and university systems in the area such as UNC Wellness Centers, Duke Teer House, and Rex Cancer Center.  Jeff was certified to teach Tai Chi 5 Element Qigong by the world famous Master, Binhui He.  Over the years Jeff has studied with various teachers and continues to add to his learning while staying true to his original teacher. 

 
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Natalie Eicher

Core & Restore

Natalie Eicher is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer with specialization in pre & postnatal fitness. She is also a Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach, with specialty health coaching certification in
pregnancy and family wellness and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Natalie’s teaching style focuses on high-energy, body positivity, and facilitation of building a supportive community amongst class members. She is passionate about helping her clients build
and realize their strength and resilience and she uses her health coach training to put an emphasis on listening to her clients to realize what works best for them to help facilitate sustainable health behavior changes.
She lives in North Raleigh with her husband and son Anderson and enjoys being active outdoors, stand up paddle boarding, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family.

 
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Daniel Hines

Yoga

Daniel has been practicing yoga for 3 years, teaching yoga for 2 years, and has had a strong interest in wellness and movement for even longer. He is currently RYT200 certified and a Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms). He is working on further training certifications as well as applications for physical therapy school.

Along with traditional yoga, Daniel likes to incorporate his other knowledge on techniques for joint strength, control, and flexibility. More importantly he loves to learn and is always happy to answer questions when he can.